Thursday, January 26, 2012

And the Plot Thickens

     I think it is interesting how the characters of The Count of Monte Cristo intertwine within the story. The count randomly meets Franz on his island who, as it turns out, is betrothed to one of his enemies' daughter. Said girl is actually in love with the son of one of the count's friends. Franz's best buddy, Albert, is found to be betrothed to the count's other enemy's daughter. As luck would have it, one of his servants had smuggling dealings with one of the few characters who had felt remorse towards the count while he was imprisoned. Even Dantes' first love shows up later in the story as we get more and more entangled in the web that Dumas spins.

     This story is like an onion with many layers to peel away and examine in great detail. There is so much more going on in this book than just unadulterated revenge. I'm a little over halfway finished and haven't even gotten to his vengeful wrath yet. However the characters are all in place, the foreshadowing is beginning to clue the reader in on the count's thoughts, and we begin to await the drop of the guillotine, so to speak.

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