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used in The Count of Monte Cristo

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a preliminary introduction to a speech, statute, or other writing — usually explaining its purpose

or more rarely:

anything that precedes something else
  • Noirtier's face remained perfectly passive during this long preamble, while, on the contrary, Villefort's eye was endeavoring to penetrate into the inmost recesses of the old man's heart.
    Chapters 57-58 (68% in)
  • He had not been more than ten minutes in the drawing-room before he drew Danglars aside into the recess of a bow-window, and, after an ingenious preamble, related to him all his anxieties and cares since his noble father's departure.
    Chapters 81-82 (1% in)
  • "Very well," replied M. Danglars, who had listened to all this preamble with imperturbable coolness, but without understanding a word, since like every man burdened with thoughts of the past, he was occupied with seeking the thread of his own ideas in those of the speaker.
    Chapters 95-96 (10% in)

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