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A Life of Noisy Desperation
"Where are the flying cars? They promised us flying cars!" 
20th-Feb-2010 02:48 am
Odilon Redon - Spider
Actually, what I really want right now is a computer with a 3-D display. I've been re-reading The Count of Monte Cristo and got the notion to diagram the characters' relationships in a flowchart. OH MY GOD. So far the results have looked like something spun by a spider after five Turkish coffees.

The problem is that I'm trying to combine genealogies, romantic entanglements, and killer/victim pairings. It would be so much easier if it weren't for that asshole Villefort: see, his first wife, Renee, gave birth to a daughter, Valentine, who loves and is loved by Maximilien Morrel; meanwhile, his second wife, Heloise, kills the parents of his first wife as part of a scheme to secure a large inheritance for her son, Edouard; then there's Benedetto, Villefort's long-lost bastard son from his affair with the woman who would eventually marry Baron Danglars, whose daughter, Eugenie, Benedetto is wooing under the name Andrea Cavalcanti; and years earlier, Villefort's father, Noirtier, killed General d'Epinay, the father of Franz, who Villefort wants Valentine to marry, and this is the point at which my eyes go crossed.

Does anyone plot like this, nowadays?
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20th-Feb-2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
I really like the Count of Monte Cristo, convoluted plot and all. It is by far the most complicated and patient revenge story ever and I've got a vengful streak in me.

I'd love to see the diagram ;)
20th-Feb-2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
I love this book, with its shameless melodrama. One of my favorite moments is when the Count, before revealing himself to Lieutenant-General Morcerf (AKA Fernand Mondego, the man who married Mercedes), ducks into the next room and changes into a sailor's uniform. I mean, there's obsessive and detail-oriented, and then there's that.

The flowchart is on my work computer, unfortunately. There is a diagram in the Wikipedia entry for the novel, but whoever made it either got some names wrong or was working from a different translation than I'm reading. Whoa, hang on, I just gave it another look and holy cow, they left out Abbe Faria!
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