Chapters 21-25 Summary

Dantes struggles to cut himself free of the burial sack in which he was thrown into the sea; he nearly drowns, but he finally succeeds. He swims toward a deserted island but is unsure whether he has enough strength to do so. He is determined to get as far away from the prison as possible. A storm comes up and pushes him to the rocky shore. During the night, he sees a small fishing boat capsize, its crew lost to the strong seas.

In the morning light, he sees another ship approaching. He finds a sailor’s red cap floating in the water and dons it. Then he grabs some of the wreckage of the fishing boat and swims out to the second ship. Again he almost drowns before he is pulled by the hair onto the Italian ship.

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(The entire section is 1127 words.)