Questions tagged [alexandre-dumas-pere]

Questions about the works of the French author Alexandre Dumas (1802 – 1870) and his life as a writer. The author is often referred to as "Alexandre Dumas père" ("père" meaning "father") in order to distinguish him from his son, who is then referred to as "Alexandre Dumas fils" ("fils" meaning "son"). Use this tag with the tag [french-literature].

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Why did Alexandre Dumas use Greek names for the three musketeers?

In the 1844 novel The Three Musketeers by French novelist Alexandre Dumas there are three musketeers who are named Aramis, Athos, and Porthos. But they are French. Why did Alexandre Dumas choose Greek ...
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Why did Dantès have to be imprisoned?

The text of The Count of Monte Cristo states multiple times that Villefort must imprison the innocent Dantès in order to fulfill his ambition. This ambition is realized in his gaining an audience with ...
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Why didn't Athos/Comte de la Fère kill Milady when he conversed with her?

When they were married, Milady Clarik/Anne de Breuil have not yet committed any major crimes, but Comte de la Fère had no problem killing her (Yay for French Aristocracy!). “Truth, my friend. The ...
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Why does de Villefort ask for a letter from Salvieux and not Saint-Méran?

In Le Comte de Monte-Cristo as Villefort begins to enact his plot, he asks the Marquis de Saint-Méran to ask the Comte de Salvieux for a "laissez-passer" to get him in to see the king ...
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How does this fencing game work in the Three Musketeers?

I quote here a paragraph from the Three Musketeers (chapter II, Penguin). I am confused about how the game really works. I checked other translations but found they are not clear as well at least to ...
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What does 'levee' mean in the Three Musketeers?

What does "levees" mean in this paragraph quoted from The Three Musketeers (chapeter II, Penguin, translated by Richard Pevear)? Checked dictionaries and googled but I am still confused. ...
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Why didn't Mercédès marry Edmond Dantès at the end in Count of Monte Cristo?

After Fernand is dead, Mercédès was single and she loved Edmond Dantès. Then why didn't she marry him afterward? Is it because Monte Cristo is a changed person and she did not love the changed man? It ...
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Why does Valentine refer to her father's second wife as her "mother-in-law"?

In the translation of The Count of Monte Cristo I am reading, I noticed in Chapter 51, in the exchange between Valentine and Maximillian, Valentine makes repeated reference to her father's second wife ...
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Can I read "Twenty Years After" by Alexandre Dumas without reading "The Three Musketeers"?

Can I read Twenty Years After (Vingt ans après) by Alexandre Dumas without reading The Three Musketeers (Les Trois Mousquetaires)? I have come across a site which says that Twenty Years After is a ...
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When and where did Maximilian first meet Valentine?

I am currently reading The Count of Monte Cristo (Wordsworth Classics English translation, complete and unabridged) and have reached page 603/875 = 69%. Around p400 the author introduces us to an ...
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Is this sentence in The Count of Monte Cristo supposed to refer to Fernand or to Albert?

In Chapter Seventy-Eight of The Count of Monte Cristo Albert shows Monte Cristo the following article from the newspaper: A correspondent at Yanina informs us of a fact of which until now we had ...
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Three Musketeers - the diamond studs

The plot of the first part of The Three Musketeers revolves around 12 diamond studs that Queen Anne d'Autriche gives to the Duke of Buckingham. What exactly were those studs? I mean, what was this ...
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Can the apparent age discrepancies in The Count of Monte Cristo be reconciled?

(Note: all emphases in quoted passages below are mine.) Continuing the theme of confusing mathematics in The Count of Monte Cristo, here is another example that stymies me: When Edmond Dantès is ...
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Can the Count of Monte Cristo's calculation of poison dosage be explained?

In Chapter Fifty-Two of The Count of Monte Cristo there is a discussion between the titular count and Madame de Villefort about exposing oneself to poisons: “Well,” replied Monte Cristo “suppose, ...
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Are the homoerotic hints in "La Reine Margot" intentional?

La Reine Margot by Alexandre Dumas can be read as the story of two guys, and their two girlfriends: the alpha couple is Marguerite de Valois (Margot), who's having a passionate affair with the ...
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What is "the sin which ruined our first parents" in The Count of Monte Cristo?

The opening of Chapter 12 of The Count of Monte Cristo describes a meeting between Villefort and his father Noirtier, on which a servant apparently attempted to eavesdrop. The passage (translation ...
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