Chapters 75-79 Summary

Noirtier has promised Valentine and Maximilien to protect them and keep Valentine from being forced to marry Franz. Noirtier has not divulged how he will do this, but the young people have faith in him. It is not until Franz appears at the Villefort house to sign a marriage contract, a promise to marry Valentine, that Noirtier calls Franz to his room.

After Franz enters, Noirtier asks Valentine (via eye signals) to go to his desk and retrieve papers. As Villefort looks on, he is relaxed. He has previously gone through his father’s papers and found nothing important. However, Noirtier’s servant shows Valentine a secret compartment in the desk from which a role of papers is extracted. Noirtier signals that Valentine...

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