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Romeo and Juliet…oh, excuse us, Max and Valentine meet up in their usual place in the Villefort garden.
Max tells Valentine that her betrothed, Franz D'Epinay, is back in town and ready to sign the marriage contract.
Max convinces Valentine that it's a good idea to run away with him.
Later on that day, Max waits for Valentine, ready to swoop her off to a place where they can live happily ever after.
But there's not a Valentine in sight.
Max is worried. He decides to get to the bottom of this, approach the Villefort house, and see if his Valentine is OK.
Max hears a conversation between Villefort and a doctor. Madame de Saint-Méran has died, and the doctor suspects foul play. More specifically, he suspects that she had been poisoned. The doctor thinks that both the Marquis de Saint-Méran and his wife were poisoned with something called brucine, which is usually what Noirtier (Villefort's father) takes for health reasons.
Max is super worried at this point and sneaks into the Villefort house in search of Valentine.
He finds her, and she introduces him to her grandfather, Noirtier. Noirtier tells them that he has a plan to keep Valentine from having to marry Franz D'Epinay.