The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

Captain Leclere Character Analysis

The captain of a ship on which, at the beginning of the novel, Dantes serves as first mate. Leclere dies of a fever while at sea, which many ways sets the plot of the novel in motion, in two ways. First, because his dying wish is for Dantes to deliver a letter to Elba (i.e. to the banished Napoleon). Second, because after Leclere's death it is Dantes who is named captain of the ship, and this excites the jealousy of those who eventually use the letter to frame and imprison Dantes.
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Captain Leclere Character Timeline in The Count of Monte Cristo

The timeline below shows where the character Captain Leclere appears in The Count of Monte Cristo. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1 – Marseille – Arrival
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...young man, who is identified as Dantes, announces that the captain of the ship, named Leclere, has died of a fever during the voyage. Dantes reports to the anxious Morrel that,... (full context)
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...the ship’s log. (Danglars, meanwhile, is out of earshot.) Dantes replies that it was Capt. Leclere’s dying wish that a packet be given over at Elba to a man named Marshal... (full context)
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...after Dantes is excused, Danglars mentions that Dantes has also received a letter from Capt. Leclere to deliver to Morrel. (full context)
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...beautiful woman of Catalan descent named Mercedes. Morrel asks if Dantes has a letter from Leclere to give to him, and Dantes says that he does not—that Leclere was in fact... (full context)
Chapter 2 – Father and Son
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...is shocked and overjoyed to see him, and even more shocked when Dantes announces that Leclere has died during the voyage, that Dantes is to made captain in Leclere’s stead, and... (full context)
Chapter 3 – Les Catalans
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...mutters to himself that Dantes is surely giving to someone the mysterious letter from Capt. Leclere, and that this letter can be used in a plot he will hatch against Dantes. (full context)
Chapter 7 – The Interrogation
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...but instead asks him his version of the events on the ship. Dantes repeats that Leclere gave him an item before his death: a packet with a ring. Because it was... (full context)