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Dantès is excited by getting the job of replacing a diseased captain.
Dantès's father is broke from paying debt to Caderousse (200 franks). He is suffering.
Caderousse and Dantès exchange unpleasant words. Dantès is going to woo the fair Mercédès but Caderousse warns him to stand in line. He thinks Mercédès will refuse him.