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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Pasha affair?” “Just so.” “That is a mystery I would give much to discover,” replied Danglars. “It would not be difficult. No doubt you have correspondents in Greece, perhaps at Janina?” “I have them everywhere.” “Why not write to your correspondent at Janina and ask him what part a certain Frenchman named Fernand played in the Ali Tebelin affair?” “You are right!” exclaimed Danglars, rising quickly. “I will write this very day.” “And if you receive any scandalous news ...” “I will let
grope about in the dark, for my respect for you and my friendship for your family are like two bandages before my eyes.” “Speak, Doctor, speak. I have courage.” “Well, then, you have in your house, perhaps in the midst of your family, one of those terrible phenomena every century produces.” Villefort wrung his hands and cast a pleading look on the doctor, but the latter continued pitilessly: “An axiom of jurisprudence says: ‘Seek whom the crime would profit!’ ” “Alas! Doctor, how many times
them came Mme de Villefort. “What ails the dear child?” she exclaimed with tears in her eyes, and affecting every proof of maternal love as she went up to Valentine and took her hand. D’Avrigny continued to watch Noirtier; he saw the eyes of the old man dilate and grow large, his cheeks turn pale, and the perspiration break out on his forehead. “Ah,” said he involuntarily as he followed the direction of Noirtier’s eyes and fixed his own gaze on Mme de Villefort, who said: “The poor child would
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he handed it to the priest. The abbé took it and gave the diamond in exchange. “You are verily a man of God, monsieur!” exclaimed Caderousse. “No one knew Dantès gave you the diamond, and you could easily have kept it.” The abbé rose and took his hat and gloves, unbarred the door, mounted his horse, and, saying good-bye to Caderousse, who was most effusive in his farewells, started off by the road he had come. CHAPTER XXIII The Prison Register THE day following the events just recorded,