count - compter, comptent, comptez, comptons, comte
Dumas - dumas, douma
Chapter 1. Marseilles"The Arrival
Chapter - chapitre, branche, section
arrival - arrivée, arrivant, arrivante
On the 24th of February, 1815, the look-out at Notre-Dame de la Garde signalled the three-master, the Pharaon from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples.
la - La
signalled - signalée, signal, signaler
Master - maître, patron, maîtriser, maitre, maîtrisent
Naples - naples
As usual, a pilot put off immediately, and rounding the ChĂ˘teau d'If, got on board the vessel between Cape Morgiou and Rion island.
usual - habituel/habituelle
pilot - pilote, programme pilote
put off - Mettre de côté
immediately - immédiatement, tout de suite, aussitôt
rounding - l'arrondi, arrondi, (round) l'arrondi
board - conseil d'administration, planche
vessel - navire, vaisseau, vase
Cape - le cap, cap
Immediately, and according to custom, the ramparts of Fort Saint-Jean were covered with spectators; it is always an event at Marseilles for a ship to come into port, especially when this ship, like the Pharaon, has been built, rigged, and laden at the old Phocee docks, and belongs to an owner of the city.
according - selon, entente, accorder
custom - coutume, us, connaissance, droit de douane, sur mesure
ramparts - des remparts, rempart
fort - fort
Saint - Saint
covered - couverts, couvercle, couverture, couvert
spectators - spectateurs, spectateur, spectatrice, badaud, badaude
ship - navire, manipuler, expédier, vaisseau
port - port, connexion
especially - spécialement, particulierement, surtout, en particulier
rigged - truqué, gréer
laden - laden, chargé, chargée, (lade) laden
docks - les quais, basin, dock
belongs - appartient, appartenir a
The ship drew on and had safely passed the strait, which some volcanic shock has made between the Calasareigne and Jaros islands; had doubled PomĂ¨gue, and approached the harbor under topsails, jib, and spanker, but so slowly and sedately that the idlers, with that instinct which is the forerunner of evil, asked one another what misfortune could have happened on board.
safely - prudemment, en toute sécurité
passed - passé, passer (devant), dépasser
Strait - le détroit, détroit
volcanic - volcanique
shock - choc, choquons, offusquer, choquez, choquer, secouer
doubled - doublé, double, sosie, doublon
approached - approché, (s')approcher (de)
harbor - port
topsails - les huniers, hunier
jib - fleche, foc
spanker - fessée, fesseur, fesseuse
slowly - lentement
sedately - sédentairement
idlers - les roues folles, fainéant, fainéante
instinct - l'instinct, instinct
forerunner - précurseur, rench: prédécesseur avant coureur
evil - le mal, mauvais, torve
misfortune - malchance, mésaventure, malheur
However, those experienced in navigation saw plainly that if any accident had occurred, it was not to the vessel herself, for she bore down with all the evidence of being skilfully handled, the anchor a-cockbill, the jib-boom guys already eased off, and standing by the side of the pilot, who was steering the Pharaon towards the narrow entrance of the inner port, was a young man, who, with activity and vigilant eye, watched every motion of the ship, and repeated each direction of the pilot.
those - ceux-ci, ces, celles-la, ceux-la
experienced - expérimenté, expérience
navigation - navigation
plainly - en toute clarté, simplement, clairement
accident - accident
occurred - s'est produite, produire
bore - l'alésage, rencontrer, naquis, ennuyer, acabit, lasser
evidence - des preuves, preuve, prouver, démontrer
skilfully - habilement
handled - manipulé, anse, poignée, manche
anchor - l'ancre, ancre, ancrons, ancrent, portant, ancrez
cockbill - cockbill
boom - boom, forte hausse
guys - les gars, type
eased - assoupli, facilité, repos, abaisser, abréger, amoindrir
standing by - en attente
side - côté, parti, flanc
steering - la direction, direction, (steer) la direction
towards - vers, envers, pour, pres de
narrow - étroite, pressé, étroit
entrance - entrée, cochere
vigilant - vigilant
motion - mouvement, motion
direction - direction
The vague disquietude which prevailed among the spectators had so much affected one of the crowd that he did not await the arrival of the vessel in harbor, but jumping into a small skiff, desired to be pulled alongside the Pharaon, which he reached as she rounded into La RĂ©serve basin.
vague - vague
disquietude - inquiétude, angoisse, affres, anxiété, stress
prevailed - a prévalu, dominer, prévaloir, l'emporter, prédominer
among - parmi
affected - affectée, affecter
crowd - foule, acculer, amas, marée humaine
await - attendre, s'attendre a, servir, guetter
jumping - sauter, (faire) sauter
skiff - skiff
desired - souhaitée, désirer, désir
pulled - tiré, tirer, retirer, tirer un coup, influence
alongside - a côté, a côté, a côté de, le long de
reached - atteint, arriver/parvenir a
rounded - arrondi, rond
basin - bassin, cuvette, bassine, lavabo
When the young man on board saw this person approach, he left his station by the pilot, and, hat in hand, leaned over the ship's bulwarks.
approach - approche, approchons, abordent, abordez, rapprochons
leaned - penché, pencher
bulwarks - les pavois, rempart, bastingage, pavois
He was a fine, tall, slim young fellow of eighteen or twenty, with black eyes, and hair as dark as a raven's wing; and his whole appearance bespoke that calmness and resolution peculiar to men accustomed from their cradle to contend with danger.
slim - mince, svelte, maigrir, mincir
fellow - un camarade, ensemble, mâle
raven - corbeau
Wing - aile, ailier, improviser
appearance - l'apparence, apparition, apparence, comparution
calmness - le calme, calme
resolution - conviction, résolution, détermination
peculiar - particulier, extraordinaire, bizarre, curieux
accustomed - habitué, accoutumer
cradle - berceau, bers, bercer
danger - danger, péril
"Ah, is it you, DantĂ¨s?" cried the man in the skiff. "What's the matter? and why have you such an air of sadness aboard?"
cried - pleuré, pleurer, crier, hurler, gueuler, pleur, cri
What's the matter? - Qu'est-ce qu'il y a ?
such - tel, tellement, ainsi
sadness - tristesse, malheur
aboard - a bord, a bord, a bord de
"A great misfortune, M. Morrel," replied the young man, "a great misfortune, for me especially! Off Civita Vecchia we lost our brave Captain Leclere."
replied - a répondu, répondre, réponse
Brave - courageux
captain - capitaine, capitaine de vaisseau, agir en capitaine, piloter
"And the cargo?" inquired the owner, eagerly.
cargo - cargo, cargaison
inquired - a demandé, enqueter, renseigner
eagerly - avec empressement, avidement
"Is all safe, M. Morrel; and I think you will be satisfied on that head. But poor Captain Leclere"""
safe - sur, en sécurité, o longer in danger, sans danger, sur, sauf
be satisfied - etre satisfait
"What happened to him?" asked the owner, with an air of considerable resignation. "What happened to the worthy captain?"
considerable - considérable
resignation - démission, résignation
worthy - digne
"Fell into the sea?"
"No, sir, he died of brain-fever in dreadful agony." Then turning to the crew, he said, "Bear a hand there, to take in sail!"
brain - cerveau, or when used as food, tete, processeur
fever - de la fievre, fievre
dreadful - épouvantable, redoutable, affreux, terrible
agony - l'agonie, agonie, angoisse
crew - l'équipage, équipage
bear - ours, endurer, naîs, produire, souffrir, subir
sail - naviguer, voile, cingler
All hands obeyed, and at once the eight or ten seamen who composed the crew, sprang to their respective stations at the spanker brails and outhaul, topsail sheets and halyards, the jib downhaul, and the topsail clewlines and buntlines. The young sailor gave a look to see that his orders were promptly and accurately obeyed, and then turned again to the owner.
obeyed - obéi, obéir, obtempérer
seamen - marins, matelot
composed - composé, composer
respective - respectifs
outhaul - l'hale-bas
topsail - le hunier, hunier
sheets - feuilles, feuille, plaque, écoute
halyards - les drisses, drisse
downhaul - le hale-bas
sailor - marin, matelot, matelote, femme matelot, femme-matelot
promptly - rapidement
accurately - avec précision
"And how did this misfortune occur?" inquired the latter, resuming the interrupted conversation.
occur - se produisent, produire
resuming - la reprise, reprendre
interrupted - interrompu, interrompre, couper
"Alas, sir, in the most unexpected manner. After a long talk with the harbor-master, Captain Leclere left Naples greatly disturbed in mind. In twenty-four hours he was attacked by a fever, and died three days afterwards. We performed the usual burial service, and he is at his rest, sewn up in his hammock with a thirty-six-pound shot at his head and his heels, off El Giglio island.
Alas - hélas, hélas!, (ala) hélas
most unexpected - le plus inattendu
manner - maniere, maniere, façon, mode
greatly - grandement
disturbed - perturbé, déranger, perturber, gener
mind - l'esprit, esprit, raison, intelligence, mémoire
attacked - attaqué, attaque, attaquer, apostropher
performed - réalisée, exécuter, performer, jouer ('actor')
burial - l'enterrement, enterrement, inhumation, sépulture
service - service, messe
rest - se reposer, reposent, reposez, reposons, se, reposer, débris
sewn up - cousu
hammock - hamac, hammock
shot - tir, tirai, tiré, tirâmes, tirerent, tira
heels - talons, talon
We bring to his widow his sword and cross of honor. It was worth while, truly," added the young man with a melancholy smile, "to make war against the English for ten years, and to die in his bed at last, like everybody else."
widow - veuve
sword - l'épée, épée, glaive, épéiste
Cross - croix, signe de croix, direct du bras arriere, transversal
honor - l'honneur, honneur, honorer
worth - valeur
truly - vraiment
melancholy - mélancolie
smile - sourire
war - guerre, bataille, entrer en guerre, tfaire la guerre
against - contre, face a, pour
Last - derniere, dernier, durer, dernierere, durez, passé, durent
"Why, you see, Edmond," replied the owner, who appeared more comforted at every moment, "we are all mortal, and the old must make way for the young. If not, why, there would be no promotion; and since you assure me that the cargo"""
appeared - est apparu, apparaître, paraître, sembler
comforted - réconforté, confort, consoler
mortal - mortel, mortelle
promotion - promotion
Since - depuis lors, depuis, depuis que, puisque, vu que
assure - assurer, rassurer
"Is all safe and sound, M. Morrel, take my word for it; and I advise you not to take 25,000 francs for the profits of the voyage."
advise - conseiller, renseigner
francs - francs, franc
profits - des bénéfices, profit, gain, bénéfice, profitable
Voyage - voyage
Then, as they were just passing the Round Tower, the young man shouted: "Stand by there to lower the topsails and jib; brail up the spanker!"
passing - en passant, passager, éminent, rapide, extremement
round - ronde, cyclo, arrondissent, arrondis, arrondir
tower - tour
shouted - crié, cri
lower - plus bas, abaisser, en privé, rabattre, baissent
brail - braille
The order was executed as promptly as it would have been on board a man-of-war.
executed - exécuté, exécuter, mettre a mort
"Let go"and clue up!" At this last command all the sails were lowered, and the vessel moved almost imperceptibly onwards.
clue - indice, piste, idée, informer
Command - commandement, ordre, maîtrise, commande, commander, ordonner
sails - voiles, voile
lowered - abaissé, (s')assombrir
almost - presque, quasiment
imperceptibly - imperceptiblement
onwards - a partir de, en avant
"Now, if you will come on board, M. Morrel," said DantĂ¨s, observing the owner's impatience, "here is your supercargo, M. Danglars, coming out of his cabin, who will furnish you with every particular. As for me, I must look after the anchoring, and dress the ship in mourning."
observing - l'observation, observer, remarquer, respecter, garder
Impatience - impatience
supercargo - supercargo, subrécargue
cabin - cabane, cabine
furnish - meubler, fournir, livrer
particular - particulier
look after - s'occuper
anchoring - l'ancrage, ancre
mourning - le deuil, deuil, (mourn), déplorer, porter le deuil
The owner did not wait for a second invitation. He seized a rope which DantĂ¨s flung to him, and with an activity that would have done credit to a sailor, climbed up the side of the ship, while the young man, going to his task, left the conversation to Danglars, who now came towards the owner.
invitation - invitation
seized - saisi, saisir
rope - corde, funiculaire
flung - jeté, lancer
credit - crédit, mérite, reconnaissance, attribution, générique
climbed up - grimpé
task - tâche
He was a man of twenty-five or twenty-six years of age, of unprepossessing countenance, obsequious to his superiors, insolent to his subordinates; and this, in addition to his position as responsible agent on board, which is always obnoxious to the sailors, made him as much disliked by the crew as Edmond DantĂ¨s was beloved by them.
unprepossessing - sans allure
countenance - visage, approuver
obsequious - obséquieux
superiors - supérieurs, supérieur
insolent - insolent
subordinates - des subordonnés, subordonné, subordonnée, subordonnés-p
Addition - addition, ajout
position - position, poste
responsible - responsable
agent - agent, espion, complément d'agent
obnoxious - odieux
Sailors - marins, matelot, matelote, femme matelot, femme-matelot, marin
disliked - n'a pas aimé, antipathie, ne pas aimer
beloved - bien-aimé, chéri, amant, amante, (belove)
"Well, M. Morrel," said Danglars, "you have heard of the misfortune that has befallen us?"
"Yes"yes: poor Captain Leclere! He was a brave and an honest man."
honest - honnete, honnete, (hon) honnete
"And a first-rate seaman, one who had seen long and honorable service, as became a man charged with the interests of a house so important as that of Morrel & Son," replied Danglars.
first-rate - (first-rate) de premier ordre
seaman - matelot
honorable - honorable
charged - chargé, frais-p, charge, chef d’accusation, chef d’inculpation
"But," replied the owner, glancing after DantĂ¨s, who was watching the anchoring of his vessel, "it seems to me that a sailor needs not be so old as you say, Danglars, to understand his business, for our friend Edmond seems to understand it thoroughly, and not to require instruction from anyone."
glancing - un coup d'oil, (glance), jeter un coup d’oil
Seems - semble-t-il, sembler, paraître, avoir l'air
thoroughly - a fond, absolument, completement
require - exiger, demander, avoir besoin de, requérir, nécessiter
instruction - l'instruction, instruction
"Yes," said Danglars, darting at Edmond a look gleaming with hate. "Yes, he is young, and youth is invariably self-confident. Scarcely was the captain's breath out of his body when he assumed the command without consulting anyone, and he caused us to lose a day and a half at the Island of Elba, instead of making for Marseilles direct."
darting - darting, dard, fleche
gleaming - étincelante, brillant, (gleam) étincelante
youth - la jeunesse, jeunesse, jeune, jeune homme, les jeunes
invariably - invariablement
self-confident - (self-confident) Confiance en soi
scarcely - a peine, a peine, guere
breath - respiration, souffle, haleine
assumed - supposé, supposer, présupposer, présumer, assumer, adopter
consulting - consultation, concerter
caused - causée, cause, raison, causer
Elba - elba, Elbe
instead - a la place, a la place, au lieu de
Direct - direct, mettre en scene, ordonner
"As to taking command of the vessel," replied Morrel, "that was his duty as captain's mate; as to losing a day and a half off the Island of Elba, he was wrong, unless the vessel needed repairs."
Duty - le devoir, devoir, obligation, service, travail, taxe
mate - compagnon, appareiller
Unless - a moins que, a moins que, sauf si
repairs - des réparations, réparer
"The vessel was in as good condition as I am, and as, I hope you are, M. Morrel, and this day and a half was lost from pure whim, for the pleasure of going ashore, and nothing else."
condition - condition
pure - pure, pur, pudique
whim - caprice
pleasure - plaisir, volupté, désir
ashore - a terre
"DantĂ¨s," said the shipowner, turning towards the young man, "come this way!"
shipowner - armateur, armatrice
"In a moment, sir," answered DantĂ¨s, "and I'm with you." Then calling to the crew, he said, "Let go!"
The anchor was instantly dropped, and the chain ran rattling through the port-hole. DantĂ¨s continued at his post in spite of the presence of the pilot, until this manĹ"uvre was completed, and then he added, "Half-mast the colors, and square the yards!"
instantly - instantanément, instamment
dropped - a déposé, goutte
chain - chaîne, enchaîner
rattling - le cliquetis, (rattle) le cliquetis
hole - trou, réduit, fosse
continued - suite, continuer
spite - dépit, rancune
presence - présence
mast - mât
square - carré, équerre, place, case, carreau, rench: perpendiculaire a
"You see," said Danglars, "he fancies himself captain already, upon my word."
fancies - des fantaisies, envie, caprice
upon - sur, a
"And so, in fact, he is," said the owner.
"Except your signature and your partner's, M. Morrel."
Except - sauf, faire une exception
signature - signature
"And why should he not have this?" asked the owner; "he is young, it is true, but he seems to me a thorough seaman, and of full experience."
thorough - approfondi, minutieux, soigné, exhaustif
Experience - expérience, éprouver, vivre
A cloud passed over Danglars'brow.
cloud - nuage, s'obscurcir
passed over - Passé par-dessus
brow - sourcils, andouiller d'oil, maître andouiller
"Your pardon, M. Morrel," said DantĂ¨s, approaching, "the vessel now rides at anchor, and I am at your service. You hailed me, I think?"
Pardon - pardon, grâce, pardonner, gracier, désolé, excusez-moi
approaching - en approche, (s')approcher (de)
hailed - salué, grele
Danglars retreated a step or two. "I wished to inquire why you stopped at the Island of Elba?"
retreated - s'est retirée, battre en retraite
step - étape, marche
wished - souhaité, souhait, souhaiter, espérer
inquire - demander, enqueter
"I do not know, sir; it was to fulfil the last instructions of Captain Leclere, who, when dying, gave me a packet for Marshal Bertrand."
fulfil - remplir, accomplir
instructions - instructions, instruction
dying - teignant, mourant, (dye) teignant
packet - paquet, colis
Marshal - maréchal, marshal, canaliser
"Then did you see him, Edmond?"
Morrel looked around him, and then, drawing DantĂ¨s on one side, he said suddenly"
suddenly - soudain, soudainement, tout d'un coup
"And how is the emperor?"
Emperor - l'empereur, empereur
"Very well, as far as I could judge from the sight of him."
judge - juge, juger
sight - vue, quelque chose a voir, truc a voir, mire, viseur
"You saw the emperor, then?"
"He entered the marshal's apartment while I was there."
entered - a pénétré, entrer, rench: -neededr, taper, saisir
"And you spoke to him?"
"Why, it was he who spoke to me, sir," said DantĂ¨s, with a smile.
he who - Il qui
"And what did he say to you?"
"Asked me questions about the vessel, the time she left Marseilles, the course she had taken, and what was her cargo. I believe, if she had not been laden, and I had been her master, he would have bought her. But I told him I was only mate, and that she belonged to the firm of Morrel & Son. Ah, yes,'he said, I know them.
belonged - a appartenu, appartenir a
firm - ferme, social, robuste, maison de commerce, solide
The Morrels have been shipowners from father to son; and there was a Morrel who served in the same regiment with me when I was in garrison at Valence.'"
shipowners - les armateurs, armateur, armatrice
served - servi, service, servir, signifier, purger
regiment - régiment
garrison - garnison
Valence - Valence
"Pardieu! and that is true!" cried the owner, greatly delighted. "And that was Policar Morrel, my uncle, who was afterwards a captain. DantĂ¨s, you must tell my uncle that the emperor remembered him, and you will see it will bring tears into the old soldier's eyes.
delighted - ravie, plaisir, délice, joie, enchanter, ravir
Tears - des larmes, larme
soldier - soldat, mouillette
Come, come," continued he, patting Edmond's shoulder kindly, "you did very right, DantĂ¨s, to follow Captain Leclere's instructions, and touch at Elba, although if it were known that you had conveyed a packet to the marshal, and had conversed with the emperor, it might bring you into trouble."
patting - la caresse, petite tape
kindly - avec bienveillance
touch - toucher, émouvoir, contact
although - bien que, combien que, encore que, nonobstant que
conveyed - transmis, transporter, véhiculer, communiquer
conversed - conversé, converser
trouble - des problemes, peine, mal, probleme, emmerde, checksouci
"How could that bring me into trouble, sir?" asked DantĂ¨s; "for I did not even know of what I was the bearer; and the emperor merely made such inquiries as he would of the first comer. But, Pardon me, here are the health officers and the customs inspectors coming alongside." And the young man went to the gangway. As he departed, Danglars approached, and said,"
bearer - porteur, porteuse
merely - simplement, uniquement, seulement
inquiries - des demandes de renseignements, enquete
comer - comer
Pardon me - Pardon
officers - des agents, fonctionnaire, officier
customs - les douanes, coutume, us, connaissance
gangway - passerelle, passage, passavant, écartez-vous, laissez passer
departed - parti, partir, s’en aller, dévier, quitter
"Well, it appears that he has given you satisfactory reasons for his landing at Porto-Ferrajo?"
Appears - apparaît, apparaître, paraître, sembler
satisfactory - satisfaisante, satisfaisant
"Yes, most satisfactory, my dear Danglars."
"Well, so much the better," said the supercargo; "for it is not pleasant to think that a comrade has not done his duty."
pleasant - agréable, plaisant
comrade - camarade f, camarade
"DantĂ¨s has done his," replied the owner, "and that is not saying much. It was Captain Leclere who gave orders for this delay."
delay - délai, ajourner, décélération, surseoir, retard, retarder
"Talking of Captain Leclere, has not DantĂ¨s given you a letter from him?"
"To me?"no"was there one?"
"I believe that, besides the packet, Captain Leclere confided a letter to his care."
besides - d'ailleurs, aupres
confided - confiée, faire confiance, confier
care - soins, s'occuper, soin, souci
"Of what packet are you speaking, Danglars?"
"Why, that which DantĂ¨s left at Porto-Ferrajo."
"How do you know he had a packet to leave at Porto-Ferrajo?"
Danglars turned very red.
"I was passing close to the door of the captain's cabin, which was half open, and I saw him give the packet and letter to DantĂ¨s."
half open - a moitié ouvert
"He did not speak to me of it," replied the shipowner; "but if there be any letter he will give it to me."
Danglars reflected for a moment. "Then, M. Morrel, I beg of you," said he, "not to say a word to DantĂ¨s on the subject. I may have been mistaken."
reflected - réfléchie, refléter, réfléchir
beg - mendier, implorer, prier
At this moment the young man returned; Danglars withdrew.
withdrew - s'est retiré, (se) retirer
"Well, my dear DantĂ¨s, are you now free?" inquired the owner.
"You have not been long detained."
detained - détenu, détenir, arreter
"No. I gave the custom-house officers a copy of our bill of lading; and as to the other papers, they sent a man off with the pilot, to whom I gave them."
custom-house - (custom-house) Bureau de douane
copy - copie, exemplaire, copier, imiter, recevoir
bill of lading - le connaissement
whom - que, qui
"Then you have nothing more to do here?"
"No"everything is all right now."
"Then you can come and dine with me?"
dine - dîner
"I really must ask you to excuse me, M. Morrel. My first visit is due to my father, though I am not the less grateful for the honor you have done me."
Excuse - pardon, excuser, pardonner, justifier, prétexte, excuse
due - due, du
though - mais, néanmoins, cependant, malgré, bien que
grateful - reconnaissant
"Right, DantĂ¨s, quite right. I always knew you were a good son."
"And," inquired DantĂ¨s, with some hesitation, "do you know how my father is?"
hesitation - hésitation
"Well, I believe, my dear Edmond, though I have not seen him lately."
lately - dernierement
"Yes, he likes to keep himself shut up in his little room."
shut - fermé, fermer
little room - petite piece
"That proves, at least, that he has wanted for nothing during your absence."
proves - prouve, prouver
absence - absence, manque, absence du fer
DantĂ¨s smiled. "My father is proud, sir, and if he had not a meal left, I doubt if he would have asked anything from anyone, except from Heaven."
smiled - souriait, sourire
proud - fiers, fier, orgueilleux
doubt - des doutes, douter, doute
Heaven - le paradis, ciel, paradis, au-dela, cieux
"Well, then, after this first visit has been made we shall count on you."
shall - doit, rench: 'shall' followed by the infinitive is translated using the future tense'
"I must again excuse myself, M. Morrel, for after this first visit has been paid I have another which I am most anxious to pay."
myself - moi-meme, me, m'
anxious - anxieux, désireux
"True, DantĂ¨s, I forgot that there was at the Catalans someone who expects you no less impatiently than your father"the lovely MercĂ©dĂ¨s."
Catalans - les catalans, Catalan, Catalane
expects - s'attend a, attendre, s'attendre a
impatiently - avec impatience
lovely - charmant, beau, cher, irritant, amene, délicieux
blushed - rougi, rougeur
"Ah, ha," said the shipowner, "I am not in the least surprised, for she has been to me three times, inquiring if there were any news of the Pharaon. Peste! Edmond, you have a very handsome mistress!"
surprised - surpris, surprise, surprendre, étonner
inquiring - en quete de renseignements, enqueter, renseigner
handsome - beau
Mistress - madame, maîtresse, amante
"She is not my mistress," replied the young sailor, gravely; "she is my betrothed."
gravely - gravement
betrothed - fiancés, fiancé, fiancée, (betroth), fiancer
"Sometimes one and the same thing," said Morrel, with a smile.
"Not with us, sir," replied DantĂ¨s.
"Well, well, my dear Edmond," continued the owner, "don't let me detain you. You have managed my affairs so well that I ought to allow you all the time you require for your own. Do you want any money?"
detain - détenir, arreter
managed - gérée, gérer, ménager, diriger, manier, parvenir, réussir
affairs - affaires, aventure, liaison
allow - laisser, accorder, permettre
"No, sir; I have all my pay to take"nearly three months'wages."
nearly - presque
wages - les salaires, s'engager dans
"You are a careful fellow, Edmond."
careful - prudent, soigneux, attentif
"Say I have a poor father, sir."
"Yes, yes, I know how good a son you are, so now hasten away to see your father. I have a son too, and I should be very wroth with those who detained him from me after a three months'voyage."
hasten - se hâter, dépecher
wroth - colere, courroucé
"Then I have your leave, sir?"
"Yes, if you have nothing more to say to me."
"Captain Leclere did not, before he died, give you a letter for me?"
"He was unable to write, sir. But that reminds me that I must ask your leave of absence for some days."
unable - incapable, inapte, inhabile
reminds - rappelle, rappeler
"To get married?"
"Yes, first, and then to go to Paris."
"Very good; have what time you require, DantĂ¨s. It will take quite six weeks to unload the cargo, and we cannot get you ready for sea until three months after that; only be back again in three months, for the Pharaon," added the owner, patting the young sailor on the back, "cannot sail without her captain."
unload - décharger
ready for sea - pret pour la mer
"Without her captain!" cried DantĂ¨s, his eyes sparkling with animation; "pray mind what you say, for you are touching on the most secret wishes of my heart. Is it really your intention to make me captain of the Pharaon?"
sparkling - étincelante, pétillant
animation - animation, invigoration
Pray - prier, prions, priez, prient
touching - toucher, attendrissant, (touch), émouvoir
most secret - le plus secret
wishes - souhaits, souhait, souhaiter, espérer
heart - cour
intention - intention
"If I were sole owner we'd shake hands on it now, my dear DantĂ¨s, and call it settled; but I have a partner, and you know the Italian proverb"Chi ha compagno ha padrone"He who has a partner has a master.'But the thing is at least half done, as you have one out of two votes. Rely on me to procure you the other; I will do my best."
sole - unique, seul, semelle, plante, sole
shake hands - serrer la main
settled - réglée, (s')installer
Italian - italien, italophone, Italienne
proverb - proverbe
chi - chi
padrone - padrone
half done - a moitié fait
votes - votes, voix, vote, votation, voter
rely - s'appuyer, compter sur
procure - se procurer, acquérir, obtenir, proxénétisme, procurer
"Ah, M. Morrel," exclaimed the young seaman, with tears in his eyes, and grasping the owner's hand, "M. Morrel, I thank you in the name of my father and of MercĂ©dĂ¨s."
exclaimed - s'est exclamé, exclamer
grasping - saisir, agripper, comprendre
"That's all right, Edmond. There's a providence that watches over the deserving. Go to your father; go and see MercĂ©dĂ¨s, and afterwards come to me."
That's all right - C'est d'accord
Providence - la providence, Providence
"Shall I row you ashore?"
Row - rangée, tintamarre, canoter, ramer
"No, thank you; I shall remain and look over the accounts with Danglars. Have you been satisfied with him this voyage?"
remain - reste, rester, demeurer
look over - examiner
accounts - comptes, compte
satisfied - satisfaits, satisfaire
"That is according to the sense you attach to the question, sir. Do you mean is he a good comrade? No, for I think he never liked me since the day when I was silly enough, after a little quarrel we had, to propose to him to stop for ten minutes at the island of Monte Cristo to settle the dispute"a proposition which I was wrong to suggest, and he quite right to refuse.
sense - sens, acception, sentir
attach - attacher
silly - stupide, sot, insensé, idiot, bete
quarrel - querelle, bagarrer, noise, algarade, dispute
propose - proposer, demander en mariage
settle - régler, décréter
dispute - dispute, litige, discuter, argumenter, évaluer, contester
proposition - proposition
suggest - proposer, suggérer
refuse - refuser, refusons, refusent, refusez
If you mean as responsible agent when you ask me the question, I believe there is nothing to say against him, and that you will be content with the way in which he has performed his duty."
content with - etre satisfait de
"But tell me, DantĂ¨s, if you had command of the Pharaon should you be glad to see Danglars remain?"
be glad - etre heureux
"Captain or mate, M. Morrel, I shall always have the greatest respect for those who possess the owners'confidence."
respect - respect, respecter
possess - posséder, s'emparer de
owners - propriétaires, propriétaire
confidence - assurance, confiance en soi, confiance, confidence
"that's right, that's right, DantĂ¨s! I see you are a thoroughly good fellow, and will detain you no longer. Go, for I see how impatient you are."
that's right - c'est bien ça
impatient - impatient
"Then I have leave?"
"Go, I tell you."
"May I have the use of your skiff?"
Certainly - certainement, surement, sans nul doute, sans aucun doute
"Then, for the present, M. Morrel, farewell, and a thousand thanks!"
Farewell - adieu, prendre congé, dire adieu, faire ses adieux
"I hope soon to see you again, my dear Edmond. Good luck to you."
luck - la chance, chance, veine
The young sailor jumped into the skiff, and sat down in the stern sheets, with the order that he be put ashore at La CanebiĂ¨re. The two oarsmen bent to their work, and the little boat glided away as rapidly as possible in the midst of the thousand vessels which choke up the narrow way which leads between the two rows of ships from the mouth of the harbor to the Quai d'OrlĂ©ans.
jumped - a sauté, (faire) sauter
stern - sévere, poupe
bent - plié, courba, courbai, courbés, courbé, cambrai
glided - glissé, glisser, planer
rapidly - rapidement
midst - centre, milieu
vessels - navires, vaisseau, recipient
choke - l'étranglement, étouffer, étouffez, suffoquer, laminer
leads - des pistes, conduire, mener
rows - rangées, rang(ée)
ships - navires, navire
Quai - quai
The shipowner, smiling, followed him with his eyes until he saw him spring out on the quay and disappear in the midst of the throng, which from five o'clock in the morning until nine o'clock at night, swarms in the famous street of La CanebiĂ¨re,"a street of which the modern PhocĂ©ens are so proud that they say with all the gravity in the world, and with that accent which gives so much character to what is said, "If Paris had La CanebiĂ¨re, Paris would be a second Marseilles." On turning round the owner saw Danglars behind him, apparently awaiting orders, but in reality also watching the young sailor,"but there was a great difference in the expression of the two men who thus followed the movements of Edmond DantĂ¨s.
smiling - souriant, (smile), sourire
quay - quai
disappear - disparaître
throng - essaim, foule
swarms - essaims, essaim (flying insects)
gravity - la gravité, gravité, pesanteur
accent - accent, emphase, souligner, accentuer
character - caractere, personnage, caractere
turning round - faire demi-tour
apparently - apparemment, évidemment, en apparence
awaiting - en attente, attendre, s'attendre a, servir, guetter
reality - la réalité, réalité, vérité
expression - expression
thus - donc, ainsi, tellement, pour cette raison, également
movements - mouvements, mouvement
We will leave Danglars struggling with the demon of hatred, and endeavoring to insinuate in the ear of the shipowner some evil suspicions against his comrade, and follow DantĂ¨s, who, after having traversed La CanebiĂ¨re, took the Rue de Noailles, and entering a small house, on the left of the AllĂ©es de Meilhan, rapidly ascended four flights of a dark staircase, holding the baluster with one hand, while with the other he repressed the beatings of his heart, and paused before a half-open door, from which he could see the whole of a small room.
struggling with - Lutter avec
demon - démon, diable
hatred - la haine, haine
endeavoring - s'efforcer, effort, entreprise, tenter, s’efforcer
insinuate - insinuer
suspicions - des soupçons, suspicion, soupçon
traversed - traversé, franchir, traverser
rue - rue
entering - entrant, (enter), entrer, rench: t-needed r, taper
small house - petite maison
ascended - ascensionné, monter
staircase - escalier
holding - en attente, possession, (hold) en attente
baluster - balustre
repressed - réprimée, réprimer
beatings - des coups, battage, battement
paused - en pause, pauser, pause
small room - petite piece
This room was occupied by DantĂ¨s'father. The news of the arrival of the Pharaon had not yet reached the old man, who, mounted on a chair, was amusing himself by training with trembling hand the nasturtiums and sprays of clematis that clambered over the trellis at his window. Suddenly, he felt an arm thrown around his body, and a well-known voice behind him exclaimed, "Father"dear father!"
occupied - occupée, occuper, habiter
mounted - monté, monter
amusing - amusant, amuser
nasturtiums - les capucines, capucine
sprays - sprays, (nuage de) gouttelettes, pulvérisation
clematis - la clématite, clématite
clambered - escaladé, grimper
trellis - treillis, treillage, espalier, treille
thrown - jeté, jeter, lancer
voice - voix
The old man uttered a cry, and turned round; then, seeing his son, he fell into his arms, pale and trembling.
uttered - prononcée, complet, total
cry - pleurer, crier, hurler, gueuler, pleur, cri
pale - pâle, hâve
"What ails you, my dearest father? Are you ill?" inquired the young man, much alarmed.
ails - ails, souffrir
ill - malade, écouré, écourée
alarmed - alarmé, alarme, réveille-matin, réveil, alarmer, fr
"No, no, my dear Edmond"my boy"my son!"no; but I did not expect you; and joy, the surprise of seeing you so suddenly"Ah, I feel as if I were going to die."
expect - s'attendre a, attendre, s'attendre a
joy - joie
surprise - surprise, surprendre, étonner
"Come, come, Cheer up, my dear father! 'Tis I"really I! They say joy never hurts, and so I came to you without any warning. Come now, do smile, instead of looking at me so solemnly. Here I am back again, and we are going to be happy."
Cheer up - encourager
Tis - tis, (Ti) tis
hurts - fait mal, faire mal, blesser, blessé
warning - l'avertissement, avertissement, attention, (warn), avertir
Come now - viens/venez maintenant
"Yes, yes, my boy, so we will"so we will," replied the old man; "but how shall we be happy? Shall you never leave me again? Come, tell me all the good fortune that has befallen you."
Fortune - la fortune, destin, bonne chance, fortune
"God forgive me," said the young man, "for rejoicing at happiness derived from the misery of others, but, Heaven knows, I did not seek this good fortune; it has happened, and I really cannot pretend to lament it. The good Captain Leclere is dead, father, and it is probable that, with the aid of M. Morrel, I shall have his place. Do you understand, father?
God - dieu, idolâtrer, déifier
forgive - pardonner
aid - l'aide, aider, aide, assister, secourir
rejoicing - se réjouir, réjouissant, gaieté, (rejoice), réjouir
Happiness - le bonheur, bonheur
derived - dérivés, tirer, trouver, déduire, conclure, dériver
misery - la misere, misere
seek - chercher
pretend - prétendre, prétendre a, feindre, faire semblant
lament - une complainte
dead - morts, mort, milieu, cour, profondeurs
probable - probable
Only imagine me a captain at twenty, with a hundred louis pay, and a share in the profits! Is this not more than a poor sailor like me could have hoped for?"
share in - partager
hoped for - espéré
"Yes, my dear boy," replied the old man, "it is very fortunate."
"Well, then, with the first money I touch, I mean you to have a small house, with a garden in which to plant clematis, nasturtiums, and honeysuckle. But what ails you, father? Are you not well?"
honeysuckle - chevrefeuille, chevrefeuille
"'Tis nothing, nothing; it will soon pass away""and as he said so the old man's strength failed him, and he fell backwards.
pass away - passer
strength - la force, force, vigueur, effectif, point fort
failed - a échoué, échouer (a)
backwards - a l'envers, arriéré, en arriere, a reculons
"Come, come," said the young man, "a glass of wine, father, will revive you. Where do you keep your wine?"
"No, no; thanks. You need not look for it; I do not want it," said the old man.
"Yes, yes, father, tell me where it is," and he opened two or three cupboards.
cupboards - armoires, placard, armoire, buffet
"It is no use," said the old man, "there is no wine."
"What, no wine?" said DantĂ¨s, turning pale, and looking alternately at the hollow cheeks of the old man and the empty cupboards. "What, no wine? Have you wanted money, father?"
turning pale - pâlir
alternately - en alternance
hollow - creux, cavez, caver, cavent, cavons
cheeks - joues, joue, fesse, culot, toupet, potence de bringuebale
empty - vide, vider, cadavre
"I want nothing now that I have you," said the old man.
"Yet," stammered DantĂ¨s, wiping the perspiration from his brow,""yet I gave you two hundred francs when I left, three months ago."
stammered - balbutié, balbutier, bégayer, bégaiement
wiping - essuyant, (wipe) essuyant
perspiration - la transpiration, transpiration
"Yes, yes, Edmond, that is true, but you forgot at that time a little debt to our neighbor, Caderousse. He reminded me of it, telling me if I did not pay for you, he would be paid by M. Morrel; and so, you see, lest he might do you an injury"""
debt - de la dette, dette
neighbor - voisin
reminded - rappelée, rappeler
injury - blessure
"Why, I paid him."
"But," cried DantĂ¨s, "it was a hundred and forty francs I owed Caderousse."
owed - du, devoir
"Yes," stammered the old man.
"And you paid him out of the two hundred francs I left you?"
The old man nodded.
nodded - hoché la tete, dodeliner, hocher, hochement
"So that you have lived for three months on sixty francs," muttered Edmond.
muttered - marmonné, marmonner
"You know how little I require," said the old man.
"Heaven pardon me," cried Edmond, falling on his knees before his father.
"What are you doing?"
"You have wounded me to the heart."
"Never mind it, for I see you once more," said the old man; "and now It's all over"everything is all right again."
It's all over - C'est fini
"Yes, here I am," said the young man, "with a promising future and a little money. Here, father, here!" he said, "take this"take it, and send for something immediately." And he emptied his pockets on the table, the contents consisting of a dozen gold pieces, five or six five-franc pieces, and some smaller coin. The countenance of old DantĂ¨s brightened.
promising - prometteur, vou, promesse, promettre
send for - envoyer pour
emptied - vidée, vide, vider, cadavre
pockets - poches, poche, empocher, de poche
Contents - contenu, satisfait
consisting - consistant, consister (en)
dozen - douzaine, dizaine
gold - l'or, or
franc - franc
coin - piece de monnaie, piece de monnaie, jeton
"Whom does this belong to?" he inquired.
belong - appartiennent, appartenons, faire partie de, appartiens
"To me, to you, to us! Take it; buy some provisions; be happy, and tomorrow we shall have more."
Provisions - dispositions, provision, provisionner
"Gently, gently," said the old man, with a smile; "and by your leave I will use your purse moderately, for they would say, if they saw me buy too many things at a time, that I had been obliged to await your return, in order to be able to purchase them."
purse - sac a main, bourse, portemonnaie, portefeuille, sac a main
moderately - modérément
obliged - obligée, imposer, obliger, rendre service
purchase - l'achat, achat, acquisition, acheter, acquérir
"Do as you please; but, first of all, pray have a servant, father. I will not have you left alone so long. I have some smuggled coffee and most capital tobacco, in a small chest in the hold, which you shall have tomorrow. But, hush, here comes somebody."
servant - serviteur, domestique, servante, checkserviteur
alone - seul
smuggled - en contrebande, passer en contrebande, contrebander
tobacco - le tabac, tabac
chest - poitrine, sein, commode, coffre
hold - tenir, stopper, tiens, tiennent, tenons
Hush - chut !, silence
"'Tis Caderousse, who has heard of your arrival, and no doubt comes to congratulate you on your fortunate return."
congratulate - féliciter
"Ah, lips that say one thing, while the heart thinks another," murmured Edmond. "But, never mind, he is a neighbor who has done us a service on a time, so he's welcome."
lips - levres, levre
murmured - murmuré, murmure, rumeur, souffle, murmurer
As Edmond paused, the black and bearded head of Caderousse appeared at the door. He was a man of twenty-five or six, and held a piece of cloth, which, being a tailor, he was about to make into a coat-lining.
bearded - barbu, barbe
held - détenus, (main)tenir
cloth - tissu, étoffe, tenue
tailor - tailleur, tailleuse, adapter
"What, is it you, Edmond, back again?" said he, with a broad Marseillaise accent, and a grin that displayed his ivory-white teeth.
broad - large
marseillaise - marseillaise
grin - sourire, rictus
displayed - affichée, représentation, spectacle, moniteur, écran
ivory - ivoire
"Yes, as you see, neighbor Caderousse; and ready to be agreeable to you in any and every way," replied DantĂ¨s, but ill-concealing his coldness under this cloak of civility.
agreeable - agréable, complaisant
concealing - dissimuler, cacher
coldness - froideur, froid
cloak - cape, pelisse, pelerine
civility - civilité, politesse
"Thanks"thanks; but, fortunately, I do not want for anything; and it chances that at times there are others who have need of me." DantĂ¨s made a gesture. "I do not allude to you, my boy. No!"no! I lent you money, and you returned it; that's like good neighbors, and we are quits."
fortunately - heureusement, par bonheur, par chance
chances - chances, hasard
gesture - geste, signe
allude - alluder, faire allusion, suggérer
lent - preté, pretés, preta, pretâmes, pretai, pretées, (lend) preté
neighbors - voisins, voisin/-ine
quits - démissionne, quitter, abandonner
"We are never quits with those who oblige us," was DantĂ¨s'reply; "for when we do not owe them money, we owe them gratitude."
oblige - imposer, obliger, etre redevable a
reply - répondre, réponse
owe - doit, devoir
gratitude - la gratitude, gratitude
"What's the use of mentioning that? What is done is done. Let us talk of your happy return, my boy. I had gone on the quay to match a piece of mulberry cloth, when I met friend Danglars. You at Marseilles?'"Yes,'says he.
mentioning - mentionnant, mentionner
match - match, s'entremettre, allumette, concorder
mulberry - mure, murier, mure, mure écrasée
"I thought you were at Smyrna.'"I was; but am now back again.'
"And where is the dear boy, our little Edmond?'
"Why, with his father, no doubt,'replied Danglars. And so I came," added Caderousse, "as fast as I could to have the pleasure of shaking hands with a friend."
shaking - tremblant, (shake), secouer, agiter, se serrer la main, secousse
"Worthy Caderousse!" said the old man, "he is so much attached to us."
attached - attachée, attacher
"Yes, to be sure I am. I love and esteem you, because honest folks are so rare. But it seems you have come back rich, my boy," continued the tailor, looking askance at the handful of gold and silver which DantĂ¨s had thrown on the table.
esteem - estime, respect, respecter
folks - des gens, populaire, peuple
rare - rares, rare
askance - l'interrogation, avec méfiance, de travers
handful - poignée, manipule
silver - l'argent, argent
The young man remarked the greedy glance which shone in the dark eyes of his neighbor. "Eh," he said, negligently, "this money is not mine. I was expressing to my father my fears that he had wanted many things in my absence, and to convince me he emptied his purse on the table.
remarked - remarqué, remarque
greedy - avaricieux, cupide, avide, gourmand
glance - regard, jeter un coup d’oil
shone - briller, éclairer
eh - eh
negligently - par négligence
mine - la mienne, mienne, miniere
expressing - exprimant, exprimer
fears - des craintes, peur
convince - convaincre, persuader
Come, father" added DantĂ¨s, "put this money back in your box"unless neighbor Caderousse wants anything, and in that case it is at his service."
case - cas, affaire, fouille, étui, chose
"No, my boy, no," said Caderousse. "I am not in any want, thank God, my living is suited to my means. Keep your money"keep it, I say;"one never has too much;"but, at the same time, my boy, I am as much obliged by your offer as if I took advantage of it."
suited - adapté, complet, costume, tailleur, combinaison, costard
advantage - avantage, avantager, favoriser
"It was offered with good will," said DantĂ¨s.
offered - proposé, offrir, proposer
good will - bonne volonté
"No doubt, my boy; no doubt. Well, you stand well with M. Morrel I hear,"you insinuating dog, you!"
insinuating - insinuer
"M. Morrel has always been exceedingly kind to me," replied DantĂ¨s.
exceedingly - excessivement, extremement, énormément
"Then you were wrong to refuse to dine with him."
"What, did you refuse to dine with him?" said old DantĂ¨s; "and did he invite you to dine?"
invite - inviter, invitent, invitez, invetera, invitons
"Yes, my dear father," replied Edmond, smiling at his father's astonishment at the excessive honor paid to his son.
astonishment - l'étonnement, étonnement
excessive - excessif
"And why did you refuse, my son?" inquired the old man.
"That I might the sooner see you again, my dear father," replied the young man. "I was most anxious to see you."
"But it must have vexed M. Morrel, good, worthy man," said Caderousse. "And when you are looking forward to be captain, it was wrong to annoy the owner."
vexed - contrarié, ennuyer, énerver, vexer 'informal', tourmenter, vexer
forward - avant, acheminent, acheminer, avanten, acheminons
annoy - gener, ennuyer, embeter, agacer
"But I explained to him the cause of my refusal," replied DantĂ¨s, "and I hope he fully understood it."
cause - cause, raison, causer
refusal - refus
fully - pleinement, entierement, completement
"Yes, but to be captain one must do a little flattery to one's patrons."
flattery - la flatterie, flatterie
patrons - patrons, mécene, client
"I hope to be captain without that," said DantĂ¨s.
"So much the better"so much the better! Nothing will give greater pleasure to all your old friends; and I know one down there behind the saint Nicolas citadel who will not be sorry to hear it."
saint - Saint
Nicolas - nicolas, Nicole
citadel - citadelle
be sorry - etre désolé
"MercĂ©dĂ¨s?" said the old man.
"Yes, my dear father, and with your permission, now I have seen you, and know you are well and have all you require, I will ask your consent to go and pay a visit to the Catalans."
permission - autorisation, permission, permis
consent - consentir, approuver, agréer, consentement, approbation
pay a visit - rendre visite
"Go, my dear boy," said old DantĂ¨s; "and Heaven Bless you in your wife, as it has blessed me in my son!"
Bless you - Vous bénir
blessed - bienheureux, béni, (bless)
"His wife!" said Caderousse; "why, how fast you go on, father DantĂ¨s; she is not his wife yet, as it seems to me."
"No, but according to all probability she soon will be," replied Edmond.
probability - probabilité
"Yes"yes," said Caderousse; "but you were right to return as soon as possible, my boy."
"Because MercĂ©dĂ¨s is a very fine girl, and fine girls never lack followers; she particularly has them by dozens."
lack - manque
followers - des adeptes, disciple, follower, poursuivant, fr
particularly - en particulier
dozens - douzaines, douzaine, dizaine
"Really?" answered Edmond, with a smile which had in it traces of slight uneasiness.
traces - des traces, trace
Slight - insignifiant, léger
"Ah, yes," continued Caderousse, "and capital offers, too; but you know, you will be captain, and who could refuse you then?"
offers - offres, offrir, proposer
"Meaning to say," replied DantĂ¨s, with a smile which but ill-concealed his trouble, "that if I were not a captain"""
concealed - dissimulée, dissimuler, cacher
"Eh"eh!" said Caderousse, shaking his head.
"Come, come," said the sailor, "I have a better opinion than you of women in general, and of MercĂ©dĂ¨s in particular; and I am certain that, captain or not, she will remain ever faithful to me."
general - général, communal, en chef, universal, d'ensemble
Certain - certain, quelconque
faithful - fidele, fidele, loyal
"So much the better"so much the better," said Caderousse. "When one is going to be married, there is nothing like implicit confidence; but never mind that, my boy,"go and announce your arrival, and let her know all your hopes and prospects."
implicit - implicite
announce - annoncer
prospects - des perspectives, perspective
"I will go directly," was Edmond's reply; and, embracing his father, and nodding to Caderousse, he left the apartment.
directly - directement, checktout droit
embracing - embrasser, étreindre, accolade
nodding to - en faisant un signe de tete
Caderousse lingered for a moment, then taking leave of old DantĂ¨s, he went downstairs to rejoin Danglars, who awaited him at the corner of the Rue Senac.
lingered - s'est attardé, s'installer, stagner, s'incruster, s'éteindre
went downstairs - est descendu en bas
rejoin - rejoins, rejoignons, rejoignez, rejoignent
awaited - attendue, attendre, s'attendre a, servir, guetter
corner - coin, rencogner, piéger, acculer, négocier un prix de gros
"Well," said Danglars, "did you see him?"
"I have just left him," answered Caderousse.
"Did he allude to his hope of being captain?"
"He spoke of it as a thing already decided."
"Indeed!" said Danglars, "he is in too much hurry, it appears to me."
indeed - certainement, vraiment, en effet, bien sur, certes
hurry - se dépecher, précipitation, hâte
"Why, it seems M. Morrel has promised him the thing."
promised - promis, vou, promesse, promettre
"So that he is quite elated about it?"
"Why, yes, he is actually insolent over the matter"has already offered me his patronage, as if he were a grand personage, and proffered me a loan of money, as though he were a banker."
actually - en fait
matter - matiere, matiere, affaire, question, cause, substance
Patronage - soutien, mécénat, parrainage, clientele, clientélisme, patronage
grand - grand, grandiose
personage - personnage
proffered - proposée, offrir, entreprendre
loan - pret, crédit, preter, emprunt, emprunter
banker - banquier
"Which you refused?"
refused - refusé, refuser de
"Most assuredly; although I might easily have accepted it, for it was I who put into his hands the first silver he ever earned; but now M. DantĂ¨s has no longer any occasion for assistance"he is about to become a captain."
assuredly - assurément
easily - facilement
accepted - acceptée, accepter, accepter (de), prendre sur soi
earned - gagnée, gagner (sa vie), rapporter
Occasion - occasion
assistance - l'assistance, assistance
"Pooh!" said Danglars, "he is not one yet."
"Ma foi! it will be as well if he is not," answered Caderousse; "for if he should be, there will be really no speaking to him."
"If we choose," replied Danglars, "he will remain what he is; and perhaps become even less than he is."
Perhaps - peut-etre, peut-etre, possiblement
"What do you mean?"
"Nothing"I was speaking to myself. And is he still in love with the Catalane?"
"Over head and ears; but, unless I am much mistaken, there will be a storm in that quarter."
storm - tempete, orage
"Why should I?"
"It is more important than you think, perhaps. You do not like DantĂ¨s?"
"I never like upstarts."
upstarts - des nouveaux venus, parvenu, arriviste, nouveau riche
"Then tell me all you know about the Catalane."
"I know nothing for certain; only I have seen things which induce me to believe, as I told you, that the future captain will find some annoyance in the vicinity of the Vieilles Infirmeries."
induce - induire
annoyance - l'agacement, ennui, nuisance, irritation, checkagacement
vicinity - proximité, voisinage, vicinité, environs
"What have you seen?"come, tell me!"
"Well, every time I have seen MercĂ©dĂ¨s come into the city she has been accompanied by a tall, strapping, black-eyed Catalan, with a red complexion, brown skin, and fierce air, whom she calls cousin."
accompanied - accompagné, accompagner
strapping - le cerclage, (strap), sangle, courroie, laniere, bandouliere
Catalan - catalan, Catalane
complexion - le teint, teint, complexion
skin - la peau, peau, apparence, écorcher, égratigner, dépouiller
fierce - féroce
"Really; and you think this cousin pays her attentions?"
attentions - attentions, attention, attentions-p
"I only suppose so. What else can a strapping chap of twenty-one mean with a fine wench of seventeen?"
suppose - supposer, imaginer
chap - chap, fissure
wench - jeune fille, jeune femme, servante, femme facile
"And you say that DantĂ¨s has gone to the Catalans?"
"He went before I came down."
"Let us go the same way; we will stop at La RĂ©serve, and we can drink a glass of La Malgue, whilst we wait for news."
whilst - tout en
"Come along," said Caderousse; "but you pay the score."
along - le long de, accompagné, rench: t-needed r
score - nombre de point oints, score, note, vingtaine
"Of course," replied Danglars; and going quickly to the designated place, they called for a bottle of wine, and two glasses.
designated - désignée, désigner
PĂ¨re Pamphile had seen DantĂ¨s pass not ten minutes before; and assured that he was at the Catalans, they sat Down Under the budding foliage of the planes and sycamores, in the branches of which the birds were singing their welcome to one of the first days of spring.
pass - passer, doubler, passe, dépasser, passez, passons, passage
assured - assurée, assurerent, assura, assurai
Down Under - Australie, Nouvelle Zelande
budding - en herbe, (bud)
foliage - le feuillage, feuillage
sycamores - les sycomores, platane, sycomore, figuier sycomore
branches - branches, branche, t+rameau, affluent, filiale
Beyond a bare, weather-worn wall, about a hundred paces from the spot where the two friends sat looking and listening as they drank their wine, was the village of the Catalans. Long ago this mysterious colony quitted Spain, and settled on the tongue of land on which it is to this day. Whence it came no one knew, and it spoke an unknown tongue.
beyond - au-dela, au-dela, par-dela
bare - a nu, dénudé, dégarnir, nu
paces - des allures, pas
spot - spot, tache, bouton, peu, endroit, zone, détecter, trouver
mysterious - mystérieux
colony - colonie
quitted - a démissionné, quitter, abandonner
Spain - espagne
tongue - langue, languette
whence - pourquoi, d'ou
an unknown - un inconnu
One of its chiefs, who understood ProvenĂ§al, begged the commune of Marseilles to give them this bare and barren promontory, where, like the sailors of old, they had run their boats ashore. The request was granted; and three months afterwards, around the twelve or fifteen small vessels which had brought these gypsies of the sea, a small village sprang up.
chiefs - chefs, chef
begged - supplié, mendier
commune - commune, communauté
barren - stérile
promontory - promontoire
request - demander, prier, requete, demande
granted - accordée, accorder, admettre
gypsies - les gitans, gitan, tsigane, romanichel
sprang up - a surgi
This village, constructed in a singular and picturesque manner, half Moorish, half Spanish, still remains, and is inhabited by descendants of the first comers, who speak the language of their fathers.
constructed - construit, construction, construire
singular - singulier
picturesque - pittoresque
Moorish - mauresque
Spanish - espagnol, castillan
remains - reste, rester, demeurer
inhabited - habité, habiter
descendants - descendants, descendant, descendante
For three or four centuries they have remained upon this small promontory, on which they had settled like a flight of seabirds, without mixing with the Marseillaise population, intermarrying, and preserving their original customs and the costume of their mother-country as they have preserved its language.
remained - est restée, reste, rester, demeurer
seabirds - oiseaux de mer, oiseau de mer, oiseau marin
mixing - mélange, mélanger
population - population
intermarrying - les mariages mixtes, (se) marier (entre soi)
preserving - préserver, confiture, conserve, réserve naturelle
original - originel, original
costume - costume, déguisement
mother-country - (mother-country) la mere patrie
preserved - préservée, confiture, conserve, réserve naturelle
Our readers will follow us along the only street of this little village, and enter with us one of the houses, which is sunburned to the beautiful dead-leaf color peculiar to the buildings of the country, and within coated with whitewash, like a Spanish posada.
enter - entrer, rench: t-needed r, taper, saisir
sunburned - des coups de soleil, coup de soleil, actinite
leaf - feuille, rallonge, battant, ouvrant, vantail, feuiller
within - a l'intérieur, dedans, avant, d'ici
whitewash - blanchiment, lait de chaux, badigeon, blanchir, badigeonner
posada - posada
A young and beautiful girl, with hair as black as jet, her eyes as velvety as the gazelle's, was leaning with her back against the wainscot, rubbing in her slender delicately moulded fingers a bunch of heath blossoms, the flowers of which she was picking off and strewing on the floor; her arms, bare to the elbow, brown, and modelled after those of the Arlesian Venus, moved with a kind of restless impatience, and she tapped the earth with her arched and supple foot, so as to display the pure and full shape of her well-turned leg, in its red cotton, gray and blue clocked, stocking. At three paces from her, seated in a chair which he balanced on two legs, leaning his elbow on an old worm-eaten table, was a tall young man of twenty, or two-and-twenty, who was looking at her with an air in which vexation and uneasiness were mingled. He questioned her with his eyes, but the firm and steady gaze of the young girl controlled his look.
beautiful girl - belle fille
jet - jet, avion a réaction, jais
gazelle - gazelle
leaning - penchant, adossant, (lean) penchant
wainscot - lambris, panneau
rubbing - le frottement, frottage, froissement, lessivage
slender - svelte, mince
delicately - délicatement
moulded - moulé, terreau, humus
fingers - doigts, pointer, tripoter, doigter
bunch - bunch, groupe, bouquet, botte, grappe, bande, peloton, tas
Heath - heath, lande, bruyere
blossoms - fleurs, fleur, floraison, fleurir, s'épanouir
picking - le prélevement, (pic) le prélevement
strewing - strewing, (strew), parsemer, joncher
elbow - coude, coup de coude, jouer des coudes
Arlesian - Arlésienne
Venus - venus, Vénus
restless - inquiet, agité, checkimpatient
tapped - taraudé, petit coup
earth - terre, terrier, relier a la terre, tmettre a la terre, enterrer
arched - en arc de cercle, voute, arche
supple - souple
display - l'affichage, représentation, spectacle, moniteur, écran
shape - forme
cotton - coton
Gray - gris
stocking - bas, collante, (stock) bas
seated - assis, place, siege, assise, séant, fond
balanced - équilibré, contrepoids, équilibre, solde, balancier
worm - ver, vermine, scarabée, vis sans fin, dragon, remords, ramper
vexation - vexation, tracas, tracasserie, contrariété
mingled - mélangés, mélanger
steady - stable, lisse, régulier
controlled - contrôlé, contrôler, maîtrise, contrôle, commandes-p
"You see, MercĂ©dĂ¨s," said the young man, "here is Easter come round again; tell me, is this the moment for a wedding?"
wedding - mariage, (wed), marier, épouser
"I have answered you a hundred times, Fernand, and really you must be very stupid to ask me again."
stupid - stupide, bete
"Well, repeat it,"repeat it, I beg of you, that I may at last believe it! Tell me for the hundredth time that you refuse my love, which had your mother's sanction. Make me understand once for all that you are trifling with my happiness, that my life or death are nothing to you.
hundredth - centieme, centieme
sanction - approbation, validation, sanction, décret, autoriser, ratifier
once for all - une fois pour toutes
trifling - insignifiant, futile, (trifle), bagatelle, broutille, babiole
Death - mort, déces, camarde, la mort, l'arcane sans nom
Ah, to have dreamed for ten years of being your husband, MercĂ©dĂ¨s, and to lose that hope, which was the only stay of my existence!"
dreamed - revé, reve, t+songe, t+voeu, t+souhait, t+vou
existence - l'existence, existence
"At least it was not I who ever encouraged you in that hope, Fernand," replied MercĂ©dĂ¨s; "you cannot reproach me with the slightest coquetry. I have always said to you, I love you as a brother; but do not ask from me more than sisterly affection, for my heart is another's.'Is not this true, Fernand?"
encouraged - encouragé, encourager
reproach - des reproches, reproche, opprobre, reprocher
slightest - le moins du monde, insignifiant, léger
coquetry - coquetterie, coquetisme
sisterly - entre sours, sour
"Yes, that is very true, MercĂ©dĂ¨s," replied the young man, "Yes, you have been cruelly frank with me; but do you forget that it is among the Catalans a sacred law to intermarry?"
cruelly - cruellement
frank - franche, franc
sacred - sacrée, sacré, saint
law - loi
intermarry - se marier, (se) marier (entre soi)
"You mistake, Fernand; it is not a law, but merely a custom, and, I pray of you, do not cite this custom in your favor. You are included in the conscription, Fernand, and are only at liberty on sufferance, liable at any moment to be called upon to take up arms.
cite - citer, alléguer
favor - favorable, faveur, favoriser
conscription - la conscription, conscription, service militaire obligatoire
liberty - liberté
on sufferance - a titre gracieux
liable - responsable
Once a soldier, what would you do with me, a poor orphan, forlorn, without fortune, with nothing but a half-ruined hut and a few ragged nets, the miserable inheritance left by my father to my mother, and by my mother to me? She has been dead a year, and you know, Fernand, I have subsisted almost entirely on public charity.
orphan - orphelin, orpheline
forlorn - délaissée, abandonné, perdu, miserable, désespéré
ruined - ruiné, ruine, ruiner, abîmer, foutre en l'air
hut - hutte, chaumiere, cabane
ragged - dépenaillé, loqueteuxse, (rag) dépenaillé
nets - filets, (de/au) filet
miserable - misérable
inheritance - l'héritage, héritage
subsisted - subsisté, subsister
entirely - entierement, entierement, entierement (1)
public - public
charity - la charité, charité, organisme de charité
Sometimes you pretend I am useful to you, and that is an excuse to share with me the produce of your fishing, and I accept it, Fernand, because you are the son of my father's brother, because we were brought up together, and still more because it would give you so much pain if I refuse.
produce - produire, produits
Accept - accepter, accepter (de), prendre sur soi, endurer patiemment
pain - douleur, mal, diuleur
But I feel very deeply that this fish which I go and sell, and with the produce of which I buy the flax I spin,"I feel very keenly, Fernand, that this is charity."
deeply - profondément
flax - le lin, lin
spin - l'essorage, tournoyer, (faire) tourner
keenly - vivement
"And if it were, MercĂ©dĂ¨s, poor and lone as you are, you suit me as well as the daughter of the first shipowner or the richest banker of Marseilles! What do such as we desire but a good wife and careful housekeeper, and where can I look for these better than in you?"
Lone - solitaire, seul, isolé, unique
suit - complet, costume, tailleur, combinaison, costard, enseigne
desire - désirer, désir
housekeeper - femme de ménage, gouvernante, ménagere
"Fernand," answered MercĂ©dĂ¨s, shaking her head, "a woman becomes a bad manager, and who shall say she will remain an honest woman, when she loves another man better than her husband? Rest content with my friendship, for I say once more that is all I can promise, and I will promise no more than I can bestow."
manager - directeur
content - contenu, satisfait, contentement
friendship - l'amitié, amitié
promise - vou, promesse, promettre
bestow - disposer de, accorder, remettre, conférer, donner en mariage
"I understand," replied Fernand, "you can endure your own wretchedness patiently, but you are afraid to share mine. Well, MercĂ©dĂ¨s, beloved by you, I would tempt fortune; you would bring me good luck, and I should become rich. I could extend my occupation as a fisherman, might get a place as clerk in a warehouse, and become in time a dealer myself."
endure - endurer, perdurer, supporter
wretchedness - la misere
patiently - patiemment
tempt - tenter, attirer
extend - étendre, prolonger
occupation - profession, occupation
fisherman - pecheur, pecheur, pecheuse
clerk - greffier
warehouse - entrepôt, dépôt
"You could do no such thing, Fernand; you are a soldier, and if you remain at the Catalans it is because there is no war; so remain a fisherman, and contented with my friendship, as I cannot give you more."
contented with - etre satisfait de
"Well, I will do better, MercĂ©dĂ¨s. I will be a sailor; instead of the costume of our fathers, which you despise, I will wear a varnished hat, a striped shirt, and a blue jacket, with an anchor on the buttons. Would not that dress please you?"
despise - mépriser, dédaigner
varnished - vernis, vernir
striped - rayé, rayure, galon, rayer
buttons - boutons, (button) boutons
"What do you mean?" asked MercĂ©dĂ¨s, with an angry glance,""what do you mean? I do not understand you?"
"I mean, MercĂ©dĂ¨s, that you are thus harsh and cruel with me, because you are expecting someone who is thus attired; but perhaps he whom you await is inconstant, or if he is not, the sea is so to him."
harsh - sévere, sévere, rude, cruel, dur, checkdure
cruel - cruel
inconstant - inconstant
"Fernand," cried MercĂ©dĂ¨s, "I believed you were good-hearted, and I was mistaken! Fernand, you are wicked to call to your aid jealousy and the anger of God! Yes, I will not deny it, I do await, and I do love him of whom you speak; and, if he does not return, instead of accusing him of the inconstancy which you insinuate, I will tell you that he died loving me and me only.
hearted - cour
wicked - méchante, chicaneur, torve, (wick) méchante
jealousy - jalousie, envie
anger - la colere, colere, ire, courroux, rage
deny - refuser
accusing - accuser
inconstancy - l'inconstance, inconstance
" The young girl made a gesture of rage. "I understand you, Fernand; you would be revenged on him because I do not love you; you would cross your Catalan knife with his dirk. What end would that answer? To lose you my friendship if he were conquered, and see that friendship changed into hate if you were victor.
rage - rage, furie, fureur, courroux, rager, faire rage
revenged - vengé, vengeance, revanche, venger
knife - couteau, frapper d'un coup de couteau
Dirk - dirk
conquered - conquis, conquérir
Victor - Victor
Believe me, to seek a quarrel with a man is a bad method of pleasing the woman who loves that man. No, Fernand, you will not thus give way to evil thoughts.
method - méthode, modalité
give way - céder le passage
thoughts - réflexions, idée, pensée
Unable to have me for your wife, you will content yourself with having me for your friend and sister; and besides," she added, her eyes troubled and moistened with tears, "wait, wait, Fernand; you said just now that the sea was treacherous, and he has been gone four months, and during these four months there have been some terrible storms."
troubled - troublé, peine, mal, probleme, emmerde, fr
moistened - humidifié, humidifier, mouiller
treacherous - perfide
storms - tempetes, orage, tempete
Fernand made no reply, nor did he attempt to check the tears which flowed down the cheeks of MercĂ©dĂ¨s, although for each of these tears he would have shed his heart's blood; but these tears flowed for another.
nor - ni, NON-OU
attempt - tenter, essayer, tentative, attentat
flowed - s'est écoulée, couler
shed - hangar, verser, stand, kiosque, échoppe
He arose, paced a while up and down the hut, and then, suddenly stopping before MercĂ©dĂ¨s, with his eyes glowing and his hands clenched,""Say, MercĂ©dĂ¨s," he said, "once for all, is this your final determination?"
arose - s'est élevé, se lever, relever
paced - rythmée, pas
glowing - rayonnante, briller, luire, irradier, lueur
clenched - serré, serrer, prise (en main) ferme, poigne ferme
determination - détermination
"I love Edmond DantĂ¨s," the young girl calmly replied, "and none but Edmond shall ever be my husband."
calmly - calmement, paisiblement
none - aucun, ne nulle
"And you will always love him?"
"As long as I live."
Fernand let fall his head like a defeated man, heaved a sigh that was like a groan, and then suddenly looking her full in the face, with clenched teeth and expanded nostrils, said,""But if he is dead"""
defeated - vaincu, battre, vaincre
heaved - heaved, hisser
sigh - soupir
groan - gémir, râle, râlement, gémissement, grognement, grondement
expanded - élargi, agrandir, développer, élaborer, (s')éteindre
nostrils - narines, narine, qualifier
"If he is dead, I shall die too."
"If he has forgotten you"""
"MercĂ©dĂ¨s!" called a joyous voice from without,""MercĂ©dĂ¨s!"
joyous - joyeux
"Ah," exclaimed the young girl, blushing with delight, and fairly leaping in excess of love, "you see he has not forgotten me, for here he is!" And rushing towards the door, she opened it, saying, "Here, Edmond, here I am!"
blushing - rougir, (blush) rougir
delight - plaisir, délice, joie, enchanter, ravir
fairly - équitable, justement, assez
leaping - sauter, bondir
excess - l'exces, exces, franchise, en exces, en trop, excessif
rushing - se précipiter, (rush) se précipiter
Fernand, pale and trembling, drew back, like a traveller at the sight of a serpent, and fell into a chair beside him. Edmond and MercĂ©dĂ¨s were clasped in each other's arms. The burning Marseilles sun, which shot into the room through the open door, covered them with a flood of light. At first they saw nothing around them.
serpent - serpent
beside - a côté, aupres
clasped - serré, fermoir, serrer
burning - bruler, brulant, ardent, brulage, (burn) bruler
flood - inondation, inonder, submerger, noyer
Their intense happiness isolated them from all the rest of the world, and they only spoke in broken words, which are the tokens of a joy so extreme that they seem rather the expression of sorrow. Suddenly Edmond saw the gloomy, pale, and threatening countenance of Fernand, as it was defined in the shadow.
intense - intense
isolated - isolée, isoler, esseuler
tokens - des jetons, symbole, jeton, symbolique
extreme - extreme, extreme, excessif, excessive
Seem - sembler, paraître, avoir l'air
sorrow - peine, chagrin
gloomy - morose, lugubre, sombre, terne, maussade
threatening - menaçante, menaçant, (threaten), menacer
defined - défini, déterminer, définir
shadow - l'ombre, ombre, prendre en filature, filer
By a movement for which he could scarcely account to himself, the young Catalan placed his hand on the knife at his belt.
movement - mouvement
account - compte, supputation, demande
belt - ceinture, courroie, région
"Ah, your pardon," said DantĂ¨s, frowning in his turn; "I did not perceive that there were three of us." Then, turning to MercĂ©dĂ¨s, he inquired, "Who is this gentleman?"
frowning - froncer les sourcils
perceive - percevoir
gentleman - gentilhomme, monsieur, messieurs
"One who will be your best friend, DantĂ¨s, for he is my friend, my cousin, my brother; it is Fernand"the man whom, after you, Edmond, I love the best in the world. Do you not remember him?"
"Yes!" said DantĂ¨s, and without relinquishing MercĂ©dĂ¨s'hand clasped in one of his own, he extended the other to the Catalan with a cordial air. But Fernand, instead of responding to this amiable gesture, remained mute and trembling. Edmond then cast his eyes scrutinizingly at the agitated and embarrassed MercĂ©dĂ¨s, and then again on the gloomy and menacing Fernand.
relinquishing - renoncer, abandonner, lâcher, relâcher, laisser
extended - étendu, étendre, prolonger
cordial - cordial, sirop
responding - répondre
amiable - aimable, avenant, affable
mute - muet
cast - casting, jeter, diriger, lancer, additionner, sommer, muer
scrutinizingly - de façon minutieuse
embarrassed - embarrassé, embarrasser, gener
menacing - menaçante, menace
This look told him all, and his anger waxed hot.
waxed - ciré, cire
"I did not know, when I came with such haste to you, that I was to meet an enemy here."
haste - hâte
enemy - l'ennemi, ennemi, ennemie
"An enemy!" cried MercĂ©dĂ¨s, with an angry look at her cousin. "An enemy in my house, do you say, Edmond! If I believed that, I would place my arm under yours and go with you to Marseilles, leaving the house to return to it no more."
Fernand's eye darted lightning. "And should any misfortune occur to you, dear Edmond," she continued with the same calmness which proved to Fernand that the young girl had read the very innermost depths of his sinister thought, "if misfortune should occur to you, I would ascend the highest point of the Cape de Morgiou and cast myself headlong from it."
darted - dardé, dard, fleche
lightning - la foudre, éclair, éloise, foudre
proved - prouvé, prouver
innermost - le plus profond
depths - profondeurs, profondeur, épaisseur
sinister - sinistre
ascend - s'élever, monter
headlong - tete baissée, la tete la premiere
Fernand became deadly pale. "But you are deceived, Edmond," she continued. "You have no enemy here"there is no one but Fernand, my brother, who will grasp your hand as a devoted friend."
deadly - mortelle, mortel, fatal, létal
deceived - trompé, tromper, leurrer, séduire
grasp - saisir, agripper, comprendre
devoted - dévouée, consacrer, vouer
And at these words the young girl fixed her imperious look on the Catalan, who, as if fascinated by it, came slowly towards Edmond, and offered him his hand. His hatred, like a powerless though furious wave, was broken against the strong ascendancy which MercĂ©dĂ¨s exercised over him.
fixed - fixé, réparer, fixer, préparer, truquer, tricher, réparation
imperious - impérieux
fascinated - fasciné, fasciner
powerless - impuissante, impuissant
furious - furieux
wave - vague, brandir, onde, flottge
ascendancy - l'ascendant, ascendant
Scarcely, however, had he touched Edmond's hand when he felt he had done all he could do, and rushed hastily out of the house.
touched - touché, toucher, émouvoir, contact
rushed - précipité, se précipiter, emmener d'urgence
hastily - hâtivement, précipitamment, a la hâte
"Oh," he exclaimed, running furiously and tearing his hair""Oh, who will deliver me from this man? Wretched"wretched that I am!"
furiously - furieusement
tearing - déchirure, larme
deliver - accoucher, livrer, remettre
wretched - misérable
"Hallo, Catalan! Hallo, Fernand! where are you running to?" exclaimed a voice.
Hallo - bonjour, salut
The young man stopped suddenly, looked around him, and perceived Caderousse sitting at table with Danglars, under an arbor.
perceived - perçue, percevoir
arbor - longeron, tonnelle
"Well", said Caderousse, "why don't you come? Are you really in such a hurry that you have no time to pass the time of day with your friends?"
"Particularly when they have still a full bottle before them," added Danglars. Fernand looked at them both with a stupefied air, but did not say a word.
stupefied - stupéfait, stupéfier, abrutir, hébéter, sidérer, abasourdir
"He seems besotted," said Danglars, pushing Caderousse with his knee. "Are we mistaken, and is DantĂ¨s triumphant in spite of all we have believed?"
pushing - poussant, pousser
triumphant - triomphant, triomphal
"Why, we must inquire into that," was Caderousse's reply; and turning towards the young man, said, "Well, Catalan, can't you make up your mind?"
Fernand wiped away the perspiration steaming from his brow, and slowly entered the arbor, whose shade seemed to restore somewhat of calmness to his senses, and whose coolness somewhat of refreshment to his exhausted body.
wiped - essuyé, essuyer
steaming - a la vapeur, cuisson a la vapeur, (steam), vapeur d'eau
whose - a qui, de qui, dont, duquel (de + lequel), duquel
shade - ombre, store, nuance, ton, esprit, ombrager, faire de l'ombre
seemed - semblait, sembler, paraître, avoir l'air
restore - restaurer, rétablir, rendre, restituer
somewhat - en quelque sorte, assez, quelque peu
senses - sens, acception, sentir
coolness - de la fraîcheur, frais
refreshment - un rafraîchissement, rafraîchissement
exhausted - épuisé, épuiser, échappement
"Good-day," said he. "You called me, didn't you?" And he fell, rather than sat down, on one of the seats which surrounded the table.
seats - sieges, place, siege, assise, séant, fond
surrounded - entouré, entourer, enceindre
"I called you because you were running like a madman, and I was afraid you would throw yourself into the sea," said Caderousse, laughing. "Why, when a man has friends, they are not only to offer him a glass of wine, but, moreover, to prevent his swallowing three or four pints of water unnecessarily!"
madman - fou, insensé
throw - lancer, jetent, jetez, jetons, mise bas
Moreover - de plus, en plus, au surplus, en outre
prevent - prévenir, empecher
swallowing - avaler
pints - pintes, chopine, chopine de lait, pinte, sérieux, q
unnecessarily - inutilement
Fernand gave a groan, which resembled a sob, and dropped his head into his hands, his elbows leaning on the table.
resembled - ressemblait, ressembler
sob - sanglot, fdp
elbows - coudes, coude, coup de coude, jouer des coudes
"Well, Fernand, I must say," said Caderousse, beginning the conversation, with that brutality of the common people in which curiosity destroys all diplomacy, "you look uncommonly like a rejected lover;" and he burst into a hoarse laugh.
brutality - brutalité
curiosity - curiosité
destroys - détruit, détruire, euthanasier
diplomacy - diplomatie
uncommonly - de maniere inhabituelle
rejected - rejetée, rejeter
lover - amante, amant, maîtresse
burst - l'éclatement, éclater, faire éclater, rompre, briser
hoarse - rauque, rugueux
"Bah!" said Danglars, "a lad of his make was not born to be unhappy in love. You are laughing at him, Caderousse."
Bah - bah
lad - lad, garçon, gars, jeune homme, palefrenier
unhappy - malheureux, triste, mécontent
"No," he replied, "only hark how he sighs! Come, come, Fernand," said Caderousse, "hold up your head, and answer us. It's not polite not to reply to friends who ask news of your health."
Hark - hark
sighs - soupirs, soupirer
polite - polie, poli
"My health is well enough," said Fernand, clenching his hands without raising his head.
clenching - la crispation, serrer, prise (en main) ferme, poigne ferme
"Ah, you see, Danglars," said Caderousse, winking at his friend, "this is how it is; Fernand, whom you see here, is a good and brave Catalan, one of the best fishermen in Marseilles, and he is in love with a very fine girl, named MercĂ©dĂ¨s; but it appears, unfortunately, that the fine girl is in love with the mate of the Pharaon; and as the Pharaon arrived today"why, you understand!"
winking - clin d'oil, (wink) clin d'oil
fishermen - pecheurs, pecheur, pecheuse
unfortunately - malheureusement, malencontreusement
"No; I do not understand," said Danglars.
"Poor Fernand has been dismissed," continued Caderousse.
dismissed - licencié, renvoyer, limoger, licencier, démettre
"Well, and what then?" said Fernand, lifting up his head, and looking at Caderousse like a man who looks for someone on whom to vent his anger; "MercĂ©dĂ¨s is not accountable to any person, is she? Is she not free to love whomsoever she will?"
lifting - de levage, soulever
looks for - cherche
vent - évent
accountable - responsable
whomsoever - qui que ce soit
"Oh, if you take it in that sense," said Caderousse, "it is another thing. But I thought you were a Catalan, and they told me the Catalans were not men to allow themselves to be supplanted by a rival. It was even told me that Fernand, especially, was terrible in his vengeance."
themselves - eux-memes, se, eux-memes, elles-memes
supplanted - supplanté, supplanter, détrôner, déposer, dézinguer, renverser
rival - rival, rivale, rivaliser
vengeance - vengeance
Fernand smiled piteously. "A lover is never terrible," he said.
piteously - piteusement
"Poor fellow!" remarked Danglars, affecting to pity the young man from the bottom of his heart. "Why, you see, he did not expect to see DantĂ¨s return so suddenly"he thought he was dead, perhaps; or perchance faithless! These things always come on us more severely when they come suddenly."
affecting - affectant, affecter
pity - compassion, pitié, dommage, honte, plaindre, avoir pitié de
bottom - fond, bas, dessous, arriere-train, cul
perchance - par hasard
faithless - sans foi ni loi
severely - séverement
"Ah, ma foi, under any circumstances!" said Caderousse, who drank as he spoke, and on whom the fumes of the wine began to take effect,""under any circumstances Fernand is not the only person put out by the fortunate arrival of DantĂ¨s; is he, Danglars?"
circumstances - circonstances, circonstance
fumes - des fumées, fulminer
take effect - prendre effet
"No, you are right"and I should say that would bring him ill-luck."
"Well, never mind," answered Caderousse, pouring out a glass of wine for Fernand, and filling his own for the eighth or ninth time, while Danglars had merely sipped his. "Never mind"in the meantime he marries MercĂ©dĂ¨s"the lovely MercĂ©dĂ¨s"at least he returns to do that."
pouring out - qui se déverse
Eighth - huitieme, huitieme
ninth - neuvieme, neuvieme ('before the noun'), ('in names of monarchs and popes') neuf ('after the name') ('abbreviation' IX)
sipped - siroté, gorgée, siroter
meantime - entre-temps, pendant ce temps
marries - se marie, épouser, se marier
During this time Danglars fixed his piercing glance on the young man, on whose heart Caderousse's words fell like molten lead.
piercing - piercing, perçant, (pierce)
molten - fondu, incandescent, (melt), fondre (1), se dissoudre (2)
lead - du plomb
"And when is the wedding to be?" he asked.
"Oh, it is not yet fixed!" murmured Fernand.
"No, but it will be," said Caderousse, "as surely as DantĂ¨s will be captain of the Pharaon"eh, Danglars?"
surely - surement, surement, assurément
Danglars shuddered at this unexpected attack, and turned to Caderousse, whose countenance he scrutinized, to try and detect whether the blow was premeditated; but he read nothing but envy in a countenance already rendered brutal and stupid by drunkenness.
shuddered - a tremblé, tremblement, frisson, frissonner, trembler
unexpected - inattendu
attack - attaque, attaquer, apostropher, invectiver
scrutinized - examinés, scruter, dépouiller
detect - détecter, détectez, détectent, dénicher, détectons
whether - si, que, soit, si oui ou non
blow - souffler, soufflons, soufflent, soufflez, coup
envy - l'envie, envie, jalousie, convoitise, envier
rendered - rendu, rendre
brutal - brutal
drunkenness - l'ivresse, ébriété, ivresse
"Well," said he, filling the glasses, "let us drink to Captain Edmond DantĂ¨s, husband of the beautiful Catalane!"
drink to - boire a
Caderousse raised his glass to his mouth with unsteady hand, and swallowed the contents at a gulp. Fernand dashed his on the ground.
raised - soulevée, (sou)lever
unsteady - instable, branlant, fébrile
swallowed - avalé, avaler
gulp - gulp, gorgée, trait
dashed - en pointillés, tiret, trait, ta, sprint, soupçon, se précipiter
ground - sol, foncierere, terre, terrain, (grind) sol
"Eh, eh, eh!" stammered Caderousse. "What do I see down there by the wall, in the direction of the Catalans? Look, Fernand, your eyes are better than mine. I believe I see double. You know wine is a deceiver; but I should say it was two lovers walking side by side, and hand in hand. Heaven forgive me, they do not know that we can see them, and they are actually embracing!"
double - double, sosie, doublon, doubler
deceiver - trompeur, trompeuse
actually - en fait, effectivement
Danglars did not lose one pang that Fernand endured.
pang - pang, douleur (soudaine)
endured - enduré, endurer, perdurer, supporter
"Do you know them, Fernand?" he said.
"Yes," was the reply, in a low voice. "It is Edmond and MercĂ©dĂ¨s!"
low - faible, inférieure
"Ah, see there, now!" said Caderousse; "and I did not recognize them! Hallo, DantĂ¨s! hello, lovely damsel! Come this way, and let us know when the wedding is to be, for Fernand here is so obstinate he will not tell us."
recognize - reconnaître, reconnaissons, homologuer, reconnaitre, retrouve
damsel - demoiselle, jeune femme, jeune fille
obstinate - obstiné
"Hold your tongue, will you?" said Danglars, pretending to restrain Caderousse, who, with the tenacity of drunkards, leaned out of the arbor. "Try to stand upright, and let the lovers make love without interruption. See, look at Fernand, and follow his example; he is well-behaved!"
Hold your tongue - Tenir sa langue
pretending - faire semblant, prétendre, prétendre a, feindre
restrain - retenir, contraignez, contraignons, gouverner, contrains
tenacity - la ténacité, ténacité
leaned out - se pencher
upright - debout, integre, montant
make love - faire l'amour
interruption - interruption
behaved - s'est-elle comportée, comporter
Fernand, probably excited beyond bearing, pricked by Danglars, as the bull is by the bandilleros, was about to rush out; for he had risen from his seat, and seemed to be collecting himself to dash headlong upon his rival, when MercĂ©dĂ¨s, smiling and graceful, lifted up her lovely head, and looked at them with her clear and bright eyes.
bearing - naissant, coussinet, (bear) naissant
pricked - piqué, piquer, percer
Bull - le taureau, taureau
rush - rush, ruée, affluence, gazer, galoper, bousculer
risen - ressuscité, augmenter, monter, lever
seat - siege, place, siege, assise, séant, fond
collecting - la collecte, collection, (collect) la collecte
Dash - dash, tiret, trait, ta, sprint, soupçon, se précipiter
graceful - gracieux
lifted - soulevée, soulever
clear - clair, transparent, libre, dégagé, sans ambiguité, s'éclaircir
bright - lumineux, éclatant, clair
At this Fernand recollected her threat of dying if Edmond died, and dropped again heavily on his seat. Danglars looked at the two men, one after the other, the one brutalized by liquor, the other overwhelmed with love.
recollected - rappelée, se souvenir de
threat - menace
heavily - lourdement
liquor - l'alcool, spiritueux
overwhelmed - débordé, abreuver, accabler, envahir
"I shall get nothing from these fools," he muttered; "and I am very much afraid of being here between a drunkard and a coward. Here's an envious fellow making himself boozy on wine when he ought to be nursing his wrath, and here is a fool who sees the woman he loves stolen from under his nose and takes on like a big baby.
fools - des imbéciles, dinde, fou, bouffon, mat, duper, tromper
drunkard - ivrogne
coward - lâche, couard, couarde, poltron, poltronne
envious - envieux
boozy - alcoolisé
wrath - colere, fureur, courroux, ire, colere
stolen from - Voler de
takes on - prend
Yet this Catalan has eyes that glisten like those of the vengeful Spaniards, Sicilians, and Calabrians, and the other has fists big enough to crush an ox at one blow. Unquestionably, Edmond's star is in the ascendant, and he will marry the splendid girl"he will be captain, too, and laugh at us all, unless""a sinister smile passed over Danglars'lips""unless I take a hand in the affair," he added.
glisten - briller, reluire
vengeful - vengeur
Spaniards - les espagnols, Espagnol, Espagnole
Sicilians - les siciliens, sicilien, Sicilienne
Calabrians - les calabrais, calabrais
fists - poings, poing
crush - le coup de foudre, barricade, béguin, amourette, faible
ox - ox, boeuf
unquestionably - incontestablement
ascendant - ascendant
marry - se marier, marions, marient, épousez, mariez
splendid - splendide, fameux
affair - affaire, aventure, liaison
"Hallo!" continued Caderousse, half-rising, and with his fist on the table, "hallo, Edmond! do you not see your friends, or are you too proud to speak to them?"
fist - poing
"No, my dear fellow!" replied DantĂ¨s, "I am not proud, but I am happy, and happiness blinds, I think, more than pride."
blinds - des stores, aveugle, mal-voyant, mal-voyante, store, blind
pride - l'orgueil, orgueil, fierté
"Ah, very well, that's an explanation!" said Caderousse. "How do you do, Madame DantĂ¨s?"
explanation - explication
Madame - madame
MercĂ©dĂ¨s courtesied gravely, and said""That is not my name, and in my country it bodes ill fortune, they say, to call a young girl by the name of her betrothed before he becomes her husband. So call me MercĂ©dĂ¨s, if you please."
courtesied - courtisé, courtoisie, politesse, indulgence
bodes - bodes, présager
"We must excuse our worthy neighbor, Caderousse," said DantĂ¨s, "he is so easily mistaken."
"So, then, the wedding is to take place immediately, M. DantĂ¨s," said Danglars, bowing to the young couple.
bowing - s'incliner, (bow) s'incliner
couple - couple, paire, époux, quelques, deux ou trois., coupler
"As soon as possible, M. Danglars; today all preliminaries will be arranged at my father's, and tomorrow, or next day at latest, the wedding festival here at La RĂ©serve. My friends will be there, I hope; that is to say, you are invited, M. Danglars, and you, Caderousse."
preliminaries - préliminaires, préliminaire
arranged - arrangé, arranger, organiser
invited - invités, inviter (a)
"And Fernand," said Caderousse with a chuckle; "Fernand, too, is invited!"
chuckle - glousser
"My wife's brother is my brother," said Edmond; "and we, MercĂ©dĂ¨s and I, should be very sorry if he were absent at such a time."
absent - absente, absent
Fernand opened his mouth to reply, but his voice died on his lips, and he could not utter a word.
utter - l'utérus, émettre
"Today the preliminaries, tomorrow or next day the ceremony! You are in a hurry, captain!"
ceremony - cérémonie
"Danglars," said Edmond, smiling, "I will say to you as MercĂ©dĂ¨s said just now to Caderousse, Do not give me a title which does not belong to me'; that may bring me bad luck."
bad luck - la malchance
"Your pardon," replied Danglars, "I merely said you seemed in a hurry, and we have lots of time; the Pharaon cannot be under weigh again in less than three months."
weigh - peser, lever l’ancre
"We are always in a hurry to be happy, M. Danglars; for when we have suffered a long time, we have great difficulty in believing in good fortune. But it is not selfishness alone that makes me thus in haste; I must go to Paris."
suffered - souffert, souffrir, souffrir de, pâtir de, endurer
difficulty - difficulté
selfishness - l'égoisme, égocentrisme, égoisme
"Ah, really?"to Paris! and will it be the first time you have ever been there, DantĂ¨s?"
"Have you business there?"
"Not of my own; the last commission of poor Captain Leclere; you know to what I allude, Danglars"it is sacred. Besides, I shall only take the time to go and return."
commission - commission, commission d'agent immobilier, courtage, charger
"Yes, yes, I understand," said Danglars, and then in a low tone, he added, "To Paris, no doubt to deliver the letter which the grand marshal gave him. Ah, this letter gives me an idea"a capital idea! Ah; DantĂ¨s, my friend, you are not yet registered number one on board the good ship Pharaon;" then turning towards Edmond, who was walking away, "A pleasant journey," he cried.
tone - ton, tonalité, tonale
registered - enregistré, registre, inscription
"Thank you," said Edmond with a friendly nod, and the two lovers continued on their way, as calm and joyous as if they were the very elect of heaven.
nod - hochement de tete, dodeliner, hocher, hochement
Calm - calme, tranquille, calme plat, calmer, apaiser
elect - élu, élue, choisir, décider, élire
Danglars followed Edmond and MercĂ©dĂ¨s with his eyes until the two lovers disappeared behind one of the angles of Fort Saint Nicolas; then, turning round, he perceived Fernand, who had fallen, pale and trembling, into his chair, while Caderousse stammered out the words of a drinking-song.
disappeared - a disparu, disparaître
"Well, my dear sir," said Danglars to Fernand, "here is a marriage which does not appear to make everybody happy."
marriage - mariage, noces
appear - apparaître, sembler
"It drives me to despair," said Fernand.
despair - le désespoir, désespérer, désespoir
"Do you, then, love MercĂ©dĂ¨s?"
"I adore her!"
adore - adorer
"As long as I have known her"always."
"And you sit there, tearing your hair, instead of seeking to remedy your condition; I did not think that was the way of your people."
seeking - a la recherche, chercher
remedy - remede, remede, recours, remédier
"What would you have me do?" said Fernand.
"How do I know? Is it my affair? I am not in love with Mademoiselle MercĂ©dĂ¨s; but for you"in the words of the gospel, seek, and you shall find."
Mademoiselle - mademoiselle
gospel - l'évangile, évangile
"I have found already."
"I would stab the man, but the woman told me that if any misfortune happened to her betrothed, she would kill herself."
stab - poignard, piquer
kill - tuer, tuent, tuons, dézinguer, tuez
"Pooh! Women say those things, but never do them."
"You do not know MercĂ©dĂ¨s; what she threatens she will do."
Threatens - menace, menacer
"Idiot!" muttered Danglars; "whether she kill herself or not, what matter, provided DantĂ¨s is not captain?"
idiot - idiot, idiote
provided - fourni, fournir, procurer, pourvoir
"Before MercĂ©dĂ¨s should die," replied Fernand, with the accents of unshaken resolution, "I would die myself!"
accents - des accents, accent
unshaken - inébranlable
"That's what I call love!" said Caderousse with a voice more tipsy than ever. "That's love, or I don't know what love is."
tipsy - éméché, égayé, gris, pompette
"Come," said Danglars, "you appear to me a good sort of fellow, and hang me, I should like to help you, but"""
sort - tri, assortir, esrece, assortis, sorte
hang - pendre, planement
"Yes," said Caderousse, "but how?"
"My dear fellow," replied Danglars, "you are three parts drunk; finish the bottle, and you will be completely so. Drink then, and do not meddle with what we are discussing, for that requires all one's wit and cool judgment."
completely - completement, completement
meddle - s'immiscer, s'ingérer, se meler
requires - exige, exiger, demander, avoir besoin de, requérir, nécessiter
wit - wit, esprit
judgment - jugement, sentence, verdict, jugement dernier
"I"drunk!" said Caderousse; "well that's a good one! I could drink four more such bottles; they are no bigger than cologne flasks. PĂ¨re Pamphile, more wine!"
Cologne - Cologne
flasks - flacons, flacon, flasque, fiole
And Caderousse rattled his glass upon the table.
rattled - secouée, (faire) cliqueter
"You were saying, sir""" said Fernand, awaiting with great anxiety the end of this interrupted remark.
anxiety - l'anxiété, anxiété, inquiétude, angoisse
remark - remarque, remarquent, remarquez, remarquons
"What was I saying? I forget. This drunken Caderousse has made me lose the thread of my sentence."
drunken - ivre
thread - fil, processus léger, exétron, fil de discussion, filer
"Drunk, if you like; so much the worse for those who fear wine, for it is because they have bad thoughts which they are afraid the liquor will extract from their hearts;" and Caderousse began to sing the two last lines of a song very popular at the time:
fear - peur, angoisse, craignent, crainte, crains, craignons
extract - extrait, extraire
hearts - des cours, coeur
Tous les mĂ©chants sont buveurs d'eau;
les - les, (LE) les
eau - eau
C'est bien prouvĂ© par le dĂ©luge.'
est - est, HNE, STA
par - par, égalité
le - LE
"You said, sir, you would like to help me, but"""
"Yes; but I added, to help you it would be sufficient that DantĂ¨s did not marry her you love; and the marriage may easily be thwarted, methinks, and yet DantĂ¨s need not die."
sufficient - suffisante, suffisant
thwarted - contrecarrée, contrecarrer, contrarier, banc
methinks - pensez-vous, il me semble
"Death alone can separate them," remarked Fernand.
separate - séparés, séparé, séparée, séparer
"You talk like a noodle, my friend," said Caderousse; "and here is Danglars, who is a wide-awake, clever, deep fellow, who will prove to you that you are wrong. Prove it, Danglars. I have answered for you. Say there is no need why DantĂ¨s should die; it would, indeed, be a pity he should. DantĂ¨s is a good fellow; I like DantĂ¨s. DantĂ¨s, your health."
Noodle - nouille, nouille(s)
wide - large
awake - éveillé, (se) réveiller, (s')éveiller
clever - habile, agile, adroit, adroite, talentueux, malin, intelligent
deep - profond, épais, grave, foncé, foncée, profondeurs
Prove - prouver, éprouvent, éprouvons, éprouvez, prouvent
Fernand rose impatiently. "Let him run on," said Danglars, restraining the young man; "drunk as he is, he is not much out in what he says. Absence severs as well as death, and if the walls of a prison were between Edmond and MercĂ©dĂ¨s they would be as effectually separated as if he lay under a tombstone."
rose - Rose, (rise)
restraining - de contention, (se) contenir/retenir
severs - severs, rompre, trancher, sectionner
prison - prison
effectually - efficacement
separated - séparée, séparé, séparer
lay - laique, pondre, pose
tombstone - pierre tombale
"Yes; but one gets out of prison," said Caderousse, who, with What sense was left him, listened eagerly to the conversation, "and when one gets out and one's name is Edmond DantĂ¨s, one seeks revenge"""
gets out - Sortir
What sense - Quel sens
seeks - cherche, chercher
revenge - la vengeance, vengeance, revanche, venger
"What matters that?" muttered Fernand.
matters - questions, matiere, affaire, question, cause
"And why, I should like to know," persisted Caderousse, "should they put DantĂ¨s in prison? he has neither robbed, nor killed, nor murdered."
persisted - persisté, persister
neither - ni l'un ni l'autre, aucun des deux, ni X ni Y, non plus
robbed - volé, voler, dévaliser
killed - tué, tuer
murdered - assassiné, meurtre, homicide, assassinat, occire
"Hold your tongue!" said Danglars.
"I won't hold my tongue!" replied Caderousse; "I say I want to know why they should put DantĂ¨s in prison; I like DantĂ¨s; DantĂ¨s, your health!" and he swallowed another glass of wine.
Danglars saw in the muddled look of the tailor the progress of his intoxication, and turning towards Fernand, said, "Well, you understand there is no need to kill him."
muddled - embrouillé, confondre, mélanger, embrouiller, rendre confus
progress - progres, progressent, progresser, progressons, progrés
intoxication - l'intoxication, intoxication
"Certainly not, if, as you said just now, you have the means of having DantĂ¨s arrested. Have you that means?"
arrested - arreté, arrestation, arreter
"It is to be found for the searching. But why should I meddle in the matter? it is no affair of mine."
searching - a la recherche, recherche, chercher, fouiller
"I know not why you meddle," said Fernand, seizing his arm; "but this I know, you have some motive of personal hatred against DantĂ¨s, for he who himself hates is never mistaken in the sentiments of others."
seizing - la saisie, emparant, (seize), saisir, emparer
motive - motif, mobile, theme, motiver, moteur, mouvant
sentiments - sentiments, sentiment
"I! motives of hatred against DantĂ¨s? None, on my word! I saw you were unhappy, and your unhappiness interested me; that's all; but since you believe I act for my own account, adieu, my dear friend, get out of the affair as best you may;" and Danglars rose as if he meant to depart.
motives - motivations, motif, mobile, theme, motiver
unhappiness - le malheur, tristesse, malheur
act for - agir pour
adieu - adieu, farewell
depart - partir, s’en aller, dévier, quitter
"No, no," said Fernand, restraining him, "stay! It is of very little consequence to me at the end of the matter whether you have any angry feeling or not against DantĂ¨s. I hate him! I confess it openly. Do you find the means, I will execute it, provided it is not to kill the man, for MercĂ©dĂ¨s has declared she will kill herself if DantĂ¨s is killed."
consequence - conséquence
confess - avouer, confesser
openly - ouvertement
execute - exécuter, mettre a mort
declared - déclarée, expliquer, déclarer
Caderousse, who had let his head drop on the table, now raised it, and looking at Fernand with his dull and fishy eyes, he said, "Kill DantĂ¨s! who talks of killing DantĂ¨s? I won't have him killed"I won't! He's my friend, and this morning offered to share his money with me, as I shared mine with him. I won't have DantĂ¨s killed"I won't!"
drop - chute, goutte, tomber
dull - émoussé, ennuyeux, barbant, mat, terne, sot, obtus
fishy - poissonneux, petit poisson, ichthyique, suspect
killing - tuer, meurtre, (kill) tuer
"And who has said a word about killing him, muddlehead?" replied Danglars. "We were merely joking; drink to his health," he added, filling Caderousse's glass, "and do not interfere with us."
muddlehead - tete de noeud
joking - plaisanter, plaisanterie, blague, joke
interfere - meler
"Yes, yes, DantĂ¨s'good health!" said Caderousse, emptying his glass, "here's to his health! his health"hurrah!"
emptying - vidange, vidant, (empty), vide, vider, cadavre
Hurrah - hourra !, hourra
"But the means"the means?" said Fernand.
"Have you not hit upon any?" asked Danglars.
hit upon - Draguer
"No!"you undertook to do so."
undertook - a entrepris, entreprendre
"True," replied Danglars; "the French have the superiority over the Spaniards, that the Spaniards ruminate, while the French invent."
French - français, tlangue française, t+Français
superiority - supériorité
ruminate - ruminer
invent - inventer
"Do you invent, then," said Fernand impatiently.
"Waiter," said Danglars, "pen, ink, and paper."
ink - encre
"Pen, ink, and paper," muttered Fernand.
"Yes; I am a supercargo; pen, ink, and paper are my tools, and without my tools I am fit for nothing."
tools - des outils, outil, mouton, façonner
fit for - adapté a
"Pen, ink, and paper, then," called Fernand loudly.
loudly - bruyamment, fort, a voix haute, a haute voix
"There's what you want on that table," said the waiter.
"Bring them here." The waiter did as he was desired.
"When one thinks," said Caderousse, letting his hand drop on the paper, "there is here wherewithal to kill a man more sure than if we waited at the corner of a wood to assassinate him! I have always had more dread of a pen, a bottle of ink, and a sheet of paper, than of a sword or pistol."
wherewithal - des moyens, moyens
wood - du bois, (de) bois
assassinate - assassiner
dread - peur, redouter, craindre, crainte
sheet - feuille, plaque, écoute
pistol - pistolet
"The fellow is not so drunk as he appears to be," said Danglars. "Give him some more wine, Fernand." Fernand filled Caderousse's glass, who, like the confirmed toper he was, lifted his hand from the paper and seized the glass.
confirmed - confirmée, confirmer
toper - toper, (top), dessus, sommet, couvercle, hune
The Catalan watched him until Caderousse, almost overcome by this fresh assault on his senses, rested, or rather dropped, his glass upon the table.
overcome - vaincre, surmonter, envahir
fresh - frais
assault - d'agression, assaut, agression, attaquer, agresser
rested - reposé, repos
"Well!" resumed the Catalan, as he saw the final glimmer of Caderousse's reason vanishing before the last glass of wine.
resumed - reprise, reprendre
glimmer - l'éclat, lueur, émettre une lueur
vanishing - en voie de disparition, (vanish), disparaître, s'évanouir
"Well, then, I should say, for instance," resumed Danglars, "that if after a voyage such as DantĂ¨s has just made, in which he touched at the Island of Elba, someone were to denounce him to the king's procureur as a Bonapartist agent"""
instance - instance
denounce - dénoncer
king - roi, dame
procureur - procureur
Bonapartist - Bonapartiste
"I will denounce him!" exclaimed the young man hastily.
"Yes, but they will make you then sign your declaration, and confront you with him you have denounced; I will supply you with the means of supporting your accusation, for I know the fact well. But DantĂ¨s cannot remain forever in prison, and one day or other he will leave it, and the day when he comes out, woe betide him who was the cause of his incarceration!"
sign - signe, signent, signez, placard, caractériser
declaration - déclaration
confront - confronter
denounced - dénoncé, dénoncer, qualifier
supply - l'approvisionnement, livraison, fournir, pourvoir, provision
supporting - appuyant, soutenant, (support) appuyant
accusation - accusation
forever - a jamais, pour toujours, éternellement, checktoujours
woe - tristesse, douleur, misere, malheur, hélas
incarceration - l'incarcération, incarcération
"Oh, I should wish nothing better than that he would come and seek a quarrel with me."
wish - souhait, souhaiter, espérer
"Yes, and MercĂ©dĂ¨s! MercĂ©dĂ¨s, who will detest you if you have only the misfortune to scratch the skin of her dearly beloved Edmond!"
detest - détester, mépriser
scratch - gratter, égratigner, piquer, rayer, biffer, oblitérer
Dearly - cherement
"True!" said Fernand.
"No, no," continued Danglars; "if we resolve on such a step, it would be much better to take, as I now do, this pen, dip it into this ink, and write with the left hand (that the writing may not be recognized) the denunciation we propose.
resolve - résoudre, résolvons, résolvent, résolvez
dip - trempette, immersion
recognized - reconnu, reconnaître
" And Danglars, uniting practice with theory, wrote with his left hand, and in a writing reversed from his usual style, and totally unlike it, the following lines, which he handed to Fernand, and which Fernand read in an undertone:
uniting - s'unir, adjoignant, liguant, unissant, englobant, (unit), unité
theory - théorie
reversed - inversé, faire marche arriere, inverser
totally - totalement
unlike - contrairement a, différent
undertone - sous-entendu, nuance
"The honorable, the king's attorney, is informed by a friend of the throne and religion, that one Edmond DantĂ¨s, mate of the ship Pharaon, arrived this morning from Smyrna, after having touched at Naples and Porto-Ferrajo, has been intrusted by Murat with a letter for the usurper, and by the usurper with a letter for the Bonapartist committee in Paris.
attorney - juriste, avocat, avocate, mandataire
informed - informé, informer, avertir (de)
throne - trône
religion - religion
usurper - usurpateur, usurpatrice
committee - de la commission, comité, commission
Proof of this crime will be found on arresting him, for the letter will be found upon him, or at his father's, or in his cabin on board the Pharaon."
Proof - la preuve, preuve, épreuve
crime - délit (max 10 years imprisonment according to law) crime (15 years and more) (nothing strictly between 10 and 15)
arresting - l'arrestation, arrestation, arreter
"Very good," resumed Danglars; "now your revenge looks like common sense, for in no way can it revert to yourself, and the matter will thus work its own way; there is nothing to do now but fold the letter as I am doing, and write upon it, To the king's attorney,'and that's all settled." And Danglars wrote the address as he spoke.
revert to - revenir a
fold - plier, pliez, pli, plient, plions, plissons
address as - Comme
"Yes, and that's all settled!" exclaimed Caderousse, who, by a last effort of intellect, had followed the reading of the letter, and instinctively comprehended all the misery which such a denunciation must entail. "Yes, and that's all settled; only it will be an infamous shame;" and he stretched out his hand to reach the letter.
effort - l'effort, effort
comprehended - compris, comprendre
entail - impliquer, comporter
infamous - infâme
shame - la honte, honte, vergogne
stretched - étiré, étendre, s'étendre, s'étirer, étirement
reach - atteindre, parviens, allonge, parvenir, préhension
"Yes," said Danglars, taking it from beyond his reach; "and as what I say and do is merely in jest, and I, amongst the first and foremost, should be sorry if anything happened to DantĂ¨s"the worthy DantĂ¨s"look here!" And taking the letter, he squeezed it up in his hands and threw it into a corner of the arbor.
jest - jest, plaisanter
amongst - entre, parmi
foremost - avant tout
look here - regarder ici
squeezed - pressé, presser, comprimer, tasser, serrer
threw - jeté, jeter, lancer
"All right!" said Caderousse. "DantĂ¨s is my friend, and I won't have him ill-used."
"And who thinks of using him ill? Certainly neither I nor Fernand," said Danglars, rising and looking at the young man, who still remained seated, but whose eye was fixed on the denunciatory sheet of paper flung into the corner.
denunciatory - dénonciateur
"In this case," replied Caderousse, "let's have some more wine. I wish to drink to the health of Edmond and the lovely MercĂ©dĂ¨s."
"You have had too much already, drunkard," said Danglars; "and if you continue, you will be compelled to sleep here, because unable to stand on your legs."
continue - continuer
compelled - contraint, contraindre, forcer, obliger
"I?" said Caderousse, rising with all the offended dignity of a drunken man, "I can't keep on my legs? Why, I'll wager I can go up into the belfry of the Accoules, and without staggering, too!"
offended - offensée, offenser, déplaire, blesser, fr
dignity - dignité, forme, rang
wager - pari, parier
belfry - le beffroi, beffroi
"Done!" said Danglars, "I'll take your bet; but tomorrow"today it is time to return. Give me your arm, and let us go."
bet - parier, paria, pariai, pari, parié, parions, pariez
"Very well, let us go," said Caderousse; "but I don't want your arm at all. Come, Fernand, won't you return to Marseilles with us?"
"No," said Fernand; "I shall return to the Catalans."
"You're wrong. Come with us to Marseilles"come along."
"I will not."
"What do you mean? you will not? Well, just as you like, my prince; there's liberty for all the world. Come along, Danglars, and let the young gentleman return to the Catalans if he chooses."
prince - prince
Danglars took advantage of Caderousse's temper at the moment, to take him off towards Marseilles by the Porte Saint-Victor, staggering as he went.
temper - caractere, tempérament, humeur, état d'esprit, recuit
porte - Porte
When they had advanced about twenty yards, Danglars looked back and saw Fernand stoop, pick up the crumpled paper, and putting it into his pocket then rush out of the arbor towards Pillon.
advanced - avancé, élever, avancer, avancée, progression, progres
stoop - s'arreter, s'incliner, incliner
pick - pioche, passeartout, choix, écran, prendre, cueillir, choisir
crumpled - froissé, chiffonner, froisser, se froisser, s'effondrer
Pocket - poche, empocher, de poche
"Well," said Caderousse, "why, what a lie he told! He said he was going to the Catalans, and he is going to the city. Hallo, Fernand! You are coming, my boy!"
lie - mentir, mensonge, mentez, gésir, gis, mentons
"Oh, you don't see straight," said Danglars; "he's gone right by the road to the Vieilles Infirmeries."
straight - droit, rectiligne, comme il faut, pur, pure, hétéro, tout droit
"Well," said Caderousse, "I should have sworn that he turned to the right"how treacherous wine is!"
sworn - assermenté, jurer
"Come, come," said Danglars to himself, "now the thing is at work and it will effect its purpose unassisted."
effect - effet, effets, effectuer
purpose - objectif, dgssein, dessein, finalité, but
unassisted - sans assistance
The morning's sun rose clear and resplendent, touching the foamy waves into a network of ruby-tinted light.
resplendent - resplendissante
foamy - mousseux
waves - des vagues, vague
network - tissus, réseau, réseau informatique, réseauter
ruby - rubis
tinted - teinté, nuance, teinte
The feast had been made ready on the second floor at La RĂ©serve, with whose arbor the reader is already familiar.
second floor - Le deuxieme étage
familiar - familier, esprit familier
The apartment destined for the purpose was spacious and lighted by a number of windows, over each of which was written in golden letters for some inexplicable reason the name of one of the principal cities of France; beneath these windows a wooden balcony extended the entire length of the house.
spacious - spacieux, ample, grand, logeable
inexplicable - inexplicable
principal - principal, directeur, directrice
France - la france, France
beneath - dessous
wooden - en bois, boisé, raide
balcony - balcon
entire - entiere, entier, entiere
Length - longueur, durée
And although the entertainment was fixed for twelve o'clock, an hour previous to that time the balcony was filled with impatient and expectant guests, consisting of the favored part of the crew of the Pharaon, and other personal friends of the bridegroom, the whole of whom had arrayed themselves in their choicest costumes, in order to do greater honor to the occasion.
entertainment - divertissement
previous - précédente, préalable
expectant - en attente, expectatif
guests - invités, invité, invitée, hôte, client
favored - favorisé, faveur, favoriser
bridegroom - l'époux, jeune marié, futur marié, futur époux
arrayed - en tableau, gamme, kyrielle, ribambelle, éventail, tableau
choicest - le plus choisi, choix, morceau de choix, de choix
costumes - des costumes, costume, déguisement
Various rumors were afloat to the effect that the owners of the Pharaon had promised to attend the nuptial feast; but all seemed unanimous in doubting that an act of such rare and exceeding condescension could possibly be intended.
various - divers
Rumors - rumeurs, rumeur, bruit
afloat - a flot, a flot
attend - assister, visiter, soigner
nuptial - nuptiale, nuptial
unanimous - a l'unanimité
doubting - douter, doutant, (doubt), doute
act - acte, loi, action, agir, faire, jouer, se comporter, faire (1)
exceeding - dépassant, excéder, dépasser
condescension - condescendance
Possibly - peut-etre, possiblement, peut-etre
intended - prévu, planifié, voulu, (intend), avoir l'intention
Danglars, however, who now made his appearance, accompanied by Caderousse, effectually confirmed the report, stating that he had recently conversed with M. Morrel, who had himself assured him of his intention to dine at La RĂ©serve.
stating - en déclarant, état, Etat, déclarer
recently - dernierement, récemment, ces derniers temps
In fact, a moment later M.
Morrel appeared and was saluted with an enthusiastic burst of applause from the crew of the Pharaon, who hailed the visit of the shipowner as a sure indication that the man whose wedding feast he thus delighted to honor would ere long be first in command of the ship; and as DantĂ¨s was universally beloved on board his vessel, the sailors put no restraint on their tumultuous joy at finding that the opinion and choice of their superiors so exactly coincided with their own.
saluted - salué, saluer, faire un salut
enthusiastic - enthousiaste
applause - applaudissements, applaudissement, acclamation
indication - indication
ere - ici
universally - universellement
restraint - la retenue, contention, frein, retenue
tumultuous - tumultuaire, tumultueux, tumultueuse, orageux
choice - choix, morceau de choix
exactly - exactement
coincided - ont coincidé, coincider
With the entrance of M. Morrel, Danglars and Caderousse were despatched in search of the bridegroom to convey to him the intelligence of the arrival of the important personage whose coming had created such a lively sensation, and to beseech him to Make haste.
search - recherche, chercher, fouiller
convey - transmettre, transporter, véhiculer, communiquer
intelligence - l'intelligence, intelligence, renseignements
lively - fringant, spirituel
sensation - sensation
beseech - prier, implorer, supplier
Make haste - Se hâter
Danglars and Caderousse set off upon their errand at full speed; but ere they had gone many steps they perceived a group advancing towards them, composed of the betrothed pair, a party of young girls in attendance on the bride, by whose side walked DantĂ¨s'father; the whole brought up by Fernand, whose lips wore their usual sinister smile.
set - set, Seth
errand - course, commission
Speed - la vitesse, galoper, vitesse
steps - étapes, pas
advancing - l'avancement, élever, avancer, avancée, progression
the betrothed - les fiancés
attendance - l'assiduité, présence
bride - mariée, fiancée, prétendu
Neither MercĂ©dĂ¨s nor Edmond observed the strange expression of his countenance; they were so happy that they were conscious only of the sunshine and the presence of each other.
observed - observée, observer, remarquer, respecter, garder
strange - étrange, anormal, inconnu, étranger
conscious - conscient
sunshine - soleil, lumiere du soleil
Having acquitted themselves of their errand, and exchanged a hearty shake of the hand with Edmond, Danglars and Caderousse took their places beside Fernand and old DantĂ¨s,"the latter of whom attracted universal notice.
acquitted - acquittée, innocenter
exchanged - échangé, (é)changer
hearty - cordial, copieux
shake - secouer, agiter, se serrer la main, secousse
attracted - attiré, attirer
universal - universel
notice - remarquer, notification, préavis, s'apercevoir
The old man was attired in a suit of glistening watered silk, trimmed with steel buttons, beautifully cut and polished. His thin but wiry legs were arrayed in a pair of richly embroidered clocked stockings, evidently of English manufacture, while from his three-cornered hat depended a long streaming knot of white and blue ribbons.
attired in - habiller
glistening - scintillant, reluire
silk - soie
trimmed - rognée, tailler, compenser, compensation, compensateur, assiette
steel - l'acier, acier
beautifully - magnifique
polished - polie, polonais
embroidered - brodée, broder
stockings - bas
evidently - évidemment, de toute évidence, manifestement
manufacture - fabrication, production, produit, fabriquer, produire
cornered - coincé, coin, rencogner, piéger, acculer
depended - dépendait, dépendre, pendre
streaming - streaming, (stream), ruisseau, ru, rupt, filet, flot, courant
knot - noud, nodale
ribbons - rubans, ruban
Thus he came along, supporting himself on a curiously carved stick, his aged countenance lit up with happiness, looking for all the world like one of the aged dandies of 1796, parading the newly opened gardens of the Luxembourg and Tuileries.
curiously - curieusement
stick - bâton, canne, stick
dandies - dandys, dandy, tres bien
parading - défiler, défilé
newly - nouvellement, récemment
Luxembourg - le luxembourg, Luxembourg
Beside him glided Caderousse, whose desire to partake of the good things provided for the wedding party had induced him to become reconciled to the DantĂ¨s, father and son, although there still lingered in his mind a faint and unperfect recollection of the events of the preceding night; just as the brain retains on waking in the morning the dim and misty outline of a dream.
partake - participer
induced - induite, induire
reconciled - réconciliés, réconcilier, concilier
faint - évanouissement, s'évanouir, défailles, défaillez, défaillir
unperfect - imparfaites
recollection - mémoire
preceding - précédent, précéder
retains - conserve, retenir, conserver, maintenir
dim - dim, faible, vague
misty - brumeux
outline - les grandes lignes, contour, silhouette, esquisse, aperçu
dream - reve, reve, songe, voeu
As Danglars approached the disappointed lover, he cast on him a look of deep meaning, while Fernand, as he slowly paced behind the happy pair, who seemed, in their own unmixed content, to have entirely forgotten that such a being as himself existed, was pale and abstracted; occasionally, however, a deep flush would overspread his countenance, and a nervous contraction distort his features, while, with an agitated and restless gaze, he would glance in the direction of Marseilles, like one who either anticipated or foresaw some great and important event.
disappointed - déçue, décevoir, désappointer
existed - a existé, exister
abstracted - abstraites, résumé, abstrait
Occasionally - occasionnellement
flush - la chasse d'eau, vidanger, rougeur
overspread - se répandre
nervous - nerveux
contraction - contraction
distort - déformer, distordre
features - caractéristiques, caractéristique, particularité, spécialité
gaze - regard, fixer
either - chaque, non plus, ou, soit
anticipated - anticipée, anticiper, prévoir
foresaw - prévoyait, prévoir, anticiper
DantĂ¨s himself was simply, but becomingly, clad in the dress peculiar to the merchant service"a costume somewhat between a military and a civil garb; and with his fine countenance, radiant with joy and happiness, a more perfect specimen of manly beauty could scarcely be imagined.
Simply - tout simplement, simplement
becomingly - de maniere élégante
clad - vetu, nippé, (clothe), vetir, habiller
merchant - marchand, marchande
military - militaire (1, 2), armée, troupes
civil - civile, civil
garb - vetements
radiant with joy - rayonnant de joie
more perfect - plus parfaite
specimen - spécimen, exemple
manly - viril
beauty - la beauté, beauté
Lovely as the Greek girls of Cyprus or Chios, MercĂ©dĂ¨s boasted the same bright flashing eyes of jet, and ripe, round, coral lips. She moved with the light, free step of an Arlesienne or an Andalusian.
Greek - grec, grecque, grecques
Cyprus - chypre
Chios - chios, Chio
boasted - se vanter (de)
ripe - mur, pruine
coral - corail, corallien
Andalusian - andalouse, andalou, Andaloue, Pure race espagnole
One more practiced in the arts of great cities would have hid her blushes beneath a veil, or, at least, have cast down her thickly fringed lashes, so as to have concealed the liquid lustre of her animated eyes; but, on the contrary, the delighted girl looked around her with a smile that seemed to say: "If you are my friends, rejoice with me, for I am very happy."
hid - caché, (hide) caché
blushes - des fards a joues, rougeur
veil - voile, voiler
thickly - épais, épaissement
fringed - a franges, frange, périphérie, radicaux
lashes - cils, cil
liquid - liquide
lustre - l'éclat, lustre, éclat
animated - animée, animé, animer
contrary - contraire, contrepied
rejoice - se réjouir, réjouir
As soon as the bridal party came in sight of La RĂ©serve, M. Morrel descended and came forth to meet it, followed by the soldiers and sailors there assembled, to whom he had repeated the promise already given, that DantĂ¨s should be the successor to the late Captain Leclere. Edmond, at the approach of his patron, respectfully placed the arm of his affianced bride within that of M.
descended - descendu, descendre
forth - avant, en avant
soldiers - soldats, soldat, mouillette
assembled - assemblés, assembler, rassembler
successor - successeur, successeuse, successrice
patron - patron, mécene, client
respectfully - respectueusement
Morrel, who, forthwith conducting her up the flight of wooden steps leading to the chamber in which the feast was prepared, was gayly followed by the guests, beneath whose heavy tread the slight structure creaked and groaned for the space of several minutes.
forthwith - immédiatement, aussitôt, séance tenante, de ce pas
conducting - la conduite, comportement, conduite, se comporter, conduire
leading - dirigeante, (lead) dirigeante
chamber - chambre, piece, salle
gayly - gayly
heavy - lourd, emporté
tread - la bande de roulement, piétiner, escabeau
structure - structure
creaked - a grincé, craquement, craquer
groaned - gémi, râle, râlement, gémissement, grognement, grondement
several - plusieurs
"Father," said MercĂ©dĂ¨s, stopping when she had reached the centre of the table, "sit, I pray you, on my right hand; on my left I will place him who has ever been as a brother to me," pointing with a soft and gentle smile to Fernand; but her words and look seemed to inflict the direst torture on him, for his lips became ghastly pale, and even beneath the dark hue of his complexion the blood might be seen retreating as though some sudden pang drove it back to the heart.
soft - souple, moelleux, alcoolsans, mou, doux
gentle - gentil, doux
inflict - infliger
direst - le plus direct, funeste, sinistre, pressant, extreme, terrible
torture - la torture, torture, torturer
ghastly - épouvantable, effrayant, affreux, horrible
hue - teinte, nuance
retreating - se retirer, battre en retraite
sudden - soudain, soudaine, subit
During this time, DantĂ¨s, at the opposite side of the table, had been occupied in similarly placing his most honored guests. M. Morrel was seated at his right hand, Danglars at his left; while, at a sign from Edmond, the rest of the company ranged themselves as they found it most agreeable.
opposite side - du côté opposé
similarly - de la meme maniere
honored - honoré, honneur, honorer
ranged - rangé, chaîne (de montagnes), cuisiniere, sélection, gamme
Then they began to pass around the dusky, piquant, Arlesian sausages, and lobsters in their dazzling red cuirasses, prawns of large size and brilliant color, the echinus with its prickly outside and dainty morsel within, the clovis, esteemed by the epicures of the South as more than rivalling the exquisite flavor of the oyster, North.
dusky - crépusculaire
piquant - piquant
sausages - saucisses, saucisse, saucisson
lobsters - des homards, homard
cuirasses - cuirasses, cuirasse
prawns - des crevettes, crevette rose
large size - grande taille
brilliant - brillante, brillant, perle
echinus - echinus
prickly - épineux, irritable, irascible
dainty - délicate, délicat, mignon
morsel - morceau
esteemed - estimé, estime, respect, respecter
rivalling - en rivalité, (rival), rival, rivale, rivaliser
exquisite - exquis
flavor of - la saveur de
oyster - huître, huitre, sot-l’y-laisse
All the delicacies, in fact, that are cast up by the wash of waters on the sandy beach, and styled by the grateful fishermen "fruits of the sea."
delicacies - délices, délicatesse, gourmandise
sandy beach - une plage de sable
"A pretty silence truly!" said the old father of the bridegroom, as he carried to his lips a glass of wine of the hue and brightness of the topaz, and which had just been placed before MercĂ©dĂ¨s herself. "Now, would anybody think that this room contained a happy, merry party, who desire nothing better than to laugh and dance the hours away?"
silence - le silence, silence
brightness - brillance, luminosité, intelligence
topaz - topaze
Anybody - quelqu'un, n’importe qui (1), checkn’importe qui (2
contained - contenu, contenir
merry - joyeux, gai, heureuse, jovial
"Ah," sighed Caderousse, "a man cannot always feel happy because he is about to be married."
sighed - soupiré, soupirer
"The truth is," replied DantĂ¨s, "that I am too happy for noisy mirth; if that is what you meant by your observation, my worthy friend, you are right; joy takes a strange effect at times, it seems to oppress us almost the same as sorrow."
truth - la vérité, vérité
noisy - bruyante, bruyant, tonitruant
mirth - l'humour, gaieté
observation - observation, remarque
oppress - opprimer, oppresser
Danglars looked towards Fernand, whose excitable nature received and betrayed each fresh impression.
excitable - excitable
nature - nature
received - reçu, recevoir
betrayed - trahi, trahir, livrer
impression - impression
"Why, what ails you?" asked he of Edmond. "Do you fear any approaching evil? I should say that you were the happiest Man alive at this instant."
Man alive - Un homme en vie
instant - instantanée, moment
"And that is the very thing that alarms me," returned DantĂ¨s. "Man does not appear to me to be intended to enjoy felicity so unmixed; happiness is like the enchanted palaces we read of in our childhood, where fierce, fiery dragons defend the entrance and approach; and monsters of all shapes and kinds, requiring to be overcome ere victory is ours.
alarms - alarmes, alarme, réveille-matin, réveil, alarmer, fr
Felicity - felicity, Félicité
enchanted - enchantée, enchanter
palaces - des palais, palais
childhood - l'enfance, enfance
fiery - ardente, ardent, brulant, flamboyant, enflammé
dragons - des dragons, dragon
defend - défendre
monsters - des monstres, monstre, bete, monstrueux
shapes - formes, forme
requiring - exigeant, requérant, (require), exiger, demander
victory - victoire
I own that I am lost in wonder to find myself promoted to an honor of which I feel myself unworthy"that of being the husband of MercĂ©dĂ¨s."
wonder - merveille, se demander, conjecturer
promoted - promu, promouvoir, faire la promotion de.
unworthy - indigne
"Nay, nay!" cried Caderousse, smiling, "you have not attained that honor yet. MercĂ©dĂ¨s is not yet your wife. Just assume the tone and manner of a husband, and see how she will remind you that your hour is not yet come!"
Nay - nay, ou plutôt, voire, que dis-je
attained - atteint, atteindre
assume - supposer, présupposer, présumer, assumer, adopter, prendre
remind - rappeler
The bride blushed, while Fernand, restless and uneasy, seemed to start at every fresh sound, and from time to time wiped away the large drops of perspiration that gathered on his brow.
uneasy - mal a l'aise, inquiet
drops - gouttes, goutte
gathered - rassemblés, rassembler, ramasser, recueillir
"Well, never mind that, neighbor Caderousse; it is not worthwhile to contradict me for such a trifle as that. 'Tis true that MercĂ©dĂ¨s is not actually my wife; but," added he, drawing out his watch, "in an hour and a half she will be."
worthwhile - qui en vaut la peine, de valeur, valant la peine
contradict - contredire
trifle - bagatelle, broutille, babiole, bricole
A general exclamation of surprise ran round the table, with the exception of the elder DantĂ¨s, whose laugh displayed the still perfect beauty of his large white teeth. MercĂ©dĂ¨s looked pleased and gratified, while Fernand grasped the handle of his knife with a convulsive clutch.
exclamation - exclamation
exception - exception
gratified - gratifié, gratifier
grasped - saisi, saisir, agripper, comprendre
handle - poignée, crosse, manions, traiter, manient, maniez
convulsive - convulsif
clutch - embrayage, agriffons, couplage, saisir, agriffez, agriffent
"In an hour?" inquired Danglars, turning pale. "How is that, my friend?"
"Why, thus it is," replied DantĂ¨s. "Thanks to the influence of M. Morrel, to whom, next to my father, I owe every blessing I enjoy, every difficulty has been removed. We have purchased permission to waive the usual delay; and at half-past two o'clock the Mayor of Marseilles will be waiting for us at the city hall.
influence - influence, influencer, influer
blessing - la bénédiction, bénédiction, grâce, troupeau, harde
removed - supprimée, enlever
purchased - achetée, achat, acquisition, acheter
waive - renoncer (a)
mayor - maire, mairesse, bourgmestre
hall - couloir, corridor, salle, salon, manoir, foyer
Now, as a quarter-past one has already struck, I do not consider I have asserted too much in saying, that, in another hour and thirty minutes MercĂ©dĂ¨s will have become Madame DantĂ¨s."
struck - frappé, biffer, rayer, barrer, frapper, battre
Consider - envisager, considérer, examiner, réfléchir, songer
asserted - affirmée, affirmer, attester, asseoir
Fernand closed his eyes, a burning sensation passed across his brow, and he was compelled to support himself by the table to prevent his falling from his chair; but in spite of all his efforts, he could not refrain from uttering a deep groan, which, however, was lost amid the noisy felicitations of the company.
support - soutien, soutenez, appuyez, appuyons, appuyent, soutiens
efforts - efforts, effort
refrain from - s'abstenir
uttering - prononcer, (utter) prononcer
amid - amid, au milieu de, parmi, entre
"Upon my word," cried the old man, "you make short work of this kind of affair. Arrived here only yesterday morning, and married today at three o'clock! Commend me to a sailor for going the quick way to work!"
only yesterday - Hier seulement
commend - féliciter, recommander
"But," asked Danglars, in a timid tone, "how did you manage about the other formalities"the contract"the settlement?"
timid - timide, craintif
manage - gérer, ménager, diriger, manier, parvenir, réussir, accomplir
formalities - des formalités, formalité
contract - contrat, contractez, contractent, contractons
settlement - reglement, reglement, solution, colonie, agglomération
"The contract," answered DantĂ¨s, laughingly, "it didn't take long to fix that. MercĂ©dĂ¨s has no fortune; I have none to settle on her. So, you see, our papers were quickly written out, and certainly do not come very expensive." This joke elicited a fresh burst of applause.
laughingly - en riant
Fix - réparer, fixer, préparer, truquer, tricher, réparation, dose
written out - écrit
joke - plaisanterie, blague, joke, raté
elicited - suscitée, susciter, causer, réaliser, obtenir, raisonner
"So that what we presumed to be merely the betrothal feast turns out to be the actual wedding dinner!" said Danglars.
presumed - présumée, présumer, supposer
betrothal - les fiançailles, accordailles, fiançailles
actual - réel, effectif, checkeffectif, checkprésent
"No, no," answered DantĂ¨s; "don't imagine I am going to put you off in that shabby manner. Tomorrow morning I start for Paris; four days to go, and the same to return, with one day to discharge the commission entrusted to me, is all the time I shall be absent. I shall be back here by the first of March, and on the second I give my real marriage feast."
shabby - râpé, usé, élimé, miteux, minable
start for - pour commencer
discharge - décharge, licenciement, débit
entrusted - confiés, confier
be absent - etre absent
This prospect of fresh festivity redoubled the hilarity of the guests to such a degree, that the elder DantĂ¨s, who, at the commencement of the repast, had commented upon the silence that prevailed, now found it difficult, amid the general din of voices, to obtain a moment's tranquillity in which to drink to the health and prosperity of the bride and bridegroom.
prospect - prospect, perspective, prospecter
festivity - festivité, réjouissances
redoubled - redoublée, redoubler
hilarity - l'hilarité, hilarité
degree - diplôme, degré, ordre
commencement - l'inauguration, commencement, début
repast - repas
commented - commenté, commentaire, remarque
din - din, vacarme
voices - voix
obtain - obtenir, se procurer, réussir, avoir succes, s'établir
tranquillity - la tranquillité, tranquillité
prosperity - la prospérité, prospérité
DantĂ¨s, perceiving the affectionate eagerness of his father, responded by a look of grateful pleasure; while MercĂ©dĂ¨s glanced at the clock and made an expressive gesture to Edmond.
perceiving - percevoir, apercevant, (perceive)
affectionate - affectueux
responded - a répondu, répondre
glanced - a glissé, jeter un coup d’oil, coup d'oil
expressive - expressif
Around the table reigned that noisy hilarity which usually prevails at such a time among people sufficiently free from the demands of social position not to feel the trammels of etiquette. Such as at the commencement of the repast had not been able to seat themselves according to their inclination rose unceremoniously, and sought out more agreeable companions.
reigned - régnait, regne, régner
prevails - l'emporte, dominer, prévaloir, l'emporter, prédominer
sufficiently - suffisamment
demands - demandes, demande, exigence, exiger
social - sociale, social
trammels - les trémails, crémaillere
etiquette - l'étiquette, étiquette
inclination - inclinaison, checktendance
unceremoniously - sans cérémonie
sought - recherchée, chercher
Companions - compagnons, compagnon, compagne
Everybody talked at once, without waiting for a reply and each one seemed to be contented with expressing his or her own thoughts.
contented - satisfait
Fernand's paleness appeared to have communicated itself to Danglars. As for Fernand himself, he seemed to be enduring the tortures of the damned; unable to rest, he was among the first to quit the table, and, as though seeking to avoid the hilarious mirth that rose in such deafening sounds, he continued, in utter silence, to pace the farther end of the salon.
paleness - pâleur
communicated - communiquée, communiquer, communier
itself - elle-meme, se, soi-meme
enduring - durable, endurer, perdurer, supporter
tortures - tortures, torture, torturer
damned - foutu, maudit, condamné, (damn), condamner, réprouver
quit - démissionner, quittons, quittez, démissioner, quittent
avoid - éviter, fuir
hilarious - hilarant
deafening - assourdissante, assourdissant, (deafen), assourdir
pace - rythme, pas
salon - salon, salon de coiffure, salon de beauté, institut de beauté
Caderousse approached him just as Danglars, whom Fernand seemed most anxious to avoid, had joined him in a corner of the room.
"Upon my word," said Caderousse, from whose mind the friendly treatment of DantĂ¨s, united with the effect of the excellent wine he had partaken of, had effaced every feeling of envy or jealousy at DantĂ¨s'good fortune,""upon my word, DantĂ¨s is a downright good fellow, and when I see him sitting there beside his pretty wife that is so soon to be.
treatment - traitement
United - unis, unir
excellent - excellent
partaken - participé, participer
effaced - effacé, effacer, s'effacer
downright - franchement, vraiment, carrément
I cannot help thinking it would have been a great pity to have served him that trick you were planning yesterday."
trick - tour, astuce, truc, rench: t-needed r, pli, levée, quart, duper
"Oh, there was No harm meant," answered Danglars; "at first I certainly did feel somewhat uneasy as to what Fernand might be tempted to do; but when I saw how completely he had mastered his feelings, even so far as to become one of his rival's attendants, I knew there was no further cause for apprehension." Caderousse looked full at Fernand"he was ghastly pale.
No harm meant - Il n'y a pas de mal
be tempted - etre tenté
mastered - maîtrisée, maître/-tresse
feelings - sentiments
further - encourager, ultérieur, plus loin, de plus, (furth)
"Certainly," continued Danglars, "the sacrifice was no trifling one, when the beauty of the bride is concerned. Upon my soul, that future captain of mine is a lucky dog! Gad! I only wish he would let me take his place."
sacrifice - sacrifier, sacrifice, offrande
concerned - préoccupé, inquiétude, souci, soin, préoccupation
soul - âme
lucky - chanceux, heureux, veinard, fortuné
Gad - gad, vadrouiller
"Shall we not set forth?" asked the sweet, silvery voice of MercĂ©dĂ¨s; "two o'clock has just struck, and you know we are expected in a quarter of an hour."
set forth - Mettre en avant
sweet - doux, doucement, friandise, bonbon, sucreries
silvery - argenté, argentin
expected - attendue, attendre, s'attendre a
"To be sure!"to be sure!" cried DantĂ¨s, eagerly quitting the table; "let us go directly!"
quitting - démissionner, quitter, abandonner
His words were re-echoed by the whole party, with vociferous cheers.
echoed - en écho, écho
vociferous - vociférant
Cheers - a votre santé, a plus, salut, ciao
At this moment Danglars, who had been incessantly observing every change in Fernand's look and manner, saw him stagger and fall back, with an almost convulsive spasm, against a seat placed near one of the open windows.
incessantly - sans cesse
stagger - tituber, (stag), cerf, bouf
fall back - se replier
spasm - spasme
At the same instant his ear caught a sort of indistinct sound on the stairs, followed by the measured tread of soldiery, with the clanking of swords and military accoutrements; then came a hum and buzz as of many voices, so as to deaden even the noisy mirth of the bridal party, among whom a vague feeling of curiosity and apprehension quelled every disposition to talk, and almost instantaneously the most deathlike stillness prevailed.
caught - pris, prise, touche, loquet, loqueteau, verrou, hic, couille
indistinct - indistinct
stairs - escaliers, marche, escalier, volée
measured - mesurée, mesure, mesurer
clanking - cliquetis, (clank) cliquetis
swords - épées, épée, glaive, épéiste
Hum - hum, fredonner, bourdonner, fourmiller
buzz - buzz, coup de fil, bourdonner, raser, tondre
deaden - mort, endormir, assourdir, isoler
quelled - étouffée, réprimer
disposition - disposition, tempérament
instantaneously - instantanément
stillness - l'immobilité, calme, immobilité
The sounds drew nearer. Three blows were struck upon the panel of the door. The company looked at each other in consternation.
blows - coups, (blow) coups
panel - panel, panneau, table ronde, case, vignette, g
consternation - consternation, sidération, accablement, prostration
"I demand admittance," said a loud voice outside the room, "in the name of the law!" As no attempt was made to prevent it, the door was opened, and a magistrate, wearing his official scarf, presented himself, followed by four soldiers and a corporal. Uneasiness now yielded to the most extreme dread on the part of those present.
demand - demande, exigence, exiger
loud - bruyante, fort
magistrate - magistrat
official - officielle, officiel, cadre, fonctionnaire
scarf - écharpe, cache nez, éventé, fichu, foulard
corporal - caporal, cabot
yielded - cédé, céder
"May I venture to inquire the reason of this unexpected visit?" said M. Morrel, addressing the magistrate, whom he evidently knew; "there is doubtless some mistake easily explained."
Venture - venture, s'aventurer, risquer, oser
doubtless - sans doute, sans aucun doute, sans nul doute, indubitablement
"If it be so," replied the magistrate, "rely upon every reparation being made; meanwhile, I am the bearer of an order of arrest, and although I most reluctantly perform the task assigned me, it must, nevertheless, be fulfilled. Who among the persons here assembled answers to the name of Edmond DantĂ¨s?"
reparation - réparation
Meanwhile - pendant ce temps
arrest - l'arrestation, arrestation, arreter
reluctantly - a contrecour
perform - exécuter, performer, jouer ('actor'), danser ('dancer')
assigned - assigné, désigner, assigner, attribuer
nevertheless - néanmoins, toutefois, pourtant, malgré tout
fulfilled - satisfaits, accomplir
Every eye was turned towards the young man who, spite of the agitation he could not but feel, advanced with dignity, and said, in a firm voice:
agitation - l'agitation, agitation
"I am he; what is your pleasure with me?"
"Edmond DantĂ¨s," replied the magistrate, "I arrest you in the name of the law!"
"Me!" repeated Edmond, slightly changing color, "and wherefore, I pray?"
slightly - légerement, finement, délicatement, légerement
wherefore - pourquoi, d'ou
"I cannot inform you, but you will be duly acquainted with the reasons that have rendered such a step necessary at the preliminary examination."
inform - informer, renseignent, faire savoir, renseignons, informez
duly - dument, dument, ponctuellement
necessary - nécessaire
preliminary examination - examen préliminaire
M. Morrel felt that further resistance or remonstrance was useless. He saw before him an officer delegated to enforce the law, and perfectly well knew that it would be as unavailing to seek pity from a magistrate decked with his official scarf, as to address a petition to some cold marble effigy. Old DantĂ¨s, however, sprang forward.
resistance - résistance
useless - inutile, inutilisable, bon a rien
officer - agent, fonctionnaire, officier, officiere
delegated - déléguée, délégué, déléguer
enforce - faire respecter, renforcer, intensifier, imposer, obliger
perfectly - parfaitement
unavailing - sans succes
decked - en pontée, pont
petition - pétition, pétitionner
marble - marbre, bille, grillot, marbrer
effigy - effigie
There are situations which the heart of a father or a mother cannot be made to understand. He prayed and supplicated in terms so moving, that even the officer was touched, and, although firm in his duty, he kindly said, "My worthy friend, let me beg of you to calm your apprehensions.
prayed - prié, prier
supplicated - supplié, supplier
terms - conditions, peine, mandat, période
Your son has probably neglected some prescribed form or attention in registering his cargo, and it is more than probable he will be set at liberty directly he has given the information required, whether touching the health of his crew, or the value of his freight."
neglected - négligé, négliger, négligence
prescribed - prescrite, prescrire, indiquer, ordonner
attention - attention, attentions, garde a vous
registering - s'inscrire, registre, inscription
required - nécessaires, exiger, demander, avoir besoin de, requérir
value - valeur, évaluer, valoriser
freight - le fret, fret
"What is the meaning of all this?" inquired Caderousse, frowningly, of Danglars, who had assumed an air of utter surprise.
Frowningly - en fronçant les sourcils
"How can I tell you?" replied he; "I am, like yourself, utterly bewildered at all that is going on, and cannot in the least make out what it is about." Caderousse then looked around for Fernand, but he had disappeared.
utterly - tout a fait
bewildered - déconcertés, abasourdir, confondre, déconcerter, dérouter
The scene of the previous night now came back to his mind with startling clearness. The painful catastrophe he had just witnessed appeared effectually to have rent away the veil which the intoxication of the evening before had raised between himself and his memory.
scene - scene, scene, scene de ménage
clearness - clarté
painful - douloureux, laborieux
catastrophe - catastrophe
witnessed - témoins, témoignage, témoin, preuve, témoigner
rent - loyer, louez, louons, arrentez, accensons
memory - mémoire, souvenir
"So, so," said he, in a hoarse and choking voice, to Danglars, "this, then, I suppose, is a part of the trick you were concerting yesterday? All I can say is, that if it be so, 'tis an ill turn, and well deserves to bring double evil on those who have projected it."
choking - l'étouffement, suffoquer, étouffer
deserves - mérite, mériter
"Nonsense," returned Danglars, "I tell you again I have nothing whatever to do with it; besides, you know very well that I tore the paper to pieces."
nonsense - des absurdités, betise, absurdité, sottise (s)
whatever - quoi qu'il en soit, quel que soit, n'importe quel
tore - a la déchirure
"No, you did not!" answered Caderousse, "you merely threw it by"I saw it lying in a corner."
lying - gisant, sis, mentant, (lie) gisant
"Hold your tongue, you fool!"what should you know about it?"why, you were drunk!"
fool - idiot, dinde, fou, bouffon, mat, duper, tromper
"Where is Fernand?" inquired Caderousse.
"How do I know?" replied Danglars; "gone, as every prudent man ought to be, to look after his own affairs, most likely. Never mind where he is, let you and I go and see what is to be done for our poor friends."
Prudent - prudent
Likely - probable
During this conversation, DantĂ¨s, after having exchanged a cheerful shake of the hand with all his sympathizing friends, had surrendered himself to the officer sent to arrest him, merely saying, "Make yourselves quite easy, my good fellows, there is some little mistake to clear up, that's all, depend upon it; and very likely I may not have to go so far as the prison to effect that."
cheerful - joyeux, content, de bonne humeur
sympathizing - sympathiser, compatir, apitoyer
surrendered - s'est rendu, capituler, rendre
fellows - des camarades, homme, type
clear up - s'éclaircir
Depend - dépendre
"Oh, to be sure!" responded Danglars, who had now approached the group, "nothing more than a mistake, I feel quite certain."
DantĂ¨s descended the staircase, preceded by the magistrate, and followed by the soldiers. A carriage awaited him at the door; he got in, followed by two soldiers and the magistrate, and the vehicle drove off towards Marseilles.
preceded - précédé, précéder
carriage - transport, rench: t-needed r, carrosse, port, chariot
vehicle - véhicule, moyen de transport
"Adieu, adieu, dearest Edmond!" cried MercĂ©dĂ¨s, stretching out her arms to him from the balcony.
stretching - l'étirement, étendre, s'étendre, s'étirer, étirement
The prisoner heard the cry, which sounded like the sob of a broken heart, and leaning from the coach he called out, "Good-bye, MercĂ©dĂ¨s"we shall soon meet again!" Then the vehicle disappeared round one of the turnings of Fort Saint Nicholas.
prisoner - prisonnier, prisonniere
coach - entraîneur, coche, voiture, entraineur, entraineuse, autocar
Good-bye - (Good-bye) Au revoir
meet again - se revoir
"Wait for me here, all of you!" cried M. Morrel; "I will take the first conveyance I find, and hurry to Marseilles, whence I will bring you word how all is going on."
"That's right!" exclaimed a multitude of voices, "go, and return as quickly as you can!"
multitude - multitude
This second departure was followed by a long and fearful state of terrified silence on the part of those who were left behind. The old father and MercĂ©dĂ¨s remained for some time apart, each absorbed in grief; but at length the two poor victims of the same blow raised their eyes, and with a simultaneous burst of feeling rushed into each other's arms.
departure - départ, déviation
fearful - effrayant, redoutable, peureux, craintif, terrible, affreux
state - l'État
apart - a part, séparé, séparément, a part, en morceaux, en pieces
absorbed in - absorbée
grief - le chagrin, douleur, peine
at length - longuement
victims - victimes, victime
simultaneous - simultanées
Meanwhile Fernand made his appearance, poured out for himself a glass of water with a trembling hand; then hastily swallowing it, went to sit down at the first vacant place, and this was, by mere chance, placed next to the seat on which poor MercĂ©dĂ¨s had fallen half fainting, when released from the warm and affectionate embrace of old DantĂ¨s. Instinctively Fernand drew back his chair.
poured out - versée
vacant - vacant, vide, niais
mere - simple
chance - chance, hasard
Fainting - l'évanouissement, syncope
released - libéré, libérer
Embrace - étreindre, embrasser, accolade, embrassement, embrassade
"He is the cause of all this misery"I am quite sure of it," whispered Caderousse, who had never taken his eyes off Fernand, to Danglars.
whispered - chuchoté, chuchotement, chuchoter, susurrer, murmurer
"I don't think so," answered the other; "he's too stupid to imagine such a scheme. I only hope the mischief will fall upon the head of whoever wrought it."
I don't think so - Je ne pense pas.
scheme - le projet, plan, combine, machination, schéma, systeme
mischief - méfaits, espieglerie, betise, polissonnerie, méfait
Whoever - quiconque, qui que ce soit qui
"You don't mention those who aided and abetted the deed," said Caderousse.
mention - mentionner
aided - aidée, aide
abetted - encouragé, encourager
deed - acte, action, ouvre, exploit, haut fait, (dee)
"Surely," answered Danglars, "one cannot be held responsible for every chance arrow shot into the air."
arrow - fleche, fleche
"You can, indeed, when the arrow lights point downward on somebody's head."
Meantime the subject of the arrest was being canvassed in every different form.
canvassed - sollicité, faire campagne pour
"What think you, Danglars," said one of the party, turning towards him, "of this event?"
"Why," replied he, "I think it just possible DantĂ¨s may have been detected with some trifling article on board ship considered here as contraband."
detected - détecté, détecter
on board ship - a bord du navire
considered - envisagée, considérer, examiner, réfléchir, songer
contraband - la contrebande, contrebande
"But how could he have done so without your knowledge, Danglars, since you are the ship's supercargo?"
knowledge - connaissance, science, connaissances, savoir
"Why, as for that, I could only know what I was told respecting the merchandise with which the vessel was laden. I know she was loaded with cotton, and that she took in her freight at Alexandria from Pastret's warehouse, and at Smyrna from Pascal's; that is all I was obliged to know, and I beg I may not be asked for any further particulars."
respecting - respecter, respect
merchandise - la marchandise, denrée, marchandise
loaded - chargé, charge, chargement
took in - pris
Alexandria - alexandrie
Pascal - pascal
particulars - détails, particulier
"Now I recollect," said the afflicted old father; "my poor boy told me yesterday he had got a small case of coffee, and another of tobacco for me!"
recollect - se souvenir, se ressaisir
"There, you see," exclaimed Danglars. "Now the mischief is out; depend upon it the custom-house people went rummaging about the ship in our absence, and discovered poor DantĂ¨s'hidden treasures."
rummaging - fouiller
discovered - découvert, découvrir
hidden - caché, (se) cacher
treasures - des trésors, trésor, garder précieusement
MercĂ©dĂ¨s, however, paid no heed to this explanation of her lover's arrest. Her grief, which she had hitherto tried to restrain, now burst out in a violent fit of hysterical sobbing.
heed - attention, observer, surveiller, preter attention
hitherto - jusqu'a présent, jusqu'ici, jusqu'alors, jusqu'a maintenant
violent - violent, vif
fit - s'adapter, adapter
hysterical - hystérique
sobbing - sanglots, sanglotement, sanglotant, sanglotante, (sob), fdp
"Come, come," said the old man, "be comforted, my poor child; there is still hope!"
"Hope!" repeated Danglars.
"Hope!" faintly murmured Fernand, but the word seemed to die away on his pale agitated lips, and a convulsive spasm passed over his countenance.
faintly - faiblement
die away - s'éteindre
"Good news! good news!" shouted forth one of the party stationed in the balcony on the lookout. "Here comes M. Morrel back. No doubt, now, we shall hear that our friend is released!"
lookout - poste de guet, sentinelle, guetteur
MercĂ©dĂ¨s and the old man rushed to meet the shipowner and greeted him at the door. He was very pale.
greeted - salué, saluer, accueillir
"What news?" exclaimed a general burst of voices.
"Alas, my friends," replied M. Morrel, with a mournful shake of his head, "the thing has assumed a more serious aspect than I expected."
mournful - triste, affligé, éploré, mélancolique, lugubre
serious - sérieux
aspect - aspect, rench: t-needed r
"Oh, indeed"indeed, sir, he is innocent!" sobbed forth MercĂ©dĂ¨s.
innocent - innocent
sobbed - sangloté, fdp-p
"That I believe!" answered M. Morrel; "but still he is charged"""
"With what?" inquired the elder DantĂ¨s.
"With being an agent of the Bonapartist faction!" Many of our readers may be able to recollect how formidable such an accusation became in the period at which our story is dated.
faction - faction, parti
formidable - formidable
A despairing cry escaped the pale lips of MercĂ©dĂ¨s; the old man sank into a chair.
despairing - désespéré, désespérer, désespoir
escaped - s'est échappé, échapper, s'échapper, éviter, tirer
the pale - la pâleur
sank - a coulé, couler, s'enfoncer, évier, lavabo
"Ah, Danglars!" whispered Caderousse, "you have deceived me"the trick you spoke of last night has been played; but I cannot suffer a poor old man or an innocent girl to die of grief through your fault. I am determined to tell them all about it."
suffer - souffrir, souffrir de, pâtir de, endurer, supporter, subir
fault - défaut, faute, faille
determined - déterminé, déterminer
"be silent, you simpleton!" cried Danglars, grasping him by the arm, "or I will not answer even for your own safety. Who can tell whether DantĂ¨s be innocent or guilty? The vessel did touch at Elba, where he quitted it, and passed a whole day in the island.
be silent - se taire
simpleton - simplet, nigaud, niais, naif
safety - la sécurité, sécurité, sureté
guilty - coupable
Now, should any letters or other documents of a compromising character be found upon him, will it not be taken for granted that all who uphold him are his accomplices?"
documents - documents, document, écrit, documenter
compromising - compromettante, compromis, concession, compromettre
uphold - maintenir, soutenir
accomplices - des complices, complice, comparse, compere
With the rapid instinct of selfishness, Caderousse readily perceived the solidity of this mode of reasoning; he gazed, doubtfully, wistfully, on Danglars, and then caution supplanted generosity.
rapid - rapide, rapides
readily - facilement, volontiers, aisément
solidity - solidité
mode - mode, maniere
gazed - regardé, fixer
doubtfully - douteux, douteusement
wistfully - avec nostalgie
caution - prudence, admonition, checkavertissement, checkmise en garde
generosity - la générosité, générosité, bonté
"Suppose we wait a while, and see what comes of it," said he, casting a bewildered look on his companion.
casting - casting, moulage, (cast), jeter, diriger, lancer, additionner
companion - compagnon, compagne
"To be sure!" answered Danglars. "Let us wait, by all means. If he be innocent, of course he will be set at liberty; if guilty, why, it is no use involving ourselves in a conspiracy."
involving - impliquant, nécessiter, impliquer
ourselves - nous-memes, nous-meme
"Let us go, then. I cannot stay here any longer."
"With all my heart!" replied Danglars, pleased to find the other so tractable. "Let us take ourselves out of the way, and leave things for the present to take their course."
tractable - traçable, docile, conciliant, malléable
After their departure, Fernand, who had now again become the friend and protector of MercĂ©dĂ¨s, led the girl to her home, while some friends of DantĂ¨s conducted his father, nearly lifeless, to the AllĂ©es de Meilhan.
protector - protecteur, guardien
led - dirigé, DEL, LED, (lead) dirigé
conducted - conduite, comportement, se comporter, conduire, mener
lifeless - sans vie
The rumor of Edmond's arrest as a Bonapartist agent was not slow in circulating throughout the city.
rumor - rumeur, bruit
circulating - en circulation, circuler
throughout - tout au long de l'année, tout au long de, durant
"Could you ever have credited such a thing, my dear Danglars?" asked M. Morrel, as, on his return to the port for the purpose of gleaning fresh tidings of DantĂ¨s, from M. de Villefort, the assistant procureur, he overtook his supercargo and Caderousse. "Could you have believed such a thing possible?"
credited - crédité, crédit, mérite, reconnaissance, attribution, générique
gleaning - le glanage, glanage, (glean) le glanage
tidings - des nouvelles, nouvelle
assistant - assistant, aide, auxiliaire
overtook - dépasser, doubler, surprendre
"Why, you know I told you," replied Danglars, "that I considered the circumstance of his having anchored at the Island of Elba as a very suspicious circumstance."
circumstance - circonstances, circonstance
anchored - ancré, ancre
suspicious - suspect, méfiant, soupçonneux, suspicieux
"And did you mention these suspicions to any person beside myself?"
"Certainly not!" returned Danglars. Then added in a low whisper, "You understand that, on account of your uncle, M. Policar Morrel, who served under the other government, and who does not altogether conceal what he thinks on the subject, you are strongly suspected of regretting the abdication of Napoleon.
whisper - chuchotement, chuchoter, susurrer, murmurer
on account - sur le compte
government - le gouvernement
altogether - tout a fait, completement, en meme temps, quoi qu'il en soit
conceal - dissimuler, cacher
strongly - fort, fortement
suspected - soupçonné, suspecter, soupçonner
regretting - regretter, regret
abdication - abdication
I should have feared to injure both Edmond and yourself, had I divulged my own apprehensions to a soul. I am too well aware that though a subordinate, like myself, is bound to acquaint the shipowner with everything that occurs, there are many things he ought most carefully to conceal from all else."
feared - craint, peur
injure - blesser
divulged - divulguée, divulguer, rendre public, ébruiter
aware - conscient, attentif, vigilant, en éveil, en alerte
subordinate - subordonné, subordonnée, subordonnés, subordonnées
bound - lié, entrain, (bind), lier, attacher, nouer, connecter, coupler
occurs - se produit, produire
carefully - attentivement, soigneusement
"'Tis well, Danglars"'tis well!" replied M. Morrel. "You are a worthy fellow; and I had already thought of your interests in the event of poor Edmond having become captain of the Pharaon."
"Is it possible you were so kind?"
"Yes, indeed; I had previously inquired of DantĂ¨s what was his opinion of you, and if he should have any reluctance to continue you in your post, for somehow I have perceived a sort of coolness between you."
previously - autrefois, auparavant, antérieurement, précédemment
reluctance - réticence, réluctance
somehow - d'une maniere ou d'une autre
"And what was his reply?"
"That he certainly did think he had given you offence in an affair which he merely referred to without entering into particulars, but that whoever possessed the good opinion and confidence of the ship's owners would have his preference also."
offence - offense, insulte
entering into - dans lequel vous entrez
possessed - possédé, posséder, s'emparer de
preference - préférence
"The hypocrite!" murmured Danglars.
hypocrite - hypocrite, pharisien, pharisienne, tartufe
"Poor DantĂ¨s!" said Caderousse. "No one can deny his being a noble-hearted young fellow."
deny - nier, démentir, refuser
noble - noble, aristocrate, aristocratique
"But meanwhile," continued M. Morrel, "here is the Pharaon without a captain."
"Oh," replied Danglars, "since we cannot leave this port for the next three months, let us hope that ere the expiration of that period DantĂ¨s will be set at liberty."
expiration - expiration
"No doubt; but in the meantime?"
"I am entirely at your service, M. Morrel," answered Danglars. "You know that I am as capable of managing a ship as the most experienced captain in the service; and it will be so far advantageous to you to accept my services, that upon Edmond's release from prison no further change will be requisite on board the Pharaon than for DantĂ¨s and myself each to resume our respective posts."
capable - capable
managing - la gestion, gérer, ménager, diriger, manier, parvenir, réussir
advantageous - avantageux
services - services, (de) service
release - libération, lâcher, laisser, acquitement, libérent
requisite - nécessaire
resume - cv, resume, reprendent, reprends, reprenez, reprenons
"Thanks, Danglars"that will smooth over all difficulties. I fully authorize you at once to assume the command of the Pharaon, and look carefully to the unloading of her freight. Private misfortunes must never be allowed to interfere with business."
smooth - lisse, doux, facile, sophistiqué, naturel, souple, régulier
difficulties - des difficultés, difficulté
authorize - autoriser
unloading - déchargement, (unload), décharger
private - personnel, personnelle, privé, privée
misfortunes - malheurs, malchance, mésaventure, malheur
allowed - autorisé, laisser, accorder, permettre
"Be easy on that score, M. Morrel; but do you think we shall be permitted to see our poor Edmond?"
permitted - autorisé, permettre
"I will let you know that directly I have seen M. de Villefort, whom I shall endeavor to interest in Edmond's favor. I am aware he is a furious royalist; but, in spite of that, and of his being king's attorney, he is a man like ourselves, and I fancy not a bad sort of one."
endeavor - effort, entreprise, tenter, s’efforcer, tâcher
Royalist - royaliste
fancy - fantaisie, imaginer, songer
"Perhaps not," replied Danglars; "but I hear that he is ambitious, and that's rather against him."
ambitious - ambitieux
"Well, well," returned M. Morrel, "we shall see. But now hasten on board, I will join you there ere long."
So saying, the worthy shipowner quitted the two allies, and proceeded in the direction of the Palais de Justice.
allies - alliés, s'allier (a, avec)
proceeded - a procédé, avancer, procéder
justice - justice, équité, conseiller
"You see," said Danglars, addressing Caderousse, "the turn things have taken. Do you still feel any desire to stand up in his defence?"
defence - la défense, défense
"Not the slightest, but yet it seems to me a shocking thing that a mere joke should lead to such consequences."
shocking - choquant, choc
lead - plomb, guider, conduire, mener
consequences - conséquences, conséquence
"But who perpetrated that joke, let me ask? neither you nor myself, but Fernand; you knew very well that I threw the paper into a corner of the room"indeed, I fancied I had destroyed it."
perpetrated - perpétrés, perpétrer, commettre
fancied - aimée, envie, caprice
destroyed - détruite, détruire, euthanasier
"Oh, no," replied Caderousse, "that I can answer for, you did not. I only wish I could see it now as plainly as I saw it lying all crushed and crumpled in a corner of the arbor."
answer for - réponse pour
crushed - écrasé, barricade, béguin, amourette, faible, coup de cour
"Well, then, if you did, depend upon it, Fernand picked it up, and either copied it or caused it to be copied; perhaps, even, he did not take the trouble of recopying it. And now I think of it, by Heavens, he may have sent the letter itself! Fortunately, for me, the handwriting was disguised."
picked - choisi, pioche, passe-partout, choix, écran, prendre, cueillir
copied - copié, copie, exemplaire, copier
take the trouble - prendre la peine
heavens - les cieux, ciel, paradis, au-dela, cieux-p
handwriting - l'écriture, écriture de main
disguised - déguisé, déguisement, déguiser
"Then you were aware of DantĂ¨s being engaged in a conspiracy?"
engaged - engagé, attirer l'attention, engager, embrayer
"Not I. As I before said, I thought the whole thing was a joke, nothing more. It seems, however, that I have unconsciously stumbled upon the truth."
unconsciously - inconsciemment
stumbled - en état de choc, chute, faux pas, bourde, trébucher
"Still," argued Caderousse, "I would give a great deal if nothing of the kind had happened; or, at least, that I had had no hand in it. You will see, Danglars, that it will turn out an unlucky job for both of us."
argued - argumenté, affirmer, débattre, se disputer, se quereller
deal - accord, dispenser, distribuer
unlucky - malchanceux, poissard
"Nonsense! If any harm come of it, it should fall on the guilty person; and that, you know, is Fernand. How can we be implicated in any way? All we have got to do is, to keep our own counsel, and remain perfectly quiet, not breathing a word to any living soul; and you will see that the storm will pass away without in the least affecting us."
harm - le mal, mal, tort, dommage, nuire a, faire du mal a
implicated - impliqué, impliquer
counsel - conseil, expertise, plan, projet, conseiller
breathing - respirer, respiration, (breath), souffle, haleine
"Amen!" responded Caderousse, waving his hand in token of adieu to Danglars, and bending his steps towards the AllĂ©es de Meilhan, moving his head to and fro, and muttering as he went, after the manner of one whose mind was overcharged with one absorbing idea.
Amen - amen
waving - en faisant signe de la main, (wave) en faisant signe de la main
token - de jeton, symbole, jeton, symbolique
bending - de flexion, flexion, (bend), courber, tordre, tourner
fro - fro
muttering - marmonner, grommellement, (mutter) marmonner
overcharged - surtaxé, faire payer trop cher
absorbing - absorbant, absorber, éponger
"So far, then," said Danglars, mentally, "all has gone as I would have it. I am, temporarily, commander of the Pharaon, with the certainty of being permanently so, if that fool of a Caderousse can be persuaded to hold his tongue. My only fear is the chance of DantĂ¨s being released. But, there, he is in the hands of Justice; and," added he with a smile, "she will take her own.
mentally - mentalement
temporarily - temporairement
commander - commandant, commandante, commandeur
certainty - certitude
permanently - de façon permanente, en permanence, en tous temps, toujours
persuaded - persuadé, persuader, convaincre
" So saying, he leaped into a boat, desiring to be rowed on board the Pharaon, where M. Morrel had agreed to meet him.
leaped - a sauté, sauter, bondir
desiring - désirant, désirer, désir
rowed - a l'aviron, rang(ée)
In one of the aristocratic mansions built by Puget in the Rue du Grand Cours opposite the Medusa fountain, a second marriage feast was being celebrated, almost at the same hour with the nuptial repast given by DantĂ¨s. In this case, however, although the occasion of the entertainment was similar, the company was strikingly dissimilar.
aristocratic - aristocratique
mansions - des hôtels particuliers, manoir, demeure
Medusa - Méduse
fountain - fontaine
celebrated - célébré, rendre hommage, célébrer, feter
dissimilar - dissemblables, dissemblable, différent
Instead of a rude mixture of sailors, soldiers, and those belonging to the humblest grade of life, the present assembly was composed of the very flower of Marseilles society,"magistrates who had resigned their office during the usurper's reign; officers who had deserted from the imperial army and joined forces with CondĂ©; and younger members of families, brought up to hate and execrate the man whom five years of exile would convert into a martyr, and fifteen of restoration elevate to the rank of a god.
rude - grossier, impoli, malpoli
mixture - mélange, mixture
belonging - appartenant, (belong) appartenant
humblest - le plus humble, humble
grade - mention, note, année, classe, niveau, grade, noter
assembly - l'assemblée, groupe, bloc, assemblage, assemblée
Society - la société, société
magistrates - magistrats, magistrat
resigned - résigné, démissionner
reign - regne, regne, régner
deserted - désertée, abandonner
Imperial - impérial, royal
army - l'armée, armée
forces - forces, force
execrate - exécuter, exécrer
exile - l'exil, exil, exilé, exiler
convert - se convertir, convertir, reconverti
martyr - martyr, martyre, chahîd, chahid
restoration - restauration
elevate - élever, augmenter
rank - rang, rangée, unie, standing
The guests were still at table, and the heated and energetic conversation that prevailed betrayed the violent and vindictive passions that then agitated each dweller of the South, where unhappily, for five centuries religious strife had long given increased bitterness to the violence of party feeling.
heated - chauffé, température
energetic - énergique, énergétique
vindictive - vindicatif
passions - passions, passion
dweller - habitant
Unhappily - malheuresement
religious - religieux
strife - des conflits, dispute, querelle
increased - augmenté, augmenter, croître, accroître, augmentation
bitterness - l'amertume, amertume
violence - la violence, violence
The emperor, now king of the petty Island of Elba, after having held sovereign sway over one-half of the world, counting as his subjects a small population of five or six thousand souls,"after having been accustomed to hear the "Vive NapolĂ©ons" of a hundred and twenty millions of human beings, uttered in ten different languages,"was looked upon here as a ruined man, separated forever from any fresh connection with France or claim to her throne.
petty - petit, insignifiant, mesquin
sovereign - souveraine, souverain
sway - se balancer, autorité, poids, influence, prépondérance
counting - compter, comte
souls - âmes, âme
vive - vive
human - humain
beings - etres, etre, créature, existence
connection - connexion, liaison, lien, rapport, complicité, correspondance
claim - réclamation, titre, affirmation, revendication, demande
The magistrates freely discussed their political views; the military part of the company talked unreservedly of Moscow and Leipsic, while the women commented on the divorce of Josephine.
freely - librement
political - politique
views - vues, vue, q
unreservedly - sans réserve
Moscow - moscou
divorce - divorce, divorcer
It was not over the downfall of the man, but over the defeat of the Napoleonic idea, that they rejoiced, and in this they foresaw for themselves the bright and cheering prospect of a revivified political existence.
Downfall - la chute, chute
defeat - la défaite, vainqent, vainquez, défaite, vaincre, vainqons
rejoiced - s'est réjoui, réjouir
cheering - des applaudissements, acclamation(s)
An old man, decorated with the cross of Saint Louis, now rose and proposed the health of King Louis XVIII. It was the Marquis de Saint-MĂ©ran.
decorated - décoré, décorer, orner
proposed - proposée, proposer, demander en mariage
This toast, recalling at once the patient exile of Hartwell and the peace-loving King of France, excited universal enthusiasm; glasses were elevated in the air Ă l'Anglaise, and the ladies, snatching their bouquets from their fair bosoms, strewed the table with their floral treasures. In a word, an almost poetical fervor prevailed.
toast - toast, rôtir
recalling - rappelant, rappeler, souvenir
patient - patient, patiente, malade
peace - la paix, paix, tranquillité
enthusiasm - l'enthousiasme, enthousiasme, passion
elevated - élevé, (elevate), élever, augmenter
ladies - mesdames, dame, madame, lady
snatching - vol a l'arraché, empoigner, happer, saisir, arracher, enlever
bouquets - bouquets, bouquet
fair - équitable, blond, exposition, foire, marché, kermesse, juste
bosoms - seins, sein, intime
strewed - parsemée, parsemer, joncher
floral - floral
poetical - poétique
fervor - ferveur, ferveur (f), checkémoi (m)
"Ah," said the Marquise de Saint-MĂ©ran, a woman with a stern, forbidding eye, though still noble and distinguished in appearance, despite her fifty years""ah, these revolutionists, who have driven us from those very possessions they afterwards purchased for a mere trifle during the Reign of Terror, would be compelled to own, were they here, that all true devotion was on our side, since we were content to follow the fortunes of a falling monarch, while they, on the contrary, made their fortune by worshipping the rising sun; yes, yes, they could not help admitting that the king, for whom we sacrificed rank, wealth, and station was truly our Louis the well-beloved,'while their wretched usurper has been, and ever will be, to them their evil genius, their Napoleon the accursed.'Am I not right, Villefort?"
marquise - marquise
distinguished - distingué, distinguer
despite - en dépit de, malgré
possessions - possessions, bien, possession, propriété, possessions-p
terror - la terreur, terreur, effroi, terrorisme
devotion - la dévotion, dévouement, dévotion
fortunes - fortune, destin, bonne chance
monarch - monarque
worshipping - culte, adoration, vénération, vénérer
Admitting - admettre, avouer, reconnaître
sacrificed - sacrifié, sacrifier, sacrifice, offrande
wealth - la richesse, richesse, profusion, abondance, checkfortune
genius - génie
"I beg your pardon, madame. I really must pray you to excuse me, but"in truth"I was not attending to the conversation."
in truth - en vérité
"Marquise, marquise!" interposed the old nobleman who had proposed the toast, "let the young people alone; let me tell you, on one's wedding day there are more agreeable subjects of conversation than dry politics."
interposed - interposée, interposer, intercaler, interrompre, couper
nobleman - noble
dry - sec, anhydre, sécher, tfaire sécher
"Never mind, dearest mother," said a young and lovely girl, with a profusion of light brown hair, and eyes that seemed to float in liquid crystal, "'tis all my fault for seizing upon M. de Villefort, so as to prevent his listening to what you said. But there"now take him"he is your own for as long as you like. M. Villefort, I beg to remind you my mother speaks to you."
lovely girl - belle fille
light brown - brun clair
float - flotter, flotteur, taloche, char, flottant, float
crystal - cristal, de cristal, en cristal
"If the marquise will deign to repeat the words I but imperfectly caught, I shall be delighted to answer," said M. de Villefort.
deign - deign, daigner, condescendre
imperfectly - imparfaitement
"Never mind, RenĂ©e," replied the marquise, with a look of tenderness that seemed out of keeping with her harsh dry features; but, however all other feelings may be withered in a woman's nature, there is always one bright smiling spot in the desert of her heart, and that is the shrine of maternal love. "I forgive you.
tenderness - tendresse
withered - flétrie, (se) faner
desert - désert, désertez, quitter, désertons, désertent, déserter
shrine - sanctuaire, lieu saint, châsse
maternal - maternelle
What I was saying, Villefort, was, that the Bonapartists had not our sincerity, enthusiasm, or devotion."
sincerity - la sincérité, sincérité
"They had, however, what supplied the place of those fine qualities," replied the young man, "and that was fanaticism. Napoleon is the Mahomet of the West, and is worshipped by his commonplace but ambitious followers, not only as a leader and lawgiver, but also as the personification of equality."
supplied - fourni, fournir, approvisionner
qualities - qualités, qualité
fanaticism - le fanatisme, fanatisme
Mahomet - Mahomet
worshipped - vénéré, culte, adoration, vénération, vénérer
commonplace - ordinaire, banal, lieu commun
leader - chef, leader, dirigeant
personification - personnification
equality - l'égalité, égalité
"He!" cried the marquise: "Napoleon the type of equality! For mercy's sake, then, what would you call Robespierre? Come, come, do not strip the latter of his just rights to bestow them on the Corsican, who, to my mind, has usurped quite enough."
mercy - la pitié, miséricorde, pitié
sake - du saké, dans l'intéret de qqn
strip - de la bande, bandeau, dégarnir, dépouillons, frange, dépouillez
Corsican - la corse, corse
usurped - usurpé, usurper
"Nay, madame; I would place each of these heroes on his right pedestal"that of Robespierre on his scaffold in the Place Louis Quinze; that of Napoleon on the column of the Place VendĂ´me.
heroes - héros, protagoniste
pedestal - piédestal
scaffold - échafaudage, échafaud, échafauder
column - colonne, colonne (1, 3)
The only difference consists in the opposite character of the equality advocated by these two men; one is the equality that elevates, the other is the equality that degrades; one brings a king within reach of the guillotine, the other elevates the people to a level with the throne.
consists - consiste, consister (en)
advocated - préconisée, avocat, avocate, porte-parole, plaider, préconiser
elevates - s'éleve, élever, augmenter
brings a - Apporter un / une
guillotine - guillotine
level - plat, a ras, au meme niveau, constant, niveau, profondeur
Observe," said Villefort, smiling, "I do not mean to deny that both these men were revolutionary scoundrels, and that the 9th Thermidor and the 4th of April, in the year 1814, were lucky days for France, worthy of being gratefully remembered by every friend to monarchy and civil order; and that explains how it comes to pass that, fallen, as I trust he is forever, Napoleon has still retained a train of parasitical satellites. Still, marquise, it has been so with other usurpers"Cromwell, for instance, who was not half so bad as Napoleon, had his partisans and advocates."
observe - observer, remarquer, respecter, garder
revolutionary - révolutionnaire
scoundrels - canailles, scélérat, scélérate, gredin, gredine, canaille
Thermidor - thermidor
gratefully - avec gratitude
monarchy - monarchie
trust - confiance, trust, faire confiance, avoir foi en quelqu’un
retained - retenue, retenir, conserver, maintenir
parasitical - parasitaire
satellites - des satellites, satellite
usurpers - des usurpateurs, usurpateur, usurpatrice
partisans - partisans, partisan/-ane
advocates - des défenseurs, avocat, avocate, porte-parole, plaider
"Do you know, Villefort, that you are talking in a most dreadfully revolutionary strain? But I excuse it, it is impossible to expect the son of a Girondin to be free from a small spice of the old leaven." A deep crimson suffused the countenance of Villefort.
dreadfully - terriblement
strain - souche, accablement
impossible - impossible, insupportable
Girondin - Girondin
spice - épice, épicer, épicent, assaisonner, épiçons, épicez
Leaven - le levain, levain, ferment, faire lever, faire fermenter
crimson - cramoisi, carmin, pourpre
"'Tis true, madame," answered he, "that my father was a Girondin, but he was not among the number of those who voted for the king's death; he was an equal sufferer with yourself during the Reign of Terror, and had well-nigh lost his head on the same scaffold on which your father perished."
voted - votée, voix, vote, votation, voter
Equal - l'égalité, égal, égaler a, égale
sufferer - souffrant, malade
nigh - nuit, proche, pres
perished - a péri, périr
"True," replied the marquise, without wincing in the slightest degree at the tragic remembrance thus called up; "but bear in mind, if you please, that our respective parents underwent persecution and proscription from diametrically opposite principles; in proof of which I may remark, that while my family remained among the staunchest adherents of the exiled princes, your father lost no time in joining the new government; and that while the Citizen Noirtier was a Girondin, the Count Noirtier became a senator."
wincing - se blesser, se pincer, (wince), grimacer
tragic - tragique
underwent - a subi, subir
persecution - la persécution, persécution
diametrically - diamétralement
principles - principes, principe
staunchest - le plus ferme, fervent, étancher
adherents - des adhérents, adhérent
exiled - exilé, exil, exiler
princes - princes, (prince), prince
Government - le gouvernement, gouvernement, rection
citizen - citoyen, citoyenne, habitant
senator - sénateur, sénatrice
"Dear mother," interposed RenĂ©e, "you know very well it was agreed that all these disagreeable reminiscences should forever be laid aside."
disagreeable - incompatible, désagréable
reminiscences - des réminiscences, réminiscence
laid - posé, poser
aside - a part, a côté, en passant, aparté
"Suffer me, also, madame," replied Villefort, "to add my earnest request to Mademoiselle de Saint-MĂ©ran's, that you will kindly allow the veil of oblivion to cover and conceal the past. What avails recrimination over matters wholly past recall? For my own part, I have laid aside even the name of my father, and altogether disown his political principles.
earnest - sérieux, (earn) sérieux
oblivion - l'oubli, oubli, néant
cover - une couverture
avails - disponibles, profiter, saisir, servir
wholly - entierement
recall - rappeler
disown - renier
He was"nay, probably may still be"a Bonapartist, and is called Noirtier; I, on the contrary, am a staunch royalist, and style myself de Villefort.
staunch - ferme, fervent, étancher
Let what may remain of revolutionary sap exhaust itself and die away with the old trunk, and condescend only to regard the young shoot which has started up at a distance from the parent tree, without having the power, any more than the wish, to separate entirely from the stock from which it sprung."
Sap - seve, jus, suc
exhaust - épuiser, échappement, gaz d'échappement
trunk - tronc, malle, coffre, trompe, coffre (de voiture), valise
regard - regard, considérer, égard, estime
shoot - tirer, larguer, tirent, tirons, tirez
started up - a démarré
distance - distance, éloigner, checks'éloigner
power - pouvoir, puissance, électricité, courant, alimenter
stock - stock, provision, stockage
"Bravo, Villefort!" cried the marquis; "excellently well said! Come, now, I have hopes of obtaining what I have been for years endeavoring to persuade the marquise to promise; namely, a perfect amnesty and forgetfulness of the past."
Bravo - bravo, Berthe
excellently - parfaitement
obtaining - l'obtention, obtenir, se procurer, réussir, avoir succes, avoir
persuade - persuader
namely - a savoir, nommément, c'est-a-dire, a savoir
amnesty - l'amnistie, amnistie, amnistier
"With all my heart," replied the marquise; "let the past be forever forgotten. I promise you it affords me as little pleasure to revive it as it does you. All I ask is, that Villefort will be firm and inflexible for the future in his political principles.
affords - permet, permettre
inflexible - inflexible
Remember, also, Villefort, that we have pledged ourselves to his majesty for your fealty and strict loyalty, and that at our recommendation the king consented to forget the past, as I do" (and here she extended to him her hand)""as I now do at your entreaty.
pledged - promis, promettre, mettre en gage, serment, gage
Majesty - majesté
fealty - la loyauté, fidélité, loyauté, serment
strict - stricte, strict
loyalty - la loyauté, loyauté
recommendation - recommandation
consented - a consenti, consentir, approuver, agréer, consentement
entreaty - demande, supplication
But bear in mind, that should there fall in your way anyone guilty of conspiring against the government, you will be so much the more bound to visit the offence with rigorous punishment, as it is known you belong to a suspected family."
rigorous - rigoureux
punishment - punition, châtiment
"Alas, madame," returned Villefort, "my profession, as well as the times in which we live, compels me to be severe. I have already successfully conducted several public prosecutions, and brought the offenders to merited punishment. But we have not done with the thing yet."
profession - profession, métier, corps de métier
compels - contraint, contraindre, forcer, obliger
severe - sévere, grave, sévere
successfully - avec succes
prosecutions - des poursuites, parquet, vindicte
offenders - délinquants, contrevenant
merited - mérité, mérite, mériter
"Do you, indeed, think so?" inquired the marquise.
"I am, at least, fearful of it. Napoleon, in the Island of Elba, is too near France, and his proximity keeps up the hopes of his partisans. Marseilles is filled with half-pay officers, who are daily, under one frivolous pretext or other, getting up quarrels with the royalists; from hence arise continual and fatal duels among the higher classes of persons, and assassinations in the lower."
proximity - proximité
keeps up - Tenir le coup
daily - quotidien, journellement
frivolous - frivole
pretext - prétexte
getting up - se lever
quarrels - querelles, dispute
royalists - royalistes, royaliste
hence - d'ou, d'ici, ainsi, donc, d'ou
arise - se lever, surgir, apparaitre, naitre
continual - continuelle
fatal - fatale, fatal
duels - duels, duel, croiser le fer
assassinations - des assassinats, assassinat
"You have heard, perhaps," said the Comte de Salvieux, one of M. de Saint-MĂ©ran's oldest friends, and chamberlain to the Comte d'Artois, "that the Holy Alliance purpose removing him from thence?"
chamberlain - chamberlain, chambellan
Artois - Artois
holy - saint, sacré, bénit, checksainte
alliance - l'alliance, alliance
removing - l'enlevement, enlever
thence - d'ou, des lors
"Yes; they were talking about it when we left Paris," said M. de Saint-MĂ©ran; "and where is it decided to transfer him?"
transfer - transférer, transfert
"To Saint Helena."
"For heaven's sake, where is that?" asked the marquise.
For heaven's sake - Pour l'amour du ciel
"An island situated on the other side of the equator, at least two thousand leagues from here," replied the count.
situated - situé, situer
Equator - l'équateur, équateur
leagues - ligues, ligue
"So much the better. As Villefort observes, it is a great act of folly to have left such a man between Corsica, where he was born, and Naples, of which his brother-in-law is king, and face to face with Italy, the sovereignty of which he coveted for his son."
observes - observe, observer, remarquer, respecter, garder
folly - folie, sottise
Corsica - la corse, Corse
Italy - l'italie, Italie
sovereignty - souveraineté
coveted - convoitée, convoiter, désirer, guigner
"Unfortunately," said Villefort, "there are the treaties of 1814, and we cannot molest Napoleon without breaking those compacts."
treaties - traités, traité
molest - molester, embeter, violer, abuser
compacts - compacts, compact
"Oh, well, we shall find some way out of it," responded M. de Salvieux. "There wasn't any trouble over treaties when it was a question of shooting the poor Duc d'Enghien."
wasn - n'était
shooting - le tir, tir, fusillade, (shoot) le tir
"Well," said the marquise, "it seems probable that, by the aid of the Holy Alliance, we shall be rid of Napoleon; and we must trust to the vigilance of M. de Villefort to purify Marseilles of his partisans.
rid - rid, débarrasser
vigilance - vigilance
purify - purifier
The king is either a king or no king; if he be acknowledged as sovereign of France, he should be upheld in peace and tranquillity; and this can best be effected by employing the most inflexible agents to put down every attempt at conspiracy"'tis the best and surest means of preventing mischief."
acknowledged - reconnu, reconnaître, accuser réception, certifier
upheld - maintenue, soutenir
effected - affectée, effet, effets-p, effectuer
employing - l'emploi, employer, embaucher, recruter
most inflexible - le plus inflexible
agents - agents, agent, espion
preventing - empechant, empecher
"Unfortunately, madame," answered Villefort, "the strong arm of the law is not called upon to interfere until the evil has taken place."
"Then all he has got to do is to endeavor to repair it."
repair - réparation, dépannage, réparent, rhabiller, dépanner, réparer
"Nay, madame, the law is frequently powerless to effect this; all it can do is to avenge the wrong done."
frequently - fréquemment
avenge - venger, rench: t-needed r
"Oh, M. de Villefort," cried a beautiful young creature, daughter to the Comte de Salvieux, and the cherished friend of Mademoiselle de Saint-MĂ©ran, "do try and get up some famous trial while we are at Marseilles. I never was in a law-court; I am told it is so very amusing!"
creature - créature, etre
cherished - chérie, chérir, tenir
trial - proces, manipulation
Court - la cour, cour, tribunal, court de tennis, court, courtiser
"Amusing, certainly," replied the young man, "inasmuch as, instead of shedding tears as at the fictitious tale of woe produced at a theatre, you behold in a law-court a case of real and genuine distress"a drama of life.
shedding - la mue, (shed) la mue
fictitious - fictif
Tale - conte, récit
produced - produit, produire, produits-p
behold - regarder, voir, observer, voici, voila
genuine - authentique
distress - la détresse, détresse
drama - drame
The prisoner whom you there see pale, agitated, and alarmed, instead of"as is the case when a curtain falls on a tragedy"going home to sup peacefully with his family, and then retiring to rest, that he may recommence his mimic woes on the morrow,"is removed from your sight merely to be reconducted to his prison and delivered up to the executioner.
curtain - rideau
tragedy - tragédie
sup - sup
peacefully - pacifiquement
retiring - a la retraite, prendre sa retraite
recommence - recommencer
woes - malheurs, tristesse, douleur, misere, malheur, hélas
morrow - lendemain, matin
reconducted - reconduite
delivered - livrée, accoucher, livrer, remettre
executioner - exécuteur des hautes ouvres, bourreau
I leave you to judge how far your nerves are calculated to bear you through such a scene. Of this, however, be assured, that should any favorable opportunity present itself, I will not fail to offer you the choice of being present."
nerves - des nerfs, nerf, nervure, toupet, culot, cran
calculated - calculée, calculer
favorable - favorable
opportunity - occasion, opportunité, occasion favorable, chance
fail - échouer
"For shame, M. de Villefort!" said RenĂ©e, becoming quite pale; "don't you see how you are frightening us?"and yet you laugh."
frightening - effrayant, effrayer, redouter, terrifier
"What would you have? 'Tis like a duel. I have already recorded sentence of death, five or six times, against the movers of political conspiracies, and who can say how many daggers may be ready sharpened, and only waiting a favorable opportunity to be buried in my heart?"
duel - duel, croiser le fer
recorded - enregistré, rapport écrit
sentence of death - la condamnation a mort
movers - déménageurs, déménageur, déménageuse
conspiracies - des complots, conspiration, complot
daggers - poignards, poignard
sharpened - aiguisé, affiler, affuter, aiguiser
buried - enterré, enterrer
"Gracious heavens, M. de Villefort," said RenĂ©e, becoming more and more terrified; "you surely are not in earnest."
"Indeed I am," replied the young magistrate with a smile; "and in the interesting trial that young lady is anxious to witness, the case would only be still more aggravated.
lady - dame, madame, lady
witness - témoin
Suppose, for instance, the prisoner, as is more than probable, to have served under Napoleon"well, can you expect for an instant, that one accustomed, at the word of his commander, to rush fearlessly on the very bayonets of his foe, will scruple more to drive a stiletto into the heart of one he knows to be his personal enemy, than to slaughter his fellow-creatures, merely because bidden to do so by one he is bound to obey? Besides, one requires the excitement of being hateful in the eyes of the accused, in order to lash one's self into a state of sufficient vehemence and power. I would not choose to see the man against whom I pleaded smile, as though in mockery of my words. No; my pride is to see the accused pale, agitated, and as though beaten out of all composure by the fire of my eloquence." RenĂ©e uttered a smothered exclamation.
fearlessly - sans crainte
bayonets - baionnettes, baionnette
foe - ennemi, ennemi/-ie
scruple - scrupule
stiletto - stiletto, stylet, talon aiguille
slaughter - l'abattage, abattage, carnage, tuerie, massacre, massacrer
creatures - créatures, créature, etre
bidden - interdites, faire une enchere (de)
obey - obéir, obtempérer
excitement - l'excitation, excitation
hateful - haineux
accused - accusé, accuser
lash - cils, amarrons, amarrez, amarrent, fustiger
self - soi, soi-meme
state - l'état, état, Etat, déclarer, indiquer
pleaded - plaidée, plaider
beaten - battu, battre
composure - le sang-froid, calme, quiétude
eloquence - l'éloquence, éloquence
smothered - étouffé, étouffer
"Bravo!" cried one of the guests; "that is what I call talking to some purpose."
"Just the person we require at a time like the present," said a second.
"What a splendid business that last case of yours was, my dear Villefort!" remarked a third; "I mean the trial of the man for murdering his father. Upon my word, you killed him ere the executioner had laid his hand upon him."
third - troisieme, troisieme, trois, tiers, tierce
murdering - assassiner, meurtre, homicide, assassinat, occire
"Oh, as for parricides, and such dreadful people as that," interposed RenĂ©e, "It matters very little what is done to them; but as regards poor unfortunate creatures whose only crime consists in having mixed themselves up in political intrigues"""
parricides - parricides, parricide
It matters - C'est important
regards - regards, considérer
unfortunate - malheureux, infortuné, malencontreux
mixed - mixte, mélanger
intrigues - intrigues, intrigue, intriguer, conspirer
"Why, that is the very worst offence they could possibly commit; for, don't you see, RenĂ©e, the king is the father of his people, and he who shall plot or contrive aught against the life and safety of the parent of thirty-two millions of souls, is a parricide upon a fearfully great scale?"
commit - s'engager, confier, commettre, remettre, consigner, commit
plot - intrigue, lopin, diagramme, graphique, complot, comploter
contrive - de l'argent, combiner, inventer
aught - rien
parricide - parricide
fearfully - avec crainte
scale - échelle, escaladez, escalader, escaladent, gravir, bareme
"I don't know anything about that," replied RenĂ©e; "but, M. de Villefort, you have promised me"have you not?"always to show mercy to those I plead for."
plead for - plaider pour
"Make yourself quite easy on that point," answered Villefort, with one of his sweetest smiles; "you and I will always consult upon our verdicts."
sweetest - le plus doux, doucement, friandise, bonbon, sucreries-p
smiles - sourires, sourire
consult - consulter
verdicts - verdicts, verdict
"My love," said the marquise, "attend to your doves, your lap-dogs, and embroidery, but do not meddle with what you do not understand. Nowadays the military profession is in abeyance and the magisterial robe is the badge of honor. There is a wise Latin proverb that is very much in point."
attend to - s'occuper
doves - colombes, colombe
lap - tour, clapoter
embroidery - la broderie, broderie
nowadays - actuellement, de nos jours, aujourd'hui, présentement
in abeyance - en suspens
robe - robe de chambre, robe
badge - badge, plaque, insigne, décoration, macaron, porte-nom
wise - sage, sensé, genre, raisonnable
Latin - latine
"Cedant arma togĂ¦," said Villefort with a bow.
bow - l'arc, arc
"I cannot speak Latin," responded the marquise.
"Well," said RenĂ©e, "I cannot help regretting you had not chosen some other profession than your own"a physician, for instance. Do you know I always felt a shudder at the idea of even a destroying angel?"
physician - médecin, femme médecin, docteur
shudder - frémir, tremblement, frisson, frissonner, trembler
destroying - détruisant, détruire, euthanasier
angel - ange
"Dear, good RenĂ©e," whispered Villefort, as he gazed with unutterable tenderness on the lovely speaker.
unutterable - indicible
speaker - l'orateur, parleur, parleuse
"Let us hope, my child," cried the marquis, "that M. de Villefort may prove the moral and political physician of this province; if so, he will have achieved a noble work."
moral - moral, moralité, morale
province - province
achieved - atteint, accomplir, réaliser
"And one which will go far to efface the recollection of his father's conduct," added the incorrigible marquise.
efface - effacer, s'effacer
conduct - comportement, conduite, se comporter, conduire, mener
incorrigible - incorrigible
"Madame," replied Villefort, with a mournful smile, "I have already had the honor to observe that my father has"at least, I hope so"abjured his past errors, and that he is, at the present moment, a firm and zealous friend to religion and order"a better royalist, possibly, than his son; for he has to atone for past dereliction, while I have no other impulse than warm, decided preference and conviction." Having made this well-turned speech, Villefort looked carefully around to mark the effect of his oratory, much as he would have done had he been addressing the bench in open court.
abjured - abjuré, abjurer
errors - erreurs, erreur, vice, etre en erreur, planter
zealous - zélé
atone - expier
dereliction - prévarication, déréliction
impulse - impulsion
Speech - parole, discours
mark - marque, Marc
oratory - L'art oratoire
Bench - banc, établi, banquette
"Do you know, my dear Villefort," cried the Comte de Salvieux, "that is exactly what I myself said the other day at the Tuileries, when questioned by his majesty's principal chamberlain touching the singularity of an alliance between the son of a Girondin and the daughter of an officer of the Duc de CondĂ©; and I assure you he seemed fully to comprehend that this mode of reconciling political differences was based upon sound and excellent principles. Then the king, who, without our suspecting it, had overheard our conversation, interrupted us by saying, Villefort'"observe that the king did not pronounce the word Noirtier, but, on the contrary, placed considerable emphasis on that of Villefort"Villefort,'said his majesty, is a young man of great judgment and discretion, who will be sure to make a figure in his profession; I like him much, and it gave me great pleasure to hear that he was about to become the son-in-law of the Marquis and Marquise de Saint-MĂ©ran. I should myself have recommended the match, had not the noble marquis anticipated my wishes by requesting my consent to it.'"
Singularity - singularité, point de fuite
comprehend - comprendre
reconciling - réconciliation, réconcilier, concilier
based - sur la base, base
suspecting - soupçonner, suspecter
pronounce - déclarer, prononcer, déclamer, lire
emphasis - l'accent, accent, emphase, graisse (4)
discretion - discrétion
figure - figure, forme, personnage, personnalité, chiffre
recommended - recommandé, recommander, adviser, fr
requesting - demandant, demander, prier, requete, demande
"Is it possible the king could have condescended so far as to express himself so favorably of me?" asked the enraptured Villefort.
express - express, exprimons, exprimez, exprimer, expriment
favorably - favorablement
"I give you his very words; and if the marquis chooses to be candid, he will confess that they perfectly agree with what his majesty said to him, when he went six months ago to consult him upon the subject of your espousing his daughter."
candid - sincere, spontané, candide
espousing - l'épouser, épouser, adopter
"That is true," answered the marquis.
"How much do I owe this gracious prince! What is there I would not do to evince my earnest gratitude!"
evince - evince, montrer, prouver
"That is right," cried the marquise. "I love to see you thus. Now, then, were a conspirator to fall into your hands, he would be most welcome."
conspirator - conspirateur, conspiratrice
most welcome - sont les bienvenues
"For my part, dear mother," interposed RenĂ©e, "I trust your wishes will not prosper, and that Providence will only permit petty offenders, poor debtors, and miserable cheats to fall into M. de Villefort's hands,"then I shall be contented."
Prosper - prospérer
permit - permis, permettre, permets, permettons, permettez
debtors - débiteurs, débiteur, débitrice
cheats - tricheurs, tricher
"Just the same as though you prayed that a physician might only be called upon to prescribe for headaches, measles, and the stings of wasps, or any other slight affection of the epidermis. If you wish to see me the king's attorney, you must desire for me some of those violent and dangerous diseases from the cure of which so much honor redounds to the physician."
prescribe - prescrire, indiquer, ordonner
headaches - des maux de tete, mal de tete, casse-tete
stings - piqures, piquant, dard
wasps - des guepes, guepe
epidermis - l'épiderme, épiderme
diseases - les maladies, maladie, mal
cure - guérir, guérissez, guérissent, cicatriser, guérison
At this moment, and as though the utterance of Villefort's wish had sufficed to effect its accomplishment, a servant entered the room, and whispered a few words in his ear. Villefort immediately rose from table and quitted the room upon the plea of urgent business; he soon, however, returned, his whole face beaming with delight.
utterance - énoncé
sufficed - suffisent, suffire, suffire 2, fr
accomplishment - l'accomplissement, accomplissement
plea - plaidoyer, supplication, appel
urgent - urgent
beaming - la téléportation, (beam), madrier, poutre, merrain, perche
RenĂ©e regarded him with fond affection; and certainly his handsome features, lit up as they then were with more than usual fire and animation, seemed formed to excite the innocent admiration with which she gazed on her graceful and intelligent lover.
regarded - considérée, considérer
fond - fond, tendre, amoureux
excite - exciter
admiration - l'admiration, admiration
intelligent - intelligent
"You were wishing just now," said Villefort, addressing her, "that I were a doctor instead of a lawyer. Well, I at least resemble the disciples of Esculapius in one thing [people spoke in this style in 1815], that of not being able to call a day my own, not even that of my betrothal."
wishing - souhaitant, désirant, (wish), souhait, souhaiter, espérer
lawyer - juriste, homme de loi, femme de loi, avocat
resemble - ressembler
disciples - disciples, disciple
"And wherefore were you called away just now?" asked Mademoiselle de Saint-MĂ©ran, with an air of deep interest.
"For a very serious matter, which bids fair to make work for the executioner."
bids - offres, faire une enchere (de)
"How dreadful!" exclaimed RenĂ©e, turning pale.
"Is it possible?" burst simultaneously from all who were near enough to the magistrate to hear his words.
simultaneously - simultanément
"Why, if my information prove correct, a sort of Bonapartist conspiracy has just been discovered."
"Can I believe my ears?" cried the marquise.
"I will read you the letter containing the accusation, at least," said Villefort:
containing - contenant, contenir
"The king's attorney is informed by a friend to the throne and the religious institutions of his country, that one named Edmond DantĂ¨s, mate of the ship Pharaon, this day arrived from Smyrna, after having touched at Naples and Porto-Ferrajo, has been the bearer of a letter from Murat to the usurper, and again taken charge of another letter from the usurper to the Bonapartist club in Paris.
institutions - institutions, institution
charge - frais, charge, chef d’accusation, chef d’inculpation, meuble
Ample corroboration of this statement may be obtained by arresting the above-mentioned Edmond DantĂ¨s, who either carries the letter for Paris about with him, or has it at his father's abode. Should it not be found in the possession of father or son, then it will assuredly be discovered in the cabin belonging to the said DantĂ¨s on board the Pharaon.'"
ample - ample
corroboration - corroboration
obtained - obtenu, obtenir, se procurer, réussir, avoir succes, avoir
the above-mentioned - le susmentionné
abode - domicile, demeure, (abide), endurer, tolérer
possession - bien, possession, propriété, possessions
"But," said RenĂ©e, "this letter, which, after all, is but an anonymous scrawl, is not even addressed to you, but to the king's attorney."
anonymous - anonyme
scrawl - gribouillis, griffonner
"True; but that gentleman being absent, his secretary, by his orders, opened his letters; thinking this one of importance, he sent for me, but not finding me, took upon himself to give the necessary orders for arresting the accused party."
being absent - etre absent
secretary - secrétaire, messager serpentaire
importance - importance
"Then the guilty person is absolutely in custody?" said the marquise.
absolutely - absolument
custody - la garde, garde, détention, garde a vue, custodie
"Nay, dear mother, say the accused person. You know we cannot yet pronounce him guilty."
"He is in safe custody," answered Villefort; "and rely upon it, if the letter is found, he will not be likely to be trusted abroad again, unless he goes forth under the especial protection of the headsman."
in safe custody - sous bonne garde
trusted - de confiance, confiance, trust, faire confiance
abroad - a l'étranger, a l'étranger, de tous côtés
especial - particulier
protection - protection
headsman - chef d'établissement
"And where is the unfortunate being?" asked RenĂ©e.
"He is at my house."
"Come, come, my friend," interrupted the marquise, "do not neglect your duty to linger with us. You are the king's servant, and must go wherever that service calls you."
neglect - négliger, négligence
linger - s'attarder, s'installer, stagner, s'incruster, s'éteindre
wherever - ou
"Oh, Villefort!" cried RenĂ©e, clasping her hands, and looking towards her lover with piteous earnestness, "be merciful on this the day of our betrothal."
clasping - de l'agrippement, (clasp), fermoir, serrer
piteous - piteux, pitoyable
earnestness - le sérieux
merciful - miséricordieux
The young man passed round to the side of the table where the fair pleader sat, and leaning over her chair said tenderly:
pleader - plaideur
tenderly - tendrement
"To give you pleasure, my sweet RenĂ©e, I promise to show all the lenity in my power; but if the charges brought against this Bonapartist hero prove correct, why, then, you really must give me leave to order his head to be cut off."
lenity - l'indulgence
charges - charges, frais-p, charge, chef d’accusation, chef d’inculpation
against this - contre cela
hero - héros, protagoniste
RenĂ©e shuddered at the word cut, for the growth in question had a head.
growth - croissance
"Never mind that foolish girl, Villefort," said the marquise. "She will soon get over these things." So saying, Madame de Saint-MĂ©ran extended her dry bony hand to Villefort, who, while imprinting a son-in-law's respectful salute on it, looked at RenĂ©e, as much as to say, "I must try and fancy 'tis your dear hand I kiss, as it should have been."
foolish - sot, stupide, bete, idiot
bony - osseux
imprinting - l'impression, (imprint) l'impression
respectful - respectueux
salute - saluer, faire un salut
kiss - baiser, baisent, biser, baisons, baisez, bécot, bise
"These are mournful auspices to accompany a betrothal," sighed poor RenĂ©e.
auspices - les auspices, auspices, auspice
accompany - accompagner
"Upon my word, child!" exclaimed the angry marquise, "your folly exceeds all bounds. I should be glad to know what connection there can possibly be between your sickly sentimentality and the affairs of the state!"
exceeds - dépasse, excéder, dépasser
Glad - heureux, heureuse
sickly - malade, maladif, souffreteux, chétif, valétudinaire, douçâtre
sentimentality - sentimentalité
"Oh, mother!" murmured RenĂ©e.
"Nay, madame, I pray you pardon this little traitor. I promise you that to make up for her want of loyalty, I will be most inflexibly severe;" then casting an expressive glance at his betrothed, which seemed to say, "Fear not, for your dear sake my justice shall be tempered with mercy," and receiving a sweet and approving smile in return, Villefort departed with paradise in his heart.
traitor - traître, traîtresse, trahir
inflexibly - de maniere inflexible
tempered - tempéré, caractere, tempérament, humeur, état d'esprit, recuit
receiving - recevant, recevoir
approving - approuver
paradise - le paradis, paradis, cieux
No sooner had Villefort left the salon, than he assumed the grave air of a man who holds the balance of life and death in his hands. Now, in spite of the nobility of his countenance, the command of which, like a finished actor, he had carefully studied before the glass, it was by no means easy for him to assume an air of judicial severity.
grave - tombe
holds - tient, (main)tenir
balance - l'équilibre, contrepoids, équilibre, solde, balancier, apurer
nobility - la noblesse, noblesse
judicial - judiciaire
severity - la sévérité, sévérité, gravité
Except the recollection of the line of politics his father had adopted, and which might interfere, unless he acted with the greatest prudence, with his own career, GĂ©rard de Villefort was as happy as a man could be. Already rich, he held a high official situation, though only twenty-seven.
adopted - adoptée, adopter
acted - agi, acte, loi, action, agir
high official - haut fonctionnaire
He was about to marry a young and charming woman, whom he loved, not passionately, but reasonably, as became a deputy attorney of the king; and besides her personal attractions, which were very great, Mademoiselle de Saint-MĂ©ran's family possessed considerable political influence, which they would, of course, exert in his favor.
charming - charmant, (charm)
passionately - passionnément
reasonably - raisonnablement
attractions - des attractions, attraction, attirance
exert - exercer
The dowry of his wife amounted to fifty thousand crowns, and he had, besides, the prospect of seeing her fortune increased to half a million at her father's death. These considerations naturally gave Villefort a feeling of such complete felicity that his mind was fairly dazzled in its contemplation.
dowry - la dot, dot
amounted to - s'est élevé a
crowns - couronnes, couronne
considerations - considérations, considération, fr
naturally - naturellement
dazzled - éblouie, éblouir
contemplation - contemplation
At the door he met the commissary of police, who was waiting for him. The sight of this officer recalled Villefort from the third heaven to earth; he composed his face, as we have before described, and said, "I have read the letter, sir, and you have acted rightly in arresting this man; now inform me what you have discovered concerning him and the conspiracy."
commissary - l'économat
recalled - rappelée, rappeler, souvenir
rightly - a juste titre
concerning - concernant, inquiétude, souci, soin, préoccupation
"We know nothing as yet of the conspiracy, monsieur; all the papers found have been sealed up and placed on your desk. The prisoner himself is named Edmond DantĂ¨s, mate on board the three-master the Pharaon, trading in cotton with Alexandria and Smyrna, and belonging to Morrel & Son, of Marseilles."
as yet - a ce jour
monsieur - Monsieur
sealed up - scellé
trading - le commerce, (trad) le commerce
"Before he entered the merchant service, had he ever served in the marines?"
marines - marines, marin, maritime, marinier
"Oh, no, monsieur, he is very young."
"Nineteen or twenty at the most."
At this moment, and as Villefort had arrived at the corner of the Rue des Conseils, a man, who seemed to have been waiting for him, approached; it was M. Morrel.
des - DES
"Ah, M. de Villefort," cried he, "I am delighted to see you. Some of your people have committed the strangest mistake"they have just arrested Edmond DantĂ¨s, mate of my vessel."
committed - engagé, confier, commettre, remettre, consigner
Strangest - le plus étrange, étrange, anormal, inconnu, étranger
"I know it, monsieur," replied Villefort, "and I am now going to examine him."
examine - examiner
"Oh," said Morrel, carried away by his friendship, "you do not know him, and I do. He is the most estimable, the most trustworthy creature in the world, and I will venture to say, there is not a better seaman in all the merchant service. Oh, M. de Villefort, I beseech your indulgence for him."
carried away - emportée
most estimable - le plus estimable
most trustworthy - le plus digne de confiance
indulgence - indulgence
Villefort, as we have seen, belonged to the aristocratic party at Marseilles, Morrel to the plebeian; the first was a royalist, the other suspected of Bonapartism. Villefort looked disdainfully at Morrel, and replied coldly:
plebeian - plébéien
Bonapartism - le bonapartisme, bonapartisme
disdainfully - avec dédain
coldly - froidement
"You are aware, monsieur, that a man may be estimable and trustworthy in private life, and the best seaman in the merchant service, and yet be, politically speaking, a great criminal. Is it not true?"
estimable - estimable
trustworthy - de confiance, digne de confiance, digne de foi, fiable
private life - la vie privée
politically - politiquement
criminal - criminel, criminelle
The magistrate laid emphasis on these words, as if he wished to apply them to the owner himself, while his eyes seemed to plunge into the heart of one who, interceding for another, had himself need of indulgence.
apply - s'appliquent, applique, solicitez, solicitent, appliquent
plunge - plonger
Morrel reddened, for his own conscience was not quite clear on politics; besides, what DantĂ¨s had told him of his interview with the grand-marshal, and what the emperor had said to him, embarrassed him. He replied, however, in a tone of deep interest:
reddened - rougis, rougir, faire rougir
conscience - conscience
"I entreat you, M. de Villefort, be, as you always are, kind and equitable, and give him back to us soon." This give us sounded revolutionary in the deputy's ears.
equitable - équitable
"Ah, ah," murmured he, "is DantĂ¨s then a member of some Carbonari society, that his protector thus employs the collective form? He was, if I recollect, arrested in a tavern, in company with a great many others.
employs - emplois, employer, embaucher, recruter
collective - collectif
tavern - taverne
" Then he added, "Monsieur, you may rest assured I shall perform my duty impartially, and that if he be innocent you shall not have appealed to me in vain; should he, however, be guilty, in this present epoch, impunity would furnish a dangerous example, and I must do my duty."
impartially - de maniere impartiale
appealed - a fait l'objet d'un appel, en appeler (a), supplier
in vain - en vain
epoch - époque, ere, période, singularité, évenement
impunity - l'impunité, impunité
As he had now arrived at the door of his own house, which adjoined the Palais de Justice, he entered, after having, coldly saluted the shipowner, who stood, as if petrified, on the spot where Villefort had left him. The antechamber was full of police agents and gendarmes, in the midst of whom, carefully watched, but calm and smiling, stood the prisoner.
adjoined - adjacents, adjoindre, toucher
Petrified - pétrifié, pétrifier
antechamber - antichambre
gendarmes - gendarmes, gendarme
Villefort traversed the antechamber, cast a side glance at DantĂ¨s, and taking a packet which a gendarme offered him, disappeared, saying, "Bring in the prisoner."
side glance - un regard de côté
gendarme - gendarme
Rapid as had been Villefort's glance, it had served to give him an idea of the man he was about to interrogate. He had recognized intelligence in the high forehead, courage in the dark eye and bent brow, and frankness in the thick lips that showed a set of pearly teeth.
interrogate - interroger
forehead - front
courage - bravoure, courage, cour, vaillance
frankness - la franchise, franchise
thick lips - des levres épaisses
pearly - nacré
Villefort's first impression was favorable; but he had been so often warned to mistrust first impulses, that he applied the maxim to the impression, forgetting the difference between the two words. He stifled, therefore, the feelings of compassion that were rising, composed his features, and sat down, grim and sombre, at his desk. An instant after DantĂ¨s entered.
warned - averti, avertir, alerter, prévenir
mistrust - méfiance, défiance
impulses - des impulsions, impulsion
applied - appliquée, appliquer (sur)
maxim - maxime, sentence
stifled - étouffé, étouffer
therefore - par conséquent, en conséquence, donc, pour ça
compassion - la compassion, compassion
grim - sinistre
sombre - sombre
He was pale, but calm and collected, and saluting his judge with easy politeness, looked round for a seat, as if he had been in M. Morrel's salon. It was then that he encountered for the first time Villefort's look,"that look peculiar to the magistrate, who, while seeming to read the thoughts of others, betrays nothing of his own.
collected - collectés, (se) rassembler
saluting - saluer, faire un salut
politeness - la politesse, politesse
encountered - rencontré, rencontrer, rencontre
seeming - en apparence, paraissant, (seem), sembler, paraître, avoir l'air
Betrays - trahir, livrer
"Who and what are you?" demanded Villefort, turning over a pile of papers, containing information relative to the prisoner, that a police agent had given to him on his entry, and that, already, in an hour's time, had swelled to voluminous proportions, thanks to the corrupt espionage of which "the accused" is always made the victim.
demanded - demandée, demande, exigence, exiger
turning over - Tourner
pile - pile, tapée, pilotis, foule, amas
relative - relative, relatif, parent, géniteur, génitrice
entry - entrée, acces, vestibule, article
swelled - gonflé, enfler, gonfler
voluminous - volumineux
proportions - proportions, proportion
corrupt - corrompu, dévoyé, corrompre
espionage - l'espionnage, espionnage
victim - victime
"My name is Edmond DantĂ¨s," replied the young man calmly; "I am mate of the Pharaon, belonging to Messrs. Morrel & Son."
"Your age?" continued Villefort.
"Nineteen," returned DantĂ¨s.
"What were you doing at the moment you were arrested?"
"I was at the festival of my marriage, monsieur," said the young man, his voice slightly tremulous, so great was the contrast between that happy moment and the painful ceremony he was now undergoing; so great was the contrast between the sombre aspect of M. de Villefort and the radiant face of MercĂ©dĂ¨s.
tremulous - tremblant
contrast - contraste, contraster
undergoing - en cours, subir
"You were at the festival of your marriage?" said the deputy, shuddering in spite of himself.
shuddering - tremblant, (shudder), tremblement, frisson, frissonner, trembler
"Yes, monsieur; I am on the point of marrying a young girl I have been attached to for three years.
marrying - se marier, épouser
" Villefort, impassive as he was, was struck with this coincidence; and the tremulous voice of DantĂ¨s, surprised in the midst of his happiness, struck a sympathetic chord in his own bosom"he also was on the point of being married, and he was summoned from his own happiness to destroy that of another. "This philosophic reflection," thought he, "will make a great sensation at M.
impassive - impassible
coincidence - coincidence, coincidence
sympathetic - sympathique
chord - accord, corde
bosom - poitrine, sein, intime
summoned - convoqué, convoquer
destroy - détruire, euthanasier
philosophic - philosophique
reflection - réflexion, reflet, eaning 4
de Saint-MĂ©ran's;" and he arranged mentally, while DantĂ¨s awaited further questions, the antithesis by which orators often create a reputation for eloquence. When this speech was arranged, Villefort turned to DantĂ¨s.
antithesis - antithese, antithese
orators - orateurs, orateur, oratrice
reputation - réputation, renommée (more slang)
"Go on, sir," said he.
"What would you have me say?"
"Give all the information in your power."
"Tell me on which point you desire information, and I will tell all I know; only," added he, with a smile, "I warn you I know very little."
warn - avertir, alerter, prévenir
"Have you served under the usurper?"
"I was about to be mustered into the Royal Marines when he fell."
mustered - rassemblés, rassembler
Royal - royal, royale, trochure, cacatois
"It is reported your political opinions are extreme," said Villefort, who had never heard anything of the kind, but was not sorry to make this inquiry, as if it were an accusation.
is reported - est signalé
inquiry - demande, enquete
"My political opinions!" replied DantĂ¨s. "Alas, sir, I never had any opinions. I am hardly nineteen; I know nothing; I have no part to play. If I obtain the situation I desire, I shall owe it to M. Morrel. Thus all my opinions"I will not say public, but private"are confined to these three sentiments,"I love my father, I respect M. Morrel, and I adore MercĂ©dĂ¨s.
hardly - a peine, dur, durement, guere, a peine
confined - confiné, confiner, limite
This, sir, is all I can tell you, and you see how uninteresting it is." As DantĂ¨s spoke, Villefort gazed at his ingenuous and open countenance, and recollected the words of RenĂ©e, who, without knowing who the culprit was, had besought his indulgence for him. With the deputy's knowledge of crime and criminals, every word the young man uttered convinced him more and more of his innocence.
gazed at - Regarder
ingenuous - ingénue
culprit - coupable
besought - demandé, prier, implorer, supplier
criminals - criminels, criminel, criminelle
Convinced - convaincu, convaincre, persuader
innocence - l'innocence, innocence, candeur
This lad, for he was scarcely a man,"simple, natural, eloquent with that eloquence of the heart never found when sought for; full of affection for everybody, because he was happy, and because happiness renders even the wicked good"extended his affection even to his judge, spite of Villefort's severe look and stern accent. DantĂ¨s seemed full of kindness.
simple - simple
eloquent - éloquent
renders - les rendus, rendre
kindness - la gentillesse, bonté
"Pardieu!" said Villefort, "he is a noble fellow. I hope I shall gain RenĂ©e's favor easily by obeying the first command she ever imposed on me. I shall have at least a pressure of the hand in public, and a sweet kiss in private." Full of this idea, Villefort's face became so joyous, that when he turned to DantĂ¨s, the latter, who had watched the change on his physiognomy, was smiling also.
gain - gain, gagner, produit
obeying - obéir, obtempérer
imposed - imposée, imposer
pressure - pression
physiognomy - la physionomie, physiognomonie
"Sir," said Villefort, "have you any enemies, at least, that you know."
enemies - ennemis, ennemi, ennemie
"I have enemies?" replied DantĂ¨s; "my position is not sufficiently elevated for that. As for my disposition, that is, perhaps, somewhat too hasty; but I have striven to repress it. I have had ten or twelve sailors under me, and if you question them, they will tell you that they love and respect me, not as a father, for I am too young, but as an elder brother."
hasty - hâtive, hâtif
striven - strivées, s'efforcer de
repress - réprimer
"But you may have excited jealousy. You are about to become captain at nineteen"an elevated post; you are about to marry a pretty girl, who loves you; and these two pieces of good fortune may have excited the envy of someone."
"You are right; you know men better than I do, and what you say may possibly be the case, I confess; but if such persons are among my acquaintances I prefer not to know it, because then I should be forced to hate them."
acquaintances - des connaissances, relation, qualifier
forced - forcée, force
"You are wrong; you should always strive to see clearly around you. You seem a worthy young man; I will depart from the strict line of my duty to aid you in discovering the author of this accusation. Here is the paper; do you know the writing?" As he spoke, Villefort drew the letter from his pocket, and presented it to DantĂ¨s. DantĂ¨s read it. A cloud passed over his brow as he said:
strive - s'efforcer, s'efforcer de
Clearly - en clair, clairement
discovering - découvrir
author - auteur, auteure, autrice, écrire, créer
"No, monsieur, I do not know the writing, and yet it is tolerably plain. Whoever did it writes well. I am very fortunate," added he, looking gratefully at Villefort, "to be examined by such a man as you; for this envious person is a real enemy." And by the rapid glance that the young man's eyes shot forth, Villefort saw how much energy lay hid beneath this mildness.
tolerably - de maniere tolérable
plain - simple, unie, net, plaine
examined - examinés, examiner
energy - l'énergie, énergie, courage
beneath this - en dessous de ça
"Now," said the deputy, "answer me frankly, not as a prisoner to a judge, but as one man to another who takes an interest in him, what truth is there in the accusation contained in this anonymous letter?" And Villefort threw disdainfully on his desk the letter DantĂ¨s had just given back to him.
frankly - franchement
given back - rendu
"None at all. I will tell you the real facts. I swear by my honor as a sailor, by my love for MercĂ©dĂ¨s, by the life of my father"""
swear - jurer, blasphémer, jurez, jurons, jurent
"Speak, monsieur," said Villefort. Then, internally, "If RenĂ©e could see me, I hope she would be satisfied, and would no longer call me a decapitator."
internally - en interne
decapitator - décapiteur
"Well, when we quitted Naples, Captain Leclere was attacked with a brain fever. As we had no doctor on board, and he was so anxious to arrive at Elba, that he would not touch at any other port, his disorder rose to such a height, that at the end of the third day, feeling he was dying, he called me to him.
disorder - désordre, trouble
height - hauteur, taille
My dear DantĂ¨s,'said he, swear to perform what I am going to tell you, for it is a matter of the deepest importance.'
deepest - le plus profond, profond, épais, grave, foncé, foncée
"I swear, captain,'replied I.
"Well, as after my death the command devolves on you as mate, assume the command, and Bear up for the Island of Elba, disembark at Porto-Ferrajo, ask for the grand-marshal, give him this letter"perhaps they will give you another letter, and charge you with a commission. You will accomplish what I was to have done, and derive all the honor and profit from it.'
Bear up - Tenir le coup
disembark - débarquer
accomplish - accomplir
derive - tirer, trouver, déduire, conclure, dériver
profit from - en tirer profit
"I will do it, captain; but perhaps I shall not be admitted to the grand-marshal's presence as easily as you expect?'
admitted - admis, admettre, avouer, reconnaître
"Here is a ring that will obtain audience of him, and remove every difficulty,'said the captain. At these words he gave me a ring. It was time"two hours after he was delirious; the next day he died."
ring - anneau, cerne, ring, tinter
audience - assistance, public, auditoire, lectorat, audience
remove - supprimer, enlever
delirious - délirant
"And what did you do then?"
"What I ought to have done, and what everyone would have done in my place. Everywhere the last requests of a dying man are sacred; but with a sailor the last requests of his superior are commands. I sailed for the Island of Elba, where I arrived the next day; I ordered everybody to remain on board, and went on shore alone.
everywhere - partout
requests - demandes, demander, prier, requete, demande
superior - supérieur
commands - des commandes, commandement, ordre, maîtrise
Sailed - navigué, voile
on shore - sur le rivage
As I had expected, I found some difficulty in obtaining access to the grand-marshal; but I sent the ring I had received from the captain to him, and was instantly admitted. He questioned me concerning Captain Leclere's death; and, as the latter had told me, gave me a letter to carry on to a person in Paris. I undertook it because it was what my captain had bade me do.
access - l'acces, attaque, accéder, intelligence, entrée, accés
bade - Bade
I landed here, regulated the affairs of the vessel, and hastened to visit my affianced bride, whom I found more lovely than ever. Thanks to M.
regulated - réglementé, régler
hastened to - s'est empressé de faire
Morrel, all the forms were got over; in a word I was, as I told you, at my marriage feast; and I should have been married in an hour, and tomorrow I intended to start for Paris, had I not been arrested on this charge which you as well as I now see to be unjust."
got over - surmonter
see to - Voir a
unjust - injuste
"Ah," said Villefort, "this seems to me the truth. If you have been culpable, it was imprudence, and this imprudence was in obedience to the orders of your captain. Give up this letter you have brought from Elba, and pass your word you will appear should you be required, and go and rejoin your friends.
culpable - coupable
obedience - l'obéissance, obéissance
"I am free, then, sir?" cried DantĂ¨s joyfully.
"Yes; but first give me this letter."
"You have it already, for it was taken from me with some others which I see in that packet."
"Stop a moment," said the deputy, as DantĂ¨s took his hat and gloves. "To whom is it addressed?"
gloves - gants, gant
"To Monsieur Noirtier, Rue Coq-HĂ©ron, Paris." Had a thunderbolt fallen into the room, Villefort could not have been more stupefied. He sank into his seat, and hastily turning over the packet, drew forth the fatal letter, at which he glanced with an expression of terror.
thunderbolt - coup de tonnerre
"M. Noirtier, Rue Coq-HĂ©ron, No. 13," murmured he, growing still paler.
paler - plus pâle, copain/-ine
"Yes," said DantĂ¨s; "do you know him?"
"No," replied Villefort; "a faithful servant of the king does not know conspirators."
conspirators - des conspirateurs, conspirateur, conspiratrice
"It is a conspiracy, then?" asked DantĂ¨s, who after believing himself free, now began to feel a tenfold alarm. "I have, however, already told you, sir, I was entirely ignorant of the contents of the letter."
tenfold - décuplé, décuple, décupler
alarm - alarme, réveille-matin, réveil, alarmer, donner/sonner l'alerte
ignorant - ignorant
"Yes; but you knew the name of the person to whom it was addressed," said Villefort.
"I was forced to read the address to know to whom to give it."
address to - S'adresser a
"Have you shown this letter to anyone?" asked Villefort, becoming still more pale.
"To no one, on my honor."
"Everybody is ignorant that you are the bearer of a letter from the Island of Elba, and addressed to M. Noirtier?"
"Everybody, except the person who gave it to me."
"And that was too much, far too much," murmured Villefort. Villefort's brow darkened more and more, his white lips and clenched teeth filled DantĂ¨s with apprehension. After reading the letter, Villefort covered his face with his hands.
darkened - assombri, obscurcir, assombrir, foncer
"Oh," said DantĂ¨s timidly, "what is the matter?" Villefort made no answer, but raised his head at the expiration of a few seconds, and again perused the letter.
timidly - timidement
perused - consultés, examiner, jeter un coup d'oil, survoler, feuilleter
"And you say that you are ignorant of the contents of this letter?"
"I give you my word of honor, sir," said DantĂ¨s; "but what is the matter? You are ill"shall I ring for assistance?"shall I call?"
"No," said Villefort, rising hastily; "stay where you are. It is for me to give orders here, and not you."
"Monsieur," replied DantĂ¨s proudly, "it was only to summon assistance for you."
proudly - fierement, fierement
summon - convoquer, appeler, convoquez, convoquons
"I want none; it was a temporary indisposition. Attend to yourself; answer me." DantĂ¨s waited, expecting a question, but in vain. Villefort fell back on his chair, passed his hand over his brow, moist with perspiration, and, for the third time, read the letter.
temporary - temporaire, provisoire, intérimaire
vain - vaine, rench: vaniteux, frivole, vain, futile
moist - humide, moite
"Oh, if he knows the contents of this!" murmured he, "and that Noirtier is the father of Villefort, I am lost!" And he fixed his eyes upon Edmond as if he would have penetrated his thoughts.
penetrated - pénétré, pénétrer
"Oh, it is impossible to doubt it," cried he, suddenly.
"In heaven's name!" cried the unhappy young man, "if you doubt me, question me; I will answer you." Villefort made a violent effort, and in a tone he strove to render firm:
strove - s'efforcer, s'efforcer de
render - l'équarrissage, rendre
"Sir," said he, "I am no longer able, as I had hoped, to restore you immediately to liberty; before doing so, I must consult the trial justice; what my own feeling is you already know."
"Oh, monsieur," cried DantĂ¨s, "you have been rather a friend than a judge."
"Well, I must detain you some time longer, but I will strive to make it as short as possible. The principal charge against you is this letter, and you see""" Villefort approached the fire, cast it in, and waited until it was entirely consumed.
consumed - consommée, consommer, consumer, rench: -neededr
"You see, I destroy it?"
"Oh," exclaimed DantĂ¨s, "you are goodness itself."
goodness - la bonté, bonté, bonté divine, corbleu, crebleu, jarnibleu
"Listen," continued Villefort; "you can now have confidence in me after what I have done."
after what - apres quoi
"Oh, command, and I will obey."
"Listen; this is not a command, but advice I give you."
"Speak, and I will follow your advice."
"I shall detain you until this evening in the Palais de Justice. Should anyone else interrogate you, say to him what you have said to me, but do not breathe a word of this letter."
breathe - respirer, inspirer, expirer, reprendre son souffle
"I promise." It was Villefort who seemed to entreat, and the prisoner who reassured him.
reassured - rassuré, tranquilliser, rassurer, réassurer
"You see," continued he, glancing toward the grate, where fragments of burnt paper fluttered in the flames, "the letter is destroyed; you and I alone know of its existence; should you, therefore, be questioned, deny all knowledge of it"deny it boldly, and you are saved."
toward - vers, envers, pour, pres de
grate - grilles, grille, crisser, grincer, râper
fragments - fragments, fragment, fragmenter
burnt - brulé, brulé, (burn) brulé
fluttered - flotté, faséyer, voleter, voltiger, battement
flames - flammes, flamme, polémique
boldly - hardiment
saved - sauvée, sauver, sauvegarder, épargner, préserver, protéger
"Be satisfied; I will deny it."
"It was the only letter you had?"
"I swear it."
Villefort rang. A police agent entered. Villefort whispered some words in his ear, to which the officer replied by a motion of his head.
"Follow him," said Villefort to DantĂ¨s. DantĂ¨s saluted Villefort and retired. Hardly had the door closed when Villefort threw himself half-fainting into a chair.
retired - a la retraite, prendre sa retraite
"Alas, alas," murmured he, "if the procureur himself had been at Marseilles I should have been ruined. This accursed letter would have destroyed all my hopes. Oh, my father, must your past career always interfere with my successes?" Suddenly a light passed over his face, a smile played round his set mouth, and his haggard eyes were fixed in thought.
haggard - hagard, émacié
"This will do," said he, "and from this letter, which might have ruined me, I will make my fortune. Now to the work I have in hand." And after having assured himself that the prisoner was gone, the deputy procureur hastened to the house of his betrothed.
hastened - s'est hâté, dépecher
The commissary of police, as he traversed the antechamber, made a sign to two gendarmes, who placed themselves one on DantĂ¨s'right and the other on his left. A door that communicated with the Palais de Justice was opened, and they went through a long range of gloomy corridors, whose appearance might have made even the boldest shudder.
range - chaîne (de montagnes), cuisiniere, sélection, gamme, champ
corridors - couloirs, couloir, corridor, couloir aérien
boldest - le plus audacieux, hardi, audacieux
The Palais de Justice communicated with the prison,"a sombre edifice, that from its grated windows looks on the clock-tower of the Accoules. After numberless windings, DantĂ¨s saw a door with an iron wicket. The commissary took up an iron mallet and knocked thrice, every blow seeming to DantĂ¨s as if struck on his heart.
edifice - l'édifice, édifice, école de pensée
grated - râpé, grille (de foyer)
numberless - innombrable
iron - le fer, fer, repasser
wicket - guichet
mallet - maillet, mailloche
knocked - frappé, coup, frapper
thrice - trois fois
The door opened, the two gendarmes gently pushed him forward, and the door closed with a loud sound behind him. The air he inhaled was no longer pure, but thick and mephitic,"he was in prison.
pushed - poussé, pousser
inhaled - inhalé, inspirer, aspirer, inhaler, ingurgiter
thick - épais, gros, dense, opaque, incompréhensible, lourd
mephitic - méphitique
He was conducted to a tolerably neat chamber, but grated and barred, and its appearance, therefore, did not greatly alarm him; besides, the words of Villefort, who seemed to interest himself so much, resounded still in his ears like a promise of freedom. It was four o'clock when DantĂ¨s was placed in this chamber.
neat - soigné, parure
barred - interdit, barre
resounded - a retenti, retentir
freedom - la liberté, liberté
It was, as we have said, the 1st of March, and the prisoner was soon buried in darkness. The obscurity augmented the acuteness of his hearing; at the slightest sound he rose and hastened to the door, convinced they were about to liberate him, but the sound died away, and DantĂ¨s sank again into his seat.
darkness - l'obscurité, obscurité, ténebres
obscurity - l'obscurité, obscurité
augmented - augmentée, augmenter, accroître
liberate - libérer
At last, about ten o'clock, and just as DantĂ¨s began to despair, steps were heard in the corridor, a key turned in the lock, the bolts creaked, the massy oaken door flew open, and a flood of light from two torches pervaded the apartment.
lock - serrure, clôturer, cerrure, arret, obturer, pene
corridor - couloir, corridor, couloir aérien
turned in - rendu
bolts - boulons, verrou
massy - massy
torches - torches, torche, flambeau, incendier
pervaded - imprégné, saturer, pénétrer, envahir
By the torchlight DantĂ¨s saw the glittering sabres and carbines of four gendarmes. He had advanced at first, but stopped at the sight of this display of force.
torchlight - torchlight
glittering - scintillant, étincelant, (glitter), étincellement, paillette
sabres - sabres, sabre
carbines - carabines, carabine
force - force, forcez, contrainte, forçons, contraindre, forcent
"Are you come to fetch me?" asked he.
fetch - chercher, apporter, aveignez, amener, aveignent, apportons
"Yes," replied a gendarme.
"By the orders of the deputy procureur?"
"I believe so." The conviction that they came from M. de Villefort relieved all DantĂ¨s'apprehensions; he advanced calmly, and placed himself in the centre of the escort. A carriage waited at the door, the coachman was on the box, and a police officer sat beside him.
relieved - soulagé, soulager, relayer, faire ses besoins, se soulager
escort - escorte, escorter
coachman - cocher
"Is this carriage for me?" said DantĂ¨s.
"It is for you," replied a gendarme.
DantĂ¨s was about to speak; but feeling himself urged forward, and having neither the power nor the intention to resist, he mounted the steps, and was in an instant seated inside between two gendarmes; the two others took their places opposite, and the carriage rolled heavily over the stones.
urged - pressé, pulsion, pousser, inciter, provoquer, insister
resist - résister
inside - a l'intérieur, intérieur, dedans, au-dedans, la-dedans
rolled - roulé, rouleau
stones - des pierres, pierre, t+roche, t+caillou, t+roc
The prisoner glanced at the windows"they were grated; he had changed his prison for another that was conveying him he knew not whither. Through the grating, however, DantĂ¨s saw they were passing through the Rue Caisserie, and by the Rue Saint-Laurent and the Rue Taramis, to the quay. Soon he saw the lights of La Consigne.
conveying - transmettre, transporter, véhiculer, communiquer
whither - ou
grating - grinçant, grille, (grate) grinçant
passing through - Passer a travers
The carriage stopped, the officer descended, approached the guardhouse, a dozen soldiers came out and formed themselves in order; DantĂ¨s saw the reflection of their muskets by the light of the lamps on the quay.
guardhouse - maison de garde
muskets - mousquets, mousquet
"Can all this force be summoned on my account?" thought he.
The officer opened the door, which was locked, and, without speaking a word, answered DantĂ¨s'question; for he saw between the ranks of the soldiers a passage formed from the carriage to the port. The two gendarmes who were opposite to him descended first, then he was ordered to alight and the gendarmes on each side of him followed his example.
locked - verrouillé, serrure
ranks - rangs, rang
passage - passage, corridoir, couloir
opposite to - en face de
alight - s'enflammer, amerrissent, amerris, amerrissons, amerrissez
They advanced towards a boat, which a custom-house officer held by a chain, near the quay.
The soldiers looked at DantĂ¨s with an air of stupid curiosity. In an instant he was placed in the stern-sheets of the boat, between the gendarmes, while the officer stationed himself at the bow; a shove sent the boat adrift, and four sturdy oarsmen impelled it rapidly towards the Pilon.
shove - pousser, enfoncer
adrift - a la dérive, a la dérive
sturdy - solide, costaud, robuste
impelled - poussé, motiver, inciter, pousser, propulser, éjecter
At a shout from the boat, the chain that closes the mouth of the port was lowered and in a second they were, as DantĂ¨s knew, in the Frioul and outside the inner harbor.
shout - crier, cri, jacasser, crient, criez, crions
The prisoner's first feeling was of joy at again breathing the pure air"for air is freedom; but he soon sighed, for he passed before La RĂ©serve, where he had that morning been so happy, and now through the open windows came the laughter and revelry of a ball. DantĂ¨s folded his hands, raised his eyes to heaven, and prayed fervently.
laughter - rires, rire
folded - plié, plier
fervently - avec ferveur, fervemment
The boat continued her voyage. They had passed the TĂŞte de Mort, were now off the Anse du Pharo, and about to double the battery. This manĹ"uvre was incomprehensible to DantĂ¨s.
mort - mort
Battery - pile, coups et blessures, batterie
incomprehensible - incompréhensible
"Whither are you taking me?" asked he.
"You will soon know."
"We are forbidden to give you any explanation." DantĂ¨s, trained in discipline, knew that nothing would be more absurd than to question subordinates, who were forbidden to reply; and so he remained silent.
forbidden - interdites, interdire, nier, dénier
discipline - discipline, pénalité, branche
more absurd - plus absurde
silent - silencieux
The most vague and wild thoughts passed through his mind. The boat they were in could not make a long voyage; there was no vessel at anchor outside the harbor; he thought, perhaps, they were going to leave him on some distant point. He was not bound, nor had they made any attempt to handcuff him; this seemed a good augury.
wild - sauvage, pétulant, grose
passed through - Passé a travers
distant - distante, distant, lointain, éloigné
handcuff - menottes, menotte, menotter
augury - l'augure, augure
Besides, had not the deputy, who had been so kind to him, told him that provided he did not pronounce the dreaded name of Noirtier, he had nothing to apprehend? Had not Villefort in his presence destroyed the fatal letter, the only proof against him?
dreaded - redouté, redouter, craindre, crainte
apprehend - appréhender, comprendre, arreter
He waited silently, striving to pierce through the darkness.
silently - en silence, silencieusement
striving - en quete d'une solution, (strive) en quete d'une solution
pierce - percer, perforage
They had left the Ile Ratonneau, where the lighthouse stood, on the right, and were now opposite the Point des Catalans. It seemed to the prisoner that he could distinguish a feminine form on the beach, for it was there MercĂ©dĂ¨s dwelt. How was it that a presentiment did not warn MercĂ©dĂ¨s that her lover was within three hundred yards of her?
lighthouse - phare
distinguish - distinguer
feminine - féminine, féminin, féminin (2)
dwelt - a habité, résider, s'appesantir sur
presentiment - pressentiment
One light alone was visible; and DantĂ¨s saw that it came from MercĂ©dĂ¨s'chamber. MercĂ©dĂ¨s was the only one awake in the whole settlement. A loud cry could be heard by her. But pride restrained him and he did not utter it. What would his guards think if they heard him shout like a madman?
visible - visible
restrained - retenue, (se) contenir/retenir
guards - gardiens, garde, protection, gardien, arriere
He remained silent, his eyes fixed upon the light; the boat went on, but the prisoner thought only of MercĂ©dĂ¨s. An intervening elevation of land hid the light. DantĂ¨s turned and perceived that they had got out to sea. While he had been absorbed in thought, they had shipped their oars and hoisted sail; the boat was now moving with the wind.
intervening - intervenir
elevation - l'élévation, élévation
absorbed in thought - absorbé dans ses pensées
shipped - expédié, navire
oars - rames, rame, aviron
hoisted - hissé, hisser
wind - vent, emmailloter, détortiller, langer, enrouler
In spite of his repugnance to address the guards, DantĂ¨s turned to the nearest gendarme, and taking his hand,
repugnance - répugnance
"Comrade," said he, "I adjure you, as a Christian and a soldier, to tell me where we are going. I am Captain DantĂ¨s, a loyal Frenchman, thought accused of treason; tell me where you are conducting me, and I promise you on my honor I will submit to my fate."
adjure - ajuster
Christian - chrétien, chrétienne, Christian
loyal - loyal, fidele
Frenchman - Français
treason - trahison
submit - se soumettre
fate - le destin, destin, destinée, sort
The gendarme looked irresolutely at his companion, who returned for answer a sign that said, "I see no great harm in telling him now," and the gendarme replied:
irresolutely - irrésolument
"You are a native of Marseilles, and a sailor, and yet you do not know where you are going?"
native of - originaire de
"On my honor, I have no idea."
"Have you no idea whatever?"
"None at all."
"That is impossible."
"I swear to you it is true. Tell me, I entreat."
"But my orders."
"Your orders do not forbid your telling me what I must know in ten minutes, in half an hour, or an hour. You see I cannot escape, even if I intended."
forbid - interdire, nier, dénier
escape - échapper, s'échapper, éviter, échapper (a quelqu'un), évasion
"Unless you are blind, or have never been outside the harbor, you must know."
blind - aveugle, mal-voyant, mal-voyante, store, blind, aveugler
"I do not."
"look round you then." DantĂ¨s rose and looked forward, when he saw rise within a hundred yards of him the black and frowning rock on which stands the ChĂ˘teau d'If. This gloomy fortress, which has for more than three hundred years furnished food for so many wild legends, seemed to DantĂ¨s like a scaffold to a malefactor.
look round - regarder autour
rise - hausse, remonte, élévation, débout, surcroît
Rock - le rocher, bercer, balancer, rupestre, rocher, roc
fortress - forteresse
furnished - meublé, meubler, fournir, livrer
legends - légendes, légende
malefactor - malfaiteur, malfaitrice
"The ChĂ˘teau d'If?" cried he, "what are we going there for?"
going there - Aller la-bas
The gendarme smiled.
"I am not going there to be imprisoned," said DantĂ¨s; "it is only used for political prisoners. I have committed no crime. Are there any magistrates or judges at the ChĂ˘teau d'If?"
imprisoned - emprisonné, emprisonner, mettre en prison
prisoners - prisonniers, prisonnier, prisonniere
judges - juges, juger
"There are only," said the gendarme, "a governor, a garrison, turnkeys, and good thick walls. Come, come, do not look so astonished, or you will make me think you are laughing at me in return for my good nature."
governor - gouverneur, gouverneure
turnkeys - les tourniquets, clé en main, clés en main
astonished - étonné, étonner, surprendre
good nature - bonne nature
DantĂ¨s pressed the gendarme's hand as though he would crush it.
pressed - pressé, appuyer sur, presser
"You think, then," said he, "that I am taken to the ChĂ˘teau d'If to be imprisoned there?"
"It is probable; but there is no occasion to squeeze so hard."
squeeze - de la compression, presser, comprimer, tasser, serrer
"Without any inquiry, without any formality?"
formality - formalité
"All the formalities have been gone through; the inquiry is already made."
"And so, in spite of M. de Villefort's promises?"
promises - des promesses, vou, promesse, promettre
"I do not know what M. de Villefort promised you," said the gendarme, "but I know we are taking you to the ChĂ˘teau d'If. But what are you doing? Help, comrades, help!"
comrades - camarades, camaradef, camarade
By a rapid movement, which the gendarme's practiced eye had perceived, DantĂ¨s sprang forward to precipitate himself into the sea; but four vigorous arms seized him as his feet quitted the bottom of the boat. He fell back cursing with rage.
precipitate - précipité
cursing - maudissant, (curs) maudissant
"Good!" said the gendarme, placing his knee on his chest; "this is the way you keep your word as a sailor! Believe soft-spoken gentlemen again! Hark ye, my friend, I have disobeyed my first order, but I will not disobey the second; and if you move, I will blow your brains out." And he levelled his carbine at DantĂ¨s, who felt the muzzle against his temple.
gentlemen - messieurs, gentilhomme, monsieur, messieurs-p
disobeyed - désobéi, désobéir
first order - premiere commande
brains - cerveau, qualifierejorative or when used as food
levelled - nivelé, plat, a ras, au meme niveau, constant, niveau
Carbine - carabine
muzzle - la museliere, museau, museliere, museler
Temple - le temple, tempe, temple
For a moment the idea of struggling crossed his mind, and of so ending the unexpected evil that had overtaken him. But he bethought him of M. de Villefort's promise; and, besides, death in a boat from the hand of a gendarme seemed too terrible. He remained motionless, but gnashing his teeth and wringing his hands with fury.
struggling - en difficulté, luttant, (struggle), lutte, lutter, s'efforcer
crossed - croisé, crosse
overtaken - dépassé, dépasser, doubler, surprendre
motionless - immobile
gnashing - grincement, serrer les dents, grincer
wringing - tordant, (wring) tordant
At this moment the boat came to a landing with a violent shock. One of the sailors leaped on shore, a cord creaked as it ran through a pulley, and DantĂ¨s guessed they were at the end of the voyage, and that they were mooring the boat.
shore - rivage, riverain, parages, bord, rive, borde
cord - corde, cordon
pulley - poulie
mooring - l'amarrage, amarrage, (moor) l'amarrage
His guards, taking him by the arms and coat-collar, forced him to rise, and dragged him towards the steps that lead to the gate of the fortress, while the police officer carrying a musket with fixed bayonet followed behind.
collar - col, collier
dragged - traîné, tirer, entraîner
Gate - la porte, porte
musket - mousquet
bayonet - baionnette, baionnette
DantĂ¨s made no resistance; he was like a man in a dream; he saw soldiers drawn up on the embankment; he knew vaguely that he was ascending a flight of steps; he was conscious that he passed through a door, and that the door closed behind him; but all this indistinctly as through a mist.
Embankment - remblai, chaussée, talus
vaguely - vaguement
ascending - ascendante, monter
indistinctly - indistinctement
mist - brouillard, brume
He did not even see the ocean, that terrible barrier against freedom, which the prisoners look upon with utter despair.
Ocean - l'océan, océan
barrier - barriere, barriere, limite, frontiere
They halted for a minute, during which he strove to collect his thoughts. He looked around; he was in a court surrounded by high walls; he heard the measured tread of sentinels, and as they passed before the light he saw the barrels of their muskets shine.
halted - arreté, (s')arreter
collect - collecter, recueillir, recuellir, recueillez, encaisser
sentinels - des sentinelles, factionnaire, sentinelle, regarder
barrels - tonneaux, tonneau, barrique, baril, canon, barillet, embariller
shine - briller, reluisons, reluisez, reluisent, reluire
They waited upwards of ten minutes. Certain DantĂ¨s could not escape, the gendarmes released him. They seemed awaiting orders. The orders came.
"Where is the prisoner?" said a voice.
"Here," replied the gendarmes.
"Let him follow me; I will take him to his cell."
cell - cellule, cachot
"Go!" said the gendarmes, thrusting DantĂ¨s forward.
thrusting - poussée, (thrust), estocade, propulser
The prisoner followed his guide, who led him into a room almost under ground, whose bare and reeking walls seemed as though impregnated with tears; a lamp placed on a stool illumined the apartment faintly, and showed DantĂ¨s the features of his conductor, an under-jailer, ill-clothed, and of sullen appearance.
Guide - guide, conduire, guider, guident, diriger, guidez, mener
reeking - puant, puanteur
impregnated - fécondée, rendre enceinte, mettre enceinte, enceinter
stool - tabouret
conductor - chef d'orchestre, contrôleur, poinçonneur (ancient, in bus)
jailer - geôlier, geôliere, gâfe
clothed - habillé, tissu, étoffe, tenue
sullen - maussade, morose, morne, lent
"Here is your chamber for tonight," said he. "It is late, and the governor is asleep. Tomorrow, perhaps, he may change you. In the meantime there is bread, water, and fresh straw; and that is all a prisoner can wish for. Goodnight.
is late - est en retard
asleep - endormi
straw - paille, fétu, jaune paille
wish for - souhaité
goodnight - Bonne nuit
" And before DantĂ¨s could open his mouth"before he had noticed where the jailer placed his bread or the water"before he had glanced towards the corner where the straw was, the jailer disappeared, taking with him the lamp and closing the door, leaving stamped upon the prisoner's mind the dim reflection of the dripping walls of his dungeon.
noticed - remarqué, remarquer, notification, préavis
stamped - estampillé, affranchi, (stamp), cachet, tampon, timbre
dripping - goutte a goutte, dégoulinade
dungeon - oubliette, donjon, cachot
DantĂ¨s was alone in darkness and in silence"cold as the shadows that he felt breathe on his burning forehead. With the first dawn of day the jailer returned, with orders to leave DantĂ¨s where he was. He found the prisoner in the same position, as if fixed there, his eyes swollen with weeping. He had passed the night standing, and without sleep.
shadows - ombres, ombre, prendre en filature, t+filer
breathe on - respirer sur
dawn - l'aube, se lever, naître, aube, lever du soleil, aurore
swollen - gonflé, enfler, gonfler
weeping - pleurant, (weep) pleurant
passed the night - passé la nuit
The jailer advanced; DantĂ¨s appeared not to perceive him. He touched him on the shoulder. Edmond started.
"Have you not slept?" said the jailer.
"I do not know," replied DantĂ¨s. The jailer stared.
"Are you hungry?" continued he.
"I do not know."
"Do you wish for anything?"
"I wish to see the governor."
The jailer shrugged his shoulders and left the chamber.
shrugged - haussé les épaules, haussement d'épaules, hausser les épaules
DantĂ¨s followed him with his eyes, and stretched forth his hands towards the open door; but the door closed. All his emotion then burst forth; he cast himself on the ground, weeping bitterly, and asking himself what crime he had committed that he was thus punished.
emotion - l'émotion, émotion
bitterly - amerement, amerement
punished - puni, punir, châtier
The day passed thus; he scarcely tasted food, but walked round and round the cell like a wild beast in its cage.
tasted - dégustée, gout, saveur, avant-gout, gouter, avoir un gout
beast - bete, bete, bete sauvage
cage - cage, encager
One thought in particular tormented him: namely, that during his journey hither he had sat so still, whereas he might, a dozen times, have plunged into the sea, and, thanks to his powers of swimming, for which he was famous, have gained the shore, concealed himself until the arrival of a Genoese or Spanish vessel, escaped to Spain or Italy, where MercĂ©dĂ¨s and his father could have joined him.
tormented - tourmenté, tourment, tourmenter
hither - ici, ça
whereas - tandis que, alors que, compte tenu de, vu que
plunged - plongé, plonger
powers - pouvoirs, pouvoir, puissance, électricité
Gained - gagné, gagner
Genoese - Génois
He had no fears as to how he should live"good seamen are welcome everywhere.
He spoke Italian like a Tuscan, and Spanish like a Castilian; he would have been free, and happy with MercĂ©dĂ¨s and his father, whereas he was now confined in the ChĂ˘teau d'If, that impregnable fortress, ignorant of the future destiny of his father and MercĂ©dĂ¨s; and all this because he had trusted to Villefort's promise.
Tuscan - Toscan, Toscane
Castilian - le castillan, castillan, Castillane
impregnable - imprenable
destiny - destin, destinée, sort
The thought was maddening, and DantĂ¨s threw himself furiously down on his straw. The next morning at the same hour, the jailer came again.
"Well," said the jailer, "are you more reasonable today?" DantĂ¨s made no reply.
more reasonable - plus raisonnable
"Come, cheer up; is there anything that I can do for you?"
cheer - applaudir, jubiler
"I wish to see the governor."
"I have already told you it was impossible."
"Because it is against prison rules, and prisoners must not even ask for it."
"What is allowed, then?"
"Better fare, if you pay for it, books, and leave to walk about."
fare - tarif, aller, tarifaire
"I do not want books, I am satisfied with my food, and do not care to walk about; but I wish to see the governor."
"If you worry me by repeating the same thing, I will not bring you any more to eat."
worry - s'inquiéter, inquiéter, harceler, souci, angoisse
"Well, then," said Edmond, "if you do not, I shall die of hunger"that is all."
die of hunger - mourir de faim
The jailer saw by his tone he would be happy to die; and as every prisoner is worth ten sous a day to his jailer, he replied in a more subdued tone.
sous - sous, (sou) sous
subdued - atténué, soumettre, subjuguer, assujettir
"What you ask is impossible; but if you are very well behaved you will be allowed to walk about, and some day you will meet the governor, and if he chooses to reply, that is his affair."
some day - un jour
"But," asked DantĂ¨s, "how long shall I have to wait?"
"Ah, a month"six months"a year."
"It is too long a time. I wish to see him at once."
"Ah," said the jailer, "do not always brood over what is impossible, or you will be mad in a fortnight."
brood - couvée, couver, protéger, se morfondre, broyer du noir
mad - fou, folle, fol, fâché, en colere
fortnight - quinze jours, deux semaines, quinzaine
"You think so?"
"Yes; we have an instance here; it was by always offering a million of francs to the governor for his liberty that an abbĂ© became mad, who was in this chamber before you."
offering - offre, offrande, (offer)
"How long has he left it?"
"Was he liberated, then?"
liberated - libéré, libérer
"No; he was put in a dungeon."
"Listen!" said DantĂ¨s. "I am not an abbĂ©, I am not mad; perhaps I shall be, but at present, unfortunately, I am not. I will make you another offer."
"What is that?"
"I do not offer you a million, because I have it not; but I will give you a hundred crowns if, the first time you go to Marseilles, you will seek out a young girl named MercĂ©dĂ¨s, at the Catalans, and give her two lines from me."
"If I took them, and were detected, I should lose my place, which is worth two thousand francs a year; so that I should be a great fool to run such a risk for three hundred."
Risk - risque
"Well," said DantĂ¨s, "mark this; if you refuse at least to tell MercĂ©dĂ¨s I am here, I will some day hide myself behind the door, and when you enter I will dash out your brains with this stool."
hide - cacher, planquer, peau, fourrure
"Threats!" cried the jailer, retreating and putting himself on the defensive; "you are certainly going mad. The abbĂ© began like you, and in three days you will be like him, mad enough to tie up; but, fortunately, there are dungeons here."
threats - des menaces, menace
defensive - défensif
going mad - devenir fou
tie up - s'attacher
dungeons - les donjons, oubliette, donjon, cachot
DantĂ¨s whirled the stool round his head.
whirled - tourbillonné, tourbillonner
"All right, all right," said the jailer; "all right, since you will have it so. I will send word to the governor."
"Very well," returned DantĂ¨s, dropping the stool and sitting on it as if he were in reality mad. The jailer went out, and returned in an instant with a corporal and four soldiers.
dropping - de la chute, crotte, fiente, (drop) de la chute
"By the governor's orders," said he, "conduct the prisoner to the tier beneath."
tier - niveau, rangée
"To the dungeon, then," said the corporal.
"Yes; we must put the madman with the madmen." The soldiers seized DantĂ¨s, who followed passively.
madmen - des fous, fou, insensé
passively - passivement
He descended fifteen steps, and the door of a dungeon was opened, and he was thrust in. The door closed, and DantĂ¨s advanced with outstretched hands until he touched the wall; he then sat down in the corner until his eyes became accustomed to the darkness. The jailer was right; DantĂ¨s wanted but little of being utterly mad.
thrust - estocade, poussée, propulser
Villefort had, as we have said, hastened back to Madame de Saint-MĂ©ran's in the Place du Grand Cours, and on entering the house found that the guests whom he had left at table were taking coffee in the salon. RenĂ©e was, with all the rest of the company, anxiously awaiting him, and his entrance was followed by a general exclamation.
hastened back - s'est empressé de revenir
anxiously - avec anxiété, anxieusement
"Well, Decapitator, Guardian of the State, Royalist, Brutus, what is the matter?" said one. "Speak out."
guardian - gardien, tuteur, tutrice, curateur, curatrice
Brutus - Brutus
"Are we threatened with a fresh Reign of Terror?" asked another.
threatened - menacé, menacer
"Has the Corsican ogre broken loose?" cried a third.
ogre - ogre
loose - en vrac, ample, desserré
"Marquise," said Villefort, approaching his future mother-in-law, "I request your pardon for thus leaving you. Will the marquis honor me by a few moments'private conversation?"
"Ah, it is really a serious matter, then?" asked the marquis, remarking the cloud on Villefort's brow.
remarking - remarque
"So serious that I must take leave of you for a few days; so," added he, turning to RenĂ©e, "judge for yourself if it be not important."
take leave - prendre congé
"You are going to leave us?" cried RenĂ©e, unable to hide her emotion at this unexpected announcement.
announcement - annoncement, annonce
"Alas," returned Villefort, "I must!"
"Where, then, are you going?" asked the marquise.
"That, madame, is an official secret; but if you have any commissions for Paris, a friend of mine is going there tonight, and will with pleasure undertake them." The guests looked at each other.
official secret - secret officiel
commissions - des commissions, commission, fr
undertake - entreprendre
"You wish to speak to me alone?" said the marquis.
"Yes, let us go to the library, please." The marquis took his arm, and they left the salon.
"Well," asked he, as soon as they were by themselves, "tell me what it is?"
"An affair of the greatest importance, that demands my immediate presence in Paris. Now, excuse the indiscretion, marquis, but have you any landed property?"
immediate - immédiate, immédiat, proche
indiscretion - indiscrétion
property - propriété, accessoire
"All my fortune is in the funds; seven or eight hundred thousand francs."
funds - des fonds, fonds, financer
"Then sell out"sell out, marquis, or you will lose it all."
sell out - vendre
"But how can I sell out here?"
"You have a broker, have you not?"
broker - courtier, coutier
"Then give me a letter to him, and tell him to sell out without an instant's delay, perhaps even now I shall arrive too late."
"The deuce you say!" replied the marquis, "let us lose no time, then!"
deuce - deux
And, sitting down, he wrote a letter to his broker, ordering him to sell out at the market price.
sitting down - assis
"Now, then," said Villefort, placing the letter in his pocketbook, "I must have another!"
pocketbook - portefeuille, livre de poche, pocket
"To the king."
"To the king?"
"I dare not write to his majesty."
dare - oser, aventurer
"I do not ask you to write to his majesty, but ask M. de Salvieux to do so. I want a letter that will enable me to reach the king's presence without all the formalities of demanding an audience; that would occasion a loss of precious time."
enable - autoriser, permettre, activer
demanding - exigeant, demande, exigence, exiger
Loss - perte, déperdition, perdition, déchet, coulage
precious - précieux
"But address yourself to the keeper of the seals; he has the right of entry at the Tuileries, and can procure you audience at any hour of the day or night."
keeper - gardien, gardienne, perle, conservateur, conservatrice
Seals - sceaux, sceau
"Doubtless; but there is no occasion to divide the honors of my discovery with him. The keeper would leave me in the background, and take all the glory to himself. I tell you, marquis, my fortune is made if I only reach the Tuileries the first, for the king will not forget the service I do him."
divide - diviser, fendre, partager, fossé
honors - les honneurs, honneur, honorer
discovery - découverte
background - arriere-plan, trame, fond
glory - gloire
"In that case go and get ready. I will call Salvieux and make him write the letter."
"Be as quick as possible, I must be on the road in a quarter of an hour."
"Tell your coachman to stop at the door."
"You will present my excuses to the marquise and Mademoiselle RenĂ©e, whom I leave on such a day with great regret."
excuses - des excuses, excuser, pardonner, justifier
regret - regretter, regret
"You will find them both here, and can make your farewells in person."
farewells - les adieux, adieu, prendre congé, dire adieu, faire ses adieux
"A thousand thanks"and now for the letter."
The marquis rang, a servant entered.
"Say to the Comte de Salvieux that I would like to see him."
"Now, then, go," said the marquis.
"I shall be gone only a few moments."
Villefort hastily quitted the apartment, but reflecting that the sight of the deputy procureur running through the streets would be enough to throw the whole city into confusion, he resumed his ordinary pace. At his door he perceived a figure in the shadow that seemed to wait for him. It was MercĂ©dĂ¨s, who, hearing no news of her lover, had come unobserved to inquire after him.
reflecting - réfléchissant, refléter, réfléchir
confusion - confusion, désordre, malentendu
ordinary - piece, ordinaire, quelconque
unobserved - non observée
inquire after - demander apres
As Villefort drew near, she advanced and stood before him. DantĂ¨s had spoken of MercĂ©dĂ¨s, and Villefort instantly recognized her. Her beauty and high bearing surprised him, and when she inquired what had become of her lover, it seemed to him that she was the judge, and he the accused.
"The young man you speak of," said Villefort abruptly, "is a great criminal, and I can do nothing for him, mademoiselle." MercĂ©dĂ¨s burst into tears, and, as Villefort strove to pass her, again addressed him.
abruptly - brusquement, abruptement, tout d'un coup, précipitamment
"But, at least, tell me where he is, that I may know whether he is alive or dead," said she.
alive - en vie, vivant
"I do not know; he is no longer in my hands," replied Villefort.
And desirous of putting an end to the interview, he pushed by her, and closed the door, as if to exclude the pain he felt. But remorse is not thus banished; like Virgil's wounded hero, he carried the arrow in his wound, and, arrived at the salon, Villefort uttered a sigh that was almost a sob, and sank into a chair.
desirous - désireux
exclude - exclure
remorse - des remords, remords, componction
banished - banni, bannir
Virgil - virgile
wound - blessons, blessent, blessez, blessure, blesser
Then the first pangs of an unending torture seized upon his heart.
pangs - des douleurs, douleur (soudaine)
unending - sans fin
The man he sacrificed to his ambition, that innocent victim immolated on the altar of his father's faults, appeared to him pale and threatening, leading his affianced bride by the hand, and bringing with him remorse, not such as the ancients figured, furious and terrible, but that slow and consuming agony whose pangs are intensified from hour to hour up to the very moment of death.
Ambition - l'ambition, ambition, ambition (1-5)
immolated - immolés, immoler, sacrifier
altar - l'autel, autel
faults - défauts, défaut, faute, faille
ancients - des anciens, ancien, antique
figured - figuré, figure, forme, personnage, personnalité
consuming - la consommation, consumant, consommant, (consume), consommer
intensified - intensifiée, intensifier, s'intensifier
Then he had a moment's hesitation. He had frequently called for capital punishment on criminals, and owing to his irresistible eloquence they had been condemned, and yet the slightest shadow of remorse had never clouded Villefort's brow, because they were guilty; at least, he believed so; but here was an innocent man whose happiness he had destroyed.
capital punishment - la peine de mort
owing to - en raison de
irresistible - irrésistible
condemned - condamnée, condamner, déclarer coupable
clouded - obscurci, s'obscurcir
In this case he was not the judge, but the executioner.
As he thus reflected, he felt the sensation we have described, and which had hitherto been unknown to him, arise in his bosom, and fill him with vague apprehensions. It is thus that a wounded man trembles instinctively at the approach of the finger to his wound until it be healed, but Villefort's was one of those that never close, or if they do, only close to reopen more agonizing than ever.
unknown - inconnu, inconnue
trembles - tremble, trembler, vibrer, tremblement, vibration
finger - doigt, pointer, tripoter, doigter
healed - guéri, guérir, (se) cicatriser
reopen - rouvrir, réouvrir, rench: se rouvrir
If at this moment the sweet voice of RenĂ©e had sounded in his ears pleading for mercy, or the fair MercĂ©dĂ¨s had entered and said, "In the name of God, I conjure you to restore me my affianced husband," his cold and trembling hands would have signed his release; but no voice broke the stillness of the chamber, and the door was opened only by Villefort's valet, who came to tell him that the travelling carriage was in readiness.
pleading for - pour laquelle vous plaidez
signed - signé, signe
valet - valet, valet de chambre, majordome, chaperon, duegne
readiness - l'état de préparation, préparation
Villefort rose, or rather sprang, from his chair, hastily opened one of the drawers of his desk, emptied all the gold it contained into his pocket, stood motionless an instant, his hand pressed to his head, muttered a few inarticulate sounds, and then, perceiving that his servant had placed his cloak on his shoulders, he sprang into the carriage, ordering the postilions to drive to M.
drawers - tiroirs, tiroir
postilions - postilions, postillon
de Saint-MĂ©ran's. The hapless DantĂ¨s was doomed.
hapless - malheureux, infortuné, malchanceux
doomed - condamnée, mort, ruine, perte, condamner
As the marquis had promised, Villefort found the marquise and RenĂ©e in waiting. He started when he saw RenĂ©e, for he fancied she was again about to plead for DantĂ¨s. Alas, her emotions were wholly personal: she was thinking only of Villefort's departure.
plead - plaider
emotions - des émotions, émotion
She loved Villefort, and he left her at the moment he was about to become her husband. Villefort knew not when he should return, and RenĂ©e, far from pleading for DantĂ¨s, hated the man whose crime separated her from her lover.
pleading - plaidoyer, (plead), plaider
Meanwhile what of MercĂ©dĂ¨s? She had met Fernand at the corner of the Rue de la Loge; she had returned to the Catalans, and had despairingly cast herself on her couch. Fernand, kneeling by her side, took her hand, and covered it with kisses that MercĂ©dĂ¨s did not even feel. She passed the night thus.
Loge - loge
despairingly - désespérément
couch - canapé, divan
kneeling - a genoux, (kneel)
kisses - des baisers, (s')embrasser
The lamp went out for want of oil, but she paid no heed to the darkness, and dawn came, but she knew not that it was day. Grief had made her blind to all but one object"that was Edmond.
oil - huile
"Ah, you are there," said she, at length, turning towards Fernand.
"I have not quitted you since yesterday," returned Fernand sorrowfully.
sorrowfully - avec tristesse
M. Morrel had not readily given up the fight.
fight - combattre, combattons, rixe, combattez, combattent
He had learned that DantĂ¨s had been taken to prison, and he had gone to all his friends, and the influential persons of the city; but the report was already in circulation that DantĂ¨s was arrested as a Bonapartist agent; and as the most sanguine looked upon any attempt of Napoleon to remount the throne as impossible, he met with nothing but refusal, and had returned home in despair, declaring that the matter was serious and that nothing more could be done.
influential - influent
Circulation - circulation
Sanguine - sanguine
remount - remontez, remontons, remontent
returned home - est rentré chez lui
declaring - déclarer, expliquer
Caderousse was equally restless and uneasy, but instead of seeking, like M. Morrel, to aid DantĂ¨s, he had shut himself up with two bottles of black currant brandy, in the hope of drowning reflection. But he did not succeed, and became too intoxicated to fetch any more drink, and yet not so intoxicated as to forget what had happened.
equally - également
black currant - du cassis
brandy - du brandy, cognac, brandy, eau-de-vie
drowning - la noyade, noyade, (drown), noyer, checksubmerger
Succeed - succéder, réussir, avoir du succes
intoxicated - en état d'ébriété, intoxiquer
With his elbows on the table he sat between the two empty bottles, while spectres danced in the light of the unsnuffed candle"spectres such as Hoffmann strews over his punch-drenched pages, like black, fantastic dust.
spectres - spectres, spectre
unsnuffed - non étouffé
candle - bougie, chandelle
strews - strews, parsemer, joncher
Punch - un coup de poing, poinçonnez, poinçonnent, poinçonner
drenched - trempé, tremper
dust - la poussiere, poussiere, épousseter, pulvériser
Danglars alone was content and joyous"he had got rid of an enemy and made his own situation on the Pharaon secure. Danglars was one of those men born with a pen behind the ear, and an inkstand in place of a heart. Everything with him was multiplication or subtraction.
secure - sécurisé, sur, sécuriser
Multiplication - multiplication
Subtraction - soustraction
The life of a man was to him of far less value than a numeral, especially when, by taking it away, he could increase the sum total of his own desires. He went to bed at his usual hour, and slept in peace.
numeral - numéral, chiffre
increase - augmenter, croître, accroître, augmentation
sum total - somme totale
desires - désirs, désirer, désir
Villefort, after having received M. de Salvieux's letter, embraced RenĂ©e, kissed the marquise's hand, and shaken that of the marquis, started for Paris along the Aix road.
embraced - embrassée, étreindre, embrasser, accolade
kissed - embrassée, (s')embrasser
shaken - secoué, secouer, agiter
Aix - Aix
Old DantĂ¨s was dying with anxiety to know what had become of Edmond. But we know very well what had become of Edmond.
We will leave Villefort on the road to Paris, travelling"thanks to trebled fees"with all speed, and passing through two or three apartments, enter at the Tuileries the little room with the arched window, so well known as having been the favorite closet of Napoleon and Louis XVIII., and now of Louis Philippe.
trebled - triplé, triple
fees - honoraires, tarif
arched window - fenetre en arc de cercle
favorite - préféré, favori
There, seated before a walnut table he had brought with him from Hartwell, and to which, from one of those fancies not uncommon to great people, he was particularly attached, the king, Louis XVIII.
walnut - noyer, noix
, was carelessly listening to a man of fifty or fifty-two years of age, with gray hair, aristocratic bearing, and exceedingly gentlemanly attire, and meanwhile making a marginal note in a volume of Gryphius's rather inaccurate, but much sought-after, edition of Horace"a work which was much indebted to the sagacious observations of the philosophical monarch.
carelessly - négligemment
gentlemanly - gentleman
marginal note - note marginale
inaccurate - inexacte
edition - édition
indebted - endetté
sagacious - sagace
observations - observations, observation, remarque
philosophical - philosophique
"You say, sir""" said the king.
"That I am exceedingly disquieted, sire."
sire - sire, saillir
"Really, have you had a vision of the seven fat kine and the seven lean kine?"
vision - vision, vue, aspiration, apparition
kine - kine
lean - maigre, adossons, adossent, appuyer, adossez
"No, sire, for that would only betoken for us seven years of plenty and seven years of scarcity; and with a king as full of foresight as your majesty, scarcity is not a thing to be feared."
betoken - de la parole
plenty - l'abondance, abondance
scarcity - la rareté, manque, rareté, pénurie
foresight - la prévoyance, clairvoyance, prévoyance, prescience
"Then of what other scourge are you afraid, my dear Blacas?"
scourge - fléau, écourgée, fouet, fouetter
"Sire, I have every reason to believe that a storm is brewing in the south."
brewing - brassage, (brew)
"Well, my dear duke," replied Louis XVIII., "I think you are wrongly informed, and know positively that, on the contrary, it is very fine weather in that direction." Man of ability as he was, Louis XVIII. liked a pleasant jest.
Duke - duke, duc
wrongly - a tort, a tort, erronément
positively - positivement
ability - capacité, pouvoir, habileté
"Sire," continued M. de Blacas, "if it only be to reassure a faithful servant, will your majesty send into Languedoc, Provence, and DauphinĂ©, trusty men, who will bring you back a faithful report as to the feeling in these three provinces?"
reassure - tranquilliser, rassurer, réassurer
Provence - la provence, Provence
trusty - de confiance, fidele, fiable, bon vieux
provinces - provinces, province, qualifier
"Canimus surdis," replied the king, continuing the annotations in his Horace.
continuing - en continuant, continuer
annotations - annotations, annotation, commentaire
"Sire," replied the courtier, laughing, in order that he might seem to comprehend the quotation, "your majesty may be perfectly right in relying on the good feeling of France, but I fear I am not altogether wrong in dreading some desperate attempt."
courtier - courtisan
quotation - citation, devis, cotation
relying - en se fiant, compter sur
dreading - redouté, redouter, craindre, crainte
desperate - désespérée, désespéré
"By Bonaparte, or, at least, by his adherents."
"My dear Blacas," said the king, "you with your alarms prevent me from working."
"And you, sire, prevent me from sleeping with your security."
Security - la sécurité, sécurité, sécurisant, titre négociable
"Wait, my dear sir, wait a moment; for I have such a delightful note on the Pastor quum traheret"wait, and I will listen to you afterwards."
delightful - délicieux
pastor - pasteur
There was a brief pause, during which Louis XVIII. wrote, in a hand as small as possible, another note on the margin of his Horace, and then looking at the duke with the air of a man who thinks he has an idea of his own, while he is only commenting upon the idea of another, said:
brief - bref, court
pause - pauser, pause
margin - marge
commenting - commentant, commentaire, remarque
"Go on, my dear duke, go on"I listen."
"Sire," said Blacas, who had for a moment the hope of sacrificing Villefort to his own profit, "I am compelled to tell you that these are not mere rumors destitute of foundation which thus disquiet me; but a serious-minded man, deserving all my confidence, and charged by me to watch over the south" (the duke hesitated as he pronounced these words), "has arrived by post to tell me that a great peril threatens the king, and so I hastened to you, sire."
sacrificing - sacrifier, sacrifice, offrande
profit - profit, gain, bénéfice, servir, profiter
destitute - sans ressources
foundation - fondation, fondement, fond de teint
minded - mentales, esprit, t+raison, t+intelligence, mémoire
hesitated - hésité, hésiter
pronounced - prononcée, déclarer, prononcer, déclamer, lire
peril - péril, risque
"Mala ducis avi domum," continued Louis XVIII., still annotating.
mala - mala
annotating - l'annotation, annoter
"Does your majesty wish me to drop the subject?"
"By no means, my dear duke; but just stretch out your hand."
stretch - étendre, s'étendre, s'étirer, étirement
"Whichever you please"there to the left."
whichever - quel qu'il soit, n'importe quel, n'importe lequel
"I tell you to the left, and you are looking to the right; I mean on my left"yes, there. You will find yesterday's report of the minister of police. But here is M. DandrĂ© himself;" and M. DandrĂ©, announced by the chamberlain-in-waiting, entered.
minister - ministre, ministériel
announced - annoncée, annoncer
"Come in," said Louis XVIII., with repressed smile, "come in, Baron, and tell the duke all you know"the latest news of M. de Bonaparte; do not conceal anything, however serious,"let us see, the Island of Elba is a volcano, and we may expect to have issuing thence flaming and bristling war"bella, horrida bella."
Baron - baron
volcano - volcan
issuing - l'émission, sortie, émission, livraison, délivrance
flaming - flammes, enflammé, flambant, (flame), flamme, polémique
bristling - se hérisser, soie, poil
M. DandrĂ© leaned very respectfully on the back of a chair with his two hands, and said:
"Has your majesty perused yesterday's report?"
"Yes, yes; but tell the duke himself, who cannot find anything, what the report contains"give him the particulars of what the usurper is doing in his islet."
contains - contient, contenir
islet - îlot, ilot
"Monsieur," said the baron to the duke, "all the servants of his majesty must approve of the latest intelligence which we have from the Island of Elba. Bonaparte"""
servants - serviteurs, serviteur, domestique, servante, fr
approve - approuver, éprouvé, approuvent, approuvez
M. DandrĂ© looked at Louis XVIII., who, employed in writing a note, did not even raise his head. "Bonaparte," continued the baron, "is mortally wearied, and passes whole days in watching his miners at work at Porto-Longone."
employed - employés, employer, embaucher, recruter
raise - augmenter, levent, arborent, entonner, levez, élever, levons
mortally - mortellement
wearied - fatigué, las, lasser
passes - passe, passer (devant), dépasser
miners - les mineurs, mineur
"And scratches himself for amusement," added the king.
scratches - des rayures, gratter, égratigner, piquer, rayer, biffer
amusement - l'amusement, amusement
"Scratches himself?" inquired the duke, "what does your majesty mean?"
"Yes, indeed, my dear duke. Did you forget that this great man, this hero, this demigod, is attacked with a malady of the skin which worries him to death, prurigo?"
demigod - demi-dieu
malady - maladie
worries - des inquiétudes, inquiéter
prurigo - prurigo
"And, moreover, my dear duke," continued the minister of police, "we are almost assured that, in a very short time, the usurper will be insane."
insane - dérangé, délirant, fou, dément, dérangeant
"raving mad; his head becomes weaker. Sometimes he weeps bitterly, sometimes laughs boisterously, at other time he passes hours on the seashore, flinging stones in the water and when the flint makes duck-and-drake'five or six times, he appears as delighted as if he had gained another Marengo or Austerlitz. Now, you must agree that these are indubitable symptoms of insanity."
raving mad - fou a lier
weaker - plus faible, faible, débile
weeps - pleure, pleurer
boisterously - bruyamment
seashore - rivage, rive, bord de mer
flinging - flingage, lancer
Flint - flint, silex, pierre a fusil, pierre a briquet
Duck - canard, cane
drake - drake, canard mâle
Marengo - Marengo
Austerlitz - Austerlitz
indubitable - indubitables
symptoms - des symptômes, symptôme
insanity - la folie, folie
"Or of wisdom, my dear baron"or of wisdom," said Louis XVIII., laughing; "the greatest captains of antiquity amused themselves by casting pebbles into the ocean"see Plutarch's life of Scipio Africanus."
wisdom - la sagesse, sagesse
captains - les capitaines, capitaine, capitaine de vaisseau
antiquity - l'antiquité, Antiquité
amused - amusé, amuser
pebbles - des cailloux, galet, gravillon
Plutarch - plutarque
Scipio - Scipion
M. de Blacas pondered deeply between the confident monarch and the truthful minister. Villefort, who did not choose to reveal the whole secret, lest another should reap all the benefit of the disclosure, had yet communicated enough to cause him the greatest uneasiness.
pondered - réfléchi, songer, réfléchir, interroger
confident - assuré, confiant
truthful - véridique, sincere
reveal - révéler, laisser voir
secret - secret
reap - récolter
benefit - avantages, avantage, bénéfice, subvention, profiter
disclosure - la divulgation, révélation, divulgation, propagation
"Well, well, DandrĂ©," said Louis XVIII., "Blacas is not yet convinced; let us proceed, therefore, to the usurper's conversion." The minister of police bowed.
proceed - avancer, procéder
bowed - incliné, (s')incliner devant, saluer d'un signe de tete
"The usurper's conversion!" murmured the duke, looking at the king and DandrĂ©, who spoke alternately, like Virgil's shepherds. "The usurper converted!"
shepherds - bergers, berger, bergere, pasteur, pâtre, qualifier
converted - converti, convertir
"Decidedly, my dear duke."
decidedly - résolument, décidément, clairement
"In what way converted?"
"To good principles. Tell him all about it, baron."
"Why, this is the way of it," said the minister, with the gravest air in the world: "Napoleon lately had a review, and as two or three of his old veterans expressed a desire to return to France, he gave them their dismissal, and exhorted them to serve the good king.'These were his own words, of that I am certain."
gravest - le plus grave, tombe
review - relecture, critique, compte rendu, révision, revue, réviser
veterans - les anciens combattants, vétéran
expressed - exprimée, exprimer
dismissal - limogeage, licenciement, non-lieu
exhorted - exhorté, exhorter
serve - service, servir, signifier, purger
"Well, Blacas, what think you of this?" inquired the king triumphantly, and pausing for a moment from the voluminous scholiast before him.
pausing - une pause, (pause), pauser, pause
scholiast - scholiaste
"I say, sire, that the minister of police is greatly deceived or I am; and as it is impossible it can be the minister of police as he has the guardianship of the safety and honor of your majesty, it is probable that I am in error. However, sire, if I might advise, your majesty will interrogate the person of whom I spoke to you, and I will urge your majesty to do him this honor."
guardianship - la tutelle, tutelle
error - erreur, vice, etre en erreur, planter
urge - envie, pulsion, pousser, inciter, provoquer, insister
"Most willingly, duke; under your auspices I will receive any person you please, but you must not expect me to be too confiding. Baron, have you any report more recent than this, dated the 20th February, and this is the 3rd of March?"
willingly - volontairement, volontiers
receive - recevoir
confiding - se confier, faire confiance, confier
recent - récente, récent
"No, sire, but I am hourly expecting one; it may have arrived since I left my office."
"Go thither, and if there be none"well, well," continued Louis XVIII., "make one; that is the usual way, is it not?" and the king laughed facetiously.
thither - la, la, d'ici la
facetiously - de maniere facétieuse
"Oh, sire," replied the minister, "we have no occasion to invent any; every day our desks are loaded with most circumstantial denunciations, coming from hosts of people who hope for some return for services which they seek to render, but cannot; they trust to fortune, and rely upon some unexpected event in some way to justify their predictions."
denunciations - dénonciations, dénonciation
Hosts - hôtes, hôte/-esse
justify - justifier
predictions - des prévisions, prédiction
"Well, sir, go," said Louis XVIII., "and remember that I am waiting for you."
"I will but go and return, sire; I shall be back in ten minutes."
"And I, sire," said M. de Blacas, "will go and find my messenger."
messenger - messager, coursier
"Wait, sir, wait," said Louis XVIII. "Really, M. de Blacas, I must change your armorial bearings; I will give you an eagle with outstretched wings, holding in its claws a prey which tries in vain to escape, and bearing this device"Tenax."
eagle - aigle, eagle, réussir un aigle
wings - des ailes, aile, ailier
claws - griffes, griffe
prey - la proie, butin, prise, proie
device - appareil, dispositif, stratageme, ruse, manouvre
"Sire, I listen," said De Blacas, biting his nails with impatience.
nails - clous, ongle
"I wish to consult you on this passage, Molli fugiens anhelitu,'you know it refers to a stag flying from a wolf. Are you not a sportsman and a great wolf-hunter? Well, then, what do you think of the molli anhelitu?"
stag - cerf, bouf
wolf - loup, tombeur, dévorer, engloutir
sportsman - sportif, athlete
Hunter - hunter, chasseur, chien de chasse, cheval de chasse, chercheur
"Admirable, sire; but my messenger is like the stag you refer to, for he has posted two hundred and twenty leagues in scarcely three days."
admirable - admirable
refer - référent, référons, référer, référez
"Which is undergoing great fatigue and anxiety, my dear duke, when we have a telegraph which transmits messages in three or four hours, and that without getting in the least out of breath."
fatigue - la fatigue, fatigue, épuisement, corvée, fatiguer
Telegraph - télégraphe, télégraphier, dépecher
transmits - transmet, transmettre (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), fr
"Ah, sire, you recompense but badly this poor young man, who has come so far, and with so much ardor, to give your majesty useful information. If only for the sake of M. de Salvieux, who recommends him to me, I entreat your majesty to receive him graciously."
recompense - compensation, restituer
badly - mal, mauvaisement
ardor - l'ardeur, ardeur, ferveur
recommends - recommande, recommander, adviser, fr
graciously - gracieusement
"M. de Salvieux, my brother's chamberlain?"
"He is at Marseilles."
"And writes me thence."
"Does he speak to you of this conspiracy?"
"No; but strongly recommends M. de Villefort, and begs me to present him to your majesty."
begs - mendie, mendier
"M. de Villefort!" cried the king, "is the messenger's name M. de Villefort?"
"And he comes from Marseilles?"
"Why did you not mention his name at once?" replied the king, betraying some uneasiness.
betraying - trahir, livrer
"Sire, I thought his name was unknown to your majesty."
"No, no, Blacas; he is a man of strong and elevated understanding, ambitious, too, and, pardieu! you know his father's name!"
"Noirtier the Girondin?"Noirtier the senator?"
"And your majesty has employed the son of such a man?"
"Blacas, my friend, you have but limited comprehension. I told you Villefort was ambitious, and to attain this ambition Villefort would sacrifice everything, even his father."
limited - limitée, limité, (limit) limitée
comprehension - compréhension, entendement
attain - atteindre
"Then, sire, may I present him?"
"This instant, duke! Where is he?"
"Waiting below, in my carriage."
"Seek him at once."
"I hasten to do so."
hasten to - se hâter
The duke left the royal presence with the speed of a young man; his really sincere royalism made him youthful again. Louis XVIII. remained alone, and turning his eyes on his half-opened Horace, muttered:
sincere - sincere, sincere
royalism - le royalisme, royalisme
youthful - juvénile, jeune
"Justum et tenacem propositi virum."
et - et
M. de Blacas returned as speedily as he had departed, but in the antechamber he was forced to appeal to the king's authority. Villefort's dusty garb, his costume, which was not of courtly cut, excited the susceptibility of M. de BrezĂ©, who was all astonishment at finding that this young man had the audacity to enter before the king in such attire.
speedily - rapidement
appeal - appel, manifeste, vocation, pourvoi
authority - l'autorité, autorité
dusty - poussiéreux
courtly - courtois
susceptibility - la susceptibilité, susceptibilité
audacity - l'audace, audace, toupet, culot
The duke, however, overcame all difficulties with a word"his majesty's order; and, in spite of the protestations which the master of ceremonies made for the honor of his office and principles, Villefort was introduced.
overcame - surmonté, vaincre, surmonter, envahir
master of ceremonies - maître de cérémonie
The king was seated in the same place where the duke had left him. On opening the door, Villefort found himself facing him, and the young magistrate's first impulse was to pause.
"Come in, M. de Villefort," said the king, "come in."
Villefort bowed, and advancing a few steps, waited until the king should interrogate him.
"M. de Villefort," said Louis XVIII., "the Duc de Blacas assures me you have some interesting information to communicate."
assures - assure, assurer, rassurer
communicate - communiquer, communier
"Sire, the duke is right, and I believe your majesty will think it equally important."
"In the first place, and before everything else, sir, is the news as bad in your opinion as I am asked to believe?"
"Sire, I believe it to be most urgent, but I hope, by the speed I have used, that it is not irreparable."
most urgent - le plus urgent
irreparable - irréparable
"Speak as fully as you please, sir," said the king, who began to give way to the emotion which had showed itself in Blacas's face and affected Villefort's voice. "Speak, sir, and pray begin at the beginning; I like order in everything."
"Sire," said Villefort, "I will render a faithful report to your majesty, but I must entreat your forgiveness if my anxiety leads to some obscurity in my language." A glance at the king after this discreet and subtle exordium, assured Villefort of the benignity of his august auditor, and he went on:
forgiveness - le pardon, pardon
discreet - discret
subtle - subtile, subtil, délicat, astucieux
exordium - exordium
benignity - bénignité
auditor - auditeur, auditrice
"Sire, I have come as rapidly to Paris as possible, to inform your majesty that I have discovered, in the exercise of my duties, not a commonplace and insignificant plot, such as is every day got up in the lower ranks of the people and in the army, but an actual conspiracy"a storm which menaces no less than your majesty's throne.
duties - fonctions, devoir, obligation, service, travail, taxe
insignificant - insignifiante
menaces - menaces, menace
Sire, the usurper is arming three ships, he meditates some project, which, however mad, is yet, perhaps, terrible. At this moment he will have left Elba, to go whither I know not, but assuredly to attempt a landing either at Naples, or on the coast of Tuscany, or perhaps on the shores of France.
meditates - médite, méditer
coast - côte, cordonlittoral, borde
Tuscany - la toscane, Toscane
shores - rivages, rivage
Your majesty is well aware that the sovereign of the Island of Elba has maintained his relations with Italy and France?"
maintained - maintenue, entretenir, maintenir
relations - relations, relation, parent, parente
"I am, sir," said the king, much agitated; "and recently we have had information that the Bonapartist clubs have had meetings in the Rue Saint-Jacques. But proceed, I beg of you. How did you obtain these details?"
"Sire, they are the results of an examination which I have made of a man of Marseilles, whom I have watched for some time, and arrested on the day of my departure. This person, a sailor, of turbulent character, and whom I suspected of Bonapartism, has been secretly to the Island of Elba.
secretly - secretement, secretement, en cachette
There he saw the grand-marshal, who charged him with an oral message to a Bonapartist in Paris, whose name I could not extract from him; but this mission was to prepare men's minds for a return (it is the man who says this, sire)"a return which will soon occur."
oral - orale, buccal, oral
mission - mission
minds - les esprits, esprit, t+raison, t+intelligence, mémoire
"And where is this man?"
"In prison, sire."
"And the matter seems serious to you?"
"So serious, sire, that when the circumstance surprised me in the midst of a family festival, on the very day of my betrothal, I left my bride and friends, postponing everything, that I might hasten to lay at your majesty's feet the fears which impressed me, and the assurance of my devotion."
postponing - le report, repousser, remettre, reporter, différer
impressed - impressionné, impressionner
assurance - l'assurance, assurance, culot
"True," said Louis XVIII., "was there not a marriage engagement between you and Mademoiselle de Saint-MĂ©ran?"
engagement - l'engagement, fiançailles
"Daughter of one of your majesty's most faithful servants."
most faithful - le plus fidele
"Yes, yes; but let us talk of this plot, M. de Villefort."
"Sire, I fear it is more than a plot; I fear it is a conspiracy."
"A conspiracy in these times," said Louis XVIII., smiling, "is a thing very easy to meditate, but more difficult to conduct to an end, inasmuch as, re-established so recently on the throne of our ancestors, we have our eyes open at once upon the past, the present, and the future. For the last ten months my ministers have redoubled their vigilance, in order to watch the shore of the Mediterranean.
meditate - méditer
established - établie, affermir, établir
ancestors - ancetres, ancetre
ministers - ministres, ministre
Mediterranean - méditerranée, méditerranéen, Bassin méditerranéen
If Bonaparte landed at Naples, the whole coalition would be on foot before he could even reach Piombino; if he land in Tuscany, he will be in an unfriendly territory; if he land in France, it must be with a handful of men, and the result of that is easily foretold, execrated as he is by the population. Take courage, sir; but at the same time rely on our royal gratitude."
coalition - coalition
unfriendly - inamicale, déplaisant
territory - territoire
foretold - prédit, prédire
execrated - exécuté, exécrer
"Ah, here is M. DandrĂ©!" cried de Blacas. At this instant the minister of police appeared at the door, pale, trembling, and as if ready to faint. Villefort was about to retire, but M. de Blacas, taking his hand, restrained him.
retire - prendre sa retraite, retirent, retirez, se retirer, retirer
At the sight of this agitation Louis XVIII. pushed from him violently the table at which he was sitting.
violently - violemment
"What ails you, baron?" he exclaimed. "You appear quite aghast. Has your uneasiness anything to do with what M. de Blacas has told me, and M. de Villefort has just confirmed?" M.
aghast - consterné, effaré, stupéfait, épouvanté, paniqué
de Blacas moved suddenly towards the baron, but the fright of the courtier pleaded for the forbearance of the statesman; and besides, as matters were, it was much more to his advantage that the prefect of police should triumph over him than that he should humiliate the prefect.
fright - d'effroi, anxiété, peur, frayeur
pleaded for - a plaidé pour
forbearance - l'abstention, longanimité
statesman - homme d'État
prefect - préfet
triumph - triomphe, triomphal
humiliate - humilier
"Sire,""" stammered the baron.
"Well, what is it?" asked Louis XVIII. The minister of police, giving way to an impulse of despair, was about to throw himself at the feet of Louis XVIII., who retreated a step and frowned.
giving way - céder le passage
frowned - froncé les sourcils, froncer les sourcils
"Will you speak?" he said.
"Oh, sire, what a dreadful misfortune! I am, indeed, to be pitied. I can never forgive myself!"
pitied - pitié, compassion, dommage, honte, plaindre
"Monsieur," said Louis XVIII., "I command you to speak."
"Well, sire, the usurper left Elba on the 26th February, and landed on the 1st of March."
"And where? In Italy?" asked the king eagerly.
"In France, sire,"at a small port, near Antibes, in the Gulf of Juan."
Gulf - golfe
"The usurper landed in France, near Antibes, in the Gulf of Juan, two hundred and fifty leagues from Paris, on the 1st of March, and you only acquired this information today, the 3rd of March! Well, sir, what you tell me is impossible. You must have received a false report, or you have gone mad."
acquired - acquis, acquérir
false report - faux rapport
"Alas, sire, it is but too true!" Louis made a gesture of indescribable anger and alarm, and then drew himself up as if this sudden blow had struck him at the same moment in heart and countenance.
indescribable - indescriptible
"In France!" he cried, "the usurper in France! Then they did not watch over this man. Who knows? they were, perhaps, in league with him."
League - ligue, confédérer
"Oh, sire," exclaimed the Duc de Blacas, "M. DandrĂ© is not a man to be accused of treason! Sire, we have all been blind, and the minister of police has shared the general blindness, that is all."
blindness - la cécité, cécité
"But""" said Villefort, and then suddenly checking himself, he was silent; then he continued, "Your pardon, sire," he said, bowing, "my zeal carried me away. Will your majesty deign to excuse me?"
zeal - le zele, zele, assiduité
"Speak, sir, speak boldly," replied Louis. "You alone forewarned us of the evil; now try and aid us with the remedy."
forewarned - prévenu, précautionner
"Sire," said Villefort, "the usurper is detested in the south; and it seems to me that if he ventured into the south, it would be easy to raise Languedoc and Provence against him."
detested - détesté, détester, mépriser
ventured - s'est aventuré, s'aventurer, risquer, oser
"Yes, assuredly," replied the minister; "but he is advancing by Gap and Sisteron."
gap - l'écart, breche, créneau, breche
"Advancing"he is advancing!" said Louis XVIII. "Is he then advancing on Paris?" The minister of police maintained a silence which was equivalent to a complete avowal.
equivalent - équivalent
"And DauphinĂ©, sir?" inquired the king, of Villefort. "Do you think it possible to rouse that as well as Provence?"
rouse - rouse, ameutez, ameutent, évocation, irriter, ameutons
"Sire, I am sorry to tell your majesty a cruel fact; but the feeling in DauphinĂ© is quite the reverse of that in Provence or Languedoc. The mountaineers are Bonapartists, sire."
the reverse - l'inverse
mountaineers - les alpinistes, montagnard, montagnarde, alpiniste
"Then," murmured Louis, "he was well informed. And how many men had he with him?"
"I do not know, sire," answered the minister of police.
"What, you do not know! Have you neglected to obtain information on that point? Of course it is of no consequence," he added, with a withering smile.
"Sire, it was impossible to learn; the despatch simply stated the fact of the landing and the route taken by the usurper."
despatch - expédition
stated - a déclaré, état, Etat, déclarer
route - itinéraire, parcours, chemin, acheminement
"And how did this despatch reach you?" inquired the king. The minister bowed his head, and while a deep color overspread his cheeks, he stammered out:
"By the telegraph, sire." Louis XVIII. advanced a step, and folded his arms over his chest as Napoleon would have done.
"So then," he exclaimed, turning pale with anger, "seven conjoined and allied armies overthrew that man. A miracle of heaven replaced me on the throne of my fathers after five-and-twenty years of exile.
conjoined - conjoints, conjoindre
allied - alliés, s'allier (a, avec)
armies - armées, armée
overthrew - renversé, renverser
miracle - miracle
replaced - remplacés, remplacer
I have, during those five-and-twenty years, spared no pains to understand the people of France and the interests which were confided to me; and now, when I see the fruition of my wishes almost within reach, the power I hold in my hands bursts and shatters me to atoms!"
spared - épargnée, espar
pains - douleurs, douleur
fruition - fruition, réalisation
bursts - éclatements, éclater, faire éclater, rompre, briser, éclatement
shatters - se brise, fracasser, réduire en miettes, mettre en pieces
atoms - atomes, atome
"Sire, it is fatality!" murmured the minister, feeling that the pressure of circumstances, however light a thing to destiny, was too much for any human strength to endure.
fatality - fatalité, accident mortel
"What our enemies say of us is then true. We have learnt nothing, forgotten nothing!
If I were betrayed as he was, I would console myself; but to be in the midst of persons elevated by myself to places of honor, who ought to watch over me more carefully than over themselves,"for my fortune is theirs"before me they were nothing"after me they will be nothing, and perish miserably from incapacity"ineptitude! Oh, yes, sir, you are right"it is fatality!"
console - console, consolons, consolent, consoler, consolez
perish - périr
miserably - misérablement
incapacity - l'incapacité, incapacité
ineptitude - l'ineptie, stupidité
The minister quailed before this outburst of sarcasm. M. de Blacas wiped the moisture from his brow. Villefort smiled within himself, for he felt his increased importance.
quailed - quailed, reculer (devant)
outburst - explosion, transport
sarcasm - sarcasme
moisture - l'humidité, humidité
"To fall," continued King Louis, who at the first glance had sounded the abyss on which the monarchy hung suspended,""to fall, and learn of that fall by telegraph! Oh, I would rather mount the scaffold of my brother, Louis XVI., than thus descend the staircase at the Tuileries driven away by ridicule. Ridicule, sir"why, you know not its power in France, and yet you ought to know it!"
abyss - l'abîme, abîme, précipice, abysse, gouffre
hung - accroché, suspendre, etre accroché
suspended - suspendue, suspendre
learn of - Apprendre de
mount - monter, montent, montez, montons
descend - descendre
driven away - chassé
ridicule - ridiculiser, bafouer, ridicule
"Sire, sire," murmured the minister, "for pity's"""
"Approach, M. de Villefort," resumed the king, addressing the young man, who, motionless and breathless, was listening to a conversation on which depended the destiny of a kingdom. "Approach, and tell monsieur that it is possible to know beforehand all that he has not known."
Kingdom - royaume, regne
beforehand - a l'avance
"Sire, it was really impossible to learn secrets which that man concealed from all the world."
secrets - secrets, secret
"Really impossible! Yes"that is a great word, sir. Unfortunately, there are great words, as there are great men; I have measured them. Really impossible for a minister who has an office, agents, spies, and fifteen hundred thousand francs for secret service money, to know what is going on at sixty leagues from the coast of France!
spies - espions, espion, espionne, espionner
Well, then, see, here is a gentleman who had none of these resources at his disposal"a gentleman, only a simple magistrate, who learned more than you with all your police, and who would have saved my crown, if, like you, he had the power of directing a telegraph." The look of the minister of police was turned with concentrated spite on Villefort, who bent his head in modest triumph.
resources - ressources, ressource(s)
disposal - l'élimination, disposition, élimination
crown - couronne, couronner
directing - la mise en scene, direct, mettre en scene, ordonner
concentrated - concentré, concentrer
modest - modeste, (mod)
"I do not mean that for you, Blacas," continued Louis XVIII.; "for if you have discovered nothing, at least you have had the good sense to persevere in your suspicions. Any other than yourself would have considered the disclosure of M. de Villefort insignificant, or else dictated by venal ambition.
persevere - persévérer
dictated - dicté, dicter
venal - vénal
" These words were an allusion to the sentiments which the minister of police had uttered with so much confidence an hour before.
allusion - allusion
Villefort understood the king's intent. Any other person would, perhaps, have been overcome by such an intoxicating draught of praise; but he feared to make for himself a mortal enemy of the police minister, although he saw that DandrĂ© was irrevocably lost.
intent - l'intention, intention, résolu, déterminé, buté
intoxicating - enivrant, intoxiquer
Praise - des louanges, louange, louer, féliciter, prôner, vénérer
irrevocably - irrévocablement
In fact, the minister, who, in the plenitude of his power, had been unable to unearth Napoleon's secret, might in despair at his own downfall interrogate DantĂ¨s and so lay bare the motives of Villefort's plot. Realizing this, Villefort came to the rescue of the crest-fallen minister, instead of aiding to crush him.
plenitude - la plénitude
unearth - découvrir, déterrer
realizing - la réalisation, réaliser, se rendre compte, prendre conscience
rescue - secours, délivrer, secourir, sauver, checksauver, sauvetage
crest - l'écusson, crete, huppe, aigrette, cimier, criniere
aiding - l'aide, aide
"Sire," said Villefort, "the suddenness of this event must prove to your majesty that the issue is in the hands of Providence; what your majesty is pleased to attribute to me as profound perspicacity is simply owing to chance, and I have profited by that chance, like a good and devoted servant"that's all.
suddenness - soudaineté
issue - question, sortie, émission, livraison, délivrance, drain
attribute to - attribuer a
profound - profond
perspicacity - perspicacité
owing - owing, devoir
profited - en a profité, profit, gain, bénéfice, profitable
Do not attribute to me more than I deserve, sire, that your majesty may never have occasion to recall the first opinion you have been pleased to form of me.
attribute - attribut, épithete or déterminant
deserve - mériter
" The minister of police thanked the young man by an eloquent look, and Villefort understood that he had succeeded in his design; that is to say, that without forfeiting the gratitude of the king, he had made a friend of one on whom, in case of necessity, he might rely.
succeeded - a réussi, succéder, réussir, avoir du succes
forfeiting - le renoncement, gage, perdre, abandonner, déclarer forfait
necessity - nécessité, besoin
"'Tis well," resumed the king. "And now, gentlemen," he continued, turning towards M. de Blacas and the minister of police, "I have no further occasion for you, and you may retire; what now remains to do is in the department of the minister of war."
department - ministere, département
"Fortunately, sire," said M. de Blacas, "we can rely on the army; your majesty knows how every report confirms their loyalty and attachment."
confirms - confirme, confirmer
attachment - l'attachement, attachement, dépendance, piece jointe, saisie
"Do not mention reports, duke, to me, for I know now what confidence to place in them. Yet, speaking of reports, baron, what have you learned with regard to the affair in the Rue Saint-Jacques?"
"The affair in the Rue Saint-Jacques!" exclaimed Villefort, unable to repress an exclamation. Then, suddenly pausing, he added, "Your pardon, sire, but my devotion to your majesty has made me forget, not the respect I have, for that is too deeply engraved in my heart, but the rules of etiquette."
engraved - gravé, graver
"Go on, go on, sir," replied the king; "you have today earned the right to make inquiries here."
"Sire," interposed the minister of police, "I came a moment ago to give your majesty fresh information which I had obtained on this head, when your majesty's attention was attracted by the terrible event that has occurred in the gulf, and now these facts will cease to interest your majesty."
cease - cesser, s'arreter, cesser de + 'infinitive'
"On the contrary, sir,"on the contrary," said Louis XVIII., "this affair seems to me to have a decided connection with that which occupies our attention, and the death of General Quesnel will, perhaps, put us on the direct track of a great internal conspiracy." At the name of General Quesnel, Villefort trembled.
occupies - occupe, occuper, habiter
track - piste, trace, marque, sillon, empreinte, sentier, chemin
internal - interne
trembled - tremblait, trembler, vibrer, tremblement, vibration
"Everything points to the conclusion, sire," said the minister of police, "that death was not the result of suicide, as we first believed, but of assassination. General Quesnel, it appears, had just left a Bonapartist club when he disappeared.
conclusion - conclusion, fin
suicide - le suicide, suicide, suicidé, suicidée, suicidant, suicidante
assassination - assassinat
An unknown person had been with him that morning, and made an appointment with him in the Rue Saint-Jacques; unfortunately, the general's valet, who was dressing his hair at the moment when the stranger entered, heard the street mentioned, but did not catch the number.
appointment - nomination, rendez-vous, rance
Stranger - étranger, (strang) étranger
mentioned - mentionnée, mentionner
catch - attraper, prise, touche, loquet, loqueteau, verrou, hic
" As the police minister related this to the king, Villefort, who looked as if his very life hung on the speaker's lips, turned alternately red and pale. The king looked towards him.
related - en rapport, raconter, relater
"Do you not think with me, M. de Villefort, that General Quesnel, whom they believed attached to the usurper, but who was really entirely devoted to me, has perished the victim of a Bonapartist ambush?"
ambush - embuscade
"It is probable, sire," replied Villefort. "But is this all that is known?"
"They are on the track of the man who appointed the meeting with him."
appointed - nommés, fixer, gloss
"On his track?" said Villefort.
"Yes, the servant has given his description. He is a man of from fifty to fifty-two years of age, dark, with black eyes covered with shaggy eyebrows, and a thick moustache. He was dressed in a blue frock-coat, buttoned up to the chin, and wore at his button-hole the rosette of an officer of the Legion of Honor.
shaggy - hirsute
eyebrows - sourcils, sourcil
moustache - moustache, bacchante
frock-coat - (frock-coat) redingote
buttoned up - boutonné
chin - menton
legion - légion
Yesterday a person exactly corresponding with this description was followed, but he was lost sight of at the corner of the Rue de la Jussienne and the Rue Coq-HĂ©ron.
corresponding - correspondant, correspondre (...a qqchose)
" Villefort leaned on the back of an armchair, for as the minister of police went on speaking he felt his legs bend under him; but when he learned that the unknown had escaped the vigilance of the agent who followed him, he breathed again.
armchair - fauteuil, chaise bourrée
bend - plier, courber, tordre, tourner
breathed again - respirer a nouveau
"Continue to seek for this man, sir," said the king to the minister of police; "for if, as I am all but convinced, General Quesnel, who would have been so useful to us at this moment, has been murdered, his assassins, Bonapartists or not, shall be cruelly punished." It required all Villefort's coolness not to betray the terror with which this declaration of the king inspired him.
assassins - assassins, assassin, assassine
betray - trahir, livrer
inspired - inspirée, inspirer
"How strange," continued the king, with some asperity; "the police think that they have disposed of the whole matter when they say, A murder has been committed,'and especially so when they can add, And we are on the track of the guilty persons.'"
asperity - l'aspérité, aspérité
disposed of - éliminé
murder - meurtre, homicide, assassinat, occire
"Sire, your majesty will, I trust, be amply satisfied on this point at least."
amply - amplement
point at - pointer du doigt
"We shall see. I will no longer detain you, M. de Villefort, for you must be fatigued after so long a journey; go and rest. Of course you stopped at your father's?" A feeling of faintness came over Villefort.
fatigued - fatigué, fatigue, épuisement, corvée, fatiguer
"No, sire," he replied, "I alighted at the Hotel de Madrid, in the Rue de Tournon."
alighted - descendus, descendre (de)
"But you have seen him?"
"Sire, I went straight to the Duc de Blacas."
"But you will see him, then?"
"I think not, sire."
"Ah, I forgot," said Louis, smiling in a manner which proved that all these questions were not made without a motive; "I forgot you and M. Noirtier are not on the best terms possible, and that is another sacrifice made to the royal cause, and for which you should be recompensed."
recompensed - compensé, récompense, dédommagement
"Sire, the kindness your majesty deigns to evince towards me is a recompense which so far surpasses my utmost ambition that I have nothing more to ask for."
deigns - conçoit, daigner, condescendre
surpasses - surpasse, surpasser, dépasser, excéder
utmost - le plus important, extreme, plus grand, supreme, maximum
"Never mind, sir, we will not forget you; make your mind easy. In the meanwhile" (the king here detached the cross of the Legion of Honor which he usually wore over his blue coat, near the cross of St. Louis, above the order of Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel and St. Lazare, and gave it to Villefort)""in the meanwhile take this cross."
detached - détaché, détacher
"Sire," said Villefort, "your majesty mistakes; this is an officer's cross."
"Ma foi!" said Louis XVIII., "take it, such as it is, for I have not the time to procure you another. Blacas, let it be your care to see that the brevet is made out and sent to M. de Villefort." Villefort's eyes were filled with tears of joy and pride; he took the cross and kissed it.
brevet - brevet
"And now," he said, "may I inquire what are the orders with which your majesty deigns to honor me?"
"Take what rest you require, and remember that if you are not able to serve me here in Paris, you may be of the greatest service to me at Marseilles."
"Sire," replied Villefort, bowing, "in an hour I shall have quitted Paris."
"Go, sir," said the king; "and should I forget you (kings'memories are short), do not be afraid to bring yourself to my recollection. Baron, send for the minister of war. Blacas, remain."
Kings - les rois, roi
memories - des souvenirs, mémoire, souvenir
"Ah, sir," said the minister of police to Villefort, as they left the Tuileries, "you entered by luck's door"your fortune is made."
"Will it be long first?" muttered Villefort, saluting the minister, whose career was ended, and looking about him for a hackney-coach. One passed at the moment, which he hailed; he gave his address to the driver, and springing in, threw himself on the seat, and gave loose to dreams of ambition.
hackney - haquenée, hackney
dreams - reves, reve, t+songe, t+voeu, t+souhait, t+vou
Ten minutes afterwards Villefort reached his hotel, ordered horses to be ready in two hours, and asked to have his breakfast brought to him. He was about to begin his repast when the sound of the bell rang sharp and loud. The valet opened the door, and Villefort heard someone speak his name.
bell - cloche, sonnette
sharp - pointu, affilé, coupant, affuté, tranchant
"Who could know that I was here already?" said the young man. The valet entered.
"Well," said Villefort, "what is it?"Who rang?"Who asked for me?"
"A stranger who will not send in his name."
send in - envoyer
"A stranger who will not send in his name! What can he want with me?"
"He wishes to speak to you."
"Did he mention my name?"
"What sort of person is he?"
"Why, sir, a man of about fifty."
"Short or tall?"
"About your own height, sir."
"Dark or fair?"
"Dark,"very dark; with black eyes, black hair, black eyebrows."
"And how dressed?" asked Villefort quickly.
"In a blue frock-coat, buttoned up close, decorated with the Legion of Honor."
frock - robe de chambre, robe
buttoned - boutonné, bouton
"It is he!" said Villefort, turning pale.
"Eh, pardieu!" said the individual whose description we have twice given, entering the door, "what a great deal of ceremony! Is it the custom in Marseilles for sons to keep their fathers waiting in their anterooms?"
individual - individu, individuel, checkindividuelle
"Father!" cried Villefort, "then I was not deceived; I felt sure it must be you."
"Well, then, if you felt so sure," replied the new-comer, putting his cane in a corner and his hat on a chair, "allow me to say, my dear GĂ©rard, that it was not very filial of you to keep me waiting at the door."
cane - canne, tige, bastonnade, canne blanche, bâtonner
filial - filial
"Leave us, Germain," said Villefort. The servant quitted the apartment with evident signs of astonishment.
evident - évidentes, évident
signs - des signes, signe
M. Noirtier"for it was, indeed, he who entered"looked after the servant until the door was closed, and then, fearing, no doubt, that he might be overheard in the antechamber, he opened the door again, nor was the precaution useless, as appeared from the rapid retreat of Germain, who proved that he was not exempt from the sin which ruined our first parents. M.
looked after - pris en charge
fearing - craindre, peur
precaution - précaution
retreat - retraite
sin - péché, mal
Noirtier then took the trouble to close and bolt the antechamber door, then that of the bedchamber, and then extended his hand to Villefort, who had followed all his motions with surprise which he could not conceal.
bolt - boulon, verrouiller, pene
bedchamber - chambre a coucher
motions - motions, mouvement, motion
"Well, now, my dear GĂ©rard," said he to the young man, with a very significant look, "do you know, you seem as if you were not very glad to see me?"
significant - significative, significatif
"My dear father," said Villefort, "I am, on the contrary, delighted; but I so little expected your visit, that it has somewhat overcome me."
"But, my dear fellow," replied M. Noirtier, seating himself, "I might say the same thing to you, when you announce to me your wedding for the 28th of February, and on the 3rd of March you turn up here in Paris."
turn up - se présenter
"And if I have come, my dear father," said GĂ©rard, drawing closer to M. Noirtier, "do not complain, for it is for you that I came, and my journey will be your salvation."
complain - se plaindre, porter plainte
Salvation - le salut, salut
"Ah, indeed!" said M. Noirtier, stretching himself out at his ease in the chair. "Really, pray tell me all about it, for it must be interesting."
ease - l'aisance, facilité, repos, abaisser, abréger, amoindrir
"Father, you have heard speak of a certain Bonapartist club in the Rue Saint-Jacques?"
"No. 53; yes, I am vice-president."
vice - vice, vertu
President - le président, président, présidente
"Father, your coolness makes me shudder."
"Why, my dear boy, when a man has been proscribed by the mountaineers, has escaped from Paris in a hay-cart, been hunted over the plains of Bordeaux by Robespierre's bloodhounds, he becomes accustomed to most things. But go on, what about the club in the Rue Saint-Jacques?"
proscribed - proscrites, interdire, dénoncer, déconseiller, bannir, exclure
Hay - foin
cart - chariot, charrette
hunted - chassé, chasser, chercher, chasse
plains - plaines, simple
Bordeaux - bordeaux
bloodhounds - les limiers, limier, chien de Saint-Hubert, détective
"Why, they induced General Quesnel to go there, and General Quesnel, who quitted his own house at nine o'clock in the evening, was found the next day in the Seine."
Seine - la seine, seine, seiner
"And who told you this fine story?"
"The king himself."
"Well, then, in return for your story," continued Noirtier, "I will tell you another."
"My dear father, I think I already know what you are about to tell me."
"Ah, you have heard of the landing of the emperor?"
"Not so loud, father, I entreat of you"for your own sake as well as mine. Yes, I heard this news, and knew it even before you could; for three days ago I posted from Marseilles to Paris with all possible speed, half-desperate at the enforced delay."
enforced - appliqué, renforcer, intensifier, imposer, obliger
"Three days ago? You are crazy. Why, three days ago the emperor had not landed."
crazy - fou, insensé, avoir une araignée au plafond, chtarbé
"No matter, I was aware of his intention."
"How did you know about it?"
"By a letter addressed to you from the Island of Elba."
"To you; and which I discovered in the pocket-book of the messenger. Had that letter fallen into the hands of another, you, my dear father, would probably ere this have been shot." Villefort's father laughed.
pocket-book - (pocket-book) livre de poche
"Come, come," said he, "will the Restoration adopt imperial methods so promptly? Shot, my dear boy? What an idea! Where is the letter you speak of? I know you too well to suppose you would allow such a thing to pass you."
adopt - adopter
methods - méthodes, méthode
"I burnt it, for fear that even a fragment should remain; for that letter must have led to your condemnation."
fragment - fragment, fragmenter
condemnation - condamnation
"And the destruction of your future prospects," replied Noirtier; "yes, I can easily comprehend that. But I have nothing to fear while I have you to protect me."
destruction - la destruction, destruction
protect - protéger
"I do better than that, sir"I save you."
save - sauver, sauvegarder, épargner, préserver, protéger
"You do? Why, really, the thing becomes more and more dramatic"explain yourself."
dramatic - dramatique, spectaculaire
"I must refer again to the club in the Rue Saint-Jacques."
"It appears that this club is rather a bore to the police. Why didn't they search more vigilantly? they would have found"""
vigilantly - avec vigilance
"They have not found; but they are on the track."
"Yes, that the usual phrase; I am quite familiar with it. When the police is at fault, it declares that it is on the track; and the government patiently awaits the day when it comes to say, with a sneaking air, that the track is lost."
declares - déclare, expliquer, déclarer
awaits - attend, attendre, s'attendre a, servir, guetter
sneaking - en cachette, resquilleur, faucher, piquer, resquiller, cacher
"Yes, but they have found a corpse; the general has been killed, and in all countries they call that a murder."
corpse - cadavre, corps, corps sans vie
"A murder do you call it? why, there is nothing to prove that the general was murdered. People are found every day in the Seine, having thrown themselves in, or having been drowned from not knowing how to swim."
been drowned - a été noyé
"Father, you know very well that the general was not a man to drown himself in despair, and people do not bathe in the Seine in the month of January. No, no, do not be deceived; this was murder in every sense of the word."
drown - se noyer, noyer, checksubmerger
bathe - prendre un bain, se baigner, faire prendre un bain, baignade
be deceived - etre trompé
"And who thus designated it?"
"The king himself."
"The king! I thought he was philosopher enough to allow that there was no murder in politics. In politics, my dear fellow, you know, as well as I do, there are no men, but ideas"no feelings, but interests; in politics we do not kill a man, we only remove an obstacle, that is all. Would you like to know how matters have progressed? Well, I will tell you.
philosopher - philosophe
obstacle - obstacle
progressed - a progressé, progres
It was thought reliance might be placed in General Quesnel; he was recommended to us from the Island of Elba; one of us went to him, and invited him to the Rue Saint-Jacques, where he would find some friends. He came there, and the plan was unfolded to him for leaving Elba, the projected landing, etc. When he had heard and comprehended all to the fullest extent, he replied that he was a royalist.
reliance - la confiance, confiance, dépendance
unfolded - déployé, déplier, dérouler, fr
etc - etc
extent - mesure, étendue
Then all looked at each other,"he was made to take an oath, and did so, but with such an ill grace that it was really tempting Providence to swear thus, and yet, in spite of that, the general was allowed to depart free"perfectly free. Yet he did not return home. What could that mean? why, my dear fellow, that on leaving us he lost his way, that's all. A murder? really, Villefort, you surprise me.
oath - serment, juron, jurer
grace - bénédicité, grâces, grâce, miséricorde
tempting - tentant, (tempt), tenter, attirer
return home - retourner a la maison
lost his way - a perdu son chemin
You, a deputy procureur, to found an accusation on such bad premises! Did I ever say to you, when you were fulfilling your character as a royalist, and cut off the head of one of my party, My son, you have committed a murder?'No, I said, Very well, sir, you have gained the victory; tomorrow, perchance, it will be our turn.'"
premises - locaux, prémisse, local
fulfilling - épanouissant, profondément satisfaisant
"But, father, take care; when our turn comes, our revenge will be sweeping."
sweeping - balayage, a l'emporteiece, radical, complet
"I do not understand you."
"You rely on the usurper's return?"
"You are mistaken; he will not advance two leagues into the interior of France without being followed, tracked, and caught like a wild beast."
are mistaken - Se tromper
advance - élever, avancer, avancée, progression, avance, souscription
interior - intérieur
tracked - suivi, trace, marque, sillon, empreinte, sentier
"My dear fellow, the emperor is at this moment on the way to Grenoble; on the 10th or 12th he will be at Lyons, and on the 20th or 25th at Paris."
"The people will rise."
"Yes, to go and meet him."
"He has but a handful of men with him, and armies will be despatched against him."
"Yes, to escort him into the capital. Really, my dear GĂ©rard, you are but a child; you think yourself well informed because the telegraph has told you, three days after the landing, The usurper has landed at Cannes with several men. He is pursued.'But where is he? what is he doing? You do not know at all, and in this way they will chase him to Paris, without drawing a trigger."
pursued - poursuivie, poursuivre, rechercher
chase - poursuite, chassez, chassons, poursuivre, pousser, chasser
trigger - détente, gâchette, actionneur, activateur, gâchette (1)
"Grenoble and Lyons are faithful cities, and will oppose to him an impassable barrier."
oppose - s'opposer a
impassable - impraticable
"Grenoble will open her gates to him with enthusiasm"all Lyons will hasten to welcome him. Believe me, we are as well informed as you, and our police are as good as your own. Would you like a proof of it? well, you wished to conceal your journey from me, and yet I knew of your arrival half an hour after you had passed the barrier.
gates - portes, porte, barriere
You gave your direction to no one but your postilion, yet I have your address, and in proof I am here the very instant you are going to sit at table. Ring, then, if you please, for a second knife, fork, and plate, and we will dine together."
postilion - postilion, postillon
fork - fourchette, ramification
plate - assiette, plaque, écriteau
"Indeed!" replied Villefort, looking at his father with astonishment, "you really do seem very well informed."
"Eh? the thing is simple enough. You who are in power have only the means that money produces"we who are in expectation, have those which devotion prompts."
produces - produit, produire, produits-p
expectation - attentes, attente
prompts - des messages d'encouragement, ponctuel, indicateur
"Devotion!" said Villefort, with a sneer.
sneer - ricaner
"Yes, devotion; for that is, I believe, the phrase for hopeful ambition."
hopeful - d'espoir, encourageant
And Villefort's father extended his hand to the bell-rope, to summon the servant whom his son had not called. Villefort caught his arm.
"Wait, my dear father," said the young man, "one word more."
"However stupid the royalist police may be, they do know one terrible thing."
"What is that?"
"The description of the man who, on the morning of the day when General Quesnel disappeared, presented himself at his house."
"Oh, the admirable police have found that out, have they? And what may be that description?"
"Dark complexion; hair, eyebrows, and whiskers black; blue frock-coat, buttoned up to the chin; rosette of an officer of the Legion of Honor in his button-hole; a hat with wide brim, and a cane."
whiskers - moustaches, favoris-p, poil de barbe, moustache, vibrisse
button - bouton
brim - bord
"Ah, ha, that's it, is it?" said Noirtier; "and why, then, have they not laid hands on him?"
ha - HA
"Because yesterday, or the day before, they lost sight of him at the corner of the Rue Coq-HĂ©ron."
"didn't I say that your police were good for nothing?"
didn't I - n'est-ce pas?
good for nothing - bon a rien
"Yes; but they may catch him yet."
"True," said Noirtier, looking carelessly around him, "true, if this person were not on his guard, as he is;" and he added with a smile, "He will consequently make a few changes in his personal appearance.
guard - garde, protection, gardien, arriere, défense, garder
consequently - en conséquence
" At these words he rose, and put off his frock-coat and cravat, went towards a table on which lay his son's toilet articles, lathered his face, took a razor, and, with a firm hand, cut off the compromising whiskers. Villefort watched him with alarm not devoid of admiration.
cravat - cravate, foulard
toilet articles - des articles de toilette
lathered - moussé, mousse
razor - rasoir
devoid - dépourvu
His whiskers cut off, Noirtier gave another turn to his hair; took, instead of his black cravat, a colored neckerchief which lay at the top of an open portmanteau; put on, in lieu of his blue and high-buttoned frock-coat, a coat of Villefort's of dark brown, and cut away in front; tried on before the glass a narrow-brimmed hat of his son's, which appeared to fit him perfectly, and, leaving his cane in the corner where he had deposited it, he took up a small bamboo switch, cut the air with it once or twice, and walked about with that easy swagger which was one of his principal characteristics.
neckerchief - un mouchoir de poche, foulard
top - haut, dessus, sommet, couvercle, hune, premiere demi-manche
portmanteau - portmanteau
lieu - lieu
dark brown - brun foncé
tried on - essayé
brimmed - a rebord, bord
deposited - déposé, dépôt, gisement, acompte, arrhes-p
bamboo - bambou, de bambou
switch - interrupteur, aiguille, aiguillage, badine, commutateur
swagger - swagger, se pavaner
characteristics - caractéristiques, caractéristique
"Well," he said, turning towards his wondering son, when this disguise was completed, "well, do you think your police will recognize me now."
wondering - se demander, (wonder), merveille, conjecturer
disguise - déguisement, déguiser
"No, father," stammered Villefort; "at least, I hope not."
"And now, my dear boy," continued Noirtier, "I rely on your prudence to remove all the things which I leave in your care."
"Oh, rely on me," said Villefort.
"Yes, yes; and now I believe you are right, and that you have really saved my life; be assured I will return the favor hereafter."
Villefort shook his head.
shook - secoué, (shake), secouer, agiter, se serrer la main, secousse
"You are not convinced yet?"
"I hope at least, that you may be mistaken."
be mistaken - se tromper
"Shall you see the king again?"
"Would you pass in his eyes for a prophet?"
pass in - passer en
prophet - prophete, prophete, prophétesse, devin
"Prophets of evil are not in favor at the court, father."
prophets - prophetes, prophete, prophétesse, devin
"True, but some day they do them justice; and supposing a second restoration, you would then pass for a great man."
supposing - supposer, supposant, (suppose), imaginer
pass for - passe pour
"Well, what should I say to the king?"
"Say this to him: Sire, you are deceived as to the feeling in France, as to the opinions of the towns, and the prejudices of the army; he whom in Paris you call the Corsican ogre, who at Nevers is styled the usurper, is already saluted as Bonaparte at Lyons, and emperor at Grenoble. You think he is tracked, pursued, captured; he is advancing as rapidly as his own eagles.
prejudices - préjugés, préjugé, idée préconçue, préjudice
captured - capturé, capture, prisonnier, saisir, capturer, enregistrer
eagles - les aigles, aigle, eagle, réussir un aigle
The soldiers you believe to be dying with hunger, worn out with fatigue, ready to desert, gather like atoms of snow about the rolling ball as it hastens onward.
hunger - la faim, faim
gather - rassembler, ramasser, recueillir, déduire
rolling - rouler, enroulant, roulant, (roll) rouler
Hastens - hâte, dépecher
onward - plus loin, en avant
Sire, go, leave France to its real master, to him who acquired it, not by purchase, but by right of conquest; go, sire, not that you incur any risk, for your adversary is powerful enough to show you mercy, but because it would be humiliating for a grandson of Saint Louis to owe his life to the man of Arcola, Marengo, Austerlitz.'Tell him this, GĂ©rard; or, rather, tell him nothing.
conquest - conquete, conquete
incur - incurable, encourir, s'attirer, subir, impliquer, occasioner
adversary - adversaire, ennemi, ennemie
powerful - puissant
humiliating - humiliant, humilier
grandson - petit-fils
Keep your journey a secret; do not boast of what you have come to Paris to do, or have done; return with all speed; enter Marseilles at night, and your house by the back-door, and there remain, quiet, submissive, secret, and, above all, inoffensive; for this time, I swear to you, we shall act like powerful men who know their enemies.
boast - se vanter, vantent, vantez, vantons, fanfaronner, vanter
submissive - soumis
inoffensive - inoffensif
Go, my son"go, my dear GĂ©rard, and by your obedience to my paternal orders, or, if you prefer it, friendly counsels, we will keep you in your place. This will be," added Noirtier, with a smile, "one means by which you may a second time save me, if the political balance should some day take another turn, and cast you aloft while hurling me down.
paternal - paternel
counsels - conseils, conseil, expertise, plan, projet
aloft - en altitude, en haut, en l'air
hurling - hurling, (hurl), projeter, débecter, débecqueter
Adieu, my dear GĂ©rard, and at your next journey alight at my door."
Noirtier left the room when he had finished, with the same calmness that had characterized him during the whole of this remarkable and trying conversation.
characterized - caractérisé, caractériser, dépeindre
remarkable - remarquable
Villefort, pale and agitated, ran to the window, put aside the curtain, and saw him pass, cool and collected, by two or three ill-looking men at the corner of the street, who were there, perhaps, to arrest a man with black whiskers, and a blue frock-coat, and hat with broad brim.
put aside - mis de côté
Villefort stood watching, breathless, until his father had disappeared at the Rue Bussy.
Then he turned to the various articles he had left behind him, put the black cravat and blue frock-coat at the bottom of the portmanteau, threw the hat into a dark closet, broke the cane into small bits and flung it in the fire, put on his travelling-cap, and calling his valet, checked with a look the thousand questions he was ready to ask, paid his bill, sprang into his carriage, which was ready, learned at Lyons that Bonaparte had entered Grenoble, and in the midst of the tumult which prevailed along the road, at length reached Marseilles, a prey to all the hopes and fears which enter into the heart of man with ambition and its first successes.
bits - bits, (petit) morceau
cap - cap, bonnet, calotte, casquette, toque, képi
tumult - tumultes, barouf, baroufe, bagarre
enter into - entrer
M. Noirtier was a true prophet, and things progressed rapidly, as he had predicted. Everyone knows the history of the famous return from Elba, a return which was unprecedented in the past, and will probably remain without a counterpart in the future.
predicted - prédit, prédire
unprecedented - sans précédent
counterpart - contreartie, homologue, duplicat, checkpendant, checkéquivalent
Louis XVIII. made but a faint attempt to parry this unexpected blow; the monarchy he had scarcely reconstructed tottered on its precarious foundation, and at a sign from the emperor the incongruous structure of ancient prejudices and new ideas fell to the ground.
parry - parer, parade
tottered - chancelante, tituber, chute, écroulement
precarious - précaire
incongruous - incongru
ancient - ancienne, antique
Villefort, therefore, gained nothing save the king's gratitude (which was rather likely to injure him at the present time) and the cross of the Legion of Honor, which he had the prudence not to wear, although M. de Blacas had duly forwarded the brevet.
forwarded - transmis, en avant
Napoleon would, doubtless, have deprived Villefort of his office had it not been for Noirtier, who was all powerful at court, and thus the Girondin of '93 and the Senator of 1806 protected him who so lately had been his protector. All Villefort's influence barely enabled him to stifle the secret DantĂ¨s had so nearly divulged.
deprived - privés, priver
all powerful - tout puissant
protected - protégé, protéger
barely - a peine, a peine
enabled - activée, autoriser, permettre, activer
stifle - étouffer
The king's procureur alone was deprived of his office, being suspected of royalism.
deprived of - privé de
However, scarcely was the imperial power established"that is, scarcely had the emperor re-entered the Tuileries and begun to issue orders from the closet into which we have introduced our readers,"he found on the table there Louis XVIII.
's half-filled snuff-box,"scarcely had this occurred when Marseilles began, in spite of the authorities, to rekindle the flames of civil war, always smouldering in the south, and it required but little to excite the populace to acts of far greater violence than the shouts and insults with which they assailed the royalists whenever they ventured abroad.
snuff - tabac a priser, coryza
authorities - autorités, autorité
rekindle - rallumer, raviver
smouldering - couvant, (smoulder) couvant
populace - population, bas peuple, plebe
acts - actes, acte, loi, action, agir
shouts - crie, cri
insults - des insultes, insulter, insulte
assailed - assailli, assaillir
whenever - chaque fois que
Owing to this change, the worthy shipowner became at that moment"we will not say all powerful, because Morrel was a prudent and rather a timid man, so much so, that many of the most zealous partisans of Bonaparte accused him of "moderation""but sufficiently influential to make a demand in favor of DantĂ¨s.
moderation - modération
Villefort retained his place, but his marriage was put off until a more favorable opportunity. If the emperor remained on the throne, GĂ©rard required a different alliance to aid his career; if Louis XVIII. returned, the influence of M. de Saint-MĂ©ran, like his own, could be vastly increased, and the marriage be still more suitable.
vastly - largement, beaucoup
more suitable - plus adaptée
The deputy procureur was, therefore, the first magistrate of Marseilles, when one morning his door opened, and M. Morrel was announced.
Anyone else would have hastened to receive him; but Villefort was a man of ability, and he knew this would be a sign of weakness. He made Morrel wait in the antechamber, although he had no one with him, for the simple reason that the king's procureur always makes everyone wait, and after passing a quarter of an hour in reading the papers, he ordered M. Morrel to be admitted.
weakness - faiblesse, point faible
Morrel expected Villefort would be dejected; he found him as he had found him six weeks before, calm, firm, and full of that glacial politeness, that most insurmountable barrier which separates the well-bred from the vulgar man.
insurmountable - insurmontable
separates - des séparations, séparé, séparée, séparer
bred - élevé, (breed), se reproduire, engendrer, élever, race
vulgar - vulgaire, obscene
He had entered Villefort's office expecting that the magistrate would tremble at the sight of him; on the contrary, he felt a cold shudder all over him when he saw Villefort sitting there with his elbow on his desk, and his head leaning on his hand.
tremble - trembler, vibrer, tremblement, vibration
He stopped at the door; Villefort gazed at him as if he had some difficulty in recognizing him; then, after a brief interval, during which the honest shipowner turned his hat in his hands,
recognizing - reconnaître
interval - intervalle
"M. Morrel, I believe?" said Villefort.
"Come nearer," said the magistrate, with a patronizing wave of the hand, "and tell me to what circumstance I owe the honor of this visit."
patronizing - condescendant, fréquenter, patrociner, prendre de haut
"Do you not guess, monsieur?" asked Morrel.
"Not in the least; but if I can serve you in any way I shall be delighted."
"Everything depends on you."
depends - dépend, dépendre, pendre
"Explain yourself, pray."
"Monsieur," said Morrel, recovering his assurance as he proceeded, "do you recollect that a few days before the landing of his majesty the emperor, I came to intercede for a young man, the mate of my ship, who was accused of being concerned in correspondence with the Island of Elba? What was the other day a crime is today a title to favor. You then served Louis XVIII.
recovering - en cours de rétablissement, recouvrer (la santé)
correspondence - correspondance, chronique
, and you did not show any favor"it was your duty; today you serve Napoleon, and you ought to protect him"it is equally your duty; I come, therefore, to ask what has become of him?"
Villefort by a strong effort sought to control himself. "What is his name?" said he. "Tell me his name."
control - contrôler, maîtrise, contrôle, commandes
Villefort would probably have rather stood opposite the muzzle of a pistol at five-and-twenty paces than have heard this name spoken; but he did not blanch.
blanch - blanchir
"DantĂ¨s," repeated he, "Edmond DantĂ¨s."
"Yes, monsieur." Villefort opened a large register, then went to a table, from the table turned to his registers, and then, turning to Morrel,
registers - registres, registre, inscription
"Are you quite sure you are not mistaken, monsieur?" said he, in the most natural tone in the world.
most natural - le plus naturel
Had Morrel been a more quick-sighted man, or better versed in these matters, he would have been surprised at the king's procureur answering him on such a subject, instead of referring him to the governors of the prison or the prefect of the department. But Morrel, disappointed in his expectations of exciting fear, was conscious only of the other's condescension. Villefort had calculated rightly.
sighted - voyants, vue, quelque chose a voir, truc a voir, mire, viseur
versed - versés, strophe
governors - gouverneurs, gouverneur, gouverneure
expectations - attentes, attente
"No," said Morrel; "I am not mistaken. I have known him for ten years, the last four of which he was in my service. Do not you recollect, I came about six weeks ago to plead for clemency, as I come today to plead for justice. You received me very coldly. Oh, the royalists were very severe with the Bonapartists in those days."
came about - arriva
clemency - la clémence, clémence, compassion, pitié, miséricorde
"Monsieur," returned Villefort, "I was then a royalist, because I believed the Bourbons not only the heirs to the throne, but the chosen of the nation. The miraculous return of Napoleon has conquered me, the legitimate monarch is he who is loved by his people."
Bourbons - bourbons, bourbon
heirs - héritiers, héritier, héritiere, successeur, successeuse
nation - nation, peuple
miraculous - miraculeux
"That's right!" cried Morrel. "I like to hear you speak thus, and I augur well for Edmond from it."
augur - augur, augure, augurer
"Wait a moment," said Villefort, turning over the leaves of a register; "I have it"a sailor, who was about to marry a young Catalan girl. I recollect now; it was a very serious charge."
register - s'inscrire, registre, inscription, niveau de langue
"You know that when he left here he was taken to the Palais de Justice."
"I made my report to the authorities at Paris, and a week after he was carried off."
carried off - emportés
"Carried off!" said Morrel. "What can they have done with him?"
"Oh, he has been taken to Fenestrelles, to Pignerol, or to the Sainte-MarguĂ©rite islands. Some fine morning he will return to take command of your vessel."
"Come when he will, it shall be kept for him. But how is it he is not already returned? It seems to me the first care of government should be to set at liberty those who have suffered for their adherence to it."
adherence - l'adhésion, adhésion, observance
"Do not be too hasty, M. Morrel," replied Villefort. "The order of imprisonment came from high authority, and the order for his liberation must proceed from the same source; and, as Napoleon has scarcely been reinstated a fortnight, the letters have not yet been forwarded."
imprisonment - l'emprisonnement, emprisonnement
liberation - libération
source - source
reinstated - réintégrée, rétablir, réintégrer, réactiver
"But," said Morrel, "is there no way of expediting all these formalities"of releasing him from arrest?"
releasing - libérer
"There has been no arrest."
"It is sometimes essential to government to cause a man's disappearance without leaving any traces, so that no written forms or documents may defeat their wishes."
essential - indispensable, essentiel, fondamental
disappearance - disparition
"It might be so under the Bourbons, but at present"""
"It has always been so, my dear Morrel, since the reign of Louis XIV. The emperor is more strict in prison discipline than even Louis himself, and the number of prisoners whose names are not on the register is incalculable." Had Morrel even any suspicions, so much kindness would have dispelled them.
incalculable - incalculable
dispelled - dissipé, chasser, dissiper
"Well, M. de Villefort, how would you advise me to act?" asked he.
"Petition the minister."
"Oh, I know what that is; the minister receives two hundred petitions every day, and does not read three."
Receives - reçoit, recevoir
petitions - pétitions, pétition, pétitionner
"That is true; but he will read a petition countersigned and presented by me."
countersigned - contresigné, contresigner
"And will you undertake to deliver it?"
"With the greatest pleasure. DantĂ¨s was then guilty, and now he is innocent, and it is as much my duty to free him as it was to condemn him." Villefort thus forestalled any danger of an inquiry, which, however improbable it might be, if it did take place would leave him defenceless.
condemn - condamner, déclarer coupable
improbable - invraisemblable, improbable
defenceless - sans défense
"But how shall I address the minister?"
"Sit down there," said Villefort, giving up his place to Morrel, "and write what I dictate."
dictate - dicter
"Will you be so good?"
"Certainly. But lose no time; we have lost too much already."
"That is true. Only think what the poor fellow may even now be suffering."
suffering - la souffrance, souffrance, douleur
Villefort shuddered at the suggestion; but he had gone too far to draw back. DantĂ¨s must be crushed to gratify Villefort's ambition.
suggestion - suggestion, proposition
gratify - gratifier
Villefort dictated a petition, in which, from an excellent intention, no doubt, DantĂ¨s'patriotic services were exaggerated, and he was made out one of the most active agents of Napoleon's return. It was evident that at the sight of this document the minister would instantly release him. The petition finished, Villefort read it aloud.
patriotic - patriotique
exaggerated - exagéré, exagérer, outrer
most active - Le plus actif
document - document, écrit, documenter
aloud - a haute voix, a voix haute, a haute voix, fort
"That will do," said he; "leave the rest to me."
"Will the petition go soon?"
"Countersigned by you?"
"The best thing I can do will be to certify the truth of the contents of your petition." And, sitting down, Villefort wrote the certificate at the bottom.
certify - certifier
certificate - document, certificat, diplôme
"What more is to be done?"
"I will do whatever is necessary." This assurance delighted Morrel, who took leave of Villefort, and hastened to announce to old DantĂ¨s that he would soon see his son.
As for Villefort, instead of sending to Paris, he carefully preserved the petition that so fearfully compromised DantĂ¨s, in the hopes of an event that seemed not unlikely,"that is, a second restoration. DantĂ¨s remained a prisoner, and heard not the noise of the fall of Louis XVIII.'s throne, or the still more tragic destruction of the empire.
compromised - compromis, concession, compromettre
unlikely - peu probable, improbable, improbablement
noise - bruit, vacarme, brouhaha, boucan
more tragic - plus tragique
Empire - l'empire, empire
Twice during the Hundred Days had Morrel renewed his demand, and twice had Villefort soothed him with promises. At last there was Waterloo, and Morrel came no more; he had done all that was in his power, and any fresh attempt would only compromise himself uselessly.
renewed - renouvelée, renouveler
soothed - apaisé, apaiser, calmer, soulager
Waterloo - Waterloo
compromise - compromis, concession, compromettre
uselessly - inutilement
Louis XVIII. remounted the throne; Villefort, to whom Marseilles had become filled with remorseful memories, sought and obtained the situation of king's procureur at Toulouse, and a fortnight afterwards he married Mademoiselle de Saint-MĂ©ran, whose father now stood higher at court than ever.
remorseful - des remords
And so DantĂ¨s, after the Hundred Days and after Waterloo, remained in his dungeon, forgotten of earth and heaven.
Danglars comprehended the full extent of the wretched fate that overwhelmed DantĂ¨s; and, when Napoleon returned to France, he, after the manner of mediocre minds, termed the coincidence, a decree of Providence. But when Napoleon returned to Paris, Danglars'heart failed him, and he lived in constant fear of DantĂ¨s'return on a mission of vengeance. He therefore informed M.
mediocre - médiocre
termed - appelé, peine, mandat, période
decree - décret, ordonnance, décréter
constant - constant, constante
Morrel of his wish to quit the sea, and obtained a recommendation from him to a Spanish merchant, into whose service he entered at the end of March, that is, ten or twelve days after Napoleon's return. He then left for Madrid, and was no more heard of.
Fernand understood nothing except that DantĂ¨s was absent. What had become of him he cared not to inquire.
Only, during the respite the absence of his rival afforded him, he reflected, partly on the means of deceiving MercĂ©dĂ¨s as to the cause of his absence, partly on plans of emigration and abduction, as from time to time he sat sad and motionless on the summit of Cape Pharo, at the spot from whence Marseilles and the Catalans are visible, watching for the apparition of a young and handsome man, who was for him also the messenger of vengeance. Fernand's mind was made up; he would shoot DantĂ¨s, and then kill himself. But Fernand was mistaken; a man of his disposition never kills himself, for he constantly hopes.
respite - un répit, répit
afforded - de l'entreprise, permettre
partly - en partie
deceiving - trompeuse, tromper, leurrer, séduire
emigration - l'émigration, émigration
abduction - enlevement, enlevement, abduction, rapt
as from - a partir de
summit - sommet, apogée
apparition - apparition
kills - tue, tuer
constantly - constamment, en boucle
During this time the empire made its last conscription, and every man in France capable of bearing arms rushed to obey the summons of the emperor. Fernand departed with the rest, bearing with him the terrible thought that while he was away, his rival would perhaps return and marry MercĂ©dĂ¨s. Had Fernand really meant to kill himself, he would have done so when he parted from MercĂ©dĂ¨s.
summons - convoque, convocation, (summon) convoque
His devotion, and the compassion he showed for her misfortunes, produced the effect they always produce on noble minds"MercĂ©dĂ¨s had always had a sincere regard for Fernand, and this was now strengthened by gratitude.
strengthened - renforcée, renforcer, affermir, raffermir, fortifier
"My brother," said she, as she placed his knapsack on his shoulders, "be careful of yourself, for if you are killed, I shall be alone in the world." These words carried a ray of hope into Fernand's heart. Should DantĂ¨s not return, MercĂ©dĂ¨s might one day be his.
knapsack - sac a dos, sac a dos
ray of hope - Une lueur d'espoir
MercĂ©dĂ¨s was left alone face to face with the vast plain that had never seemed so barren, and the sea that had never seemed so vast. Bathed in tears she wandered about the Catalan village.
vast - vaste
wandered - erré, errer, vaguer, divaguer
Sometimes she stood mute and motionless as a statue, looking towards Marseilles, at other times gazing on the sea, and debating as to whether it were not better to cast herself into the abyss of the ocean, and thus end her woes. It was not want of courage that prevented her putting this resolution into execution; but her religious feelings came to her aid and saved her.
statue - statue
gazing - regarder, fixer
debating - débattre, débat, discussion
prevented - empeché, empecher
execution - l'exécution, exécution
Caderousse was, like Fernand, enrolled in the army, but, being married and eight years older, he was merely sent to the frontier. Old DantĂ¨s, who was only sustained by hope, lost all hope at Napoleon's downfall. Five months after he had been separated from his son, and almost at the hour of his arrest, he breathed his last in MercĂ©dĂ¨s'arms. M.
enrolled - inscrits, inscrire
frontier - frontiere, frontiere
sustained - soutenue, maintenir, subvenir
breathed - respiré, respirer, inspirer, expirer
Morrel paid the expenses of his funeral, and a few small debts the poor old man had contracted.
expenses - dépenses, dépense
funeral - funérailles, obseques
debts - des dettes, dette
contracted - sous contrat, contracter
There was more than benevolence in this action; there was courage; the south was aflame, and to assist, even on his death-bed, the father of so dangerous a Bonapartist as DantĂ¨s, was stigmatized as a crime.
benevolence - la bienveillance, bienveillance, bénévolence
aflame - en feu
assist - assister, aider, passe décisive
stigmatized - stigmatisés, stigmatiser
Ayear after Louis XVIII.'s restoration, a visit was made by the inspector-general of prisons. DantĂ¨s in his cell heard the noise of preparation,"sounds that at the depth where he lay would have been inaudible to any but the ear of a prisoner, who could hear the splash of the drop of water that every hour fell from the roof of his dungeon.
prisons - prisons, prison, qualifier
preparation - préparation, concoction
depth - profondeur, épaisseur
inaudible - inaudible
splash - splash, plouf, bruit, éclaboussure, éclabousser, asperger
drop of water - une goutte d'eau
roof - toit
He guessed something uncommon was passing among the living; but he had so long ceased to have any intercourse with the world, that he looked upon himself as dead.
ceased - cessé, cesser, s'arreter, cesser de + 'infinitive'
intercourse - les rapports sexuels, relation sexuelle
The inspector visited, one after another, the cells and dungeons of several of the prisoners, whose good behavior or stupidity recommended them to the clemency of the government. He inquired how they were fed, and if they had any request to make. The universal response was, that the fare was detestable, and that they wanted to be set free.
cells - cellules, cellule
behavior - comportement, conduite
stupidity - stupidité, idiotie, ânerie, sottise
fed - alimentée, alimentées, alimenterent
response - réponse
detestable - détestable
set free - Libérer
The inspector asked if they had anything else to ask for. They shook their heads. What could they desire beyond their liberty? The inspector turned smilingly to the governor.
smilingly - en souriant
"I do not know what reason government can assign for these useless visits; when you see one prisoner, you see all,"always the same thing,"ill fed and innocent. Are there any others?"
assign - affecter, désigner, assigner, attribuer
"Yes; the dangerous and mad prisoners are in the dungeons."
"Let us visit them," said the inspector with an air of fatigue. "We must play the farce to the end. Let us see the dungeons."
farce - farce
"Let us first send for two soldiers," said the governor. "The prisoners sometimes, through mere uneasiness of life, and in order to be sentenced to death, commit acts of useless violence, and you might fall a victim."
"Take all needful precautions," replied the inspector.
needful - nécessaire
precautions - des précautions, précaution
Two soldiers were accordingly sent for, and the inspector descended a stairway, so foul, so humid, so dark, as to be loathsome to sight, smell, and respiration.
accordingly - en conséquence, conséquemment
stairway - escalier
foul - la faute, infâme
humid - mouillé, humide
loathsome - détestable, odieux, dégoutant
smell - odeur, parfum, gout, odorat, sentir, humer
respiration - la respiration, respiration
"Oh," cried the inspector, "who can live here?"
"A most dangerous conspirator, a man we are ordered to keep the most strict watch over, as he is daring and resolute."
most dangerous - le plus dangereux
daring - audacieux, courageux, checktéméraire, checkhardi
resolute - résolu, résolue, ferme, déterminé
"He is alone?"
"How long has he been there?"
"Nearly a year."
"Was he placed here when he first arrived?"
"No; not until he attempted to kill the turnkey, who took his food to him."
attempted - tenté, tenter, essayer, tentative, attentat
turnkey - clé en main, clés en main
"To kill the turnkey?"
"Yes, the very one who is lighting us. Is it not true, Antoine?" asked the governor.
"True enough; he wanted to kill me!" returned the turnkey.
"He must be mad," said the inspector.
"He is worse than that,"he is a devil!" returned the turnkey.
devil - Diable, Satan, type
"Shall I complain of him?" demanded the inspector.
"Oh, no; it is useless. Besides, he is almost mad now, and in another year he will be quite so."
quite so - tout a fait
"So much the better for him,"he will suffer less," said the inspector. He was, as this remark shows, a man full of philanthropy, and in every way fit for his office.
philanthropy - philanthropie
"You are right, sir," replied the governor; "and this remark proves that you have deeply considered the subject. Now we have in a dungeon about twenty feet distant, and to which you descend by another stair, an old abbĂ©, formerly leader of a party in Italy, who has been here since 1811, and in 1813 he went mad, and the change is astonishing.
stair - l'escalier, marche, escalier, volée
Formerly - auparavant, autrefois, anciennement
astonishing - étonnante, étonner, surprendre
He used to weep, he now laughs; he grew thin, he now grows fat. You had better see him, for his madness is amusing."
weep - pleurer, pleurez, pleurons, pleurent
madness - la folie, folie
"I will see them both," returned the inspector; "I must conscientiously perform my duty."
conscientiously - consciencieusement
This was the inspector's first visit; he wished to display his authority.
"Let us visit this one first," added he.
"By all means," replied the governor, and he signed to the turnkey to open the door. At the sound of the key turning in the lock, and the creaking of the hinges, DantĂ¨s, who was crouched in a corner of the dungeon, whence he could see the ray of light that came through a narrow iron grating above, raised his head.
turning in - de se transformer
creaking - grincement, craquement, craquer
hinges - charnieres, gond, charniere, dépendre
crouched - accroupi, s'accroupir
ray of light - un rayon de lumiere
Seeing a stranger, escorted by two turnkeys holding torches and accompanied by two soldiers, and to whom the governor spoke bareheaded, DantĂ¨s, who guessed the truth, and that the moment to address himself to the superior authorities was come, sprang forward with clasped hands.
escorted - escorté, escorte, escorter
bareheaded - tete nue
The soldiers interposed their bayonets, for they thought that he was about to attack the inspector, and the latter recoiled two or three steps. DantĂ¨s saw that he was looked upon as dangerous. Then, infusing all the humility he possessed into his eyes and voice, he addressed the inspector, and sought to inspire him with pity.
recoiled - a reculé, recul, reculer
infusing - infusion, infuser
humility - l'humilité, humilité
inspire - inspirer
The inspector listened attentively; then, turning to the governor, observed, "He will become religious"he is already more gentle; he is afraid, and retreated before the bayonets"madmen are not afraid of anything; I made some curious observations on this at Charenton." Then, turning to the prisoner, "What is it you want?" said he.
listened attentively - écouté attentivement
more gentle - plus doux
Curious - vous etes curieux, curieux, intéressant, singulier
"I want to know what crime I have committed"to be tried; and if I am guilty, to be shot; if innocent, to be set at liberty."
"Are you well fed?" said the inspector.
"I believe so; I don't know; it's of no consequence. What matters really, not only to me, but to officers of justice and the king, is that an innocent man should languish in prison, the victim of an infamous denunciation, to die here cursing his executioners."
languish - dépérir, se cachectiser, se rabougrir, devenir étique, languir
executioners - des bourreaux, exécuteur des hautes ouvres, bourreau
"You are very humble today," remarked the governor; "you are not so always; the other day, for instance, when you tried to kill the turnkey."
humble - humble
"It is true, sir, and I beg his pardon, for he has always been very good to me, but I was mad."
"And you are not so any longer?"
"No; captivity has subdued me"I have been here so long."
captivity - captivité
"So long?"when were you arrested, then?" asked the inspector.
"The 28th of February, 1815, at half-past two in the afternoon."
"Today is the 30th of July, 1816,"why, it is but seventeen months."
"Only seventeen months," replied DantĂ¨s. "Oh, you do not know what is seventeen months in prison!
"seventeen ages rather, especially to a man who, like me, had arrived at the summit of his ambition"to a man, who, like me, was on the point of marrying a woman he adored, who saw an honorable career opened before him, and who loses all in an instant"who sees his prospects destroyed, and is ignorant of the fate of his affianced wife, and whether his aged father be still living!
adored - adorée, adorer
Seventeen months'captivity to a sailor accustomed to the boundless ocean, is a worse punishment than human crime ever merited. Have pity on me, then, and ask for me, not intelligence, but a trial; not pardon, but a verdict"a trial, sir, I ask only for a trial; that, surely, cannot be denied to one who is accused!"
boundless - sans limites, illimité
verdict - verdict
denied - refusée, nier, démentir, refuser
"We shall see," said the inspector; then, turning to the governor, "On my word, the poor devil touches me. You must show me the proofs against him."
touches - touches, toucher, émouvoir, contact
proofs - preuves, preuve, épreuve
"Certainly; but you will find terrible charges."
"Monsieur," continued DantĂ¨s, "I know it is not in your power to release me; but you can plead for me"you can have me tried"and that is all I ask. Let me know my crime, and the reason why I was condemned. Uncertainty is worse than all."
uncertainty - l'incertitude, incertitude
"Go on with the lights," said the inspector.
"Monsieur," cried DantĂ¨s, "I can tell by your voice you are touched with pity; tell me at least to hope."
"I cannot tell you that," replied the inspector; "I can only promise to examine into your case."
"Oh, I am free"then I am saved!"
"Who arrested you?"
"M. Villefort. See him, and hear what he says."
"M. Villefort is no longer at Marseilles; he is now at Toulouse."
"I am no longer surprised at my detention," murmured DantĂ¨s, "since my only protector is removed."
detention - détention, arrestation, retenue
"Had M. de Villefort any cause of personal dislike to you?"
dislike - l'aversion, antipathie, ne pas aimer
"None; on the contrary, he was very kind to me."
"I can, then, rely on the notes he has left concerning you?"
"That is well; wait patiently, then."
wait patiently - attendre patiemment
DantĂ¨s fell on his knees, and prayed earnestly. The door closed; but this time a fresh inmate was left with DantĂ¨s"Hope.
earnestly - sincerement, sérieusement
inmate - détenu, détenue, codétenu, codétenue, résident
"Will you see the register at once," asked the governor, "or proceed to the other cell?"
"Let us visit them all," said the inspector. "If I once went up those stairs. I should never have the courage to come down again."
"Ah, this one is not like the other, and his madness is less affecting than this one's display of reason."
"What is his folly?"
"He fancies he possesses an immense treasure. The first year he offered government a million of francs for his release; the second, two; the third, three; and so on progressively. He is now in his fifth year of captivity; he will ask to speak to you in private, and offer you five millions."
possesses - possede, posséder, s'emparer de
immense - immense
treasure - trésor, garder précieusement
progressively - progressivement
"How curious!"what is his name?"
"The AbbĂ© Faria."
"No. 27," said the inspector.
"It is here; unlock the door, Antoine."
unlock - déverrouiller, débloquer
The turnkey obeyed, and the inspector gazed curiously into the chamber of the mad abbĂ©, as the prisoner was usually called.
In the centre of the cell, in a circle traced with a fragment of plaster detached from the wall, sat a man whose tattered garments scarcely covered him. He was drawing in this circle geometrical lines, and seemed as much absorbed in his problem as Archimedes was when the soldier of Marcellus slew him.
circle - cercle, disque, yeux cernés, cerne, cercler, entourer, encercler
traced - tracé, trace
plaster - le plâtre, onguent, plâtre, enduit, enduire, plâtrer
garments - vetements, vetement
geometrical - géométrique
absorbed - absorbé, absorber, éponger
slew - slew, déraper, (slay) slew
He did not move at the sound of the door, and continued his calculations until the flash of the torches lighted up with an unwonted glare the sombre walls of his cell; then, raising his head, he perceived with astonishment the number of persons present. He hastily seized the coverlet of his bed, and wrapped it round him.
calculations - calculs, calcul
flash - flash, clignoter
lighted up - allumé
unwonted - inhabituel
glare - éblouissement, éclat
number of persons - le nombre de personnes
coverlet - couvre-lit
wrapped - enveloppé, enrouler (autour de)
"What is it you want?" said the inspector.
"I, monsieur," replied the abbĂ© with an air of surprise,""I want nothing."
"You do not understand," continued the inspector; "I am sent here by government to visit the prison, and hear the requests of the prisoners."
"Oh, that is different," cried the abbĂ©; "and we shall understand each other, I hope."
"There, now," whispered the governor, "it is just as I told you."
"Monsieur," continued the prisoner, "I am the AbbĂ© Faria, born at Rome. I was for twenty years Cardinal Spada's secretary; I was arrested, why, I know not, toward the beginning of the year 1811; since then I have demanded my liberty from the Italian and French government."
Rome - rome
cardinal - cardinal, rouge cardinal
"Why from the French government?"
"Because I was arrested at Piombino, and I presume that, like Milan and Florence, Piombino has become the capital of some French department."
presume - présumer, supposer
Florence - florence
"Ah," said the inspector, "you have not the latest news from Italy?"
"My information dates from the day on which I was arrested," returned the AbbĂ© Faria; "and as the emperor had created the kingdom of Rome for his infant son, I presume that he has realized the dream of Machiavelli and CĂ¦sar Borgia, which was to make Italy a united kingdom."
infant - nourrisson, enfant en bas âge, poupon
realized - réalisé, réaliser, se rendre compte, prendre conscience
Machiavelli - machiavel
United - unis, unité
"Monsieur," returned the inspector, "Providence has changed this gigantic plan you advocate so warmly."
gigantic - gigantesque, colossal
advocate - défenseur des droits de l'homme, avocat, avocate, portearole
warmly - chaleureusement, chaudement
"It is the only means of rendering Italy strong, happy, and independent."
independent - indépendant
"Very possibly; only I am not come to discuss politics, but to inquire if you have anything to ask or to complain of."
"The food is the same as in other prisons,"that is, very bad; the lodging is very unhealthful, but, on the whole, passable for a dungeon; but it is not that which I wish to speak of, but a secret I have to reveal of the greatest importance."
lodging - l'hébergement, logement, hébergement, verse, (lodge), cabane
unhealthful - malsain
"We are coming to the point," whispered the governor.
"It is for that reason I am delighted to see you," continued the abbĂ©, "although you have disturbed me in a most important calculation, which, if it succeeded, would possibly change Newton's system. Could you allow me a few words in private."
calculation - calcul
Newton - newton
system - systeme, systeme
"What did I tell you?" said the governor.
"You knew him," returned the inspector with a smile.
"What you ask is impossible, monsieur," continued he, addressing Faria.
"But," said the abbĂ©, "I would speak to you of a large sum, amounting to five millions."
sum - somme
amounting to - s'élevant a
"The very sum you named," whispered the inspector in his turn.
"However," continued Faria, seeing that the inspector was about to depart, "it is not absolutely necessary for us to be alone; the governor can be present."
be present - etre présent
"Unfortunately," said the governor, "I know beforehand what you are about to say; it concerns your treasures, does it not?" Faria fixed his eyes on him with an expression that would have convinced anyone else of his sanity.
concerns - préoccupations, inquiétude, souci, soin, préoccupation
sanity - la santé mentale, santé mentale
"Of course," said he; "of what else should I speak?"
"Mr. Inspector," continued the governor, "I can tell you the story as well as he, for it has been dinned in my ears for the last four or five years."
Mr - monsieur
dinned - dîné, vacarme
"That proves," returned the abbĂ©, "that you are like those of Holy Writ, who having eyes see not, and having ears hear not."
"My dear sir, the government is rich and does not want your treasures," replied the inspector; "keep them until you are liberated." The abbĂ©'s eyes glistened; he seized the inspector's hand.
glistened - a brillé, reluire
"But what if I am not liberated," cried he, "and am detained here until my death? this treasure will be lost. Had not government better profit by it? I will offer six millions, and I will content myself with the rest, if they will only give me my liberty."
be lost - etre perdue
"On my word," said the inspector in a low tone, "had I not been told beforehand that this man was mad, I should believe what he says."
"I am not mad," replied Faria, with that acuteness of hearing peculiar to prisoners. "The treasure I speak of really exists, and I offer to sign an agreement with you, in which I promise to lead you to the spot where you shall dig; and if I deceive you, bring me here again,"I ask no more."
exists - existe, exister
agreement - accord, entente, pacte, contrat
dig - creuser, creusez, creusons, creusent
deceive - tromper, leurrer, séduire
The governor laughed. "Is the spot far from here?"
"A hundred leagues."
"It is not ill-planned," said the governor. "If all the prisoners took it into their heads to travel a hundred leagues, and their guardians consented to accompany them, they would have a capital chance of escaping."
guardians - gardiens, gardien, tuteur, tutrice, curateur, curatrice
escaping - s'échapper, échapper, éviter, tirer
"The scheme is well known," said the inspector; "and the abbĂ©'s plan has not even the merit of originality."
merit - mérite, mériter
originality - l'originalité, originalité
Then turning to Faria, "I inquired if you are well fed?" said he.
"Swear to me," replied Faria, "to free me if what I tell you prove true, and I will stay here while you go to the spot."
"Are you well fed?" repeated the inspector.
"Monsieur, you run no risk, for, as I told you, I will stay here; so there is No chance of my escaping."
No chance - Aucune chance
"You do not reply to my question," replied the inspector impatiently.
"Nor you to mine," cried the abbĂ©. "You will not accept my gold; I will keep it for myself. You refuse me my liberty; God will give it me." And the abbĂ©, casting away his coverlet, resumed his place, and continued his calculations.
"What is he doing there?" said the inspector.
"Counting his treasures," replied the governor.
Faria replied to this sarcasm with a glance of profound contempt. They went out. The turnkey closed the door behind them.
contempt - le mépris, mépris, outrage
"He was wealthy once, perhaps?" said the inspector.
wealthy - riches, riche, nanti
"Or dreamed he was, and awoke mad."
awoke - s'est réveillé, (se) réveiller, (s')éveiller
"After all," said the inspector, "if he had been rich, he would not have been here."
So the matter ended for the AbbĂ© Faria. He remained in his cell, and this visit only increased the belief in his insanity.
belief - croyance, conviction, foi
Caligula or Nero, those treasure-seekers, those desirers of the impossible, would have accorded to the poor wretch, in exchange for his wealth, the liberty he so earnestly prayed for. But the kings of modern times, restrained by the limits of mere probability, have neither courage nor desire. They fear the ear that hears their orders, and the eye that scrutinizes their actions.
seekers - chercheurs, demandeur
accorded - accordé, entente, accorder
wretch - malheureux, malheureux/-euse
Exchange - l'échange, échangent, échangeons, échanger, échangez, échange
modern times - les temps modernes
limits - des limites, limite, limitation
scrutinizes - examine, scruter, dépouiller
Formerly they believed themselves sprung from Jupiter, and shielded by their birth; but nowadays they are not inviolable.
sprung from - d'ou il a surgi
Jupiter - jupiter
shielded - blindé, bouclier
birth - naissance
inviolable - inviolable
It has always been against the policy of despotic governments to suffer the victims of their persecutions to reappear.
policy - politique
despotic - despotique
governments - les gouvernements, gouvernement, rection
persecutions - persécutions, persécution
reappear - reparaître, réapparaître
As the Inquisition rarely allowed its victims to be seen with their limbs distorted and their flesh lacerated by torture, so madness is always concealed in its cell, from whence, should it depart, it is conveyed to some gloomy hospital, where the doctor has no thought for man or mind in the mutilated being the jailer delivers to him.
inquisition - l'inquisition, Inquisition
rarely - rarement
limbs - membres, membre
distorted - déformé, déformer, distordre
flesh - de la chair, chair, peau, viande, corps, pulpe
lacerated - lacéré, lacérer
mutilated - mutilés, mutiler
delivers - livre, accoucher, livrer, remettre
The very madness of the AbbĂ© Faria, gone mad in prison, condemned him to perpetual captivity.
perpetual - perpétuel
The inspector kept his word with DantĂ¨s; he examined the register, and found the following note concerning him:
Violent Bonapartist; took an active part in the return from Elba.
active - active, actif
The greatest watchfulness and care to be exercised.
watchfulness - la vigilance, vigilance
This note was in a different hand from the rest, which showed that it had been added since his confinement. The inspector could not contend against this accusation; he simply wrote, Nothing to be done.
confinement - l'enfermement, confinement
This visit had infused new vigor into DantĂ¨s; he had, till then, forgotten the date; but now, with a fragment of plaster, he wrote the date, 30th July, 1816, and made a mark every day, in order not to lose his reckoning again. Days and weeks passed away, then months"DantĂ¨s still waited; he at first expected to be freed in a fortnight.
infused - infusé, infuser
vigor - vigueur
till then - jusqu'a ce moment-la
reckoning - le calcul, calculer, estimer
This fortnight expired, he decided that the inspector would do nothing until his return to Paris, and that he would not reach there until his circuit was finished, he therefore fixed three months; three months passed away, then six more.
expired - expiré, expirer
circuit - circuit
Finally ten months and a half had gone by and no favorable change had taken place, and DantĂ¨s began to fancy the inspector's visit but a dream, an illusion of the brain.
finally - enfin, définitivement
gone by - passé
illusion - illusion
At the expiration of a year the governor was transferred; he had obtained charge of the fortress at Ham. He took with him several of his subordinates, and amongst them DantĂ¨s'jailer. A new governor arrived; it would have been too tedious to acquire the names of the prisoners; he learned their numbers instead.
transferred - transféré, transférer, transfert
Ham - le jambon, jambon
tedious - fastidieux, laborieux
acquire - acquérir
This horrible place contained fifty cells; their inhabitants were designated by the numbers of their cell, and the unhappy young man was no longer called Edmond DantĂ¨s"he was now number 34.
horrible - horrible, affreux, épouvantable
inhabitants - habitants, habitant, habitante, résident, résidente
DantĂ¨s passed through all the stages of torture natural to prisoners in suspense. He was sustained at first by that pride of conscious innocence which is the sequence to hope; then he began to doubt his own innocence, which justified in some measure the governor's belief in his mental alienation; and then, relaxing his sentiment of pride, he addressed his supplications, not to God, but to man.
stages - étapes, étape, phase, scene, caleche, platine, mettre en scene
suspense - suspension, suspense, angoisse, anxiété, appréhension
sequence - suite, séquence
justified - justifiée, justifier
measure - mesure, mesurer
mental - mentale, affectif, mental
alienation - l'aliénation, aliénation
sentiment - sentiment
supplications - des supplications, supplication
God is always the last resource. Unfortunates, who ought to begin with God, do not have any hope in him till they have exhausted all other means of deliverance.
resource - ressource, ressource(s)
unfortunates - malheureux, infortuné, malencontreux
deliverance - la délivrance, délivrance
DantĂ¨s asked to be removed from his present dungeon into another, even if it were darker and deeper, for a change, however disadvantageous, was still a change, and would afford him some amusement. He entreated to be allowed to walk about, to have fresh air, books, and writing materials. His requests were not granted, but he went on asking all the same.
deeper - plus profond, profond, épais, grave, foncé, foncée
disadvantageous - désavantageux
afford - se permettre, offrir
entreated - demandé, supplier
materials - matériaux, matériel, matériau, matiere
He accustomed himself to speaking to the new jailer, although the latter was, if possible, more taciturn than the old one; but still, to speak to a man, even though mute, was something. DantĂ¨s spoke for the sake of hearing his own voice; he had tried to speak when alone, but the sound of his voice terrified him.
if possible - si possible
taciturn - taciturne
Often, before his captivity, DantĂ¨s'mind had revolted at the idea of assemblages of prisoners, made up of thieves, vagabonds, and murderers. He now wished to be amongst them, in order to see some other face besides that of his jailer; he sighed for the galleys, with the infamous costume, the chain, and the brand on the shoulder.
revolted - révoltés, révolter
assemblages - assemblages, assemblage
thieves - voleurs, voleur, voleuse
vagabonds - vagabonds, vagabond, vagabonde
murderers - meurtriers, meurtrier, meurtriere, assassin, assassine
galleys - les galeres, galere, galée, cambuse
brand - tison, marque, style, flétrir, marquer, graver, cataloguer
The galley-slaves breathed the fresh air of heaven, and saw each other. They were very happy.
galley - la cuisine, galere, galée, cambuse
slaves - esclaves, esclave, t+serf, t+serve
breathed - respiré, respiration, souffle, haleine
He besought the jailer one day to let him have a companion, were it even the mad abbĂ©. The jailer, though rough and hardened by the constant sight of so much suffering, was yet a man.
rough - rude, rugueux, brut, approximatif, difficile, brutal, ébaucher
At the bottom of his heart he had often had a feeling of pity for this unhappy young man who suffered so; and he laid the request of number 34 before the governor; but the latter sapiently imagined that DantĂ¨s wished to conspire or attempt an escape, and refused his request. DantĂ¨s had exhausted all human resources, and he then turned to God.
sapiently - avec sapience
All the pious ideas that had been so long forgotten, returned; he recollected the prayers his mother had taught him, and discovered a new meaning in every word; for in prosperity prayers seem but a mere medley of words, until misfortune comes and the unhappy sufferer first understands the meaning of the sublime language in which he invokes the pity of heaven!
pious - pieux
medley - pot-pourri, mélange, salade, potourri, 4 nages
sublime - sublime, auguste
invokes - invoque, invoquer
He prayed, and prayed aloud, no longer terrified at the sound of his own voice, for he fell into a sort of ecstasy. He laid every action of his life before the Almighty, proposed tasks to accomplish, and at the end of every prayer introduced the entreaty oftener addressed to man than to God: "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us.
ecstasy - l'ecstasy, extase, ecstasy, exta
Almighty - tout-puissant, toutuissant
tasks - tâches, tâche
prayer - oraison, priere
trespasses - des fautes, s'introduire sans permission
" Yet in spite of his earnest prayers, DantĂ¨s remained a prisoner.
Then gloom settled heavily upon him.
gloom - obscurité, pénombre, grisaille, morosité, noirceur
DantĂ¨s was a man of great simplicity of thought, and without education; he could not, therefore, in the solitude of his dungeon, traverse in mental vision the history of the ages, bring to life the nations that had perished, and rebuild the ancient cities so vast and stupendous in the light of the imagination, and that pass before the eye glowing with celestial colors in Martin's Babylonian pictures. He could not do this, he whose past life was so short, whose present so melancholy, and his future so doubtful. Nineteen years of light to reflect upon in eternal darkness! No distraction could come to his aid; his energetic spirit, that would have exalted in thus revisiting the past, was imprisoned like an eagle in a cage. He clung to one idea"that of his happiness, destroyed, without apparent cause, by an unheard-of fatality; he considered and reconsidered this idea, devoured it (so to speak), as the implacable Ugolino devours the skull of Archbishop Roger in the Inferno of Dante.
simplicity - la simplicité, simplicité
education - l'éducation, éducation, enseignement
solitude - la solitude, solitude
traverse - franchir, traverser
nations - nations, nation
rebuild - reconstruire
stupendous - stupéfiante
imagination - l'imagination, imagination
celestial - céleste
Martin - martin
Babylonian - babylonien
past life - vie antérieure
doubtful - douteux, douteuse
reflect - refléter, réfléchir, se refléter, suivre
eternal - éternelle, éternel
Distraction - distraction, folie
spirit - l'esprit, esprit, moral, élan, spiritueux
revisiting - en cours de révision, revoir
clung to - a laquelle il s'est accroché
apparent - apparente, apparent, visible, manifeste, criant, évident
unheard - non entendue
reconsidered - reconsidérée, reconsidérer
devoured - dévorée, dévorer
implacable - implacable
devours - dévore, dévorer
skull - crâne, crane
archbishop - archeveque, archeveque
Roger - roger
Inferno - l'enfer, enfer, incendie, brasier
Dante - dante
Rage supplanted religious fervor. DantĂ¨s uttered blasphemies that made his jailer recoil with horror, dashed himself furiously against the walls of his prison, wreaked his anger upon everything, and chiefly upon himself, so that the least thing,"a grain of sand, a straw, or a breath of air that annoyed him, led to paroxysms of fury.
blasphemies - blasphemes, blaspheme
recoil - recul, reculer
horror - l'horreur, horreur, effroi, dégout, aversion
chiefly - principalement, surtout
grain of sand - grain de sable
annoyed - agacé, gener, ennuyer, embeter, agacer, asticoter
Then the letter that Villefort had showed to him recurred to his mind, and every line gleamed forth in fiery letters on the wall like the mene, mene, tekel upharsin of Belshazzar. He told himself that it was the enmity of man, and not the vengeance of Heaven, that had thus plunged him into the deepest misery.
recurred - s'est-elle reproduite, se reproduire
gleamed - brillait, luire
mene - mene
Belshazzar - Belshazzar
enmity - inimitié
He consigned his unknown persecutors to the most horrible tortures he could imagine, and found them all insufficient, because after torture came death, and after death, if not repose, at least the boon of unconsciousness.
consigned - consigné, confier
most horrible - le plus horrible
insufficient - insuffisante, insuffisant
repose - repos
boon - boon, aubaine
unconsciousness - l'inconscience, inconscience
By dint of constantly dwelling on the idea that tranquillity was death, and if punishment were the end in view other tortures than death must be invented, he began to reflect on suicide. Unhappy he, who, on the brink of misfortune, broods over ideas like these!
dint - n'a pas, bosse
dwelling - logement, demeure, (dwell), résider, s'appesantir sur
view - vue, vision, regard, point de vue, opinion, regarder
invented - inventé, inventer
brink - au bord du gouffre, bord, lisiere
broods - couvées, couvée, couver, protéger
Before him is a Dead Sea that stretches in azure calm before the eye; but he who unwarily ventures within its embrace finds himself struggling with a monster that would drag him down to perdition. Once thus ensnared, unless the protecting hand of God snatch him thence, all is over, and his struggles but tend to hasten his destruction.
Dead Sea - La mer Morte
stretches - étirements, étendre, s'étendre, s'étirer, étirement
Azure - l'azur, azur
unwarily - involontairement
ventures - des entreprises, s'aventurer, risquer, oser
monster - monstre, bete, monstrueux
drag - draguer, transbahuter, traîner
perdition - la perdition, enfer
ensnared - pris au piege, piéger, empetrer
protecting - protéger
snatch - l'arrachage, empoigner, happer, saisir, arracher, enlever
struggles - des luttes, lutte, lutter, s'efforcer, combattre
tend - tendent, garder
This state of mental anguish is, however, less terrible than the sufferings that precede or the punishment that possibly will follow. There is a sort of consolation at the contemplation of the yawning abyss, at the bottom of which lie darkness and obscurity.
anguish - l'angoisse, angoissons, angoissez, angoisser, angoissent
sufferings - souffrances, souffrance, douleur
precede - précéder
consolation - consoler, consolation
yawning - bâillements, (yawn), bâiller, béer, bâillement
Edmond found some solace in these ideas. All his sorrows, all his sufferings, with their train of gloomy spectres, fled from his cell when the angel of death seemed about to enter. DantĂ¨s reviewed his past life with composure, and, looking forward with terror to his future existence, chose that middle line that seemed to afford him a refuge.
solace - consolation, réconfort, soulager, consoler
sorrows - chagrins, peine, chagrin
fled - fui, s'enfuir, prendre la fuite, fuir, échapper
reviewed - revu, relecture, critique, compte rendu, révision, revue
Middle - au milieu, milieu, moyen, central
refuge - refuge
"Sometimes," said he, "in my voyages, when I was a man and commanded other men, I have seen the heavens overcast, the sea rage and foam, the storm arise, and, like a monstrous bird, beating the two horizons with its wings. Then I felt that my vessel was a vain refuge, that trembled and shook before the tempest.
voyages - voyages, voyage
commanded - commandée, commandement, ordre, maîtrise
overcast - nuageux, couvert
foam - écume, mousse, écumer, mousser
monstrous - monstrueux
beating - battre, battage, battement, (beat) battre
horizons - horizons, horizon
tempest - tempete, tempete, (temp) tempete
Soon the fury of the waves and the sight of the sharp rocks announced the approach of death, and death then terrified me, and I used all my skill and intelligence as a man and a sailor to struggle against the wrath of God.
rocks - des rochers, rocher, roc
Struggle - lutte, lutter, s'efforcer, combattre
But I did so because I was happy, because I had not courted death, because to be cast upon a bed of rocks and seaweed seemed terrible, because I was unwilling that I, a creature made for the service of God, should serve for food to the gulls and ravens.
courted - courtisé, cour, tribunal
seaweed - des algues, algues
gulls - mouettes, mouette
ravens - les corbeaux, corbeau
But now it is different; I have lost all that bound me to life, death smiles and invites me to repose; I die after my own manner, I die exhausted and broken-spirited, as I fall asleep when I have paced three thousand times round my cell,"that is thirty thousand steps, or about ten leagues."
invites - invite, inviter (a)
spirited - fougueux, esprit, moral, élan
fall asleep - s'endormir
No sooner had this idea taken possession of him than he became more composed, arranged his couch to the best of his power, ate little and slept less, and found existence almost supportable, because he felt that he could throw it off at pleasure, like a worn-out garment. Two methods of self-destruction were at his disposal.
supportable - soutenable
garment - de l'habillement, vetement
He could hang himself with his handkerchief to the window bars, or refuse food and die of starvation. But the first was repugnant to him. DantĂ¨s had always entertained the greatest horror of pirates, who are hung up to the yard-arm; he would not die by what seemed an infamous death. He resolved to adopt the second, and began that day to carry out his resolve.
handkerchief - mouchoir
bars - bars, barre, tablette
starvation - la famine, inanition, famine, faim
repugnant - répugnant
entertained - divertis, divertir, recevoir
pirates - pirates, pirate, corsaire, boucanier, pirater
resolved - résolu, prendre la résolution de
Nearly four years had passed away; at the end of the second he had ceased to mark the lapse of time. DantĂ¨s said, "I wish to die," and had chosen the manner of his death, and fearful of changing his mind, he had taken an oath to die. "When my morning and evening meals are brought," thought he, "I will cast them out of the window, and they will think that I have eaten them."
lapse - laps de temps, erreur, faute
He kept his word; twice a day he cast out, through the barred aperture, the provisions his jailer brought him"at first gayly, then with deliberation, and at last with regret. Nothing but the recollection of his oath gave him strength to proceed.
barred - interdit, barre, tablette
aperture - ouverture
Hunger made viands once repugnant, now acceptable; he held the plate in his hand for an hour at a time, and gazed thoughtfully at the morsel of bad meat, of tainted fish, of black and mouldy bread. It was the last yearning for life contending with the resolution of despair; then his dungeon seemed less sombre, his prospects less desperate.
acceptable - acceptable
thoughtfully - de maniere réfléchie
tainted - entaché, gâter, corrompre
mouldy - moisi
yearning - désir, (yearn) désir
contending - en lice, contestant, (contend) en lice
He was still young"he was only four or five-and-twenty"he had nearly fifty years to live. What unforseen events might not open his prison door, and restore him to liberty? Then he raised to his lips the repast that, like a voluntary Tantalus, he refused himself; but he thought of his oath, and he would not break it.
unforseen - imprévu
voluntary - volontaire, bénévole
Tantalus - Tantale
He persisted until, at last, he had not sufficient strength to rise and cast his supper out of the loophole. The next morning he could not see or hear; the jailer feared he was dangerously ill. Edmond hoped he was dying.
supper - dîner, souper
loophole - une faille, meurtriere, échappatoire, breche
dangerously - dangereusement
Thus the day passed away. Edmond felt a sort of stupor creeping over him which brought with it a feeling almost of content; the gnawing pain at his stomach had ceased; his thirst had abated; when he closed his eyes he saw myriads of lights dancing before them like the will-o'-the-wisps that play about the marshes. It was the twilight of that mysterious country called Death!
stupor - stupeur
creeping - rampant, ramper, rampement, fatigue, fluage, reptation
gnawing - ronger, tenaillant, (gnaw), harceler, préoccuper
stomach - l'estomac, estomac, ventre, bedon (pot belly), digérer
thirst - soif, avoir soif, désirer
abated - supprimée, diminuer, baisser, dévaloriser (
myriads - myriades, myriade, nombreux
wisps - des feux follets, brin, fétu, touffe
marshes - marais
twilight - demi-jour, crépuscule, entre chien et loup, pénombre, brumes
Suddenly, about nine o'clock in the evening, Edmond heard a hollow sound in the wall against which he was lying.
So many loathsome animals inhabited the prison, that their noise did not, in general, awake him; but whether abstinence had quickened his faculties, or whether the noise was really louder than usual, Edmond raised his head and listened. It was a continual scratching, as if made by a huge claw, a powerful tooth, or some iron instrument attacking the stones.
abstinence - l'abstinence, abstinence, abstinence sexuelle
faculties - facultés, faculté
louder - plus fort, fort
scratching - grattage, éraflant, (scratch), gratter, égratigner, piquer
huge - énorme
claw - griffe
instrument - instrument, acte
attacking - attaquant, attaque, attaquer, apostropher
Although weakened, the young man's brain instantly responded to the idea that haunts all prisoners"liberty! It seemed to him that heaven had at length taken pity on him, and had sent this noise to warn him on the very brink of the abyss. Perhaps one of those beloved ones he had so often thought of was thinking of him, and striving to diminish the distance that separated them.
weakened - affaibli, affaiblir
haunts - hunts, hanter, demeurer, point de rencontre
diminish - réduire, rétrécir, rapetisser, diminuer, amincir
No, no, doubtless he was deceived, and it was but one of those dreams that forerun death!
forerun - en avance
Edmond still heard the sound. It lasted nearly three hours; he then heard a noise of something falling, and all was silent.
lasted - a duré, dernier
Some hours afterwards it began again, nearer and more distinct. Edmond was intensely interested. Suddenly the jailer entered.
distinct - distinct, intelligible, reconnaissable
intensely - intensément
For a week since he had resolved to die, and during the four days that he had been carrying out his purpose, Edmond had not spoken to the attendant, had not answered him when he inquired what was the matter with him, and turned his face to the wall when he looked too curiously at him; but now the jailer might hear the noise and put an end to it, and so destroy a ray of something like hope that soothed his last moments.
carrying out - l'exécution
ray - rayon, émission
The jailer brought him his breakfast. DantĂ¨s raised himself up and began to talk about everything; about the bad quality of the food, about the coldness of his dungeon, grumbling and complaining, in order to have an excuse for speaking louder, and wearying the patience of his jailer, who out of kindness of heart had brought broth and white bread for his prisoner.
quality - qualité
grumbling - grommeler, (grumble), grondement, gargouillement, grognement
complaining - se plaindre, (complain), porter plainte
wearying - lassant, las, lasser
patience - la patience, patience
broth - bouillon, soupe
Fortunately, he fancied that DantĂ¨s was delirious; and placing the food on the rickety table, he withdrew. Edmond listened, and the sound became more and more distinct.
rickety - bancal, branlant, délabré, boiteux, rachitique
"There can be no doubt about it," thought he; "it is some prisoner who is striving to obtain his freedom. Oh, if I were only there to help him!"
Suddenly another idea took possession of his mind, so used to misfortune, that it was scarcely capable of hope"the idea that the noise was made by workmen the governor had ordered to repair the neighboring dungeon.
took possession of - a pris possession de
workmen - des ouvriers, ouvrier
neighboring - voisins, voisin/-ine
It was easy to ascertain this; but how could he risk the question? It was easy to call his jailer's attention to the noise, and watch his countenance as he listened; but might he not by this means destroy hopes far more important than the short-lived satisfaction of his own curiosity? Unfortunately, Edmond's brain was still so feeble that he could not bend his thoughts to anything in particular.
ascertain - vérification, constater, définir
by this means - par ce moyen
satisfaction - satisfaction
feeble - faible
He saw but one means of restoring lucidity and clearness to his judgment. He turned his eyes towards the soup which the jailer had brought, rose, staggered towards it, raised the vessel to his lips, and drank off the contents with a feeling of indescribable pleasure.
restoring - la restauration, restaurer, rétablir, rendre
lucidity - lucidité
staggered - en décalé, tituber
He had the resolution to stop with this. He had often heard that shipwrecked persons had died through having eagerly devoured too much food. Edmond replaced on the table the bread he was about to devour, and returned to his couch"he did not wish to die. He soon felt that his ideas became again collected"he could think, and strengthen his thoughts by reasoning. Then he said to himself:
shipwrecked - naufragés, épave, naufrage, naufrager
devour - dévorer
strengthen - renforcer, affermir, raffermir, fortifier
"I must put this to the test, but without compromising anybody. If it is a workman, I need but knock against the wall, and he will cease to work, in order to find out who is knocking, and why he does so; but as his occupation is sanctioned by the governor, he will soon resume it.
workman - ouvrier
knocking - frapper, frappant, (knock), coup
sanctioned - sanctionné, approbation, validation, sanction, décret
If, on the contrary, it is a prisoner, the noise I make will alarm him, he will cease, and not begin again until he thinks everyone is asleep."
Edmond rose again, but this time his legs did not tremble, and his sight was clear; he went to a corner of his dungeon, detached a stone, and with it knocked against the wall where the sound came. He struck thrice.
stone - pierre, roche, caillou, roc
At the first blow the sound ceased, as if by magic.
magic - la magie, magie, magique, sorcelerie, checkensorcelé
Edmond listened intently; an hour passed, two hours passed, and no sound was heard from the wall"all was silent there.
intently - attentivement
Full of hope, Edmond swallowed a few mouthfuls of bread and water, and, thanks to the vigor of his constitution, found himself well-nigh recovered.
constitution - constitution
recovered - récupéré, recouvrer (la santé)
The day passed away in utter silence"night came without recurrence of the noise.
recurrence - récidive, récurrence
"It is a prisoner," said Edmond joyfully. His brain was on fire, and life and energy returned.
The night passed in perfect silence. Edmond did not close his eyes.
In the morning the jailer brought him fresh provisions"he had already devoured those of the previous day; he ate these listening anxiously for the sound, walking round and round his cell, shaking the iron bars of the loophole, restoring vigor and agility to his limbs by exercise, and so preparing himself for his future destiny.
previous day - le jour précédent
agility - l'agilité, agilité
At intervals he listened to learn if the noise had not begun again, and grew impatient at the prudence of the prisoner, who did not guess he had been disturbed by a captive as anxious for liberty as himself.
intervals - intervalles, intervalle
captive - captif, captive
Three days passed"seventy-two long tedious hours which he counted off by minutes!
counted - compté, comte
At length one evening, as the jailer was visiting him for the last time that night, DantĂ¨s, with his ear for the hundredth time at the wall, fancied he heard an almost imperceptible movement among the stones. He moved away, walked up and down his cell to collect his thoughts, and then went back and listened.
imperceptible - imperceptible
moved away - a déménagé
The matter was no longer doubtful. Something was at work on the other side of the wall; the prisoner had discovered the danger, and had substituted a lever for a chisel.
substituted - substituée, mettre, remplaçant, substitut
lever - levier, lever
chisel - ciseau, ciseler, buriner
Encouraged by this discovery, Edmond determined to assist the indefatigable laborer. He began by moving his bed, and looked around for anything with which he could pierce the wall, penetrate the moist cement, and displace a stone.
indefatigable - infatigable
laborer - travailleur, ouvrier
penetrate - pénétrer
cement - le ciment, ciment, colle, adhésif, cimenter
He saw nothing, he had no knife or sharp instrument, the window grating was of iron, but he had too often assured himself of its solidity. All his furniture consisted of a bed, a chair, a table, a pail, and a jug. The bed had iron clamps, but they were screwed to the wood, and it would have required a screw-driver to take them off.
of iron - de fer
furniture - mobilier, meubles
consisted - consisté, consister (en)
pail - seau
jug - carafe, pot, récipient, broc, cruche
clamps - pinces, attache
screwed - vissé, vis, hélice, visser, baiser, coucher avec
The table and chair had nothing, the pail had once possessed a handle, but that had been removed.
DantĂ¨s had but one resource, which was to break the jug, and with one of the sharp fragments attack the wall. He let the jug fall on the floor, and it broke in pieces.
DantĂ¨s concealed two or three of the sharpest fragments in his bed, leaving the rest on the floor. The breaking of his jug was too natural an accident to excite suspicion. Edmond had all the night to work in, but in the darkness he could not do much, and he soon felt that he was working against something very hard; he pushed back his bed, and waited for day.
sharpest - le plus pointu, affilé, coupant, affuté, tranchant, acéré
suspicion - suspicion, soupçon
pushed back - repoussé
All night he heard the subterranean workman, who continued to mine his way. Day came, the jailer entered. DantĂ¨s told him that the jug had fallen from his hands while he was drinking, and the jailer went grumblingly to fetch another, without giving himself the trouble to remove the fragments of the broken one. He returned speedily, advised the prisoner to be more careful, and departed.
subterranean - souterraine, souterrain
grumblingly - en grommelant
advised - conseillé, conseiller, renseigner
more careful - plus prudent
DantĂ¨s heard joyfully the key grate in the lock; he listened until the sound of steps died away, and then, hastily displacing his bed, saw by the faint light that penetrated into his cell, that he had labored uselessly the previous evening in attacking the stone instead of removing the plaster that surrounded it.
labored - travaillé, travail
The damp had rendered it friable, and DantĂ¨s was able to break it off"in small morsels, it is true, but at the end of half an hour he had scraped off a handful; a mathematician might have calculated that in two years, supposing that the rock was not encountered, a passage twenty feet long and two feet broad, might be formed.
damp - humide, moite, mouillé, humidité, grisou, amortir
friable - friable, cassant, lâche, désagrégable
morsels - des bouchées, morceau
scraped off - gratté
mathematician - mathématicien, mathématicienne
The prisoner reproached himself with not having thus employed the hours he had passed in vain hopes, prayer, and despondency. During the six years that he had been imprisoned, what might he not have accomplished?
reproached - des reproches, reproche, opprobre, reprocher
despondency - le découragement, désespoir, abattement
accomplished - accompli, accomplir
This idea imparted new energy, and in three days he had succeeded, with the utmost precaution, in removing the cement, and exposing the stone-work. The wall was built of rough stones, among which, to give strength to the structure, blocks of hewn stone were at intervals imbedded. It was one of these he had uncovered, and which he must remove from its socket.
imparted - transmis, donner, communiquer, transmettre
exposing - exposer, dénoncer
blocks - blocs, bloc
hewn - taillé, (hew) taillé
uncovered - a découvert, découvrir
socket - la prise, prise, douille, orbite (for the eye), cavité
DantĂ¨s strove to do this with his nails, but they were too weak. The fragments of the jug broke, and after an hour of useless toil, DantĂ¨s paused with anguish on his brow.
weak - faible, débile
toil - labeur, travailler
Was he to be thus stopped at the beginning, and was he to wait inactive until his fellow workman had completed his task? Suddenly an idea occurred to him"he smiled, and the perspiration dried on his forehead.
inactive - inactif
dried - séché, sec, anhydre, sécher, tfaire sécher
The jailer always brought DantĂ¨s'soup in an iron saucepan; this saucepan contained soup for both prisoners, for DantĂ¨s had noticed that it was either quite full, or half empty, according as the turnkey gave it to him or to his companion first.
saucepan - casserole
The handle of this saucepan was of iron; DantĂ¨s would have given ten years of his life in exchange for it.
The jailer was accustomed to pour the contents of the saucepan into DantĂ¨s'plate, and DantĂ¨s, after eating his soup with a wooden spoon, washed the plate, which thus served for every day. Now when evening came DantĂ¨s put his plate on the ground near the door; the jailer, as he entered, stepped on it and broke it.
pour - verser a boire, versons, verser, versez, versent
spoon - cuillere, cuiller
stepped - en escalier, steppe
This time he could not blame DantĂ¨s. He was wrong to leave it there, but the jailer was wrong not to have looked before him. The jailer, therefore, only grumbled. Then he looked about for something to pour the soup into; DantĂ¨s'entire dinner service consisted of one plate"there was no alternative.
blame - blâme, gronder, blâment, blâmons, blâmez, blâmer
grumbled - grommelé, grondement, gargouillement, grognement
alternative - alternatif, autre, alternative
"Leave the saucepan," said DantĂ¨s; "you can take it away when you bring me my breakfast."
This advice was to the jailer's taste, as it spared him the necessity of making another trip. He left the saucepan.
taste - gout, gout, saveur, avant-gout, gouter, avoir un gout
spared - épargnée, se passer de
DantĂ¨s was beside himself with joy. He rapidly devoured his food, and after waiting an hour, lest the jailer should change his mind and return, he removed his bed, took the handle of the saucepan, inserted the point between the hewn stone and rough stones of the wall, and employed it as a lever. A slight oscillation showed DantĂ¨s that all went well.
inserted - inséré, insérer, introduire, insinuer, in texte, illustration
Oscillation - oscillation
At the end of an hour the stone was extricated from the wall, leaving a cavity a foot and a half in diameter.
extricated - extirpée, extirper
cavity - cavité, carie
diameter - diametre, diametre
DantĂ¨s carefully collected the plaster, carried it into the corner of his cell, and covered it with earth. Then, wishing to make the best use of his time while he had the means of labor, he continued to work without ceasing. At the dawn of day he replaced the stone, pushed his bed against the wall, and lay down.
labor - travail
ceasing - cesser, cessant, (cease), s'arreter
The breakfast consisted of a piece of bread; the jailer entered and placed the bread on the table.
"Well, don't you intend to bring me another plate?" said DantĂ¨s.
intend - l'intention de, avoir l'intention, envisager, concevoir
"No," replied the turnkey; "you destroy everything. First you break your jug, then you make me break your plate; if all the prisoners followed your example, the government would be ruined. I shall leave you the saucepan, and pour your soup into that. So for the future I hope you will not be so destructive."
destructive - destructrice
DantĂ¨s raised his eyes to heaven and clasped his hands beneath the coverlet. He felt more gratitude for the possession of this piece of iron than he had ever felt for anything. He had noticed, however, that the prisoner on the other side had ceased to labor; no matter, this was a greater reason for proceeding"if his neighbor would not come to him, he would go to his neighbor.
proceeding - la poursuite de la procédure, acte, (proceed), avancer
All day he toiled on untiringly, and by the evening he had succeeded in extracting ten handfuls of plaster and fragments of stone. When the hour for his jailer's visit arrived, DantĂ¨s straightened the handle of the saucepan as well as he could, and placed it in its accustomed place.
toiled - travaillé, travailler
untiringly - inlassablement
extracting - l'extraction, extrait, extraire
handfuls - poignées, poignée, manipule
straightened - redressé, redresser
The turnkey poured his ration of soup into it, together with the fish"for thrice a week the prisoners were deprived of meat. This would have been a method of reckoning time, had not DantĂ¨s long ceased to do so. Having poured out the soup, the turnkey retired.
poured - versé, verser, se déverser
ration - ration, rationner
DantĂ¨s wished to ascertain whether his neighbor had really ceased to work. He listened"all was silent, as it had been for the last three days. DantĂ¨s sighed; it was evident that his neighbor distrusted him. However, he toiled on all the night without being discouraged; but after two or three hours he encountered an obstacle.
distrusted - méfiance, défiance, se méfier
discouraged - découragé, décourager, dissuader
The iron made no impression, but met with a smooth surface; DantĂ¨s touched it, and found that it was a beam. This beam crossed, or rather blocked up, the hole DantĂ¨s had made; it was necessary, therefore, to dig above or under it. The unhappy young man had not thought of this.
surface - surface, faire surface
beam - madrier, poutre, merrain, perche, limon, timon, age, faisceau
crossed - croisé, croix, signe de croix
blocked up - bloqué
under it - en dessous
"Oh, my God, my God!" murmured he, "I have so earnestly prayed to you, that I hoped my prayers had been heard. After having deprived me of my liberty, after having deprived me of death, after having recalled me to existence, my God, have pity on me, and do not let me die in despair!"
"Who talks of God and despair at the same time?" said a voice that seemed to come from beneath the earth, and, deadened by the distance, sounded hollow and sepulchral in the young man's ears. Edmond's hair stood on end, and he rose to his knees.
deadened - mort, endormir, assourdir, isoler
"Ah," said he, "I hear a human voice." Edmond had not heard anyone speak save his jailer for four or five years; and a jailer is no man to a prisoner"he is a living door, a barrier of flesh and blood adding strength to restraints of oak and iron.
restraints - des contraintes, contention, frein, retenue
oak - chene, chene, chenes
"In the name of Heaven," cried DantĂ¨s, "speak again, though the sound of your voice terrifies me. Who are you?"
"Who are you?" said the voice.
"An unhappy prisoner," replied DantĂ¨s, who made no hesitation in answering.
"Of what country?"
"How long have you been here?"
"Since the 28th of February, 1815."
"I am innocent."
"But of what are you accused?"
"Of having conspired to aid the emperor's return."
"What! For the emperor's return?"the emperor is no longer on the throne, then?"
"He abdicated at Fontainebleau in 1814, and was sent to the Island of Elba. But how long have you been here that you are ignorant of all this?"
abdicated - abdiqué, abdiquer
DantĂ¨s shuddered; this man had been four years longer than himself in prison.
"Do not dig any more," said the voice; "only tell me how high up is your excavation?"
excavation - excavation, fouille
"On a level with the floor."
"How is it concealed?"
"Behind my bed."
"Has your bed been moved since you have been a prisoner?"
"What does your chamber open on?"
"And the corridor?"
"On a court."
"Alas!" murmured the voice.
"Oh, what is the matter?" cried DantĂ¨s.
"I have made a mistake owing to an error in my plans. I took the wrong angle, and have come out fifteen feet from where I intended. I took the wall you are mining for the outer wall of the fortress."
mining - l'exploitation miniere, extraction miniere
outer wall - le mur extérieur
"But then you would be close to the sea?"
"That is what I hoped."
"And supposing you had succeeded?"
"I should have thrown myself into the sea, gained one of the islands near here"the Isle de Daume or the Isle de Tiboulen"and then I should have been safe."
Isle - l'île, île
"Could you have swum so far?"
"Heaven would have given me strength; but now all is lost."
"Yes; stop up your excavation carefully, do not work any more, and wait until you hear from me."
stop up - s'arreter
"Tell me, at least, who you are?"
"I am"I am No. 27."
"You mistrust me, then," said DantĂ¨s. Edmond fancied he heard a bitter laugh resounding from the depths.
Bitter - amere, amer, saumâtre
resounding - retentissant, retentir
"Oh, I am a Christian," cried DantĂ¨s, guessing instinctively that this man meant to abandon him. "I swear to you by him who died for us that naught shall induce me to breathe one syllable to my jailers; but I conjure you do not abandon me.
abandon - abandonner, renoncer, abandonnent, abandonnons, délaisser
syllable - syllabe
jailers - geôliers, geôlier, geôliere, gâfe
If you do, I swear to you, for I have got to the end of my strength, that I will dash my brains out against the wall, and you will have my death to reproach yourself with."
"How old are you? Your voice is that of a young man."
"I do not know my age, for I have not counted the years I have been here. All I do know is, that I was just nineteen when I was arrested, the 28th of February, 1815."
"Not quite twenty-six!" murmured the voice; "at that age he cannot be a traitor."
"Oh, no, no," cried DantĂ¨s. "I swear to you again, rather than betray you, I would allow myself to be hacked in pieces!"
hacked - piraté, tailler, hacher
"You have done well to speak to me, and ask for my assistance, for I was about to form another plan, and leave you; but your age reassures me. I will not forget you. Wait."
reassures - rassure, tranquilliser, rassurer, réassurer
"I must calculate our chances; I will give you the signal."
calculate - calculer
signal - signal, signaler
"But you will not leave me; you will come to me, or you will let me come to you. We will escape, and if we cannot escape we will talk; you of those whom you love, and I of those whom I love. You must love somebody?"
"No, I am alone in the world."
"Then you will love me. If you are young, I will be your comrade; if you are old, I will be your son. I have a father who is seventy if he yet lives; I only love him and a young girl called MercĂ©dĂ¨s. My father has not yet forgotten me, I am sure, but God alone knows if she loves me still; I shall love you as I loved my father."
"It is well," returned the voice; "tomorrow."
These few words were uttered with an accent that left no doubt of his sincerity; DantĂ¨s rose, dispersed the fragments with the same precaution as before, and pushed his bed back against the wall. He then gave himself up to his happiness. He would no longer be alone.
dispersed - dispersé, disperser, qualifier
as before - comme avant
He was, perhaps, about to regain his liberty; at the worst, he would have a companion, and captivity that is shared is but half captivity. Plaints made in common are almost prayers, and prayers where two or three are gathered together invoke the mercy of heaven.
regain - retrouver, reconquérir, reprendre
invoke - invoquer
All day DantĂ¨s walked up and down his cell. He sat down occasionally on his bed, pressing his hand on his heart. At the slightest noise he bounded towards the door.
pressing - pressant, (pres) pressant
Once or twice the thought crossed his mind that he might be separated from this unknown, whom he loved already; and then his mind was made up"when the jailer moved his bed and stooped to examine the opening, he would kill him with his water jug. He would be condemned to die, but he was about to die of grief and despair when this miraculous noise recalled him to life.
be separated - etre séparés
stooped - vouté, se baisser
grief and despair - le chagrin et le désespoir
The jailer came in the evening. DantĂ¨s was on his bed. It seemed to him that thus he better guarded the unfinished opening. Doubtless there was a strange expression in his eyes, for the jailer said, "Come, are you going mad again?"
guarded - gardé, garde, protection, gardien, arriere
unfinished - inachevé
DantĂ¨s did not answer; he feared that the emotion of his voice would betray him. The jailer went away shaking his head. Night came; DantĂ¨s hoped that his neighbor would profit by the silence to address him, but he was mistaken. The next morning, however, just as he removed his bed from the wall, he heard three knocks; he threw himself on his knees.
went away - est parti
knocks - coups, coup, frapper
"Is it you?" said he; "I am here."
"Is your jailer gone?"
"Yes," said DantĂ¨s; "he will not return until the evening; so that we have twelve hours before us."
"I can work, then?" said the voice.
"Oh, yes, yes; this instant, I entreat you."
In a moment that part of the floor on which DantĂ¨s was resting his two hands, as he knelt with his head in the opening, suddenly gave way; he drew back smartly, while a mass of stones and earth disappeared in a hole that opened beneath the aperture he himself had formed.
resting - au repos, (rest) au repos
knelt - a genoux, agenouiller
gave way - céder le passage
smartly - roublard
mass - masse, foule, amas
Then from the bottom of this passage, the depth of which it was impossible to measure, he saw appear, first the head, then the shoulders, and lastly the body of a man, who sprang lightly into his cell.
Lastly - enfin, finalement
lightly - légerement, légerement
Seizing in his arms the friend so long and ardently desired, DantĂ¨s almost carried him towards the window, in order to obtain a better view of his features by the aid of the imperfect light that struggled through the grating.
ardently - généreuxse, véhément
imperfect - imparfait
struggled - en difficulté, lutte, lutter, s'efforcer, combattre
He was a man of small stature, with hair blanched rather by suffering and sorrow than by age. He had a deep-set, penetrating eye, almost buried beneath the thick gray eyebrow, and a long (and still black) beard reaching down to his breast.
penetrating - pénétrant, pénétrer
eyebrow - sourcils, sourcil
beard - barbe
reaching - atteindre, arriver/parvenir a
breast - sein, poitrine, cour, poitrail, blanc
His thin face, deeply furrowed by care, and the bold outline of his strongly marked features, betokened a man more accustomed to exercise his mental faculties than his physical strength. Large drops of perspiration were now standing on his brow, while the garments that hung about him were so ragged that one could only guess at the pattern upon which they had originally been fashioned.
furrowed - s'est froncé, sillon, rigole, ride, sillonner, froncer
bold - audacieux, gros, épais
marked - marqué, Marc
physical - physique, physiologique, visite médicale, check-up
hung about - traîner
pattern - modele, modele, motif, régularité, tendance, schéma, patron
originally - a l'origine
fashioned - a la mode, mode, vogue, façon, façonner
The stranger might have numbered sixty or sixty-five years; but a certain briskness and appearance of vigor in his movements made it probable that he was aged more from captivity than the course of time. He received the enthusiastic greeting of his young acquaintance with evident pleasure, as though his chilled affections were rekindled and invigorated by his contact with one so warm and ardent.
briskness - brillance
greeting - l'accueil, salutation, salut, (greet) l'accueil
acquaintance - une connaissance, relation
chilled - réfrigéré, froid
rekindled - ravivée, rallumer, raviver
contact - contact, lentille, connaissance, toucher, contacter
ardent - ardent, gloss
He thanked him with grateful cordiality for his kindly welcome, although he must at that moment have been suffering bitterly to find another dungeon where he had fondly reckoned on discovering a means of regaining his liberty.
cordiality - cordialité
fondly - affectieux
reckoned - a calculé, considérer
Regaining - la reconquete, reconquérir, reprendre
"Let us first see," said he, "whether it is possible to remove the traces of my entrance here"our future tranquillity depends upon our jailers being entirely ignorant of it."
Advancing to the opening, he stooped and raised the stone easily in spite of its weight; then, fitting it into its place, he said:
weight - poids, lest, graisse, alourdir, lester, appesantir
fitting - l'appareillage, approprié, conforme, convenable, coupleur
"You removed this stone very carelessly; but I suppose you had no tools to aid you."
"Why," exclaimed DantĂ¨s, with astonishment, "do you possess any?"
"I made myself some; and with the exception of a file, I have all that are necessary,"a chisel, pincers, and lever."
file - fichier, ranger, dossier, classement, limer, lime, rangée
"Oh, how I should like to see these products of your industry and patience."
industry - l'industrie, industrie
"Well, in the first place, here is my chisel."
So saying, he displayed a sharp strong blade, with a handle made of beechwood.
blade - lame
Beechwood - le bois de hetre
"And with what did you contrive to make that?" inquired DantĂ¨s.
"With one of the clamps of my bedstead; and this very tool has sufficed me to hollow out the road by which I came hither, a distance of about fifty feet."
bedstead - le sommier, châlit
tool - outil, mouton, façonner
hollow out - creuser
"Fifty feet!" responded DantĂ¨s, almost terrified.
"Do not speak so loud, young man"don't speak so loud. It frequently occurs in a state prison like this, that persons are stationed outside the doors of the cells purposely to overhear the conversation of the prisoners."
purposely - a dessein, expres
"But they believe I am shut up alone here."
"That makes no difference."
"And you say that you dug your way a distance of fifty feet to get here?"
dug - creusée, creusâmes, creusé, creusa, creuserent, (dig) creusée
"I do; that is about the distance that separates your chamber from mine; only, unfortunately, I did not curve aright; for want of the necessary geometrical instruments to calculate my scale of proportion, instead of taking an ellipsis of forty feet, I made it fifty.
curve - courbe, courbes, courber
aright - n'est-ce pas
instruments - des instruments, instrument, acte
proportion - proportion
ellipsis - l'ellipse, points de suspension, ellipse
I expected, as I told you, to reach the outer wall, pierce through it, and throw myself into the sea; I have, however, kept along the corridor on which your chamber opens, instead of going beneath it. My labor is all in vain, for I find that the corridor looks into a courtyard filled with soldiers."
looks into - Regarder de plus pres
courtyard - cour
"That's true," said DantĂ¨s; "but the corridor you speak of only bounds one side of my cell; there are three others"do you know anything of their situation?"
That's true - C'est vrai
"This one is built against the solid rock, and it would take ten experienced miners, duly furnished with the requisite tools, as many years to perforate it. This adjoins the lower part of the governor's apartments, and were we to work our way through, we should only get into some lock-up cellars, where we must necessarily be recaptured.
solid - solide, massif, plein, continu
adjoins - est contiguë, adjoindre, toucher
lower part - la partie inférieure
lock-up - (lock-up) fermer
cellars - caves, cave
necessarily - nécessairement
recaptured - recapturé, capturer encore, capturer de nouveau, recapturer
The fourth and last side of your cell faces on"faces on"stop a minute, now where does it face?"
The wall of which he spoke was the one in which was fixed the loophole by which light was admitted to the chamber.
This loophole, which gradually diminished in size as it approached the outside, to an opening through which a child could not have passed, was, for better security, furnished with three iron bars, so as to quiet all apprehensions even in the mind of the most suspicious jailer as to the possibility of a prisoner's escape. As the stranger asked the question, he dragged the table beneath the window.
gradually - progressivement
diminished - diminué, réduire, rétrécir, rapetisser, diminuer, amincir
size - taille, ampleur, pointure
most suspicious - le plus suspect
possibility - possibilité
"climb up," said he to DantĂ¨s.
climb up - monter
The young man obeyed, mounted on the table, and, divining the wishes of his companion, placed his back securely against the wall and held out both hands.
divining - la divination, divin
securely - en toute sécurité
The stranger, whom as yet DantĂ¨s knew only by the number of his cell, sprang up with an agility by no means to be expected in a person of his years, and, light and Steady on his feet as a cat or a lizard, climbed from the table to the outstretched hands of DantĂ¨s, and from them to his shoulders; then, bending double, for the ceiling of the dungeon prevented him from holding himself erect, he managed to slip his head between the upper bars of the window, so as to be able to command a perfect view from top to bottom.
Steady on - Pret
Lizard - lézard
ceiling - plafond, (ceil) plafond
erect - en érection, fonder, érigeons, érigent, érigez, arborer, ériger
slip - glisser, fiche, lapsus, patiner
An instant afterwards he hastily drew back his head, saying, "I thought so!" and sliding from the shoulders of DantĂ¨s as dextrously as he had ascended, he nimbly leaped from the table to the ground.
sliding - glissant, (slid) glissant
dextrously - dextrement
nimbly - agilement
"What was it that you thought?" asked the young man anxiously, in his turn descending from the table.
descending from - descendant de
The elder prisoner pondered the matter. "Yes," said he at length, "it is so. This side of your chamber looks out upon a kind of open gallery, where patrols are continually passing, and sentries keep watch day and night."
looks out - regarde dehors
gallery - galerie, balcon
patrols - patrouilles, patrouiller
sentries - des sentinelles, sentinelle
"Are you quite sure of that?"
"Certain. I saw the soldier's shape and the top of his musket; that made me draw in my head so quickly, for I was fearful he might also see me."
draw in - attirer
"Well?" inquired DantĂ¨s.
"You perceive then the utter impossibility of escaping through your dungeon?"
impossibility - l'impossibilité, impossibilité
"Then""" pursued the young man eagerly.
"Then," answered the elder prisoner, "the will of God be done!" And as the old man slowly pronounced those words, an air of profound resignation spread itself over his careworn countenance. DantĂ¨s gazed on the man who could thus philosophically resign hopes so long and ardently nourished with an astonishment mingled with admiration.
spread - se propager, étaler, écarter, disperser, répandre, éparpiller
careworn - usé par le temps
philosophically - sur le plan philosophique, philosophiquement
resign - démissionner, résignent, résignez, résignons, abdiquer, résigner
nourished - nourri, nourrir
"Tell me, I entreat of you, who and what you are?" said he at length. "Never have I met with so remarkable a person as yourself."
"Willingly," answered the stranger; "if, indeed, you feel any curiosity respecting one, now, alas, powerless to aid you in any way."
"Say not so; you can console and support me by the strength of your own powerful mind. Pray let me know who you really are?"
The stranger smiled a melancholy smile. "Then listen," said he. "I am the AbbĂ© Faria, and have been imprisoned as you know in this ChĂ˘teau d'If since the year 1811; previously to which I had been confined for three years in the fortress of Fenestrelle. In the year 1811 I was transferred to Piedmont in France.
Piedmont - le piémont, Piémont
It was at this period I learned that the destiny which seemed subservient to every wish formed by Napoleon, had bestowed on him a son, named king of Rome even in his cradle. I was very far then from expecting the change you have just informed me of; namely, that four years afterwards, this colossus of power would be overthrown. Then who reigns in France at this moment"Napoleon II.?"
subservient - soumis, servile
bestowed - accordé, disposer de, accorder, remettre, conférer
colossus - colosse
overthrown - renversé, renverser
Reigns - reigns, regne, régner
"No, Louis XVIII."
"The brother of Louis XVI.! How inscrutable are the ways of Providence"for what great and mysterious purpose has it pleased Heaven to abase the man once so elevated, and raise up him who was so abased?"
inscrutable - impénétrable
abased - abaissé, baisser, abaisser, rabaisser, humilier
DantĂ¨s'whole attention was riveted on a man who could thus forget his own misfortunes while occupying himself with the destinies of others.
riveted - rivetés, rivet, riveter
occupying - l'occupation, occuper, habiter
destinies - destins, destin
"Yes, yes," continued he, "'Twill be the same as it was in England. After Charles I., Cromwell; after Cromwell, Charles II., and then James II., and then some son-in-law or relation, some Prince of Orange, a stadtholder who becomes a king. Then new concessions to the people, then a constitution, then liberty. Ah, my friend!
twill - sergé, armure
Charles - charles
James - james, Jacques
relation - relation, parent, parente
stadtholder - stadtholder, stathouder, stadhouder
concessions - des concessions, concession
" said the abbĂ©, turning towards DantĂ¨s, and surveying him with the kindling gaze of a prophet, "you are young, you will see all this come to pass."
kindling - du bois d'allumage, petit bois, (kindle) du bois d'allumage
"Probably, if ever I get out of prison!"
"True," replied Faria, "we are prisoners; but I forget this sometimes, and there are even moments when my mental vision transports me beyond these walls, and I fancy myself at liberty."
transports - des transports, reporter, transporter, transport
"But wherefore are you here?"
"Because in 1807 I dreamed of the very plan Napoleon tried to realize in 1811; because, like Machiavelli, I desired to alter the political face of Italy, and instead of allowing it to be split up into a quantity of petty principalities, each held by some weak or tyrannical ruler, I sought to form one large, compact, and powerful empire; and, lastly, because I fancied I had found my CĂ¦sar Borgia in a crowned simpleton, who feigned to enter into my views only to betray me. It was the plan of Alexander VI. and Clement VII., but it will never succeed now, for they attempted it fruitlessly, and Napoleon was unable to complete his work. Italy seems fated to misfortune." And the old man bowed his head.
realize - réaliser, se rendre compte, prendre conscience
alter - modifier, altérent, altérez, altérer, altérons
allowing - permettant, laisser, accorder, permettre
split - divisé, fissure, division, fragment, morceau, grand écart
quantity - quantité
principalities - les principautés, principauté
tyrannical - tyrannique
ruler - regle, latte, dirigeant, chef
compact - compact, compacter
crowned - couronné, couronne
feigned - feint, feindre
Alexander - alexandre
DantĂ¨s could not understand a man risking his life for such matters. Napoleon certainly he knew something of, inasmuch as he had seen and spoken with him; but of Clement VII. and Alexander VI. he knew nothing.
risking - risquer, risque
"Are you not," he asked, "the priest who here in the ChĂ˘teau d'If is generally thought to be"ill?"
priest - pretre, pretre, pretresse, sacrificateur
generally - en général
"Mad, you mean, don't you?"
don't you? - n'est-ce pas ?
"I did not like to say so," answered DantĂ¨s, smiling.
"Well, then," resumed Faria with a bitter smile, "let me answer your question in full, by acknowledging that I am the poor mad prisoner of the ChĂ˘teau d'If, for many years permitted to amuse the different visitors with what is said to be my insanity; and, in all probability, I should be promoted to the honor of making sport for the children, if such innocent beings could be found in an abode devoted like this to suffering and despair."
acknowledging - reconnaître, accuser réception, certifier
amuse - amuser
be promoted - etre promu
DantĂ¨s remained for a short time mute and motionless; at length he said:
"Then you abandon all hope of escape?"
"I perceive its utter impossibility; and I consider it impious to attempt that which the Almighty evidently does not approve."
impious - impie
"Nay, be not discouraged. Would it not be expecting too much to hope to succeed at your first attempt? Why not try to find an opening in another direction from that which has so unfortunately failed?"
"Alas, it shows how little notion you can have of all it has cost me to effect a purpose so unexpectedly frustrated, that you talk of beginning over again.
notion - notion
unexpectedly - de maniere inattendue, surprenamment
frustrated - frustré, frustrer
In the first place, I was four years making the tools I possess, and have been two years scraping and digging out earth, hard as granite itself; then what toil and fatigue has it not been to remove huge stones I should once have deemed impossible to loosen.
scraping - grattant, (scrap) grattant
digging out - a creuser
granite - granite, granit
deemed - jugée, estimer, croire, considérer
loosen - se desserrer, desserrer
Whole days have I passed in these Titanic efforts, considering my labor well repaid if, by night-time I had contrived to carry away a square inch of this hard-bound cement, changed by ages into a substance unyielding as the stones themselves; then to conceal the mass of earth and rubbish I dug up, I was compelled to break through a staircase, and throw the fruits of my labor into the hollow part of it; but the well is now so completely choked up, that I scarcely think it would be possible to add another handful of dust without leading to discovery. Consider also that I fully believed I had accomplished the end and aim of my undertaking, for which I had so exactly husbanded my strength as to make it just hold out to the termination of my enterprise; and now, at the moment when I reckoned upon success, my hopes are forever dashed from me. No, I repeat again, that nothing shall induce me to renew attempts evidently at variance with the Almighty's pleasure."
considering - en tenant compte, compte tenu de, vu, étant donné
repaid - remboursé, rembourser, rendre
contrived - artificiel, combiner, inventer
carry away - emporter
inch - pouce
substance - substance, fond, biens
unyielding - inflexible
rubbish - des déchets, absurdités, inepties, décombres, pourri
dug up - déterré
break through - Franchir
choked - étouffé, suffoquer, étouffer
aim - objectif, visez, dgssein, mire, visons, but, peiner, visent
undertaking - l'entreprise, entreprise, (undertake), entreprendre
hold out - tenir le coup
termination - la résiliation, terminaison, fin
enterprise - l'entreprise, entreprise, venture, initiative
renew - renouveler
attempts - tentatives, tenter, essayer, tentative, attentat
variance - variance
DantĂ¨s held down his head, that the other might not see how joy at the thought of having a companion outweighed the sympathy he felt for the failure of the abbĂ©'s plans.
sympathy - compassion, sympathie, condoléance
failure - l'échec, échec, daube, flop, panne
The abbĂ© sank upon Edmond's bed, while Edmond himself remained standing. Escape had never once occurred to him. There are, indeed, some things which appear so impossible that the mind does not dwell on them for an instant.
never once - Pas une seul fois
dwell - s'attarder, résider, s'appesantir sur
To undermine the ground for fifty feet"to devote three years to a labor which, if successful, would conduct you to a precipice overhanging the sea"to plunge into the waves from the height of fifty, sixty, perhaps a hundred feet, at the risk of being dashed to pieces against the rocks, should you have been fortunate enough to have escaped the fire of the sentinels; and even, supposing all these perils past, then to have to swim for your life a distance of at least three miles ere you could reach the shore"were difficulties so startling and formidable that DantĂ¨s had never even dreamed of such a scheme, resigning himself rather to death.
undermine - saper
devote - dévote, consacrer, vouer
successful - réussie, ayant du succes, marqué de succes, couronné de succes
precipice - le précipice, précipice
overhanging - en surplomb, surplomber, surplomb
perils - périls, péril, risque
resigning - démissionner
But the sight of an old man clinging to life with so desperate a courage, gave a fresh turn to his ideas, and inspired him with new courage. Another, older and less strong than he, had attempted what he had not had sufficient resolution to undertake, and had failed only because of an error in calculation.
clinging to - s'accrocher a
This same person, with almost incredible patience and perseverance, had contrived to provide himself with tools requisite for so unparalleled an attempt. Another had done all this; why, then, was it impossible to DantĂ¨s?
perseverance - la persévérance, persévérance
provide - fournir, procurer, pourvoir
unparalleled - inégalée
Faria had dug his way through fifty feet, DantĂ¨s would dig a hundred; Faria, at the age of fifty, had devoted three years to the task; he, who was but half as old, would sacrifice six; Faria, a priest and savant, had not shrunk from the idea of risking his life by trying to swim a distance of three miles to one of the islands"Daume, Rattonneau, or Lemaire; should a hardy sailor, an experienced diver, like himself, shrink from a similar task; should he, who had so often for mere amusement's sake plunged to the bottom of the sea to fetch up the bright coral branch, hesitate to entertain the same project? He could do it in an hour, and how many times had he, for pure pastime, continued in the water for more than twice as long! At once DantĂ¨s resolved to follow the brave example of his energetic companion, and to remember that what has once been done may be done again.
shrunk - rétréci, se réduire, rétrécir, se resserrer
hardy - robuste, rustique
diver - plongeur, plongeuse, (div)
shrink - rétrécissement, se réduire, rétrécir, se resserrer
branch - branche, rameau, affluent, filiale, succursale
hesitate - hésiter
entertain - divertir
pastime - passe-temps
done again - Encore une fois
After continuing some time in profound meditation, the young man suddenly exclaimed, "I have found what you were in search of!"
meditation - méditation
Faria started: "Have you, indeed?" cried he, raising his head with quick anxiety; "pray, let me know what it is you have discovered?"
"The corridor through which you have bored your way from the cell you occupy here, extends in the same direction as the outer gallery, does it not?"
occupy - occuper, habiter
extends - s'étend, étendre, prolonger
"And is not above fifteen feet from it?"
"Well, then, I will tell you what we must do. We must pierce through the corridor by forming a side opening about the middle, as it were the top part of a cross. This time you will lay your plans more accurately; we shall get out into the gallery you have described; kill the sentinel who guards it, and make our escape.
sentinel - factionnaire, sentinelle, regarder
All we require to insure success is courage, and that you possess, and strength, which I am not deficient in; as for patience, you have abundantly proved yours"you shall now see me prove mine."
insure - assurer
abundantly - abondamment
"One instant, my dear friend," replied the abbĂ©; "it is clear you do not understand the nature of the courage with which I am endowed, and what use I intend making of my strength. As for patience, I consider that I have abundantly exercised that in beginning every morning the task of the night before, and every night renewing the task of the day.
endowed - dotés, doter, enrichir
renewing - le renouvellement, renouveler
But then, young man (and I pray of you to give me your full attention), then I thought I could not be doing anything displeasing to the Almighty in trying to set an innocent being at liberty"one who had committed No offence, and merited not condemnation."
No offence - Aucune offense
"And have your notions changed?" asked DantĂ¨s with much surprise; "do you think yourself more guilty in making the attempt since you have encountered me?"
notions - notions, notion
"No; neither do I wish to incur guilt. Hitherto I have fancied myself merely waging war against circumstances, not men. I have thought it no sin to bore through a wall, or destroy a staircase; but I cannot so easily persuade myself to pierce a heart or take away a life."
guilt - culpabilité
waging - waging, frétiller, remuer, sécher, faire l’école buissonniere
persuade - persuader, convaincre
A slight movement of surprise escaped DantĂ¨s.
"Is it possible," said he, "that where your liberty is at stake you can allow any such scruple to deter you from obtaining it?"
stake - enjeu, pieu, pal, tuteur, jalon
deter - empecher, dissuader, décourager
"Tell me," replied Faria, "what has hindered you from knocking down your jailer with a piece of wood torn from your bedstead, dressing yourself in his clothes, and endeavoring to escape?"
hindered - entravé, gener, entraver
knocking down - renverser
torn - déchiré, larme
"Simply the fact that the idea never occurred to me," answered DantĂ¨s.
"Because," said the old man, "the natural repugnance to the commission of such a crime prevented you from thinking of it; and so it ever is because in simple and allowable things our natural instincts keep us from deviating from the strict line of duty.
allowable - admissibles
instincts - instincts, instinct
deviating - s'écarter, dévier
The tiger, whose nature teaches him to delight in shedding blood, needs but the sense of smell to show him when his prey is within his reach, and by following this instinct he is enabled to measure the leap necessary to permit him to spring on his victim; but man, on the contrary, loathes the idea of blood"it is not alone that the laws of social life inspire him with a shrinking dread of taking life; his natural construction and physiological formation"""
tiger - tigre, tigresse
delight in - Se réjouir de
shedding blood - de verser du sang
leap - saut, sauter
loathes - déteste, exécrer, détester, hair
laws - des lois, loi(s), législation
shrinking - se rétrécir, se réduire, rétrécir, se resserrer
construction - construction
physiological - physiologique
DantĂ¨s was confused and silent at this explanation of the thoughts which had unconsciously been working in his mind, or rather soul; for there are two distinct sorts of ideas, those that proceed from the head and those that emanate from the heart.
confused - confus, rendre perplexe, confondre
sorts - sortes, sorte
emanate - émaner
"Since my imprisonment," said Faria, "I have thought over all the most celebrated cases of escape on record. They have rarely been successful.
cases - cas
on record - dans le dossier
Those that have been crowned with full success have been long meditated upon, and carefully arranged; such, for instance, as the escape of the Duc de Beaufort from the ChĂ˘teau de Vincennes, that of the AbbĂ© Dubuquoi from For l'EvĂŞque; of Latude from the Bastille. Then there are those for which chance sometimes affords opportunity, and those are the best of all.
meditated - médité, méditer
Bastille - Bastille
Let us, therefore, wait patiently for some favorable moment, and when it presents itself, profit by it."
"Ah," said DantĂ¨s, "you might well endure the tedious delay; you were constantly employed in the task you set yourself, and when weary with toil, you had your hopes to refresh and encourage you."
weary - fatigué, las, lasser
refresh - revigorer, rafraîchir
encourage - encourager
"I assure you," replied the old man, "I did not turn to that source for recreation or support."
recreation - récréation, pacification
"What did you do then?"
"I wrote or studied."
"Were you then permitted the use of pens, ink, and paper?"
"Oh, no," answered the abbĂ©; "I had none but what I made for myself."
"You made paper, pens and ink?"
DantĂ¨s gazed with admiration, but he had some difficulty in believing. Faria saw this.
"When you pay me a visit in my cell, my young friend," said he, "I will show you an entire work, the fruits of the thoughts and reflections of my whole life; many of them meditated over in the shades of the Colosseum at Rome, at the foot of St.
reflections - réflexions, réflexion, reflet, qualifiereaning 4
shades - nuances, alose
Colosseum - Colisée
Mark's column at Venice, and on the borders of the Arno at Florence, little imagining at the time that they would be arranged in order within the walls of the ChĂ˘teau d'If. The work I speak of is called A Treatise on the Possibility of a General Monarchy in Italy, and will make one large quarto volume."
Venice - venise
borders - frontieres, frontiere, bord, bordure, délimiter, border
treatise - traité
quarto - quarto
"And on what have you written all this?"
"On two of my shirts. I invented a preparation that makes linen as smooth and as easy to write on as parchment."
linen - le linge, toile, lin, linge
parchment - parchemin, vélin
"You are, then, a chemist?"
chemist - chimiste
"Somewhat; I know Lavoisier, and was the intimate friend of Cabanis."
intimate - intime
"But for such a work you must have needed books"had you any?"
"I had nearly five thousand volumes in my library at Rome; but after reading them over many times, I found out that with one hundred and fifty well-chosen books a man possesses, if not a complete summary of all human knowledge, at least all that a man need really know.
volumes - volumes, volume, tome
summary - sommaire, résumé, récapitulation, compte rendu
I devoted three years of my life to reading and studying these one hundred and fifty volumes, till I knew them nearly by heart; so that since I have been in prison, a very slight effort of memory has enabled me to recall their contents as readily as though the pages were open before me.
by heart - par cour
I could recite you the whole of Thucydides, Xenophon, Plutarch, Titus Livius, Tacitus, Strada, Jornandes, Dante, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Spinoza, Machiavelli, and Bossuet. I name only the most important."
recite - réciter
Shakespeare - shakespeare
"You are, doubtless, acquainted with a variety of languages, so as to have been able to read all these?"
variety - variété
"Yes, I speak five of the modern tongues"that is to say, German, French, Italian, English, and Spanish; by the aid of ancient Greek I learned modern Greek"I don't speak it so well as I could wish, but I am still trying to improve myself."
tongues - langues, langue, languette
German - Allemand, Allemande, Germain, Germaine
"Improve yourself!" repeated DantĂ¨s; "why, how can you manage to do so?"
"Why, I made a vocabulary of the words I knew; turned, returned, and arranged them, so as to enable me to express my thoughts through their medium. I know nearly one thousand words, which is all that is absolutely necessary, although I believe there are nearly one hundred thousand in the dictionaries.
vocabulary - vocabulaire, lexique
medium - milieu, médium, support, média, moyen, demi-anglais
I cannot hope to be very fluent, but I certainly should have no difficulty in explaining my wants and wishes; and that would be quite as much as I should ever require."
fluent - fluide, parler couramment '(be fluent in)'
Stronger grew the wonder of DantĂ¨s, who almost fancied he had to do with one gifted with supernatural powers; still hoping to find some imperfection which might bring him down to a level with human beings, he added, "Then if you were not furnished with pens, how did you manage to write the work you speak of?"
gifted - doué, présent, cadeau, don, talent, donner, faire don de
supernatural - surnaturel, surnaturelle
"I made myself some excellent ones, which would be universally preferred to all others if once known. You are aware what huge whitings are served to us on maigre days.
whitings - whitings
maigre - maigre
Well, I selected the cartilages of the heads of these fishes, and you can scarcely imagine the delight with which I welcomed the arrival of each Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, as affording me the means of increasing my stock of pens; for I will freely confess that my historical labors have been my greatest solace and relief.
selected - sélectionné, sélect, choisir, sélectionner
cartilages - les cartilages, cartilage
delight with - Se réjouir de
affording - se le permettre, permettre
increasing - en augmentation, augmentant, (increase), augmenter, croître
historical - historique
labors - travaux, travail
relief - secours, allégement, relief, soulagement
While retracing the past, I forget the present; and traversing at will the path of history I cease to remember that I am myself a prisoner."
traversing - la traversée, (traverse), franchir, traverser
at will - a volonté
path - chemin, sentier
"But the ink," said DantĂ¨s; "of what did you make your ink?"
"There was formerly a fireplace in my dungeon," replied Faria, "but it was closed up long ere I became an occupant of this prison. Still, it must have been many years in use, for it was thickly covered with a coating of soot; this soot I dissolved in a portion of the wine brought to me every Sunday, and I assure you a better ink cannot be desired.
fireplace - âtre, foyer, cheminée
occupant - l'occupant, occupant, habitant
in use - en cours d'utilisation
Soot - la suie, suie
Dissolved - dissous, dissoudre
portion - part, portion
For very important notes, for which closer attention is required, I pricked one of my fingers, and wrote with my own blood."
"And when," asked DantĂ¨s, "may I see all this?"
"Whenever you please," replied the abbĂ©.
"Oh, then let it be directly!" exclaimed the young man.
"Follow me, then," said the abbĂ©, as he re-entered the subterranean passage, in which he soon disappeared, followed by DantĂ¨s.
After having passed with tolerable ease through the subterranean passage, which, however, did not admit of their holding themselves erect, the two friends reached the further end of the corridor, into which the abbĂ©'s cell opened; from that point the passage became much narrower, and barely permitted one to creep through on hands and knees.
tolerable - tolérable
admit of - admettre
narrower - plus étroite, étroit
creep - rampant, ramper, rampement, fatigue, fluage, reptation
The floor of the abbĂ©'s cell was paved, and it had been by raising one of the stones in the most obscure corner that Faria had been able to commence the laborious task of which DantĂ¨s had witnessed the completion.
paved - pavé, paver
obscure - obscure, obscur, sibyllin, obscurcir
commence - commencer
laborious - laborieux
completion - l'achevement, achevement, exécution
As he entered the chamber of his friend, DantĂ¨s cast around one eager and searching glance in quest of the expected marvels, but nothing more than common met his view.
eager - enthousiaste, désireux
quest - quete, recherche
marvels - merveilles, etre
"It is well," said the abbĂ©; "we have some hours before us"it is now just a quarter past twelve o'clock." Instinctively DantĂ¨s turned round to observe by what watch or clock the abbĂ© had been able so accurately to specify the hour.
specify - préciser, spécifier
"Look at this ray of light which enters by my window," said the abbĂ©, "and then observe the lines traced on the wall.
enters - entre, entrer, rench: -neededr, taper, saisir
Well, by means of these lines, which are in accordance with the double motion of the earth, and the ellipse it describes round the sun, I am enabled to ascertain the precise hour with more minuteness than if I possessed a watch; for that might be broken or deranged in its movements, while the sun and earth never vary in their appointed paths."
accordance - accord, accordance
ellipse - ellipse
precise - précis, préciser
minuteness - minuscule
be broken - etre brisé
vary - varier
paths - chemins, sentier
This last explanation was wholly lost upon DantĂ¨s, who had always imagined, from seeing the sun rise from behind the mountains and set in the Mediterranean, that it moved, and not the earth. A double movement of the globe he inhabited, and of which he could feel nothing, appeared to him perfectly impossible.
globe - Terre, globe
Each word that fell from his companion's lips seemed fraught with the mysteries of science, as worthy of digging out as the gold and diamonds in the mines of Guzerat and Golconda, which he could just recollect having visited during a voyage made in his earliest youth.
fraught - rempli
mysteries - mysteres, mystere
digging - creusant, (dig) creusant
Diamonds - des diamants, (de/en) diamant
mines - mines, mien/-ienne, les miens/-iennes
Golconda - golconda, Golconde, Golkonda
"Come," said he to the abbĂ©, "I am anxious to see your treasures."
The abbĂ© smiled, and, proceeding to the disused fireplace, raised, by the help of his chisel, a long stone, which had doubtless been the hearth, beneath which was a cavity of considerable depth, serving as a safe depository of the articles mentioned to DantĂ¨s.
hearth - âtre, foyer, foyers
serving - servir, portion, (serve), service, signifier, purger
depository - dépositaire, dépôt
"What do you wish to see first?" asked the abbĂ©.
"Oh, your great work on the monarchy of Italy!"
Faria then drew forth from his hiding-place three or four rolls of linen, laid one over the other, like folds of papyrus.
hiding-place - (hiding-place) Une cachette
rolls - rouleaux, rouleau
folds - plis, plier
papyrus - papyrus
These rolls consisted of slips of cloth about four inches wide and eighteen long; they were all carefully numbered and closely covered with writing, so legible that DantĂ¨s could easily read it, as well as make out the sense"it being in Italian, a language he, as a ProvenĂ§al, perfectly understood.
slips - glisse, glisser
inches - pouces, pouce
closely - de pres, étroitement, pres
legible - lisible
"There," said he, "there is the work complete. I wrote the word finis at the end of the sixty-eighth strip about a week ago. I have torn up two of my shirts, and as many handkerchiefs as I was master of, to complete the precious pages. Should I ever get out of prison and find in all Italy a printer courageous enough to publish what I have composed, my literary reputation is forever secured."
Finis - finis
torn up - déchiré
handkerchiefs - des mouchoirs, mouchoir
printer - imprimeur, imprimeuse, imprimante, (print), imprimer, imprimé
publish - publier
literary - littéraire
secured - sécurisé, sur, sécuriser
"I see," answered DantĂ¨s. "Now let me behold the curious pens with which you have written your work."
"Look!" said Faria, showing to the young man a slender stick about six inches long, and much resembling the size of the handle of a fine painting-brush, to the end of which was tied, by a piece of thread, one of those cartilages of which the abbĂ© had before spoken to DantĂ¨s; it was pointed, and divided at the nib like an ordinary pen.
resembling - ressemblant, ressembler
brush - brosse, brossage, accrochage, brosser, se brosser, peindre
tied - attachée, attacher
divided - divisé, diviser, fendre, partager
nib - plume, bec
DantĂ¨s examined it with intense admiration, then looked around to see the instrument with which it had been shaped so correctly into form.
shaped - en forme, forme
correctly - correctement
"Ah, yes," said Faria; "the penknife. That's my masterpiece. I made it, as well as this larger knife, out of an old iron candlestick." The penknife was sharp and keen as a razor; as for the other knife, it would serve a double purpose, and with it one could cut and thrust.
penknife - canif
masterpiece - chef-d'ouvre, chef-d'ouvre
candlestick - chandelier
keen - enthousiaste, désireux, poivré, vif
DantĂ¨s examined the various articles shown to him with the same attention that he had bestowed on the curiosities and strange tools exhibited in the shops at Marseilles as the works of the savages in the South Seas from whence they had been brought by the different trading vessels.
curiosities - curiosités, curiosité
exhibited - exposée, exposer, exposition, piece a conviction
savages - sauvages, barbare, féroce, sauvage
"As for the ink," said Faria, "I told you how I managed to obtain that"and I only just make it from time to time, as I require it."
only just - Tout juste
"One thing still puzzles me," observed DantĂ¨s, "and that is how you managed to do all this by daylight?"
puzzles - casse-tete, mystere, énigme, puzzle, casse-tete
daylight - la lumiere du jour, jour, lumiere du jour
"I worked at night also," replied Faria.
"Night!"why, for Heaven's sake, are your eyes like cats', that you can see to work in the dark?"
"Indeed they are not; but God has supplied man with the intelligence that enables him to overcome the limitations of natural conditions. I furnished myself with a light."
enables - permet, autoriser, permettre, activer
limitations - limitations, limitation
conditions - conditions, condition
"You did? Pray tell me how."
"I separated the fat from the meat served to me, melted it, and so made oil"here is my lamp." So saying, the abbĂ© exhibited a sort of torch very similar to those used in public illuminations.
melted - fondu, fondre (1), se dissoudre (2)
torch - torche, flambeau, incendier
illuminations - les illuminations, illumination, enluminure
"But how do you procure a light?"
"Oh, here are two flints and a piece of burnt linen."
flints - silex, pierre a fusil, pierre a briquet
matches - des correspondances, allumette
"I pretended that I had a disorder of the skin, and asked for a little sulphur, which was readily supplied."
pretended - prétendu, prétendre, prétendre a, feindre, faire semblant
sulphur - le soufre, soufre
DantĂ¨s laid the different things he had been looking at on the table, and stood with his head drooping on his breast, as though overwhelmed by the perseverance and strength of Faria's mind.
drooping - en train de tomber, tomber, s'affaisser, bec
"You have not seen all yet," continued Faria, "for I did not think it wise to trust all my treasures in the same hiding-place. Let us shut this one up.
hiding - se cacher, (hid) se cacher
" They put the stone back in its place; the abbĂ© sprinkled a little dust over it to conceal the traces of its having been removed, rubbed his foot well on it to make it assume the same appearance as the other, and then, going towards his bed, he removed it from the spot it stood in.
sprinkled - saupoudré, saupoudrer, asperger
rubbed - frotté, friction, hic, frotter, polir
Behind the head of the bed, and concealed by a stone fitting in so closely as to defy all suspicion, was a hollow space, and in this space a ladder of cords between twenty-five and thirty feet in length. DantĂ¨s closely and eagerly examined it; he found it firm, solid, and compact enough to bear any weight.
defy - défier, désobéir a
ladder - l'échelle, échelle
cords - cordons, corde, cordon
"Who supplied you with the materials for making this wonderful work?"
"I tore up several of my shirts, and ripped out the seams in the sheets of my bed, during my three years'imprisonment at Fenestrelle; and when I was removed to the ChĂ˘teau d'If, I managed to bring the ravellings with me, so that I have been able to finish my work here."
tore up - Détruire
ripped - déchiré, (se) déchirer
seams - les coutures, couture
ravellings - des voyages
"And was it not discovered that your sheets were unhemmed?"
unhemmed - sans ourlet
"Oh, no, for when I had taken out the thread I required, I hemmed the edges over again."
hemmed - ourlé, ourlet
edges - des bords, bord, côté, arete, carre
"With this needle," said the abbĂ©, as, opening his ragged vestments, he showed DantĂ¨s a long, sharp fish-bone, with a small perforated eye for the thread, a small portion of which still remained in it.
needle - aiguille, saphir, coudre, taquiner, monter
fish-bone - (fish-bone) arete de poisson
"I once thought," continued Faria, "of removing these iron bars, and letting myself down from the window, which, as you see, is somewhat wider than yours, although I should have enlarged it still more preparatory to my flight; however, I discovered that I should merely have dropped into a sort of inner court, and I therefore renounced the project altogether as too full of risk and danger.
wider - plus large, large
enlarged - élargi, agrandir, élargir, accroître
preparatory - préparatoire
renounced - renoncé, renoncer a
Nevertheless, I carefully preserved my ladder against one of those unforeseen opportunities of which I spoke just now, and which sudden chance frequently brings about."
unforeseen - imprévu
opportunities - des opportunités, occasion, opportunité, occasion favorable
brings about - Apporter
While affecting to be deeply engaged in examining the ladder, the mind of DantĂ¨s was, in fact, busily occupied by the idea that a person so intelligent, ingenious, and clear-sighted as the abbĂ© might probably be able to solve the dark mystery of his own misfortunes, where he himself could see nothing.
examining - l'examen, examiner
busily - avec activité
ingenious - ingénieux
clear-sighted - (clear-sighted) clairvoyant
solve - résoudre, régler, solutionner
mystery - mystere, mystere
"What are you thinking of?" asked the abbĂ© smilingly, imputing the deep abstraction in which his visitor was plunged to the excess of his awe and wonder.
imputing - l'imputation, imputer
abstraction - l'abstraction, abstraction
awe - la stupeur, crainte, révérence, admiration
"I was reflecting, in the first place," replied DantĂ¨s, "upon the enormous degree of intelligence and ability you must have employed to reach the high perfection to which you have attained. What would you not have accomplished if you had been free?"
enormous - énorme
perfection - la perfection, perfection
"Possibly nothing at all; the overflow of my brain would probably, in a state of freedom, have evaporated in a thousand follies; misfortune is needed to bring to light the treasures of the human intellect. Compression is needed to explode gunpowder.
overflow - débordement, déborder, checktransborder, checks'épancher
evaporated - s'est évaporée, évaporer
follies - folies, folie, sottise
bring to light - mettre en lumiere
compression - compression, checkréduction, checkconcision
explode - exploser, détoner, sauter
gunpowder - la poudre a canon
Captivity has brought my mental faculties to a focus; and you are well aware that from the collision of clouds electricity is produced"from electricity, lightning, from lightning, illumination."
focus - l'accent, foyer, attention, focaliser, mettre au point
collision - collision
clouds - nuages, s'obscurcir
electricity - l'électricité, électricité
illumination - l'éclairage, illumination, enluminure
"No," replied DantĂ¨s. "I know nothing. Some of your words are to me quite empty of meaning. You must be blessed indeed to possess the knowledge you have."
The abbĂ© smiled. "Well," said he, "but you had another subject for your thoughts; did you not say so just now?"
"You have told me as yet but one of them"let me hear the other."
"It was this,"that while you had related to me all the particulars of your past life, you were perfectly unacquainted with mine."
unacquainted - pas connu
"Your life, my young friend, has not been of sufficient length to admit of your having passed through any very important events."
admit - admettre, avouer, reconnaître
"It has been long enough to inflict on me a great and undeserved misfortune. I would fain fix the source of it on man that I may no longer vent reproaches upon Heaven."
fain - fain
reproaches - des reproches, reproche, opprobre, reprocher
"Then you profess ignorance of the crime with which you are charged?"
ignorance - l'ignorance, ignorance
"I do, indeed; and this I swear by the two beings most dear to me upon earth,"my father and MercĂ©dĂ¨s."
"Come," said the abbĂ©, closing his hiding-place, and pushing the bed back to its original situation, "let me hear your story."
DantĂ¨s obeyed, and commenced what he called his history, but which consisted only of the account of a voyage to India, and two or three voyages to the Levant, until he arrived at the recital of his last cruise, with the death of Captain Leclere, and the receipt of a packet to be delivered by himself to the grand marshal; his interview with that personage, and his receiving, in place of the packet brought, a letter addressed to a Monsieur Noirtier"his arrival at Marseilles, and interview with his father"his affection for MercĂ©dĂ¨s, and their nuptual feast"his arrest and subsequent examination, his temporary detention at the Palais de Justice, and his final imprisonment in the ChĂ˘teau d'If. From this point everything was a blank to DantĂ¨s"he knew nothing more, not even the length of time he had been imprisoned. His recital finished, the abbĂ© reflected long and earnestly.
commenced - commencé, commencer
India - l'inde, Inde
Levant - levant
recital - récital, considérant
cruise - croisiere, croiser
receipt - réception, reçu
subsequent - ultérieures, subséquent, suivant, prochain
blank - vide, blanc, vierge, balles a blanc, préforme, espace
"There is," said he, at the end of his meditations, "a clever maxim, which bears upon what I was saying to you some little while ago, and that is, that unless wicked ideas take root in a naturally depraved mind, human nature, in a right and wholesome state, revolts at crime.
meditations - méditations, méditation
bears - ours, supporter
take root - prendre racine
wholesome - salubre, sain, vertueux
revolts - révoltes, révolter
Still, from an artificial civilization have originated wants, vices, and false tastes, which occasionally become so powerful as to stifle within us all good feelings, and ultimately to lead us into guilt and wickedness.
artificial - artificiels
civilization - la civilisation, civilisation
originated - d'origine, instituer, prendre sa source
vices - vices, étau
tastes - gouts, gout, saveur, avant-gout, gouter, avoir un gout
ultimately - en fin de compte
wickedness - méchanceté, perversité, iniquité, mauvaise action
From this view of things, then, comes the axiom that if you visit to discover the author of any bad action, seek first to discover the person to whom the perpetration of that bad action could be in any way advantageous. Now, to apply it in your case,"to whom could your disappearance have been serviceable?"
axiom - axiome
discover - découvrir
serviceable - entretenable, serviable, réparable, pret a l'emploi, utilisable
"To no one, by Heaven! I was a very insignificant person."
"Do not speak thus, for your reply evinces neither logic nor philosophy; everything is relative, my dear young friend, from the king who stands in the way of his successor, to the employee who keeps his rival out of a place.
evinces - évidences, montrer, prouver
logic - logique
Philosophy - philosophie
employee - employé, employée, salarié, salariée
Now, in the event of the king's death, his successor inherits a crown,"when the employee dies, the supernumerary steps into his shoes, and receives his salary of twelve thousand livres. Well, these twelve thousand livres are his civil list, and are as essential to him as the twelve millions of a king.
inherits - hérite, hériter
supernumerary - surnuméraire, suppléant, en surnombre, en trop
salary - salaire
Everyone, from the highest to the lowest degree, has his place on the social ladder, and is beset by stormy passions and conflicting interests, as in Descartes'theory of pressure and impulsion. But these forces increase as we go higher, so that we have a spiral which in defiance of reason rests upon the apex and not on the base. Now let us return to your particular world.
lowest - le plus bas, bas
beset - assiégé, assaillir
stormy - orageux
conflicting - contradictoires, conflit, incompatibilité
impulsion - l'impulsion
spiral - spirale, hélice, spiraler
defiance - défiance, défi
rests upon - repose sur
apex - apex, sommet, apogée
base - base, baser, basent, socle, basez, Assise, basons
You say you were on the point of being made captain of the Pharaon?"
"And about to become the husband of a young and lovely girl?"
"Now, could anyone have had any interest in preventing the accomplishment of these two things? But let us first settle the question as to its being the interest of anyone to hinder you from being captain of the Pharaon. What say you?"
hinder - entraver, gener, embarrasser, (hind) entraver
"I cannot believe such was the case. I was generally liked on board, and had the sailors possessed the right of selecting a captain themselves, I feel convinced their choice would have fallen on me. There was only one person among the crew who had any feeling of ill-will towards me. I had quarelled with him some time previously, and had even challenged him to fight me; but he refused."
selecting - sélectionnant, sélect, choisir, sélectionner
ill-will - (ill-will) mauvaise volonté
quarelled - quarellé
challenged - contestée, défi, chalenge, défier
"Now we are getting on. And what was this man's name?"
getting on - monter
"What rank did he hold on board?"
"He was supercargo."
"And had you been captain, should you have retained him in his employment?"
employment - l'emploi, emploi, travail
"Not if the choice had remained with me, for I had frequently observed inaccuracies in his accounts."
inaccuracies - des inexactitudes, erreur, fraute, fr
"Good again! now then, tell me, was any person present during your last conversation with Captain Leclere?"
now then - maintenant alors
"No; we were quite alone."
"Could your conversation have been overheard by anyone?"
"It might, for the cabin door was open"and"stay; now I recollect,"Danglars himself passed by just as Captain Leclere was giving me the packet for the grand marshal."
"That's better," cried the abbĂ©; "now we are on the right scent. Did you take anybody with you when you put into the port of Elba?"
scent - parfum, odeur, odorat, sentir
"Somebody there received your packet, and gave you a letter in place of it, I think?"
"Yes; the grand marshal did."
"And what did you do with that letter?"
"Put it into my portfolio."
portfolio - portefeuille, portfolio
"You had your portfolio with you, then? Now, how could a sailor find room in his pocket for a portfolio large enough to contain an official letter?"
contain - contenir
"You are right; it was left on board."
"Then it was not till your return to the ship that you put the letter in the portfolio?"
not till - pas avant
"And what did you do with this same letter while returning from Porto-Ferrajo to the vessel?"
"I carried it in my hand."
"So that when you went on board the Pharaon, everybody could see that you held a letter in your hand?"
"Danglars, as well as the rest?"
"Danglars, as well as others."
"Now, listen to me, and try to recall every circumstance attending your arrest. Do you recollect the words in which the information against you was formulated?"
formulated - formulée, formuler
"Oh yes, I read it over three times, and the words sank deeply into my memory."
"Repeat it to me."
DantĂ¨s paused a moment, then said, "This is it, word for word: The king's attorney is informed by a friend to the throne and religion, that one Edmond DantĂ¨s, mate on board the Pharaon, this day arrived from Smyrna, after having touched at Naples and Porto-Ferrajo, has been intrusted by Murat with a packet for the usurper; again, by the usurper, with a letter for the Bonapartist Club in Paris.
This proof of his guilt may be procured by his immediate arrest, as the letter will be found either about his person, at his father's residence, or in his cabin on board the Pharaon.'"
procured - procuré, acquérir, obtenir, proxénétisme, procurer
residence - résidence, siege social
The abbĂ© shrugged his shoulders. "The thing is clear as day," said he; "and you must have had a very confiding nature, as well as a good heart, not to have suspected the origin of the whole affair."
origin - origine, source
"Do you really think so? Ah, that would indeed be infamous."
"How did Danglars usually write?"
"In a handsome, running hand."
"And how was the anonymous letter written?"
backhanded - a l'envers, revers
Again the abbĂ© smiled. "Disguised."
"It was very boldly written, if disguised."
"Stop a bit," said the abbĂ©, taking up what he called his pen, and, after dipping it into the ink, he wrote on a piece of prepared linen, with his left hand, the first two or three words of the accusation. DantĂ¨s drew back, and gazed on the abbĂ© with a sensation almost amounting to terror.
bit - bit, mordis, mordit, mordîmes, mordirent, (bite), mordre
taking up - Prendre en charge
dipping - trempage, tremper
amounting - montant, quantité, monter, correspondre
"How very astonishing!" cried he at length. "Why your writing exactly resembles that of the accusation."
resembles - ressemble, ressembler
"Simply because that accusation had been written with the left hand; and I have noticed that"""
"That while the writing of different persons done with the right hand varies, that performed with the left hand is invariably uniform."
varies - varie, varier
uniform - uniforme
"You have evidently seen and observed everything."
"Let us proceed."
"Oh, yes, yes!"
"Now as regards the second question."
"I am listening."
"Was there any person whose interest it was to prevent your marriage with MercĂ©dĂ¨s?"
"Yes; a young man who loved her."
"And his name was"""
"That is a Spanish name, I think?"
"He was a Catalan."
"You imagine him capable of writing the letter?"
"Oh, no; he would more likely have got rid of me by sticking a knife into me."
sticking - coller, (stick) coller
"That is in strict accordance with the Spanish character; an assassination they will unhesitatingly commit, but an act of cowardice, never."
unhesitatingly - sans hésitation
cowardice - lâcheté, couardise
"Besides," said DantĂ¨s, "the various circumstances mentioned in the letter were wholly unknown to him."
"You had never spoken of them yourself to anyone?"
"To no one."
"Not even to your mistress?"
"No, not even to my betrothed."
"Then it is Danglars."
"I feel quite sure of it now."
"Wait a little. Pray, was Danglars acquainted with Fernand?"
"No"yes, he was. Now I recollect"""
"To have seen them both sitting at table together under an arbor at PĂ¨re Pamphile's the evening before the day fixed for my wedding. They were in earnest conversation. Danglars was joking in a friendly way, but Fernand looked pale and agitated."
"Were they alone?"
"There was a third person with them whom I knew perfectly well, and who had, in all probability made their acquaintance; he was a tailor named Caderousse, but he was very drunk. Stay!"stay!"How strange that it should not have occurred to me before! Now I remember quite well, that on the table round which they were sitting were pens, ink, and paper. Oh, the heartless, treacherous scoundrels!
heartless - sans cour, sans-cour
" exclaimed DantĂ¨s, pressing his hand to his throbbing brows.
throbbing - des palpitations, (throb), battre, palpiter, vibrer, résonner
brows - les sourcils, (brow), andouiller d'oil, maître andouiller
"Is there anything else I can assist you in discovering, besides the villany of your friends?" inquired the abbĂ© with a laugh.
villany - villany
"Yes, yes," replied DantĂ¨s eagerly; "I would beg of you, who see so completely to the depths of things, and to whom the greatest mystery seems but an easy riddle, to explain to me how it was that I underwent no second examination, was never brought to trial, and, above all, was condemned without ever having had sentence passed on me?"
riddle - énigme
"That is altogether a different and more serious matter," responded the abbĂ©. "The ways of justice are frequently too dark and mysterious to be easily penetrated. All we have hitherto done in the matter has been child's play. If you wish me to enter upon the more difficult part of the business, you must assist me by the most minute information on every point."
"Pray ask me whatever questions you please; for, in good truth, you see more clearly into my life than I do myself."
"In the first place, then, who examined you,"the king's attorney, his deputy, or a magistrate?"
"Was he young or old?"
"About six or seven-and-twenty years of age, I should say."
"So," answered the abbĂ©. "Old enough to be ambitious, but too young to be corrupt. And how did he treat you?"
treat - négocier, traiter, régaler, guérir, soigner
"With more of mildness than severity."
"Did you tell him your whole story?"
"And did his conduct change at all in the course of your examination?"
"He did appear much disturbed when he read the letter that had brought me into this scrape. He seemed quite overcome by my misfortune."
scrape - gratter, racler, effleurer
"By your misfortune?"
"Then you feel quite sure that it was your misfortune he deplored?"
deplored - déploré, déplorer
"He gave me one great proof of his sympathy, at any rate."
rate - taux, taxer, évaluer, tarifaire, dividende, rang
"He burnt the sole evidence that could at all have criminated me."
"What? the accusation?"
"No; the letter."
"Are you sure?"
"I saw it done."
"That alters the case. This man might, after all, be a greater scoundrel than you have thought possible."
alters - modifie, transformer, changer, altérer
scoundrel - canaille, scélérat, scélérate, gredin, gredine
"Upon my word," said DantĂ¨s, "you make me shudder. Is the world filled with tigers and crocodiles?"
tigers - tigres, tigre/tigresse
crocodiles - des crocodiles, crocodile
"Yes; and remember that two-legged tigers and crocodiles are more dangerous than the others."
more dangerous - plus dangereux
"Never mind; let us go on."
"With all my heart! You tell me he burned the letter?"
burned - brulé, bruler
"He did; saying at the same time, You see I thus destroy the only proof existing against you.'"
existing - existant, exister
"This action is somewhat too sublime to be natural."
"You think so?"
"I am sure of it. To whom was this letter addressed?"
"To M. Noirtier, Rue Coq-HĂ©ron, No. 13, Paris."
"Now can you conceive of any interest that your heroic deputy could possibly have had in the destruction of that letter?"
conceive of - concevoir
heroic - héroique, héroique
"Why, it is not altogether impossible he might have had, for he made me promise several times never to speak of that letter to anyone, assuring me he so advised me for my own interest; and, more than this, he insisted on my taking a solemn oath never to utter the name mentioned in the address."
assuring - assurer, rassurer
insisted - insisté, insister
solemn - solennel
"Noirtier!" repeated the abbĂ©; "Noirtier!"I knew a person of that name at the court of the Queen of Etruria,"a Noirtier, who had been a Girondin during the Revolution! What was your deputy called?"
Queen - la reine, reine, dame, folle, chatte, promouvoir, mener a dame
revolution - révolution, coup d'état, tour
"De Villefort!" The abbĂ© burst into a fit of laughter, while DantĂ¨s gazed on him in utter astonishment.
"What ails you?" said he at length.
"Do you see that ray of sunlight?"
sunlight - la lumiere du soleil, lumiere du soleil
"Well, the whole thing is more clear to me than that sunbeam is to you. Poor fellow! poor young man! And you tell me this magistrate expressed great sympathy and commiseration for you?"
sunbeam - rayon de soleil
commiseration - la commisération, commisération
"And the worthy man destroyed your compromising letter?"
"And then made you swear never to utter the name of Noirtier?"
"Why, you poor short-sighted simpleton, can you not guess who this Noirtier was, whose very name he was so careful to keep concealed? This Noirtier was his father!"
Had a thunderbolt fallen at the feet of DantĂ¨s, or hell opened its yawning gulf before him, he could not have been more completely transfixed with horror than he was at the sound of these unexpected words. Starting up, he clasped his hands around his head as though to prevent his very brain from bursting, and exclaimed, "His father! his father!"
hell - l'enfer, enfer
bursting - l'éclatement, éclater, faire éclater, rompre, briser
"Yes, his father," replied the abbĂ©; "his right name was Noirtier de Villefort."
At this instant a bright light shot through the mind of DantĂ¨s, and cleared up all that had been dark and obscure before.
shot through - tiré a travers
cleared up - éclairci
The change that had come over Villefort during the examination, the destruction of the letter, the exacted promise, the almost supplicating tones of the magistrate, who seemed rather to implore mercy than to pronounce punishment,"all returned with a stunning force to his memory.
exacted - exigé, exact, précis, exiger
supplicating - suppliante, supplier
tones - tons, ton
stunning - époustouflant, étourdir, étonner, époustoufler
He cried out, and staggered against the wall like a drunken man, then he hurried to the opening that led from the abbĂ©'s cell to his own, and said, "I must be alone, to think over all this."
hurried - pressé, précipitation, hâte, dépecher
think over - réfléchir
When he regained his dungeon, he threw himself on his bed, where the turnkey found him in the evening visit, sitting with fixed gaze and contracted features, dumb and motionless as a statue. During these hours of profound meditation, which to him had seemed only minutes, he had formed a fearful resolution, and bound himself to its fulfilment by a solemn oath.
regained - retrouvée, reconquérir, reprendre
dumb - stupide, muet
fulfilment - l'accomplissement, satisfaction
DantĂ¨s was at length roused from his reverie by the voice of Faria, who, having also been visited by his jailer, had come to invite his fellow-sufferer to share his supper. The reputation of being out of his mind, though harmlessly and even amusingly so, had procured for the abbĂ© unusual privileges.
roused - réveillé, réveiller
reverie - reverie
fellow-sufferer - (fellow-sufferer) un compagnon d'infortune
harmlessly - sans danger, inoffensivement
amusingly - de façon amusante
unusual - inhabituel, insolite, inusuel
privileges - privileges, privilege, privilégier
He was supplied with bread of a finer, whiter quality than the usual prison fare, and even regaled each Sunday with a small quantity of wine. Now this was a Sunday, and the abbĂ© had come to ask his young companion to share the luxuries with him.
regaled - régalé, royal
luxuries - le luxe, luxe
DantĂ¨s followed him; his features were no longer contracted, and now wore their usual expression, but there was that in his whole appearance that bespoke one who had come to a fixed and desperate resolve. Faria bent on him his penetrating eye.
bent on - Etre déterminé a
"I regret now," said he, "having helped you in your late inquiries, or having given you the information I did."
"Why so?" inquired DantĂ¨s.
"Because it has instilled a new passion in your heart"that of vengeance."
instilled - inculquée, inculquer (a qqn)
passion - passion
DantĂ¨s smiled. "Let us talk of something else," said he.
Again the abbĂ© looked at him, then mournfully shook his head; but in accordance with DantĂ¨s'request, he began to speak of other matters.
mournfully - en deuil
The elder prisoner was one of those persons whose conversation, like that of all who have experienced many trials, contained many useful and important hints as well as sound information; but it was never egotistical, for the unfortunate man never alluded to his own sorrows.
trials - des essais, proces
hints - indices, indication, soupçon, faire allusion
egotistical - égoiste
alluded - allusion, alluder, faire allusion, suggérer
DantĂ¨s listened with admiring attention to all he said; some of his remarks corresponded with what he already knew, or applied to the sort of knowledge his nautical life had enabled him to acquire.
admiring - admiratif, admirer
remarks - remarques, remarque
corresponded - ont correspondu, correspondre (...a qqchose)
nautical - nautiques
A part of the good abbĂ©'s words, however, were wholly incomprehensible to him; but, like the aurora which guides the navigator in northern latitudes, opened new vistas to the inquiring mind of the listener, and gave fantastic glimpses of new horizons, enabling him justly to estimate the delight an intellectual mind would have in following one so richly gifted as Faria along the heights of truth, where he was so much at home.
aurora - aurore polaire
guides - guides, guider
navigator - navigateur
Northern - nord, septentrional, boréal, bise
latitudes - latitudes, latitude, parallele, marge
vistas - des panoramas, vue, point de vue
listener - l'auditeur, auditeur, auditrice, écouteur, écouteuse
glimpses - des aperçus, aperçu, entrevoir
enabling - habilitant, autoriser, permettre, activer
justly - a juste titre, justement
estimate - estimation, devis, estimer
intellectual - intellectuel, intellectuelle, intello
heights - les hauteurs, hauteur, taille
"You must teach me a small part of what you know," said DantĂ¨s, "if only to prevent your growing weary of me. I can well believe that so learned a person as yourself would prefer absolute solitude to being tormented with the company of one as ignorant and uninformed as myself. If you will only agree to my request, I promise you never to mention another word about escaping."
absolute - absolue, absolu
uninformed - mal informé
The abbĂ© smiled.
"Alas, my boy," said he, "human knowledge is confined within very narrow limits; and when I have taught you mathematics, physics, history, and the three or four modern languages with which I am acquainted, you will know as much as I do myself. Now, it will scarcely require two years for me to communicate to you the stock of learning I possess."
"Two years!" exclaimed DantĂ¨s; "do you really believe I can acquire all these things in so short a time?"
"Not their application, certainly, but their principles you may; to learn is not to know; there are the learners and the learned. Memory makes the one, philosophy the other."
application - l'application, application, programme, candidature, demande
learners - apprenants, apprenant, apprenante
"But cannot one learn philosophy?"
"Philosophy cannot be taught; it is the application of the sciences to truth; it is like the golden cloud in which the Messiah went up into heaven."
the Messiah - le Messie
"Well, then," said DantĂ¨s, "What shall you teach me first? I am in a hurry to begin. I want to learn."
"Everything," said the abbĂ©. And that very evening the prisoners sketched a plan of education, to be entered upon the following day.
sketched - esquissé, croquer, esquisser, esquisse, ébauche
DantĂ¨s possessed a prodigious memory, combined with an astonishing quickness and readiness of conception; the mathematical turn of his mind rendered him apt at all kinds of calculation, while his naturally poetical feelings threw a light and pleasing veil over the dry reality of arithmetical computation, or the rigid severity of geometry.
prodigious - prodigieux
combined - combinés, combiner
quickness - la rapidité, rapidité
conception - conception
mathematical - mathématique
apt - apt, doué
arithmetical - arithmétique
computation - calcul, résultat
rigid - rigide
geometry - géométrie
He already knew Italian, and had also picked up a little of the Romaic dialect during voyages to the East; and by the aid of these two languages he easily comprehended the construction of all the others, so that at the end of six months he began to speak Spanish, English, and German.
Romaic - roms, romaique
dialect - dialecte, patois
In strict accordance with the promise made to the abbĂ©, DantĂ¨s spoke no more of escape. Perhaps the delight his studies afforded him left no room for such thoughts; perhaps the recollection that he had pledged his word (on which his sense of honor was keen) kept him from referring in any way to the possibilities of flight.
possibilities - possibilités, possibilité
Days, even months, passed by unheeded in one rapid and instructive course. At the end of a year DantĂ¨s was a new man. DantĂ¨s observed, however, that Faria, in spite of the relief his society afforded, daily grew sadder; one thought seemed incessantly to harass and distract his mind.
unheeded - non pris en compte
instructive - instructif
harass - harceler
distract - distraire
Sometimes he would fall into long reveries, sigh heavily and involuntarily, then suddenly rise, and, with folded arms, begin pacing the confined space of his dungeon. One day he stopped all at once, and exclaimed:
reveries - reveries, reverie
involuntarily - involontairement
pacing - le rythme, pas
"Ah, if there were no sentinel!"
"There shall not be one a minute longer than you please," said DantĂ¨s, who had followed the working of his thoughts as accurately as though his brain were enclosed in crystal so clear as to display its minutest operations.
operations - des opérations, opération, fonctionnement, exploitation
"I have already told you," answered the abbĂ©, "that I loathe the idea of shedding blood."
loathe - exécrer, détester, hair
"And yet the murder, if you choose to call it so, would be simply a measure of self-preservation."
preservation - préservation
"No matter! I could never agree to it."
"Still, you have thought of it?"
"Incessantly, alas!" cried the abbĂ©.
"And you have discovered a means of regaining our freedom, have you not?" asked DantĂ¨s eagerly.
"I have; if it were only possible to place a deaf and blind sentinel in the gallery beyond us."
deaf - sourd, les sourds
"He shall be both blind and deaf," replied the young man, with an air of determination that made his companion shudder.
"No, no," cried the abbĂ©; "impossible!"
DantĂ¨s endeavored to renew the subject; the abbĂ© shook his head in token of disapproval, and refused to make any further response. Three months passed away.
endeavored - s'est efforcé, effort, entreprise, tenter, s’efforcer
disapproval - désapprobation
"Are you strong?" the abbĂ© asked one day of DantĂ¨s. The young man, in reply, took up the chisel, bent it into the form of a horseshoe, and then as readily straightened it.
horseshoe - fer a cheval, fer a cheval, ferrer
"And will you engage not to do any harm to the sentry, except as a last resort?"
engage - s'engager, attirer l'attention, engager, embrayer
sentry - sentinelle
last resort - dernier recours
"I promise on my honor."
"Then," said the abbĂ©, "we may hope to put our design into execution."
"And how long shall we be in accomplishing the necessary work?"
accomplishing - accomplir
"At least a year."
"And shall we begin at once?"
"We have lost a year to no purpose!" cried DantĂ¨s.
no purpose - sans but
"Do you consider the last twelve months to have been wasted?" asked the abbĂ©.
wasted - gaspillé, gaspiller
"Forgive me!" cried Edmond, blushing deeply.
"Tut, tut!" answered the abbĂ©, "man is but man after all, and you are about the best specimen of the genus I have ever known. Come, let me show you my plan."
genus - genre, (genu)
The abbĂ© then showed DantĂ¨s the sketch he had made for their escape. It consisted of a plan of his own cell and that of DantĂ¨s, with the passage which united them.
sketch - croquis, croquer, esquisser, esquisse, ébauche, sketch
In this passage he proposed to drive a level as they do in mines; this level would bring the two prisoners immediately beneath the gallery where the sentry kept watch; once there, a large excavation would be made, and one of the flag-stones with which the gallery was paved be so completely loosened that at the desired moment it would give way beneath the feet of the soldier, who, stunned by his fall, would be immediately bound and gagged by DantĂ¨s before he had power to offer any resistance. The prisoners were then to make their way through one of the gallery windows, and to let themselves down from the outer walls by means of the abbĂ©'s ladder of cords.
flag - drapeau, étendard, fanion, pavillon
loosened - desserré, desserrer
stunned - stupéfait, étourdir, étonner, époustoufler
gagged - bâillonné, bâillon, haut-le-coeur, haut-le-cour, bâillonner
DantĂ¨s'eyes sparkled with joy, and he rubbed his hands with delight at the idea of a plan so simple, yet apparently so certain to succeed. That very day the miners began their labors, with a vigor and alacrity proportionate to their long rest from fatigue and their hopes of ultimate success.
sparkled - étincelait, étincellement
alacrity - alacrité, empressement, rapidité
proportionate - proportionné, proportionner
ultimate - dernier, ultime
Nothing interrupted the progress of the work except the necessity that each was under of returning to his cell in anticipation of the turnkey's visits. They had learned to distinguish the almost imperceptible sound of his footsteps as he descended towards their dungeons, and happily, never failed of being prepared for his coming.
Footsteps - des pas, empreinte, trace de pas, pas, bruit de pas, marche
Happily - heureux, heureusement, par bonheur, joyeusement, gaiement
The fresh earth excavated during their present work, and which would have entirely blocked up the old passage, was thrown, by degrees and with the utmost precaution, out of the window in either Faria's or DantĂ¨s'cell, the rubbish being first pulverized so finely that the night wind carried it far away without permitting the smallest trace to remain.
excavated - excavé, creuser
blocked - bloqué, bloc
by degrees - par degrés
pulverized - pulvérisé, pulvériser
finely - finement
permitting - l'autorisation, permettre
trace - trace, projection horizontale, décalquer
More than a year had been consumed in this undertaking, the only tools for which had been a chisel, a knife, and a wooden lever; Faria still continuing to instruct DantĂ¨s by conversing with him, sometimes in one language, sometimes in another; at others, relating to him the history of nations and great men who from time to time have risen to fame and trodden the path of glory.
instruct - instruire, enseigner, apprendre
conversing - en train de converser, converser
relating - en relation, raconter, relater
fame - la notoriété, gloire, célébrité
trodden - foulée, marcher (sur)
The abbĂ© was a man of the world, and had, moreover, mixed in the first society of the day; he wore an air of melancholy dignity which DantĂ¨s, thanks to the imitative powers bestowed on him by nature, easily acquired, as well as that outward polish and politeness he had before been wanting in, and which is seldom possessed except by those who have been placed in constant intercourse with persons of high birth and breeding.
imitative - imitative
by nature - par nature
outward - externe
polish - polish, polonais
seldom - rarement
breeding - l'élevage, (breed), se reproduire, engendrer, élever, race
At the end of fifteen months the level was finished, and the excavation completed beneath the gallery, and the two workmen could distinctly