Franz sends Villefort a letter telling him the marriage to Valentine is off.
Noirtier rigs his will again to state that he will leave everything he has and owns to his granddaughter, Valentine, as long as she is never separated from him.
Fernand visits the Danglars to firm up the details of his son's (Albert) marriage to Eugénie, but Danglars tells him that the marriage is off – he has different plans for Eugénie but doesn't say what they are.
Beauchamp's newspaper runs a teensy little article which tells the story of Ali Pasha, saying that the Greek ruler had been ruined by a man named Fernand.
Albert goes crazy when he reads this article, thinking that someone is trying to ruin his father by connecting him to this Ali Pasha situation.
Though the Count tries to tell Albert to cool, Albert threatens Beauchamp, telling him that if he doesn't remove Albert from that article and apologize, Albert will face him in a duel.
Beauchamp asks for three weeks to really investigate the story further.