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TheProjectGutenbergEBookofEdmondDantès,byEdmundFlagg ThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereatnocostandwith almostnorestrictionswhatsoever Youmaycopyit,giveitawayor re-useitunderthetermsoftheProjectGutenbergLicenseincluded withthiseBookoronlineatwww.gutenberg.org Title:EdmondDantès Author:EdmundFlagg ReleaseDate:October24,2007[EBook#23183] Language:English ***STARTOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKEDMONDDANTÈS*** ProducedbySigalAlon,FoxintheStars,MartinPettit andtheOnlineDistributedProofreadingTeamat http://www.pgdp.net EDMONDDANTÈS THESEQUELTO ALEXANDERDUMAS' CELEBRATEDNOVELOF THECOUNTOFMONTE-CRISTO By EdmundFlagg ANENTIRENEWANDENLARGEDEDITION "EDMOND DANTÈS," one of the greatest novels ever written, is the sequel to AlexanderDumas'world-renownedchef-d'œuvre,"TheCountofMonte-Cristo," taking upthe fascinatingnarrativewherethelatterendsandcontinuingit with marvellous power and absorbing interest Every word tells, and the number of unusually stirring incidents is legion, while the plot is phenomenal in its strength, merit and ingeniousness The superb book deals with the exciting career of Edmond Dantès, who first figures as the Count of Monte-Cristo, and thenastheDeputyfromMarseillestakesanactivepartintheFrenchRevolution of 1848 Dramatic and graphic scenes abound, the reader finding startling surprises at every turn Love, philanthropy, politics and bloodshed form the staple of the novel and are handled with extraordinary skill Besides the hero, Haydée, Mercédès,Valentine deVillefort,EugénieDanglars,Louised'Armilly, Zuleika (Dantès' daughter), Benedetto, Lucien Debray, Albert de Morcerf, Beauchamp, Château-Renaud, Ali, Maximilian Morell, Giovanni Massetti, and Espérance (Dantès' son) figure prominently, while Lamartine, Ledru Rollin, LouisBlancandhostsofrevolutionaryleadersareintroduced "EDMONDDANTÈS" willdelightallwhoreadit NEWYORK : WM L ALLISONCOMPANY PUBLISHERS COPYRIGHT:—1884 T B PETERSON&BROTHERS EDMONDDANTÈS ANENTIRENEWANDENLARGEDEDITION "EdmondDantès"theSequeltoAlexanderDumas'masterpiece,"TheCountof Monte-Cristo,"isanovelthatwilldelight,entertainandinstructallwhoreadit It has wonderful fascination, absorbing interest and rare merit, combined with remarkable power, amazing ingenuity and thorough originality In it the narrativeistakenupimmediatelyatthecloseof"TheCountofMonte-Cristo," and continued in a style of exceeding cleverness There is a terrible volcanic tempestontheMediterranean,inwhichMonte-CristoandHaydéearewrecked, avividpictureoftheFrenchRevolutionof1848isgivenandtheloveaffairof ZuleikaandGiovanniMassettiisrecountedinamannerunsurpassedfornovelty and excitement The central figure is Edmond Dantès, and about him are grouped Mercédès, Eugénie Danglars, Louise d'Armilly, Valentine de Villefort, Espérance(thesonofMonte-Cristo),Benedetto,AlbertdeMorcerf,Maximilian Morrel, Ali and the other old friends of "Monte-Cristo" readers, as well as numerouspoliticalleadersfamousinFrenchhistory,namely,Lamartine,Ledru Rollin,LouisBlanc,ArmandMarrast,Flocon,Albertandothers Thiers,Guizot, Odillon Barrot, General Lamoricière, General Bugeaud and other noted historical characters are introduced, as well as Lucien Debray, ChâteauRenaud, Beauchamp, etc No one can afford to miss the opportunity to read "Edmond Dantès," which is published only by T B Peterson & Brothers, who also issue the only correct, complete and unabridged editions of the other volumes of the great "Monte-Cristo" Series, namely, "The Count of MonteCristo,""TheCountessofMonte-Cristo,""TheWifeofMonte-Cristo,Haydée," and"TheSonofMonte-Cristo,Espérance." CONTENTS I STORMANDSHIPWRECK II THEISLAND III THECONFLAGRATION IV THENEWSFROMALGERIA V EDMONDDANTÈS,DEPUTYFROMMARSEILLES VI THEMYSTERYTHICKENS VII DANTÈSANDHISDAUGHTER VIII AVASTPRINTINGHOUSE IX ARMANDMARRAST X THECOMMUNISTS XI "WAITANDHOPE" XII THEMYSTERIOUSPRIMADONNA XIII THEITALIANLOVER XIV THEMINUTEVIALS XV THEUNKNOWNNURSE XVI ANOTABLEFÊTE XVII THEREVOLUTIONBEGINS XVIII THEMIDNIGHTCONCLAVE XIX THESECONDDAY XX ANOTHERMIDNIGHTCONCLAVE XXI THETHIRDDAY XXII THELASTSESSIONOFTHECHAMBEROFDEPUTIES XXIII THESACKOFTHETUILERIES XXIV AMEMORABLENIGHT XXV THEPROVISIONALGOVERNMENT XXVI DANTÈSANDMERCÉDÈS XXVII ESPÉRANCEANDZULEIKA XXVIII CAPTAINJOLIETTE'SLOVE XXIX ZULEIKAGOESTOM DANTÈS XXX TWOINTERVIEWS XXXI VAMPA'SANSWER EDMONDDANTÈS THESEQUELTO of glistening ebony between his master and the Deputy After they had duly drunkeachother'shealth,M Dantèssaid: "Iregret,mydearViscount,thatIamcompelledtodisturbyou,butmybusiness wastoourgentfordelay." "Youdon'tdisturbmeintheleast Prayproceed." "You remember your conversation with my daughter just before you and she parted,doyounot?" "Irememberit,"repliedtheViscount,coloringslightlyandevidentlygrowingill atease "Inthatcase,neitherprefacenorexplanationisnecessary Icalledtoaskyoua fewplainquestions." TheItalianwasnowapreytosingularexcitement;hegrewpaleandflushedby turns,finallyrisingandpacingthesaloningreatagitation "Count,"saidhe,abruptly,whenhecouldcommandhisvoice,"youareamanof theworldandacosmopolitan,and,ofcourse,youknowthatoneoftencommits folly, especially when the ardent and uncontrollable blood of youth is rushing throughhisveins Withthisexplanation,imperfectthoughitbe,Imustaskyou torestsatisfied,foritisutterlyoutofmypowertogiveyouanyother,ortoenter into the details of the unfortunate affair which has brought you here I assure you, however, that I am altogether blameless in the matter; investigation will abundantlyestablishthetruthofwhatIsay." "Iwillmakethatinvestigation." "IregretthatIcanneitherempoweryoutodosonoraidyouinit!" "WhatamItounderstandbythat?" "SimplywhatIsay." "You are, doubtless, aware that my son makes grave accusations against you, thatheaccusesyou,infact,ofadastardlycrime." "Espéranceismistaken,mydearCount;Isweartoyouthatheismistakenand thatIamasinnocentasheis!" "ButLuigiVampamayhaveadifferenttaletotell!" "LuigiVampa!"criedtheViscount,cominginstantlytoadeadhalt,andasudden palloroverspreadinghisentirevisage "Yes, Luigi Vampa; I have written to him and in two weeks will have his answer!" "ForEspérance'ssake,formysake,foryourdaughter'ssake,destroythatanswer assoonasreceivedandwithoutreadingit!"exclaimedtheyoungItalian,wildly, hispallorincreasingtosuchadegreethathisfaceresembledthatofacorpse "ShouldIbemadenoughtodoso,"saidM Dantès,calmly,"withitallhopeof yourmarriagewithZuleikawouldperish!" "Oh! not say that, not say that!" groaned Massetti "What would life be worthtomewithoutZuleika'slove!" "Then deserve that love by clearing yourself, by proving that your record will bearthelightofday!" "IhavesworntoyouthatIaminnocent!Isnotthatenough?" "No,"repliedM Dantès,coldly "Imusthaveprooftosupportyouroath." "Thenyoubelievemeguiltyinspiteofall!Thisistheworstblowyet!" "It is in your power to completely justify yourself; at least, so you give me to understand,andyetyourrefusalwillforeverseparateyoufromthewomanyou love!" "Youfillmewithdespair!"saidMassetti,inasmotheredvoice,sinkingupona sofa "Ifainwouldrevealeverythingtoyou,butanawfuloathofsilencestands betweenmeandtherevelation." "ThenImustwaitforVampa'sanswer,andshapemycoursebythat!"saidM Dantès,firmly "ThatanswerwilldestroybothEspéranceandmyself!"repliedtheViscount,ina hoarsewhisper "Weshallsee,"returnedtheDeputy,risingandresuminghiscloak;ashestoodat thedoorofthesalonwithhishatinhishand,headded:"Ithoughtyouallaman should be, Viscount, and that you would make Zuleika happy, but my convictionshavebeensadlyshaken Icameherethinkingthatloveforwoman wasallpowerfulintheheartofman,thatitwouldinduceyoutospeak,evenin the face of an oath, perhaps violently and iniquitously administered; I was wrong;farewell!" M Dantès turned slowly and took his departure, leaving Giovanni Massetti on thesofaplungedingriefanddismay CHAPTERXXXI VAMPA'SANSWER As the time for the arrival of Luigi Vampa's answer to M Dantès' letter approached, Espérance grew more and more uneasy and serious; he spent the greaterportionofeverydayfromhome,apparentlyforthepurposeofavoiding hisfatherandsister;whenhereturnedhewasmoody,depressedandsilent,and farintothenighthecouldbeheardpacinghischamberasifunabletosleepfrom excitementandanxiety Zuleikaendeavoredtocomforthim,butallhereffortswerefruitless She,poor girl,washerselfoverwhelmedwithherowndistress,thoughshestrovetobear upagainstit Massettihadneitherwrittentonorattemptedtoseehersincetheir separation, a circumstance she could not reconcile with his protestations of ardentloveforher,andthisservedvastlytoaugmenthersadnessandanguish, though she still believed in her soul that the Viscount was entirely innocent of thecrimelaidtohischarge M Dantès,whohadplungedintopoliticsdeeperthaneversincethesuccessof theRevolution,wasfrequentlyinconsultationwiththeRepublicanleaders,and manyofthemvisitedhimathisresidenceandwereclosetedwithhimforhours ata time; but, though seemingly engrossedinStateaffairs,theDeputydidnot losesightofhissonanddaughter,orofthemysteriouscomplicationthatVampa was expected to make clear Ali had strict orders to watch both Zuleika and Espérance, and to report to his master whatever they did when at home in his absence,butthefaithfulNubianfoundnothingamiss,savethattheyoungpeople seemedburdenedwithasorrowhecouldnotfathom At length, when the two weeks that it would take to hear from Rome had expired,M LamartinecalledonemorningatthemansionintheRueduHelder, and having finished his business with M Dantès was invited by his host to remain to lunch The repast was served in the salle-à-manger, Espérance and Zuleika partaking of it with their father and his illustrious guest When the edibleshadbeenremovedandthepartyweretakingwineatthedining-table,M Dantès, suddenly remembering that he had an engagement, begged M Lamartinetoexcusehimandremainwithhissonanddaughteruntilhisreturn, that would be in half an hour at the utmost This arrangement effected, the Deputyarosefromhischair,threwhiscloakoverhisarmandwasabouttotake hisdeparture,whenAliappearedonthethresholdoftheopendoorway,bearing inhishandaletter InstantlydiviningthatthiswasVampa'sanswer,uponwhich hungMassetti'sfateandhisown,Espéranceleapedtohisfeetandfixedhiswild andstaringeyesontheominousmissiveasifhewouldreaditscontentsthrough itsfolds Zuleikaretainedherseat,butliftedherhandsinterrorandstaredatthe letter with pallid cheeks and blanched lips Even Lamartine turned in his chair and, holding his glass in his hand, gazed wonderingly at the Nubian and the epistle M Dantès alone seemed unmoved, and his pale countenance gave no sign of the emotion struggling in his breast; he stood like a man of iron, and extending his hand took the letter without a tremor It was enclosed in a curiously-fashionedenvelope,evidentlymadebythewriterhimself,andborethe Romanpostmark;thedirection,writteninbold,scrawling,butperfectlylegible characters,read:"M EdmondDantès,Deputy from Marseilles,No 27 Ruedu Helder,Paris,France Personalandprivate."ThisdirectionwasinFrench Alihavingretired,theDeputycalmlybrokethesealandhurriedlyranhiseyes over the missive Espérance and Zuleika eagerly and breathlessly watched his countenancewhileheread,butitwasasimpassableasacountenancechiseled frommarble;whenhehadfinishedheturnedtoEspéranceandwithoutaword handed him the letter For a moment the young man trembled so he could not read;coldperspirationstoodinheavybeadsuponhisforehead,andvividflashes ofredpassedbeforehiseyeslikesheetsofluridlightning Whatthoughts,what suspicions, what dread shot through his tortured mind in that brief moment, making it seem an eternity of suffering! At last, steadying and controlling himselfbyasupremeeffort,hereadthemissivefromwhichhehadfearedsuch terribleconsequences ItwasinItalian,andranasfollows: HISEXCELLENCY,THECOUNTOFMONTE-CRISTO: You ask me to answer your questions, and I comply Pasquale Solara's daughter, Annunziata, was abducted, from her father's peasant-home by GiovanniMassetti,knownastheViscountMassetti,whois,nodoubt,the person to whom you allude as now in Paris, for he has disappeared from Rome You are right in assuming that he had aid He was assisted by a young Frenchman, and that young Frenchman was your son, Espérance Annunziata suffered the usual fate of abducted peasant girls, and was deserted by her dastardly abductor in a fastness controlled by my band Whentheabductiontookplace,Annunziata'sbrotherstrovetorescueher, but was attacked and killed by Massetti Through my means the girl was returnedtoherhome,butshewasmiserablethereandfled;sheisnowinan asylum for unfortunate women founded at Civita Vecchia by the Order of Sisters of Refuge, and superintended by a French lady, a Madame Helena deRancogne,who,asissaid,wasformerlycalledtheCountessofMonteCristo.[1]Itisduetoyoursontosaythathewasentirelymisledinregard totheabductionofAnnunziataSolara,andisaltogetherinnocentofcrime or intention to commit it The whole burden of guilt rests upon the shoulders of theViscountMassetti,who,I believe, compelledyoursonat thepistol'smouthtotakeafearfuloathofsilence LUIGIVAMPA When Espérance had read this letter that so effectually cleared him, and was suchafearfularraignmentoftheViscountMassetti,herestoredittohisfather and sank into his chair utterly overcome by the terrible excitement and mental strainthroughwhichhehadpassed M Dantèsforcedhimtoswallowaglassof winethatpartiallyrestoredhim;then,turningtoM Lamartine,whohadbeenan astonishedspectatorofthisstrangeandtohimincomprehensiblefamilyscene, hesaid: "Mydearfriend,youareamazed,andyouhavearighttobe Thisletterthathas caused my son and daughter so much emotion comes from a Roman brigand chief,nootherthanLuigiVampa,whosenameisnotoriousthroughoutEurope YouwillunderstanditsimportancewhenIinformyouthatitconclusivelyclears mysonofanexceedinglygravecharge." M LamartinearoseandtookEspérancebythehand "Iheartilycongratulateyou,"saidhe "AndGiovanniMassetti?"askedZuleika,inatremulousvoice "GiovanniMassettiisunworthyofmydaughter'shand!"repliedM Dantès "Let me see that letter," said Zuleika, her cheek growing paler and her heart beatingtumultuously Her father gave it to her She took it and read each line with an intensity of interest that was painful to behold When she had reached the end, her eyes suddenlylightedupandthecolorcamerushingbacktoherpallidcheeks "Espérance,"shesaid,facingherbrotherwithanairofresolutionbeneathwhich hequailed,"LuigiVampahasnottoldall!Somethinghehaskeptback,andthat somethingyouknow Whatisit?Speak!" "LuigiVampahastoldthetruth!"repliedtheyoungman,doggedly "Yes,butnotthewholetruth Whathashekeptback?" Espéranceshookhishead "Hehastoldthetruth!"herepeated "DidtheViscountMassettiadministertheoathofsilencetoyou?" "Hedid." "ThenwhoadministeredthatoathtoGiovanni?" Theyoungmandidnotanswer "Thereissomemysteryaboutthiscomplicatedaffairyetunexplained,anduntil itisexplainedIcannotbelieveGiovanniMassettiguilty!" "Come,come,mydaughter,"saidM Dantès,soothingly,"yourheartspeaksand notyourmind." "My heart and mind both speak, papa," replied Zuleika, "and both say that GiovanniMassettiisinnocent." "Lethimproveitthen." "Ifeelcertainthathecanandwill." "Well,well,child,gotoMadameDantèsandtakecounselofher Onlyawoman canhealayounggirl'slovewounds." Zuleikaquittedthesalle-à-manger,hercountenanceyetbearingthestampofan inflexiblebeliefandafixeddetermination "Espérance," said M Dantès, "your honor is unstained and you are restored to myheart IthankGodfortheblessingsofthisday!" "You are a true father, Edmond, as well as a true patriot," said M Lamartine, "and I feel assured that your son will be worthy of you and of our beloved France." That very day Giovanni Massetti received an unsigned little note, written in a tinyfemininehand Itwasphrasedthus: "I believe you innocent in spite of all! Prove to me and to the world that youareso." EnclosedinthislittlenotewasLuigiVampa'slettertoM Dantès ThenextmorningitbecameknownthattheViscountMassettihaddisappeared fromParis Gossipassignedathousandscandalousmotivesforhissuddenflight, but gossip could form no idea as to whither he had fled Zuleika[2] however, knewthathehadreturnedtoItalytoclearhisnameandprovehimselfworthyof herlove! FOOTNOTES: [1]TheexceedinglyromantichistoryofMadamedeRancognewillbefoundin thatfascinatingandabsorbingnovel,"TheCountessofMonte-Cristo,"published byMessrs T B Peterson&Brothers,awonderfulbookthateverybodyshould read [2]Afullaccount,fromthispoint,ofthelifeandremarkablecareerof"Zuleika, the Daughter of Monte-Cristo," will be found in the brilliant, original, and absorbing novel just published by T B Peterson & Brothers, Philadelphia, in uniform style with "Edmond Dantès," entitled "MONTE-CRISTO'S DAUGHTER," being the Sequel to Alexander Dumas' famous novel, "The Count of MonteCristo,"andConclusionof"EdmondDantès.""MONTE-CRISTO'SDAUGHTER"will be found to be of unflagging interest, abounding in ardent love scenes and stirring adventures, while the Count of Monte-Cristo figures largely in it, and many of the original Monte-Cristo characters are also introduced into the volume, making it in point of brilliancy, power, and absorbing interest fully equaltoitsfamouspredecessors THEEND 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