The Count of Monte Cristo
How we cite our quotes:
"I increased our wealth, which continued to grow for more than fifteen years, until the moment when these unknown catastrophes, which I am still unable to comprehend, arrived to seize it and cast it down—without my being to blame, I might say, for any of it." (106.38)
Danglars takes credit for all the increase, but is unable to own up to his failures. That's how it seems to go when dreams are destroyed.
"Like a benefactor in a novel, I should have left without seeing you again; but such conduct was beyond my feeble powers, because I am a weak and vain man, and because a joyful and tender look from one of my fellow-creatures does me good. Now I am leaving, and I shall take selfishness to the point of saying to you: Don't forget me, my friends, because you will probably never see me again." (112.41)
Monte Cristo is ashamed that he should require recognition for his good deeds. He wants to believe that he can do something and not expect, not want anything in return.