the theories without number by which it was sought to explain that of which you alone possess the secret.
Yes, certainly," interrupted Monte Cristo; "but Lord Wilmore did not omit
to inform me, my dear M.
Because men, when they receive good from him of whom they were expecting evil, are bound more closely to their benefactor; thus the people quickly become more devoted to him than if he had been raised to the principality by their favours; and the prince can win their affections in many ways, but as these vary according to the circumstances one cannot give fixed rules, so I omit
them; but, I repeat, it is necessary for a prince to have the people friendly, otherwise he has no security in adversity.
I cannot acquit him of that duty; nor could I think well of the man who should omit
an occasion of testifying his respect towards anybody connected with the family.
As Grandfather was frequently impeded by the questions and observations of his young auditors, we deem it advisable to omit
all such prattle as is no( essential to the story.