The Invention of Hugo Cabret Part 2, Chapter 7 Summary
Running the toy booth, Hugo and Isabelle manage to raise money for Papa Georges’ medicine.
But the clocks are starting to break down and the Station Inspector leaves a note for Hugo’s uncle asking for a face-to-face meeting.
Uh-oh. Sounds like someone’s in trouble.
The night before Etienne and Rene Tabard are supposed to visit Papa Georges, Hugo has a terrible nightmare about a train accident that happened in the station 36 years back.
We see a photo of a train that has crashed through the second story of the station and has fallen out into the street.
Hugo dreams that he’s walking outside when a train suddenly falls from the sky.
When he wakes up, he gets dressed and eats, then goes to Isabelle’s apartment to meet with Monsieur Tabard and Etienne.
Isabelle leads them inside, even though Mama Jeanne and Papa Georges don’t know anything about the visit. When Mama Jeanne sees them, she asks who they are.
Horrified at the intrusion, Mama Jeanne insists that they leave, but Monsieur Tabard tells a sentimental story about how he met Papa Georges when he was a little boy, and how Papa Georges told him that the movie set was where dreams were made.
Is Papa Georges secretly Walt Disney or what?
A younger Papa Georges kneels in front of a tiny little Monsieur Tabard. Behind them is a magical set with castles, giant smiling moons, and a big monster with a gaping mouth. Talk about dreams!
Monsieur Tabard says that he was totally inspired by his meeting with Papa Georges. Then he says that he’s brought one of Papa Georges’ movies and a projector.
Movie time! Hugo and Isabelle want to watch right away, of course, but Mama Jeanne's not so sure. Eventually she relents.
After they watch the movie, they turn around and see Papa Georges standing there crying. Mama Jeanne starts to cry, too.
Isabelle explains who Monsieur Tabard and Etienne are, and how she and Hugo figured out that Papa Georges is a filmmaker.
Then he asks for the projector and goes to his room, locking the door behind him. Um, that was awkward.