“«You were saying, sir——» said Fernand, awaiting with great anxiety the end of this interrupted remark.
«What was I saying? I forget. This drunken Caderousse has made me lose the thread of my sentence.» «Drunk, if you like; so much the worse for those who fear wine, for it is because they have bad thoughts which they are afraid the liquor will extract from their hearts;» and Caderousse began to sing the two last lines of a song very popular at the time:
'Tous les méchants sont buveurs d'eau; C'est bien prouvé par le déluge.' 1
«You said, sir, you would like to help me, but——» «Yes; but I added, to help you it would be sufficient that Dantès did not marry her you love; and the marriage may easily be thwarted, methinks, and yet Dantès need not die.»”