Alexandre Dumas's novel, The Count of Monte Cristo, is the romantic tale of an ingenuous young man caught in events that are beyond his ken. Not only is his naivete dangerous to him, but his choice to be so unknowledgeable of the world reaps tragic effects. Edmund Dantes, as first mate of the ship owned by Monsieur Morrel, the Pharoan, is innocently dutiful. When Leclere, the ship's captain, gives Dantes a letter to deliver to the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, he obeys without question for these reasons:
- As a dutiful and loyal first mate, Dantes obeys the orders of his captain without questioning.
- Leclere makes his demand that Dantes deliver the letter upon his death bed, and Dantes feels absolutely compelled to follow the orders of the dying captain.
- Dantes knows nothing of politics, and is completely unaware of the potential danger to him in visiting the Isle of Elba, thinking nothing about the contents of the letter and its possible repercussions.