| Quote #10
"See: misfortune has turned my hair grey and my eyes have shed so many tears that there are dark rings round them; and my forehead is furrowed. But you, Edmond, you are still young, still handsome and still proud. You did have faith, you had strength, you trusted in God, and God sustained you. I was a coward, I denied Him, so God abandoned me; and here I am!" (112.105)
In invoking the concept of "faith," Mercédès suggests that there is an element of choice, of will. If she had had faith, things could have been different – she was not fated to end up the way she did.