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  • If he be innocent, of course he will be set at liberty; if guilty, why, it is no use involving ourselves in a conspiracy.
  • Then you were aware of Dantes being engaged in a conspiracy?
  • Why, if my information prove correct, a sort of Bonaparte conspiracy has just been discovered.
  • We know nothing as yet of the conspiracy, monsieur; all the papers found have been sealed up and placed on your desk.
  • "It is a conspiracy, then?" asked Dantes, who after believing himself free, now began to feel a tenfold alarm.
  • Does he speak to you of this conspiracy?
  • Sire, I fear it is more than a plot; I fear it is a conspiracy.
  • "A conspiracy in these times," said Louis XVIII.
  • Conspiracy.
  • I have already recorded sentence of death, five or six times, against the movers of political conspiracies, and who can say how many daggers may be ready sharpened, and only waiting a favorable opportunity to be buried in my heart?
  • , "this affair seems to me to have a decided connection with that which occupies our attention, and the death of General Quesnel will, perhaps, put us on the direct track of a great internal conspiracy."
  • The king is either a king or no king; if he be acknowledged as sovereign of France, he should be upheld in peace and tranquillity; and this can best be effected by employing the most inflexible agents to put down every attempt at conspiracy—’tis the best and surest means of preventing mischief.
  • The sight of this officer recalled Villefort from the third heaven to earth; he composed his face, as we have before described, and said, "I have read the letter, sir, and you have acted rightly in arresting this man; now inform me what you have discovered concerning him and the conspiracy."
  • " ’ "You would call acting generously, knowing your conspiracy and not informing against you, that is what I should call becoming your accomplice.
  • "The name of M. Noirtier," interposed Maximilian, "is celebrated throughout Europe; he was a statesman of high standing, and you may or may not know, Valentine, that he took a leading part in every Bonapartist conspiracy set on foot during the restoration of the Bourbons."
  • As for the accused himself, many remembered him as being so amiable, so handsome, and so liberal, that they chose to think him the victim of some conspiracy, since in this world large fortunes frequently excite the malevolence and jealousy of some unknown enemy.
  • A glance at the king after this discreet and subtle exordium, assured Villefort of the benignity of his august auditor, and he went on:— "Sire, I have come as rapidly to Paris as possible, to inform your majesty that I have discovered, in the exercise of my duties, not a commonplace and insignificant plot, such as is every day got up in the lower ranks of the people and in the army, but an actual conspiracy—a storm which menaces no less than your majesty’s throne.

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  • discovered a conspiracy to overthrow the government
  • inclined to believe conspiracy theories

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