Study Guide

The Count of Monte Cristo Chapter 71

By Alexandre Dumas

Chapter 71

Bread and Salt

  • Mercédès tries to persuade the Count to come with her to the garden and eat some of the fruit there, but the Count refuses.
  • Mercédès gets annoyed, "are you my friend or what?"
  • The Count assures her he is her friend, and then they talk about their past in a vague way. They still don't acknowledge that they were once madly in love with one another, or that they know who the Count really is.
  • Then, Mr. Villefort shows up looking for Mrs. Villefort and Valentine.
  • Villefort's former wife's (the one who died really young) father-in-law, the Marquis de Saint-Méran, has just died.

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