Whilst I have kept up to date with my reading (more than up to date, actually), I did completely forget to post last week. Well, I say ‘forgot’ – I actually remembered after I’d already got settled in for the evening and I was too busy for the rest of week.
Anyway, my incompetance is nothing to do with the quality of The Count of Monte Cristo, which I love.
It’s all kicked off now! Dantes is in full on Revenge Mode and it is brutal. I can’t actually remember which bit was read in which week, so here is a muddled up brain dump:
- So, essentially, he set up a young man with an inheritance, reputation, glory and a young wife… only to then inform the police just as he’s about to sign the marriage contract with said young wife. I mean, I’m not saying he didn’t deserve it, but… geez.
- Albert is a bit obnoxious in these chapters. Charging around, challenging everybody to a duel before he even knows half of what’s going on.
- One of the main four killed themselves, and Caderousse was murdered so it wasn’t him… Danglars? Was it Danglars? Oh shit, no, it was Fernand. I love how zero fuss is made of the fact that this important man killed himself. It’s mentioned as a sort of ‘a shot rang out’ aside and then never again.
- Eugenie is a lesbian, right? I mean, that’s the inference, yes? I didn’t note down any quotes or page numbers, but there was something about ‘sappho.’ Also, she hasn’t been interested in any men and was very complimentary about the shape of Haidee’s silhouette in the opera.
- I love the name Haidee, by the way. I have zero chance of convincing The Boy to let me call our first born this, however.
- I did appreciate the scene where she waltzed into the Court room to denounce Fernand. I’d been hoping she’d have a larger role at some point.
- Oh! My favourite bit from this whole fortnight is where Valentine is poisoned and it turns out Noirtier has been slipped her tiny doses of his medication to provide her with somewhat of an immunity. I thought that was very clever. It’s annoying me how nobody is accusing the right person though, despite how blindingly obvious it is.
- It annoyed me when they seriously (albeit briefly) believed that Valentine was the culprit, however. Get a grip.
- So who’s left? Fernand is dead, Caderousse is dead, Danglars is about to be ruined financially and Villefort’s whole household are dying off.
- Hang on… Mercedes is a widow now. Where have she and Albert run off to, anyway? Surely the Count has them stashed away somewhere so he can marry her when all this is done?
- Oh, but he’s just realised Haidee is quite nice. It reminds me of that scene in Goblet of Fire, where Ron goes “Hermione, you’re a girl…”
- He’s got to end up with Mercedes though, surely? It’s the whole point of the book. Maybe Haidee will get jealous and throw a spanner in the works, although she doesn’t seem like that type.
I’m enjoying reading The Count of Monte Cristo – it’s a lot better than I’d expected. That said, I’ll still be glad when we’ve finished it and don’t have to remind myself that there’s something I should be reading at the start of every week!