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Loyalty in The Count of Monte Cristo In the world of Dumas Count of Monte Cristo self-sacrificing loyalty is the greatest attribute of the good characters Conversely the most despicable disloyalty is the chief characteristic of the villains like Danglars and Fernand The good characters take risks to help Dants when he is in trouble as in the case of Morrel the ship-owner or when they believe that he is in trouble as in the case of Jacopo the fellow smuggler Other loyal characters include Cocls the one-eyed cashier Emmanuel Herbaut an employee of Morrel Penelon the old sailor and Maximilien the son of Morrel The Italian priest Abb Faria rewards Dants loyalty to him by telling him the location of the Spadas treasure and Dants uses this treasure to reward the good The characters who switch their loyalties to the winning side are the villains and this category includes Villefort the public prosecutor Danglars the purser turned rich banker Fernand the lowly fisherman turned prestigious retired army captain Caderousse the tailorsmugglerinnkeeper and Benedetto the criminal With the aid of his fortune and new identity Edmond Dants now known as the Count of Monte Cristo punishes those who are disloyal by taking away what they prize most The actions of the loyal in this novel are all done with little or no regard for the doers own wellbeing or happiness When Dants is imprisoned on false charges of being a Bonapartist Monsieur Morrel who is Dants employer repeatedly attempts to clear his name and risks imprisonment himself on suspicions of being a Bonapartist When Dants pretends to have serious injuries on the Isle of Monte Cristo Jacopo the smuggler who saves Dants when he pulls him up into the boat by his hair decides to stay behind and care for Dants even though that means that Jacopo will lose his share of the profits from the smuggling done voyage Jacopo did not stay behind only
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