THE STAGE OF THE PARIS OPERA, 1905
(The contents of the opera house is being
auctioned off. An AUCTIONEER, PORTERS, BIDDERS, and RAOUL, seventy now, but still
bright of eye. The action commences with a blow from the AUCTlONEER's gavel)
Sold. Your number, sir? Thank you.
Lot 663, then, ladies and gentlemen: a poster
for this house's production of "Hannibal" by Chalumeau.
Do I have ten francs? Five then. Five I am bid.
Six, seven. Against you, sir, seven. Eight.
Eight once. Selling twice. Sold, to Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny.
Lot 664: a wooden pistol and three human