Hoinarind pe Wikipedia am aflat ca unul dintre romanele mele preferate, Contele de Monte Cristo, e inspirat din fapte reale.
“Dumas got the idea for The Count of Monte Cristo from a true story, which he found in a memoir written by a man named Jacques Peuchet. Peuchet related the story of a shoemaker named Francois Picaud, who was living in Paris in 1807. Picaud was engaged to marry a rich woman, but four jealous friends falsely accused him of being a spy for England. He was imprisoned for seven years. During his imprisonment a dying fellow prisoner bequeathed him a treasure hidden in Milan. When Picaud was released in 1814, he took possession of the treasure, returned under another name to Paris and spent ten years plotting his successful revenge against his former friends.”
UPDATE: Povestea completa din care a fost inspirat “Contele de Monte Cristo” VIA
This story began in 1807 in town named Nim,Â Â where a shoemaker Francois PicaudÂ lived.Â InÂ spiteÂ ofÂ hisÂ poverty,Â heÂ wasÂ happy: aÂ girlÂ who he loved – beautifulÂ MargaritaÂ Vigoru,Â a daughterÂ of wealthyÂ parents – had agreed to merry to him. Francois wanted to shout about this happy news to everybody in Nim, to everybody in France.Â So when he met his familiar tavern-keeper Mathieu Loupian, Picaud hastened to share this glad news with him. But Francois didn’t know that Loupian was not the best representative of the human race: the tavern-keeper got envy to him.Â And his envy was so strong that after heÂ hadÂ instigatedÂ hisÂ threeÂ Â friends (Gervais Chaubart, Guilhem Solari et Antoine Allut),Â Â theyÂ madeÂ meanness:Â Â theyÂ wroteÂ a denunciation to the police of Francois Picaud,Â Â that in factÂ he was a nobleman, EnglishÂ spy fromÂ Langedock,Â and hisÂ action was against Napoleon.Â There was an Antoine Allut among this rascals, who tried to object against the tavern-keeper’sÂ plan but it madeÂ no differenceÂ and the letter with the denunciation fellÂ into theÂ chief of policeÂ Savari’s hands.Â For hisÂ relatives and for the his bride Picaud was disappeared without trace…
Francois Picaud was in prison during seven years.Â There he met a prelate from Milan,Â who was not guilty of the caseÂ which theyÂ charge him.Â The prelate was ill and Picaud tried to help his new friend with all his might.Â But in spite of care of Picaud prelate was died.Â Before death he hadÂ bequeathed his estate in ItalyÂ and moneyÂ to PicaudÂ and told about his hiding-place where was a lot of gold and jewels.
In 1814 when Napoleon renounce power, Picaud became free. He was 34. The prison had him changed as outwardly so in his soul. Now in this sullen,Â aged face nobody would recognize smiling shoemaker who radiated happiness and belief in the future.
TheÂ firstÂ thingÂ thatÂ Picaud didÂ when left theÂ prison heÂ went to Amsterdam, whereÂ heÂ legalizedÂ hisÂ successionÂ of theÂ prelate’s property. Then he was forced to lie in hiding because Napoleon came into power again.
AfterÂ “100 days” newÂ millionaireÂ beganÂ toÂ clearÂ upÂ circumstances of his arrest.Â He found out thatÂ Margarita – his bride – was waiting for himÂ during two years and then marry to Mathieu Loupian. Under name of abbot Baldini he wentÂ toÂ RomeÂ toÂ hisÂ friendÂ Â AntoineÂ AllutÂ -Â thatÂ manÂ whoÂ wasÂ against conspiracy. Allut didn’t recognize his friend in this abbot. The abbot told him a story that when he had been in a prison of castle Okuf in Naples,Â he had met PicaudÂ whoÂ had been died soon.Â But beforeÂ death heÂ had asked the abbot to clear up from Antoine the reason of his arrest. If Allut let him know the secret of Picaud’s imprisonment,Â the abbot would have to giveÂ him a ring which cost 50 000 francs and which Picaud get from one of the prisoners.
Allut told all story to the abbot. The ring that he got he sold by 60 000 francs, then killed jeweller and taking all money he and his wife ran away.
When heÂ knewÂ aboutÂ insidiousÂ betrayal,Â FrancoisÂ PicaudÂ decidedÂ toÂ take vengeance.Â UnderÂ nameÂ ofÂ Prospero he got a job as a waiter in Loupian’s restaurant.Â Â Loupian’sÂ Â accomplices,Â Â whoÂ Â hadÂ Â helpÂ Â toÂ Â composeÂ Â the denunciation, visited this restaurant often.Â Soon first of them was found; heÂ hadÂ a knifeÂ in his chest.Â OnÂ theÂ haft of theÂ knife wasÂ madeÂ inscription: “Number first”. Second one died of poison. There was aÂ note on hisÂ coffin: “Number second”.
The most cruel vengeance waited the instigator of the denunciation – Loupian. At first one marquis raped Loupian’s and Margarita’s daughter.Â He promised to marry to her but the day before the marriage it became known that he was not a marquis but runaway convict. Loupian’s daughter became a lover of the waiter Prospero.Â ThenÂ there was a fire in the restaurantÂ and restaurant was burnt down. Loupian’s son was involved in a gang of thieves; he was catched and put into prison for 20 years. Margarita died of grief.
Loupian was left alone, ruined, disgraceful. One evening roaming along dark alleys of park Tuilry,Â he met a man in a mask,Â who told him about Francois Picaud’s life,Â thatÂ wasÂ betrayed by tavern-keeper. After that meeting Loupian was found died.Â There was aÂ knife in hisÂ chest.Â On theÂ knife was aÂ note: “Number third”.
But when Francois Picaud after revange was leaving the park,Â he was attacked by stranger, who stuned Picaud and brought him in a cellar. It was Antoine Allut. He guessedÂ that theÂ abbotÂ Baldini and theÂ waiterÂ Prospero wereÂ one man. Mean AllutÂ tried to know fromÂ Picaud about his wealth,Â but Picaud said nothing. Then Allut killed the captive and run away to England.
In 1828 Antoine Allut confessed before death and told this story. A priest write the storyÂ down,Â ratifiedÂ it byÂ Allu’sÂ signature and sent to France.Â Several years later an historian Jacques Peuchet found this document in the archives of French police and published it