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Count Monte Cristo

Count Monte Cristo

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Chapter 1: Marseilles The Arrival.
On the 24th of February, 1810, the look-out at Notre-Dame de la Gardesignalled the three-master, the Pharaon from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples.As usual, a pilot put off immediately, and rounding the Chateau d’If, goton board the vessel between Cape Morgion and Rion island.Immediately, and according to custom, the ramparts of Fort Saint-Jeanwere covered with spectators; it is always an event at Marseilles for a shipto come into port, especially when this ship, like the Pharaon, has been built, rigged, and laden at the old Phocee docks, and belongs to an owner of the city.The ship drew on and had safely passed the strait, which some volcanicshock has made between the Calasareigne and Jaros islands; had doubledPomegue, and approached the harbor under topsails, jib, and spanker, butso slowly and sedately that the idlers, with that instinct which is theforerunner of evil, asked one another what misfortune could havehappened on board. However, those experienced in navigation saw plainlythat if any accident had occurred, it was not to the vessel herself, for she bore down with all the evidence of being skilfully handled, the anchor a-cockbill, the jib-boom guys already eased off, and standing by the side of the pilot, who was steering the Pharaon towards the narrow entrance of theinner port, was a young man, who, with activity and vigilant eye, watchedevery motion of the ship, and repeated each direction of the pilot.The vague disquietude which prevailed among the spectators had so muchaffected one of the crowd that he did not await the arrival of the vessel inharbor, but jumping into a small skiff, desired to be pulled alongside thePharaon, which he reached as she rounded into La Reserve basin.