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  • Edmond Dantes is a fine young sailor, nineteen years old, aboard the Pharaon.

  • Their captain died on the voyage and so Dantes stepped in to serve, including skillfully

  • docking the ship in the harbor at Marseilles.

  • He is glad to be home because he is about to marry his beautiful fiancée, Mercedes

  • Herrera.

  • The Pharaon is owned by Monsieur Morrel, a good man who encourages the official promotion

  • of Dantes to captain.

  • But others are jealous of Dantes's abilities and desirous of what he has, and are determined

  • to ruin him.

  • Dantes is carrying a letter which the Pharaon picked up on the Isle of Elbathe island

  • where Napoleon Bonaparte is exiled.

  • Dantes says it was the captain's dying wish that the letter be delivered to a man in Paris

  • named Noirtier, who is a Bonapartistsomeone who supports Napoleon instead of the king.

  • But Noirtier's son, Monsieur de Villefort, gets the letter first.

  • As a prosecuting attorney, Villefort is a powerful man and knows that his father would

  • be imprisoned by the royalists for receiving such a letter.

  • Villefort is determined to make both the letterand Dantesdisappear.

  • Dantes has gathered with the crew of the Pharaon in a tavern to celebrate being named her captain.

  • But before the announcement can be made, Dantes is arrested.

  • Villefort charges him with treason for possessing a letter from a Bonapartist and orders him

  • confined to the notorious, inescapable prison called Chateau d'If.

  • Dantes is locked into a tiny dungeon cell.

  • While he is there, his friend Monsieur Morrel tries to get him out of prison at great risk

  • to himself; Napoleon is defeated at Waterloo; King Louis XVIII returns to the throne; and

  • Dantes's fiancée, Mercedes, is heartbroken, but Dantes knows nothing of the world outside.

  • He is just trying to stay alive and sane.

  • One day Dantes hears a scratching from the wall.

  • Another prisoner, an old man named Abbe Faria, is trying to dig out.

  • Abbe soon becomes Dantes's good friend.

  • The two dig for many years.

  • Abbe teaches Dantes history, literature, science, and languages, and says he knows of a huge

  • fortune hidden in a cave on a small island called Monte Cristo.

  • When Abbe dies, fourteen years after Dantes was arrested, Dantes hides himself in Abbe's

  • heavy burial sack and escapes when it's thrown into the sea.

  • He is picked up by a smugglers' ship and when the ship arrives at Monte Cristo, he actually

  • does find the fabulous treasure Abbe told him about.

  • Now extremely wealthy, Dantes begins calling himself the Count of Monte Cristo.

  • He has two goals: Reward those who helped him, and take painful vengeance on those who

  • harmed him.

  • He buys his own ship and begins searching out those responsible for putting him in prison.

  • The Count begins learning what happened while he was in Chateau d'If, and finds out he was

  • framed by enemies who were envious of his abilities and possessions.

  • The conspiracy was started by Monsieur Danglars, who was the purserthe accountanton

  • board the Pharaon.

  • He was simply jealous of the handsome young man who was better than himself in every way

  • and who got the captaincy that Danglars wanted.

  • Danglars wrote the letterentirely fakethat Dantes received on the Isle of Elba

  • and which framed him for treason as a Bonapartist (a supporter of Napoleon instead of King Louis

  • XVIII.)

  • Danglars has become rich by stealing and embezzling from banks and charities.

  • The second conspiratorthe one who actually sent the letter to the Isle of Elba for Dantes

  • to eventually receivewas Fernand Mondego.

  • He was in love with Dantes's fiancée, Mercedes Herrera, and hoped to marry her himself.

  • And eventually, he did, for after Dantes was imprisoned Mercedes lived with Dantes's aging

  • father and cared for him.

  • But when the father died, she had nowhere to go and had little choice but to marry.

  • Fernand amassed a great fortune out of smuggling, slavery, and other crimes.

  • The third conspirator is Gaspard Caderousse, who helped write the incriminating letter.

  • He once demanded that Dantes's father immediately pay a debt in full, even though it left the

  • aging man with next to nothing.

  • The final enemy is Monsieur Villefort, whom Dantes now knows had him falsely accused and

  • imprisoned for treason.

  • But now Villefort is Deputy Minister of France, the most powerful law enforcement office in

  • the nation.

  • Villefort is also married and has a daughter, Valentine, a kind and innocent young woman.

  • Edmond Dantes, the Count of Monte Cristo, begins carrying out his revenge.

  • For Baron Danglars, the Count orders him kidnapped and held until he is forced to spend all of

  • the money he stole and is ruined financially.

  • For Fernand Mondego, Mercedes is informed that her husband is actually a traitor and

  • a criminal.

  • She finally leaves him and goes to live peacefully in the home that once belonged to Edmond Dantes'

  • father.

  • When Fernand finds that his wife and son have deserted him, he shoots himself.

  • For Gaspard Caderousse, who continues to commit robbery and murder for personal gain and one

  • night tries to rob the Count's house, the Count reveals his own true identity just as

  • Caderousse is killed by an accomplice.

  • The revenge on Villefort is more complex.

  • The Count has learned of a past love affair Villefort had with a woman who later becomes

  • the Baroness Danglars.

  • When their illegitimate child was born, Villefort told her it was stillborn and took it out

  • to bury it alivebut he was stopped and the child, Benedetto, survived.

  • Benedetto grew to be a cruel and criminal young man.

  • He destroys Villefort by publically accusing him of many crimes, including the attempted

  • murder of his own infant son.

  • Yet the Count of Monte Cristo does not simply take cold revenge on his enemies.

  • He rewards those who have been kind and tried to helped him.

  • The Count is able to save Monsieur Morrel's life and restore his fortune.

  • He presents his home on the island of Monte Cristo to Maximillien Morrel, the son of Monsieur

  • Morrel, even though Maximillien's beloved is Valentine Villefortthe daughter of

  • the same Villefort who conspired against him.

  • Dantes could have taken revenge on the child of a despised enemy, but instead unselfishly

  • arranges for the happiness of the son of one of his greatest friends.

  • Finished at last with revenge, Edmond Dantes, the Count of Monte Cristo, leaves on a ship

  • in search of a new life and is never seen again.

Edmond Dantes is a fine young sailor, nineteen years old, aboard the Pharaon.

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THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO BY ALEXANDRE DUMAS // ANIMATED BOOK SUMMARY

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