The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

by

Alexandre Dumas

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Caderousse Character Analysis

The most feckless of the conspirators, Caderousse is a jealous and cowardly man. He does not have the courage to stand up to the other plotters when Danglars initially condemns Dantes, nor is he willing to stand up to La Carconte, his wife, when she proposes that they swindle and murder the jeweler to whom they’ve sold a precious diamond. Caderousse later spends time in a penal colony, where he meets Benedetto/Andrea, whom he attempts to extort once he has escaped to Paris. The Count, disgusted at Caderousse’s unwillingness to atone meaningfully for his mistakes, allows Bendetto to murder Caderousse after the two men attempt to rob the Count’s home on the Champs-Elysees.

Caderousse Quotes in The Count of Monte Cristo

The The Count of Monte Cristo quotes below are all either spoken by Caderousse or refer to Caderousse. 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 2 Quotes

Come, now ... I have a better opinion than you of women in general, and Mercedes in particular, and I am persuaded that, whether I were a captain or not, she would remain faithful to me.

Page Number: 21
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Chapter 4 Quotes

Come on, come on ... I think that the matter is properly under way now, and all we have to do is to let it take its course.

Related Characters: (Baron) Danglars (speaker), Caderousse
Page Number: 39
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Chapter 27 Quotes

Monsieur ... they had both made me drink until I was almost senseless. Everything was blurred. I protested as much as a man can in such a state, but they assured me it was a joke they were playing and that nothing would come of it.

Page Number: 258
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Chapter 83 Quotes

Oh, God. Oh, God, forgive me for denying You. You do indeed exist, You are the father of men in heaven and their judge on earth. Oh, my Lord, I have long mistaken You! My Lord God, forgive me! My god, my Lord, receive my soul!

Page Number: 931-2
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Caderousse Character Timeline in The Count of Monte Cristo

The timeline below shows where the character Caderousse appears in The Count of Monte Cristo. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2 – Father and Son
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...200 francs before his three-month voyage, Dantes’ father paid a debt to a neighbor named Caderousse, which Dantes had owed. This debt was 140 francs, and so, to Dantes’ terrible chagrin,... (full context)
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At this, Caderousse enters the small apartment and pretends to be kind to Dantes’ father and Dantes, as... (full context)
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As an uneasy Dantes leaves to find Mercedes, Caderousse leaves Dantes’ father and heads downstairs where Danglars has been waiting. It is revealed that... (full context)
Chapter 3 – Les Catalans
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...only a few seconds in Dantes’ presence, Fernand flees Mercedes’ hut; outside, he runs into Caderousse and Danglars, two men he does not know. They invite Fernand to drink wine with... (full context)
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Visibly distraught, Fernand is barely able even to speak to Caderousse, who is noticeably intoxicated. Caderousse prods at Fernand the way he had prodded at Dantes... (full context)
Chapter 4 – The Plot
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Caderousse, for his part, seems to want to get back at Dantes, too—ostensibly for his “pride”... (full context)
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...a waiter for pen, ink, and paper. He shows to Fernand, and to the half-asleep Caderousse, that he is drafting an anonymous indictment of Dantes, alleging that Dantes is carrying with... (full context)
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...“To the Crown Prosecutor” on the letter, he starts to give it to Fernand. However, Caderousse, stumbling awake at the table for a moment, declares that Dantes is in fact his... (full context)
Chapter 5 – The Betrothal
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...Pharaon, Fernand (whom Mercedes now refers to as her “brother,” to his chagrin), Danglars, and Caderousse. The narrator notes that Caderousse only dimly remembers what happened the previous night at the... (full context)
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Caderousse tells Danglars, in an aside, that it’s a “good thing” they didn’t “trick” Dantes as... (full context)
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The police arrest Dantes, though they do not say for what crime. Caderousse turns to Danglars and, in an aside, wonders if the “trick” has been played after... (full context)
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At this, Caderousse accuses Danglars, again in an aside, of playing the trick after all. Danglars does not... (full context)
Chapter 9 – The Evening of the Betrothal
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...Fernand is using this opportunity to tend to her, although Mercedes thinks only of Dantes. Caderousse drinks himself into a stupor at the thought that the plan, of which he was... (full context)
Chapter 17 – The Abbe’s Cell
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...trying to conceal his hand. The Abbe helps Dantes also to see that Fernand and Caderousse were involved in the drafting of the false letter, by prompting in Dantes the memory... (full context)
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...When the Abbe worries aloud that Dantes is plotting revenge against Villefort, Danglars, Fernand, and Caderousse, Dantes begs him to speak on the subject no more, and the Abbe agrees. (full context)
Chapter 21 – The Island of Tiboulen
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...himself that he will find his father and Mercedes, and seek revenge on Fernand, Danglars, Caderousse, and Villefort. (full context)
Chapter 25 – The Stranger
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...a town called Beaucaire. There, he has learned from the landlord of his father’s apartment, Caderousse has moved and become the manager of a small inn with his wife. (full context)
Chapter 26 – At the Sign of the Pont du Gard
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...(a bridge in Paris), and is run by a small, nervous man, revealed to be Caderousse, and his wife, known by the nickname La Carconte (the town in which she was... (full context)
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As Caderousse is waiting outside the door one day hoping a customer will stop by, he sees... (full context)
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The mysterious Abbe then asks Caderousse if he knew young Dantes, and the Abbe admits that he once, briefly, envied the... (full context)
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...to be divided among Dantes’ “last friends on earth.” The Abbe claims these friends were: Caderousse, Danglars, Fernand, Mercedes, and Dantes’ father. The Abbe notes that Dantes’ father is dead, and... (full context)
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But when the Abbe takes out the diamond, which is worth 50,000 francs, Caderousse realizes that he has much to gain in telling his story, since as he is... (full context)
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Finally, however, Caderousse agrees to tell the Abbe the whole story of how Dantes landed in prison, convinced... (full context)
Chapter 27 – Caderousse’s Story
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Caderousse begins by begging the Abbe never to speak a word of Caderousse’s story to anyone,... (full context)
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...who claims he is moved by it because it is, broadly speaking, moving and affecting. Caderousse goes on to describe the fortunes of Fernand and Danglars, who defrauded and imprisoned Dantes... (full context)
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Thus, Caderousse admits to the Abbe to being a coward in the face of false accusations against... (full context)
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The Abbe asks after Morrel, and Caderousse informs him that Morrel’s business has been faltering, that he has lost in storms all... (full context)
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Caderousse reports that Danglars went swiftly to Spain after Dantes’ imprisonment, invested money in companies supplying... (full context)
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Caderousse goes on to say that Mercedes was eventually won over by Fernand, who continually returned... (full context)
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The Abbe closes his line of questioning by asking about Villefort, if Caderousse has any news of the man. Caderousse replies that he does not, that he and... (full context)
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The Abbe leaves on his horse, and Caderousse reports to his wife, who has been half-eavesdropping, all that has transpired with the Abbe.... (full context)
Chapter 44 – The Vendetta
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...the Abbe—revealed to be Abbe Busoni, also known as the Count of Monte Cristo—met with Caderousse (who is, of course, the inn’s manager along with his wife, La Carconte). (full context)
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...years before the current narration). According to Bertuccio, after Monte Cristo’s departure, the jeweler offers Caderousse and La Carconte 45,000 francs for the diamond that the Abbe has given them. Initially... (full context)
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Before he is to go, however, Caderousse and La Carconte both insist that the jeweler stay in the inn for the night.... (full context)
Chapter 45 – A Shower of Blood
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...retires to sleep that night, and Bertuccio notices, from his hutch beneath the stairs, that Caderousse and La Carconte are talking in low tones at the kitchen table. Bertuccio falls asleep,... (full context)
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...alibi is the Abbe Busoni—the man who, earlier in the day, gave the diamond to Caderousse. If Bertuccio can find Busoni, whom he requests as a material witness to the case,... (full context)
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...that he is not guilty of the double homicide at the inn. On Bertuccio’s testimony, Caderousse is eventually caught and he confesses to the murders, which earns him a life sentence... (full context)
Chapter 64 – The Beggar
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...a man dressed as a beggar, revealed to the reader to be none other than Caderousse, who is on the run since murdering La Carconte many years before in the botched... (full context)
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Caderousse implies that he will out Benedetto unless the young man supplies him with some amount... (full context)
Chapter 81 – The Retired Baker’s Room
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Andrea gets word back home that Caderousse has refused his monthly “stipend” of 200 francs. Andrea goes to visit him in his... (full context)
Chapter 82 – Breaking and Entering
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...at the door and then changing into the clothes of Abbe Busoni. Upstairs, he meets Caderousse, who with an accomplice waiting outside has tried his best to steal from his former... (full context)
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Under duress, Caderousse reveals to the Abbe Busoni that he was released from a work-prison several years ago,... (full context)
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Caderousse then attempts to stab and kill the Abbe, but his blade is turned away by... (full context)
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To this the coward Caderousse agrees, but as he is trying to escape outside, he is stabbed by his “accomplice,”... (full context)
Chapter 83 – The Hand of God
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...goes out in search of a doctor, the Abbe Busoni tends to the mortally wounded Caderousse. Caderousse asks why the Abbe didn’t tell him he could see his accomplice outside, lying... (full context)
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Caderousse wonders who this mad Abbe can be who is more concerned with exacting revenge than... (full context)
Chapter 96 – The Marriage Contract
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...that a cloak was found at his house—the very same cloak that Andrea/Benedetto leant to Caderousse for use in the burglary at the Count’s mansion. In this cloak is a letter... (full context)
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...have visited the Danglars’ home to arrest him. They charge him with the murder of Caderousse, assert that Andrea’s real name is Benedetto, and allege that he and Caderousse met at... (full context)
Chapter 110 – The Indictment
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...He admits that he lived a life of petty crime before causing the murder of Caderousse, and when the court asks him for his identity, he pauses and says he does... (full context)