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The Count of Monte Cristo

by Alexandre Dumas père
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Why could Monte cristo not marry Mercedes?

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For all that they've been through a lot together, Edmond feels that he cannot marry Mercedes, the woman he'd loved for so long. Primarily, this is because he no longer harbors the same feelings for her as he once did. For her part, Mercedes has never stopped loving Edmond, but one senses the intensity of her feelings aren't reciprocated. It is very difficult for Edmond to have much respect for Mercedes, let alone love, after she marries the dastardly Fernand.

The very sight of Mercedes causes Edmond to tremble, as she undoubtedly reminds him not only of the love they once shared, but also of the immense trauma he suffered in the past. Edmond may have successfully carried out his elaborate plan of revenge, but he still cannot escape from the ghosts of the past, which continue to haunt him day by day. Edmond simply has too much emotional baggage and must make a clean break with the past if he's to move on with this life. Among other things, this means that he cannot be with Mercedes.

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