The Count of Monte Cristo Summary and Analysis of Chapters 21-30

Chapter 21

Albert, Franz, and the Count of Monte Cristo attend the Carnival, where Albert flirts with a lady in a carriage. He composes her a letter the following day. He gets a reply asking for a rendezvous. Franz quickly finds out that this rendezvous was a tactic. He receives a note from Albert requesting the payment of a ransom. He has actually been kidnapped by Luis Vampa, and infamous Italian outlaw. Franz, sadly does not have enough money to pay the ransom. He hence goes to Monte Cristo for assistance. Monte Cristo naturally knows Vampa. Hence, the two set out to set Albert devoid of the outlaw camp where he is being imprisoned. Albert is sleeping when they show up, apparently never having despaired that the outlaws would get their ransom. Monte Cristo obviously does not pay the ransom, given that Vampa is a good friend. Albert is therefore set free, and is forever indebted to the count. He offers his services to the count, who asks to be introduced to Parisien society,. He consents to visit Albert in precisely 3 months.


This chapter even more shows Dantes’ determining, client revenge. He constructs a plot to abduct Albert, in order to be de Morcerf’s savior. He will then have a reason to go to the Morcerf’s in Paris. The plot likewise reveals the networking that the Count has actually managed to attain. By rendering these bandits indebted to him, they are now at his disposal. They are tools for his vengeance.

Chapter 22

Three months pass. Albert is expecting the Count for lunch. He likewise invites the minister’s secretary and a journalist, Monsieur Beauchamp and Lucien Dubray. 2 others arrive as visitor, a Baron Chateau-Renard who brings his own “hero” Maximilen Morrel. The child of M. Morrel is here introduced as having conserved the Baron’s life from Arabs near Constantinople. They eagerly wait for the arrival of Albert’s rescuer, for he has actually informed them all that he knows of the mysterious Count of Monte Cristo.

The Count shows up, dressed simply, yet completely. He impresses the visitors with his tale of how he had three emeralds, one which he bought a woman’s flexibility with, another a male’s life, and the 3rd is passed around the table as an encasement to opium pills the guests had wanted to see.

The Count discovers at this lunch that Albert is engaged to Eugenie Danglars, the daughter of the really exact same Danglars who was accountable for Dantes’ incarceration. He likewise finds out that Morrel’s child Julie has been wed nine years.

The Count also has bought a house in Paris. It is at 30 Champs Elysees. He has actually likewise purchased a house in Auteuil, a suburban area of Paris. This impresses the visitors. Beauchamp provides to open the world of the Paris opera to Monte Cristo. He however, says he has had his steward acquire him a seat. The guests leave and Albert is left alone with the Count.


The Count has earned Albert’s trust, hence he will now utilize Albert as a pawn to get in Paris society. Obviously, the count has already met Maximilien Morrel, and is delighted that the Morrel’s are now effective again. He uses this kind deed as justification for his prepare for vengeance. The fact that Julie Morrel has actually been wed for 9 years is a sign of just how much time the Count has actually spent determining his vengeance. He sees himself as divine justice, rewarding those who are great and penalizing those who are wicked. Currently, after this luncheon Monte Cristo is better to his goal. He will satisfy the Morcerfs. The Count’s rejection to accept Beauchamp’s offer is a sign of the Count’s willpower to not be indebted to anyone.

Chapter 23

The Count is introduced to Albert’s father, who has actually heard Albert’s story of the Count’s rescue. The two males chat. The Count de Morcerf does not recognize him. He claims to be indebted to the Count for saving his boy, and therefore welcomes Monte Cristo to attend the Chamber of Commerce with him. The Count wishes to meet the Countess de Morcerf, who is of course Mercedes. When the countess sees The Count of Monte Cristo, Albert comments, “are you ill, mother?”. Mercedes has actually recognized him, however does not expose his identity. She ends up being lost in thought. She likewise alerts Albert to be cautious around the Count.


Everybody in Paris is satisfied and baffled by the Count of Monte Cristo. This consists of Albert’s daddy, The Count de Morcerf. He is eager to befriend this rich enigmatic guy, a symbol that his greed had actually not decreased. He does not anticipate his own failure. The Countess nevertheless, acknowledges Monte Cristo. She alone acknowledges the count, yet she says nothing, for as we find out later she understands his desire for vengeance. She warns Albert to be careful of the Count for her love for her kid is the most valuable treasure in her life.

Chapter 24

The following chapter is where Dantes evaluates his servant, Bertuccio’s, fidelity. Bertuccio must tell Dantes the story of why he is frightened of the Auteuil home that Dantes just purchased. He once tried to murder Monsieur de Villefort there. Your house came from the departed better half of the public prosecutor, who declined to examine the murder of Bertuccio’s brother. Bertuccio sought vengeance on Villefort and stabbed him in the really same garden of Monte Cristo’s new house. Bertuccio also saved a newborn that Villefort had buried alive. Dantes currently understands Bertuccio’s story, and he bought your home in order to extract the story from Bertuccio. This is how Monte Cristo understood the story. Bertuccio was part of a smuggler’s ring that concealed at Caderousse’s inn. In 1829, Bertuccio existed when Dantes was disguised as the Abbe Busoni when he gave Caderousse the diamond. Bertuccio witnessed the gift and what took place. Caderousse continued to fetch a jeweler to sell the diamond. When Caderousse had the money, his greed took over, and he eliminated the jeweler and his other half, and reclaimed the diamond. Bertuccio was arrested, and the Abbe Busoni (Dantes) heard his confession in jail. Once Bertuccio was found innocent (Caderousse confessed and was sent out to a labor camp), Abbe Busoni advised that Bertuccio work for the Count of Monte Cristo. Thus Dantes understood the story all along, yet the concurrence of Bertuccio’s story to his confession is proof of his sincerity.


This chapter puts forth the story that spells the downfall of Monsieur de Villefort and Caderousse. The Count wants to evaluate Bertuccio’s fidelity, yet Bertuccio’s story also foreshadows Villefort’s downfall. The newborn baby Villefort buried was adopted by Bertuccio’s sibling in law, ended up being a smuggler, and remained at Caderousse’s inn. He will murder Caderousse and publicly destroy Villefort. The newborn baby signifies Villefort’s disrespect for life in general. Villefort had no qualms “burying” Dantes alive in the Chateau D’If similar to his conscience did not stop him from burying his own child (a bastard) in a garden alive. Villefort’s disrespect for life is later on punished by the poisonings that shall afflict his home.

Chapter 25

Danglars visits the Count. The Count appreciates Danglars’ horses, hence he instructs Bertuccio to use him the price it will require to purchase them. Danglars, obviously, a male of organisation, will sell them to the Count. Monte Cristo has his valet inform Danglars that he is engaged. Danglars hence leaves his calling card, and Monte Cristo returns the lender’s check out that night. He takes a trip there in a carriage drawn by his freshly acquired horses.

When Danglars and the Count satisfy, they discuss a letter from the company of Thomson and French that opens an account with Danglars for the Count’s unrestricted credit. Danglars is amazed at this letter. Monte Cristo even more astonishes him by presenting 2 more letters of the same nature. He has limitless credit with 3 companies in Europe. Danglars marvels since he believed himself to have been familiarized with all the major fortunes of Europe. Monte Cristo tells him his fortune is old cash, yet cash which had previously been inaccessible.

Danglars wants to provide his better half to the Count. Monsieur Debray is presently in his other half’s company. The Count met Debray at the lunch at Albert de Morcerf’s. Madame Danglars has hence become aware of the Count from Debray (her enthusiast) and Albert (betrothed to her daughter). Madame Danglars is astonished, nevertheless, when her maid tells her of Monte Cristo’s horses. They were, previously in the day, her horses, and now they are attached to the Count’s carriage. She blames her spouse, an animal of profit, for offering her prize belongings. Two hours later on, after his departure, Monte Cristo sends the Madame a letter and returns the horses. He even inserts a diamond on the rosettes that they wear on their ears.

The next morning when Madame de Villefort and her boy take a flight in the carriage drawn by Madame Danglars’ valued dappled grays, the horses become wild. They pass the Count’s Auteuil residence, where Ali, the Count’s valet, is conveniently situated and geared up with a lasso to save the mom and kid. The son has actually fainted. Monte Cristo pours a drop of liquid in the child’s mouth, and thus the kid is invigorated.


This chapter witnesses the Count winning favor with the spouses of both his archenemies. He has fun with Danglars’ desire for money, by buying his better half’s horses from him, not because he actually desires the horses, but due to the fact that he wishes to win Danglars’ wife favor. He does this by returning the horses to her. This gesture also astonishes and intimidates his enemy since the Count essentially discards the substantial amount of cash for which he bought them. His tactic likewise broadens the domestic schism that currently exists in the Danglars’ household, for husband and wife do not live in delighted matrimony.

The Count likewise wins the trust of Madame Heloise de Villefort. By “saving” her from the wild horses, and renewing her son, Madame de Villefort is so impressed with the amazing Count. He knows the story will be related to her husband who will feel required to go to the Count. This is how the Count plans to satisfy his bane.

Chapter 26

Monsieur de Villefort goes to the Count to thank him for the service he paid to his household. When the Count makes a philosophical declaration, Monsieur de Villefort comments that the Count must have nothing to do all the time to have time to philosphize. The Count retorts that Villefort assumes that his post as public district attorney is “something to do,” however in truth his post is simply part of a human social company. This prompts a discussion between the two where the Count states his only barrier is death it is the only thing that can stop him from his general mission of which is to act as Providence. He specifies that he exists to reward and penalize. Monsieur de Villefort is no doubt impressed by the supremacy of this male. He refers to his father, Noirtier, who, in his day, was a great guy as well, but who is now paralyzed and can not speak. Therefore, he insinuates the Monte Cristo must not be as self-assured, for there are other devils that strike people besides death. He takes leave of Monte Cristo saying that he holds the Count in reverence.


Ironically, Monte Cristo mentions his real function in life to Villefort, his opponent. Villefort is unaware that Monte Cristo’s objective to do justice is directed at him. At all times in the conversation, Monte Cristo remains in the position of control. This control is signified by the manner in which he speaks, his great wealth and his excellent intellect. The Count is almost superhuman. Monsieur de Villefort, a male of high status in Parisien society, is at times stunned and frightened. Nonetheless, he wants to cultivate a relationship with the Count.

Chapter 27

The Count visits Haydee, a Greek slave that he hadpurchased. He informs her she is complimentary. She however, loves him and does not want to leave him. The Count tells her not to expose her identity. She says she will stay in seclusion in Paris.


This chapter exposes the tenderness that Haydee harbors for the Count. It is a chapter that foreshadows Haydee’s role in the Count’s objective to destroy his opponents. Haydee should not expose her birth for it will be used against Morcerf in a law court, however for now it needs to kept silent.

Chapter 28

Monte Cristo next visits the Morrel house. He is presented to Julie and she relates to him the story of the guy who bestowed a wonder upon her family. Monte Cristo is pleased at the family’s obvious economic success. He also observes that they keep the diamond and the note that he composed as Sinbad the Sailor in a crystal world. When the Morrel’s state that the guy’s identity was confidential, Monte Cristo mentions that possibly it was his pal Lord Wilmore, who carries out comparable kind deeds. Maximillien states, to Monte Cristo’s awe, that on M. Morrel’s deathbed he claimed that it was Edmond Dantes who had saved his household. At this details the Count leaves suddenly mentioning that he has other engagements. He discusses that he will return, nevertheless.


This chapter shows the outcome of Monte Cristo’s benefits upon the Morrel family. They are all happy. Monte Cristo is careful not to portray emotion, however. When he hears of M.Morrel’s proclamation on his deathbed he should leave for it stimulates feelings that he should disappoint. This chapter is one of the few that shows that the Count is perhaps not a tower of stone, and might still have human sensations. Monte Cristo is often mentioned as superhuman, as if he were above human sentiments. Chapters like this one, reveal that he simply needs to assume this role in order to accomplish his objective of vengeance.

Chapter 29

Monte Cristo returns Monsieur de Villefort’s visit. He fulfills Valentine, who he keeps in mind meeting in Italy at the Carnival. Valentine is Villefort’s child by his first marriage. He likewise has a discussion about chemistry with Madame de Villefort, who has an evident knowledge and interest in the subject. She saw him treat her kid, thus she thinks he is an excellent chemist. He knows toxins, and accepts give her the formula for the concoction that treated her kid. He then departs.


In this chapter the Count continues to get the trust of Madame de Villefort. He sends her the solution and is therefore true to his promise. This chapter foreshadows Madame de Villefort’s use of the toxins against her other half’s family from his first marital relationship. The toxin is also a sign of the putrid personalities that reside within the Villefort household, such as the general public prosecutor himself. His greed and fascination for success toxin his personality.

Chapter 30

Albert de Morcerf and Monsieur Debray visit the Count. Albert expresses his annoyance at his engagement to Eugenie Danglars. He mentions his mom’s displeasure at the betrothal too. Albert concludes to combat with his father to prevent disturbing his mother. The 3 likewise talk about Madame Danglars’ gaming practices. Albert suggests that Debray teach her a lesson by offering her false details that would trigger her to lose money. Debray chuckles uneasily and leaves. Left alone, Monte Cristo informs Albert that he is preparing a dinner party for the Villeforts and the Danglars. He utilizes Albert’s engagement to the Danglars’ child as a pretext for his reason at not inviting the Morcerfs. After all, the Morcerf’s presence would make it appear like an engagement ball. Albert remains in agreement considering that he fears the prospect of this marital relationship. In truth, Dantes mentions that he will introduce Andrea Calvacanti to the Danglars as another option for their daughter.


This chapter foreshadows the havoc that Andrea Calvacanti will cause in Parisien society. The Count saves Albert from marriage to Eugenie Danglars because he understands that the cash starving Danglars will discover Calvacanti a better alternative. Calvacanti is Monte Cristo’s “Italian Prince,” yet in truth he is a got away found guilty. He will be jailed at the betrothal party, openly humiliating Danglars. Calvacanti is backed by Monte Cristo’s endless funds and is an example how the treasure of Monte Cristo is instrumental in carrying out the Count’s vengeance. This chapter likewise foreshadows the monetary gain Debray generates from being the enthusiast of Madame Danglars. The Count is perceptive, keeping in mind Debray’s agitation at Albert’s reference of Madame Danglars gambling habits. Madame Danglars is merely Debray’s pawn, her monetary dangers are affected by Debray. The Count means to use this relationship to more ruin Danglars financial resources.

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