Next day, Dantès' official appointment as captain of the Pharaon is made in the tavern amidst much celebrating. But when the thunder of three loud knocks is heard, all is quiet. Four armed soldiers and a corporal enter. Dantès is arrested — with no explanation. Meanwhile, in one of the aristocratic residences of Marseilles, another betrothal is being celebrated by several enemies of Napoleon. At the center of this scene is Monsieur de Villefort, who describes Napoleon as more than a man; he was, Villefort says, a symbol, the personification of equality. Those assembled are obviously royalists, and they chide Villefort about his attitude toward Napoleon. Villefort flashes with anger: His father may be a Bonapartist, but he himself is the antithesis of his father. At that moment, a servant enters and whispers that a Bonapartist plot has been discovered: Edmond
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