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by Hannah Leitheiser

The End

The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas




" eyes no longer dazzle by their brilliancy, for the time has long fled since I used to smile on Edmond Dantès, who anxiously looked out for me from the window of yonder garret, then inhabited by his old father. I live, as it were, between two graves. One is that of Edmond Dantès, lost to me long, long since. He had my love! Years of grief have created an abyss between those days and the present...I once possessed piety, innocence, and love, the three ingredients of the happiness of angels, and now what am I?”

'Monte Cristo dropped his head and shrank from the vehemence of her grief. “Will you not even say you will see me again?” he asked.

“On the contrary, we shall meet again,” said Mercédès, pointing to heaven with solemnity.' - Monte Cristo


Originally read that as being -- we'll meet at last in death, but reading it again, I think it's a reference to Monte Cristo as taking the role of a deity. Or perhaps we are not to know.

[Text scrambled a bit for the sake of condensation.]