Quasimodo character jug modeled by David B. Biggs and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in a 1998 limited edition of 2,500 commissioned by Lawleys By Post. The famous Hunchback of Notre Dame, Quasimodo, led a life filled with courage and sorrow. Created as the hero of Victor Hugo's novel, "Notre Dame de Paris" (1831), this disfigured, ugly brute has been the subject of many films and even a stage show. Though he was gentle and kind, it was Quasimodo's crime to have been born hideously deformed. While he is on trial and being tortured for a minor infraction and already hated for his ugliness, Quasimodo is befriended by the beautiful Gypsy girl, La Esmerelda. Victim of a coward's jealous rage, La Esmerelda is unjustly convicted of a crime she did not commit and sentenced to death by hanging. Quasimodo rescues her, giving her sanctuary in the Paris bell tower where he lives, and falls in love with her. As Quasimodo fights off a group of vagabonds trying to rescue Esmeralda, the jealous suitor, Frollo, sneaks her out of the tower, wherein she chooses to die rather than marry him. Upon seeing her hanged, Quasimodo throws Frollo to his death and disappears. Years later a gravedigger, stumbling across La Esmerelda's remains, finds the skeleton of a hunchback curled around her. The handle depicts the belfry and the bell it was Quasimodo's job to ring in Notre Dame Cathedral.