Chapters 80-84 Summary

Villefort is obviously disturbed when Doctor d’Avigny reports his suspicions of who poisoned Noitier’s servant. The doctor even tells Villefort that he believes his father-in-law and mother-in-law (the Saint-Merans) were also poisoned. The doctor assumes only person with a motive to be rid of the Saint-Merans is Valentine, and he declares her the killer. She was in line to inherit large sums of money from them upon their deaths. The doctor also assumes that Noirtier was the target for the poisoned lemonade, which his servant ultimately drank. The doctor points out that Valentine would also benefit from Noirtier’s death. Even though Noirtier did consume some of the lemonade, the doctor explains that it had no effect on the old...

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