Sunday, March 29, 2009

Ten of the best valets in literature

At the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best valets in literature.

One valet on the list:

A competent valet is a great thing if you are on the path of righteous vengeance. After he escapes from the terrible prison of the Château d'If in Alexandre Dumas' novel, Edmond Dantès assumes the identity of the Count of Monte Cristo and naturally acquires a valet-de-chambre, Baptistin, who will help him in his mission to destroy his enemies.
Read about the valet who topped Mullan's list.

Law professor Jonathan Freiman suggested that Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo is a good novel that demonstrates what's at stake in the debate over habeas corpus.

--Marshal Zeringue