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The Count of Monte Cristo Chapter 10 Summary Page 1

The Little Cabinet in the Tuileries

  • 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.

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