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Books Online: The Count of Monte Cristo. Page 1
by Alexandre Dumas
Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantès learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo...
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Page 1 · Chapter 1. Marseilles—The Arrival

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1. Marseilles—The Arrival (Page 1)

Chapter 2. Father and Son (Page 8)

Chapter 3. The Catalans (Page 14)

Chapter 4. Conspiracy (Page 23)

Chapter 5. The Marriage Feast (Page 28)

Chapter 6. The Deputy Procureur du Roi (Page 42)

Chapter 7. The Examination (Page 52)

Chapter 8. The Château d’If (Page 60)

Chapter 9. The Evening of the Betrothal (Page 68)

Chapter 10. The King’s Closet at the Tuileries (Page 72)

Chapter 11. The Corsican Ogre (Page 79)

Chapter 12. Father and Son (Page 85)

Chapter 13. The Hundred Days (Page 92)

Chapter 14. The Two Prisoners (Page 97)

Chapter 15. Number 34 and Number 27 (Page 105)

Chapter 16. A Learned Italian (Page 117)

Chapter 17. The Abbé’s Chamber (Page 126)

Chapter 18. The Treasure (Page 145)

Chapter 19. The Third Attack (Page 155)

Chapter 20. The Cemetery of the Château d’If (Page 164)

Chapter 21. The Island of Tiboulen (Page 168)

Chapter 22. The Smugglers (Page 177)

Chapter 23. The Island of Monte Cristo (Page 183)

Chapter 24. The Secret Cave (Page 191)

Chapter 25. The Unknown (Page 199)

Chapter 26. The Pont du Gard Inn (Page 206)

Chapter 27. The Story (Page 219)

Chapter 28. The Prison Register (Page 231)

Chapter 29. The House of Morrel & Son (Page 236)

Chapter 30. The Fifth of September (Page 247)

Chapter 31. Italy: Sinbad the Sailor (Page 260)

Chapter 32. The Waking (Page 281)

Chapter 33. Roman Bandits (Page 286)

Chapter 34. The Colosseum (Page 311)

Chapter 35. La Mazzolata (Page 336)

Chapter 36. The Carnival at Rome. (Page 348)

Chapter 37. The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian (Page 364)

Chapter 38. The Rendezvous (Page 378)

Chapter 39. The Guests (Page 385)

Chapter 40. The Breakfast (Page 391)

Chapter 41. The Presentation (Page 411)

Chapter 42. Monsieur Bertuccio (Page 423)

Chapter 43. The House at Auteuil (Page 427)

Chapter 44. The Vendetta (Page 433)

Chapter 45. The Rain of Blood (Page 451)

Chapter 46. Unlimited Credit (Page 463)

Chapter 47. The Dappled Grays (Page 475)

Chapter 48. Ideology (Page 486)

Chapter 49. Haydée (Page 496)

Chapter 50. The Morrel Family (Page 500)

Chapter 51. Pyramus and Thisbe (Page 508)

Chapter 52. Toxicology (Page 519)

Chapter 53. Robert le Diable (Page 534)

Chapter 54. A Flurry in Stocks (Page 548)

Chapter 55. Major Cavalcanti (Page 557)

Chapter 56. Andrea Cavalcanti (Page 565)

Chapter 57. In the Lucern Patch (Page 576)

Chapter 58. M. Noirtier de Villefort (Page 587)

Chapter 59. The Will (Page 594)

Chapter 60. The Telegraph (Page 602)

Chapter 61. How a Gardener May Get Rid of the Dormice (Page 610)

Chapter 62. Ghosts (Page 617)

Chapter 63. The Dinner (Page 624)

Chapter 64. The Beggar (Page 632)

Chapter 65. A Conjugal Scene (Page 639)

Chapter 66. Matrimonial Projects (Page 646)

Chapter 67. The Office of the King’s Attorney (Page 654)

Chapter 68. A Summer Ball (Page 663)

Chapter 69. The Inquiry (Page 669)

Chapter 70. The Ball (Page 676)

Chapter 71. Bread and Salt (Page 683)

Chapter 72. Madame de Saint-Méran (Page 686)

Chapter 73. The Promise (Page 697)

Chapter 74. The Villefort Family Vault (Page 719)

Chapter 75. A Signed Statement (Page 727)

Chapter 76. Progress of Cavalcanti the Younger (Page 734)

Chapter 77. Haydée (Page 743)

Chapter 78. We hear From Yanina (Page 762)

Chapter 79. The Lemonade (Page 780)

Chapter 80. The Accusation (Page 790)

Chapter 81. The Room of the Retired Baker (Page 794)

Chapter 82. The Burglary (Page 808)

Chapter 83. The Hand of God (Page 819)

Chapter 84. Beauchamp (Page 824)

Chapter 85. The Journey (Page 829)

Chapter 86. The Trial (Page 837)

Chapter 87. The Challenge (Page 847)

Chapter 88. The Insult (Page 853)

Chapter 89. The Night (Page 860)

Chapter 90. The Meeting (Page 867)

Chapter 91. Mother and Son (Page 876)

Chapter 92. The Suicide (Page 882)

Chapter 93. Valentine (Page 889)

Chapter 94. Maximilian’s Avowal (Page 896)

Chapter 95. Father and Daughter (Page 905)

Chapter 96. The Contract (Page 913)

Chapter 97. The Departure for Belgium (Page 922)

Chapter 98. The Bell and Bottle Tavern (Page 927)

Chapter 99. The Law (Page 937)

Chapter 100. The Apparition (Page 945)

Chapter 101. Locusta (Page 951)

Chapter 102. Valentine (Page 955)

Chapter 103. Maximilian (Page 960)

Chapter 104. Danglars’ Signature (Page 968)

Chapter 105. The Cemetery of Père-Lachaise (Page 976)

Chapter 106. Dividing the Proceeds (Page 986)

Chapter 107. The Lions’ Den (Page 999)

Chapter 108. The Judge (Page 1005)

Chapter 109. The Assizes (Page 1013)

Chapter 110. The Indictment (Page 1017)

Chapter 111. Expiation (Page 1023)

Chapter 112. The Departure (Page 1030)

Chapter 113. The Past (Page 1042)

Chapter 114. Peppino (Page 1052)

Chapter 115. Luigi Vampa’s Bill of Fare (Page 1061)

Chapter 116. The Pardon (Page 1067)

Chapter 117. The Fifth of October (Page 1071)

Chapter 1. Marseilles—The Arrival

On the 24th of February, 1815, 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 Château d’If, got on board the vessel between Cape Morgiou 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 Pomègue, 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.

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 Réserve 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, Dantès?” 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.”

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