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Question #15533 posted on 06/09/2005 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In the preface to Victor Hugo's novel, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" it talks about the word "Fate" that was found in the cathedrial, and then says it was later covered up. Has an attempt ever been made to find it again, or at least, where can I find some information on theories of who might have carved it?


A: Dear Curious-

I've done a lot more work on this than I expected; or rather, I've done some looking and thinking and Mrs. Franchise and The Official Sister of Mrs. Franchise have done more digging than it should have taken. Here's the most likely explanation, based on having read Hugo and the help I've gotten: the story is an invention of Hugo; historically plausible, like his descriptions of Parisian revolts and sewers or the aftermath of Waterloo, but invented nonetheless.

-The Franchise