The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo

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The Count of Monte Cristo................................................................................................................................1 Alexandre Dumas .....................................................................................................................................1 Chapter 1. Marseilles −− The Arrival......................................................................................................3 Chapter 2. Father and Son.....................................................................................................................10 . Chapter 3. The Catalans.........................................................................................................................16 Chapter 4. Conspiracy...........................................................................................................................23 . Chapter 5. The Marriage−Feast.............................................................................................................28 Chapter 6. The Deputy Procureur du Roi..............................................................................................37 Chapter 7................................................................................................................................................44 Chapter 8. The Chateau D'If..................................................................................................................51 Chapter 9. The Evening of the Betrothal...............................................................................................57 Chapter 10. The King's Closet at the Tuileries......................................................................................61 Chapter 11. The Corsican Ogre.............................................................................................................67 Chapter 12. Father and Son...................................................................................................................73 . Chapter 13. The Hundred Days.............................................................................................................78 Chapter 14. The Two Prisoners.............................................................................................................83 Chapter 15. Number 34 and Number 27................................................................................................90 Chapter 16. A Learned Italian...............................................................................................................99 . Chapter 17. The Abbe's Chamber........................................................................................................106 Chapter 18. The Treasure....................................................................................................................121 . Chapter 19. The Third Attack..............................................................................................................128 Chapter 20. The Cemetery of the Chateau D'If...................................................................................134 Chapter 21. The Island of Tiboulen.....................................................................................................137 Chapter 22. The Smugglers.................................................................................................................143 . Chapter 23. The Island of Monte Cristo..............................................................................................146 Chapter 24. The Secret Cave...............................................................................................................151 Chapter 25. The Unknown...................................................................................................................154 Chapter 26. The Pont du Gard Inn.......................................................................................................158 Chapter 27. The Story..........................................................................................................................168 Chapter 28. The Prison Register..........................................................................................................177 Chapter 29. The House of Morrel Son.................................................................................................181 Chapter 30. The Fifth of September....................................................................................................189 Chapter 31. Italy: Sinbad the Sailor.....................................................................................................197 Chapter 32. The Waking......................................................................................................................212 Chapter 33. Roman Bandits.................................................................................................................215 Chapter 34. The Colosseum.................................................................................................................231 Chapter 35. La Mazzolata....................................................................................................................248 Chapter 36. The Carnival at Rome......................................................................................................256 Chapter 37. The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian...................................................................................266 Chapter 38. The Compact....................................................................................................................277 Chapter 39. The Guests........................................................................................................................283 Chapter 40. The Breakfast...................................................................................................................287 Chapter 41. The Presentation...............................................................................................................303 Chapter 42. Monsieur Bertuccio..........................................................................................................310 Chapter 43. The House at Auteuil.......................................................................................................314 . Chapter 44. The Vendetta....................................................................................................................318 Chapter 45. The Rain of Blood............................................................................................................329 Chapter 46. Unlimited Credit..............................................................................................................336 . i

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Chapter 47. The Dappled Grays..........................................................................................................344 . Chapter 48. Ideology...........................................................................................................................352 . Chapter 49. Haidee..............................................................................................................................358 . Chapter 50. The Morrel Family...........................................................................................................361 Chapter 51. Pyramus and Thisbe.........................................................................................................367 Chapter 52. Toxicology.......................................................................................................................373 Chapter 53. Robert le Diable...............................................................................................................383 Chapter 54. A Flurry in Stocks............................................................................................................395 Chapter 55. Major Cavalcanti..............................................................................................................403 Chapter 56. Andrea Cavalcanti............................................................................................................413 Chapter 57. In the Lucerne Patch. .......................................................................................................423 . Chapter 58. M. Noirtier de Villefort....................................................................................................430 Chapter 59. The Will...........................................................................................................................436 . Chapter 60. The Telegraph..................................................................................................................441 Chapter 61. How a Gardener may get rid of the Dormice that eat His Peaches..................................448 Chapter 62. Ghosts...............................................................................................................................456 Chapter 63. The Dinner.......................................................................................................................462 . Chapter 64. The Beggar.......................................................................................................................468 Chapter 65. A Conjugal Scene.............................................................................................................474 Chapter 66. Matrimonial Projects........................................................................................................480 Chapter 67. At the Office of the King's Attorney................................................................................488 Chapter 68. A Summer Ball.................................................................................................................495 Chapter 69. The Inquiry.......................................................................................................................501 Chapter 70. The Ball............................................................................................................................508 Chapter 71. Bread and Salt..................................................................................................................515 Chapter 72. Madame de Saint−Meran.................................................................................................518 Chapter 73. The Promise.....................................................................................................................526 . Chapter 74. The Villefort Family Vault. .............................................................................................542 . Chapter 75. A Signed Statement..........................................................................................................547 Chapter 76. Progress of Cavalcanti the Younger.................................................................................553 Chapter 77. Haidee..............................................................................................................................560 . Chapter 78. We hear From Yanina......................................................................................................574 Chapter 79. The Lemonade..................................................................................................................588 Chapter 80. The Accusation................................................................................................................596 . Chapter 81. The Room of the Retired Baker.......................................................................................600 Chapter 82. The Burglary....................................................................................................................614 Chapter 83. The Hand of God..............................................................................................................624 Chapter 84. Beauchamp.......................................................................................................................628 Chapter 85. The Journey......................................................................................................................632 Chapter 86. The Trial...........................................................................................................................639 Chapter 87. The Challenge..................................................................................................................645 Chapter 88. The Insult.........................................................................................................................649 . Chapter 89. A Nocturnal Interview. ....................................................................................................656 . Chapter 90. The Meeting.....................................................................................................................660 Chapter 91. Mother and Son................................................................................................................668 Chapter 92. The Suicide......................................................................................................................671 . Chapter 93. Valentine..........................................................................................................................677 Chapter 94. Maximilian's Avowal.......................................................................................................681 ii

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Chapter 95. Father and Daughter.........................................................................................................688 Chapter 96. The Contract.....................................................................................................................693 Chapter 97. The Departure for Belgium..............................................................................................700 Chapter 98. The Bell and Bottle Tavern..............................................................................................704 Chapter 99. The Law...........................................................................................................................711 . Chapter 100. The Apparition...............................................................................................................717 Chapter 101. Locusta...........................................................................................................................721 Chapter 102. Valentine........................................................................................................................724 Chapter 103. Maximilian.....................................................................................................................727 Chapter 104. Danglars Signature.........................................................................................................732 Chapter 105. The Cemetery of Pere−la−Chaise..................................................................................740 Chapter 106. Dividing the Proceeds....................................................................................................748 Chapter 107. The Lions' Den...............................................................................................................757 Chapter 108. The Judge.......................................................................................................................761 Chapter 109. The Assizes....................................................................................................................767 Chapter 110. The Indictment...............................................................................................................771 Chapter 111. Expiation........................................................................................................................775 Chapter 112. The Departure................................................................................................................780 . Chapter 113. The Past..........................................................................................................................788 Chapter 114. Peppino...........................................................................................................................796 Chapter 115. Luigi Vampa's Bill of Fare.............................................................................................801 Chapter 116. The Pardon.....................................................................................................................805 Chapter 117. The Fifth of October. .....................................................................................................809 .

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• Chapter 1 Marseilles −− The Arrival. • Chapter 2 Father and Son. • Chapter 3 The Catalans. • Chapter 4 Conspiracy. • Chapter 5 The Marriage−Feast. • Chapter 6 The Deputy Procureur du Roi. • Chapter 7 The Examination. • Chapter 8 The Chateau D'If. • Chapter 9 The Evening of the Betrothal. • Chapter 10 The King's Closet at the Tuileries. • Chapter 11 The Corsican Ogre. • Chapter 12 Father and Son. • Chapter 13 The Hundred Days. • Chapter 14 The Two Prisoners. • Chapter 15 Number 34 and Number 27. • Chapter 16 A Learned Italian. • Chapter 17 The Abbe's Chamber. • Chapter 18 The Treasure. • Chapter 19 The Third Attack. • Chapter 20 The Cemetery of the Chateau D'If. • Chapter 21 The Island of Tiboulen. • Chapter 22 The Smugglers. • Chapter 23 The Island of Monte Cristo. • Chapter 24 The Secret Cave. • Chapter 25 The Unknown. • Chapter 26 The Pont du Gard Inn. • Chapter 27 The Story. • Chapter 28 The Prison Register. • Chapter 29 The House of Morrel Son. • Chapter 30 The Fifth of September. • Chapter 31 Italy: Sinbad the Sailor. • Chapter 32 The Waking. • Chapter 33 Roman Bandits. • Chapter 34 The Colosseum. • Chapter 35 La Mazzolata. • Chapter 36 The Carnival at Rome. • Chapter 37 The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian. • Chapter 38 The Compact. • Chapter 39 The Guests. • Chapter 40 The Breakfast. • Chapter 41 The Presentation. • Chapter 42 Monsieur Bertuccio. • Chapter 43 The House at Auteuil. • Chapter 44 The Vendetta. • Chapter 45 The Rain of Blood. • Chapter 46 Unlimited Credit. The Count of Monte Cristo 1

The Count of Monte Cristo • Chapter 47 The Dappled Grays. • Chapter 48 Ideology. • Chapter 49 Haidee. • Chapter 50 The Morrel Family. • Chapter 51 Pyramus and Thisbe. • Chapter 52 Toxicology. • Chapter 53 Robert le Diable. • Chapter 54 A Flurry in Stocks. • Chapter 55 Major Cavalcanti. • Chapter 56 Andrea Cavalcanti. • Chapter 57 In the Lucerne Patch. • Chapter 58 M. Noirtier de Villefort. • Chapter 59 The Will. • Chapter 60 The Telegraph. • Chapter 61 How a Gardener may get rid of the Dormice that eat His Peaches. • Chapter 62 Ghosts. • Chapter 63 The Dinner. • Chapter 64 The Beggar. • Chapter 65 A Conjugal Scene. • Chapter 66 Matrimonial Projects. • Chapter 67 At the Office of the King's Attorney. • Chapter 68 A Summer Ball. • Chapter 69 The Inquiry. • Chapter 70 The Ball. • Chapter 71 Bread and Salt. • Chapter 72 Madame de Saint−Meran. • Chapter 73 The Promise. • Chapter 74 The Villefort Family Vault. • Chapter 75 A Signed Statement. • Chapter 76 Progress of Cavalcanti the Younger. • Chapter 77 Haidee. • Chapter 78 We hear From Yanina. • Chapter 79 The Lemonade. • Chapter 80 The Accusation. • Chapter 81 The Room of the Retired Baker. • Chapter 82 The Burglary. • Chapter 83 The Hand of God. • Chapter 84 Beauchamp. • Chapter 85 The Journey. • Chapter 86 The Trial. • Chapter 87 The Challenge. • Chapter 88 The Insult. • Chapter 89 A Nocturnal Interview. • Chapter 90 The Meeting. • Chapter 91 Mother and Son. • Chapter 92 The Suicide. • Chapter 93 Valentine. • Chapter 94 Maximilian's Avowal. • Chapter 95 Father and Daughter. • Chapter 96 The Contract. • Chapter 97 The Departure for Belgium. The Count of Monte Cristo 2

The Count of Monte Cristo • Chapter 98 The Bell and Bottle Tavern. • Chapter 99 The Law. • Chapter 100 The Apparition. • Chapter 101 Locusta. • Chapter 102 Valentine. • Chapter 103 Maximilian. • Chapter 104 Danglars Signature. • Chapter 105 The Cemetery of Pere−la−Chaise. • Chapter 106 Dividing the Proceeds. • Chapter 107 The Lions' Den. • Chapter 108 The Judge. • Chapter 109 The Assizes. • Chapter 110 The Indictment. • Chapter 111 Expiation. • Chapter 112 The Departure. • Chapter 113 The Past. • Chapter 114 Peppino. • Chapter 115 Luigi Vampa's Bill of Fare. • Chapter 116 The Pardon. • Chapter 117 The Fifth of October. • Chapter CXVIII • Chapter CXIX • Chapter CXX • Chapter CXXI • Chapter CXXII This page copyright © 2000 Blackmask Online.

Chapter 1. Marseilles −− The Arrival.
On the 24th of February, 1810, the look−out at Notre−Dame de la Garde signalled the three−master, the Pharaon from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples. As usual, a pilot put off immediately, and rounding the Chateau d'If, got on board the vessel between Cape Morgion and Rion island. Immediately, and according to custom, the ramparts of Fort Saint−Jean were covered with spectators; it is always an event at Marseilles for a ship to 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 volcanic shock has made between the Calasareigne and Jaros islands; had doubled Pomegue, and approached the harbor under topsails, jib, and spanker, but so slowly and sedately that the idlers, with that instinct which is the forerunner of evil, asked one another what misfortune could have happened on board. However, those experienced in navigation saw plainly that 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 the inner port, was a young man, who, with activity and vigilant eye, watched every motion of the ship, and repeated each direction of the pilot.

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The Count of Monte Cristo The vague disquietude which prevailed among the spectators had so much affected one of the crowd that he did not await the arrival of the vessel in harbor, but jumping into a small skiff, desired to be pulled alongside the Pharaon, which he reached as she rounded into La Reserve basin. When the young man on board saw this person approach, he left his station by the pilot, and, hat in hand, leaned over the ship's bulwarks. He was a fine, tall, slim young fellow of eighteen or twenty, with black eyes, and hair as dark as a raven's wing; and his whole appearance bespoke that calmness and resolution peculiar to men accustomed from their cradle to contend with danger. "Ah, is it you, Dantes?" cried the man in the skiff. "What's the matter? and why have you such an air of sadness aboard?" "A great misfortune, M. Morrel," replied the young man, −− "a great misfortune, for me especially! Off Civita Vecchia we lost our brave Captain Leclere." "And the cargo?" inquired the owner, eagerly. "Is all safe, M. Morrel; and I think you will be satisfied on that head. But poor Captain Leclere −− " "What happened to him?" asked the owner, with an air of considerable resignation. "What happened to the worthy captain?" "He died." "Fell into the sea?" "No, sir, he died of brain−fever in dreadful agony." Then turning to the crew, he said, "Bear a hand there, to take in sail!" All hands obeyed, and at once the eight or ten seamen who composed the crew, sprang to their respective stations at the spanker brails and outhaul, topsail sheets and halyards, the jib downhaul, and the topsail clewlines and buntlines. The young sailor gave a look to see that his orders were promptly and accurately obeyed, and then turned again to the owner. "And how did this misfortune occur?" inquired the latter, resuming the interrupted conversation. "Alas, sir, in the most unexpected manner. After a long talk with the harbor−master, Captain Leclere left Naples greatly disturbed in mind. In twenty−four hours he was attacked by a fever, and died three days afterwards. We performed the usual burial service, and he is at his rest, sewn up in his hammock with a thirty−six pound shot at his head and his heels, off El Giglio island. We bring to his widow his sword and cross of honor. It was worth while, truly," added the young man with a melancholy smile, "to make war against the English for ten years, and to die in his bed at last, like everybody else." "Why, you see, Edmond," replied the owner, who appeared more comforted at every moment, "we are all mortal, and the old must make way for the young. If not, why, there would be no promotion; and since you assure me that the cargo −− " "Is all safe and sound, M. Morrel, take my word for it; and I advise you not to take 25,000 francs for the profits of the voyage." Chapter 1. Marseilles −− The Arrival. 4

The Count of Monte Cristo Then, as they were just passing the Round Tower, the young man shouted: "Stand by there to lower the topsails and jib; brail up the spanker!" The order was executed as promptly as it would have been on board a man−of−war. "Let go −− and clue up!" At this last command all the sails were lowered, and the vessel moved almost imperceptibly onwards. "Now, if you will come on board, M. Morrel," said Dantes, observing the owner's impatience, "here is your supercargo, M. Danglars, coming out of his cabin, who will furnish you with every particular. As for me, I must look after the anchoring, and dress the ship in mourning." The owner did not wait for a second invitation. He seized a rope which Dantes flung to him, and with an activity that would have done credit to a sailor, climbed up the side of the ship, while the young man, going to his task, left the conversation to Danglars, who now came towards the owner. He was a man of twenty−five or twenty−six years of age, of unprepossessing countenance, obsequious to his superiors, insolent to his subordinates; and this, in addition to his position as responsible agent on board, which is always obnoxious to the sailors, made him as much disliked by the crew as Edmond Dantes was beloved by them. "Well, M. Morrel," said Danglars, "you have heard of the misfortune that has befallen us?" "Yes −− yes: poor Captain Leclere! He was a brave and an honest man." "And a first−rate seaman, one who had seen long and honorable service, as became a man charged with the interests of a house so important as that of Morrel Son," replied Danglars. "But," replied the owner, glancing after Dantes, who was watching the anchoring of his vessel, "it seems to me that a sailor needs not be so old as you say, Danglars, to understand his business, for our friend Edmond seems to understand it thoroughly, and not to require instruction from any one." "Yes," said Danglars, darting at Edmond a look gleaming with hate. "Yes, he is young, and youth is invariably self−confident. Scarcely was the captain's breath out of his body when he assumed the command without consulting any one, and he caused us to lose a day and a half at the Island of Elba, instead of making for Marseilles direct." "As to taking command of the vessel," replied Morrel, "that was his duty as captain's mate; as to losing a day and a half off the Island of Elba, he was wrong, unless the vessel needed repairs." "The vessel was in as good condition as I am, and as, I hope you are, M. Morrel, and this day and a half was lost from pure whim, for the pleasure of going ashore, and nothing else." "Dantes," said the shipowner, turning towards the young man, "come this way!" "In a moment, sir," answered Dantes, "and I'm with you." Then calling to the crew, he said −− "Let go!" The anchor was instantly dropped, and the chain ran rattling through the port−hole. Dantes continued at his post in spite of the presence of the pilot, until this manoeuvre was completed, and then he added, "Half−mast the colors, and square the yards!" "You see," said Danglars, "he fancies himself captain already, upon my word." Chapter 1. Marseilles −− The Arrival. 5

The Count of Monte Cristo "And so, in fact, he is," said the owner. "Except your signature and your partner's, M. Morrel." "And why should he not have this?" asked the owner; "he is young, it is true, but he seems to me a thorough seaman, and of full experience." A cloud passed over Danglars' brow. "Your pardon, M. Morrel," said Dantes, approaching, "the vessel now rides at anchor, and I am at your service. You hailed me, I think?" Danglars retreated a step or two. "I wished to inquire why you stopped at the Island of Elba?" "I do not know, sir; it was to fulfil the last instructions of Captain Leclere, who, when dying, gave me a packet for Marshal Bertrand." "Then did you see him, Edmond?" "Who?" "The marshal." "Yes." Morrel looked around him, and then, drawing Dantes on one side, he said suddenly −− "And how is the emperor?" "Very well, as far as I could judge from the sight of him." "You saw the emperor, then?" "He entered the marshal's apartment while I was there." "And you spoke to him?" "Why, it was he who spoke to me, sir," said Dantes, with a smile. "And what did he say to you?" "Asked me questions about the vessel, the time she left Marseilles, the course she had taken, and what was her cargo. I believe, if she had not been laden, and I had been her master, he would have bought her. But I told him I was only mate, and that she belonged to the firm of Morrel Son. `Ah, yes,' he said, `I know them. The Morrels have been shipowners from father to son; and there was a Morrel who served in the same regiment with me when I was in garrison at Valence.'" "Pardieu, and that is true!" cried the owner, greatly delighted. "And that was Policar Morrel, my uncle, who was afterwards a captain. Dantes, you must tell my uncle that the emperor remembered him, and you will see it will bring tears into the old soldier's eyes. Come, come," continued he, patting Edmond's shoulder kindly, "you did very right, Dantes, to follow Captain Leclere's instructions, and touch at Elba, although if it were known that you had conveyed a packet to the marshal, and had conversed with the emperor, it might bring you into trouble."

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The Count of Monte Cristo "How could that bring me into trouble, sir?" asked Dantes; "for I did not even know of what I was the bearer; and the emperor merely made such inquiries as he would of the first comer. But, pardon me, here are the health officers and the customs inspectors coming alongside." And the young man went to the gangway. As he departed, Danglars approached, and said, −− "Well, it appears that he has given you satisfactory reasons for his landing at Porto−Ferrajo?" "Yes, most satisfactory, my dear Danglars." "Well, so much the better," said the supercargo; "for it is not pleasant to think that a comrade has not done his duty." "Dantes has done his," replied the owner, "and that is not saying much. It was Captain Leclere who gave orders for this delay." "Talking of Captain Leclere, has not Dantes given you a letter from him?" "To me? −− no −− was there one?" "I believe that, besides the packet, Captain Leclere confided a letter to his care." "Of what packet are you speaking, Danglars?" "Why, that which Dantes left at Porto−Ferrajo." "How do you know he had a packet to leave at Porto−Ferrajo?" Danglars turned very red. "I was passing close to the door of the captain's cabin, which was half open, and I saw him give the packet and letter to Dantes." "He did not speak to me of it," replied the shipowner; "but if there be any letter he will give it to me." Danglars reflected for a moment. "Then, M. Morrel, I beg of you," said he, "not to say a word to Dantes on the subject. I may have been mistaken." At this moment the young man returned; Danglars withdrew. "Well, my dear Dantes, are you now free?" inquired the owner. "Yes, sir." "You have not been long detained." "No. I gave the custom−house officers a copy of our bill of lading; and as to the other papers, they sent a man off with the pilot, to whom I gave them." "Then you have nothing more to do here?" "No −− everything is all right now." Chapter 1. Marseilles −− The Arrival. 7

The Count of Monte Cristo "Then you can come and dine with me?" "I really must ask you to excuse me, M. Morrel. My first visit is due to my father, though I am not the less grateful for the honor you have done me." "Right, Dantes, quite right. I always knew you were a good son." "And," inquired Dantes, with some hesitation, "do you know how my father is?" "Well, I believe, my dear Edmond, though I have not seen him lately." "Yes, he likes to keep himself shut up in his little room." "That proves, at least, that he has wanted for nothing during your absence." Dantes smiled. "My father is proud, sir, and if he had not a meal left, I doubt if he would have asked anything from anyone, except from Heaven." "Well, then, after this first visit has been made we shall count on you." "I must again excuse myself, M. Morrel, for after this first visit has been paid I have another which I am most anxious to pay." "True, Dantes, I forgot that there was at the Catalans some one who expects you no less impatiently than your father −− the lovely Mercedes." Dantes blushed. "Ah, ha," said the shipowner, "I am not in the least surprised, for she has been to me three times, inquiring if there were any news of the Pharaon. Peste, Edmond, you have a very handsome mistress!" "She is not my mistress," replied the young sailor, gravely; "she is my betrothed." "Sometimes one and the same thing," said Morrel, with a smile. "Not with us, sir," replied Dantes. "Well, well, my dear Edmond," continued the owner, "don't let me detain you. You have managed my affairs so well that I ought to allow you all the time you require for your own. Do you want any money?" "No, sir; I have all my pay to take −− nearly three months' wages." "You are a careful fellow, Edmond." "Say I have a poor father, sir." "Yes, yes, I know how good a son you are, so now hasten away to see your father. I have a son too, and I should be very wroth with those who detained him from me after a three months' voyage." "Then I have your leave, sir?"

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The Count of Monte Cristo "Yes, if you have nothing more to say to me." "Nothing." "Captain Leclere did not, before he died, give you a letter for me?" "He was unable to write, sir. But that reminds me that I must ask your leave of absence for some days." "To get married?" "Yes, first, and then to go to Paris." "Very good; have what time you require, Dantes. It will take quite six weeks to unload the cargo, and we cannot get you ready for sea until three months after that; only be back again in three months, for the Pharaon," added the owner, patting the young sailor on the back, "cannot sail without her captain." "Without her captain!" cried Dantes, his eyes sparkling with animation; "pray mind what you say, for you are touching on the most secret wishes of my heart. Is it really your intention to make me captain of the Pharaon?" "If I were sole owner we'd shake hands on it now, my dear Dantes, and call it settled; but I have a partner, and you know the Italian proverb −− Chi ha compagno ha padrone −− `He who has a partner has a master.' But the thing is at least half done, as you have one out of two votes. Rely on me to procure you the other; I will do my best." "Ah, M. Morrel," exclaimed the young seaman, with tears in his eyes, and grasping the owner's hand, "M. Morrel, I thank you in the name of my father and of Mercedes." "That's all right, Edmond. There's a providence that watches over the deserving. Go to your father: go and see Mercedes, and afterwards come to me." "Shall I row you ashore?" "No, thank you; I shall remain and look over the accounts with Danglars. Have you been satisfied with him this voyage?" "That is according to the sense you attach to the question, sir. Do you mean is he a good comrade? No, for I think he never liked me since the day when I was silly enough, after a little quarrel we had, to propose to him to stop for ten minutes at the island of Monte Cristo to settle the dispute −− a proposition which I was wrong to suggest, and he quite right to refuse. If you mean as responsible agent when you ask me the question, I believe there is nothing to say against him, and that you will be content with the way in which he has performed his duty." "But tell me, Dantes, if you had command of the Pharaon should you be glad to see Danglars remain?" "Captain or mate, M. Morrel, I shall always have the greatest respect for those who possess the owners' confidence." "That's right, that's right, Dantes! I see you are a thoroughly good fellow, and will detain you no longer. Go, for I see how impatient you are."

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The Count of Monte Cristo "Then I have leave?" "Go, I tell you." "May I have the use of your skiff?" "Certainly." "Then, for the present, M. Morrel, farewell, and a thousand thanks!" "I hope soon to see you again, my dear Edmond. Good luck to you." The young sailor jumped into the skiff, and sat down in the stern sheets, with the order that he be put ashore at La Canebiere. The two oarsmen bent to their work, and the little boat glided away as rapidly as possible in the midst of the thousand vessels which choke up the narrow way which leads between the two rows of ships from the mouth of the harbor to the Quai d'Orleans. The shipowner, smiling, followed him with his eyes until he saw him spring out on the quay and disappear in the midst of the throng, which from five o'clock in the morning until nine o'clock at night, swarms in the famous street of La Canebiere, −− a street of which the modern Phocaeans are so proud that they say with all the gravity in the world, and with that accent which gives so much character to what is said, "If Paris had La Canebiere, Paris would be a second Marseilles." On turning round the owner saw Danglars behind him, apparently awaiting orders, but in reality also watching the young sailor, −− but there was a great difference in the expression of the two men who thus followed the movements of Edmond Dantes.

Chapter 2. Father and Son.
We will leave Danglars struggling with the demon of hatred, and endeavoring to insinuate in the ear of the shipowner some evil suspicions against his comrade, and follow Dantes, who, after having traversed La Canebiere, took the Rue de Noailles, and entering a small house, on the left of the Allees de Meillan, rapidly ascended four flights of a dark staircase, holding the baluster with one hand, while with the other he repressed the beatings of his heart, and paused before a half−open door, from which he could see the whole of a small room. This room was occupied by Dantes' father. The news of the arrival of the Pharaon had not yet reached the old man, who, mounted on a chair, was amusing himself by training with trembling hand the nasturtiums and sprays of clematis that clambered over the trellis at his window. Suddenly, he felt an arm thrown around his body, and a well−known voice behind him exclaimed, "Father −− dear father!" The old man uttered a cry, and turned round; then, seeing his son, he fell into his arms, pale and trembling. "What ails you, my dearest father? Are you ill?" inquired the young man, much alarmed. "No, no, my dear Edmond −− my boy −− my son! −− no; but I did not expect you; and joy, the surprise of seeing you so suddenly −− Ah, I feel as if I were going to die." "Come, come, cheer up, my dear father! 'Tis I −− really I! They say joy never hurts, and so I came to you without any warning. Come now, do smile, instead of looking at me so solemnly. Here I am back again, and we are going to be happy."

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The Count of Monte Cristo "Yes, yes, my boy, so we will −− so we will," replied the old man; "but how shall we be happy? Shall you never leave me again? Come, tell me all the good fortune that has befallen you." "God forgive me," said the young man, "for rejoicing at happiness derived from the misery of others, but, Heaven knows, I did not seek this good fortune; it has happened, and I really cannot pretend to lament it. The good Captain Leclere is dead, father, and it is probable that, with the aid of M. Morrel, I shall have his place. Do you understand, father? Only imagine me a captain at twenty, with a hundred louis pay, and a share in the profits! Is this not more than a poor sailor like me could have hoped for?" "Yes, my dear boy," replied the old man, "it is very fortunate." "Well, then, with the first money I touch, I mean you to have a small house, with a garden in which to plant clematis, nasturtiums, and honeysuckle. But what ails you, father? Are you not well?" "'Tis nothing, nothing; it will soon pass away" −− and as he said so the old man's strength failed him, and he fell backwards. "Come, come," said the young man, "a glass of wine, father, will revive you. Where do you keep your wine?" "No, no; thanks. You need not look for it; I do not want it," said the old man. "Yes, yes, father, tell me where it is," and he opened two or three cupboards. "It is no use," said the old man, "there is no wine." "What, no wine?" said Dantes, turning pale, and looking alternately at the hollow cheeks of the old man and the empty cupboards. "What, no wine? Have you wanted money, father?" "I want nothing now that I have you," said the old man. "Yet," stammered Dantes, wiping the perspiration from his brow, −− "yet I gave you two hundred francs when I left, three months ago." "Yes, yes, Edmond, that is true, but you forgot at that time a little debt to our neighbor, Caderousse. He reminded me of it, telling me if I did not pay for you, he would be paid by M. Morrel; and so, you see, lest he might do you an injury" −− "Well?" "Why, I paid him." "But," cried Dantes, "it was a hundred and forty francs I owed Caderousse." "Yes," stammered the old man. "And you paid him out of the two hundred francs I left you?" The old man nodded. "So that you have lived for three months on sixty francs," muttered Edmond.

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The Count of Monte Cristo "You know how little I require," said the old man. "Heaven pardon me," cried Edmond, falling on his knees before his father. "What are you doing?" "You have wounded me to the heart." "Never mind it, for I see you once more," said the old man; "and now it's all over −− everything is all right again." "Yes, here I am," said the young man, "with a promising future and a little money. Here, father, here!" he said, "take this −− take it, and send for something immediately." And he emptied his pockets on the table, the contents consisting of a dozen gold pieces, five or six five−franc pieces, and some smaller coin. The countenance of old Dantes brightened. "Whom does this belong to?" he inquired. "To me, to you, to us! Take it; buy some provisions; be happy, and to−morrow we shall have more." "Gently, gently," said the old man, with a smile; "and by your leave I will use your purse moderately, for they would say, if they saw me buy too many things at a time, that I had been obliged to await your return, in order to be able to purchase them." "Do as you please; but, first of all, pray have a servant, father. I will not have you left alone so long. I have some smuggled coffee and most capital tobacco, in a small chest in the hold, which you shall have to−morrow. But, hush, here comes somebody." "'Tis Caderousse, who has heard of your arrival, and no doubt comes to congratulate you on your fortunate return." "Ah, lips that say one thing, while the heart thinks another," murmured Edmond. "But, never mind, he is a neighbor who has done us a service on a time, so he's welcome." As Edmond paused, the black and bearded head of Caderousse appeared at the door. He was a man of twenty−five or six, and held a piece of cloth, which, being a tailor, he was about to make into a coat−lining. "What, is it you, Edmond, back again?" said he, with a broad Marseillaise accent, and a grin that displayed his ivory−white teeth. "Yes, as you see, neighbor Caderousse; and ready to be agreeable to you in any and every way," replied Dantes, but ill−concealing his coldness under this cloak of civility. "Thanks −− thanks; but, fortunately, I do not want for anything; and it chances that at times there are others who have need of me." Dantes made a gesture. "I do not allude to you, my boy. No! −− no! I lent you money, and you returned it; that's like good neighbors, and we are quits." "We are never quits with those who oblige us," was Dantes' reply; "for when we do not owe them money, we owe them gratitude."

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" "It was offered with good will." "But it must have vexed M." said Caderousse. did you refuse to dine with him?" said old Dantes. no doubt." Chapter 2. I was expressing to my father my fears that he had wanted many things in my absence. smiling at his father's astonishment at the excessive honor paid to his son. because honest folks are so rare." added Caderousse. And so I came." "No." "Yes. my living is suited to my means. I am as much obliged by your offer as if I took advantage of it. "he is so much attached to us. "I was most anxious to see you. "No doubt. Keep your money −− keep it.' replied Danglars." "Worthy Caderousse!" said the old man." he said." replied Dantes. I had gone on the quay to match a piece of mulberry cloth. −− but." "Yes. −− one never has too much. Morrel. at the same time. you!" "M. no doubt. my boy. my boy. "Eh. thank God. "`I thought you were at Smyrna. our little Edmond?' "`Why. The young man remarked the greedy glance which shone in the dark eyes of his neighbor. "And when you are looking forward to be captain. "That I might the sooner see you again. "and did he invite you to dine?" "Yes. my boy. to be sure I am. But it seems you have come back rich. my dear father. I love and esteem you." replied Edmond. "I am not in any want. my dear father." "What. when I met friend Danglars." said Caderousse. "Then you were wrong to refuse to dine with him. but am now back again. my son?" inquired the old man. father" added Dantes. Let us talk of your happy return." replied the young man. "and I hope he fully understood it.The Count of Monte Cristo "What's the use of mentioning that? What is done is done. you stand well with M. worthy man. looking askance at the handful of gold and silver which Dantes had thrown on the table." said Dantes." continued the tailor.' "`And where is the dear boy. "And why did you refuse. good. Morrel has always been exceedingly kind to me. Father and Son. but to be captain one must do a little flattery to one's patrons. Come." "But I explained to him the cause of my refusal. I say. Well. −− you insinuating dog." replied Dantes.' says he. my boy. "this money is not mine. with his father. "as fast as I could to have the pleasure of shaking hands with a friend. Morrel I hear. and to convince me he emptied his purse on the table. negligently. 13 . and in that case it is at his service.' −− `I was. my boy. no. "put this money back in your box −− unless neighbor Caderousse wants anything. it was wrong to annoy the owner. `You at Marseilles?' −− `Yes.

" replied Dantes. she will remain ever faithful to me." "And why?" "Because Mercedes is a very fine girl. "Yes −− yes. Chapter 2. Caderousse lingered for a moment. "When one is going to be married." said Caderousse. but according to all probability she soon will be. "Well. there is nothing like implicit confidence. and I know one down there behind the Saint Nicolas citadel who will not be sorry to hear it. Father and Son." answered Caderousse. "I have a better opinion than you of women in general. too. 14 . how fast you go on. "Yes. and let her know all your hopes and prospects." "Go." continued Caderousse. "did you see him?" "I have just left him. "Come. and. father Dantes. come. and I am certain that. my boy." replied Edmond. he left the apartment. captain or not. −− go and announce your arrival. my dear father. she is not his wife yet. embracing his father. and who could refuse you then?" "Meaning to say. my dear boy. yes. he went downstairs to rejoin Danglars. but you know. and with your permission. who awaited him at the corner of the Rue Senac. as it seems to me. now I have seen you. and fine girls never lack followers." "So much the better −− so much the better. "Ah. she particularly has them by dozens." "So. and nodding to Caderousse. "that if I were not a captain" −− "Eh −− eh!" said Caderousse." "I will go directly. you will be captain. then taking leave of old Dantes. "So much the better −− so much the better! Nothing will give greater pleasure to all your old friends." "Mercedes?" said the old man. and know you are well and have all you require. with a smile which but ill−concealed his trouble. with a smile which had in it traces of slight uneasiness. as it has blessed me in my son!" "His wife!" said Caderousse. "but you were right to return as soon as possible. I will ask your consent to go and pay a visit to the Catalans. my boy." said Danglars." "Really?" answered Edmond." was Edmond's reply. shaking his head." said old Dantes: "and heaven bless you in your wife. "why. and of Mercedes in particular.The Count of Monte Cristo "I hope to be captain without that. but never mind that. "and capital offers." said Caderousse." said the sailor." said Dantes.

Dantes has no longer any occasion for assistance −− he is about to become a captain. only I have seen things which induce me to believe. And is he still in love with the Catalane?" "Over head and ears. tell me!" "Well. as though he were a banker. and you think this cousin pays her attentions?" Chapter 2." "Why. there will be really no speaking to him. Father and Son. as I told you. You do not like Dantes?" "I never like upstarts." "Then tell me all you know about the Catalane. it appears to me. it seems M. whom she calls cousin." "Why should I?" "It is more important than you think. and perhaps become even less than he is. strapping. yes. "he is not one yet. he is actually insolent over the matter −− has already offered me his patronage. Morrel has promised him the thing." "What have you seen? −− come." answered Caderousse." "Pooh!" said Danglars." "Really." "Explain yourself." "If we choose. it will be as well if he is not. for it was I who put into his hands the first silver he ever earned. "he will remain what he is." "So that he is quite elated about it?" "Why. perhaps." "Ma foi." "I know nothing for certain. black−eyed Catalan. as if he were a grand personage. 15 ." "Which you refused?" "Most assuredly.The Count of Monte Cristo "Did he allude to his hope of being captain?" "He spoke of it as a thing already decided. and fierce air. "for if he should be. but. but now M. unless I am much mistaken." replied Danglars. and proffered me a loan of money. that the future captain will find some annoyance in the vicinity of the Vieilles Infirmeries. with a red complexion." "Indeed!" said Danglars. every time I have seen Mercedes come into the city she has been accompanied by a tall. brown skin. there will be a storm in that quarter." "What do you mean?" "Nothing −− I was speaking to myself. although I might easily have accepted it. "he is in too much hurry.

brown. and really you must be very stupid to ask me again. who speak the language of their fathers. they sat down under the budding foliage of the planes and sycamores. A young and beautiful girl. stocking. in its red cotton. her eyes as velvety as the gazelle's. leaning his elbow on an old worm−eaten table. Whence it came no one knew. about a hundred paces from the spot where the two friends sat looking and listening as they drank their wine. where. in the branches of which the birds were singing their welcome to one of the first days of spring. half Moorish. Mercedes. seated in a chair which he balanced on two legs. Chapter 3." "Let us go the same way. For three or four centuries they have remained upon this small promontory. The Catalans. and three months afterwards. her arms. like a Spanish posada." replied Danglars." said the young man. around the twelve or fifteen small vessels which had brought these gypsies of the sea. One of its chiefs. who understood Provencal. with hair as black as jet. or two−and−twenty. we will stop at La Reserve. "You see." said Caderousse. and assured that he was at the Catalans." "Come along. This village. who was looking at her with an air in which vexation and uneasiness were mingled. they called for a bottle of wine. Long ago this mysterious colony quitted Spain. The Catalans. half Spanish. so as to display the pure and full shape of her well−turned leg. and two glasses. and we can drink a glass of La Malgue. which is sunburned to the beautiful dead−leaf color peculiar to the buildings of the country. on which they had settled like a flight of seabirds. Our readers will follow us along the only street of this little village. What else can a strapping chap of twenty−one mean with a fine wench of seventeen?" "And you say that Dantes has gone to the Catalans?" "He went before I came down. He questioned her with his eyes. and going quickly to the designated place. was leaning with her back against the wainscot. still remains. was the village of the Catalans. 16 . and is inhabited by descendants of the first comers. constructed in a singular and picturesque manner. bare to the elbow. whilst we wait for news. "but you pay the score. Fernand. they had run their boats ashore. At three paces from her. without mixing with the Marseillaise population. and she tapped the earth with her arched and supple foot. and it spoke an unknown tongue. like the sailors of old. the flowers of which she was picking off and strewing on the floor." "Of course. rubbing in her slender delicately moulded fingers a bunch of heath blossoms. Pere Pamphile had seen Dantes pass not ten minutes before. and settled on the tongue of land on which it is to this day. weather−worn wall. was a tall young man of twenty. Beyond a bare. is this the moment for a wedding?" "I have answered you a hundred times. a small village sprang up. The request was granted. begged the commune of Marseilles to give them this bare and barren promontory. and enter with us one of the houses. and within coated with whitewash. tell me. gray and blue clocked. but the firm and steady gaze of the young girl controlled his look. and preserving their original customs and the costume of their mother−country as they have preserved its language." Chapter 3. and modelled after those of the Arlesian Venus. intermarrying. moved with a kind of restless impatience.The Count of Monte Cristo "I only suppose so. "here is Easter come round again.

and become in time a dealer myself. I will not deny it. when she loves another man better than her husband? Rest content with my friendship. because we were brought up together. a poor orphan." replied the young man. Mercedes. You are included in the conscription. but you are afraid to share mine." replied Mercedes." replied Fernand. the sea is so to him. I pray of you. which you despise. −− I feel very keenly. that is very true. Sometimes you pretend I am useful to you. a striped shirt. might get a place as clerk in a warehouse. and to lose that hope. I will wear a varnished hat. and. with nothing but a half−ruined hut and a few ragged nets. But I feel very deeply that this fish which I go and sell. Once a soldier. Fernand. "Yes." "You could do no such thing. I do await. "I believed you were good−hearted. that I may at last believe it! Tell me for the hundredth time that you refuse my love. but do not ask from me more than sisterly affection." "And if it were. without fortune. and by my mother to me? She has been dead a year. you have been cruelly frank with me. shaking her head. poor and lone as you are. and are only at liberty on sufferance. that you are thus harsh and cruel with me. Fernand. I will be a sailor. it is not a law. and contented with my friendship. you suit me as well as the daughter of the first shipowner or the richest banker of Marseilles! What do such as we desire but a good wife and careful housekeeper. `I love you as a brother. and with the produce of which I buy the flax I spin. with an angry glance. and I accept it. I have always said to you. and a blue jacket. "a woman becomes a bad manager. I will do better. Fernand. I would tempt fortune. Fernand. The Catalans. Make me understand once for all that you are trifling with my happiness. and you know. that this is charity. −− "what do you mean? I do not understand you?" "I mean. and still more because it would give you so much pain if I refuse. beloved by you. I could extend my occupation as a fisherman. repeat it. because you are expecting some one who is thus attired. I have subsisted almost entirely on public charity. with an anchor on the buttons. which was the only stay of my existence!" "At least it was not I who ever encouraged you in that hope. Well. Mercedes. Mercedes. Mercedes." "Fernand. and that is an excuse to share with me the produce of your fishing. Fernand. to have dreamed for ten years of being your husband. but perhaps he whom you await is inconstant. Fernand?" "Yes. Mercedes." answered Mercedes. 17 ." "Well. as I cannot give you more. Fernand. but do you forget that it is among the Catalans a sacred law to intermarry?" "You mistake. "you cannot reproach me with the slightest coquetry. Fernand.' Is not this true. liable at any moment to be called upon to take up arms. Ah. that my life or death are nothing to you. because you are the son of my father's brother. what would you do with me. and who shall say she will remain an honest woman. but merely a custom. and I was mistaken! Fernand. "you can endure your own wretchedness patiently. −− repeat it. for I say once more that is all I can promise. you are wicked to call to your aid jealousy and the anger of God! Yes. and where can I look for these better than in you?" "Fernand. for my heart is another's. or if he is not." cried Mercedes." "I understand. do not cite this custom in your favor. which had your mother's sanction.The Count of Monte Cristo "Well. the miserable inheritance left by my father to my mother. instead of the costume of our fathers. so remain a fisherman. I beg of you. forlorn. and I do love him of Chapter 3. Would not that dress please you?" "What do you mean?" asked Mercedes. and I will promise no more than I can bestow. Mercedes. and I should become rich. you would bring me good luck. and if you remain at the Catalans it is because there is no war. you are a soldier.

Edmond and Mercedes were clasped in each other's arms. pale and trembling. you will not thus give way to evil thoughts. it is Fernand −− the man whom. Edmond. The Catalans. my brother. and besides. and threatening countenance of Fernand. frowning in his turn. "I did not perceive that there were three of us. Mercedes. and during these four months there have been some terrible storms. and he has been gone four months. she opened it. Their intense happiness isolated them from all the rest of the world. I shall die too. you said just now that the sea was treacherous. Unable to have me for your wife. Fernand. to seek a quarrel with a man is a bad method of pleasing the woman who loves that man. wait. but these tears flowed for another. "I understand you. her eyes troubled and moistened with tears. nor did he attempt to check the tears which flowed down the cheeks of Mercedes. pale. I love the best in the world." "And you will always love him?" "As long as I live. "once for all. for he is my friend. is this your final determination?" "I love Edmond Dantes. you would be revenged on him because I do not love you. you would cross your Catalan knife with his dirk. my cousin. Fernand. Fernand. the young Catalan placed his hand on the knife at his belt. "you see he has not forgotten me. instead of accusing him of the inconstancy which you insinuate. At first they saw nothing around them." exclaimed the young girl. Believe me. covered them with a flood of light. 18 ." The young girl made a gesture of rage. after you. "Who is this gentleman?" "One who will be your best friend. The burning Marseilles sun. and. said. here I am!" Fernand. drew back. suddenly stopping before Mercedes." Fernand made no reply.The Count of Monte Cristo whom you speak. although for each of these tears he would have shed his heart's blood. No." "If he has forgotten you" −− "Mercedes!" called a joyous voice from without. saying. "wait. −− "Say. −− "But if he is dead" −− "If he is dead. He arose." she added. turning to Mercedes. which are the tokens of a joy so extreme that they seem rather the expression of sorrow." Then. and fell into a chair beside him. your pardon. "Ah. which shot into the room through the open door. −− "Mercedes!" "Ah. Do you not remember him?" Chapter 3." the young girl calmly replied. "Here. and then. Suddenly Edmond saw the gloomy." Fernand let fall his head like a defeated man. and then suddenly looking her full in the face. if he does not return. Edmond. heaved a sigh that was like a groan." he said. I will tell you that he died loving me and me only. blushing with delight. and fairly leaping in excess of love. he inquired. paced a while up and down the hut. By a movement for which he could scarcely account to himself. Dantes. you will content yourself with having me for your friend and sister. as it was defined in the shadow. "and none but Edmond shall ever be my husband. What end would that answer? To lose you my friendship if he were conquered. for here he is!" And rushing towards the door. and see that friendship changed into hate if you were victor. with his eyes glowing and his hands clinched. and they only spoke in broken words. like a traveller at the sight of a serpent. with clinched teeth and expanded nostrils." said Dantes.

"Are we mistaken." she continued with the same calmness which proved to Fernand that the young girl had read the very innermost depths of his sinister thought.The Count of Monte Cristo "Yes!" said Dantes. The Catalans. do you say. "Well". Fernand looked at them both with a stupefied air. had he touched Edmond's hand than he felt he had done all he could do. "if misfortune should occur to you. His hatred. my brother. Edmond then cast his eyes scrutinizingly at the agitated and embarrassed Mercedes. and turning towards the young man. "You have no enemy here −− there is no one but Fernand. that I was to meet an enemy here. Catalan! Hallo. didn't you?" And he fell. and perceived Caderousse sitting at table with Danglars. whose shade seemed to restore somewhat of calmness to his senses. and whose coolness somewhat of refreshment to his exhausted body. "I did not know. Catalan. "He seems besotted. who. "Oh." And at these words the young girl fixed her imperious look on the Catalan. as if fascinated by it. we must inquire into that. "You called me. Fernand! where are you running to?" exclaimed a voice. "An enemy in my house. dear Edmond. instead of responding to this amiable gesture. "Good−day. looked around him. who will deliver me from this man? Wretched −− wretched that I am!" "Hallo. under an arbor. came slowly towards Edmond. running furiously and tearing his hair −− "Oh. Edmond! If I believed that." said Danglars. This look told him all. The young man stopped suddenly. and his anger waxed hot. when I came with such haste to you. "And should any misfortune occur to you. but did not say a word. who will grasp your hand as a devoted friend. and without relinquishing Mercedes hand clasped in one of his own." he exclaimed. and is Dantes triumphant in spite of all we have believed?" "Why. and slowly entered the arbor. with an angry look at her cousin." was Caderousse's reply. 19 . pushing Caderousse with his knee. "why don't you come? Are you really in such a hurry that you have no time to pass the time of day with your friends?" "Particularly when they have still a full bottle before them." she continued. rather than sat down. Scarcely. said Caderousse. like a powerless though furious wave. leaving the house to return to it no more. said. "Well. and offered him his hand. "But you are deceived. and then again on the gloomy and menacing Fernand. remained mute and trembling. Edmond." Fernand's eye darted lightning." "An enemy!" cried Mercedes. however. and rushed hastily out of the house. was broken against the strong ascendancy which Mercedes exercised over him. he extended the other to the Catalan with a cordial air. I would place my arm under yours and go with you to Marseilles. But Fernand. on one of the seats which surrounded the table." Fernand became deadly pale. can't you make up your mind?" Fernand wiped away the perspiration steaming from his brow. I would ascend the highest point of the Cape de Morgion and cast myself headlong from it. Chapter 3." said he." added Danglars.

"Mercedes is not accountable to any person. which resembled a sob. "Why." "Ah." said Caderousse. is a good and brave Catalan. and answer us.The Count of Monte Cristo "I called you because you were running like a madman. and filling his own for the eighth or ninth time. and as the Pharaon arrived to−day −− why. −− "under any circumstances Fernand is not the only person put out by the fortunate arrival of Dantes. especially." said Caderousse. while Danglars had merely sipped his." said Caderousse. "Ah." said Caderousse. You are laughing at him. and he is in love with a very fine girl. But I thought you were a Catalan." said Caderousse. winking at his friend. is she? Is she not free to love whomsoever she will?" "Oh. and dropped his head into his hands. "Poor fellow!" remarked Danglars. laughing. "Bah!" said Danglars. Caderousse. and what then?" said Fernand. and I was afraid you would throw yourself into the sea. "only hark how he sighs! Come. they are not only to offer him a glass of wine. It was even told me that Fernand. clinching his hands without raising his head." "Well." he said. affecting to pity the young man from the bottom of his heart. when a man has friends. with that brutality of the common people in which curiosity destroys all diplomacy." and he burst into a hoarse laugh." "My health is well enough. come. Fernand. under any circumstances. his elbows leaning on the table. pouring out a glass of wine for Fernand." continued Caderousse. ma foi. 20 . was terrible in his vengeance. "a lad of his make was not born to be unhappy in love. "this is how it is. unfortunately. I do not understand. never mind. The Catalans." Fernand smiled piteously. but it appears. "Why." said Danglars. "A lover is never terrible. Danglars. beginning the conversation." Chapter 3. "you look uncommonly like a rejected lover. whom you see here. "hold up your head. but. he did not expect to see Dantes return so suddenly −− he thought he was dead. I must say." "No. that the fine girl is in love with the mate of the Pharaon. "Well. if you take it in that sense. you see. Danglars?" "No. or perchance faithless! These things always come on us more severely when they come suddenly. Fernand. named Mercedes." answered Caderousse. "Never mind −− in the meantime he marries Mercedes −− the lovely Mercedes −− at least he returns to do that. "it is another thing." said Fernand." he replied. lifting up his head. and on whom the fumes of the wine began to take effect. you understand!" "No. and looking at Caderousse like a man who looks for some one on whom to vent his anger. It's not polite not to reply to friends who ask news of your health. you see. is he. and they told me the Catalans were not men to allow themselves to be supplanted by a rival. Fernand. "Poor Fernand has been dismissed. perhaps. "Well." said Caderousse. moreover. who drank as he spoke. one of the best fishermen in Marseilles. to prevent his swallowing three or four pints of water unnecessarily!" Fernand gave a groan. you are right −− and I should say that would bring him ill−luck.

"It is Edmond and Mercedes!" "Ah. Danglars looked at the two men. and follow his example. pretending to restrain Caderousse. Yet this Catalan has eyes that glisten like those of the vengeful Spaniards. "No. The Catalans. who. See. "Oh. and dropped again heavily on his seat. "And when is the wedding to be?" he asked. and let us know when the wedding is to be. eh!" stammered Caderousse. Dantes! hello. and Calabrians. lifted up her lovely head. "Try to stand upright." was the reply. Here's an envious fellow making himself boozy on wine when he ought to be nursing his wrath. now!" said Caderousse. they do not know that we can see them. and swallowed the contents at a gulp. and looked at them with her clear and bright eyes. too. lovely damsel! Come this way. "What do I see down there by the wall. and seemed to be collecting himself to dash headlong upon his rival. see there. whose countenance he scrutinized. with the tenacity of drunkards. for Fernand here is so obstinate he will not tell us. "let us drink to Captain Edmond Dantes." "Hold your tongue. as the bull is by the bandilleros. and turned to Caderousse. but I should say it was two lovers walking side by side." he muttered. pricked by Danglars. "Yes. the one brutalized by liquor. leaned out of the arbor. and the other has fists big enough to crush an ox at one blow. but it will be. At this Fernand recollected her threat of dying if Edmond died. and laugh at us all. and here is a fool who sees the woman he loves stolen from under his nose and takes on like a big baby. on whose heart Caderousse's words fell like molten lead. "Do you know them. Edmond's star is in the ascendant. was about to rush out. it is not yet fixed!" murmured Fernand. Fernand dashed his on the ground. Danglars?" Danglars shuddered at this unexpected attack. in the direction of the Catalans? Look. for he had risen from his seat. the other overwhelmed with love.The Count of Monte Cristo During this time Danglars fixed his piercing glance on the young man. Heaven forgive me. probably excited beyond bearing. Sicilians. but he read nothing but envy in a countenance already rendered brutal and stupid by drunkenness. "Eh. Fernand?" he said." said he. and he will marry the splendid girl −− he will be captain. Fernand. smiling and graceful. I believe I see double. "and I am very much afraid of being here between a drunkard and a coward. your eyes are better than mine. Unquestionably. "and I did not recognize them! Hallo. and they are actually embracing!" Danglars did not lose one pang that Fernand endured. "as surely as Dantes will be captain of the Pharaon −− eh. he is well−behaved!" Fernand. when Mercedes." said Caderousse. will you?" said Danglars. "Well. unless" −− a Chapter 3. look at Fernand. filling the glasses. husband of the beautiful Catalane!" Caderousse raised his glass to his mouth with unsteady hand. eh. You know wine is a deceiver. and let the lovers make love without interruption. "I shall get nothing from these fools. one after the other. 21 . to try and detect whether the blow was premeditated. and hand in hand. in a low voice.

that's an explanation!" said Caderousse." replied Danglars. they say. and said −− "That is not my name.The Count of Monte Cristo sinister smile passed over Danglars' lips −− "unless I take a hand in the affair. smiling." said Edmond." said Dantes. I must go to Paris. Besides. Danglars. to call a young girl by the name of her betrothed before he becomes her husband. you know to what I allude. and with his fist on the table. Madame Dantes?" Mercedes courtesied gravely. "Fernand. "and we. M. and we have lots of time." "Ah. "How do you do." he added. But it is not selfishness alone that makes me thus in haste. the Pharaon cannot be under weigh again in less than three months. for when we have suffered a long time." said Edmond." said Caderousse with a chuckle." "So. captain!" "Danglars. the last commission of poor Captain Leclere." Chapter 3. that is to say. my dear fellow!" replied Dantes. 22 . the wedding festival here at La Reserve. "hallo." "Have you business there?" "Not of my own. bowing to the young couple. Mercedes and I." "We must excuse our worthy neighbor. to−day all preliminaries will be arranged at my father's. and in my country it bodes ill fortune." said Danglars. I hope. then. Edmond! do you not see your friends. and he could not utter a word. very well. should be very sorry if he were absent at such a time. "To−day the preliminaries. that may bring me bad luck. really? −− to Paris! and will it be the first time you have ever been there. The Catalans. "I will say to you as Mercedes said just now to Caderousse. more than pride. Danglars −− it is sacred. My friends will be there." "And Fernand. half−rising." "Your pardon." "We are always in a hurry to be happy. to−morrow or next day the ceremony! You are in a hurry. I shall only take the time to go and return. `Do not give me a title which does not belong to me'. "he is so easily mistaken. if you please. M. "Hallo!" continued Caderousse. I think. Danglars. Dantes. Caderousse. but I am happy. but his voice died on his lips. and happiness blinds. So call me Mercedes. too. we have great difficulty in believing in good fortune. Danglars." "Ah. Dantes?" "Yes. is invited!" "My wife's brother is my brother. or next day at latest." Fernand opened his mouth to reply. or are you too proud to speak to them?" "No. you are invited. and you. "As soon as possible. "I am not proud. M. the wedding is to take place immediately. M. Caderousse. "I merely said you seemed in a hurry. and to−morrow.

" "I have found already. she would kill herself. Dantes. into his chair. what matter. as calm and joyous as if they were the very elect of heaven." said Danglars. seek. my dear sir. who was walking away." "It drives me to despair. "A pleasant journey. Chapter 4. 23 . then turning round. Conspiracy." "What?" "I would stab the man. provided Dantes is not captain?" "Before Mercedes should die. he perceived Fernand. this letter gives me an idea −− a capital idea! Ah. he added. no doubt to deliver the letter which the grand marshal gave him. love Mercedes?" "I adore her!" "For long?" "As long as I have known her −− always. "here is a marriage which does not appear to make everybody happy. yes. pale and trembling. "I would die myself!" Chapter 4." "Pooh! Women say those things. Ah. but for you −− in the words of the gospel." said Danglars to Fernand." then turning towards Edmond. and then in a low tone. "Thank you." "You do not know Mercedes. "Do you. "whether she kill herself or not." "What would you have me do?" said Fernand." said Fernand." replied Fernand. Conspiracy. but never do them. who had fallen. I understand. what she threatens she will do. "Well." said Edmond with a friendly nod.The Count of Monte Cristo "Yes. then." "And you sit there." "Idiot!" muttered Danglars. tearing your hair. "How do I know? Is it my affair? I am not in love with Mademoiselle Mercedes. my friend. instead of seeking to remedy your condition. while Caderousse stammered out the words of a drinking−song. I did not think that was the way of your people. you are not yet registered number one on board the good ship Pharaon. and you shall find. with the accents of unshaken resolution. "To Paris. but the woman told me that if any misfortune happened to her betrothed. Danglars followed Edmond and Mercedes with his eyes until the two lovers disappeared behind one of the angles of Fort Saint Nicolas." he cried. and the two lovers continued on their way.

Say there is no need why Dantes should die. but" −− "Yes. I should like to know. Danglars. who is a wide−awake." "Yes. and you will be completely so. sir.'* * "The wicked are great drinkers of water As the flood proved once for all. Conspiracy. "well that's a good one! I could drink four more such bottles. "What was I saying? I forget." said Caderousse." remarked Fernand. "and here is Danglars. be a pity he should. indeed. I like Dantes. Drink then." said Danglars. Absence severs as well as death." Chapter 4. my friend. for it is because they have bad thoughts which they are afraid the liquor will extract from their hearts. with what sense was left him. he is not much out in what he says. 24 ." "Come. your health. but" −− "Yes. "You were saving. "should they put Dantes in prison? he has not robbed or killed or murdered." "I −− drunk!" said Caderousse. C'est bien prouve par le deluge. methinks. Prove it. but I added." Fernand rose impatiently. Pere Pamphile. −− `Tous les mechants sont beuveurs d'eau. "drunk as he is." said Caderousse. "you appear to me a good sort of fellow." said Danglars. who will prove to you that you are wrong. so much the worse for those who fear wine. "That's love." replied Danglars. "but how?" "My dear fellow. and the marriage may easily be thwarted. for that requires all one's wit and cool judgment. listened eagerly to the conversation. and if the walls of a prison were between Edmond and Mercedes they would be as effectually separated as if he lay under a tombstone. finish the bottle. who. I should like to help you." "Drunk." and Caderousse began to sing the two last lines of a song very popular at the time. sir" −− said Fernand. "you are three parts drunk. and hang me. if you like. Dantes." said Caderousse. "and when one gets out and one's name is Edmond Dantes. Dantes is a good fellow. "And why. I have answered for you." persisted Caderousse." "Death alone can separate them. it would. clever. restraining the young man. "Let him run on. you would like to help me. "You talk like a noodle. one seeks revenge" −− "What matters that?" muttered Fernand.The Count of Monte Cristo "That's what I call love!" said Caderousse with a voice more tipsy than ever. and do not meddle with what we are discussing. to help you it would be sufficient that Dantes did not marry her you love. and yet Dantes need not die. they are no bigger than cologne flasks. or I don't know what love is. deep fellow. more wine!" and Caderousse rattled his glass upon the table. but one gets out of prison. This drunken Caderousse has made me lose the thread of my sentence. awaiting with great anxiety the end of this interrupted remark." "You said.

ink. my dear friend. get out of the affair as best you may. "stay! It is of very little consequence to me at the end of the matter whether you have any angry feeling or not against Dantes. "Well. provided it is not to kill the man. I hate him! I confess it openly. ink. "Have you not hit upon any?" asked Danglars. I will execute it. adieu. Do you find the means. for Mercedes has declared she will kill herself if Dantes is killed. you have the means of having Dantes arrested. no." muttered Fernand. said. you have some motive of personal hatred against Dantes. your health!" and he swallowed another glass of wine. "the French have the superiority over the Spaniards. Dantes' good health!" said Caderousse. I like Dantes. as I shared mine with him. and your unhappiness interested me. yes. and paper. −− "Kill Dantes! who talks of killing Dantes? I won't have him killed −− I won't! He's my friend. "I say I want to know why they should put Dantes in prison. filling Caderousse's glass. restraining him." said Fernand. then. muddlehead?" replied Danglars. "I know not why you meddle. and turning towards Fernand.". "pen. but since you believe I act for my own account." "Do you invent." replied Danglars. "We were merely joking. and looking at Fernand with his dull and fishy eyes. who had let his head drop on the table. 25 ." said Danglars." "True. on my word! I saw you were unhappy. now raised it. Dantes. "Waiter. "but this I know. and paper. he said. "and do not interfere with us. if." "Certainly not. "I won't hold my tongue!" replied Caderousse. I won't have Dantes killed −− I won't!" "And who has said a word about killing him. you understand there is no need to kill him. "No! −− you undertook to do so." "Yes. seizing his arm. while the French invent." "Pen. for he who himself hates is never mistaken in the sentiments of others." said Fernand impatiently. "here's to his health! his health −− hurrah!" "But the means −− the means?" said Fernand. that the Spaniards ruminate. Chapter 4. emptying his glass. and this morning offered to share his money with me." he added.The Count of Monte Cristo "Hold your tongue!" said Danglars." said Fernand. drink to his health." and Danglars rose as if he meant to depart." Caderousse." "I! −− motives of hatred against Dantes? None. "No. Have you that means?" "It is to be found for the searching. that's all. Conspiracy. Danglars saw in the muddled look of the tailor the progress of his intoxication. But why should I meddle in the matter? it is no affair of mine. as you said just now.

and in a writing reversed from his usual style. and confront you with him you have denounced." The waiter did as he was desired. Conspiracy. that one Edmond Dantes." "The fellow is not so drunk as he appears to be. dip it into this ink. no. woe betide him who was the cause of his incarceration!" "Oh. ink. it would be much better to take. "No. Proof of this crime will be found on arresting him. I am a supercargo. for the letter will be found upon him. wrote with his left hand." "Yes. "that if after a voyage such as Dantes has just made. and one day or other he will leave it. and by the usurper with a letter for the Bonapartist committee in Paris. in which he touched at the Island of Elba. "there is here wherewithal to kill a man more sure than if we waited at the corner of a wood to assassinate him! I have always had more dread of a pen." said Caderousse. and paper are my tools. But Dantes cannot remain forever in prison." continued Danglars. and Mercedes! Mercedes. pen." "Pen. the king's attorney. this pen. which he handed to Fernand. rested. has been intrusted by Murat with a letter for the usurper." Fernand filled Caderousse's glass. who will detest you if you have only the misfortune to scratch the skin of her dearly beloved Edmond!" "True!" said Fernand. "When one thinks. as he saw the final glimmer of Caderousse's reason vanishing before the last glass of wine. "Well. or in his cabin on board the Pharaon. or rather dropped. and a sheet of paper. letting his hand drop on the paper. "There's what you want on that table. and which Fernand read in an undertone: −− "The honorable. I should say. but they will make you then sign your declaration." said Danglars. and without my tools I am fit for nothing." resumed Danglars. lifted his hand from the paper and seized the glass. some one were to denounce him to the king's procureur as a Bonapartist agent" −− "I will denounce him!" exclaimed the young man hastily. I should wish nothing better than that he would come and seek a quarrel with me. arrived this morning from Smyrna. Fernand. as I now do. then. "Give him some more wine. his glass upon the table. who. for I know the fact well. than of a sword or pistol. "Yes. is informed by a friend of the throne and religion. then. after having touched at Naples and Porto−Ferrajo." Chapter 4. mate of the ship Pharaon. almost overcome by this fresh assault on his senses. 26 . for instance." said the waiter. the following lines. "if we resolve on such a step.The Count of Monte Cristo "Yes. ink. and totally unlike it." And Danglars. I will supply you with the means of supporting your accusation. The Catalan watched him until Caderousse." called Fernand loudly. uniting practice with theory. or at his father's. a bottle of ink. and paper. like the confirmed toper he was. and write with the left hand (that the writing may not be recognized) the denunciation we propose. and the day when he comes out. "Well!" resumed the Catalan. "Bring them here.

and he is going to the city. "but I don't want your arm at all. When they had advanced about twenty yards." "I?" said Caderousse. Give me your arm. Danglars. I wish to drink to the health of Edmond and the lovely Mercedes. won't you return to Marseilles with us?" "No. "I'll take your bet. Come along." said Caderousse. drunkard. only it will be an infamous shame. and let us go." said Danglars. but to−morrow −− to−day it is time to return. because unable to stand on your legs." said Fernand. Conspiracy." replied Caderousse. by a last effort of intellect." "And who thinks of using him ill? Certainly neither I nor Fernand." "You're wrong. "I shall return to the Catalans." Danglars took advantage of Caderousse's temper at the moment. "now your revenge looks like common−sense. Fernand!" Chapter 4. rising and looking at the young man. my prince. "and as what I say and do is merely in jest. you will be compelled to sleep here. who. too!" "Done!" said Danglars. Fernand." and he stretched out his hand to reach the letter. staggering as he went. and I won't have him ill−used." "Very well. and without staggering. but whose eye was fixed on the denunciatory sheet of paper flung into the corner. he squeezed it up in his hands and threw it into a corner of the arbor. there's liberty for all the world. `To the king's attorney. who still remained seated. "All right!" said Caderousse. to take him off towards Marseilles by the Porte Saint−Victor. Come. I'll wager I can go up into the belfry of the Accoules. and write upon it. what a lie he told! He said he was going to the Catalans. Danglars looked back and saw Fernand stoop. and the matter will thus work its own way. "I can't keep on my legs? Why. and let the young gentleman return to the Catalans if he chooses. amongst the first and foremost. and that's all settled." said Danglars. 27 ." "I will not. "Dantes is my friend." And Danglars wrote the address as he spoke." "You have had too much already. Hallo. and putting it into his pocket then rush out of the arbor towards Pillon. "Yes. should be sorry if anything happened to Dantes −− the worthy Dantes −− look here!" And taking the letter." resumed Danglars. "Yes." said Danglars. and that's all settled!" exclaimed Caderousse." said Caderousse." "What do you mean? you will not? Well.The Count of Monte Cristo "Very good. "let's have some more wine. "and if you continue. "Well. "Yes. just as you like. pick up the crumpled paper. "In this case. taking it from beyond his reach. for in no way can it revert to yourself. "why.' and that's all settled. let us go. there is nothing to do now but fold the letter as I am doing. and I. Come with us to Marseilles −− come along. and instinctively comprehended all the misery which such a denunciation must entail. had followed the reading of the letter. rising with all the offended dignity of a drunken man.

supporting himself on a curiously carved stick. and exchanged a hearty shake of the hand with Edmond." "Well. composed of the betrothed pair. Neither Mercedes nor Edmond observed the strange expression of his countenance. effectually confirmed the report. stating that he had recently conversed with M. a party of young girls in attendance on the bride. beautifully cut and polished. Various rumors were afloat to the effect that the owners of the Pharaon had promised to attend the nuptial feast. over each of which was written in golden letters for some inexplicable reason the name of one of the principal cities of France. while from his three−cornered hat depended a long streaming knot of white and blue ribbons. whose lips wore their usual sinister smile. Danglars and Caderousse took their places beside Fernand and old Dantes. 28 . a moment later M. an hour previous to that time the balcony was filled with impatient and expectant guests.The Count of Monte Cristo "Oh. Morrel appeared and was saluted with an enthusiastic burst of applause from the crew of the Pharaon. "I should have said not −− how treacherous wine is!" "Come. the whole brought up by Fernand. The Marriage−Feast. however. Morrel. The feast had been made ready on the second floor at La Reserve. Morrel. The old man was attired in a suit of glistening watered silk. The apartment destined for the purpose was spacious and lighted by a number of windows. and other personal friends of the bride−groom. In fact." said Danglars to himself. Thus he came along. they were so happy that they were conscious only of the sunshine and the presence of each other. consisting of the favored part of the crew of the Pharaon. trimmed with steel buttons. by whose side walked Dantes' father. −− the latter of whom attracted universal notice." Chapter 5. the sailors put no restraint on their tumultuous joy at finding that the opinion and choice of their superiors so exactly coincided with their own. and as Dantes was universally beloved on board his vessel. Having acquitted themselves of their errand. Danglars and Caderousse set off upon their errand at full speed. who hailed the visit of the shipowner as a sure indication that the man whose wedding feast he thus delighted to honor would ere long be first in command of the ship. come. in order to do greater honor to the occasion. accompanied by Caderousse. And although the entertainment was fixed for twelve o'clock. evidently of English manufacture. "now the thing is at work and it will effect its purpose unassisted. who had himself assured him of his intention to dine at La Reserve. The morning's sun rose clear and resplendent. "he's gone right enough. the whole of whom had arrayed themselves in their choicest costumes. but all seemed unanimous in doubting that an act of such rare and exceeding condescension could possibly be intended. The Marriage−Feast. you don't see straight." said Caderousse. and to beseech him to make haste. who now made his appearance. With the entrance of M." said Danglars. with whose arbor the reader is already familiar. touching the foamy waves into a network of ruby−tinted light. his aged Chapter 5. His thin but wiry legs were arrayed in a pair of richly embroidered clocked stockings. Danglars. Danglars and Caderousse were despatched in search of the bride−groom to convey to him the intelligence of the arrival of the important personage whose coming had created such a lively sensation. but ere they had gone many steps they perceived a group advancing towards them. beneath these windows a wooden balcony extended the entire length of the house.

free step of an Arlesienne or an Andalusian. just as the brain retains on waking in the morning the dim and misty outline of a dream. Mercedes boasted the same bright flashing eyes of jet. was pale and abstracted. so as to have concealed the liquid lustre of her animated eyes. The Marriage−Feast. as he slowly paced behind the happy pair. would anybody think that this room contained a happy. clad in the dress peculiar to the merchant service −− a costume somewhat between a military and a civil garb. like one who either anticipated or foresaw some great and important event. esteemed by the epicures of the South as more than rivalling the exquisite flavor of the oyster. I pray you. to whom he had repeated the promise already given." pointing with a soft and gentle smile to Fernand. Lovely as the Greek girls of Cyprus or Chios. Morrel descended and came forth to meet it. on the contrary. on my left I will place him who has ever been as a brother to me. "Father. radiant with joy and happiness. Danglars at his left. the echinus with its prickly outside and dainty morsel within. occasionally. beneath whose heavy tread the slight structure creaked and groaned for the space of several minutes. that are cast up by the wash of waters on the sandy beach.The Count of Monte Cristo countenance lit up with happiness. merry party. but. parading the newly opened gardens of the Tuileries and Luxembourg. the clovis. and a nervous contraction distort his features. and ripe. Arlesian sausages. respectfully placed the arm of his affianced bride within that of M. with an agitated and restless gaze. and lobsters in their dazzling red cuirasses. was gayly followed by the guests. however. father and son. piquant. or. rejoice with me. have cast down her thickly fringed lashes. Edmond. coral lips. while. a deep flush would overspread his countenance. Then they began to pass around the dusky. a more perfect specimen of manly beauty could scarcely be imagined. in their own unmixed content. 29 . who desire nothing better than to laugh and Chapter 5. Morrel was seated at his right hand. During this time. at a sign from Edmond. he would glance in the direction of Marseilles. whose desire to partake of the good things provided for the wedding−party had induced him to become reconciled to the Dantes. to have entirely forgotten that such a being as himself existed. the delighted girl looked around her with a smile that seemed to say: "If you are my friends. but her words and look seemed to inflict the direst torture on him. prawns of large size and brilliant color. M. who. looking for all the world like one of the aged dandies of 1796. round. while Fernand." said Mercedes." "A pretty silence truly!" said the old father of the bride−groom. and with his fine countenance. on my right hand. stopping when she had reached the centre of the table. for I am very happy. and styled by the grateful fishermen "fruits of the sea. at least. while. "sit. but becomingly. Dantes. as he carried to his lips a glass of wine of the hue and brightness of the topaz. for his lips became ghastly pale. who seemed. he cast on him a look of deep meaning. Morrel. M. She moved with the light. at the opposite side of the table. "Now. −− all the delicacies. forthwith conducting her up the flight of wooden steps leading to the chamber in which the feast was prepared. and even beneath the dark hue of his complexion the blood might be seen retreating as though some sudden pang drove it back to the heart." As soon as the bridal party came in sight of La Reserve. and which had just been placed before Mercedes herself. at the approach of his patron. followed by the soldiers and sailors there assembled. in fact. Dantes himself was simply. had been occupied in similarly placing his most honored guests. As Danglars approached the disappointed lover. Beside him glided Caderousse. the rest of the company ranged themselves as they found it most agreeable. that Dantes should be the successor to the late Captain Leclere. although there still lingered in his mind a faint and unperfect recollection of the events of the preceding night. One more practiced in the arts of great cities would have hid her blushes beneath a veil.

" replied Dantes." "Nay. "Man does not appear to me to be intended to enjoy felicity so unmixed." added he. I owe every blessing I enjoy. was lost amid the noisy felicitations of the company." returned Dantes. and married to−day at three o'clock! Commend me to a sailor for going the quick way to work!" "But." "And that is the very thing that alarms me. happiness is like the enchanted palaces we read of in our childhood. "you make short work of this kind of affair. neighbor Caderousse. a burning sensation passed across his brow. seemed to start at every fresh sound." cried the old man. 30 . in a timid tone. but in spite of all his efforts. "a man cannot always feel happy because he is about to be married. my worthy friend. Just assume the tone and manner of a husband. "Well. "How is that. fiery dragons defend the entrance and approach. smiling. requiring to be overcome ere victory is ours. to whom. thus it is. while Fernand grasped the handle of his knife with a convulsive clutch. "you have not attained that honor yet. that." replied Dantes. drawing out his watch. Now. and he was compelled to support himself by the table to prevent his falling from his chair. it is not worth while to contradict me for such a trifle as that. Mercedes is not yet your wife. next to my father. The Marriage−Feast. We have purchased permission to waive the usual delay. Mercedes looked pleased and gratified. "Why. every difficulty his been removed. if that is what you meant by your observation. joy takes a strange effect at times. while Fernand. and see how she will remind you that your hour is not yet come!" The bride blushed. "in an hour and a half she will be. "Upon my word. and from time to time wiped away the large drops of perspiration that gathered on his brow. never mind that." "The truth is." asked Danglars. and monsters of all shapes and kinds. I do not consider I have asserted too much in saying. nay!" cried Caderousse. and at half−past two o'clock the mayor of Marseilles will be waiting for us at the city hall. where fierce. with the exception of the elder Dantes. "Thanks to the influence of M. I own that I am lost in wonder to find myself promoted to an honor of which I feel myself unworthy −− that of being the husband of Mercedes. he could not refrain from uttering a deep groan." A general exclamation of surprise ran round the table. which. whose laugh displayed the still perfect beauty of his large white teeth. my friend?" "Why. Morrel. restless and uneasy.The Count of Monte Cristo dance the hours away?" "Ah. but. in another hour and thirty minutes Mercedes will have become Madame Dantes. "that I am too happy for noisy mirth. however. "how did you manage about the other formalities −− the contract −− the settlement?" Chapter 5." sighed Caderousse. whose excitable nature received and betrayed each fresh impression. Arrived here only yesterday morning." Fernand closed his eyes." Danglars looked towards Fernand. as a quarter−past one has already struck. "Do you fear any approaching evil? I should say that you were the happiest man alive at this instant. what ails you?" asked he of Edmond. it seems to oppress us almost the same as sorrow. "In an hour?" inquired Danglars. 'Tis true that Mercedes is not actually my wife. turning pale. you are right.

"Upon my word. that future captain of mine is a lucky dog! Gad.The Count of Monte Cristo "The contract. now found it difficult. I shall be back here by the first of March." "Shall we not set forth?" asked the sweet. without waiting for a reply and each one seemed to be contented with expressing his or her own thoughts. The Marriage−Feast." "Oh. there was no harm meant. and when I see him sitting there beside his pretty wife that is so soon to be. "don't imagine I am going to put you off in that shabby manner. 31 ." continued Danglars. had effaced every feeling of envy or jealousy at Dantes' good fortune." answered Dantes. −− "upon my word. Such as at the commencement of the repast had not been able to seat themselves according to their inclination rose unceremoniously. who. in utter silence. "at first I certainly did feel somewhat uneasy as to what Fernand might be tempted to do. Upon my soul. when the beauty of the bride is concerned. as though seeking to avoid the hilarious mirth that rose in such deafening sounds. amid the general din of voices. with one day to discharge the commission intrusted to me." This joke elicited a fresh burst of applause. Dantes. Everybody talked at once. whom Fernand seemed most anxious to avoid. I cannot help thinking it would have been a great pity to have served him that trick you were planning yesterday. and the same to return. from whose mind the friendly treatment of Dantes. To−morrow morning I start for Paris. he continued. to pace the farther end of the salon. at the commencement of the repast. Mercedes has no fortune. "No." This prospect of fresh festivity redoubled the hilarity of the guests to such a degree. even so far as to become one of his rival's attendants. and sought out more agreeable companions. while Mercedes glanced at the clock and made an expressive gesture to Edmond. Caderousse approached him just as Danglars." answered Dantes. united with the effect of the excellent wine he had partaken of. our papers were quickly written out. laughingly. and. but when I saw how completely he had mastered his feelings. As for Fernand himself. Dantes is a downright good fellow. So. he was among the first to quit the table. and on the second I give my real marriage feast. and certainly do not come very expensive. is all the time I shall be absent. to obtain a moment's tranquillity in which to drink to the health and prosperity of the bride and bride−groom. and you know we are expected in a quarter of an hour." Chapter 5. had joined him in a corner of the room. Fernand's paleness appeared to have communicated itself to Danglars." said Caderousse. had commented upon the silence that prevailed. no. four days to go. responded by a look of grateful pleasure." Caderousse looked full at Fernand −− he was ghastly pale. perceiving the affectionate eagerness of his father. "the sacrifice was no trifling one. silvery voice of Mercedes. "So that what we presumed to be merely the betrothal feast turns out to be the actual wedding dinner!" said Danglars. "two o'clock has just struck." answered Danglars. I knew there was no further cause for apprehension. "Certainly. that the elder Dantes. Around the table reigned that noisy hilarity which usually prevails at such a time among people sufficiently free from the demands of social position not to feel the trammels of etiquette. unable to rest. "it didn't take long to fix that. I only wish he would let me take his place. you see. he seemed to be enduring the tortures of the damned. I have none to settle on her.

so as to deaden even the noisy mirth of the bridal party. I am the bearer of an order of arrest. with vociferous cheers. it must. but you will be duly acquainted with the reasons that have rendered such a step necessary at the preliminary examination. The sounds drew nearer. "I am he. "I am. although firm in his duty. let me beg of you to calm your apprehensions. frowningly. like yourself. or the value of his freight. There are situations which the heart of a father or a mother cannot be made to understand. meanwhile. the door was opened. but he had disappeared. "let us go directly!" His words were re−echoed by the whole party. sprang forward. and a magistrate. 32 . "How can I tell you?" replied he. Who among the persons here assembled answers to the name of Edmond Dantes?" Every eye was turned towards the young man who. He prayed and supplicated in terms so moving. At the same instant his ear caught a sort of indistinct sound on the stairs. that even the officer was touched. then came a hum and buzz as of many voices. Uneasiness now yielded to the most extreme dread on the part of those present. "I arrest you in the name of the law!" "Me!" repeated Edmond. advanced with dignity. Morrel felt that further resistance or remonstrance was useless. however. "in the name of the law!" As no attempt was made to prevent it." M. eagerly quitting the table. utterly bewildered at all that is going on. Your son has probably neglected some prescribed form or attention in registering his cargo. The Marriage−Feast. be fulfilled. and perfectly well knew that it would be as unavailing to seek pity from a magistrate decked with his official scarf. as to address a petition to some cold marble effigy. "rely upon every reparation being made. "I demand admittance." "If it be so. followed by the measured tread of soldiery. He saw before him an officer delegated to enforce the law. spite of the agitation he could not but feel. Chapter 5. followed by four soldiers and a corporal. The company looked at each other in consternation. and it is more than probable he will be set at liberty directly he has given the information required." Caderousse then looked around for Fernand. nevertheless. with the clanking of swords and military accoutrements. I pray?" "I cannot inform you. who had assumed an air of utter surprise. of Danglars. whether touching the health of his crew. saw him stagger and fall back. and. he kindly said. whom he evidently knew. "My worthy friend. with an almost convulsive spasm. "May I venture to inquire the reason of this unexpected visit?" said M. and cannot in the least make out what it is about. "and wherefore. Morrel. who had been incessantly observing every change in Fernand's look and manner. At this moment Danglars. presented himself. against a seat placed near one of the open windows. slightly changing color." said a loud voice outside the room." replied the magistrate. among whom a vague feeling of curiosity and apprehension quelled every disposition to talk. what is your pleasure with me?" "Edmond Dantes. Three blows were struck upon the panel of the door. in a firm voice. Old Dantes. and although I most reluctantly perform the task assigned me.The Count of Monte Cristo "To be sure! −− to be sure!" cried Dantes." replied the magistrate. addressing the magistrate. and said." "What is the meaning of all this?" inquired Caderousse. and almost instantaneously the most deathlike stillness prevailed. "there is doubtless some mistake easily explained. wearing his official scarf.

"you merely threw it by −− I saw it lying in a corner. poured out for himself a glass of water with a trembling hand. "I will take the first conveyance I find. to Danglars. and return as quickly as you can!" This second departure was followed by a long and fearful state of terrified silence on the part of those who were left behind." returned Danglars. in a hoarse and choking voice." "No." During this conversation. each absorbed in grief. preceded by the magistrate." "Nonsense. "Adieu. "nothing more than a mistake. and followed by the soldiers. "Good−by. then. and very likely I may not have to go so far as the prison to effect that. let you and I go and see what is to be done for our poor friends." "Oh. there is some little mistake to clear up. that's all. when released from the warm and affectionate Chapter 5. Never mind where he is. and leaning from the coach he called out. he got in. and hurry to Marseilles." "That's right!" exclaimed a multitude of voices. "go. by mere chance. merely saying. Meanwhile Fernand made his appearance. and well deserves to bring double evil on those who have projected it. "I tell you again I have nothing whatever to do with it. so.The Count of Monte Cristo The scene of the previous night now came back to his mind with startling clearness. I feel quite certain. stretching out her arms to him from the balcony. that if it be so. but at length the two poor victims of the same blow raised their eyes. "Make yourselves quite easy." said he. The old father and Mercedes remained for some time apart." "Hold your tongue. all of you!" cried M. Morrel. adieu. you did not!" answered Caderousse. you were drunk!" "Where is Fernand?" inquired Caderousse. then hastily swallowing it. besides. Mercedes −− we shall soon meet again!" Then the vehicle disappeared round one of the turnings of Fort Saint Nicholas. Dantes. followed by two soldiers and the magistrate. you know very well that I tore the paper to pieces." Dantes descended the staircase. The prisoner heard the cry. whence I will bring you word how all is going on. I suppose. had surrendered himself to the officer sent to arrest him. The painful catastrophe he had just witnessed appeared effectually to have rent away the veil which the intoxication of the evening before had raised between himself and his memory. "gone. "this. "Wait for me here. 'tis an ill turn. went to sit down at the first vacant place. depend upon it. The Marriage−Feast. "So. dearest Edmond!" cried Mercedes. after having exchanged a cheerful shake of the hand with all his sympathizing friends. and the vehicle drove off towards Marseilles. A carriage awaited him at the door. "How do I know?" replied Danglars. as every prudent man ought to be. and with a simultaneous burst of feeling rushed into each other's arms. who had now approached the group. placed next to the seat on which poor Mercedes had fallen half fainting. 33 . you fool! −− what should you know about it? −− why. is a part of the trick you were concerting yesterday? All I can say is. most likely. which sounded like the sob of a broken heart. to look after his own affairs. my good fellows. to be sure!" responded Danglars. and this was.

"Come. "one cannot be held responsible for every chance arrow shot into the air. 34 . "What news?" exclaimed a general burst of voices." replied he." said the afflicted old father. turning towards him." "But how could he have done so without your knowledge. we shall hear that our friend is released!" Mercedes and the old man rushed to meet the shipowner and greeted him at the door. as for that." Meantime the subject of the arrest was being canvassed in every different form. "Now the mischief is out. and another of tobacco for me!" "There. indeed. "Hope!" faintly murmured Fernand." answered Danglars." "Now I recollect." whispered Caderousse. "I don't think so. my poor child. when the arrow lights point downward on somebody's head. Chapter 5. and a convulsive spasm passed over his countenance. you see. Her grief. depend upon it the custom−house people went rummaging about the ship in our absence." Mercedes. "Good news! good news!" shouted forth one of the party stationed in the balcony on the lookout." exclaimed Danglars. however." said one of the party. and at Smyrna from Pascal's. "my poor boy told me yesterday he had got a small case of coffee. The Marriage−Feast. "I think it just possible Dantes may have been detected with some trifling article on board ship considered here as contraband. "Here comes M." said the old man. "be comforted. "What think you. but the word seemed to die away on his pale agitated lips. No doubt. he's too stupid to imagine such a scheme. Morrel back. Danglars. come. "He is the cause of all this misery −− I am quite sure of it. Danglars. I could only know what I was told respecting the merchandise with which the vessel was laden. there is still hope!" "Hope!" repeated Danglars. now. paid no heed to this explanation of her lover's arrest. which she had hitherto tried to restrain. "Surely. now burst out in a violent fit of hysterical sobbing." answered the other. who had never taken his eyes off Fernand." "You can.The Count of Monte Cristo embrace of old Dantes. "of this event?" "Why. and that she took in her freight at Alexandria from Pastret's warehouse." said Caderousse. I know she was loaded with cotton. that is all I was obliged to know. and discovered poor Dantes' hidden treasures. and I beg I may not be asked for any further particulars." "You don't mention those who aided and abetted the deed. to Danglars. I only hope the mischief will fall upon the head of whoever wrought it. since you are the ship's supercargo?" "Why. Instinctively Fernand drew back his chair. He was very pale.

" "Let us go. doubtfully. "you have deceived me −− the trick you spoke of last night has been played. the assistant procureur. you know I told you. he overtook his supercargo and Caderousse. "or I will not answer even for your own safety. and passed a whole day in the island. pleased to find the other so tractable. Morrel. will it not be taken for granted that all who uphold him are his accomplices?" With the rapid instinct of selfishness. where he quitted it. then. "Could you ever have credited such a thing. "That I believe!" answered M." After their departure. I am determined to tell them all about it. if guilty. "Let us take ourselves out of the way." "Be silent." replied M." "Oh. why. Danglars!" whispered Caderousse. by all means. while the friends of Dantes conducted the now half−fainting man back to his abode. he gazed." "With all my heart!" replied Danglars. from M. Morrel. but I cannot suffer a poor old man or an innocent girl to die of grief through your fault. led the girl to her home. 35 . who had now again become the friend and protector of Mercedes. "Could you have believed such a thing possible?" "Why. Who can tell whether Dantes be innocent or guilty? The vessel did touch at Elba." said he. casting a bewildered look on his companion. The rumor of Edmond arrest as a Bonapartist agent was not slow in circulating throughout the city. on his return to the port for the purpose of gleaning fresh tidings of Dantes. "Let us wait. my friends. I cannot stay here any longer. as. should any letters or other documents of a compromising character be found upon him. my dear Danglars?" asked M. indeed −− indeed. Now. with a mournful shake of his head. If he be innocent. "but still he is charged" −− "With what?" inquired the elder Dantes. sir. and then caution supplanted generosity. of course he will be set at liberty. the old man sank into a chair. wistfully." replied Danglars. "Ah. "To be sure!" answered Danglars. Caderousse readily perceived the solidity of this mode of reasoning. de Villefort. it is no use involving ourselves in a conspiracy. you simpleton!" cried Danglars. "the thing has assumed a more serious aspect than I expected. Morrel. A despairing cry escaped the pale lips of Mercedes. The Marriage−Feast." "And did you mention these suspicions to any person beside myself?" Chapter 5. and leave things for the present to take their course. he is innocent!" sobbed forth Mercedes. on Danglars. "that I considered the circumstance of his having anchored at the Island of Elba as a very suspicious circumstance. grasping him by the arm.The Count of Monte Cristo "Alas. and see what comes of it. "With being an agent of the Bonapartist faction!" Many of our readers may be able to recollect how formidable such an accusation became in the period at which our story is dated. Fernand. "Suppose we wait a while.

and if he should have any reluctance to continue you in your post. "we shall see. in spite of that. whom I shall endeavor to interest in Edmond's favor. Danglars −− that will smooth over all difficulties. well. and it will be so far advantageous to you to accept my services. Then added in a low whisper." "Perhaps not. M. and I had already thought of your interests in the event of poor Edmond having become captain of the Pharaon. 36 . but. like myself. for somehow I have perceived a sort of coolness between you. Private misfortunes must never be allowed to interfere with business. "since we cannot leave this port for the next three months. M. but in the meantime?" "I am entirely at your service." replied Danglars. but that whoever possessed the good opinion and confidence of the ship's owner would have his preference also. I fully authorize you at once to assume the command of the Pharaon. and of his being king's attorney. indeed." answered Danglars." "Oh. "Poor Dantes!" said Caderousse." "But meanwhile. that upon Edmond's release from prison no further change will be requisite on board the Pharaon than for Dantes and myself each to resume our respective posts." "The hypocrite!" murmured Danglars. and proceeded in the direction of the Palais de Justice.The Count of Monte Cristo "Certainly not!" returned Danglars." "Thanks. Policar Morrel. and that's rather against him. he is a man like ourselves. I should have feared to injure both Edmond and yourself. had I divulged my own apprehensions to a soul." replied Danglars. I am too well aware that though a subordinate. "but I hear that he is ambitions. de Villefort." "And what was his reply?" "That he certainly did think he had given you offence in an affair which he merely referred to without entering into particulars. M. but do you think we shall be permitted to see our poor Edmond?" "I will let you know that directly I have seen M. Morrel. and I fancy not a bad sort of one. "You know that I am as capable of managing a ship as the most experienced captain in the service. "here is the Pharaon without a captain. and who does not altogether conceal what he thinks on the subject. let us hope that ere the expiration of that period Dantes will be set at liberty. Morrel." "Be easy on that score. I had previously inquired of Dantes what was his opinion of you. Chapter 5. and look carefully to the unloading of her freight." continued M. there are many things he ought most carefully to conceal from all else. you are strongly suspected of regretting the abdication of Napoleon." "No doubt. is bound to acquaint the shipowner with everything that occurs." "Is it possible you were so kind?" "Yes. Morrel. "You understand that. I will join you there ere long. "No one can deny his being a noble−hearted young fellow. on account of your uncle. the worthy shipowner quitted the two allies. "You are a worthy fellow. Morrel. Morrel. The Marriage−Feast. who served under the other government." So saying." "'Tis well. But now hasten on board. I am aware he is a furious royalist." "Well. Danglars −− 'tis well!" replied M." returned M.

waving his hand in token of adieu to Danglars. no. "the turn things have taken. Chapter 6. −− magistrates who had resigned their office during the usurper's reign. The Deputy Procureur du Roi. although the occasion of the entertainment was similar. Instead of a rude mixture of sailors." added he with a smile. it should fall on the guilty person." "Nonsense! If any harm come of it. How can we be implicated in any way? All we have got to do is. but yet it seems to me a shocking thing that a mere joke should lead to such consequences." "Oh. nothing more. and bending his steps towards the Allees de Meillan. there. he is in the hands of Justice. depend upon it. he may have sent the letter itself! Fortunately. almost at the same hour with the nuptial repast given by Dantes.The Count of Monte Cristo "You see. you did not. even. and either copied it or caused it to be copied. then. however. that I had had no hand in it. moving his head to and fro. mentally. not breathing a word to any living soul. My only fear is the chance of Dantes being released. that it will turn out an unlucky job for both of us. and you will see that the storm will pass away without in the least affecting us. however. is Fernand." "Amen!" responded Caderousse. and that." "Still. then. In this case. 37 ." "Then you were aware of Dantes being engaged in a conspiracy?" "Not I. you knew very well that I threw the paper into a corner of the room −− indeed. "that I can answer for. and muttering as he went. the present assembly was composed of the very flower of Marseilles society. he did not take the trouble of recopying it." said Danglars. Fernand picked it up. the company was strikingly dissimilar. but Fernand." replied Caderousse. commander of the Pharaon. if that fool of a Caderousse can be persuaded to hold his tongue. at least." "Well. The Deputy Procureur du Roi." said Danglars. a second marriage feast was being celebrated. temporarily. soldiers. officers who had deserted from the imperial army and joined forces with Conde. Danglars. with the certainty of being permanently so. addressing Caderousse. and fifteen of restoration elevate to the rank of a god. you know. to keep our own counsel. and. Do you still feel any desire to stand up in his defence?" "Not the slightest. and remain perfectly quiet. for me." So saying. It seems. "So far. Chapter 6. "all has gone as I would have it. "she will take her own. As I before said. brought up to hate and execrate the man whom five years of exile would convert into a martyr. and those belonging to the humblest grade of life. I thought the whole thing was a joke. or. by Heavens. desiring to be rowed on board the Pharaon." argued Caderousse. where M. and younger members of families. I am. after the manner of one whose mind was overcharged with one absorbing idea." "But who perpetrated that joke. I only wish I could see it now as plainly as I saw it lying all crushed and crumpled in a corner of the arbor. let me ask? neither you nor myself. Morrel had agreed to meet him. perhaps. But. that I have unconsciously stumbled upon the truth. In one of the aristocratic mansions built by Puget in the Rue du Grand Cours opposite the Medusa fountain. if you did. And now I think of it. "I would give a great deal if nothing of the kind had happened. You will see. the handwriting was disguised. I fancied I had destroyed it. he leaped into a boat.

there is always one bright smiling spot in the desert of her heart. −− was looked upon here as a ruined man. and that is the shrine of maternal love. on one's wedding day there are more agreeable subjects of conversation than dry politics. What I was saying. let me tell you. these revolutionists. enthusiasm. they could not help admitting that the king. 38 . recalling at once the patient exile of Hartwell and the peace−loving King of France.The Count of Monte Cristo The guests were still at table. was. counting as his subjects a small population of five or six thousand souls. "I forgive you. their `Napoleon the accursed. Renee. excited universal enthusiasm. "Ah." "Never mind. but. glasses were elevated in the air a l'Anglais. yes. It was not over the downfall of the man." "Marquise. what supplied the place of those fine qualities. uttered in ten different languages. now rose and proposed the health of King Louis XVIII. Villefort. M. madame. with a profusion of light brown hair. to them their evil genius. wealth." "They had. decorated with the cross of Saint Louis. since we were content to follow the fortunes of a falling monarch. The emperor. that all true devotion was on our side. In a word. strewed the table with their floral treasures. so as to prevent his listening to what you said." said M.' Am I not right. de Villefort." said the Marquise de Saint−Meran. and the ladies. the military part of the company talked unreservedly of Moscow and Leipsic. yes. however. The Deputy Procureur du Roi. despite her fifty years −− "ah." said a young and lovely girl. This toast.' while their wretched usurper his been. An old man. But there −− now take him −− he is your own for as long as you like. who have driven us from those very possessions they afterwards purchased for a mere trifle during the Reign of Terror. "let the young people alone. separated forever from any fresh connection with France or claim to her throne. Villefort. I beg to remind you my mother speaks to you. while they. made their fortune by worshipping the rising sun. while the women commented on the divorce of Josephine. −− after having been accustomed to hear the "Vive Napoleons" of a hundred and twenty millions of human beings. marquise!" interposed the old nobleman who had proposed the toast. with a look of tenderness that seemed out of keeping with her harsh dry features. I shall be delighted to answer. an almost poetical fervor prevailed. however all other feelings may be withered in a woman's nature." replied the marquise. were they here. that they rejoiced. now king of the petty Island of Elba. and eyes that seemed to float in liquid crystal." "If the marquise will deign to repeat the words I but imperfectly caught. on the contrary. "Never mind. and is worshipped by his commonplace but ambitions Chapter 6. a woman with a stern. forbidding eye. or devotion. but −− in truth −− I was not attending to the conversation. but over the defeat of the Napoleonic idea. Villefort?" "I beg your pardon. for five centuries religious strife had long given increased bitterness to the violence of party feeling. after having held sovereign sway over one−half of the world. would be compelled to own." replied the young man. and ever will be. and the heated and energetic conversation that prevailed betrayed the violent and vindictive passions that then agitated each dweller of the South. The magistrates freely discussed their political views. dearest mother. It was the Marquis de Saint−Meran. where unhappily. and station was truly our `Louis the well−beloved. Napoleon is the Mahomet of the West. "'tis all my fault for seizing upon M. I really must pray you to excuse me. and in this they foresaw for themselves the bright and cheering prospect of a revivified political existence. for whom we sacrificed rank. that the Bonapartists had not our sincerity. de Villefort. though still noble and distinguished in appearance. "and that was fanaticism. snatching their bouquets from their fair bosoms.

I promise you it affords me as little pleasure to revive it as it does you. any more than the wish." "Do you know. to my mind. Napoleon has still retained a train of parasitical satellites. I. 39 . that of Napoleon on the column of the Place Vendome. Villefort. and had well−nigh lost his head on the same scaffold on which your father perished. and that while the Citizen Noirtier was a Girondin. The only difference consists in the opposite character of the equality advocated by these two men. and condescend only to regard the young shoot which has started up at a distance from the parent tree." A deep crimson suffused the countenance of Villefort. and that at our recommendation the king consented to forget the past. worthy of being gratefully remembered by every friend to monarchy and civil order." "Nay. I have laid aside even the name of my father." answered he. madame. for instance. madame." replied the marquise. and altogether disown his political principles. who. He was −− nay. that you will kindly allow the veil of oblivion to cover and conceal the past. Remember. it has been so with other usurpers −− Cromwell." replied Villefort. Let what may remain of revolutionary sap exhaust itself and die away with the old trunk. probably may still be −− a Bonapartist. now. then. Villefort. also. and that the 9th Thermidor and the 4th of April. I would place each of these heroes on his right pedestal −− that of Robespierre on his scaffold in the Place Louis Quinze. All I ask is." interposed Renee. without wincing in the slightest degree at the tragic remembrance thus called up. Observe. do not strip the latter of his just rights to bestow them on the Corsican." said Villefort. to separate entirely from the stock from which it sprung. if you please. am a stanch royalist." "Suffer me. that Villefort will be firm and inflexible for the future in his political principles. it is impossible to expect the son of a Girondin to be free from a small spice of the old leaven. that our respective parents underwent persecution and proscription from diametrically opposite principles. a perfect amnesty and forgetfulness of the past." "True. "to add my earnest request to Mademoiselle de Saint−Meran's. that you are talking in a most dreadfully revolutionary strain? But I excuse it. also. one is the equality that elevates. the other elevates the people to a level with the throne. madame. but he was not among the number of those who voted for the king's death. as I do" (and Chapter 6. what would you call Robespierre? Come. the other is the equality that degrades." "He!" cried the marquise: "Napoleon the type of equality! For mercy's sake. has usurped quite enough. smiling. "that my father was a Girondin. who was not half so bad as Napoleon. Still. namely. had his partisans and advocates. but also as the personification of equality. on the contrary. one brings a king within reach of the guillotine. "but bear in mind. "'Tis true. in proof of which I may remark. The Deputy Procureur du Roi. and is called Noirtier. and that explains how it comes to pass that. "you know very well it was agreed that all these disagreeable reminiscences should forever be laid aside. "I do not mean to deny that both these men were revolutionary scoundrels." "With all my heart. without having the power. "excellently well said! Come. the Count Noirtier became a senator. not only as a leader and lawgiver. I have hopes of obtaining what I have been for years endeavoring to persuade the marquise to promise. your father lost no time in joining the new government. and style myself de Villefort." replied the marquise. he was an equal sufferer with yourself during the Reign of Terror. as I trust he is forever." "Dear mother. What avails recrimination over matters wholly past recall? For my own part. that while my family remained among the stanchest adherents of the exiled princes. Villefort!" cried the marquis. that we have pledged ourselves to his majesty for your fealty and strict loyalty. were lucky days for France. in the year 1814. come." "Bravo. "let the past be forever forgotten. marquise.The Count of Monte Cristo followers. fallen.

and we cannot molest Napoleon without breaking those compacts." "You have heard. as it is known you belong to a suspected family." "Unfortunately. in the Island of Elba. compels me to be severe. who are daily. all it can do is to avenge the wrong done. "that the Holy Alliance purpose removing him from thence?" "Yes. madame. indeed." Chapter 6. madame. it is a great act of folly to have left such a man between Corsica. "I am." "Well. Napoleon. we shall be rid of Napoleon. 40 . think so?" inquired the marquise. "the strong arm of the law is not called upon to interfere until the evil has taken place. the law is frequently powerless to effect this. "There wasn't any trouble over treaties when it was a question of shooting the poor Duc d'Enghien. as well as the times in which we live. by the aid of the Holy Alliance. at least two thousand leagues from here. and Naples." "For heaven's sake. "my profession." "Nay. at least." "Alas. one of M. "it seems probable that." "Unfortunately. you will be so much the more bound to visit the offence with rigorous punishment." replied the count. where he was born. But bear in mind." said Villefort." returned Villefort." answered Villefort. of which his brother−in−law is king. fearful of it. and brought the offenders to merited punishment.The Count of Monte Cristo here she extended to him her hand) −− "as I now do at your entreaty. de Salvieux. and face to face with Italy." responded M. getting up quarrels with the royalists." said M. de Villefort to purify Marseilles of his partisans. As Villefort observes. madame. the sovereignty of which he coveted for his son. and we must trust to the vigilance of M. where is that?" asked the marquise. under one frivolous pretext or other. "An island situated on the other side of the equator." "Oh. "So much the better." "Do you. and his proximity keeps up the hopes of his partisans. perhaps." "Then all he has got to do is to endeavor to repair it. Marseilles is filled with half−pay officers. I have already successfully conducted several public prosecutions. But we have not done with the thing yet. is too near France. he should be upheld in peace and tranquillity. The king is either a king or no king. well. we shall find some way out of it. de Saint−Meran. they were talking about it when we left Paris. "there are the treaties of 1814. that should there fall in your way any one guilty of conspiring against the government. The Deputy Procureur du Roi. de Saint−Meran's oldest friends. from hence arise continual and fatal duels among the higher classes of persons. and chamberlain to the Comte d'Artois. "and where is it decided to transfer him?" "To Saint Helena." said the marquise. and assassinations in the lower." said the Comte de Salvieux. and this can best be effected by employing the most inflexible agents to put down every attempt at conspiracy −− 'tis the best and surest means of preventing mischief. if he be acknowledged as sovereign of France.

as is more than probable." interposed Renee. as for parricides. certainly. agitated. but as regards poor unfortunate creatures whose only crime consists in having mixed themselves up in political intrigues" −− "Why. don't you see. "I mean the trial of the man for murdering his father. "you surely are not in earnest." cried a beautiful young creature. for instance. and who can say how many daggers may be ready sharpened. de Villefort!" said Renee. in order to lash one's self into a state of sufficient vehemence and power. and then retiring to rest." "What would you have? 'Tis like a duel. M." replied the young man. and only waiting a favorable opportunity to be buried in my heart?" "Gracious heavens. "don't you see how you are frightening us? −− and yet you laugh. that he may recommence his mimic woes on the morrow. at the word of his commander. merely because bidden to do so by one he is bound to obey? Besides. you killed him ere the executioner had laid his hand upon him. "inasmuch as. will scruple more to drive a stiletto into the heart of one he knows to be his personal enemy. against the movers of political conspiracies. "Bravo!" cried one of the guests." "For shame. "What a splendid business that last case of yours was. five or six times." "Oh. however. and as though beaten out of all composure by the fire of my eloquence. "and in the interesting trial that young lady is anxious to witness. The Deputy Procureur du Roi. that is the very worst offence they could possibly commit. to rush fearlessly on the very bayonets of his foe. is a parricide upon a fearfully great scale?" Chapter 6. be assured. for. 41 . No. and he who shall plot or contrive aught against the life and safety of the parent of thirty−two millions of souls. agitated. my dear Villefort!" remarked a third. I am told it is so very amusing!" "Amusing. can you expect for an instant." replied the young magistrate with a smile. the prisoner. and the cherished friend of Mademoiselle de Saint−Meran. "that is what I call talking to some purpose. de Villefort. M. becoming more and more terrified. you behold in a law−court a case of real and genuine distress −− a drama of life. instead of shedding tears as at the fictitious tale of woe produced at a theatre. that should any favorable opportunity present itself." said Renee. Upon my word. becoming quite pale. I would not choose to see the man against whom I pleaded smile. as though in mockery of my words." Renee uttered a smothered exclamation." "Indeed I am. Renee. to have served under Napoleon −− well. "it matters very little what is done to them. one requires the excitement of being hateful in the eyes of the accused. than to slaughter his fellow−creatures. I have already recorded sentence of death. "do try and get up some famous trial while we are at Marseilles. instead of −− as is the case when a curtain falls on a tragedy −− going home to sup peacefully with his family. the case would only be still more aggravated. daughter to the Comte de Salvieux. and such dreadful people as that. M.The Count of Monte Cristo "Oh. I leave you to judge how far your nerves are calculated to bear you through such a scene. that one accustomed. the king is the father of his people. I never was in a law−court. Suppose. my pride is to see the accused pale. −− is removed from your sight merely to be reconducted to his prison and delivered up to the executioner. and alarmed. I will not fail to offer you the choice of being present. The prisoner whom you there see pale." said a second. Of this. de Villefort." "Just the person we require at a time like the present.

Do you know I always felt a shudder at the idea of even a destroying angel?" "Dear. I hope so −− abjured his past errors. Chapter 6." replied Villefort. `Villefort' −− observe that the king did not pronounce the word Noirtier." "That is true." replied Renee. "Well. he will confess that they perfectly agree with what his majesty said to him.'" "Is it possible the king could have condescended so far as to express himself so favorably of me?" asked the enraptured Villefort." answered Villefort. who." cried the marquis. "I give you his very words. for instance." responded the marquise. your lap−dogs. "but. "attend to your doves." cried the Comte de Salvieux. you have promised me −− have you not? −− always to show mercy to those I plead for. Nowadays the military profession is in abeyance and the magisterial robe is the badge of honor. "I have already had the honor to observe that my father has −− at least. than his son." whispered Villefort. and that he is. and embroidery. M. my child. my dear Villefort. "Do you know. "I cannot speak Latin. on the contrary. without our suspecting it. with one of his sweetest smiles. with a mournful smile." Having made this well−turned speech. but do not meddle with what you do not understand. "that M. interrupted us by saying. when questioned by his majesty's principal chamberlain touching the singularity of an alliance between the son of a Girondin and the daughter of an officer of the Duc de Conde. when he went six months ago to consult him upon the subject of your espousing his daughter." "Make yourself quite easy on that point. 42 . but." "My love." "Cedant arma togae. much as he would have done had he been addressing the bench in open court." added the incorrigible marquise. and I assure you he seemed fully to comprehend that this mode of reconciling political differences was based upon sound and excellent principles. placed considerable emphasis on that of Villefort −− `Villefort. decided preference and conviction. as he gazed with unutterable tenderness on the lovely speaker. he will have achieved a noble work. good Renee.The Count of Monte Cristo "I don't know anything about that. I like him much. The Deputy Procureur du Roi. `is a young man of great judgment and discretion. Villefort looked carefully around to mark the effect of his oratory. while I have no other impulse than warm." said Renee." answered the marquis. "you and I will always consult upon our verdicts. had not the noble marquis anticipated my wishes by requesting my consent to it. Then the king. de Villefort may prove the moral and political physician of this province." said the marquise. and if the marquis chooses to be candid. and it gave me great pleasure to hear that he was about to become the son−in−law of the Marquis and Marquise de Saint−Meran. had overheard our conversation. There is a wise Latin proverb that is very much in point. de Villefort. "Madame. for he has to atone for past dereliction. "Let us hope." said Villefort with a bow. possibly. at the present moment." "And one which will go far to efface the recollection of his father's conduct. "that is exactly what I myself said the other day at the Tuileries. a firm and zealous friend to religion and order −− a better royalist.' said his majesty. I should myself have recommended the match. if so. "I cannot help regretting you had not chosen some other profession than your own −− a physician. who will be sure to make a figure in his profession.

If you wish to see me the king's attorney. then. and as though the utterance of Villefort's wish had sufficed to effect its accomplishment. or has it at his father's abode. returned." "And wherefore were you called away just now?" asked Mademoiselle de Saint−Meran. this day arrived from Smyrna. his whole face beaming with delight. seemed formed to excite the innocent admiration with which she gazed on her graceful and intelligent lover. you must desire for me some of those violent and dangerous diseases from the cure of which so much honor redounds to the physician. turning pale. who either carries the letter for Paris about with him. dear mother. lit up as they then were with more than usual fire and animation." said Villefort: −− "`The king's attorney is informed by a friend to the throne and the religions institutions of his country. "I trust your wishes will not prosper. then it will assuredly be discovered in the cabin belonging to the said Dantes on board the Pharaon. but to the king's attorney.'" "But. "I love to see you thus. "You were wishing just now. Well. "that I were a doctor instead of a lawyer." "For my part. if my information prove correct." At this moment. were a conspirator to fall into your hands. I at least resemble the disciples of Esculapius in one thing −− that of not being able to call a day my own. 43 . and certainly his handsome features. and that Providence will only permit petty offenders. he soon. has been the bearer of a letter from Murat to the usurper. he would be most welcome. measles. −− then I shall be contented. which bids fair to make work for the executioner. is not even addressed to you. with an air of deep interest. "Why. "this letter. and whispered a few words in his ear. a servant entered the room. and the stings of wasps." "Can I believe my ears?" cried the marquise. Villefort immediately rose from table and quitted the room upon the plea of urgent business. addressing her. at least. after all. after having touched at Naples and Porto−Ferrajo." said Villefort." Chapter 6." cried the marquise. and miserable cheats to fall into M." interposed Renee. that one named Edmond Dantes. "I will read you the letter containing the accusation. mate of the ship Pharaon. Now. "For a very serious matter. or any other slight affection of the epidermis. poor debtors. a sort of Bonaparte conspiracy has just been discovered.The Count of Monte Cristo "How much do I owe this gracious prince! What is there I would not do to evince my earnest gratitude!" "That is right. The Deputy Procureur du Roi. Should it not be found in the possession of father or son. however." said Renee." "Just the same as though you prayed that a physician might only be called upon to prescribe for headaches." "How dreadful!" exclaimed Renee. Renee regarded him with fond affection. not even that of my betrothal. Ample corroboration of this statement may be obtained by arresting the above−mentioned Edmond Dantes. and again taken charge of another letter from the usurper to the Bonapartist club in Paris. "Is it possible?" burst simultaneously from all who were near enough to the magistrate to hear his words. is but an anonymous scrawl. de Villefort's hands. which.

"Upon my word. then. looked at Renee." then casting an expressive glance at his betrothed. I promise you that to make up for her want of loyalty. why." sighed poor Renee. "Never mind that foolish girl. No sooner had Villefort left the salon." "Then the guilty person is absolutely in custody?" said the marquise. and looking towards her lover with piteous earnestness. while imprinting a son−in−law's respectful salute on it. I will be most inflexibly severe." "And where is the unfortunate being?" asked Renee. who. −− "To give you pleasure. say the accused person." "O Villefort!" cried Renee. You know we cannot yet pronounce him guilty. "and rely upon it. I promise to show all the lenity in my power. dear mother. "Nay." and receiving a sweet and approving smile in return. the command of which. opened his letters. madame. "your folly exceeds all bounds. as it should have been. than he assumed the grave air of a man who holds the balance of life and death in his hands. "be merciful on this the day of our betrothal." answered Villefort. but that gentleman being absent. Now. come. thinking this one of importance. for your dear sake my justice shall be tempered with mercy. "Nay. I pray you pardon this little traitor.The Count of Monte Cristo "True. his secretary. which seemed to say." interrupted the marquise. Villefort quitted the room. he sent for me. he will not be likely to be trusted abroad again. you really must give me leave to order his head to be cut off. but if the charges brought against this Bonapartist hero prove correct." "These are mournful auspices to accompany a betrothal." Renee shuddered. You are the king's servant. child!" exclaimed the angry marquise." So saying." "Come." said the marquise. in spite of the mobility of his countenance." The young man passed round to the side of the table where the fair pleader sat. "She will soon get over these things. "He is at my house. by his orders. but not finding me. and must go wherever that service calls you. The Examination. my sweet Renee." "He is in safe custody. "I must try and fancy 'tis your dear hand I kiss. clasping her hands. "do not neglect your duty to linger with us. Madame de Saint−Meran extended her dry bony hand to Villefort. I should be glad to know what connection there can possibly be between your sickly sentimentality and the affairs of the state!" "O mother!" murmured Renee. "Fear not. Villefort. Chapter 7 . and leaning over her chair said tenderly. took upon himself to give the necessary orders for arresting the accused party. if the letter is found. my friend. like a Chapter 7 44 . unless he goes forth under the especial protection of the headsman. as much as to say.

approached. besides. had he ever served in the marines?" "Oh. he held a high official situation. Morrel to the plebeian.The Count of Monte Cristo finished actor. Morrel. M." cried he. and he had." Villefort. who seemed to have been waiting for him. a man. it was M. trading in cotton with Alexandria and Smyrna. "you do not know him. not passionately. and said. and I do. as we have before described. At the door he met the commissary of police. but reasonably. and as Villefort had arrived at the corner of the Rue des Conseils. and the best seaman in the merchant service. Morrel reddened. besides. whom he loved. The sight of this officer recalled Villefort from the third heaven to earth. he had carefully studied before the glass. of Marseilles. now inform me what you have discovered concerning him and the conspiracy. These considerations naturally gave Villefort a feeling of such complete felicity that his mind was fairly dazzled in its contemplation. what Dantes had told him of his interview with the grand−marshal. Some of your people have committed the strangest mistake −− they have just arrested Edmond Dantes. Is it not true?" The magistrate laid emphasis on these words. though only twenty−seven. embarrassed him. had himself need of indulgence. −− "You are aware. there is not a better seaman in all the merchant service. Already rich. all the papers found have been sealed up and placed on your desk. no. as if he wished to apply them to the owner himself. a great criminal. who was waiting for him. of course. that a man may be estimable and trustworthy in private life. and besides her personal attractions. mate on board the three−master the Pharaon." "Oh. Villefort looked disdainfully at Morrel. he is very young. unless he acted with the greatest prudence." At this moment. and replied. Oh. as we have seen. while his eyes seemed to plunge into the heart of one who. sir. monsieur. monsieur." "We know nothing as yet of the conspiracy. de Villefort. monsieur. and you have acted rightly in arresting this man. the other suspected of Bonapartism. He replied. de Villefort." replied Villefort. as became a deputy attorney of the king. I beseech your indulgence for him. for his own conscience was not quite clear on politics. He was about to marry a young and charming woman. and I will venture to say. the prospect of seeing her fortune increased to half a million at her father's death. and yet be. and which might interfere. "Ah. with his own career. "and I am now going to examine him. he composed his face." "I know it. The dowry of his wife amounted to fifty thousand crowns." "How old?" "Nineteen or twenty at the most. which were very great. −− Chapter 7 45 . monsieur. He is the most estimable. The prisoner himself is named Edmond Dantes. it was by no means easy for him to assume an air of judicial severity. "I have read the letter. Gerard de Villefort was as happy as a man could be. M. interceding for another. politically speaking. the first was a royalist. mate of my vessel. carried away by his friendship." said Morrel. which they would. the most trustworthy creature in the world. and what the emperor had said to him. however. Mademoiselle de Saint−Meran's family possessed considerable political influence. "I am delighted to see you. and belonging to Morrel Son. Except the recollection of the line of politics his father had adopted. exert in his favor." "Before he entered the merchant service. belonged to the aristocratic party at Marseilles.

already. looked round for a seat. arrested in a tavern. you may rest assured I shall perform my duty impartially." As he had now arrived at the door of his own house. "You were at the festival of your marriage?" said the deputy. be. carefully watched. that a police agent had given to him on his entry. "Bring in the prisoner." and he arranged mentally. therefore. An instant after Dantes entered." returned Dantes." said the young man. "is Dantes then a member of some Carbonari society. that he applied the maxim to the impression. −− that look peculiar to the magistrate. grim and sombre. if I recollect." "Your age?" continued Villefort. that his protector thus employs the collective form? He was." Villefort." This give us sounded revolutionary in the deputy's ears. but calm and smiling. so great was the contrast between the sombre aspect of M. had swelled to voluminous proportions. surprised in the midst of his happiness. "Nineteen. "Who and what are you?" demanded Villefort. The ante−chamber was full of police agents and gendarmes. "Ah. as if petrified. de Villefort. and give him back to us soon. monsieur. Morrel's salon. "This philosophic reflection. impassive as he was. who." thought he. turning over a pile of papers. as you always are. belonging to Messrs." Rapid as had been Villefort's glance. coldly saluted the shipowner. Morrel Son. should he. ah. and he was summoned from his own happiness to destroy that of another. kind and equitable. thanks to the corrupt espionage of which "the accused" is always made the victim. while Dantes awaited further questions. while seeming to read the thoughts of others. and that. Villefort traversed the ante−chamber. but he had been so often warned to mistrust first impulses. He had recognized intelligence in the high forehead. after having. in company with a great many others. "Yes. forgetting the difference between the two words. saying. impunity would furnish a dangerous example. struck a sympathetic chord in his own bosom −− he also was on the point of being married. He stifled. he entered." replied the young man calmly. his voice slightly tremulous. and that if he be innocent you shall not have appealed to me in vain. the feelings of compassion that were rising. "will make a great sensation at M. "My name is Edmond Dantes. it had served to give him an idea of the man he was about to interrogate. betrays nothing of his own. as if he had been in M. de Saint−Meran's. and I must do my duty. He was pale. who stood.The Count of Monte Cristo "I entreat you. in the midst of whom. "What were you doing at the moment you were arrested?" "I was at the festival of my marriage. It was then that he encountered for the first time Villefort's look. and frankness in the thick lips that showed a set of pearly teeth. containing information relative to the prisoner. "Monsieur. on the spot where Villefort had left him. composed his features. and taking a packet which a gendarme offered him. monsieur. the antithesis by which orators often create a reputation for Chapter 7 46 . in an hour's time. cast a side glance at Dantes. disappeared. but calm and collected." Then he added. "I am mate of the Pharaon. and the tremulous voice of Dantes. which adjoined the Palais de Justice. and sat down. stood the prisoner. courage in the dark eye and bent brow. de Villefort and the radiant face of Mercedes. be guilty." murmured he. Villefort's first impression was favorable. shuddering in spite of himself. and saluting his judge with easy politeness. I am on the point of marrying a young girl I have been attached to for three years. so great was the contrast between that happy moment and the painful ceremony he was now undergoing. however. was struck with this coincidence. in this present epoch. at his desk. M.

because he was happy. "my position is not sufficiently elevated for that. they will tell you that they love and respect me. natural. was smiling also." "Tell me on which point you desire information. and a sweet kiss in private. Morrel. "Go on. This." said he. and you see how uninteresting it is. You are about to become captain at nineteen −− an elevated post. spite of Villefort's severe look and stern accent. I confess. who had watched the change on his physiognomy. I shall owe it to M." "Have you served under the usurper?" "I was about to be mustered into the Royal Marines when he fell." added he. but I have striven to repress it." said Villefort. but was not sorry to make this inquiry." said Villefort. Dantes seemed full of kindness. only. who had never heard anything of the kind. "I warn you I know very little. that you know." "But you may have excited jealousy.The Count of Monte Cristo eloquence. without knowing who the culprit was. I never had any opinions. and what you say may possibly be the case. Villefort gazed at his ingenuous and open countenance. Thus all my opinions −− I will not say public. Morrel. "My political opinions!" replied Dantes. "What would you have me say?" "Give all the information in your power. If I obtain the situation I desire. for he was scarcely a man. I am hardly nineteen." "It is reported your political opinions are extreme. Villefort turned to Dantes. and I will tell all I know. who loves you. the latter. I have had ten or twelve sailors under me. sir." Chapter 7 47 . you know men better than I do. I hope I shall gain Renee's favor easily by obeying the first command she ever imposed on me. as if it were an accusation. for I am too young. I have no part to play. but private −− are confined to these three sentiment. full of affection for everybody. but if such persons are among my acquaintances I prefer not to know it. −− I love my father. As for my disposition. "he is a noble fellow. "have you any enemies. This lad. and because happiness renders even the wicked good −− extended his affection even to his judge. is all I can tell you. perhaps. and if you question them. somewhat too hasty. because then I should be forced to hate them. had besought his indulgence for him. With the deputy's knowledge of crime and criminals." Full of this idea. who." "I have enemies?" replied Dantes. "Sir. "Pardieu. Villefort's face became so joyous. "Alas. eloquent with that eloquence of the heart never found when sought for. I know nothing. you are about to marry a pretty girl. sir. sir. and recollected the words of Renee. I respect M. and I adore Mercedes." said Villefort. When this speech was arranged. but as an elder brother." As Dantes spoke. that when he turned to Dantes. not as a father." "You are right. at least. and these two pieces of good fortune may have excited the envy of some one. with a smile. every word the young man uttered convinced him more and more of his innocence. −− simple. that is. I shall have at least a pressure of the hand in public.

I do not know the writing. you should always strive to see clearly around you.' replied I. Then. captain. At these words he gave me a ring.' said the captain. `swear to perform what I am going to tell you. for it is a matter of the deepest importance. and presented it to Dantes. I sailed for the Island of Elba." added he. but I sent the ring I had received from the captain to him. As I had expected. and would no longer call me a decapitator. Villefort saw how much energy lay hid beneath this mildness. that he would not touch at any other port. and was instantly admitted. by my love for Mercedes. "Now. He questioned me concerning Captain Leclere's death. and remove every difficulty. monsieur. when we quitted Naples. I will depart from the strict line of my duty to aid you in discovering the author of this accusation. and hastened to visit my affianced bride. and. Dantes read it. Here is the paper.' said he. `My dear Dantes. and derive all the honor and profit from it. It was time −− two hours after he was delirious. captain. "`Well. monsieur.The Count of Monte Cristo "You are wrong." "And what did you do then?" "What I ought to have done. by the life of my father" −− "Speak. as I told you. "to be examined by such a man as you. where I arrived the next day. as the latter had told me. Everywhere the last requests of a dying man are sacred. and to−morrow I intended to start for Paris. and he was so anxious to arrive at Elba. As we had no doctor on board.' "`I swear. do you know the writing?" As he spoke. at my marriage−feast. for this envious person is a real enemy. I will tell you the real facts." Chapter 7 48 . gave me a letter to carry on to a person in Paris. looking gratefully at Villefort. feeling he was dying. and charge you with a commission. Whoever did it writes well. had I not been arrested on this charge which you as well as I now see to be unjust. that at the end of the third day. but as one man to another who takes an interest in him. Villefort drew the letter from his pocket. disembark at Porto−Ferrajo. I swear by my honor as a sailor. what truth is there in the accusation contained in this anonymous letter?" And Villefort threw disdainfully on his desk the letter Dantes had just given back to him. give him this letter −− perhaps they will give you another letter. −− "No. and bear up for the Island of Elba. he called me to him." said Villefort." said the deputy. and what every one would have done in my place." "Well. Morrel. whom I found more lovely than ever. ask for the grand−marshal. I landed here. but perhaps I shall not be admitted to the grand marshal's presence as easily as you expect?' "`Here is a ring that will obtain audience of him. You seem a worthy young man. I hope she would be satisfied. I undertook it because it was what my captain had bade me do. You will accomplish what I was to have done. assume the command. and went on shore alone. and yet it is tolerably plain. I am very fortunate. internally. in a word I was." And by the rapid glance that the young man's eyes shot forth. A cloud passed over his brow as he said. "If Renee could see me. Thanks to M.' "`I will do it. but with a sailor the last requests of his superior are commands. the next day he died. Captain Leclere was attacked with a brain fever. I ordered everybody to remain on board. regulated the affairs of the vessel. all the forms were got over. his disorder rose to such a height. as after my death the command devolves on you as mate. and I should have been married in an hour. "answer me frankly. I found some difficulty in obtaining access to the grand−marshal. not as a prisoner to a judge. "None at all.

but you knew the name of the person to whom it was addressed. except the person who gave it to me. "To no one." Chapter 7 49 . "I am free." "You have it already. at which he glanced with an expression of terror. "but what is the matter? You are ill −− shall I ring for assistance? −− shall I call?" "No. "Oh. He sank into his seat. Noirtier." said Dantes timidly. sir?" cried Dantes joyfully. but first give me this letter. "I was forced to read the address to know to whom to give it. and again perused the letter." replied Villefort." said Villefort. as Dantes took his hat and gloves. "do you know him?" "No. who after believing himself free. It is for me to give orders here." said Villefort. then. growing still paler. and go and rejoin your friends. Villefort covered his face with his hands. I was entirely ignorant of the contents of the letter." Had a thunderbolt fallen into the room. however. far too much. on my honor. and addressed to M. "a faithful servant of the king does not know conspirators." murmured Villefort. then?" asked Dantes. Villefort could not have been more stupefied. "what is the matter?" Villefort made no answer. and not you. and this imprudence was in obedience to the orders of your captain. his white lips and clinched teeth filled Dantes with apprehension." "Yes. Give up this letter you have brought from Elba. becoming still more pale. "Yes. If you have been culpable." murmured he. "stay where you are. drew forth the fatal letter. sir. and hastily turning over the packet. sir." said Dantes. "To whom is it addressed?" "To Monsieur Noirtier. "M. 13.The Count of Monte Cristo "Ah. it was imprudence." "Everybody is ignorant that you are the bearer of a letter from the Island of Elba. Noirtier?" "Everybody. rising hastily. "And you say that you are ignorant of the contents of this letter?" "I give you my word of honor. "this seems to me the truth." said Dantes." "It is a conspiracy. now began to feel a tenfold alarm." said Villefort." "And that was too much. "I have. "Yes. already told you. Rue Coq−Heron. Rue Coq−Heron. No. After reading the letter. but raised his head at the expiration of a few seconds. and pass your word you will appear should you be required. Paris. for it was taken from me with some others which I see in that packet." said the deputy. Villefort's brow darkened more and more." "Stop a moment." "Have you shown this letter to any one?" asked Villefort.

should you. suddenly. and waited until it was entirely consumed." Villefort made a violent effort. "Oh. read the letter. and in a tone he strove to render firm. to restore you immediately to liberty. "You see. "if you doubt me. where fragments of burnt paper fluttered in the flames." cried he." "Swear it." replied Dantes proudly. and you are saved. as I had hoped. I must detain you some time longer. therefore. "and that Noirtier is the father of Villefort. but do not breathe a word of this letter. −− "Sir. and I will obey. and the prisoner who reassured him. it is impossible to doubt it. "the letter is destroyed. passed his hand over his brow." Dantes waited. I destroy it?" "Oh. if he knows the contents of this!" murmured he. "In heaven's name!" cried the unhappy young man." It was Villefort who seemed to entreat. and I will follow your advice." "Speak. it was a temporary indisposition." "Well. and you see" −− Villefort approached the fire. say to him what you have said to me. I am lost!" And he fixed his eyes upon Edmond as if he would have penetrated his thoughts. before doing so. this is not a command.The Count of Monte Cristo "Monsieur. Villefort fell back on his chair. command. "You see." continued Villefort. Attend to yourself. what my own feeling is you already know. be questioned. answer me." exclaimed Dantes." cried Dantes. but I will strive to make it as short as possible. for the third time. monsieur." "Listen. "you have been rather a friend than a judge. "you are goodness itself." "Listen." "Oh. expecting a question. question me." "I shall detain you until this evening in the Palais de Justice." continued he. Should any one else interrogate you." "I promise. and. glancing toward the grate." "I want none. but in vain. "I am no longer able. I must consult the trial justice. "Oh." "Oh. "it was only to summon assistance for you. The principal charge against you is this letter. but advice I give you." Chapter 7 50 . deny all knowledge of it −− deny it boldly. you and I alone know of its existence. I will answer you." "It was the only letter you had?" "It was." said he. cast it in." "Be satisfied. "you can now have confidence in me after what I have done. moist with perspiration. I will deny it.

He had advanced at first. The Chateau D'If. 51 .The Count of Monte Cristo "I swear it. and the prisoner was soon buried in darkness. This accursed letter would have destroyed all my hopes. therefore. about ten o'clock. The obscurity augmented the acuteness of his hearing. the massy oaken door flew open. which might have ruined me. "Alas. It was. and its appearance. At last. Villefort whispered some words in his ear. A carriage waited at the door. the words of Villefort. besides. alas. "if the procureur himself had been at Marseilles I should have been ruined. −− he was in prison. "Yes. and just as Dantes began to despair. who placed themselves one on Dantes' right and the other on his left. as we have said. the coachman was on the box." said he. at the slightest sound he rose and hastened to the door. a key turned in the lock. Dantes saw a door with an iron wicket. steps were heard in the corridor. Hardly had the door closed when Villefort threw himself half−fainting into a chair." murmured he. A police agent entered. "Are you come to fetch me?" asked he. that from its grated windows looks on the clock−tower of the Accoules. The commissary of police. whose appearance might have made even the boldest shudder. A door that communicated with the Palais de Justice was opened. every blow seeming to Dantes as if struck on his heart." replied a gendarme. "Is this carriage for me?" said Dantes. and a flood of light from two torches pervaded the apartment. I will make my fortune. "It is for you. The door opened. but stopped at the sight of this display of force. to which the officer replied by a motion of his head. he advanced calmly. He was conducted to a tolerably neat chamber. −− a sombre edifice. the 1st of March. the bolts creaked. but thick and mephitic. resounded still in his ears like a promise of freedom. my father. "and from this letter. It was four o'clock when Dantes was placed in this chamber. "Follow him. By the torchlight Dantes saw the glittering sabres and carbines of four gendarmes. did not greatly alarm him. "By the orders of the deputy procureur?" "I believe so." The conviction that they came from M. and the door closed with a loud sound behind him." Villefort rang. and his haggard eyes were fixed in thought. as he traversed the ante−chamber. and placed himself in the centre of the escort. and a police officer sat beside him. and Dantes sank again into his seat. made a sign to two gendarmes. the deputy procureur hastened to the house of his betrothed. convinced they were about to liberate him. After numberless windings. The Palais de Justice communicated with the prison. and they went through a long range of gloomy corridors. The air he inhaled was no longer pure." replied a gendarme. The commissary took up an iron mallet and knocked thrice. Chapter 8. must your past career always interfere with my successes?" Suddenly a light passed over his face. The Chateau D'If. Oh. the two gendarmes gently pushed him forward. but grated and barred. but the sound died away. Chapter 8." And after having assured himself that the prisoner was gone. Dantes saluted Villefort and retired. "This will do. who seemed to interest himself so much. Now to the work I have in hand." said Villefort to Dantes. a smile played round his set mouth. de Villefort relieved all Dantes' apprehensions.

The two gendarmes who were opposite to him descended first. and prayed fervently. Dantes saw the reflection of their muskets by the light of the lamps on the quay. while the officer stationed himself at the bow. and the carriage rolled heavily over the stones. This manoeuvre was incomprehensible to Dantes. The most vague and wild thoughts passed through his mind. who had been so kind to him. without speaking a word. which was locked. and about to double the battery. he had nothing to apprehend? Had not Villefort in his presence destroyed the fatal letter. and. were now off the Anse du Pharo. perhaps. The Chateau D'If. there was no vessel at anchor outside the harbor. where he had that morning been so happy. "Whither are you taking me?" asked he. The carriage stopped. They had passed the Tete de Morte. in the Frioul and outside the inner harbor. who were forbidden to reply. approached the guardhouse. striving to pierce through the darkness. At a shout from the boat. the officer descended. however. this seemed a good augury. Dantes saw they were passing through the Rue Caisserie. nor had they made any attempt to handcuff him. to the port. The boat they were in could not make a long voyage. near the quay. for he saw between the ranks of the soldiers a passage formed from the carriage to the port. he mounted the steps. he thought. "Can all this force be summoned on my account?" thought he. for he passed before La Reserve. but he soon sighed. Besides. and now through the open windows came the laughter and revelry of a ball. the only proof against him? He waited silently. In an instant he was placed in the stern−sheets of the boat. and so he remained silent. The soldiers looked at Dantes with an air of stupid curiosity. told him that provided he did not pronounce the dreaded name of Noirtier. a dozen soldiers came out and formed themselves in order. and having neither the power nor the intention to resist. had not the deputy. "You will soon know. answered Dantes' question. He was not bound. and four sturdy oarsmen impelled it rapidly towards the Pilon. 52 . Dantes folded his hands.The Count of Monte Cristo Dantes was about to speak. The officer opened the door. The prisoner glanced at the windows −− they were grated. between the gendarmes. they were going to leave him on some distant point. he had changed his prison for another that was conveying him he knew not whither." Dantes. and was in an instant seated inside between two gendarmes. raised his eyes to heaven. Soon he saw the lights of La Consigne. The boat continued her voyage. then he was ordered to alight and the gendarmes on each side of him followed his example. The prisoner's first feeling was of joy at again breathing the pure air −− for air is freedom. Chapter 8. the two others took their places opposite. the chain that closes the mouth of the port was lowered and in a second they were." "But still" −− "We are forbidden to give you any explanation. a shove sent the boat adrift. Through the grating. which a custom−house officer held by a chain. but feeling himself urged forward. as Dantes knew. They advanced towards a boat. trained in discipline. and by the Rue Saint−Laurent and the Rue Taramis. knew that nothing would be more absurd than to question subordinates.

" "I swear to you it is true." "Have you no idea whatever?" "None at all." "That is impossible. In spite of his repugnance to address the guards. but the prisoner thought only of Mercedes. for it was there Mercedes dwelt. How was it that a presentiment did not warn Mercedes that her lover was within three hundred yards of her? One light alone was visible. Chapter 8. to tell me where we are going." and the gendarme replied." Dantes rose and looked forward. It seemed to the prisoner that he could distinguish a feminine form on the beach. the boat went on." "Unless you are blind. Dantes turned and perceived that they had got out to sea. which has for more than three hundred years furnished food for so many wild legends. on the right. While he had been absorbed in thought. This gloomy fortress. who returned for answer a sign that said. I have no idea. Mercedes was the only one awake in the whole settlement. "what are we going there for?" The gendarme smiled. −− "Comrade. tell me where you are conducting me. "I see no great harm in telling him now. and a sailor. thought accused of treason. where the lighthouse stood. even if I intended. and Dantes saw that it came from Mercedes' chamber.The Count of Monte Cristo They had left the Ile Ratonneau. I entreat. his eyes fixed upon the light. they had shipped their oars and hoisted sail. "The Chateau d'If?" cried he. or have never been outside the harbor. A loud cry could be heard by her." "But my orders. What would his guards think if they heard him shout like a madman? He remained silent. Tell me. An intervening elevation of land hid the light. or an hour." The gendarme looked irresolutely at his companion. and yet you do not know where you are going?" "On my honor. The Chateau D'If. and I promise you on my honor I will submit to my fate. you must know. and taking his hand." said he. in half an hour. when he saw rise within a hundred yards of him the black and frowning rock on which stands the Chateau d'If. I am Captain Dantes." "Look round you then. 53 . seemed to Dantes like a scaffold to a malefactor. the boat was now moving with the wind." "Your orders do not forbid your telling me what I must know in ten minutes. Dantes turned to the nearest gendarme. a loyal Frenchman. You see I cannot escape." "I do not. and were now opposite the Point des Catalans. as a Christian and a soldier. −− "You are a native of Marseilles. "I adjure you. But pride restrained him and he did not utter it.

and dragged him towards the steps that lead to the gate of the fortress. "a governor. I will blow your brains out. which the prisoners look upon with utter despair. besides. "believe soft−spoken gentlemen again! Harkye. But what are you doing? Help. They halted for a minute. At this moment the boat came to a landing with a violent shock. I have disobeyed my first order. he knew vaguely that he was ascending a flight of steps. a cord creaked as it ran through a pulley. but gnashing his teeth and wringing his hands with fury. de Villefort's promises?" "I do not know what M. He fell back cursing with rage. placing his knee on his chest. but all this indistinctly as through a mist. He remained motionless. he heard the measured tread of sentinels. he was like a man in a dream: he saw soldiers drawn up on the embankment. Come. that terrible barrier against freedom." "And so. and that they were mooring the boat. comrades." said Dantes. in spite of M. and Dantes guessed they were at the end of the voyage. Are there any magistrates or judges at the Chateau d'If?" "There are only." Dantes pressed the gendarme's hand as though he would crush it. taking him by the arms and coat−collar." "Without any inquiry.The Count of Monte Cristo "I am not going there to be imprisoned. One of the sailors leaped on shore. he was in a court surrounded by high walls." said the gendarme. For a moment the idea of struggling crossed his mind. Dantes made no resistance. and if you move. and as they passed before the light he saw the barrels of their muskets shine. The Chateau D'If. He looked around. I have committed no crime. a garrison. but four vigorous arms seized him as his feet quitted the bottom of the boat. without any formality?" "All the formalities have been gone through." And he levelled his carbine at Dantes. "it is only used for political prisoners. while the police officer carrying a musket with fixed bayonet followed behind." said he. de Villefort's promise. "You think. and that the door closed behind him. and. forced him to rise. come. but there is no occasion to squeeze so hard. he was conscious that he passed through a door. turnkeys. which the gendarme's practiced eye had perceived. who felt the muzzle against his temple. "but I know we are taking you to the Chateau d'If. then. He did not even see the ocean. the inquiry is already made. "that I am taken to the Chateau d'If to be imprisoned there?" "It is probable. help!" By a rapid movement. and good thick walls. and of so ending the unexpected evil that had overtaken him. during which he strove to collect his thoughts. or you will make me think you are laughing at me in return for my good nature. His guards. my friend. But he bethought him of M. Chapter 8. de Villefort promised you." said the gendarme. death in a boat from the hand of a gendarme seemed too terrible. Dantes sprang forward to precipitate himself into the sea. do not look so astonished. "Good!" said the gendarme. 54 . but I will not disobey the second.

weeping bitterly. whereas he was now confined in the Chapter 8. leaving stamped upon the prisoner's mind the dim reflection of the dripping walls of his dungeon." The jailer shrugged his shoulders and left the chamber. an under−jailer. The jailer stared. 55 . Certain Dantes could not escape." replied the gendarmes. He had no fears as to how he should live −− good seamen are welcome everywhere. and Spanish like a Castilian. "Are you hungry?" continued he. and happy with Mercedes and his father. a dozen times." "Do you wish for anything?" "I wish to see the governor. The prisoner followed his guide. a lamp placed on a stool illumined the apartment faintly. He found the prisoner in the same position. the gendarmes released him. as if fixed there. In the meantime there is bread. The orders came. The Chateau D'If. I will take him to his cell. Dantes followed him with his eyes. but the door closed. and of sullen appearance. He had passed the night standing. perhaps. and. "I do not know. He spoke Italian like a Tuscan. The jailer advanced. have gained the shore. he would have been free. for which he was famous. but walked round and round the cell like a wild beast in its cage. where Mercedes and his father could have joined him. whose bare and reeking walls seemed as though impregnated with tears. his eyes swollen with weeping. One thought in particular tormented him: namely. "Let him follow me." And before Dantes could open his mouth −− before he had noticed where the jailer placed his bread or the water −− before he had glanced towards the corner where the straw was. ill−clothed. the jailer disappeared." replied Dantes. water. with orders to leave Dantes where he was. Goodnight. All his emotion then burst forth. and asking himself what crime he had committed that he was thus punished. Edmond started. He touched him on the shoulder." said he. who led him into a room almost under ground. and without sleep. he cast himself on the ground. Dantes was alone in darkness and in silence −− cold as the shadows that he felt breathe on his burning forehead. and the governor is asleep. taking with him the lamp and closing the door. Dantes appeared not to perceive him. that during his journey hither he had sat so still. and fresh straw. thanks to his powers of swimming. They seemed awaiting orders. "Here. "I do not know. To−morrow. "It is late. and showed Dantes the features of his conductor. The day passed thus. and that is all a prisoner can wish for. "Here is your chamber for to−night. thrusting Dantes forward. and stretched forth his hands towards the open door. concealed himself until the arrival of a Genoese or Spanish vessel." "Go!" said the gendarmes. "Have you not slept?" said the jailer. he may change you. he scarcely tasted food. With the first dawn of day the jailer returned. escaped to Spain or Italy.The Count of Monte Cristo They waited upwards of ten minutes. whereas he might. "Where is the prisoner?" said a voice. have plunged into the sea.

books. I shall die of hunger −− that is all. "What you ask is impossible. The next morning at the same hour. or you will be mad in a fortnight. the jailer came again." "I have already told you it was impossible. and Dantes threw himself furiously down on his straw. then?" "Better fare. and if he chooses to reply. then. and do not care to walk about. but if you are very well behaved you will be allowed to walk about. a month −− six months −− a year. "Come." The jailer saw by his tone he would be happy to die. "Well. who was in this chamber before you." "What is allowed. and leave to walk about. and as every prisoner is worth ten sous a day to his jailer." "I do not want books. "do not always brood over what is impossible. but I wish to see the governor." "You think so?" "Yes. I am satisfied with my food. 56 ." asked Dantes. "are you more reasonable to−day?" Dantes made no reply. he replied in a more subdued tone." "Why so?" "Because it is against prison rules." said the jailer. and prisoners must not even ask for it. is there anything that I can do for you?" "I wish to see the governor." said Edmond." "Ah. ignorant of the future destiny of his father and Mercedes. The Chateau D'If.The Count of Monte Cristo Chateau d'If." "Was he liberated." "If you worry me by repeating the same thing. I wish to see him at once. I will not bring you any more to eat." "It is too long a time. "how long shall I have to wait?" "Ah. The thought was maddening. and some day you will meet the governor." "How long has he left it?" "Two years. it was by always offering a million of francs to the governor for his liberty that an abbe became mad. we have an instance here. and all this because he had trusted to Villefort's promise." said the jailer. if you pay for it. cheer up. then?" Chapter 8. "if you do not." "Well. that impregnable fortress." "But. that is his affair.

since you will have it so." "What is that?" "I do not offer you a million. The Evening of the Betrothal. anxiously awaiting him. there are dungeons here. I am not mad." "If I took them. "conduct the prisoner to the tier beneath. Villefort had. "you are certainly going mad. he then sat down in the corner until his eyes became accustomed to the darkness." said the corporal. The jailer went out. then. because I have it not. and he was thrust in. the first time you go to Marseilles. "Marquise. Decapitator. "all right. Royalist. perhaps I shall be. at the Catalans. I will send word to the governor. with all the rest of the company. if you refuse at least to tell Mercedes I am here. and Dantes advanced with outstretched hands until he touched the wall. so that I should be a great fool to run such a risk for three hundred. and on entering the house found that the guests whom he had left at table were taking coffee in the salon. "mark this. The door closed. I will make you another offer. I should lose my place. "I request your pardon for thus leaving you. Will the marquis honor me by a few moments' private conversation?" Chapter 9. "Well." returned Dantes. "All right." Dantes whirled the stool round his head. all right. you will seek out a young girl named Mercedes. I am not. hastened back to Madame de Saint−Meran's in the Place du Grand Cours. approaching his future mother−in−law. fortunately. which is worth two thousand francs a year. what is the matter?" said one." "Threats!" cried the jailer. and returned in an instant with a corporal and four soldiers. but I will give you a hundred crowns if." The soldiers seized Dantes. and give her two lines from me. mad enough to tie up. and when you enter I will dash out your brains with this stool." "Listen!" said Dantes. The jailer was right. The abbe began like you." "Well. dropping the stool and sitting on it as if he were in reality mad. he was put in a dungeon. Renee was. "By the governor's orders. who followed passively. I will some day hide myself behind the door." "Are we threatened with a fresh Reign of Terror?" asked another. The Evening of the Betrothal. Dantes wanted but little of being utterly mad." said the jailer. but at present. He descended fifteen steps." "Very well. and were detected. and in three days you will be like him. retreating and putting himself on the defensive." said he." said Villefort. 57 .The Count of Monte Cristo "No." said Dantes. "Speak out. "I am not an abbe. as we have said. Guardian of the State. we must put the madman with the madmen. "Has the Corsican ogre broken loose?" cried a third." "To the dungeon. but. Chapter 9. "Yes. unfortunately. Brutus. and the door of a dungeon was opened. and his entrance was followed by a general exclamation.

he wrote a letter to his broker.The Count of Monte Cristo "Ah. then?" asked the marquis. "let us lose no time. please. marquis. a friend of mine is going there to−night. so. "So serious that I must take leave of you for a few days. Now. and they left the salon." returned Villefort. "I must!" "Where." "Then sell out −− sell out. "tell me what it is?" "An affair of the greatest importance. 58 . let us go to the library." "The deuce you say!" replied the marquis." The marquis took his arm. as soon as they were by themselves. ordering him to sell out at the market price. but if you have any commissions for Paris. placing the letter in his pocketbook. The Evening of the Betrothal. and will with pleasure undertake them. "I must have another!" "To whom?" "To the king." Chapter 9. or you will lose it all." "I dare not write to his majesty. unable to hide her emotion at this unexpected announcement. "judge for yourself if it be not important. excuse the indiscretion. then. then!" And. sitting down. are you going?" asked the marquise." said Villefort. and tell him to sell out without an instant's delay. marquis. turning to Renee. madame. "Well. "Now. "Alas. then." The guests looked at each other. that demands my immediate presence in Paris. but have you any landed property?" "All my fortune is in the funds. seven or eight hundred thousand francs. "That. have you not?" "Yes. it is really a serious matter. is an official secret. perhaps even now I shall arrive too late." "You are going to leave us?" cried Renee." "To the king?" "Yes. remarking the cloud on Villefort's brow." added he. "You wish to speak to me alone?" said the marquis." "Then give me a letter to him. "Yes." "But how can I sell out here?" "You have it broker." asked he.

"I do not know." "Tell your coachman to stop at the door. mademoiselle." "In that case go and get ready. and he the accused." The marquis rang. and. I must be on the road in a quarter of an hour. and when she inquired what had become of her lover. my fortune is made if I only reach the Tuileries the first. and can procure you audience at any hour of the day or night." said Villefort abruptly. But remorse is not thus banished. and can make your farewells in person. arrived at the salon. who. but reflecting that the sight of the deputy procureur running through the streets would be enough to throw the whole city into confusion.The Count of Monte Cristo "I do not ask you to write to his majesty." "You will find them both here." "A thousand thanks −− and now for the letter. as if to exclude the pain he felt. I tell you." said the marquis. for the king will not forget the service I do him." Mercedes burst into tears. "is a great criminal. like Virgil's wounded hero. As Villefort drew near. and take all the glory to himself. and I can do nothing for him. at least." "You will present my excuses to the marquise and Mademoiselle Renee." replied Villefort. The Evening of the Betrothal. Villefort uttered a sigh that was almost a sob. he is no longer in my hands. de Salvieux to do so. tell me where he is. had come unobserved to inquire after him." Villefort hastily quitted the apartment. It was Mercedes. go. whom I leave on such a day with great regret. I want a letter that will enable me to reach the king's presence without all the formalities of demanding an audience. he pushed by her. and. again addressed him. it seemed to him that she was the judge. And desirous of putting an end to the interview." said she." "Doubtless. that I may know whether he is alive or dead. "Say to the Comte de Salvieux that I would like to see him. The keeper would leave me in the background. "But. and closed the door. as Villefort strove to pass her. Chapter 9. hearing no news of her lover. then. I will call Salvieux and make him write the letter. but ask M. "I shall be gone only a few moments. "The young man you speak of." "But address yourself to the keeper of the seals. but there is no occasion to divide the honors of my discovery with him. she advanced and stood before him. a servant entered. he resumed his ordinary pace." "Now. 59 . he carried the arrow in his wound. that would occasion a loss of precious time. and Villefort instantly recognized her. At his door he perceived a figure in the shadow that seemed to wait for him." "Be as quick as possible. he has the right of entry at the Tuileries. Her beauty and high bearing surprised him. marquis. and sank into a chair. Dantes had spoken of Mercedes.

" said she. With his elbows on the table he sat between the two empty bottles. and fill him with vague apprehensions. He started when he saw Renee. but the report was already in circulation that Dantes was arrested as a Bonapartist agent. at length. hated the man whose crime separated her from her lover.The Count of Monte Cristo Then the first pangs of an unending torture seized upon his heart." his cold and trembling hands would have signed his release." returned Fernand sorrowfully. de Saint−Meran's. because they were guilty. She loved Villefort. "In the name of God. Meanwhile what of Mercedes? She had met Fernand at the corner of the Rue de la Loge. M. appeared to him pale and threatening. "Ah. but here was an innocent man whose happiness he had destroyed: in this case he was not the judge. "I have not quitted you since yesterday. Caderousse was equally restless and uneasy. and yet not so intoxicated as to forget what had happened. he believed so. As he thus reflected. and became too intoxicated to fetch any more drink. She passed the night thus. and had returned home in despair. or rather sprang. his hand pressed to his head. stood motionless an instant. she had returned to the Catalans. in the hope of drowning reflection. The hapless Dantes was doomed. and which had hitherto been unknown to him. and then. or if they do. but Villefort's was one of those that never close. perceiving that his servant had placed his cloak on his shoulders. declaring that the matter was serious and that nothing more could be done. Morrel had not readily given up the fight. and the door was opened only by Villefort's valet. and dawn came. took her hand. and had despairingly cast herself on her couch. you are there. and the influential persons of the city. but no voice broke the stillness of the chamber. from his chair. he had shut himself up with two bottles of black currant brandy. I conjure you to restore me my affianced husband. and he left her at the moment he was about to become her husband. like M. or the fair Mercedes had entered and said. at least. but that slow and consuming agony whose pangs are intensified from hour to hour up to the very moment of death. Villefort found the marquise and Renee in waiting. muttered a few inarticulate sounds. and as the most sanguine looked upon any attempt of Napoleon to remount the throne as impossible. and he had gone to all his friends. to aid Dantes. who came to tell him that the travelling carriage was in readiness. The Evening of the Betrothal. leading his affianced bride by the hand. Villefort rose. he sprang into the carriage. while spectres danced in the Chapter 9. and Renee. ordering the postilions to drive to M. Villefort knew not when he should return. kneeling by her side. Then he had a moment's hesitation. but she knew not that it was day. Morrel. but the executioner. He had frequently called for capital punishment on criminals. not such as the ancients figured. he felt the sensation we have described. only close to reopen more agonizing than ever. He had learned that Dantes had been taken to prison. he met with nothing but refusal. but she paid no heed to the darkness. that innocent victim immolated on the altar of his father's faults. turning towards Fernand. The man he sacrificed to his ambition. But he did not succeed. and owing to his irresistible eloquence they had been condemned. furious and terrible. and covered it with kisses that Mercedes did not even feel. hastily opened one of the drawers of his desk. and yet the slightest shadow of remorse had never clouded Villefort's brow. Alas. The lamp went out for want of oil. her emotions were wholly personal: she was thinking only of Villefort's departure. 60 . As the marquis had promised. Fernand. If at this moment the sweet voice of Renee had sounded in his ears pleading for mercy. for he fancied she was again about to plead for Dantes. arise in his bosom. far from pleading for Dantes. and bringing with him remorse. It is thus that a wounded man trembles instinctively at the approach of the finger to his wound until it be healed. Grief had made her blind to all but one object −− that was Edmond. but instead of seeking. emptied all the gold it contained into his pocket.

for that would only betoken for us seven years of plenty and seven years of scarcity. and slept in peace. "if it only be to reassure a faithful servant. We will leave Villefort on the road to Paris. He went to bed at his usual hour." replied the king. and exceedingly gentlemanly attire. and know positively that. Danglars was one of those men born with a pen behind the ear. who will bring you back a faithful report as to the feeling in these three provinces?" "Caninus surdis. The King's Closet at the Tuileries. on the contrary.. fantastic dust. liked a pleasant jest. There. kissed the marquise's hand. sire. will your majesty send into Languedoc. but much sought−after. so well known as having been the favorite closet of Napoleon and Louis XVIII." "Then of what other scourge are you afraid. it is very fine weather in that direction. and shaken that of the marquis. seated before a walnut table he had brought with him from Hartwell.The Count of Monte Cristo light of the unsnuffed candle −− spectres such as Hoffmann strews over his punch−drenched pages. he was particularly attached. The life of a man was to him of far less value than a numeral. travelling −− thanks to trebled fees −− with all speed. Everything with him was multiplication or subtraction. and now of Louis Philippe. started for Paris along the Aix road. and an inkstand in place of a heart. after having received M. Chapter 10. Louis XVIII. I have every reason to believe that a storm is brewing in the south. and meanwhile making a marginal note in a volume of Gryphius's rather inaccurate. sire. the king. my dear Blacas?" "Sire. with gray hair.. de Salvieux' letter. and with a king as full of foresight as your majesty. 61 . trusty men. like black. But we know very well what had become of Edmond. edition of Horace −− a work which was much indebted to the sagacious observations of the philosophical monarch. by taking it away. especially when. Louis XVIII. continuing the annotations in his Horace. embraced Renee. Provence. "You say. "I think you are wrongly informed. sir" −− said the king. and Dauphine. was carelessly listening to a man of fifty or fifty−two years of age. have you had a vision of the seven fat kine and the seven lean kine?" "No." "Well.. enter at the Tuileries the little room with the arched window. de Blacas." "Really. Chapter 10. Danglars alone was content and joyous −− he had got rid of an enemy and made his own situation on the Pharaon secure. my dear duke. and to which." Man of ability as he was. scarcity is not a thing to be feared. Villefort. Old Dantes was dying with anxiety to know what had become of Edmond. "That I am exceedingly disquieted. and passing through two or three apartments. from one of those fancies not uncommon to great people. he could increase the sum total of his own desires." continued M. "Sire." replied Louis XVIII. The King's Closet at the Tuileries. aristocratic bearing.

"I am compelled to tell you that these are not mere rumors destitute of foundation which thus disquiet me. and then looking at the duke with the air of a man who thinks he has an idea of his own." said the king. and you are looking to the right. go on −− I listen. in a hand as small as possible. and charged by me to watch over the south" (the duke hesitated as he pronounced these words)." There was a brief pause." "By whom?" "By Bonaparte." replied the courtier. and so I hastened to you. sire." "Sire. during which Louis XVIII." said Blacas. −− "Go on. my dear sir. but just stretch out your hand. de Bonaparte. −− let us see. Baron. "you with your alarms prevent me from working." "Here. but a serious−minded man. I mean on my left −− yes. at least." "My dear Blacas." "Mala ducis avi domum. "Does your majesty wish me to drop the subject?" "By no means.The Count of Monte Cristo "Sire. the Island of Elba is a volcano. You will find yesterday's report of the minister of police. and tell the duke all you know −− the latest news of M. and we may expect to have issuing thence flaming and bristling war −− bella.. 62 . wrote. Dandre himself. sire." "Which?" "Whichever you please −− there to the left. in order that he might seem to comprehend the quotation. entered. said. by his adherents. deserving all my confidence. my dear duke. The King's Closet at the Tuileries. "your majesty may be perfectly right in relying on the good feeling of France. my dear duke. or. there." "Wait. wait a moment. announced by the chamberlain−in−waiting. horrida bella. "come in. however serious. another note on the margin of his Horace. and I will listen to you afterwards. −− "Has your majesty perused yesterday's report?" Chapter 10." continued Louis XVIII. but I fear I am not altogether wrong in dreading some desperate attempt." and M. with repressed smile. for I have such a delightful note on the Pastor quum traheret −− wait. who had for a moment the hope of sacrificing Villefort to his own profit. and said. sire?" "l tell you to the left. "Come in.. prevent me from sleeping with your security. Dandre leaned very respectfully on the back of a chair with his two hands." "And you. "has arrived by post to tell me that a great peril threatens the king. still annotating. Dandre. do not conceal anything. But here is M. while he is only commenting upon the idea of another." said Louis XVIII. laughing." M.

of that I am certain. indeed. what think you of this?" inquired the king triumphantly. employed in writing a note. and as two or three of his old veterans expressed a desire to return to France. you must agree that these are indubitable symptoms of insanity. my dear baron −− or of wisdom. "is mortally wearied. what the report contains −− give him the particulars of what the usurper is doing in his islet. "Scratches himself?" inquired the duke. "Bonaparte. Villefort. baron. well. he gave them their dismissal." The minister of police bowed. therefore. and pausing for a moment from the voluminous scholiast before him. "Blacas is not yet convinced. this demigod. who spoke alternately. my dear duke. "all the servants of his majesty must approve of the latest intelligence which we have from the Island of Elba." "Why. Did you forget that this great man. Bonaparte" −− M. this is the way of it." "And scratches himself for amusement. in a very short time. Dandre. looking at the king and Dandre. sometimes laughs boisterously.." said Louis XVIII. and exhorted them to `serve the good king." "In what way converted?" "To good principles. did not even raise his head. Dandre looked at Louis XVIII.. Sometimes he weeps bitterly. my dear duke. but tell the duke himself. prurigo?" "And. Blacas. let us proceed. who did not choose to reveal the whole secret." continued the minister of police. with the gravest air in the world: "Napoleon lately had a review. had yet communicated enough to cause him the greatest uneasiness. "the greatest captains of antiquity amused themselves by casting pebbles into the ocean −− see Plutarch's life of Scipio Africanus." added the king. to the usurper's conversion. lest another should reap all the benefit of the disclosure. "we are almost assured that." continued the baron. The King's Closet at the Tuileries.The Count of Monte Cristo "Yes. the usurper will be insane. flinging stones in the water and when the flint makes `duck−and−drake' five or six times. this hero. at other time he passes hours on the seashore. yes." "Monsieur.. and passes whole days in watching his miners at work at Porto−Longone." said the minister. "what does your majesty mean?" "Yes. 63 . Now." "Well.' These were his own words. is attacked with a malady of the skin which worries him to death." M." said Louis XVIII. my dear duke. his head becomes weaker. de Blacas pondered deeply between the confident monarch and the truthful minister. like Virgil's shepherds. who." said the baron to the duke. moreover." "Insane?" "Raving mad. "The usurper's conversion!" murmured the duke. "The usurper converted!" "Decidedly. "Well. Tell him all about it. Chapter 10. who cannot find anything. he appears as delighted as if he had gained another Marengo or Austerlitz. laughing." "Or of wisdom.

sire. biting his nails with impatience. "Really. sire. they trust to fortune. "Oh." "Sire." "Most willingly. `Molli fugiens anhelitu. every day our desks are loaded with most circumstantial denunciations. sir. I must change your armorial bearings. and if there be none −− well. and with so much ardor. and I will urge your majesty to do him this honor." "Which is undergoing great fatigue and anxiety. my dear duke. and as it is impossible it can be the minister of police as he has the guardianship of the safety and honor of your majesty." "M." "Well." said M. M. well." "Go thither. when we have a telegraph which transmits messages in three or four hours. my brother's chamberlain?" "Yes. it is probable that I am in error. de Blacas. then." "Wait. However. sire. sir. and bearing this device −− Tenax. said Louis XVIII. "we have no occasion to invent any. you recompense but badly this poor young man." "He is at Marseilles. but cannot. −− this is the 4th of March?" "No. under your auspices I will receive any person you please. but you must not expect me to be too confiding. I shall be back in ten minutes. sire." replied the minister. coming from hosts of people who hope for some return for services which they seek to render." continued Louis XVIII. de Blacas." "Ah." "I will but go and return. "will go and find my messenger.. I will give you an eagle with outstretched wings. go". that the minister of police is greatly deceived or I am. de Salvieux.The Count of Monte Cristo "I say. holding in its claws a prey which tries in vain to escape. for he has posted two hundred and twenty leagues in scarcely three days. to give your majesty useful information. If only for the sake of M. I listen. sire. if I might advise. sire. I entreat your majesty to receive him graciously." Chapter 10.. sire. 64 ." "And I. The King's Closet at the Tuileries. de Salvieux." you know it refers to a stag flying from a wolf. who recommends him to me. and rely upon some unexpected event in some way to justify their predictions. Are you not a sportsman and a great wolf−hunter? Well. it may have arrived since I left my office. Baron. and that without getting in the least out of breath. "I wish to consult you on this passage. "make one. that is the usual way." said De Blacas." "And writes me thence. duke. have you any report more recent than this dated the 20th February. your majesty will interrogate the person of whom I spoke to you. "and remember that I am waiting for you. who has come so far. but my messenger is like the stag you refer to. sire. wait. but I am hourly expecting one. what do you think of the molli anhelitu?" "Admirable. is it not?" and the king laughed facetiously. sire." said Louis XVIII.

"Sire. I told you Villefort was ambitions. Blacas. Noirtier. sire.The Count of Monte Cristo "Does he speak to you of this conspiracy?" "No. too." The duke left the royal presence with the speed of a young man. de Villefort!" cried the king. The King's Closet at the Tuileries." "And he comes from Marseilles?" "In person." "No. pardieu. The duke. which was not of courtly cut. in my carriage. you know his father's name!" "His father?" "Yes. excited the susceptibility of M." M. and." "I hasten to do so. may I present him?" "This instant. his really sincere royalism made him youthful again. you have but limited comprehension. I thought his name was unknown to your majesty. 65 . his costume." "Noirtier the Girondin? −− Noirtier the senator?" "He himself. in spite of the protestations which the master of ceremonies made for the honor of his office and principles. de Blacas returned as speedily as he had departed. Louis XVIII. and turning his eyes on his half−opened Horace." "And your majesty has employed the son of such a man?" "Blacas. my friend. duke! Where is he?" "Waiting below. he is a man of strong and elevated understanding. no. muttered. de Villefort?" "Yes. overcame all difficulties with a word −− his majesty's order. de Villefort. ambitious. de Breze. Chapter 10. even his father. sire. and to attain this ambition Villefort would sacrifice everything. but in the ante−chamber he was forced to appeal to the king's authority. betraying some uneasiness. and. remained alone." "M. "is the messenger's name M. who was all astonishment at finding that this young man had the audacity to enter before the king in such attire. −− "Justum et tenacem propositi virum. Villefort's dusty garb. however." "Then." "Seek him at once." "Why did you not mention his name at once?" replied the king. but strongly recommends M. and begs me to present him to your majesty.

but an actual conspiracy −− a storm which menaces no less than your majesty's throne. "M. sire. "Sire. or on the coast of Tuscany. The king was seated in the same place where the duke had left him. but I hope. and he went on: −− "Sire. not a commonplace and insignificant plot. which. is yet. sir. however mad. in the exercise of my duties. whom I have watched for some time." "In the first place. is the news as bad in your opinion as I am asked to believe?" "Sire. The King's Closet at the Tuileries. they are the results of an examination which I have made of a man of Marseilles. but assuredly to attempt a landing either at Naples. "Speak. How did you obtain these details?" "Sire. 66 . Sire. and before everything else. such as is every day got up in the lower ranks of the people and in the army. but this mission was to prepare men's minds for a return (it is the man who says this. waited until the king should interrogate him. I believe it to be most urgent. On opening the door." "Speak as fully as you please. sir." "And where is this man?" "In prison. I like order in everything. the usurper is arming three ships. and arrested on the day of my departure." said Villefort. de Villefort..The Count of Monte Cristo Villefort was introduced. Villefort found himself facing him." Villefort bowed. perhaps. to go whither I know not. and advancing a few steps. the duke is right. "the Duc de Blacas assures me you have some interesting information to communicate." said the king. sir." said the king. de Villefort. who began to give way to the emotion which had showed itself in Blacas's face and affected Villefort's voice. and I believe your majesty will think it equally important." "And the matter seems serious to you?" Chapter 10. to inform your majesty that I have discovered. "and recently we have had information that the Bonapartist clubs have had meetings in the Rue Saint−Jacques. "Come in. At this moment he will have left Elba. M. that it is not irreparable. a sailor." "Sire. of turbulent character. and whom I suspected of Bonapartism. "come in. or perhaps on the shores of France. sire) −− a return which will soon occur. whose name I could not extract from him. he meditates some project. terrible. and pray begin at the beginning. by the speed I have used." said the king. and the young magistrate's first impulse was to pause. Your majesty is well aware that the sovereign of the Island of Elba has maintained his relations with Italy and France?" "I am. but I must entreat your forgiveness if my anxiety leads to some obscurity in my language. I have come as rapidly to Paris as possible. assured Villefort of the benignity of his august auditor. This person. sir. who charged him with an oral message to a Bonapartist in Paris. "I will render a faithful report to your majesty. But proceed. There he saw the grand−marshal." A glance at the king after this discreet and subtle exordium. I beg of you. much agitated." said Louis XVIII. has been secretly to the Island of Elba.

sire." said Louis XVIII. the usurper left Elba on the 26th February. sire. I fear it is a conspiracy. but the fright of the courtier pleaded for the forbearance of the statesman. on the very day of my betrothal. de Blacas moved suddenly towards the baron. At this instant the minister of police appeared at the door. giving way to an impulse of despair. "was there not a marriage engagement between you and Mademoiselle de Saint−Meran?" "Daughter of one of your majesty's most faithful servants. here is M." "True." said Louis XVIII. to be pitied." "Yes. yes. re−established so recently on the throne of our ancestors. Take courage. de Villefort has just confirmed?" M. taking his hand. Chapter 11. we have our eyes open at once upon the past. "Will you speak?" he said... Dandre!" cried de Blacas. I left my bride and friends." said Louis XVIII. if he land in Tuscany.. and besides. execrated as he is by the population. it was much more to his advantage that the prefect of police should triumph over him than that he should humiliate the prefect. but let us talk of this plot. he will be in an unfriendly territory. de Blacas. baron?" he exclaimed. "You appear quite aghast. restrained him.The Count of Monte Cristo "So serious. sir. "I command you to speak. 67 . who retreated a step and frowned. "Well. The Corsican Ogre. "Oh. but more difficult to conduct to an end. the whole coalition would be on foot before he could even reach Piomoino. was about to throw himself at the feet of Louis XVIII. Has your uneasiness anything to do with what M. that when the circumstance surprised me in the midst of a family festival. inasmuch as. indeed. The minister of police." "Sire. and landed on the 1st of March. and the result of that is easily foretold. and the future. de Villefort. postponing everything. if he land in France. it must be with a handful of men. The Corsican Ogre. de Blacas has told me. I can never forgive myself!" "Monsieur.." "Well. I fear it is more than a plot. smiling. and M. and the assurance of my devotion. "is a thing very easy to meditate." "A conspiracy in these times. but at the same time rely on our royal gratitude. what a dreadful misfortune! I am." "And where? In Italy?" asked the king eagerly. "What ails you. For the last ten months my ministers have redoubled their vigilance. sire. that I might hasten to lay at your majesty's feet the fears which impressed me. "Sire" −− stammered the baron. as matters were. the present. If Bonaparte landed at Naples. pushed from him violently the table at which he was sitting. but M." "Ah. what is it?" asked Louis XVIII. Chapter 11. At the sight of this agitation Louis XVIII. trembling. and as if ready to faint. pale. Villefort was about to retire. in order to watch the shore of the Mediterranean. M.

And how many men had he with him?" "I do not know. what you tell me is impossible. −− "By the telegraph. Chapter 11. "In France!" he cried. 68 . and then drew himself up as if this sudden blow had struck him at the same moment in heart and countenance." −− Louis XVIII. I am sorry to tell your majesty a cruel fact. Who knows? they were." replied Louis. and you only acquired this information to−day. The minister bowed his head. "but he is advancing by Gap and Sisteron. two hundred and fifty leagues from Paris. the 4th of March! Well. near Antibes. in league with him." replied the minister. The Corsican Ogre." "And how did this despatch reach you?" inquired the king. You must have received a false report. he stammered out. "M." answered the minister of police. bowing. it would be easy to raise Languedoc and Provence against him. near Antibes." said Villefort. "Sire. now try and aid us with the remedy. "Your pardon. that is all." "But" −− said Villefort. and then suddenly checking himself." "Alas. you do not know! Have you neglected to obtain information on that point? Of course it is of no consequence." "The usurper landed in France. sir. "the usurper is detested in the south." murmured Louis. but the feeling in Dauphine is quite the reverse of that in Provence or Languedoc. "And Dauphine. sire. the despatch simply stated the fact of the landing and the route taken by the usurper. "he was well informed. in the Gulf of Juan. or you have gone mad. assuredly." he said." he added. sire. "the usurper in France! Then they did not watch over this man. we have all been blind. speak boldly. "Is he then advancing on Paris?" The minister of police maintained a silence which was equivalent to a complete avowal. of Villefort. sire." "Advancing −− he is advancing!" said Louis XVIII. sire." "Sire." "Yes." "Then. and folded his arms over his chest as Napoleon would have done. sire. Will your majesty deign to excuse me?" "Speak. and while a deep color overspread his cheeks. sir. on the 1st of March. and the minister of police has shared the general blindness. Dandre is not a man to be accused of treason! Sire." exclaimed the Duc de Blacas. with a withering smile. perhaps. "You alone forewarned us of the evil. The mountaineers are Bonapartists.The Count of Monte Cristo "In France. sir?" inquired the king. he was silent. "What. it is but too true!" Louis made a gesture of indescribable anger and alarm. then he continued. sire. it was impossible to learn. advanced a step. and it seems to me that if he ventured into the south. "my zeal carried me away. "Do you think it possible to rouse that as well as Provence?" "Sire." "Oh. in the Gulf of Juan. −− at a small port. sire.

who at the first glance had sounded the abyss on which the monarchy hung suspended. at least you have had the good sense to persevere in your suspicions." continued King Louis.The Count of Monte Cristo "So then. We have learnt nothing. I have measured them. Any other than yourself would have considered the disclosure of M. and yet you ought to know it!" "Sire. it was really impossible to learn secrets which that man concealed from all the world. spared no pains to understand the people of France and the interests which were confided to me. here is a gentleman who had none of these resources at his disposal −− a gentleman. yes. and shatters me to atoms!" "Sire. might in despair at his own downfall interrogate Dantes and so lay bare the motives of Villefort's plot. Any other person would. Villefort understood the king's intent. Louis XVI. sir. "To fall. and learn of that fall by telegraph! Oh. −− for my fortune is theirs −− before me they were nothing −− after me they will be nothing. have been overcome by such an intoxicating draught of praise. addressing the young man." "Sire. −− "to fall. and perish miserably from incapacity −− ineptitude! Oh. who." resumed the king. and fifteen hundred thousand francs for secret service money. feeling that the pressure of circumstances. he had the power of directing a telegraph. in the plenitude of his power. M. but he feared to make for himself a mortal enemy of the police minister. A miracle of heaven replaced me on the throne of my fathers after five−and−twenty years of exile. "for pity's" −− "Approach. Villefort came to the rescue of the crest−fallen minister. but to be in the midst of persons elevated by myself to places of honor. de Villefort. instead of aiding to crush him. Villefort smiled within himself. as there are great men. the minister. The Corsican Ogre. In fact. I would console myself. Unfortunately." These words were an allusion to the sentiments which the minister of police had uttered with so much confidence an hour before. who. sir −− why." he exclaimed. for he felt his increased importance. there are great words. than thus descend the staircase at the Tuileries driven away by ridicule. you know not its power in France. forgotten nothing! If I were betrayed as he was. if. the power I hold in my hands bursts. perhaps. it is fatality!" murmured the minister." continued Louis XVIII." "Really impossible! Yes −− that is a great word. de Blacas wiped the moisture from his brow. "I do not mean that for you. M. only a simple magistrate. and tell monsieur that it is possible to know beforehand all that he has not known. was listening to a conversation on which depended the destiny of a kingdom. and now. who ought to watch over me more carefully than over themselves. I have. however light a thing to destiny. then. although he saw that Dandre was irrevocably lost. Blacas. Realizing this. Really impossible for a minister who has an office. sir. or else dictated by venal ambition. "seven conjoined and allied armies overthrew that man. was too much for any human strength to endure.. "Approach. who learned more than you with all your police. like you. Chapter 11. 69 . who bent his head in modest triumph. spies. during those five−and−twenty years. sire. "What our enemies say of us is then true." murmured the minister. had been unable to unearth Napoleon's secret. see. you are right −− it is fatality!" The minister quailed before this outburst of sarcasm. "for if you have discovered nothing." The look of the minister of police was turned with concentrated spite on Villefort. agents. Ridicule. and who would have saved my crown. to know what is going on at sixty leagues from the coast of France! Well. motionless and breathless. I would rather mount the scaffold of my brother. de Villefort insignificant.. turning pale with anger. when I see the fruition of my wishes almost within reach.

and you may retire." As the police minister related this to the king. and made an appointment with him in the Rue Saint−Jacques." said M. it appears. but my devotion to your majesty has made me forget." said Louis XVIII. "And now. de Blacas and the minister of police." "Go on. Villefort. has perished the victim of a Bonapartist ambush?" "It is probable. He was dressed in a blue frock−coat. "But is this all that is known?" "They are on the track of the man who appointed the meeting with him." The minister of police thanked the young man by an eloquent look. sire. whom they believed attached to the usurper. gentlemen. your majesty knows how every report confirms their loyalty and attachment. but who was really entirely devoted to me. "this affair seems to me to have a decided connection with that which occupies our attention. dark. to me. go on. that General Quesnel. duke. The Corsican Ogre. General Quesnel. sire. in case of necessity. and a thick mustache. for I know now what confidence to place in them. Chapter 11. he might rely. Yet. "we can rely on the army. 70 . "you have to−day earned the right to make inquiries here. put us on the direct track of a great internal conspiracy. suddenly pausing. and the death of General Quesnel will. turned alternately red and pale. The king looked towards him. baron. who was dressing his hair at the moment when the stranger entered. sire." "On his track?" said Villefort. speaking of reports." "Sire. An unknown person had been with him that morning. that without forfeiting the gratitude of the king. "I have no further occasion for you." resumed the king. Villefort trembled. de Villefort." At the name of General Quesnel." "Fortunately. −− on the contrary." "On the contrary. he added. de Blacas. sir. unable to repress an exclamation. had just left a Bonapartist club when he disappeared. "Do you not think with me.The Count of Monte Cristo "Sire. he had made a friend of one on whom. the servant has given his description." said the minister of police. what have you learned with regard to the affair in the Rue Saint−Jacques?" "The affair in the Rue Saint−Jacques!" exclaimed Villefort. perhaps. but of assassination. what now remains to do is in the department of the minister of war." interposed the minister of police. turning towards M. when your majesty's attention was attracted by the terrible event that has occurred in the gulf. like a good and devoted servant −− that's all." said Villefort. sire. sir." replied Villefort. "'Tis well. and I have profited by that chance. and Villefort understood that he had succeeded in his design. not the respect I have. but did not catch the number. with black eyes covered with shaggy eyebrows. that is to say.. that your majesty may never have occasion to recall the first opinion you have been pleased to form of me. but the rules of etiquette. sire. "Yes." replied the king. unfortunately. "Your pardon. Do not attribute to me more than I deserve. He is a man of from fifty to fifty−two years of age. and now these facts will cease to interest your majesty. as we first believed. "Everything points to the conclusion. for that is too deeply engraved in my heart. "I came a moment ago to give your majesty fresh information which I had obtained on this head." he continued. heard the street mentioned. "the suddenness of this event must prove to your majesty that the issue is in the hands of Providence. the general's valet. who looked as if his very life hung on the speaker's lips." "Do not mention reports. what your majesty is pleased to attribute to me as profound perspicacity is simply owing to chance. M. Then. "that death was not the result of suicide.

" "Sire." Villefort leaned on the back of an arm−chair. Noirtier are not on the best terms possible. "Continue to seek for this man. de Villefort. and for which you should be recompensed. I went straight to the Duc de Blacas. for as the minister of police went on speaking he felt his legs bend under him. and wore at his button−hole the rosette of an officer of the Legion of Honor. "may I inquire what are the orders with which your majesty deigns to honor me?" Chapter 11. the kindness your majesty deigns to evince towards me is a recompense which so far surpasses my utmost ambition that I have nothing more to ask for." he said. I trust. "How strange." said Louis XVIII. your majesty will. with some asperity. "I forgot you and M. such as it is. but he was lost sight of at the corner of the Rue de la Jussienne and the Rue Coq−Heron. sir. make your mind easy." continued the king. in the Rue de Tournon. as I am all but convinced. de Villefort." he replied. Of course you stopped at your father's?" A feeling of faintness came over Villefort. Blacas. he breathed again." said Villefort. then?" "I think not. The Corsican Ogre. "And now. be amply satisfied on this point at least. his assassins. Lazare.The Count of Monte Cristo buttoned up to the chin. shall be cruelly punished. "I alighted at the Hotel de Madrid. has been murdered." said Louis." "Ma foi." Villefort's eyes were filled with tears of joy and pride.'" "Sire. "No." It required all Villefort's coolness not to betray the terror with which this declaration of the king inspired him." "We shall see. let it be your care to see that the brevet is made out and sent to M. sire. sir. M." said the king to the minister of police. "for if. we will not forget you. "take it. but when he learned that the unknown had escaped the vigilance of the agent who followed him. who would have been so useful to us at this moment." "But you will see him. smiling in a manner which proved that all these questions were not made without a motive. I forgot." "But you have seen him?" "Sire. and that is another sacrifice made to the royal cause. above the order of Notre−Dame−du−Mont−Carmel and St. this is an officer's cross." "Sire. for I have not the time to procure you another. Bonapartists or not.' and especially so when they can add. I will no longer detain you. `And we are on the track of the guilty persons. near the cross of St. In the meanwhile" (the king here detached the cross of the Legion of Honor which he usually wore over his blue coat. Louis. General Quesnel." "Ah.. "your majesty mistakes." "Never mind. sire. he took the cross and kissed it. "the police think that they have disposed of the whole matter when they say. `A murder has been committed. 71 . and gave it to Villefort) −− "in the meanwhile take this cross. for you must be fatigued after so long a journey. Yesterday a person exactly corresponding with this description was followed. go and rest.

"Who could know that I was here already?" said the young man. sir. and remember that if you are not able to serve me here in Paris. sir. "and should I forget you (kings' memories are short). you may be of the greatest service to me at Marseilles. remain. "Well. 72 ." said the king. "what is it? −− Who rang? −− Who asked for me?" "A stranger who will not send in his name. black eyebrows." said Villefort. and springing in." "Dark or fair?" "Dark." "Short or tall?" "About your own height. He was about to begin his repast when the sound of the bell rang sharp and loud." "What sort of person is he?" "Why." replied Villefort. and gave loose to dreams of ambition." "Go. a man of about fifty." "Sire." "Will it be long first?" muttered Villefort." said the minister of police to Villefort." "To me?" "Yes." "Ah." "Did he mention my name?" "Yes. and Villefort heard some one speak his name." "A stranger who will not send in his name! What can he want with me?" "He wishes to speak to you. "you entered by luck's door −− your fortune is made. black hair. threw himself on the seat. he gave his address to the driver. The valet opened the door." "And how dressed?" asked Villefort quickly. Chapter 11. whose career was ended. and asked to have his breakfast brought to him. as they left the Tuileries. Baron. send for the minister of war. with black eyes. bowing. The Corsican Ogre. and looking about him for a hackney−coach. The valet entered. One passed at the moment. which he hailed. sir. saluting the minister. Ten minutes afterwards Villefort reached his hotel. do not be afraid to bring yourself to my recollection. Blacas. ordered horses to be ready in two hours. −− very dark.The Count of Monte Cristo "Take what rest you require. "in an hour I shall have quitted Paris. sir.

" "Well. nor was the precaution useless. they induced General Quesnel to go there. indeed!" said M. fearing. buttoned up close." "It is he!" said Villefort. was found the next day in the Seine. who proved that he was not exempt from the sin which ruined our first parents." said the individual whose description we have twice given. my dear Gerard. "then I was not deceived." "Ah. you have heard speak of a certain Bonapartist club in the Rue Saint−Jacques?" "No. for it is for you that I came. and then extended his hand to Villefort." "But." "And if I have come. as appeared from the rapid retreat of Germain. decorated with the Legion of Honor." "Father. Father and Son. "Well." said he to the young man. and my journey will be your salvation. when a man has been proscribed by the mountaineers. my dear boy. "do you know. M. and on the 3rd of March you turn up here in Paris." "Leave us. delighted. but I so little expected your visit. your coolness makes me shudder. "do not complain. pardieu. Noirtier −− for it was. my dear father.The Count of Monte Cristo "In a blue frock−coat. with a very significant look. "Really. indeed. I felt sure it must be you. "allow me to say. has escaped from Paris in a hay−cart." said Gerard. that it has somewhat overcome me. Chapter 12. then. "what a great deal of ceremony! Is it the custom in Marseilles for sons to keep their fathers waiting in their anterooms?" "Father!" cried Villefort." "Father. Noirtier then took the trouble to close and bolt the ante−chamber door. "I am. what about the club in the Rue Saint−Jacques?" "Why. if you felt so sure. he who entered −− looked after the servant until the door was closed. been hunted over the plains of Bordeaux by Robespierre's bloodhounds. now. Noirtier. you seem as if you were not very glad to see me?" "My dear father. I am vice−president. drawing closer to M. Father and Son. that it was not very filial of you to keep me waiting at the door. The servant quitted the apartment with evident signs of astonishment. that he might be overheard in the ante−chamber." "Why. pray tell me all about it." Chapter 12. putting his cane in a corner and his hat on a chair. turning pale. on the contrary. who quitted his own house at nine o'clock in the evening. Noirtier. stretching himself out at his ease in the chair." replied M. "I might say the same thing to you." said Villefort. for it must be interesting." said Villefort. my dear fellow. "Eh. when you announce to me your wedding for the 28th of February. M. Germain." replied the new−comer. But go on. he opened the door again. then that of the bed−chamber. who had followed all his motions with surprise which he could not conceal. 53. 73 . and General Quesnel. my dear Gerard. yes. seating himself. entering the door. no doubt. and then. Noirtier. he becomes accustomed to most things.

and which I discovered in the pocket−book of the messenger. I can easily comprehend that." "I do better than that. sir −− I save you. Yes." "Three days ago? You are crazy. "Come. that the usual phrase." "Ah." "My dear father.The Count of Monte Cristo "And who told you this fine story?" "The king himself. three days ago the emperor had not landed. then. I entreat of you −− for your own sake as well as mine. "yes. I am quite familiar with it. half−desperate at the enforced delay." "Well." "How did you know about it?" "By a letter addressed to you from the Island of Elba." Chapter 12. Why didn't they search more vigilantly? they would have found" −− "They have not found. Why. I think I already know what you are about to tell me. father. really." "You do? Why. "will the Restoration adopt imperial methods so promptly? Shot. for fear that even a fragment should remain." "And the destruction of your future prospects. for three days ago I posted from Marseilles to Paris with all possible speed. "I will tell you another. But I have nothing to fear while I have you to protect me." replied Noirtier. it declares that it is on the track." said he. would probably ere this have been shot. Had that letter fallen into the hands of another." "To me?" "To you. I heard this news. the thing becomes more and more dramatic −− explain yourself." "No matter." "Yes. Father and Son." "It appears that this club is rather a bore to the police. When the police is at fault. come. with a sneaking air. 74 . and knew it even before you could. and the government patiently awaits the day when it comes to say. that the track is lost. I was aware of his intention." "I burnt it. for that letter must have led to your condemnation." Villefort's father laughed. you have heard of the landing of the emperor?" "Not so loud. my dear boy? What an idea! Where is the letter you speak of? I know you too well to suppose you would allow such a thing to pass you. but they are on the track. you. in return for your story." continued Noirtier." "I must refer again to the club in the Rue Saint−Jacques. my dear father.

the general has been killed. I said. He came there. and caught like a wild beast. one of us went to him. What could that mean? why." "And who thus designated it?" "The king himself. but they have found a corpse. he replied that he was a royalist. you have gained the victory. you know very well that the general was not a man to drown himself in despair. take care. do not be deceived. and yet. but ideas −− no feelings. he will not advance two leagues into the interior of France without being followed. and cut off the head of one of my party. having thrown themselves in." "You are mistaken. `My son. you surprise me. You. in spite of that. −− he was made to take an oath. and in all countries they call that a murder. and people do not bathe in the Seine in the month of January. our revenge will be sweeping. and invited him to the Rue Saint−Jacques. a deputy procureur." "Yes. In politics. Then all looked at each other. there are no men." "The king! I thought he was philosopher enough to allow that there was no murder in politics. where he would find some friends. and did so.'" "But. when our turn comes. it will be our turn. When he had heard and comprehended all to the fullest extent." "I do not understand you. No. the general was allowed to depart free −− perfectly free. there is nothing to prove that the general was murdered. to found an accusation on such bad premises! Did I ever say to you. you know. my dear fellow. on the 10th or 12th he will be at Lyons.The Count of Monte Cristo "Yes. when you were fulfilling your character as a royalist." "Yes. that is all. this was murder in every sense of the word. my dear fellow. to escort him into the capital. Really. and the plan was unfolded to him for leaving Elba. in politics we do not kill a man. but with such an ill grace that it was really tempting Providence to swear him. but interests. `The usurper has landed at Cannes Chapter 12." "My dear fellow. you have committed a murder?' No. father. the projected landing. that's all. to−morrow. you are but a child. 75 . and on the 20th or 25th at Paris. perchance. `Very well. that on leaving us he lost his way. It was thought reliance might be placed in General Quesnel. A murder? really." "A murder do you call it? why. etc. three days after the landing." "The people will rise. Father and Son." "Father. I will tell you. no. People are found every day in the Seine. and armies will be despatched against him. Villefort. Yet he did not return home." "He has but a handful of men with him. we only remove an obstacle. tracked. as well as I do." "You rely on the usurper's return?" "We do. the emperor is at this moment on the way to Grenoble. my dear Gerard. Would you like to know how matters have progressed? Well. or having been drowned from not knowing how to swim. you think yourself well informed because the telegraph has told you. he was recommended to us from the Island of Elba. to go and meet him. sir.

my dear father. ha. the admirable police have found that out. eyebrows. a hat with wide brim. and a cane. and in this way they will chase him to Paris. or the day before." "Didn't I say that your police were good for nothing?" "Yes. the phrase for hopeful ambition." "However stupid the royalist police may be. looking carelessly around him. "true. presented himself at his house." said the young man." "Eh? the thing is simple enough. looking at his father with astonishment. have they not laid hands on him?" "Because yesterday. You who are in power have only the means that money produces −− we who are in expectation. went towards a table on which lay his son's toilet Chapter 12. He is pursued. if this person were not on his guard. they lost sight of him at the corner of the Rue Coq−Heron. "and why. if you please. then. with a sneer. buttoned up to the chin. Father and Son. "Wait." "Indeed!" replied Villefort. I believe. for that is. they do know one terrible thing. but they may catch him yet. Villefort caught his arm. and in proof I am here the very instant you are going to sit at table." "True." "What is that?" "The description of the man who. Ring." and he added with a smile. and we will dine together. for a second knife. and plate. hair. to summon the servant whom his son had not called. You gave your direction to no one but your postilion. we are as well informed as you. fork." "Say on. "He will consequently make a few changes in his personal appearance. have those which devotion prompts." said Noirtier. and will oppose to him an impassable barrier." "Grenoble and Lyons are faithful cities." At these words he rose." "Ah. "you really do seem very well informed. "one word more." "Devotion!" said Villefort. and whiskers. is it?" said Noirtier. "Yes." And Villefort's father extended his hand to the bell−rope. yet I have your address.' But where is he? what is he doing? You do not know at all.The Count of Monte Cristo with several men. on the morning of the day when General Quesnel disappeared." "Oh. and put off his frock−coat and cravat. black. 76 . then. Believe me. rosette of an officer of the Legion of Honor in his button−hole. you wished to conceal your journey from me. and yet I knew of your arrival half an hour after you had passed the barrier. that's it. and our police are as good as your own." "Grenoble will open her gates to him with enthusiasm −− all Lyons will hasten to welcome him. without drawing a trigger. as he is. Would you like a proof of it? well. blue frock−coat. devotion. have they? And what may be that description?" "Dark complexion.

Father and Son. pursued. which appeared to fit him perfectly. Sire. 77 . "You are not convinced yet?" "I hope at least. turning towards his wondering son. Austerlitz. secret. lathered his face. ready to desert. do you think your police will recognize me now. tried on before the glass a narrow−brimmed hat of his son's. and." "Would you pass in his eyes for a prophet?" "Prophets of evil are not in favor at the court. a colored neckerchief which lay at the top of an open portmanteau." "Oh. yes. quiet. for this time. Gerard." continued Noirtier.' Tell him this. rely on me. a coat of Villefort's of dark brown. you are deceived as to the feeling in France. leaving his cane in the corner where he had deposited it. father. enter Marseilles at night. that you may be mistaken. but by right of conquest. we shall Chapter 12. and supposing a second restoration. he took up a small bamboo switch. and that you have really saved my life.The Count of Monte Cristo articles. you would then pass for a great man. I swear to you. Villefort watched him with alarm not devoid of admiration. His whiskers cut off. You think he is tracked. inoffensive. leave France to its real master." Villefort shook his head. gather like atoms of snow about the rolling ball as it hastens onward. took a razor. go. or. not by purchase. instead of his black cravat. my dear boy. Noirtier gave another turn to his hair. "Well. to him who acquired it. in lieu of his blue and high−buttoned frock−coat. and." "Well. and the prejudices of the army." "And now. "I rely on your prudence to remove all the things which I leave in your care. above all." "True. with a firm hand. and now I believe you are right. took. he is advancing as rapidly as his own eagles. and your house by the back−door. sire. is already saluted as Bonaparte at Lyons. and cut away in front. go. when this disguise was completed. I hope not. Marengo. and there remain. rather. tell him nothing." "No. and emperor at Grenoble. put on. or have done. not that you incur any risk. be assured I will return the favor hereafter. do not boast of what you have come to Paris to do. The soldiers you believe to be dying with hunger. cut off the compromising whiskers. he whom in Paris you call the Corsican ogre. return with all speed. but some day they do them justice. as to the opinions of the towns. cut the air with it once or twice. and walked about with that easy swagger which was one of his principal characteristics." stammered Villefort." "Shall you see the king again?" "Perhaps. who at Nevers is styled the usurper. for your adversary is powerful enough to show you mercy. father. "at least. what should I say to the king?" "Say this to him: `Sire. submissive." he said. and." said Villefort. worn out with fatigue. captured. "well. "Yes. Keep your journey a secret. but because it would be humiliating for a grandson of Saint Louis to owe his life to the man of Arcola.

at length reached Marseilles. which was ready. The king's procureur alone was deprived of his office. friendly counsels. cool and collected. that many of the most zealous partisans of Bonaparte accused him of "moderation" −− but sufficiently influential to make a demand in favor of Dantes. The Hundred Days. learned at Lyons that Bonaparte had entered Grenoble. with the same calmness that had characterized him during the whole of this remarkable and trying conversation. but his marriage was put off until a more favorable opportunity. with a smile. to rekindle the flames of civil war. my dear Gerard." Noirtier left the room when he had finished. Every one knows the history of the famous return from Elba. Morrel was announced. All Villefort's influence barely enabled him to stifle the secret Dantes had so nearly divulged. Chapter 13. perhaps. therefore. and things progressed rapidly. being suspected of royalism. who was all powerful at court. put on his travelling−cap. a return which was unprecedented in the past. my son −− go. pale and agitated. de Saint−Meran. sprang into his carriage. Louis XVIII. doubtless. and thus the Girondin of '93 and the Senator of 1806 protected him who so lately had been his protector. If the emperor remained on the throne. −− he found on the table there Louis XVIII. and it required but little to excite the populace to acts of far greater violence than the shouts and insults with which they assailed the royalists whenever they ventured abroad. to arrest a man with black whiskers. like his own. de Blacas had duly forwarded the brevet. broke the cane into small bits and flung it in the fire. Napoleon would. M. −− scarcely had this occurred when Marseilles began." added Noirtier. and in the midst of the tumult which prevailed along the road. checked with a look the thousand questions he was ready to ask. 78 . could be vastly increased. the monarchy he had scarcely reconstructed tottered on its precarious foundation. and a blue frock−coat. Villefort. Chapter 13. although M. The Hundred Days. and will probably remain without a counterpart in the future. and saw him pass. my dear Gerard. and cast you aloft while hurling me down. therefore. The deputy−procureur was. and by your obedience to my paternal orders. by two or three ill−looking men at the corner of the street. Owing to this change. Villefort retained his place. if you prefer it.'s half−filled snuff−box. as he had predicted. a prey to all the hopes and fears which enter into the heart of man with ambition and its first successes. and the marriage be still more suitable. the influence of M.The Count of Monte Cristo act like powerful men who know their enemies. if Louis XVIII. Then he turned to the various articles he had left behind him. This will be. the worthy shipowner became at that moment −− we will not say all powerful. put the black cravat and blue frock−coat at the bottom of the portmanteau. threw the hat into a dark closet. Villefort. who were there. when one morning his door opened. paid his bill. or. and M. which he had the prudence not to wear. and at your next journey alight at my door. Go. returned. put aside the curtain. ran to the window. made but a faint attempt to parry this unexpected blow. "one means by which you may a second time save me. always smouldering in the south. Gerard required a different alliance to aid his career. so much so. scarcely was the imperial power established −− that is. Villefort stood watching. and at a sign from the emperor the incongruous structure of ancient prejudices and new ideas fell to the ground. have deprived Villefort of his office had it not been for Noirtier. Adieu. if the political balance should some day take another turn. because Morrel was a prudent and rather a timid man. until his father had disappeared at the Rue Bussy. scarcely had the emperor re−entered the Tuileries and begun to issue orders from the closet into which we have introduced our readers. and calling his valet. the first magistrate of Marseilles. breathless. in spite of the authorities. and hat with broad brim. Noirtier was a true prophet. gained nothing save the king's gratitude (which was rather likely to injure him at the present time) and the cross of the Legion of Honor. we will keep you in your place. However.

"Dantes." "Come nearer." repeated he. I came to intercede for a young man. and you did not show any favor −− it was your duty. "do you recollect that a few days before the landing of his majesty the emperor. −− "Are you quite sure you are not mistaken. Villefort gazed at him as if he had some difficulty in recognizing him. and full of that glacial politeness. turning to Morrel." Villefort would probably have rather stood opposite the muzzle of a pistol at five−and−twenty paces than have heard this name spoken. but if I can serve you in any way I shall be delighted. You then served Louis XVIII." "Everything depends on you. with a patronizing wave of the hand. I come. on the contrary. in the most natural tone in the world. Morrel. calm." "Yes. he ordered M. monsieur?" said he. Morrel expected Villefort would be dejected. He made Morrel wait in the ante−chamber. the mate of my ship. from the table turned to his registers. then." "Edmond Dantes. and then. therefore. "Yes. he found him as he had found him six weeks before. for the simple reason that the king's procureur always makes every one wait." "Explain yourself. "and tell me to what circumstance I owe the honor of this visit. to ask what has become of him?" Villefort by a strong effort sought to control himself. Morrel to be admitted." Villefort opened a large register. monsieur?" asked Morrel. "Not in the least. although he had no one with him. after a brief interval. I believe?" said Villefort. who was accused of being concerned in correspondence with the Island of Elba? What was the other day a crime is to−day a title to favor. "What is his name?" said he. "Edmond Dantes. recovering his assurance as he proceeded.. −− "M. monsieur. but Villefort was a man of ability. but he did not blanch.The Count of Monte Cristo Any one else would have hastened to receive him. The Hundred Days. and after passing a quarter of an hour in reading the papers. sir. 79 ." said Morrel. Chapter 13. He had entered Villefort's office expecting that the magistrate would tremble at the sight of him. and he knew this would be a sign of weakness. then went to a table. and his head leaning on his hand. pray. firm." "Do you not guess." "Monsieur. "Tell me his name. to−day you serve Napoleon. that most insurmountable barrier which separates the well−bred from the vulgar man. during which the honest shipowner turned his hat in his hands." said the magistrate. and you ought to protect him −− it is equally your duty. He stopped at the door. he felt a cold shudder all over him when he saw Villefort sitting there with his elbow on his desk.

who was about to marry a young Catalan girl. instead of referring him to the governors of the prison or the prefect of the department. and the order for his liberation must proceed from the same source. "I like to hear you speak thus. Morrel." "Carried off!" said Morrel." "How so?" "You know that when he left here he was taken to the Palais de Justice." "Well?" "I made my report to the authorities at Paris. it shall be kept for him. Do not you recollect. But Morrel. Some fine morning he will return to take command of your vessel. "What can they have done with him?" "Oh. but the chosen of the nation. he would have been surprised at the king's procureur answering him on such a subject. "The order of imprisonment came from high authority. 80 . the royalists were very severe with the Bonapartists in those days. the legitimate monarch is he who is loved by his people." "Do not be too hasty. as Napoleon has scarcely been reinstated a fortnight." "Come when he will. "I was then a royalist. "is there no way of expediting all these formalities −− of releasing him from arrest?" "There has been no arrest." "It might be so under the Bourbons. You received me very coldly. and a week after he was carried off. and." said Morrel. I have known him for ten years. or better versed in these matters. I recollect now. or to the Sainte−Marguerite islands. because I believed the Bourbons not only the heirs to the throne." replied Villefort." "But. Villefort had calculated rightly." said Villefort. to Pignerol. he has been taken to Fenestrelles. I came about six weeks ago to plead for clemency. was conscious only of the other's condescension. The miraculous return of Napoleon has conquered me. Oh." said Morrel. "I am not mistaken. M. but at present" −− Chapter 13. the letters have not yet been forwarded. so that no written forms or documents may defeat their wishes. as I come to−day to plead for justice." "How?" "It is sometimes essential to government to cause a man's disappearance without leaving any traces. the last four of which he was in my service. But how is it he is not already returned? It seems to me the first care of government should be to set at liberty those who have suffered for their adherence to it." returned Villefort. The Hundred Days.The Count of Monte Cristo Had Morrel been a more quick−sighted man. turning over the leaves of a register. "I have it −− a sailor. it was a very serious charge." "Monsieur. disappointed in his expectations of exciting fear. "No." "That's right!" cried Morrel. and I augur well for Edmond from it." "Wait a moment.

my dear Morrel." Villefort shuddered at the suggestion. Dantes was then guilty. M. Dantes' patriotic services were exaggerated." "That is true. the minister receives two hundred petitions every day. Villefort dictated a petition. "Well." "That is true. since the reign of Louis XIV. who took leave of Villefort. de Villefort. "leave the rest to me." said Villefort. Villefort wrote the certificate at the bottom. The Hundred Days. in which. Villefort read it aloud. 81 ." "And will you undertake to deliver it?" "With the greatest pleasure." "Will the petition go soon?" "To−day." said he. "That will do. no doubt. It was evident that at the sight of this document the minister would instantly release him.The Count of Monte Cristo "It has always been so. "But how shall I address the minister?" "Sit down there. we have lost too much already. Dantes must be crushed to gratify Villefort's ambition. sitting down. The emperor is more strict in prison discipline than even Louis himself. "and write what I dictate. but he had gone too far to draw back. "What more is to be done?" "I will do whatever is necessary. giving up his place to Morrel." Had Morrel even any suspicions. and now he is innocent. which. Only think what the poor fellow may even now be suffering. so much kindness would have dispelled them. if it did take place would leave him defenceless. and he was made out one of the most active agents of Napoleon's return. from an excellent intention. Chapter 13. "Petition the minister." Villefort thus forestalled any danger of an inquiry. and hastened to announce to old Dantes that he would soon see his son." "Will you be so good?" "Certainly. and does not read three." And. But lose no time. I know what that is." This assurance delighted Morrel. and it is as much my duty to free him as it was to condemn him." "Countersigned by you?" "The best thing I can do will be to certify the truth of the contents of your petition." "Oh. however improbable it might be. and the number of prisoners whose names are not on the register is incalculable. The petition finished. but he will read a petition countersigned and presented by me. how would you advise me to act?" asked he.

Mercedes was left alone face to face with the vast plain that had never seemed so barren." These words carried a ray of hope into Fernand's heart. in the hopes of an event that seemed not unlikely. Old Dantes. Danglars' heart failed him. Should Dantes not return. and the compassion he showed for her misfortunes. his rival would perhaps return and marry Mercedes. during the respite the absence of his rival afforded him. Twice during the Hundred Days had Morrel renewed his demand. he would shoot Dantes. and any fresh attempt would only compromise himself uselessly. Morrel paid the expenses of his funeral. M. Chapter 13. at other times gazing on the sea. after the manner of mediocre minds. he. after the Hundred Days and after Waterloo. Had Fernand really meant to kill himself. But Fernand was mistaken. who was only sustained by hope. Danglars comprehended the full extent of the wretched fate that overwhelmed Dantes. ten or twelve days after Napoleon's return. but her religious feelings came to her aid and saved her. he was merely sent to the frontier. a second restoration. Morrel of his wish to quit the sea. Bathed in tears she wandered about the Catalan village. remained in his dungeon. Mercedes might one day be his. he had done all that was in his power. I shall be alone in the world. and obtained a recommendation from him to a Spanish merchant. Caderousse was. and debating as to whether it were not better to cast herself into the abyss of the ocean. who was for him also the messenger of vengeance. instead of sending to Paris." said she as she placed his knapsack on his shoulders. or the still more tragic destruction of the empire. he breathed his last in Mercedes' arms. "My brother. into whose service he entered at the end of March. 82 . and a fortnight afterwards he married Mademoiselle de Saint−Meran. and was no more heard of. for he constantly hopes." But when Napoleon returned to Paris. and twice had Villefort soothed him with promises. He then left for Madrid. During this time the empire made its last conscription. enrolled in the army. "a decree of Providence. His devotion. produced the effect they always produce on noble minds −− Mercedes had always had a sincere regard for Fernand. and then kill himself. as from time to time he sat sad and motionless on the summit of Cape Pharo. and thus end her woes. and almost at the hour of his arrest. lost all hope at Napoleon's downfall. And so Dantes. Five months after he had been separated from his son. when Napoleon returned to France. Fernand departed with the rest. −− that is. whose father now stood higher at court than ever. sought and obtained the situation of king's procureur at Toulouse. Louis XVIII. at the spot from whence Marseilles and the Catalans are visible. looking towards Marseilles. and every man in France capable of bearing arms rushed to obey the summons of the emperor. being married and eight years older. for if you are killed. Sometimes she stood mute and motionless as a statue. Villefort. forgotten of earth and heaven. The Hundred Days. but. and he lived in constant fear of Dantes' return on a mission of vengeance. like Fernand. partly on the means of deceiving Mercedes as to the cause of his absence.'s throne. Dantes remained a prisoner. he reflected. At last there was Waterloo. remounted the throne. and this was now strengthened by gratitude. He therefore informed M. he would have done so when he parted from Mercedes. bearing with him the terrible thought that while he was away. a man of his disposition never kills himself. and heard not the noise of the fall of Louis XVIII. Fernand's mind was made up. and a few small debts the poor old man had contracted. Only. and the sea that had never seemed so vast. partly on plans of emigration and abduction. watching for the apparition of a young and handsome man. and. Fernand understood nothing except that Dantes was absent. to whom Marseilles had become filled with remorseful memories. and Morrel came no more.The Count of Monte Cristo As for Villefort. "be careful of yourself. termed the coincidence. What had become of him he cared not to inquire. It was not want of courage that prevented her putting this resolution into execution. he carefully preserved the petition that so fearfully compromised Dantes. that is.

the cells and dungeons of several of the prisoners." "Let us first send for two soldiers." said the inspector with an air of fatigue. smell. The inspector asked if they had anything else to ask for. commit acts of useless violence. He guessed something uncommon was passing among the living. He inquired how they were fed. the father of so dangerous a Bonapartist as Dantes." said the governor. was stigmatized as a crime." "Let us visit them. not until he attempted to kill the turnkey." "How long his he been there?" "Nearly a year. Dantes in his cell heard the noise of preparation. "Oh. a man we are ordered to keep the most strict watch over." "He is alone?" "Certainly. but he had so long ceased to have any intercourse with the world. Chapter 14. They shook their heads. a visit was made by the inspector−general of prisons. and you might fall a victim." replied the inspector. Two soldiers were accordingly sent for. so humid. there was courage. when you see one prisoner. "We must play the farce to the end." cried the inspector. through mere uneasiness of life. "I do not know what reason government can assign for these useless visits. and if they had any request to make. who took his food to him. you see all." "Take all needful precautions. and to assist. as he is daring and resolute. even on his death−bed. The universal response was. What could they desire beyond their liberty? The inspector turned smilingly to the governor. that he looked upon himself as dead. −− sounds that at the depth where he lay would have been inaudible to any but the ear of a prisoner. so foul. The inspector visited.The Count of Monte Cristo There was more than benevolence in this action. who could hear the plash of the drop of water that every hour fell from the roof of his dungeon. and the inspector descended a stairway. Let us see the dungeons. Are there any others?" "Yes. so dark. the south was aflame. whose good behavior or stupidity recommended them to the clemency of the government. one after another." "Was he placed here when he first arrived?" "No. and respiration. The Two Prisoners. A year after Louis XVIII. and that they wanted to be set free. as to be loathsome to sight. −− ill fed and innocent. The Two Prisoners.'s restoration. "who can live here?" "A most dangerous conspirator. "The prisoners sometimes." Chapter 14. that the fare was detestable. 83 . and in order to be sentenced to death. the dangerous and mad prisoners are in the dungeons. −− always the same thing.

The Two Prisoners. "What is it you want?" said he. but to officers of justice and the king. he is afraid. At the sound of the key turning in the lock. he addressed the inspector. and that the moment to address himself to the superior authorities was come. He was. he now laughs. Dantes. I don't know. it is useless. sir. for his madness is amusing." "I will see them both." returned the inspector. escorted by two turnkeys holding torches and accompanied by two soldiers. Is it not true. "Oh. raised his head. "I must conscientiously perform my duty. not only to me. turning to the prisoner. is that an innocent man should languish in prison. and the latter recoiled two or three steps. You had better see him." replied the governor. who guessed the truth. The soldiers interposed their bayonets. he now grows fat. who was crouched in a corner of the dungeon. 84 ." replied the governor. Then. Besides. the very one who is lighting us. and to whom the governor spoke bareheaded. "I believe so. as this remark shows. and the change is astonishing. and retreated before the bayonets −− madmen are not afraid of anything. He used to weep. "He is worse than that. and sought to inspire him with pity." said the inspector. "I want to know what crime I have committed −− to be tried. "He will become religious −− he is already more gentle. and if I am guilty. then. he is almost mad now. The inspector listened attentively. "Shall I complain of him?" demanded the inspector. Seeing a stranger. it's of no consequence." Then. no. and in another year he will be quite so. Dantes. and in 1813 he went mad. and he signed to the turnkey to open the door. an abbe. he wanted to kill me!" returned the turnkey. Now we have in a dungeon about twenty feet distant. a man full of philanthropy. Dantes saw that he was looked upon as dangerous. infusing all the humility he possessed into his eyes and voice. and to which you descend by another stair. What matters really." added he." This was the inspector's first visit. −− he is a devil!" returned the turnkey. turning to the governor. observed. "True enough. he wished to display his authority. I made some curious observations on this at Charenton.The Count of Monte Cristo "To kill the turnkey?" "Yes." said the inspector." "Are you well fed?" said the inspector. if innocent. "By all means. for they thought that he was about to attack the inspector. to be shot. to be set at liberty. Antoine?" asked the governor. and in every way fit for his office." "So much the better for him. he grew thin. "and this remark proves that you have deeply considered the subject. the victim of an infamous Chapter 14. who has been here since 1811. formerly leader of a party in Italy. "You are right. whence he could see the ray of light that came through a narrow iron grating above. and the creaking of the hinges. sprang forward with clasped hands. "He must be mad. −− he will suffer less. "Let us visit this one first.

the other day. I ask only for a trial." "Only seventeen months. "On my word." continued Dantes." "So long? −− when were you arrested." "It is true. sir." said the inspector. but you can plead for me −− you can have me tried −− and that is all I ask. not pardon. 1816. captivity his subdued me −− I have been here so long. the poor devil touches me." said the inspector. cannot be denied to one who is accused!" "We shall see." "Monsieur. when you tried to kill the turnkey.The Count of Monte Cristo denunciation. sir. had arrived at the summit of his ambition −− to a man. and I beg his pardon. then. but a trial. Villefort." "Oh." cried Dantes. Let me know my crime. See him. "Oh. "since my only protector is removed. and ask for me. Villefort is no longer at Marseilles. 1815. The Two Prisoners." "M. he is now at Toulouse. but I was mad." "Certainly. and who loses all in an instant −− who sees his prospects destroyed. is a worse punishment than human crime ever merited. and whether his aged father be still living! Seventeen months captivity to a sailor accustomed to the boundless ocean. that. was on the point of marrying a woman he adored. 85 ." remarked the governor. "I can tell by your voice you are touched with pity." "I cannot tell you that. Uncertainty is worse than all. "you are not so always." "I am no longer surprised at my detention. "Monsieur. surely. "I can only promise to examine into your case." "And you are not so any longer?" "No. especially to a man who. and the reason why I was condemned. tell me at least to hope. not intelligence. like me. turning to the governor. −− why it is but seventeen months. for he his always been very good to me. at half−past two in the afternoon. like me. for instance. "I know it is not in your power to release me." murmured Dantes. who. who saw an honorable career opened before him. to die here cursing his executioners. and is ignorant of the fate of his affianced wife." replied the inspector. and hear what he says. Have pity on me. but you will find terrible charges." "To−day is the 30th of July." "You are very humble to−day. You must show me the proofs against him." replied Dantes. I am free −− then I am saved!" "Who arrested you?" "M. "The 28th of February. then. but a verdict −− a trial." Chapter 14." "Go on with the lights. you do not know what is seventeen months in prison! −− seventeen ages rather. then?" asked the inspector.

" "Ah. he was very kind to me. The first year he offered government a million of francs for his release.The Count of Monte Cristo "Had M. that is different. He is now in his fifth year of captivity. "or proceed to the other cell?" "Let us visit them all." replied the abbe with an air of surprise −− "I want nothing. then." said the inspector. I hope. sat a man whose tattered garments scarcely covered him." The turnkey obeyed. 86 . and hear the requests of the prisoners. the second. unlock the door. the third." "That is well. de Villefort any cause of personal dislike to you?" "None. 27. then. he will ask to speak to you in private. The door closed. but this time a fresh inmate was left with Dantes −− hope." "Oh." In the centre of the cell. he perceived with astonishment the number of persons present. He did not move at the sound of the door." Chapter 14. and wrapped it round him. and prayed earnestly. and his madness is less affecting than this one's display of reason. He was drawing in this circle geometrical lines. on the contrary. raising his head." cried the abbe. He hastily seized the coverlet of his bed. "If I once went up those stairs. in a circle traced with a fragment of plaster detached from the wall." continued the inspector. then. and seemed as much absorbed in his problem as Archimedes was when the soldier of Marcellus slew him. "and we shall understand each other. I should never have the courage to come down again." "You do not understand." said the inspector." "What is his folly?" "He fancies he possesses an immense treasure." "I can." "No." "How curious! −− what is his name?" "The Abbe Faria. Antoine. "What is it you want?" said the inspector." asked the governor. two. "Will you see the register at once. and the inspector gazed curiously into the chamber of the "mad abbe. monsieur." Dantes fell on his knees. this one is not like the other. "I am sent here by government to visit the prison. three. The Two Prisoners. and so on progressively. rely on the notes he has left concerning you?" "Entirely. "I. and offer you five millions. and continued his calculations until the flash of the torches lighted up with an unwonted glare the sombre walls of his cell. wait patiently. "It is here.

" whispered the inspector in his turn." said the governor." continued Faria. but." whispered the governor." "Ah." "Unfortunately." "Why from the French government?" "Because I was arrested at Piombino. "I am the Abbe Faria. I presume that he has realized the dream of Machiavelli and Caesar Borgia.The Count of Monte Cristo "There." returned the inspector with a smile. "It is for that reason I am delighted to see you. but it is not that which I wish to speak of." returned the Abbe Faria. I know not. like Milan and Florence." returned the inspector. monsieur." "Monsieur. and I presume that." continued he. but a secret I have to reveal of the greatest importance. addressing Faria. Could you allow me a few words in private." "The very sum you named. the lodging is very unhealthful. "it is just as I told you." "We are coming to the point. 87 ." "What did I tell you?" said the governor. and independent. "providence has changed this gigantic plan you advocate so warmly. would possibly change Newton's system." continued the prisoner." "The food is the same as in other prisons. happy. −− that is. passable for a dungeon. since then I have demanded my liberty from the Italian and French government. "You knew him." "Monsieur. "and as the emperor had created the kingdom of Rome for his infant son. which. seeing that the inspector was about to depart." continued the abbe. "I would speak to you of a large sum. "What you ask is impossible. "I know beforehand what you are about to say. very bad. I was for twenty years Cardinal Spada's secretary. which was to make Italy a united kingdom. it concerns your treasures." said the inspector. only I am not come to discuss politics. born at Rome. "However. the governor can be present. I was arrested." said the abbe. toward the beginning of the year 1811." "Very possibly." whispered the governor. amounting to five millions. on the whole. "you have not the latest news from Italy?" "My information dates from the day on which I was arrested. Chapter 14. but to inquire if you have anything to ask or to complain of. does it not?" Faria fixed his eyes on him with an expression that would have convinced any one else of his sanity. "it is not absolutely necessary for us to be alone. now. "But. "although you have disturbed me in a most important calculation." "It is the only means of rendering Italy strong. why. if it succeeded. The Two Prisoners. Piombino has become the capital of some French department.

"to free me if what I tell you prove true." "My dear sir.The Count of Monte Cristo "Of course. "What is he doing there?" said the inspector. I will keep it for myself." said the governor. and having eyes see not. "Counting his treasures. "You will not accept my gold. resumed his place. "I can tell you the story as well as he." "It is not ill−planned. "Monsieur. "had I not been told beforehand that this man was mad. "The treasure I speak of really exists." replied the inspector impatiently." "I am not mad. God will give it me. 88 . bring me here again." cried the abbe. he seized the inspector's hand. "and the abbe's plan has not even the merit of originality. "keep them until you are liberated. The Two Prisoners." The abbe's eyes glistened." replied Faria." "On my word. casting away his coverlet. "Swear to me. and continued his calculations. You refuse me my liberty. "and am detained here until my death? this treasure will be lost. as I told you. Had not government better profit by it? I will offer six millions." returned the abbe. if they will only give me my liberty. and I offer to sign an agreement with you. Inspector." said the inspector in a low tone. Chapter 14." replied the governor." "Are you well fed?" repeated the inspector. "Nor you to mine." And the abbe. "that you are like those of Holy Writ. with that acuteness of hearing peculiar to prisoners. they would have a capital chance of escaping." "The scheme is well known." said the inspector." "That proves. I will stay here. "Is the spot far from here?" "A hundred leagues. −− I ask no more." said he." replied the inspector. and I will content myself with the rest. so there is no chance of my escaping." The governor laughed. I should believe what he says. for. you run no risk." Then turning to Faria −− "I inquired if you are well fed?" said he." "You do not reply to my question. for it has been dinned in my ears for the last four or five years. the government is rich and does not want your treasures. and their guardians consented to accompany them. "If all the prisoners took it into their heads to travel a hundred leagues." replied Faria. "of what else should I speak?" "Mr. "But what if I am not liberated." continued the governor. and if I deceive you. who having ears hear not. and I will stay here while you go to the spot." cried he. in which I promise to lead you to the spot where you shall dig.

in order not to lose his reckoning again. restrained by the limits of mere probability. The inspector could not contend against this accusation. gone mad in prison. They fear the ear that hears their orders. and amongst them Dantes' jailer. The very madness of the Abbe Faria. But the kings of modern times. he decided that the inspector would do nothing until his return to Paris. He took with him several of his subordinates. till then. −− "Nothing to be done. he would not have been here. and shielded by their birth. A new governor arrived. and that he would not reach there until his circuit was finished. three months passed away. forgotten the date. condemned him to perpetual captivity. would have accorded to the poor wretch. Caligula or Nero. from whence. with a fragment of plaster. Formerly they believed themselves sprung from Jupiter. At the expiration of a year the governor was transferred. and the unhappy young man was no longer called Edmond Dantes −− he was now number 34. 1816. those desirers of the impossible. Chapter 14." "After all. This fortnight expired. then six more. in exchange for his wealth. The turnkey closed the door behind them. The greatest watchfulness and care to be exercised." This visit had infused new vigor into Dantes. and made a mark every day. The Two Prisoners. an illusion of the brain. he examined the register. he at first expected to be freed in a fortnight. he wrote the date. their inhabitants were designated by the numbers of their cell. he simply wrote. and awoke mad." said the inspector. then months −− Dantes still waited. The inspector kept his word with Dantes. he learned their numbers instead." So the matter ended for the Abbe Faria. where the doctor has no thought for man or mind in the mutilated being the jailer delivers to him. it would have been too tedious to acquire the names of the prisoners. it is conveyed to some gloomy hospital. and this visit only increased the belief in his insanity.The Count of Monte Cristo Faria replied to this sarcasm with a glance of profound contempt. Finally ten months and a half had gone by and no favorable change had taken place. took an active part in the return from Elba. and found the following note concerning him: −− Edmond Dantes: Violent Bonapartist. This note was in a different hand from the rest. which showed that it had been added since his confinement. and Dantes began to fancy the inspector's visit but a dream. It has always been against the policy of despotic governments to suffer the victims of their persecutions to reappear. should it depart. those treasure−seekers. and the eye that scrutinizes their actions. They went out. "He was wealthy once. 89 . the liberty he so earnestly prayed for. "if he had been rich. so madness is always concealed in its cell. he therefore fixed three months. 30th July. As the Inquisition rarely allowed its victims to be seen with their limbs distorted and their flesh lacerated by torture. he had obtained charge of the fortress at Ham. have neither courage nor desire. "Or dreamed he was. but now. He remained in his cell. This horrible place contained fifty cells. perhaps?" said the inspector. he had. but nowadays they are not inviolable. Days and weeks passed away.

and chiefly upon himself. so that the least thing. and saw each other. that would have exalted in thus revisiting the past. He could not do this. Dantes passed through all the stages of torture natural to prisoners in suspense. in order to see some other face besides that of his jailer. was imprisoned like an eagle in a cage. Number 34 and Number 27. no longer terrified at the sound of his own voice. a straw. but the latter sapiently imagined that Dantes wished to conspire or attempt an escape. and rebuild the ancient cities so vast and stupendous in the light of the imagination. Then the letter that Villefort had showed to him recurred to his mind. as the implacable Ugolino devours the skull of Archbishop Roger in the Inferno of Dante. Dantes remained a prisoner. but he went on asking all the same. Dantes. All the pious ideas that had been so long forgotten. They were very happy. Nineteen years of light to reflect upon in eternal darkness! No distraction could come to his aid. before his captivity. traverse in mental vision the history of the ages. with the infamous costume. to have fresh air. destroyed. and writing materials. the chain. Then gloom settled heavily upon him. and every line Chapter 15. Unfortunates. for in prosperity prayers seem but a mere medley of words. bring to life the nations that had perished. dashed himself furiously against the walls of his prison. therefore. and his future so doubtful. and without education. until misfortune comes and the unhappy sufferer first understands the meaning of the sublime language in which he invokes the pity of heaven! He prayed. although the latter was. Often. proposed tasks to accomplish. was yet a man. The jailer. he recollected the prayers his mother had taught him. but still. Number 34 and Number 27. Dantes was a man of great simplicity of thought. He accustomed himself to speaking to the new jailer. made up of thieves. his energetic spirit. He now wished to be amongst them. were it even the mad abbe. he sighed for the galleys. if possible.The Count of Monte Cristo Chapter 15. and he laid the request of number 34 before the governor. He was sustained at first by that pride of conscious innocence which is the sequence to hope. he addressed his supplications. he considered and reconsidered this idea. was something. more taciturn than the old one. even though mute. He entreated to be allowed to walk about. do not have any hope in him till they have exhausted all other means of deliverance. At the bottom of his heart he had often had a feeling of pity for this unhappy young man who suffered so. or a breath of air that annoyed him. without apparent cause. whose present so melancholy. He clung to one idea −− that of his happiness. Rage supplanted religious fervor. His requests were not granted. he could not. and murderers. and at the end of every prayer introduced the entreaty oftener addressed to man than to God: "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us. though rough and hardened by the constant sight of so much suffering. devoured it (so to speak). relaxing his sentiment of pride. and then. but the sound of his voice terrified him. in the solitude of his dungeon. was still a change. He laid every action of his life before the Almighty. God is always the last resource. he had tried to speak when alone. and discovered a new meaning in every word. mind had revolted at the idea of assemblages of prisoners. he whose past life was so short. however disadvantageous. for he fell into a sort of ecstasy. not to God. by an unheard−of fatality. Dantes had exhausted all human resources. and he then turned to God. and would afford him some amusement. for a change. Dantes asked to be removed from his present dungeon into another. −− a grain of sand. Dantes uttered blasphemies that made his jailer recoil with horror. The galley−slaves breathed the fresh air of heaven. but to man. and that pass before the eye glowing with celestial colors in Martin's Babylonian pictures. which justified in some measure the governor's belief in his mental alienation. wreaked his anger upon everything." Yet in spite of his earnest prayers. and the brand on the shoulder. vagabonds. and refused his request. books. led to paroxysms of fury. to speak to a man. He besought the jailer one day to let him have a companion. and prayed aloud. then he began to doubt his own innocence. returned. Dantes spoke for the sake of hearing his own voice. 90 . who ought to begin with God.

and death then terrified me. the storm arise. and his struggles but tend to hasten his destruction. and I used all my skill and intelligence as a man and a sailor to struggle against the wrath of God. Hunger made viands once repugnant. This state of mental anguish is. arranged his couch to the best of his power. he would not die by what seemed an infamous death. He told himself that it was the enmity of man." said he. There is a sort of consolation at the contemplation of the yawning abyss. broods over ideas like these! Before him is a dead sea that stretches in azure calm before the eye. I die exhausted and broken−spirited. all his sufferings. on the brink of misfortune. and not the vengeance of heaven. then his dungeon seemed less Chapter 15. the provisions his jailer brought him −− at first gayly. twice a day he cast out. Nothing but the recollection of his oath gave him strength to proceed. "I wish to die. Two methods of self−destruction were at his disposal. now acceptable. because I had not courted death." and had chosen the manner of his death. however. the sea rage and foam. ate little and slept less. unless the protecting hand of God snatch him thence. Unhappy he. he had taken an oath to die. who are hung up to the yard−arm." He kept his word. because he felt that he could throw it off at pleasure. of tainted fish. that had thus plunged him into the deepest misery. should serve for food to the gulls and ravens. that trembled and shook before the tempest. I die after my own manner.The Count of Monte Cristo gleamed forth in fiery letters on the wall like the mene tekel upharsin of Belshazzar." No sooner had this idea taken possession of him than he became more composed. Edmond found some solace in these ideas. I have seen the heavens overcast. "Sometimes. and. "I will cast them out of the window. "in my voyages. looking forward with terror to his future existence. because to be cast upon a bed of rocks and seaweed seemed terrible. and fearful of changing his mind. He consigned his unknown persecutors to the most horrible tortures he could imagine. or refuse food and die of starvation. then with deliberation. through the barred aperture. Once thus ensnared. of black and mouldy bread. a creature made for the service of God. at the end of the second he had ceased to mark the lapse of time. 91 . at the bottom of which lie darkness and obscurity. who. all is over. I have lost all that bound me to life. like a worn−out garment. But the first was repugnant to him. Then I felt that my vessel was a vain refuge. Number 34 and Number 27. and found existence almost supportable. and they will think that I have eaten them. death smiles and invites me to repose. and found them all insufficient. as I fall asleep when I have paced three thousand times round my cell. chose that middle line that seemed to afford him a refuge. But now it is different. when I was a man and commanded other men. He resolved to adopt the second. and after death. Dantes reviewed his past life with composure. if not repose. fled from his cell when the angel of death seemed about to enter. because after torture came death. and if punishment were the end in view other tortures than death must be invented. like a monstrous bird. By dint of constantly dwelling on the idea that tranquillity was death. and gazed thoughtfully at the morsel of bad meat. Soon the fury of the waves and the sight of the sharp rocks announced the approach of death. he held the plate in his hand for an hour at a time. All his sorrows. It was the last yearning for life contending with the resolution of despair. with their train of gloomy spectres. because I was unwilling that I. But I did so because I was happy. Dantes had always entertained the greatest horror of pirates. and at last with regret. "When my morning and evening meals are brought. and. Dantes said. but he who unwarily ventures within its embrace finds himself struggling with a monster that would drag him down to perdition. and began that day to carry out his resolve. He could hang himself with his handkerchief to the window bars. at least the boon of unconsciousness. less terrible than the sufferings that precede or the punishment that possibly will follow." thought he. Nearly four years had passed away. he began to reflect on suicide. beating the two horizons with its wings.

if I were only there to help him!" Suddenly another idea took possession of his mind. "There can be no doubt about it. a powerful tooth. he had not sufficient strength to rise and cast his supper out of the loophole. he withdrew. Suddenly the jailer entered. he fancied that Dantes was delirious. Some hours afterwards it began again. grumbling and complaining. Edmond raised his head and listened. or whether the noise was really louder than usual. The next morning he could not see or hear. about the coldness of his dungeon. the gnawing pain at his stomach had ceased. no. and turned his face to the wall when he looked too curiously at him. when he closed his eyes he saw myriads of lights dancing before them like the will−o'−the−wisps that play about the marshes. that it was scarcely capable of hope −− the idea that the noise was made by workmen the governor had ordered to repair the neighboring dungeon. as if made by a huge claw. in general. and he would not break it. Edmond hoped he was dying. It was the twilight of that mysterious country called Death! Suddenly. so used to misfortune. about nine o'clock in the evening. his thirst had abated. that their noise did not. and all was silent. Edmond listened. doubtless he was deceived." thought he. and striving to diminish the distance that separated them. Number 34 and Number 27. Although weakened. The jailer brought him his breakfast. and had sent this noise to warn him on the very brink of the abyss. Dantes raised himself up and began to talk about everything. and restore him to liberty? Then he raised to his lips the repast that. he then heard a noise of something falling. had not answered him when he inquired what was the matter with him. like a voluntary Tantalus.The Count of Monte Cristo sombre. and the sound became more and more distinct. but now the jailer might hear the noise and put an end to it. and it was but one of those dreams that forerun death! Edmond still heard the sound. What unforseen events might not open his prison door. and wearying the patience of his jailer. Perhaps one of those beloved ones he had so often thought of was thinking of him. For a week since he had resolved to die. about the bad quality of the food. It lasted nearly three hours. Edmond was intensely interested. Edmond had not spoken to the attendant. Oh. Fortunately. awake him. in order to have an excuse for speaking louder. at last. the jailer feared he was dangerously ill. It was a continual scratching. Edmond felt a sort of stupor creeping over him which brought with it a feeling almost of content. He was still young −− he was only four or five and twenty −− he had nearly fifty years to live. and placing the food on the rickety table. who out of kindness of heart had brought broth and white bread for his prisoner. and so destroy a ray of something like hope that soothed his last moments. "it is some prisoner who is striving to obtain his freedom. No. and during the four days that he had been carrying out his purpose. the young man's brain instantly responded to the idea that haunts all prisoners −− liberty! It seemed to him that heaven had at length taken pity on him. He persisted until. he refused himself. Edmond heard a hollow sound in the wall against which he was lying. So many loathsome animals inhabited the prison. 92 . or some iron instrument attacking the stones. but whether abstinence had quickened his faculties. but he thought of his oath. Chapter 15. nearer and more distinct. Thus the day passed away. his prospects less desperate.

a table. and looked around for anything with which he could pierce the wall. raised the vessel to his lips. Something was at work on the other side of the wall. and so preparing himself for his future destiny. Edmond's brain was still so feeble that he could not bend his thoughts to anything in particular. as if by magic. The matter was no longer doubtful. found himself well−nigh recovered. and displace a stone. he will cease. He turned his eyes towards the soup which the jailer had brought. The day passed away in utter silence −− night came without recurrence of the noise. thanks to the vigor of his constitution. and watch his countenance as he listened. fancied he heard an almost imperceptible movement among the stones. and grew impatient at the prudence of the prisoner. he ate these listening anxiously for the sound. the window grating was of iron. Edmond did not close his eyes. The bed Chapter 15. and with it knocked against the wall where the sound came. Three days passed −− seventy−two long tedious hours which he counted off by minutes! At length one evening. on the contrary. He had often heard that shipwrecked persons had died through having eagerly devoured too much food. He saw but one means of restoring lucidity and clearness to his judgment. staggered towards it. If it is a workman. and no sound was heard from the wall −− all was silent there. "I must put this to the test. and returned to his couch −− he did not wish to die. and a jug. detached a stone. and. and strengthen his thoughts by reasoning. Edmond listened intently. and he will cease to work. In the morning the jailer brought him fresh provisions −− he had already devoured those of the previous day. with his ear for the hundredth time at the wall. All his furniture consisted of a bed. Edmond replaced on the table the bread he was about to devour. but as his occupation is sanctioned by the governor. and why he does so. At the first blow the sound ceased. it is a prisoner. He saw nothing. He moved away. two hours passed. Full of hope. who did not guess he had been disturbed by a captive as anxious for liberty as himself. He struck thrice. and not begin again until he thinks every one is asleep. He began by moving his bed. shaking the iron bars of the loophole. The night passed in perfect silence. restoring vigor and agility to his limbs by exercise. the noise I make will alarm him. but this time his legs did not tremble. and drank off the contents with a feeling of indescribable pleasure. he went to a corner of his dungeon. Edmond determined to assist the indefatigable laborer." said Edmond joyfully. Then he said to himself.The Count of Monte Cristo It was easy to ascertain this. as the jailer was visiting him for the last time that night. rose. but without compromising anybody. walked up and down his cell to collect his thoughts. but might he not by this means destroy hopes far more important than the short−lived satisfaction of his own curiosity? Unfortunately. a pail. Number 34 and Number 27. an hour passed. I need but knock against the wall. penetrate the moist cement. he will soon resume it. Edmond swallowed a few mouthfuls of bread and water. He soon felt that his ideas became again collected −− he could think. and then went back and listened. a chair. walking round and round his cell. he had no knife or sharp instrument. "It is a prisoner. and had substituted a lever for a chisel. in order to find out who is knocking. If. Encouraged by this discovery. Dantes." Edmond rose again. At intervals he listened to learn if the noise had not begun again. but how could he risk the question? It was easy to call his jailer's attention to the noise. and his sight was clear. the prisoner had discovered the danger. but he had too often assured himself of its solidity. 93 .

The damp had rendered it friable. The handle of this saucepan was of iron. and with one of the sharp fragments attack the wall. and after an hour of useless toil. which was to break the jug. advised the prisoner to be more careful. The jailer always brought Dantes' soup in an iron saucepan. He let the jug fall on the floor. Now when evening came Dantes put his plate on the ground near the door. saw by the faint light that penetrated into his cell. It was one of these he had uncovered. Dantes concealed two or three of the sharpest fragments in his bed. and it broke in pieces. to give strength to the structure. in removing the cement. who continued to mine his way. The prisoner reproached himself with not having thus employed the hours he had passed in vain hopes. might be formed. The breaking of his jug was too natural an accident to excite suspicion. and it would have required a screw−driver to take them off. and which he must remove from its socket. or half empty. supposing that the rock was not encountered. During the six years that he had been imprisoned. but they were too weak. without giving himself the trouble to remove the fragments of the broken one. he paused. what might he not have accomplished? In three days he had succeeded. a passage twenty feet long and two feet broad. Edmond had all the night to work in. and departed. among which. a mathematician might have calculated that in two years. stepped on it and broke it. which thus served for every day. and Dantes was able to break it off −− in small morsels. and Dantes.The Count of Monte Cristo had iron clamps. that he had labored uselessly the previous evening in attacking the stone instead of removing the plaster that surrounded it. after eating his soup with a wooden spoon. The table and chair had nothing. this saucepan contained soup for both prisoners. Dantes had but one resource. Was he to be thus stopped at the beginning. but in the darkness he could not do much. washed the plate. and was he to wait inactive until his fellow workman had completed his task? Suddenly an idea occurred to him −− he smiled. but at the end of half an hour he had scraped off a handful. and waited for day. and exposing the stone−work. and then. Dantes told him that the jug had fallen from his hands while he was drinking. Dantes would have given ten years of his life in exchange for it. Dantes strove to do this with his nails. Dantes heard joyfully the key grate in the lock. the jailer entered. and the perspiration dried on his forehead. Day came. but they were screwed to the wood. the pail had once possessed a handle. The fragments of the jug broke. according as the turnkey gave it to him or to his companion first. and despondency. for Dantes had noticed that it was either quite full. Chapter 15. Number 34 and Number 27. All night he heard the subterranean workman. and the jailer went grumblingly to fetch another. and he soon felt that he was working against something very hard. blocks of hewn stone were at intervals imbedded. with the utmost precaution. He returned speedily. as he entered. hastily displacing his bed. it is true. he pushed back his bed. The wall was built of rough stones. leaving the rest on the floor. the jailer. 94 . The jailer was accustomed to pour the contents of the saucepan into Dantes' plate. he listened until the sound of steps died away. prayer. but that had been removed.

Number 34 and Number 27. and pour your soup into that. He rapidly devoured his food. Then he looked about for something to pour the soup into. Edmond's hair stood on end. "I hear a human voice. Dantes' entire dinner service consisted of one plate −− there was no alternative. and after waiting an hour. So for the future I hope you will not be so destructive. pushed his bed against the wall. and by the evening he had succeeded in extracting ten handfuls of plaster and fragments of stone. have pity on me. He was wrong to leave it there. the turnkey retired. He felt more gratitude for the possession of this piece of iron than he had ever felt for anything. but after two or three hours he encountered an obstacle. "Well. The turnkey poured his ration of soup into it. He left the saucepan. my God!" murmured he. After having deprived me of my liberty. he removed his bed. after having deprived me of death. a barrier of flesh and blood adding strength to restraints of oak and iron." Dantes raised his eyes to heaven and clasped his hands beneath the coverlet." replied the turnkey. after having recalled me to existence. but the jailer was wrong not to have looked before him.The Count of Monte Cristo This time he could not blame Dantes. and he rose to his knees. as it spared him the necessity of making another trip. First you break your jug. leaving a cavity a foot and a half in diameter. Having poured out the soup. and employed it as a lever. "No. "Leave the saucepan. "O my God. "you can take it away when you bring me my breakfast. it was evident that his neighbor distrusted him. don't you intend to bring me another plate?" said Dantes. "you destroy everything. This beam crossed. Dantes sighed. Then. if all the prisoners followed your example. Dantes was beside himself with joy. A slight oscillation showed Dantes that all went well. to dig above or under it. the government would be ruined. "Ah. that I hoped my prayers had been heard." Edmond had not heard any one speak save his jailer for four or five years. Dantes straightened the handle of the saucepan as well as he could. therefore. However. inserted the point between the hewn stone and rough stones of the wall. he continued to work without ceasing. he would go to his neighbor. At the dawn of day he replaced the stone. All day he toiled on untiringly. my God." said he." This advice was to the jailer's taste. Chapter 15. He had noticed. The unhappy young man had not thought of this. lest the jailer should change his mind and return. The iron made no impression. and placed it in its accustomed place. had not Dantes long ceased to do so. only grumbled. wishing to make the best use of his time while he had the means of labor. He listened −− all was silent. and a jailer is no man to a prisoner −− he is a living door. therefore. it was necessary. and. then you make me break your plate. no matter. together with the fish −− for thrice a week the prisoners were deprived of meat. took the handle of the saucepan. sounded hollow and sepulchral in the young man's ears. This would have been a method of reckoning time. Dantes wished to ascertain whether his neighbor had really ceased to work. The jailer." said Dantes. Dantes touched it. 95 . deadened by the distance. and do not let me die in despair!" "Who talks of God and despair at the same time?" said a voice that seemed to come from beneath the earth. carried it into the corner of his cell. and found that it was a beam. I shall leave you the saucepan. he toiled on all the night without being discouraged. and lay down. and covered it with earth. the hole Dantes had made. the jailer entered and placed the bread on the table. At the end of an hour the stone was extricated from the wall. The breakfast consisted of a piece of bread. but met with a smooth surface. that the prisoner on the other side had ceased to labor. Dantes carefully collected the plaster. When the hour for his jailer's visit arrived. "I have so earnestly prayed to you. or rather blocked up. this was a greater reason for proceeding −− if his neighbor would not come to him. as it had been for the last three days. however.

"Do not dig any more. But how long have you been here that you are ignorant of all this?" "Since 1811." cried Dantes." "What! For the emperor's return? −− the emperor is no longer on the throne." "Has your bed been moved since you have been a prisoner?" "No. who made no hesitation in answering. Who are you?" "Who are you?" said the voice." "Your crime?" "I am innocent. then?" "He abdicated at Fontainebleau in 1814." "But of what are you accused?" "Of having conspired to aid the emperor's return." Chapter 15." Dantes shuddered. though the sound of your voice terrifies me." "How is it concealed?" "Behind my bed. this man had been four years longer than himself in prison. "An unhappy prisoner. 1815." "Your profession?" "A sailor.The Count of Monte Cristo "In the name of heaven." replied Dantes. "Of what country?" "A Frenchman." said the voice. and was sent to the Island of Elba. "only tell me how high up is your excavation?" "On a level with the floor. "speak again. 96 . Number 34 and Number 27." "How long have you been here?" "Since the 28th of February." "Your name?" "Edmond Dantes.

I am a Christian. "Oh. 1815. that I was just nineteen when I was arrested. but now all is lost. I swear to you. at least. "I have made a mistake owing to an error in my plans." "But then you would be close to the sea?" "That is what I hoped. 97 .The Count of Monte Cristo "What does your chamber open on?" "A corridor." "And the corridor?" "On a court." "Alas!" murmured the voice. 27. "at that age he cannot be a traitor. do not work any more. gained one of the islands near here −− the Isle de Daume or the Isle de Tiboulen −− and then I should have been safe. and have come out fifteen feet from where I intended. what is the matter?" cried Dantes." "You mistrust me." said Dantes. Number 34 and Number 27. that I will dash my brains out against the wall." "Not quite twenty−six!" murmured the voice. but I conjure you do not abandon me." Chapter 15." "And supposing you had succeeded?" "I should have thrown myself into the sea. then. I took the wall you are mining for the outer wall of the fortress. If you do. Edmond fancied he heard a bitter laugh resounding from the depths. and you will have my death to reproach yourself with. "Oh. stop up your excavation carefully. All I do know is." "Could you have swum so far?" "Heaven would have given me strength. "I swear to you by him who died for us that naught shall induce me to breathe one syllable to my jailers." "I do not know my age." "Tell me. guessing instinctively that this man meant to abandon him. who you are?" "I am −− I am No. the 28th of February. for I have not counted the years I have been here." "How old are you? Your voice is that of a young man. for I have got to the end of my strength. and wait until you hear from me. I took the wrong angle." "All?" "Yes." cried Dantes.

and if we cannot escape we will talk. and ask for my assistance. and captivity that is shared is but half captivity. I will be your son. Dantes hoped that his neighbor would profit by the silence to address him. pressing his hand on his heart. "I am here. if you are old. and prayers where two or three are gathered together invoke the mercy of heaven. you of those whom you love. Dantes was on his bed. Number 34 and Number 27. he feared that the emotion of his voice would betray him. however. you will come to me. whom he loved already. perhaps. The jailer went away shaking his head. "Is it you?" said he. I am sure." "Is your jailer gone?" "Yes. Wait. All day Dantes walked up and down his cell. Plaints made in common are almost prayers. I would allow myself to be hacked in pieces!" "You have done well to speak to me. 98 . "he will not return until the evening. It seemed to him that thus he better guarded the unfinished opening. no." said Dantes. so that we have twelve hours before us. and then his mind was made up −− when the jailer moved his bed and stooped to examine the opening. Dantes rose. for I was about to form another plan. but he was mistaken. "to−morrow." "It is well. but God alone knows if she loves me still. Chapter 15. then?" said the voice. I shall love you as I loved my father. just as he removed his bed from the wall. He was." cried Dantes. about to regain his liberty. I have a father who is seventy if he yet lives. at the worst." "I can work. are you going mad again?" Dantes did not answer. dispersed the fragments with the same precaution as before. and pushed his bed back against the wall. but your age reassures me. for the jailer said. I will be your comrade. My father has not yet forgotten me. He then gave himself up to his happiness. At the slightest noise he bounded towards the door. "I swear to you again. rather than betray you. he would kill him with his water jug. He sat down occasionally on his bed. but he was about to die of grief and despair when this miraculous noise recalled him to life. He would be condemned to die. I will give you the signal. Doubtless there was a strange expression in his eyes. he threw himself on his knees." "How long?" "I must calculate our chances. or you will let me come to you. "Come. and leave you. If you are young.The Count of Monte Cristo "Oh." "But you will not leave me. I only love him and a young girl called Mercedes. he would have a companion. no. Night came. he heard three knocks. I will not forget you. You must love somebody?" "No. and I of those whom I love. We will escape. I am alone in the world. The jailer came in the evening. He would no longer be alone. Once or twice the thought crossed his mind that he might be separated from this unknown. The next morning." "Then you will love me." returned the voice." These few words were uttered with an accent that left no doubt of his sincerity.

He received the enthusiastic greeting of his young acquaintance with evident pleasure. 99 . but a certain briskness and appearance of vigor in his movements made it probable that he was aged more from captivity than the course of time. and the bold outline of his strongly marked features. he saw appear. fitting it into its place. and a long (and still black) beard reaching down to his breast. yes." "Well. as he knelt with his head in the opening. pincers. in order to obtain a better view of his features by the aid of the imperfect light that struggled through the grating. then the shoulders. "do you possess any?" "I made myself some. −− "You removed this stone very carelessly." "Oh. but I suppose you had no tools to aid you. "whether it is possible to remove the traces of my entrance here −− our future tranquillity depends upon our jailers being entirely ignorant of it. a distance of about fifty feet. Chapter 16. Chapter 16. He thanked him with grateful cordiality for his kindly welcome. Large drops of perspiration were now standing on his brow. I have all that are necessary. with hair blanched rather by suffering and sorrow than by age. he said. and lever. this instant." So saying. −− a chisel. yes. Seizing in his arms the friend so long and ardently desired. how I should like to see these products of your industry and patience. "Let us first see. first the head. deeply furrowed by care. while the garments that hung about him were so ragged that one could only guess at the pattern upon which they had originally been fashioned. although he must at that moment have been suffering bitterly to find another dungeon where he had fondly reckoned on discovering a means of regaining his liberty. as though his chilled affections were rekindled and invigorated by his contact with one so warm and ardent. Then from the bottom of this passage." In a moment that part of the floor on which Dantes was resting his two hands. He was a man of small stature." exclaimed Dantes." said he. Dantes almost carried him towards the window. almost terrified. then. The stranger might have numbered sixty or sixty−five years." "Why. I entreat you. He had a deep−set. in the first place. suddenly gave way." Advancing to the opening. and this very tool has sufficed me to hollow out the road by which I came hither. His thin face. almost buried beneath the thick gray eyebrow. and lastly the body of a man. "With one of the clamps of my bedstead. while a mass of stones and earth disappeared in a hole that opened beneath the aperture he himself had formed. he drew back smartly. betokened a man more accustomed to exercise his mental faculties than his physical strength. here is my chisel. and with the exception of a file.The Count of Monte Cristo "Oh. A Learned Italian. with a handle made of beechwood." "Fifty feet!" responded Dantes. who sprang lightly into his cell. he displayed a sharp strong blade. A Learned Italian. penetrating eye. "And with what did you contrive to make that?" inquired Dantes. the depth of which it was impossible to measure. he stooped and raised the stone easily in spite of its weight. with astonishment.

instead of taking an ellipsis of forty feet. so as to be able to command a perfect view from top to bottom. "it is so. that made me draw in my head so quickly." "But they believe I am shut up alone here. pierce through it. This loophole. bending double. in his turn descending from the table. This side of your chamber looks out upon a kind of open gallery. My labor is all in vain. as many years to perforate it. An instant afterwards he hastily drew back his head. and were we to work our way through. The elder prisoner pondered the matter. divining the wishes of his companion. that persons are stationed outside the doors of the cells purposely to overhear the conversation of the prisoners. young man −− don't speak so loud. we should only get into some lock−up cellars. placed his back securely against the wall and held out both hands. only. there are three others −− do you know anything of their situation?" "This one is built against the solid rock. to an opening through which a child could not have passed. It frequently occurs in a state prison like this." said Dantes. he dragged the table beneath the window. to reach the outer wall. "but the corridor you speak of only bounds one side of my cell. "What was it that you thought?" asked the young man anxiously. duly furnished with the requisite tools. was. that is about the distance that separates your chamber from mine. then. however. and sentries keep watch day and night. As the stranger asked the question. where we must necessarily be recaptured. The fourth and last side of your cell faces on −− faces on −− stop a minute. and throw myself into the sea. for I was fearful he might also see me. furnished with three iron bars. which gradually diminished in size as it approached the outside." Chapter 16. instead of going beneath it. "I thought so!" and sliding from the shoulders of Dantes as dextrously as he had ascended. This adjoins the lower part of the governor's apartments. "Climb up. saying. now where does it face?" The wall of which he spoke was the one in which was fixed the loophole by which light was admitted to the chamber." said he at length. I did not curve aright. A Learned Italian." said he to Dantes. as I told you. whom as yet Dantes knew only by the number of his cell." "And you say that you dug your way a distance of fifty feet to get here?" "I do.The Count of Monte Cristo "Do not speak so loud. 100 . for I find that the corridor looks into a courtyard filled with soldiers." "That makes no difference. he managed to slip his head between the upper bars of the window. and it would take ten experienced miners. light and steady on his feet as a cat or a lizard. The young man obeyed." "That's true. he nimbly leaped from the table to the ground. sprang up with an agility by no means to be expected in a person of his years. climbed from the table to the outstretched hands of Dantes. so as to quiet all apprehensions even in the mind of the most suspicious jailer as to the possibility of a prisoner's escape. unfortunately. kept along the corridor on which your chamber opens. I saw the soldier's shape and the top of his musket. for better security." "Are you quite sure of that?" "Certain. "Yes. for want of the necessary geometrical instruments to calculate my scale of proportion. I made it fifty. The stranger. and. mounted on the table. and from them to his shoulders. for the ceiling of the dungeon prevented him from holding himself erect. I expected. where patrols are continually passing. and. I have.

and then some son−in−law or relation. previously to which I had been confined for three years in the fortress of Fenestrelle. you can console and support me by the strength of your own powerful mind. and instead of allowing it to be split up into a quantity of petty Chapter 16.?" "No." "Say not so. that four years afterwards. "Tell me. then liberty. because. and then James II. whole attention was riveted on a man who could thus forget his own misfortunes while occupying himself with the destinies of others. Then who reigns in France at this moment −− Napoleon II. Dantes gazed on the man who could thus philosophically resign hopes so long and ardently nourished with an astonishment mingled with admiration. Louis XVIII. if ever I get out of prison!" "True. and there are even moments when my mental vision transports me beyond these walls. this colossus of power would be overthrown. but I forget this sometimes. alas. and surveying him with the kindling gaze of a prophet. Pray let me know who you really are?" The stranger smiled a melancholy smile. "never have I met with so remarkable a person as yourself." answered the elder prisoner. you will see all this come to pass." said he." "But wherefore are you here?" "Because in 1807 I dreamed of the very plan Napoleon tried to realize in 1811." "Probably. like Machiavelli. I desired to alter the political face of Italy. It was at this period I learned that the destiny which seemed subservient to every wish formed by Napoleon. some Prince of Orange. "Then listen. turning towards Dantes. you feel any curiosity respecting one.! How inscrutable are the ways of providence −− for what great and mysterious purpose has it pleased heaven to abase the man once so elevated. then a constitution. after Cromwell. powerless to aid you in any way. named king of Rome even in his cradle." replied Faria.The Count of Monte Cristo "Well?" inquired Dantes. my friend!" said the abbe." continued he." "Willingly.. I entreat of you. yes. namely. Ah.. In the year 1811 I was transferred to Piedmont in France. Charles II. "You perceive then the utter impossibility of escaping through your dungeon?" "Then. had bestowed on him a son. and have been imprisoned as you know in this Chateau d'If since the year 1811. "you are young. I was very far then from expecting the change you have just informed me of. indeed. now. "we are prisoners. "the will of God be done!" and as the old man slowly pronounced those words. After Charles I. "'Twill be the same as it was in England. "if." pursued the young man eagerly −− "Then. "l am the Abbe Faria. Then new concessions to the people. 101 ." answered the stranger. A Learned Italian." "The brother of Louis XVII. Cromwell. an air of profound resignation spread itself over his careworn countenance. "Yes. and I fancy myself at liberty. who and what you are?" said he at length. a stadtholder who becomes a king.. and raise up him who was so abased?" Dantes.

who feigned to enter into my views only to betray me. if successful. −− "Then you abandon all hope of escape?" "I perceive its utter impossibility. I should be promoted to the honor of making sport for the children. compact. for many years permitted to amuse the different visitors with what is said to be my insanity. I repeat again. at length he said. that nothing shall induce me to renew attempts evidently at variance with the Almighty's pleasure. and Alexander VI. In the first place. Napoleon certainly he knew something of. for they attempted it fruitlessly." he asked. Escape had never once occurred to him. There are. that I scarcely think it would be possible to add another handful of dust without leading to discovery. my hopes are forever dashed from me. and. smiling. and powerful empire. Whole days have I passed in these Titanic efforts. Consider also that I fully believed I had accomplished the end and aim of my undertaking. in all probability. and have been two years scraping and digging out earth. that the other might not see how joy at the thought of having a companion outweighed the sympathy he felt for the failure of the abbe's plans. and Napoleon was unable to complete his work. then to conceal the mass of earth and rubbish I dug up. A Learned Italian. and throw the fruits of my labor into the hollow part of it. don't you?" "I did not like to say so. and I consider it impious to attempt that which the Almighty evidently does not approve." And the old man bowed his head. would conduct you to a precipice overhanging the sea −− to plunge into the waves from the height of fifty. 102 . I was four years making the tools I possess. but it will never succeed now. perhaps a hundred feet." answered Dantes. but of Clement VII. be not discouraged." Dantes remained for a short time mute and motionless. each held by some weak or tyrannical ruler. and. it shows how little notion you can have of all it has cost me to effect a purpose so unexpectedly frustrated. Dantes could not understand a man risking his life for such matters. at the moment when I reckoned upon success. "Well. sixty. "the priest who here in the Chateau d'If is generally thought to be −− ill?" "Mad. To undermine the ground for fifty feet −− to devote three years to a labor which. some things which appear so impossible that the mind does not dwell on them for an instant. indeed. changed by ages into a substance unyielding as the stones themselves. The abbe sank upon Edmond's bed. by night−time I had contrived to carry away a square inch of this hard−bound cement." resumed Faria with a bitter smile. he knew nothing. Italy seems fated to misfortune. considering my labor well repaid if. you mean.. hard as granite itself. Would it not be expecting too much to hope to succeed at your first attempt? Why not try to find an opening in another direction from that which has so unfortunately failed?" "Alas. It was the plan of Alexander VI." Dantes held down his head. "Are you not. but the well is now so completely choked up. I was compelled to break through a staircase. at the risk of being dashed to pieces against the rocks. then what toil and fatigue has it not been to remove huge stones I should once have deemed impossible to loosen. lastly.The Count of Monte Cristo principalities. then. inasmuch as he had seen and spoken with him. and Clement VII. if such innocent beings could be found in an abode devoted like this to suffering and despair. by acknowledging that I am the poor mad prisoner of the Chateau d'If. for which I had so exactly husbanded my strength as to make it just hold out to the termination of my enterprise. should you have Chapter 16. I sought to form one large. No. and now. "let me answer your question in full. because I fancied I had found my Caesar Borgia in a crowned simpleton." "Nay. while Edmond himself remained standing. that you talk of beginning over again.

I will tell you what we must do.The Count of Monte Cristo been fortunate enough to have escaped the fire of the sentinels. All we require to insure success is courage. Another had done all this. Dantes would dig a hundred. As for patience. But the sight of an old man clinging to life with so desperate a courage. gave a fresh turn to his ideas. neither do I wish to incur guilt. would sacrifice six. was it impossible to Dantes? Faria had dug his way through fifty feet. Faria. then. and had failed only because of an error in calculation." "One instant. raising his head with quick anxiety. and how many times had he. why. Faria. had attempted what he had not had sufficient resolution to undertake. who had so often for mere amusement's sake plunged to the bottom of the sea to fetch up the bright coral branch. or destroy a staircase. We must pierce through the corridor by forming a side opening about the middle. and to remember that what has once been done may be done again. for pure pastime. as it were the top part of a cross. supposing all these perils past. the young man suddenly exclaimed. and what use I intend making of my strength. then to have to swim for your life a distance of at least three miles ere you could reach the shore −− were difficulties so startling and formidable that Dantes had never even dreamed of such a scheme." replied the abbe. we shall get out into the gallery you have described. I consider that I have abundantly exercised that in beginning every morning the task of the night before." "And have your notions changed?" asked Dantes with much surprise. and strength. I have thought it no sin to bore through a wall. Hitherto I have fancied myself merely waging war against circumstances. my dear friend. "do you think yourself more guilty in making the attempt since you have encountered me?" "No. he. and merited not condemnation. After continuing some time in profound meditation. should a hardy sailer. like himself. had not shrunk from the idea of risking his life by trying to swim a distance of three miles to one of the islands −− Daume. Rattonneau. which I am not deficient in. who was but half as old. young man (and I pray of you to give me your full attention). and even. or Lemaire. older and less strong than he." "And is not above fifteen feet from it?" "About that. but I cannot so Chapter 16. This time you will lay your plans more accurately. shrink from a similar task. you have abundantly proved yours −− you shall now see me prove mine. resigning himself rather to death. "I have found what you were in search of!" Faria started: "Have you. indeed?" cried he. had contrived to provide himself with tools requisite for so unparalleled an attempt. not men. a priest and savant. 103 . at the age of fifty. kill the sentinel who guards it. This same person. and inspired him with new courage. But then. an experienced diver. A Learned Italian. does it not?" "It does. "it is clear you do not understand the nature of the courage with which I am endowed. had devoted three years to the task. should he. then. extends in the same direction as the outer gallery. let me know what it is you have discovered?" "The corridor through which you have bored your way from the cell you occupy here. as for patience. hesitate to entertain the same project? He could do it in an hour. and make our escape. "pray. continued in the water for more than twice as long! At once Dantes resolved to follow the brave example of his energetic companion. and that you possess." "Well. Another. with almost incredible patience and perseverance. and every night renewing the task of the day. then I thought I could not be doing anything displeasing to the Almighty in trying to set an innocent being at liberty −− one who had committed no offence.

" replied Faria. needs but the sense of smell to show him when his prey is within his reach." "Ah." said he. and those are the best of all. and carefully arranged." "I assure you. but he had some difficulty in believing. as the escape of the Duc de Beaufort from the Chateau de Vincennes." said he. "I will show you an entire work.The Count of Monte Cristo easily persuade myself to pierce a heart or take away a life. Faria saw this. profit by it." "What did you do then?" "I wrote or studied. "Since my imprisonment. for instance. Then there are those for which chance sometimes affords opportunity. pens and ink?" "Yes. whose nature teaches him to delight in shedding blood. and by following this instinct he is enabled to measure the leap necessary to permit him to spring on his victim. "that where your liberty is at stake you can allow any such scruple to deter you from obtaining it?" "Tell me. "I did not turn to that source for recreation or support. and so it ever is because in simple and allowable things our natural instincts keep us from deviating from the strict line of duty." replied the old man." said the old man. Mark's column at Venice. little imagining Chapter 16." said Dantes." "You made paper. loathes the idea of blood −− it is not alone that the laws of social life inspire him with a shrinking dread of taking life. such. his natural construction and physiological formation" −− Dantes was confused and silent at this explanation of the thoughts which had unconsciously been working in his mind." answered Dantes. "you might well endure the tedious delay. of Latude from the Bastille. you were constantly employed in the task you set yourself. ink. my young friend. you had your hopes to refresh and encourage you. dressing yourself in his clothes. at the foot of St. and on the borders of the Arno at Florence. therefore. many of them meditated over in the shades of the Coloseum at Rome." A slight movement of surprise escaped Dantes. but man. and endeavoring to escape?" "Simply the fact that the idea never occurred to me. "what has hindered you from knocking down your jailer with a piece of wood torn from your bedstead. and when it presents itself. or rather soul. "Is it possible." answered the abbe. They have rarely been successful." said Faria. on the contrary. wait patiently for some favorable moment." "Were you then permitted the use of pens. that of the Abbe Dubuquoi from For l'Eveque. those that proceed from the head and those that emanate from the heart. and when weary with toil. "the natural repugnance to the commission of such a crime prevented you from thinking of it. "I had none but what I made for myself. and paper?" "Oh. for there are two distinct sorts of ideas. "I have thought over all the most celebrated cases of escape on record. no. "When you pay me a visit in my cell. "Because. Those that have been crowned with full success have been long meditated upon. The tiger." Dantes gazed with admiration. Let us. the fruits of the thoughts and reflections of my whole life. A Learned Italian. 104 .

and Saturday. I name only the most important. returned. which would be universally preferred to all others if once known. for I will freely confess that my historical labors have been my greatest solace and relief." "And on what have you written all this?" "On two of my shirts. and arranged them. which is all that is absolutely necessary. Italian. till I knew them nearly by heart. Spinoza." "But for such a work you must have needed books −− had you any?" "I had nearly five thousand volumes in my library at Rome.' and will make one large quarto volume. Montaigne. While retracing the past. Plutarch. I cannot hope to be very fluent. he added. "why. Titus Livius. "Then if you were not furnished with pens." Stronger grew the wonder of Dantes. acquainted with a variety of languages. I devoted three years of my life to reading and studying these one hundred and fifty volumes. how did you manage to write the work you speak of?" "I made myself some excellent ones. doubtless. I could recite you the whole of Thucydides." "But the ink. A Learned Italian. I know Lavoisier. so that since I have been in prison. French. Strada. who almost fancied he had to do with one gifted with supernatural powers. You are aware what huge whitings are served to us on maigre days. English. The work I speak of is called `A Treatise on the Possibility of a General Monarchy in Italy. I made a vocabulary of the words I knew." "Improve yourself!" repeated Dantes. if not a complete summary of all human knowledge. but I certainly should have no difficulty in explaining my wants and wishes. so as to enable me to express my thoughts through their medium. I selected the cartilages of the heads of these fishes. Jornandes. I know nearly one thousand words. as affording me the means of increasing my stock of pens. and was the intimate friend of Cabanis. I speak five of the modern tongues −− that is to say. and you can scarcely imagine the delight with which I welcomed the arrival of each Wednesday. Dante." "You are. a chemist?" "Somewhat. Xenophon. I forget the present. Well. and traversing at will the path of history I cease to remember that I am myself a prisoner." said Dantes. "of what did you make your ink?" Chapter 16. Machiavelli. a very slight effort of memory has enabled me to recall their contents as readily as though the pages were open before me. Friday. and Bossuet. how can you manage to do so?" "Why. by the aid of ancient Greek I learned modern Greek −− I don't speak it so well as I could wish. Shaksepeare. German. turned. but I am still trying to improve myself.The Count of Monte Cristo at the time that they would be arranged in order within the walls of the Chateau d'If. 105 . at least all that a man need really know. so as to have been able to read all these?" "Yes. then. but after reading them over many times. and Spanish. I found out that with one hundred and fifty well−chosen books a man possesses. and that would be quite as much as I should ever require." "You are. although I believe there are nearly one hundred thousand in the dictionaries. Tacitus. I invented a preparation that makes linen as smooth and as easy to write on as parchment. still hoping to find some imperfection which might bring him down to a level with human beings.

did not admit of their holding themselves erect. Chapter 17." This last explanation was wholly lost upon Dantes. I am enabled to ascertain the precise hour with more minuteness than if I possessed a watch. The Abbe's Chamber. and barely permitted one to creep through on hands and knees. from seeing the sun rise from behind the mountains and set in the Mediterranean. "What do you wish to see first?" asked the abbe. but nothing more than common met his view. for which closer attention is required. and of which he could feel nothing. The Abbe's Chamber. 106 . from that point the passage became much narrower. and not the earth. by the help of his chisel." asked Dantes. who had always imagined. "and then observe the lines traced on the wall." "And when. "but it was closed up long ere I became an occupant of this prison. I pricked one of my fingers." replied the abbe. and wrote with my own blood." replied Faria. a long stone. while the sun and earth never vary in their appointed paths. "may I see all this?" "Whenever you please. however. After having passed with tolerable ease through the subterranean passage. and. which he could just recollect having visited during a voyage made in his earliest youth. beneath which was a cavity of considerable depth. the two friends reached the further end of the corridor. then. and I assure you a better ink cannot be desired. "Come. Each word that fell from his companion's lips seemed fraught with the mysteries of science. raised. The floor of the abbe's cell was paved. A double movement of the globe he inhabited." Instinctively Dantes turned round to observe by what watch or clock the abbe had been able so accurately to specify the hour. serving as a safe depository of the articles mentioned to Dantes." said the abbe." The abbe smiled. it must have been many years in use. and the ellipse it describes round the sun. Well." said he to the abbe. for it was thickly covered with a coating of soot. this soot I dissolved in a portion of the wine brought to me every Sunday. appeared to him perfectly impossible. and it had been by raising one of the stones in the most obscure corner that Faria had to been able to commence the laborious task of which Dantes had witnessed the completion. followed by Dantes. as he re−entered the subterranean passage. "Look at this ray of light which enters by my window. For very important notes. into which the abbe's cell opened. As he entered the chamber of his friend. as worthy of digging out as the gold and diamonds in the mines of Guzerat and Golconda. by means of these lines. in which he soon disappeared. "It is well. "Follow me. for that might be broken or deranged in its movements. "I am anxious to see your treasures. which are in accordance with the double motion of the earth." said the abbe. Dantes cast around one eager and searching glance in quest of the expected marvels. Still.The Count of Monte Cristo "There was formerly a fireplace in my dungeon. which had doubtless been the hearth." said the abbe. that it moved. "Oh. proceeding to the disused fireplace. "we have some hours before us −− it is now just a quarter past twelve o'clock. which. Chapter 17. then let it be directly!" exclaimed the young man.

one of those cartilages of which the abbe had before spoken to Dantes. That's my masterpiece. to complete the precious pages." "I see. I wrote the word finis at the end of the sixty−eighth strip about a week ago. These rolls consisted of slips of cloth about four inches wide and eighteen long. as well as this larger knife." observed Dantes." "Look!" said Faria. they were all carefully numbered and closely covered with writing. as I require it. "Ah. are your eyes like cats'. laid one over the other. I made it." "One thing still puzzles me." The penknife was sharp and keen as a razor.The Count of Monte Cristo "Oh. and as many handkerchiefs as I was master of. "I told you how I managed to obtain that −− and I only just make it from time to time. but God his supplied man with the intelligence that enables him to overcome the limitations of natural conditions. a language he. The Abbe's Chamber. "and that is how you managed to do all this by daylight?" "I worked at night also. "But light?" "Here are two flints and a piece of burnt linen. as a Provencal. Dantes examined it with intense admiration. to the end of which was tied. I have torn up two of my shirts. it was pointed. and with it one could cut and thrust. for heaven's sake. Dantes examined the various articles shown to him with the same attention that he had bestowed on the curiosities and strange tools exhibited in the shops at Marseilles as the works of the savages in the South Seas from whence they had been brought by the different trading vessels." said Faria." "And matches?" Chapter 17." replied Faria. yes. my literary reputation is forever secured. perfectly understood. and so made oil −− here is my lamp." said he. like folds of papyrus. and much resembling the size of the handle of a fine painting−brush. Should I ever get out of prison and find in all Italy a printer courageous enough to publish what I have composed. I furnished myself with a light. by a piece of thread. "Night! −− why. out of an old iron candlestick. "the penknife." said Faria. as for the other knife. 107 . your great work on the monarchy of Italy!" Faria then drew forth from his hiding−place three or four rolls of linen." "l separated the fat from the meat served to me. "Now let me behold the curious pens with which you have written your work." "You did? Pray tell me how. melted it. showing to the young man a slender stick about six inches long. then looked around to see the instrument with which it had been shaped so correctly into form. the abbe exhibited a sort of torch very similar to those used in public illuminations. it would serve a double purpose. that you can see to work in the dark?" "Indeed they are not. as well as make out the sense −− it being in Italian." So saying. and divided at the nib like an ordinary pen. "there is the work complete. "As for the ink. "There. so legible that Dantes could easily read it." answered Dantes.

and I therefore renounced the project altogether as too full of risk and danger. lightning. he removed it from the spot it stood in. with a small perforated eye for the thread. the mind of Dantes was. no. as you see. going towards his bed. misfortune is needed to bring to light the treasures of the human intellect. illumination. imputing the deep abstraction in which his visitor was plunged to the excess of his awe and wonder. I hemmed the edges over again. I discovered that I should merely have dropped into a sort of inner court. 108 . was a hollow space. although I should have enlarged it still more preparatory to my flight. sharp fish−bone." They put the stone back in its place. "of removing these iron bars. and ripped out the seams in the sheets of my bed. and asked for a little sulphur. he showed Dantes a long. as though overwhelmed by the perseverance and strength of Faria's mind. What would you not have accomplished if you had been free?" "Possibly nothing at all. "I know nothing. he found it firm. have evaporated in a thousand follies. busily occupied by the idea that a person so intelligent. which was readily supplied. a small portion of which still remained in it." replied Dantes. I carefully preserved my ladder against one of those unforeseen opportunities of which I spoke just now. the abbe sprinkled a little dust over it to conceal the traces of its having been removed." said the abbe. in fact. from lightning. and letting myself down from the window." Dantes laid the different things he had been looking at on the table. I managed to bring the ravellings with me. "upon the enormous degree of intelligence and ability you must have employed to reach the high perfection to which you have attained. and in this space a ladder of cords between twenty−five and thirty feet in length. and you are well aware that from the collision of clouds electricity is produced −− from electricity. Some of your words are to me quite empty of meaning." replied Dantes. Let us shut this one up. "Who supplied you with the materials for making this wonderful work?" "I tore up several of my shirts. as. during my three years' imprisonment at Fenestrelle. and when I was removed to the Chateau d'If." Chapter 17. which.The Count of Monte Cristo "I pretended that I had a disorder of the skin. opening his ragged vestments. Behind the head of the bed. however. in a state of freedom. Dantes closely and eagerly examined it. Captivity has brought my mental faculties to a focus." continued Faria. Nevertheless. The Abbe's Chamber. "for I did not think it wise to trust all my treasures in the same hiding−place. in the first place." "And was it not discovered that your sheets were unhemmed?" "Oh. rubbed his foot well on it to make it assume the same appearance as the other." "With what?" "With this needle. so that I have been able to finish my work here. and compact enough to bear any weight." While affecting to be deeply engaged in examining the ladder. Compression is needed to explode gunpowder." continued Faria. ingenious. You must be blessed indeed to possess the knowledge you have." "No. "What are you thinking of?" asked the abbe smilingly. for when I had taken out the thread I required. and stood with his head drooping on his breast. is somewhat wider than yours. and concealed by a stone fitting in so closely as to defy all suspicion. solid. "I was reflecting. "You have not seen all yet. where he himself could see nothing. and which sudden chance frequently brings about. and clear−sighted as the abbe might probably be able to solve the dark mystery of his own misfortunes. and then. the overflow of my brain would probably. "I once thought.

from the king who stands in the way of his successor. not even the length of time he had been imprisoned. then. and the receipt of a packet to be delivered by himself to the grand marshal. comes the axiom that if you visit to discover the author of any bad action. "a clever maxim. did you not say so just now?" "I did!" "You have told me as yet but one of them −− let me hear the other. Now. Every one. but which consisted only of the account of a voyage to India. indeed. and is beset by stormy passions and conflicting interests. seek first to discover the person to whom the perpetration of that bad action could be in any way advantageous. revolts at crime. and their nuptual feast −− his arrest and subsequent examination." "Your life. to the employee who keeps his rival out of a place. Still." "Then you profess ignorance of the crime with which you are charged?" "I do. at the end of his meditations. my young friend. −− when the employee dies. −− to whom could your disappearance have been serviceable?" "To no one." said he. 109 . vices. −− my father and Mercedes. in the event of the king's death. by heaven! I was a very insignificant person. "let me hear your story. His recital finished. these twelve thousand livres are his civil list. from an artificial civilization have originated wants." said he. his interview with that personage. −− that while you had related to me all the particulars of your past life. in a right and wholesome state. and receives his salary of twelve thousand livres. his temporary detention at the Palais de Justice. and commenced what he called his history." said the abbe. closing his hiding−place. which occasionally become so powerful as to stifle within us all good feelings. I would fain fix the source of it on man that I may no longer vent reproaches upon heaven. and two or three voyages to the Levant until he arrived at the recital of his last cruise. and that is. the supernumerary steps into his shoes. and are as essential to him as the twelve millions of a king." Dantes obeyed. and interview with his father −− his affection for Mercedes." "It was this. and his final imprisonment in the Chateau d'If. and false tastes. Well. his successor inherits a crown. everything is relative. From this point everything was a blank to Dantes −− he knew nothing more. with the death of Captain Leclere. The Abbe's Chamber. "Well.The Count of Monte Cristo The abbe smiled. has his place on the social ladder. to apply it in your case. that unless wicked ideas take root in a naturally depraved mind. and this I swear by the two beings most dear to me upon earth. the abbe reflected long and earnestly. as in Descartes' theory of pressure and impulsion. human nature." "Come." "Do not speak thus. in place of the packet brought. has not been of sufficient length to admit of your having passed through any very important events. From this view of things. for your reply evinces neither logic nor philosophy. and pushing the bed back to its original situation. which bears upon what I was saying to you some little while ago. you were perfectly unacquainted with mine. Now. "but you had another subject for your thoughts. and his receiving. a letter addressed to a Monsieur Noirtier −− his arrival at Marseilles. from the highest to the lowest degree. my dear young friend. and ultimately to lead us into guilt and wickedness. But these forces increase as we go Chapter 17. "There is." "It has been long enough to inflict on me a great and undeserved misfortune.

the grand marshal did." "Could your conversation have been overheard by any one?" "It might. I think?" "Yes." "That's better. we were quite alone.The Count of Monte Cristo higher. "now we are on the right scent." "Now. for the cabin door was open −− and −− stay. now I recollect. but he refused." "And what did you do with that letter?" Chapter 17. Now let us return to your particular world. could any one have had any interest in preventing the accomplishment of these two things? But let us first settle the question as to its being the interest of any one to hinder you from being captain of the Pharaon. The Abbe's Chamber. so that we have a spiral which in defiance of reason rests upon the apex and not on the base. −− Danglars himself passed by just as Captain Leclere was giving me the packet for the grand marshal. and gave you a letter in place of it. and had even challenged him to fight me." "Somebody there received your packet." "Now we are getting on. What say you?" "I cannot believe such was the case." "What rank did he hold on board?" "He was supercargo." "And about to become the husband of a young and lovely girl?" "Yes. 110 . I was generally liked on board. and had the sailors possessed the right of selecting a captain themselves." "Good again! Now then. Did you take anybody with you when you put into the port of Elba?" "Nobody. There was only one person among the crew who had any feeling of ill−will towards me. I had quarelled with him some time previously." cried the abbe. tell me. was any person present during your last conversation with Captain Leclere?" "No. You say you were on the point of being made captain of the Pharaon?" "Yes." "And had you been captain. I feel convinced their choice would have fallen on me. should you have retained him in his employment?" "Not if the choice had remained with me. And what was this man's name?" "Danglars. for I had frequently observed inaccuracies in his accounts.

mate on board the Pharaon. how could a sailor find room in his pocket for a portfolio large enough to contain an official letter?" "You are right." "Do you really think so? Ah. as well as others. it was left on board.'" The abbe shrugged his shoulders. again. "Disguised. as the letter will be found either about his person. The Abbe's Chamber." "And what did you do with this same letter while returning from Porto−Ferrajo to the vessel?" "I carried it in my hand. "The thing is clear as day." "You had your portfolio with you. has been intrusted by Murat with a packet for the usurper. word for word: `The king's attorney is informed by a friend to the throne and religion. listen to me." "Then it was not till your return to the ship that you put the letter in the portfolio?" "No. if disguised." "Repeat it to me." Chapter 17." Again the abbe smiled." "So that when you went on board the Pharaon. after having touched at Naples and Porto−Ferrajo." "Now. Do you recollect the words in which the information against you was formulated?" "Oh yes." "It was very boldly written. as well as the rest?" "Danglars. "This is it." "And how was the anonymous letter written?" "Backhanded. everybody could see that you held a letter in your hand?" "Yes. that would indeed be infamous. "and you must have had a very confiding nature. then said.The Count of Monte Cristo "Put it into my portfolio. by the usurper. this day arrived from Smyrna. running hand. not to have suspected the origin of the whole affair." Dantes paused a moment. with a letter for the Bonapartist Club in Paris." "Danglars. 111 . at his father's residence. This proof of his guilt may be procured by his immediate arrest. as well as a good heart. that one Edmond Dantes. I read it over three times." "How did Danglars usually write?" "In a handsome. and try to recall every circumstance attending your arrest." said he. then? Now. or in his cabin on board the Pharaon. and the words sank deeply into my memory.

The Count of Monte Cristo "Stop a bit. with his left hand. and I have noticed that" −− "What?" "That while the writing of different persons done with the right hand varies." "Not even to your mistress?" "No. no. never. and. "the various circumstances mentioned in the letter were wholly unknown to him." Chapter 17." "Let us proceed." "I am listening." "That is a Spanish name. he wrote on a piece of prepared linen." said Dantes. but an act of cowardice. yes!" "Now as regards the second question. 112 . after dipping it into the ink." "Was there any person whose interest it was to prevent your marriage with Mercedes?" "Yes. yes." "You have evidently seen and observed everything. Dantes drew back." "Besides. a young man who loved her. taking up what he called his pen." "And his name was" −− "Fernand." "Oh." said the abbe. and gazed on the abbe with a sensation almost amounting to terror." "Simply because that accusation had been written with the left hand. I think?" "He was a Catalan. that performed with the left hand is invariably uniform. he would more likely have got rid of me by sticking a knife into me. not even to my betrothed. "Why your writing exactly resembles that of the accusation." "You imagine him capable of writing the letter?" "Oh." "You had never spoken of them yourself to any one?" "To no one. The Abbe's Chamber. "How very astonishing!" cried he at length. the first two or three words of the accusation." "That is in strict accordance with the Spanish character. an assassination they will unhesitatingly commit.

or a magistrate?" "The deputy. and paper. that on the table round which they were sitting were pens. to explain to me how it was that I underwent no second examination. "Yes. Pray.The Count of Monte Cristo "Then it is Danglars. he was a tailor named Caderousse. who examined you. 113 . yes." "Wait a little. If you wish me to enter upon the more difficult part of the business. in all probability made their acquaintance." answered the abbe. −− the king's attorney. and who had. who see so completely to the depths of things. then. was never brought to trial. Stay! −− stay! −− How strange that it should not have occurred to me before! Now I remember quite well. but too young to be corrupt. ink. above all. Danglars was joking in a friendly way." "In the first place. pressing his hand to his throbbing brows." "Were they alone?" "There was a third person with them whom I knew perfectly well." Chapter 17. I should say. "The ways of justice are frequently too dark and mysterious to be easily penetrated. but Fernand looked pale and agitated. was condemned without ever having had sentence passed on me?" "That is altogether a different and more serious matter. "Is there anything else I can assist you in discovering. treacherous scoundrels!" exclaimed Dantes. Now I recollect" −− "What?" "To have seen them both sitting at table together under an arbor at Pere Pamphile's the evening before the day fixed for my wedding. the heartless. and." replied Dantes eagerly. besides the villany of your friends?" inquired the abbe with a laugh. "I would beg of you. was Danglars acquainted with Fernand?" "No −− yes. "Old enough to be ambitions. in good truth. And how did he treat you?" "With more of mildness than severity. you must assist me by the most minute information on every point." "Was he young or old?" "About six or seven and twenty years of age. for. his deputy. The Abbe's Chamber." "So." responded the abbe. All we have hitherto done in the matter has been child's play. Oh. They were in earnest conversation. but he was very drunk. and to whom the greatest mystery seems but an easy riddle. he was." "Pray ask me whatever questions you please. you see more clearly into my life than I do myself." "I feel quite sure of it now.

Noirtier." "With all my heart! You tell me he burned the letter?" "He did. Is the world filled with tigers and crocodiles?" "Yes." "Upon my word. let us go on. the letter." "And did his conduct change at all in the course of your examination?" "He did appear much disturbed when he read the letter that had brought me into this scrape. 13 Coq−Heron. `You see I thus destroy the only proof existing against you. He seemed quite overcome by my misfortune. Paris. This man might. "you make me shudder. at any rate." "Are you sure?" "I saw it done. To whom was this letter addressed?" "To M." "You think so?" "I am sure of it.The Count of Monte Cristo "Did you tell him your whole story?" "I did." "Never mind." "And that?" "He burnt the sole evidence that could at all have criminated me.'" "This action is somewhat too sublime to be natural." "That alters the case. and remember that two−legged tigers and crocodiles are more dangerous than the others. after all. saying at the same time." "By your misfortune?" "Yes. be a greater scoundrel than you have thought possible. No." "What? the accusation?" "No. 114 ." "Now can you conceive of any interest that your heroic deputy could possibly have had in the destruction of that letter?" Chapter 17. The Abbe's Chamber." said Dantes." "Then you feel quite sure that it was your misfortune he deplored?" "He gave me one great proof of his sympathy.

he could not have been more completely transfixed with horror than he was at the sound of these unexpected words. can you not guess who this Noirtier was. dumb and motionless as a statue. who seemed rather to implore mercy than to pronounce punishment. then he hurried to the opening that led from the abbe's cell to his own. "his right name was Noirtier de Villefort." Had a thunderbolt fallen at the feet of Dantes. Poor fellow! poor young man! And you tell me this magistrate expressed great sympathy and commiseration for you?" "He did. The Abbe's Chamber." When he regained his dungeon. who had been a Girondin during the Revolution! What was your deputy called?" "De Villefort!" The abbe burst into a fit of laughter." "Noirtier!" repeated the abbe. it is not altogether impossible he might have had. 115 ." "Well. though Chapter 17. "Noirtier! −− I knew a person of that name at the court of the Queen of Etruria." "And then made you swear never to utter the name of Noirtier?" "Yes. had come to invite his fellow−sufferer to share his supper. "His father! his father!" "Yes. which to him had seemed only minutes. the whole thing is more clear to me than that sunbeam is to you. and staggered against the wall like a drunken man. the destruction of the letter. sitting with fixed gaze and contracted features. or hell opened its yawning gulf before him. "What ails you?" said he at length. for he made me promise several times never to speak of that letter to any one. his father. he clasped his hands around his head as though to prevent his very brain from bursting. while Dantes gazed on him in utter astonishment. "Do you see that ray of sunlight?" "I do." replied the abbe. Starting up. who. and. assuring me he so advised me for my own interest. he had formed a fearful resolution. The reputation of being out of his mind. During these hours of profound meditation. to think over all this. whose very name he was so careful to keep concealed? Noirtier was his father. He cried out. where the turnkey found him in the evening visit. he insisted on my taking a solemn oath never to utter the name mentioned in the address. −− all returned with a stunning force to his memory. you poor short−sighted simpleton." "Why." At this instant a bright light shot through the mind of Dantes. the almost supplicating tones of the magistrate. "I must be alone. having also been visited by his jailer. and exclaimed. Dantes was at length roused from his revery by the voice of Faria.The Count of Monte Cristo "Why. The change that had come over Villefort during the examination. he threw himself on his bed." "And the worthy man destroyed your compromising letter?" "Yes. and said. −− a Noirtier. the exacted promise. and cleared up all that had been dark and obscure before. more than this. and bound himself to its fulfilment by a solemn oath.

" said he. I can well believe that so learned a person as yourself would prefer absolute solitude to being tormented with the company of one as ignorant and uninformed as myself. it will scarcely require two years for me to communicate to you the stock of learning I possess. and had also picked up a little of the Romaic dialect during voyages to the East. physics. and even regaled each Sunday with a small quantity of wine. combined with an astonishing quickness and readiness of conception. however. "Because it has instilled a new passion in your heart −− that of vengeance." "Why so?" inquired Dantes. 116 . philosophy the other. it is the application of the sciences to truth. I want to learn. The elder prisoner was one of those persons whose conversation. some of his remarks corresponded with what he already knew. the mathematical turn of his mind rendered him apt at all kinds of calculation.The Count of Monte Cristo harmlessly and even amusingly so. he began to speak of other matters. enabling him justly to estimate the delight an intellectual mind would have in following one so richly gifted as Faria along the heights of truth. "do you really believe I can acquire all these things in so short a time?" "Not their application. Memory makes the one. and gave fantastic glimpses of new horizons. and the three or four modern languages with which I am acquainted. "Alas." said he. Dantes listened with admiring attention to all he said. but their principles you may. there are the learners and the learned. Dantes possessed a prodigious memory. I promise you never to mention another word about escaping. He already knew Italian. opened new vistas to the inquiring mind of the listener. If you will only agree to my request. to learn is not to know. A part of the good abbe's words." Dantes smiled. then mournfully shook his head. for the unfortunate man never alluded to his own sorrows." "Everything." "But cannot one learn philosophy?" "Philosophy cannot be taught. "Let us talk of something else. you will know as much as I do myself. Faria bent on him his penetrating eye: "I regret now." said Dantes. history. or the rigid severity of geometry. or having given you the information I did." The abbe smiled. my boy. contained many useful and important hints as well as sound information. Now. but it was never egotistical." "Well." said Dantes. Again the abbe looked at him. Now this was a Sunday." "Two years!" exclaimed Dantes. or applied to the sort of knowledge his nautical life had enabled him to acquire. "You must teach me a small part of what you know. but in accordance with Dantes' request. to be entered upon the following day." said the abbe. He was supplied with bread of a finer. had procured for the abbe unusual privileges. certainly. and by the aid of these two languages he easily comprehended the Chapter 17. but there was that in his whole appearance that bespoke one who had come to a fixed and desperate resolve. Dantes followed. and when I have taught you mathematics. then. were wholly incomprehensible to him. but." said he. "What shall you teach me first? I am in a hurry to begin. whiter quality than the usual prison fare. and the abbe had come to ask his young companion to share the luxuries with him. his features were no longer contracted. And that very evening the prisoners sketched a plan of education. while his naturally poetical feelings threw a light and pleasing veil over the dry reality of arithmetical computation. it is like the golden cloud in which the Messiah went up into heaven. The Abbe's Chamber. "if only to prevent your growing weary of me. "having helped you in your late inquiries. and now wore their usual expression. like that of all who have experienced many trials. like the aurora which guides the navigator in northern latitudes. "human knowledge is confined within very narrow limits. where he was so much at home.

you have thought of it?" "Incessantly." "And how long shall we be in accomplishing the necessary work?" "At least a year. English. 117 . The Abbe's Chamber. with an air of determination that made his companion shudder. however. sigh heavily and involuntarily. "that I loathe the idea of shedding blood. "Ah. have you not?" asked Dantes eagerly." "And yet the murder. and." "Still. and then as readily straightened it. one thought seemed incessantly to harass and distract his mind." "He shall be both blind and deaf. perhaps the recollection that he had pledged his word (on which his sense of honor was keen) kept him from referring in any way to the possibilities of flight. "Are you strong?" the abbe asked one day of Dantes. "And will you engage not to do any harm to the sentry. "No." Chapter 17. no. and German. who had followed the working of his thoughts as accurately as though his brain were enclosed in crystal so clear as to display its minutest operations." "Then." cried the abbe. "I have already told you. even months." "No matter! I could never agree to it. Perhaps the delight his studies afforded him left no room for such thoughts. then suddenly rise. if it were only possible to place a deaf and blind sentinel in the gallery beyond us. took up the chisel. Dantes observed. "And you have discovered a means of regaining our freedom. and refused to make any further response. with folded arms. that Faria.The Count of Monte Cristo construction of all the others. One day he stopped all at once. "impossible!" Dantes endeavored to renew the subject." said Dantes. Dantes spoke no more of escape. if you choose to call it so. Three months passed away. "I have. would be simply a measure of self−preservation. daily grew sadder. Days. The young man. passed by unheeded in one rapid and instructive course." answered the abbe. Sometimes he would fall into long reveries. bent it into the form of a horseshoe. At the end of a year Dantes was a new man." replied the young man." "And shall we begin at once?" "At once." said the abbe. In strict accordance with the promise made to the abbe. begin pacing the confined space of his dungeon. and exclaimed. so that at the end of six mouths he began to speak Spanish. if there were no sentinel!" "There shall not be one a minute longer than you please. alas!" cried the abbe. except as a last resort?" "I promise on my honor. in reply. in spite of the relief his society afforded. "we may hope to put our design into execution. the abbe shook his head in token of disapproval.

and had. Compelled. and to let themselves down from the outer walls by means of the abbe's ladder of cords. They had learned to distinguish the almost imperceptible sound of his footsteps as he descended towards their dungeons. At the end of fifteen months the level was finished. That very day the miners began their labors. sometimes in one language. as well as that outward polish and politeness he had before been wanting in. he wore an air of melancholy dignity which Dantes. and this they had in some measure provided against by propping it up with a small beam which they had discovered in the walls through which they had worked their way. was thrown. a large excavation would be made. "man is but man after all. and which would have entirely blocked up the old passage. Dantes' eyes sparkled with joy. their greatest dread now was lest the stone through which the sentry was doomed to fall should give way before its right time. yet apparently so certain to succeed. moreover. mixed in the first society of the day. once there. It consisted of a plan of his own cell and that of Dantes. the rubbish being first pulverized so finely that the night wind carried it far away without permitting the smallest trace to remain. out of the window in either Faria's or Dantes' cell. at others. More than a year had been consumed in this undertaking. to await a night sufficiently dark to favor their flight. the only tools for which had been a chisel. and he rubbed his hands with delight at the idea of a plan so simple. pale as death. and one of the flag−stones with which the gallery was paved be so completely loosened that at the desired moment it would give way beneath the feet of the soldier. and the excavation completed beneath the gallery. "what is the matter? what has happened?" Chapter 17. "Do you consider the last twelve months to have been wasted?" asked the abbe. his forehead streaming with perspiration. Dantes was occupied in arranging this piece of wood when he heard Faria. Dantes hastened to his dungeon. who had remained in Edmond's cell for the purpose of cutting a peg to secure their rope−ladder. and you are about the best specimen of the genus I have ever known. who. "Tut. 118 .The Count of Monte Cristo "We have lost a year to no purpose!" cried Dantes. blushing deeply. and a wooden lever. with the passage which united them. where he found him standing in the middle of the room. and happily. The fresh earth excavated during their present work. with a vigor and alacrity proportionate to their long rest from fatigue and their hopes of ultimate success." The abbe then showed Dantes the sketch he had made for their escape. they were obliged to defer their final attempt till that auspicious moment should arrive. "Forgive me!" cried Edmond. never failed of being prepared for his coming. Come. call to him in a tone indicative of great suffering. would be immediately bound and gagged by Dantes before he had power to offer any resistance. and which is seldom possessed except by those who have been placed in constant intercourse with persons of high birth and breeding. stunned by his fall. sometimes in another. easily acquired. The abbe was a man of the world. In this passage he proposed to drive a level as they do in mines. by degrees and with the utmost precaution. as they were. this level would bring the two prisoners immediately beneath the gallery where the sentry kept watch. "Gracious heavens!" exclaimed Dantes. The prisoners were then to make their way through one of the gallery windows. and his hands clinched tightly together. Faria still continuing to instruct Dantes by conversing with him. thanks to the imitative powers bestowed on him by nature. relating to him the history of nations and great men who from time to time have risen to fame and trodden the path of glory. let me show you my plan. tut!" answered the abbe. and the two workmen could distinctly hear the measured tread of the sentinel as he paced to and fro over their heads. The Abbe's Chamber. a knife. Nothing interrupted the progress of the work except the necessity that each was under of returning to his cell in anticipation of the turnkey's visits.

The Abbe's Chamber. I am seized with a terrible. for if they are it is more than probable I should be removed to another part of the prison. draw out one of the feet that support the bed. 119 . he managed to reach the abbe's chamber. "I am about to be seized with a fit of catalepsy. and became as rigid as a corpse. "Help! help!" cried the abbe." "Perhaps!" exclaimed Dantes in grief−stricken tones. pour from eight to ten drops of the liquor contained in the phial down my throat. and we be separated forever. taking up the knife. no! −− I may be found here. Dantes listened." faltered out the abbe. I can feel that the paroxysm is fast approaching. but Chapter 17. more helpless than an infant. whose eyes. already dull and sunken. but he pointed with evident anxiety towards the door. and his very hair seemed to stand on end. half−supporting him. "listen to what I have to say. and I may perhaps revive. when it comes to its height I shall probably lie still and motionless as though dead. foamed. "Alas. he struggled. which. letting his chisel fall to the floor. −− be careful about this. On the other hand. more crushed and broken than a reed trampled under foot. I beseech you. and rigid as a corpse." Dantes looked in fear and wonder at the livid countenance of Faria. Who knows what may happen. "all is over with me. Dantes began to fear he had delayed too long ere he administered the remedy. The sick man was not yet able to speak. Edmond waited till life seemed extinct in the body of his friend. dragging his unfortunate companion with him. the symptoms may be much more violent. a violent convulsion shook his whole frame. when he immediately laid the sufferer on his bed. and colder and paler than marble. perhaps mortal illness. −− force open my teeth with the knife. and not before.The Count of Monte Cristo "Quick! quick!" returned the abbe. open eyeballs. what ails you?" cried Dantes. dashed himself about. "Thanks. This malady admits but of one remedy. and cause me to fall into fearful convulsions. while his lips were white as those of a corpse. his eyes started from their sockets. "I −− I −− die −− I" −− So sudden and violent was the fit that the unfortunate prisoner was unable to complete the sentence. and the sufferer made a feeble effort to move. and anxiously awaited the result. I will tell you what that is. were surrounded by purple circles. An hour passed away and the old man gave no sign of returning animation. I had a similar attack the year previous to my imprisonment. and. cold. then. but descended into the passage. Go into my cell as quickly as you can. uttering neither sigh nor groan. then. his cheeks became purple. then. and uttered the most dreadful cries. When I become quite motionless. or how long the attack may last?" In spite of the magnitude of the misfortune which thus suddenly frustrated his hopes. then. Dantes prevented from being heard by covering his head with the blanket. continued gazing on the lifeless features of his friend. Bring it to me −− or rather −− no. carefully administered the appointed number of drops. "Tell me. The fit lasted two hours. foam at the mouth. however. doubled up in one last convulsion. and cry out loudly." said the poor abbe. thrusting his hands into his hair. you will find it has been hollowed out for the purpose of containing a small phial you will see there half−filled with a red−looking fluid. Take care my cries are not heard. therefore help me back to my room while I have the strength to drag myself along. he fell back. half−carrying. At length a slight color tinged the livid cheeks. Dantes did not lose his presence of mind. shivering as though his veins were filled with ice. his mouth was drawn on one side. a faint sigh issued from the lips. he with difficulty forced open the closely fixed jaws. consciousness returned to the dull. and plainly distinguished the approaching steps of the jailer. It was therefore near seven o'clock. "He is saved! he is saved!" cried Dantes in a paroxysm of delight.

and raising the stone by pressing his head against it. are you not?" asked the abbe." Chapter 17. not for a time." "Well." answered the abbe. because we shall be able to command every requisite assistance. I have continually reflected on it. Dantes. alas! I am fearfully exhausted and debilitated by this attack. only with a better chance of success. None can fly from a dungeon who cannot walk. Everything is in readiness for our flight. "And why not?" asked the young man. but. and after it I was hungry. "This arm is paralyzed. as we have done this. "your strength will return. and before the departing steps of the jailer had died away in the long corridor he had to traverse. was no other than the celebrated Cabanis." "No. 120 ." "My good Edmond. "lasted but half an hour." "I shall never swim again." And as he spoke he seated himself near the bed beside Faria. Lift it." cried Dantes. if need be." said the abbe. and my head seems uncomfortable. no. knowing that all was ready for flight. He had scarcely done so before the door opened. was soon beside the sick man's couch. and the jailer saw the prisoner seated as usual on the side of his bed. A sigh escaped him. which fell back by its own weight. The third attack will either carry me off. and took his hands. and hurried to his cell. a month. The physician who prepared for me the remedy I have twice successfully taken. for it is a family inheritance. We shall save you another time.The Count of Monte Cristo Edmond's anxiety had put all thoughts of time out of his head. −− and meanwhile your strength will return. "you are mistaken −− you will not die! And your third attack (if. I expected it. and judge if I am mistaken. "Depend upon it. darted through it. I thought you might have made your escape. to Dantes." said he feebly. carefully drawing the stone over the opening. The young man sprang to the entrance. "Without you? Did you really think me capable of that?" "At least. but forever. Edmond. The attack which has just passed away. which shows that there has been a suffusion of blood on the brain. Faria had now fully regained his consciousness. now I can move neither my right arm nor leg. Indeed. and got up without help. and we can select any time we choose. The Abbe's Chamber. condemns me forever to the walls of a prison. two months." "Be of good cheer. −− a week." The young man raised the arm. "You are convinced now." replied Faria. "Did you fancy yourself dying?" "No. I know what I say. Alas. The abbe shook his head. hurried back to the abbe's chamber. or leave me paralyzed for life. "The last attack I had. As soon as you feel able to swim we will go. Since the first attack I experienced of this malady. we will wait. Almost before the key had turned in the lock. I had no such idea. "I did not expect to see you again." replied Dantes. "I now see how wrong such an opinion would have been. perfectly inanimate and helpless. you should have another) will find you at liberty." The deep glow of indignation suffused the cheeks of Dantes. indeed. "be not deceived. both my father and grandfather died of it in a third attack. whose restless anxiety concerning his friend left him no desire to touch the food brought him." said he. and he predicted a similar end for me. but he still lay helpless and exhausted.

Until this day and for how long a time! −− he had refrained from talking of the treasure. in all human probability. who are a sailor and a swimmer. I can offer you no assistance. rising and extending his hand with an air of solemnity over the old man's head. He did not speak. what difference will that make? I can take you on my shoulders. and Faria had been equally silent. Here I shall remain till the hour of my deliverance arrives. high−principled young friend. then. and call the attention of his officer to the circumstance." Faria gazed fondly on his noble−minded. my friend. and affectionately pressed it." The sweat started forth on Dantes brow. He had taken the silence of the old man for a return to reason. then. Chapter 18. "What is that?" he inquired. Go." "It is well. delay not on my account. to allow yourself to be duped by vain hopes." said Faria. it will be recollected. will be the hour of my death. from being constantly rolled into a small compass." said Dantes. and swim for both of us. of which alone. and you will not. seemed to indicate a serious relapse into mental alienation. "Thanks. The Treasure." said the abbe. "Then I shall also remain. As for you." murmured the invalid. he held open in his left hand. that even your own excellent heart refuses to believe in." "This paper. I shall have something of the greatest importance to communicate to you. but fly −− go−I give you back your promise. unhappily. and do not return here to−morrow till after the jailer his visited me. 121 . which. "And as for your poor arm." Dantes took the hand of the abbe in his. In the ray of light which entered by the narrow window of his cell. if necessary. extending one hand. and was not easily kept open. one−half belongs to you. single−hearted. after so painful a crisis. of which. "I accept. must know as well as I do that a man so loaded would sink before he had done fifty strokes. in the spirit of obedience and respect which he had sworn to show towards his aged friend. Faria smiled encouragingly on him. he found Faria seated and looking composed." said Dantes. he slowly added. That would bring about a discovery which would inevitably lead to our being separated. since I have the proof of your fidelity −− this paper is my treasure. he retained the use. and that. but showed the paper to Dantes.The Count of Monte Cristo "The physician may be mistaken!" exclaimed Dantes. With his instinctive delicacy Edmond had preferred avoiding any touch on this painful chord. "By the blood of Christ I swear never to leave you while you live. in which. keep at it all night. "I may now avow to you. "Look at it. and set about this work. had the form of a cylinder." Then. When Dantes returned next morning to the chamber of his companion in captivity. Cease. a sheet of paper. You may one of these days reap the reward of your disinterested devotion. he might. on which are traces of Gothic characters inscribed with a peculiar kind of ink. and the young man retired to his task. from this day forth. and read in his countenance ample confirmation of the sincerity of his devotion and the loyalty of his purpose." said the abbe with a smile. by chance. who are young and active." "My son. which had brought upon the abbe the accusation of madness. "and I only see a half−burnt paper. The Treasure. "you. it becomes necessary to fill up the excavation beneath the soldier's gallery. quit this place. Chapter 18. But as I cannot. "I have looked at it with all possible attention. and now these few words uttered by Faria. hear the hollow sound of his footsteps.

"Why." said he. declare to belong to him alo.. Dantes." said Edmond. a noble nature. you will. and you shall judge for yourself." "Silence!" exclaimed Dantes. and have reconstructed every phrase. "I thought it was understood that we should not talk of that until to−morrow. but read this paper to−day. Edmond!" replied the old man. which may amount to two. 122 . I have often thought with a bitter joy that these riches. "Yes. and I see by your paleness and agitation what is passing in your heart at this moment. be assured. No. which would make the wealth of a dozen families. and tremble lest I should not assure to one as worthy as yourself the possession of so vast an amount of hidden wealth. who must know that I am not." "Then we will not talk of it until to−morrow. "You persist in your incredulity.. I am not mad. Besides. it is a matter of the utmost importance. indeed.. "My dear friend. fatigued you..The Count of Monte Cristo "Your treasure?" stammered Dantes. to you. Well. because everyone thought me mad. my friend. read this paper. desirous of not yielding to the old man's madness.. "You have. This treasure exists. indeed. my dear friend. will be forever lost to those men who persecute me. I shudder at any delay. Yes −− you. "Steps approach −− I go −− adieu." Then he said aloud. "My words have not convinced you. your attack has. but to−day I wish to nurse you carefully.. no doubt. if you will. young and with a promising future. and believe me so afterwards if you will. −− having been burnt. Edmond. I see you require proofs. now that I see you. which I have never shown to any one." he said. −− now that I think of all that may result to you in the good fortune of such a disclosure. had you not better repose awhile? To−morrow. "a treasure is not a thing we need hurry about." Edmond turned away his head with a sigh. Edmond. who have grown pale over them by many nights' study. This idea was one of vengeance to me.." "And do you believe you have discovered the hidden meaning?" "I am sure I have. of which half was wanting. heir. I will hear your narrative. of Roman crowns in the most distant a. then." "I will not irritate him." "Alas. perhaps." "To−morrow." Chapter 18. and taking the paper." "On the contrary. and I tasted it slowly in the night of my dungeon and the despair of my captivity. but not for me." continued Faria. No one would listen or believe me. But now I have forgiven the world for the love of you. and if I have not been allowed to possess it. the third attack may not come on? and then must not all be over? Yes." "Yes. −− he read: −− "This treasure.. but first listen to the history of this paper." murmured Edmond to himself. "25th April. or the next day after. of the second opening wh." replied Dantes. l49" "Well!" said Faria. by some accident. "Who knows if to−morrow. The Treasure. listen to me. when the young man had finished reading it. "I see nothing but broken lines and unconnected words. who read them for the first time. Faria smiled. but you. "this is a terrible relapse! There was only this blow wanting. completed every thought. which are rendered illegible by fire." thought Edmond.

or was all the world deceived as to Faria? Dantes remained in his cell all day. who. once for all. I owe to this worthy lord all the happiness I ever knew. tried to move and get over the distance which separated them. "Here I am. in fact. Faria. and covered it with a mat in order the more effectually to avoid discovery. The pope had also need of money to bring matters to an end with Louis XII. "that I was the secretary and intimate friend of Cardinal Spada. He was not rich. I was tutor to his nephews. that the abbe was mad −− such a conviction would be so terrible! But. He determined to make two cardinals. "You thought to escape my munificence. had been on all points so rational and logical.' But he. Faria sat up to receive him. There. in the twentieth chapter of the Life of Pope Alexander VI. touched with pity..The Count of Monte Cristo And Dantes. restored by his alarm to a certain amount of activity. had come in person to see him. It was the governor. therefore. Faria. hearing of Faria's illness from the jailer. The Treasure. and deploring the prostration of mind that followed them. I tried by absolute devotion to his will. and the governor left him. so wonderfully sagacious. for whom in his heart he felt a kind of affection. glided like a snake along the narrow passage. since their first acquaintance. and it was necessary. who are dead. not seeing the young man appear. were the following lines. and. pushed the stone into place with his foot. smiling bitterly. `As rich as a Spada. The cardinal's house had no secrets for me. 123 . thinking thus to defer the moment when he should be convinced. seated on his bed with his head in his hands. the last of the princes of that name. like public rumor. and I heard the phrase very often. Edmond. opened a volume relating to the History of the City of Rome. But fortunately this was not the case. although the wealth of his family had passed into a proverb." Edmond saw there was no escape. which was a matter of great difficulty in the impoverished condition of exhausted Italy. Edmond was obliged to assist him. tried to collect his scattered thoughts. towards the evening after the hour for the customary visit had gone by. I had often seen my noble patron annotating ancient volumes.' Chapter 18. to have recourse to some profitable scheme." he said with a benignant smile. who had completed his conquest. for otherwise he would not have been able to enter by the small aperture which led to Dantes' chamber. to make up to him all he had done for me during ten years of unremitting kindness. who was formidable still in spite of his recent reverses. he looked at me. Listen to me. His fear was lest the governor. King of France. while Faria. that he could not understand how so much wisdom on all points could be allied with madness. his leg was inert. Was Faria deceived as to his treasure. Caesar Borgia. During this time. pursuing you remorselessly. might order him to be removed to better quarters. he seated himself on the stool beside him. and thus separate him from his young companion. lived on this reputation for wealth. convinced that the poor madman. and eagerly searching amongst dusty family manuscripts. happy to escape the history and explanation which would be sure to confirm his belief in his friend's mental instability. avoiding all gestures in order that he might conceal from the governor the paralysis that had already half stricken him with death. and when he was alone in the world. "You know. but it is in vain. which I can never forget: −− "`The great wars of Romagna had ended. his palace was my paradise." said the abbe. had need of money to purchase all Italy. One day when I was reproaching him for his unavailing searches. was only troubled with a slight indisposition. and he could no longer make use of one arm. and placing the old man on his bed. His holiness had an idea. not daring to return to his friend. Edmond shuddered when he heard the painful efforts which the old man made to drag himself along.

which proved that he had anticipated all. It was too late. which Caesar wore when he wanted to greet his friends with a clasp of the hand. "Then Caesar and the pope hastened to lay hands on the heritage. for he had already drunk a glass of excellent wine.' but it was a legate a latere. This key was furnished with a small iron point. of which the lock was difficult. The pope heaped attentions upon Rospigliosi and Spada.' Caesar gave way before such cogent reasoning. who held four of the highest dignities of the Holy See. `Caesar wills that you die.' "Spada set out about two o'clock to San Pierdarena. or shake hands with them. one of the noblest and richest of the Roman nobility. and at the end of twenty−four hours. a charming retreat which the cardinals knew very well by report. Spada at the same moment saw another bottle approach him. Spada died on the threshold of the vineyard. Then the pope and Caesar Borgia invited the two cardinals to dinner. Caesar. but it appeared the servant did not find him. an indigestion declares itself immediately. who came with a smile on his lips to say from the pope. replied: `Now as to the worthy cardinals. the bite was mortal. and the cardinals were consequently invited to dinner. placed for him expressly by the pope's butler. since Christianity. both felt the high honor of such a favor from the pope. he could sell the great appointments and splendid offices which the cardinals already held. that is to say. perfectly comprehending the meaning of the question. the nephew expired at his own door. The lion bit the hand thus favored. Spada. in full costume. "Spada knew what these invitations meant. and greatly attached to his only nephew.. The nephew replied no. 124 . and Caesar Borgia soon found purchasers for their appointments. amongst others. as Caesar looked at him with an ironical air. The Treasure. it was no longer a centurion who came from the tyrant with a message. Caesar proposed to his father. Rospigliosi.The Count of Monte Cristo "By choosing two of the greatest personages of Rome. while a prick or a bite occasions a delay of a day or two. and eight other persons paid for the offices the cardinals held before their elevation. and Caesar Spada. took paper and pen. quite set up with his new dignities. and Caesar Borgia paying him most marked attentions. They were ambitious. and then he had the two hats to sell besides. Spada and Rospigliosi. which he was pressed to taste. and. under presence of seeking for the papers of the dead man. Caesar thought they could make use of one of the means which he always had ready for his friends. Besides. The pope and Caesar Borgia first found the two future cardinals. and died next day. so eminently civilizing. especially rich men −− this was the return the holy father looked for. which will appear hereafter. that they should either ask the cardinals to open the cupboard. He then sent word to his nephew to wait for him near the vineyard. When this was pressed to effect the opening of the cupboard. "The table was laid in a vineyard belonging to the pope. had made progress in Rome. let us ask both of them to dinner. "It is time now to proceed to the last part of the speculation. they were Giovanni Rospigliosi. The pope awaited him. a scrap of paper on which Spada had written: −− `I bequeath to my beloved nephew my coffers. The first sight that attracted the eyes of Spada was that of his nephew. and that the snare was well spread. my breviary with the gold Chapter 18. conferred upon them the insignia of the cardinalate. and made his will. a prudent man. −− a negligence on the part of the locksmith. a young captain of the highest promise. the person was pricked by this small point. that Rospigliosi and Spada paid for being cardinals. went with a good appetite and his most ingratiating manner. Spada turned pale. They began dinner and Spada was only able to inquire of his nephew if he had received his message. and thus eight hundred thousand crowns entered into the coffers of the speculators. in the first place. An hour afterwards a physician declared they were both poisoned through eating mushrooms. but Alexander VI. But the inheritance consisted in this only. the famous key which was given to certain persons with the request that they go and open a designated cupboard. Then there was the ring with the lion's head. and induced them to arrange their affairs and take up their residence at Rome. my books. you forget. There was a third point in view. The result was. something tells me that we shall get that money back. This was a matter of dispute between the holy father and his son. near San Pierdarena. making signs which his wife could not comprehend. `His holiness requests you to dine with him. In the first place.

died. that a servant always carried it before the cardinal on days of great solemnity. was completely despoiled. I had often heard him complain of the disproportion of his rank with his fortune. others diplomatists. had carried off from the pope the fortune of the two cardinals. I searched. The celebrated breviary remained in the family. It was an illuminated book. but in these days landed property had not much value. which I beg he will preserve in remembrance of his affectionate uncle. and some were ruined. but found nothing. but the new skin was spotted by the poison till it looked like a tiger's. 125 . my friend. preserved in the family with superstitious veneration. who had not taken any precaution. because Cardinal Rospigliosi." "I will. admired the breviary. Caesar and his father searched. parchments. but could only trace the acquisition of the property of the Cardinal Rospigliosi. Then. It had been handed down from father to son. and was in the count's possession. compelled to quit Rome. I beg of you. poisoned. That was all. "on the contrary. not exceeding a few thousand crowns in plate. There were two palaces and a vineyard behind the Palatine Hill. for the singular clause of the only will that had been found.The Count of Monte Cristo corners. "Up to this point. "this seems to you very meaningless. he went and got himself obscurely killed in a night skirmish. laid hands on the furniture. that Caesar. poisoned at the same time. there is a will. like twenty servitors. secretaries before me. and so weighty with gold. some grew rich. and about the same in ready money. After the pope's death and his son's exile. and amongst the descendants some were soldiers. Alexander VI. all descending from the poisoned cardinal. He did so. escaped by shedding his skin like a snake. I had even written a precise history of the Borgia family. go on. contracts. The Treasure. with beautiful Gothic characters. which were kept in the archives of the family. his companion in misfortune. I found −− nothing. the rich man. and I advised him to invest all he had in an annuity. but the nephew had time to say to his wife before he expired: `Look well among my uncle's papers. some churchmen. stewards." "The family began to get accustomed to their obscurity. counted. but it was fruitless. had caused it to be regarded as a genuine relic. I come now to the last of the family. Months and years rolled on. −− titles. " I was then almost assured that the inheritance had neither profited the Borgias nor the family. Caesar. which slept in the bosom of the earth under the eyes of the genie. for the sole purpose of assuring myself whether any increase of fortune had occurred to them on the death of the Cardinal Caesar Spada. Yet I had read. scarcely noticed in history. I say the two. eh?" "Oh. Years rolled on. examined. no doubt. whose secretary I was −− the Count of Spada. scrutinized. "At the sight of papers of all sorts. The Spadas remained in doubtful ease. or at least very little.' "They sought even more thoroughly than the august heirs had done. and thus doubled his income. but in spite of the most exhaustive researches. I in my turn examined the immense bundles of documents. contained in the library and laboratories. and the two palaces and the vineyard remained to the family since they were beneath the rapacity of the pope and his son. but this was not the case. it was supposed that the Spada family would resume the splendid position they had held before the cardinal's time. calculated a thousand and a thousand times the income Chapter 18. it seems as if I were reading a most interesting narrative. but had remained unpossessed like the treasures of the Arabian Nights.' "The heirs sought everywhere. some bankers. a better politician than his father. interrupting the thread of his narrative. −− you know by what mistake." said Faria. a mystery hung over this dark affair. ransacked." cried Dantes. was really the most miserable of uncles −− no treasures −− unless they were those of science. and the public rumor was. and were greatly astonished that Spada.

and the Count of Spada in his poverty. in these caves. gold.. 126 . and putting it into the expiring flame. and I was going to leave Rome and settle at Florence.. that I alone. My patron died.. his library... Island of Monte Cristo. 1498..know of the existence of this treasure.content with making me pay for my hat. put out the flame as quickly as I could.. I grasped it in my hand. Dantes. "and now. lighted my taper in the fire itself..... which Edmond read as follows: −− ". diamonds. and the famous breviary. tired with my constant labor at the same thing. twisted it up together. may amount to nearly two mil. It was indeed but anticipating the simple manners which I should soon be under the necessity of adopting. and Bentivoglio. which treasure I bequeath and leave en. for the palace was sold to a stranger... Guido Spada . which .. . then recollected that I had seen in the famous breviary. and that I would draw up a genealogical tree and history of his house. All this I did scrupulously. as my sole heir. who were poisoned. to make use of any valuable piece of paper. . money. Two open....ck from the small . the papers I was arranging. the treasure is in the furthest a. Be easy.ing invited to dine by his Holiness . in. All these he bequeathed to me. my head dropped on my hands. jewels.... "But beneath my fingers. which he had in ready money. I was reading. when I had done so. on condition that I would have anniversary masses said for the repose of his soul. nearly one−third of the paper had been consumed by the flame.. "read this other paper. "put the two fragments together. "In 1807. It was useless.. with an air of triumph.. The Treasure.ar Spada.. and a fortnight after the death of the Count of Spada.tire to him .." Dantes obeyed. I felt for it. that I have bu.essed of ingots. creek to the east in a right line. He had reserved from his annuity his family papers. "And now.. I remained in my ignorance. . which was on the table beside me. and I fell asleep about three o'clock in the afternoon.. will find on raising the twentieth ro." said the abbe. that is. I rang for a light.. all I poss. on the 25th of December (you will see presently how the date became fixed in my memory). I determined to find one for myself. Fearing.lions of Roman crowns... read it again. offered the paper to Dantes. I hesitated for a moment. and the conjointed pieces gave the following: −− Chapter 18. It was that paper you read this morning. who this time read the following words.. kept there by the request of the heirs. be.The Count of Monte Cristo and expenditure of the family for three hundred years..ried in a place he knows . as if by magic. my library." Faria followed him with an excited look. and overcome by a heavy dinner I had eaten.. 1498.. he may desire to become my heir. however. my dear Edmond.. composed of five thousand volumes. "Caes.. and with the other groped about for a piece of paper (my match−box being empty).. and which he .. I was in utter darkness.. when. and his famous breviary. I awoke as the clock was striking six.. only appearing when exposed to the fire. we are near the conclusion.I declare to my nephew. found it. I raised my head. when he saw that Dantes had read the last line.ngle in the second..serves for me the fate of Cardinals Caprara . and then I will complete for you the incomplete words and unconnected sense..." Faria.ings have been made ....the caves of the small . and opened the crumpled paper with inexpressible emotion.. traced with an ink of a reddish color resembling rust: −− "This 25th day of April. in proportion as the fire ascended. a month before I was arrested... gems. and fearing that not. set light to it. my sole heir. and has visited with me. and judge for yourself. intending to take with me twelve thousand francs I possessed. Alexander VI. and which had served as a marker for centuries. with which I proposed to get a light from the small flame still playing on the embers.. and re.. an old paper quite yellow with age." he said. that these characters had been traced in mysterious and sympathetic ink. for the thousandth time." and he presented to Dantes a second leaf with fragments of lines written on it. "25th April...... I saw yellowish characters appear on the paper. I took a wax−candle in one hand. but as no one came. with a thousand Roman crowns. recognizing...

"Impossible? and why?" asked the old man.serves for me the fate of Cardinals Caprara and Bentivoglio. who were poisoned.. when other opportunities for investment were wanting. no. my dear fellow.." replied Edmond..ings have been made in these caves. and you escape alone. diamonds."* * $2.. gold. be. "The Spada family was one of the oldest and most powerful families of the fifteenth century. that I have bu. in. gems. staggered at the enormous amount." "But. I guessed the rest. 1498. 127 . make your mind satisfied on that point. moreover.. "Caes. "25th April. "Yes. but for some time the imperial police (who at this period. Chapter 18.. jewels... quite contrary to what Napoleon desired so soon as he had a son born to him. he may desire to become my heir. the treasure is in the furthest a. If we ever escape together. measuring the length of the lines by those of the paper.... no... he bequeathed to me all it contained.. "It is the declaration of Cardinal Spada.ar Spada." "And what did you do when you arrived at this conclusion?" "I resolved to set out. the unity of the Italian kingdom. Aided by the remaining fragment. "now. and which he will find on raising the twentieth ro. money. made me his heir. 1498. having aroused their suspicions.lions of Roman crowns.. I was arrested at the very moment I was leaving Piombino." inquired Dantes hesitating.. "Impossible!" said Dantes.. The Treasure. yes!" "And who completed it as it now is?" "I did.ck from the small creek to the east in a right line. and my hasty departure. half this treasure is yours. be easy on that score. and did set out at that very instant.the caves of the small Island of Monte Cristo all I poss. my sole heir.ngle in the second.content with making me pay for my hat. Two open. "has this treasure no more legitimate possessor in the world than ourselves?" "No.600. and divining the hidden meaning by means of what was in part revealed. and the will so long sought for. do you comprehend now?" inquired Faria.know of the existence of this treasure.The Count of Monte Cristo "This 25th day of April.." continued Faria.. and in those times.. wished for a partition of provinces) had their eyes on me. that I alone. addressing Dantes with an almost paternal expression.ssed of ingots.ing invited to dine by his Holiness Alexander VI.ried in a place he knows and has visited with me.. "Now. If we lay hands on this fortune.. Guido Spada. we may enjoy it without remorse. no. still incredulous. a thousand times. the whole belongs to you.. which treasure I bequeath and leave en.." "And you say this treasure amounts to" −− "Two millions of Roman crowns.000 in 1894. bequeathing to me this symbolic breviary. the family is extinct.I declare to my nephew. and fearing that not." "Well. carrying with me the beginning of my great work. the cause of which they were unable to guess.. as we are guided in a cavern by the small ray of light above us. if I die here.tire to him as my sole heir.. you know as much as I do myself. that is.. which may amount to nearly two mil.. The last Count of Spada. nearly thirteen millions of our money. and re..

supposing it had ever existed. "I have only kept this secret so long from you. and though he considered the treasure as by no means chimerical. between Corsica and the Island of Elba." exclaimed the old man. "You are the child of my captivity. which had given rise to the suspicion of his madness. and they would undoubtedly have been separated. My profession condemns me to celibacy. situated twenty−five miles from Pianosa. with a sigh. This island was. still existed. But my real treasure is not that. could insure the future happiness of him whom Faria really loved as a son. But for this precaution. always had been. and now I could not break my promise if I would." "You are my son. it had doubled its value in his eyes. and making them understand that they were condemned to perpetual imprisonment. my dear friend. I am no relation of yours. and every day he expatiated on the amount. a new misfortune befell them. as if fate resolved on depriving the prisoners of their last chance. and the way in which he had achieved the discovery. I have no right to it. with thirteen or fourteen millions of francs. but at the same time Dantes could not believe that the deposit. a man could do in these days to his friends. and neither of us will quit this prison. there are at this day Roman families perishing of hunger. a stronger. Chapter 19. Dantes. But Dantes was far from being as enthusiastic and confident as the old man. the abbe had made to Edmond. The abbe did not know the Island of Monte Cristo. completely deserted. I have promised to remain forever with you. he yet believed it was no longer there. God has sent you to me to console. I should have conducted you to Monte Cristo.The Count of Monte Cristo such accumulations of gold and jewels were by no means rare. it will be remembered. it is your presence." said the young man. 128 . and which they cannot touch. the misfortune would have been still greater." he added. our living together five or six hours a day. in spite of our jailers." And Faria extended the arm of which alone the use remained to him to the young man who threw himself upon his neck and wept. "that I might test your character. but Dantes knew it. The treasure will be no more mine than yours." Edmond thought he was in a dream −− he wavered between incredulity and joy. and he reflected how much ill. for their attempt to escape would have been detected. at one and the same time. and the prisoner who could not get free. you do not thank me?" "This treasure belongs to you. and had often passed it. which awaits me beneath the sombre rocks of Monte Cristo. increased Edmond's admiration of him. for the oath of vengeance he had taken recurred to his memory. "that God deems it right to take from me any claim to merit for what you call my devotion to you. the man who could not be a father. and then Dantes' countenance became gloomy. Well. Now that this treasure. and then surprise you. which. It was past a question now that Faria was not a lunatic. "You see. though possessed of nearly a million in diamonds and jewels. The Third Attack." replied Dantes. now. and Faria gave Dantes advice as to the means he should employ to recover the treasure. and which have taken root there with all their philological ramifications. explaining to Dantes all the good which. the gallery on the sea side. However. It is a rock of almost conical form. and more inexorable barrier was interposed to cut off the realization of their hopes. Dantes. it is the rays of intelligence you have elicited from my brain. and had once touched there. Thus a new. was rebuilt. my dear friend. The Third Attack. a man with thirteen or fourteen millions could do to his enemies. handed down by entail. "and to you only. which looks as though it had been thrust up by volcanic force from the depth to the surface of the ocean. Dantes drew a plan of the island for Faria. the languages you have implanted in my memory. Had we escaped before my attack of catalepsy. and stopped up with vast masses of stone the hole Dantes had partly filled in." continued Faria. in these times. They had repaired it completely. "it is you who will conduct me thither. which had long been in ruins. These different Chapter 19. and still is. which had so long been the object of the abbe's meditations. to Faria. with an air of sorrowful resignation.

he compelled Dantes to learn it by heart. He sat up in bed and a cold sweat broke out upon his brow. once free. no one would be able to discover its real meaning. and makes my whole frame capable of great and terrible things. and remain there alone under some pretext which would arouse no suspicions. as we have said. and Dantes knew it from the first to the last word. who learns to make something from nothing. By the light of the wretched and wavering lamp. To have you as long as possible near me. could not deprive me of this. but yet erect. my present happiness. to gain Monte Cristo by some means. For fear the letter might be some day lost or stolen. for fear of recalling the almost extinct past which now only floated in his memory like a distant light wandering in the night. and once there. now perpetually talked of it. this is better for me than tons of gold and cases of diamonds. pale. taught his youthful companion the patient and sublime duty of a prisoner. even were they not as problematical as the clouds we see in the morning floating over the sea.The Count of Monte Cristo sciences that you have made so easy to me by the depth of the knowledge you possess of them. drew up the stone. One night Edmond awoke suddenly. "can it be?" He moved his bed. "you understand. do you not. the secret entrance was open. Then he destroyed the second portion. −− the appointed spot. which we take for terra firma. and take comfort. Then. He opened his eyes upon utter darkness. if not rapidly. and perhaps in that of the old man. reached him. and had gradually. if not actually happy. Undoubtedly the call came from Faria's dungeon. Dantes. my dear friend. and when Edmond returned to his cell. −− Faria. besides the moral instructions we have detailed. many stifled sighs. and which had so seriously alarmed him when he saw them for the first time. and all the sovereigns of the earth. and the clearness of the principles to which you have reduced them −− this is my treasure. "Alas. I owe you my real good." Thus. who for so long a time had kept silence as to the treasure. Whole hours sometimes passed while Faria was giving instructions to Dantes. he could have but one only thought. His features were writhing with those horrible symptoms which he already knew. to hear your eloquent speech. and which evaporate and vanish as we draw near to them. Faria. many repressed desires. strengthens my soul. which was. They were thus perpetually employed. As he had prophesied would be the case." said Faria in a resigned tone. −− instructions which were to serve him when he was at liberty. he remained paralyzed in the right arm and the left leg. His name. Believe me. The Third Attack. clinging to the bedstead. that the despair to which I was just on the point of yielding when I knew you. be it remembered. or rather a plaintive voice which essayed to pronounce his name. rushed into the passage. and reached the opposite extremity. So life went on for them as it does for those who are not victims of misfortune and whose activities glide along mechanically and tranquilly beneath the eye of providence. has no longer any hold over me. which found vent when Faria was left alone. without having recovered the use of his hand and foot. that he might not see himself grow old. to endeavor to find the wonderful caverns. Dantes saw the old man. and with this you have made me rich and happy. if I should ever be free." murmured Edmond. at least tolerably. had regained all the clearness of his understanding. In the meanwhile the hours passed. Faria. −− so fills my whole existence. But beneath this superficial calm there were in the heart of the young man. and had given up all hope of ever enjoying it himself. "Alas. of which we have spoken. and search in the appointed spot. being the farthest angle in the second opening. −− which embellishes my mind. but actual. and this −− this is my fortune −− not chimerical. and anticipating the pleasure he would enjoy. and I need not attempt to explain to you?" Chapter 19. yet the days these two unfortunates passed together went quickly. my beloved friend. even Caesar Borgia himself. believing that he heard some one calling him. assured that if the first were seized. But he was continually thinking over some means of escape for his young companion. 129 . from the day and hour and moment when he was so.

My son. and to him you will appear like an angel of salvation. and for which I am most grateful. try. Hasten to Monte Cristo −− avail yourself of the Chapter 19. which had failed at the words of the old man. Quick. still a third filled with the red liquor. I see it in the depths of the inner cavern. now. and in whose heart he has so profoundly rooted the love of life." said Faria. −− at the moment of separating from you forever. shaking his head. The cold gains upon me. "Oh. after having made me swallow twelve drops instead of ten. and his strength. is yet always so dear. "there remains still some of the magic draught. a priceless gift. 130 . be assured. however painful it may be. and are dazzled at the sight of so much riches. my friend. I feel the blood flowing towards my brain. "See." he continued. all the springs of life are now exhausted in me. "Listen. he said. should do all in his power to preserve that existence. remember that the poor abbe. You will no longer have half a dead body tied to you as a drag to all your movements. my dear friend. We must now only think of you. I wish you all the happiness and all the prosperity you so well deserve." Edmond took the old man in his arms. and death. the dungeon I am about to leave will not long remain empty. and will aid you in your escape. strong. rushed towards the door. he restores to you more than he takes away. quick! tell me what I must do this time. while I have been but a hindrance. I bless thee!" The young man cast himself on his knees. My eyes pierce the inmost recesses of the earth." "Well. was not so. The treasure of the Spadas exists. begin to pervade my whole frame. If you do escape. Besides. to what I say in this my dying moment. which make my teeth chatter and seem to dislocate my bones. "and I tell you that I will save you yet. my dear Edmond. God wills it that man whom he has created. If. leaning his head against the old man's bed. "but no matter. Perhaps he will be young. I have saved you once. but still gave me. −− you whom heaven gave me somewhat late. my dear friend. God grants me the boon of vision unrestricted by time or space. and laid him on the bed." replied Faria. only do not wait so long. "Help. "or you are lost. like yourself. "sole consolation of my wretched existence. and it was time I should die. I listen. exclaiming. his heart wrung with anguish. my friend. and the results would be instantly destroyed if our jailers knew we had communicated with each other. which had for a moment staggered under this blow. yes!" exclaimed Dantes. you see that I do not recover." he said. help!" Faria had just sufficient strength to restrain him. These horrible chills. "Oh. "And now. and. "Silence. for I can no longer support myself. then. and so act as to render your captivity supportable or your flight possible. he drew out the phial. "has but half its work to do. some other unfortunate being will soon take my place. then pour the rest down my throat. The Third Attack. and in a quarter of an hour there will be nothing left of me but a corpse. my friend. are there any fresh instructions? Speak. and I will save you a second time!" And raising the foot of the bed." "Oh. Now lift me on my bed." "Oh!" exclaimed Dantes. looking at his paralyzed arm and leg." "There is not a hope. "Do as you did before.The Count of Monte Cristo Edmond uttered a cry of agony. in five minutes the malady will reach its height. and enduring. yes. which. It would require years to do again what I have done here. quite out of his senses. whom all the world called mad." Edmond could only clasp his hands and exclaim." he exclaimed. At length providence has done something for you. speak not thus!" and then resuming all his presence of mind.

succor him! Help −− help −− help!" "Hush −− hush!" murmured the dying man. stiffened body. and the heart's pulsation become more and more deep and dull.The Count of Monte Cristo fortune −− for you have indeed suffered long enough. While the struggle between day and night lasted. 131 . and its feeble ray came into the dungeon. which he tried many times to close. perhaps. Dantes still doubted. he saw that he was alone with a corpse. Chapter 19. and he put the phial to the purple lips of Faria." A violent convulsion attacked the old man. −− "Monte Cristo. the face became livid. the eyes remaining open. swollen eyelids. carefully concealed it. twice as much more. I suffer less because there is in me less strength to endure. Edmond leaned over his friend. which had remained extended. the dawn was just breaking. 'tis here −− 'tis here −− 'tis over −− my sight is gone −− my senses fail! Your hand. until at length it stopped. clasping Edmond's hand convulsively −− "adieu!" "Oh. his brow bathed with perspiration. which offered less resistance than before. but as soon as the daylight gained the pre−eminence. and he dared not again press the hand that hung out of bed. Oh. the last movement of the heart ceased. be assured I shall save you! Besides. It seemed as if a flow of blood had ascended from the chest to the head. he said. and a rigid form with twisted limbs. Then he thought it was time to make the last trial. −− no. yes. The draught produced a galvanic effect. he heaved a sigh which resembled a shriek. his hair erect. but old men see death more clearly. he took the knife. lay on the bed of torture. Trembling. it is the privilege of youth to believe and hope. but the eyeballs were glazed. not yet. The Third Attack. counted one after the other twelve drops. whence its tremulous light fell with strange and fantastic ray on the distorted countenance and motionless. he counted the seconds by the beating of his heart. With steady gaze he awaited confidently the moment for administering the restorative. he poured the whole of the liquid down his throat. and without having occasion to force open his jaws. forget not Monte Cristo!" And he fell back on the bed. although you suffer much." he cried. an hour and a half elapsed. but in vain −− they opened again as soon as shut. Strange shadows passed over the countenance of the dead man. "do not forsake me! Oh. a violent trembling pervaded the old man's limbs. Dantes took the lamp. his hand applied to his heart. and watched. and then went away. closing as well as he could the entrance to the secret passage by the large stone as he descended. no. "that they may not separate us if you save me!" "You are right. in which he summoned all his faculties. the eyes remained open. he dared no longer to gaze on those fixed and vacant eyes. pried open the teeth. half an hour. Oh. and lips flecked with bloody foam. his eyes opened until it was fearful to gaze upon them. Half an hour. and paled the ineffectual light of the lamp. When he believed that the right moment had arrived. At your age we have faith in life. and then his convulsed body returned gradually to its former immobility. adieu!" murmured the old man. placed it on a projecting stone above the bed. He waited ten minutes. and during this period of anguish. Dantes! Adieu −− adieu!" And raising himself by a final effort. and at times gave it the appearance of life. The crisis was terrible. and felt the body gradually grow cold. Then an invincible and extreme terror seized upon him. −− no change took place. a quarter of an hour. the phial contained. He extinguished the lamp. "Adieu. in place of the intellectual being who so lately rested there." "Do not mistake. Dantes raised his head and saw Faria's eyes injected with blood. yes. an hour. you do not seem to be in such agony as you were before. It was six o'clock in the morning.

On this occasion he began his rounds at Dantes' cell. "I believe it will be requisite. happy in his folly. heard the voice of the governor. "Well. during which Dantes. they sent for the doctor. as they might have left some turnkey to watch the dead. sir. therefore. knew that the doctor was examining the corpse a second time. who called out for help. 132 . inoffensive prisoner." "Ah." added a third voice. He therefore returned by the subterraneous gallery. they may go to some expense in his behalf. but in discharge of my official duty. the prisoner did not recover. mute and motionless. "as he was a churchman." said one. taking thither breakfast and some linen. persisting. and arrived in time to hear the exclamations of the turnkey." said the governor. and then was heard the regular tramp of soldiers. and on leaving him he went on to Faria's dungeon. for he was a quiet. in spite of this application. followed by the doctor and other attendants. It was the governor who returned. In spite of all appearances." said the governor. Nothing betokened that the man know anything of what had occurred. for the jailer was coming. as to finish your duty by fulfilling the Chapter 19. and it seemed to him as if every one had left the cell. "that we are not content in such cases as this with such a simple examination. therefore. The governor then went out. and required no watching. but comprehended very little of what was said. "he is dead." said the governor.The Count of Monte Cristo It was time. He remained." "You know. "that the old man is really dead." added the turnkey. Other turnkeys came." There was a moment of complete silence. and declared that he was dead. He went on his way. Still he dared not to enter. still listening. and seeing that. be so kind. At the end of an hour. he heard a faint noise. There was a moment's silence. "there was no occasion for watching him: he would have stayed here fifty years. who asked them to throw water on the dead man's face. mingled with brutal laughter. and words of pity fell on Dantes' listening ears. for he felt that all the world should have for the poor abbe a love and respect equal to his own." said one of the previous speakers. The voices soon ceased." said the doctor. "Oh. Questions and answers followed in a nonchalant manner that made Dantes indignant. Edmond heard the creaking of the bed as they moved the corpse. hardly venturing to breathe. that we should be perfectly assured that the prisoner is dead. "I am very sorry for what you tell me. Good journey to him!" "With all his millions. −− it was evident that the doctor was examining the dead body. "You may make your mind easy. I'll answer for it." "They may give him the honors of the sack. notwithstanding your certainty. Dantes was then seized with an indescribable desire to know what was going on in the dungeon of his unfortunate friend. he will not have enough to pay for his shroud!" said another. well. and not that I doubt your science. "the madman has gone to look after his treasure." "Still. "the shrouds of the Chateau d'If are not dear!" "Perhaps." Edmond did not lose a word. Last of all came the governor. The Third Attack. which increased. The doctor analyzed the symptoms of the malady to which the prisoner had succumbed. I will answer for that. replying to the assurance of the doctor. without any attempt to escape. The inquiries soon commenced.

" "Pooh. very learned. "I did not know that I had a rival. sir. The Third Attack. that you will show him all proper respect." A shout of laughter followed this brutal jest. and he felt as if he should faint. of which the peculiar and nauseous smell penetrated even behind the wall where Dantes was listening in horror. he shall be decently interred in the newest sack we can find." Other footsteps. Meanwhile the operation of putting the body in the sack was going on." "Yes. "You see. yes. sir. in order to take a trip to Hyeres for a week. he sometimes amused me very much by telling me stories." This order to heat the irons made Dantes shudder. the creaking of a door. when my wife was ill. the bed creaked. He was. governor. I told him I would attend to the prisoners in his absence. and. with the impiety usual in persons of his profession. on the contrary. If the poor abbe had not been in such a hurry." said the doctor." said the doctor. going and coming. saying. when the task was ended. Chapter 19. sir. too." said the doctor. indeed. but on that. God will respect his profession. But make haste −− I cannot stay here all day. he was intractable. and rational enough on all points which did not relate to his treasure. ah!" said the doctor. "That is impossible. and some minutes afterwards a turnkey entered. he gave me a prescription which cured her. He heard hasty steps. it was an ancient name. people going and coming." said the governor. and then was heard the crackling of burning flesh. "Never. make your mind easy.The Count of Monte Cristo formalities described by law." replied the governor. and the heavy footfall of a man who lifts a weight sounded on the floor." replied the jailer. The poor fool is cured of his folly. Will that satisfy you?" "Must this last formality take place in your presence." "Ah." "Wasn't his name Faria?" inquired one of the officers who accompanied the governor. "this burn in the heel is decisive. too. as he said." "It is the sort of malady which we call monomania. "You had never anything to complain of?" said the governor to the jailer who had charge of the abbe. but I hope. The perspiration poured forth upon the young man's brow. "This evening. "but really it is a useless precaution. "he is a churchman. and a moment afterwards the noise of rustling canvas reached Dantes' ears. "The chaplain of the chateau came to me yesterday to beg for leave of absence. he might have had his requiem." There was a moment's silence. were now heard. "Certainly. lighted. "never." said the governor. sir?" inquired a turnkey. and delivered from his captivity. "This evening." said the doctor." "Let the irons be heated. −− "Here is the brazier. then the bed again creaked under the weight deposited upon it. "Will there be any mass?" asked one of the attendants. One day. and not give the devil the wicked delight of sending him a priest. "Yes. pooh. he is really dead. 133 .

as the turnkey said. "I should go where he goes. strangle him. no longer could he clasp the hand which had done so much to make his existence blessed. lifted his hand to his brow as if his brain wore giddy. so that the jailer might. drew the corpse from the sack. and tried vainly to close the resisting eyes. cost so little. and Dantes emerged from the tunnel. after all −− to solve the problem of life at its source. Chapter 20." Then the steps retreated. rush on the first person that opens the door. On the bed. Before I die I must not forget that I have my executioners to punish. indeed. Yet they will forget me here. the beneficent and cheerful companion. where the frail bark is tossed from the depths to the top of the wave. "Die? oh. and then paused abruptly by the bed. to give way to the sarcasm of destiny. and passed suddenly from despair to an ardent desire for life and liberty." he exclaimed −− "not die now. and. and faintly illuminated by the pale light that came from the window. at full length. covered it with his counterpane. and under its rude folds was stretched a long and stiffened form. no longer breathed. "Why. laid it on his couch." "Shall we watch by the corpse?" "Of what use would it be? Shut the dungeon as if he were alive −− that is all. "Just God!" he muttered. The Cemetery of the Chateau D'If. Dantes recoiled from the idea of so infamous a death. that he might not allow his thoughts to be distracted from his desperate resolution. never again to hear the voice of the only human being who united him to earth! Was not Faria's fate the better. No longer could Edmond look into those wide−open eyes which had seemed to be penetrating the mysteries of death. The Cemetery of the Chateau D'If." But excessive grief is like a storm at sea. which glared horribly. and perhaps. opened it with the knife which Faria had made. and looked carefully around the chamber. he bent over the appalling shroud. indeed. it was Faria's last winding−sheet. A barrier had been placed between Dantes and his old friend. paced twice or thrice round the dungeon. and struck its icy chill to the very soul of Dantes. Faria. I will yet win back the happiness of which I have been deprived. had I died years ago. which his friend had driven away and kept away by his cheerful presence. once again kissed the ice−cold brow. some friends to reward. "whence comes this thought? Is it from thee? Since none but the dead pass freely from this dungeon. tied around its head the rag he wore at night around his own. and then they will guillotine me. and bore it along the tunnel to his own chamber. with whom he was accustomed to live so intimately. he became silent and gazed straight before him like one overwhelmed with a strange and amazing thought. But how to die? It is very easy. after having lived and suffered so long and so much! Die? yes. I want to live. Everything was in readiness. now hovered like a phantom over the abbe's dead body. Chapter 20. even at the risk of horrible suffering? The idea of suicide. Then he raised the flag−stone cautiously with his head." he went on with a smile. −− a winding−sheet which. and I shall die in my dungeon like Faria. and should assuredly find him again.The Count of Monte Cristo "At what hour?" inquired a turnkey. No. and the voices died away in the distance. Alone −− he was alone again −− again condemned to silence −− again face to face with nothingness! Alone! −− never again to see the face. and fell into melancholy and gloomy revery. turned the head towards the wall. I shall struggle to the very last. with its creaking hinges and bolts ceased." As he said this. who knows. let me take the place of the dead!" Without giving himself time to reconsider his decision. "I will remain here. lay a sack of canvas. "If I could die. It was empty. about ten or eleven o'clock. Suddenly he arose. too. 134 . but now to die would be. −− the silence of death. He seated himself on the edge of that terrible bed. and a silence more sombre than that of solitude ensued. the noise of the door. which was all−pervasive. no." he said.

The Cemetery of the Chateau D'If. 135 . but he was afraid that the governor would change his mind. Dantes did not intend to give them time to recognize him. took from the hiding−place the needle and thread. he would use his knife to better purpose. Edmond felt that the moment had arrived. footsteps were heard on the stairs. His situation was too precarious to allow him even time to reflect on any thought but one. go to the bed. The first risk that Dantes ran was. fortunately. if by any mischance the jailers had entered at that moment. a third remaining at the door with a torch in its hand. "He's heavy though for an old and thin man. and. and order the dead body to be removed earlier. and thus discover all. but speak to Dantes. Dantes' agony really began. he would be stifled. and would have been happy if at the same time he could have repressed the throbbing of his veins. twenty times at least. from misanthropy or fatigue. Now his plans were fully made. lifting the feet. you're right. while. took the sack by its extremities. In that case his last hope would have been destroyed. he saw two shadows approach his bed. and Dantes knew that he had escaped the first peril. that they might feel only naked flesh beneath the coarse canvas. as it was night. and this is what he intended to do. If while he was being carried out the grave−diggers should discover that they were bearing a live instead of a dead body. "They say every year adds half a pound to the weight of the bones. Dantes might have waited until the evening visit was over. he meant to open the sack from top to bottom. profiting by their alarm." replied the companion. he would allow himself to be covered with earth. and then −− so much the better. "I can do that when we get there. and sewed up the mouth of the sack from the inside." "Yes. If he was detected in this and the earth proved too heavy." said one. When seven o'clock came. The door opened. nor did he think of it now. flung off his rags. drew the bed against the wall. and seeing that he received no reply. "What would be the use of carrying so much more weight?" was the reply. all would be over. returned to the other cell. if they tried to catch him. It was a good augury. and getting inside the sack. "Have you tied the knot?" inquired the first speaker. and clutched his heart in a grasp of ice. as he raised the head. His hand placed upon his heart was unable to redress its throbbings. and then the man placed his bread and soup on the table. From time to time chills ran through his whole body. the grave−diggers could scarcely have turned their backs before he would have worked his way through the yielding soil and escaped. Then he thought he was going to die. when he heard the noise they made in putting down the hand−bier. This time the jailer might not be as silent as usual. placed himself in the posture in which the dead body had been laid. Dantes had not eaten since the preceding evening. Dantes had received his jailer in bed. Yet the hours passed on without any unusual disturbance. He would have been discovered by the beating of his heart. when he brought him his supper at seven o'clock. as was his frequent custom. and then. believe that he was asleep. He hoped that the weight of earth would not be so great that he could not overcome it. and a dim light reached Dantes' eyes through the coarse sack that covered him. entered the tunnel again. The footsteps −− they were double −− paused at the door −− and Dantes guessed that the two grave−diggers had come to seek him −− this idea was soon converted into certainty. might perceive the change that had been made." said another.The Count of Monte Cristo when he brought the evening meal. but with a sudden cut of the knife. summoned up all his courage. If they took him to the cemetery and laid him in a grave. approaching the ends of the bed. and went away without saying a word. held his breath. that the jailer. with the other he wiped the perspiration from his temples. about the hour the governor had appointed. The two men. Chapter 20. escape. At length. but he had not thought of hunger.

They advanced fifty paces farther. and then there was a burst of brutal laughter. "not a pleasant night for a dip in the sea. then stopped." said the other. "Where am I?" he asked himself. Suddenly he felt the fresh and sharp night air. and pretty tight too." said the other. Edmond stiffened himself in order to play the part of a dead man. who went first. who was looking on. then went forward again. reached Dantes' ear distinctly as they went forward. The Cemetery of the Chateau D'If. have you tied the knot?" inquired the grave−digger. Dantes' first impulse was to escape. falling. "Bad weather!" observed one of the bearers. sitting on the edge of the hand−barrow. "two! three!" And at the same instant Dantes felt himself flung into the air like a wounded bird. "The spade. The bearers went on for twenty paces. "Really. "Yes. "You know very well that the last was stopped on his way." was the answer. and then Dantes felt that they took him. and they proceeded. Dantes did not comprehend the jest. and Dantes heard his shoes striking on the pavement. falling. putting the bier down on the ground. "or I shall never find what I am looking for. and at the same moment a cord was fastened round his feet with sudden and painful violence. who heard a heavy metallic substance laid down beside him. Although drawn downwards by the heavy weight which hastened his rapid descent. "What can he be looking for?" thought Edmond." "Why. but his hair stood erect on his head. "not without some trouble though." They ascended five or six more steps. It was a sensation in which pleasure and pain were strangely mingled. I can tell you. lighted by the man with the torch. "Here it is at last. "A little farther −− a little farther. "Give us a light. here we are at last.The Count of Monte Cristo "What's the knot for?" thought Dantes. and Dantes knew that the mistral was blowing. one by the head and the other by the heels." said one of them. with a rapidity that made his blood curdle. but fortunately he did not attempt it. "Move on. Chapter 20. yes. "Well. and the governor told us next day that we were careless fellows." said the other bearer. "One!" said the grave−diggers." The man with the torch complied. dashed on the rocks. then. "Well. They deposited the supposed corpse on the bier. "but it has lost nothing by waiting. 136 . the man came towards Edmond." he said. One of them went away. it seemed to him as if the fall lasted for a century. the abbe runs a chance of being wet." As he said this. perhaps. ascended the stairs. and then the party." was the answer. although not asked in the most polite terms." And the bier was lifted once more. and then stopped to open a door." "Yes. he is by no means a light load!" said the other bearer. and swung him to and fro." An exclamation of satisfaction indicated that the grave−digger had found the object of his search. The noise of the waves dashing against the rocks on which the chateau is built.

increasing rapidly his distance from the chateau. Often in prison Faria had said to him. as we have said. An hour passed. Ratonneau and Pomegue are the nearest islands of all those that surround the Chateau d'If. "I have swum above an hour. but exhausting his strength. The Island of Tiboulen. at the moment when it seemed as if he were actually strangled. He sought to tread water. Dantes dived again." said he. By leaving this light on the right. it was at least a league from the Chateau d'If to this island. Behind him. but the sea was too violent. He found with pleasure that his captivity had taken away nothing of his power. and was unanimously declared to be the best swimmer in the port. doubtless these strange grave−diggers had heard his cry. and strove to penetrate the darkness. in order to avoid being seen. Dantes had been flung into the sea. for he usually attracted a crowd of spectators in the bay before the lighthouse at Marseilles when he swam there. and as his right hand (prepared as he was for every chance) held his knife open. sombre and terrible. stifled in a moment by his immersion beneath the waves. before him was the vast expanse of waters. during which Dantes. and then his body. He fancied that every wave behind him was a pursuing boat. and by a desperate effort severed the cord that bound his legs. The sea is the cemetery of the Chateau d'If. He listened for any sound that might be audible. rose phantom−like the vast stone structure. and he redoubled his exertions. however. and that he was still master of that element on whose bosom he had so often sported as a boy. he felt it dragging him down still lower. when he saw him idle and inactive. therefore. When he arose a second time. excited by the feeling of freedom. had sufficient presence of mind to hold his breath. continued to cleave the waves. When he came up again the light had disappeared. and already the terrible chateau had disappeared in the darkness. that has retarded my speed. across which the wind was driving clouds that occasionally suffered a twinkling star to appear. He then bent his body. whose waves foamed and roared as if before the approach of a storm. determined to make for them. he was fifty paces from where he had first sunk. while the shot dragged down to the depths the sack that had so nearly become his shroud. in order to rest himself. if I am not mistaken. Dantes waited only to get breath. he darted like an arrow into the ice−cold water. "Let us see. Fear. He saw overhead a black and tempestuous sky. Chapter 21. with a horrible splash. and remained a long time beneath the water. Chapter 21. Tiboulen and Lemaire were therefore the safest for Dantes' venture. extricated his arm. This was an easy feat to him. 137 . although stunned and almost suffocated. and then dived." These words rang in Dantes' ears. and was dragged into its depths by a thirty−six pound shot tied to his feet. blacker than the sky. he hastened to cleave his way through them to see if he had not lost his strength. With a mighty leap he rose to the surface of the sea. clogged Dantes' efforts. Dantes. he would find it. The islands of Tiboulen and Lemaire are a league from the Chateau d'If. "Dantes. and your strength has not been properly exercised and prepared for exertion. He fancied that these two forms were looking at the sea. you will be drowned if you seek to escape. and every time that he rose to the top of a wave he scanned the horizon. he rapidly ripped up the sack. but in spite of all his efforts to free himself from the shot. He could not see it. But what if I were mistaken?" A shudder passed over him. and he felt that he could not make use of this means of recuperation. The Island of Tiboulen. Dantes.The Count of Monte Cristo At last. and as he did so he uttered a shrill cry. whose projecting crags seemed like arms extended to seize their prey. blacker than the sea. by turning to the left. gleaming in front of him like a star. as is also the islet of Daume. even beneath the waves. He must now get his bearings. but he felt its presence. But how could he find his way in the darkness of the night? At this moment he saw the light of Planier. I must be close to Tiboulen. nevertheless. He swam on still. But. but Ratonneau and Pomegue are inhabited. that relentless pursuer. he kept the Island of Tiboulen a little on the left. and on the highest rock was a torch lighting two figures. you must not give way to this listlessness. but as the wind is against me.

stretched himself on the granite. Then. he saw it again. a flash of lightning. and bear him off into the centre of the storm. like a vessel at anchor. By degrees the wind abated. a quarter of a league distant. It was the Island of Tiboulen. for their cries were carried to his ears by the wind. and the tempest continued to rage. and swim to Lemaire. Dantes stood mute and motionless before this majestic spectacle. he listened. as if he now beheld it for the first time. in spite of the wind and rain. he resolved to plunge into its waves again. that resembled nothing so much as a vast fire petrified at the moment of its most fervent combustion. Another flash showed him four men clinging to the shattered mast and the rigging. and consequently better adapted for concealment. dashing themselves against it. An overhanging rock offered him a temporary shelter. Dantes from his rocky perch saw the shattered vessel. and cries of distress. equally arid. Above the splintered mast a sail rent to tatters was waving. break moorings. The men he beheld saw him undoubtedly. Tiboulen. and it disappeared in the darkness of the night like a vast sea−bird. At the expiration of an hour Edmond was awakened by the roar of thunder. the waves. and the blue firmament appeared studded with bright stars. sweet sleep of utter exhaustion. and then I shall sink. but larger. and among the fragments the floating forms of the hapless sailors. Dantes had not been deceived −− he had reached the first of the two islands. and indeed since his captivity in the Chateau d'If he had forgotten that such scenes were ever to be witnessed. advanced a few steps." said he. As he rose. and looked at both sea and land. lighting up the clouds that rolled on in vast chaotic waves. The Island of Tiboulen. Then he put out his hand. while a fifth clung to the broken rudder." and he struck out with the energy of despair. It was day. He turned towards the fortress. approaching with frightful rapidity. He extended his hands. which was. The tempest was let loose and beating the atmosphere with its mighty wings. and yet he felt dizzy in the midst of the warring of the elements and the dazzling brightness of the lightning. and. The gloomy building rose from the bosom of the Chapter 21. but he heard nothing. he groped about. It seemed to him that the island trembled to its base. but he heard and saw nothing −− the cries had ceased. Before him rose a grotesque mass of rocks. suddenly the ropes that still held it gave way. but when the sea became more calm. A second after. that seemed to rive the remotest heights of heaven. Edmond felt the trembling of the rock beneath which he lay. Dantes cried at the top of his voice to warn them of their danger. the waves whitened. from time to time a flash of lightning stretched across the heavens like a fiery serpent. He fancied for a moment that he had been shot. He then recollected that he had not eaten or drunk for four−and−twenty hours. or the cramp seizes me. between the Island of Lemaire and Cape Croiselle. illumined the darkness. vast gray clouds rolled towards the west. but they saw it themselves. Soon a red streak became visible in the horizon. and that it would. a light played over them. and heavy clouds seemed to sweep down towards him. in fact. Dantes ran down the rocks at the risk of being himself dashed to pieces. By its light. and listened for the report. at the same time he felt a sharp pain in his knee. with a fervent prayer of gratitude. "I will swim on until I am worn out. Then all was dark again.The Count of Monte Cristo "Well. wetted him with their spray. and drank greedily of the rainwater that had lodged in a hollow of the rock. Dantes rose. which seemed to him softer than down. Suddenly the sky seemed to him to become still darker and more dense. 138 . He was safely sheltered. He knew that it was barren and without shelter. he fell into the deep. and scarcely had he availed himself of it when the tempest burst forth in all its fury. and gilded their foaming crests with gold. Dantes saw a fishing−boat driven rapidly like a spectre before the power of winds and waves. and encountered an obstacle and with another stroke knew that he had gained the shore. At the same moment a violent crash was heard.

but he soon saw that she would pass. He soon saw that the vessel. I have suffered enough surely! Have pity on me. the vessel again changed her course. The police of Marseilles will be on the alert by land. will prefer selling me to doing a good action. This time he was both seen and heard. and was standing out to sea rapidly. his legs lost their flexibility. did I not fear being questioned. and do for me what I am unable to do for myself. for without it he would have been unable. I am hungry. He rose on the waves. and uttering a loud shout peculiar to sailers. Then he advanced. "Oh. I have lost even the knife that saved me. The cannon will warn every one to refuse shelter to a man wandering about naked and famished. seek for me in vain. perhaps. and give the alarm. had yet watched it anxiously until it tacked and stood towards him. and with his sailor's eye he knew it to be a Genoese tartan. "the turnkey will enter my chamber. I can pass as one of the sailors wrecked last night. Chapter 21. The red cap of one of the sailors hung to a point of the rock and some timbers that had formed part of the vessel's keel. he saw off the farther point of the Island of Pomegue a small vessel with lateen sail skimming the sea like a gull in search of prey. By a violent effort he rose half out of the water. perhaps I have not been missed at the fortress. recognize it. And this conviction restored his strength." cried Edmond. But he had reckoned too much upon his strength." As he spoke. but no one on board saw him. was tacking between the Chateau d'If and the tower of Planier. O my God. the men who cast me into the sea and who must have heard the cry I uttered. detected. 139 . I must wait. Dantes. It was about five o'clock. An instant after. instead of keeping in shore. and the vessel stood on another tack. and the tartan instantly steered towards him. My story will be accepted. find the body of my poor friend. waving his cap. the vessel and the swimmer insensibly neared one another.The Count of Monte Cristo ocean with imposing majesty and seemed to dominate the scene. Dantes would have shouted. to reach the vessel −− certainly to return to shore. and he was almost breathless. It an instant Dantes' plan was formed. should he be unsuccessful in attracting attention. though almost sure as to what course the vessel would take. and then he realized how serviceable the timber had been to him. like most vessels bound for Italy. For an instant he feared lest. floated at the foot of the crag. these men. making signs of distress. At the same time. for there is no one left to contradict me. and started. whilst the governor pursues me by sea. and struck out so as to cut across the course the vessel was taking. His arms became stiff. but he knew that the wind would drown his voice. I am cold. "In two or three hours. It was then he rejoiced at his precaution in taking the timber. with the wind dead ahead. besides." As Dantes (his eyes turned in the direction of the Chateau d'If) uttered this prayer. between the islands of Jaros and Calaseraigne. "I am saved!" murmured he. advanced rapidly towards him. In a few hours my strength will be utterly exhausted. he saw they were about to lower the boat. Then boats filled with armed soldiers will pursue the wretched fugitive. Dantes looked toward the spot where the fishing−vessel had been wrecked. seized one of the timbers. Then the tunnel will be discovered. rowed by two men. Dantes let go of the timber. her sharp prow cleaving through the waves. she should stand out to sea. the boat. and swam vigorously to meet them. But I cannot −−−I am starving. The sea continued to get calmer. placed it on his head. However. who are in reality smugglers. and in one of its tacks the tartan bore down within a quarter of a mile of him. The Island of Tiboulen. he swam to the cap. which he now thought to be useless. and conveyed back to Marseilles! What can I do? What story can I invent? under pretext of trading along the coast. "to think that in half an hour I could join her. will be questioned. She was coming out of Marseilles harbor." thought Dantes. but before they could meet.

"Yes." replied Dantes. holding out his hand. "Who are you?" said the pilot in bad French." said he. at once the pilot and captain. As we have said." "Do you know the Mediterranean?" "I have sailed over it since my childhood.The Count of Monte Cristo He shouted again. The storm of last night overtook us at Cape Morgion. "I made a vow. and the sky turned gray. and I thank you. he was lying on the deck. Leave me at the first port you make. You have saved my life." Dantes recollected that his hair and beard had not been cut all the time he was at the Chateau d'If. They were rapidly leaving the Chateau d'If behind." "It was I. and one of them cried in Italian. His first care was to see what course they were taking. and your hair a foot long. to our Lady of the Grotto not to cut my hair or beard for ten years if I were saved in a moment of danger. When he opened his eyes Dantes found himself on the deck of the tartan." "I almost hesitated. an old sailer. I shall be sure to find employment. A few drops of the rum restored suspended animation. but I am a good sailor. and which may overtake them to−morrow. We were coming from Syracuse laden with grain. A convulsive movement again brought him to the surface." "Yes. He felt himself seized by the hair. "I thank you again. with your beard six inches. I swam off on a piece of wreckage to try and intercept your course. The Island of Tiboulen. looked on with that egotistical pity men feel for a misfortune that they have escaped yesterday. though. "I was lost when one of your sailors caught hold of my hair. "Alas. while the third. for you were sinking. He rose again to the surface. Dantes was so exhausted that the exclamation of joy he uttered was mistaken for a sigh. whom he recognized as the one who had cried out "Courage!" held a gourd full of rum to his mouth." "Where do you come from?" "From these rocks that I had the good luck to cling to while our captain and the rest of the crew were all lost. A sailor was rubbing his limbs with a woollen cloth. in bad Italian. He had fainted. The two sailors redoubled their efforts. "Courage!" The word reached his ear as a wave which he no longer had the strength to surmount passed over his head. "you looked more like a brigand than an honest man. "and it was time." "Now what are we to do with you?" said the captain." replied the sailor. uttered a third cry. another. The water passed over his head." continued Dantes. I saw your vessel. struggled with the last desperate effort of a drowning man. My captain is dead. and we were wrecked on these rocks. and fearful of being left to perish on the desolate island. 140 . but to−day the vow expires. and felt himself sinking. while the friction of his limbs restored their elasticity. as if the fatal cannon shot were again tied to his feet. then he saw and heard nothing. "a Maltese sailor. I have barely escaped. anything you please. "I am." Chapter 21." said a sailor of a frank and manly appearance." returned Dantes.

" said Dantes. The Island of Tiboulen. instead of tacking so frequently." said the captain doubtingly." The young man took the helm." This order was also executed. captain. Jacopo?" returned the Captain. at least during the voyage. And they all looked with astonishment at this man whose eye now disclosed an intelligence and his body a vigor they had not thought him capable of showing." said the sailor who had cried "Courage!" to Dantes. "But in his present condition he will promise anything. without being a first−rate sailer. and let us see what you know. for my food and the clothes you lend me. as Dantes had predicted. "Bravo!" repeated the sailors. The four seamen. twenty fathoms to windward. do you not sail nearer the wind?" "Because we should run straight on to the Island of Rion." "Take the helm. −− "To the sheets." "What is that to you. "Belay. felt to see if the vessel answered the rudder promptly and seeing that." "You shall pass it by twenty fathoms.The Count of Monte Cristo "You know the best harbors?" "There are few ports that I could not enter or leave with a bandage over my eyes. "Bravo!" said the captain." returned Dantes." said Dantes. obeyed. if you are reasonable." "Then why. "You see. "Haul taut." returned the other. "To Leghorn. who composed the crew. and I will pay you out of the first wages I get. "if what he says is true." "Ah. and the vessel passed." said the captain. quitting the helm." "I will do more than I promise. and take his chance of keeping it afterwards." Chapter 21. smiling. If you do not want me at Leghorn. "for you know more than we do." −− They obeyed." "Give me what you give the others. and it will be all right. "That's not fair. you can leave me there. while the pilot looked on. "We shall see. "Every one is free to ask what he pleases. "we can agree very well." said the seaman who had saved Dantes." said he. she yet was tolerably obedient. 141 . "I shall be of some use to you. "Where are you going?" asked Dantes. what hinders his staying with us?" "If he says true." "I say.

It was fourteen years day for day since Dantes' arrest. The captain glanced at him. A small white cloud. "What is the day of the month?" asked he of Jacopo. do you wish for anything else?" said the patron." replied Dantes. but he had lifted the rum to his lips and was drinking it with so much composure. "A prisoner has escaped from the Chateau d'If. "if it be. smiling. for I have made a rare acquisition." "No. you would do much better to find him a jacket and a pair of trousers. looked at the captain. Dantes could thus keep his eyes on Marseilles. A piece of bread was brought. who sat down beside him." replied Dantes. "Hollo! what's the matter at the Chateau d'If?" said the captain. if the captain had any. so much the better. Then his eyes lighted up Chapter 21." cried the captain to the steersman. he asked himself what had become of Mercedes. I ask you what year is it?" "The year 1829. then. for I have not eaten or drunk for a long time." replied Jacopo. "Larboard your helm. which had attracted Dantes' attention. who must believe him dead. "What is this?" asked the captain. the steersman. "Now. he was thirty−three when he escaped." "That is all I want. "but I have a shirt and a pair of trousers. glad to be relieved. then paused with hand in mid−air." murmured he. A sorrowful smile passed over his face." returned Jacopo. died away. Jacopo dived into the hold and soon returned with what Edmond wanted. 142 . Dantes glanced that way as he lifted the gourd to his mouth." "Well. Dantes asked to take the helm. if you have them. "A piece of bread and another glass of the capital rum I tasted." said Jacopo. and they are firing the alarm gun. "I only make a remark. "At any rate. The sailors looked at one another. and Jacopo offered him the gourd. "I ask you in what year!" "You have forgotten then?" "I got such a fright last night." He had not tasted food for forty hours. He was nineteen when he entered the Chateau d'If. At the same moment the faint report of a gun was heard. that suspicions. crowned the summit of the bastion of the Chateau d'If. and the latter by a sign indicated that he might abandon it to his new comrade.The Count of Monte Cristo "That's true. "that I have almost lost my memory. "The 28th of February." replied the young man." Under pretence of being fatigued." "In what year?" "In what year −− you ask me in what year?" "Yes. The Island of Tiboulen." interrupted Dantes.

This was now Chapter 22. open. He was very well known to the customs officers of the coast. or occupation. he was to find out whether he could recognize himself. When the operation was concluded. The Leghorn barber said nothing and went to work. Dantes had entered the Chateau d'If with the round. the worthy master of The Young Amelia (the name of the Genoese tartan) knew a smattering of all the tongues spoken on the shores of that large lake called the Mediterranean. who perhaps employed this ingenious means of learning some of the secrets of his trade. when he saw the light plume of smoke floating above the bastion of the Chateau d'If. and his admirable dissimulation. they reached Leghorn. either with the vessels he met at sea. and Villefort the oath of implacable vengeance he had made in his dungeon. now a barber would only be surprised if a man gifted with such advantages should consent voluntarily to deprive himself of them. was accompanied with salutes of artillery. and who live by hidden and mysterious means which we must suppose to be a direct gift of providence. Chapter 22. his nautical skill. At first the captain had received Dantes on board with a certain degree of distrust. and believe nothing but what they should believe. he asked for a hand−glass. which he knew as well as Marseilles. 143 . Ferdinand Street. His comrades believed that his vow was fulfilled. and held stoutly to his first story. and then. The Smugglers. persons always troublesome and frequently indiscreet. in whose favor his mild demeanor. subtle as he was. and as there was between these worthies and himself a perpetual battle of wits. At this period it was not the fashion to wear so large a beard and hair so long. he had at first thought that Dantes might be an emissary of these industrious guardians of rights and duties. This made him less uneasy. country. Here Edmond was to undergo another trial. But the skilful manner in which Dantes had handled the lugger had entirely reassured him. which gave his head the appearance of one of Titian's portraits. as they have no visible means of support. Edmond thus had the advantage of knowing what the owner was. and heard the distant report. was duped by Edmond. Fernand. without the owner knowing who he was. and this. He was now. The Smugglers. and who anticipates a future corresponding with his past. as we have said. smiling face of a young and happy man. it is possible that the Genoese was one of those shrewd persons who know nothing but what they should know. he remembered a barber in St. for the fastest sailer in the Mediterranean would have been unable to overtake the little tartan. gave him great facilities of communication. and Edmond felt that his chin was completely smooth. As he had twenty times touched at Leghorn. pleaded. with the small boats sailing along the coast. he was instantly struck with the idea that he had on board his vessel one whose coming and going. from the Arabic to the Provencal. or with the people without name. Without having been in the school of the Abbe Faria. when he beheld the perfect tranquillity of his recruit. he gave accurate descriptions of Naples and Malta. and however the old sailor and his crew tried to "pump" him. Thus the Genoese. while it spared him interpreters. The barber gazed in amazement at this man with the long. it must be owned. Dantes had not been a day on board before he had a very clear idea of the men with whom his lot had been cast. He had preserved a tolerably good remembrance of what the youth had been. who are always seen on the quays of seaports. they extracted nothing more from him. as he had not seen his own face for fourteen years. thick and black hair and beard. and his fourteen years' imprisonment had produced a great transformation in his appearance. Moreover. It is fair to assume that Dantes was on board a smuggler. with whom the early paths of life have been smooth. like that of kings. This oath was no longer a vain menace. three−and−thirty years of age.The Count of Monte Cristo with hatred as he thought of the three men who had caused him so long and wretched a captivity. that with every stitch of canvas set was flying before the wind to Leghorn. He renewed against Danglars. but this supposition also disappeared like the first. In this state of mutual understanding. and his hair reduced to its usual length. he went there to have his beard and hair cut. and was now to find out what the man had become. than if the new−comer had proved to be a customs officer.

sobs. Edmond was again cleaving the azure sea which had been the first horizon of his youth. The Smugglers. who was very desirous of retaining amongst his crew a man of Edmond's value. It was in this costume. or recognize in the neat and trim sailor the man with thick and matted beard. very obedient to their captain. for he had not forgotten a word. being naturally of a goodly stature. Would he not have accepted liberty without riches if it had been offered to him? Besides. The Young Amelia left it three−quarters of a league to the larboard. he had any friend left −− could recognize him. The master of The Young Amelia. Dantes thought. It was the Island of Monte Cristo. the profound learning he had acquired had besides diffused over his features a refined intellectual expression. were not those riches chimerical? −− offspring of the brain of the poor Abbe Faria. hair tangled with seaweed. The oval face was lengthened. had now that pale color which produces. he could not recognize himself. But then what could he do without instruments to discover his treasure. his eyes had acquired the faculty of distinguishing objects in the night. Attracted by his prepossessing appearance. his smiling mouth had assumed the firm and marked lines which betoken resolution. and consisting of white trousers. The Young Amelia had a very active crew. when the features are encircled with black hair. his complexion. but Dantes. common to the hyena and the wolf. he renewed his offers of an engagement to Dantes. would not agree for a longer time than three months. and which he had so often dreamed of in prison. very simple. that vigor which a frame possesses which has so long concentrated all its force within itself. had offered to advance him funds out of his future profits. had they not died with him? It is true. who had made him tell his story over and over again before he could believe him. who lost as little time as possible. contraband cottons. and now he was free he could wait at least six months or a year for wealth. and bringing back to Jacopo the shirt and trousers he had lent him. As to his voice. Dantes had learned how to wait. Chapter 22. as he always did at an early hour. and land it on the shores of Corsica. what would the sailors say? What would the patron think? He must wait. The master was to get all this out of Leghorn free of duties. The next morning going on deck. the letter of the Cardinal Spada was singularly circumstantial.The Count of Monte Cristo all changed. as we all know. and went towards the country of Paoli and Napoleon. To the elegance of a nervous and slight form had succeeded the solidity of a rounded and muscular figure. and Dantes repeated it to himself. from one end to the other. the aristocratic beauty of the man of the north. He left Gorgone on his right and La Pianosa on his left. and a cap. and he had also acquired. he had waited fourteen years for his liberty. English powder. Moreover. They sailed. and from their depths occasionally sparkled gloomy fires of misanthropy and hatred. where certain speculators undertook to forward the cargo to France. that he had only to leap into the sea and in half an hour be at the promised land. indeed. whom he had picked up naked and nearly drowned. and imprecations had changed it so that at times it was of a singularly penetrating sweetness. 144 . without arms to defend himself? Besides. a striped shirt. as they passed so closely to the island whose name was so interesting to him. his eyebrows were arched beneath a brow furrowed with thought. his eyes were full of melancholy. who had his own projects. and body soaking in seabrine. so long kept from the sun. His next care on leaving the barber's who had achieved his first metamorphosis was to enter a shop and buy a complete sailor's suit −− a garb. and tobacco on which the excise had forgotten to put its mark. which the rising sun tinged with rosy light. He had scarcely been a week at Leghorn before the hold of his vessel was filled with printed muslins. and at others rough and almost hoarse. Edmond smiled when he beheld himself: it was impossible that his best friend −− if. Fortunately. which Edmond had accepted. that Edmond reappeared before the captain of the lugger. and kept on for Corsica. the patron found Dantes leaning against the bulwarks gazing with intense earnestness at a pile of granite rocks. from being so long in twilight or darkness. prayers.

continued to behold it last of all. But on this occasion the precaution was superfluous. the excise was. He had contemplated danger with a smile. when the vessel. a ball having touched him in the left shoulder. But this sufficed for Jacopo. The second operation was as successful as the first. the latter was moved to a certain degree of affection. And from this time the kindness which Edmond showed him was enough for the brave seaman. They turned the bowsprit towards Sardinia. This world was not then so good as Doctor Pangloss believed it. and with what endurance he could bear suffering. as the poor Abbe Faria had been his tutor. became the instructor of Jacopo. moreover. who had nothing to expect from his comrade but the inheritance of his share of the prize−money. or the chill of human sentiment. 145 . The next morn broke off the coast of Aleria. with vision accustomed to the gloom of a prison. all day they coasted. and consisted almost entirely of Havana cigars. which was to replace what had been discharged. Dantes noticed that the captain of The Young Amelia had. whether from heat of blood produced by the encounter. He pointed out to him the bearings of the coast. had believed him killed. for they were rude lessons which taught him with what eye he could view danger. and Malaga wines. for a ship's lantern was hung up at the mast−head instead of the streamer. and two sailors wounded. gliding on with security over the azure sea. Chapter 22. no doubt. without making much noise. thanks to the favorable winds that swelled her sails. Jacopo. the profits were divided. As a result of the sympathetic devotion which Jacopo had from the first bestowed on Edmond. and with certain herbs gathered at certain seasons. seeing him fall. Your fellow−countryman. and then disappear in the darkness from all eyes but his own. can throw a four ounce ball a thousand paces or so." He had. with a chart in his hand. And when Jacopo inquired of him. Dantes was almost glad of this affray. mounted two small culverins. explained to him the variations of the compass. sherry. looked upon the customs officer wounded to death. or about eighty francs. and each man had a hundred Tuscan livres. Dantes was one of the latter.The Count of Monte Cristo Evening came. and rushing towards him raised him up. and Edmond saw the island tinged with the shades of twilight. but Jacopo refused it indignantly. The same night. and then attended to him with all the kindness of a devoted comrade. Edmond was only wounded. neither was it so wicked as Dantes thought it. "What is the use of teaching all these things to a poor sailor like me?" Edmond replied. Edmond. Fortunately. since this man. and where God writes in azure with letters of diamonds. thou art not an evil. A customs officer was laid low. for he. But the voyage was not ended. for he remained alone upon deck. who instinctively felt that Edmond had a right to superiority of position −− a superiority which Edmond had concealed from all others. and when wounded had exclaimed with the great philosopher. and offered him in return for his attention a share of his prize−money. in acknowledgement of the compliment. in truth. required no care but the hand of the helmsman. this sight had made but slight impression upon him. and almost pleased at being wounded. and. "Pain. and everything proceeded with the utmost smoothness and politeness. Then in the long days on board ship. and sold to the smugglers by the old Sardinian women. Four shallops came off with very little noise alongside the lugger. the position of these was no doubt a signal for landing. The Smugglers. lowered her own shallop into the sea. his heart was in a fair way of petrifying in his bosom. "Who knows? You may one day be the captain of a vessel. and taught him to read in that vast book opened over our heads which they call heaven. and was moving towards the end he wished to achieve. the wound soon closed. and in the evening saw fires lighted on land. and the five boats worked so well that by two o'clock in the morning all the cargo was out of The Young Amelia and on terra firma. Edmond then resolved to try Jacopo. as he neared the land. manifested so much sorrow when he saw him fall. such a man of regularity was the patron of The Young Amelia. The Young Amelia was in luck. which. There they had a bit of a skirmish in getting rid of the duties. which. as we have said. and they came to within a gunshot of the shore. where they intended to take in a cargo. Dantes was on the way he desired to follow. the everlasting enemy of the patron of The Young Amelia. This new cargo was destined for the coast of the Duchy of Lucca.

he had asked himself what power might not that man attain who should give the impulse of his will to all these contrary and diverging minds. and in its progress visions good and evil passed through Dantes' mind. wonderstruck. Edmond. filled his pockets with the radiant gems and then Chapter 23. Chapter 23. he rose to conceal his emotion. as subterranean waters filter in their caves. and was very desirous of retaining him in his service. Then he would be free to make his researches. classes of mankind which we in modern times have separated if not made distinct. Already Dantes had visited this maritime Bourse two or three times. Pearls fell drop by drop. It was necessary to find some neutral ground on which an exchange could be made. Edmond. by one of the unexpected strokes of fortune which sometimes befall those who have for a long time been the victims of an evil destiny. and Edmond had become as skilful a coaster as he had been a hardy seaman. Dantes was about to secure the opportunity he wished for. If he closed his eyes. Prison had made Edmond prudent. and having neither soldiers nor revenue officers. to make the neutral island by the following day. took him by the arm one evening and led him to a tavern on the Via del' Oglio. The patron of The Young Amelia proposed as a place of landing the Island of Monte Cristo. 146 . he saw Cardinal Spada's letter written on the wall in characters of flame −− if he slept for a moment the wildest dreams haunted his brain. was of opinion that the island afforded every possible security. When he again joined the two persons who had been discussing the matter. he could not devise any plan for reaching the island without companionship. by simple and natural means. fertile as it was. The Island of Monte Cristo. The Island of Monte Cristo. with panels of rubies. he would hire a small vessel on his own account −− for in his several voyages he had amassed a hundred piastres −− and under some pretext land at the Island of Monte Cristo. and learned all the Masonic signs by which these half pirates recognize each other. not perhaps entirely at liberty. and then to try and land these goods on the coast of France. and took a turn around the smoky tavern. The night was one of feverish distraction. At the mention of Monte Cristo Dantes started with joy. He had passed and re−passed his Island of Monte Cristo twenty times. and he was desirous of running no risk whatever. seemed to have been placed in the midst of the ocean since the time of the heathen Olympus by Mercury. when the patron. and the roof glowing with diamond stalactites. who had great confidence in him. it had been decided that they should touch at Monte Cristo and set out on the following night. One night more and he would be on his way. which being completely deserted. and cashmeres. This time it was a great matter that was under discussion. and.The Count of Monte Cristo Bonaparte. at length." We had forgotten to say that Jacopo was a Corsican. there would be a gain of fifty or sixty piastres each for the crew. but which antiquity appears to have included in the same category. and orders were given to get under weigh next night. and that great enterprises to be well done should be done quickly. He then formed a resolution. Two months and a half elapsed in these trips. But in vain did he rack his imagination. Dantes was tossed about on these doubts and wishes. but not once had he found an opportunity of landing there. Nothing then was altered in the plan. being consulted. where the leading smugglers of Leghorn used to congregate and discuss affairs connected with their trade. If the venture was successful the profit would be enormous. he had formed an acquaintance with all the smugglers on the coast. and land on the island without incurring any suspicion. But in this world we must risk something. Thus. connected with a vessel laden with Turkey carpets. amazed. He ascended into grottos paved with emeralds. for he would be doubtless watched by those who accompanied him. and seeing all these hardy free−traders. As soon as his engagement with the patron of The Young Amelia ended. stuffs of the Levant. where all the languages of the known world were jumbled in a lingua franca. became emperor. who supplied the whole coast for nearly two hundred leagues in extent. the god of merchants and robbers. wind and weather permitting.

"Where shall we pass the night?" he inquired. the night lighted up by his illusions. as he knew that he should shorten his course by two or three knots. Two hours afterwards he came on deck. Never did gamester. the treasure disappeared. The peak of Monte Cristo reddened by the burning sun. in which God also lighted up in turn his beacon lights. and all went to their bunks contentedly. As to Dantes. and went and lay down in his hammock." It was dark. and from time to time his cheeks flushed. and Dantes was then enabled to arrange a plan which had hitherto been vague and unsettled in his brain. then that of a ship floating in isolation on the sea during the obscurity of the night. and the silence animated by his anticipations. and with it the preparation for departure." replied the sailor. and then. About five o'clock in the evening the island was distinct. it was sufficient. they sailed beneath a bright blue sky. The day came at length. Dantes could not restrain his impetuosity. with a fresh breeze from the south−east. but at eleven o'clock the moon rose in the midst of the ocean. and was almost as feverish as the night had been. that he might have bound Edmond to him by a more secure alliance. or more poetical. The Island of Monte Cristo loomed large in the horizon. and at ten o'clock they anchored. and regretted that he had not a daughter. and he would take the helm. In spite of his usual command over himself. Night came. and at ten minutes past seven they doubled the lighthouse just as the beacon was kindled. He saw in the young man his natural successor. for he too had recognized the superiority of Dantes over the crew and himself. The sea was calm. This frequently happened. he had passed it on his voyage to and from the Levant. and in vain did he tax his memory for the magic and mysterious word which opened the splendid caverns of Ali Baba to the Arabian fisherman. in order to leave La Pianosa to starboard. have "kissed his mother earth. and under the eye of heaven? Now this solitude was peopled with his thoughts. "ascending high. and beyond the flat but verdant Island of La Pianosa. and had he dared. Edmond resigned the lugger to the master's care. in spite of a sleepless night. "Why. he could not close his eyes for a moment. the vessel was hurrying on with every sail set. They were just abreast of Mareciana. Chapter 23. and these preparations served to conceal Dantes' agitation. but it brought reason to the aid of imagination. on board the tartan. frequently experienced an imperious desire for solitude. from the brightest pink to the deepest blue. whose whole fortune is staked on one cast of the die. Dantes told them that all hands might turn in. Dantes. and a mist passed over his eyes. Edmond gazed very earnestly at the mass of rocks which gave out all the variety of twilight colors. but. and then the entrance vanished. All was useless. whose every wave she silvered. and every sail full with the breeze. and now the path became a labyrinth. −− it was one of her regular haunts. but they had suddenly receded. and. He then endeavored to re−enter the marvellous grottos. he would. The island was familiar to the crew of The Young Amelia. and easy of execution. The Island of Monte Cristo. The Young Amelia was first at the rendezvous. He was the first to jump on shore. Dantes ordered the helmsman to put down his helm. as the boat was about to double the Island of Elba. when be discovered that his prizes had all changed into common pebbles. like Lucius Brutus. and what solitude is more complete. but never touched at it. When the Maltese (for so they called Dantes) had said this.The Count of Monte Cristo returned to daylight. When the patron awoke. his comrades obeyed him with celerity and pleasure. in the silence of immensity. They were making nearly ten knots an hour. and had again reverted to the genii from whom for a moment he had hoped to carry it off. distinct. 147 . his brow darkened. He had by degrees assumed such authority over his companions that he was almost like a commander on board. He questioned Jacopo. and as his orders were always clear. and everything on it was plainly perceptible. owing to that clearness of the atmosphere peculiar to the light which the rays of the sun cast at its setting. The old patron did not interfere. At seven o'clock in the evening all was ready. each of which is a world." played in floods of pale light on the rocky hills of this second Pelion. was seen against the azure sky. Night came. experience the anguish which Edmond felt in his paroxysms of hope. cast from solitude into the world.

Then the landing began. to go and risk their lives again by endeavoring to gain fifty more. Dantes went on. looking from time to time behind and around about him. as he worked. his companions. having killed a kid. however. who. The boat that now arrived. and to which The Young Amelia replied by a similar signal. The cold sweat sprang forth on Dantes' brow. in all human probability. and when ready to let him know by firing a gun. and the glimmerings of gayety seen beneath this cloud were indeed but transitory.The Count of Monte Cristo "Should we not do better in the grottos?" "What grottos?" "Why. the grottos −− caves of the island. his minute observations and evident pre−occupation. that I shall. Oh. soon came in sight. as regarded this circumstance at least. but. fearing if he did so that he might incur distrust. taking a fowling−piece. it were better to die than to continue to lead this low and wretched life. which seem to me contemptible." "I do not know of any grottos. powder. who but three months before had no desire but liberty had now not liberty enough." For a moment Dantes was speechless. and shot. and when next day. and waste this treasure in some city with the pride of sultans and the insolence of nabobs. had they gone a quarter of a league when. or even stopped up. The Island of Monte Cristo. The cause was not in Dantes. "these persons will depart richer by fifty piastres each. or a desire for solitude. while limiting the power of man. he almost feared that he had already said too much. was the bill of fare. if he gave utterance to the one unchanging thought that pervaded his heart. indicated that the moment for business had come. assured by the answering signal that all was well. by a cleft between two walls of rock. he begged Jacopo to take it to his comrades. white and silent as a phantom. whom Jacopo had rejoined. then they will return with a fortune of six hundred francs. human foot had never before trod. and request them to cook it. on compulsion. However. then. no!" exclaimed Edmond. Having reached the summit of a rock. "In two hours' time. "that will not be. Besides. The wise. aroused suspicions. he saw. Yet perchance to−morrow deception will so act on me. Dantes approached the spot where he supposed the grottos Chapter 23. and Dantes did not oppose this. Besides. "What. but in providence. and by his restlessness and continual questions." Thus Dantes. The point was. and who were all busy preparing the repast which Edmond's skill as a marksman had augmented with a capital dish. At this moment hope makes me despise their riches. It was useless to search at night. for the sake of greater security. and which. are there no grottos at Monte Cristo?" he asked. and panted for wealth. and cast anchor within a cable's length of shore. his painful past gave to his countenance an indelible sadness. on the shout of joy which." said he. following a path worn by a torrent. by Cardinal Spada. his wish was construed into a love of sport. far from disclosing this precious secret. has filled him with boundless desires. then he remembered that these caves might have been filled up by some accident. a signal made half a league out at sea. Jacopo insisted on following him. with a single word. Fortunately. Edmond looked at them for a moment with the sad and gentle smile of a man superior to his fellows. Meanwhile. Dantes declared his intention to go and kill some of the wild goats that were seen springing from rock to rock. Scarcely. "None. This and some dried fruits and a flask of Monte Pulciano. to discover the hidden entrance." replied Jacopo. he could evoke from all these men. and Dantes therefore delayed all investigation until the morning. a thousand feet beneath him. 148 . unerring Faria could not be mistaken in this one thing. consider such a contemptible possession as the utmost happiness. No one had the slightest suspicion. Dantes reflected.

for all loved Edmond in spite of his superiority. bleeding. They all rushed towards him. had got some water from a spring. The sailors did not require much urging. yet Jacopo reached him first. Keeping along the shore. and he therefore turned round and retraced his steps." said the commander. placed solidly on its base. Just at the moment when they were taking the dainty animal from the spit. it shall never be said that we deserted a good comrade like you. We will not go Chapter 23. A large round rock. An hour afterwards they returned. Occasionally the marks were hidden under tufts of myrtle. moaning and turning pale. complained of great pain in his knee. as it invests all things of the mind with forgetfulness. instead of growing easier. which encrusts all physical substances with its mossy mantle. Dantes' pains appeared to increase in violence. and almost senseless. But. All that Edmond had been able to do was to drag himself about a dozen paces forward to lean against a moss−grown rock. As for himself.The Count of Monte Cristo must have existed. might not these betraying marks have attracted other eyes than those for whom they were made? and had the dark and wondrous island indeed faithfully guarded its precious secret? It seemed. with heavy groans. "No matter. and this remedy which had before been so beneficial to him. We will try and carry him on board the tartan. they saw Edmond springing with the boldness of a chamois from rock to rock. that he would rather die where he was than undergo the agony which the slightest movement cost him." said the patron. Meanwhile his comrades had prepared the repast. But even while they watched his daring progress. It may be supposed that Dantes did not now think of his dinner. "He has broken his ribs. and the smell of the roasted kid was very savory. urged Dantes to try and rise. and they saw him stagger on the edge of a rock and disappear. but he insisted that his comrades. should have their meal. and probably with a definite purpose. that at sixty paces from the harbor the marks ceased. Edmond concluded that perhaps instead of having reached the end of the route he had only explored its beginning. in order that they might serve as a guide for his nephew in the event of a catastrophe. however. or beneath parasitical lichen. The sportsman instantly changed his direction. which he could not foresee would have been so complete. "Well. The old patron. between Nice and Frejus. and severe pains in his loins. to Edmond. "let what may happen. he is an excellent fellow. Edmond opened his eyes. The sight of marks renewed Edmond fondest hopes. and cooked the kid. he declared. The Island of Monte Cristo. 149 . Only. a feeling of heaviness in his head. and your tars are not very ceremonious. was the only spot to which they seemed to lead. although under Jacopo's directions. who was obliged to sail in the morning in order to land his cargo on the frontiers of Piedmont and France. They poured a little rum down his throat. who was hidden from his comrades by the inequalities of the ground. Edmond made great exertions in order to comply. This solitary place was precisely suited to the requirements of a man desirous of burying treasure. nor did they terminate at any grotto. So Edmond had to separate the branches or brush away the moss to know where the guide−marks were. He found Edmond lying prone. Might it not have been the cardinal himself who had first traced them. and ran quickly towards them. marks made by the hand of man. and we must not leave him. and that when they returned he should be easier. he thought he could trace. produced the same effect as formerly. he declared that he had only need of a little rest. and they fired the signal agreed upon. but at each effort he fell back. and examining the smallest object with serious attention. Edmond's foot slipped. They wished to carry him to the shore. Time. who had not his reasons for fasting. that he could not bear to be moved. however. which spread into large bushes laden with blossoms." Dantes declared. spread out the fruit and bread. which apparently had been made with some degree of regularity. but when they touched him. on certain rocks. seemed to have respected these signs. They were hungry. in a low voice. He had rolled down a declivity of twelve or fifteen feet.

" This very much astonished the sailors. and yet we cannot stay." "Go." he said to the patron. return for me." said Edmond. If you do not come across one. took his gun in one hand. "I would rather do so. "to remain with me?" "Yes. "No. a gun. Captain Baldi. which was rolling on the swell in the little harbor. At the end of an hour she was completely out of sight. with sails partly set." "And give up your share of the venture. no." was Edmond reply. he said with a smile. Dantes would not allow that any such infraction of regular and proper rules should be made in his favor." said the patron. but nothing could shake his determination to remain −− and remain alone. powder. "We shall be absent at least a week." "You are a good fellow and a kind−hearted messmate. "Do you go. "if in two or three days you hail any fishing−boat. there's one way of settling this. "What are we to do. and thence he saw the tartan complete her preparations for sailing. "I was awkward." Then he dragged himself cautiously to the top of a rock." The patron shook his head. "And now. his pickaxe in the other. The Island of Monte Cristo. go!" exclaimed Dantes. "now. "Listen. The smugglers left with Edmond what he had requested and set sail. −− "'Tis strange that it should be among such men that we find proofs of friendship and devotion. and balls. at least." The patron turned towards his vessel. that I may build a shelter if you delay in coming back for me. I will pay twenty−five piastres for my passage back to Leghorn. and I hope I shall find among the rocks certain herbs most excellent for bruises. remembering the tale of the Arabian fisherman." A peculiar smile passed over Dantes' lips. Then. "and without any hesitation. balancing herself as gracefully as a water−fowl ere it takes to the wing." "But you'll die of hunger. "We cannot leave you here so. and each time making signs of a cordial farewell. A day or two of rest will set me up." "Why." said the patron. not one opposed it. but not without turning about several times. and hastened towards the rock on which the marks he had noted terminated. and. or even delay in its execution. but I do not wish any one to stay with me. "and then we must run out of our course to come here and take you up again. which Faria had related to him. set sail. to which Edmond replied with his hand only." said Dantes. desire them to come here to me. open sesame!" Chapter 23. weigh anchor. and. and it is just that I pay the penalty of my clumsiness. to kill the kids or defend myself at need. Leave me a small supply of biscuit. it was impossible for the wounded man to see her any longer from the spot where he was. The patron was so strict that this was the first time they had ever seen him give up an enterprise. he squeezed Jacopo's hand warmly.The Count of Monte Cristo till evening. "than suffer the inexpressible agonies which the slightest movement causes me. as if he could not move the rest of his body. and I will stay and take care of the wounded man. although. would be ready for sea when her toilet should be completed. "and heaven will recompense you for your generous intentions." said Jacopo. and a pickaxe. when they had disappeared. Maltese?" asked the captain. Then Dantes rose more agile and light than the kid among the myrtles and shrubs of these wild rocks." said Jacopo. from which he had a full view of the sea. 150 ." replied Edmond." he exclaimed.

so as to conceal the orifice. was about to round the Island of Corsica. and the old rock seemed fixed to the earth. with his pickaxe. anxious not to be watched. and deep in the centre. or fancied he detected. It was this idea that had brought Dantes back to the circular rock. But the rock was too heavy. had traced the marks along the rocks. without the aid of many men? Suddenly an idea flashed across his mind. But how? He cast his eyes around. The explosion soon followed. the Chapter 24. mounted to the summit of the highest rock. which would be perfectly concealed from observation. After ten minutes' labor the wall gave way. He attacked this wall. flints and pebbles had been inserted around it. they have lowered it. the other. that he gazed. This creek was sufficiently wide at its mouth. and he had noticed that they led to a small creek. This sight reassured him. Then he descended with cautious and slow step. and used it as a lever. this species of masonry had been covered with earth. the upper rock was lifted from its base by the terrific force of the powder. the infernal invention would serve him for this purpose. Dantes dug away the earth carefully. as we have said. or on Sardinia. and from thence gazed round in every direction. 151 . and grass and weeds had grown there. One thing only perplexed Edmond. following an opposite direction. hidden in the bushes. −− a statue on this vast pedestal of granite. He smiled. He soon perceived that a slope had been formed. The sun had nearly reached the meridian. The first was just disappearing in the straits of Bonifacio. moss had clung to the stones. or upon the almost imperceptible line that to the experienced eye of a sailor alone revealed the coast of Genoa the proud. guided by the hand of God. stripped off its branches. How could this rock. in the hands of the Abbe Faria. Dantes. had entered the creek. and his scorching rays fell full on the rocks. A large stone had served as a wedge. And he sprang from the rock in order to inspect the base on which it had formerly stood. with its historical associations. The Secret Cave. and Leghorn the commercial. He then looked at the objects near him. and the rock had slid along this until it stopped at the spot it now occupied. seized his gun. were he Hercules himself. With the aid of his pickaxe. and a hole large enough to insert the arm was opened. He saw that he was on the highest point of the island. chirped with a monotonous and dull note. the very houses of which he could distinguish. Dantes. have been lifted to this spot. But it was not upon Corsica. This feeling was so strong that at the moment when Edmond was about to begin his labor. which was hidden like the bath of some ancient nymph. while the blue ocean beat against the base of the island. followed the line marked by the notches in the rock. He felt an indescribable sensation somewhat akin to dread −− that dread of the daylight which even in the desert makes us fear we are watched and observed. then made a match by rolling his handkerchief in saltpetre. It was at the brigantine that had left in the morning. dug a mine between the upper rock and the one that supported it. cemented by the hand of time. inserted it in the hole. which seemed themselves sensible of the heat. concealed his little barque. and destroyed his theory. In a word. which weighed several tons. and covered it with a fringe of foam. he thought that the Cardinal Spada. He lighted it and retired. after the manner of a labor−saving pioneer. to admit of the entrance of a small vessel of the lugger class. Then following the clew that. and too firmly wedged. filled it with powder. Dantes went and cut the strongest olive−tree he could find. he stopped. and saw the horn full of powder which his friend Jacopo had left him. and detected. myrtle−bushes had taken root.The Count of Monte Cristo Chapter 24. yet Edmond felt himself alone. and at the end of it had buried his treasure. Dantes saw that he must attack the wedge. The Secret Cave. At every step that Edmond took he disturbed the lizards glittering with the hues of the emerald. and the tartan that had just set sail. thought he. or on the Island of Elba. the island was inhabited. to be moved by any one man. had been so skilfully used to guide him through the Daedalian labyrinth of probabilities. for he dreaded lest an accident similar to that he had so adroitly feigned should happen in reality. the leaves of the myrtle and olive trees waved and rustled in the wind. laid down his pickaxe. nothing human appearing in sight. Instead of raising it. that Edmond fixed his eyes. afar off he saw the wild goats bounding from crag to crag. Thousands of grasshoppers. the ingenious artifice.

I am accustomed to adversity. rolled over. which. as I am about to descend. the intrepid adventurer. and a huge snake. already shaken by the explosion. "be a man. the flag−stone yielded. placed his lever in one of the crevices. hesitated. selecting the spot from whence it appeared most susceptible to attack. He would fain have continued. has indulged in fallacious hopes. and his sight became so dim. never had a first attempt been crowned with more perfect success. rolled himself along in darkening coils." Chapter 24. and reflected. Dantes turned pale. and finally disappeared in the ocean. and the good abbe. and Borgia. yes." "Yet. his eyes fixed on the gloomy aperture that was open at his feet. or if he did. he seemed like one of the ancient Titans. Caesar Borgia. the Cardinal Spada buried no treasure here. then. exposing an iron ring let into a square flag−stone. it sees all its illusions destroyed. a torch in one band. Dantes' eye. and murmuring that last word of human philosophy." replied he. which now. after having been elated by flattering hopes. "Perhaps!" But instead of the darkness. the stealthy and indefatigable plunderer. tottered on its base. and through which he could distinguish the blue sky and the waving branches of the evergreen oaks." Then he descended. Yes. "of those who buried Alaric. and his heart beat so violently. "he would have found the treasure. discovered his traces. a sword in the other. seeing in a dream these glittering walls. knew too well the value of time to waste it in replacing this rock. "these are the treasures the cardinal has left." "But what was the fate of the guards who thus possessed his secret?" asked Dantes of himself. I must not be cast down by the discovery that I have been deceived. and disappeared. This feeling lasted but for a moment. entered. and descending before me. while their master descended. not merely by the aperture he had just formed. perhaps he never came here. Borgia has been here. Any one else would have rushed on with a cry of joy. would be the use of all I have suffered? The heart breaks when. has left me nothing. and disclosed steps that descended until they were lost in the obscurity of a subterraneous grotto. like the guardian demon of the treasure. which he could devour leaf by leaf. dispelling the darkness before his awe−inspiring progress. and strained every nerve to move the mass. and the thick and mephitic atmosphere he had expected to find. bounded from point to point. Dantes redoubled his efforts. leaned towards the sea. at the foot of this rock. After having stood a few minutes in the cavern. "The fate. "Alas. Dantes approached the upper rock. perhaps two guards kept watch on land and sea. The intrepid treasure−seeker walked round it." said he to himself. as well as the air. that he was forced to pause." He remained motionless and pensive. without any support. I will go down. a smile on his lips. who uprooted the mountains to hurl against the father of the gods. Edmond inserted his lever in the ring and exerted all his strength. Dantes saw a dim and bluish light. habituated as it was to darkness. had he come. "Now that I expect nothing. but his knees trembled. and the tendrils of the creepers that grew from the rocks. The rock. thousands of insects escaped from the aperture Dantes had previously formed. which was of granite that sparkled like diamonds." said Edmond. and within twenty paces. but by the interstices and crevices of the rock which were visible from without. and." And he remained again motionless and thoughtful. the atmosphere of which was rather warm than damp. On the spot it had occupied was a circular space. Dantes uttered a cry of joy and surprise. This fabulous event formed but a link in a long chain of marvels. "Yes. The Secret Cave. 152 . the end of this adventure becomes simply a matter of curiosity. pursued them as I have done. What. raised the stone. this is an adventure worthy a place in the varied career of that royal bandit. now that I no longer entertain the slightest hopes.The Count of Monte Cristo lower one flew into pieces. he who compared Italy to an artichoke. smiling." thought Dantes. has followed him. could pierce even to the remotest angles of the cavern. The rock yielded. smiling. Faria has dreamed this. "Come.

he could still cling to hope. He wished to see everything. he sounded all the other walls with his pickaxe. he inserted the point of his pickaxe. he hastily swallowed a few drops of rum. At last. Dantes seized his gun. The second grotto was lower and more gloomy than the first. He again struck his pickaxe into the earth. deprived him of it. which entered someway between the interstices. or rather fell. had not been deceived became stronger. and attacked the wall. like Caesar Borgia. he examined the stones. he had now to seek the second. "In the farthest angle of the second opening. he eagerly advanced. Never did funeral knell. The pickaxe struck for a moment with a dull sound that drew out of Dantes' forehead large drops of perspiration. struck the earth with the butt of his gun. "It is a casket of wood bound with iron. if it existed. The time had at length arrived. He glanced around this second grotto. Dantes entered the second grotto. and the sun seemed to cover it with its fiery glance. but by waiting.The Count of Monte Cristo But he called to mind the words of the will. He had nothing more to do now. never did alarm−bell. At last it seemed to him that one part of the wall gave forth a more hollow and deeper echo. and using the handle as a lever. Then a singular thing occurred. Had Dantes found nothing he could not have become more ghastly pale. and covered with stucco. He reflected that this second grotto must penetrate deeper into the island. The island was deserted. after renewed hesitation. But by some strange play of emotion. This would have been a favorable occasion to secure his dinner. but with the iron tooth of the pickaxe to draw the stones towards him one by one. At the fifth or sixth blow the pickaxe struck against an iron substance. and painted to imitate granite. was buried in this corner. the pickaxe descended. He advanced towards the angle. lighted it at the fire at which the smugglers had prepared their breakfast. and. and Dantes' fate would be decided. attacked the ground with the pickaxe. so did his heart give way. and retard the certainty of deception. exposing a large white stone. This last proof. He waited in order to allow pure air to displace the foul atmosphere. and remounted the stairs. he seized it. then this stucco had been applied. masked for precaution's sake. in proportion as the proofs that Faria. it was. A wild goat had passed before the mouth of the cave. The aperture was already sufficiently large for him to enter. returned to that part of the wall whence issued the consoling sound he had before heard. pieces of stucco similar to that used in the ground work of arabesques broke off. passed his hand over his brow. However. two feet of earth removed. instead of giving him fresh strength. but Dantes feared lest the report of his gun should attract attention. and was feeding at a little distance. The pickaxe that had seemed so heavy. and again entered the cavern. as an excuse. knew the value of time. and with greater force. in all probability. alleging to himself. the air that could only enter by the newly formed opening had the mephitic smell Dantes was surprised not to find in the outer cavern. As he struck the wall." said the cardinal's will. It was there he must dig. with joy soon saw the stone turn as if on hinges. and then went on. and sounded one part of the wall where he fancied the opening existed. like the first. but had been merely placed one upon the other. After several blows he perceived that the stones were not cemented. But to Dantes' eye there was no darkness. The aperture of the rock had been closed with stones. Dantes had tasted nothing. Dantes struck with the sharp end of his pickaxe. empty. 153 . but he thought not of hunger at such a moment. and a feeling of discouragement stole over him. produce a greater effect on the hearer. and with the quickness of perception that no one but a prisoner possesses. saw that there. and fall at his feet." thought he. sprang through the opening. the opening must be. afar off. and finding nothing that appeared suspicious. At the left of the opening was a dark and deep angle. and descended with this torch. he. The treasure. He thought a moment. in order to avoid fruitless toil. a desire to be assured that no one was watching him. a few small fishing boats studded the bosom of the blue ocean. cut a branch of a resinous tree. He approached the hole Chapter 24. and fell to the ground in flakes. The Secret Cave. He again struck it. and summoning all his resolution. was now like a feather in his grasp. and encountered the same resistance. but in reality because he felt that he was about to faint. but not the same sound. which he knew by heart. At this moment a shadow passed rapidly before the opening. Dantes continued his search. he placed it on the ground. He had only found the first grotto. and mounted the stair.

and rubies. It was a night of joy and terror. Edmond grasped handfuls of diamonds. and. and his predecessors. He then closed his eyes as children do in order that they may see in the resplendent night of their own imagination more stars than are visible in the firmament.. in the third. were valuable beyond their intrinsic worth. then he re−opened them. terrifying the wild goats and scaring the sea−fowls with his wild cries and gestures. Day. he leaped on a rock. He planted his torch in the ground and resumed his labor. or was it but a dream? He would fain have gazed upon his gold. Dantes seized the handles. with the aid of the torch.The Count of Monte Cristo he had dug. mounted by the most famous workmen. and strained his view to catch every peculiarity of the landscape. After having touched. filled his pockets with gems. diamonds. these faithful guardians seemed unwilling to surrender their trust. In the first. Descending into the grotto. and he saw successively the lock. lying over the mouth of the cave. and the two handles at each end. a sword. these unheard−of treasures! was he awake. and he saw that the complement was not half empty. felt. and strove to lift the coffer. then he piled up twenty−five thousand crowns. which was still untarnished. put the box together as well and securely as he could. and stood motionless with amazement. and then carefully trod Chapter 25. for which Dantes had so eagerly and impatiently waited with open eyes. such as this man of stupendous emotions had already experienced twice or thrice in his lifetime. and other gems. Edmond rushed through the caverns like a man seized with frenzy. clasping his hands convulsively. he cocked his gun and laid it beside him. rushed into the grotto. bound with cut steel. The hinges yielded in their turn and fell. Again he climbed the rocky height he had ascended the previous evening. uttered a prayer intelligible to God alone. He then set himself to work to count his fortune. from whence he could behold the sea. like all the Italian armorial bearings. for an instant he leaned his head in his hands as if to prevent his senses from leaving him. There were a thousand ingots of gold. and Dantes could see an oaken coffer. pearls. which possessed nothing attractive save their value. This time he fell on his knees. many of which. examined these treasures. In an instant a space three feet long by two feet broad was cleared. but it wore the same wild. Edmond was seized with vertigo. barren aspect when seen by the rays of the morning sun which it had done when surveyed by the fading glimmer of eve. which. He was alone −− alone with these countless. and bearing the effigies of Alexander VI. his gun in his hand. placed between two padlocks. and he snatched a few hours' sleep. sprinkled fresh sand over the spot from which it had been taken. when art rendered the commonest metals precious. each worth about eighty francs of our money. Three compartments divided the coffer. 154 . each weighing from two to three pounds. and pressing with all his force on the handle. then he returned. Dantes inserted the sharp end of the pickaxe between the coffer and the lid. Dantes saw the light gradually disappear. on an oval shield. A piece of biscuit and a small quantity of rum formed his supper. still unable to believe the evidence of his senses. in the middle of the lid he saw engraved on a silver plate. Faria had so often drawn them for him. and yet he had not strength enough. Dantes easily recognized them. The Unknown. all carved as things were carved at that epoch. In an instant he had cleared every obstacle away. The Unknown. burst open the fastenings. sounded like hail against glass. lock and padlock were fastened. in the second. and surmounted by a cardinal's hat. saw that his pickaxe had in reality struck against iron and wood. blazed piles of golden coin. With the first light Dantes resumed his search. for only now did he begin to realize his felicity. still holding in their grasp fragments of the wood. were ranged bars of unpolished gold. it was impossible. again dawned. and fearing to be surprised in the cavern. Chapter 25. he lifted the stone. There was no longer any doubt: the treasure was there −− no one would have been at such pains to conceal an empty casket. He sought to open it. as they fell on one another. and the chest was open. and. pale. left it. He soon became calmer and more happy. And he measured ten double handfuls of pearls. and found himself before this mine of gold and jewels. and then rushed madly about the rocks of Monte Cristo. the arms of the Spada family −− viz. and now.

such as the wild myrtle and flowering thorn. He then inquired how they had fared in their trip. who did not allow him as much money as he liked to spend. he still suffered acutely from his late accident. and influence which are always accorded to wealth −− that first and greatest of all the forces within the grasp of man. which amounted to no less a sum than fifty piastres each. but as The Young Amelia had merely come to Monte Cristo to fetch him away. he replaced the stone. an inhabitant of the Catalan village. and enabled them to double the Cape of Corsica. whose superior skill in the management of a vessel would have availed them so materially. power. then. into which he deftly inserted rapidly growing plants. Dantes took leave of the captain. From a distance Dantes recognized the rig and handling of The Young Amelia. To this question the smugglers replied that. The superior education of Dantes gave an air of such extreme probability to this statement that it never once occurred to Jacopo to doubt its accuracy. which yearned to return to dwell among mankind. 155 . he scrupulously effaced every trace of footsteps. and expressions of cordial interest in all that concerned him. but the cunning purchaser asked no troublesome questions concerning a bargain by which he gained a round profit of at least eighty per cent. and particularly Jacopo. distributing so liberal a gratuity among her crew as to secure for him the good wishes of all. Dantes half feared that such valuable jewels in the hands of a poor sailor like himself might excite suspicion. not suffering the faintest indication of a smile to escape him at the enumeration of all the benefits he would have reaped had he been able to quit the island. that he might provide himself with a suitable crew and other requisites for his outfit. The following morning Jacopo set sail for Marseilles. he embarked that same evening. left him by an uncle. and so elude all further pursuit. accompanying the gift by a donation of one hundred piastres. residing in the Allees de Meillan. night came on. then carefully watering these new plantations. leaving the approach to the cavern as savage−looking and untrodden as he had found it. the trip had been sufficiently successful to satisfy all concerned. but that on his arrival at Leghorn he had come into possession of a large fortune. the pursuing vessel had almost overtaken them when. the smugglers returned. whose sole heir he was. with directions from Dantes to join him at the Island of Monte Cristo. they had scarcely done so when they received intelligence that a guard−ship had just quitted the port of Toulon and was crowding all sail towards them. filling the interstices with earth. he ceased to importune him further. fortunately. Having seen Jacopo fairly out of the harbor. however. Jacopo could scarcely believe his senses at receiving this magnificent present. This done. although successful in landing their cargo in safety. and to assume the rank. he impatiently awaited the return of his companions. Upon the whole. who at first tried all his powers of persuasion to induce him to remain as one of the crew. a dealer in precious stones. Edmond preserved the most admirable self−command. while the crew. and dragging himself with affected difficulty towards the landing−place.The Count of Monte Cristo down the earth to give it everywhere a uniform appearance. but having been told the history of the legacy. which Dantes hastened to account for by saying that he had merely been a sailor from whim and a desire to spite his family. heaping on it broken masses of rocks and rough fragments of crumbling granite. The term for which Edmond had engaged to serve on board The Young Amelia having expired. To the captain he promised to write when he had Chapter 25. To wait at Monte Cristo for the purpose of watching like a dragon over the almost incalculable riches that had thus fallen into his possession satisfied not the cravings of his heart. On the sixth day. Dantes proceeded to make his final adieus on board The Young Amelia. In fact. and also a young woman called Mercedes. and proceeded with the captain to Leghorn. although considerably better than when they quitted him. Arrived at Leghorn. expressed great regrets that Dantes had not been an equal sharer with themselves in the profits. he met his companions with an assurance that. when they could but lament the absence of Dantes. quitting the grotto. upon condition that he would go at once to Marseilles for the purpose of inquiring after an old man named Louis Dantes. The following day Dantes presented Jacopo with an entirely new vessel. The Unknown. he repaired to the house of a Jew. to whom he disposed of four of his smallest diamonds for five thousand francs each. This obliged them to make all the speed they could to evade the enemy.

Then Dantes departed for Genoa. they then turned their conjectures upon her probable destination. and he gave orders that she should be steered direct to Marseilles. his boat had proved herself a first−class sailer. upon condition that he should be allowed to take immediate possession. Dantes had carefully noted the general appearance of the shore. Dantes. Dantes led the owner of the yacht to the dwelling of a Jew. The boat. As it drew near. In a couple of hours he returned. the price agreed upon between the Englishman and the Genoese builder was forty thousand francs. having heard that the Genoese excelled all other builders along the shores of the Mediterranean in the construction of fast−sailing vessels. instead of landing at the usual place. and in two hours afterwards the newcomer lay at anchor beside the yacht. The following day Dantes sailed with his yacht from Genoa. leaping lightly ashore. Dantes furnishing the dimensions and plan in accordance with which they were to be constructed. he dropped anchor in the little creek. saying he was accustomed to cruise about quite alone. and was not expected back in less than three weeks or a month. 156 . and Dantes required but a short trial of his beautiful craft to acknowledge that the Genoese had not without reason attained their high reputation in the art of shipbuilding. But their wonder was soon changed to admiration at seeing the perfect skill with which Dantes handled the helm. and Mercedes had disappeared. The Unknown. he signified his desire to be quite alone. the latter to remedy. this yacht had been built by order of an Englishman. Upon the eighth day he discerned a small vessel under full sail approaching Monte Cristo. The spectators followed the little vessel with their eyes as long as it remained visible. by which time the builder reckoned upon being able to complete another. others the Island of Elba. The former Dantes proposed to augment. who. offering sixty thousand francs. and. studying it as a skilful horseman would the animal he destined for some important service. and at Monte Cristo he arrived at the close of the second day. and promised to have these secret places completed by the next day. Two of the men from Jacopo's boat came on board the yacht to assist in navigating it. under the inspection of an immense crowd drawn together by curiosity to see the rich Spanish nobleman who preferred managing his own yacht. but he knew not how to account for the Chapter 25. A mournful answer awaited each of Edmond's eager inquiries as to the information Jacopo had obtained. applied to its owner to transfer it to him. his treasure was just as he had left it. the only thing the builder could oblige him in would be to contrive a sort of secret closet in the cabin at his bed's head. His signal was returned. The delighted builder then offered his services in providing a suitable crew for the little vessel. retired with the latter for a few minutes to a small back parlor. the more so as the person for whom the yacht was intended had gone upon a tour through Switzerland. struck with the beauty and capability of the little vessel. and ere nightfall the whole of his immense wealth was safely deposited in the compartments of the secret locker. he recognized it as the boat he had given to Jacopo. and bore no evidence of having been visited since he went away. Early on the following morning he commenced the removal of his riches. indeed. Some insisted she was making for Corsica. A week passed by. Yet thither it was that Dantes guided his vessel. while Africa was positively reported by many persons as her intended course. A bargain was therefore struck. He immediately signalled it. seemed to be animated with almost human intelligence.The Count of Monte Cristo made up his mind as to his future plans. the closet to contain three divisions. Dantes listened to these melancholy tidings with outward calmness. was desirous of possessing a specimen of their skill. so constructed as to be concealed from all but himself. but. till at the end of that time he was perfectly conversant with its good and bad qualities. and had come the distance from Genoa in thirty−five hours. and upon their return the Jew counted out to the shipbuilder the sum of sixty thousand francs in bright gold pieces. At the moment of his arrival a small yacht was under trial in the bay. Old Dantes was dead. The builder cheerfully undertook the commission. The island was utterly deserted. Dantes employed it in manoeuvring his yacht round the island. The proposal was too advantageous to be refused. so promptly did it obey the slightest touch. and his principal pleasure consisted in managing his yacht himself. bets were offered to any amount that she was bound for Spain. For his father's death he was in some manner prepared. but no one thought of Monte Cristo. but this Dantes declined with many thanks.

during his stay at Leghorn. he propounded a variety of questions on different subjects. his yacht. Dantes could not give sufficiently clear instructions to an agent. he wiped the perspiration from his brows. so pregnant with fond and filial remembrances. not a street. Dantes proceeded onwards. His looking−glass had assured him. but with that perfect self−possession he had acquired during his acquaintance with Faria. Recovering himself. followed by the little fishing−boat. not a tree. his heart beat almost to bursting. a mist floated over his sight. he begged so earnestly to be permitted to visit those on the fifth floor. There were.The Count of Monte Cristo mysterious disappearance of Mercedes. my good friend. Each step he trod oppressed his heart with fresh emotion." was his comment. Edmond welcomed the meeting with this fellow −− who had been one of his own sailors −− as a sure means of testing the extent of the change which time had worked in his own appearance. and stopped not again till he found himself at the door of the house in which his father had lived. besides. "but I believe you made a mistake. and see. carefully watching the man's countenance as he did so. that you may drink to my health. and asked whether there were any rooms to be let. The first person to attract the attention of Dantes. his first and most indelible recollections were there. sir. boldly entered the port of Marseilles. Chapter 25. in despite of the oft−repeated assurance of the concierge that they were occupied. was one of the crew belonging to the Pharaon. and ask permission for a gentleman to be allowed to look at them. I see that I have made a trifling mistake. in almost breathless haste. moreover. had all disappeared from the upper part of the house. Giving the sailor a piece of money in return for his civility. and as this gave him a standing which a French passport would not have afforded. from whence a full view of the Allees de Meillan was obtained. that he passed but seemed filled with dear and cherished memories. Dantes. Dantes succeeded in inducing the man to go up to the tenants. which his father had delighted to train before his window. The nasturtiums and other plants. he gazed thoughtfully for a time at the upper stories of the shabby little house. At this spot. that he was unable even to thank Edmond. 157 . he would inevitably have fallen to the ground and been crushed beneath the many vehicles continually passing there. he had been put on board the boat destined to convey him thither. Dantes coolly presented an English passport he had obtained from Leghorn. Without divulging his secret. other particulars he was desirous of ascertaining. as he landed on the Canebiere. And thus he proceeded onwards till he arrived at the end of the Rue de Noailles. you intended to give me a two−franc piece. that. Dantes instantly turned to meet him. "Some nabob from India. "I beg your pardon. his knees tottered under him." So extreme was the surprise of the sailor. The Unknown. One fine morning. you gave me a double Napoleon. meanwhile. and had he not clung for support to one of the trees. whose receding figure he continued to gaze after in speechless astonishment. Though answered in the negative. however. went on his way. then. but not a word or look implied that he had the slightest idea of ever having seen before the person with whom he was then conversing. but by way of rewarding your honesty I give you another double Napoleon. Still Dantes could not view without a shudder the approach of a gendarme who accompanied the officers deputed to demand his bill of health ere the yacht was permitted to hold communication with the shore. and be able to ask your messmates to join you. that he ran no risk of recognition. on the never−to−be−forgotten night of his departure for the Chateau d'If. he had now the means of adopting any disguise he thought proper. as you say. and anchored exactly opposite the spot from whence. but ere he had gone many steps he heard the man loudly calling him to stop. Leaning against the tree. Going straight towards him. Then he advanced to the door." "Thank you. and those were of a nature he alone could investigate in a manner satisfactory to himself. he was informed that there existed no obstacle to his immediate debarkation." said the honest fellow.

tomatoes. This modern place of entertainment stood on the left−hand side of the post road. and at the present time kept a small inn on the route from Bellegarde to Beaucaire. Dantes sighed heavily. and. But what raised public astonishment to a climax. a sheet of tin covered with a grotesque representation of the Pont du Gard. consisting of a small plot of ground. the very paper was different. consisting of an entirely new fishing−boat. The Pont du Gard Inn. with instinctive delicacy. in spite of his efforts to prevent it. purchased the small dwelling for the sum of twenty−five thousand francs. merely give some orders to a sailor. A few dingy olives and stunted fig−trees struggled hard for existence. −− a little nearer to the former than to the latter. now become the property of Dantes. This strange event aroused great wonder and curiosity in the neighborhood of the Allees de Meillan. and afterwards observed to enter a poor fisherman's hut. that the person in question had got into difficulties. 158 . while the articles of antiquated furniture with which the rooms had been filled in Edmond's time had all disappeared. The young couple gazed with astonishment at the sight of their visitor's emotion. and a multitude of theories were afloat. and displayed its flexible stem and fan−shaped summit dried and cracked by the fierce heat of the sub−tropical sun. and. the four walls alone remained as he had left them. at least ten thousand more than it was worth. The delighted recipients of these munificent gifts would gladly have poured out their thanks to their generous benefactor. for reply. and wondered to see the large tears silently chasing each other down his otherwise stern and immovable features. and seeing them. the eyes of Edmond were suffused in tears as he reflected that on that spot the old man had breathed his last. none of which was anywhere near the truth. and kindly refrained from questioning him as to its cause. The bed belonging to the present occupants was placed as the former owner of the chamber had been accustomed to have his. but they had seen him. leave Marseilles by the Porte d'Aix. creaking and flapping in the wind. they left him to indulge his sorrow alone. he paused to inquire whether Caderousse the tailor still dwelt there. vainly calling for his son. It also boasted of what in Languedoc is styled a garden. The Pont du Gard Inn. while. lone and solitary. that the new landlord gave them their choice of any of the rooms in the house.. about midway between the town of Beaucaire and the village of Bellegarde. they both accompanied him downstairs. Chapter 26. Between these sickly shrubs grew a scanty supply of garlic. upon condition of their giving instant possession of the two small chambers they at present inhabited. and eschalots. and set all conjecture at defiance. but their withered dusty foliage abundantly proved how unequal was the conflict. Such of my readers as have made a pedestrian excursion to the south of France may perchance have noticed. on the side opposite to the main entrance reserved for the reception of guests. −− a small roadside inn. etc. The very same day the occupants of the apartments on the fifth floor of the house. and then springing lightly on horseback. Dantes next proceeded thither. and assuring him that their poor dwelling would ever be open to him. were duly informed by the notary who had arranged the necessary transfer of deeds.The Count of Monte Cristo The tenants of the humble lodging were a young couple who had been scarcely married a week. Chapter 26. a tall pine raised its melancholy head in one of the corners of this unattractive spot. reiterating their hope that he would come again whenever he pleased. and to pass more than an hour in inquiring after persons who had either been dead or gone away for more than fifteen or sixteen years. As Edmond passed the door on the fourth floor. upon quitting the hut. but he received. with two seines and a tender. But on the following day the family from whom all these particulars had been asked received a handsome present. under the name of Lord Wilmore (the name and title inscribed on his passport). Having obtained the address of the person to whom the house in the Allees de Meillan belonged. like a forgotten sentinel. When he withdrew from the scene of his painful recollections. but had its owner asked half a million. without the least augmentation of rent. was the knowledge that the same stranger who had in the morning visited the Allees de Meillan had been seen in the evening walking in the little village of the Catalans. Nothing in the two small chambers forming the apartments remained as it had been in the time of the elder Dantes. and backed upon the Rhone. while. from the front of which hung. it would unhesitatingly have been given. but they felt the sacredness of his grief.

not a hundred steps from the inn. of which we have given a brief but faithful description. which regaled the passers by through this Egyptian scene with its strident. on the lookout for guests who seldom came. he was a man of sober habits and moderate desires. it was situated between the Rhone from which it had its source and the post−road it had depleted. or stretched languid and feeble on her bed. the unfortunate inn−keeper did not writhe under the double misery of seeing the hateful canal carry off his customers and his profits.The Count of Monte Cristo In the surrounding plain. Gaspard Caderousse. bearing equal resemblance to the style adopted both by the Catalans and Andalusians. His naturally dark complexion had assumed a still further shade of brown from the habit the unfortunate man had acquired of stationing himself from morning till eve at the threshold of his door. which. for a canal between Beaucaire and Aiguemortes had revolutionized transportation by substituting boats for the cart and the stagecoach. like his beard. elegantly worked stockings. and deep−set eyes. he had dark. whose utter ruin it was fast accomplishing. Each stalk served as a perch for a grasshopper. parti−colored scarfs. a perfect specimen of the natives of those southern latitudes. and in spite of his age but slightly interspersed with a few silvery threads. shivering in her chair. But. unable to appear abroad in Chapter 26. Born in the neighborhood of Arles. which more resembled a dusty lake than solid ground. was pale. And. Still. The inn−keeper himself was a man of from forty to fifty−five years of age. after the manner of the Spanish muleteers. La Carconte. a mode of attire borrowed equally from Greece and Arabia. so called. and a hostler called Pecaud. tall. while her husband kept his daily watch at the door −− a duty he performed with so much the greater willingness. exposed to the meridional rays of a burning sun. while La Carconte displayed the charming fashion prevalent among the women of Arles. his hair. let it not be supposed that amid this affected resignation to the will of Providence. no doubt. and Gaspard Caderousse. with two servants. and sickly−looking. whose maiden name had been Madeleine Radelle. the effect. watch−chains. For about seven or eight years the little tavern had been kept by a man and his wife. in all probability. velvet vests. −− a chambermaid named Trinette. who never saw him without breaking out into bitter invectives against fate. meagre. which he wore under his chin. but that beauty had gradually withered beneath the devastating influence of the slow fever so prevalent among dwellers by the ponds of Aiguemortes and the marshes of Camargue. During the days of his prosperity. she had shared in the beauty for which its women are proverbial. 159 . not a festivity took place without himself and wife being among the spectators. It is God's pleasure that things should be so. of a curious desire on the part of the agriculturists of the country to see whether such a thing as the raising of grain in those parched regions was practicable. sparkling. This man was our old acquaintance. hooked nose. embroidered bodices." The sobriquet of La Carconte had been bestowed on Madeleine Radelle from the fact that she had been born in a village. and addicted to display. in these philosophic words: −− "Hush. situated between Salon and Lambesc. to all of which her husband would calmly return an unvarying reply. He dressed in the picturesque costume worn upon grand occasions by the inhabitants of the south of France. striped gaiters. and teeth white as those of a carnivorous animal. yet there he stood. as it saved him the necessity of listening to the endless plaints and murmurs of his helpmate. His wife. and as a custom existed among the inhabitants of that part of France where Caderousse lived of styling every person by some particular and distinctive appellation. all disappeared. with no other protection for his head than a red handkerchief twisted around it. were scattered a few miserable stalks of wheat. her husband had bestowed on her the name of La Carconte in place of her sweet and euphonious name of Madeleine. vain. and silver buckles for the shoes. by degrees. but fond of external show. This small staff was quite equal to all the requirements. day after day. monotonous note. Like other dwellers in the south. was thick and curly. his rude gutteral language would not have enabled him to pronounce. on the contrary. necklaces. as though to add to the daily misery which this prosperous canal inflicted on the unfortunate inn−keeper. She remained nearly always in her second−floor chamber. and the daily infliction of his peevish partner's murmurs and lamentations. and bony. The Pont du Gard Inn. strong.

at his place of observation before the door." answered the host." Then perceiving for the first time the garb of the traveller he had to entertain. would choose to expose himself in such a formidable Sahara. when he was aroused by the shrill voice of his wife. and grumbling to himself as he went. with many bows and courteous smiles. The horse was of Hungarian breed. then. struck thrice with the end of his iron−shod stick. and wearing a three−cornered hat. At that moment a heavy footstep was heard descending the wooden staircase that led from the upper floor. Caderousse hastily exclaimed: "A thousand pardons! I really did not observe whom I had the honor to receive under my poor roof.The Count of Monte Cristo his pristine splendor. and. he tied the animal safely and having drawn a red cotton handkerchief. was. which led away to the north and south. Nevertheless. There it lay stretching out into one interminable line of dust and sand. had given up any further participation in the pomps and vanities. as usual. However that might have been. both for himself and wife. M. sir! −− he only barks. At this unusual sound. "will you be quiet? Pray don't heed him." cried he. snarling and displaying his sharp white teeth with a determined hostility that abundantly proved how little he was accustomed to society. speaking to the dog. sir. wiped away the perspiration that streamed from his brow. Having arrived before the Pont du Gard. but whether for his own pleasure or that of his rider would have been difficult to say. speaking with a strong Italian accent. the horse stopped. 160 . with its sides bordered by tall. observing in the countenance of the latter no other expression than extreme surprise at his own want of attention to an inquiry so courteously worded. had Caderousse but retained his post a few minutes longer. the road on which he so eagerly strained his sight was void and lonely as a desert at mid−day. to set the entrance door wide open. spite of the ardent rays of a noonday sun. most welcome!" repeated the astonished Caderousse. he might have caught a dim outline of something approaching from the direction of Bellegarde. the pair came on with a fair degree of rapidity. more for the shelter than the profit it afforded. altogether presenting so uninviting an appearance. at your service." The priest gazed on the person addressing him with a long and searching gaze −− there even seemed a disposition on his part to court a similar scrutiny on the part of the inn−keeper. as an invitation to any chance traveller who might be passing. dressed in black. meagre trees. Margotin. he would easily have perceived that it consisted of a man and horse. then. sir. a huge black dog came rushing to meet the daring assailant of his ordinarily tranquil abode. the priest. first taking care. Availing himself of a handle that projected from a half−fallen door. mine host of the Pont du Gard besought his guest to enter. and ambled along at an easy pace. even more surprised at the question than he had been by the silence which had preceded it. endeavoring to turn up some grain or insect suited to their palate −− to the deserted road. and. then. What would the abbe please to have? What refreshment can I offer? All I have is at his service. from his pocket. he deemed it as well to terminate this dumb show. though fruitlessly. "You are. he mounted to her chamber. dismounting. although a bitter feeling of envious discontent filled his mind as the sound of mirth and merry music from the joyous revellers reached even the miserable hostelry to which he still clung. His rider was a priest. led his steed by the bridle in search of some place to which he could secure him. The Pont du Gard Inn. and therefore said. however. between whom the kindest and most amiable understanding appeared to exist. Caderousse. At the moment Caderousse quitted his sentry−like watch before the door. "You are welcome. I presume. as the moving object drew nearer. that no one in his senses could have imagined that any traveller. his eyes glancing listlessly from a piece of closely shaven grass −− on which some fowls were industriously. then. advancing to the door. "Now. I make no doubt a glass of good wine would be acceptable this dreadfully hot day. he never bites. "I am Gaspard Caderousse. at liberty to regulate his hours for journeying." Chapter 26. Caderousse?" "Yes.

and unable to render me the least assistance. let me have a bottle of your best wine." added he." said Caderousse with a sigh. The Pont du Gard Inn. as one pleases. with your permission. "Quite. if what you assert be true. which served both as parlor and kitchen." said the abbe. skinny neck resting on his lap." continued he significantly. "Are you quite alone?" inquired the guest. "one is free to believe them or not. and the wicked punished. sir. "Yes. glancing round as he spoke at the scanty furnishings of the apartment." "You are wrong to speak thus. whose animosity seemed appeased by the unusual command of the traveller for refreshments. and had established himself very comfortably between his knees. his long. for my poor wife. I was a tailor." replied the man −− "or. who. who is the only person in the house besides myself.The Count of Monte Cristo "Gaspard Caderousse. honest −− I can certainly say that much for myself. with a bitter expression of countenance. while Margotin. then?" said the priest. sooner or later. "it is easy to perceive I am not a rich man. the good will be rewarded. hastily raised a trap−door in the floor of the apartment they were in. he found the abbe seated upon a wooden stool." continued the inn−keeper. with a hand on his breast and shaking his head. leaning his elbow on a table. practically so. till the trade fell off. fairly sustaining the scrutiny of the abbe's gaze. while his dim eye was fixed earnestly on the traveller's face. is laid up with illness." "What mean you?" inquired Caderousse with a look of surprise. is there nothing I can offer you by way of refreshment?" "Yes. penetrating glance. I must be satisfied that you are the person I am in search of. "In the first place. 161 . It is so hot at Marseilles. "and you do well to repeat them." "As you please. and." said Caderousse." answered Caderousse. had crept up to him. but in this world a man does not thrive the better for being honest. Upon issuing forth from his subterranean retreat at the expiration of five minutes." rejoined the priest. But talking of heat." The abbe fixed on him a searching. as Caderousse placed before him the bottle of wine and a glass." "Such words as those belong to your profession." said the abbe. I believe in the Allees de Meillan. You formerly lived. quite alone. "I can boast with truth of being an honest man. "and perhaps I may. in my own person. poor thing!" "You are married. and then. that really I believe that the respectable inhabitants will in time go without any clothing whatever. "Ah. −− Christian and surname are the same. sir. "Yes. with a show of interest. at least. on the fourth floor?" "I did. "that is more than every one can say nowadays." "And you followed the business of a tailor?" "True. "for I am firmly persuaded that." "So much the better for you. we will resume our conversation from where we left off. but. be able to prove to you how completely you are in error." "What proofs do you require?" Chapter 26. anxious not to lose the present opportunity of finding a customer for one of the few bottles of Cahors still remaining in his possession.

"How should he have been otherwise? Ah. know anything of a young sailor named Dantes?" "Dantes? Did I know poor dear Edmond? Why. sir." A deadly pallor followed the flush on the countenance of Caderousse. "But the strangest part of the story is. "Poor fellow." "And for that reason. but tell me. I envied him his good fortune." "Said to bear the name!" repeated Caderousse." murmured Caderousse. The Pont du Gard Inn. hopeless. "that Dantes. "though once. think you. swore by his crucified Redeemer. I confess. "You knew the poor lad. "And so I did." Chapter 26. and the priest saw him wiping the tears from his eyes with the corner of the red handkerchief twisted round his head. as he is said to do. "You remind me. Why does not God. without taking any notice of his companion's vehemence. sir. "Of what. "I was called to see him on his dying bed. Ah. Edmond Dantes and myself were intimate friends!" exclaimed Caderousse." continued Caderousse. and consume them altogether?" "You speak as though you had loved this young Dantes. during which the fixed. then?" continued Caderousse. unless it be of imprisonment?" Caderousse wiped away the large beads of perspiration that gathered on his brow." resumed the abbe. when they have scarcely numbered their thirtieth year." replied Caderousse. by everything a man holds dear. since then. "that the young man concerning whom I asked you was said to bear the name of Edmond." said the priest. whose countenance flushed darkly as he caught the penetrating gaze of the abbe fixed on him. searching eye of the abbe was employed in scrutinizing the agitated features of the inn−keeper. while the clear. who turned away. and that none but the wicked prosper. "the world grows worse and worse. speaking in the highly colored language of the south. sir. heart−broken prisoner than the felons who pay the penalty of their crimes at the galleys of Toulon. do young and strong men die in prison. becoming excited and eager. I have." "And so he was. calm eye of the questioner seemed to dilate with feverish scrutiny.The Count of Monte Cristo "Did you. that I might administer to him the consolations of religion. if he really hates the wicked. he besought me to try and clear up a mystery he had never been able to penetrate. poor fellow!" murmured Caderousse. the poor fellow told you the truth. and to clear his memory should any foul spot or stain have fallen on it. "Well. even in his dying moments." "And of what did he die?" asked Caderousse in a choking voice. there. what has become of poor Edmond? Did you know him? Is he alive and at liberty? Is he prosperous and happy?" "He died a more wretched. is another proof that good people are never rewarded on this earth. in the year 1814 or 1815. I swear to you. I pray. send down brimstone and fire. But I swear to you. he was so called as truly as I myself bore the appellation of Gaspard Caderousse. "Why." There was a brief silence." observed the abbe. 162 . that he was utterly ignorant of the cause of his detention. deeply and sincerely lamented his unhappy fate.

`I once possessed four dear and faithful friends. Chapter 26. It was estimated at fifty thousand francs." replied the abbe. without the setting.The Count of Monte Cristo And here the look of the abbe. was possessed of a diamond of immense value. when the latter. I have it with me. −− his name was Fernand. but you shall judge for yourself. "fifty thousand francs! Surely the diamond was as large as a nut to be worth all that. "it was not of such a size as that. `and I feel convinced they have all unfeignedly grieved over my loss. glowing looks. and returned it to his pocket. "you say. as though hoping to discover the location of the treasure." asked Caderousse. is worth fifty thousand francs?" "It is. although my rival. "To one in Edmond's position the diamond certainly was of great value." cried Caderousse. "that it was a stone of immense value?" "Why. "And that diamond. Instead of employing this diamond in attempting to bribe his jailers.'" continued the abbe. `The third of my friends. for the sale of such a diamond would have quite sufficed to make his fortune." said the abbe. this jewel he bestowed on Dantes upon himself quitting the prison." answered the abbe. as a mark of his gratitude for the kindness and brotherly care with which Dantes had nursed him in a severe illness he underwent during his confinement." continued the abbe." continued the abbe. with eager.'" The inn−keeper shivered. you can do so afterwards. Dantes carefully preserved it. "A rich Englishman. "`is called Danglars. 163 . who might only have taken it and then betrayed him to the governor. while its brilliant hues seemed still to dance before the eyes of the fascinated inn−keeper. "Allow me to finish first." "Then. almost breathless with eager admiration. becoming more and more fixed. that in the event of his getting out of prison he might have wherewithal to live. everything is relative. besides the maiden to whom I was betrothed' he said. and the third. the abbe opened it. said." "Go on. set in a ring of admirable workmanship. and then if you have any observations to make. stay." urged Caderousse. as he closed the box. The name of one of the four friends is Caderousse. "Mercedes it was. "True. was much attached to me. that of my betrothed was' −− Stay. merely his testamentary executor. "`Another of the number." The sharp gaze of Caderousse was instantly directed towards the priest's garments. "I have forgotten what he called her. "who had been his companion in misfortune. with a stifled sigh. Calmly drawing forth from his pocket a small box covered with black shagreen." "Mercedes." replied the abbe. The Pont du Gard Inn.'" A fiendish smile played over the features of Caderousse. waving his hand. and displayed to the dazzled eyes of Caderousse the sparkling jewel it contained. entertained a very sincere affection for me." "Bless me!" exclaimed Caderousse. seemed to rest with ill−concealed satisfaction on the gloomy depression which was rapidly spreading over the countenance of Caderousse." "No. without seeming to notice the emotion of Caderousse." said Caderousse eagerly. which is also valuable. I suppose. sir? Did Edmond make you his heir?" "No. in spite of being my rival. who was about to break in upon the abbe's speech. but had been released from prison during the second restoration. "But how comes the diamond in your possession.

"but from the length of time that has elapsed since the death of the elder Dantes. I repeat his words just as he uttered them.'" "But why into five parts?" asked Caderousse. −− for you understand." "Starvation!" exclaimed the abbe. Oh. the vilest animals are not suffered to die by such a death as that." "Of what did he die?" "Why. "Why. said. "Of what?" asked the priest." replied the abbe. Caderousse quickly performed the stranger's bidding. resuming his usual placidity of manner. "Why. I have said." said the abbe. I was unable to obtain any particulars of his end. as I hear. and slowly swallowing its contents. I lived almost on the same floor with the poor old man. about a year after the disappearance of his son the poor old man died. you will divide the money into five equal parts." "Because the fifth is dead. "And you are a fool for having said anything about it. I say he died of" −− Caderousse paused. too true!" ejaculated Caderousse. The very dogs that wander houseless and homeless in the streets find some pitying hand to cast them a mouthful of bread. The fifth sharer in Edmond's bequest. making a strong effort to appear indifferent. but I. Can you enlighten me on that point?" "I do not know who could if I could not." "`You will sell this diamond. almost suffocated by the contending passions which assailed him. and that a man. "Why should you meddle with what does not concern you?" Chapter 26. "Why." said Caderousse. as he placed his empty glass on the table." answered Caderousse." "To be sure. the only persons who have loved me upon earth. is too horrible for belief. "the poor old man did die. I believe. springing from his seat. and after pouring some into a glass. −− "Where did we leave off?" "The name of Edmond's betrothed was Mercedes. yes. was his own father. Do you understand?" "Perfectly. anxiously and eagerly. "you only mentioned four persons. of downright starvation. the doctors called his complaint gastro−enteritis. a Christian.The Count of Monte Cristo "Bring me a carafe of water.' said Dantes." "I learned so much at Marseilles. it is impossible −− utterly impossible!" "What I have said." said a voice from the top of the stairs. `You will go to Marseilles. The Pont du Gard Inn. Ah. who saw him in his dying moments. 164 . and give an equal portion to these good friends. his acquaintances say he died of grief. should be allowed to perish of hunger in the midst of other men who call themselves Christians." "Too true. the abbe.

I should like to know? Better study a little common prudence. but somehow the poor old man had contracted a profound hatred for Fernand −− the very person. 165 . to pardon his enemies. that's all very fine. The Pont du Gard Inn. And. Surely. "Do you. and that you husband can incur no risk. in his native language. and. which common politeness will not permit me to refuse. "I cannot help being more frightened at the idea of the malediction of the dead than the hatred of the living. "that you named just now as being one of Dantes' faithful and attached friends. provided he answers me candidly." Chapter 26. Whatever evils may befall you. which was not altogether devoid of rude poetry. had not such been the case." continued Caderousse. you simpleton!" retorted La Carconte." "Imbecile!" exclaimed La Carconte. she had listened to the foregoing conversation. "Mind your own business. but it was fortunate that he never knew. When he had sufficiently recovered himself. but when poor." said the abbe. addressing the abbe. and went into a fit of ague. wife. who cannot even see whence all their afflictions come. know in what manner Fernand injured Dantes?" inquired the abbe of Caderousse." replied Caderousse sharply." La Carconte muttered a few inarticulate words. are heaped on the unfortunate wretches. said." added Caderousse with a bitter smile. from her seat on the stairs. leaving the two speakers to resume the conversation. she had feebly dragged herself down the stairs. Poor Edmond. I beg of you. and at some moment when nobody is expecting it. have been persuaded to tell all they know." "Politeness. Gaspard!" murmured the woman. he was cruelly deceived. my good woman. and saw the sickly countenance of La Carconte peering between the baluster rails. seated on the lower step." "And was he not so?" asked the abbe. he was not altogether forsaken. then. they will not be occasioned by my instrumentality." continued Caderousse. then let her head again drop upon her knees. attracted by the sound of voices. he would not have perished by so dreadful a death. "Nothing is easier than to begin with fair promises and assurances of nothing to fear. "It appears. "What have you to do with politeness. that I solemnly promise you." "Nay. but. whatever people may say. Again the abbe had been obliged to swallow a draught of water to calm the emotions that threatened to overpower him. make yourself perfectly easy. silly folks.The Count of Monte Cristo The two men turned quickly. the promises and assurances of safety are quickly forgotten. or he might have found it more difficult. and all sorts of persecutions. "for Mercedes the Catalan and Monsieur Morrel were very kind to him. "that my intentions are good. when on his deathbed. though evidently irritated and annoyed by the interruption. "This gentleman asks me for information. How do you know the motives that person may have for trying to extract all he can from you?" "I pledge you my word. like my husband there. madam. nay. "Gaspard. then." "Ah." "Why. "mind what you are saying!" Caderousse made no reply to these words. but remaining so as to be able to hear every word they uttered. "Do I? No one better. behold trouble and misery." retorted the woman. "Can a man be faithful to another whose wife he covets and desires for himself? But Dantes was so honorable and true in his own nature. he said. that the miserable old man you were telling me of was forsaken by every one. head on knees. that he believed everybody's professions of friendship.

Mercedes. the reward intended for faithful friendship?" "That is true enough. "The fifth part of the profits from this stone belongs to us then. But you tell me he is no more." returned the abbe. for my own part. "that I should bestow on men you say are false and treacherous. what good would it do?" asked Caderousse." So saying. just as you please. Fernand. and contrived to hold it in such a light. so rich and powerful?" "Do you not know their history?" "I do not. and came to me and begged that I would candidly tell which were his true and which his false friends. "Why. so let the matter end. "come here!" "Diamond!" exclaimed La Carconte. Chapter 26. so let all such feeling be buried with him. truly.The Count of Monte Cristo "Speak out then. the abbe again draw the small box from his pocket. what a magnificent jewel!" cried the astonished woman. besides." replied Caderousse. did you not hear all we said?" inquired Caderousse." "Well. Pray relate it to me!" Caderousse seemed to reflect for a few moments. I respect your scruples and admire your sentiments. "Are these persons. "Wife. "If the poor lad were living. Danglars. then. I should not hesitate. that a bright flash of brilliant hues passed before the dazzled gaze of Caderousse." "Oh. "do as you will." chimed in La Carconte." "Remember. wife!" cried he in a hoarse voice. then said. and therefore can have nothing to do with hatred or revenge. 166 . "You say truly. perhaps. "what diamond are you talking about?" "Why. either to speak or be silent. in a tone that indicated utter indifference on his part. opened it. "those two could crush you at a single blow!" "How so?" inquired the abbe. you are master −− but if you take my advice you'll hold your tongue. why. "No. I shall do my duty as conscientiously as I can. what would it be to them? no more than a drop of water in the ocean. my good friend." said the abbe. "I don't know but what you're right!" "So you will say nothing?" asked the abbe." "Well. The jewel is worth at least fifty thousand francs. and fulfil my promise to the dying man. say what it was!" "Gaspard!" cried La Carconte. My first business will be to dispose of this diamond. and myself. it would take up too much time. his betrothed bride." returned Caderousse. "you are at liberty. rising and descending to the chamber with a tolerably firm step. to be sold. "It is a beautiful diamond left by poor Edmond Dantes. then. The Pont du Gard Inn. wife." "You prefer. does it not?" asked Caderousse. and the money divided between his father. the gift of poor Edmond was not meant for such traitors as Fernand and Danglars.

"Of course not!" rejoined Caderousse quickly. so much the better." said the former. through your assistance. uncertain tread." murmured the wife in her turn. you see. La Carconte then entered her chamber. consider well what you are about to do!" "I have both reflected and decided. in a low." "I don't call those friends who betray and ruin you." answered he. as he replaced the jewel and its case in the pocket of his cassock. to her husband." "Remember. in spite of the intense heat of the weather. surely a man of his holy profession would not deceive us!" "Well." asked the abbe. in a warning tone. while the Chapter 26. which would be a pity. I said I looked upon it as a sacrilegious profanation to reward treachery. and her teeth rattling in her head. which I believe myself at liberty to divide equally with the four survivors." The agitation of Caderousse became extreme. I could distribute the legacy according to the wishes of the testator. "I am all attention." said the priest. and large drops of perspiration rolled from his heated brow. perhaps crime. "Well." replied Caderousse. "this splendid diamond might all be ours. "There. the flooring of which creaked beneath her heavy. I wash my hands of the affair. "no more do I. where he himself would be in deep shadow. "Gaspard. muttering voice. she turned round. For my part. Caderousse and his wife exchanged looks of deep meaning. "it is your fault. not mine." answered Caderousse. as though to ascertain if his horse were sufficiently refreshed to continue his journey. "I certainly think you act wisely in so doing. that I do so. 167 . bolted and barred it. into which she fell as though exhausted.The Count of Monte Cristo "It does. During this time the abbe had chosen his place for listening at his ease. "do as you like. As he saw the abbe rise from his seat and go towards the door. but simply that if. and. "As being the friends Edmond esteemed most faithful and devoted to him. wife." "I hope it may be so. He removed his seat into a corner of the room. and that was what I was observing to this gentleman just now. "we might be interrupted in the most interesting part of my story. if we chose!" "Do you believe it?" "Why. "Stop a minute. You will have the goodness to furnish me with the address of both Fernand and Danglars." "And why among us four?" inquired Caderousse. his face flushed with cupidity. The Pont du Gard Inn. why." replied La Carconte." answered the abbe calmly. and it is as well that your visit hither should be made known only to ourselves. "with the addition of an equal division of that part intended for the elder Dantes. her body convulsed with chills." So saying." was the reply." replied the abbe. in order that I may execute Edmond's last wishes." With these words he went stealthily to the door. which he closed. by way of still greater precaution. as he returned to the apartment below. that is all. "what have you made up your mind to do?" "To tell you all I know. and called out. as he was accustomed to do at night." said the abbe. she once more climbed the staircase leading to her chamber. as she proceeded towards her arm−chair. "Not because I have the least desire to learn anything you may please to conceal from me. Arrived at the top stair.

then. without reserve." said Caderousse. sir." Chapter 27. "I am a priest. I am an Italian. in a fitting manner. "Edmond talked to me a great deal about the old man for whom he had the deepest love. for the persons of whom I am about to talk are rich and powerful. my friend. and not a Frenchman." said Caderousse. tell the truth. our only desire is to carry out. the last wishes of our friend. if you ever make use of the details I am about to give you. that you will never let any one know that it was I who supplied them. "Why." "Yes." "Begin with his father. or rather clinched together. "perhaps you know all the earlier part of it?" "Yes." replied the abbe." "At La Reserve! Oh. "Well. for he never beheld again the five persons I have named to you. "say no more about it. or heard mention of any one of them. never may know." said Caderousse. "Dantes himself only knew that which personally concerned him. 168 . entered. I should break to pieces like glass.The Count of Monte Cristo light would be fully thrown on the narrator. Chapter 27." "Was it not his betrothal feast?" "It was and the feast that began so gayly had a very sorrowful ending. under these circumstances. "First. and Dantes was arrested. and I shall shortly retire to my convent. shaking his head. who seated himself on the little stool. and up to this point I know all. I will take all the consequences upon myself. and not to man. as without hatred. then." said the abbe." "What is that?" inquired the abbe. "Enough. followed by four soldiers. The Story. "Edmond related to me everything until the moment when he was arrested in a small cabaret close to Marseilles. "Remember. the persons of whom you are about to speak." said the trembling voice of La Carconte. besides. this is no affair of mine. Recollect. "I will. The Story. yes. and belong to God. a police commissary. I can see it all before me this moment." And he began his story." "The history is a sad one. I do not know. enough!" replied Caderousse. with head bent down and hands clasped. and confessions die in my breast. if you please. Speak. as though through the flooring of her chamber she viewed the scene that was enacting below. "you must make me a promise." answered the abbe." said the priest. I even believe I ought to undeceive you as to the friendship which poor Edmond thought so sincere and unquestionable. and if they only laid the tips of their fingers on me. sir. which I have only quitted to fulfil the last wishes of a dying man." This positive assurance seemed to give Caderousse a little courage. the whole truth. then. exactly opposite to him. he prepared to give his whole attention to Caderousse." "Make yourself easy.

does it not. The old man returned alone to his home. I should throw myself into the sea at once. endeavored to console him. and not touched food since the previous day. but he seemed to dislike seeing me. and she found him so altered that she was even more anxious than before to have him taken to her own home. too. `It is really well. he begged for another week.'" "Poor father!" murmured the priest. she wished him to go with her that she might take care of him. but I guessed what these bundles were. I then resolved to go up to him at all risks. however. he said to her. and I never shall forget the old man's smile at this prescription. he had admitted Mercedes. I am quite happy.The Count of Monte Cristo "Well. I went and told M. my dear daughter. "Yes. and of course shall see him first. sir. From that time he received all who came. I assure you I could not sleep either. `I will not leave this house. but when I reached his door he was no longer weeping but praying. and what would he think if I did not wait here for him?' I heard all this from the window. for I was anxious that Mercedes should persuade the old man to accompany her. it was more than piety. when. M. sir?" inquired Caderousse. in spite of her own grief and despair. de Villefort. Morrel bringing a doctor. she did not obtain it. The door was closed. and they threatened to turn him out. I was there. and that he sold by degrees what he had to pay for his subsistence. he would not make any answer. and I could not resist my desire to go up to him. The Story. although I was certain he was at home. and I only saw from time to time strangers go up to him and come down again with some bundle they tried to hide. besides. that believing him very ill. The next day Mercedes came to implore the protection of M.' was the old man's reply. all the eloquent words and imploring language he made use of. They both came immediately. because the landlord came into my apartment when he left his. having passed a sleepless night." replied the abbe. when she saw him so miserable and heart−broken. For the first three days I heard him walking about as usual. for I was underneath him and heard him walking the whole night. −− `Be assured. M. and I. Morrel and then ran on to Mercedes. I know this. and every step he took went to my heart as really as if his foot had pressed against my breast. I know not why. 169 . the doctor had put him on a diet. which was granted to him. for if I were a father and felt such excessive grief as the old man does. Monsieur Morrel hastened to obtain the particulars. "we cannot console those who will not be consoled. for the grief of the poor father gave me great uneasiness. when Dantes was arrested. One night." The abbe uttered a kind of groan. and ordered him a limited diet. he had an excuse for not eating any more. and the poor girl. and saw him so pale and haggard. and paced up and down his chamber the whole day. said then to myself. but. This was M. folded up his wedding suit with tears in his eyes. "From day to day he lived on alone. and if he gets out of prison he will come and see me the first thing. `No.' However well disposed a person may be. and did not find in my memory or heart all he is now saying. on the fourth I heard nothing. and went to visit the old man. "The story interests you. and instead of expecting him. but I looked through the keyhole. and so at last old Dantes was left all to himself. and they were very sad. sir. I heard his sobs. it is he who is awaiting us. however. but the old man would not consent. and. he is dead. contrary to his custom. Morrel's wish also. and he was one of these. why you see we leave off after a time seeing persons who are in sorrow. and for myself." replied Caderousse. for my poor dear boy loves me better than anything in the world. "it is very affecting. they make one melancholy. At length the poor old fellow reached the end of all he had. it was more than grief. for his footsteps over my head night and day did not leave me a moment's repose. and the doctor said it was inflammation of the bowels. for I could not bear it. but his door was closed. and would not go to bed at all. for I am the oldest." "But did you not go up−stairs and try to console the poor old man?" asked the abbe. Morrel and Mercedes came to see him. and more and more solitary. One day." "Mercedes came again. he owed three quarters' rent. and I am very glad that I have not any children. I cannot now repeat to you. who would fain have conveyed the old man against Chapter 27. and hate the Jesuits. "Ah. who am no canter.

" replied the priest. of hunger." "Which of the two denounced him? Which was the real delinquent?" "Both. then. and the father with famine?" "Two men jealous of him." "It was Danglars who wrote the denunciation with his left hand. sir. at length (after nine days of despair and fasting)." he added in an almost menacing tone. −− "No one. "who told you I was there?" The abbe saw he had overshot the mark." The abbe. cursing those who had caused his misery. as it was men's and not God's doing." Chapter 27. "Oh." "But." "And where was this letter written?" "At La Reserve. therefore. and the other from ambition." "Tell me of those men. Morrel went away. that his writing might not be recognized." murmured the abbe. sir." said Caderousse. but in order to have known everything so well." said the abbe. one from love." "They denounced Edmond as a Bonapartist agent. the day before the betrothal feast. "And you believe he died" −− "Of hunger." said he in a hoarse voice." "I!" said Caderousse. a horrid event. and cried so that they were actually frightened." "'Twas so. and Fernand who put it in the post. seized a glass of water that was standing by him half−full. −− Fernand and Danglars. 170 . and he added quickly. indeed. astonished. with red eyes and pale cheeks. Mercedes remained. with a shaking hand. nothing. then −− 'twas so. "I am as certain of it as that we two are Christians. and pressed his trembling hand against his parched throat. and M. sir. "This was. making a sign to the Catalan that he had left his purse on the chimney−piece. the old man died. Faria. by his bedside. one with a letter. who are these men who killed the son with despair. tell him I die blessing him. made two turns round the chamber. but the old man resisted. swallowed it at one gulp.The Count of Monte Cristo his consent. "Nothing. "you were there yourself. "and remember too. you must have been an eye−witness. the old man would not take any sustenance. sir?" asked Caderousse.'" The abbe rose from his chair. how well did you judge men and things!" "What did you please to say. "The more so. The Story. and saying to Mercedes. "go on." exclaimed the abbe suddenly. `If you ever see my Edmond again. and the other put it in the post. and then resumed his seat." "How was this jealousy manifested? Speak on. "you have promised to tell me everything. But availing himself of the doctor's order. Tell me. Faria. therefore. sir.

I often ask pardon of God. as I told you." There was a brief silence. sir. true!" said Caderousse in a choking voice. and offered to receive him in his own house." replied Caderousse. he left his purse on the mantelpiece. and so Edmond's father died." "Next day −− next day. Morrel still alive?" "Yes." "Sir. "you have spoken unreservedly.' I confess I had my fears. that on the second restoration he was persecuted as a Bonapartist. you must have seen plain enough what they had been doing. and so energetically. implored. "who was he?" "The owner of the Pharaon and patron of Dantes." "Yes. without doing harm to any one. and perfectly harmless. in the state in which politics then were. 171 . but they both assured me that it was a jest they were carrying on. I confess. When the emperor returned. The Story. I said all that a man in such a state could say. with which they paid the old man's debts. and so I always say to La Carconte. full of courage and real regard. and I held my tongue." replied Caderousse. "and remorse preys on me night and day. woman. Twenty times he interceded for Edmond. it is the will of God. "if not. "they had made me drink to such an excess that I nearly lost all perception." interrupted Caderousse. and if they find this letter upon him." said the abbe." said the abbe." asked the abbe." "And what part did he play in this sad drama?" inquired the abbe. I have the purse still by me −− a large one. and the night or two before his death. yet you said nothing." "Yes. "The part of an honest man." "And. It was cowardly. Ten times. but it was not criminal. I had only an indistinct understanding of what was passing around me. "You have two or three times mentioned a M. sir. `and did really put in to the Island of Elba. and thus to accuse yourself is to deserve pardon. when she complains." "I understand −− you allowed matters to take their course. Chapter 27. though you were present when Dantes was arrested. you were an accomplice.' said he. as he had lived. the abbe rose and paced up and down pensively. "they say the dead know everything. "I was there. that was all. sir. "is M. the only one with which I have seriously to reproach myself in all my life." "And did you not remonstrate against such infamy?" asked the abbe. I am expiating a moment of selfishness. "But he knows it all now. threatened. `If he should really be guilty. because this action. he wrote. is no doubt the cause of my abject condition. but Danglars restrained me.The Count of Monte Cristo "True.'" And Caderousse bowed his head with every sign of real repentance." he said. sir. `Hold your tongue. made of red silk. and then resumed his seat. and has not pardoned me." "He did not know. I was there." answered Caderousse. he came to see Dantes' father. I swear to you." "Unfortunately. "Well. those who have supported him will pass for his accomplices. and buried him decently. as I have already said. Edmond is dead. and very anxious to speak. Morrel. if he is really charged with a letter for the Bonapartist committee at Paris.

" "What has become of Danglars. "he should be rich. If this ship founders. who never did a bad action but that I have told you of −− am in destitution. 172 . six footmen in his ante−chamber. daughter of M. but whose family now will not allow him to wed the daughter of a ruined man. then with that money he speculated in the funds." continued Caderousse. while honest men have been reduced to misery. he has lost five ships in two years. Morrel unhappy?" exclaimed the abbe. has suffered by the bankruptcy of three large houses." "Horrible!" ejaculated the priest. as you may suppose. During the war with Spain he was employed in the commissariat of the French army. and now he is the Baron Danglars. who is in high favor at court. "He is reduced almost to the last extremity −− nay. he has married a second time." Chapter 27. on the recommendation of M. and." "Ah!" said the abbe. after having acquired a most honorable name in the trade of Marseilles. in a peculiar tone. only augments his sorrows. instead of lessening." "And has the unfortunate man wife or children?" inquired the abbe." added Caderousse. with ten horses in his stables. "Yes. who through everything has behaved like an angel. and they have made him a baron. and trebled or quadrupled his capital. as old Dantes did. after five and twenty years of labor. He is a millionaire. besides. happy. a lieutenant in the army. happy as myself. and. and which is expected from the Indies with a cargo of cochineal and indigo. while Fernand and Danglars are rolling in wealth. like the others." Caderousse smiled bitterly. M. a Madame de Nargonne. but if a large fortune produces happiness. de Servieux. he has a wife. with my poor wife dying of fever before my very eyes. and there would be an end. he has. as cashier into a Spanish bank. he left Marseilles. who left him a widower. "so it is." "Happy? Who can answer for that? Happiness or unhappiness is the secret known but to one's self and the walls −− walls have ears but no tongue. sir. Morrel is utterly ruined. Danglars is happy. and made a fortune. a son. "he is happy. I. If he were alone in the world he would blow out his brains. The Story. he has a daughter. I shall die of hunger." "How?" "Yes. "What! M. he is a ruined man. having first married his banker's daughter. and I know not how many millions in his strongbox. all this." "How is that?" "Because their deeds have brought them good fortune. and I unable to do anything in the world for her. "Yes.The Count of Monte Cristo "In that case. a widow. Morrel. and his only hope now is in that very Pharaon which poor Dantes commanded. he is almost at the point of dishonor. "And it is thus heaven recompenses virtue. who did not know his crime. with a fine residence in the Rue de Mont−Blanc. "You see." replied the abbe. and was taken. the instigator. who was about to marry the man she loved. the king's chamberlain." said he. and therefore the most guilty?" "What has become of him? Why.

I was only sent to the coast. without education or resources. without protecting them openly. he said. Fernand was enrolled in the active troop. he was a captain in 1823. as you know. and Fernand was compelled to join. in fact. during the Spanish war −− that is to say. as you know. when he was gazetted lieutenant−general." "So that now?" −− inquired the abbe. The night after that battle he was sentry at the door of a general who carried on a secret correspondence with the enemy. after the taking of Trocadero. and as the protection of the general. all eyes were turned towards Athens −− it was the fashion to pity and support the Greeks. much the same story. "he owns a magnificent house −− No. received promises and made pledges on his own part. but before he died he recompensed the services of Fernand by leaving him a considerable sum. and was at the battle of Ligny. Fernand was drafted. rendered such services in this brief campaign that. and you will understand. Fernand would have been court−martialed if Napoleon had remained on the throne." continued Caderousse. "And Mercedes −− they tell me that she has disappeared?" Chapter 27. and had just married my poor wife. and had begun her war of independence. There must have been in his life some strange secret that no one knows. guided his regiment by paths known to himself alone through the mountain gorges which were held by the royalists. I went too. Fernand sought and obtained leave to go and serve in Greece. He proposed to Fernand to accompany him." The abbe opened his mouth. "So that now. deserted his post. won over the support of the royalists at the capital and in the provinces. but his action was rewarded by the Bourbons. but listen. gave countenance to volunteer assistance. and received the title of count and the cross of an officer of the Legion of Honor. Some time after. went to the frontier with his regiment." "Destiny! destiny!" murmured the abbe. with which he returned to France. Greece only had risen against Turkey. 27. make a fortune? I confess this staggers me. "Yes. who is in the highest favor." "But. sir −− he has both fortune and position −− both. but as I was older than Fernand. Rue du Helder. 173 . but Napoleon returned." "But how could a poor Catalan fisher−boy. and being sent to Spain to ascertain the feeling of his fellow−countrymen. That same night the general was to go over to the English. hesitated for a moment. Fernand agreed to do so. he was made colonel. Fernand's career was checked by the long peace which seemed likely to endure throughout Europe. The French government. The Story. was accorded to him. it was stated that the Comte de Morcerf (this was the name he bore) had entered the service of Ali Pasha with the rank of instructor−general. and followed the general. still having his name kept on the army roll. found Danglars there. Paris. Fernand was a Spaniard.The Count of Monte Cristo "And Fernand?" "Fernand? Why. Ali Pasha was killed. at the time when Danglars made his early speculations. but listen: this was not all. got on very intimate terms with him. The Bourbons left him quietly enough at the Catalans. making an effort at self−control. He returned to France with the epaulet of sub−lieutenant. a special levy was made. by what visible steps has he attained this high fortune or high position?" "Both." "And it has staggered everybody. Some days before the return of the emperor. then. The war with Spain being ended. and." "This must be impossible!" "It would seem so. then.

"but although in the eyes of the world she appeared calm." said the abbe." "Did you ever see Mercedes again?" inquired the priest. and then. no companionship save that of an old man who was dying with despair." "The very church in which she was to have married Edmond. There were too many unpleasant possibilities associated with the Catalans. dressed in the uniform of a sub−lieutenant. she returned to her home more depressed than ever. Chapter 27. had he lived. and wrung her hands in agony. at Perpignan. with a bitter smile." proceeded Caderousse. the betrothal had been celebrated with him whom she might have known she still loved had she looked to the bottom of her heart. it must be confessed. "Go on. At this last thought Mercedes burst into a flood of tears. "it seems as if I were listening to the story of a dream." continued Caderousse." murmured the priest. had not become the wife of another. Mercedes begged for six months more in which to await and mourn for Edmond. she was attending to the education of her son. if he were not. and to depart himself.' The old man died. she nearly fainted as she passed La Reserve. no news of Fernand. "Her son?" said he. Fernand had never been hated −− he was only not precisely loved. Fernand went. but not more at his ease −− for I saw at this time he was in constant dread of Edmond's return −− Fernand was very anxious to get his wife away." said the abbe. and whom she regarded as her brother. This was the departure of Fernand −− of Fernand. I have told you of her attempts to propitiate M. perhaps was dead. with an ironical smile." "So that. the door opened. Mercedes was married. turned anxiously around. Fernand. to rise the next day with still more splendor. but it seemed as if a part of her past life had returned to her. during the Spanish war. where Fernand had left her. after long hours of solitary sorrow. perchance. "there was only a change of bride−grooms. as the sun disappears. more happy." "Well. too. but the thought. that what you tell me seems less astonishing than it otherwise might. he would return to us. Fernand saw this. "the marriage took place in the church of Accoules. 174 . In the midst of her despair. came now in full force upon her mind. and seeing at last a friend. Mercedes seized Fernand's hands with a transport which he took for love. "Mercedes is at this moment one of the greatest ladies in Paris. had disappeared. What more could the most devoted lover desire?" Then he murmured the words of the English poet. that other was absent. "`Frailty." "Has she made a fortune also?" inquired the abbe.'" "Six months afterwards. at the second he reminded her that he loved her. One evening. for he would have been there to reproach her infidelity. which she had always repelled before when it was suggested to her by another. de Villefort. whose crime she did not know. Mercedes. And then. her devotion to the elder Dantes. He was now a lieutenant. eighteen months before. and eight days after the wedding they left Marseilles. "that makes eighteen months in all. But I have seen things so extraordinary. as I have told you. It was not the one she wished for most." The abbe started." replied Caderousse. and Fernand. a new affliction overtook her. and when he learned of the old man's death he returned. thy name is woman. Suddenly she heard a step she knew. old Dantes incessantly said to her.The Count of Monte Cristo "Disappeared. where. Another possessed all Mercedes' heart. "yes. `Our Edmond is dead." said Caderousse. Three months passed and still she wept −− no news of Edmond. At his first coming he had not said a word of love to Mercedes. stood before her. after a day of accustomed vigil at the angle of two roads leading to Marseilles from the Catalans. The Story. "Yes. but which was only joy at being no longer alone in the world. and Mercedes remained alone." "Mercedes was at first in the deepest despair at the blow which deprived her of Edmond.

I raised my head quickly. wretched." said Caderousse. −− "Here. 175 . She learned drawing. as high in station as Fernand. he never was a friend of mine. "And yet what?" asked the abbe. for me only?" cried Caderousse." "Oh. and I had nothing to ask of him." "How was that?" "As I went away a purse fell at my feet −− it contained five and twenty louis. I believe." continued Caderousse. then. I only know that some time after Edmond's arrest. The Story. have remained poor. then. "no doubt fortune and honors have comforted her. but there always comes a moment when he remembers −− and behold −− a proof!" As he spoke. she is rich. the abbe took the diamond from his pocket." "You are mistaken." continued the abbe. I called on Fernand. no doubt he is as rich as Danglars. and thus it cannot be divided. take this diamond. my friend. but Madame de Morcerf saw me. she is not happy. while his justice reposes. between ourselves. "Yet. Fernand's fortune was already waxing great. Take the diamond. and soon after left Marseilles. and the share he had in Edmond's misfortunes?" "No." "Do you not know what became of him.The Count of Monte Cristo "Yes. perhaps. as you see. I am sure. "did he know so little of his lovely betrothed? Mercedes might have been a queen. de Villefort?" asked the abbe. and forgotten. no doubt he has been as lucky as the rest. beautiful but uneducated. to be able to instruct her child. when I found myself utterly destitute." "Then you did not see either of them?" "No. and she only filled her head in order to alleviate the weight on her heart." replied Caderousse. it is yours. I understood from Edmond that she was the daughter of a simple fisherman. that she might forget. I only. So I went to Danglars. and sell it. if the crown were to be placed on the heads of the loveliest and most intelligent. "What makes you believe this?" "Why." "What. "ah. I did not know him. Besides. sir. he married Mademoiselle de Saint−Meran." "But. who would not even receive me. and I repeat my wish that this Chapter 27. "little Albert. and she developed with his growing fortune." replied Caderousse. and saw Mercedes. assist me. it is worth fifty thousand francs. "Oh. But now her position in life is assured. do not jest with me!" "This diamond was to have been shared among his friends. "she must have received an education herself. "God may seem sometimes to forget for a time. who at once shut the blind. she did this in order to distract her mind. music −− everything. who sent me a hundred francs by his valet−de−chambre. a countess. and giving it to Caderousse. and yet" −− Caderousse paused. said. Edmond had one friend only. my friend. I thought my old friends would. sir." replied the abbe." "And M.

and then returned by the road he had travelled in coming." said the abbe to himself. got out and mounted his horse. Take it. "Oh!" he said.The Count of Monte Cristo sum may suffice to release you from your wretchedness. taking up his hat. nothing more true! See. and I shall be back in two hours. "it is a large sum of money." Chapter 27." and Caderousse left the house in haste." "Oh. and as the recording angel will tell it to the ear of God at the day of the last judgment!" "'Tis well. but it is not a fortune. here it is. I go far from men who thus so bitterly injure each other. 176 . and I will show it to them. do not make a jest of the happiness or despair of a man. −− "Oh. opened it. my faith as a Christian. half bewildered with joy. "give me the red silk purse that M." Caderousse. but in exchange −− " Caderousse." The abbe rose." cried Caderousse. and I may believe it in every particular. The Story. and ran rapidly in the direction opposite to that which the priest had taken. and gave the abbe a long purse of faded red silk. Morrel left on old Dantes' chimney−piece. you are a man of God." said the abbe. "In exchange. The abbe smiled." he said." "Which. open this book. "False! Why should that man give me a false diamond?" "To get your secret without paying for it. "Suppose it's false?" Caderousse started and turned pale. then. opened the door himself. and in return gave Caderousse the diamond. in a gloomy voice. then." "In what way?" "Why. "Well. withdrew his hand. "False!" he muttered. and with the other wiping away the perspiration which bedewed his brow." The woman gazed at it a moment. once more saluted the innkeeper." "See." replied Caderousse. and then said. "yes. went toward a large oaken cupboard. sir. paler and trembling more than ever. sir. "for no one knew that Edmond had given you this diamond. and you might have kept it. who kept uttering his loud farewells. putting out one hand timidly. and I never make a jest of such feelings. sir. took his hat and gloves. wife. When Caderousse turned around. then. "'Tis well. which he placed on the red handkerchief tied round his head. and may this money profit you! Adieu. "you would have done. "What? That he has given the diamond to us only?" inquired Caderousse. more and more astonished. "Fifty thousand francs!" muttered La Carconte when left alone. "Is. you blockhead!" Caderousse remained for a moment aghast under the weight of such an idea. "in this corner is a crucifix in holy wood −− here on this shelf is my wife's testament. all that I have heard really true?" she inquired. who touched the diamond. The abbe took it. I have told everything to you as it occurred. he saw behind him La Carconte. the fair is on at Beaucaire. "all you have told me is perfectly true." said Caderousse. "we will soon find out. and which you tell me is still in your hands." he continued. I will swear to you by my soul's salvation. sir. convinced by his manner and tone that Caderousse spoke the truth. and I will swear upon it with my hand on the crucifix. "Oh. Look after the house." "I know what happiness and what despair are." The abbe with difficulty got away from the enthusiastic thanks of Caderousse. there are always jewellers from Paris there. round which were two copper runners that had once been gilt.

these two hundred thousand francs were the dowry of my daughter." "But. two hundred thousand francs in Morrel's hands. made his bow and went away. I had two hundred thousand francs placed in the hands of Morrel Son. Morrel. you will most probably find him better informed than myself. he would be wholly unable to make this payment. de Boville. nankeen trousers. although I am a creditor myself to the amount of ten thousand francs. and I shall say that he is a man honorable to the last degree. connected with the house of Morrel Son. of Rome. proceeding with a characteristic British stride towards the street mentioned. "Sir. I!" Chapter 28. Morrel of my desire to have these payments punctually. as this is a greater amount than mine. de Boville. de Boville. address yourself to M. that this credit inspires you with considerable apprehension?" "To tell you the truth. We have a hundred thousand francs or thereabouts loaned on their securities." exclaimed M. The Englishman. and if there be any grounds for apprehension. This is all I can say. who was to be married in a fortnight. did not allow either his memory or his imagination to stray to the past. I had informed M. which seemed to indicate that it was not the first time he had been in his presence. but it is not for me. I consider it lost. 15. We are. The Prison Register. and a white waistcoat. to ask you for information. As to M. and then said. The Englishman appeared to reflect a moment. sir. and the Englishman. The Prison Register. on perceiving him. express from Rome. having the appearance and accent of an Englishman. made a gesture of surprise. and we are a little uneasy at reports that have reached us that the firm is on the brink of ruin. the inspector of prisons. and the other half on the 15th of next month. "I am chief clerk of the house of Thomson French. the Pharaon. and he has been here within the last half−hour to tell me that if his ship. what is my opinion of M. if you wish to learn more. as mayor. he has. presented himself before the mayor of Marseilles. addressed him in terms nearly similar to those with which he had accosted the mayor of Marseilles. and you see before you a man in despair. 177 . and suffered by three or four bankruptcies. "I know very well that during the last four or five years misfortune has seemed to pursue M. a man of about thirty or two and thirty.The Count of Monte Cristo Chapter 28." "Well." "It looks more like bankruptcy!" exclaimed M. half on the 15th of this month. sir. with the coolness of his nation. Ask of me. The day after that in which the scene we have just described had taken place on the road between Bellegarde and Beaucaire. then. I believe. sir. and these two hundred thousand francs were payable. absorbed in the thought which occupied him at the moment." said he. and who has up to this time fulfilled every engagement with scrupulous punctuality. M. de Boville despairingly. that it was evident all the faculties of his mind. He has lost four or five vessels." The Englishman seemed to appreciate this extreme delicacy." replied the mayor. I will buy it of you!" "You?" "Yes. −− "From which it would appear. dressed in a bright blue frock coat. I have come. Morrel. No. "your fears are unfortunately but too well founded. Rue de Nouailles. de Boville was in his private room. he was in such a state of despair. "this looks very much like a suspension of payment. did not come into port on the 15th. therefore. of Marseilles. "Oh. to give any information as to the state of his finances. and have been these ten years." "Sir." said the Englishman.

the commission I ask is quite different. in whose name I act." "You keep the registers of entries and departures?" "I do. who disappeared suddenly. laughing. "I am like my house. 178 ." added the Englishman with a laugh. and said. I have since learned that he was confined in the Chateau d'If. will you have two −− three −− five per cent. sir. "that is the affair of the house of Thomson French." And the Englishman drew from his pocket a bundle of bank−notes. or even more? Whatever you say. in all probability. A ray of joy passed across M. you will not realize six per cent of this sum. I recollect him perfectly." "So they said. but what sort of madness was it?" Chapter 28." "Very possibly. that is perfectly just. is. sir." cried M." "Oh. and do not do such things −− no. "does not do things in that way. Our house. perhaps." "Of course." "You are the inspector of prisons?" "I have been so these fourteen years. he was. de Boville.The Count of Monte Cristo "But at a tremendous discount. decidedly. −− "Sir. "he was crazy." cried M." "That's no affair of mine. "The commission is usually one and a half. But all I know." "To these registers there are added notes relative to the prisoners?" "There are special reports on every prisoner. de Boville feared to lose." "What was his name?" "The Abbe Faria. The Prison Register. for two hundred thousand francs. I beg." "Name it. which might have been twice the sum M. some motive to serve in hastening the ruin of a rival firm. of course?" "No." "Well." replied the Englishman. They have. I ought to tell you that." "Sir." "Oh." replied the Englishman. that I am ready to hand you over this sum in exchange for your assignment of the debt. sir. de Boville. yet he made an effort at self−control." "And you will pay" −− "Ready money. I only ask a brokerage. de Boville's countenance. I was educated at home by a poor devil of an abbe. and I should like to learn some particulars of his death.

He." "This tunnel was dug. this Dantes saw a means of accelerating his escape. 179 . −− one of those who had contributed the most to the return of the usurper in 1815. "Yes. which a close observer would have been astonished at discovering in his phlegmatic countenance." he interposed." "Indeed!" said the Englishman." replied M. sir. he was a very dangerous man. sir. yes. but it appears that this Edmond Dantes" −− "This dangerous man's name was" −− "Edmond Dantes. "Oh dear. de Boville. The Prison Register. sir. to recollect dates so well. and offered vast sums to the government if they would liberate him." "Poor devil! −− and he is dead?" "Yes. five or six months ago −− last February. sir." "That must have cut short the projects of escape." "I recollect this. sir. but unfortunately for the prisoners.The Count of Monte Cristo "He pretended to know of an immense treasure. "that the two dungeons" −− "Were separated by a distance of fifty feet. took his place in the sack in which they had sewed up the corpse. the Abbe Faria had an attack of catalepsy. yes. I shall never forget his countenance!" The Englishman smiled imperceptibly. on the contrary. by his own act disembarrassed the government of the fears it had on his account. −− a very resolute and very dangerous man. That man made a deep impression on me. de Boville. and he conveyed the dead man into his own cell. that this Edmond Dantes had procured tools. and. with an intention of escape?" "No doubt. and one that showed some courage. no doubt. the abbe's dungeon was forty or fifty feet distant from that of one of Bonaparte's emissaries. It appears. and we could only go into his dungeon with a file of soldiers. "I myself had occasion to see this man in 1816 or 1817. and died. thought that prisoners who died in the Chateau d'If were interred in an ordinary burial−ground. for they found a tunnel through which the prisoners held communication with one another. "And you say. "As I have already told you. no doubt." "For the dead man. "but not for the survivor. and awaited the moment of interment. fortunately." "It was a bold step." "How was that?" Chapter 28. because the poor devil's death was accompanied by a singular incident." "May I ask what that was?" said the Englishman with an expression of curiosity. sir. or made them." remarked the Englishman." "You have a good memory." replied M.

" "So be it. −− "no matter.The Count of Monte Cristo "How? Do you not comprehend?" "No. I can fancy it. yes." continued the inspector of prisons. The Prison Register. after fastening a thirty−six pound cannon−ball to their feet." "But some official document was drawn up as to this affair. I suppose?" inquired the Englishman." "So that the governor got rid of the dangerous and the crazy prisoner at the same time?" "Precisely." "Yes. might have some interest in knowing if he were dead or alive. this story has diverted our attention from them." observed the Englishman as if he were slow of comprehension. sir. it really seems to me very curious." "Oh. Excuse me." "Well. who really was gentleness itself. they may do so with easy conscience. "Yes." "Yes. indeed. "But to return to these registers. but he laughed as the English do. they fastened a thirty−six pound ball to his feet. "at the end of his teeth. and he laughed too." And he shouted with laughter. and no mistake about it. and they may have the fact attested whenever they please. the mortuary deposition. sir. "You may imagine the amazement of the fugitive when he found himself flung headlong over the rocks! I should like to have seen his face at that moment. yes. you wish to see all relating to the poor abbe. "Yes." "And so." "The Chateau d'If has no cemetery. "Well. So. and threw him into the sea. He is dead. if there were anything to inherit from him. "he was drowned?" "Unquestionably. and they simply throw the dead into the sea. 180 . Dantes' relations." said the Englishman." "That would have been difficult. You understand." "So that now." "No matter. in supreme good−humor at the certainty of recovering his two hundred thousand francs. you will much oblige me." "Really!" exclaimed the Englishman." said the Englishman." "Excuse you for what? For the story? By no means. "So can I." Chapter 28. if he had any." replied De Boville." continued the Englishman who first gained his composure." "True.

"Thanks. P. a terrible weapon against him in the hands of the king's attorney. 181 . and so much importance to his two hundred thousand francs. kept back by Villefort. Then he saw through the whole thing. Morrel's petition. closing the register with a slam. examination. giving him all the time he desired for the examination. for after having perused the first documents he turned over the leaves until he reached the deposition respecting Edmond Dantes. and to be closely watched and guarded. and was reading Le Drapeau Blanc. had become. Chapter 29. one would have immediately perceived all aspect of sadness and gloom. the inspector. As we have said. and which had the postmark. perused. took an active part in the return from the Island of Elba. He did not see the Englishman fold up and place in his pocket the accusation written by Danglars under the arbor of La Reserve. The Englishman easily found the entries relative to the Abbe Faria. but it seemed that the history which the inspector had related interested him greatly. The inspector begged the Englishman to seat himself in an arm−chair. Everything was here arranged in perfect order. and I will show it to you. Any one who had quitted Marseilles a few years previously. by the deputy procureur's advice. and began to read his newspaper. had seated himself in a corner. of comfort. "Marseilles. M. As to the note which accompanied this. There he found everything arranged in due order. found it impossible to give any effect to the interest he had felt. "I have all I want. An inveterate Bonapartist. well acquainted with the interior of Morrel's warehouse. while De Boville seated himself in a corner. acknowledge therein the receipt of the cash. de Boville. de Boville's study. in which Morrel. 27th Feb. while the Englishman counted out the bank−notes on the other side of the desk.. that he would not have opposed whatever the Englishman might do." He rose. and saw that the name of Noirtier was not mentioned in it. would have found a great change. from the remarks we have quoted. and I will hand you over the money. and had returned at this date. This petition to Napoleon. 1815. from discretion. too. under the second restoration. Instead of that air of life. and of happiness that permeates a flourishing and prosperous business establishment −− instead of merry faces at the windows. and placed before him the register and documents relative to the Chateau d'If. The House of Morrel Son.The Count of Monte Cristo "Go into my study here. each file of papers its place. the Englishman understood that it might have been added by some inspector who had taken a momentary interest in Dantes' situation. and that he might not disturb the Abbe Faria's pupil in his researches. gave his seat to M. he attached so little importance to this scrap of paper. To be kept in strict solitary confinement. busy clerks hurrying to and fro in the long corridors −− instead of the court filled with bales of goods. Out of all the numerous clerks that used to fill the deserted Chapter 29. placed in a bracket against his name: −− Edmond Dantes.M. delivery 6 o'clock. but who had. who took it without ceremony. He was no longer astonished when he searched on to find in the register this note. however irregular it might be. Beneath these lines was written in another hand: "See note above −− nothing can be done. Give me a simple assignment of your debt. The House of Morrel Son." said the latter. He folded up the accusation quietly. read the examination. now it is for me to perform my promise. and discovered that the note in the bracket was the some writing as the certificate −− that is to say. and put it as quietly in his pocket. and quickly drew up the required assignment. re−echoing with the cries and the jokes of porters. de Villefort's marginal notes. each register had its number. the application dated 10th April." But it must be said that if he had seen it." And they both entered M." He compared the writing in the bracket with the writing of the certificate placed beneath Morrel's petition. exaggerated with the best intentions (for Napoleon was then on the throne) the services Dantes had rendered to the imperial cause −− services which Villefort's certificates rendered indispensable. −− the accusation. was in Villefort's handwriting.

Cocles went first. and the stranger followed him. and had remained with him in spite of the efforts of his friends to induce him to withdraw. and that his business was with M. and strong in the multiplication−table. Morrel. Cocles. the confidential clerk of the house of Thomson French of Rome. Everything was as we have said. and the one hundred thousand francs due on the 15th of the next month to M. a question of arithmetic to Cocles. the day after his interview with M. In the midst of the disasters that befell the house. Emmanuel sighed. Like the rats that one by one forsake the doomed ship even before the vessel weighs anchor. Morrel in person. and which had already arrived in harbor. Morrel is in his room. "M. no hope but the return of the Pharaon. Morrel's service. Credit. Such was the state of affairs when. Morrel had passed many an anxious hour. but inflexible on the subject of arithmetic. and the same evening he had brought them to M. Emmanuel received him. was no longer to be had. however. and during twenty years he had always seen all payments made with such exactitude. threw them into an almost empty drawer. Chapter 29. which he had at his fingers' ends. and. in reality. the same Cocles. who was in love with M. and the young man bade him conduct the stranger to M. is he not. you are the pearl of cashiers " Cocles went away perfectly happy. wishing to spare his employer the pain of this interview. Morrel's. de Boville. who. this young man was alarmed by the appearance of every new face. Cocles was the only one unmoved. no matter what scheme or what trap was laid to catch him. and sunk to the rank of a servant. On the staircase they met a beautiful girl of sixteen or seventeen. come in anxiety to question the head of the house. de Boville. have replied to any one who addressed him by it. so all the numerous clerks had by degrees deserted the office and the warehouse. and which had so completely replaced his real name that he would not. M. on the contrary. owing to the reports afloat. like the Pharaon." a nickname given him by the young men who used to throng this vast now almost deserted bee−hive. he had at the same time risen to the rank of cashier. in all probability.The Count of Monte Cristo corridor and the empty office. with a melancholy smile. questioned the new−comer. Morrel. while no intelligence had been received of the Pharaon. called "Cocles. had been in for a fortnight. and summoned Cocles. In order to meet the payments then due. who looked with anxiety at the stranger. 182 . flattered him more than a present of fifty crowns. the other was an old one−eyed cashier. as it would to a miller that the river that had so long turned his mill should cease to flow. and a most singular change had taken place in his position. By this means the end of the month was passed. from a firm conviction. but two remained. Nothing had as yet occurred to shake Cocles' belief. Morrel's daughter. But this vessel which. he had collected all his resources. even against M. for every new face might be that of a new creditor. He was. but his resources were now exhausted. saying: −− "Thanks. fearing lest the report of his distress should get bruited abroad at Marseilles when he was known to be reduced to such an extremity." or "Cock−eye. Cocles appeared. devoted. he went to the Beaucaire fair to sell his wife's and daughter's jewels and a portion of his plate. but the stranger declared that he had nothing to say to M. Cocles remained in M. for this eulogium of M. presented himself at M. that it seemed as impossible to him that the house should stop payment. Mademoiselle Julie?" said the cashier. of whose departure he had learnt from a vessel which had weighed anchor at the same time. the last month's payment had been made with the most scrupulous exactitude. Emmanuel. Cocles had detected an overbalance of fourteen sous in his cash. The young man. the only point on which he would have stood firm against the world. Morrel had. patient. and to meet the one hundred thousand francs due on the 10th of the present month. himself the pearl of the honest men of Marseilles. Morrel's apartment. One was a young man of three or four and twenty. The House of Morrel Son. Cocles had seen them go without thinking of inquiring the cause of their departure. came from Calcutta. But this did not arise from a want of affection. Morrel. good. But since the end of the month M.

to whom they are due. Fourteen years had changed the worthy merchant. arose." returned the Englishman. turning over the formidable columns of his ledger.000 francs to pay this month in France. You acknowledge. evidently mingled with interest. and to employ the money otherwise. and found Morrel seated at a table. opened a door in the corner of a landing−place on the second staircase.500 francs payable shortly. "M. which he closed behind him. At the sight of the stranger. as if he feared being forced to fix his attention on some particular thought or person. time and sorrow had ploughed deep furrows on his brow. mademoiselle. sir. he placed the money in my hands at four and a half per cent nearly five years ago. The Englishman entered." The young girl turned pale and continued to descend." Morrel sighed deeply.000 or 400. in his thirty−sixth year at the opening of this history. "you wish to speak to me?" "Yes." "Just so. with whom your father does business. The house of Thomson French had 300. while Cocles. announce this gentleman. and when he had seen him seated. and assigned to our house by the holders." said the young girl hesitatingly. monsieur. "So then. which contained the list of his liabilities. The Englishman looked at him with an air of curiosity. Morrel closed the ledger. and charged me as they became due to present them. at least.The Count of Monte Cristo "Yes. M. and his look. "Monsieur. which was covered with perspiration. Cocles. taking a quantity of papers from his pocket. they are all signed by you. whose uneasiness was increased by this examination. resumed his own chair. his hair had turned white. was now in his fiftieth. "Go and see.000 francs to our house by M. opened a second door. this worthy gentleman has only to announce the confidential clerk of the house of Thomson French of Rome. I think so. while the stranger and Cocles continued to mount the staircase. and now here are 32." "What is the amount?" asked Morrel with a voice he strove to render firm. that you owe this sum to him?" "Yes." "It will be useless to announce me. and offered a seat to the stranger. and passed his hand over his forehead. and. the inspector of prisons. who." said Morrel. by the aid of a key he possessed. "an assignment of 200. conducted the stranger into an ante−chamber. was now irresolute and wandering. de Boville. "you hold bills of mine?" "Yes. you are aware from whom I come?" "The house of Thomson French. so my cashier tells me. returned and signed to him that he could enter. and if my father is there. have collected all the bills bearing your signature." said the Englishman. knowing your strict punctuality. half the 15th of next. She entered the office where Emmanuel was. 183 . of course. once so firm and penetrating. "Here is." said Morrel. Morrel does not know my name. The House of Morrel Son. at least." "He has told you rightly." Chapter 29." "When are you to pay?" "Half the 15th of this month. and after having left the clerk of the house of Thomson French alone. and for a considerable sum.

−− completely ruined!" "As I was on my way here. "Well.The Count of Monte Cristo "I recognize them." replied the Englishman. as he thought that. The House of Morrel Son. "In business." said he. "if this last resource fail you?" "Well. I fear I shall be forced to suspend payment. La Gironde. and this last resource be gone" −− the poor man's eyes filled with tears. he would be unable to honor his own signature." At this almost brutal speech Morrel turned deathly pale." returned Morrel. in hopes of being the first to announce good news to me.000 francs." "Have you no friends who could assist you?" Morrel smiled mournfully. but if the Pharaon should be lost. but. 184 . "But as a man of honor should answer another." "And it is not yours?" "No. already used to misfortune. shall you pay these with the same punctuality?" Morrel shuddered. my vessel arrives safely. and looked at the man. as I hope. "conceal from you." said the other." said he. sir. yet the report is current in Marseilles that you are not able to meet your liabilities. and the house of Wild Turner of Marseilles. whose face was suffused." Chapter 29. she is a Bordeaux vessel. "To questions frankly put." "It is true." "I know it. for the first time in his life." "The last?" "The last. passes a part of his time in a belvidere at the top of the house. for its arrival will again procure me the credit which the numerous accidents. a vessel was coming into port. only correspondents. after a moment's silence." repeated he." It is impossible to describe what Morrel suffered during this enumeration. "one has no friends. "it is a cruel thing to be forced to say. have deprived me. of which I have been the victim." "But one. a young man. "up to this time −− and it is now more than four−and−twenty years since I received the direction of this house from my father. "Yes. but she is not mine. in all. "then you have but one hope." "So that if this fail" −− "I am ruined. amounting to nearly 55. "a straightforward answer should be given. "Sir. sir. sir. I have for the end of the month these bills which have been assigned to us by the house of Pascal." "I know that." said he." continued he." said Morrel. who still adheres to my fallen fortunes. "I will not. if. "Is this all?" "No. tell me fairly." replied the Englishman. I shall pay. I must habituate myself to shame. "Two hundred and eighty−seven thousand five hundred francs. 287. who had himself conducted it for five and thirty years −− never has anything bearing the signature of Morrel Son been dishonored." murmured the Englishman. Yes. she comes from India also.500 francs. that while your probity and exactitude up to this moment are universally acknowledged. who spoke with more assurance than he had hitherto shown. he has informed me of the arrival of this ship.

clasping her hands." A tear moistened the eye of the phlegmatic Englishman. but it seemed that Morrel expected something −− something had occasioned the noise. and half−stifled sobs." said the girl. she ought to have been here a month ago.The Count of Monte Cristo "Perhaps she has spoken the Pharaon. "What is the meaning of that noise?" "Oh. "Draw nearer." Morrel again changed color." At this instant the second door opened. "what is it?" A loud noise was heard on the stairs of people moving hastily." said the young man. "forgive your child for being the bearer of evil tidings. "Oh. and had just returned from Aix or Toulon. The noise had ceased. her eyes bathed with tears. Morrel. "saved by the crew of the vessel that has just entered the harbor. then restrained himself. "Come in. oh!" cried Morrel." Then in a low voice Morrel added. then?" said Morrel in a hoarse voice. "And the crew?" asked Morrel. father!" murmured she. "Cocles and Julie. and something must follow. "Thanks. appeared. bronzed by the tropical sun. Penelon. The two men remained opposite one another. Morrel rose tremblingly." said Morrel. He would have spoken. The young girl did not speak. A key was inserted in the lock of the first door. Julie still lay with her head on his shoulder. and the young girl. turning pale. "for I presume you are all at the door. −− "This delay is not natural. but his voice failed him. Morrel rose and advanced to the door." "What is that?" said the Englishman. and the creaking of hinges was audible. At the sight of these men the Englishman started and advanced a step. come in. supporting himself by the arm of the chair. "Saved." An old seaman. Julie threw herself into his arms. Madame Morrel sat down by her husband and took one of his hands in hers. Emmanuel stood in the centre of the chamber and seemed to form the link between Morrel's family and the sailors at the door. "Good−day. father!" said she. and in the antechamber were visible the rough faces of seven or eight half−naked sailors. father. uncertainty is still hope. and that the footsteps. but his strength failed him and he sank into a chair." Morrel raised his two hands to heaven with an expression of resignation and sublime gratitude." said he. The stranger fancied he heard footsteps on the stairs. "at least thou strikest but me alone. and brings you some tidings of her?" "Shall I tell you plainly one thing. the stranger gazing at him with an air of profound pity. stopped at the door." said he. "courage!" "The Pharaon has gone down. Chapter 29. sir? I dread almost as much to receive any tidings of my vessel as to remain in doubt. advanced. The Pharaon left Calcutta the 5th February. and retired into the farthest and most obscure corner of the apartment. as if he had just quitted Marseilles the previous evening." Scarcely had he uttered those words than Madame Morrel entered weeping bitterly." murmured Morrel. Emmanuel followed her. my God. "How did this happen?" said Morrel. "Oh. "There are only two persons who have the key to that door. which were those of several persons. M. but she made an affirmative sign with her head as she lay on her father's breast. Morrel trembling in every limb. The House of Morrel Son. twirling the remains of a tarpaulin between his hands. 185 . "and tell us all about it.

' said the captain. "we were somewhere between Cape Blanc and Cape Boyador. `very well. haul the brace. when Captain Gaumard comes up to me −− I was at the helm I should tell you −− and says. Two inches an hour does not seem much. `we shall have a gale.' said I. 186 .'" "That was not enough for those latitudes. Morrel. `Well.' I gave him the helm." continued the sailor. advanced his foot. but Chapter 29. but please God. `Penelon. `let go the bowlin's. there was already three feet of water. and unexpected voice made every one start. `and I'll take precautions accordingly. after pitching heavily for twelve hours we sprung a leak. `Ah. sailing with a fair breeze. Penelon. To the boats. Morrel. `Penelon." "The vessel was very old to risk that. −− "You see. M. who could not refrain from smiling through his tears.' `I think you're right. let us sink. and we sailed under mizzen−tops'ls and to'gall'nt sails. it was down. `Come. as quick as you can.' `A gale? More than that. "We did better than that.' Now. and go down into the hold." "Well done!" said the Englishman. and M.' `That's the example you set. `All hands to the pumps!' I shouted. Penelon put his hand over his eyes. let us now save ourselves. only two inches an hour.' It was time. but the water kept rising.' answered he. turned his head.' You could see the wind coming like the dust at Montredon. wait a minute. Morrel will have nothing to reproach us with. `I will blow the brains out of the first man who leaves the pump. M. all hands! Take in the studding−sl's and stow the flying jib. my lads.' said the captain. the squall was on us. balanced himself.' cried the captain. `we have done all in our power.' −− `That's my opinion too. haul out the reef−tackles on the yards.' said he. all hands lower the mains'l!' Five minutes after. what do you think of those clouds coming up over there?' I was just then looking at them myself. and then stared at the man who thus criticized the manoeuvres of his captain. or I don't know what's what." returned Morrel. lower the to'gall'nt sails." Penelon rolled his quid in his cheek. `Ah. give me the helm. `since we are sinking. Penelon.' said the captain.' He went into his cabin and came back with a brace of pistols. we shall have a tempest." said he. Avast. but it was too late.' cries the captain. and the sea gone down. The House of Morrel Son. placed his hand before his mouth. and the vessel began to heel. ten minutes after we struck our tops'ls and scudded under bare poles. captain? Why I think that they are rising faster than they have any business to do." "Well. We are carrying too much canvas. Penelon. there. Morrel. "you see. "I should have taken four reefs in the topsails and furled the spanker. "where is the captain?" "The captain. Penelon. that makes five. −− he has stayed behind sick at Palma. sir. luckily the captain understood his business. "we put the helm up to run before the tempest. M. not much." His firm. `we have still too much canvas set. and you will see him in a few days all alive and hearty.The Count of Monte Cristo "Good−day. we have tried to save the ship. south−south−west after a week's calm. but still it rose. we can die but once. `What do I think. and three we had before. and that they would not be so black if they didn't mean mischief." said the Englishman. "Eh." continued Penelon. and began. "and during that time the wind had abated.' said the captain. but in twelve hours that makes two feet. `I think we are sinking. a sailor is attached to his ship." said the Englishman. after four hours' work. `I still think you've got too much on. it won't be much.' I says. and it seemed the more we pumped the more came in. and descended. it was that that did the business. `Take in two reefs in the tops'ls. `what makes you shake your head?' `Why." said the old sailor respectfully. "There's nothing gives you so much courage as good reasons.' said the captain. sonorous. and sent a long jet of tobacco−juice into the antechamber. now tell your story.

so that we began to think of drawing lots who should feed the rest. "What. "I know there was no one in fault but destiny. don't let us talk of that. then the other way. "I should have said. M. The captain descended last." "Yes. There now. and that we will wait for the rest. you fellows there?" A general murmur of approbation showed that the narrator had faithfully detailed their misfortunes and sufferings. but we will talk of it. so I took him round the waist. you'll build some. pay two hundred francs to each of these good fellows." said M. and exchanged a few words with them. spun round and round." Chapter 29." "Well." "Well" −− "Well. and then good−by to the Pharaon. As for us. "Cocles. and I do not send you away." added be. but times are changed. besides. Morrel. M. my friends. again turning his quid. "At another time. "as for that" −− "As for what?" "The money. "Well. What wages are due to you?" "Oh. Morrel. and then I jumped after him." said he. Penelon. she perceived us. Ten minutes after she pitched forward. and if you can find another employer. that the ship was sinking under us. no. when we saw La Gironde. M. "As for that. then. The House of Morrel Son." "Thanks. and threw him into the boat. and all eight of us got into it. "you send us away. fortunately he recovered. Morrel. 187 . enter his service. or rather. Morrel. we made signals of distress. he did not descend. so we did not wait to be told twice. Morrel!" said he in a low voice. "I am not angry. thanks!" cried Morrel gratefully." said the poor owner mournfully." These last words produced a prodigious effect on the seaman. like the Pharaon." "I have no money to build ships with. made for us. Morrel. we'll wait for you. and seemed to say. M." said M. blessed be his name. then." said Penelon. we all say that fifty francs will be enough for us at present. you are then angry with us!" "No. under bare poles. two hundred francs over as a present. that's the whole truth." "No more ships!" returned Penelon. for just as I jumped the deck burst with a noise like the broadside of a man−of−war. Give them. and therefore I do not want any sailors. three months.The Count of Monte Cristo still more to his life. "take it −− take it. but I have no more ships. It was the will of God that this should happen.' We soon launched the boat. "so I cannot accept your kind offer. It was time. `Get along −− save yourselves. and the little money that remains to me is not my own. you are free to do so. Penelon nearly swallowed his quid." Penelon turned to his companions." said Morrel. he would not quit the vessel. "well. is not it true. quite the contrary. we were three days without anything to eat or drink." "No more money? Then you must not pay us. and took us all on board. the more so. we can scud. on the honor of a sailor. well.

" said he. "Now." "I see. as she left the apartment. Emmanuel." "Yes. "Let me see. overwhelming him with grateful blessings. she pretended to be descending." And he glanced towards the clerk of Thomson French." said the owner to his wife and daughter. The bills were renewed. I take everything on myself." "Your bills. "leave me. "Well." returned Julie." He made a sign to Cocles." "At least. who had remained motionless in the corner during this scene. "But. The stranger met Julie on the stairs." said Morrel. and the poor ship−owner found himself with three months before him to collect his resources. and see that my orders are executed." These last words were uttered in so low a tone that the stranger could not hear them." "How long a delay do you wish for?" −− Morrel reflected." "Well. enough!" cried Morrel. "that a fresh and unmerited misfortune his overwhelmed you. we shall see each other again. to which he replied by a smile that an indifferent spectator would have been surprised to see on his stern features." replied the stranger. The two women looked at this person whose presence they had entirely forgotten. clasping her hands. M. I shall come to receive the money. at least." returned Morrel." returned the Englishman. sinking into a chair. I pray you. Morrel?" asked Penelon. "leave me." "Do you wish for time to pay?" "A delay would save my honor." continued the stranger. "one day you will receive a letter signed `Sinbad the Sailor." asked Morrel. I hope so. 188 . and consequently my life. in which he had taken no part. sir. sir" −− said she. and this only increases my desire to serve you.' Do exactly what the letter bids you.The Count of Monte Cristo "Enough. and I have nothing further to tell you." "Yes. but. "you have heard all. I wish to speak with this gentleman. and on the 5th of September at eleven o'clock (the hand of the clock pointed to eleven)." said the stranger. and retired. Now go. "I will give you three. "and I will pay you −− or I shall he dead. The Englishman received his thanks with the phlegm peculiar to his nation." "I shall expect you. however strange it may appear. at least. Julie gave the stranger a supplicating glance. we shall meet again in a happier time. the old ones destroyed. but in reality she was waiting for him. except the few words we have mentioned. "Two months. sir. The House of Morrel Son. To−day is the 5th of June. almost overpowered. "I am one of your largest creditors. "Oh. and Morrel. sir!" cried Morrel. conducted him to the staircase. "Yes. "will the house of Thomson French consent?" "Oh. renew these bills up to the 5th of September. "Mademoiselle. who went first. the seamen followed him and Emmanuel brought up the rear." "Oh. Chapter 29. are the first that will fall due. go with them. The two men were left alone.

The Count of Monte Cristo "Do you promise?" "I swear to you I will." "It is well. Adieu, mademoiselle. Continue to be the good, sweet girl you are at present, and I have great hopes that heaven will reward you by giving you Emmanuel for a husband." Julie uttered a faint cry, blushed like a rose, and leaned against the baluster. The stranger waved his hand, and continued to descend. In the court he found Penelon, who, with a rouleau of a hundred francs in either hand, seemed unable to make up his mind to retain them. "Come with me, my friend," said the Englishman; "I wish to speak to you."

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The extension provided for by the agent of Thomson French, at the moment when Morrel expected it least, was to the poor shipowner so decided a stroke of good fortune that he almost dared to believe that fate was at length grown weary of wasting her spite upon him. The same day he told his wife, Emmanuel, and his daughter all that had occurred; and a ray of hope, if not of tranquillity, returned to the family. Unfortunately, however, Morrel had not only engagements with the house of Thomson French, who had shown themselves so considerate towards him; and, as he had said, in business he had correspondents, and not friends. When he thought the matter over, he could by no means account for this generous conduct on the part of Thomson French towards him; and could only attribute it to some such selfish argument as this: −− "We had better help a man who owes us nearly 300,000 francs, and have those 300,000 francs at the end of three months than hasten his ruin, and get only six or eight per cent of our money back again." Unfortunately, whether through envy or stupidity, all Morrel's correspondents did not take this view; and some even came to a contrary decision. The bills signed by Morrel were presented at his office with scrupulous exactitude, and, thanks to the delay granted by the Englishman, were paid by Cocles with equal punctuality. Cocles thus remained in his accustomed tranquillity. It was Morrel alone who remembered with alarm, that if he had to repay on the 15th the 50,000 francs of M. de Boville, and on the 30th the 32,500 francs of bills, for which, as well as the debt due to the inspector of prisons, he had time granted, he must be a ruined man. The opinion of all the commercial men was that, under the reverses which had successively weighed down Morrel, it was impossible for him to remain solvent. Great, therefore, was the astonishment when at the end of the month, he cancelled all his obligations with his usual punctuality. Still confidence was not restored to all minds, and the general opinion was that the complete ruin of the unfortunate shipowner had been postponed only until the end of the month. The month passed, and Morrel made extraordinary efforts to get in all his resources. Formerly his paper, at any date, was taken with confidence, and was even in request. Morrel now tried to negotiate bills at ninety days only, and none of the banks would give him credit. Fortunately, Morrel had some funds coming in on which he could rely; and, as they reached him, he found himself in a condition to meet his engagements when the end of July came. The agent of Thomson French had not been again seen at Marseilles; the day after, or two days after his visit to Morrel, he had disappeared; and as in that city he had had no intercourse but with the mayor, the inspector of prisons, and M. Morrel, his departure left no trace except in the memories of these three persons. As to the sailors of the Pharaon, they must have found snug berths elsewhere, for they also had disappeared. Captain Gaumard, recovered from his illness, had returned from Palma. He delayed presenting himself at Morrel's, but the owner, hearing of his arrival, went to see him. The worthy shipowner knew, from Penelon's recital, of the captain's brave conduct during the storm, and tried to console him. He brought him also the amount of his wages, which Captain Gaumard had not dared to apply for. As he descended the staircase, Morrel met Penelon, who was going up. Penelon had, it would seem, made good use of his money, for he was newly clad. When he saw his employer, the worthy tar seemed much embarrassed, drew on one side into the Chapter 30. The Fifth of September. 189

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On the 20th of August it was known at Marseilles that he had left town in the mailcoach, and then it was said that the bills would go to protest at the end of the month, and that Morrel had gone away and left his chief clerk Emmanuel, and his cashier Cocles, to meet the creditors. But, contrary to all expectation, when the 31st of August came, the house opened as usual, and Cocles appeared behind the grating of the counter, examined all bills presented with the usual scrutiny, and, from first to last, paid all with the usual precision. There came in, moreover, two drafts which M. Morrel had fully anticipated, and which Cocles paid as punctually as the bills which the shipowner had accepted. All this was incomprehensible, and then, with the tenacity peculiar to prophets of bad news, the failure was put off until the end of September. On the 1st, Morrel returned; he was awaited by his family with extreme anxiety, for from this journey to Paris they hoped great things. Morrel had thought of Danglars, who was now immensely rich, and had lain under great obligations to Morrel in former days, since to him it was owing that Danglars entered the service of the Spanish banker, with whom he had laid the foundations of his vast wealth. It was said at this moment that Danglars was worth from six to eight millions of francs, and had unlimited credit. Danglars, then, without taking a crown from his pocket, could save Morrel; he had but to pass his word for a loan, and Morrel was saved. Morrel had long thought of Danglars, but had kept away from some instinctive motive, and had delayed as long as possible availing himself of this last resource. And Morrel was right, for he returned home crushed by the humiliation of a refusal. Yet, on his arrival, Morrel did not utter a complaint, or say one harsh word. He embraced his weeping wife and daughter, pressed Emmanuel's hand with friendly warmth, and then going to his private room on the second floor had sent for Cocles. "Then," said the two women to Emmanuel, "we are indeed ruined." It was agreed in a brief council held among them, that Julie should write to her brother, who was in garrison at Nimes, to come to them as speedily as possible. The poor women felt instinctively that they required all their strength to support the blow that impended. Besides, Maximilian Morrel, though hardly two and twenty, had great influence over his father. He was a strong−minded, upright young man. At the time when he decided on his profession his father had no desire to choose for him, but had consulted young Maximilian's taste. He had at once declared for a military life, and had in consequence studied hard, passed brilliantly through the Polytechnic School, and left it as sub−lieutenant of the 53d of the line. For a year he had held this rank, and expected promotion on the first vacancy. In his regiment Maximilian Morrel was noted for his rigid observance, not only of the obligations imposed on a soldier, but also of the duties of a man; and he thus gained the name of "the stoic." We need hardly say that many of those who gave him this epithet repeated it because they had heard it, and did not even know what it meant. This was the young man whom his mother and sister called to their aid to sustain them under the serious trial which they felt they would soon have to endure. They had not mistaken the gravity of this event, for the moment after Morrel had entered his private office with Cocles, Julie saw the latter leave it pale, trembling, and his features betraying the utmost consternation. 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The Count of Monte Cristo "Maximilian, my dearest brother!" she cried. At these words Madame Morrel rose, and threw herself into her son's arms. "Mother," said the young man, looking alternately at Madame Morrel and her daughter, "what has occurred −− what has happened? Your letter has frightened me, and I have come hither with all speed." "Julie," said Madame Morrel, making a sign to the young man, "go and tell your father that Maximilian has just arrived." The young lady rushed out of the apartment, but on the first step of the staircase she found a man holding a letter in his hand. "Are you not Mademoiselle Julie Morrel?" inquired the man, with a strong Italian accent. "Yes, sir," replied Julie with hesitation; "what is your pleasure? I do not know you." "Read this letter," he said, handing it to her. Julie hesitated. "It concerns the best interests of your father," said the messenger. The young girl hastily took the letter from him. She opened it quickly and read: −− "Go this moment to the Allees de Meillan, enter the house No. 15, ask the porter for the key of the room on the fifth floor, enter the apartment, take from the corner of the mantelpiece a purse netted in red silk, and give it to your father. It is important that he should receive it before eleven o'clock. You promised to obey me implicitly. Remember your oath. "Sinbad the Sailor." The young girl uttered a joyful cry, raised her eyes, looked round to question the messenger, but he had disappeared. She cast her eyes again over the note to peruse it a second time, and saw there was a postscript. She read: −− "It is important that you should fulfil this mission in person and alone. If you go accompanied by any other person, or should any one else go in your place, the porter will reply that he does not know anything about it." This postscript decreased greatly the young girl's happiness. Was there nothing to fear? was there not some snare laid for her? Her innocence had kept her in ignorance of the dangers that might assail a young girl of her age. But there is no need to know danger in order to fear it; indeed, it may be observed, that it is usually unknown perils that inspire the greatest terror. Julie hesitated, and resolved to take counsel. Yet, through a singular impulse, it was neither to her mother nor her brother that she applied, but to Emmanuel. She hastened down and told him what had occurred on the day when the agent of Thomson French had come to her father's, related the scene on the staircase, repeated the promise she had made, and showed him the letter. "You must go, then, mademoiselle," said Emmanuel. "Go there?" murmured Julie. "Yes; I will accompany you." "But did you not read that I must be alone?" said Julie. "And you shall be alone," replied the young man. "I will await you at the corner of the Rue de Musee, and if you are so long absent as to make me uneasy, I will hasten to rejoin you, and woe to him of whom you shall have cause to complain to me!"

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The Count of Monte Cristo "Then, Emmanuel?" said the young girl with hesitation, "it is your opinion that I should obey this invitation?" "Yes. Did not the messenger say your father's safety depended upon it?" "But what danger threatens him, then, Emmanuel?" she asked. Emmanuel hesitated a moment, but his desire to make Julie decide immediately made him reply. "Listen," he said; "to−day is the 5th of September, is it not?" "Yes." "To−day, then, at eleven o'clock, your father has nearly three hundred thousand francs to pay?" "Yes, we know that." "Well, then," continued Emmanuel, "we have not fifteen thousand francs in the house." "What will happen then?" "Why, if to−day before eleven o'clock your father has not found someone who will come to his aid, he will be compelled at twelve o'clock to declare himself a bankrupt." "Oh, come, then, come!" cried she, hastening away with the young man. During this time, Madame Morrel had told her son everything. The young man knew quite well that, after the succession of misfortunes which had befallen his father, great changes had taken place in the style of living and housekeeping; but he did not know that matters had reached such a point. He was thunderstruck. Then, rushing hastily out of the apartment, he ran up−stairs, expecting to find his father in his study, but he rapped there in vain. While he was yet at the door of the study he heard the bedroom door open, turned, and saw his father. Instead of going direct to his study, M. Morrel had returned to his bed−chamber, which he was only this moment quitting. Morrel uttered a cry of surprise at the sight of his son, of whose arrival he was ignorant. He remained motionless on the spot, pressing with his left hand something he had concealed under his coat. Maximilian sprang down the staircase, and threw his arms round his father's neck; but suddenly he recoiled, and placed his right hand on Morrel's breast. "Father," he exclaimed, turning pale as death, "what are you going to do with that brace of pistols under your coat?" "Oh, this is what I feared!" said Morrel. "Father, father, in heaven's name," exclaimed the young man, "what are these weapons for?" "Maximilian," replied Morrel, looking fixedly at his son, "you are a man, and a man of honor. Come, and I will explain to you." And with a firm step Morrel went up to his study, while Maximilian followed him, trembling as he went. Morrel opened the door, and closed it behind his son; then, crossing the anteroom, went to his desk on which he placed the pistols, and pointed with his finger to an open ledger. In this ledger was made out an exact balance−sheet of his affair's. Morrel had to pay, within half an hour, 287,500 francs. All he possessed was 15,257 francs. "Read!" said Morrel.

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The Count of Monte Cristo The young man was overwhelmed as he read. Morrel said not a word. What could he say? What need he add to such a desperate proof in figures? "And have you done all that is possible, father, to meet this disastrous result?" asked the young man, after a moment's pause. "I have," replied Morrel. "You have no money coming in on which you can rely?" "None." "You have exhausted every resource?" "All." "And in half an hour," said Maximilian in a gloomy voice, "our name is dishonored!" "Blood washes out dishonor," said Morrel. "You are right, father; I understand you." Then extending his hand towards one of the pistols, he said, "There is one for you and one for me −− thanks!" Morrel caught his hand. "Your mother −− your sister! Who will support them?" A shudder ran through the young man's frame. "Father," he said, "do you reflect that you are bidding me to live?" "Yes, I do so bid you," answered Morrel, "it is your duty. You have a calm, strong mind, Maximilian. Maximilian, you are no ordinary man. I make no requests or commands; I only ask you to examine my position as if it were your own, and then judge for yourself." The young man reflected for a moment, then an expression of sublime resignation appeared in his eyes, and with a slow and sad gesture he took off his two epaulets, the insignia of his rank. "Be it so, then, my father," he said, extending his hand to Morrel, "die in peace, my father; I will live." Morrel was about to cast himself on his knees before his son, but Maximilian caught him in his arms, and those two noble hearts were pressed against each other for a moment. "You know it is not my fault," said Morrel. Maximilian smiled. "I know, father, you are the most honorable man I have ever known." "Good, my son. And now there is no more to be said; go and rejoin your mother and sister." "My father," said the young man, bending his knee, "bless me!" Morrel took the head of his son between his two hands, drew him forward, and kissing his forehead several times said, "Oh, yes, yes, I bless you in my own name, and in the name of three generations of irreproachable men, who say through me, `The edifice which misfortune has destroyed, providence may build up again.' On seeing me die such a death, the most inexorable will have pity on you. To you, perhaps, they will accord the time they have refused to me. Then do your best to keep our name free from dishonor. Go to work, labor, young man, struggle ardently and courageously; live, yourself, your mother and sister, with the most rigid economy, so that from day to day the property of those whom I leave in your hands may augment and fructify. Reflect how glorious a day it will be, how grand, how solemn, that day of complete restoration, on which you will say in this very office, `My father died because he could not do what I have this day done; but he died calmly and peaceably, because in dying he knew what I should do.'" "My father, my father!" cried the young man, "why should you not live?" "If I live, all would be changed; if I live, interest would be converted into doubt, pity into hostility; if I live I am only a man who his broken his word, failed in his engagements −− in fact, only a bankrupt. If, on the contrary, I die, remember, Maximilian, my corpse is that of an honest but unfortunate man. Living, my best Chapter 30. The Fifth of September. 194

The Count of Monte Cristo friends would avoid my house; dead, all Marseilles will follow me in tears to my last home. Living, you would feel shame at my name; dead, you may raise your head and say, `I am the son of him you killed, because, for the first time, he has been compelled to break his word.'" The young man uttered a groan, but appeared resigned. "And now," said Morrel, "leave me alone, and endeavor to keep your mother and sister away." "Will you not see my sister once more?" asked Maximilian. A last but final hope was concealed by the young man in the effect of this interview, and therefore he had suggested it. Morrel shook his head. "I saw her this morning, and bade her adieu." "Have you no particular commands to leave with me, my father?" inquired Maximilian in a faltering voice. "Yes; my son, and a sacred command." "Say it, my father." "The house of Thomson French is the only one who, from humanity, or, it may be, selfishness −− it is not for me to read men's hearts −− has had any pity for me. Its agent, who will in ten minutes present himself to receive the amount of a bill of 287,500 francs, I will not say granted, but offered me three months. Let this house be the first repaid, my son, and respect this man." "Father, I will," said Maximilian. "And now, once more, adieu," said Morrel. "Go, leave me; I would be alone. You will find my will in the secretary in my bedroom." The young man remained standing and motionless, having but the force of will and not the power of execution. "Hear me, Maximilian," said his father. "Suppose I was a soldier like you, and ordered to carry a certain redoubt, and you knew I must be killed in the assault, would you not say to me, as you said just now, `Go, father; for you are dishonored by delay, and death is preferable to shame!'" "Yes, yes," said the young man, "yes;" and once again embracing his father with convulsive pressure, he said, "Be it so, my father." And he rushed out of the study. When his son had left him, Morrel remained an instant standing with his eyes fixed on the door; then putting forth his arm, he pulled the bell. After a moment's interval, Cocles appeared. It was no longer the same man −− the fearful revelations of the three last days had crushed him. This thought −− the house of Morrel is about to stop payment −− bent him to the earth more than twenty years would otherwise have done. "My worthy Cocles," said Morrel in a tone impossible to describe, "do you remain in the ante−chamber. When the gentleman who came three months ago −− the agent of Thomson French −− arrives, announce his arrival to me." Cocles made no reply; he made a sign with his head, went into the anteroom, and seated himself. Morrel fell back in his chair, his eyes fixed on the clock; there were seven minutes left, that was all. The hand moved on with incredible rapidity, he seemed to see its motion.

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The Count of Monte Cristo "The Pharaon, sir −− they signal the Pharaon! The Pharaon is entering the harbor!" Morrel fell back in his chair, his strength was failing him; his understanding weakened by such events, refused to comprehend such incredible, unheard−of, fabulous facts. But his son came in. "Father," cried Maximilian, "how could you say the Pharaon was lost? The lookout has signalled her, and they say she is now coming into port." "My dear friends," said Morrel, "if this be so, it must be a miracle of heaven! Impossible, impossible!" But what was real and not less incredible was the purse he held in his hand, the acceptance receipted −− the splendid diamond. "Ah, sir," exclaimed Cocles, "what can it mean? −− the Pharaon?" "Come, dear ones," said Morrel, rising from his seat, "let us go and see, and heaven have pity upon us if it be false intelligence!" They all went out, and on the stairs met Madame Morrel, who had been afraid to go up into the study. In a moment they were at the Cannebiere. There was a crowd on the pier. All the crowd gave way before Morrel. "The Pharaon, the Pharaon!" said every voice. And, wonderful to see, in front of the tower of Saint−Jean, was a ship bearing on her stern these words, printed in white letters, "The Pharaon, Morrel Son, of Marseilles." She was the exact duplicate of the other Pharaon, and loaded, as that had been, with cochineal and indigo. She cast anchor, clued up sails, and on the deck was Captain Gaumard giving orders, and good old Penelon making signals to M. Morrel. To doubt any longer was impossible; there was the evidence of the senses, and ten thousand persons who came to corroborate the testimony. As Morrel and his son embraced on the pier−head, in the presence and amid the applause of the whole city witnessing this event, a man, with his face half−covered by a black beard, and who, concealed behind the sentry−box, watched the scene with delight, uttered these words in a low tone: "Be happy, noble heart, be blessed for all the good thou hast done and wilt do hereafter, and let my gratitude remain in obscurity like your good deeds." And with a smile expressive of supreme content, he left his hiding−place, and without being observed, descended one of the flights of steps provided for debarkation, and hailing three times, shouted "Jacopo, Jacopo, Jacopo!" Then a launch came to shore, took him on board, and conveyed him to a yacht splendidly fitted up, on whose deck he sprung with the activity of a sailor; thence he once again looked towards Morrel, who, weeping with joy, was shaking hands most cordially with all the crowd around him, and thanking with a look the unknown benefactor whom he seemed to be seeking in the skies. "And now," said the unknown, "farewell kindness, humanity, and gratitude! Farewell to all the feelings that expand the heart! I have been heaven's substitute to recompense the good −− now the god of vengeance yields to me his power to punish the wicked!" At these words he gave a signal, and, as if only awaiting this signal, the yacht instantly put out to sea.

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The Count of Monte Cristo fancy into his head (having already visited Corsica, the cradle of Bonaparte) to visit Elba, the waiting−place of Napoleon. One evening he cast off the painter of a sailboat from the iron ring that secured it to the dock at Leghorn, wrapped himself in his coat and lay down, and said to the crew, −− "To the Island of Elba!" The boat shot out of the harbor like a bird and the next morning Franz disembarked at Porto−Ferrajo. He traversed the island, after having followed the traces which the footsteps of the giant have left, and re−embarked for Marciana. Two hours after he again landed at Pianosa, where he was assured that red partridges abounded. The sport was bad; Franz only succeeded in killing a few partridges, and, like every unsuccessful sportsman, he returned to the boat very much out of temper. "Ah, if your excellency chose," said the captain, "you might have capital sport." "Where?" "Do you see that island?" continued the captain, pointing to a conical pile rising from the indigo sea. "Well, what is this island?" "The Island of Monte Cristo." "But I have no permission to shoot over this island." "Your excellency does not require a permit, for the island is uninhabited." "Ah, indeed!" said the young man. "A desert island in the midst of the Mediterranean must be a curiosity." "It is very natural; this island is a mass of rocks, and does not contain an acre of land capable of cultivation." "To whom does this island belong?" "To Tuscany." "What game shall I find there!" "Thousands of wild goats." "Who live upon the stones, I suppose," said Franz with an incredulous smile. "No, but by browsing the shrubs and trees that grow out of the crevices of the rocks." "Where can I sleep?" "On shore in the grottos, or on board in your cloak; besides, if your excellency pleases, we can leave as soon as you like −− we can sail as well by night as by day, and if the wind drops we can use our oars." As Franz had sufficient time, and his apartments at Rome were not yet available, he accepted the proposition. Upon his answer in the affirmative, the sailors exchanged a few words together in a low tone. "Well," asked he, "what now? Is there any difficulty in the way?" "No." replied the captain, "but we must warn your excellency that the island is an infected port."

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The Count of Monte Cristo "What do you mean?" "Monte Cristo although uninhabited, yet serves occasionally as a refuge for the smugglers and pirates who come from Corsica, Sardinia, and Africa, and if it becomes known that we have been there, we shall have to perform quarantine for six days on our return to Leghorn." "The deuce! That puts a different face on the matter. Six days! Why, that's as long as the Almighty took to make the world! Too long a wait −− too long." "But who will say your excellency has been to Monte Cristo?" "Oh, I shall not," cried Franz. "Nor I, nor I," chorused the sailors. "Then steer for Monte Cristo." The captain gave his orders, the helm was put up, and the boat was soon sailing in the direction of the island. Franz waited until all was in order, and when the sail was filled, and the four sailors had taken their places −− three forward, and one at the helm −− he resumed the conversation. "Gaetano," said he to the captain, "you tell me Monte Cristo serves as a refuge for pirates, who are, it seems to me, a very different kind of game from the goats." "Yes, your excellency, and it is true." "I knew there were smugglers, but I thought that since the capture of Algiers, and the destruction of the regency, pirates existed only in the romances of Cooper and Captain Marryat." "Your excellency is mistaken; there are pirates, like the bandits who were believed to have been exterminated by Pope Leo XII., and who yet, every day, rob travellers at the gates of Rome. Has not your excellency heard that the French charge d'affaires was robbed six months ago within five hundred paces of Velletri?" "Oh, yes, I heard that." "Well, then, if, like us, your excellency lived at Leghorn, you would hear, from time to time, that a little merchant vessel, or an English yacht that was expected at Bastia, at Porto−Ferrajo, or at Civita Vecchia, has not arrived; no one knows what has become of it, but, doubtless, it has struck on a rock and foundered. Now this rock it has met has been a long and narrow boat, manned by six or eight men, who have surprised and plundered it, some dark and stormy night, near some desert and gloomy island, as bandits plunder a carriage in the recesses of a forest." "But," asked Franz, who lay wrapped in his cloak at the bottom of the boat, "why do not those who have been plundered complain to the French, Sardinian, or Tuscan governments?" "Why?" said Gaetano with a smile. "Yes, why?" "Because, in the first place, they transfer from the vessel to their own boat whatever they think worth taking, then they bind the crew hand and foot, they attach to every one's neck a four and twenty pound ball, a large hole is chopped in the vessel's bottom, and then they leave her. At the end of ten minutes the vessel begins to Chapter 31. Italy: Sinbad the Sailor. 199

The Count of Monte Cristo roll heavily and settle down. First one gun'l goes under, then the other. Then they lift and sink again, and both go under at once. All at once there's a noise like a cannon −− that's the air blowing up the deck. Soon the water rushes out of the scupper−holes like a whale spouting, the vessel gives a last groan, spins round and round, and disappears, forming a vast whirlpool in the ocean, and then all is over, so that in five minutes nothing but the eye of God can see the vessel where she lies at the bottom of the sea. Do you understand now," said the captain, "why no complaints are made to the government, and why the vessel never reaches port?" It is probable that if Gaetano had related this previous to proposing the expedition, Franz would have hesitated, but now that they had started, he thought it would be cowardly to draw back. He was one of those men who do not rashly court danger, but if danger presents itself, combat it with the most unalterable coolness. Calm and resolute, he treated any peril as he would an adversary in a duel, −− calculated its probable method of approach; retreated, if at all, as a point of strategy and not from cowardice; was quick to see an opening for attack, and won victory at a single thrust. "Bah!" said he, "I have travelled through Sicily and Calabria −− I have sailed two months in the Archipelago, and yet I never saw even the shadow of a bandit or a pirate." "I did not tell your excellency this to deter you from your project," replied Gaetano, "but you questioned me, and I have answered; that's all." "Yes, and your conversation is most interesting; and as I wish to enjoy it as long as possible, steer for Monte Cristo." The wind blew strongly, the boat made six or seven knots an hour, and they were rapidly reaching the end of their voyage. As they drew near the island seemed to lift from the sea, and the air was so clear that they could already distinguish the rocks heaped on one another, like cannon balls in an arsenal, with green bushes and trees growing in the crevices. As for the sailors, although they appeared perfectly tranquil yet it was evident that they were on the alert, and that they carefully watched the glassy surface over which they were sailing, and on which a few fishing−boats, with their white sails, were alone visible. They were within fifteen miles of Monte Cristo when the sun began to set behind Corsica, whose mountains appeared against the sky, showing their rugged peaks in bold relief; this mass of rock, like the giant Adamastor, rose dead ahead, a formidable barrier, and intercepting the light that gilded its massive peaks so that the voyagers were in shadow. Little by little the shadow rose higher and seemed to drive before it the last rays of the expiring day; at last the reflection rested on the summit of the mountain, where it paused an instant, like the fiery crest of a volcano, then gloom gradually covered the summit as it had covered the base, and the island now only appeared to be a gray mountain that grew continually darker; half an hour after, the night was quite dark. Fortunately, the mariners were used to these latitudes, and knew every rock in the Tuscan Archipelago; for in the midst of this obscurity Franz was not without uneasiness −− Corsica had long since disappeared, and Monte Cristo itself was invisible; but the sailors seemed, like the lynx, to see in the dark, and the pilot who steered did not evince the slightest hesitation. An hour had passed since the sun had set, when Franz fancied he saw, at a quarter of a mile to the left, a dark mass, but he could not precisely make out what it was, and fearing to excite the mirth of the sailors by mistaking a floating cloud for land, he remained silent; suddenly a great light appeared on the strand; land might resemble a cloud, but the fire was not a meteor. "What is this light?" asked he. "Hush!" said the captain; "it is a fire." "But you told me the island was uninhabited?"

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The Count of Monte Cristo "l said there were no fixed habitations on it, but I said also that it served sometimes as a harbor for smugglers." "And for pirates?" "And for pirates," returned Gaetano, repeating Franz's words. "It is for that reason I have given orders to pass the island, for, as you see, the fire is behind us." "But this fire?" continued Franz. "It seems to me rather reassuring than otherwise; men who did not wish to be seen would not light a fire." "Oh, that goes for nothing," said Gaetano. "If you can guess the position of the island in the darkness, you will see that the fire cannot be seen from the side or from Pianosa, but only from the sea." "You think, then, this fire indicates the presence of unpleasant neighbors?" "That is what we must find out," returned Gaetano, fixing his eyes on this terrestrial star. "How can you find out?" "You shall see." Gaetano consulted with his companions, and after five minutes' discussion a manoeuvre was executed which caused the vessel to tack about, they returned the way they had come, and in a few minutes the fire disappeared, hidden by an elevation of the land. The pilot again changed the course of the boat, which rapidly approached the island, and was soon within fifty paces of it. Gaetano lowered the sail, and the boat came to rest. All this was done in silence, and from the moment that their course was changed not a word was spoken. Gaetano, who had proposed the expedition, had taken all the responsibility on himself; the four sailors fixed their eyes on him, while they got out their oars and held themselves in readiness to row away, which, thanks to the darkness, would not be difficult. As for Franz, he examined his arms with the utmost coolness; he had two double−barrelled guns and a rifle; he loaded them, looked at the priming, and waited quietly. During this time the captain had thrown off his vest and shirt, and secured his trousers round his waist; his feet were naked, so he had no shoes and stockings to take off; after these preparations he placed his finger on his lips, and lowering himself noiselessly into the sea, swam towards the shore with such precaution that it was impossible to hear the slightest sound; he could only be traced by the phosphorescent line in his wake. This track soon disappeared; it was evident that he had touched the shore. Every one on board remained motionless for half an hour, when the same luminous track was again observed, and the swimmer was soon on board. "Well?" exclaimed Franz and the sailors in unison. "They are Spanish smugglers," said he; "they have with them two Corsican bandits." "And what are these Corsican bandits doing here with Spanish smugglers?" "Alas," returned the captain with an accent of the most profound pity, "we ought always to help one another. Very often the bandits are hard pressed by gendarmes or carbineers; well, they see a vessel, and good fellows like us on board, they come and demand hospitality of us; you can't refuse help to a poor hunted devil; we receive them, and for greater security we stand out to sea. This costs us nothing, and saves the life, or at least the liberty, of a fellow−creature, who on the first occasion returns the service by pointing out some safe spot where we can land our goods without interruption." "Ah!" said Franz, "then you are a smuggler occasionally, Gaetano?" Chapter 31. Italy: Sinbad the Sailor. 201

The Count of Monte Cristo "Your excellency, we must live somehow," returned the other, smiling impenetrably. "Then you know the men who are now on Monte Cristo?" "Oh, yes, we sailors are like freemasons, and recognize each other by signs." "And do you think we have nothing to fear if we land?" "Nothing at all; smugglers are not thieves." "But these two Corsican bandits?" said Franz, calculating the chances of peril. "It is not their fault that they are bandits, but that of the authorities." "How so?" "Because they are pursued for having made a stiff, as if it was not in a Corsican's nature to revenge himself." "What do you mean by having made a stiff? −− having assassinated a man?" said Franz, continuing his investigation. "I mean that they have killed an enemy, which is a very different thing," returned the captain. "Well," said the young man, "let us demand hospitality of these smugglers and bandits. Do you think they will grant it?" "Without doubt." "How many are they?" "Four, and the two bandits make six." "Just our number, so that if they prove troublesome, we shall be able to hold them in check; so, for the last time, steer to Monte Cristo." "Yes, but your excellency will permit us to take all due precautions." "By all means, be as wise as Nestor and as prudent as Ulysses; I do more than permit, I exhort you." "Silence, then!" said Gaetano. Every one obeyed. For a man who, like Franz, viewed his position in its true light, it was a grave one. He was alone in the darkness with sailors whom he did not know, and who had no reason to be devoted to him; who knew that he had several thousand francs in his belt, and who had often examined his weapons, −− which were very beautiful, −− if not with envy, at least with curiosity. On the other hand, he was about to land, without any other escort than these men, on an island which had, indeed, a very religious name, but which did not seem to Franz likely to afford him much hospitality, thanks to the smugglers and bandits. The history of the scuttled vessels, which had appeared improbable during the day, seemed very probable at night; placed as he was between two possible sources of danger, he kept his eye on the crew, and his gun in his hand. The sailors had again hoisted sail, and the vessel was once more cleaving the waves. Through the darkness Franz, whose eyes were now more accustomed to it, could see the looming shore along which the boat was sailing, Chapter 31. Italy: Sinbad the Sailor. 202

The Count of Monte Cristo and then, as they rounded a rocky point, he saw the fire more brilliant than ever, and about it five or six persons seated. The blaze illumined the sea for a hundred paces around. Gaetano skirted the light, carefully keeping the boat in the shadow; then, when they were opposite the fire, he steered to the centre of the circle, singing a fishing song, of which his companions sung the chorus. At the first words of the song the men seated round the fire arose and approached the landing−place, their eyes fixed on the boat, evidently seeking to know who the new−comers were and what were their intentions. They soon appeared satisfied and returned (with the exception of one, who remained at the shore) to their fire, at which the carcass of a goat was roasting. When the boat was within twenty paces of the shore, the man on the beach, who carried a carbine, presented arms after the manner of a sentinel, and cried, "Who comes there?" in Sardinian. Franz coolly cocked both barrels. Gaetano then exchanged a few words with this man which the traveller did not understand, but which evidently concerned him. "Will your excellency give your name, or remain incognito?" asked the captain. "My name must rest unknown, −− merely say I am a Frenchman travelling for pleasure." As soon as Gaetano had transmitted this answer, the sentinel gave an order to one of the men seated round the fire, who rose and disappeared among the rocks. Not a word was spoken, every one seemed occupied, Franz with his disembarkment, the sailors with their sails, the smugglers with their goat; but in the midst of all this carelessness it was evident that they mutually observed each other. The man who had disappeared returned suddenly on the opposite side to that by which he had left; he made a sign with his head to the sentinel, who, turning to the boat, said, "S'accommodi." The Italian s'accommodi is untranslatable; it means at once, "Come, enter, you are welcome; make yourself at home; you are the master." It is like that Turkish phrase of Moliere's that so astonished the bourgeois gentleman by the number of things implied in its utterance. The sailors did not wait for a second invitation; four strokes of the oar brought them to land; Gaetano sprang to shore, exchanged a few words with the sentinel, then his comrades disembarked, and lastly came Franz. One of his guns was swung over his shoulder, Gaetano had the other, and a sailor held his rifle; his dress, half artist, half dandy, did not excite any suspicion, and, consequently, no disquietude. The boat was moored to the shore, and they advanced a few paces to find a comfortable bivouac; but, doubtless, the spot they chose did not suit the smuggler who filled the post of sentinel, for he cried out, "Not that way, if you please." Gaetano faltered an excuse, and advanced to the opposite side, while two sailors kindled torches at the fire to light them on their way. They advanced about thirty paces, and then stopped at a small esplanade surrounded with rocks, in which seats had been cut, not unlike sentry−boxes. Around in the crevices of the rocks grew a few dwarf oaks and thick bushes of myrtles. Franz lowered a torch, and saw by the mass of cinders that had accumulated that he was not the first to discover this retreat, which was, doubtless, one of the halting−places of the wandering visitors of Monte Cristo. As for his suspicions, once on terra firma, once that he had seen the indifferent, if not friendly, appearance of his hosts, his anxiety had quite disappeared, or rather, at sight of the goat, had turned to appetite. He mentioned this to Gaetano, who replied that nothing could be more easy than to prepare a supper when they had in their boat, bread, wine, half a dozen partridges, and a good fire to roast them by. "Besides," added he, "if the smell of their roast meat tempts you, I will go and offer them two of our birds for a slice." "You are a born diplomat," returned Franz; "go and try." Meanwhile the sailors had collected dried sticks and branches with which they made a fire. Franz waited impatiently, inhaling the aroma of the roasted meat, when the captain returned with a mysterious air. "Well," said Franz, "anything new? −− do they refuse?" "On the contrary," returned Gaetano, "the chief, who was told you were a young Frenchman, invites you to sup with him."

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The Count of Monte Cristo "Well," observed Franz, "this chief is very polite, and I see no objection −− the more so as I bring my share of the supper." "Oh, it is not that; he has plenty, and to spare, for supper; but he makes one condition, and rather a peculiar one, before he will receive you at his house." "His house? Has he built one here, then?" "No; but he has a very comfortable one all the same, so they say." "You know this chief, then?" "I have heard talk of him." "Favorably or otherwise?" "Both." "The deuce! −− and what is this condition?" "That you are blindfolded, and do not take off the bandage until he himself bids you." Franz looked at Gaetano, to see, if possible, what he thought of this proposal. "Ah," replied he, guessing Franz's thought, "I know this is a serious matter." "What should you do in my place?" "I, who have nothing to lose, −− I should go." "You would accept?" "Yes, were it only out of curiosity." "There is something very peculiar about this chief, then?" "Listen," said Gaetano, lowering his voice, "I do not know if what they say is true" −− he stopped to see if any one was near. "What do they say?" "That this chief inhabits a cavern to which the Pitti Palace is nothing." "What nonsense!" said Franz, reseating himself. "It is no nonsense; it is quite true. Cama, the pilot of the Saint Ferdinand, went in once, and he came back amazed, vowing that such treasures were only to be heard of in fairy tales." "Do you know," observed Franz, "that with such stories you make me think of Ali Baba's enchanted cavern?" "I tell you what I have been told." "Then you advise me to accept?" Chapter 31. Italy: Sinbad the Sailor. 204

accepted." "Gaetano had only seen the vessel from a distance. since the two accounts do not agree." "And if this person be not a smuggler. who is he?" "A wealthy signor. but I doubt if it be his real name. He turned towards the sailor. your excellency will do as you please. and asked him how these men had landed. I don't say that." Chapter 31." "Is it a very beautiful vessel?" "I would not wish for a better to sail round the world. who." Franz pondered the matter for a few moments. "No. "venture to build a vessel designed for such a purpose at Genoa?" "I did not say that the owner was a smuggler. 205 . I should be sorry to advise you in the matter." "What country does he come from?" "I do not know. Franz was prudent." "And where does he reside?" "On the sea. I thought. concluded that a man so rich could not have any intention of plundering him of what little he had." "Come. but my own opinion is she is a Genoese." continued Franz. She is what the English call a yacht. he had not then spoken to any one." returned the sailor.The Count of Monte Cristo "Oh. and seeing only the prospect of a good supper. and wished to learn all he possibly could concerning his host." "And how did a leader of smugglers. Gaetano departed with the reply. as no vessel of any kind was visible. "he is still more mysterious. but she is built to stand any weather. but Gaetano did. during this dialogue." thought Franz." "Where was she built?" "I know not. Italy: Sinbad the Sailor. who travels for his pleasure. "I know their vessel." "Sinbad the Sailor?" "Yes." "Of what burden is she?" "About a hundred tons. "Never mind that." "What is his name?" "If you ask him he says Sinbad the Sailor. had sat gravely plucking the partridges with the air of a man proud of his office." replied the sailor.

sir. said." said a voice. Without uttering a word. although. surmounted with a stand of Arabian swords in silver scabbards. "Welcome. this man had a remarkably handsome face. and also Chapter 31. 206 . evidently advancing towards that part of the shore where they would not allow Gaetano to go −− a refusal he could now comprehend. Afterwards he was made to promise that he would not make the least attempt to raise the bandage. Franz did not wait for a repetition of this permission. and presented it to the man who had spoken to him. Italy: Sinbad the Sailor. and a small sharp and crooked cangiar was passed through his girdle. and found himself in the presence of a man from thirty−eight to forty years of age. yes. He was not particularly tall. Presently. He promised. and yellow slippers. of beautiful shape and color. to seek for this enchanted palace?" "Oh. we examined the grotto all over. He was accompanied by two of the yacht's crew. and then a voice. which he recognized as that of the sentinel. There was a moment's silence. was the splendor of the apartment in which he found himself. and it seemed to him as though the atmosphere again changed. In a recess was a kind of divan. a vest of black cloth embroidered with gold. but always in vain. then. At length his feet touched on a thick and soft carpet. large and full gaiters of the same color. they bandaged his eyes with a care that showed their apprehensions of his committing some indiscretion. he knew that they were entering a cave. a red cap with a long blue silk tassel. and. who had treated Gaetano's description as a fable. But what astonished Franz. I beg you will remove your bandage. worked with flowers of gold. and his guides let go their hold of him.The Count of Monte Cristo "Have you ever seen him?" "Sometimes. "this is an Arabian Nights' adventure. After going about thirty paces. was of the pure Greek type. were set off to admiration by the black mustache that encircled them. with a foreign accent. his nose." It may be supposed. he had a splendid cashmere round his waist. his eyes were penetrating and sparkling. he smelt the appetizing odor of the kid that was roasting. that it seemed to pertain to one who had been long entombed. and projecting direct from the brow." "His excellency waits for you. Then his two guides took his arms. while his teeth. while the feet rested on a Turkey carpet. embroidered with gold like the vest. Franz drew his handkerchief from his pocket. guided by them." "What sort of a man is he?" "Your excellency will judge for yourself. and knew thus that he was passing the bivouac. from the ceiling hung a lamp of Venetian glass." "Decidedly." "Have you never had the curiosity. but took off the handkerchief. His pallor was so peculiar. The entire chamber was lined with crimson brocade." "Where will he receive me?" "No doubt in the subterranean palace Gaetano told you of. dressed in a Tunisian costume −− that is to say. but we never could find the slightest trace of any opening. in excellent French. tapestry hung before the door by which Franz had entered. more than once. Although of a paleness that was almost livid. but a magic word. they say that the door is not opened by a key. quite straight. and preceded by the sentinel. they then led him on about fifty paces farther. pantaloons of deep red. by a change in the atmosphere. had small hands and feet. like the men of the south. when you have landed and found this island deserted." muttered Franz. and the handles resplendent with gems. in which they sunk to the instep. and became balmy and perfumed. as white as pearls. after going on for a few seconds more he heard a crackling. and who was incapable of resuming the healthy glow and hue of life. and he went on. but extremely well made.

Franz rubbed his eyes in order to assure himself that this was not a dream. moreover. a boar's ham with jelly. a glorious turbot. leading into a second apartment which seemed to be brilliantly illuminated. my dear sir. Pray observe. and a gigantic lobster. your humble servant going first to show the way?" At these words. "I do not know if you are of my opinion. black as ebony. and does all he can to prove it. it is yours to share. such as is my supper. it is at your disposal. made a sign to his master that all was prepared in the dining−room. I should doubtless. Italy: Sinbad the Sailor. if you will. Signor Sinbad. and the plates of Japanese china. but because I should not have the certainty I now possess of separating myself from all the rest of mankind at pleasure. which would be exceedingly annoying. I have always observed that they bandage people's eyes who penetrate enchanted palaces. pomegranates from Malaga. The dining−room was scarcely less striking than the room he had just left. that I may put you at your ease. "Now." replied Franz. and acquitted himself so admirably. Signor Aladdin. "Yes. that I too much respect the laws of hospitality to ask your name or title. The host gave Franz time to recover from his surprise. and as he has a regard for his head. if I could have anticipated the honor of your visit. during the greater portion of the year. These baskets contained four pyramids of most splendid fruit.'" "Alas. and once convinced of this important point he cast his eyes around him. "will tell you. Between these large dishes were smaller ones containing various dainties.'" "And I. "a thousand excuses for the precaution taken in your introduction hither. there were Sicily pine−apples. Ali. that the guest complimented his host thereupon. it was entirely of marble. and. having baskets in their hands. Ali alone was present to wait at table." replied the singular amphitryon. But such as is my hermitage. for what I see makes me think of the wonders of the `Arabian Nights. that I see no reason why at this moment I should not be called Aladdin. The supper consisted of a roast pheasant garnished with Corsican blackbirds. he is a poor devil who is much devoted to me. while he did the honors of the supper with much ease and grace −− "yes. The dishes were of silver. 207 ." replied Franz. and dressed in a plain white tunic. with antique bas−reliefs of priceless value. will you now take the trouble to enter the dining−room. "Would it be impertinent." replied he. were four magnificent statues. a tolerable supper and pretty comfortable beds." he said. moving aside the tapestry. this island is deserted. Sinbad preceded his guest. for instance. not for the loss it occasioned me. and offer you what no doubt you did not expect to find here −− that is to say. Franz now looked upon another scene of enchantment. That will keep us from going away from the East whither I am tempted to think I have been conveyed by some good genius. and a Nubian. He remembers that I saved his life. As for myself.' and really I have nothing to complain of. but I think nothing is more annoying than to remain two or three hours together without knowing by name or appellation how to address one another." "Ma foi. oranges from the Balearic Isles. find on my return my temporary retirement in a state of great disorder. a quarter of a kid with tartar sauce." said Franz. if the secret of this abode were discovered. I tell you that I am generally called `Sinbad the Sailor. Let me now endeavor to make you forget this temporary unpleasantness. I may say with Lucullus. "make no apologies. is the supper ready?" At this moment the tapestry moved aside. then. as I only require his wonderful lamp to make me precisely like Aladdin.The Count of Monte Cristo in front of another door." "Well." Ali approached his master. and at the four corners of this apartment. I only request you to give me one by which I may have the pleasure of addressing you. "you heard our repast announced. which was oblong." said the unknown to Franz. the table was splendidly covered. and dates from Tunis. and kissed it. not even taking his eyes off him. "to ask you the particulars of this kindness?" Chapter 31. took his hand. returned look for look. but as. I would have prepared for it. he feels some gratitude towards me for having kept it on his shoulders. peaches from France. "Sir. those of Raoul in the `Huguenots. after a pause.

and the little man in the blue cloak. I must seem to you by no means curious. and even the life you lead. he was so very desirous to complete the poor devil's punishment. Then I have my mode of dispensing justice. "And like the celebrated sailor whose name you have assumed. by way of changing the conversation. and agreed to forgive the hand and head. The unknown fixed on the young man one of those looks which penetrate into the depth of the heart and thoughts." "Revenge." replied Franz. and can only be induced to appear again when we are out of sight of that quarter of the globe. as he replied. for whenever the coward sees the first glimpse of the shores of Africa. "and I made some others also which I hope I may fulfil in due season. "You have suffered a great deal. but I assure you that it is not my fault I have delayed it so long −− it will happen one day or the other. and would never return to the world unless you had some great project to accomplish there. Sinbad started and looked fixedly at him. if you had tasted my life. half−cruelty. the bey yielded. without respite or appeal. the tongue the first day." replied the host." Chapter 31. and one day perhaps I shall go to Paris to rival Monsieur Appert. so learning the day his tongue was cut out. 208 . and he was condemned by the bey to have his tongue cut out. I am pleased with one place. it will. your pallid complexion." answered Franz. the real life of a pasha. I went to the bey." said the unknown with a singular smile." "I? −− I live the happiest life possible. I am king of all creation. Such as you see me I am. "you pass your life in travelling?" "Yes. and the head the third." Although Sinbad pronounced these words with much calmness. hardly knowing what to think of the half−kindness. "You have not guessed rightly." responded Sinbad." Franz remained a moment silent and pensive. I get tired of it. a sort of philosopher. for instance!" observed Franz. they are simple enough. Sometimes I amuse myself by delivering some bandit or criminal from the bonds of the law. and which no one sees. your look. I am free as a bird and have wings like one. "What makes you suppose so?" "Everything. has a fearful account to settle with it. But when I added to the gun an English cutlass with which I had shivered his highness's yataghan to pieces. "Because. I made a vow at a time when I little thought I should ever be able to accomplish it. and proposed to give him for Ali a splendid double−barreled gun which I knew he was very desirous of having. he runs down below. laughing with his singular laugh which displayed his white and sharp teeth. This was a useless clause in the bargain. and leave it. which condemns or pardons. Italy: Sinbad the Sailor. −− "your voice. the hand the second. "And why revenge?" he asked. silent and sure. "It seems the fellow had been caught wandering nearer to the harem of the Bey of Tunis than etiquette permits to one of his color. you would not desire any other. "you seem to me like a man who. and his hand and head cut off. his eyes gave forth gleams of extraordinary ferocity. Ah.The Count of Monte Cristo "Oh. I always had a desire to have a mute in my service. He hesitated a moment. and stay there. with which his host related the brief narrative. but on condition that the poor fellow never again set foot in Tunis." "Ah. sir?" said Franz inquiringly. persecuted by society." "And will that be the first time you ever took that journey?" "Yes. my attendants obey my slightest wish." he said.

He raised the cover and saw a kind of greenish paste. but king of the world. and Golconda are opened to you. as ignorant of what the cup contained as he was before he had looked at it. and I will endeavor to repay you. ever−ripe Chapter 31. thus it is that our material origin is revealed. says Marco Polo. for which. the fields of infinite space open to you." "I should like to be there at the time you come. can you?" "No. is this precious stuff?" "Did you ever hear. Into these pavilions he admitted the elect. in vulgar phrase. king of the universe. The care with which Ali placed this cup on the table roused Franz's curiosity. without bowing at the feet of Satan. gave them to eat a certain herb. that green preserve is nothing less than the ambrosia which Hebe served at the table of Jupiter. Franz did not disturb him whilst he absorbed his favorite sweetmeat.The Count of Monte Cristo "And do you propose to make this journey very shortly?" "I do not know. and in these gardens isolated pavilions. without regarding it. which transported them to Paradise. into the boundless realms of unfettered revery. or England. raised it to his lips. you know he reigned over a rich valley which was overhung by the mountain whence he derived his picturesque name. as far as lies in my power. but which was perfectly unknown to him. unfortunately. and then casting his eyes towards his host he saw him smile at his disappointment. it will be. then. and in an hour you will be a king. in all probability." "Well. since it is only to do thus? look!" At these words he uncovered the small cup which contained the substance so lauded. he inquired. for the unknown scarcely touched one or two dishes of the splendid banquet to which his guest did ample justice. no doubt. for your liberal hospitality displayed to me at Monte Cristo. incognito. "of the Old Man of the Mountain. Italy: Sinbad the Sailor. and the boundaries of possibility disappear. to tell the truth. I really cannot. or if we do see and regard it. and is gold your god? taste this. Are you a man for the substantials. Then Ali brought on the dessert." cried Sinbad. I do not feel any particular desire?" "Ah. who attempted to assassinate Philip Augustus?" "Of course I have. and swallowed it slowly with his eyes half shut and his head bent backwards. Are you a man of imagination −− a poet? taste this. He replaced the lid. and the mines of Peru. and do you seek after the greatnesses of the earth? taste this. "we frequently pass so near to happiness without seeing. but when he had finished. Is it not tempting what I offer you." "I should avail myself of your offer with pleasure. you advance free in heart. in the midst of ever−blooming shrubs. −− "What. took a teaspoonful of the magic sweetmeat. free in mind. "You cannot guess. what may you term this composition. Spain. "this ambrosia." he replied. "what there is in that small vase. yet without recognizing it. and there. not a king of a petty kingdom hidden in some corner of Europe like France. or rather took the baskets from the hands of the statues and placed them on the table." replied the host. then." said he. king of creation. 209 . Guzerat. Are you ambitious." "Well. and is it not an easy thing." "But. something like preserved angelica. if I go there. it depends on circumstances which depend on certain arrangements." replied Franz. In this valley were magnificent gardens planted by Hassen−ben−Sabah. you will be king and master of all the kingdoms of the earth. in passing through mortal hands has lost its heavenly appellation and assumed a human name. "but." The supper appeared to have been supplied solely for Franz. Between the two baskets he placed a small silver cup with a silver cover.

It was simply yet richly furnished. that they sold themselves body and soul to him who gave it to them. and obedient to his orders as to those of a deity. it is the same with hashish. which now appears to you flat and distasteful." Franz's only reply was to take a teaspoonful of the marvellous preparation. and Ali will bring us coffee and pipes. like his guest. "I have a very great inclination to judge for myself of the truth or exaggeration of your eulogies." said Franz. Both laid themselves down on the divan. Like everything else. chibouques with jasmine tubes and amber mouthpieces were within reach. into which we always sink when smoking excellent tobacco. guest of mine −− taste the hashish. or reclining on the most luxurious bed. and the Chinese eat swallows' nests? Eh? no! Well. and to give the smoker in exchange all the visions of the soul.'" "Do you know. "it is hashish! I know that −− by name at least." "Judge for yourself. the only man. Divan. `A grateful world to the dealer in happiness. and sundry other dainties which you now adore. When you return to this mundane sphere from your visionary world. which seems to remove with its fume all the troubles of the mind. Franz entered still another apartment. Nature subdued must yield in the combat." "Then. striped tiger−skins from Bengal. Tell me. floor. which is your apartment. "How do you take it?" inquired the unknown. and all prepared so that there was no need to smoke the same pipe twice. so voluptuous. bear−skins from Siberia. tea. Italy: Sinbad the Sailor. but to dream thus forever. and life becomes the dream. fox−skins from Norway. which Ali lighted and then retired to prepare the coffee. porter.The Count of Monte Cristo fruit. and ever−lovely virgins. the man to whom there should be built a palace. inscribed with these words. Signor Aladdin −− judge. But what changes occur! It is only by comparing the pains of actual being with the joys of the assumed existence. "in the French or Turkish style. and while he who called himself Sinbad −− and whom we have occasionally named so. −− in nature which is not made for joy and clings to pain. that we might. and Franz abandoned himself to that mute revery. and a large divan completely encircled it. Ali brought in the coffee. have some title by which to distinguish him −− gave some orders to the servant. spotted beautifully. the celebrated maker." "That is it precisely. panther−skins from the Cape. like those that appeared to Dante. but it was a dream so soft. and lift it to his mouth. were all covered with magnificent skins as soft and downy as the richest carpets. struck down the designated victim. and all these skins were strewn in profusion one on the other. There was a moment's silence. Signor Aladdin. about as much in quantity as his host had eaten. but the thing does not appear to me as palatable as you say. "I do not know if the result will be as agreeable as you describe. died in torture without a murmur. so that it seemed like walking over the most mossy turf. the first time you tasted oysters. truffles." cried Franz. Chapter 31. and then the dream reigns supreme. sad or joyous. only eat for a week. believing that the death they underwent was but a quick transition to that life of delights of which the holy herb. There is a struggle in nature against this divine substance. did you like them? Could you comprehend how the Romans stuffed their pheasants with assafoetida. gentle or violent. after having swallowed the divine preserve." They both arose. 210 ." "Because your palate his not yet been attuned to the sublimity of the substances it flavors. there were heavy−maned lion−skins from Atlas. even in the midst of his conversation. we must habituate the senses to a fresh impression. so enthralling. walls. −− the hashish of Abou−Gor. Let us now go into the adjoining chamber. but do not confine yourself to one trial. you would seem to leave a Neapolitan spring for a Lapland winter −− to quit paradise for earth −− heaven for hell! Taste the hashish. the dream must succeed to reality. and nothing in the world will seem to you to equal the delicacy of its flavor. ceiling. that you would desire to live no longer. What these happy persons took for reality was but a dream. during which Sinbad gave himself up to thoughts that seemed to occupy him incessantly. it is hashish −− the purest and most unadulterated hashish of Alexandria. "Diable!" he said. Each of them took one. and so on. then the dream becomes life. It was round. now before you had given them a slight foretaste.

or Ispahan." "Ma foi. Lips of stone turned to flame. The more he strove against this unhallowed passion the more his senses yielded to its thrall. It seemed to Franz that he closed his eyes. and approached the couch on which he was reposing. no longer as a threatening rock in the midst of the waves. −− songs so clear and sonorous. "And you are right. and looks inflexible and ardent like those with which the serpent charms the bird. it is ready in all ways. then. and bright and flowing hair. Ah." "Ah. and then he gave way before looks that held him in a torturing grasp and delighted his senses as with a voluptuous kiss. All the bodily fatigue of the day. or Amphion. unfurl your wings. for an enchanting and mysterious harmony rose to heaven. his perception brightened in a remarkable manner. those three celebrated courtesans. inhaling the fresh and balmy air. Then the three statues advanced towards him with looks of love. At length the boat touched the shore. Messalina. −− he saw the Island of Monte Cristo. and such fires as burn the very senses. those soft visions. with one of those singular smiles which did not escape the young man. with eyes of fascination. those Orientals. their feet hidden in their long white tunics. Cleopatra. and he was held in cool serpent−like embraces. and which he had seen before he slept. They were the same statues. I shall go and die in the East. as lips touch lips. that they would have made a divine harmony had their notes been taken down. "it would be the easiest thing in the world. but which saints withstood." He then said something in Arabic to Ali. like a Christian angel in the midst of Olympus. He descended. and should you wish to see me again. as his boat drew nearer. As to Franz a strange transformation had taken place in him." "I will take it in the Turkish style. Bagdad. in attraction. all the preoccupation of mind which the events of the evening had brought on. his senses seemed to redouble their power. or rather seemed to descend. but a blue. 211 . rich in form. for I feel eagle's wings springing out at my shoulders. breasts of ice became like heated lava. but not to any distance. smiles of love. weary of a struggle that taxed his very soul. and at length. and he was again in the chamber of statues. sugar or none. yes. and he entered the grotto amidst continued strains of most delicious melody. and with those wings I could make a tour of the world in four and twenty hours." he added. and poesy. formed from such perfumes as set the mind a dreaming. Then among them glided like a pure ray. and he saw again all he had seen before his sleep. their throats bare. but it was not the gloomy horizon of vague alarms. and fly into superhuman regions." said his host. several steps. the mute attendant. intended there to build a city. and in a last look about him saw the vision of modesty completely veiled. disappeared as they do at the first approach of sleep. They were Phryne. there is a watch over you. which seemed to veil its virgin brow before these marble wantons. in the midst of the songs of his sailors. to Ali. you must seek me at Cairo. unbounded horizon. like that which may be supposed to reign around the grotto of Circe. and assuming attitudes which the gods could not resist. melt before the sun. with all the blue of the ocean. who made a sign of obedience and withdrew. they are the only men who know how to live. transparent. As for me. hair flowing like waves. fear nothing. "when I have completed my affairs in Paris. then all seemed to fade away and become confused before his eyes. we are here to ease your fall." said Franz. from Sinbad. then. like those of Icarus. the enchanter. the songs became louder. the horizon continued to expand. yielding for the first time to the sway of the drug. as if some Loreley had decreed to attract a soul thither. when we are still sufficiently conscious to be aware of the coming of slumber. he gave way and sank back breathless and exhausted beneath the kisses of these Chapter 31. one of those chaste figures. love was a sorrow and voluptuousness a torture. but as an oasis in the desert. lighted only by one of those pale and antique lamps which watch in the dead of the night over the sleep of pleasure. "it shows you have a tendency for an Oriental life. and then followed a dream of passion like that promised by the Prophet to the elect. Well. His body seemed to acquire an airy lightness.The Count of Monte Cristo strong or weak. his singular host. like the last shadows of the magic lantern before it is extinguished. Italy: Sinbad the Sailor. but without effort. the hashish is beginning its work. as burning mouths were pressed to his thirsty lips. and if your wings. without shock. those calm shadows. all the spangles of the sun. all the perfumes of the summer breeze. so that to Franz. cool or boiling? As you please." replied Franz.

and so strong a hold had it taken of his imagination. and waved his pocket−handkerchief to his guest in token of adieu. even in the very face of open day. entertained me right royally." So saying. then. Franz returned the salute by shaking his handkerchief as an exchange of signals. reminded him of the illusiveness of his vision. he rose to his seat. "In the first place. a faculty for absorbing the pure air. and listened to the dash of the waves on the beach. so calm. but without any idea that the noise could be heard at the distance which separated the yacht from the shore. which rose gracefully as it expanded in the air. He thought himself in a sepulchre. and the enchantment of his marvellous dream. Chapter 32. The Waking. one of the shadows which had shared his dream with looks and kisses. He found that he was in a grotto. It seemed. as very important business calls him to Malaga. He advanced several paces towards the point whence the light came. and once more awakened memory. Otherwise." "So. He was attired as he had been on the previous evening. and a spoonful of hashish. into which a ray of sunlight in pity scarcely penetrated. so grand. "he is bidding you adieu. and at ten yards from them the boat was at anchor. on the contrary. and his departed while I was asleep?" "He exists as certainly as that you may see his small yacht with all her sails spread. he seemed still to be in a dream. and holding a spy−glass in his hand. recognize your host in the midst of his crew. said. and through a kind of fanlight saw a blue sea and an azure sky. but he trusts you will excuse him. and found himself lying on his bournous in a bed of dry heather. accosting him. undulating gracefully on the water. you will. and if you will use your glass. they had vanished at his waking. and desires us to express the regret he feels at not being able to take his leave in person. an excellent supper. Gaetano was not mistaken." The young man took his carbine and fired it in the air. that left against the rocks a lace of foam as white as silver. his presentation to a smuggler chief. or undulating in the vessel. and directed it towards the yacht. chatting and laughing." said Franz. Thus every now and then he saw in fancy amid the sailors. At the stern the mysterious stranger was standing up looking towards the shore. The Waking. specially after a fantastic dream. 212 . in all probability. do you hear?" observed Gaetano. and as if the statues had been but shadows from the tomb. and the patron. He stretched forth his hand. so pure. he was free from the slightest headache. that at least a year had elapsed since all these things had passed. Gaetano pointed in a direction in which a small vessel was making sail towards the southern point of Corsica. Franz adjusted his telescope. there exists a man who has received me in this island. and then Franz heard a slight report. The air and water were shining in the beams of the morning sun. very soft and odoriferous. Gaetano. He was for some time without reflection or thought for the divine charm which is in the things of nature. then gradually this view of the outer world. a subterranean palace full of splendor. he felt a certain degree of lightness. When Franz returned to himself. and touched stone. light me a torch. and his body refreshed. The vision had fled. After a second. and enjoying the bright sunshine more vividly than ever. seated on a rock. on the shore the sailors were sitting. There for some time he enjoyed the fresh breeze which played on his brow. his head was perfectly clear. then. so deep was the impression made in his mind by the dream." Chapter 32. all reality. "this is. however. and to all the excitement of his dream succeeded the calmness of reality. a slight cloud of smoke was seen at the stern of the vessel. went towards the opening. He recalled his arrival on the island. "What are your excellency's orders?" inquired Gaetano. He went gayly up to the sailors. "There. who rose as soon as they perceived him.The Count of Monte Cristo marble goddesses. "The Signor Sinbad has left his compliments for your excellency.

he began a second. and they were soon under way. and he lost two hours in his attempts. in the first place. he is one who fears neither God nor Satan. and so enjoyed exceptional privileges." and he was irresistibly attracted towards the grotto. Yet he did not leave a foot of this granite wall. and I will get you the torch you ask for. now like a sea−gull on the wave. and when he returned the kid was roasted and the repast ready. but I have always given it up. Franz's host." he remarked to Gaetano." Giovanni obeyed. "And what cares he for that." added Franz. other ideas. At the end of this time he gave up his search. "Precisely so. much more enthralling. which he had utterly forgotten. as it disappeared in the gulf of Porto−Vecchio. Let them try to pursue him! Why. and then supper. without strict scrutiny. When Franz appeared again on the shore. had the honor of being on excellent terms with the smugglers and bandits along the whole coast of the Mediterranean. "Why. I understand. which were at last utterly useless." he added. "to find the entrance to the enchanted apartment. statues. he had really been the hero of one of the tales of the "Thousand and One Nights. He had lost all hope of detecting the secret of the grotto. yes. The Waking." replied the patron. and entered the subterranean grotto. your excellency." replied Gaetano. he hastened on board. or a projecting point on which he did not lean and press in the hopes it would give way. "Ah. and." "Don't you remember. by traces of smoke. With much pleasure. 213 . after having told Gaetano to roast one of the two kids. and at the end of a quarter of an hour he had killed a goat and two kids. At the moment the boat began her course they lost sight of the yacht. He looked again through his glass. "you told me that Signor Sinbad was going to Malaga. hashish. his boat being ready. As to Franz. But I too have had the idea you have. He recognized the place where he had awaked by the bed of heather that was there. the evening before. and Gaetano smiled. as impenetrable as futurity. Since. and he would beat any frigate three knots in every nine. "and give it to his excellency. Giovanni. −− all became a dream for Franz. Sinbad. These animals. while it seems he is in the direction of Porto−Vecchio. why. in vain. but it was in vain that he carried his torch all round the exterior surface of the grotto. continuing her flight towards Corsica. and. and would at any time run fifty leagues out of his course to do a poor devil a service. He saw nothing. Gaetano reminded him that he had come for the purpose of shooting goats. and he is going to land them. like him. he consequently despatched his breakfast. is he not certain of finding friends everywhere?" It was perfectly clear that the Signor Sinbad. "I told you that among the crew there were two Corsican brigands?" "True. followed by Gaetano. With it was effaced the last trace of the preceding night. and two or three times the same fancy has come over me. All was vain. unless that. "or any authorities? He smiles at them. but a bird." said Franz. in spite of the failure of his first search. though wild and agile as chamois. The boat sailed on all day and all Chapter 32. Franz took the lamp. He took his fowling−piece. occupied his mind." "But such services as these might involve him with the authorities of the country in which he practices this kind of philanthropy. and began to hunt over the island with the air of a man who is fulfilling a duty. and Franz could not consider them as game. he had no longer any inducement to remain at Monte Cristo. Moreover. and if he were to throw himself on the coast. but even then he could not distinguish anything. light a torch. if it would amuse you. others had before him attempted the same thing. Then. The second visit was a long one. he did not see a fissure without introducing the blade of his hunting sword into it. Franz was sitting on the spot where he was on the previous evening when his mysterious host had invited him to supper. his yacht is not a ship. rather than enjoying a pleasure. and he saw the little yacht.The Count of Monte Cristo "Ah. were too much like domestic goats." replied Gaetano with a laugh." said the patron. they say. the yacht only seemed like a small white speck on the horizon.

we must have a carriage. Peter. and asked for Albert de Morcerf." replied the landlord. scolding the waiters." Chapter 32.The Count of Monte Cristo night. Holy Week. the deuce! then we shall pay the more. that there was no room for him at the Hotel de Londres. and at which Franz had already halted five or six times. and at Rome there are four great events in every year. the events which had just passed. At last he made his way through the mob. The apartment consisted of two small rooms and a parlor." "I am afraid if we offer them double that we shall not procure a carriage. and Signor Pastrini himself ran to him. come. no joking. as we have said." said Franz. but the host was unable to decide to which of the two nations the traveller belonged. The two rooms looked onto the street −− a fact which Signor Pastrini commented upon as an inappreciable advantage. "Come. for the moment at least. they had lost sight of Monte Cristo. When Franz had once again set foot on shore. but that's no matter. with the impertinence peculiar to hired hackney−coachmen and inn−keepers with their houses full. but as for the carriage" −− "What as to the carriage?" exclaimed Albert. my dear Franz −− no horses?" he said. But this was not so easy a matter. "you shall be served immediately. and there's an end of it." answered the inn−keeper. and a carriage for tomorrow and the following days. which was continually increasing and getting more and more turbulent. This plan succeeded. excusing himself for having made his excellency wait. when Morcerf himself appeared. that will make forty. and at each time found it more marvellous and striking. while he finished his affairs of pleasure at Florence. Corpus Christi. who was ready to pounce on the traveller and was about to lead him to Albert. for the streets were thronged with people. between life and death. "Do you understand that. add five lire a day more for extras. and reached the hotel. It is a little worse for the journey. −− the Carnival. a resting−place full of poetry and character." "As to supper. I see plainly enough. The Waking. taking the candlestick from the porter. and then thought of nothing but how he should rejoin his companion. He set out. and thirty or thirty−five lire a day more for Sundays and feast days. had been retained beforehand. The rest of the floor was hired by a very rich gentleman who was supposed to be a Sicilian or Maltese." "Sir. which renders it similar to a kind of station between this world and the next −− a sublime spot. and the Feast of St." Albert looked at Franz like a man who hears a reply he does not understand. 214 . An apartment. "To−morrow morning. and next morning." "There are no horses. "we will do all in our power to procure you one −− this is all I can say." replied the host. when the sun rose. "Very good. signor Pastrini. and there are none left but those absolutely requisite for posting. All the rest of the year the city is in that state of dull apathy. Signor Pastrini. that's all." "And when shall we know?" inquired Franz. "but can't we have post−horses?" "They have been all hired this fortnight. he forgot. "Oh. and on the Saturday evening reached the Eternal City by the mail−coach. At Drake's or Aaron's one pays twenty−five lire for common days. and Rome was already a prey to that low and feverish murmur which precedes all great events. and thus he had but to go to Signor Pastrini's hotel. Then he sent his card to Signor Pastrini. "but we must have some supper instantly. On his first inquiry he was told." "Then they must put horses to mine. who was awaiting him at Rome.

" said Albert." returned Franz." "At least we can have a window?" "Where?" "In the Corso. and dreamed he was racing all over Rome at Carnival time in a coach with six horses. with that delighted philosophy which believes that nothing is impossible to a full purse or well−lined pocketbook." "My friend. and without waiting for Franz to question him. "which will make it still more difficult. "Be easy. "let us enjoy the present without gloomy forebodings for the future." Chapter 33. and who knows what may arrive between this and Sunday?" "Ten or twelve thousand travellers will arrive. Is supper ready. but from now till Sunday you can have fifty if you please. Roman Bandits. entering. excellency." said Morcerf. and instantly rang the bell. "Well. my dear boy." Morcerf then. who was desirous of keeping up the dignity of the capital of the Christian world in the eyes of his guest." replied Pastrini. for the last three days of the carnival." "But the carriage and horses?" said Franz." "Ah." returned Franz. supped. your Eternal City is a nice sort of place. that is something. let us sup. but to pass to another. Signor Pastrini?" "Yes. "I feared yesterday.The Count of Monte Cristo "What are we to say to this?" asked Franz. excellency. your excellency. I am accustomed not to dwell on that thing. The sound had not yet died away when Signor Pastrini himself entered." replied Franz. went to bed. Chapter 33. that you were too late −− there is not a single carriage to be had −− that is. "I say. "no carriage to be had?" "Just so. "that there are no carriages to be had from Sunday to Tuesday evening." "That is to say." said the landlord triumphantly." "Well." "What is the matter?" said Albert. "for the very three days it is most needed. that when a thing completely surpasses my comprehension." "Yes. then. The next morning Franz woke first. it is only a question of how much shall be charged for them. they will come in due season. "you have guessed it." "Well. slept soundly. Roman Bandits. 215 . "to−day is Thursday. when I would not promise you anything.

" "And. "or I shall go myself and bargain with your affettatore. and I will. in spite of its humble exterior. who has plundered me pretty well already. Chapter 33. −− "utterly impossible. I know the prices of all the carriages. seeing Franz approach the window. "do you think we are going to run about on foot in the streets of Rome. still striving to gain his point. that as I have been four times before at Rome. excellency. "I warn you." "Ah. only. he will take a less price than the one I offer you. and we shall have complete success. and. the devil. we will give you twelve piastres for to−day." "Bravo! an excellent idea. and then you will make a good profit." returned Signor Pastrini." said Franz. in the hope of making more out of me. "do you know what is the best thing we can do? It is to pass the Carnival at Venice. 216 . but these words were addressed to him." "But. Roman Bandits. though I see it on stilts. like lawyer's clerks?" "I hasten to comply with your excellencies' wishes. and the day after. I tell you beforehand. "shall I bring the carriage nearer to the palace?" Accustomed as Franz was to the Italian phraseology. "Now go." returned Franz." "When do you wish the carriage to be here?" "In an hour." and the Hotel de Londres was the "palace." cried the cicerone. like the gentleman in the next apartments. there was only one left on the fifth floor of the Doria Palace. excellency" −− said Pastrini. and that has been let to a Russian prince for twenty sequins a day. his first impulse was to look round him." The genius for laudation characteristic of the race was in that phrase." "Do your excellencies still wish for a carriage from now to Sunday morning?" "Parbleu!" said Albert." the vehicle was the "carriage. you will lose the preference. a window!" exclaimed Signor Pastrini. the carriage will cost you six piastres a day. We will disguise ourselves as monster pulchinellos or shepherds of the Landes. he is an old friend of mine." cried Albert. it was a hack conveyance which was elevated to the rank of a private carriage in honor of the occasion." The two young men looked at each other with an air of stupefaction. "Well." "Do not give yourselves the trouble. with the smile peculiar to the Italian speculator when he confesses defeat. Franz was the "excellency." "And now we understand each other. tomorrow." "In an hour it will be at the door. who is mine also. as I am not a millionaire. "I will do all I can.The Count of Monte Cristo "Ah. but. "I came to Rome to see the Carnival. and I hope you will be satisfied." An hour after the vehicle was at the door. and that will be your fault. no." said Franz to Albert. "Excellency. there we are sure of obtaining gondolas if we cannot have carriages. the young men would have thought themselves happy to have secured it for the last three days of the Carnival.

he gave them a tolerable repast. but at the first words he was interrupted. and a month to study it. Signor Pastrini had promised them a banquet." returned Signor Pastrini. somewhat piqued. and began accordingly. or blockheads like us." "That is what all the French say. the cicerone sprang into the seat behind. You have told your coachman to leave the city by the Porta del Popolo. Roman Bandits. there is an end of it. He wished to show Albert the Colosseum by moonlight. we feel the same pride as when we point out a woman whose lover we have been." Chapter 33. and re−enter by the Porta San Giovanni. ever do travel. lighting his cigar. at the door Franz ordered the coachman to be ready at eight." said Pastrini. and re−enter by the Porta San Giovanni?" "These are my words exactly." "Did you come to tell us you have procured a carriage?" asked Albert. The day was passed at Saint Peter's alone." said Albert. When we show a friend a city one has already visited. their excellencies stretched their legs along the seats. and your excellencies will do well not to think of that any longer. may I beg to know what it was?" "Ah." "You mean the Colosseum?" "It is the same thing. "I am delighted to have your approbation. at Rome things can or cannot be done." said Franz. but it was not for that I came. and dined frequently at the only restaurant where you can really dine. Franz thought that he came to hear his dinner praised. "you had some motive for coming here. thus they would behold the Colosseum without finding their impressions dulled by first looking on the Capitol. Signor Pastrini remained silent a short time. yes. "only madmen. this route is impossible. skirt the outer wall. emitting a volume of smoke and balancing his chair on its hind legs. if you are on good terms with its frequenters. it was evident that he was musing over this answer." "Well. They returned to the hotel. appeared every day on the fashionable walk. which did not seem very clear." returned Albert. They sat down to dinner. "To Saint Peter's first." It is of course understood that Albert resided in the aforesaid street." "But. "Excellency. and it is done directly. "But. Men in their senses do not quit their hotel in the Rue du Helder." "You intend visiting Il Colosseo. you have ordered your carriage at eight o'clock precisely?" "I have. At the end of the dinner he entered in person. in his turn interrupting his host's meditations. "No. that is. and the Via Sacra. "for that reason. But Albert did not know that it takes a day to see Saint Peter's. the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina. to drive round the walls. their walk on the Boulevard de Gand. He was to leave the city by the Porta del Popolo. the carriage approached the palace. 217 . you pay double.The Count of Monte Cristo Franz and Albert descended. and then to the Colosseum. −− when anything cannot be done. "Where do your excellencies wish to go?" asked he." "It is much more convenient at Paris. the Arch of Septimus Severus. as he had shown him Saint Peter's by daylight. I do not understand why they travel. when you are told anything cannot he done. Franz took out his watch −− it was half−past four. Suddenly the daylight began to fade away. the Forum. and the Cafe de Paris.

" replied Signor Pastrini. Come. it was for your interest I" −− "Albert does not say you are a liar." cried Franz." "Well." "I forewarn you. "that you will go out by one. then. we must do him justice. at least. who may this famous Luigi Vampa be?" inquired Albert. −− he had had a great many Frenchmen in his house." "What! do you not know him?" "I have not that honor. having told you this. but I very much doubt your returning by the other. he is a bandit. go on. "he may be very famous at Rome. Albert. begin. to say the least. and tell us all about this Signor Vampa. that I shall not believe one word of what you are going to tell us." "Why?" asked Franz. "but that he will not believe what you are going to tell us." Signor Pastrini turned toward Franz. so proceed." "Dangerous! −− and why?" "On account of the famous Luigi Vampa. Signor Pastrini. Roman Bandits. addressing Franz." "Well. but had never been able to comprehend them. and to re−enter by the Porta San Giovanni?" "This." said Franz." said he gravely." "You have never heard his name?" "Never. who was a prophetess. compared to whom the Decesaris and the Gasparones were mere children." returned Franz. it is useless for me to say anything. 218 . "you are more susceptible than Cassandra. are sure of the credence of half your audience. −− but I will believe all you say. while you. "here is a bandit for you at last. Chapter 33." "Now then. and yet no one believed her. "Excellency.The Count of Monte Cristo "Impossible!" "Very dangerous. who seemed to him the more reasonable of the two." "But if your excellency doubt my veracity" −− "Signor Pastrini." "I had told your excellency he is the most famous bandit we have had since the days of Mastrilla." "Pray. what has this bandit to do with the order I have given the coachman to leave the city by the Porta del Popolo." "Once upon a time" −− "Well. "if you look upon me as a liar. but I can assure you he is quite unknown at Paris. sit down. Signor Pastrini.

hurt at Albert's repeated doubts of the truth of his assertions. Luigi Vampa comes to take us. ruin. Signor Pastrini. "Your excellency knows that it is not customary to defend yourself when attacked by bandits. the safety of Rome was concerned. blunderbusses." said Albert. and knows. whose courage revolted at the idea of being plundered tamely. and present him to his holiness the Pope. for at Terracina I was plundered even of my hunting−knife. "I do not say this to you.The Count of Monte Cristo "Because. and that it seems to be due to an arrangement of their own. muttering some unintelligible words.' of Corneille. "not make any resistance!" "No." "I shared the same fate at Aquapendente. and we take him −− we bring him back to Rome." "Do you know. "where are these pistols. and other deadly weapons with which you intend filling the carriage?" "Not out of my armory. that these things are not to be laughed at. then we merely ask for a carriage and a pair of horses." "On your honor is that true?" cried Albert." said Franz. for it would be useless. "Count. after nightfall." "My dear Albert." "What!" cried Albert. Is he a shepherd or a nobleman? −− young or old? −− tall or short? Describe him. fortunately for me." Albert poured himself out a glass of lacryma Christi. "And pray. for he only answered half the question. and it would be ridiculous to risk our lives for so foolish a motive. who asks how he can repay so great a service. "that this practice is very convenient for bandits. if we meet him by chance. the preservers of their country. "here is an admirable adventure. going from Ferentino to Alatri. and doubtless the Roman people will crown us at the Capitol." "You could not apply to any one better able to inform you on all these points. but. you are not safe fifty yards from the gates. who knows Rome. turning to Franz. "your answer is sublime." "My dear fellow. in order that. it is only to gratify a whim." Doubtless Signor Pastrini found this pleasantry compromising. too. Signor Pastrini. when Horace made that answer." asked Franz. but to your companion. parbleu! −− they should kill me. and double−barrelled guns. Roman Bandits. "Well. and you have seen how peaceful my intentions are. which he sipped at intervals." returned Franz. and worthy the `Let him die. and then he spoke to Franz. only. like Curtius and the veiled Horatius." returned Signor Pastrini." Whilst Albert proposed this scheme. as the only one likely to listen with attention. he. and we see the Carnival in the carriage. and proclaim us. 219 . recollected Chapter 33. "now that my companion is quieted." said Albert. we will fill our carriage with pistols. tell me who is this Luigi Vampa. blunderbusses. lighting a second cigar at the first. we may recognize him. What could you do against a dozen bandits who spring out of some pit. and one day that I fell into his hands. for I knew him when he was a child. like Bugaboo John or Lara. "Your friend is decidedly mad. Signor Pastrini's face assumed an expression impossible to describe. as for us. or aqueduct." The inn−keeper turned to Franz with an air that seemed to say. and level their pieces at you?" "Eh.

"I compliment you on it. Signor Pastrini drew from his fob a magnificent Breguet. Alexander." continued Franz. "you are not a preacher." continued Franz. "Pardieu!" cried Albert. which meant that he was ready to tell them all they wished to know concerning Luigi Vampa." said Franz.000 francs. to remain standing!" The host sat down. it was somewhat difficult." said he. and Napoleon. and set me free.The Count of Monte Cristo me. Caesar. −− he will gain himself a reputation. for he could not quit his flock. and lived by the wool and the milk. not only without ransom. and asked to be taught to read. "Your excellencies permit it?" asked the host." returned Albert. 220 . when he was seven years old. and a count's coronet." "Is he tall or short?" "Of the middle height −− about the same stature as his excellency. but made me a present of a very splendid watch." "So. "Peste. and at his age. with a bow. was called Borgo. "Thanks for the comparison. and entered the count's service when he was five years old." said Franz. Albert? −− at two and twenty to be thus famous?" "Yes. One day. "Go on." "What do you think of that." returned the host. "Here it is. then?" "A young man? he is only two and twenty. at the moment Signor Pastrini was about to open his mouth." "Let us hear the history. of Parisian manufacture. his father was also a shepherd. "the hero of this history is only two and twenty?" "Scarcely so much. Roman Bandits. which he sold at Rome. and related his history to me. after having made each of them a respectful bow." said Albert. situated between Palestrina and the lake of Gabri. When quite a child. motioning Signor Pastrini to seat himself. he told Luigi that he might meet him on his Chapter 33. the little Vampa displayed a most extraordinary precocity. he was born at Pampinara. were quite behind him. who have all made some noise in the world." said Albert. having no other name. smiling at his friend's susceptibility. I have its fellow" −− he took his watch from his waistcoat pocket −− "and it cost me 3. but the good curate went every day to say mass at a little hamlet too poor to pay a priest and which. pointing to Albert. "You tell me." "Let us see the watch. "To what class of society does he belong?" "He was a shepherd−boy attached to the farm of the Count of San−Felice. bearing the name of its maker. who owned a small flock. "that you knew Luigi Vampa when he was a child −− he is still a young man. Signor Pastrini. he came to the curate of Palestrina.

the first desire of a manly heart is to possess a weapon. Vampa was twelve. but coquettish to excess. astonished at his quickness and intelligence. general of an army. were expended in ear−rings. At the end of three months he had learned to write. necklaces. a word. calculated what change it would require to adapt the gun to his shoulder. Thus. laughed. and a penknife. With this. Every day Luigi led his flock to graze on the road that leads from Palestrina to Borgo. had commenced. Vampa saw himself the captain of a vessel. "One day the young shepherd told the count's steward that he had seen a wolf come out of the Sabine mountains. warning him that it would be short. The two children grew up together. The curate. which yielded beneath the hand of a woman. so beautifully carved that it would have fetched fifteen or twenty piastres. was nothing to a sculptor like Vampa. and descended from the elevation of their dreams to the reality of their humble position. and attended by a train of liveried domestics. one middling. and. when they had thus passed the day in building castles in the air. played. and which beneath the hand of a man might have broken. Teresa was the most beautiful and the best−attired peasant near Rome. had he chosen to sell it. and always sarcastic. and Teresa eleven. This demanded new effort. it was thus that Pinelli. Beside his taste for the fine arts.The Count of Monte Cristo return. made him a present of pens. every day. For a long time a gun had been the young man's greatest ambition. when young. with his knife. she was an orphan. at the end of a week he wrote as well with this pen as with the stylus. and trees. a gesture. born at Valmontone and was named Teresa. the little Luigi hastened to the smith at Palestrina. In every country where independence has taken the place of liberty. None of the lads of Pampinara. From this moment Vampa devoted all his leisure Chapter 33. in all their dreams. and made a fresh stock. and that then he would give him a lesson. "A girl of six or seven −− that is. the priest and the boy sat down on a bank by the wayside. he was given to alternating fits of sadness and enthusiasm. This. and had then cast the gun aside. this impetuous character. ordered his attendant to let him eat with the domestics. who sent for the little shepherd. took a large nail. sat down near each other. and their conversations. houses. And yet their natural disposition revealed itself. and prowl around his flock. which Luigi had carried as far as he could in his solitude. this was what Vampa longed for. His disposition (always inclined to exact concessions rather than to make them) kept him aloof from all friendships. He applied his imitative powers to everything. and formed a sort of stylus. and to give him two piastres a month. and. a little younger than Vampa −− tended sheep on a farm near Palestrina. and giving themselves up to the wild ideas of their different characters. made him read and write before him. and the children returned to their respective farms. and gold hairpins. let their flocks mingle together. and the little shepherd took his lesson out of the priest's breviary. This gun had an excellent barrel. or Valmontone had been able to gain any influence over him or even to become his companion. but could never have been bended. paper. and thus they grew up together. and the price of all the little carvings in wood he sold at Rome. when the flock was safe at the farm. Then. and conversed together. and thus learn to write. at nine o'clock in the morning. and pointed out to him that by the help of a sharp instrument he could trace the letters on a slate. Roman Bandits. which at once renders him capable of defence or attack. But nothing could be farther from his thoughts. The next day they kept their word. 221 . their wishes. by rendering its owner terrible. Teresa was lively and gay. Teresa alone ruled by a look. The next morning he gathered an armful of pieces of slate and began. Teresa saw herself rich. superbly attired. The priest had a writing teacher at Rome make three alphabets −− one large. promising to meet the next morning. however. Luigi purchased books and pencils. like Giotto. often makes him feared. The two piastres that Luigi received every month from the Count of San−Felice's steward. he began to carve all sorts of objects in wood. and that he must profit as much as possible by it. This was not enough −− he must now learn to write. passing all their time with each other. The child accepted joyfully. The steward gave him a gun. made at Breschia. Then. heated and sharpened it. they separated their flocks. was often angry and capricious. Palestrina. So that. The curate related the incident to the Count of San−Felice. At the end of three months he had learned to read. in the evening they separated the Count of San−Felice's flock from those of Baron Cervetri. he examined the broken stock. and one small. or governor of a province. the famous sculptor. thanks to her friend's generosity. The two children met. and carrying a ball with the precision of an English rifle. but nothing compared to the first. The same evening. but one day the count broke the stock. he drew on his slate sheep.

and Vampa seventeen. Many young men of Palestrina. Teresa was sixteen. After some time Cucumetto became the object of universal attention. Carlini besought his chief to make an exception in Rita's favor. There he told the chief all −− his affection for the prisoner. and believed herself safe. he purchased powder and ball. to inform him what had occurred. "One evening a wolf emerged from a pine−wood hear which they were usually stationed. the daughter of a surveyor of Frosinone. and she is abandoned to their brutality until death relieves her sufferings. the strongest. where he had carried on a regular war. the prisoner is irrevocably lost. seated at the foot of a huge pine that stood in the centre of the forest. by accident. but the wolf had scarcely advanced ten yards ere he was dead.The Count of Monte Cristo time to perfecting himself in the use of his precious weapon. pursued in the Abruzzo. and had taken refuge on the banks of the Amasine between Sonnino and Juperno. and although Teresa was universally allowed to be the most beautiful girl of the Sabines. and how every night. whose branches intertwined. and carried him to the farm. Chapter 33. as he said. however. the fox. When their parents are sufficiently rich to pay a ransom. Cucumetto seemed to yield to his friend's entreaties. for he but too well knew the fate that awaited her. The brigands have never been really extirpated from the neighborhood of Rome. and they would have preferred death to a day's separation. The bandit's laws are positive. as he was a favorite with Cucumetto. and as he had saved his life by shooting a dragoon who was about to cut him down. as her father was rich. and had carried the maiden off. He took Cucumetto one side. and bidding her write to her father. Carlini flew joyfully to Rita. When she recognized her lover. with as much accuracy as if he placed it by hand. the most extraordinary traits of ferocious daring and brutality were related of him. telling her she was saved. and that her ransom was fixed at three hundred piastres. made a veil of her picturesque head−dress to hide her face from the lascivious gaze of the bandits. However. The instant the letter was written. The man of superior abilities always finds admirers. had crossed the Garigliano. whom he hoped to surpass. should the ransom be refused. Twelve hours' delay was all that was granted −− that is. and bade him find a shepherd to send to Rita's father at Frosinone. "It so happened that night that Cucumetto had sent Carlini to a village. they had grown together like two trees whose roots are mingled. He found a young shepherd watching his flock. "The celebrated Cucumetto. Vampa took the dead animal on his shoulders. no one had ever spoken to her of love. and hastened to the plain to find a messenger. but it was soon known that they had joined Cucumetto. driven out of the kingdom of Naples. and could pay a large ransom. He was spoken of as the most adroit. he hoped the chief would have pity on him. because it was known that she was beloved by Vampa. Only their wish to see each other had become a necessity. his name was Carlini. Cucumetto had been there. The young girl's lover was in Cucumetto's troop. a band of brigands that had established itself in the Lepini mountains began to be much spoken of. like Manfred. they had met in some neighboring ruins. but Carlini felt his heart sink. a young girl belongs first to him who carries her off. their promises of mutual fidelity. that Teresa overcame the terror she at first felt at the report. a messenger is sent to negotiate. as he quitted his earth on some marauding excursion. Sometimes a chief is wanted. and everything served him for a mark −− the trunk of some old and moss−grown olive−tree. since he had been near. About this time. Carlini seized it. and followed the footsteps of Decesaris and Gasperone. go where he will. until nine the next morning. and amused herself by watching him direct the ball wherever he pleased. Roman Bandits. then the rest draw lots for her. the prisoner is hostage for the security of the messenger. He strove to collect a band of followers. the poor girl extended her arms to him. as he had for three years faithfully served him. that grew on the Sabine mountains. while the young girl. the eagle that soared above their heads: and thus he soon became so expert. but when a chief presents himself he rarely has to wait long for a band of followers. And yet the two young people had never declared their affection. Their disappearance at first caused much disquietude. 222 . Frascati. and the most courageous contadino for ten leagues around. so that he had been unable to go to the place of meeting. One day he carried off a young girl. and whose intermingled perfume rises to the heavens. Proud of this exploit. The natural messengers of the bandits are the shepherds who live between the city and the mountains. and Pampinara had disappeared. These exploits had gained Luigi considerable reputation.

Diavolaccio.' Carlini's teeth clinched convulsively. The two brigands looked at each other for a moment −− the one with a smile of lasciviousness on his lips. and announce the joyful intelligence. we will have a merry night.The Count of Monte Cristo between civilized and savage life. advancing towards the other bandits. without his hand trembling in the least. saying. Carlini returned.' said he. He was the man who had proposed to Carlini the health of their chief. as I am not egotistical. `Let us draw lots! let us draw lots!' cried all the brigands. the ticket bore the name of Diovolaccio. `At nine o'clock to−morrow Rita's father will be here with the money. and was answered by a burst of laughter. A terrible battle between the two men seemed imminent. Diovalaccio. near Rita. he feared lest he should strike him unawares. he took a glass in one hand and a flask in the other. and offered him a glass filled with Orvietto. "Their demand was fair. then.' −− `You have determined. `are you coming?' −− `I follow you.' Every one expected an explosion on Carlini's part. "`Now. and as for the money. The boy undertook the commission. including Carlini. this young girl is charming. to abandon her to the common law?" said Carlini. extending from the temple to the mouth. promising to be in Frosinone in less than an hour. and to whom Carlini replied by breaking the glass across his face. The names of all. A cold perspiration burst from every pore. The moon lighted the group. After a hundred yards he turned the corner of the thicket. to his great surprise. Cucumetto fancied for a moment the young man was about to take her in his arms and fly. who was still insensible. burst into a loud laugh. but nothing betrayed a hostile design on Carlini's part. and the youngest of the band drew forth a ticket. but his eye vainly sought Rita and Cucumetto among them. but to their great surprise. "`Well. He found the troop in the glade. Then sitting down by the fire. `sooner or later your turn will come. He continued to follow the path to the glade.' said Cucumetto. seized the glass. The eyes of all shone fiercely as they made their demand. but by degrees Carlini's features relaxed. Cucumetto rose.' At this moment Carlini heard a woman's cry. his hand. a pistol in each hand. Now. then. but this mattered little to him now Rita had been his.' −− `Well done. He inquired where they were. `that is acting like a good fellow. he divined the truth. his arms folded. and he drank it off.' −− `But never mind. which had grasped one of the pistols in his belt. propose mine to him. Carlini!' cried the brigands.' −− `It is well. seeing himself thus favored by fortune. anxious to see his mistress. captain. A large wound.' and they all formed a circle round the fire. Roman Bandits. fell to his side. `just now Carlini would not drink your health when I proposed it to him. and the chief inclined his head in sign of acquiescence. laughing. when they saw the chief. was bleeding profusely. supping off the provisions exacted as contributions from the peasants. to ask for an exception?' −− `It is true.' said he calmly. we will return to our comrades and draw lots for her. he found Rita senseless in the arms of Cucumetto. `my expedition has given me an appetite. and the red light of the fire made them look like demons. `To the health of the brave Cucumetto and the fair Rita. `Captain. He was standing. and let us see if he will be more condescending to you than to me. broke it across the face of him who presented it. and his hair stood on end. and rushed towards the spot whence the cry came. He repeated his question. One of the bandits rose.' said he. `My supper. but. were placed in a hat. for. three hundred piastres distributed among the band was so small a sum that he cared little about it. "`Why should an exception be made in her favor?' "`I thought that my entreaties' −− "`What right have you.' "Cucumetto departed.' continued Cucumetto. At the sight of Carlini. and does credit to your taste.' returned Carlini. Carlini arrived almost as soon as himself. in the meantime. −− `Your health. and filling it. `have you executed your commission?' "`Yes. 223 . the other with the pallor of death on his brow. Chapter 33. without losing sight of Carlini. any more than the rest. doubtless.' said Cucumetto. Rita lay between them.

`aid me to bury my child.' Carlini threw himself. `I thank you. I command you.' Carlini raised her in his arms. On the morning of the departure from the forest of Frosinone he had Chapter 33. for two days afterwards. "`There. into the arms of his mistress's father.' and withdrawing the knife from the wound in Rita's bosom. `I expected thee. No other of the bandits would. and said the prayers of the dead. That astonishment ceased when one of the brigands remarked to his comrades that Cucumetto was stationed ten paces in Carlini's rear when he fell. A knife was plunged up to the hilt in Rita's left breast. −− `Cucumetto had violated thy daughter. `what hast thou done?' and he gazed with terror on Rita. the father kissed her first. when they had finished. and Carlini recognized the old man. There was some surprise. the sheath at his belt was empty. therefore I slew her. The old man obeyed.' Carlini obeyed. `embrace me. and soon appeared to sleep as soundly as the rest. but they all understood what Carlini had done. the unearthly pallor of the young girl and of Diavolaccio. he will tell thee what has become of her. and the bandits wrapped themselves in their cloaks. give me back my child. `Now. `I loved her. The old man recognized his child. `Now. and saw Diavolaccio bearing the young girl in his arms.' said he. Carlini ate and drank as if nothing had happened. as he was with his face to the enemy. At length he advanced toward the group.' −− `Yet' −− replied Carlini. Cucumetto placed his sentinels for the night. 224 . This apparition was so strange and so solemn. and gave the word to march. while with the other he tore open his vest. until the grave was filled.' and he returned to his companions. Diavolaccio advanced amidst the most profound silence. afterwards. An hour before daybreak. He found the old man suspended from one of the branches of the oak which shaded his daughter's grave. Then. Carlini was killed. and then the lover. and laid Rita at the captain's feet. ah. the meaning of which he could not comprehend. It was Rita's father. her head resting on the knees of a man. `demand thy child of Carlini. At midnight the sentinel gave the alarm. and in an instant all were on the alert. my son. and grew pale as death. and the father and the lover began to dig at the foot of a huge oak.' Carlini fetched two pickaxes. The bandits looked on with astonishment at this singular conduct until they heard footsteps. It had been resolved the night before to change their encampment. He then took an oath of bitter vengeance over the dead body of the one and the tomb of the other. Roman Bandits. avenge her. with the exception of Carlini. and carried her out of the circle of firelight. and lighted up the face of the dead.' said the old man. beneath which the young girl was to repose. they cast the earth over the corpse. Then. `Here. the woman's face became visible. But he was unable to complete this oath. and her long hair swept the ground. But the chief. without knowing what had become of Rita's father. they placed her in the grave. Cucumetto aroused his men. Cucumetto stopped at last. sobbing like a child. his hand on the butt of one of his pistols. and approaching the corpse.' continued Carlini.' All savage natures appreciate a desperate deed. He went toward the place where he had left him.' cried Carlini. When the grave was formed. as he raised his head. They both advanced beneath the trees. to Cucumetto. for she would have served as the sport of the whole band. Then they knelt on each side of the grave. that. `I now understand why Carlini stayed behind. and lay down before the fire. and now leave me alone. folded himself in his cloak. They turned round. rejoined his comrades. have done the same.' said the bandit to Rita's father. that every one rose. he held it out to the old man with one hand. Her head hung back. rising in his turn. through whose branches streamed the moonlight. As he approached. The old man remained motionless. `here are three hundred piastres. in an encounter with the Roman carbineers. `if I have done wrongly. and the forms of two persons became visible to the old man's eyes. the bandits could perceive. one taking the head.' said the bandit. and pointed to two persons grouped at the foot of a tree. a knife buried in her bosom. Every one looked at Carlini. `does any one dispute the possession of this woman with me?' −− `No. who was seated by her. by the firelight. Carlini raised his head. my son. −− `Leave me. −− `Thou hast done well!' returned the old man in a hoarse voice. however. But Carlini would not quit the forest. A woman lay on the ground. Then every one could understand the cause of the unearthly pallor in the young girl and the bandit. extending his hand. the old man said. made a sign to him to follow. who brought his daughter's ransom in person.' The old man spoke not. the other the feet. he should have received a ball between his shoulders. pale and bloody. perhaps. −− `Wretch!' returned the old man.' returned the chief. A ray of moonlight poured through the trees. `Ah. `she is thine. he felt that some great and unforeseen misfortune hung over his head.' said the chief. and ate and drank calmly. without taking the money. who remained seated.' said he. `Now. then. These were the first tears the man of blood had ever wept.The Count of Monte Cristo while Diavolaccio disappeared. As they entered the circle.

' −− `Cucumetto?' cried Luigi and Teresa at the same moment. "`Yes. Chapter 33. without saying a word. The time of the Carnival was at hand. and hurried towards them. but Vampa reassured her with a smile. to which all that were distinguished in Rome were invited. Luigi asked permission of his protector. he pointed to a crow. while the fourth dragged a brigand prisoner by the neck. and had only their employers' leave to ask. When he came within hearing. he exclaimed. it is very annoying. They both mingled. her most brilliant ornaments in her hair. Through the crevices in the granite he had seen the two young peasants talking with the carbineers. after a time. and if that did not restore her courage.The Count of Monte Cristo followed Carlini in the darkness.' said the brigadier. One day when they were talking over their plans for the future.' replied the brigadier. The brigadier had a moment's hope. "Cucumetto was a cunning fiend. Vampa. Teresa had a great desire to see this ball. and he drew from his pocket a purse full of gold. and this look from Teresa showed to him that she was a worthy daughter of Eve. took aim. This was granted. Vampa then removed the stone. and then suddenly a man came out of the wood. began to question them. they disappeared. with the servants and peasants. the steward. drew it away. `That is very annoying. but in vain. whom he adored. pausing several times on his way. "`Yes. −− she was in the costume of the women of Frascati. saw the young peasants. He had read in the countenances of Luigi and Teresa their steadfast resolution not to surrender him. that she and he might be present amongst the servants of the house. can you conceal me?' They knew full well that this fugitive must be a bandit. three of them appeared to be looking for the fugitive. and had assumed the form of a brigand instead of a serpent.' said Vampa. and. they heard two or three reports of firearms. They told ten other stories of this bandit chief. then. and guessed the subject of their parley. Thus. for the man we are looking for is the chief. The Count of San−Felice announced a grand masked ball. and gayest glass beads. there would have been five hundred for you. and Cucumetto came out. Time passed on. and the two young people had agreed to be married when Vampa should be twenty and Teresa nineteen years of age. Carmela was precisely the age and figure of Teresa. appeared on the edge of the wood. which threw its ball so well. touched the trigger. The three carbineers looked about carefully on every side. under the pretext of saluting his protectors. in a retreat unknown to every one. and he returned to the forest. closed the stone upon him. and three thousand lire are a fortune for two poor orphans who are going to be married. but there is an innate sympathy between the Roman brigand and the Roman peasant and the latter is always ready to aid the former. hastened to the stone that closed up the entrance to their grotto. They had seen no one. Roman Bandits. which he offered to them. which had been already sought and obtained. and Teresa was as handsome as Carmela. and heard this oath of vengeance. near which the two young persons used to graze their flocks. and galloping up. On the evening of the ball Teresa was attired in her best. every one trembles at the name of Cucumetto. on horseback. "These narratives were frequently the theme of conversation between Luigi and Teresa. and the bird fell dead at the foot of the tree. perched on some dead branch. They were both orphans. Five hundred Roman crowns are three thousand lire. tapping the butt of his good fowling−piece. The ball was given by the Count for the particular pleasure of his daughter Carmela. `but we have not seen him. Luigi wore the very picturesque garb of the Roman peasant at holiday time. 225 . if you had helped us to catch him. from Fondi to Perusia. `I am pursued. Several days elapsed. made a sign to the fugitive to take refuge there.' "Then the carbineers scoured the country in different directions. and they neither saw nor heard of Cucumetto. anticipated it. `and as his head is valued at a thousand Roman crowns. Instantly afterwards four carbineers. like a wise man. her eyes sparkled when she thought of all the fine gowns and gay jewellery she could buy with this purse of gold. But Vampa raised his head proudly. The young girl trembled very much at hearing the stories. each more singular than the other.' The two young persons exchanged looks. and then went and resumed his seat by Teresa. as to Teresa. as they had leave to do.

and where Luigi awaited her. At each cross−path was an orchestra. and it seemed as though a bell were ringing in his ears. Carmela looked all around her. formed quadrilles. like those of the young women. The young man looked. influenced by her ambitions and coquettish disposition. When they spoke. and tables spread with refreshments. we will not undertake to say that Carmela was not jealous of her. Teresa was endowed with all those wild graces which are so much more potent than our affected and studied elegancies. and each time she saw that he was pale and that his features were agitated. but not one of the guests had a costume similar to her own. Four young men of the richest and noblest families of Rome accompanied them with that Italian freedom which has not its parallel in any other country in the world. and the buttons of her corset were of jewels. Her cap was embroidered with pearls. with large embroidered flowers. Luigi slowly relinquished Teresa's arm. Two of her companions were dressed. Luigi was jealous! He felt that. it was almost tremblingly that she resumed her lover's arm. and with the other convulsively grasped the dagger with a carved handle which was in his belt. and thus the embroidery and muslins. Thus. accompanied by her elegant cavalier. had dazzled her eyes with its sinister glare. but thousands of colored lanterns were suspended from the trees in the garden. −− `Certainly. Velletri. and invited her to dance in a quadrille directed by the count's daughter. and if she were envious of the Count of San−Felice's daughter. It was like an acute pain which gnawed at his heart. and Teresa was frivolous and coquettish. One of the cavaliers then hastened to invite Teresa. in the eyes of an artist. and saying a few words to him. as Luigi could read in the ardent looks of the good−looking young man that his language was that of praise. he clutched with one hand the branch of a tree against which he was leaning. all dazzled her. He followed with his eye each movement of Teresa and her cavalier. that she acceded. Teresa felt a flush pass over her face. and it was evident there was a great demand for a repetition. and Teresa. We need hardly add that these peasant costumes. and the terraces to the garden−walks. Teresa might escape him. were brilliant with gold and jewels. but the Count of San−Felice besought his daughter so earnestly. he felt as though he should swoon. it seemed as if the whole world was turning round with him. her apron of Indian muslin. he drew from the scabbard from time to time. "Carmela wished to form a quadrille.The Count of Monte Cristo "The festa was magnificent. her bodice and skirt were of cashmere. who could not refuse his assent. Roman Bandits. without whom it was impossible for the quadrille to be formed. the guests stopped. the one as a woman of Nettuno. soon recovered herself. Civita−Castellana. who was hanging on Luigi's arm in a group of peasants. every pulse beat with violence. and all the voices of hell were whispering in his ears ideas of murder and assassination. `Will you allow me. Carmela alone objecting to it. and then thrilled through his whole body. pointed with her finger to Teresa. and Sora. but the young girl had disappeared. but this is not all. They were attired as peasants of Albano. at first timid and scared. the cashmere waist−girdles. or those of her companions. Certainly. bowed in obedience.' replied the count. which he had held beneath his own. and very soon the palace overflowed to the terraces. father?' said Carmela. unwittingly. Carmela was attired like a woman of Sonnino. once even the blade of his knife. although Teresa listened timidly and with downcast eyes to the conversation of her cavalier. Twice or thrice during the dance the young girl had glanced at Luigi. the exact and strict costume of Teresa had a very different character from that of Carmela and her companions. her girdle was of Turkey silk. and then went to Teresa. that Luigi had Chapter 33. "Luigi felt a sensation hitherto unknown arising in his mind. and the other as a woman of La Riccia. She had almost all the honors of the quadrille. And with overpowering compliments her handsome cavalier led her back to the place whence he had taken her. she looked at Luigi. but there was one lady wanting. not only was the villa brilliantly illuminated. when their hands touched. took her appointed place with much agitation in the aristocratic quadrille. 226 . and which. The truth was. The Count of San−Felice pointed out Teresa. The quadrille had been most perfect. and the reflection of sapphires and diamonds almost turned her giddy brain. the pins in her hair were of gold and diamonds. half drawn from its sheath. and danced in any part of the grounds they pleased. We have said that Teresa was handsome. Then fearing that his paroxysm might get the better of him. `are we not in Carnival time?' −− Carmela turned towards the young man who was talking with her. "The young peasant girl.

All the servants surrounded her. and as he left her at her home. She herself was not exempt from internal emotion. As the count was immensely rich. yet fully comprehended that Luigi was right in reproaching her. Teresa had yielded in spite of herself. and not a word escaped his lips the rest of the evening. Teresa followed him with her eyes into the darkness as long as she could. he left her.' −− `Yes. where she fainted. The Villa of San−Felice took fire in the rooms adjoining the very apartment of the lovely Carmela.' −− `Well. `yesterday evening you told me you would give all the world to have a costume similar to that of the count's daughter. "The next day."' −− `Yes. calling for help as loudly as she could. The young girl was very pensive. as long as Carmela was safe and uninjured? Her preserver was everywhere sought for. with all the frankness of her nature. she understood by his silence and trembling voice that something strange was passing within him. half by persuasion and half by force. raised her head to look at him. but what of that. `but of course your reply was only to please me. Luigi arrived first. but yet she did not the less feel that these reproaches were merited. "Very well. and led her to the door of the grotto. he had removed Teresa toward another part of the garden. and the gates of the villa were closed on them for the festa in−doors. when suddenly her window. offering her assistance. and without having done anything wrong. what were you thinking of as you danced opposite the young Countess of San−Felice?' −− `I thought. you shall have it. a young peasant jumped into the chamber. you shall have it!' "The young girl. he was inquired after. Luigi remained mute. she on her part assumed a smiling air.' replied the young girl. her father was by her side. Luigi took her arm beneath his own. made that appear to him rather a favor of providence than a real misfortune. she went into the house with a sigh. was opened. but seeing Luigi so cheerful. he took Teresa quite away. looked at him steadfastly. she did not know. the two young peasants were on the borders of the forest.' Chapter 33. Why. but the corridor by which she hoped to fly was already a prey to the flames.' "`And what said your cavalier to you?' −− `He said it only depended on myself to have it. `Do you desire it as ardently as you say?' −− `Yes. −− the loss occasioned by the conflagration was to him but a trifle. An entire wing of the villa was burnt down.' replied the young girl. Then he paused. wrapped herself in a dressing−gown. seized her in his arms. and seemed to have completely forgotten the events of the previous evening. −− "`Teresa. then. which was twenty feet from the ground. but when she looked at the agitated countenance of the young man.' "`He was right. −− and the marvellous manner in which she had escaped. but his face was so gloomy and terrible that her words froze to her lips. Carmela was greatly troubled that she had not recognized him.' −− `And I replied.' said Luigi. `Teresa. to Teresa's great astonishment. excepting the danger Carmela had run. to the imprudence of some servant who had neglected to extinguish the lights. and. and I had only one word to say. Roman Bandits. He came toward Teresa in high spirits.' said Luigi. and attempted to escape by the door. Awakened in the night by the light of the flames. `that I would give half my life for a costume such as she wore. When she recovered. due.The Count of Monte Cristo not felt the strength to support another such trial. As Luigi spoke thus. However. but no one had seen him. When the chill of the night had driven away the guests from the gardens. perceiving that there was something extraordinary. and with superhuman skill and strength conveyed her to the turf of the grass−plot. at the usual hour. which was natural to her when she was not excited or in a passion. `but I was mad to utter such a wish. but he did not appear. he said.' replied Teresa with astonishment. She then returned to her room. 227 . whose astonishment increased at every word uttered by Luigi. much astonished. and when he had quite disappeared. no doubt. The young girl. "That night a memorable event occurred. she sprang out of bed.

' answered the traveller. "Sinbad the Sailor. as may well be supposed. "it is a very pretty name. he saw a traveller on horseback. he thought he heard a cry. −− `And yours?' −− `I. as if uncertain of his road. and freed from his heavy covering. and slowly returned by the way he had gone. who engraved it myself.' −− `Well. which burnt on each side of a splendid mirror. "Yes. placed his carbine on his shoulder. Alexander. The traveller. who seemed used to this difference between the servility of a man of the cities and the pride of the mountaineer. I must confess. −− `Luigi Vampa. he begged Luigi to be his guide. and on a chair at the side was laid the rest of the costume. `I render a service. A moment afterwards he thought he heard his own name pronounced distinctly. Luigi was not mistaken. and on reaching these the traveller might again stray from his route.' said the young herdsman." replied the narrator.' said the traveller. darted into the grotto. "Proceed!" said he to the host.' "`And then do you take this poniard. and what may you have to say against this name?" inquired Albert. it is hardly worth a piastre.' said Luigi. with the same air as he would have replied. When he saw Luigi.' said the traveller. on a rustic table. that is another thing.' "`I accept it. offering the young herdsman some small pieces of money. "that was the name which the traveller gave to Vampa as his own. which a horse can scarcely keep up with. lighted up by two wax lights. and showed Teresa the grotto. excellency.' −− `Then.' −− `Ah. `but then the obligation will be on my side. he put his horse into a gallop and advanced toward him. I do not sell it. and thus presenting against the blue sky that perfect outline which is peculiar to distant objects in southern climes. for this poniard is worth more than two sequins.The Count of Monte Cristo "`I have promised no more than I have given you. and now you cannot again mistake. drawing back his hand. but for me. Luigi pushed the stone behind her. 228 . "`Thank you." he said. The name of Sinbad the Sailor. `am called Sinbad the Sailor. made by Luigi. He listened to know whence this sound could proceed. "Teresa uttered a cry of joy.' "`What is your name?' inquired the traveller. King of Macedon. In ten minutes Luigi and the traveller reached the cross−roads.' replied the traveller. for on the crest of a small adjacent hill which cut off the view toward Palestrina. as had the name of the Count of Monte Cristo on the previous evening. to make herself a pair of earrings.'" Franz d'Epinay started with surprise. he stretched his hand towards that one of the roads which the traveller was to follow. perhaps. On arriving there.' said Luigi proudly. stopping a moment.' −− `For a dealer perhaps. `if you refuse wages. yes. were spread out the pearl necklace and the diamond pins.' replied the shepherd. but as at a distance of a quarter of a mile the road again divided into three ways. awakened in him a world of recollections. `Go into the grotto and dress yourself." −− Franz said no more. with an air as majestic as that of an emperor.' −− `And here is your recompense. who was going from Palestrina to Tivoli. "Vampa put the two sequins haughtily into his pocket. transformed into a dressing−room. Luigi threw his cloak on the ground.' said the traveller." "Well. preceded the traveller with the rapid step of a mountaineer. and. or even thanking Luigi.' At these words he drew away the stone. As he came within two or three hundred paces of the grotto. `you will not find one better carved between Albano and Civita−Castellana. had mistaken his way. Teresa. Roman Bandits. the young man directed him. you will. accept a gift. `take these two Venetian sequins and give them to your bride. Chapter 33. without inquiring whence this attire came. −− "That is your road. and the adventures of the gentleman of that name amused me very much in my youth.

as Nessus. clad in a cashmere grown.' said he −− `good. for he appeared to her at this moment as handsome.' −− `Then take my arm. and it was fright alone that had overcome Teresa. 229 . They went towards the forest. as if his feet had been rooted to the ground. a man advanced from behind a tree Chapter 33. he would have seen a strange thing. so that the young man feared that the ball that had brought down his enemy. and would have declared. enclosed between two ridges. the centaur. but as she saw him advance with even step and composed countenance. with buttons of cut gold. Three cries for help came more distinctly to his ear. he had been enamoured of Teresa. Suddenly Vampa turned toward his mistress: −− `Ah. and a smile of pride passed over his lips. Teresa had become alarmed at the wild and deserted look of the plain around her. fastened above the knee with diamond buckles.' −− The young girl did so without questioning her lover as to where he was conducting her. good! You are dressed. and soon entered it. He bounded like a chamois. with ear−rings and necklace of pearls. Vampa took Cucumetto's body in his arms and conveyed it to the grotto. not uttering a syllable. and shadowed by the tufted umbrage of the pines. and thus they kept on advancing for nearly an hour and a half. The young man saw the effect produced on his betrothed. on the contrary. Vampa gazed on him for a moment without betraying the slightest emotion. Suddenly. but for the difficulties of its descent.' he said to Teresa. Vampa approached the corpse. and red and green silk. −− a shepherdess watching her flock. At the end of this time they had reached the thickest of the forest. followed him for a second in his track. From that time he had watched them. whatever it may be?' −− `Oh. and then fired. which. and she had dropped on her knees. If a second traveller had passed. and threw a hesitating glance at the dead body over the shoulder of her lover. At the end of a quarter of an hour Vampa quitted the grotto. that path to Avernus of which Virgil speaks. that he had met an Alpine shepherdess seated at the foot of the Sabine Hill. Fortunately. we have no time to lose. and buttons of sapphires. `are you ready to share my fortune. the man was at least two hundred paces in advance of him. The young shepherd stopped. Roman Bandits. while in her turn Teresa remained outside. no doubt. his knees bent under him. about ten paces from them. led into a deep gorge. he turned towards the wounded man. worked with a thousand arabesques. but he knew his path by looking at the trees and bushes. it is now my turn to dress myself. He had just expired. who was hastening towards the wood. two watches hung from his girdle. garters of deerskin. and profiting by the moment when her lover had left her alone. carried Dejanira. was already three−quarters of the way on the road from the grotto to the forest. Vampa then rushed towards Teresa.' "Teresa was clothed from head to foot in the garb of the Count of San−Felice's daughter. and a hat whereon hung ribbons of all colors. and rubies. took aim at the ravisher. a Roman scarf tied round his neck. then he put the butt of his carbine to his shoulder. When Luigi had assured himself that she was safe and unharmed. but the man lay on the earth struggling in the agonies of death. dared not approach the slain ruffian but by degrees. and pressed closely against her guide. We need scarcely say that all the paths of the mountain were known to Vampa. with clinched hands. Vampa measured the distance. and there was not a chance of overtaking him. emeralds. and recognized Cucumetto. He wore a vest of garnet−colored velvet. Vampa in this attire resembled a painting by Leopold Robert. whose bed was dry. and let us on. when the ball. Vampa took this wild road. have believed that he had returned to the times of Florian. He would. for at ten paces from the dying man her legs had failed her. The ravisher stopped suddenly. The young girl rose instantly. he therefore went forward without a moment's hesitation. she was unscathed. had carried her off. while. or Schnetz. This man. on reaching Paris. He cast his eyes around him and saw a man carrying off Teresa. had also wounded his betrothed. and believed he at length had her in his power. From the day on which the bandit had been saved by the two young peasants. and his hair on end in the sweat of death. and he fell with Teresa in his arms.The Count of Monte Cristo The cry proceeded from the grotto. she endeavored to repress her emotion. yes!' exclaimed the young girl enthusiastically. His eyes remained open and menacing. He had assumed the entire costume of Cucumetto. Teresa. his costume was no less elegant than that of Teresa. directed by the unerring skill of the young herdsman. proud. although there was no beaten track. his mouth in a spasm of agony. and powerful as a god. diamond pins. seemed. a silk waistcoat covered with embroidery. a cartridge−box worked with gold. shuddering in every limb. and in a moment reached the summit of a hill opposite to that on which he had perceived the traveller. −− `And follow me wherever I go?' −− `To the world's end. cocking his carbine as he went. and had sworn she should be his. A torrent. sky−blue velvet breeches. had pierced his heart. and a splendid poniard was in his belt. −− `Now. Teresa uttered a cry of admiration.

my dear Albert. `or you are a dead man. Teresa and Luigi reached the summit. or a day wherein to pay their ransom. twelve hours. if the money is not forthcoming. `and you seek admittance into our ranks?' −− `Welcome!' cried several bandits from Ferrusino. and he is on the open sea. The bandits shouted with laughter. clung closely to him. −− `Not another step. −− `I have killed your chief. as they went on Teresa clung tremblingly to her lover at the sight of weapons and the glistening of carbines through the trees." "And what may a myth be?" inquired Pastrini. then.' said the young man. −− `Good!' said the sentry. or Monte Cristo. Then the bandit thrice imitated the cry of a crow. −− `I am Luigi Vampa. turning towards his friend." "Well. "what think you of citizen Luigi Vampa?" "I say he is a myth. and that settles the account. raising his hand with a gesture of disdain. −− `Yes.' An hour afterwards Luigi Vampa was chosen captain. "and never had an existence.' −− `What. Cucumetto. or plants his dagger in his heart.' was Vampa's reply. The two young persons obeyed. no longer able to restrain her alarm. −− `I come to ask to be your captain. which no doubt in former days had been a volcano −− an extinct volcano before the days when Remus and Romulus had deserted Alba to come and found the city of Rome. whose dress I now wear. or La Riccia. −− `I wish to say that I am tired of a shepherd's life. went before Teresa. At the end of ten minutes the bandit made them a sign to stop. Roman Bandits.' −− `And what may that be?' inquired the bandits with astonishment.' said the lieutenant. he has a good understanding with the shepherds in the plains. and he is on the waters. while Teresa.' −− Luigi and Teresa again set forward.The Count of Monte Cristo and aimed at Vampa. At the sixtieth minute of this hour. I understand. shepherd of the San−Felice farm." said Franz." "And how does he behave towards travellers?" "Alas! his plan is very simple. −− `What has he to say?' inquired the young man who was in command in the chief's absence. The retreat of Rocca Bianca was at the top of a small mountain." replied Albert. and all at once found themselves in the presence of twenty bandits. vice Cucumetto deceased. go first.' he said. and the smugglers of the coast. the fishermen of the Tiber. then they pursue him." replied Franz. then. `do wolves rend each other?' −− `Who are you?' inquired the sentinel. It depends on the distance he may be from the city.' said Vampa. he reappears suddenly at Albano. 230 . at Giglio. "The explanation would be too long.' −− `Follow me. as you know your way. he blows out the prisoner's brains with a pistol−shot. `Here is a young man who seeks and wishes to speak to you. `you may now go on. my dear landlord. "And you say that Signor Vampa exercises his profession at this moment in the environs of Rome?" "And with a boldness of which no bandit before him ever gave an example. and he has suddenly taken refuge in the islands. and when they hunt for him there. whether he gives eight hours. Guanouti. and when that time has elapsed he allows another hour's grace. and I set fire to the villa San−Felice to procure a wedding−dress for my betrothed. you see. They seek for him in the mountains.' −− Vampa smiled disdainfully at this precaution on the part of the bandit.' said the sentinel.' −− `What do you want?' −− `I would speak with your companions who are in the glade at Rocca Bianca. they follow him on the waters. and continued to advance with the same firm and easy step as before. Tivoli. −− `Ah. Pampinara. and Anagni. a croak answered this signal.' said the sentinel. `And what have you done to aspire to this honor?' demanded the lieutenant. `or. who had recognized Luigi Vampa. but I came to ask something more than to be your companion." "Then the police have vainly tried to lay hands on him?" "Why." Chapter 33.

The carriage stopped near the Meta Sudans. and to ask himself an interminable number of questions touching its various circumstances without. This itinerary possessed another great advantage. by the streets!" cried Franz. to avoid this abundant supply of guides. Chapter 34. the two young men went down the staircase. "are you still disposed to go to the Colosseum by the outer wall?" "Quite so. morbleu. It may. my dear fellow. and Pastrini's account of Vampa's having found refuge on board the vessels of smugglers and fishermen. reminded Franz of the two Corsican bandits he had found supping so amicably with the crew of the little yacht. they were at once dispersed at the sight of the dark frowning ruins of the stupendous Colosseum. therefore. nor is it possible. and the Chapter 34." said he. and a coachman appeared." "Well." "By the Porta del Popolo or by the streets. "let us to the Colosseum." So saying. then by cutting off the right angle of the street in which stands Santa Maria Maggiore and proceeding by the Via Urbana and San Pietro in Vincoli. The road selected was a continuation of the Via Sistina. "Ah. rising. and further. at Rome. 231 ." said Franz. who appeared to have sprung up from the ground. then. there is also a special cicerone belonging to each monument −− nay. as on those of Corsica. that during the ride to the Colosseum they passed not a single ancient ruin. Tuscany. besides the ordinary cicerone. found themselves opposite a cicerone." The clock struck nine as the door opened. all must bow to the superiority of the gigantic labor of the Caesars. almost to each part of a monument. who seizes upon you directly you set foot in your hotel. Ostia. Albert. he continued to ponder over the singular history he had so lately listened to. −− that of leaving Franz at full liberty to indulge his deep reverie upon the subject of Signor Pastrini's story. The usual guide from the hotel having followed them. and that was the mysterious sort of intimacy that seemed to exist between the brigands and the sailors. that wonder of all ages. Franz bethought him of having heard his singular entertainer speak both of Tunis and Palermo. The Colosseum. eagerly alighting.The Count of Monte Cristo "Well." inquired Franz of his companion. the travellers would find themselves directly opposite the Colosseum. One fact more than the rest brought his friend "Sinbad the Sailor" back to his recollection. Franz had so managed his route. however. they had paid two conductors. But however the mind of the young man might he absorbed in these reflections. "if the way be picturesque. and lighting his third cigar. The Colosseum. your excellencies?" "By the streets. "Excellencies. proving thereby how largely his circle of acquaintances extended. the door was opened. "the coach is ready. The very name assumed by his host of Monte Cristo and again repeated by the landlord of the Hotel de Londres. "really. and Gaeta. and the young men." said Albert. and the wonders of Babylon be talked of no more among us. be easily imagined there is no scarcity of guides at the Colosseum. and got into the carriage. through the various openings of which the pale moonlight played and flickered like the unearthly gleam from the eyes of the wandering dead. and never quits you while you remain in the city. which Martial thus eulogizes: "Let Memphis cease to boast the barbarous miracles of her pyramids. Civita−Vecchio. which had even deviated from its course and touched at Porto−Vecchio for the sole purpose of landing them. I thought you had more courage." said Albert. abundantly proved to him that his island friend was playing his philanthropic part on the shores of Piombino. Seated with folded arms in a corner of the carriage. arriving at a satisfactory reply to any of them. and Spain. so that no preliminary impression interfered to mitigate the colossal proportions of the gigantic building they came to admire. in which his mysterious host of Monte Cristo was so strangely mixed up. so unexpected was his appearance.

and. About ten feet from the spot where he and the stranger were. beginning. but the hesitation with which he proceeded. convinced Franz that he expected the arrival of some person. grew a quantity of creeping plants. it would have been so much the more difficult to break their bondage. for ages permitted a free entrance to the brilliant moonbeams that now illumined the vast pile. although his dress was easily made out. and more especially by moonlight. which had. than. There was nothing remarkable in the circumstance of a fragment of granite giving way and falling heavily below. indeed. and. The lower part of his dress was more distinctly visible by the bright rays of the moon. gradually emerging from the staircase opposite. 232 . stopping and listening with anxious attention at every step he took. as they glided along."). seated himself at the foot of a column. whose delicate green branches stood out in bold relief against the clear azure of the firmament.The Count of Monte Cristo many voices of Fame spread far and wide the surpassing merits of this incomparable monument. Franz ascended a half−dilapidated staircase. was duly and deeply touched with awe and enthusiastic admiration of all he saw. as the guides alone are permitted to visit these monuments with torches in their hands. they essayed not to escape from their ciceronian tyrants. And his appearance had nothing extraordinary in it. that rendered it impossible to distinguish his features. through which might be seen the blue vault of heaven. entering Chapter 34. but blindly and confidingly surrendered themselves into the care and custody of their conductors. By a sort of instinctive impulse. but it seemed to him that the substance that fell gave way beneath the pressure of a foot. one fold of which. and also that some one. the roof had given way. Conjecture soon became certainty. like so many waving strings. possibly. He wore a large brown mantle. at which time the vast proportions of the building appear twice as large when viewed by the mysterious beams of a southern moonlit sky. who. resembling. The stranger thus presenting himself was probably a person who. and as regularly followed by them. who endeavored as much as possible to prevent his footsteps from being heard. while the upper part was completely hidden by his broad−brimmed hat. Franz withdrew as much as possible behind his pillar. like Franz. even amid the glib loquacity of the guides. served likewise to mask the lower part of his countenance. holding torches in their hands. to escape a jargon and mechanical survey of the wonders by which he was surrounded. therefore. with the Lions' Den. to his credit be it spoken. for the figure of a man was distinctly visible to Franz. upon which the moon was at that moment pouring a full tide of silvery brightness. thickly studded with stars. some restless shades following the flickering glare of so many ignes−fatui. which permitted him to enjoy a full and undisturbed view of the gigantic dimensions of the majestic ruin. leaving them to follow their monotonous round. had emerged from a vomitarium at the opposite extremity of the Colosseum. was approaching the spot where he sat. leaving a large round opening. abandoning Albert to the guides (who would by no means yield their prescriptive right of carrying their victims through the routine regularly laid down. had the reflective Franz walked a hundred steps beneath the interior porticoes of the ruin. the young men made no attempt at resistance. his mind. as a matter of course. and from whence his eyes followed the motions of Albert and his guides. and hung floating to and fro. then. Franz had remained for nearly a quarter of an hour perfectly hidden by the shadow of the vast column at whose base he had found a resting−place. All at once his ear caught a sound resembling that of a stone rolling down the staircase opposite the one by which he had himself ascended. Scarcely. which. whose rays are sufficiently clear and vivid to light the horizon with a glow equal to the soft twilight of an eastern clime. Thus. and immediately opposite a large aperture. and certainly no adequate notion of these stupendous ruins can be formed save by such as have visited them. The Colosseum. Around this opening. preferred the enjoyment of solitude and his own thoughts to the frivolous gabble of the guides. while his less favored companion trod for the first time in his life the classic ground forming the monument of Flavius Vespasian. and finishing with Caesar's "Podium. but dragged the unconscious visitor to the various objects with a pertinacity that admitted of no appeal." As for Albert and Franz. while large masses of thick. and. The person whose mysterious arrival had attracted the attention of Franz stood in a kind of half−light. strong fibrous shoots forced their way through the chasm. and then again disappeared down the steps conducting to the seats reserved for the Vestal virgins. Albert had already made seven or eight similar excursions to the Colosseum. thrown over his left shoulder.

"'tis I who am too soon. who murdered the priest who brought him up. by which means. he could only come to one conclusion. that they are glad of all opportunity of making an example. he is simply sentenced to be guillotined." "Indeed! You are a provident person. you see. ** Beheaded. and there is a spectacle to please every spectator. The man who had performed this daring act with so much indifference wore the Transtevere costume." replied the stranger in purest Tuscan. and then leaped lightly on his feet. is poor Peppino. One of the culprits will be mazzolato. and the stranger began to show manifest signs of impatience." "But Peppino did not even belong to my band: he was merely a poor shepherd." "Say not a word about being late. and the figure of a man was clearly seen gazing with eager scrutiny on the immense space beneath him." * Knocked on the head. But mark the distinction with which he is treated. I should have felt quite sure that the delay was not occasioned by any fault of yours. But even if you had caused me to wait a little while. whose only crime consisted in furnishing us with provisions. −− that the person whom he was thus watching certainly belonged to no inferior station of life. shed their refulgent beams on feet cased in elegantly made boots of polished leather. and so help me out of prison. Perhaps some of these days I may be entrapped. when a slight noise was heard outside the aperture in the roof. and deserves not the smallest pity." "Which makes him your accomplice to all intents and purposes." Chapter 34. and almost immediately a dark shadow seemed to obstruct the flood of light that had entered it. as his eye caught sight of him in the mantle." said the man." "Why. in the Roman dialect. "but I don't think I'm many minutes after my time. Some few minutes had elapsed. and I give him so much a year to let me know what is going on within his holiness's castle. he grasped a floating mass of thickly matted boughs. as is customary at Rome at the commencement of all great festivals. ten o'clock his just struck on the Lateran. no one knows what may happen. over which descended fashionably cut trousers of black cloth." "And who is Beppo?" "Oh. like poor Peppino and may be very glad to have some little nibbling mouse to gnaw the meshes of my net. "The fact is. instead of being knocked on the head as you would be if once they caught hold of you. Angelo. the amusements of the day are diversified. too. I see. that you have inspired not only the pontifical government. and I had an immense deal of trouble before I could get a chance to speak to Beppo. what did you glean?" "That two executions of considerable interest will take place the day after to−morrow at two o'clock. From the imperfect means Franz had of judging. your excellency. then. "I came here direct from the Castle of St. "I beg your excellency's pardon for keeping you waiting. with such extreme fear.** and he. but also the neighboring states.The Count of Monte Cristo through the broken ceiling. and glided down by their help to within three or four feet of the ground." "Briefly. 233 . Beppo is employed in the prison." said the man. The other sufferer is sentenced to be decapitato." "Your excellency is perfectly right in so thinking. The Colosseum.* he is an atrocious villain.

there can be no harm in myself and party being in readiness. by the assistance of their stilettos. having a large cross in red marked on it. the execution is fixed for the day after tomorrow. and the centre with white." "And whom will you employ to carry the reprieve to the officer directing the execution?" Chapter 34. who has got into this scrape solely from having served me. to act. suddenly expressing himself in French. should I have obtained the requisite pardon for Peppino. another skilfully placed 1. and that is. and have no fears for the result. I have engaged the three lower windows at the Cafe Rospoli." said the man in the cloak." "Perhaps I am. "What did your excellency say?" inquired the other." "My good friend.000 piastres. drive back the guard." "And do you feel sure of succeeding?" "Pardieu!" exclaimed the man in the cloak.The Count of Monte Cristo "Without reckoning the wholly unexpected one I am preparing to surprise them with. my good fellow. and during that year. that the person receiving them shall obtain a respite till next year for Peppino. in case your excellency should fail. Take what precautions you please. the two outside windows will be hung with yellow damasks. will rush forward directly Peppino is brought for execution." "None whatever." "And what is your excellency's project?" "Just this. but rely upon my obtaining the reprieve I seek. who. "excuse me for saying that you seem to me precisely in the mood to commit some wild or extravagant act. and convinces me that my scheme is far better than yours.000 piastres will afford him the means of escaping from his prison. then." "Remember. each hour into sixty minutes. and carry off the prisoner. pistols. The Colosseum. that is very easily arranged." "And what do you mean to do?" "To surround the scaffold with twenty of my best men. and that you have but one day to work in. I should hate and despise myself as a coward did I desert the brave fellow in his present extremity. to stop at nothing to restore a poor devil to liberty. 234 . I will so advantageously bestow 2. "I said. and every minute sub−divided into sixty seconds? Now in 86. Leave me." "And how shall I know whether your excellency has succeeded or not. at a signal from me. carbines." "And what of that? Is not a day divided into twenty−four hours. but one thing I have resolved on." "Oh. if it is any satisfaction to you to do so.400 seconds very many things can be done. and. and blunderbusses included." "That seems to me as hazardous as uncertain. that I would do more single−handed by the means of gold than you and all your troop could effect with stilettos." "At least.

"you are fully persuaded of my entire devotion to you. may require your aid and influence. The next minute Franz heard himself called by Albert. Franz was on Chapter 34. disguised as a penitent friar. in the meantime." replied the cavalier in the cloak." "'Twere better we should not be seen together. depend upon me as firmly as I do upon you." "We understand each other perfectly." said the man.The Count of Monte Cristo "Send one of your men. In ten minutes after the strangers had departed. and I further promise you to be there as a spectator of your prowess. I am sadly afraid both my reputation and credit would suffer thereby. bearing a red cross. use your daggers in any way you please. however." Saying these words. while his companion. it will be as well to acquaint Peppino with what we have determined on. my worthy friend. and henceforward you shall receive not only devotion. perhaps. and might possibly recognize you. for done it shall be. "I hear a noise." "And if you fail?" "Then all three windows will have yellow draperies. and he will deliver the official order to the officer. Adieu. for I may remind you of your promise at some. if you obtain the reprieve?" "The middle window at the Cafe Rospoli will be hung with white damask. The Colosseum. my good fellow." "Your excellency. did not obey the summons till he had satisfied himself that the two men whose conversation he had overheard were at a sufficient distance to prevent his encountering them in his descent. 235 . in his turn." "Well. if it be only to prevent his dying of fear or losing his senses. not very distant period." "Let that day come sooner or later. are you not?" "Nay. and I will give it to him. and. then. in my turn. will hand it to the executioner. you may regard it as done. Franz. your excellency will find me what I have found you in this my heavy trouble. "Well. muffling his features more closely than before in the folds of his mantle. who are visiting the Colosseum by torchlight. who." "'Tis some travellers. because in either case a very useless expense will have been incurred. His dress will procure him the means of approaching the scaffold itself. then. when I." "Have a care how far you pledge yourself. passed almost close to Franz. and descended to the arena by an outward flight of steps. then. only fulfil your promise of rescuing Peppino." "And then?" "And then. and if from the other end of the world you but write me word to do such or such a thing. who made the lofty building re−echo with the sound of his friend's name. the Transteverin disappeared down the staircase. my good friend. however I may be honored by your friendship. but the most absolute obedience from myself and those under me that one human being can render to another. I flatter myself that there can be no doubt of it. on the word and faith of" −− "Hush!" interrupted the stranger. your excellency. if once the extent of our intimacy were known. those guides are nothing but spies.

It was more especially when this man was speaking in a manner half jesting. Albert had never been able to endure the Italian theatres. he permitted his former host to retire without attempting a recognition. and which he heard for the second time amid the darkness and ruined grandeur of the Colosseum. and had received in return more invitations to balls and routs than it would be possible for him to accept. The opera of "Parisina" was announced for representation. The Colosseum. hear them when or where he might. the firmer grew his opinion on the subject. and free to ponder over all that had occurred. was an entire stranger to him. and merely have his labor for his pains. whose mysterious meeting in the Colosseum he had so unintentionally witnessed. Albert had employed his time in arranging for the evening's diversion. Alas. the most admired and most sought after of any young person of his day. the tones of his voice had made too powerful an impression on him the first time he had heard them for him ever again to forget them. according to the characteristic modesty of a Frenchman. yet well−pitched voice that had addressed him in the grotto of Monte Cristo. alas. but not so the other. And the thing was so much the more annoying. after the manner of Pliny and Calpurnius. and the principal actors were Coselli. therefore. the confidential nature of the conversation he had overheard made him. and La Specchia. besides this. Franz let him proceed without interruption. In vain did Franz endeavor to forget the many perplexing thoughts which assailed him. Franz would have found it impossible to resist his extreme curiosity to know more of so singular a personage. and. and one of the most worthy representatives of Parisian fashion had to carry with him the mortifying reflection that he had nearly overrun Italy without meeting with a single adventure. and did not awake till late. and Franz. and that upon his return he should astonish the Parisian world with the recital of his numerous love−affairs. to think that Albert de Morcerf. As we have seen." supported by three of the most renowned vocalists of Italy. from his being either wrapped in his mantle or obscured by the shadow. the more entire was his conviction. but in the present instance. having a number of letters to write. as. or open boxes. therefore. and also what performers appeared in it. he had seen (as he called it) all the remarkable sights at Rome. Albert displayed his most dazzling and effective costumes each time he visited the theatres. half bitter. did not hear what was said. judge that his appearance at such a time would be anything but agreeable. in fact. in a single day he had accomplished what his more serious−minded companion would have taken weeks to effect. and with that intent have sought to renew their short acquaintance. that Franz's ear recalled most vividly the deep sonorous. poor Chapter 34. And the more he thought. At five o'clock Albert returned. Like a genuine Frenchman. his elegant toilet was wholly thrown away. Yes. and his self−love immensely piqued. Albert had quitted Paris with the full conviction that he had only to show himself in Italy to carry all before him. listening with studied indifference to the learned dissertation delivered by Albert. and the absence of balconies. Worn out at length. but fully promising himself a rich indemnity for his present forbearance should chance afford him another opportunity. he had been occupied in leaving his letters of introduction. "Sinbad the Sailor. he longed to be alone. The young men. he had sent to engage a box at the Teatro Argentino. and had shared a lower box at the Opera. Sometimes Albert would affect to make a joke of his want of success. in spite of this. touching the iron−pointed nets used to prevent the ferocious beasts from springing on the spectators. that the person who wore the mantle was no other than his former host and entertainer. and though Franz had been unable to distinguish his features. should thus be passed over. in vain did he court the refreshment of sleep. with their orchestras from which it is impossible to see. delighted with his day's work. relinquished the carriage to Albert for the whole of the day. he fell asleep at daybreak. but internally he was deeply wounded. Neither had he neglected to ascertain the name of the piece to be played that night at the Teatro Argentino. had reason to consider themselves fortunate in having the opportunity of hearing one of the best works by the composer of "Lucia di Lammermoor. with propriety. One of the two men. and the more he thought. but.The Count of Monte Cristo the road to the Piazza de Spagni." Under any other circumstances. all these defects pressed hard on a man who had had his stall at the Bouffes. Moriani. 236 . Slumber refused to visit his eyelids and the night was passed in feverish contemplation of the chain of circumstances tending to prove the identity of the mysterious visitant to the Colosseum with the inhabitant of the grotto of Monte Cristo. Still.

The quick eye of Albert caught the involuntary start with which his friend beheld the new arrival." Chapter 34. their lovers. he might not in truth attract the notice of some fair Roman. Totally disregarding the business of the stage. although each of the three tiers of boxes is deemed equally aristocratic. the spectators would suddenly cease their conversation. Florentines. he had imagined she still was. this attempt to attract notice wholly failed. that they had not so much as noticed him or the manipulation of his glass. a Venetian. and deign to mingle in the follies of this time of liberty and relaxation. and claims to notice." and although the box engaged for the two friends was sufficiently capacious to contain at least a dozen persons. from which he might behold the gayeties of the Carnival? These united considerations made Albert more lively and anxious to please than he had hitherto been. at least to their lovers. With this design he had engaged a box in the most conspicuous part of the theatre. and. a lady entered to whom Franz had been introduced in Paris. It was therefore no small mortification to him to have visited most of the principal cities in Italy without having excited the most trifling observation. he said hastily. knowing full well that among the different states and kingdoms in which this festivity is celebrated. there might be an exception to the general rule. Albert. and exerted himself to set off his personal attractions by the aid of the most rich and elaborate toilet. it had cost less than would be paid at some of the French theatres for one admitting merely four occupants. The Colosseum. and an introduction might ensue that would procure him the offer of a seat in a carriage. into whose good graces he was desirous of stealing. or a place in a princely balcony. if not to their husbands. and it was but too apparent that the lovely creatures. whether dated from 1399 or merely 1815. that they are faithful even in their infidelity. and thought not of changing even for the splendid appearance of Albert de Morcerf. a well−executed recitative by Coselli. he was a viscount −− a recently created one. or to join in loud applause at the wonderful powers of La Specchia. for this reason.The Count of Monte Cristo Albert! none of those interesting adventures fell in his way. at certain conventional moments. and a genealogical tree is equally estimated. and Neapolitans were all faithful. The Carnival was to commence on the morrow. as elsewhere. or rouse themselves from their musings. were all so much engrossed with themselves. she is perfectly lovely −− what a complexion! And such magnificent hair! Is she French?" "No. turning to him. but. Rome is the spot where even the wisest and gravest throw off the usual rigidity of their lives. a more than sufficient sum to render him a personage of considerable importance in Paris. Albert de Morcerf commanded an income of 50. Albert. so filled every fair breast. the door of a box which had been hitherto vacant was opened. to listen to some brilliant effort of Moriani's. was also possessed of considerable talent and ability. and all he gained was the painful conviction that the ladies of Italy have this advantage over those of France. however. −− who knew but that. Yet he could not restrain a hope that in Italy. the lovely Genoese. besides being an elegant. generally styled the "nobility's boxes. he leaned from his box and began attentively scrutinizing the beauty of each pretty woman. expectations. and is. Towards the close of the first act. The box taken by Albert was in the first circle. what do you think of her?" "Oh. as to prevent the least attention being bestowed even on the business of the stage. hoped to indemnify himself for all these slights and indifferences during the Carnival. but in the present day it is not necessary to go as far back as Noah in tracing a descent. well−looking young man. 237 . aided by a powerful opera−glass. or their own thoughts. but that momentary excitement over. where indeed. thus advantageously placed.000 livres. not even curiosity had been excited. therefore Albert had not an instant to lose in setting forth the programme of his hopes. certainly. they quickly relapsed into their former state of preoccupation or interesting conversation. but to crown all these advantages. "Do you know the woman who has just entered that box?" "Yes. with the "holy week" that was to succeed it. The truth was. alas. The actors made their entries and exits unobserved or unthought of. that the anticipated pleasures of the Carnival. Another motive had influenced Albert's selection of his seat. moreover.

"you must have been a very entertaining companion alone." continued Franz gravely. believe me. and graciously waved her hand to him. nothing is more fallacious than to form any estimate of the degree of intimacy you may suppose existing among persons by the familiar terms they seem upon.The Count of Monte Cristo "And her name is −− " "Countess G−−−− ." Chapter 34. if ever I should get such a chance. let us only remember the present. is it sympathy of heart?" "No. the living should be my theme." "Is there." said Albert. "And in what manner has this congeniality of mind been evinced?" "By the countess's visiting the Colosseum." cried Albert. −− I mean that of judging the habits and customs of Italy and Spain by our Parisian notions. "you seem to be on excellent terms with the beautiful countess." At that instant. I have only had the honor of being in her society and conversing with her three or four times in my life." returned Franz calmly. but you know that even such an acquaintance as that might warrant my doing what you ask." said Albert. the countess perceived Franz. "never mind the past." "Ah. "but you merely fall into the same error which leads so many of our countrymen to commit the most egregious blunders. I know her by name!" exclaimed Albert. or all but alone." "You were with her. to which he replied by a respectful inclination of the head. "My dear fellow. breaking in upon his discourse. we talked of the illustrious dead of whom that magnificent ruin is a glorious monument!" "Upon my word. and yet to find nothing better a talk about than the dead! All I can say is. with a beautiful woman in such a place of sentiment as the Colosseum." "But. "she is said to possess as much wit and cleverness as beauty. then?" "I was. are you really on such good terms with her as to venture to take me to her box?" "Why. indeed. directly the curtain falls on the stage. The Colosseum." "Shall I assist you in repairing your negligence?" asked Franz. my good fellow? Pray tell me. 238 . Are you not going to keep your promise of introducing me to the fair subject of our remarks?" "Certainly." "You are mistaken in thinking so. "Upon my word. there is a similarity of feeling at this instant between ourselves and the countess −− nothing more. by moonlight. I was to have been presented to her when I met her at Madame Villefort's ball." "And what did you say to her?" "Oh. as we did last night. of taste." "And you will probably find your theme ill−chosen. and nearly alone.

"All I can tell about her. was most anxious to make up for it. but the features of this latter personage it was not possible to distinguish. inelegant fellow he is. yes. what do you say to La Specchia? Did you ever see anything more perfect than her acting?" "Why. speaking to the countess of the various persons they both knew there. 239 . rapidly passed his fingers through his hair. in turn. Franz added that his companion. Albert was soon deeply engrossed in discoursing upon Paris and Parisian matters. Franz." "Well. ponderous appearance singing with a voice like a woman's. but in deep shadow. you know. she recommended Franz to take the next best. Sitting alone. was her national attire. closely followed by Albert. they will. "is. in reply. dressed in a Greek costume." Chapter 34. on my soul.The Count of Monte Cristo "What a confounded time this first act takes. arranged his cravat and wristbands. was the outline of a masculine figure. both as regarded his position in society and extraordinary talents. and the young man who was seated beside the countess. sought not to retard the gratification of Albert's eager impatience. and pointed to the one behind her own chair. Franz could not forbear breaking in upon the apparently interesting conversation passing between the countess and Albert. Franz perceived how completely he was in his element. deeply grieved at having been prevented the honor of being presented to the countess during her sojourn in Paris. while Albert continued to point his glass at every box in the theatre. that she has been at Rome since the beginning of the season. bowed gracefully to Albert. such singers as these don't make the same impression on you they perhaps do on others. who seized his hat. to inquire of the former if she knew who was the fair Albanian opposite. Behind her. and received from her a gracious smile in token that he would be welcome. nor did he say more than the truth. since beauty such as hers was well worthy of being observed by either sex." "My good friend. only listen to that charming finale. took up Albert's glass. inviting Albert to take the vacant seat beside her. The countess. "you seem determined not to approve." said Franz. and extended her hand with cordial kindness to Franz. for in Paris and the circle in which the viscount moved. to the infinite satisfaction of the Viscount of Morcerf. and concluded by asking pardon for his presumption in having taken it upon himself to do so. and to arrange the lappets of his coat. and at others she is merely attended by a black servant." "At least. Sometimes she is accompanied by the person who is now with her. unwilling to interfere with the pleasure he so evidently felt." "I never fancied men of his dark. my dear fellow." The curtain at length fell on the performances. How exquisitely Coselli sings his part. you are really too difficult to please. when one has been accustomed to Malibran and Sontag. and had requested him (Franz) to remedy the past misfortune by conducting him to her box. who. then. he was looked upon and cited as a model of perfection. then. I believe." "Oh. for I saw her where she now sits the very first night of the season. Franz presented Albert as one of the most distinguished young men of the day. which evidently. At the knock." "But what an awkward. and signified to Franz that he was waiting for him to lead the way. This important task was just completed as they arrived at the countess's box. instantly rose and surrendered his place to the strangers. from the ease and grace with which she wore it. would be expected to retire upon the arrival of other visitors. you must admire Moriani's style and execution. and. and began in his turn to survey the audience. and since then she has never missed a performance. in obedience to the Italian custom. that they never mean to finish it. but situated on the third row. but began at once the tour of the house. if he wished to view the ballet. was a woman of exquisite beauty. who had mutely interrogated the countess. turning to him. in the front of a box immediately opposite. the door was immediately opened." replied the countess. The Colosseum. who availed himself of the few minutes required to reach the opposite side of the theatre to settle the height and smoothness of his collar.

who has established for himself a great reputation throughout Italy for his taste and skill in the choreographic art −− one of those masterly productions of grace. and then. crashing din produced by the trumpets. who turned around to say a few words to him. he could not distinguish a single feature. his countenance being fully revealed. leaning forward again on the railing of her box. and was about to join the loud. enthusiastic applause that followed. while sleeping. after gazing with a puzzled look at his face. when necessary. method. for he left his seat to stand up in front. This duet is one of the most beautiful. Excited beyond his usual calm demeanor. admirably arranged and put on the stage by Henri. his hands fell by his sides. Franz had no difficulty in recognizing him as the mysterious inhabitant of Monte Cristo. Franz rose with the audience. that. while Franz returned to his previous survey of the house and company. and. never even moved. the pauses between the performances are very short. Franz observed the sleeper slowly arise and approach the Greek girl. and then the latter resumed her conversation with Albert. betrays to Azzo the secret of her love for Ugo. though Franz tried his utmost. and Chinese bells sounded their loudest from the orchestra. The curtain rose. cymbals. not even when the furious. I consider her perfectly lovely −− she is just my idea of what Medora must have been. who. The overture to the second act began. her eager. The countenance of the person who had addressed her remained so completely in the shade. The Colosseum. unanimous plaudits of an enthusiastic and delighted audience. and the half−uttered "bravos" expired on his lips. "I asked you a short time since if you knew any Chapter 34. so that. thrilled through the soul of Franz with an effect equal to his first emotions upon hearing it. The curtain rose on the ballet. or elevating the same arm or leg with a simultaneous movement. and then. The occupant of the box in which the Greek girl sat appeared to share the universal admiration that prevailed. while the dancers are executing their pirouettes and exhibiting their graceful steps. Most of my readers are aware that the second act of "Parisina" opens with the celebrated and effective duet in which Parisina. the singers in the opera having time to repose themselves and change their costume. and elegance in which the whole corps de ballet. and begged to know what had happened. his singular host evidently resided at Rome. while she seemed to experience an almost childlike delight in watching it. and the very same person he had encountered the preceding evening in the ruins of the Colosseum. until conviction seizes on his mind." returned Franz. 240 . so tenderly expressive and fearfully grand as the wretched husband and wife give vent to their different griefs and passions. that would lead you to suppose that but one mind. at the first sound of the leader's bow across his violin. and whose voice and figure had seemed so familiar to him. are all engaged on the stage at the same time. which was one of those excellent specimens of the Italian school." However much the ballet might have claimed his attention. The injured husband goes through all the emotions of jealousy. and the attention of Franz was attracted by the actors. from the principal dancers to the humblest supernumerary. "Countess. and a hundred and fifty persons may be seen exhibiting the same attitude. influenced the moving mass −− the ballet was called "Poliska. in a frenzy of rage and indignation. animated looks contrasting strongly with the utter indifference of her companion. but suddenly his purpose was arrested. one act of volition. he awakens his guilty wife to tell her that he knows her guilt and to threaten her with his vengeance. she became as absorbed as before in what was going on. The surprise and agitation occasioned by this full confirmation of Franz's former suspicion had no doubt imparted a corresponding expression to his features. enjoying soft repose and bright celestial dreams. during the whole time the piece lasted. Owing to the very judicious plan of dividing the two acts of the opera with a ballet. The ballet at length came to a close. as far as appearances might be trusted." Franz and the countess exchanged a smile. Franz was too deeply occupied with the beautiful Greek to take any note of it. totally unheeding her raillery. All doubt of his identity was now at an end. burst into a fit of laughter. expressive and terrible conceptions that has ever emanated from the fruitful pen of Donizetti.The Count of Monte Cristo "And what do you think of her personal appearance?" "Oh. but was. Of this he took no heed. for the countess. and the curtain fell amid the loud. and his eyes turned from the box containing the Greek girl and her strange companion to watch the business of the stage. Franz now listened to it for the third time. yet it's notes.

" replied Franz.The Count of Monte Cristo particulars respecting the Albanian lady opposite. glittering eyes. I must now beseech you to inform me who and what is her husband?" "Nay. that the woman with him is altogether unlike all others of her sex. although he could but allow that if anything was likely to induce belief in the existence of vampires. or a resuscitated corpse. She is a foreigner −− a stranger. Then observe. he is the exact personification of what I have been led to expect! The coal−black hair. I entreat of you not to go near him Chapter 34. Nobody knows who she is. and I even think he recognizes me. he looks more like a corpse permitted by some friendly grave−digger to quit his tomb for a while. that he is no other than Lord Ruthven himself in a living form. I depend upon you to escort me home. pray do. No doubt she belongs to the same horrible race he does. it would be the presence of such a man as the mysterious personage before him. "what do you think of our opposite neighbor?" "Why. or where she comes from. or what?" "I fancy I have seen him before. he is always as colorless as you now see him." inquired Franz." said Franz. seems to me as though he had just been dug up. and revisit this earth of ours. "Is it possible. indeed. "you must not leave me." "Perhaps you never before noticed him?" "What a question −− so truly French! Do you not know that we Italians have eyes only for the man we love?" "True. unearthly fire seems burning. too. felt the same unaccountable awe and misgiving." said Franz. and is. "I must positively find out who and what he is. xxii." * Scott. "No." The sensation experienced by Franz was evidently not peculiar to himself. and the father of a yet more unfortunate family." answered the countess. 241 ." whispered Franz. rising from his seat. ch. as though an involuntary shudder passed through her veins. "I know no more of him than yourself." This fresh allusion to Byron* drew a smile to Franz's countenance. for heaven's sake. a dealer in magical arts. after the countess had a second time directed her lorgnette at the box. Oh. "Then you know him?" almost screamed the countess. Oh. and wholly uninterested person." continued the countess. The Colosseum. −− the same ghastly paleness. bore in his looks that cast of inauspicious melancholy by which the physiognomists of that time pretended to distinguish those who were predestined to a violent and unhappy death. I cannot permit you to go. "that you entertain any fear?" "I'll tell you. than anything human." said the countess. How ghastly pale he is!" "Oh. and even assured me that he had seen them. tell us all about −− is he a vampire. taking up the lorgnette. whose history I am unable to furnish. "All I call say is." −− The Abbot. like himself. in which a wild. of course: "The son of an ill−fated sire. large bright. "that the gentleman. no. "Byron had the most perfect belief in the existence of vampires. The description he gave me perfectly corresponds with the features and character of the man before us. "that those who have once seen that man will never be likely to forget him." answered the countess. and directing it toward the box in question. "Oh. shrugging up her beautiful shoulders." "And I can well understand. "Well." cried the countess. another.

listlessly extended on a sofa. pursue your researches if you will. "and do not be so very headstrong. I say. while the terror of the countess sprang from an instinctive belief. I have more reasons than you can imagine for desiring to know who he is. but I can readily tell you where he is going to. I should have thought the continual failures you have met with in all your own love affairs might have taught you better by this time. and try to sleep away all recollections of this evening. but never bring him near me. or whether her fears and agitations were genuine. "do not smile. but to−night you neither can nor shall. I did not expect to see you before to−morrow. and make no attempt to follow this man to−night. "Excuse my little subterfuge. And now. The Colosseum." "What is it?" "Promise me. For my own part. "My dear fellow. There are certain affinities between the persons we quit and those we meet afterwards. then. "Well. if you would not see me die of terror. It was quite evident. and that is down below." said the countess. Upon arriving at her hotel." said she. and therefore cannot possibly remain till the end of the opera. 242 ." cried he. from whence he came. and if to−morrow your curiosity still continues as great." "My dear Albert." Franz protested he could not defer his pursuit till the following day." said Franz. Franz perceived that she had deceived him when she spoke of expecting company." There was nothing else left for Franz to do but to take up his hat. and offer the countess his arm." So saying." "I will do anything you desire. open the door of the box.The Count of Monte Cristo −− at least to−night. smoking a cigar. Now. her own return before the appointed hour seemed greatly to astonish the servants. For heaven's sake. I cannot for one instant believe you so devoid of gallantry as to refuse a lady your escort when she even condescends to ask you for it." Franz essayed to smile. on the contrary. that I might compose my startled mind. "Nay. it ill accords with the expression of your countenance. that her uneasiness was not feigned. you must give me your word to return immediately to your hotel. Upon his return to the hotel. as it arose from a variety of corroborative recollections. by her manner. Pursue your chase after him to−morrow as eagerly as you please. without the least doubt. I am quite sure I shall not be able to close my eyes. I am going home. the countess quitted Franz. except relinquish my determination of finding out who this man is. For that purpose I mean to keep you all to myself. go to your rooms. for many reasons. I have a party at my house to−night." "Let us only speak of the promise you wished me to make." "Where he comes from I am ignorant." replied Franz. Franz found Albert in his dressing−gown and slippers. "I am glad of this opportunity to tell you. promise me one thing. Franz could even feel her arm tremble as he assisted her into the carriage. leaving him unable to decide whether she were merely amusing herself at his expense. in reply to her companion's half−reproachful observation on the subject." said the countess. however. "is it really you? Why. and I longed to be alone. and whither he is going. "but that horrid man had made me feel quite uncomfortable. do not serve as a conductor between that man and me. "Listen to me. and Franz himself could not resist a feeling of superstitious dread −− so much the stronger in him. that you entertain a most erroneous notion concerning Italian women. and I am sure it does not spring from your heart. good−night. springing up." Chapter 34. originally created in her mind by the wild tales she had listened to till she believed them truths. once and forever.

and have really nothing to conceal. Why." "And the very reason why the women of this fine country put so little restraint on their words and actions. But tell me. nothing. here −− they give you their hand −− they press yours in return −− they keep up a whispering conversation −− permit you to accompany them home." said Franz. but then.The Count of Monte Cristo "Upon my soul. I can assure you that this hobgoblin of yours is a deuced fine−looking fellow −− admirably dressed. did he?" "I think so." "And I promise to give you the satisfaction of a gentleman if your scheme turns out as ingenious as you assert." "He spoke the Romaic language. paleness is always looked upon as a strong proof of aristocratic descent and distinguished breeding. "Well." murmured Franz. I was arranging a little surprise for you. then. Indeed. Sir Franz." Chapter 34. and hang me." "What do you say?" "Nothing. I don't know whether I ever told you that when I was at college I was rather −− rather strong in Greek. hearken to me. but they were uttered in the Romaic dialect." "Now. Of what nature?" "Why. from the cut of his clothes. her reputation would be gone forever. Why. He was rather too pale. 243 ." Franz smiled. "you deserve to be called out for such a misgiving and incredulous glance as that you were pleased to bestow on me just now." "Certainly." "Indeed. is because they live so much in public. past all doubt." "Well." Franz looked at Albert as though he had not much confidence in the suggestions of his imagination. they are made by a first−rate Paris tailor −− probably Blin or Humann. Did he speak in your hearing? and did you catch any of his words?" "I did. if a Parisian were to indulge in a quarter of these marks of flattering attention. you know. "'Tis he. Besides. The Colosseum. if I can guess where you took your notions of the other world from. then. for my part. I knew that from the mixture of Greek words. what were you thinking about when I came in?" "Oh. you know it is quite impossible to procure a carriage. "I tell you what. in this difficulty a bright idea has flashed across my brain. these women would puzzle the very Devil to read them aright." cried Albert. I feel quite sure. that tends to confirm my own ideas." "That settles it. certainly. "that the countess's suspicions were destitute alike of sense and reason. and I also know that we have done all that human means afforded to endeavor to get one. I met them in the lobby after the conclusion of the piece. for he well remembered that Albert particularly prided himself on the entire absence of color in his own complexion." "At what? At the sight of that respectable gentleman sitting opposite to us in the same box with the lovely Greek girl? Now. you must have perceived that the countess was really alarmed.

we have offered any sum. so you see we must do without this little superfluity." said Franz. as it would require three days to do that. now. but have failed." "Well. Upon my return home I sent for him. my good fellow. after the manner of that splendid picture by Leopold Robert. and I then explained to him what I wished to procure." "Well. trot at the heels of your processions. 244 . "this time. when I bade him have the horns of the oxen gilded.The Count of Monte Cristo "I listen. more especially as the countess is quite beautiful enough to represent a madonna. too. Our group would then be quite complete." At this instant the door opened. ye Romans! you thought to make us. It would add greatly to the effect if the countess would join us in the costume of a peasant from Puzzoli or Sorrento." "Then he will be able to give us an answer to−night. The cart must be tastefully ornamented. by to−morrow it might be too late. and if you and I dress ourselves as Neapolitan reapers. with a cart and a couple of oxen our business can be managed. do you not." replied Albert with gratified pride. "A mere masque borrowed from our own festivities. He assured me that nothing would be easier than to furnish all I desired." "And have you communicated your triumphant idea to anybody?" "Only to our host. Chapter 34. Albert. But you don't know us. ha. when we can't have one thing we invent another. and the head of Signor Pastrini appeared. Ha." "And a pair of oxen?" "As easily found as the cart. he told me there would not be time. I am bound to give you credit for having hit upon a most capital idea. I expect him every minute. we may get up a striking tableau. because no carriages or horses are to be had in your beggarly city." "And quite a national one." "Neither can we procure horses?" "True." "Very possibly." "Oh. One thing I was sorry for. what do you say to a cart? I dare say such a thing might be had." "And where is he now?" "Who?" "Our host. The Colosseum. "Permesso?" inquired he. unhappy strangers." "You agree. that obtaining a carriage is out of the question?" "I do. like so many lazzaroni." "Then you see." "Gone out in search of our equipage.

placing two cards in the landlord's hands. "But do you think. then. A servant." returned Signor Pastrini in a tone indicative of unbounded self−confidence. "better is a sure enemy to well.The Count of Monte Cristo "Certainly −− certainly. "Come in. mine host. The Count of Monte Cristo. but this I know. has sent to offer you seats in his carriage and two places at his windows in the Palazzo Rospoli. "A very great nobleman. "Speak out. 245 ." "Your excellencies are aware." said Albert. "that we ought to accept such offers from a perfect stranger?" "What sort of person is this Count of Monte Cristo?" asked Franz of his host." "Faith. the Count of Monte Cristo. "there is not much to find fault with here. then." said Franz. "since it is owing to that circumstance that we are packed into these small rooms. my worthy host. Signor Pastrini. "You were quite correct in what you said. and he will be honored by an intimation of what time they will please to receive him. from the Count of Monte Cristo to Viscomte Albert de Morcerf and M." asked Albert eagerly." replied Franz." "Then you accept his offer?" said the host. "That is what I call an elegant mode of attack." cried Franz." said Albert." "It seems to me." said Franz. "begs these gentlemen's permission to wait upon them as their neighbor. that he is noble as a Borghese and rich as a gold−mine." responded the landlord. "that if this person merited the high panegyrics of our landlord. wearing a livery of considerable style and richness." continued the servant. "Come in. and. like two poor students in the back streets of Paris." "When." asked Albert. speaking in an undertone to Albert. "Take care. Franz d'Epinay. "that the Count of Monte Cristo is living on the same floor with yourselves!" "I should think we did know it. hearing of the dilemma in which you are placed. The Colosseum." The friends looked at each other with unutterable surprise. The Count of Monte Cristo is unquestionably a man of first−rate breeding and knowledge of the world. he would have conveyed his invitation through another channel. with the air of a man perfectly well satisfied with himself. He would have written −− or" −− At this instant some one knocked at the door. appeared at the threshold." "Now. who forthwith presented them to the two young men. there's a worthy fellow. "have you found the desired cart and oxen?" "Better than that!" replied Signor Pastrini." exclaimed Albert. "that we will do ourselves the pleasure of calling on him. but whether Maltese or Sicilian I cannot exactly say. and not permitted it to be brought to us in this unceremonious way. swelling with importance. "But what have you done?" asked Franz." "Let your excellencies only leave the matter to me." whispered Albert. Franz. "Please to deliver these. he said." "Tell the count." The servant bowed and retired. Chapter 34.

Chapter 34. 246 . and in waking speculations as to what the morrow would produce. on which is pasted up a paper containing the names of the condemned persons. which. Franz passed the night in confused dreams respecting the two meetings he had already had with his mysterious tormentor." The truth was. "I had no such intention. I agree with you. in which the stranger in the cloak had undertaken to obtain the freedom of a condemned criminal. Franz?" "Oh. and unless his near neighbor and would−be friend. What say you. I must own I am sorry to be obliged to give up the cart and the group of reapers −− it would have produced such an effect! And were it not for the windows at the Palazzo Rospoli." asked Franz. who had not the same motives for early rising." "What particulars would your excellency like to hear?" "Why." "What are they?" "Sort of wooden tablets hung up at the corners of streets the evening before an execution. The reason for so publicly announcing all this is. "but in case I feel disposed." "And these tablets are brought to you that you may add your prayers to those of the faithful." answered Franz. your excellency. their crimes. that the mention of two places in the Palazzo Rospoli had recalled to Franz the conversation he had overheard the preceding evening in the ruins of the Colosseum between the mysterious unknown and the Transteverin. and also to prosecute his researches respecting him with perfect facility and freedom. that all good and faithful Catholics may offer up their prayers for the unfortunate culprits. and by its power was able to render himself invisible. and if this muffled−up individual proved (as Franz felt sure he would) the same as the person he had just seen in the Teatro Argentino. I might have done so from Monte Pincio −− could I not?" "Ah!" exclaimed mine host. it was very certain he could not escape this time. their names. Eight o'clock found Franz up and dressed." "Very possibly I may not go. and description of the death they are to die. by way of recompense for the loss of our beautiful scheme. no. above all." "Oh. who presented himself with his accustomed obsequiousness." replied Albert. "I did not think it likely your excellency would have chosen to mingle with such a rabble as are always collected on that hill. was still soundly asleep. then he should be able to establish his identity. and. give me some particulars of to−day's executions. the windows in the Palazzo Rospoli alone decided me. the number of persons condemned to suffer. beseech of heaven to grant them a sincere repentance. are they?" asked Franz somewhat incredulously. but if your reason for inquiry is that you may procure a window to view it from. you are much too late. they consider as exclusively belonging to themselves. The next day must clear up every doubt. and even if I had felt a wish to witness the spectacle. while Albert." answered Franz. "is not some execution appointed to take place to−day?" "Yes. Signor Pastrini. The Colosseum. "Still." "That happens just lucky. and mode of punishment. possessed the ring of Gyges. the Count of Monte Cristo. "Pray. The first act of Franz was to summon his landlord. I don't know but what I should have held on by my original plan.The Count of Monte Cristo "Of course we do. indeed. your excellency! Only a few minutes ago they brought me the tavolettas.

who read as follows: −− "`The public is informed that on Wednesday. and the latter convicted of being an accomplice of the atrocious and sanguinary bandit. chuckling and rubbing his hands with infinite complacency." "Then you really consider we shall not be intruding if we pay our respects to him directly?" "Oh. your excellency! I have not time for anybody's affairs but my own and those of my honorable guests." said Franz. "Now. named Andrea Rondola." cried Franz. No part of the programme differed. executions will take place in the Piazza del Popolo. The first−named malefactor will be subjected to the mazzuola. he may obtain every requisite information concerning the time and place etc. if it be so. the former found guilty of the murder of a venerable and exemplary priest. and to grant them a hearty and sincere repentance for their crimes." replied he. no. however. the second culprit beheaded.'" This was precisely what Franz had heard the evening before in the ruins of the Colosseum. Signor Pastrini. −− the names of the condemned persons. no doubt. his friend entered the room in perfect costume for the day. and Franz deemed it advisable to awaken Albert. but at the moment he prepared to proceed to his chamber. your excellency. John Lateran." said the landlord. 247 . he handed it to Franz." returned the landlord. "The Count of Monte Cristo is always an early riser. "I have caused one to be placed on the landing. that in case any person staying at my hotel should like to witness an execution. named Don Cesare Torlini. then. opening the door of the chamber. their crimes. my most excellent host. are you ready. and he brings them to me as he would the playbills. and I can answer for his having been up these two hours." "Nothing can be easier than to comply with your excellency's wish." "I see that plainly enough." Then. but I make an agreement with the man who pastes up the papers." but who. canon of the church of St. and the man shrouded in the mantle the same he had known as "Sinbad the Sailor. being the first day of the Carnival. addressing his landlord. taking the tablet from the wall. otherwise called Rocca Priori. the Transteverin was no other than the bandit Luigi Vampa himself. dear. close by your apartment. Luigi Vampa. "Why. as he had already done at Porto−Vecchio and Tunis. all agreed with his previous information." Chapter 34. and Peppino. In all probability. February 23d. oblige me by a sight of one of these tavolettas. and his band. and mode of punishment. therefore. that it may please God to awaken them to a sense of their guilt. of two persons." "Well. and you may rely upon me to proclaim so striking a proof of your attention to your guests wherever I go. was still pursuing his philanthropic expedition in Rome. my excellent Signor Pastrini. Time was getting on. The prayers of all good Christians are entreated for these unfortunate men. "I think I may take upon myself to say I neglect nothing to deserve the support and patronage of the noble visitors to this poor hotel. "since we are both ready." "Let us go and return our best thanks for his courtesy. I will take all the blame on myself if you find I have led you into an error. Meanwhile. The Colosseum. that is a most delicate attention on your part.The Count of Monte Cristo "Oh. The anticipated delights of the Carnival had so run in his head as to make him leave his pillow long before his usual hour. do you think we may proceed at once to visit the Count of Monte Cristo?" "Most assuredly. Albert?" "Perfectly. by order of the Tribunal of the Rota. I am quite sure." "Upon my word.

Everything seemed more magnificent at a second view than it had done at their first rapid survey. it strikes me that our elegant and attentive neighbor must either be some successful stock−jobber who has speculated in the fall of the Spanish funds. upon my soul. and the softest and most inviting couches. and. besides." said Franz to his friend. As soon as I learned I could in any way assist you. besides. Franz and Albert looked inquiringly at each other. "It was the fault of that blockhead Pastrini. and sofas. motioning the two young men to sit down." returned Albert. or some prince travelling incog. then at the gorgeous furnishings of the apartment." The two young men bowed. intermingled with magnificent trophies of war. said." "Indeed." returned the count. let us do so. he could not be equally positive that this was the man he had seen at the Colosseum. for the rapid closing of the door merely allowed one rich swell of harmony to enter. for in the person of him who had just entered he recognized not only the mysterious visitant to the Colosseum. and were shown into an elegantly fitted−up drawing−room." The landlord preceded the friends across the landing. They passed through two rooms. and we were on the point of inventing a very fantastic vehicle when your friendly invitation reached us. when he knows that. but I feared to disturb you by presenting myself earlier at your apartments. found nothing to say. Chapter 35. I seek every opportunity of making the acquaintance of my neighbors. in a manner. count. you sent me word that you would come to me. I most eagerly seized the opportunity of offering my services. "we shall ascertain who and what he is −− he comes!" As Franz spoke. La Mazzolata. hush!" replied Franz. while heavy curtains of costly tapestry were suspended before the different doors of the room. 248 . which was all that separated them from the apartments of the count. "Well. and almost immediately afterwards the tapestry was drawn aside. "I will let the count know that you are here. spellbound on his chair." "Franz and I have to thank you a thousand times." "Hush. therefore. easy−chairs. The richest Turkey carpets covered the floor. "If your excellencies will please to be seated. but Franz remained. that I did not sooner assist you in your distress. As the door opened. my dear fellow. He resolved. as yet. and the owner of all these riches stood before the two young men. Franz had. "you extricated us from a great dilemma. Albert instantly rose to meet him. "I pray you excuse me for suffering my visit to be anticipated. Splendid paintings by the first masters were ranged against the walls. the sound of a guzla reached the ears of the young men. upon the door being opened by a servant. but also his extraordinary host of Monte Cristo. offered their high−piled and yielding cushions to such as desired repose or refreshment. and as nothing in the count's manner manifested the wish that he should recognize him. La Mazzolata. or wait until he had more proof. but was almost immediately lost." The domestic bowed respectfully. furnished in a luxurious manner they had not expected to see under the roof of Signor Pastrini.The Count of Monte Cristo "Yes. He did not mention a syllable of your embarrassment to me. "what think you of all this?" "Why. although sure it was he who had been in the box the previous evening. "Gentlemen. and I have held myself at your disposal. he had come to no determination. and invited them to enter. rang at the bell. and the occupant of the box at the Teatro Argentino." And with these words he disappeared behind one of the tapestried portieres. he heard the sound of a door turning on its hinges. alone and isolated as I am. he did not know whether to make any allusion to the past." said the Count of Monte Cristo as he entered. to let things take their course without making any Chapter 35. "I signori Francesi." said the man.

and at your windows in the Rospoli Palace. "with the employment of time and the means of simplifying the summoning your servants? I have. but he did not appear to recognize him. Give orders to the coachman. I trust. −− thus I do not waste a minute or a word. convicted of complicity with the detestable bandit Luigi Vampa." said Albert. taking out his tablets. Can you tell us where we can obtain a sight of the Piazza del Popolo?" "Ah. "Stay. It was evident he had his orders. looking attentively at Morcerf. "but it was very late. These gentlemen. Bertuccio. Monsieur Bertuccio.' Yes. and Peppino. However. and be in readiness on the stairs to conduct us to it. "be good enough to ask Pastrini if he has received the tavoletta. my dear count. called Rocca Priori. "you have offered us places in your carriage." continued the count." He then took Franz's tablets out of his hand. Here he is. Chapter 35." "Not at all. "Ah. "Count. and was about to quit the room." "There is no need to do that. and rang the bell thrice." "Really?" said Franz." added he. on the contrary. I think I told my steward yesterday to attend to this. John Lateran. M. "you have procured me windows looking on the Piazza del Popolo." said he. he had this advantage." said he to Franz. return it to me at Paris. who had nothing to conceal. La Mazzolata.' Hum! `The first will be mazzolato. he was master of the count's secret." said the count negligently. "for I saw the account." The steward bowed." He extended his hand." continued the count. in the same tone with which he would have read a newspaper." A man of about forty−five or fifty entered. will be executed Andrea Rondolo. that is sufficient. and copied it down. perhaps both. you can retire. and if he can send us an account of the execution." "Very well. twice." returned the steward. the second decapitato. exactly resembling the smuggler who had introduced Franz into the cavern. guilty of murder on the person of the respected and venerated Don Cesare Torlini. frowning.' he read. but I think since yesterday some change has taken place in the order of the ceremony. but let us know when breakfast is ready. When I ring once. Moreover. for my steward. but I was obliged to pay a hundred" −− "That will do −− that will do. You will. lay covers for three. M. and the men of his band. "And your excellency has one. "Monsieur Bertuccio." returned Franz. "Did you ever occupy yourself. You have the window. "`We announce.The Count of Monte Cristo direct overture to the count. spare these gentlemen all such domestic arrangements. perhaps I can render you this slight service also. do me the honor to breakfast with me?" "But. for my majordomo. thrice. turning to the two friends. the 23d of February. `that to−day. 249 . "will. "we shall abuse your kindness. finding that the count was coming to the point he wished." said the count. one or other of you. while the count had no hold on Franz. it is for my valet. you will give me great pleasure. as I ordered you yesterday " "Yes. "it was at first arranged in this way." said Franz." "Did I not tell you I wished for one?" replied the count. Bertuccio. canon of the church of St. excellency. "is there not something like an execution upon the Piazza del Popolo?" "Yes. which was let to Prince Lobanieff. he resolved to lead the conversation to a subject which might possibly clear up his doubts.

−− do you think the reparation that society gives you is sufficient when it interposes the knife of the guillotine between the base of the occiput and the trapezal muscles of the murderer. I passed the evening at the Cardinal Rospigliosi's. The mandaia* never fails. your betrothed. and to whose tender mercy Richelieu had doubtless recommended the sufferer. "one would think that you had studied the different tortures of all the nations of the world. never trembles." replied Franz. temperaments." "Listen. our greatest preoccupation is death. "And you took pleasure in beholding these dreadful spectacles?" "My first sentiment was horror. and deep hatred mounted to his face. never strikes thirty times ineffectually. and there mention was made of something like a pardon for one of the two men. "that where society. like the soldier who beheaded the Count of Chalais." "There are. "for the other (he glanced at the tablets as if to recall the name). −− a being who." replied Franz." added the count." "I do not quite understand you. few that I have not seen. and in my opinion. but you must demand from her only what it is in her power to grant. is it not then. in your breast. while the other. for Peppino. the second indifference. are inadequate tortures. the third curiosity." "I will put another case to you. "do not tell me of European punishments. that is all. "If a man had by unheard−of and excruciating tortures destroyed your father. the easier it becomes to die yourself. carelessly. different persons bear the transition from life to death. according to their different characters. for you excite my curiosity to the highest pitch. and how. a wound that never closes. "pray explain your meaning. of which we have just spoken? Are there not crimes for which the impalement of the Turks. they are in the infancy. or offering him even the insufficient means of vengeance. "Really." replied the count. avenges death by death. as you must know. the stake and the brand of the Iroquois Indians. she can give blood in return for blood. but it is not an expiation. and even the second." * Guillotine. "No. I can assure you of one thing. count. at least. I know. Ah. the augers of the Persians." "For Andrea Rondolo?" asked Franz. do not these crimes exist?" Chapter 35. left a desolation. your mother." "Curiosity −− that is a terrible word. and even the different customs of their countries. is very simple. curious to study the different ways by which the soul and body can part. which is a very curious punishment when seen for the first time. But are there not a thousand tortures by which a man may be made to suffer without society taking the least cognizance of them. when torn from you. La Mazzolata. and which are unpunished by society? Answer me. death may be a torture." "Why so? In life." said the count. −− the more men you see die. in a contemptuous tone." said the count coldly. called Rocca Priori. You are thus deprived of seeing a man guillotined. "that human justice is insufficient to console us.The Count of Monte Cristo "Yes. but the mazzuola still remains. attacked by the death of a person. as the blood would to the face of any other. and allows him who has caused us years of moral sufferings to escape with a few moments of physical pain?" "Yes. 250 . or rather the old age. of cruelty." said Franz." continued the count. from existence to annihilation? As for myself.

as long as he is avenged? On my word." said Franz to the count." said the count. but in return for a slow. What matters this punishment. I would give back the same. "Oh. as you might have had an opportunity then of seeing how short a time the punishment lasts. astonished at this strange theory. I would fight for such a cause. duelling. but. which renders you at once judge and executioner of your own cause." replied the count. but on the contrary ate like a man who for the last four or five months had been condemned to partake of Italian cookery −− that is. an existence of misery and infamy. a servant opened one of the four doors of the apartment. and you think you are avenged because you send a ball through the head. And remember. No. and despair in your heart. "Well. and whether it is worth even mentioning." Chapter 35. −− those favored creatures who have formed for themselves a life of dreams and a paradise of realities. I recollect. and awaited their departure to be served with some strange or more delicate food. or whether the events which Franz knew of had had their effect on him alone. and admirably served. rage carries you away. I would fight a duel for a trifle. Franz looked repeatedly at Albert. I almost regret that in all probability this miserable Peppino will not be beheaded. a tooth for a tooth. This brought back to Franz. besides. were it possible. a man has dishonored your daughter. the recollection of the terror with which the count had inspired the Countess G−−−− . in order to observe the impressions which he doubted not had been made on him by the words of their entertainer. it is not thus I would take revenge. Hatred is blind. absolved of all crime in the eyes of the world. eternal torture. "had I to avenge myself." As he spoke. and the more so that. the worst that could happen to him would be the punishment of which we have already spoken. I should be almost certain to kill my man. "a pleasant manner. "and it is to punish them that duelling is tolerated. At the end of the breakfast Franz took out his watch. moreover. "with this theory. Oh. he remarked that his companion did not pay the least regard to them." "But. and her firm conviction that the man in the opposite box was a vampire. "understand me. During the meal. a man has seduced your wife. he just touched the dishes. thanks to my skill in all bodily exercises. no. saying −− "Al suo commodo!" The two young men arose and entered the breakfast−room. in spite of himself. count. 251 . the worst in the world. "but we have still much to do." "Then you disapprove of duelling? You would not fight a duel?" asked Albert in his turn. whether the explanation of the Count of Monte Cristo with regard to duelling had satisfied him. yes. not if he be rich and skilful. La Mazzolata.The Count of Monte Cristo "Yes. upon my soul. an eye for an eye. As for the count." "Yes. gentlemen. for a blow. but whether with his usual carelessness he had paid but little attention to him. of arriving at your end when that end is vengeance! A man has carried off your mistress. which was excellent. really this is a most singular conversation for the Carnival. that it is often he who comes off victorious from the strife. profound. and which the philanthropic French Revolution has substituted for being torn to pieces by horses or broken on the wheel." returned Franz. you shall have it. how did it arise? Ah. he seemed to fulfil the duties of a host by sitting down with his guests. for here comes the servant to inform us that breakfast is ready." cried the count." "Ah. and the indifference to danger I have gradually acquired. for an insult. of that man who has planted madness in your brain. or pass a sword through the breast." answered Franz. as the Orientalists say. it would be difficult to adopt a course that would forever prevent your falling under the power of the law. and he who pours out vengeance runs the risk of tasting a bitter draught. you asked for a place at my window." continued the count. he has rendered the whole life of one who had the right to expect from heaven that portion of happiness God his promised to every one of his creatures. "what are you doing?" "You must excuse us. but let us first sit down to table. −− our masters in everything. if he be poor and inexperienced.

The Count of Monte Cristo "What may that be?" "We have no masks, and it is absolutely necessary to procure them." "Do not concern yourself about that; we have, I think, a private room in the Piazza del Popolo; I will have whatever costumes you choose brought to us, and you can dress there." "After the execution?" cried Franz. "Before or after, whichever you please." "Opposite the scaffold?" "The scaffold forms part of the fete." "Count, I have reflected on the matter," said Franz, "I thank you for your courtesy, but I shall content myself with accepting a place in your carriage and at your window at the Rospoli Palace, and I leave you at liberty to dispose of my place at the Piazza del Popolo." "But I warn you, you will lose a very curious sight," returned the count. "You will describe it to me," replied Franz, "and the recital from your lips will make as great an impression on me as if I had witnessed it. I have more than once intended witnessing an execution, but I have never been able to make up my mind; and you, Albert?" "I," replied the viscount, −− "I saw Castaing executed, but I think I was rather intoxicated that day, for I had quitted college the same morning, and we had passed the previous night at a tavern." "Besides, it is no reason because you have not seen an execution at Paris, that you should not see one anywhere else; when you travel, it is to see everything. Think what a figure you will make when you are asked, `How do they execute at Rome?' and you reply, `I do not know'! And, besides, they say that the culprit is an infamous scoundrel, who killed with a log of wood a worthy canon who had brought him up like his own son. Diable, when a churchman is killed, it should be with a different weapon than a log, especially when he has behaved like a father. If you went to Spain, would you not see the bull−fight? Well, suppose it is a bull−fight you are going to see? Recollect the ancient Romans of the Circus, and the sports where they killed three hundred lions and a hundred men. Think of the eighty thousand applauding spectators, the sage matrons who took their daughters, and the charming Vestals who made with the thumb of their white hands the fatal sign that said, `Come, despatch the dying.'" "Shall you go, then, Albert?" asked Franz. "Ma foi, yes; like you, I hesitated, but the count's eloquence decides me." "Let us go, then," said Franz, "since you wish it; but on our way to the Piazza del Popolo, I wish to pass through the Corso. Is this possible, count?" "On foot, yes, in a carriage, no." "I will go on foot, then." "Is it important that you should go that way?" Chapter 35. La Mazzolata. 252

The Count of Monte Cristo "Yes, there is something I wish to see." "Well, we will go by the Corso. We will send the carriage to wait for us on the Piazza del Popolo, by the Strada del Babuino, for I shall be glad to pass, myself, through the Corso, to see if some orders I have given have been executed." "Excellency," said a servant, opening the door, "a man in the dress of a penitent wishes to speak to you." "Ah, yes" returned the count, "I know who he is, gentlemen; will you return to the salon? you will find good cigars on the centre table. I will be with you directly." The young men rose and returned into the salon, while the count, again apologizing, left by another door. Albert, who was a great smoker, and who had considered it no small sacrifice to be deprived of the cigars of the Cafe de Paris, approached the table, and uttered a cry of joy at perceiving some veritable puros. "Well," asked Franz, "what think you of the Count of Monte Cristo?" "What do I think?" said Albert, evidently surprised at such a question from his companion; "I think he is a delightful fellow, who does the honors of his table admirably; who has travelled much, read much, is, like Brutus, of the Stoic school, and moreover," added he, sending a volume of smoke up towards the ceiling, "that he has excellent cigars." Such was Albert's opinion of the count, and as Franz well knew that Albert professed never to form an opinion except upon long reflection, he made no attempt to change it. "But," said he, "did you observe one very singular thing?" "What?" "How attentively he looked at you." "At me?" "Yes." −− Albert reflected. "Ah," replied he, sighing, "that is not very surprising; I have been more than a year absent from Paris, and my clothes are of a most antiquated cut; the count takes me for a provincial. The first opportunity you have, undeceive him, I beg, and tell him I am nothing of the kind." Franz smiled; an instant after the count entered. "I am now quite at your service, gentlemen," said he. "The carriage is going one way to the Piazza del Popolo, and we will go another; and, if you please, by the Corso. Take some more of these cigars, M. de Morcerf." "With all my heart," returned Albert; "Italian cigars are horrible. When you come to Paris, I will return all this." "I will not refuse; I intend going there soon, and since you allow me, I will pay you a visit. Come, we have not any time to lose, it is half−past twelve −− let us set off." All three descended; the coachman received his master's orders, and drove down the Via del Babuino. While the three gentlemen walked along the Piazza de Spagni and the Via Frattina, which led directly between the Fiano and Rospoli palaces, Franz's attention was directed towards the windows of that last palace, for he had not forgotten the signal agreed upon between the man in the mantle and the Transtevere peasant. "Which are your windows?" asked he of the count, with as much indifference as he could assume. "The three last," returned he, with a negligence evidently unaffected, for he could not imagine with what intention the question was put. Franz glanced rapidly towards the three windows. The side windows were hung with yellow damask, and the centre one with white damask and a red cross. The man in the mantle had kept his promise to the Transteverin, and there could now be no doubt that Chapter 35. La Mazzolata. 253

The Count of Monte Cristo he was the count. The three windows were still untenanted. Preparations were making on every side; chairs were placed, scaffolds were raised, and windows were hung with flags. The masks could not appear; the carriages could not move about; but the masks were visible behind the windows, the carriages, and the doors. Franz, Albert, and the count continued to descend the Corso. As they approached the Piazza del Popolo, the crowd became more dense, and above the heads of the multitude two objects were visible: the obelisk, surmounted by a cross, which marks the centre of the square, and in front of the obelisk, at the point where the three streets, del Babuino, del Corso, and di Ripetta, meet, the two uprights of the scaffold, between which glittered the curved knife of the mandaia. At the corner of the street they met the count's steward, who was awaiting his master. The window, let at an exorbitant price, which the count had doubtless wished to conceal from his guests, was on the second floor of the great palace, situated between the Via del Babuino and the Monte Pincio. It consisted, as we have said, of a small dressing−room, opening into a bedroom, and, when the door of communication was shut, the inmates were quite alone. On chairs were laid elegant masquerade costumes of blue and white satin. "As you left the choice of your costumes to me," said the count to the two friends, "I have had these brought, as they will be the most worn this year; and they are most suitable, on account of the confetti (sweetmeats), as they do not show the flour." Franz heard the words of the count but imperfectly, and he perhaps did not fully appreciate this new attention to their wishes; for he was wholly absorbed by the spectacle that the Piazza del Popolo presented, and by the terrible instrument that was in the centre. It was the first time Franz had ever seen a guillotine, −− we say guillotine, because the Roman mandaia is formed on almost the same model as the French instrument.* The knife, which is shaped like a crescent, that cuts with the convex side, falls from a less height, and that is all the difference. Two men, seated on the movable plank on which the victim is laid, were eating their breakfasts, while waiting for the criminal. Their repast consisted apparently of bread and sausages. One of them lifted the plank, took out a flask of wine, drank some, and then passed it to his companion. These two men were the executioner's assistants. At this sight Franz felt the perspiration start forth upon his brow. The prisoners, transported the previous evening from the Carcere Nuovo to the little church of Santa Maria del Popolo, had passed the night, each accompanied by two priests, in a chapel closed by a grating, before which were two sentinels, who were relieved at intervals. A double line of carbineers, placed on each side of the door of the church, reached to the scaffold, and formed a circle around it, leaving a path about ten feet wide, and around the guillotine a space of nearly a hundred feet. All the rest of the square was paved with heads. Many women held their infants on their shoulders, and thus the children had the best view. The Monte Pincio seemed a vast amphitheatre filled with spectators; the balconies of the two churches at the corner of the Via del Babuino and the Via di Ripetta were crammed; the steps even seemed a parti−colored sea, that was impelled towards the portico; every niche in the wall held its living statue. What the count said was true −− the most curious spectacle in life is that of death. And yet, instead of the silence and the solemnity demanded by the occasion, laughter and jests arose from the crowd. It was evident that the execution was, in the eyes of the people, only the commencement of the Carnival. Suddenly the tumult ceased, as if by magic, and the doors of the church opened. A brotherhood of penitents, clothed from head to foot in robes of gray sackcloth, with holes for the eyes, and holding in their hands lighted tapers, appeared first; the chief marched at the head. Behind the penitents came a man of vast stature and proportions. He was naked, with the exception of cloth drawers at the left side of which hung a large knife in a sheath, and he bore on his right shoulder a heavy iron sledge−hammer. This man was the executioner. He had, moreover, sandals bound on his feet by cords. Behind the executioner came, in the order in which they were to die, first Peppino and then Andrea. Each was accompanied by two priests. Neither had his eyes bandaged. Peppino walked with a firm step, doubtless aware of what awaited him. Andrea was supported by two priests. Each of them, from time to time, kissed the crucifix a confessor held out to them. At this sight alone Franz felt his legs tremble under him. He looked at Albert −− he was as white as his shirt, and mechanically cast away his cigar, although he had not half smoked it. The count alone seemed unmoved −− nay, more, a slight color seemed striving to rise in his pale cheeks. His nostrils dilated like those of a wild beast that scents its prey, and his lips, half opened, disclosed his white teeth, small and sharp like those of a jackal. And yet his features wore an expression of Chapter 35. La Mazzolata. 254

The Count of Monte Cristo smiling tenderness, such as Franz had never before witnessed in them; his black eyes especially were full of kindness and pity. However, the two culprits advanced, and as they approached their faces became visible. Peppino was a handsome young man of four or five and twenty, bronzed by the sun; he carried his head erect, and seemed on the watch to see on which side his liberator would appear. Andrea was short and fat; his visage, marked with brutal cruelty, did not indicate age; he might be thirty. In prison he had suffered his beard to grow; his head fell on his shoulder, his legs bent beneath him, and his movements were apparently automatic and unconscious. * Dr. Guillotin got the idea of his famous machine from witnessing an execution in Italy. "I thought," said Franz to the count, "that you told me there would be but one execution." "I told you true," replied he coldly. "And yet here are two culprits." "Yes; but only one of these two is about to die; the other has many years to live." "If the pardon is to come, there is no time to lose." "And see, here it is," said the count. At the moment when Peppino reached the foot of the mandaia, a priest arrived in some haste, forced his way through the soldiers, and, advancing to the chief of the brotherhood, gave him a folded paper. The piercing eye of Peppino had noticed all. The chief took the paper, unfolded it, and, raising his hand, "Heaven be praised, and his holiness also," said he in a loud voice; "here is a pardon for one of the prisoners!" "A pardon!" cried the people with one voice −− "a pardon!" At this cry Andrea raised his head. "Pardon for whom?" cried he. Peppino remained breathless. "A pardon for Peppino, called Rocca Priori," said the principal friar. And he passed the paper to the officer commanding the carbineers, who read and returned it to him. "For Peppino!" cried Andrea, who seemed roused from the torpor in which he had been plunged. "Why for him and not for me? We ought to die together. I was promised he should die with me. You have no right to put me to death alone. I will not die alone −− I will not!" And he broke from the priests struggling and raving like a wild beast, and striving desperately to break the cords that bound his hands. The executioner made a sign, and his two assistants leaped from the scaffold and seized him. "What is going on?" asked Franz of the count; for, as all the talk was in the Roman dialect, he had not perfectly understood it. "Do you not see?" returned the count, "that this human creature who is about to die is furious that his fellow−sufferer does not perish with him? and, were he able, he would rather tear him to pieces with his teeth and nails than let him enjoy the life he himself is about to be deprived of. Oh, man, man −− race of crocodiles," cried the count, extending his clinched hands towards the crowd, "how well do I recognize you there, and that at all times you are worthy of yourselves!" Meanwhile Andrea and the two executioners were struggling on the ground, and he kept exclaiming, "He ought to die! −− he shall die! −− I will not die alone!" "Look, look," cried the count. seizing the young men's hands −− "look, for on my soul it is curious. Here is a man who had resigned himself to his fate, who was going to the scaffold to die −− like a coward, it is true, but he was about to die without resistance. Do you know what gave him strength? −− do you know what consoled him? It was, that another partook of his punishment −− that another partook of his anguish −− that another was to die before him. Lead two sheep to the butcher's, two oxen to the slaughterhouse, and make one of them understand that his companion will not die; the sheep will bleat for pleasure, the ox will bellow with Chapter 35. La Mazzolata. 255

The Count of Monte Cristo joy. But man −− man, whom God created in his own image −− man, upon whom God has laid his first, his sole commandment, to love his neighbor −− man, to whom God has given a voice to express his thoughts −− what is his first cry when he hears his fellow−man is saved? A blasphemy. Honor to man, this masterpiece of nature, this king of the creation!" And the count burst into a laugh; a terrible laugh, that showed he must have suffered horribly to be able thus to laugh. However, the struggle still continued, and it was dreadful to witness. The people all took part against Andrea, and twenty thousand voices cried, "Put him to death! put him to death!" Franz sprang back, but the count seized his arm, and held him before the window. "What are you doing?" said he. "Do you pity him? If you heard the cry of `Mad dog!' you would take your gun −− you would unhesitatingly shoot the poor beast, who, after all, was only guilty of having been bitten by another dog. And yet you pity a man who, without being bitten by one of his race, has yet murdered his benefactor; and who, now unable to kill any one, because his hands are bound, wishes to see his companion in captivity perish. No, no −− look, look!" The command was needless. Franz was fascinated by the horribly spectacle. The two assistants had borne Andrea to the scaffold, and there, in spite of his struggles, his bites, and his cries, had forced him to his knees. During this time the executioner had raised his mace, and signed to them to get out of the way; the criminal strove to rise, but, ere he had time, the mace fell on his left temple. A dull and heavy sound was heard, and the man dropped like an ox on his face, and then turned over on his back. The executioner let fall his mace, drew his knife, and with one stroke opened his throat, and mounting on his stomach, stamped violently on it with his feet. At every stroke a jet of blood sprang from the wound. This time Franz could contain himself no longer, but sank, half fainting, into a seat. Albert, with his eyes closed, was standing grasping the window−curtains. The count was erect and triumphant, like the Avenging Angel!

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The Count of Monte Cristo Albert was drawing on the satin pantaloon over his black trousers and varnished boots. "Well, Albert," said Franz, "do you feel much inclined to join the revels? Come, answer frankly." "Ma foi, no," returned Albert. "But I am really glad to have seen such a sight; and I understand what the count said −− that when you have once habituated yourself to a similar spectacle, it is the only one that causes you any emotion." "Without reflecting that this is the only moment in which you can study character," said the count; "on the steps of the scaffold death tears off the mask that has been worn through life, and the real visage is disclosed. It must be allowed that Andrea was not very handsome, the hideous scoundrel! Come, dress yourselves, gentlemen, dress yourselves." Franz felt it would be ridiculous not to follow his two companions' example. He assumed his costume, and fastened on the mask that scarcely equalled the pallor of his own face. Their toilet finished, they descended; the carriage awaited them at the door, filled with sweetmeats and bouquets. They fell into the line of carriages. It is difficult to form an idea of the perfect change that had taken place. Instead of the spectacle of gloomy and silent death, the Piazza del Popolo presented a spectacle of gay and noisy mirth and revelry. A crowd of masks flowed in from all sides, emerging from the doors, descending from the windows. From every street and every corner drove carriages filled with clowns, harlequins, dominoes, mummers, pantomimists, Transteverins, knights, and peasants, screaming, fighting, gesticulating, throwing eggs filled with flour, confetti, nosegays, attacking, with their sarcasms and their missiles, friends and foes, companions and strangers, indiscriminately, and no one took offence, or did anything but laugh. Franz and Albert were like men who, to drive away a violent sorrow, have recourse to wine, and who, as they drink and become intoxicated, feel a thick veil drawn between the past and the present. They saw, or rather continued to see, the image of what they had witnessed; but little by little the general vertigo seized them, and they felt themselves obliged to take part in the noise and confusion. A handful of confetti that came from a neighboring carriage, and which, while it covered Morcerf and his two companions with dust, pricked his neck and that portion of his face uncovered by his mask like a hundred pins, incited him to join in the general combat, in which all the masks around him were engaged. He rose in his turn, and seizing handfuls of confetti and sweetmeats, with which the carriage was filled, cast them with all the force and skill he was master of. The strife had fairly begun, and the recollection of what they had seen half an hour before was gradually effaced from the young men's minds, so much were they occupied by the gay and glittering procession they now beheld. As for the Count of Monte Cristo, he had never for an instant shown any appearance of having been moved. Imagine the large and splendid Corso, bordered from one end to the other with lofty palaces, with their balconies hung with carpets, and their windows with flags. At these balconies are three hundred thousand spectators −− Romans, Italians, strangers from all parts of the world, the united aristocracy of birth, wealth, and genius. Lovely women, yielding to the influence of the scene, bend over their balconies, or lean from their windows, and shower down confetti, which are returned by bouquets; the air seems darkened with the falling confetti and flying flowers. In the streets the lively crowd is dressed in the most fantastic costumes −− gigantic cabbages walk gravely about, buffaloes' heads below from men's shoulders, dogs walk on their hind legs; in the midst of all this a mask is lifted, and, as in Callot's Temptation of St. Anthony, a lovely face is exhibited, which we would fain follow, but from which we are separated by troops of fiends. This will give a faint idea of the Carnival at Rome. At the second turn the Count stopped the carriage, and requested permission to withdraw, leaving the vehicle at their disposal. Franz looked up −− they were opposite the Rospoli Palace. At the centre window, the one hung with white damask with a red cross, was a blue domino, beneath which Franz's imagination easily pictured the beautiful Greek of the Argentina. "Gentlemen," said the count, springing out, "when you are tired of being actors, and wish to become spectators of this scene, you know you have places at my windows. 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The next morning, at nine o'clock, he entered Franz's room, followed by a tailor, who had eight or ten Roman peasant costumes on his arm; they selected two exactly alike, and charged the tailor to sew on each of their hats about twenty yards of ribbon, and to procure them two of the long silk sashes of different colors with which the lower orders decorate themselves on fete−days. Albert was impatient to see how he looked in his new dress −− a jacket and breeches of blue velvet, silk stockings with clocks, shoes with buckles, and a silk waistcoat. This picturesque attire set him off to great advantage; and when he had bound the scarf around his waist, and when his hat, placed coquettishly on one side, let fall on his shoulder a stream of ribbons, Franz was forced to confess that costume has much to do with the physical superiority we accord to certain nations. The Turks used to be so picturesque with their long and flowing robes, but are they not now hideous with their blue frocks buttoned up to the chin, and their red caps, which make them look like a bottle of wine with a red seal? Franz complimented Albert, who looked at himself in the glass with an unequivocal smile of satisfaction. They were thus engaged when the Count of Monte Cristo entered. "Gentlemen," said he, "although a companion is agreeable, perfect freedom is sometimes still more agreeable. I come to say that to−day, and for the remainder of the Carnival, I leave the carriage entirely at your disposal. The host will tell you I have three or four more, so that you will not inconvenience me in any way. Make use of it, I pray you, for your pleasure or your business." The young men wished to decline, but they could find no good reason for refusing an offer which was so agreeable to them. The Count of Monte Cristo remained a quarter of an hour with them, conversing on all subjects with the greatest ease. He was, as we have already said, perfectly well acquainted with the literature of all countries. A glance at the walls of his salon proved to Franz and Albert that he was a connoisseur of pictures. A few words he let fall showed them that he was no stranger to the sciences, and he seemed much occupied with chemistry. The two friends did not venture to return the count the breakfast he had given them; it would have been too absurd to offer him in exchange for his excellent table the very inferior one of Signor Pastrini. They told him so frankly, and he received their excuses with the air of a man who appreciated their delicacy. Albert was charmed with the count's manners, and he was only prevented from recognizing him for a perfect gentleman by reason of his varied knowledge. The permission to do what he liked with the carriage pleased him above all, for the fair peasants had appeared in a most elegant carriage the preceding evening, and Albert was not sorry to be upon an equal footing with them. At half−past one they descended, the coachman and footman had put on their livery over their disguises, which gave them a more ridiculous appearance than ever, and which gained them the applause of Franz and Albert. Albert had fastened the faded bunch of violets to his button−hole. At the first sound of the bell they hastened into the Corso by the Via Vittoria. At the second turn, a bunch of fresh violets, thrown from a carriage filled with harlequins, indicated to Albert that, like himself and his friend, the peasants had changed their costume, also; and whether it was the result of chance, or whether a similar feeling had possessed them both, while he had changed his costume they had assumed his. 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The Count of Monte Cristo solicited and obtained the same favor; and incited as much by a religious feeling as by gratitude, he was unwilling to quit the capital of the Christian world without laying his respectful homage at the feet of one of St. Peter's successors who has set the rare example of all the virtues. He did not then think of the Carnival, for in spite of his condescension and touching kindness, one cannot incline one's self without awe before the venerable and noble old man called Gregory XVI. On his return from the Vatican, Franz carefully avoided the Corso; he brought away with him a treasure of pious thoughts, to which the mad gayety of the maskers would have been profanation. At ten minutes past five Albert entered overjoyed. The harlequin had reassumed her peasant's costume, and as she passed she raised her mask. She was charming. Franz congratulated Albert, who received his congratulations with the air of a man conscious that they are merited. He had recognized by certain unmistakable signs, that his fair incognita belonged to the aristocracy. He had made up his mind to write to her the next day. Franz remarked, while he gave these details, that Albert seemed to have something to ask of him, but that he was unwilling to ask it. He insisted upon it, declaring beforehand that he was willing to make any sacrifice the other wished. Albert let himself be pressed just as long as friendship required, and then avowed to Franz that he would do him a great favor by allowing him to occupy the carriage alone the next day. Albert attributed to Franz's absence the extreme kindness of the fair peasant in raising her mask. Franz was not sufficiently egotistical to stop Albert in the middle of an adventure that promised to prove so agreeable to his curiosity and so flattering to his vanity. He felt assured that the perfect indiscretion of his friend would duly inform him of all that happened; and as, during three years that he had travelled all over Italy, a similar piece of good fortune had never fallen to his share, Franz was by no means sorry to learn how to act on such an occasion. He therefore promised Albert that he would content himself the morrow with witnessing the Carnival from the windows of the Rospoli Palace. The next morning he saw Albert pass and repass, holding an enormous bouquet, which he doubtless meant to make the bearer of his amorous epistle. This belief was changed into certainty when Franz saw the bouquet (conspicuous by a circle of white camellias) in the hand of a charming harlequin dressed in rose−colored satin. The evening was no longer joy, but delirium. Albert nothing doubted but that the fair unknown would reply in the same manner. Franz anticipated his wishes by saying that the noise fatigued him, and that he should pass the next day in writing and looking over his journal. Albert was not deceived, for the next evening Franz saw him enter triumphantly shaking a folded paper which he held by one corner. "Well," said he, "was I mistaken?" "She has answered you!" cried Franz. "Read." This word was pronounced in a manner impossible to describe. Franz took the letter, and read: −− Tuesday evening, at seven o'clock, descend from your carriage opposite the Via dei Pontefici, and follow the Roman peasant who snatches your torch from you. When you arrive at the first step of the church of San Giacomo, be sure to fasten a knot of rose−colored ribbons to the shoulder of your harlequin costume, in order that you may be recognized. Until then you will not see me. Constancy and Discretion. "Well," asked he, when Franz had finished, "what do you think of that?" "I think that the adventure is assuming a very agreeable appearance." "I think so, also," replied Albert; "and I very much fear you will go alone to the Duke of Bracciano's ball." Franz and Albert had received that morning an invitation from the celebrated Roman banker. "Take care, Albert," said Franz. "All the nobility of Rome will be present, and if your fair incognita belong to the higher class of society, she must go there."

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The Count of Monte Cristo "Whether she goes there or not, my opinion is still the same," returned Albert. "You have read the letter?" "Yes." "You know how imperfectly the women of the mezzo cito are educated in Italy?" (This is the name of the lower class.) "Yes." "Well, read the letter again. Look at the writing, and find if you can, any blemish in the language or orthography." (The writing was, in reality, charming, and the orthography irreproachable.) "You are born to good fortune," said Franz, as he returned the letter. "Laugh as much as you will," replied Albert, "I am in love." "You alarm me," cried Franz. "I see that I shall not only go alone to the Duke of Bracciano's, but also return to Florence alone." "If my unknown be as amiable as she is beautiful," said Albert, "I shall fix myself at Rome for six weeks, at least. I adore Rome, and I have always had a great taste for archaeology." "Come, two or three more such adventures, and I do not despair of seeing you a member of the Academy." Doubtless Albert was about to discuss seriously his right to the academic chair when they were informed that dinner was ready. Albert's love had not taken away his appetite. He hastened with Franz to seat himself, free to recommence the discussion after dinner. After dinner, the Count of Monte Cristo was announced. They had not seen him for two days. Signor Pastrini informed them that business had called him to Civita Vecchia. He had started the previous evening, and had only returned an hour since. He was charming. Whether he kept a watch over himself, or whether by accident he did not sound the acrimonious chords that in other circumstances had been touched, he was to−night like everybody else. The man was an enigma to Franz. The count must feel sure that Franz recognized him; and yet he had not let fall a single word indicating any previous acquaintance between them. On his side, however great Franz's desire was to allude to their former interview, the fear of being disagreeable to the man who had loaded him and his friend with kindness prevented him from mentioning it. The count had learned that the two friends had sent to secure a box at the Argentina Theatre, and were told they were all let. In consequence, he brought them the key of his own −− at least such was the apparent motive of his visit. Franz and Albert made some difficulty, alleging their fear of depriving him of it; but the count replied that, as he was going to the Palli Theatre, the box at the Argentina Theatre would he lost if they did not profit by it. This assurance determined the two friends to accept it. Franz had by degrees become accustomed to the count's pallor, which had so forcibly struck him at their first meeting. He could not refrain from admiring the severe beauty of his features, the only defect, or rather the principal quality of which was the pallor. Truly, a Byronic hero! Franz could not, we will not say see him, but even think of him without imagining his stern head upon Manfred's shoulders, or beneath Lara's helmet. His forehead was marked with the line that indicates the constant presence of bitter thoughts; he had the fiery eyes that seem to penetrate to the very soul, and the haughty and disdainful upper lip that gives to the words it utters a peculiar character that impresses them on the minds of those to whom they are addressed. The count was no longer young. He was at least forty; and yet it was easy to understand that he was formed to rule the young men with whom he associated at present. And, to complete his resemblance with the fantastic heroes of the English poet, the count seemed to have the power of fascination. Albert was constantly expatiating on their good fortune in meeting such a man. Franz was less enthusiastic; but the count exercised over him also the ascendency a strong mind always acquires over a mind less domineering. He thought several times of the project the count had of visiting Paris; and he had no doubt but that, with his eccentric character, his Chapter 36. The Carnival at Rome. 264

The Count of Monte Cristo characteristic face, and his colossal fortune, he would produce a great effect there. And yet he did not wish to be at Paris when the count was there. The evening passed as evenings mostly pass at Italian theatres; that is, not in listening to the music, but in paying visits and conversing. The Countess G−−−− wished to revive the subject of the count, but Franz announced he had something far newer to tell her, and, in spite of Albert's demonstrations of false modesty, he informed the countess of the great event which had preoccupied them for the last three days. As similar intrigues are not uncommon in Italy, if we may credit travellers, the comtess did not manifest the least incredulity, but congratulated Albert on his success. They promised, upon separating, to meet at the Duke of Bracciano's ball, to which all Rome was invited. The heroine of the bouquet kept her word; she gave Albert no sign of her existence the morrow or the day after. At length Tuesday came, the last and most tumultuous day of the Carnival. On Tuesday, the theatres open at ten o'clock in the morning, as Lent begins after eight at night. On Tuesday, all those who through want of money, time, or enthusiasm, have not been to see the Carnival before, mingle in the gayety, and contribute to the noise and excitement. From two o'clock till five Franz and Albert followed in the fete, exchanging handfuls of confetti with the other carriages and the pedestrians, who crowded amongst the horses' feet and the carriage wheels without a single accident, a single dispute, or a single fight. The fetes are veritable pleasure days to the Italians. The author of this history, who has resided five or six years in Italy, does not recollect to have ever seen a ceremony interrupted by one of those events so common in other countries. Albert was triumphant in his harlequin costume. A knot of rose−colored ribbons fell from his shoulder almost to the ground. In order that there might be no confusion, Franz wore his peasant's costume. As the day advanced, the tumult became greater. There was not on the pavement, in the carriages, at the windows, a single tongue that was silent, a single arm that did not move. It was a human storm, made up of a thunder of cries, and a hail of sweetmeats, flowers, eggs, oranges, and nosegays. At three o'clock the sound of fireworks, let off on the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza di Venezia (heard with difficulty amid the din and confusion) announced that the races were about to begin. The races, like the moccoli, are one of the episodes peculiar to the last days of the Carnival. At the sound of the fireworks the carriages instantly broke ranks, and retired by the adjacent streets. All these evolutions are executed with an inconceivable address and marvellous rapidity, without the police interfering in the matter. The pedestrians ranged themselves against the walls; then the trampling of horses and the clashing of steel were heard. A detachment of carbineers, fifteen abreast, galloped up the Corso in order to clear it for the barberi. When the detachment arrived at the Piazza di Venezia, a second volley of fireworks was discharged, to announce that the street was clear. Almost instantly, in the midst of a tremendous and general outcry, seven or eight horses, excited by the shouts of three hundred thousand spectators, passed by like lightning. Then the Castle of Saint Angelo fired three cannon to indicate that number three had won. Immediately, without any other signal, the carriages moved on, flowing on towards the Corso, down all the streets, like torrents pent up for a while, which again flow into the parent river; and the immense stream again continued its course between its two granite banks. A new source of noise and movement was added to the crowd. The sellers of moccoletti entered on the scene. The moccoli, or moccoletti, are candles which vary in size from the pascal taper to the rushlight, and which give to each actor in the great final scene of the Carnival two very serious problems to grapple with, −− first, how to keep his own moccoletto alight; and secondly, how to extinguish the moccoletti of others. The moccoletto is like life: man has found but one means of transmitting it, and that one comes from God. But he has discovered a thousand means of taking it away, and the devil has somewhat aided him. The moccoletto is kindled by approaching it to a light. But who can describe the thousand means of extinguishing the moccoletto? −− the gigantic bellows, the monstrous extinguishers, the superhuman fans. Every one hastened to purchase moccoletti −− Franz and Albert among the rest. 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In his whole life, perhaps, Franz had never before experienced so sudden an impression, so rapid a transition from gayety to sadness, as in this moment. It seemed as though Rome, under the magic breath of some demon of the night, had suddenly changed into a vast tomb. By a chance, which added yet more to the intensity of the darkness, the moon, which was on the wane, did not rise until eleven o'clock, and the streets which the young man traversed were plunged in the deepest obscurity. The distance was short, and at the end of ten minutes his carriage, or rather the count's, stopped before the Hotel de Londres. Dinner was waiting, but as Albert had told him that he should not return so soon, Franz sat down without him. Signor Pastrini, who had been accustomed to see them dine together, inquired into the cause of his absence, but Franz merely replied that Albert had received on the previous evening an invitation which he had accepted. The sudden extinction of the moccoletti, the darkness which had replaced the light, and the silence which had succeeded the turmoil, had left in Franz's mind a certain depression which was not free from uneasiness. He therefore dined very silently, in spite of the officious attention of his host, who presented himself two or three times to inquire if he wanted anything. Franz resolved to wait for Albert as late as possible. He ordered the carriage, therefore, for eleven o'clock, desiring Signor Pastrini to inform him the moment that Albert returned to the hotel. At eleven o'clock Albert had not come back. Franz dressed himself, and went out, telling his host that he was going to pass the night at the Duke of Bracciano's. The house of the Duke of Bracciano is one of the most delightful in Rome, the duchess, one of the last heiresses of the Colonnas, does its honors with the most consummate grace, and thus their fetes have a European celebrity. Franz and Albert had brought to Rome letters of introduction to them, and their first question on his arrival was to inquire the whereabouts of his travelling companion. Franz replied that he had left him at the moment they were about to extinguish the moccoli, and that he had lost sight of him in the Via Macello. "Then he has not returned?" said the duke. "I waited for him until this hour," replied Franz. "And do you know whither he went?" Chapter 37. The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian. 266

The Count of Monte Cristo "No, not precisely; however, I think it was something very like a rendezvous." "Diavolo!" said the duke, "this is a bad day, or rather a bad night, to be out late; is it not, countess!" These words were addressed to the Countess G−−−− , who had just arrived, and was leaning on the arm of Signor Torlonia, the duke's brother. "I think, on the contrary, that it is a charming night," replied the countess, "and those who are here will complain of but one thing −− its too rapid flight." "I am not speaking," said the duke with a smile, "of the persons who are here; the men run no other danger than that of falling in love with you, and the women of falling ill of jealousy at seeing you so lovely; I meant persons who were out in the streets of Rome." "Ah," asked the countess, "who is out in the streets of Rome at this hour, unless it be to go to a ball?" "Our friend, Albert de Morcerf, countess, whom I left in pursuit of his unknown about seven o'clock this evening," said Franz, "and whom I have not seen since." "And don't you know where he is?" "Not at all." "Is he armed?" "He is in masquerade." "You should not have allowed him to go," said the duke to Franz; "you, who know Rome better than he does." "You might as well have tried to stop number three of the barberi, who gained the prize in the race to−day," replied Franz; "and then moreover, what could happen to him?" "Who can tell? The night is gloomy, and the Tiber is very near the Via Macello." Franz felt a shudder run through his veins at observing that the feeling of the duke and the countess was so much in unison with his own personal disquietude. "I informed them at the hotel that I had the honor of passing the night here, duke," said Franz, "and desired them to come and inform me of his return." "Ah," replied the duke, "here I think, is one of my servants who is seeking you." The duke was not mistaken; when he saw Franz, the servant came up to him. "Your excellency," he said, "the master of the Hotel de Londres has sent to let you know that a man is waiting for you with a letter from the Viscount of Morcerf." "A letter from the viscount!" exclaimed Franz. "Yes." "And who is the man?" "I do not know."

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Chapter 37. He had sent away his carriage with orders for it to fetch him at two o'clock." said the countess to Franz." "Oh. fortunately the Palazzo Bracciano." said the messenger. as if to keep on his guard. He went up to him. but. "go with all speed −− poor young man! Perhaps some accident has happened to him. if it is not any serious affair. which is on one side in the Corso." "Be prudent. As he came near the hotel. The man was wrapped up in a large cloak." "I will hasten." "Then it is to your excellency that this letter is addressed. "Are not you the person who brought me a letter." replied Franz. to his extreme astonishment. He had no doubt that it was the messenger from Albert. and I will give it to you. The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian. "Oh. "Yes.The Count of Monte Cristo "Why did he not bring it to me here?" "The messenger did not say. "Shall we see you again to give us any information?" inquired the countess. in any event." "Your excellency's name" −− "Is the Baron Franz d'Epinay. is hardly ten minutes' walk from the Hotel de Londres. taking the letter from him." "Your excellency is the travelling companion of the viscount?" "I am. Franz saw a man in the middle of the street. with a smile. 268 ." Franz took his hat and went away in haste." "Is there any answer?" inquired Franz. and on the other in the Square of the Holy Apostles. retreating a step or two. "What wants your excellency of me?" inquired the man. "from the Viscount of Morcerf?" "Your excellency lodges at Pastrini's hotel?" "I do. "Yes −− your friend at least hopes so." said the countess." "I prefer waiting here. otherwise I cannot answer as to what I may do myself." "And where is the messenger?" "He went away directly he saw me enter the ball−room to find you. the stranger first addressed him." inquired Franz." "Come up−stairs with me. pray be assured of that.

−− The moment you have received this. and found the pocket−book in the drawer. There was no time to lose. "You have seen the man who desired to speak with you from your friend?" he asked of Franz. I do not say more. and this had only made him the more anxious to read Albert's letter. On the staircase he met Signor Pastrini. The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian. when suddenly a luminous idea crossed his mind. Your friend. the street was safer for him. and give them to the bearer. Run to Torlonia.S. It was written and signed by Albert. as he lived at Florence. the following in Italian: −− Se alle sei della mattina le quattro mile piastre non sono nelle mie mani. Franz read it twice before he could comprehend what it contained. he might in such a case rely on the kindness of Signor Torlonia. He remembered the Count of Monte Cristo." The inn−keeper gave orders to a servant to go before Franz with a light. about to return to the Palazzo Bracciano without loss of time. relying on you as you may rely on me. if it be not sufficient. if you please. "My dear Chapter 37. "and he has handed this letter to me. "If by six in the morning the four thousand piastres are not in my hands. −− I now believe in Italian banditti. and had only come to Rome to pass seven or eight days. and of these he had not more than fifty left. draw from him instantly four thousand piastres. The young man had found Signor Pastrini looking very much alarmed. and in it the letter of credit. He hastened to open the secretary. Thus seven or eight hundred piastres were wanting to them both to make up the sum that Albert required. when that worthy presented himself. Albert. "Well?" said the landlord. True. in whose existence he had for so long a time refused to believe. who now understood the objection of the messenger to coming up into the apartment. Albert de Morcerf." This second signature explained everything to Franz. Below these lines were written. he had brought but a hundred louis. and unfolded it. Light the candles in my apartment. As to Franz. then." he replied. but of these six thousand Albert had already expended three thousand. "Yes. in a strange hand. alla sette il conte Alberto avra cessato di vivere. 269 . P. Franz was about to ring for Signor Pastrini. It is urgent that I should have this money without delay. I have seen him. "Well −− what?" responded Franz. and so he went instantly towards the waxlight. which you will find in the square drawer of the secretary." "Shall I find you here. by seven o'clock the Count Albert will have ceased to live.The Count of Monte Cristo "And why?" "Your excellency will know when you have read the letter. had fallen into the hands of the famous bandit chief. therefore. Luigi Vampa." Franz entered the hotel. There were in all six thousand piastres. He was. then?" "Certainly. he had no letter of credit. have the kindness to take the letter of credit from my pocket−book. add your own to it. It was thus worded: −− My Dear Fellow.

"have you come to sup with me? It would be very kind of you. "And I thank you. −− "I hope you will not offend me by applying to any one but myself." he said. "Have you the money he demands?" "Yes. "Did you see the postscript?" "I did. I have come to speak to you of a very serious matter. "Well. indeed." Franz went along the corridor. and which was surrounded with divans.'" "What think you of that?" inquired Franz. well!" said he." he said. "Well. then. The count came towards him. The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian." The count went to his secretary. what good wind blows you hither at this hour?" said he." replied the count. Franz gave him Albert's letter. "Read that. The count read it. and request him to be so kind as to give me an audience." Chapter 37. he has this moment returned. and returning. "The postscript is explicit." "Is he in bed?" "I should say no. opened it. I come to you first and instantly. "`Luigi Vampa. and pulling out a drawer filled with gold. hastily." "Then ring at his door. looking fixedly in his turn at the count. "and what may it be?" "Are we alone?" "Yes. and returning five minutes after." replied Franz. "and he made a sign to Franz to take what he pleased. and a servant introduced him to the count." "You see. He was in a small room which Franz had not yet seen. he said. to send the money to Luigi Vampa?" asked the young man." Signor Pastrini did as he was desired. "do you know if the count is within?" "Yes. going to the door. have what you will. if you please." "A serious matter. your excellency. on the contrary." said the count. −− "The count awaits your excellency." "No. looking at Franz with the earnestness usual to him. "Is it absolutely necessary. "Judge for yourself. all but eight hundred piastres. alla sette il conte Alberto avra cessato di vivere. 270 . "`Se alle sei della mattina le quattro mile piastre non sono nelle mie mani." replied he.The Count of Monte Cristo sir. said to Franz.

The Count of Monte Cristo "I think that if you would take the trouble of reflecting. you could find a way of simplifying the negotiation." The count went to the window of the apartment that looked on to the street. instead of answering. and whistled in a peculiar manner. but he will not make any difficulty at entering mine. "And if I went to seek Vampa. seized the count's hand." "It is useless. threw himself on his knees. five seconds afterwards he was at the door of the room. "How so?" returned the count. it is you." said Franz." Chapter 37. I know it. then." "Shall I take any arms?" "For what purpose?" "Any money?" "It is useless. and." "What influence can I possibly have over a bandit?" "Have you not just rendered him a service that can never be forgotten?" "What is that?" "Have you not saved Peppino's life?" "Well. perhaps. I will summon him hither." "To your apartments. But Peppino. would you accompany me?" "If my society would not be disagreeable. and a walk without Rome will do us both good. but rather with alacrity." "Be it so." The count knit his brows. "Ah. The messenger obeyed without the least hesitation. The man in the mantle quitted the wall." said the count. "Salite!" said the count. mounting the steps at a bound. he would not come up. "Ah." "He awaits the answer?" "Yes. "If we were to go together to Luigi Vampa. well. "you have. and covered it with kisses. I am sure he would not refuse you Albert's freedom. that is strange. not forgotten that I saved your life. 271 . in the same tone in which he would have given an order to his servant. for it is a week ago." said the count. said the count. The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian. with surprise. It is a lovely night." "I must learn where we are going. and remained silent an instant. and advanced into the middle of the street. "who told you that?" "No matter. entered the hotel. Peppino. Where is the man who brought the letter?" "In the street.

disguised as the coachman. "Well." replied Franz. who was in the carriage.The Count of Monte Cristo "No. inviting the Frenchman to follow him." "What!" exclaimed Franz." replied Peppino. He gallantly offered the right−hand seat to Beppo. You allow me to give you this title?" continued the count in French. excellency. "I am a friend of the count's." said he. "he is one of my friends." said the count. 272 . "it is necessary to excite this man's confidence. "it seems to me that this is a very likely story. and when they were two hundred yards outside. "But it was no disgrace to your friend to have been deceived. but it is something that you believe so. turning towards Franz. a carriage was waiting at the end of the Via Macello. and nearly strangled Beppo. and never shall I forget it." "You can speak before me. and he did not wait to be asked twice. Beppo put a brace of pistols to his head. Sebastian. but he could not resist five armed men. the Frenchman assured him he would follow him to the end of the world." returned Peppino. What do you say to it?" "Why. Beppo told him he was going to take him to a villa a league from Rome. The Frenchman asked for a rendezvous. Teresa. Beppo got in. "Never? That is a long time. "Well?" said the count. Teresa gave him one −− only. The Frenchman threw her a bouquet. did the same. and was forced to yield. instead of Teresa. with an accent of profound gratitude. Teresa returned it −− all this with the consent of the chief. "I am ready to answer any questions your excellency may address to me." Chapter 37. "Oh. Rise and answer. who were concealed on the banks of the Almo." "And Beppo led him outside the walls?" said the count." Peppino glanced anxiously at Franz. you may speak before his excellency. "Exactly so." said Franz. who were waiting for him in the catacombs of St. that I should think it very amusing. the Frenchman took off his mask. The coachman went up the Via di Ripetta and the Porta San Paola. surrounded the carriage. "if it had happened to any one but poor Albert. "the peasant girl who snatched his mocoletto from him" −− "Was a lad of fifteen. the coachman pulled up and did the same." "What?" cried Franz. the Frenchman's carriage passed several times the one in which was Teresa." "Well." "How did the Viscount Albert fall into Luigi's hands?" "Excellency." replied Peppino." "The chief's mistress?" "Yes. it was Beppo who was on the steps of the church of San Giacomo. as the Frenchman became somewhat too forward. At the same time. with the chief's consent. and sat by him. then. The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian. The Frenchman made some resistance. walk along the banks of the river. They made him get out." "Good!" returned Peppino. Beppo has taken in plenty of others. "was Luigi Vampa in the carriage with the Roman peasants?" "It was he who drove. four of the band. and then brought him to Teresa and Luigi.

I am a very capricious being. and went down the Corso. A short time before they reached the Baths of Caracalla the carriage stopped.The Count of Monte Cristo "And. and bordered with tombs. or after my dinner. or in the middle of the night." Franz and the count went downstairs. Five minutes elapsed. "let us follow him. and the count and Franz alighted. "In ten minutes. Sebastian?" "I was never in them. during which Franz saw the shepherd going along a narrow path that led over the irregular and broken surface of the Campagna. and finally he disappeared in the midst of the tall red herbage. and suddenly retreat into the darkness on a signal from Peppino. He is in a very picturesque place −− do you know the catacombs of St. taking with him a torch. gave him an order in a low voice. Ali had received his instructions. which seemed like the bristling mane of an enormous lion. but I have often resolved to visit them. his alarm will be the only serious consequence." "Always ready?" "Yes." "Well. and away I go. by the light of the moon. I always have one ready. The count took out his watch. Have you a carriage?" "No." Franz and the count in their turn then advanced along the same Chapter 37. crossed the Campo Vaccino. day and night. Franz imagined that he saw something like a sentinel appear at various points among the ruins. but now. and a footman appeared. and reached the gates of St. and I should tell you that sometimes when I rise. if you had not found me here. and the carriage stopped at the door." he said. but the delay may cause your friend to pass an uneasy night. 273 . sir." The count rang. The road which the carriage now traversed was the ancient Appian Way. Are you still resolved to accompany me?" "More determined than ever. come along. "Oh. "Now. the portcullis was therefore raised. Then the porter raised some difficulties." "And shall we go and find him?" inquired Franz." he said. in whom Franz recognized the dumb slave of the grotto of Monte Cristo. in truth. "we shall be there. Franz and the count got into the carriage. "Order out the carriage. be assured." "Well. the porter had a louis for his trouble. I resolve on starting for some particular point. Peppino placed himself beside Ali. "Half−past twelve. Ali was on the box. The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian. which began to rise. You need not awaken the coachman." "That is of no consequence. From time to time. accompanied by Peppino. and they set off at a rapid pace. and Peppino went away. brought with them in the carriage. allowing him to leave or enter the city at any hour of the day or night. "We might start at five o'clock and be in time. and therefore we had better go with all speed to extricate him from the hands of the infidels. went up the Strada San Gregorio." said the count to his companion. but the Count of Monte Cristo produced a permit from the governor of Rome. then." said the count. here is an opportunity made to your hand." In a very short time the noise of wheels was heard. "it might have proved a gallant adventure which would have cost your friend dear. Ali will drive. Sebastian. At the door they found the carriage. and they went on their way." said the count." He then took Peppino aside. Peppino opened the door. decidedly. and it would be difficult to contrive a better. "and remove the pistols which are in the holsters.

274 . by which a man could scarcely pass. more evident since Peppino had put out his torch. lighted his torch. put out the torch. "Who comes there?" At the same time they saw the reflection of a torch on a carbine barrel. after they got along a few paces the passage widened. and were scarcely able to proceed abreast of one another. ascending the three steps which led to the corridor of the columbarium. like the first. the opening of the catacombs is close at hand. and. Franz and the count advanced. and then he. then. he said a few words to him in a low tone. still Franz and the count were compelled to advance in a stooping posture. and advanced towards Vampa. scarcely visible.The Count of Monte Cristo path." replied Franz. which had formerly served as an altar. enlarging as they proceeded. Peppino passed. They then perceived two men conversing in the obscurity. "Your excellency. and found themselves in a mortuary chamber. Peppino will have warned the sentry of our coming. the count guiding Franz as if he had the singular faculty of seeing in the dark. In the midst of this chamber were four stones. and the bandit saluted them. Peppino. entered the chamber by the middle arcade. A lamp. which. Franz himself. placed at the base of a pillar. saluted the nocturnal visitors. and the walls. and like a shadow. Chapter 37. and turned to see if they came after him. Around him. The passageway sloped in a gentle descent. who was so intent on the book before him that he did not hear the noise of his footsteps. "Would you like to see a camp of bandits in repose?" he inquired. and the middle one was used as a door. rays of light were visible. The count first reached an open space and Franz followed him closely. and. which was only distinguishable because in that spot the darkness seemed more dense than elsewhere. whose extent it was impossible to determine. saw his way more plainly in proportion as he went on towards the light. which served in some manner as a guide. The count laid his hand on Franz's shoulder. "if you will follow me. and on the other into a large square chamber. dug into niches. "Exceedingly. led them over a declivity to the bottom of a small valley. silent. as was evident from the cross which still surmounted them. which went all round the columbarium. addressing the count. and then were stopped by. he raised his finger to his lips. then." Peppino obeyed. "or shall we wait awhile?" "Let us go on." "Go on. was a sentinel. through the openings of which the newcomers contemplated him. showed that they were at last in the catacombs. lying in their mantles. each having his carbine within reach." replied the count. was visible along the wall. advancing alone towards the sentry. When the count thought Franz had gazed sufficiently on this picturesque tableau. A man was seated with his elbow leaning on the column. Down one of the corridors. to warn him to be silent. "Come with me. These arcades opened on one side into the corridor where the count and Franz were. Behind the sentinel was a staircase with twenty steps. and in groups. however. They went on a hundred and fifty paces in this way. Peppino glided first into this crevice. "Ought we to go on?" asked Franz of the count. who was walking up and down before a grotto. Five corridors diverged like the rays of a star. and the other a bandit on the lookout. were to be seen twenty brigands or more. which were arranged one above the other in the shape of coffins." One of the two men was Peppino. Franz and the count descended these. "A friend!" responded Peppino. or with their backs against a sort of stone bench. lighted up with its pale and flickering flame the singular scene which presented itself to the eyes of the two visitors concealed in the shadow. and was reading with his back turned to the arcades." said Peppino. at the distance of a hundred paces. Luigi Vampa. and Franz and the count were in utter darkness. according to their fancy. making a sign that they might proceed. except that fifty paces in advance of them a reddish glare. This was the chief of the band. Three arcades were before them. They advanced silently. entirely surrounded by niches similar to those of which we have spoken. They came to an opening behind a clump of bushes and in the midst of a pile of rocks. The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian. At the other end.

but also the conditions you make with them. turning towards Franz." "Nothing has happened to him." said he in a voice perfectly calm. "The prisoner is there. with an imperative sign of the hand." added the count. "Why have you caused me thus to fail in my word towards a gentleman like the count. then. "here is Luigi Vampa. and no muscle of his countenance disturbed. 275 . he said." he said to him. I repeat to you. "and that not only do you forget people's faces." replied Vampa." said the count." "But. "I told you there was some mistake in this. I hope. "this young gentleman is one of my friends −− this young gentleman lodges in the same hotel as myself −− this young gentleman has been up and down the Corso for eight hours in my private carriage." the count added. "Welcome among us. let me add that I would not for the four thousand piastres at which I had fixed your friend's ransom. your excellency?" "You have this evening carried off and conveyed hither the Vicomte Albert de Morcerf. your excellency?" inquired the bandit. Vampa. my dear Vampa. and." "Why did you not tell me all this −− you?" inquired the brigand chief. "you heard what the count just said. "that not only my person. and yet. your excellency. turning towards his men. I would blow his brains out with my own hand!" "Well. you have carried him off. and also my reply. "Was it not agreed. who will himself express to you his deep regret at the mistake he has committed. who all retreated before his look. pointing to the hollow space in front of which the bandit was on guard. that I did not really recognize you. and conveyed him hither." continued the count. with the air of a man who." exclaimed the chief. "well." "It seems that your memory is equally short in everything. looking round him uneasily. that this had happened. having committed an error. is anxious to repair it. and who saw by the lamp−light a shadow approaching his chief. Vampa rose quickly. Come. turning to Franz." said the count. In a moment all the bandits were on their feet. turning to the singular personage who had caused this scene. drawing at the same moment a pistol from his girdle. "What is the prisoner doing?" inquired Vampa of the Chapter 37." said the count frowningly. At this challenge." "Ground arms. The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian. "and I will go myself and tell him he is free. but also that of my friends. "I am with the person to whom this letter was addressed. and Franz and the count followed him. as if he were an utter stranger. the chief advancing several steps to meet him." Franz approached. and to whom I desired to prove that Luigi Vampa was a man of his word. your excellency.The Count of Monte Cristo "Who comes there?" cried the sentinel. and twenty carbines were levelled at the count." asked the count." "Are you not alone?" asked Vampa with uneasiness." The chief went towards the place he had pointed out as Albert's prison." "What conditions have I forgotten. who was less abstracted. if I thought one of you knew that the young gentleman was the friend of his excellency. "where is the Viscount? −− I do not see him. in a tone that made Franz shudder. it appears to me that you receive a friend with a great deal of ceremony. but I was so far from expecting the honor of a visit. "Your pardon. who has all our lives in his hands? By heavens." said Franz. while with the other he took off his hat respectfully. "Well. "you have set a ransom on him. your excellency. Well. should be respected by you?" "And how have I broken that treaty. taking the letter from his pocket.

" replied the sentry. captain? You should have allowed me to sleep. "Ma foi. but who nevertheless did give it. rubbed his eyelids. "What." "Oh. The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian. "is it you. lying in a corner in profound slumber. your excellency. and yet here was one whose gay temperament was not for a moment altered." Albert looked around and perceived Franz." "Well. so that you will owe no ill−will to Signor Luigi. who drew back a bolt and opened a door. with perfect ease of mind." "My dear fellow." said the count. and opened his eyes." "Come hither?" "Yes. I had such a delightful dream." replied Albert. 276 . So. The bandit gazed on this scene with amazement. your excellency.The Count of Monte Cristo sentinel. and have been grateful to you all my life. and in the next for this visit." said he. your excellency. he was not insensible to such a proof of courage. "Come." said Albert gayly. by the gleam of a lamp. throughout this whole affair acted like a gentleman. my dear count. "Oh. for the last hour I have not heard him stir. that he might see how time sped. then." he said. "not so bad for a man who is to be shot at seven o'clock to−morrow morning. "is it you. they have paid my ransom?" "No. my dear Franz. not I. and I hope you will consider me as under eternal obligations to you." said he. Then. "I do not know. captain. "Half−past one only?" said he. we shall yet have time to finish the night at Torlonia's. he was evidently accustomed to see his prisoners tremble before him. The count and Franz ascended seven or eight steps after the chief. "if you will make haste. `Never awaken me but for bad news. smiling with his own peculiar smile." and he put out his hand to the Count." "Come in. he was enchanted at the way in which Albert had sustained the national honor in the presence of the bandit. in the first place for the carriage. who shuddered as he gave his own. saying. the Count of Monte Cristo." said Vampa. hither. "this must be one of your friends. who has. "My dear Albert. for the future. how am I free?" "A person to whom I can refuse nothing has come to demand you. Napoleon's maxim. "Why the devil do you rouse me at this hour?" "To tell you that you are free. I should have finished my galop." replied Franz. "you are really most kind." Then going to Albert." Vampa looked at Albert with a kind of admiration. "Will your excellency please to awaken?" Albert stretched out his arms. "remember. then. as for Franz. I was dancing the galop at Torlonia's with the Countess G−−−− . your excellency. "You are right." Then he drew his watch from his pocket. "but our neighbor. You may conclude your interrupted galop." Chapter 37. similar to that which lighted the columbarium. arranging his cravat and wristbands. he touched him on the shoulder. whose devotion and friendship are thus displayed?" "No. Albert was to be seen wrapped up in a cloak which one of the bandits had lent him. indeed." "Really? Then that person is a most amiable person." he said.' if you had let me sleep on.

"will you allow me. followed by Franz and the count. "Ah. Albert put his arm round the waist of the countess. Their return was quite an event. not as a servant who performs an act of civility. that one almost feels obliged to you for having committed them. On reaching the door. a happy and merry life to you. "perhaps the offer may not appear very tempting to you." added he. but here is my friend. turning towards the young men.'" said the bandit." "No. hat in hand." And Albert. "allow me to repeat my apologies. The first words that Albert uttered to his friend. I am enormously anxious to finish my night at the Duke of Bracciano's. I have. Come." "Well. he bowed. you compensate for your mistakes in so gentlemanly a way. The Compact. The Compact." They found the carriage where they had left it. "I am curious to know what work you were perusing with so much attention as we entered. and disappeared with her in the whirl of dancers. Franz paused for a moment. Chapter 38. "Madame. "besides. the young man had warmly and energetically thanked the Chapter 38. "let us on with all the speed we may." said the brigand chief. then. "Peppino. but like a king who precedes ambassadors." continued Albert. captain?" And he lighted his cigar at Vampa's torch. "you are as free as air. wherever I may be. contained a request that Franz would accompany him on a visit to the count." "What are you going to do?" inquired the count." replied the bandit. "l will show you the way back myself." And taking the lighted torch from the hands of the herdsman. sir. in some sort. but as they entered together. my dear count." "Gentlemen. "here I am. "that is the least honor that I can render to your excellency. It was just two o'clock by Albert's watch when the two friends entered into the dancing−room." replied the count. he preceded his guests." added the chief. "Yes. The count went out first. "it is my favorite work." he said." replied Franz. true." said the Viscount of Morcerf." said Albert. "And now. your pardon." And as at this moment the orchestra gave the signal for the waltz. The count said a word in Arabic to Ali. and we may reach the Palazzo by two o'clock. They advanced to the plain." "Well. your excellency. "Yes. and the horses went on at great speed. 277 .The Count of Monte Cristo "You are decidedly right. "is there any formality to fulfil before I take leave of your excellency?" "None. "give me the torch. but if you should ever feel inclined to pay me a second visit. gentlemen. left the caves. then Albert. descended the staircase." Franz and Albert bowed. forced to give his hand to Albert. are you coming?" asked Albert. I am rather late in claiming this gracious promise. come. my dear Vampa. turning round. and I hope you will not entertain any resentment at what has occurred. on the following morning. In the meanwhile Franz was considering the singular shudder that had passed over the Count of Monte Cristo at the moment when he had been. you shall be welcome. whose character for veracity you well know. crossed the square chamber. in his turn." said the captain. "yesterday you were so condescending as to promise me a galop." "Caesar's `Commentaries. Signor Luigi." replied Franz. advancing towards the countess. and he will assure you the delay arose from no fault of mine. "Has your excellency anything to ask me?" said Vampa with a smile. where stood all the bandits. all uneasiness on Albert's account ceased instantly. "Now." and he.

but as regards myself. and I accept it in the same spirit of hearty sincerity with which it is made. Rothschild. possesses considerable influence. my dear M. I can find no merit I possess. but. Aguado and M. I shall never cease to dwell with grateful recollection on the prompt and important service you rendered me. save that. but services such as he had rendered could never be too often acknowledged. "My dear count." said Albert. although of Spanish origin. both at the court of France and Madrid. I agree with you in thinking that my present ignorance of the first city in Europe is a reproach to me in every way. believe me. but at once accompanied him to the desired spot. in which terror was strangely mingled. who seemed attracted by some invisible influence towards the count. it is quite true. pray name it. "that you have reached your present age without visiting the finest capital in the world? I can scarcely credit it. upon my arrival in France. had I known any person who would have introduced me into the fashionable world." "Nevertheless. de Morcerf" (these words were accompanied by a most peculiar smile). I should have performed so important. and therefore made no objection to Albert's request. which you have been saved out of your travelling expenses. as long as I live. and to let those bandits see. and I now come to ask you whether. and all to whom my life is dear. "you really exaggerate my trifling exertions. and I unhesitatingly place the best services of myself. in my own person. I will go still further. of necessity. and calls for immediate correction. but as my motive in travelling to your capital would not have been for the pleasure of dabbling in stocks. so necessary a duty. All that. Your offer. "your offer. "could scarcely have required an introduction. and.000 francs." "Is it possible. after a short delay. but unfortunately I possessed no acquaintance there. and I have only to ask you. and to assure you that the remembrance of all I owe to you will never be effaced from my memory. is precisely what I expected from you. to open to me the doors of that fashionable world of which I know no more than a Huron or a native of Cochin−China?" Chapter 38. the Comte de Morcerf. I can in any way serve you? My father. there is no nation but the French that can smile even in the face of grim Death himself. smooths all difficulties. my family." "I am wholly a stranger to Paris −− it is a city I have never yet seen. with a smile." "My very good friend and excellent neighbor." "You are most kind. that although men get into troublesome scrapes all over the world. "permit me to repeat the poor thanks I offered last night." replied the count. as a millionaire. namely. 278 ." said Albert." "Oh. as that of making myself acquainted with the wonders and beauties of your justly celebrated capital. at your disposal. You owe me nothing but some trifle of 20. "I deserve no credit for what I could not help. or connections. −− but you must really permit me to congratulate you on the ease and unconcern with which you resigned yourself to your fate. Franz. however. felt an extreme reluctance to permit his friend to be exposed alone to the singular fascination that this mysterious personage seemed to exercise over him. the count joined them in the salon. far from surprising me. and. and the perfect indifference you manifested as to the turn events might take. in all probability." "So distinguished an individual as yourself." "Monsieur de Morcerf. a determination to take everything as I found it. was compelled to abandon the idea." exclaimed Albert. and say that I had previously made up my mind to ask a great favor at your hands. so that there is not much of a score between us. advancing to meet him. still. I might have become a partner in the speculations of M. "whether you undertake.The Count of Monte Cristo count on the previous evening. I stayed away till some favorable chance should present itself of carrying my wish into execution. −− nay. and also to remember that to you I am indebted even for my life." cried Albert. The Compact." replied the count. however. has nothing to do with my obligations to you." "Upon my word.

"it comes to the same thing in the end. "your breakfast shall be waiting. Perhaps by the time you return to Paris. "that will suit me to a dot." answered Albert." "Then it is settled. but which." said Albert. "only let me warn you that I am proverbial for my punctilious exactitude in keeping my engagements." said the Count. that I do. both inclination and positive necessity compel me to visit Paris. "that I mean to do as I have said. 279 . I beg of you) with a family of high standing. "and so much the more readily as a letter received this morning from my father summons me to Paris." "Where do you live?" "No. do not smile." said Albert. Now promise me to remember this. hour for hour. added. "tell me truly whether you are in earnest." "Capital. is liable to be blown over by the first puff of wind?" "I pledge you my honor. you see I make an ample allowance for all delays and difficulties. "And in three months' time. staid father of a family! A most edifying representative I shall make of all the domestic virtues −− don't you think so? But as regards your wish to visit our fine city." "So be it. "to−day is the 21st of February. he said." said the count. "you will be at my house?" "Shall we make a positive appointment for a particular day and hour?" inquired the count. Rue du Helder." Franz did not doubt that these plans were the same concerning which the count had dropped a few words in the grotto of Monte Cristo.The Count of Monte Cristo "Oh." answered Albert. "it is exactly half−past ten o'clock. suspended near the chimney−piece. as in the present case. it was veiled in a sphinx−like smile. but his countenance was inscrutable especially when. in a fortnight or three weeks' time. that is to say. "and I give you my solemn assurance that I only waited an opportunity like the present to realize plans that I have long meditated." replied the count. "I will give you three months ere I join you. you mean." "Connected by marriage." and drawing out his watch." "Day for day. and while the Count was speaking the young man watched him closely. my dear count. laughingly. as fast as I can get there!" "Nay." exclaimed Albert. I can only say that you may command me and mine to any extent you please. or if this project of visiting Paris is merely one of the chimerical and uncertain air castles of which we make so many in the course of our lives." Chapter 38. and connected with the very cream of Parisian society. and expect me the 21st of May at the same hour in the forenoon. like a house built on the sand. and with infinite pleasure. in consequence of a treaty of marriage (my dear Franz. The Compact. then. delighted at the idea of having to chaperon so distinguished a person as Monte Cristo." exclaimed Albert. never mind how it is. 27. and extending his hand towards a calendar. I shall be quite a sober. hoping to read something of his purpose in his face." returned the count." said Franz. "But tell me now." "When do you propose going thither?" "Have you made up your mind when you shall be there yourself?" "Certainly I have. "Well. count.

280 . 27." replied the Count." "Shall I see you again ere my departure?" asked Albert." answered Franz. since we must part. for Venice. at five o'clock. "it is agreed −− is it not? −− that you are to be at No. when do you leave?" "To−morrow evening. at half−past ten in the morning." exclaimed Albert." said the count. And you. for it felt cold and icy as that of a corpse. and shall not return hither before Saturday evening or Sunday morning." "Now then. and your word of honor passed for your punctuality?" "The 21st of May. but occupy a pavilion at the farther side of the court−yard." replied Franz." "I will confess to you. "you seem more than commonly thoughtful. the hand of your time−piece will not be more accurate in marking the time than myself. taking out his tablets. Albert. holding out a hand to each of the young men. as I am compelled to go to Naples.The Count of Monte Cristo "Have you bachelor's apartments there? I hope my coming will not put you to any inconvenience." "I reside in my father's house. in the Rue du Helder." "Quite sufficient. "that is the way I feel." said Albert. as. returning his tablets to his pocket. he wrote down "No." pursued the count." "In that case I must say adieu to you. "What is the matter?" asked Albert of Franz. and bowing to the count." "Well. No. "what can there possibly be in that to excite uneasiness? Why. Rue du Helder. and unconsciously he shuddered at its touch. The young men then rose." It was the first time the hand of Franz had come in contact with that of the mysterious individual before him. entirely separated from the main building. you must have lost your senses." said the count. "That depends. addressing Franz. "Let us understand each other. and the appointment you have made to meet him in Paris fills me with a thousand apprehensions. "make yourself perfectly easy. "the count is a very singular person. I shall remain in Italy for another year or two." "Then we shall not meet in Paris?" "I fear I shall not have that honor." "For France?" "No. at half−past ten in the morning. on the 21st of May. quitted the room. when they had returned to their own apartments. baron. 21st May." "Whether I am in my senses or not." replied the count. half−past ten in the morning. "do you also depart to−morrow?" "Yes." "My dear fellow. 27. "allow me to wish you both a safe and pleasant journey. The Compact." Chapter 38. 27. Rue du Helder.

The Compact." said he. the statues. in which the count had promised to obtain the release of the bandit Peppino. on the other hand. I protest that. ere even I presented myself to the mayor or prefect. should I ever go to Corsica. has always been courtesy itself to us. while you have manfully resisted its effects for as many years.The Count of Monte Cristo "Listen to me. while he. Go but to Portsmouth or Southampton. Franz. and the embarrassment in which he found himself placed by not having sufficient cash by six or seven hundred piastres to make up the sum required. and you will find the harbors crowded with the yachts belonging to such of the English as can afford the expense. my good fellow. the hashish. Nobody knows better than yourself that the bandits of Corsica are not rogues or thieves. and how. seen in the distant horizon driving under full sail toward Porto−Vecchio. He dwelt with considerable force and energy on the almost magical hospitality he had received from the count. driven by some sinister motive from their native town or village. my first visit. really the thing seems to me simple enough. and the two Corsican bandits with them. "what do you find to object to in all you have related? The count is fond of travelling. and the magnificence of his entertainment in the grotto of the "Thousand and One Nights. for I have noticed how cold you are in your bearing towards the count." "Then listen to me. and have the same liking for this amusement. for my own part. save the small yacht. by way of having a resting−place during his excursions. to prevent the possibility of the Tuscan government taking a fancy to his enchanted palace." "Did you ever meet him previously to coming hither?" "I have. between the count and Vampa. and. being rich." said Franz. there remained no proof or trace of all these events. all the particulars of the supper." "Upon your honor?" "Upon my honor." He recounted. Now. and that their fellowship involves no disgrace or stigma. the dream. Albert listened with the most profound attention. Monte Cristo has furnished for himself a temporary abode where you first found him. and finally of his application to the count and the picturesque and satisfactory result that followed. he has wisely enough purchased the island. avoiding the wretched cookery −− which has been trying its best to poison me during the last four months. but purely and simply fugitives. Have you anything particular against him?" "Possibly. At last he arrived at the adventure of the preceding night. 281 . −− an engagement which. "Well. and thereby depriving him of the advantages naturally expected from so large an outlay of capital. should be Chapter 38. as our readers are aware." said Albert. "I am glad that the occasion has presented itself for saying this to you." Franz then related to his friend the history of his excursion to the Island of Monte Cristo and of his finding a party of smugglers there. but. "the Corsican bandits that were among the crew of his vessel?" "Why. he most faithfully fulfilled. whether there are not many persons of our acquaintance who assume the names of lands and properties they never in their lives were masters of?" "But. when Franz had concluded. −− and obtaining a bed on which it is possible to slumber. with circumstantial exactitude. and taken its name." "And where?" "Will you promise me not to repeat a single word of what I am about to tell you?" "I promise. at his awakening. possesses a vessel of his own. Just ask yourself. Then he detailed the conversation overheard by him at the Colosseum.

he merely came and freed me from the hands of Signor Vampa. contrary to the usual state of affairs in discussions between the young men. the young men parted. Now. ere he entered his travelling carriage. `Who is M. help me to deliver him. How do you explain the influence the count evidently possessed over those ruffians?" "My good friend. and then pay a last visit to St. and Franz d'Epinay to pass a fortnight at Venice. and what were those events of his early life −− a life as marvellous as unknown −− that have tinctured his succeeding years with so dark and gloomy a misanthropy? Certainly these are questions that. I did not very particularly care to remain." "My dear Franz. but certainly for saving me 4. it would ill become me to search too closely into its source. you must admit that this Count of Monte Cristo is a most singular personage. I should never have been estimated in France. Peter's?" Franz silently assented. where. The Compact. you must give me leave to excuse any little irregularity there may be in such a connection." persisted Franz." "He is a philanthropist. shall we take our luncheon. you promptly went to him.' Was not that nearly what you said?" "It was." replied Franz." "No." "Talking of countries. Albert de Morcerf? how does he come by his name −− his fortune? what are his means of existence? what is his birthplace! of what country is he a native?' Tell me. "of what country is the count. in your place. 282 ." answered the other. saying. they are a race of men I admire greatly." said Franz with a sigh. fearing that his expected guest might Chapter 38. for services so promptly and unhesitatingly rendered. the effective arguments were all on Albert's side. I should like to have answered. and the following afternoon. "and no doubt his motive in visiting Paris is to compete for the Monthyon prize.000 livres of our money −− a sum at which. for my own idea was that it never was in much danger. you found the necessity of asking the count's assistance. in spite of all. who have no other motive than plunder when they seize your person. you must have lost your senses to think it possible I could act with such cold−blooded policy. for your arguments are beyond my powers of refutation. "Well. proving most indisputably. And now. Albert de Morcerf to return to Paris. "do as you please my dear viscount. did he ask you." "Still. instead of condemning him for his intimacy with outlaws. "I suppose you will allow that such men as Vampa and his band are regular villains." "Well. if I could only manage to find them. I can assure you. upon receipt of my letter. as you are aware. Albert. `My friend Albert de Morcerf is in danger. Still. most assuredly. means neither more nor less than 24. at half−past five o'clock. on my conscience. Come. If my vote and interest can obtain it for him. "that no prophet is honored in his own country. when. then. did he put all these questions to you?" "I confess he asked me none. being translated. let us talk of something else." added Albert with a laugh.The Count of Monte Cristo to the bandits of Colomba. whence does he derive his immense fortune.000 piastres. therefore. for. not altogether for preserving my life. as in all probability I own my present safety to that influence. given. which. he but asks me in return to do for him what is done daily for any Russian prince or Italian nobleman who may pass through Paris −− merely to introduce him into society −− would you have me refuse? My good fellow. my dear Franz. But." replied Albert. then. what is his native tongue." And this time it must be confessed that. Franz. I will readily give him the one and promise the other. in spite of all my outward appearance of ease and unconcern. to whoever shall be proved to have most materially advanced the interests of virtue and humanity. "when.

fencing. however. flutes −− a whole orchestra. with which the door communicated. At the end of a long corridor. Albert de Morcerf could follow up his researches by means of a small gate. What these stuffs did there. There were not lacking. and. with the addition of a third. This door was a mockery to the concierge. dyed beneath Persia's sun. foils.e. it was wont to swing backward at a cabalistic word or a concerted tap from without from the sweetest voices or whitest fingers in the world. Then. close to the lodge of the concierge. on which were engraved the fleur−de−lis of France on an azure field evidently came from the Louvre. and who lives as it were in a gilded cage. unwilling to part from her son. everything was being prepared on the morning of the 21st of May to do honor to the occasion. the prying eyes of the curious could penetrate. Two windows only of the pavilion faced the street. and on the left the salon. It was a little entrance that seemed never to have been opened since the house was built. 283 . while gratifying the Chapter 39. The Guests. some royal residence. for the use of smokers. from whose vigilance and jurisdiction it was free. gave ingress and egress to the servants and masters when they were on foot. built in the heavy style of the imperial architecture. or Sully.M. they awaited. Lucca della Robbia faience. of old arm−chairs. on which. surmounted at intervals by vases filled with flowers. bass−viols. in which were the servants' apartments. boxing. easels. with far more perseverance than music and drawing. these three rooms were a salon. or woven by the fingers of the women of Calcutta or of Chandernagor. formed out of the ante−chamber. was. Albert could see all that passed. in which the artist and the dandy strove for preeminence. The rest of the furniture of this privileged apartment consisted of old cabinets. palettes. The salon down−stairs was only an Algerian divan. and Palissy platters. filled with Chinese porcelain and Japanese vases. brushes. and which merits a particular description. the only rooms into which. Albert de Morcerf inhabited a pavilion situated at the corner of a large court. as they were on the ground−floor. who always want to see the world traverse their horizon. had chosen this habitation for Albert. In the house in the Rue du Helder. and Charles Leboucher. The boudoir up−stairs communicated with the bed−chamber by an invisible door on the staircase. or Richelieu −− for two of these arm−chairs. on the 21st May. It was easy to discover tha