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Not far away is the village of the Catalans

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Not far away is the village of the Catalans, a community of closely knit Spanish people living near  Marseilles. Merc é d è s lives in this village, and at present, Fernand, a young man from her village, is  trying to convince her to marry him. Merc é d è s is frank with him, declaring her love for Dant è s, but  Fernand begs her to marry him instead. Dant è s appears, and he and Merc é d è s fall into each other's  arms. Fernand leaves and is stopped by Danglars and Caderousse. They invite him for a drink and  then make him drunk with wine and thoughts of revenge. Dant è s and Merc é d è s pass the tavern, and  Dant è s is so happy that he invites all three men to his wedding. After the wedding, he reveals, he  must go to Paris to deliver a letter which he received on Elba. Danglars is overjoyed with this news; a 
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