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The Count of Monte Cristo Chapter 13

By Alexandre Dumas

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Chapter 13

The Hundred Days

  • As it turns out, M. Noirtier isn't far off with his predictions: Napoleon quickly takes control of the country and Noirtier, who has become a powerful advisor, protects his son.
  • M. Morrel, now able to come out and support Napoleon, feels emboldened enough to make a new inquiry regarding Edmond.
  • He finds himself face to face with Villefort, who has since been promoted to principal – which is to say, not assistant – magistrate. Villefort plays it cool, pretending to only vaguely recall the circumstances of Edmond's arrest, despite the fact it all went down only six weeks earlier.
  • He tells Morrel that Edmond's arrest turned out to be a very serious matter, and that, basically, he can't say for sure what happened to Edmond, that he has no records, and that, even under the new government, things like this take time.
  • It would be best, he says finally, to send a petition to the Minister of Justice; he even goes so far as to dictate the letter himself.
  • Once Morrel leaves, however, he puts it away for safekeeping. It's never sent to Paris.
  • In the short time Napoleon held the throne, we're told, Morrel tries to get help for Edmond a couple more times, but was similarly unsuccessful. In the end, nothing changes for Edmond.
  • Nonetheless, Danglars has a very uncomfortable "hundred days." He fears that, under the new government, supposed Bonapartists like Edmond will be released, and that Edmond will take revenge upon him. So he leaves Morrel and heads off to work for a Spanish trader.
  • Fernand mopes most of the time, occasionally wondering if Edmond will return someday to kill him. In that event, he decides, he'll just kill Edmond first. Before anything like that can happen, though, he's pressed into military service.
  • Mercédès sends him off with some encouraging words; if he survives the war, he thinks, he might just be able to marry her.
  • Mercédès is left alone to cry and wait. She contemplates suicide, but her faith prevents her from killing herself.
  • Caderousse gets sent into the army like Fernand, but, since he's older than Fernand, he's only given coastguard duty.
  • Old Dantès loses all hope when Napoleon takes the throne. Five months after Edmond's imprisonment, he dies in Mercédès' arms.
  • M. Morrel is kind enough to pay for his funeral.

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