Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Edmond Dantès (ehd-MOHN dahn-TEHS), a young man unjustly imprisoned in the grim Château D’If. He escapes fourteen years later, after he has learned where a vast fortune is amassed. He secures the fortune and assumes the title of Count of Monte-Cristo. He then sets about avenging himself on those who were instrumental in having him imprisoned.
M. Morrel, a merchant and shipowner, the friend of young Dantès, and the benefactor of Edmond’s father. He is later saved by Monte-Cristo from bankruptcy and suicide.
M. Danglars (dahn-GLAR), an employee of M. Morrel. He helps to betray Edmond Dantès to the authorities because of professional jealousy. He later amasses a fortune, which Monte-Cristo causes him to lose. He is further punished by being allowed to starve almost to death as he had allowed Edmond’s father to starve.
Mercédès (mehr-say-DEHZ), the betrothed of young Edmond Dantès. Believing him to be dead, she marries his rival, Fernand Mondego. In the end, she leaves her husband’s house, gives his fortune to charity, and lives on the dowry Edmond had saved for her in his youth.
Louis Dantès (lwee), Edmond’s father. He dies of starvation after his son is imprisoned.
Gaspard Caderousse (gahs-PAHR ka-deh-ROOS), a tailor, innkeeper, and thief. One of Edmond’s betrayers, he is killed while robbing Monte-Cristo’s house.
Fernand Mondego (mohn-deh-GOH), the count de Morcerf (mohr-SEHRF), a fisherman in love with Mercédès. He mails the letter that betrays Edmond to the authorities. He later marries Mercédès and becomes a soldier and a count. Monte-Cristo later brings about the revelation that Fernand got his fortune by selling out the pasha of Janina to the enemy. His wife and son leave him, and he commits suicide.
The Marquis de Saint-Méran
The Marquis de Saint-Méran (sahn-may-RAHN) and
The Marchioness de Saint-Méran
The Marchioness de Saint-Méran, the father and mother of M. Villefort’s first wife, poisoned by his second wife.
Renée (reh-NAY), the daughter of the marquis and marchioness de Saint-Méran. She marries Villefort.
M. Villefort (veel-FOHR), a deputy prosecutor, later attorney general, and a royalist. He causes Edmond to be imprisoned because he fears involvement in a Napoleonic plot. Monte-Cristo later discovers an...
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