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We make a lot of fun of Raoul for not keeping his hand at the level of his eyes, which is what makes this moment so heartbreaking for me. Here, he does remember, but chooses to put his hand down to comfort Christine, making himself vulnerable to attack, because he can’t see Christine upset and not try to help. The Phantom sees this and takes advantage of Raoul’s moment of weakness, motivated by a selfless love that, at this point, he still can’t understand. I’ve only seen Raoul do this once, but I wish it happened more often, because it only adds to the emotional pain of the Final Lair. [source]