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Over in Paris, the King and his advisors are chilling at the Palais des Tuileries.
King Louis XVIII is doing his best to ignore one of his ministers and read some Horace; despite being the king, he's not really into politics.
The Duke of Blacas is attempting to warn the king that there's some trouble brewing in southern France – that's in the direction of Marseille; Bonaparte, or at least his followers, may be getting up to no good. In fact, he tells the king, there's a visitor from the South carrying with him some very bad news.
After a brief argument between Blacas and the Minister of Police, the king finally allows Villefort – whose name Louis XVIII actually remembers – to enter the room.
Villefort informs the king and his ministers that he has it on good authority that Napoleon has left Elba – and may already be in France.
When the king asks him where he got his information, he says it came from "an interrogation," and that the man he interrogated has been put into prison.
The king does not seem particularly fazed by Villefort's information – but then the Minister of Police enters the room, looking shaken.