Gringoire strives to complete his play without an audience until he discovers that his musicians have been appropriated to accompany the Fool's Pope. He resolves to pass over the music when a cry "La Esmeralda in the Place" is heard outside. At this point he discovers that the ladder leading to the stage has been stolen by one of the scholars who is using it to see Esmeralda from the window. Gringoire gives up the play and wonders about "Esmeralda" surmising that it must be Egyptian (meaning gypsy) in nature.
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame: Novel Summary: Book I Chapter 6