It soon began to be found that the widow had no fortune, and to say this was to say all that was ill of me, for I began to be dropped in all the discourses of matrimony.
that as we had observed, as above, how the men made no scruple to set themselves out as persons meriting a woman of fortune, when they had really no fortune of their own, it was but just to deal with them in their own way and, if it was possible, to deceive the deceiver.
The captain's lady, in short, put this project into my head, and told me if I would be ruled by her I should certainly get a husband of fortune, without leaving him any room to reproach me with want of my own.
In the next place, she tells her husband that I had at least #1500 fortune, and that after some of my relations I was like to have a great deal more.
I was but to sit still and wait the event, for it presently went all over the neighbourhood that the young widow at Captain 's was a fortune, that she had at least
#1500, and perhaps a great deal more, and that the captain said so; and if the captain was asked at any time about me, he made no scruple to affirm it, though he knew not one word of the matter, other than that his wife had told him so; and in this he thought no harm, for he really believed it to be so, because he had it from his wife: so slender a foundation will those fellows build upon, if they do but think there is a fortune in the game.
I was only speaking in reference to the second-rate fortunes we were mentioning just now."
"Ah, I believe noblemen marry amongst themselves, do they not?" asked Danglars carelessly; they like to unite their fortunes."
"Diable," said Monte Cristo compassionately, "it is a hard blow for a third-rate fortune."
By the way, this is merely a simple question, when this sort of people marry their sons, do they give them any fortune?"
"Ah, that boy will find out some Bavarian or Peruvian princess; he will want a crown and an immense fortune."
"Perhaps you know more than you think for," said Sara Ray, who seemed much pleased with her fortune and anxious to believe it, despite the husband who wouldn't go to church.
"But I'd like to be told my fortune, even in fun," persisted Cecily.
"There that's the very nicest fortune I can tell you, and it will come true whether the others do or not, and now we must go in."
In later years I often wondered why the Story Girl refused to tell her fortune that night.