Meanwhile, Valentine takes her beloved Maximilien to meet her grandfather old Noirtier. He obviously approves of the young man as a husband for Valentine, but signals for them to wait, instead of eloping. He has plans for them. Two days later, Monsieur and Madame de Saint-Méran are buried in a vault beside Renée, Valentine's mother. Then Villefort makes immediate plans for his daughter's marriage to Franz d'Epinay. The formal papers are ready to be signed when a message arrives from Villefort's father, old Noirtier. He wishes to see Franz immediately. So Franz, Valentine, and Villefort all hurry to the old man's room. There, by means of eye signals, a secret packet of old papers, tied in a black ribbon, is brought forth from Noirtier's desk. Franz is directed to read the papers. He cries out when he sees that they are dated on the very day that his father was assassinated.
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