Alexandre Dumas: The Count of Monte Cristo

Summary

On the day of his wedding to Mercédès, Edmond Dantès, first mate of the Pharaon, is wrongly accused of treason, detained, and imprisoned without trial in the Château d’If, a grim island fortress off Marseilles. A fellow detainee, Abbé Faria, correctly deduces that his envious rival Fernand Mondego, envious crewmate Danglars, and double-dealing magistrate De Villefort framed him. Faria motivates his escape and guides him to a fortune in treasure. As the effective and mysterious Count of Monte Cristo (Italy), he shows up from the Orient to get in the fashionable Parisian world of the 1830s and avenge himself on the guys who conspired to ruin him.

Edmond Dantès

In 1815, Edmond Dantès, a young merchant sailor who has recently been approved the succession of his captain Leclère, returns to Marseille to marry his Catalan fiancée Mercédès. Leclère, an advocate of the banished Napoléon I, found himself passing away at sea and charged Dantès to provide two items: a package to General Bertrand (banished with Napoleon Bonaparte on Elba), and a letter from Elba to an unidentified male in Paris. On the eve of Dantès’ wedding to Mercédès, Fernand Mondego (Mercédès’ cousin and a rival for her love) is given suggestions by Dantès’ coworker Danglars (who is envious of Dantès’ quick increase to captain) to send an anonymous note accusing Dantès of being a Bonapartist traitor. Caderousse (Dantès’ cowardly and selfish next-door neighbor) is intoxicated while the two conspirators set the trap for Dantès and stays quiet as Dantès is arrested, then sentenced. Villefort, the deputy crown prosecutor in Marseille, damages the letter from Elba when he finds that it is dealt with to his own father, Noirtier (who is a Bonapartist), given that if this letter entered official hands, it would ruin his ambitions and track record as a strong Royalist. To silence Dantès, he condemns him without trial to life imprisonment.

After 6 years of imprisonment in the Château d’If, Dantès is on the edge of suicide when he befriends the Abbé Faria (“The Mad Priest”), an Italian fellow detainee who had dug an escape tunnel that ended up in Dantès’ cell. Over the next 8 years, Faria provides Dantès a substantial education in language, culture, and science. Knowing himself to be near to death, Faria informs Dantès the area of a treasure on the Italian island of Monte Cristo. When Faria passes away, Dantès takes his location in the burial sack. When the guards throw the sack into the sea, Dantès breaks through and swims to a nearby island. He is saved by a smuggling ship that stops at Monte Cristo. After recovering the treasure, Dantès returns to Marseille. He later purchases the island of Monte Cristo and the title of Count from the Tuscan government.

Traveling as the Abbé Busoni, Dantès fulfills Caderousse, now living in poverty, who is sorry for not stepping in and perhaps saving Dantès from prison. He provides Caderousse a diamond that can be either a possibility to redeem himself or a trap that will cause his mess up. Learning that his old employer Morrel is on the edge of personal bankruptcy, Dantès purchases Morrel’s debts and provides Morrel 3 months to satisfy his commitments. At the end of the three months and without any method to repay his debts, Morrel is about to dedicate suicide when he learns that his debts have been inexplicably paid which one of his lost ships has actually returned with a complete cargo, covertly rebuilt and loaded by Dantès.

The Count of Monte Cristo

Reappearing as the rich Count of Monte Cristo, Dantès starts his revenge on the 3 men accountable for his unjust imprisonment: Fernand, now Count de Morcerf and Mercédès’s husband; Danglars, now a baron and a rich lender; and Villefort, now procureur du roi. The Count appears first in Rome, where he becomes acquainted with the Baron Franz d’Épinay, and Viscount Albert de Morcerf, the son of Mercédès and Fernand. Dantès schedules the young Morcerf to be caught by the outlaw Luigi Vampa and then seemingly rescues him from Vampa’s gang. Albert, feeling a financial obligation of appreciation to the Count for his rescue, consents to present the Count into Parisian society. The Count then relocates to Paris and charms Danglars with his wealth, persuading him to extend him a credit of six million francs. The Count manipulates the bond market and quickly damages a big portion of Danglars’ fortune. The rest of it begins to rapidly disappear through strange insolvencies, suspensions of payment, and more misfortune in the Stock Exchange.

Villefort had once performed an affair with Madame Danglars. She became pregnant and delivered the child in your house that the Count has now purchased. To cover up the affair, Villefort told Madame Danglars that the infant was stillborn, smothered the kid, and thinking him to be dead, buried him in the garden. While Villefort was burying the child, he was stabbed by the smuggler Bertuccio, who uncovered the child and resuscitated him. Bertuccio’s sister-in-law brought the child up, offering him the name “Benedetto”. Benedetto takes up a life of criminal activity as he turns into adolescence. He robs his adoptive mother (Bertuccio’s sister-in-law) and ends up eliminating her, then escapes. Bertuccio later ends up being the Count’s servant and informs him of this history.

Benedetto is sentenced to the galleys with Caderousse, who had actually sold the diamond however eliminated both his wife and the purchaser out of greed. After Benedetto and Caderousse are released by Dantès, utilizing the alias “Lord Wilmore,” the Count causes Benedetto to take the identity of “Viscount Andrea Cavalcanti” and presents him into Parisian society. Andrea ingratiates himself to Danglars, who betroths his child Eugénie to Andrea (not knowing they are half-siblings) after cancelling her engagement to Albert. Meanwhile, Caderousse blackmails Andrea, threatening to expose his past if he does not share his new-found wealth. Cornered by “Abbé Busoni” while trying to rob the Count’s home, Caderousse begs to be offered another opportunity. Dantès forces him to compose a letter to Danglars exposing Cavalcanti as an impostor and enables Caderousse to leave your home. The moment Caderousse leaves the estate, he is stabbed by Andrea. Caderousse dictates a deathbed statement identifying his killer, and the Count reveals his real identity to Caderousse moments prior to he passes away.

Years prior to, Ali Pasha of Janina had actually been betrayed to the Turks by Fernand. After Ali’s death, Fernand offered Ali’s wife Vasiliki and his child Haydée into slavery. While Vasiliki passed away shortly afterwards, Dantès bought Haydée. The Count manipulates Danglars into researching the occasion, which is published in a newspaper. As a result, Fernand is examined by his peers and disgraced. When Albert blames the Count for his father’s failure and challenges him to a duel, Mercédès, having actually currently acknowledged Monte Cristo as Dantès, goes to the Count and asks him to spare her child. Throughout this interview, she discovers the reality of his arrest and jail time but still convinces the Count not to kill her kid. Realizing that Edmond now intends to let Albert eliminate him, she exposes the truth to Albert, which causes Albert to make a public apology to the Count. Albert and Mercédès disown Fernand, who is faced with Dantès’ true identity and devotes suicide. Albert and Mercédès renounce their titles and wealth and depart to start brand-new lives.

Valentine, Villefort’s daughter by his late first wife, stands to inherit the fortune of her grandpa (Noirtier) and of her mom’s moms and dads (the Saint-Mérans), while Villefort’s 2nd other half Héloïse seeks the fortune for her boy Édouard. The Count understands Héloïse’s intentions and introduces her to the technique of poison. Héloïse fatally toxins the Saint-Mérans, so that Valentine inherits their fortune. Valentine is quickly disinherited by Noirtier in an effort to prevent Valentine’s upcoming marriage with Franz d’Épinay, whom she does not like; however, the marriage is cancelled when d’Épinay learns that his father (believed assassinated by Bonapartists) was in fact killed by Noirtier in a reasonable battle. After a failed effort on Noirtier’s life which leaves Noirtier’s servant Barrois dead, Héloïse targets Valentine so that Édouard will get the fortune. Nevertheless, Valentine is the prime suspect in her father’s eyes in the deaths of the Saint-Mérans and Barrois. On finding out that Morrel’s son Maximilien loves Valentine, the Count conserves her by making it look like though Héloïse’s strategy to poison Valentine has actually been successful which Valentine is dead. Villefort gains from Noirtier that Héloïse is the real killer and confronts her, giving her the choice of a public execution or dedicating suicide.

Running away after Caderousse’s letter exposes him, Andrea is detained and gone back to Paris, where Villefort prosecutes him. While in jail awaiting trial, Andrea is visited by Bertuccio, who tells him the fact about his dad. At his trial, Andrea exposes that he is Villefort’s kid and was rescued after Villefort buried him alive. Villefort confesses his regret and leaves the court. He rushes home to stop his wife’s suicide but is too late; she has poisoned her boy also. Dantès faces Villefort, revealing his true identity, however this drives Villefort ridiculous. Dantès attempts however fails to resuscitate Édouard, triggering him to question if he has actually gone too far.

After the Count’s control of the bond market, Danglars is entrusted to a damaged credibility and 5,000,000 francs he has been holding in deposit for hospitals. The Count demands this amount to fulfil their credit arrangement, and Danglars embezzles the health center fund. Deserting his better half, Danglars flees to Italy with the Count’s invoice and 50,000 francs. While leaving Rome, he is abducted by the Count’s agent Luigi Vampa and is put behind bars. Required to pay exorbitant prices for food and nearly starved to death, Danglars indications away his ill-gotten gains. Dantès anonymously returns the stolen cash to the healthcare facilities. Danglars lastly repents his criminal activities, and a softened Dantès forgives him and enables him to entrust his freedom and 50,000 francs.

Maximilien Morrel, believing Valentine to be dead, considers suicide after her funeral service. Dantès exposes his real identity and discusses that he saved Morrel’s daddy from personal bankruptcy years previously; he then informs Maximilien to reassess his suicide. On the island of Monte Cristo, Dantès presents Valentine to Maximilien and reveals the real sequence of occasions. Having actually found peace, Dantès leaves the freshly reunited couple part of his fortune and departs for an unknown destination to discover comfort and a new life with Haydée, who has stated her love for him. The reader is entrusted a final thought: “all human knowledge is contained in these two words, ‘Wait and Hope'”.

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