Men are so underwhelming. Give me a rose. Sing to me. Come into my dressing room through a two way mirror. Find a mannequin that looks like me and dress it up like a bride. Meet me in the graveyard and pretend to be my dead father. Burn down the Opera House. Impress me you fools
what she means:
why do people perceive christine daae as weak? between her attempts at defying the phantom, her willingness to sacrifice her own happiness for the man she loves, and her ability to be genuinely empathetic and compassionate towards erik while still not putting up with his bullshit makes her arguably the most emotionally strong person in the show. furthermore, while she is naive and overly-trusting of erik at the start, people forget that up until that point, he's given her no reason to be wary of him (that she knows), and her character arc is her maturing enough as a person to be able to remove herself from the toxic relationship she and erik are in, and be able to move on with her life. christine is kind, compassionate, and far braver than most viewers give her credit for and
Elissa in the wings
So, I’ve held off for about a year in posting this in the hopes that I would clean it up more, but I’m just gonna bite the bullet and post this as a tentative WIP 🤗. Hope y'all enjoy!
Headcanon that one day, after Christine has returned from Erik’s home and after she saw his face, Christine gets a small note from the opera ghost (who she now knows is actually plainly named Erik). It simply asks if she’ll visit with him that afternoon, and that they can go on a carriage ride or stay in and enjoy music together if she should like.
Of course she doesn’t exactly want to go, but when she spots a pair of sad eyes watching her above the stage she decides to accept his invitation.
And so Christine meets Erik that afternoon in her dressing room and he’s much more talkative and almost giddy acting. After 20 minutes in his home, with Erik talking a million miles per hour and switching between trying to entertain her and showing off different objects in his home, she finally asks him bluntly why he asked her to visit today.
And then Erik gets really quiet and shy, and he won’t look at her only at the ground. Christine is afraid she has somehow upset him with her question, but then she hears him mumble, “Today is my birthday.”
He just wanted to have someone to talk to on his birthday, and there’s no one else he would rather see than her.