This chapter takes place in the home of Monsieur Danglars and his
family. The occasion is
the ceremonies marriage contract signing.
Just before Andrea (the groom) is suppose to sign the document
which would make him the legal husband of Eugenie Danglars, Monte
Cristo seems to inadvertently hint that Andrea is an escaped convict
and murderer. Soon the
police arrive, but Andrea manages to get away.
In this short section, Eugenie now
disgraced and without a husband, plans to leave Paris with one of her
girlfriends and travel about Europe.
These plans are made in secret.
Chapter 58: Andrea
escapes through a window of Danglars' house, getting into a cab.
Several hours and lies later, Andrea finds himself hiding in
the chimney of the hotel room where Eugenie is staying, already on her
get-away. When Andrea
slips, his presence is revealed and the police soon take him to jail.
Chapter 59: Valentine
is recovering from her attempted murder via poisoning.
Thanks to the help of the priest (Monte Cristo disguised) who
watches her through the library that adjoins the neighboring house,
Valentine discovers to her amazement that her stepmother, Madame
Villefort, is the murderer.
takes a sleeping pill from the count.
By the next morning, everyone in the house believes she's
dead. Villefort, who
already suspects his wife, swears to find the murderer.
Conveniently, the priest from next door comes to perform his
sacred duties. It's in
this way that Monte Cristo conspires with Noirtier about how to keep
Valentine alive and hidden (the sleeping pill is only temporary of