Monte Cristo

[reconstructed titles]

1
In 1815, homeward bound,
the good ship Pharaoh,
to the port of Marseilles.

2
The mood on deck is
grim. Captain Leclerc
  is mortally ill.

3
Edmond Dantes, a mate
of the Pharaoh, and a
citizen of Marseilles.

		--- John Gilbert

4
Captain Leclerc's final wish:
a letter must be delivered 
to exiled emperor Napoleon.

5
To support Napoleon can
mean prison or even death,
but Dantes will keep his word.

6
Wherever there is success, there
you will find envy. Danglars, the
quartermaster of the Pharaoh.

		--- Albert Prisco

7
As the sun's last golden rays
touch the rigging of the
Pharaoh, Captain Leclerc
 draws his last breath.

8
Napoleon in the island of Elba.
     The emperor in exile.

9
The end of another long voyage.
The Pharaoh returns home
to Marseilles under the
command of her first mate,
      Edmond Dantes.

10
The elder Dantes, a veteran of
the Napoleonic wars, his only
interest in life - his son Edmond.

		--- Harry Lonsdale

11
Caderousse, keeper of the tavern
 where lodges the elder Dantes.

		--- William V. Mong

12
"My father, now that I know
 you're well, tell me, how is
       my Mercedes?"

13
"She has chattered all morning
 of nothing but yourself and
 how she means to receive you."

14
"Your son is to be congratulated.
 I am about to arrange for his
 commission as Captain of
      the Pharaoh."

15
Mercedes, an orphan, who
earns her living from mending 
  the fishermens nets.

		--- Estelle Taylor

16
Fernand Montego,
Mercedes' cousin.

  --- Ralph Cloninger

17
"I'm letting the room to old
 Dantes too cheaply now
 that the son has become
      a Captain."

18
"He is not the Captain of the 
 Pharaoh - Not the husband
      of Mercedes - Yet.

19
"I know what is wrong.
   Dantes is back."

20
"Let us drink to Captain
 Edmond Dantes, husband
 of the beautiful Mercedes."

21
"It is hard to believe that
 a Spaniard will give place
 to a rival so peacefully."

22
"She adores this Captain of
 the Pharaoh and would kill
  herself if I harmed him."

23
"Let us suppose that Edmond
 Dantes should disappear from
 the face of the Earth - -
 without you drawing one drop
      of his blood!"

24
"Who dares threaten harm
 to my good friend Dantes?"

25
"Bring me pen, ink
    and paper."

26
"All that remains to be done
 is to deliver this letter into
 the hands of the Royal
      Prosecutor."

27
The much awaited wedding
day, when two hearts that
have loved long and well
     are made one.

28
"Who is he, who answers to the
    name of Edmond Dantes?"

29
"I bear an order for your arrest
   from the Royal Prosecutor."

30
"There is nothing to fear, my
 beloved. I am innocent - I will
 go and return to you before
    the sun goes down."

31
"Before the hour is up, you will
     drink at our wedding."

32
"Ah, Danglers - I remember
 the letter - You have betrayed
  my friend, Edmond Dantes!"

33
"Be silent, you simpleton. He is
 involved in a conspiracy against
 the King - Be careful, lest you
   find yourself implicated!"

34
M. de Villefort - The Royal 
        Prosecutor.

		--- Robert McKim

35
"Edmond Dantes, charged with
   political conspiracy -"

36
"You are reported as being an
 extreme Bonapartist, charged
 with bearing a letter from the
 usurper to his accomplices in
    Paris. Is this true?"

37
"I freely admit bearing the letter
 you mentioned, but it was in
   obedience to my captain."

38
"Your release depends on your
 giving me all the information
 in your power - Where is
       the letter?"

39
With his own father implicated,
de Villefort knows that if this 
letter should ever reach the King,
   he himself is in danger.

40
"It is necessary to detain
 you overnight as a matter of 
 formality - Tomorrow you will
       be released."

41
"I shall return the letter
       to you then."

42
Beneath the prison walls of the
Chateau d'If, whose very name
makes all of France shudder.
Dantes realizes this is more
    than a night's stay.

43
"There is some terrible mistake.
 I tell you, I have the word of 
 the Royal Prosecutor I am to be
      released tomorrow."

44
"This is a conspiracy! I have
     committed no crime!"

45
Five months passed - Five 
months of desperate solitude
amidst walls terrifyingly mute.

46
"Oh, Mercedes, my beloved.
 Do not forget me. I'm coming
       back to you!"

47
"Have you received any word
 from the Royal Prosecutor -
     About my release?"

48
"I tell you no! For the
   thousandth time!"

49
"Number 38. Get your pan!"

50
The elder Dantes has become
a helpless invalid, too proud
to accept assistance from
      his friends.

51
"I'll wait for my rent no longer -
   Out you go on the highway
    with the other beggars!"

52
"Speak! You have news
     of Edmond?"

53
Frailty, thy name is woman -
Scarcely one year after
Dantes' supposed death,
Mercedes becomes the bride 
  of Fernand Montego.

54
Six years of endless days
fading into endless nights.

55
Destiny recognizes no
limitations - Not even
    stone walls.

56
"Can you hear me?"

57
"Who are you? And how long
 have you been imprisoned
  in this horrible tomb?"

58
"I am Edmond Dantes, a French
 sailor, innocent of any crime,
 but arrested on a false charge
 preferred by some unknown 
  enemy - that was in 1815."

59
"I am the Abbé Faria, an Italian
 priest. I was lodged here on a
   political charge in 1811."

   --- Spottieswoode Aitken

60
"I separated the fat from the 
 meat served me. The wick is
   cotton from my shirt."

61
"I feigned a disorder of the skin
 and secured sulphur with which
       to make matches."

62
"With such tools at our
 command we can soon
  make our escape."

63
"I despair of that now - It
 required eight years for me
 to tunnel twenty feet of rock -
 with the mistaken calculation
 that our wall was the outer one -"

64
"And then, to my horror,
 I realized that it opened on
      the courtyard."

65
"At least we will have the
 comfort of each other's society
 to relieve the loneliness."

66
"The time will pass profitably,
 for I shall instruct you in the
 languages, the sciences and
 the literature of the world."

67
"Quick! The guard is about
   to make his rounds."

68
"This is my second attack of
 paralysis - and the next attack
     will mean my death."

69
"I swear to remain with you 
  until death divides us."

70
During the intervening 14 years,
the scholarly Abbé has imparted
his faithful pupil a vast fund
       of knowledge.

71
"Thanks to your perfection and
 patience, I feel that should I ever
 escape, I could enter the world
 like a man reborn with such
 knowledge as to surpass
     my fellow-man."

72
"Now I shall show you how
 to reach the courtyard."

73
"There is a secret I must reveal
 to you before I die - Beneath
 my cassock, next to my heart,
 is pinned a parchment map -"

74
"- I am a descendant of the
 Roman Cardinal Spad who,
 during the middle ages, 
 accumulated the greatest
   fortune in Italy."

75
"Fearing in those turbulent times 
 that his fortune would fall to
 marauders, he hid it on the
  island of Monte Cristo."

76
"I discovered the map among
 the Cardinal's books - But before 
 I could seek his treasure, I was
       arrested and -"

77
"Prepare the body for
  immediate burial."

78
"Attach a cannonball to the body
 and see that it is cast far enough
    from the wall, to sink."

79
"Mon Dieu, a most novel way
  of committing suicide."

80
"You may also sign a death
 certificate for Edmond Dantes,
     Prisoner Nº 38."

81
"Now on to Monte Cristo,
 and the world is mine!"

82
Rescued by smugglers, Dantes
soon won their confidence
and passage to the island
    of Monte Cristo.

83
"Henceforth I will be the hand
    of God! The avenger!"

84
A stormy night in 1835. There
have been many changes
 in Dantes' absence.

85
"Hurry up lazybones -
  Here is a guest!"

86
  Benedetto.

--- Frances McDonald

87
"Am I addressing Gaspard
      Caderousse?"

88
"Were you once acquainted
 with a sailor of Marseilles
   named Edmond Dantes?"

89
"He died a more wretched hopeless
 heartbroken prisoner than if
 victim of the guillotine - He was
 buried alive for twenty years in
 the dungeon of the Chateau d'If."

90
"Being innocent of any crime,
 he cursed with his last breath
 the unknown enemy who
  caused his arrest."

91
"But before dying, he requested
 me to divide among his friends -
 Caderousse, M. Danglars and
 Fernand Montego - this diamond,
 which is worth about 50,000 francs."

92
"Oh, M. l'Abbé, I cannot permit
 such a mockery - Danglars
 and Fernand were not friends,
 but the enemies who conspired 
      Dantes' arrest!"

93
"God forgive me - I too was
 guilty, for I could have saved
 Edmond Dantes had I not
  been such a coward!"

94
"To accuse yourself is to
 deserve pardon from
      your sin."

95
"What became of the 
 conspirators - Danglars
   and Fernand?"

96
"M. l'Abbé, they both went to
 Paris and I hear have become
     rich and famous."

97
"Did you know the father
      of Dantes?"

98
"Did I know Dantes' father?"

99
"Indeed, we were great friends.
 The poor man died of a
     broken heart."

100
"And didn't young Dantes
 have a sweetheart named 
       Mercedes?"

101
"Pardieu, the most beautiful
 girl in Marseilles - but
       faithless."

102
"She married Fernand."

103
"Do you know whether the Royal
 Prosecutor, M. Villefort, who
 sentenced Dantes unjustly, is still
       in Marseilles?"

104
"M. l'Abbé, I have good reason
 to know - He is in Paris and
  high in the King's favor."

105
"De Villefort betrayed my daughter
 Nanette - I followed him to his
 chateau at Auteuil to kill him."

106
"I found a live baby
   in the casket."

107
"Who was the mother
  of this child?"

108
"She is the wife of
  Baron Danglars!"

109
"And the child? What has
    become of him?"

110
"That boy, Benedetto, whom
 you saw asleep by the fire, is
 de Villefort's illegitimate son."

111
"I could betray you to the police,
 who would send you to the
 guillotine - but I will save you
    on one condition -"

112
"- that you be my
 devoted servant."

113
"By what name shall I call
       my master?"

114
"The Count of Monte Cristo!"

115
Paris. At the chateau of
Fernand Montego, now
the Count de Morcerf.

116
Fernand and Mercedes, 
the Count and Countess
     de Morcerf.

117
Danglars, now Baron Danglars,
noted Parisian banker, and
 his wife, the Baroness.

118
M. de Villefort, formerly Royal
Prosecutor, now judge at the
       Royal Court.

119
Fernand's son, Viscount
  Albert de Morcerf.

  --- Gaston Glass

120
"And now, my friends,
 I shall explain why I have
  assembled you all!"

121
"During a stay in Rome last
 month I was set upon by
 bandits and rescued at the
 last moment by a foreigner."

122
"And who was your
 mysterious savior?"

123
"You will be amazed
 when you find out!"

124
"And you shall meet him
 this evening at the stroke
       of eight!"

125
"It strikes eight o'clock
 yet your mythical hero
    does not appear."

126
"His Excellency, the Count
    of Monte Cristo!"

127
"Your Excellency, I owe to you
 the life of my son, for which
 I bless you from the bottom
       of my heart."

128
"May I introduce M. de Villefort,
   Judge at the Royal Court."

129
"Did you bring Princess Haidee
     to Paris with you?"

130
"May I introduce the daughter
 of Ali Pasha, Princess Haidee."

     --- Virginia Brown Faire

131
The Count of Monte Cristo made
it his business to acquire the
Chateau at Auteuil that had
once belonged to Villefort.
The wise spider spins his web
    for the silly flies.

132
Luigi Vampa, now Bertuccio,
an infamous bandit whose 
life Dantes saved after escaping
from prison, is now his butler.

     --- George Siegmann

133
"You are no longer Benedetto -
 I will present you to the
 aristocracy of Paris as Count
 Andrea Cavalcanti of Naples,
 heir to a fortune of two
      million francs."

134
"Bertuccio will supply you
 with the proper house,
 costumes, and an income
 befitting your station."

135
"But remember, M. le Count,
 one false move and I will
 send you to the guillotine."

136
The elite of Paris are invited
by the Count of Monte Cristo
to a banquet which eclipses
 his previous records of
      extravagance.

137
"My ward, Princess Haidee.
 I will interpret for her as
 she speaks only Arabic."

138
"His Excellency, Count
  Andrea Cavalcanti!"

139
"You are late, dear Count!"

140
"So sorry, Your Excellency.
 I was delayed at a meeting
     with my banker."

141
"Mme. Danglars, I depend upon
 you to protect M. le Count
 from the designing females
        of Paris."

		--- Renée Adorée

142
"Like the Roman epicureans,
 I have collected dishes for you
 from the ends of the earth!"

143
After the banquet -
    Phantoms.

144
"Here is a room which should
 particularly interest you -
  it is said to be haunted."

145
"Perhaps M. de Villefort can
 expand on this legend.
 I am told the room was
      once his."

146
"Some years ago a child
 was born in that bed -
  out of wedlock -"

147
"The guilty father tore the
 innocent infant from the
 mother's arms, placed it 
      in a casket -"

148
"- and rushed downstairs."

149
"When my gardeners were
 digging beneath that
 sycamore, they unearthed
    a wooden box -"

150
"- an empty casket!"

151
"I humbly beg Madame's
 pardon - I did not know
 you believe in ghosts!"

152
The avenger strikes with
   an invisible hand.

153
"As Your Excellency ordered,
 I have bought up Danglars'
 bills to the amount of two
      million francs."

154
"Do not cease until you
 have purchased all the
 outstanding obligations
    of Danglars."

155
"I had the story published
 as you requested, Your
      Excellency."

156
"When I find that publisher, 
 I shall force him to retract
 his lies or challenge him
        to a duel!"

157
"First, identify your unknown
 enemy. It is he who must
  give you satisfaction."

158
The Count de Morcerf 
is summoned to defend
his honor before the
 Chamber of Peers.

159
"It is the sad duty of the
 House to consider a charge
 of dishonor against a peer
       of France."

160
"My answer to the political
 enemy who makes this
 charge is, let him produce
 proofs or witnesses to
 substantiate this calumny!"

161
"I beg to introduce
     a witness."

162
"I ask the privilege of translating
 the testimony, as the witness speaks
 only Arabic. The Greek Ambassador
 can verify the translation and also
 the substance, for he is familiar
         with the facts."

163
"I am Princess Haidee, daughter
 of Ali Teleban, Pasha of Yanina.
 I was by my father's side when
        he was killed."

164
"That is the man who betrayed 
 my father and fired the shot
 that robbed him of his life -"

165
"The assassin should still bear 
 on his right hand the wound
  from my father's sword!"

166
"Gentlemen, is Count de Morcerf
 convicted of felony, treason 
        and murder?"

167
"You have brought disgrace
 upon my father's name -
 I shall avenge his honor!"

168
Discovering that he is on the 
verge of bankruptcy, Baron
Danglars hopes to mend his 
broken fortune by marrying his 
daughter to Count Cavalcanti.

169
"Which of you gentlemen
 answers to the name of
 Count Andrea Cavalcanti?"

170
"I have an order for his arrest
   on the charge of murder!"

171
Cavalcanti's arrest dashed
Danglars' last hope. Financially
and morally ruined, he fled
Paris, absconding with five
million francs earmarked
   for orphan relief.

172
The night before the duel
between Monte Cristo and
   Albert de Morcerf.

173
"Your Excellency, the
 Countess of Morcerf."

174
"Edmond!"

175
"Edmond - forgive! I believed
 you dead. See, this is the letter
     M. Morrell gave me!"

176
"You will not kill my son?"

177
"Speak, Edmond!"

178
The duel.

179
"My mother has told me
 everything! You were
 justified! I beg your
    forgiveness -"

180
"Should anyone here entertain
 a false opinion of my bravery,
  I am ready to correct it!"

181
"Gentlemen, let it be remembered
 there is no enmity between
 Albert de Morcerf and the Count
      of Monte Cristo."

182
"My son was a coward
 but you will not find
   his father one!"

183
"One of these pistols is loaded.
 God will place the empty weapon
   in the guilty man's hand!"

184
"I am Edmond Dantes!"

185
Number one.

186
The trial of the imposter,
Count Cavalcanti, attracts
a notable audience to the
    Palais de Justice.

187
"Benedetto, alias Count Andrea
 Cavalcanti, is hereby charged
 with the murder of one
  Gaspar Caderousse -"

188
"I refuse to answer any questions
 of the King's Prosecutor for a
 reason which the Court will
      soon understand!"

189
"Your age?"

190
"I am twenty years old - I was
 born on the night of the 27th
     of September, 1817."

191
"Where were you born?"

192
"At Auteuil, near Paris."

193
"What is your father's name?"

194
"M. de Villefort - my father
    is the Royal Judge!"

195
"That is a lie!"

196
"My father tore me from my
 mother's arms, placed me
 in a casket, and buried me
 in the garden. Caderousse,
 who was hiding in the garden
 to kill Villefort, dug up the
  casket and saved my life."

197
"Who is your mother?"

198
"She is now the wife of
    Baron Danglars!"

199
"What proof have you
 to support this tale
     of horror?"

200
"Who might you be,
    Monsieur?"

201
"Edmond Dantes!"

202
"I hope you are no coward,
        Monsieur!"

203
Number two.

204
The author of the letter that
   sent Dantes to prison.

205
"How much would you charge
   me for that roast?"

206
"Five million francs!"

207
"How much is the
  bread alone?"

208
"Our establishment has but
 one price, Your Excellency: 
   five million francs."

209
"The money will go back
    to the orphans."

210
"You! What have I done
 that you have punished
    me so terribly?"

211
"I have compelled you to suffer
 for one week the hunger you
 caused Dantes to endure for
 twenty years in the Chateau d'If."

212
"Who is it that speaks
  to me of the dead?"

213
"Edmond Dantes!"

214
Number three.

215
"Lord of my life, happiness
   is gone from my heart."

216
"God is good - I have found
   our way to happiness."

217
"You will arrange to distribute
 my entire fortune among
 the most deserving charities
        of Europe."

218
The Way to Happiness.

219
"Albert!"

220
"We have our nets, and
 as long as there are fish
 in the sea, we can live!"

THE END

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