Four years have passed. During this time Esmeralda and Pierre have become very close
and their love for each other is very strong. However, their marriage is due to end
and Clopin is looking for them so that he can reclaim Esmeralda. Sheria has enjoyed
four years with Clopin, but knows that his affection for her was only ever a temporary.
Claude Follo’s lust for Esmeralda has also grown and he is being driven mad by his
desire for her. Marique no longer sponsors Pierre and has left him to be with Esmeralda.
However, she still loves him, but her jealous rage has been growing and she is looking
to act to reclaim Pierre.
Fearing Clopin and his gang, Esmeralda tries to persuade Pierre to leave Paris, but
he wants to face Clopin and defend his relationship with her. Two of Clopin’s gang
pass a message to the couple, warning them that Clopin now wants to reclaim Esmeralda.
This makes Esmeralda even more determined to leave Paris.
Marique approaches Pierre, to say that she still loves him and that his relationship
with Esmeralda must end. She tries to persuade him to come back to her, but he rejects
her. She sings of her love for him and how he transformed her life. Her love and
jealousy will drive her to extreme measures to be with Pierre. She finds Clopin
in his den and betrays Pierre. In return for saying where Clopin can find Pierre
and Esmeralda, she makes Clopin agree not to kill Pierre.
Sheria realises that this betrayal by Marique, will bring Esmeralda back into Clopin’s
life, and in doing so end her relationship with him. So she sets out to warn Pierre
and Esmeralda. She manages to reach them just before Clopin arrives and they escape.
Sheria tries to convince Clopin that he is better off with her. However, he is desperate
to be with Esmeralda and sends his henchmen out to find them.
Left alone in the street Sheria is approached by Claude Frollo, who has observed
Sheria’s movements from the shadows. He says that he wants to protect Esmeralda from
Clopin by taking her from away the streets. He tries to convince Sheria that by helping
him achieve this, she will regain Clopin for herself. We see the manic rage within
Claude, and his uncontrollable lust for Esmeralda.
Marique once more confronts Pierre, and tries to persuade him to be with her, but
is rejected again. Pierre has decided to leave Paris with Esmeralda and learning
this, Marique goes once again to Clopin and reveals their plan. With a second assurance
from Clopin that Pierre will not be killed, she betrays him once again.
This time, Clopin does find Esmeralda and Pierre as they try to escape through the
night streets of Paris. Pierre confronts Clopin and they fight. Pierre is badly beaten
and left for dead. Clopin drags Esmeralda back to The Palace of Fools and she is
placed in a cage.
Drawn by Esmeralda’s screams, Quasimodo has come into the streets. He finds Pierre,
very badly beaten, but not dead. Marique has been watching from the shadows, hoping
to be reunited with Pierre. She runs to Pierre but, like Esmeralda, believes him
to be dead. Distraught and feeling betrayed by Clopin, she runs away. Quasimodo carries
Pierre to the bell tower, where he tends to his wounds.
Later that night, in the darkened Palace of Fools, Sheria finds Esmeralda and releases
her from the cage, so that she can take her to Claude Frollo. Although confused,
Esmeralda goes willingly to Notre Dame with Sheria and is handed over to Claude.
He takes her to Quasimodo in the bell tower, who is told to keep her safe and not
to let anybody else into the bell tower. Having received payment from Claude, in
fear of her life from Clopin, Sheria prepares to flee the city.
Having discovered that Esmeralda has escaped and suspecting Sheria’s part in this,
an enraged Clopin searches the streets for them. When he discovers Sheria, despite
her pleas, he starts to strangle her. However, believing that Clopin has killed Pierre,
Marique has set out to murder him in retaliation. She emerges from the shadows and
stabs Clopin, killing him instantly. She then turns the knife on herself, placing
the knife into her own heart. Although he tried to kill her, Sheria is distraught
at the death of Clopin. Fearing the night watchman, the remaining gang members drag
Sheria away into the dark Paris streets.
Having been taken by Claude to the bell tower, Esmeralda has been comforted by Quasimodo.
He reveals Pierre to her and they are reunited. Pierre’s presence in the bell tower
is against Claude’s express wishes.
Claude returns to the tower, and on finding Pierre with Esmeralda, flies into a manic
rage. He attempts to strangle Pierre but Quasimodo defends him. Claude and Quasimodo
fight and in the ensuing battle, Quasimodo kills Claude.
When Quasimodo realises what he has done, he is overcome with grief at the death
of his “father”. He tells Pierre and Esmeralda that they must leave the city, never
In the closing moments of the story, we see a distraught Quasimodo, cradling Claude
in his arms. Quasimodo, believing his life to be fulfilled, but also to be at an
end, rocks Claude gently as the curtain falls.