CHAPTER 2. CLAUDE FROLLO.
In fact, Claude Frollo was no common person.
He belonged to one of those middle-class families which
were called indifferently, in the impertinent language of the
last century, the high bourgeoise or the petty nobility. This
family had inherited from the brothers Paclet the fief of
Tirechappe, which was dependent upon the Bishop of Paris, and
whose twenty-one houses had been in the thirteenth century
the object of so many suits before the official. As possessor
of this fief, Claude Frollo was one of the twenty-seven
seigneurs keeping claim to a manor in fee in Paris and its
suburbs; and for a long time, his name was to be seen inscribed
in this quality, between the Hôtel de Tancarville, belonging
to Master François Le Rez, and the college of Tours, in the
records deposited at Saint Martin des Champs.
Claude Frollo had been destined from infancy, by his parents,
to the ecclesiastical profession. He had been taught to
read in Latin; he had been trained to keep his eyes on the
ground and to speak low. While still a child, his father had
cloistered him in the college of Torchi in the University.
There it was that he had grown up, on the missal and the
Moreover, he was a sad, grave, serious child, who studied
ardently, and learned quickly; he never uttered a loud cry in
recreation hour, mixed but little in the bacchanals of the Rue
du Fouarre, did not know what it was to dare alapas et capillos
laniare, and had cut no figure in that revolt of 1463, which
the annalists register gravely, under the title of "The sixth
trouble of the University." He seldom rallied the poor
students of Montaigu on the cappettes from which they derived
their name, or the bursars of the college of Dormans on their
shaved tonsure, and their surtout parti-colored of bluish-green,
blue, and violet cloth, azurini coloris et bruni, as says the
charter of the Cardinal des Quatre-Couronnes.