Chapter 104: Maximilian
Maximilian carries Noirtier to Valentine’s room. In his grief, Maximilian collapses by the side of Valentine’s bed. In private, Noirtier tells Villefort the name of the assassin. Noirtier stays with Valentine’s body. Villefort goes to his study. Maximilian leaves the house. Dr. d’Avrigny goes to get the examiner. Abbe Busoni is called to Villefort’s house.
Chapter 105: Danglars’ Signature
The undertaker takes Valentine’s body away from Villefort’s house. Villefort works on the accusation against Benedetto. A crowd of mourners gather including Debray, Chateau-Renaud and Beauchamp. The Count visits Danglars and asks for his five million. Danglars is stunned but pays him with money intended for the hospital. After the Count leaves, Danglars gathers his bank notes, burns documents, writes to his wife and takes his passport.
Chapter 106: The Cemetery of Pere-La-Chaise
The funeral procession travels to the family vault of Saint-Meran and Villefort. The Count joins the crowd looking for Maximilian. The Count finds Maximilian praying then follows him back to Paris. Maximilian goes home and locks himself in his room. The Count breaks into the room and finds Maximilian at his writing desk with pistols by his side. The Count reveals that he is Edmond Dantes, Morrel’s benefactor. The Count invites Maximilian to come live with him.
Chapter 107: The Division
Madame Danglars visits Lucien Debray and shows him the letter left by her husband. Danglars has left France to escape his creditors. Madame Danglars says she is free but Debray shows no interest in her. Debray gives Madame Danglars her share of the money they jointly invested. Madame Danglars leaves.
Mercedes and Albert are staying in the room above Debray. Albert tells Mercedes that she must go to Marseilles and get the money left by Edmond Dantes many years ago. Albert has joined the French cavalry and is leaving for Africa. As Mercedes and Albert depart, the Count watches and wonders how to restore their happiness.
Chapter 108: The Lion’s Den
Bertuccio visits Andrea (Benedetto) in prison. Andrea expresses his gratefulness for all the ways the Count has helped him. Andrea asks Bertuccio to tell him about his real father. Bertuccio says he will come back tomorrow and reveal the identity of his father.
Chapter 109: The Judge
Villefort continues to work on the case against Andrea (Benedetto). His father has been calm since Valentine’s death, but he glares at Madame Villefort when he sees her. On the day of the trial, Villefort confronts his wife about the deaths of his mother in-law, father in-law, daughter and servant. She confesses then pleads for her life. He tells her to poison herself.
Chapter 110: The Assizes
Villefort watches as Andrea (Benedetto) enters the court. The details of Benedetto’s birthplace (Auteuil), birthdate (September 27, 1817) and crimes are revealed. Benedetto names Villefort as his father then tells the story of his birth. Madame Danglars cries out and faints. Villefort confirms the story and leaves.
Chapter 111: Expiation
Villefort leaves the court in a daze. He feels he must confess his crimes to Madame Villefort. He goes home and finds his wife and son dead, she has poisoned them both. Villefort goes to Noirtier’s room and finds Abbe Busoni. The Abbe says that Villefort has repaid his debt and is forgiven. The Abbe reveals himself as Edmond Dantes. When Edmond hears that Villefort’s son has also died, he tries to save him but cannot. Villefort goes mad. The Count goes home to tell Maximilian they will leave Paris tomorrow.
Chapter 112: The Departure
Julie and Emmanuel say goodbye to Maximilian and the Count. Julie asks the Count to restore peace and happiness to her brother. The Count asks to stop the carriage for one last look at Paris, a great city.
Chapter 113: The House in the Allees de Meillan
Maximilian and the Count travel to Marseilles. The Count sends Maximilian to seek his father’s grave while he goes to Mercedes. Mercedes is weeping in the garden at the house of Old Dantes. She cries over the loss of her son. The Count assures her that Albert will grow and prosper. Mercedes knows that she was the only one who recognized and comprehended Edmond Dantes. The comparison between him and other men has been her greatest torture. She will spend her remaining days in prayer. The Count leaves with a sad heart. He goes to Maximilian and asks him to meet him on the Island of Monte Cristo on the fifth of October.
Chapter 114: Peppino
Danglars goes to the bank of Thomson & French in Rome to withdraw five million. He spends the night at Casa Pastrini and sleeps late the next day. He calls for a carriage and heads out of town. During his journey, bandits overtake the carriage and demand he get out. Danglars follows Peppino into the catacombs. The captain of the bandits, Luigi Vampa, orders that Danglars be put in a cell.
Chapter 115: Luigi Vampa’s Bill of Fare
Danglars awakes unharmed. He sees Peppino and asks for food. Peppino will give him food but he must pay. Danglars counts his money and pays for food.
Chapter 116: The Pardon
Danglars asks for his ransom price. Luigi Vampa says five million, all that Danglars has. Vampa explains they are not allowed to kill him, so he must pay or suffer hunger. Danglars doesn’t eat, tries to find a way to escape, then finally pays for food. When his money runs low, he prays and doesn’t eat for four days. He asks the guards to take his last gold in exchange for his life. The Count asks Danglars if he repents. Danglars says yes. The Count says it was Danglars who helped to dishonor him and condemned Old Dantes to starve. Edmond forgives Danglars. He lets him keep his money, orders food and drink and grants his release.
Chapter 117: The Fifth of October
Maximilian reaches the Island of Monte Cristo by yacht, the Count greets him on the shore. Maximilian is still in despair over losing Valentine and has come to die in the arms of his friend. They enter the grotto and sit at the dining room table. The Count gives Maximilian a sleeping pill. Valentine enters and expresses her gratefulness to the Count. The Count asks Valentine to take care of Haydee when he leaves. Haydee enters and professes her love for him. Maximilian awakens and sees Valentine. The next day, Jacopo delivers a letter to Maximilian from the Count. The letter says Noirtier awaits to bless their wedding of his granddaughter and that Maximilian now owns the grotto, Paris house and Chateau. The letter also reveals to Valentine that her father went mad and her brother died. Haydee and the Count sail away. Maximilian wonders if they will ever see them again, Valentine says they must wait and hope.
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.
Chapter 31: Italy: Sinbad the Sailor
Young Paris aristocrats, Albert de Morcerf and Franz d’Epinay decide to meet in Rome for the carnival. While Albert heads to Rome directly, Franz travels toward the Isle of Elba. Franz visits the island of Monte Cristo where he is greeted by smugglers. He is invited to dine with the smuggler’s captain who calls himself Sinbad the Sailor (Dantes in disguise). Franz enters the lavishly decorated underground palace, dines with Sinbad, talks of his travels, and takes hashish which causes him to have enchanted visions.
Chapter 32: The Awakening
Franz wakes up in the grotto. There is no sign of the enchanted palace nor a trace of last night’s events. He sees Sinbad sailing away on his yacht. Franz heads to Rome and finds Albert at the hotel.
Chapter 33: Roman Bandits
As Franz and Albert make preparations for the carnival, they hear a story about the bandit, Luigi Vampa, from hotel owner, Maitre Pastrini. Story: Luigi and Teresa are two sheepherders who have grown up together. Luigi tells Teresa terrible stories about Cucumetto, the captain of the bandits. As an adult, Luigi meets Cucumetto, hides him and does not reveal his whereabouts.
Chapter 34: Vampa
Pastrini’s story continues…Teresa and Luigi go to Rome for the carnival. Teresa dances with a man, Luigi is jealous and takes her away. Later, the man’s villa catches fire but the man’s daughter is saved. Luigi shows Teresa a grotto filled with jewelry and costumes (stolen from the villa). Luigi hides Teresa in the grotto when he hears a stranger approach. The stranger asks for directions and Luigi guides him to the road. The stranger is Sinbad the Sailor. Franz is surprised at hearing the name. As the stranger leaves, Luigi hears Teresa cry out and sees a man carrying her away. Luigi shoots the man who is Cucumetto. Luigi becomes captain of the bandits. Albert does not believe the story, he says Luigi is a myth.
Chapter 35: The Colosseum
Franz and Albert visit the Colosseum at night. Albert goes with a guide while Franz goes to sit alone. He sees a man with a broad brimmed hat and another man talking about tomorrow’s planned executions. They discuss Peppino, a poor shepherd, who they will try to help escape. Franz thinks the man in the hat is Sinbad the Sailor (Dantes). Later, Albert and Franz go to the opera and meet a countess they know from Paris. They ask about a lovely woman and the man behind her in the shadows. When the man comes into the light, Franz knows it is Sinbad the Sailor. Back at the hotel, Franz and Albert receive an invitation from the Count of Monte Cristo for tomorrow’s festivities. The next morning, Franz asks Pastrini about the executions. One man, who murdered a priest, will be bludgeoned and the other man, an accomplice of Luigi Vampa, will be beheaded. Albert and Franz go to meet the Count in his hotel room.
Chapter 36: La Mazzolata
The Count of Monte Cristo (Dantes) welcomes Albert and Franz into his lavish hotel room. They discuss the executions and the carnival over breakfast. The Count offers his carriage and viewing rooms to his visitors. Franz does not want to see the executions but decides to go with Albert. Franz is suspicious of the Count, Albert thinks he is delightful. The men travel to the execution site and take their place in the viewing room. Spectators fill the streets. An executioner enters the crowd followed by the prisoners and priests. At the last second, Peppino is pardoned. The other prisoner tries to escape but is hit in the head by the executioner. Franz almost faints, Albert turns white and closes his eyes, the Count is unfazed.
Chapter 37: The Carnival at Rome
The carnival begins. The men dress up in costumes and masks for the carriage procession. The Count lets Albert and Franz use his carriage as he returns to the hotel. The carnival lasts many days with carriages racing through the streets covered in confetti and flowers. At night, Albert and Franz visit the theatre. Fireworks and candles light the air during the last day of the festivities. Albert meets a girl and leaves. The carnival ends at 8 pm as Lent begins.
Chapter 38: The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian
Franz receives news that a stranger awaits him at the hotel with news of Albert. Franz takes a letter from the messenger then goes into the hotel. In the letter, Albert instructs Franz to obtain money to free him. At the bottom is a message from Luigi Vampa that says if the money isn’t there my morning, Albert will be dead. Franz goes to the Count for help. The Count reads the letter then summons the messenger from the street. The messenger is Peppino, the pardoned prisoner. Peppino explains that Albert thought he was meeting a girl (Teresa) but really met a boy impersonating a girl, who led him out of the city and into the catacombs where Luigi and Teresa were waiting. The Count, Franz and Peppino go to the catacombs and sneak up on Luigi and his bandits. The Count asks Luigi why he has disrespected his friend. Luigi apologizes for not realizing Albert was the Count’s friend. They wake Albert, who is unusually calm for a prisoner, and leave the catacombs.
Chapter 39: The Rendezvous
The next morning, Albert and Franz visit the Count. Albert asks how he can repay the Count’s kindness. The Count says he will visit Paris in three months and asks if Albert will be his guide. Albert happily agrees and gives him his address. The next day, Albert leaves for Paris, the Count goes to Naples and Franz travels to Venice.
Chapter 40: The Guests
It is three months later. Albert receives guests for breakfast at his small apartment. He instructs his servant to let his mother know that he will be bringing a guest to her at 3 p.m. As Albert reads the newspaper, Lucien Debray, the private secretary to the Minister of Interior, and Beauchamp, the newspaper editor, enter.
Chapter 41: The Breakfast
Lucien and Beauchamp ask Albert about his possible marriage arrangement with Danglar’s daughter. Chateau-Renaud, a French nobleman, and officer Maximilian Morrel enter. Chateau-Renaud tells the men how Morrel saved his life. Albert receives Maximilian as a new friend. Albert relates the story of his kidnapping to the party. He also tells of Franz’s experiences with Sinbad the Sailor. The Count of Monte Cristo arrives and is introduced to the men. The Count’s eyes flash with recognition when introduced to Maximilian. At breakfast, the Count shows the group a large, hollow emerald where he keeps his homemade sleeping pills. The Count asks questions about Baron Danglars and talks to Maximilian about his sister. The breakfast party breaks up leaving Albert and the Count alone.
Chapter 42: The Presentation
Albert and the Count go to meet his parents. His father (Fernand) greets them. Fernand explains he was in the armed services but has retired to politics. He is flattered by the Count and does not recognize him. Albert’s mother (Mercedes) enters and thanks the Count for saving her son’s life. The Count says he must leave and tend to his new house. After he leaves, Albert goes to his mother. He asks about her health as she looks pale. Mercedes asks Albert about the Count’s name, home and age. Albert says the Count is a remarkable man. She asks about Fernand’s reaction to the Count then goes to sleep. Albert notes his mother’s reaction to the Count.
Chapter 43: Monsieur Bertuccio
The Count enters his new house on the Champs Elysses where a notary is waiting with papers to buy a country house. The Count sends a card of introduction to Danglars then instructs his servant, Bertuccio, to accompany him to his new country house. Bertuccio pauses when he hears the address of the house.
Chapter 44: The House at Auteuil
During the 20-minute drive to the country house, Bertuccio prays and sweat forms at his brow. At the house, they are greeted by a servant who says the last master rarely visited the house after his daughter died 21 years ago. Bertuccio becomes more anxious as they enter the house and panics when they enter the garden. The Count asks what is wrong and Bertuccio says it is here that he committed murder.
Chapter 21: The Isle of Tiboulen
Dantes cuts himself out of the sack then cuts the cord tied to his feet before he hits the water. He swims to the Isle of Tiboulen, an uninhibited island, where he rests then witnesses a shipwreck during a storm. He goes into the water, pretends to be a sailor from the wreck and is picked up by a smugglers boat, The Young Amelia. He hears the firing alarm from Chateau D’If, signaling a prisoner escape. Dantes asks the date and discovers that he was imprisoned for 14 years.
Chapter 22: The Smugglers
The captain of The Young Amelia asks Dantes to join their crew, Dantes agrees to join for three months. At port, Dantes gets a haircut and shave. He barely recognizes himself in the looking-glass. Once at sea, Dantes befriends Jacopo and teaches him to sail. During one of their journeys, the smugglers decide to land on the island of Monte Cristo.
Chapter 23: The Isle of Monte Cristo
Dantes feels fortune is finally in his favor. When the boat lands on the island, Dantes is the first on shore. He takes a gun, shoots a wild goat and tells Jacopo to bring it back to the crew for a feast. Dantes uses the time alone to search the coast for signs of an old grotto. The crew watches Dantes slip and fall while running on the shoreline rocks. Dantes is unable to move and begs the crew to leave him while he heals. The crew leaves Dantes provisions before departing the island.
Chapter 24: The Search
Dantes waits for the boat to depart then resumes his search for the grotto (He faked his injury). When he believes he has found the spot, he uses his pickaxe to chip away the rock and lights gunpowder to blow the rock apart. He finds stairs descending into the first grotto, then breaks his way into the second grotto. He returns to the surface and creates a torch from a tree branch. He descends again and uncovers a casket bound with iron. The casket contains gold bars and coins, diamonds, rubies and pearls. Dantes is elated.
Chapter 25: At Marseilles Again
Dantes puts some of the gems in his pocket, covers the casket with dirt and blocks the grotto opening with rocks. The smugglers return for him after six days. They land at Leghorn where Dantes sells his gems. Dantes buys Jacopo a boat and gives him money to hire a crew. He tells Jacopo to sail to Marseilles and gather information about Old Dantes and Mercedes. Dantes travels to Genoa where he buys a small yacht, complete with hidden compartments. Dantes sails to Monte Cristo, collects the treasure and hides it on his yacht. Jacopo meets Dantes on Monte Cristo and reports that Old Dantes is dead and Mercedes is gone. Dantes sails to Marseilles. He walks the streets toward his father’s house, his head full of memories. He enters his father’s house to find a young couple now in his rooms. He asks about Caderousse, the tailor who was once their neighbor. Dantes buys the house.
Chapter 26: The Inn of Pont Du Gard
Caderousse owns a small inn on a deserted road with his sickly wife, Madeleine. A priest (Dantes in disguise) visits the inn and says he was with Dantes when he died. The priest reports Dantes died heartbroken for his four faithful friends and his betrothed. Dantes wished to know the cause of his imprisonment before he died. The priest shows Caderousse a large diamond that will be sold, its profits divided among Dantes’ five friends: Caderousse, Danglars, Fernand, Old Dantes and Mercedes. The priest asks for the whereabouts of each. Caderousse’s wife is distrustful of the priest but changes her mind after she sees the diamond.
Chapter 27: The Tale
Caderousse says Old Dantes, miserable and heartbroken, died of starvation. Caderousse describes the actions of Danglars and Fernand to get Dantes arrested. He says Morrel, the ship owner, tried to help Old Dantes, tried to intercede on Edmond Dantes behalf, left his purse which paid for Old Dantes debts and funeral, but is now ruined and unhappy. Danglars became a rich count and married well. Fernand, a high-ranking military commander, now lives in Paris. Mercedes married Fernand and they have a son, Albert. Caderousse knows little about Villefort except that he married and left Marseilles. The priest gives Caderousse the diamond in exchange for Morrel’s purse.
Chapter 28: The Prison Registers
An English clerk (Dantes in disguise) meets Boville, the Inspector of Prisons and says he will pay the debt of Morrel if he is allowed to see the prison record of the Abbe Faria. The Inspector tells the clerk about Dantes escape from prison. The clerk looks at the prison register. He finds Dantes denunciation and examination, Morrel’s petition, and Villefort’s notes. (Here he learns his crime). He takes the denunciation and pays Boville.
Chapter 29: The House of Morrel and Son
The once busy office now employs only two clerks, Emmanuel, a young man in love with Morrel’s daughter, and an old man named Cocles. The English clerk (Dantes) arrives to see Morrel. Morrel explains that his resources are exhausted, he’s sold his wife’s jewels and his only hope of profit is the return of his ship, Pharaon. Morrel’s daughter, Julie, interrupts the meeting with news that the Pharaon sank but the crew was saved. The English clerk tells Morrel he will give him three months to pay his debt in light of the tragedy. As the English clerk leaves, he tells Julie that a letter signed Sinbad the Sailor will arrive and she must do what it says.
Chapter 30: The Fifth of September
Morrel exhausts every resource trying to find money to pay his debt. He even asks Danglars for a loan but is refused. His daughter, Julie, writes to her brother, Maximilian, to come home. On the day the debt is due, Julie receives the letter from Sinbad the Sailor. The letter describes the location of Morrel’s purse. Maximilian finds his father with two pistols heading for the study. Morrel tells his son to take care of his mother and sister and to leave him. As Morrel is about to take his own life, Julie opens the door and says they are saved. She gives him the purse containing a receipt for the debt and a large diamond. Emmanuel and Maximilian enter and report that the Pharaon is coming into port. The whole family goes to the harbor to see the ship. Dantes watches the scene in hiding then goes to his yacht. He has rewarded the good and now will seek revenge on the wicked.
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Chapter 10: The Little Room in the Tuileries
King Louis XVIII and the Duke de Blacas talk about possible desperate acts by Napoleon and his followers. Dandre, the minister of police, says that Napoleon is suffering from mental weakness in exile and will soon go insane. Villefort is admitted into the king’s presence and says he has information about Napoleon leaving the Isle of Elba. The King reassures Villefort that all the shores are being watched and protected.
Chapter 11: The Corsican Ogre
Dandre (minister of police) receives a telegram stating that Napoleon left Elba, landed in France and is advancing toward Paris. The King can not believe it. His family spent 25 years in exile, recently regained the throne and now are threatened again. The King asks Villefort if he will see his father. Villefort says he will not. The King presents Villefort with his Legion of Honour cross for his help and loyalty. Villefort goes to his hotel and prepares to leave Paris. A stranger asks to meet with him in his room. The stranger is Villefort’s father, Noirtier.
Chapter 12: Father and Son
Villefort and his father meet in the hotel room where they speak of Villefort’s wedding, the death of General Quesnel, the landing of Napoleon and the letter from Edmond Dantes. Noirtier details Napoleon’s intended route to Paris. Villefort says that the police description of General Quesnel’s murderer matches Noirtier. Noirtier shaves and changes clothes. Villefort watches his father leave then heads for Marseilles.
Chapter 13: The Hundred Days
Napoleon enters Paris and reclaims the throne, but France remains in civil war. During Napoleon's Hundred Days, Villefort holds his position as magistrate. Danglars (the jealous sailor) quits the sea and leaves for Madrid. Fernand joins Napolean’s army with hopes of winning Mercedes on his return. Mercedes remains alone, wandering the village in wonder. Caderousse joins the army. Five months after Edmond is arrested, his father dies. Morrel asks Villefort for help in locating Edmond Dantes. Villefort agrees, but does nothing. Dantes remains a prisoner during Napoleon’s Hundred Days. When King Louis XVIII regains the throne, Villefort marries Renee.
Chapter 14: In the Dungeons
One year after King Louis XVIII is restored to the throne, an inspector visits Dantes in the dungeon. Dantes wishes to know his crime and to be tried for it. The inspector promises to look into the case, restoring hope in Dantes. The inspector also visits the “Mad Abbe” in the cell below Dantes. L’Abbe Faria is a priest who claims to own an enormous treasure. They find him drawing circles on the floor. The inspector looks into Dantes case and finds he is a violent Bonapartists, involved in Napoleon’s return from Elba and is to be carefully watched. Dantes is known as prisoner #34.
Chapter 15: Number 34 and Number 27
Dantes is extremely lonely, the only person he sees is the jailer. He prays to God, he contemplates death, he stops eating and becomes gravely ill. One day he hears scratching sounds in the wall. He uses pieces from a broken jug to scrape plaster from the cell wall. He uses the handle of a saucepan as a lever to remove a stone. He hears the Abbe (prisoner #27) below him. The Abbe works in the tunnel below and soon appears in Dantes cell.
Chapter 16: A Learned Italian
The Abbe is a small man with penetrating eyes and a long beard. He describes the tools he made to dig the 50 feet between the cells. The Abbe looks out the high window in Dantes’ cell, sees a courtyard and gives up on his plan for escape. The Abbe tells Dantes of his devotion to learning while in prison. He invites Dantes to his cell.
Chapter 17: In the Abbe’s Cell
The Abbe shows Dantes his hidden tools, linen, papyrus, homemade pens, penknife, oil lamp, and cord ladder. Dantes tells the Abbe his story. The Abbe helps him realize those who benefitted from his disappearance, Danglars, Fernand and Villefort. Dantes is upset but the Abbe says not to think of vengeance. The Abbe teaches Dantes about math and languages. Eventually, they make an escape plan that will take a year to execute. They are days from escaping when the Abbe becomes ill, his arm and leg become paralyzed.
Chapter 18: The Treasure
The Abbe tells Dantes about the treasure. Caeser Spada, a cardinal, and his nephew were poisoned by the Pope in a plot to gain Spada's inheritance. After the deaths, no wealth was found, only a scrap of paper. The Abbe explains that he was the secretary for the Comte de Spada, a distant relative of the Cardinal, and spent years looking over the Spada archives. After the Comte de Spada died, the Abbe discovered that the piece of paper, when exposed to heat, revealed a secret message. The Abbe shows Dantes the paper revealing the location of the treasure on the island of Monte Cristo.
Chapter 19: The Death of the Abbe
Dantes tells the Abbe that being his friend is his greatest treasure. The Abbe makes Dantes learn the contents of the note by heart. One night, Dantes awakes to hear his friend calling and rushes to his cell. He finds his friend dying. The Abbe comforts Dantes telling him the treasure will be his alone. Dantes watches his friend die. Dantes listens in the passage as his friend's body is examined by prison officials. The Abbe's body is put in a sack in preparation for burial.
Chapter 20: The Cemetery of the Chateau D’If
Dantes removes the body from the sack, takes the body to his cell then returns to the Abbe’s cell to sew himself into the sack. Dantes remains quiet as two grave diggers arrive and take him away on a stretcher. The grave diggers throw Dantes into the icy water with a thirty-six pound weight tied to his feet.
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The Count of Monte Cristo
Everyman’s Library Edition, 2009
Chapter 1: The Arrival at Marseilles
Our story begins in 1815 aboard the ship Pharaon in the port of Marseilles (France). Shipowner Morrel listens to Edmond Dantes, second in command, tell of the captain’s death at sea. While Dantes steps away, a jealous sailor, Danglers, tells Morrel that after Dantes took command, the ship made a stop at the Isle of Elba (Italy)—the place of Napoleon’s exile. Danglers reports that Dantes received a letter during the stop and that he is delivering the letter to Paris. Morrel tells Dantes it is his wish to name him captain. Dantes happily leaves the ship to see his father and his fiancée, Mercedes.
Chapter 2: Father and Son
Edmond Dantes arrives at his father’s small house to find him in poor health. Old Dantes explains that he had little money left after paying a debt to his neighbor, Caderousse. Caderousse hears of Edmond’s return and comes to visit. Caderousse and Danglers meet outside the house, they see Mercedes with her cousin, Fernand.
Chapter 3: The Catalans
Danglers and Caderousse drink wine at a café near Mercedes house, where Mercedes and Fernand are talking. Fernand has hoped for ten years that Mercedes would be his wife. Mercedes says she is in love with Edmond Dantes. Edmond arrives at the house and is introduced to Fernand. Edmond extends his hand to greet her cousin, but Fernand leaves the house in anger. Caderousse, Danglers and Fernand drink wine together at the café. Caderousse gets drunk, Fernand is overwhelmed with love and Danglers plans revenge on Dantes. Edmond and Mercedes stop to tell the men that they will be married tomorrow.
Chapter 4: The Plotters
Danglers and Fernand talk about their hate for Edmond Dantes. Caderousse listens and continues to drink. Danglers writes a letter accusing Dantes of being an agent of Napoleon. He says that Dantes is carrying a letter from Napoleon to Paris. Danglers throws the letter into a corner and leaves with Caderousse. Fernand picks up the letter after they leave.
Chapter 5: The Betrothal Feast
Friends, family and Pharaon crew gather to celebrate the upcoming wedding of Edmond and Mercedes. The feast includes sausages, lobster, prawns, sea urchins, clams and wine. Edmond reveals that he plans to marry, travel to Paris and back, then hold a marriage feast. Fernand looks uncomfortable and pale as he waits for something. The door opens revealing a magistrate and soldiers with an order of arrest for Dantes. Morrel questions the magistrate, Dantes’ father begs the men to leave his son alone, Caderousse asks Danglers about the letter, and Fernand leaves. Dantes is taken away by carriage, Morrel follows him, while Dantes’ father and Mercedes comfort each other and Fernand reappears. Morrel returns and says that Dantes has been accused of being a Bonapartist agent. Mercedes cries, Caderousse realizes the accusation came from the letter Danglers wrote at the café. Fernand takes Mercedes home. Morrel names Danglers ship captain.
Chapter 6: The Deputy Procureur
As Dantes is being arrested, another betrothal feast, celebrating those of a higher class, takes place for Villefort and Renee. Talk of the fallen Emperor Napoleon on the Isle of Elba and of the reinstated King Louis XVIII dominates the conversation. Villefort, a royalist and magistrate, has disowned his father, Noirtier, because he is a Napoleonist. The party is interrupted as Villefort receives a letter regarding Edmond Dantes, a sailor on the Pharaon, who delivered a letter to the Isle of Elba and received a letter to take to Paris. Villefort leaves the party to deal with the situation as Renee begs him to be merciful on their feast day.
Chapter 7: The Examination
Villefort arrives at his house to find Morrel, who pleads for kindness regarding Dantes. Villefort promises to be impartial. Villefort enters the house where he meets young Dantes for the first time. Dantes is calm, polite and without political opinion. He expresses his love for his father, his respect for his boss, Morrel, and his adoration for Mercedes. Villefort shows Dantes the letter of accusation, then asks what happened on his journey aboard the Pharaon. Dantes says that the captain, upon his death, gave an order to sail to the Isle of Elba, disembark, ask for the grand marshal, give him a letter and do whatever the grand marshal asked. Dantes received a letter from the grand marshal to be delivered to Paris. Villefort believes Dantes followed orders as instructed, asks for the letter and agrees to release Dantes. Villefort is shocked when he sees that the letter is addressed to Monsieur Noirtier, Villefort’s father. Villefort reads the letter then burns it. He tells Dantes not to speak of the letter and says he will be detained briefly. Dantes senses that something is wrong but agrees not to speak of the letter and hopes to be released soon.
Chapter 8: The Chateau d'If
Dantes is put in a cell to wait, then taken by carriage to a boat. Edmond is relieved to breathe the fresh night air and to find he is unrestrained. The boat passes Mercedes house and Edmond can see the light in her room. He begs to know where the men are taking him. They tell him they are heading to Chateau d‘If, a fortress for political prisoners. Dantes tries to throw himself into the water but is restrained. Upon reaching the fortress, Dantes is put into a chamber for the night with bread, water and fresh straw. Dantes repeatedly asks to see the governor but is denied. Dantes cries, barely eats, rages, and tries to bribe then threatens the jailer. The jailer throws Dantes into the dungeon.
Chapter 9: The Evening of the Betrothal
Villefort returns to the feast to tell Renee he has to leave for Paris. Mercedes waits outside to question Villefort about the charges against Dantes and ask where he is. Villefort tells Mercedes that Dantes is a criminal and that he doesn’t know where he is, then heads to Paris. Mercedes grieves for Dantes. Villefort can’t get the image of Dantes out of his mind. Morrel tries to get help from influential friends, but no one will assist an accused Bonapartist. Caderousse drinks wine, Danglers is happy and old Dantes is overwhelmed with anxiety.
January 1, 2019
Happy New Year!
Welcome to the Cook Public Library One Book One Community blog.
From January 3 to March 7, community members are invited to read The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.
The librarian will be reading The Count of Monte Cristo for the first time. A summary of her book progress and an update about the program will be posted once a week.
The book was one of the 100 books listed on PBS's The Great American Read. The Cook Pubic Library received a grant from PBS and the American Library Association to promote The Great American Read and all of the books on the list. The library held voting contests between books all summer long. After many votes and much competition, The Count of Monte Cristo was chosen as our winner.
Join us at the library on Thursday, January 3 at 5:00 pm to check out a copy of the book or learn how you can download the book to your computer or device.
Light snacks will be served courtesy of The Great American Read grant and The Friends of the Cook Public Library.