To pass the time, the Count takes a nap in his quarters. He dreams of Haydee and Mercedes, and occasionally of Raymee. Just as he begins to rouse, the servant returns and tells Dantes they will be underway within the hour, at roughly one o’clock.
“Good. Now tell the cooks to prepare a feast tonight to celebrate our trip. I want pheasants roasted in plum sauce and plenty of fruits and wine. Spread the word we will start the feast at seven o’clock tonight!”
“Yes, sir,” the servant says as he leaves. He has never had a master such as Dantes before, and counts himself lucky to be part of the Count’s entourage.
Dantes wonders how he will deal with the loneliness on this voyage across the ocean. He normally has a beloved friend as a traveling companion to share his days, but for the first time since he can remember he is completely alone. He wonders what he will do to while away the hours.
I know that after a short while at home, I have to go to America to search for a plantation as Mother Wisdom has shown to me, he thinks. I also know I have a long, tough job ahead, but I will have time to ponder the best ideas during this voyage. Maybe I can even gain some knowledge from my crew.
Eventually, his thoughts turn to his slaves. You could liken them to the slaves who suffer so deeply in America. How do his own servants feel? Is it wrong that they are bound to him, without any choice? He decides to address all of these questions with them, and hopes they answer honestly. He knows his most faithful servant, Ali, a black Nubian slave, will help him. As always, Ali is not far away and, when called, is at his master’s side in a matter of minutes.
The Sovereign Order of Monte Cristo is a continuation of The Count of Monte Cristo (Book I), related through the voice of Sherlock Holmes and The Sultan of Monte Cristo (Book II). It includes exhilarating new adventures, characters, and ideas, carrying the reader past book I and II and into book III of an ever-expanding new series based on the classic.
Those who have already had the pleasure of reading The Sultan of Monte Cristo will certainly appreciate the unique way in which the Holy Ghost Writer has expanded the original story without the help of anyone (except perhaps from the ghosts of Dumas and Doyle).
In addition to comprising a 3rd sequel to The Count of Monte Cristo, The Sovereign Order of Monte Cristo serves as a prequel to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
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Genre – Action, Adventure
Rating – PG-15
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