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Meanwhile, Dantès remains a prisoner and knows nothing about Napoleon's return and his crushing  defeat, or about Louis' return to Paris. Mercédès lives in absolute despair and is saved from suicide  only because of her strong faith. Likewise, Dantès himself so despairs of ever gaining freedom that,  finally, he too is on the brink of suicide. All hope seems to be absolutely denied to him. Thus, he  decides to starve himself to death. It is while Dantès is numb with hunger and illness that he hears a curious, animal-like scratching  outside his cell, within the earth or within the foundations of the prison. It is not rats, he discovers; it  is the famous old "mad Abbé Faria," who, it is believed, knows the location of a fabulous treasure.  The Abbé has been imprisoned for twelve years and now believes that he will finally be able to  burrow his way to freedom. The Abbé and Dantès become fast friends, and as the Abbé teaches Dantès languages, history, and 
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