Complete and unabridged. The Count of Monte Cristo takes place in France, Italy, and islands in the Mediterranean during the historical events of 1815-1838, beginning from just before the Hundred Days period (when Napoleon returned to power after his exile) and spanning through to the reign of Louis-Philippe of France. In 1815 Edmond Dantes, a young and successful merchant sailor who has just recently been granted the succession of his erstwhile captain Leclere, returns to Marseille to marry his fiancee Mercedes. Leclere, a supporter of the exiled Napoleon I, found himself dying at sea and charged Dantes to deliver two objects: a package to Marshall Bertrand, and a letter from Elba to an unknown man in Paris. On the eve of his wedding to Mercedes, there is an anonymous note accusing Dantes of being a Bonapartist traitor. Caderousse, Dantes' cowardly and selfish neighbor, is drunk while the conspirators set the trap, and while he objects to the idea of hurting Dantes, he stays quiet...

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