Chapter 90: Mercedes
The Count leaves the opera, goes home and asks for his pistols. A veiled woman enters his room and says, “Edmond, you will not kill my son?”. The Count is stunned as Mercedes says his name. She says she knew him to be Dantes by his voice even before she first saw his face. The Count tells her the story about what happened to him. He shows her the letter Danglars wrote and Fernand posted. She is upset. She tells the Count that she still loves Edmond, that she thought, dreamed and suffered over him. She asks the Count not to take revenge on Albert. The Count sobs and says Albert will live. Mercedes thanks him and says he is still a great and noble man.
Chapter 91: The Meeting
The Count prepares his will, he leaves Maximilian the money at Monte Cristo and the rest to Haydee. The Count regrets that his plans for Villefort, Danglars and Fernand will not be completed. Maximilian and Emmanuel accompany the Count to the duel. Maximilian goes to meet Chateau-Renaud and Beuchamp, they are still waiting for Albert. Franz and Debray come to witness the duel. Albert arrives on horseback and asks to see the Count. Albert says his mother explained the history between the Count and his father. Albert apologizes to the Count.
Chapter 92: The Mother and Son
The Count bows to the men and leaves. Albert’s actions are regarded as generous and heroic. When Fernand finds out Albert refused to duel, he leaves the house. Mercedes and Albert gather a few belongings and decide to leave before Fernand returns. Bertuccio delivers a letter to Albert from the Count. The Count says there is money hidden at the house in Marseilles for Mercedes. She says she will take the money with her to the convent.
Chapter 93: The Suicide
Maximilian accompanies the Count home. Haydee is happy to see them. Fernand enters the house. He tells the Count about his wife putting her things in order and his son returning without saying a word to him. Fernand calls Albert a coward but the Count disagrees. Fernand says the Count is his enemy, that he hates him and wishes to fight. The Count puts on his sailor gear and asks if Fernand knows who he is. Fernand says Edmond’s name and leaves the house. Fernand goes home, watches his son and wife leave, then shoots himself.
Chapter 94: Valentine
Maximilian goes to see Valentine and Noirtier. Valentine feels ill, she’s lost her appetite. Noirtier has been giving her a little poison as a countermeasure, he believes someone is trying to poison her. Madame Danglars and Eugenie bring news about the engagement to Andrea. Valentine collapses, Maximilian picks her up and calls for help.
Chapter 95: The Confession
Maximilian hides in Noirtier’s room then sneaks out. Maximilian runs to the Count while Villefort goes for the doctor. Maximilian tells the Count he fears another death in the Villefort house. The Count says justice is being served there. Maximilian asks for the Count’s help and reveals his love for Valentine. The surprised Count tells Max to hope and that Valentine will live. The doctor arrives to find Valentine barely alive. Noirtier makes the doctor understand that he has been preparing Valentine’s system for poison. Abbe Busconi leases the house next to Villefort’s.
Chapter 96: The Father and Daughter
The morning of the duel between the Count and Albert, Danglars talks to Eugenie in his drawing room. She says she loves no one and is happy as she is. Danglars says her marriage is a business deal and reveals that they are financially ruined. Eugenie agrees to marry Andrea.
Chapter 97: The Contract
Andrea visits the Count and tells about the upcoming marriage contract. Andrea wants to acknowledge all the attention the Count has given him, the Count says he hasn’t had any influence on Andrea’s situation. Beauchamp, Chateau-Renaud, Madame Villefort, Louise d’Armilly and the Count attend the marriage contract signing. Before Eugenie and Andrea have a chance to sign, the Count reveals Caderousse's blood-stained waistcoat. There was a note in the pocket addressed to Danglars that was sent to Villefort. Andrea turns pale and backs out of the room. The police arrive looking for Andrea (Benedetto), the escapee wanted for the murder of Caderousse.
Chapter 98: The Departure for Belgium
Danglars gives a statement, Madame Danglars goes to her room, and Eugenie and Louise go to Eugenie’s room. Eugenie cannot believe the accusations against Andrea. She and Louisa plan to escape by pretending to be brother and sister. Eugenie cuts her hair and dresses as a man. Then they sneak out of the house.
Chapter 99: The Hotel of the Bell and Bottle
Andrea runs through Paris then buys a horse to take him to the Bell and Bottle hotel. He plans to leave early in the morning but sleeps late and awakes to find officers outside his window. He climbs the chimney and jumps on the roof. He goes down the chimney of another room and surprises Eugenie and Louise. The police take Andrea to prison while Eugenie and Louise travel to Brussels.
Chapter 100: The Law
Madame Danglars, upset by the events regarding her daughter, goes to Villefort’s house. They talk about Andrea (Benedetto), his unknown parents, his criminal background and the murder charge. Villefort receives word that Andrea has been arrested.
Chapter 101: The Apparition
Valentine, not yet recovered from her illness, is confined to her bed. During the day, Noirtier and Villefort are with her, during the night Dr. d’Avrigny and a nurse sit with her. Every morning Maximilian visits Noirtier to hear news of Valentine. A nurse places a drink beside Valentine’s bed and locks the door. A man appears and prevents her from drinking, then drinks it himself. It is the Count. He says he’s been protecting her for four nights and has promised Maximilian that she will live. The Count has watched those who enter her room and knows who is trying to poison her. The Count tells Valentine to pretend to sleep tonight and see who enters her room.
Chapter 102: The Serpent
Valentine pretends to sleep and watches as Madame Villefort enters her room and pours liquid into her glass. The Count enters the room after Madame Villefort leaves. Valentine cannot believe what she has seen. The Count examines the liquid and sees it is now narcotics instead of poison. The Count explains that if Valentine dies, Villefort will inherit her money and will give it to Edward. The Count tells Valentine to rely on him. She asks the Count to look over Noirtier and Maximilian. The Count gives her a pill and she falls asleep.
Chapter 103: Valentine
Madame Villefort enters Valentine’s room, finds that Valentine has no heartbeat and leaves. The next morning, the nurse screams when she sees Valentine’s white lips and stiff limbs. Villefort enters the room and Dr. d’Avrigny confirms Valentine’s death. Maximilian enters, hears the terrible news and goes to Noirtier.
Chapter 74: The Promise
Maximilian and Valentine talk about their future. He says he has enough money to marry her. She says she can’t oppose her family. Maximilian tells Valentine he will wait until he hears the official decree of her marriage then take his own life. She says she will leave home and meet him. When Valentine doesn’t appear, Maximilian goes to Villefort’s house. While hiding outside the house, he overhears Villefort and the doctor talking about Madame de Saint-Meran’s death. The doctor believes she was poisoned. Maximilian enters the house and finds Valentine praying over her grandmother’s body. Valentine hides Maximilian in her grandfather’s room. She tells Noirtier she loves Maximilian and leaves the two men. Maximilian tells Noirtier his history, how he met Valentine and his intentions. Noirtier indicates that he will help the couple. Maximilian kisses Noirtier and leaves.
Chapter 75: The Villefort Family Vault
Madame de Saint-Meran is placed in the Villefort family vault next to her daughter, Renee. Maximilian observes the funeral and restrains himself from saying anything to Franz. Back in Paris, Villefort tells Franz that the wedding will take place immediately per Madame de Saint-Meran’s wishes. Franz goes to get witnesses. Valentine is upset by the news. Franz returns and the notary informs him that Valentine will not inherit Noirtier’s fortune. Barrios, Noirtier’s servant, appears and says Noirtier wishes to speak with Franz. Franz, Valentine and Villefort go to Noirtier.
Chapter 76: A Signed Statement
In Noirtier’s room, Noirtier asks Valentine to open a drawer with a secret compartment. She finds a bundle of papers and gives them to Franz to read out loud. The papers relate the incident on February 5, 1815 during the Bonapartist Club meeting. Franz’s father, Quesnel, served the emperor from 1804-1814. Quesnel, blindfolded and taken to the meeting, hears plans about the return of Bonaparte. Quesnel proclaims he is a royalist. The club president says because Quesnel knows too much, he must die. Quesnel begs to live for the sake of his son. Quesnel swears an oath not to reveal what he saw or heard at the meeting. Quesnel is allowed to leave with three men, including the president of the club. Quesnel insults the men in the carriage prompting a duel. Quesnel is killed in the duel, his body thrown into the river. Franz asks for the name of the man who made him an orphan at age two. Noirtier motions Franz to the dictionary and tells him to stop at the word MYSELF.
Chapter 77: Progress of M. Cavalcanti the Younger
Within two weeks, Andrea has obtained a title, money and a backstory. While the Count visits Madame Danglars, he notices Eugenie and Andrea playing piano together. Madame Danglars tells the Count that Franz has declined to marry Valentine. Danglars enters and is pleased Eugenie and Andrea are getting along. Albert visits, he is pleased too see Eugenie and Andrea together. Danglars tells the Count that Andrea would be a better match for his daughter as he is rich, educated and musical. Danglars asks the Count to talk to Fernand about breaking off the match. The Count and Albert leave.
Chapter 78: Haydee
While the Count and Albert have tea, Albert asks to be presented to Haydee. The Count agrees only if Albert agrees not to discuss the meeting with anyone and not to tell her his father served her father. Haydee enters and Albert is struck by her beauty. The Count tells Haydee to talk about her father’s fate. Haydee was four years old when her mother and father fled from the palace of Yanina. Her father, Ali Tebelen, lead them across the lake to a place with underground caverns. Haydee and her mother stayed underground while her father waited for news. A French officer arrived by boat and appeared to bring good news. As the caverns filled with enemies, Haydee and her mother saw the guards stabbed and her father shot. Haydee and her mother were captured and sold. Haydee was eventually bought by the Count of Monte Cristo.
Chapter 79: Yanina
Now that the marriage between Valentine and Franz is off, Noirtier reinstates Valentine in his will. Fernand goes to Danglars asking for permission for Albert to marry Eugenie. Danglars says he has suspended his decision, Fernand leaves in anger. The next day, an article in the newspaper names Fernand in the incident at Yanina. Albert wants to fight for his father’s honor. He asks the Count for help. The Count says no one will know it’s his father, no one calls him by Fernand. Albert wants a retraction from the newspaper editor, Beauchamp. Beauchamp is surprised by both the article and Albert’s reaction. Beauchamp asks for three weeks to research the story.
Chapter 80: The Lemonade
Maximilian and Valentine talk in Noirtier’s room about future plans. Barrios becomes sick and collapses after drinking Noirtier’s lemonade. Maximilian hides in a corner as Villefort and Madame Villefort enter. Maximilian leaves when Villefort goes for the doctor. The doctor sends Villefort out for a prescription then questions Barrios. The doctor takes Barrios in another room where he dies. The doctor meets Villefort in the hallway and says he tested the lemonade and found that it was poisoned.
Chapter 81: The Accusation
Villefort and Doctor d’Avrigny talk about the three recent deaths at Villefort’s house. The doctor thinks the lemonade was meant to kill Noirtier. He believes Valentine poisoned the Saint-Merans and Noirtier and insists Villefort do his duty as magistrate and arrest her. Villefort says he cannot condemn his child. The doctor says he will not help the next time someone is poisoned in the Villefort house. After hearing the news of another death, the servants express their wish to leave the house, Valentine is in tears and Villefort looks at his wife and wonders at her gloomy smile.
Chapter 82: The Room of the Retired Baker
Andrea and Danglars talk of possible marriage arrangement now that Fernand’s name has been disgraced. Andrea travels in disguise to Caderousse’s house. He has heard of the possible marriage between Andrea and Eugenie and says he’s an old friend of Danglars. Andrea tells Caderousse that he believes the Count is his real father. He believes he will be left money is his will. Caderousse asks about the location and layout of the Count’s house. Andrea says the Count will be at Auteuil the following night.
Chapter 83: The Burglary
At Auteuil, the Count receives a letter saying his house will be robbed. The Count and Ali go to Paris. A stranger enters the Count’s house by cutting the window pane, another man is posted outside. When the Count recognizes the burglar as Caderousse, he puts on his Abbe Busconi costume. Caderousse is astonished to see the Abbe enter. The Abbe asks him about Benedetto and how they escaped prison. Caderousse says Benedetto believes the Count to be his father. Caderousse tries to stab the Abbe but fails. The Abbe makes Caderousse write a letter to Danglars stating that Andrea is Benedetto, an escaped felon who doesn’t know his parents. The Abbe lets Caderousse go. The man outside waits for Caderousse to climb over the wall then beats him repeatedly. Caderousse calls for help, the Abbe and Ali run to save him.
Chapter 84: The Hand of God
The Abbe sends for a surgeon and Villefort. Caderousse tells the Abbe that Benedetto gave him the layout of the Count’s house and told him when he would be out of town. It was Benedetto who sent the Count the note warning him of the burglary. And now it was Benedetto who watched and waited outside to kill Caderousse. The Abbe writes down the statement and Caderousse signs his name. As Caderousse is dying, the Abbe talks about all the gifts he was given only to do bad things. The Abbe takes off his costume revealing his true self. He whispers his true name to Caderousse who then begs for God’s forgiveness before dying. Villefort and the surgeon arrive to see the Abbe praying over a dead man.
Chapter 85: Beauchamp
The police search for Caderousse’s killer and Villefort prepares the case against him. Wedding preparations begin for Eugenie and Andrea. The Count tells Albert to forget about dueling Beauchamp as no one has learned the connection to his father. Beauchamp calls on Albert to talk about his trip to Yanina. Beauchamp confirms the newspaper article was true, Fernand was the traitor who surrendered the castle of Ali Tebelen. Beauchamp presents Albert with the proof and says the secret will remain between them. Albert burns the papers and thanks his friend. Albert is devastated by his father’s past.
Chapter 86: The Journey
Beauchamp and Albert visit the Count. The Count invites Albert to get away from Paris. Albert goes to tell his mother about the trip, the Count tells Haydee their plans. Albert and the Count spend a few pleasant days at a house on the sea. Their vacation is interrupted by Beauchamp, who rides to him on Mercedes orders. Another newspaper article was published naming the Count of Morcerf as the French officer who betrayed Ali Tebelen.
Chapter 87: The Trial
The Count Morcerf (Fernand) enters the House of Peers unaware of the newspaper article about him. The article is read aloud and a vote to examine Morcerf passes. Morcerf leaves, prepares his defense and returns later that day. Morcerf presents papers and a ring proving Ali Tebelen’s confidence in him. Morcerf says he was put in charge of Ali Tebelen’s wife and daughter, but they disappeared. The president of the examination committee reads a letter aloud to the group. A witness to the death of Ali Tebelen is waiting in the lobby. The witness who enters is Haydee. She tells her story, produces her birth register, baptism record and record of sale. Morcerf flees from the courtroom. He is convicted of felony, treason and outrage.
Chapter 88: The Challenge
Albert is enraged by his father’s conviction and wants to avenge the person who spoiled his name. Beauchamp says Danglars was in Yanina asking questions about Fernand. Albert goes to challenge Danglars. Danglars confesses to asking about Fernand on the advice of the Count. Albert goes to confront the Count.
Chapter 89: The Insult
Albert briefly talks to his mother who is in bed with grief. She tells him to keep his friendship with the Count. Later, Albert enters the opera with Beauchamp and Chateau-Renaud while Maximilian enters with the Count. After the second act, Albert leaves his box and enters the Count’s box. Albert demands an explanation concerning his actions toward his father. The Count demands that Albert leave and calls him Morcerf. Outraged, Albert issues a challenge to the Count and he accepts. As Albert and his friends leave, the Count tells Maximilian that he will kill Albert.
Chapter 58: At the Gate
Maximilian Morrel meets Valentine at the garden gate of Villefort’s home. Maximilian has heard that Franz is on his way home and worries about their relationship. He suggests asking the Count for help. Valentine feels the Count is Madame Villefort’s friend, not hers. Maximilian promises not to reveal their relationship to the Count.
Chapter 59: M. Noirtier de Villefort
Villefort and his wife enter Noirtier’s room. Sight and hearing are the only senses Noirtier has left, so he communicates through a system of eye blinks. Valentine, Villefort and Noirtier’s servant, Barrois, are the only people who can communicate with Noirtier. Villefort tells his father that Valentine will marry Franz in three months. Noirtier is agitated by the news. After Villefort leaves, Noirtier summons Valentine and tells her what her father said. She says she doesn’t love Franz. He tells her to get a notary.
Chapter 60: The Will
Villefort tries to dismiss the notary, claiming his father is unable to communicate. Both Valentine and Barrois say they will interpret for Noirtier. Noirtier says that if Valentine marries Franz, he will disinherit her and leave his money to charity. Villefort says he will choose who she marries and leaves. The will, written as Noirtier stated, is sealed and approved.
Chapter 61: The Telegraph
The Count visits Villefort and notices his somber mood. Villefort tells the Count about his daughter’s marriage and his father’s will. The Count comments on the opposing politics of Noitier and Franz’s father. The Count reminds him of the party at Auteuil. Villefort discovers that the house once belonged to Renee’s (his first wife) parents. Villefort says he dislikes the house but will attend the party. The Count leaves to visit a telegraph tower.
Chapter 62: The Bribe
The Count reaches the tower of Montlhery and finds the telegraph operator tending his garden. The operator leads the Count to the tower which contains garden tools, sleeping quarters and the telegraph. The operator says he doesn’t understand most of the signals that come through. The Count offers the operator money to send a signal he has drawn on paper. The operator sends the signal to the Minister of Interior. The message said that Don Carlos had escaped and returned to Spain. Debray hears the news and tells Danglars to sell his Spanish bonds. The next day, Danglars finds out the telegraph message was a mistake and loses millions from his sold stock.
Chapter 63: Shadows
Maximilian, Chateau-Renaud, Debray, Danglars and his wife, Major Cavalcanti, Andrea, Villefort and his wife arrive at the house in Auteuil. As Bertuccio counts the guests, he recognizes Madame Danglars as the young pregnant woman in the garden. He is shocked to see that Villefort is alive and that Andrea is really Benedetto.
Chapter 64: The Dinner
As dinner, the Count talks about purchasing and transforming the house. Villefort and Madame Danglars look uneasy as the Count leads a tour of the house. One room, containing a bed hung with red damask, looks dark and sinister. The Count says this room was left unchanged and reveals a hidden staircase. The Count tells parts of Bertuccio’s story until Madame Danglars faints. She is revived with Madame Villefort’s vial of red liquid. The Count leads the party to the garden where his men unearthed a box and skeleton while digging in the garden. The Count asks Villefort about the punishment for infant killers, Villefort says beheading. As the others go back to the lawn for coffee, Villefort and Madame Danglars agree to meet the next day.
Chapter 65: The Beggar
The party guests leave Auteuil. On his way home, Andrea is stopped by a beggar who asks for a ride to Paris. The beggar is Caderousse. He calls the man by his real name, Benedetto. As the two ride back to Paris, Caderousse wonders at Andrea’s fine carriage, new clothes and friends. Andrea says he found his father with the Count’s help. He gives Caderousse money.
Chapter 66: A Conjugal Scene
Lucien Debray visits Madame Danglars but is asked to leave by Danglars. After Debray leaves, the husband and wife argue over recent money issues. Danglars thinks both his wife and Debray should pay him back for their poor instincts and information.
Chapter 67: Matrimonial Plans
Danglars visits the Count. He talks about his money problems then asks about Cavalcanti and his son. Danglars says he’d prefer his daughter marry Andrea instead of Albert. Danglars says he’s known Count Morcerf (Fernand) for 30 years. The Count tells him to inquire about Fernand’s involvement with Ali Tebelen.
Chapter 68: The Office of the Procureur du Roi
Madame Danglars visits Villefort’s office. Villefort recalls the night at the house in Auteuil, watching her in labor in the red damask room, thinking the voiceless child dead, carrying the box to the garden, crawling to the house after being stabbed. Villefort recuperated in Versailles while she went back to Paris and married Danglars. Villefort visited the house in Auteuil nine years after the incident and found no baby. Madame Danglars is upset to find out the child lived. Villefort says he tried in vain to find the child. Villefort thinks the Count knows the story. He vows to find out who the Count really is.
Chapter 69: A Summer Ball
Albert visits the Count. The Count talks about the dinner, Albert talks about marrying Eugenie Danglars. Albert says Eugenie will never be as beautiful and witty as his mother (Mercedes). Albert says his father, Fernand, is giving a ball and his mother wishes the Count to attend. The Count asks Albert to bring Franz to his house when he arrives in Paris.
Chapter 70: The Inquiry
Villefort starts searching for clues about the Count. He receives the names of Lord Wilmore and Abbe Busoni. Villefort disguises himself as an inspector and visits Abbe Busoni (Dantes) in his dark room, lit by a lamp. Busconi says the Count’s real name is Zaccone and that Monte Cristo is a not a family name but a rock. Busconi says Zaccone is the son of a rich shipbuilder from Malta, his one enemy is Lord Wilmore, he is very charitable, this is his first time in Paris and he bought the house at Auteuil to establish a mental asylum. The inspector (Villefort) leaves and goes to Lord Wilmore’s house. He has to wait. Lord Wilmore (Dantes) greets the inspector but does not speak French. Wilmore says he met Zaccone in India. Zaccone was taken prisoner, sent to England, escaped to Greece, discovered a silver mine and is currently in France speculating in railways. Wilmore says Zaccone is going to use the mineral springs in Auteuil to open a bath house. Wilmore says he dislikes Zaccone and that they have dueled three times. The inspector leaves. The Count pulls off the costume and facial mask of Lord Wilmore.
Chapter 71: The Ball
At Fernand’s ball, Madame Villefort tells Albert all the “inspector” learned from Lord Wilmore. Maximilian and Valentine look at each other across the room. The Count enters and greets Mercedes, Albert, and Danglars. Mercedes watches the Count and notices he’s not eating. She invites him to walk with her in the garden.
Chapter 72: Bread and Salt
Mercedes tries to get the Count to eat but he refuses. She asks about the Greek girl, he says she is a former slave. He says he once loved a girl but war carried him away and she didn’t wait for him. He is alone in the world. Villefort arrives to take Madame Villefort and Valentine home. Saint-Meran (Valentine’s grandfather) has died.
Chapter 73: Madame de Saint-Meran
Villefort stayed home from the ball to look at his enemy list. He believes Bertuccio told Abbe Busconi his story and the Abbe told the Count. Madame de Saint-Meran arrives at the house in grief, her husband has died of an apparent stroke. She wishes to see Valentine. Villefort goes to get his wife and daughter from the party. Back at home, Valentine stays with her grandmother until she falls asleep then she goes to see Noirtier for support. The next morning, Madame de Saint-Meran tells Villefort that Valentine must be married soon. Madame has seen a white figure in her sleep and thinks she will die. She calls for a notary. Valentine talks to Doctor d’Avigny about her grandmother’s symptoms. Valentine goes to the garden to meet Maximilian at the gate.
Chapter 45: The Vendetta
Bertuccio talks about his brother’s death, Villefort’s refusal to avenge the death or compensate his sister-in-law and his plan to kill Villefort. One night, concealed in the bushes at the house at Auteuil, Bertuccio sees Villefort and a pregnant girl. Villefort leaves the house with a box and starts digging in the garden. Bertuccio stabs Villefort, opens the box and revives a strangled child. Bertuccio leaves the child at the hospital but the baby is brought home by his sister-in-law. The baby, Benedetto grows up to be a spoiled, mean-spirited child.
Bertuccio tells the Count that he fled from custom agents one night by jumping out of his boat, swimming to shore and hiding at Caderousse’s inn. Bertuccio sees the jeweler looking at the diamond, hears the story about the priest’s (Dantes) visit and listens as the three argue over a selling price. A raging storm causes the jeweler to spend the night at the inn.
Chapter 46: The Rain of Blood
Bertuccio stays hidden under the stairs of the inn. He listens as Caderousse, his wife and the jeweler eat supper then go to bed. He wakes to pistol fire, hears a struggle and then a thud. Bertuccio watches Caderousse, covered in blood, take the diamond, gold and money and leave the house. Bertuccio enters, sees the wife dead on the stairs then finds the jeweler dead upstairs. As he goes downstairs, Bertuccio is met by custom agents who believe he is the murderer. As a trial nears, the priest (Dantes) appears and corroborates Bertuccio's story. Caderousse confesses to the murders and Bertuccio is released. The priest recommends Bertuccio to the Count of Monte Cristo (Dantes).
During this time, Benedetto and friends go to his mother’s house for money. They torture her then leave her for dead.
The Count and Bertuccio leave the Auteuil house and return to Paris. There the Count greets the young Greek woman who was with him in Rome.
Chapter 47: Unlimited Credit
Danglars tries calling at the Count’s house but is not received. The Count watches Danglars from an upstairs window then summons his servant. He directs the servant to purchase the horses from Danglars’ carriage. The Count directs Bertuccio to go find and purchase a seaside home. The Count travels to Danglars’ house with his two new horses. Danglars thinks the Count is a fake. The Count presents Danglars with a letter from a bank in Rome which guarantees the Count unlimited credit. Danglars thinks this is absurd and demands to know what sum the Count requires. The Count asks for 6 million francs, half in gold and half in bank notes. He says he will be in Paris for one year.
Chapter 48: The Dappled Greys
Danglars introduces the Count to his wife. The Count says he is grateful for friends to help him navigate the city. During their discussion, Madame Danglars finds out her horses were sold that morning. The Count remarks that he bought two horses. Danglars explains to his wife that they were offered a great sum of money for the horses. (The Count is happy he caused an argument between husband and wife.) When the Count gets back to his house, he orders the horses to be returned to Madame Danglars.
The Count travels to his Auteuil house. He directs his servant Ali to watch for and stop a runaway carriage that he expects will pass by. Ali stops the carriage carrying a woman, Heloise de Villefort and her young son, Edward. The Count brings them inside and revives the unconscious boy with a vial of red liquid. Heloise is grateful for the Count’s help; the boy acts rude and spoiled. The incident is talked about throughout the social circles causing Villefort to pay the Count a visit.
Chapter 49: Ideology
Villefort is a respectable magistrate with a young wife, Heloise, an 18-year old daughter from his first marriage, Valentine, and son, Edward. Villefort rarely goes out but visits the Count with thanks and gratitude for saving his wife and son. The Count dismisses his praise but engages in conversation with Villefort. The men talk of France’s legal system, politics, people and religion. Villefort respects the Count and invites him to his house where he can introduce the Count to his father, Noirtier and his daughter, Valentine.
Chapter 50: Haydee
The Greek girl, Haydee, lives in an apartment unconnected to the Count’s. The Count visits her and tells her in Paris she is free. He encourages her to go out, live as she pleases and not be tied to him. Haydee says she only has affection for him. She has traveled with him throughout Italy, Spain and France. They talk about her father’s death. Haydee tells the Count she could not bear losing him.
Chapter 51: The Morrel Family
Nine years have passed since the Count saved Morrel and his family. Maximilian happily greets the Count at their house and introduces him to his sister, Julie, and brother-in-law, Emmanuel. Cocles, the former bank teller, now works at the house. Julie tells the Count about their benefactor, Sinbad the Sailor, who saved them from ruin. Maximilian says that his father believed the benefactor rose from the grave. His last words were, “Maximilian, it was Edmond Dantes!” The Count is stunned. He quickly thanks Julie for her friendship and leaves. Julie thinks she’s heard his voice before.
Chapter 52: Pyramus and Thisbe
Valentine sits in the garden beside an iron gate, on the other side is Maximilian Morrel. Maximilian loves Valentine but is worried her father will not approve of him. A match between Valentine and Franz has been arranged but Franz isn’t coming home for a year. Valentine says Maximilian is her only friend besides her grandfather. She is forgotten by her father, harassed by her step-mother and overshadowed by her brother. Maximilian has a small fortune and comes from a respectable house. He believes a match between them is possible. Valentine tells Maximilian about a time when her father became unhappy at hearing the name Morrel. Maximilian and Valentine part when she is called to the house to meet the Count.
Chapter 53: Toxicology
The Count visits Villefort’s house but finds he is out. The Count talks with Heloise and Edward and meets Valentine. The Count asks if they might have met in Italy, Heloise remembers that they spoke of medical matters. Valentine goes to get her grandfather for supper and Edward is sent out of the room. Heloise tells the Count that Noitier has paralysis and his mind if fading. They talk about the effects of poison, how people build tolerance to poison and what can happen to the food chain when an animal ingests poison. Heloise asks for the prescription for the red liquid that revived her son the day of the runaway carriage. The Count reminds her that a small dose is a remedy while a large dose is poisonous.
Chapter 54: Robert Le Diable
At the opera, Albert and Chateau-Renaud discuss a horse race winner named Vampa. Madame Danglars, her daughter, Eugenie, and Lucien Debray enter another theatre box. Chateau-Renaud asks Albert about his objections against Eugenie, Albert says she’s not his type. Albert and Chateau-Renaud visit the countess from Rome during intermission. She tells them she was sent the gold cup from yesterday’s horse race. Albert tells her he is certain the Count is the owner of the horse. They talk about the Count buying Madame Danglars’ horses, how he saved Heloise and Edward from the runaway carriage and now owns a winning horse. The Count and Haydee enter their theatre box. During second intermission, Albert visits Madame Danglars box. Madame Danglars asks Albert if he will ask the Count to visit their box. During the third act, Fernand enters Madame Danglars box. The Count also visits, where he is introduced to Eugenie. As they are talking, the Count notices something wrong with Haydee, excuses himself and returns to his box. Haydee recognized Fernand as the man who sold her father to the Turks and reaped fortune. Haydee says she cannot stand the sight of Fernand and they leave.
Chapter 55: A Talk About Stocks
At the Count’s house in Paris, Albert tells Lucien Debray that he doesn’t want to marry Eugenie, says his mother dislikes Danglars and that his father will insist on the match. Albert tells Lucien he should give Madame Danglars false stock information and teach her a lesson. The Count says he is planning a dinner for Saturday night at Auteuil and wants them to come. The Danglars and Villeforts are also invited. Albert declines as he and his mother will be traveling. The Count tells Albert he is expecting Major Cavalcanti and his son. When Albert leaves, the Count tells Bertuccio to go prepare the house in Auteuil.
Chapter 56: Major Cavalcanti
The Major arrives at the Count’s house, explaining he was sent by Abbe Busoni (the priest, who is Dantes). He wishes to find his son, who was kidnapped at five years old by gypsies. The Count is interrupted and told another visitor has arrived. The Count directs his servant to show his guest into another room. The Count gives the Major papers regarding his marriage to Olivia Corsinari and baptism of his son, Andrea. The Count tells the Major that his son is in the other room. The Major says he has spent all of his money traveling. The Count gives him money and assures he will have credit for more.
Chapter 57: Andrea Cavalcanti
Andrea greets the Count with a letter of introduction from Sinbad the Sailor. Andrea tells the Count that he was taken away by his tutor at a young age and that he has been searching for his father with no luck. When the Count says the Major is in the next room, Andrea is startled. The Count tells Andrea that he will be his guide in Paris and the Major will give him allowance. The Count watches in secret as the father and son meet. They are stiff and unemotional with each other. Andrea looks at the papers supplied by the Count, he thinks they are fake. Andrea and the Major talk about the letters directing them to the Count. They find they are both being paid to act as father and son. The Count reenters, Andrea and the Major embrace. The Count invites them to the party on Saturday night.