When we last left our hero, he was struggling in a sack headed toward the bottom of the sea.
In which Dantès manages a Houdini-esque escape from his death-sack, swims for a very long time, and reaches an island. He witnesses a shipwreck, steals a dead sailor’s identity, lies about his horribly long, tangled hair, and joins the crew of another ship.
In which Dantès rises through the ranks of smugglers (I mean, that’s a feat in and of itself–for such an honorable man to become a dastardly pirate…wow!) and bides his time before he can reach the island of Monte Cristo where Faria’s treasure rests.
In which the smugglers, along with Dantès, go to Monte Cristo to meet with other ne’er-do-wells, when Dantès fakes an injury to make the smugglers leave him on the island, which will allow him to inspect the island for his treasure.
Those dang pirates have obviously had a bad influence on Dantès–he progressed to lying now…
This could be bad…
In which Dantès finds a pile of gold. I mean, seriously.
CRAZY A LOT.
In which Dantès stuff his pockets with money and returns to France in order to hire transport for his MASSIVE fortune.
Unfortunately, he also finds out about MORE bad news about his father and fiancee.
In which Dantès dons his first disguise of the book and goes to the inn of Caderousse, whom he bribes (with a HUGE diamond) into telling the truth regarding the whereabouts of his former acquaintances.
I sense some revenge brewing!
In which Caderousse tells all, depressing Dantès even further. Danglars is fabulously wealthy, Fernand married Mercédès, and his father died.
Happy, happy, joy, joy!
In which Dantès, in another disguise, meets the prison inspector and purloins his own prison documents to find out the source of his accusation.
I sense a brooding, mysterious Count coming on.
In which Dantès saves his old friend, Morrel, from bankruptcy by postponing the repayment of some hefty loans for 3 months after purchasing the shipping company from him anonymously.
In which Dantès, at the last possible second, cancels Morrel’s debt and also provides a gigantic diamond for his daughter’s dowry. Moreover, Morrel was literally about to kill himself when a bit of deus ex Dantès saves the day. In this case, he does by the name of “Sinbad the Sailor.”
We could have picked a better nickname. I’m just saying…Sinbad? Honestly…
By the way. If you weren’t clear on my earlier point.
Dantès is slightly wealthy.
Here is my review of the previous chapters.