Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER IIL THE BREAKFAST. The count was, it may bo remembered, a most temperate guest. Albert remarked this, expressing his fears lest at the outset the Parisian mode of life should displease the traveller in the most essential point. " My dear count," said he, " I fear that the fare of the Hue du Holder is not so much to your taste as that of the Place d'Espagne. 1 ought to have consulted you on the point, and have had some dishes prepared expressly to suit your taste." " Did you know me better," returned the count, smiling, " you would not give one thought of such a thing for a traveller like myself, who has successively lived on macaroni at Naples, polenta at Milan, olla podrida at Valencia, pilau at Constantinople, karrick in India, and swallows' nests in China. I eat everywhere, and of everything, — only I eat but little; and this day, on which you reproach me for abstinence, is my day of appetite, for I have not eaten since yesterday morning." " What! " cried all the guests, " you have not eaten for four and twenty hours 1" " No," replied the count; " I was forced to go out of my road to obtain some information near Nimes, so that I was somewhat late, and I did not choose to stop.' " And you ate in your carriage ? " asked Morcerf. " No; I slept, as I generally do when I am wearywithout having the courage to amuse myself, or when I am hungry withoit feeling inclined to eat." " But you can sleep when you please, Monsieur 1" said Morrel. " Very nearly." " You have a receipt for that 1" "An infallible one." " That would be invaluable to us in Africa, who have not always food to eat, and rarely anything to drink." " Yes," said Monte Cristo; " but unfortunately my receipt, excellent for a man like myself, who leads an exceptional life, wo...
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On his wedding day, Edmond Dantes is arrested for treason and imprisoned in the Chateau d'If. Driven by the desire for revenge, he makes a dramatic escape. Years later, the mysterious Count Of Monte Cristo arrives in Paris, becoming the catalyst for disaster, and the subject of the question - Who is he?From the Inside Flap:
A popular bestseller since its publication in 1844, The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the great page-turning thrillers of all time. Set against the tumultuous years of the post-Napoleonic era, Dumas's grand historical romance recounts the swashbuckling adventures of Edmond Dantès, a dashing young sailor falsely accused of treason. The story of his long imprisonment, dramatic escape, and carefully wrought revenge offers up a vision of France that has become immortal. As Robert Louis Stevenson declared, "I do not believe there is another volume extant where you can breathe the same unmingled atmosphere of romance."
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