However, when war started between Prussia and France, the Tenor forced Lilliet to return to Paris with him. Back in Paris, Lilliet is reunited with the mysterious composer, Aristafeo Cadiz. Lilliet invited him back to her apartment to practice. The Tenor confronted her about him, but let the lessons continue as long as Aristafeo left by night.
After a few more weeks, Lilliet escaped the Tenor once again. Instead, he convinced her to stay. They two survived the war together and considered themselves to be husband and wife. However, when Lilliet found a secret room he used for his affair with the Empress, Lilliet was heartbroken. She placed the brooch in the room and left. Eventually, Lilliet traveled to Tuileries where she met Eugene, the commander of the newest regime the Commune of Paris.
The two spent the night together. The next day, she traveled back to her apartment and found a note from the Tenor.
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He detailed an escape plan where she would meet a German spy and take a hot air balloon across the border into Germany. Lilliet showed the note to Eugene. He told her the plan was risky, but promised to help. They devised a plan to get her into the balloon while Eugene killed the spy that he believed would be the Tenor.
Later, Lilliet invited Aristafeo to a private performance for the Commune. He came, but they were attacked by the Germans. The two escaped and spent a few nights hiding in the zoo. Then, Aristafeo knocked Lilliet out and took her to the balloon. As he secured her in the balloon, Aristafeo admitted that the Tenor paid him to ensure her safety.
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Aristafeo sent the balloon away just as Eugene attacked. Lilliet watched helplessly as Aristafeo was stabbed to death. After crashing in Germany, Lilliet woke up in the hospital with two broken arms.
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The Tenor introduced her to the Prince, a man she remembered from the hunt. One day, the Prince promised her freedom from the Tenor and an endless bank account if she acted like she was escaping the Tenor. She agreed, but knew that she had to do something to save her life. The next day, she told the Tenor that they could not be married and that she must return to Paris. Before she left, she discreetly told him the Prince was sending her away.
The Prince met her back at her apartment and revealed that he planned to kill her if the Tenor could not forget her. Lilliet, however, told him that the Tenor knew her death would be caused by him, and would never forgive him. The Prince left, and Lilliet is finally free. She debuted in Paris later the same year.
Lilliet finally meets with Simonet, and realizes that he could not be author of the book. She declines to join his opera and leaves. At the ball, however, she finally meets the composer of her opera: Aristafeo. He reveals that Eugene spared him after realizing that he was not the Tenor.
He spent eight years writing the opera for her, but never built up the courage to talk to her because of her popularity. He asks Lilliet to meet him at a salon outside of town which the Tenor takes her to. Afterwards, she learns that Aristafeo is going to duel the Tenor for her honor.
Knowing that Aristafeo will not win the duel, Lilliet kills the Tenor to protect Aristafeo and leaves Paris. While there, her maid Doro finds the flask Lilliet used to kill the Tenor. With the Paris police suspicious of Lilliet, she and Aristafeo leave for London on the advice of Doro.
They tell the press that Lilliet is in Paris with a sickness and then hide her out in a hotel. While there, Aristafeo tries without success to find someone who will fund the opera. After a few months of hiding, Lilliet decides to go to an opera. Unfortunately, the Empress also arrives, and Lilliet curtsies to her to avoid being recognized. However, the press accuses her of sympathizing with an exiled Empress. When Lilliet returns to her hotel, she discovers that Doro has been working for the Comtesse all along, and has taken the flask back with her to Paris.
Lilliet realizes that she can never return or she will be arrested and executed for the murder of the Tenor. When Aristafeo realizes what Lilliet has done, he plans to leave her, believing she is a monster. However, Lilliet meets a wealthy America named P. Barnum who wants to produce the opera in his country. He offers her a huge contract and promises to make her a star with a comfortable life. Knowing that her life in Europe is over, Lilliet agrees to the deal and leaves Aristafeo behind. Lilliet invites her old circus from the beginning of the novel to perform with her. Throughout the next year, Lilliet performs on a farewell tour in America.
Lilliet tells the reader that uncontrollable fate was never her curse. Instead, her curse was the ability to choose her destiny all along. Read more from the Study Guide. Browse all BookRags Study Guides.
All rights reserved. Toggle navigation. Sign Up. Sign In. Get The Queen of the Night from Amazon. View the Study Pack. Plot Summary. Free Quiz. Symbols and Symbolism. Quiet, quiet! In modern times a great number of notable sopranos have performed or recorded the aria. June Anderson sings it in the film Amadeus. The aria was also a favorite of the famously incompetent singer Florence Foster Jenkins.
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A recording of the aria by Edda Moser , accompanied by the Bavarian State Opera under the baton of Wolfgang Sawallisch , is included in a collection of music from Earth on the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. The original German reads: "Still, still! Das Labyrinth. The Magic Flute musical.
Operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Voyager Golden Record.