By Robin Buss

"On what slim threads do lifestyles and fortune hang"

Thrown in criminal for against the law he has now not devoted, Edmond Dantes is constrained to the bleak castle of If. There he learns of a very good hoard of treasure hidden at the Isle of Monte Cristo and he turns into made up our minds not just to flee, but in addition to unearth the treasure and use it to plan the destruction of the 3 males chargeable for his incarceration. Dumas’ epic story of anguish and retribution, encouraged by means of a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was once a tremendous well known good fortune while it was once first serialized within the 1840s.

Robin Buss’s vigorous English translation is whole and unabridged, and continues to be trustworthy to the fashion of Dumas’s unique. This version contains an advent, explanatory notes and proposals for additional reading.

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At 11 o’clock Albert had no longer get back. Franz wear his coat and went out, telling his host that he was once spending the night on the Duke of Bracciano’s. The Duke of Bracciano’s condo was once at the moment some of the most fascinating in Rome; his spouse, who used to be one of many final descendants of the Colonnas, did the honours within the such a lot excellent variety, and the events she gave attained ecu megastar. Franz and Albert had introduced letters of creation to them, and the Duke’s first query was once as to what had turn into of Albert. Franz responded that he had left him once they have been extinguishing the moccoletti and had overpassed him within the through Macello. “Do you recognize the place he went to? ” requested the Duke. “Not precisely, yet i feel there has been a few query of a rendezvous. ” “Good heavens! ” cried the Duke. “It is a nasty day, or fairly evening, to be out overdue. you recognize Rome higher than he does and shouldn't have enable him pass. ” “I should still simply as simply have stopped quantity 3 of the barberi that gained the race to-day. along with, what may perhaps occur to him? ” “Who understands! it's a very darkish evening and the Tiber is especially just about the through Macello. ” Franz felt a shudder run down his again whilst he saw that the Duke was once as uneasy in his brain as he himself was once. “I left observe on the lodge that I had the distinction of spending the night with you, Duke,” he acknowledged, “and that they have been to notify me without delay he again. ” “Wait a second; i feel considered one of my servants is seeking you. ” The Duke used to be now not incorrect; on watching Franz, the servant got here as much as him. “Excellency,” stated he, “the owner of the Hôtel de Londres has despatched to notify you guy is watching for you there with a letter from Viscount Morcerf. ” “A letter from the Viscount! ” cried Franz. “Where is the messenger? ” “He went away at once he observed me come into the ball-room to discover you. ” Franz took his hat and hastened away. As he neared the lodge, he observed a guy status in the midst of the line and didn't doubt he was once Albert’s messenger. He went as much as him, and acknowledged: “Have you no longer introduced me a letter from Viscount Morcerf? ” “What is Your Excellency’s identify? ” “Baron Franz d’Épinay. ” “Then the letter is addressed on your Excellency. ” “Is there a solution? ” requested Franz, taking the letter. “Your good friend hopes so! ” Franz went in and, once his candle used to be lit, spread out the paper. The letter used to be written in Albert’s handwriting and signed by way of him. Franz learn it two times sooner than he may understand the contents, that have been as follows: expensive FRANZ, at once you obtain this, be more than enough to take my letter of credits from my portfolio within the drawer of the writing-desk and upload yours to it's going to it no longer be adequate. Hasten to Torlonia’s and draw out instantly 4 thousand piastres, which provide to bearer. it's pressing that this amount of cash could be despatched to me right now. i'm going to say not more, for I anticipate you as you will anticipate me. Yours ever, ALBERT DE MORCERF P. S. —I now think in Italian bandits. underneath those traces the next phrases have been written in an odd hand: Se alle sei della mattina le quattro mile piastre non sono nelle mie mani, alle sette il conte Alberto avrà cessato di vivere.

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