The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics)

By Robin Buss

"On what slim threads do lifestyles and fortune hang"

Thrown in legal for a criminal offense he has no longer devoted, Edmond Dantes is limited to the awful citadel of If. There he learns of an outstanding 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 devise the destruction of the 3 males chargeable for his incarceration. Dumas’ epic story of ache and retribution, encouraged through a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, used to be an enormous renowned good fortune while it used to be first serialized within the 1840s.

Robin Buss’s full of life English translation is whole and unabridged, and is still trustworthy to the fashion of Dumas’s unique. This variation comprises an creation, explanatory notes and proposals for extra reading.

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He didn't even see the sea, that reason behind heart-breaking melancholy to the prisoners who glance on that huge expanse of water with an lousy conviction that they're powerless to go it. there has been a moment’s halt, in which he attempted to gather his strategies. He regarded round him; he was once in a sq. courtyard enclosed through 4 excessive partitions; the gradual and measured tread of the sentinels was once heard, and every time they handed ahead of the sunshine which shone from in the château he observed the gleam in their musket-barrels. They waited right here approximately ten mins, obviously for orders. eventually a voice known as out: “Where is the prisoner? ” “Here,” one of many gendarmes responded. “Let him keep on with me. i'm going to take him to his phone. ” “Go! ” stated the gendarme, giving Dantès a push. The prisoner his advisor who led him right into a subterranean room whose naked and reeking partitions appeared as if impregnated with tears. a type of lamp, status on a stool, the wick swimming in fetid oil, illuminated the glossy partitions of this bad homestead, and printed to Dantès the gains of his advisor, an under-gaoler, ill-clad and of a low style. “Here is your telephone for to-night,” he stated. “It is past due and the governor is in mattress. To-morrow, while he has learn the directions concerning you, he may possibly swap your mobile. meanwhile this is a few bread, there's a few water within the pitcher over there and a few straw within the nook yonder. that's all a prisoner calls for. strong evening. ” earlier than Dantès may possibly think about a solution, ahead of he had spotted the place the gaoler had put the bread and the pitcher of water, or checked out the nook the place lay the straw for his mattress, the man had taken the lamp and locked the door at the back of him, leaving his prisoner to the darkness and silence of the gaol. whilst the 1st rays of the solar had introduced a few mild into the den, the gaoler lower back with the knowledge that Dantès was once to not swap his mobilephone. An iron hand looked as if it would have nailed him to the spot the place he stood the evening ahead of; he was once immobile along with his eyes fastened at the floor. hence he had stood the full evening lengthy with out sleep. The gaoler complicated; Dantès didn't seem to see him. He tapped him at the shoulder; Dantès shuddered and shook his head. “Have you no longer slept? ” requested the gaoler. “I don't know,” was once Dantès’ answer. The gaoler stared at him in astonishment. “Are you no longer hungry? ” “I don't know,” Dantès nonetheless made resolution. “Do you will have something? ” “I are looking to see the governor. ” The gaoler shrugged his shoulders and went out. Dantès gazed after him, stretched out his arms towards the half-open door, however the door was once closed upon him. Then his complete body used to be shaken with one effective sob. The tears which choked him streamed down his cheeks; he beat his brow opposed to the floor; he remained decades in prayer, and, whereas reviewing his prior lifestyles, requested himself what crime he had devoted at his smooth age to advantage this kind of merciless punishment. The day handed hence. He scarcely touched his bread or water. from time to time he might sit down absorbed in proposal, at different occasions he might stroll around and around his ceH like a wild animal in a cage.

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