The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

by

Alexandre Dumas

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Albert (de Morcerf) Character Analysis

Fernand’s and Mercedes’s honorable son, Albert meets the Count of Monte Cristo in Rome and eventually befriends him, believing the Count to be one of the most interesting and mysterious men he has ever met. Albert invites the Count to visit him in Paris, not knowing that the Count was once betrothed to his mother, Mercedes, and that the Count has vowed revenge against Albert’s father, Fernand. Albert becomes a great supporter of, and friend to, the Count in Paris. But when Albert believes that the Count is behind a supposed smear of his father’s good name in the newspapers, he challenges the Count to a duel. Albert just as quickly retracts this challenge, however, refusing to fight the Count because he has learned that these smears against his father are true. Albert thus cultivates a nobility that his father lacks, and he vows to join the army to do what he can to bolster the family’s name after his father’s disgrace and suicide.

Albert (de Morcerf) Quotes in The Count of Monte Cristo

The The Count of Monte Cristo quotes below are all either spoken by Albert (de Morcerf) or refer to Albert (de Morcerf). 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of The Count of Monte Cristo published in 2003.
Chapter 38 Quotes

What country does the Count come from? What is his language? What are his means of support? Where does his huge fortune come from? What was the first half of this mysterious and unknown life, that it has cast over the second half such a dark and misanthropic shadow?

Related Characters: Baron Franz D’Epinay (speaker), Albert (de Morcerf)
Page Number: 435
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Chapter 77 Quotes

I was taken to the bazaar. A rich Armenian bought me, educated me, gave me teachers and, when I was thirteen, sold me to Sultan Mahmoud.

And from him, I bought her, as I told you, Albert, for that stone equal to the one in which I keep my lozenges of hashish.

Oh, my lord, how good and great you are ... How fortunate I am to belong to you!

Page Number: 861
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Chapter 91 Quotes

Yes, I share your hope: the wrath of heaven will not pursue us, you who are so pure and I so innocent. But since we are resolved, let us act promptly. Monsieur de Morcerf left the house around half an hour ago; so, as you see, we have a good opportunity to avoid scandal or explanations.

Page Number: 1003
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Chapter 106 Quotes

Oh, yes, now. That’s where the trying times will begin. You know what is agreed?

Have we agreed something?

Yes, it is agreed that you will live in Marseille and I shall leave for Africa. There, instead of the name I have given up, I shall make for myself the name I have adopted.

Related Characters: Mercedes (de Morcerf) (speaker), Albert (de Morcerf) (speaker)
Page Number: 1140
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Albert (de Morcerf) Character Timeline in The Count of Monte Cristo

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Chapter 27 – Caderousse’s Story
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...installing her in a home in Spain and then eventually in Paris, with their son Albert. Caderousse says that Mercedes, now the Countess de Morcerf, has become one of the great... (full context)
Chapter 31 – Italy – Sinbad the Sailor 
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...where two nobles are planning to celebrate the Roman festivities of Carnival. The men are Albert de Morcerf (briefly mentioned in an earlier chapter as the son of Fernand) and someone... (full context)
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Albert and Franz book rooms in a choice location in Rome through a hotelier named Pastrini,... (full context)
Chapter 32 – Awakening
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...if he will see Sinbad again. He heads to Rome to meet back up with Albert de Morcerf. (full context)
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Franz is somewhat frustrated at the “swelling crowds” of Roman Carnival; as he and Albert get settled in their two rooms of the hotel, they realize that it will be... (full context)
Chapter 33 – Roman Bandits
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Franz and Albert rise the next morning, frustrated that they cannot order a carriage in Rome for the... (full context)
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...trying to rob them, especially one 22-year-old bandit—the most famous in the city—named Luigi Vampa. Albert says that he would try to fight Vampa if he could, but Pastrini warns him... (full context)
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...who goes by the name of the Count of Monte Cristo, although neither he nor Albert have seen the man next door. (full context)
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Pastrini thus concludes his story, and Franz and Albert respond with a mixture of astonishment and glee. The coachman enters the room to say... (full context)
Chapter 34 – An Apparition
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Franz and Albert go to the Colosseum for their nighttime visit, and when Albert is whisked off through... (full context)
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Albert and Franz go to the theater the next day, and Albert complains he is having... (full context)
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When Franz and Albert wake up the next day, they learn from Pastrini that the Count of Monte Cristo,... (full context)
Chapter 35 – La Mazzolata
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Albert and Franz have a pleasant conversation with the Count, in which he offers them more... (full context)
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The Count asks Franz and Albert to pay attention as the other man, a bandit named Andreas, is to be executed.... (full context)
Chapter 36 – The Carnival in Rome
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The narrator describes Franz and Albert’s trips through the Corso, the main boulevard in Rome, as part of Carnival. They spend... (full context)
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...narrative. The narrator describes the final night of Carnival, in which, for a third time, Albert and Franz take their carriage into the Corso. The week ends with the lighting of... (full context)
Chapter 37 – The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian
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...present. There, some of the other guests become worried that no one has heard from Albert, and at this moment Franz is called outside by a messenger, who claims he has... (full context)
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The Count, Peppino, and Franz head to the Catacombs of San Sebastian, where Albert is being kept by Vampa. The Count announces himself to the bandits, who treat him... (full context)
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Franz finds Albert sleeping that evening, and apparently none too worried about his impending demise—he tells Franz he... (full context)
Chapter 38 – The Rendez-Vous
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Albert and Franz go to the Count the next day, as Albert insists on thanking him... (full context)
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Afterward, Albert asks Franz in private why he seems not to like or to trust the Count.... (full context)
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To this Albert replies that the Count never asked where his (Albert’s, or Franz’s) money and wealth have... (full context)
Chapter 39 – The Guests
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The chapter opens at the Morcerf home on the Rue de Helder, in Albert’s sumptuous private accommodations in a bachelor’s apartment behind the main house. Albert receives an invitation... (full context)
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Albert says that Chateau-Renaud is not the only person whose life is indebted to someone else’s.... (full context)
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...of blushing at the young man’s name, and Morrel does not recognize him. After hearing Albert speak so glowingly of him in front of his other friends, the Count remarks aloud,... (full context)
Chapter 40 – Breakfast
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...of his sword. He also describes giving another such emerald to secure a man’s freedom. Albert correctly guesses that this man was Peppino, in Rome, and the Count smiles. But Albert... (full context)
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Albert reveals that he is engaged to the daughter of the Baron Danglars, now one of... (full context)
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Albert asks where the Count is staying in Paris, and he replies, to the group’s astonishment,... (full context)
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...impulsive decision-making, as in a day he has established himself as a gentleman in Rome. Albert and the Count end the chapter alone at the breakfast table. (full context)
Chapter 41 – The Introduction
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Albert shows the Count personally around his lodgings, including his many curios and fine paintings; he... (full context)
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...asking questions about the family’s herald and about where the family has come from initially. Albert is convinced that the family’s noble title has existed many generations in the past, and... (full context)
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...how surprised and jolted Mercedes was when the Count set foot in the Morcerf home. Albert, not understanding his mother’s distress, said his father seemed perfectly comfortable with the presence of... (full context)
Chapter 47 – The Dapple-Greys
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...Danglars (also known as Hermine), and to Lucien Debray, whom the Count already met at Albert de Morcerf’s breakfast. Lucien has spoken very highly of the Count to everyone he’s met,... (full context)
Chapter 53 – Robert Le Diable
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...to be having an affair with Lucien Debray; Hermine and the Baron’s daughter, Eugenie, whom Albert has been considering marrying; Morcerf and the Countess G, who has returned to Paris from... (full context)
Chapter 54 – Rise and Fall
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The Count invites Albert to come over and speak with him, and Albert reveals that he does not wish... (full context)
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Albert also reports that Franz, who is to marry Valentine de Villefort, is bored in Italy... (full context)
Chapter 57 – The Alfalfa Field
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...has been visiting with Eugenie Danglars. Valentine reveals that Eugenie does not wish to marry Albert because she wants to remain a free woman, able to live her own life—she aspires... (full context)
Chapter 66 – Marriage Plans
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...not be a good investment for his daughter, Eugenie, who does not want to marry Albert de Morcerf. (full context)
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...through a shady dealing with the Ali Pasha during the Greek wars, and that Fernand, Albert’s father, was nothing more than a fishmonger in Marseille. The Count says that this information... (full context)
Chapter 68 – A Summer Ball
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Albert returns from his trip to the country with his mother, Mercedes, and visits with the... (full context)
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Albert argues that Eugenie would make a wonderful mistress but a terrible wife, and so he... (full context)
Chapter 71 – Bread and Salt
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At this Albert comes into the greenhouse saying that a disaster has occurred: Valentine de Villefort’s grandfather has... (full context)
Chapter 74 – The Villefort Family Vault
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...the marriage can take place that day, as soon as Franz brings along as witnesses Albert and Chauteau-Renaud. Franz agrees to all this, returns with his witnesses in thirty minutes, and... (full context)
Chapter 76 – The Progress of the Younger Cavalcanti
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Albert de Morcerf enters, ostensibly to pay court to Eugenie, his fiancée, although the Danglars family... (full context)
Chapter 77 – Haydee
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Albert de Morcerf returns to the house of the Count of Monte Cristo, where, after some... (full context)
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The Count and Albert find Haydee in her chambers, where she is smoking her pipe and drinking coffee. Albert... (full context)
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...her from whatever ill fate awaited her at the hands of the Turks in Constantinople. Albert apologizes for prompting so sad a tale as this, but the Count replies that Haydee... (full context)
Chapter 78 – A Correspondent Writes from Janina
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...finally, to confirm what the two men have discussed between themselves for eight years: that Albert is to marry Eugenie. But Morcerf is shocked to find out from Danglars that the... (full context)
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In parallel, Albert finds the Count at a shooting range and asks him to be his second for... (full context)
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At the newspaper office, Albert finds Beauchamp and aggressively asks that he retract the item, which Beauchamp himself didn’t write.... (full context)
Chapter 84 – Beauchamp
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Beauchamp visits Albert after their agreed-upon three weeks have passed, and reveals that he has spent these three... (full context)
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Albert is dumbstruck at this news and does what he can to control himself as he... (full context)
Chapter 85 – The Journey
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...Count, they do not tell him what has happened, although the Count can sense that Albert is out of sorts. At this, the Count suggests that Albert travel with him, this... (full context)
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The Count and Albert set off that night, while Beauchamp stays back in Paris to mind the newspaper for... (full context)
Chapter 86 – Judgment is Passed
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Albert heads directly to the office of Beauchamp, who has been in Paris the last three... (full context)
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...information that day and meeting again that night. Morcerf defends himself, as Beauchamp reports to Albert, but he cannot produce a witness to say he was indeed faithful to the Ali... (full context)
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Haydee recounts for the Chamber of Deputies the story she told Albert several chapters before, in which she witnessed Fernand’s treachery in selling over the Ali Pasha... (full context)
Chapter 87 – Provocation
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In front of Andrea, who is standing in the main receiving room, Albert challenges Danglars to admit to his wrongdoing against Fernand. Danglars says that it was really... (full context)
Chapter 88 – The Insult
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Albert goes to the Count’s home, but the Count is bathing and then napping before the... (full context)
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At the opera, Albert and Beauchamp find the Count in his box. Albert challenges him to a duel, says... (full context)
Chapter 89 – Night
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...since the day of his imprisonment. She asks why Dantes wishes to bring vengeance on Albert, and the Count explains, through tears and anguish, that he vowed revenge on Fernand, and... (full context)
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...for not being strong enough to wait for him. But she asks that he spare Albert. Although the Count is at first unwavering, he finally says that, out of love for... (full context)
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...that his love for Mercedes has gotten in the way of his desire to kill Albert, and he vows that instead he must die, since it would be his shame not... (full context)
Chapter 90 – The Encounter
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...stays up the entire night, ruminating on his plan. He will fight the duel with Albert but allow Albert to kill him, thus preserving his honor while also doing what Mercedes... (full context)
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Albert, however, asks everyone to join together, and announces that there has been a change: he... (full context)
Chapter 91 – Mother and Son
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Albert returns to the Rue de Helder, where he prepares to leave France behind. His seconds... (full context)
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Albert says initially that he cannot bring his mother along with him, that his current course... (full context)
Chapter 92 – Suicide
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As Albert and Mercedes prepare to leave for another country, Fernand heads to the house of the... (full context)
Chapter 106 – The Share-Out
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In an apartment above, Albert tells Mercedes of his plans for the future. Albert has pawned some of his objects,... (full context)
Chapter 112 – Departure
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In Marseille, they spot Albert heading out on a ship to Africa, where he will begin his career as a... (full context)