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Edmond Dants (Character)
from The Count of Monte-Cristo (1975) (TV)

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The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
Edmond: Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome. Do your worst, for I will do mine! Then the fates will know you as we know you: as Albert Mondego, the man!

Luigi: So, mi amici, I would ask who you are, but in view of your shredded clothes and the fact that the Chateau d'If is two miles away... what's the point? As for me, I am Luigi Vampa, a smuggler and a thief. My men and I have come to this island to bury alive one of our number who attempted to keep some stolen gold for himself instead of sharing it with his comrades. Interestingly enough, there are some of his more loyal friends who are insisting that I grant him mercy. Which, of course, I cannot do, or I would quickly lose control of the whole crew. That is why you are such a fortunate find.
Edmond: Why is that?
Luigi: You provide me with a way to show a little mercy to Jacopo - that maggot you see tied up over there - while at the same time not appearing weak. And as a bonus, the lads will get to see a little sport as well.
Edmond: How do I accomplish all this?
Luigi: We watch you and Jacopo fight to the death. If Jacopo wins, we welcome him back to the crew. If you win, I have given Jacopo the chance to live, even if he did not take advantage of it, and you can take his place on the boat.
Edmond: What if I win and I don't want to be a smuggler?
Luigi: Then we slit your throat, and we're a bit shorthanded.
[pause]
Edmond: [smiles after consideration] I find that smuggling is the life for me, and would be delighted to kill your friend the maggot!
Luigi: Oh, and by the way, Jacopo is the best knife fighter I have ever seen.
Edmond: [unmoved, sarcastically] Perhaps you should get out more...
Luigi: [laughs, shouts to his crew] Release Jacopo, and give him back his knife. And we'll let the games begin...

Old Man Dantes: [Making a toast] May this moment be the dawn of a new and wonderful life for you both...
Gendarmes Captain: [after smashing open the door] Which one of you is Edmond Dantes?
Edmond: I am.
Gendarmes Captain: Edmond Dantes, you are under arrest by order of the chief magistrate of Marseille.
Old Man Dantes: Arrest?
Edmond: On what charges?
Gendarmes Captain: That information is privilaged
[gestures to his men]
Gendarmes Captain: Take him!
Edmond: [Struggling with guards] I demand an explanation! I demand an explanation!

Edmond: If you ever presume to interfere in my affairs again, I will, I promise you, finish the job I started the day we met! Do you understand?
Jacopo: I understand you are mad.
Edmond: Mad? My enemies are falling into my traps perfectly!
Jacopo: Mad, your grace, for ignoring this: you have a fortune, a beautiful woman who loves you. Take the money, take the woman, and live your life! Stop this plan, take what you have won!
Edmond: I can't.
Jacopo: Why not?... I'm still your man, Satara. I swore an oath I will protect you. Even if it means I must protect you from yourself. I'll drive you home now.

Luigi: Oh, and by the way, Jacopo is the best knife fighter I have ever seen.
Edmond: Perhaps you should get out more.

Fernand: What happened to your mercy?
Edmond Dantes: I'm a count, not a saint.

Abbe Faria: When I told them I had no idea where Count Spada hid his treasure, I lied.
Edmond: You lied?
Abbe Faria: I'm a priest, not a saint.

Fernand: Monte Cristo!
Edmond: King's to you, Fernand.
Fernand: Edmond? How did you...
Edmond: How did I escape? With difficulty. How did I plan this moment? With pleasure!
Fernand: So you've taken Mercedes.
Edmond: And everything else. Except your life.
Fernand: Why are you doing this?
Edmond: [pauses, remembering what Fernand said when he asked why he betrayed him] It's complicated. Let's just say it's vengeance for the life that you stole from me.

Edmond: There are 72,519 stones in my walls. I've counted them many times.
Abbe Faria: But have you named them yet?

Abbe Faria: Here is your final lesson - do not commit the crime for which you now serve the sentence. God said, "Vengeance is mine."
Edmond Dantes: I don't believe in God.
Abbe Faria: It doesn't matter. He believes in you.

Luigi: We shall call him... Zatarra.
Edmond: Sounds fearsome.
Luigi: It means, "driftwood."

Edmond: Why? In God's name, why?
Fernand: Because you're the son of a clerk, and I'm not supposed to want to be you!

Edmond: We are kings or pawns, a man once said.
Luigi: Who told you this?
Edmond: Napolean Bonaparte.
Luigi: Bonaparte?
[laughs]
Luigi: Oh, Zatarra, the stories you tell.

Edmond: If you ever loved me, don't rob me of my hate. It's all I have.

Abbe Faria: In return for your help, I offer you something priceless.
Edmond: My freedom?
Abbe Faria: No, freedom can be taken away, as you well know. I offer you my knowledge.

Abbe Faria: The slot opens twice a day. Once in the morning for your toilet bucket, which is where we hide the dirt. And once more in the evening for your plate. Between those times, we can work all day without fear of discovery.
Edmond: So neglect becomes our ally.

Danglar: [while he is about to be hanged by Monte Cristo from a ship's plank, holding onto Cristo's coat] Who are you?
Edmond: I'm the Count of Monte Cristo...
[beat]
Edmond: But my friends call me Edmond Dantes!
Danglar: [in full realisation] Dantes...
Edmond: [Edmond knocks away Danglar's hands, hanging him, walks away calmly and speaks to the chief Gendarme] Cut him down before he can't talk...

Edmond: You've only got one shot. And it'll take more than that to stop me.
Fernand: Well, then, I best put it where it will do the most damage.

Abbe Faria: Define Economics.
Edmond: Economics is a science that deals with the production, distribution, and consumption of commodities.
Abbe Faria: Translation?
Edmond: Dig first, money later.

Mercedes: I don't know what dark plan lies within you. Nor do I know by what design we were asked to live without each other these 16 years. But God has offered us a new beginning...
Edmond: God?
Mercedes: Don't slap His hand away.
Edmond: Can I never escape Him?
Mercedes: No, He is in everything. Even in a kiss.

Dorleac: And if you're thinking just now 'Why me, oh God?' the answer is: God has nothing to do with it. In fact, God is never in France this time of year.
Edmond: God has everything to do with it. He's everywhere. He sees everything.
Dorleac: Alright. Let's make a bargain, shall we? You ask God for help and I'll stop the moment he shows up.

Edmond: Monseuir, I know you must hear this a great deal; I assure you I am innocent. Everyone must say that, I know, but I truly am.
Dorleac: Innocent?
Edmond: Yes.
Dorleac: I know. I really do know.
Edmond: You mock me?
Dorleac: No, my dear Dantes. I know perfectly well that you are innocent. Why else would you be here? If you were truly guilty, there are a hundred prisons in France where they would lock you away. But Chateau d'If is where is they put the ones they're ashamed of.

Abbe Faria: 2,500 cubic centimeters of rock and dust a day for 365 days.
Edmond: Equals three-and-a-half meters a year, 12 feet, a foot a month.
[grunts]
Edmond: Three inches a week.
Abbe Faria: In Italian.
[whip cracking]
Edmond: Ancora tre metri e un mezzo.

Edmond Dantes: God is no more real than your treasure, Priest.
Abbe Faria: Perhaps...


The Count of Monte-Cristo (1975) (TV)
Fernand Mondego: [Dantes has confronted Mondego at Mondego's trial after Haydee has testified against him] What is your connection with this woman?
Edmond Dantes: Ask first what is my connection with one named... Edmond Dantes.
Fernand Mondego: Edmond! So... the light begins to break! Our sailor boy back from the isle of the dead, eh?Insisting on his revenge and getting it! I begin to see, yes! Caderousse dead. Danglars dead. Villefort confined to an asylum. Is it my turn, Edmond?
Edmond Dantes: It is.

[at Danglar's office; Edmond handles a statue of a head]
Edmond Dantes: I am impressed by this head of Imhotep.
Danglars: Imhotep? Yeas, sure...
[gives Edmond a smaller statue]
Danglars: How about this one, mister?
Edmond Dantes: Very ingenious fake.

[Edmond has found the treasure]
Edmond Dantes: Jacobo! Bertuccio! The world is mine!

Edmond Dantes: [plans for revenge] I shall move like the Sword of the Lord with a terrible swiftness.

Edmond Dantes: [to Mondego after defeating him in a duel] Don't say your prayers. You won't escape prison by the simple trick of dying. You'll serve your sentence in this world before you go to Hell.

Edmond Dantes: [to the paralyzed Noirtier] You must excuse me, sir, if I seem to stare. It doesn't often happen that a man may gaze upon the one great nemesis of his life.

Mercedes: [she has found Monte Cristo practicing shooting] You would not kill my son!
Edmond Dantes: [turning to face her] He challenged me, madam.
Mercedes: And what would you expet from a proud son? The general is his father!
Edmond Dantes: I had a father once.
Mercedes: Then you know how the boy feels. You can understand how zealous he is after the general's good name!
Edmond Dantes: What general? My business is with a lieutenant I used to know.
Mercedes: What business?
Edmond Dantes: Revenge, madam.
Mercedes: [pause, then] For what? For marrying the girl you loved? He does not deserve your vengeance. It was I! I was weak, I could bear my loneliness no longer. I married him because they told me you died in the Chateau d'If shortly after your arrest.
Edmond Dantes: But what was I in the Chateau d'If? Why was I arrested?
Mercedes: I do not know!

Edmond Dantes: Ask me to forgive a man for stealing my love... a lover's deception; very well, since you ask it I forgive him that. Ask me to forgive him for stealing fourteen years of my life; very well, forgiven. But forgive him for destroying my father? Never, madam! Never!
Mercedes: [pause, then] In my dreams, I have seen you dead... thrown to the bottom of one of those pits where jailers throw their dead prisoners... and I wake from this incessant dream with a cry, shuddering and cold.
Edmond Dantes: Have you ever dreamed your father dead of hunger? Have you ever dreamed of the one you loved giving her hand to a rival while you perish at the bottom of a pit?
Mercedes: Worse! I have seen him I loved on the point of murdering my son!

Edmond Dantes: [after the duel with Albert Mondego] Providence again! I AM the emissary of God! I have been spared to carry out his will!

Edmond Dantes: [Last Lines] Mercedes! Where are you traveling?
Mercedes: To Africa... to find my son and be near him. He's joined the Army.
Edmond Dantes: Albert a soldier?
Mercedes: He wants to expiate his father's sins.
Edmond Dantes: Let me join you on your voyage. I can be of help to you both.
Mercedes: My son would never permit that.
Edmond Dantes: Once you said he should have been our son.
Mercedes: SHould have been, yes. But he has a father and he has his father's name... a name you so thoroughly destroyed.
Edmond Dantes: That was simple justice, madam, and believe me it brought me no joy. But now my task's accomplished. I've no particular place in the world, no strong desire in life... but to make amends where I've hurt the innocent.
Mercedes: Avenging angels may not ask forgiveness of their victims.
Edmond Dantes: I am no longer the instrument of God! I've been plunged back into nothingness! I'm searching something lost... my soul, my self... for Edmond Dantes.
Mercedes: You will never find him. He died a long time ago in the Chateau d'If... and much of me is buried with him. But I celebrate the Count of Monte Cristo's return to the world of men, and I wish for him from the depths of my heart that will find the peace for which he yearns.
Edmond Dantes: But never... never will he find that perfect love which two young people lost... irretrieveably lost so many, many years ago. Bon voyage... Countess Mondego.
Mercedes: Goodbye, Count.

Fernand Mondego: You've done it exceedingly well, the way you expose us one by one and then you
[draws his aide's sword]
Fernand Mondego: strike! You ruin a man with exquisite finesse, but before you kick THIS dog to death beware!
[he throws the sword to Monte Cristo]
Edmond Dantes: [catches the sword] He barks.
Fernand Mondego: [drawing his own sword] Bites! For having ruined me, you now give me cause for revenge! I claim the right to send the dead back to the dead! Can you defend yourself, Edmond, or do you stab only in the dark?

Valentine De Villefort: [she has just been introduced to Monte Cristo] Monte Cristo! Oh, sir! I shall be the envy of every girl in Paris! What they're saying is true; you ARE handsome! Are you as rich as they're saying, monsieur?
Edmond Dantes: [smiling] Rich in experience, mademoiselle, rich in years and growing richer by the moment in my appreciation of the loveliness of Paris.

Valentine De Villefort: [speaking of her paralyzed grandfather Noirtier] My grandfather is a prisoner of his body, monsieur, but his will is like his mind... unconquerable.
Edmond Dantes: He possesses what few men can boast of... the devotion of one loving heart.
Valentine De Villefort: [staring at Monte Cristo] That's a lonely statement, monsieur.

Edmond Dantes: If a man tortures or murders your brother or your son - or your father - kills one of those beings who leave an eternal emptiness and a bleeding wound when they're torn from your heart, do you really think society has given you sufficient reparation because the blade of the guillotine has passed between the murderer's trapezius and his occipital bone? Because the man who cause you *immeasurable* suffering has endured a few seconds of physical pain?
De Villefort: My dear count, are you suggesting the suggesting the medieval way - torture?
Edmond Dantes: I am suggesting the holy remedy: an eye for an eye.


The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)
Edmond Dantes: [to Mondego after defeating him in a duel] It was not my sword, Mondego, but your past that disarmed you!

[last lines]
Albert de Mondego: [to Dantes and Mercedes who are up in the branches of a tree] Can we come up?
Edmond Dantes: Find your own tree.

Edmond Dantes: [referring to the now-insane Danglars] A mental suicide, doctor.
Doctor: Mental suicide?
Edmond Dantes: Yes. He destroyed his mind with an overdose of two deadly poisons.
Doctor: Poisons!
Edmond Dantes: Avarice and Greed

Edmond Dantes: [to Mondego upon realizing that he has been betrayed] Oh, I see! Danglas told you about Elba and the letter because he wanted to be captain! And you told the magistrate because... because of Mercedes! You appeared here as my friends!

Edmond Dantes: [after finding the treasure] My dear abbe... if you were only really here beside me to see. You were right. The world is mine.

Edmond Dantes: [Mercedes has just shown him the false death certificate] I thought there must be something like this somewhere.
Mercedes de Rosas: I've had it ever since... for many years.
Edmond Dantes: Well, it speaks the truth. Edmond Dantes is dead.
Mercedes de Rosas: Then who is this Count de Monte Cristo who closely resembles him?
Edmond Dantes: The resemblance has been noted by no one but you. He is, in fact, to answer your question, a person so utterly unlike a man named Dantes they might have been born of different parents. Even the soul is not the same.
Mercedes de Rosas: I can believe that.

Abbe Faria: Everyone has heard of the de Spada family fortune.
Edmond Dantes: I have, since boyhood. A buried treasure, wasn't it?
Abbe Faria: Dating from Ancient Rome. Well, for twenty years I was librarian and tutor to the Duke de Spada. He had no children and made me his sole heir. I planned to use it to ease suffering humanity, but this so enraged the old Duke's enemies, who planned after his death to seize the fortune for themselves, that they submitted me first to torture and then threw me into prison in an effort to force from me the secret hiding place which I alone know. Together, we will dig our way to freedom and one half of the treasure shall be yours.
Edmond Dantes: [viciously] I'll dig my fingers to the bone! I'll tear these rocks apart! Money... riches... power with which to strangle and curse three rotten rats!
Abbe Faria: Stop! Stop! Oh, what a miserable creature you are! Your eyes gleam with greed, your heart filled with revenge! In such a condition, you're not fit to have one sou! Patience. What a long road you have to travel. Be thankful your digging tools are but bits of crockery and iron. It will take time... pray for it to be a long time so that when you emerge into the light, it will not be as a revengeful Horseman of the Apocalypse but as an avenging angel doing the work of God.

Edmond Dantes: Please believe I've put my task above the mean level of personal vengeance. I am exposing criminals, not for their sins against myself but for their black injustices to others... not only for what they have done but for what they continue to do. They are the ones devoid of all humanity, the ones that profitted by the sufferings of others.
Mercedes de Rosas: Whom will it profit if you kill my son?
Edmond Dantes: Surely you don't think this duel part of my design!
Mercedes de Rosas: What else am I to think, knowing how skillfully you have destroyed the others?
[Monte Cristo turns away; she follows him]
Mercedes de Rosas: Let me tell you about Albert. He worships you. Never in his life has he felt such a strong affection for anyone but me. He never understood his father; there was no bond of sympathy between them. Why? Because that was a part of my design. I reared him in the image of the man I loved. He is the son Edmond Dantes would have had. I had hoped that he'd be claimed by Monte Cristo.
Edmond Dantes: [pause, then] I claimed him long ago, Mercedes.

Jacopo: [Albert has just challenged Monte Cristo to a duel] Something's happened?
Edmond Dantes: Yes. Something admirable and terrible... something I never planned.


"The Count of Monte Cristo: The Texas Affair (#1.4)" (1956)
Andre Soult: Are you ready to reconsider now?
Edmond Dantes: My answer is still no.
Andre Soult: Then you leave me no choice but to change your mind in a much more painful way.


"The Count of Monte Cristo: Sicily (#1.19)" (1956)
Edmond Dantes: Beauty without grace is the hook without bait.


"The Count of Monte Cristo: 5/22, arashi (#1.3)" (2004)
Count of Monte Cristo: The bitter fruits of betrayal must be plucked from the tree.


"The Count of Monte Cristo: Yami iro no yume wo mita (#1.9)" (2004)
Count of Monte Cristo: You child of illicit love who has awoken from a dark dream and come back to life from the depths of death.
Count of Monte Cristo: You beautiful child who knows nothing of love, nor of being loved.
Count of Monte Cristo: Thou art anathema. Thou art anathema!


"The Count of Monte Cristo: Konyaku, hadan (#1.11)" (2004)
Albert: Count, I want to change. I want to change into a strong person, like you.
Count of Monte Cristo: Then, I shall offer these words to you, Albert. Wait and hope.
Albert: Wait... and... hope.


"The Count of Monte Cristo: Kettô (#1.18)" (2005)
Count of Monte Cristo: You, who have walked in the sunlight your entire life, could not possibly know the tale of the innocent man who had his youth stolen away from him, and the old man who fell victim to loneliness and starvation!


"Count of Monte Cristo: The Isle of Monte Cristo (#1.5)" (1964)
Edmond Dantes: [introducing himself as the Count] You are unfamiliar with my title? That is not surprising. It was conferred on me by His Holiness, The Pope, only yesterday.


"The Count of Monte Cristo: Tsuki ni asahi ga noboru made (#1.2)" (2004)
Count of Monte Cristo: No show is as captivating as the death of a human being.
Count of Monte Cristo: Is it not as though we have become God?