26: In this chapter, Dantes, the Count of Monte Cristo, visits
Villefort again for the first time in fourteen years as well.
It seems Villefort didn't really die after all; apparently he
recovered from his stabbing. The
two men have a philosophical conversation.
Dantes tells Villefort, "I maintain my pride in the face of
men, but I abandon it before God, who drew me out of nothingness to
make me what I am."
the count says that he has sold his soul to the devil in order to be a
part of providence. In
this way, the reader beings to understand Dantes' new role as a
demigod who rewards the good yet punishes the bad.
Chapter 27: This
chapter is inconsequential for the most part.
The count visits his slave/mistress and informs her that she is
free to go whenever she likes. She,
however, says that she will never leave him.
Chapter 28: The
count visits Maximilien Morrel and Emmanuel.
He inquires about the red purse, though hiding his identity of
course. They tell him
that the red purse is now a symbol to them of the kindness shown them
by a mysterious benefactor. This
benefactor is Dantes of course, but he doesn't let on.
Chapter 29: The
count visits Villefort's house, speaking to Madame Villefort about his
knowledge of chemistry and poison.
He sends some of the poison to her, though the reader doesn't
understand why. On his way
out, he mutters something about sowing the secret seed.
It seems he is up to something sinister.
visits the count, telling him of his uncertainty about marriage with
Danglars' daughter. After
listening for a time, the count promises to help his young friend
avoid the marriage he doesn't feel comfortable with.