Title: The Count of Monte Cristo

Author: Alexandre Dumas

Published: 1844

Genre: Adventure

The success of Monte Cristo coincides with that of France's Second Empire and besides the description of the return of Napoleon I in 1815 Dumas gives at least one hint to the events: the governor at the Château d'If is promoted to a position at the castle of Ham. The attitude of Dumas towards the "bonapartisme" was extremely complicated and involved. This conflict dates back to his father who was a coloured man, born by a slave and who became a famous general during the revolution. When new racist laws were applied in 1802 the general was dismissed from the army and he was profoundly bitter towards Napoleon when he died in 1806. An event in 1840 renewed the patriotic support for the Bonaparte family in the population: the ashes of Napoleon I were brought to France and became object of veneration in the church of Les Invalides.

In "Causeries" from 1860, Dumas prints a short paper on the genesis of Monte-Cristo. This essay, called "Ètat civil du "Comte de Monte-Cristo"" is included in the Plèiade edition (Paris, 1981) as an "annexe". It appears that Dumas had close and intimate contacts with members of the Bonaparte family while living in Florence in 1841. In a small boat he sailed around the island of Monte-Cristo accompanied by one of the young princes - a cousin to the one who was going to be emperor of France ten years later. During this trip he promised the prince that he would write a novel with the island's name as title. At this moment the future emperor was imprisoned at the citadel of Ham - a name that is mentioned in the novel. Louis Napoleon was imprisoned for lifetime, but he fled under disguise. This happened in 1846 while Dumas's novel was already a gigantic success. Just as Dantès, Louis Napoleon reappeared in Paris as a powerful and enigmatic man of the world. In 1848, however, Dumas did not vote for Louis Napoleon, but the novel may have participated - against the will of the writer - to the victory of the future Napoleon III.

Table of Contents

  1. Marseilles—The Arrival
  2. Father and Son
  3. The Catalans
  4. Conspiracy
  5. The Marriage-Feast
  6. The Deputy Procureur du Roi
  7. The Examination
  8. The Chateau D'If
  9. The Evening of the Betrothal
  10. The King's Closet at the Tuileries
  11. The Corsican Ogre
  12. Father and Son
  13. The Hundred Days
  14. The Two Prisoners
  15. Number 34 and Number 27
  16. A Learned Italian
  17. The Abbe's Chamber
  18. The Treasure
  19. The Third Attack
  20. The Cemetery of the Chateau D'If
  21. The Island of Tiboulen
  22. The Smuggler
  23. The Island of Monte Cristo
  24. The Secret Cave
  25. The Unknown
  26. The Pont du Gard Inn
  27. The Story
  28. The Prison Register
  29. The House of Morrel & Son
  30. The Fifth of September
  31. Italy: Sinbad the Sailor
  32. The Waking
  33. Roman Bandits
  34. The Colosseum
  35. La Mazzolata
  36. The Carnival at Rome
  37. The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian
  38. The Compact
  39. The Guests
  40. The Breakfast
  41. The Presentation
  42. Monsieur Bertuccio
  43. The House at Auteuil
  44. The Vendetta
  45. The Rain of Blood
  46. Unlimited Credit
  47. The Dappled Grays
  48. Ideology
  49. Haidee
  50. The Morrel Family
  51. Pyramus and Thisbe
  52. Toxicology
  53. Robert le Diable
  54. A Flurry in Stocks
  55. Major Cavalcanti
  56. Andrea Cavalcanti
  57. In the Lucerne Patch
  58. M. Noirtier de Villefort
  59. The Will
  60. The Telegraph
  61. How a Gardener May Get Rid of the Dormice
  62. Ghosts
  63. The Dinner
  64. The Beggar
  65. A Conjugal Scene
  66. Matrimonial Projects
  67. At the Office of the King's Attorney
  68. A Summer Ball
  69. The Inquiry
  70. The Ball
  71. Bread and Salt
  72. Madame de Saint-Meran
  73. The Promise
  74. The Villefort Family Vault
  75. A Signed Statement
  76. Progress of Cavalcanti the Younger
  77. Haidee
  78. We hear From Yanina
  79. The Lemonade
  80. The Accusation
  81. The Room of the Retired Baker
  82. The Burglary
  83. The Hand of God
  84. Beauchamp
  85. The Journey
  86. The Trial
  87. The Challenge
  88. The Insult
  89. A Nocturnal Interview
  90. The Meeting
  91. Mother and Son
  92. The Suicide
  93. Valentine
  94. Maximilian's Avowal
  95. Father and Daughter
  96. The Contract
  97. The Departure for Belgium
  98. The Bell and Bottle Tavern
  99. The Law
  100. The Apparition
  101. Locusta
  102. Valentine
  103. Maximilian
  104. Danglars Signature
  105. The Cemetery of Pere-la-Chaise
  106. Dividing the Proceeds
  107. The Lions' Den
  108. The Judge
  109. The Assizes
  110. The Indictment
  111. Expiation
  112. The Departure
  113. The Past
  114. Peppino
  115. Luigi Vampa's Bill of Fare
  116. The Pardon
  117. The Fifth of October