The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

by

Alexandre Dumas

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Mme Heloise de Villefort Character Analysis

The second wife of M. de Villefort, Heloise de Villefort is found guilty of poisoning members of the Villefort and Saint-Meran family in order to protect the interests of her son, Edouard. Heloise feels that Edouard will not receive as much of an inheritance as her stepdaughter Valentine, and thus, tormented by this fact, she does all she can to eliminate family members who stand in her way. Heloise later kills Edouard and herself in a fit of despair after her husband uncovers her poisoning plot.

Mme Heloise de Villefort Quotes in The Count of Monte Cristo

The The Count of Monte Cristo quotes below are all either spoken by Mme Heloise de Villefort or refer to Mme Heloise de 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 52 Quotes

A drop of that elixir sufficed to bring the child back to life when he was dying, but three drops would have driven the blood into his lungs in such a way as to give him palpitations of the heart. Six would have interrupted his breathing and caused him a much more serious fit than the one he was already suffering. Ten would have killed him.

Related Symbols: Poison
Page Number: 595
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Chapter 80 Quotes

How odd it was! For all the confused feelings that he experienced on seeing [Valentine’s] tears, he also managed to observe Mme de Villefort; and it seemed to him that a faint, dark smile passed briefly across her thin lips, like one of those sinister meteors that can be glimpsed as they fall between two clouds against a stormy day.

Page Number: 895
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Mme Heloise de Villefort Character Timeline in The Count of Monte Cristo

The timeline below shows where the character Mme Heloise de Villefort appears in The Count of Monte Cristo. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 47 – The Dapple-Greys
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...soon be approaching on the road outside his door. Within minutes, a young woman named Heloise de Villefort and her son Edouard cry out from the back of a barouche, driven... (full context)
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Heloise says that they are indebted to the Count and to Ali for their help in... (full context)
Chapter 48 – Ideology
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...are famous in Parisian society. Villefort expects the Count to receive Villefort’s thanks for saving Heloise’s and Edouard’s life warmly. But the Count replies with cutting disdain, the same as he... (full context)
Chapter 51 – Pyramus and Thisbe
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...credentials, his father is in fact a longtime Bonapartist. At the sound of Valentine’s stepmother, Heloise, Maximilien heads back over the wall to his side, the alfalfa field. (full context)
Chapter 52 – Toxicology
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The Count pays another visit to the Madame de Villefort, Heloise. After Edouard interrupts them for a time by spouting facts he’s learned from his tutor,... (full context)
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Heloise seems enormously interested in this topic, and the Count notes that, in Eastern poisonings (as... (full context)
Chapter 57 – The Alfalfa Field
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Valentine also reveals that her stepmother, Heloise, is opposed to the idea of Valentine marrying anyone, because Valentine stands to inherit a... (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... (full context)
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Valentine comes in, fresh from her conversation with Maximilien, and Villefort and Heloise leave the room. Valentine realizes that Noirtier is deeply upset at the thought of her... (full context)
Chapter 60 – The Telegraph
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...to change it 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,... (full context)
Chapter 62 – Ghosts
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...Chateau-Renaud, the Baron Danglars (angry from his losses on the market), Hermine Danglars, Villefort and Heloise, and Major and Andrea Cavalcanti arrive. (full context)
Chapter 80 – The Accusation
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...smile” curl across his wife’s lips, and he begins to wonder if it is perhaps Heloise who has been orchestrating the poisonings that are ruining his household and threatening its inhabitants. (full context)
Chapter 93 – Valentine
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...and Noirtier will move out together into their own quarters. Mme Danglars and Eugenie visit Mme de Villefort to announce that Eugenie will be marrying Andrea Cavalcanti, and though Eugenie says she does... (full context)
Chapter 101 – Locusta
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...ostensibly to give her more of a “healing draught” of medicine. It is Valentine’s stepmother, Heloise, and she appears to be holding something else in her hand—perhaps a dagger, as the... (full context)
Chapter 102 – Valentine
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...of the bed and there is “blue at the base of her fingernails.” That evening, Mme de Villefort peeks into Valentine’s room to see that she is dead, and is convinced this is... (full context)
Chapter 108 – The Judge
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In this brief chapter, Villefort finally confronts his wife Heloise after many days spent going over evidence—evidence not only of the poisonings in his own... (full context)
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Villefort abruptly asks Heloise if she still has the poison she has used on the Saint-Merans, Barrois, and Valentine.... (full context)
Chapter 111 – Expiation
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...was in no position to judge his wife. He intends to go home and tell Heloise that they should flee France together, along with their child Edouard. (full context)
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But when Villefort reaches the home, he sees that his wife Heloise has poisoned herself and Edouard in a scene that is as macabre as it is... (full context)