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After the it lands, Dantes “looks after the ship,” and dresses it as in “mourning” because of the death of Captain Leclere. He then “spring[s] out on the quay and disappear[s] in the midst of the throng” of Marseilles in order to visit his father, who is old and ill. He then goes to visit the Catalans, after which he plans to see his fiancé, get married, and go to Paris. Ferdinand Catalan, however, is in love with Mercedes, and wants her to marry him. When Dantes visits Mercedes, she is with Ferdinand. Dantes and Ferdinand confront each other, and Ferdinand expresses his hatred of Dantes. His anger is extreme, and we as readers understand Dantes, otherwise a man whose “whole appearance bespoke that calmness and resolution peculiar to men accustomed from their cradle to contend with danger,” is indeed in great danger.
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