The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics)
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"On what slender threads do life and fortune hang"
Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Dumas’ epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was first serialized in the 1840s.
Robin Buss’s lively English translation is complete and unabridged, and remains faithful to the style of Dumas’s original. This edition includes an introduction, explanatory notes and suggestions for further reading.
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eyes. Then he looked at Valentine with an expression of anxiety. “You wonder how he will understand you, Grandpapa? Have no fear; we have spoken of you so often that he knows quite well how I converse with you.” Then turning to Maximilian with a smile that was adorable, though overshadowed by great sadness, she said: “He knows all that I know.” Valentine rose and kissed her grandfather tenderly, and, taking leave of Morrel, sorrowfully left the two men together. Then, to show that he was in
military officers discussed Moscow and Leipzig, the ladies aired their views on his divorce from Josephine. It was not in the downfall of the man that these royalists rejoiced and gloried, but rather in the annihilation of the principle, for it seemed to them that they were awakening from a dreadful nightmare and were about to enter upon a new life. An old man, the Marquis of Saint-Méran, wearing the cross of Saint-Louis, rose and proposed the health of King Louis XVIII. The toast, recalling
they are killing, do you hear? I love her, and I beseech you to tell me how I can save her.” Monte Cristo uttered a wild cry, which only those can conceive who have heard the roar of a wounded lion. Never had Morrel beheld such an expression; never had such a dreadful eye flashed before his face, never had the genius of terror, which he had so often seen either on the field of battle or in the murder-infested nights of Algeria, shed round him such sinister fires! He shrunk back in terror. As
allowed here?” “Better food if you pay for it, a walk in the courtyard, and sometimes books.” “I don’t want any books, neither do I want to walk in the courtyard, and I find my food good enough. I only desire one thing and that is to see the governor.” “If you keep on bothering me with that every time I come, I shall not bring you any more food.” “Well, then,” said Dantès, “I shall die of starvation, that’s all about it.” “Now, look here!” said the gaoler, “don’t go on brooding over the
mistress. You may still wear your national costume or discard it according to your inclination; you may stay here if and when you wish, and go out if and when you wish. There will always be a carriage in readiness for you. Ali and Myrta will accompany you everywhere and will be at your command. There is but one thing I ask of you.” “Speak!” “Disclose not the secret of your birth, say not a word in regard to your past; on no occasion mention the name of your illustrious father or of your poor