The Count of Monte Cristo

on page 378 in the abridged version who is the lion and how has he been "tamed"

" the lion has been tamed; the avenger has been vanquished" (378)

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this is pagr 378 in my copy of the book...... do you have a chapter # available?

......places in the Palazzo Rospoli had recalled to Franz the

conversation he had overheard the preceding evening in the

ruins of the Colosseum between the mysterious unknown and

the Transteverin, in which the stranger in the cloak had

undertaken to obtain the freedom of a condemned criminal;

and if this muffled-up individual proved (as Franz felt sure

he would) the same as the person he had just seen in the

Teatro Argentino, then he should be able to establish his

identity, and also to prosecute his researches respecting

him with perfect facility and freedom. Franz passed the

night in confused dreams respecting the two meetings he had

already had with his mysterious tormentor, and in waking

speculations as to what the morrow would produce. The next

day must clear up every doubt; and unless his near neighbor

and would-be friend, the Count of Monte Cristo, possessed

the ring of Gyges, and by its power was able to render

himself invisible, it was very certain he could not escape

this time. Eight o'clock found Franz up and dressed, while

Albert, who had not the same motives for early rising, was

still soundly asleep. The first act of Franz was to summon

his landlord, who presented himself with his accustomed

obsequiousness. "Pray, Signor Pastrini," asked Franz, "is not some execution

appointed to take place to-day?" "Yes, your excellency; but if your reason for inquiry is

that you may procure a window to view it from, you are much

too late." "Oh, no," answered Franz, "I had no such intention; and even

if I had felt a wish to witness the spectacle, I might have

done so from Monte Pincio -- could I not?" "Ah!" exclaimed mine host, "I did not think it likely your

excellency would have chosen to mingle with such a rabble as

are always collected on that hill, which, indeed, they

consider as exclusively belonging to themselves." "Very possibly I may not go," answered Franz; "but in case I

feel disposed, give me some particulars of to-day's

executions." "What particulars would your excellency like to hear?" "Why, the number of persons condemned to suffer, their

names, and description of the death they are to die." "That happens just lucky, your excellency! Only a few

minutes ago they brought me the tavolettas."