The book begins with the 3-year-old Dumas discovering that his father has died, and promptly arming himself and heading upstairs.
Negotiations were intense, but when the dust settled, Dumas had accepted half a million dollars for a 40 percent stake.
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But the best description of the book-hunter of the 18 quais is that given to Dumas by Charles Nodier.
The memory of Dumas is enshrined in his good men, that of Balzac in his bad women.
Dumas goes carefully into the dubious episodes of her stormy career, but does not allow these to blind his sympathy for her fate.
For myself, I do not pretend to have read everything that Dumas published.
They would never have fallen in the mud with Dumas and poor La Vallire.
Of Dumas' power of telling a story there surely can be no two opinions.
As a work of imaginative power and absorbing interest, this masterpiece of Dumas stands unique.