As Edmond Dantes returns to his home, after fourteen years of imprisonment, he finds disappointment. There were two things in his life that he had cared about: his father and his love. His father, he found, had died of grief. He then goes on to find that that his love had already remarried. And, as though, it wasn’t enough, she remarries his worst enemy, the the person that framed him, forcing him to spend fourteen years in jail.
I’m always big on loyalty. Loyalty is a cherished and respected quality I hold high in my heart, and I’m pretty sure everyone feels the same way about that. However, I don’t think that Mercedes, Dante’s love, was not a bad person. Even though marrying an evil antagonist was wrong of her, in my eyes, she didn’t do anything wrong. People can see her new image as the Countess de Morcef as a role of disloyalty towards Edmond, but was it really?
I’ve never experienced lost of a loved one before so, maybe, I shouldn’t be talking. But, eventually, after someone disappears for fourteen years, isn’t that a bit too much? Waiting and mourning for fourteen years, can you imagine anyone living like that? She was never sure that Dantes would come home, or if he was even still alive. She waited for eighteen months, a year and six months. And in that time, I’m sure she was going through bad times too, not breezing by, sitting in her room, counting down the time when her mourning should be over at. A year and six months of anguish, anxiety, and grief. She’s not a Disney princess who can sit around forever and have undying faith that their Prince will come. Her prince could be considered dead.
I’ve always read about mourning periods in books. The mourning period, the set of time that is needed to mourn a person, is there in many cultures. These periods, I feel, are a lie. After a period of time, even though mourners are not made to show their sadness through gestures and customs, do they stop mourning? Do they immediately just get up and say, ‘I’m fine now’? Of course, they have to move on with life and let loved ones go, but they can still be sad inside.
Mercedes mourned for eighteen months, tried to help Dantes break out of prison, and aide his sickly father during all that time. For a year and six months, she did everything she could to keep the idea of Dantes coming back alive. But she is only human. Her loyalty can only withstand so much. She’s been through a lot, and that can also break a person too. When a person breaks, it’s nice to have someone to rely on. It’s just that they person she relied on was the wrong one.
She can’t be blamed for all of this as disloyalty to Dantes. Mercedes was doing what all people do when they lose a loved one, move on. She can move on in any way she wanted, but still be affected by Dante’s missing presence though. Proof of this can be seen when she faints as she sees the old tavern used for her betrothal feast.
I don’t think that Mercedes was disloyal. I’m sure somehow, even though I haven’t read it yet, she is still grieving for Dantes. But that’s my personal opinion. I just don’t think you can expect a person to wait fourteen years. After all, humans are frail, even though Dantes exact words are, ‘Frailty, thy name is woman.’