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The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexander Dumas
The following passage is excerpted from a novel published in 1844. Edmond Dantes, who has been falsely accused and imprisoned, meets with the inspector-general of prisons in the following scene.

Dumas, Alexandre. The Count of Monte Cristo. New York: A.L. Burt, n.d. HathiTrust Digital Library. Web. 24 Mar. 2016.

What is the purpose of lines 81 - 83?

A

To emphasize Dantes' belief that he is innocent and that he can prove it.

B

To highlight the cruelty of the prison warden and the guards.

C

To evoke sympathy for Dantes' lost love.

D

To foreshadow the clemency that the inspector-general will grant to Dantes.