Let’s return to the 1840s. The place is France. People race to buy the latest edition of Le Journal des Débats.
For within the pages of this French newspaper a serialized story ran from August 28, 1844 to January 15, 1846. The story told the tale of a sailor falsely accused, torn from the arms of his beloved and imprisoned in an inescapable prison. In prison he meets an old priest who teaches him the lessons of life and before his death finally reveals the location of a treasure which is beyond imagination.
Of course the imprisoned innocent would escape, be rescued by a band of smugglers and find the fabulous treasure. With all the wealth he would assume a secret identity and return home to bring vengeance or should we say retribution on those who were responsible for his imprisonment.
By now you know what story I write of: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas. This thrilling serial kept the reading public wanting more of this tale of revenge.
Edmond Dantes felt justified in bringing judgments on those who mistreated him and robbed him of his life and true love. His revenge carried a high price for those in the story.
Perhaps, on this planet traversing the cosmos revenge plays an integral part. Unfortunately, too many people who are cruelly treated do not escape from their prisons and find a treasure beyond imagination. Too often the guilty live lives unhampered by the common cares of most of humanity.
However, we like the stories where justice is finally meted out in such a delicious fashion. Perhaps, these stories touch some hidden vein of stardust within us.
After all we are the children of the stars. Star treasure is beyond measure.
After all is said and done, what does the Count of Monte Cristo has to say at the end of the tale:
“Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget that until the day when God shall deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is summed up in these two words,—’Wait and hope.’—Your friend,
“Edmond Dantes, Count of Monte Cristo.”
Wait and hope. Wise words to live by as we walk the road of life waiting for our star treasure.
However, how about forgiveness? Is there a place for forgiveness in the heart of one who has been done wrong?
G. D. Williams © 2012