The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

by

Alexandre Dumas

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Abbe Faria Character Analysis

The Count’s comrade in prison, Abbe Faria is extremely learned and wise, as he has worked for a noble family in Italy before being thrown into prison for supposed sympathy with the forces of independence in Italy. The Abbe has, for years, amused himself in prison by inventing useful objects, writing out his history of European politics, and dreaming up methods of escape, so that he might be able to access the fortune at Monte Cristo, which his Italian noble family bequeathed to him years ago. Faria finally meets Dantes and takes him under his wing, and when Abbe Faria dies, he advises Dantes to go to Monte Cristo and follow the Abbe’s directions to find the fortune. Dantes only realizes at the end of the novel how thoroughly indebted he is to the Abbe’s generosity of spirit and goodwill.

Abbe Faria Quotes in The Count of Monte Cristo

The The Count of Monte Cristo quotes below are all either spoken by Abbe Faria or refer to Abbe Faria. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 16 Quotes

Finally, do you realize that I thought my labors were at an end, that I felt I had just enough strength to complete the task, and that God has now not only set back my goal but removed it, I know not where? Oh, let me tell you, and repeat it: I shall not take another step to try and regain my freedom, since God’s will is for me to have lost it for ever.

Page Number: 152
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Chapter 17 Quotes

I regret having helped you in your investigation and said what I did to you ...

Why is that?

Because I have insinuated a feeling into your heart that was not previously there: the desire for revenge ...

Let us change the subject.

Page Number: 168
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Abbe Faria Character Timeline in The Count of Monte Cristo

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Chapter 14 – The Raving Prisoner and the Mad One
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...him that down there are only insane men. Two examples jump to mind: an old Abbe, named Faria, who is originally Italian and who busies himself by solving riddles and puzzles... (full context)
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When the Governor and the wardens visit the Abbe Faria, the Abbe tells them, as the wardens had said he would, about a treasure... (full context)
Chapter 15 – Number 34 and Number 17
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...and who identifies himself as no. 24. That prisoner, later revealed to be the “mad” Abbe Faria, has also been trying to escape, although he miscalculated and thought that Dantes’ wall... (full context)
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Faria is initially distrustful of Dantes, but Dantes tells him that he will be his friend,... (full context)
Chapter 16 – An Italian Scholar
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The Abbe speaks to Dantes, who for some time is so overwhelmed by the presence of another... (full context)
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Dantes asks whether the Abbe wouldn’t be willing to dig another tunnel together to the outside—then they could scale the... (full context)
Chapter 17 – The Abbe’s Cell
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The Abbe demonstrates for Dantes some of the wonders in his cell. These include a functioning sundial;... (full context)
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After Dantes tells his tale, the Abbe wonders aloud who might have had a grudge against Dantes, for after all, he figures,... (full context)
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The Abbe further unspools Noirtier and Villefort’s relationship, for he knows that they are father and son,... (full context)
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After one of their tutoring sessions, the Abbe reveals that he is still thinking of plans for escape, even though he’s told Dantes... (full context)
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Dantes is awed by the simplicity of the plan and he tells the Abbe he is committed to it. They work for over fifteen months, continuing their lessons as... (full context)
Chapter 18 – The Treasure
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Dantes returns to the Abbe’s cell the next day, and Faria begins to tell him of a treasure, the location... (full context)
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The Abbe tells Dantes a long story about the history of this treasure. As a younger man,... (full context)
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The Abbe continues with his story, saying that he himself managed the affairs of the last remaining... (full context)
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The Abbe finishes his story by noting that, as he was moving the last Count of Spada’s... (full context)
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Dantes is flabbergasted by this news and begins to believe that the Abbe might in fact be telling the truth. The Abbe says that, if they had escaped... (full context)
Chapter 19 – The Third Seizure
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As he is describing his fortune of 13 or 14 million francs to Dantes, the Abbe comes to believe that the young man could do enormous good with such wealth once... (full context)
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Dantes and the Abbe continue to pass the time together, although the Abbe insists that in the next few... (full context)
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One morning, Dantes awakens to the Abbe’s cries and realizes that he is undergoing his third seizure. He rushes in to help... (full context)
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The Abbe undergoes his third and final seizure, with Dantes by his side, and though Dantes does... (full context)
Chapter 20 – The Graveyard of the Chateau D’If
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...friend and worries that he will succumb to suicide, as he almost did before hearing Faria digging away at the cell wall, now many years in the past. Dantes recovers himself,... (full context)
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The two gravediggers come in and carry Dantes out of the Abbe’s cell in the shroud. Dantes wonders where they are headed, and he feels the night... (full context)
Chapter 22 – The Smugglers
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...is his chance to stop on the island and find out the path to the Abbe’s treasure. Dantes nevertheless hides his emotions and agrees to the captain’s plan. The next night,... (full context)
Chapter 23 – The Island of Monte Cristo
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...believes, he can begin following the Cardinal Spada’s directions (which he has memorized from the Abbe’s paper), he finds no clear entrance, only a very heavy rock sitting atop a base... (full context)
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...only pretended that he had broken his back and leg—and sets off to find the Abbe’s treasure. (full context)
Chapter 24 – Dazzled
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...it. He finds another chamber, darker than the first, and begins to realize that the Abbe’s treasure directions are true. He finds the darkest corner of that second room, digs in... (full context)
Chapter 26 – At the Sign of the Pont du Gard
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...a horse and rider hurrying toward the inn. The rider is dressed richly as an Abbe (a man of the cloth with an official position in the government, like the former... (full context)
Chapter 27 – Caderousse’s Story
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The story visibly affects the Abbe, who claims he is moved by it because it is, broadly speaking, moving and affecting.... (full context)
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Thus, Caderousse admits to the Abbe to being a coward in the face of false accusations against Dantes—to standing “idly by,”... (full context)
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The Abbe asks after Morrel, and Caderousse informs him that Morrel’s business has been faltering, that he... (full context)
Chapter 28 – The Prison Register
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...a condition, which he does. The envoy asks, instead of money, for information on the Abbe Faria, who died six months before in the Chateau D’If. (full context)
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...Boville, it is revealed, was the very same inspector of prisons who visited Dantes and Faria in 1817 and who promised to look up Dantes’ case, finding only Villefort’s note that... (full context)
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De Boville reports that, after Faria died, the dangerous Dantes must have had himself sewn into the man’s shroud, as was... (full context)
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...envoy is able, at de Boville’s leave, to peruse the official prison registers for the Abbe Faria and (although de Boville doesn’t notice this) for Dantes’ case as well. The “envoy”... (full context)
Chapter 66 – Marriage Plans
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...Paris to meet with him about business matters regarding the Cavalcantis. The Count says that Abbe Busoni has just arrived in Paris, and that he has been meeting with him, excusing... (full context)
Chapter 113 – The Past
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...of the former guards, the Count is shown to his old dungeon and to the Abbe Faria’s, and the guard gives the Count a copy of the manuscript on with the... (full context)