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1  —33 uses as in:
depart directly
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
  • Directly afterwards the moon rose.
    Chapters 113-114 (82% in)
directly = in a short time
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • "I will go directly," was Edmond's reply; and, embracing his father, and nodding to Caderousse, he left the apartment.
    Chapters 1-2 (90% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • "—to be sure!" cried Dantes, eagerly quitting the table; "let us go directly!"
    Chapters 5-6 (25% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • Your son has probably neglected some prescribed form or attention in registering his cargo, and it is more than probable he will be set at liberty directly he has given the information required, whether touching the health of his crew, or the value of his freight.
    Chapters 5-6 (31% in)
  • directly = as soon as
  • I will let you know that directly I have seen M. de Villefort, whom I shall endeavor to interest in Edmond's favor.
    Chapters 5-6 (51% in)
  • directly = recently
  • "Oh, then let it be directly!" exclaimed the young man.
    Chapters 15-16 (**% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • It is much more convenient at Paris,—when anything cannot be done, you pay double, and it is done directly.
    Chapters 33-34 (5% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • The usual guide from the hotel having followed them, they had paid two conductors, nor is it possible, at Rome, to avoid this abundant supply of guides; besides the ordinary cicerone, who seizes upon you directly you set foot in your hotel, and never quits you while you remain in the city, there is also a special cicerone belonging to each monument—nay, almost to each part of a monument.
    Chapters 33-34 (52% in)
  • directly = as soon as
  • To surround the scaffold with twenty of my best men, who, at a signal from me, will rush forward directly Peppino is brought for execution, and, by the assistance of their stilettos, drive back the guard, and carry off the prisoner.
    Chapters 33-34 (60% in)
  • directly = as soon as
  • Certainly, directly the curtain falls on the stage.
    Chapters 33-34 (73% in)
  • directly = as soon as
  • Then you really consider we shall not be intruding if we pay our respects to him directly?
    Chapters 33-34 (98% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • I will be with you directly.
    Chapters 35-36 (24% in)
  • directly = in a short time
  • He went away directly he saw me enter the ball-room to find you.
    Chapters 37-38 (9% in)
  • directly = as soon as
  • 'Well, well,' said the jeweller, 'you seem, my good friends, to have had some fears respecting the accuracy of your money, by counting it over so carefully directly I was gone.'
    Chapters 45-46 (1% in)
  • directly = as soon as
  • All these circumstances did not strike me as painfully at the time as they have since done; in fact, all that had happened (with the exception of the story of the diamond, which certainly did wear an air of improbability), appeared natural enough, and called for neither apprehension nor mistrust; but, worn out as I was with fatigue, and fully purposing to proceed onwards directly the tempest abated, I determined to obtain a few hours' sleep.
    Chapters 45-46 (10% in)
  • directly = as soon as
  • My first duty, directly I had succeeded in recalling the babe to life, was to restore it to its mother; but, in order to do so, I must have made close and careful inquiry, which would, in all probability, have led to my own apprehension; and I clung to life, partly on my sister's account, and partly from that feeling of pride inborn in our hearts of desiring to come off untouched and victorious in the execution of our vengeance.
    Chapters 45-46 (41% in)
  • directly = as soon as
  • Well, would you believe it? directly my father caught the sound of your name he turned round quite hastily, and, like a poor silly thing, I was so persuaded that every one must be as much affected as myself by the utterance of your name, that I was not surprised to see my father start, and almost tremble; but I even thought (though that surely must have been a mistake) that M. Danglars trembled too.
    Chapters 51-52 (35% in)
  • directly = as soon as
  • "I will come directly," cried Valentine aloud.
    Chapters 51-52 (42% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • Upon this occasion an unmistakable sign from Madame Danglars intimated her desire to see Albert in her box directly the curtain fell on the second act, and neither the politeness nor good taste of Morcerf would permit his neglecting an invitation so unequivocally given.
    Chapters 53-54 (32% in)
  • directly = as soon as
  • Then they shall go for him directly, dear grandpapa.
    Chapters 57-58 (95% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • When it was seen that Danglars sold, the Spanish funds fell directly.
    Chapters 61-62 (46% in)
  • directly = immediately
  •   "Did she stay long there?"
      "An hour and a half."
      "Did she return home?"
    Chapters 67-68 (99% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • He drew back the bolt of his door, and almost directly an old lady entered, unannounced, carrying her shawl on her arm, and her bonnet in her hand.
    Chapters 71-72 (36% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • Now, M. de Villefort must either give his consent to this plan or his refusal; in the first case, I shall leave directly, and in the second, I shall wait till I am of age, which will be in about ten months.
    Chapters 79-80 (10% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • Did you bring it to your master directly it was made?
    Chapters 79-80 (54% in)
  • directly = as soon as
  • Then, turning towards Beauchamp, "If you have anything to attend to, Beauchamp, do it directly; if you have any appointment for this evening, defer it till tomorrow."
    Chapters 87-88 (48% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • The valet ran directly.
    Chapters 93-94 (55% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • She had not long to wait; directly afterwards the door was opened wide enough to admit her, and when she had passed through, it was again shut.
    Chapters 99-100 (29% in)
  • directly = as soon as
  • Directly afterwards the distant sound of a heavy weight falling on the ground was heard, but no one paid any attention to it; the nurse was engaged in watching the chemical analysis, and Villefort was still absorbed in grief.
    Chapters 101-102 (84% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • Almost directly afterwards, without the usual interval of time, a cab arrived, and the veiled lady ran hastily up-stairs.
    Chapters 105-106 (50% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • I received this morning five millions which I paid away; almost directly afterwards another demand for the same sum was presented to me; I put this creditor off till to-morrow and I intend leaving to-day, to escape that to-morrow, which would be rather too unpleasant for me to endure.
    Chapters 105-106 (54% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • Directly, sir.
    Chapters 107-108 (72% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • Then open the door directly.
    Chapters 115-116 (44% in)
directly = immediately
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in The Count of Monte Cristo.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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2  —20 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
  • "What would your excellency like?" and Peppino placed his pan on the ground, so that the steam rose directly under the nostrils of Danglars.
    Chapters 115-116 (28% in)
directly = close
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Scarcely was the captain's breath out of his body when he assumed the command without consulting any one, and he caused us to lose a day and a half at the Island of Elba, instead of making for Marseilles direct.
    Chapters 1-2 (21% in)
  • direct = immediately
  • ...and this, while it spared him interpreters, persons always troublesome and frequently indiscreet, gave him great facilities of communication, either with the vessels he met at sea, with the small boats sailing along the coast, or with the people without name, country, or occupation, who are always seen on the quays of seaports, and who live by hidden and mysterious means which we must suppose to be a direct gift of providence, as they have no visible means of support.
    Chapters 22-23 (57% in)
  • direct = straight (without anything in between)
  • Two of the men from Jacopo's boat came on board the yacht to assist in navigating it, and he gave orders that she should be steered direct to Marseilles.
    Chapters 25-26 (20% in)
  • direct = straight (without going anywhere else first)
  • Instead of going direct to his study, M. Morrel had returned to his bed-chamber, which he was only this moment quitting.
    Chapters 29-30 (75% in)
  • direct = straight (without going anywhere else first)
  • Although of a paleness that was almost livid, this man had a remarkably handsome face; his eyes were penetrating and sparkling; his nose, quite straight, and projecting direct from the brow, was of the pure Greek type, while his teeth, as white as pearls, were set off to admiration by the black mustache that encircled them.
    Chapters 31-32 (44% in)
  • direct = straight (without anything in between)
  • The road selected was a continuation of the Via Sistina; then by cutting off the right angle of the street in which stands Santa Maria Maggiore and proceeding by the Via Urbana and San Pietro in Vincoli, the travellers would find themselves directly opposite the Colosseum.
    Chapters 33-34 (50% in)
  • directly = where stated (used for emphasis)
  • "Your excellency is perfectly right in so thinking," said the man; "I came here direct from the Castle of St. Angelo, and I had an immense deal of trouble before I could get a chance to speak to Beppo."
    Chapters 33-34 (58% in)
  • direct = straight (without going anywhere else first)
  • While the three gentlemen walked along the Piazza de Spagni and the Via Frattina, which led directly between the Fiano and Rospoli palaces, Franz's attention was directed towards the windows of that last palace, for he had not forgotten the signal agreed upon between the man in the mantle and the Transtevere peasant.
    Chapters 35-36 (27% in)
  • directly = in a straight line
  • Albert de Morcerf inhabited a pavilion situated at the corner of a large court, and directly opposite another building, in which were the servants' apartments.
    Chapters 39-40 (0% in)
  • directly = where stated (used for emphasis)
  • Address yourself to M. Humann, section of the indirect contributions, corridor A., No. 26.
    Chapters 39-40 (19% in)
  • indirect = with the involvement of other people

    (Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indirect means not and reverses the meaning of direct. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • Directly I have given my card to the count, who has promised to pay us a visit at Rue Meslay, No. 14.
    Chapters 39-40 (**% in)
  • directly = recently
  • As soon as that important business is concluded, I will have a pair of my own horses harnessed to convey it direct to Madame Danglars.
    Chapters 47-48 (44% in)
  • direct = straight (without going anywhere else first)
  • This time the blow was so well aimed, and hit so directly, that Lucien and the baroness were staggered, and they interrogated each other with their eyes, as if to seek help against this aggression, but the irresistible will of the master of the house prevailed, and the husband was victorious.
    Chapters 65-66 (17% in)
  • directly = exactly
  • "But, sir," said Hermine suddenly, "if all this is, as you say, caused by M. Debray, why, instead of going direct to him, do you come and tell me of it?"
    Chapters 65-66 (43% in)
  • direct = straight (without going anywhere else first)
  • Give him a direct invitation, but do not ask me to present him.
    Chapters 67-68 (90% in)
  • direct = personal (with nothing in between)
  • —Well, if my husband's soul can come to me, why should not my soul reappear to guard my granddaughter? the tie is even more direct, it seems to me.
    Chapters 71-72 (78% in)
  • direct = close
  • "Now, understand me," said the count, "no direct questions, my dear Morcerf; if you wish to know anything, tell me, and I will ask her."
    Chapters 77-78 (12% in)
  • direct = asked specifically of that person
  • Monte Cristo then drew a lighted taper from a closet, and when the thief was deeply engaged with his lock, silently opened the door, taking care that the light should shine directly on his face.
    Chapters 81-82 (78% in)
  • directly = straight (without anything in between)
  • No; it is not you who have directly made this exposure and brought this sorrow on us, but you hypocritically provoked it.
    Chapters 87-88 (26% in)
directly = personally (without anyone in between)
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in The Count of Monte Cristo.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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3  —4 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
  • He resolved, therefore, to let things take their course without making any direct overture to the count. ... However, he resolved to lead the conversation to a subject which might possibly clear up his doubts.
    Chapters 35-36 (2% in)
direct = clear
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • "On the contrary, sir,—on the contrary," said Louis XVIII, "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."
    Chapters 11-12 (32% in)
  • direct = clear
  • "Mademoiselle," said Albert, replying to this direct appeal, "I can give you very exact information on that subject, as well as on most points relative to the mysterious person of whom we are now conversing—the young woman is a Greek."
    Chapters 53-54 (37% in)
  • direct = clear
  • Yes; I am calculating—by the way, Morcerf, that indirectly concerns you—I am calculating what the house of Danglars must have gained by the last rise in Haiti bonds; from 206 they have risen to 409 in three days, and the prudent banker had purchased at 206; therefore he must have made 300,000 livres.
    Chapters 53-54 (72% in)
indirectly = in a complicated, non-obvious manner

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indirectly means not and reverses the meaning of directly. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in The Count of Monte Cristo.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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4  —29 uses as in:
directed her question to
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
  • And Villefort, with his papers under his arm and hat in hand, directed his steps toward the apartment of his wife.
    Chapters 107-108 (73% in)
directed = aimed
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The sharp gaze of Caderousse was instantly directed towards the priest's garments, as though hoping to discover the location of the treasure.
    Chapters 25-26 (72% in)
  • directed = focused
  • Franz adjusted his telescope, and directed it towards the yacht.
    Chapters 31-32 (85% in)
  • directed = pointed
  • ...weapon; he purchased powder and ball, and everything served him for a mark—the trunk of some old and moss-grown olive-tree, that grew on the Sabine mountains; the fox, as he quitted his earth on some marauding excursion; the eagle that soared above their heads: and thus he soon became so expert, that Teresa overcame the terror she at first felt at the report, and amused herself by watching him direct the ball wherever he pleased, with as much accuracy as if he placed it by hand.
    Chapters 33-34 (17% in)
  • direct = aim
  • From that time he had watched them, and profiting by the moment when her lover had left her alone, had carried her off, and believed he at length had her in his power, when the ball, directed by the unerring skill of the young herdsman, had pierced his heart.
    Chapters 33-34 (44% in)
  • directed = aimed
  • "All I can say is," continued the countess, taking up the lorgnette, and directing it toward the box in question, "that the gentleman, whose history I am unable to furnish, seems to me as though he had just been dug up; he looks more like a corpse permitted by some friendly grave-digger to quit his tomb for a while, and revisit this earth of ours, than anything human."
    Chapters 33-34 (81% in)
  • directing = pointing
  • "Well." inquired Franz, after the countess had a second time directed her lorgnette at the box, "what do you think of our opposite neighbor?"
    Chapters 33-34 (82% in)
  • directed = pointed
  • While the three gentlemen walked along the Piazza de Spagni and the Via Frattina, which led directly between the Fiano and Rospoli palaces, Franz's attention was directed towards the windows of that last palace, for he had not forgotten the signal agreed upon between the man in the mantle and the Transtevere peasant.
    Chapters 35-36 (27% in)
  • directed = focused
  • Peppino is a lad of sense, who, unlike most men, who are happy in proportion as they are noticed, was delighted to see that the general attention was directed towards his companion.
    Chapters 35-36 (47% in)
  • directed = focused
  • Her opera-glass was so fixedly directed towards them, that Franz saw it would be cruel not to satisfy her curiosity; and, availing himself of one of the privileges of the spectators of the Italian theatres, who use their boxes to hold receptions, the two friends went to pay their respects to the countess.
    Chapters 35-36 (64% in)
  • directed = pointed
  • "You are right," said the countess, "and my fears are weakness, especially when directed against a man who has saved your life."
    Chapters 41-42 (71% in)
  • directed = aimed
  • To be a great chemist in the East, one must direct chance; and this is to be achieved.
    Chapters 51-52 (84% in)
  • direct = guide
  • Mademoiselle Eugenie, however, merely returned a dissenting movement of the head, while, with a cold smile, she directed the attention of her mother to an opposite box on the first circle, in which sat the Countess G——, and where Morcerf had just made his appearance.
    Chapters 53-54 (19% in)
  • directed = pointed
  • Upon reaching their stalls, they found the whole of the audience in the parterre standing up and directing their gaze towards the box formerly possessed by the Russian ambassador.
    Chapters 53-54 (30% in)
  • directing = pointing
  • While we are forgetting them, they are falling into their appointed order; and when, again, our attention is directed to them, we are surprised at the progress they have made towards the proposed end.
    Chapters 53-54 (64% in)
  • directed = focused
  • For fear that any one should be observing her return, she walked slowly; and instead of immediately directing her steps towards the gate, she seated herself on a bench, and, carefully casting her eyes around, to convince herself that she was not watched, she presently arose, and proceeded quickly to join Maximilian.
    Chapters 57-58 (5% in)
  • directing = pointing
  • She directed her course towards the Faubourg Saint Germain, went down the Rue Mazarine, and stopped at the Passage du Pont-Neuf.
    Chapters 67-68 (1% in)
  • directed = aimed
  • No doubt she fancied the count would speak to her, while on his side the count thought she was about to address him; but both remained silent, and after a mere bow, Monte Cristo directed his steps to Albert, who received him cordially.
    Chapters 69-70 (76% in)
  • directed = aimed
  • His first look was certainly directed towards Monte Cristo, but the second was for Andrea.
    Chapters 75-76 (63% in)
  • directed = focused
  • At this crisis the whole flooring suddenly gave way, my father fell on one knee, and at the same moment twenty hands were thrust forth, armed with sabres, pistols, and poniards—twenty blows were instantaneously directed against one man, and my father disappeared in a whirlwind of fire and smoke kindled by these demons, and which seemed like hell itself opening beneath his feet.
    Chapters 77-78 (50% in)
  • directed = aimed
  • The first glance which Maximilian directed towards her entirely reassured him, and the first words she spoke made his heart bound with delight.
    Chapters 77-78 (59% in)
  • directed = pointed
  • The count bit his lips till the blood almost started, to prevent the ebullition of anger which his proud and irritable temper scarcely allowed him to restrain; understanding, however, that in the present state of things the laugh would decidedly be against him, he turned from the door, towards which he had been directing his steps, and again confronted the banker.
    Chapters 77-78 (70% in)
  • directing = pointing
  • Noirtier directed their attention to a waiter, on which was placed a decanter containing lemonade and a glass.
    Chapters 79-80 (17% in)
  • directed = pointed
  • Tall and well proportioned as an ancient gladiator, and muscular as a Spartan, he walked for a quarter of an hour without knowing where to direct his steps, actuated by the sole idea of getting away from the spot where if he lingered he knew that he would surely be taken.
    Chapters 97-98 (37% in)
  • direct = guide
  • Compiegne, that royal residence and fortified town, is well furnished with authorities, gendarmes, and commissaries of police; they therefore began operations as soon as the telegraphic despatch arrived, and the Bell and Bottle being the best-known hotel in the town, they had naturally directed their first inquiries there.
    Chapters 97-98 (75% in)
  • directed = targeted
  • This late arrival had attracted much suspicion, and the young man being no other than Andrea, the commissary and gendarme, who was a brigadier, directed their steps towards his room.
    Chapters 97-98 (77% in)
  • directed = aimed
  • Beauchamp told the truth when he said that on his way to the funeral he had met Monte Cristo, who was directing his steps towards the Rue de la Chausse d'Antin, to M. Danglars'.
    Chapters 103-104 (62% in)
  • directing = aiming
  • His glance was so full of hate, of ferocity, and savage impatience, that Villefort turned out of the path he had been pursuing, to see upon what person this dark look was directed.
    Chapters 107-108 (55% in)
  • directed = focused
  • After the death of Barrois my suspicions were directed towards an angel,—those suspicions which, even when there is no crime, are always alive in my heart; but after the death of Valentine, there has been no doubt in my mind, madame, and not only in mine, but in those of others; thus your crime, known by two persons, suspected by many, will soon become public, and, as I told you just now, you no longer speak to the husband, but to the judge.
    Chapters 107-108 (84% in)
directed = focused
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in The Count of Monte Cristo.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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5  —13 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
give instructions or commands
  • "And will you direct us?" exclaimed the young man.
    Chapters 103-104 (24% in)
direct = instruct
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The traveller, who was going from Palestrina to Tivoli, had mistaken his way; the young man directed him; but as at a distance of a quarter of a mile the road again divided into three ways, and on reaching these the traveller might again stray from his route, he begged Luigi to be his guide.
    Chapters 33-34 (40% in)
  • directed = gave directions to
  • One of the officers went to the place I directed.
    Chapters 45-46 (21% in)
  • directed = instructed
  • ...a person, in a word, who, although evidently past fifty, desired to be taken for not more than forty, bent forwards from the carriage door, on the panels of which were emblazoned the armorial bearings of a baron, and directed his groom to inquire at the porter's lodge whether the Count of Monte Cristo resided there, and if he were within.
    Chapters 45-46 (52% in)
  • directed = instructed
  • Haidee's only reply was to direct her servant by a sign to withdraw the tapestried curtain that hung before the door of her boudoir, the framework of the opening thus made serving as a sort of border to the graceful tableau presented by the young girl's picturesque attitude and appearance.
    Chapters 49-50 (17% in)
  • direct = instruct
  • Madame de Villefort stretched out her hand to ring, intending to direct her waiting-maid to the spot where she would find Valentine, when the young lady herself entered the apartment.
    Chapters 51-52 (47% in)
  • direct = instruct
  • I enclose a draft for 5,000 livres, payable on M. Ferrea, banker at Nice, and also a letter of introduction to the Count of Monte Cristo, whom I have directed to supply all your wants.
    Chapters 55-56 (90% in)
  • directed = instructed
  • My ten years of service have also confirmed my ideas on the subject of sudden inspirations, for I have several times owed my life to a mysterious impulse which directed me to move at once either to the right or to the left, in order to escape the ball which killed the comrade fighting by my side, while it left me unharmed.
    Chapters 57-58 (47% in)
  • directed = instructed
  • At the Rue Guenegaud she called a cab, and directed the driver to go to the Rue de Harlay.
    Chapters 67-68 (2% in)
  • directed = instructed
  • Then, turning to Ali, she directed him to bring coffee and pipes, and when he had left the room to execute the orders of his young mistress she beckoned Albert to approach nearer to her.
    Chapters 77-78 (16% in)
  • directed = instructed
  • Andrea went as she directed him, and on the third floor he found a hare's paw, which, by the hasty ringing of the bell, it was evident he pulled with considerable ill-temper.
    Chapters 81-82 (15% in)
  • directed = instructed
  • God, who might have directed the assassin's dagger so as to end your career in a moment, has given you this quarter of an hour for repentance.
    Chapters 83-84 (35% in)
  • directed = commanded
  • "If the Supreme Being has directed the fatal blow," said Emmanuel, "it must be that he in his great goodness has perceived nothing in the past lives of these people to merit mitigation of their awful punishment."
    Chapters 111-112 (40% in)
directed = commanded
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in The Count of Monte Cristo.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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6  —8 uses as in:
directed the movie
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
  • And whom will you employ to carry the reprieve to the officer directing the execution?
    Chapters 33-34 (61% in)
directing = supervising
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Well, then, see, here is a gentleman who had none of these resources at his disposal—a gentleman, only a simple magistrate, who learned more than you with all your police, and who would have saved my crown, if, like you, he had the power of directing a telegraph.
    Chapters 11-12 (21% in)
  • directing = controlling
  • The young man looked, bowed in obedience, and then went to Teresa, and invited her to dance in a quadrille directed by the count's daughter.
    Chapters 33-34 (33% in)
  • directed = conducted (the actions of the person in charge of the performance)
  • What? private secretary to a minister, plunged at once into European cabals and Parisian intrigues; having kings, and, better still, queens, to protect, parties to unite, elections to direct; making more use of your cabinet with your pen and your telegraph than Napoleon did of his battle-fields with his sword and his victories; possessing five and twenty thousand francs a year, besides your place; a horse, for which Chateau-Renaud offered you four hundred louis, and which you would not...
    Chapters 39-40 (20% in)
  • direct = supervise (be in charge of)
  • I feel as if it were ordained that this man should be associated with all the good which the future may have in store for me, and sometimes it really seems as if his eye was able to see what was to come, and his hand endowed with the power of directing events according to his own will.
    Chapters 57-58 (30% in)
  • directing = controlling
  • Madame Danglars asked me for letters of recommendation for the impresari; I gave her a few lines for the director of the Valle Theatre, who is under some obligation to me.
    Chapters 85-86 (7% in)
  • director = person in charge

    (editor's note:  The suffix "-or" often converts a verb to a noun that means "a person who."  This is the pattern you see in words like actor, editor, and visitor.)
  • When I went to ask M. de Monte Cristo for letters to the directors of the theatres at Rome and Naples, I expressed my fears of travelling as a woman; he perfectly understood them, and undertook to procure for me a man's passport, and two days after I received this, to which I have added with my own hand, 'travelling with his sister.'
    Chapters 97-98 (10% in)
  • directors = supervisors (people in charge)
  • It was too soon for a visit from the examining magistrate, and too late for one from the director of the prison, or the doctor; it must, then, be the visitor he hoped for.
    Chapters 107-108 (25% in)
director = supervisor (person in charge)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-or" often converts a verb to a noun that means "a person who."  This is the pattern you see in words like actor, editor, and visitor.)
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in The Count of Monte Cristo.

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