Chapters 16-20 Summary

Abbey Faria climbs out of the tunnel into Dantes’s cell. Dantes is so excited to see him that he picks up the old man and carries him to the light coming through a high window so he can better study the man’s face. They spend the next few hours talking about their digging tools and the distances they have dug. The old man tells Dantes his tunnel is fifty feet long. But then Faria dejectedly concedes that all the digging was in vain. It took Faria four years to make his tools and two years more to dig the tunnel. His miscalculations have led him in the wrong direction. He is too old now and cannot consider starting over to dig a new tunnel.

Despite Faria’s disappointment, Dantes is elated. He had never even thought...

(The entire section is 927 words.)