I need help identifying the speaker, context, and significance of the following quote from The Count of Monte Cristo. " There are people who are willing to suffer and swallow their tears at leisure... but those who have the will to struggle strike back at fate in retaliation for the blows they receive. do you intend to fight back at fate, valentine? that's what i came here to aks you."

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Dante speaks these words to Valentine Villefort who has suffered being betrayed by her own mother.  Valentine is in love with Maximilien, but her mother wants her to marry another, so much so that she (Madame Villefort) poisons members of her own family and eventually tries to kill Valentine.

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Dante speaks these words to Valentine Villefort who has suffered being betrayed by her own mother.  Valentine is in love with Maximilien, but her mother wants her to marry another, so much so that she (Madame Villefort) poisons members of her own family and eventually tries to kill Valentine.

The significance of Dante's words is that they reflect what he has learned from his own tragic life (being betrayed by those whom he thinks love him). At this point in the novel, "fighting back at fate" means not only seeking revenge against those who wrong you (although Dante comes to realize that that is not enough in life) and pursuing what you want.

At the novel's end, Valentine clearly takes the count's words to heart because her betrayer (her mother) is dead from suicide, and she is left to a happy future with Maximilien.

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