The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

by

Alexandre Dumas

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M. de Noirtier-Villefort Character Analysis

Father of M. de Villefort, Noirtier-Villefort was a Bonapartist sympathizer now rendered mute by a stroke. He is a devoted grandfather to Valentine and does what he can to protect her from the predations of Heloise. Noirtier is also a supporter of young Morrel’s petition to marry Valentine, and to this end, Noirtier reveals to Franz, her supposed suitor, that he (Noirtier) was responsible for the death of Franz’s father.

M. de Noirtier-Villefort Quotes in The Count of Monte Cristo

The The Count of Monte Cristo quotes below are all either spoken by M. de Noirtier-Villefort or refer to M. de Noirtier-Villefort. 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 12 Quotes

The king! I thought him enough of a philosopher to realize that there is no such thing as murder in politics. You know as well as I do, my dear boy, that in politics there are no people, only ideas; no feelings, only interests. In politics, you don’t kill a man, you remove an obstacle, that’s all.

Related Characters: M. de Noirtier-Villefort (speaker), M. de Villefort, Louis XVIII
Page Number: 107
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M. de Noirtier-Villefort Character Timeline in The Count of Monte Cristo

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Chapter 6 – The Deputy Crown Prosecutor
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...Elba. Marquise Saint-Meran discusses politics briefly with de Villefort, and notes cuttingly that Villefort’s father, Noirtier, was a Girondin—a moderate revolutionary believed to be sympathetic to Napoleon. But Villefort has disavowed... (full context)
Chapter 7 – The Interrogation
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...someone he does not know, but apparently someone close to Leclere: a man named M. Noirtier. (full context)
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Villefort is aghast at this revelation, as Noirtier is his own father, though Villefort says nothing of this to Dantes. Any letter from... (full context)
Chapter 11 – The Corsican Ogre
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...police are looking for a man fitting his father’s description on the Rue Saint-Jacques. Although Noirtier’s name is not mentioned, Villefort is terrified that, despite his efforts at destroying the letter... (full context)
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...interrupts the meal to say that a man is here to see him: it is Noirtier, his father, who is living in Paris, and whom Villefort did not wish to see. (full context)
Chapter 12 – Father and Son
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Noirtier speaks to his astonished son, who does not force him to leave. Noirtier seems to... (full context)
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...to hunt down the rebel cell of which his father is a part. Villefort tells Noirtier that, by burning the letter from Dantes, he has saved Noirtier’s life. Noirtier, for his... (full context)
Chapter 17 – The Abbe’s Cell
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...Abbe pieces together that Danglars must have caught sight of the letter from Napoleon to Noirtier and used this letter, its contents unknown, to begin manipulating Dantes. The Abbe demonstrates that... (full context)
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The Abbe further unspools Noirtier and Villefort’s relationship, for he knows that they are father and son, thus revealing for... (full context)
Chapter 51 – Pyramus and Thisbe
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...Villefort home, her father was deeply angered at the sound of it; but her grandfather, Noirtier, who can barely speak on account of a stroke, demonstrated that he was pleased that... (full context)
Chapter 57 – The Alfalfa Field
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...she is anxious to go into a convent because she loves Maximilien, and her grandfather, Noirtier, is still laid up with the aftereffects of a stroke. (full context)
Chapter 58 – Monsieur Noirtier de Villefort
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The narrator turns to a conversation between Villefort, Heloise, and the old man Noirtier, who is confined to a wheelchair inside their home. Villefort and his wife inform Villefort’s... (full context)
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...from her conversation with Maximilien, and Villefort and Heloise leave the room. Valentine realizes that Noirtier is deeply upset at the thought of her marrying Franz, and she realizes that Noirtier... (full context)
Chapter 59 – The Will
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The notary arrives, and wonders if he will be able to serve a man in Noirtier’s condition, as he fears that Noirtier’s disability is not only physical but mental, and that,... (full context)
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Through more nodding, Noirtier expresses that he will disinherit everyone in his family, including Valentine, should Villefort proceed with... (full context)
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...stand in the way of her proposed marriage to Franz, although it is unclear whether Noirtier will convince her father, ultimately, of renouncing the match he seems to want so desperately. (full context)
Chapter 60 – The Telegraph
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...now would be to bring down rumor and scorn on Valentine’s name. Heloise notes that Noirtier, a wealthy man, is giving away money that could go to Edouard, who carries on... (full context)
Chapter 73 – The Promise
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...this idea and wonders if a servant has perhaps raided some of the medicine from Noirtier’s room, as this medicine can both treat strokes and, in large enough doses, cause them. (full context)
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...time Morrel has been in the home, this close to Valentine, and they go into Noirtier’s room, both to escape Villefort’s attention and so that her grandfather might sanction their romance... (full context)
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The pair make their case to Noirtier, and then Maximilien asks to speak with him alone. Morrel asks what he can do—whether... (full context)
Chapter 74 – The Villefort Family Vault
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The notary states, so that Franz is aware, that Villefort’s father Noirtier has put it in writing that if Valentine marries Franz, Noirtier will withdraw his will... (full context)
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At this, Noirtier’s servant bursts into the room, and says that Noirtier wishes to speak with Franz alone.... (full context)
Chapter 75 – The Judicial Inquiry
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Noirtier is met in the room by Franz, Villefort, and Valentine. Noirtier urges Valentine towards a... (full context)
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...Franz asks who could have done such a thing to his father, at which point Noirtier indicates that he himself, a famed Bonapartist at the time, was the murderer. Franz is... (full context)
Chapter 79 – Lemonade
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...scheduled to meet with Valentine (who is now free of her engagement to Franz) and Noirtier. Valentine interprets for her grandfather and says that, either when she reaches the age of... (full context)
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...from the summer’s day, has a drink of the lemonade found in a jug in Noirtier’s room. Suddenly, without warning, he falls over of a stroke, similar to that experienced by... (full context)
Chapter 80 – The Accusation
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...poisoned the Saint-Merans and Barrois, trying, in the latter case, to poison and finally kill Noirtier. The doctor says that the only logical killer is Valentine—that she apparently did not wish... (full context)
Chapter 93 – Valentine
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...at the Villefort home, where she announces that she has decided that finally she and Noirtier will move out together into their own quarters. Mme Danglars and Eugenie visit Mme de... (full context)
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Valentine has been feeling faint and unwell, and she tells Maximilien that Noirtier has prescribed to her the same potion that he drinks in large quantities, as a... (full context)
Chapter 94 – A Confession
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...Villefort in finding the true criminal. The doctor arrives at the Villefort home and questions Noirtier, who admits in his sign-language to having prepared Valentine by administering to her protective doses... (full context)
Chapter 100 – The Apparition
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...fallen ill of the same ailment that killed her grandparents, and he reminds her that Noirtier had asked her to drink the same drink he himself had been prescribed by the... (full context)
Chapter 103 – Maximilien
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...intended, Valentine, is dead. He does this in the presence of Villefort, the doctor, and Noirtier. When Villefort and the doctor ask who Morrel is, and why he has been admitted... (full context)
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...so, for the sake of his daughter whom he loved, and Villefort agrees. At this, Noirtier indicates that Morrel and the doctor should leave the room, that Noirtier would like to... (full context)
Chapter 111 – Expiation
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...macabre as it is unbelievable. In another room, Villefort finds the Abbe Busoni again with Noirtier, and Abbe Busoni reveals himself to be both the Count and Edmond Dantes. At this... (full context)