The Count of Monte Cristo
written by Jay Wolpert, from the novel by Alexandre Dumas

Luigi: So, mio amico, I would ask who you are, but in view of your shredded clothes and the fact that the Château d'If is two miles away...what's the point? As for me, I am Luigi Vampa, a smuggler and a thief. My men and I have come to this island to bury alive one of our number who attempted to keep some stolen gold for himself instead of sharing it with his comrades. Interestingly enough, there are some of his more loyal friends who are insisting that I grant him mercy. Which, of course, I cannot do, or I would quickly lose control of the whole crew. That is why you are such a fortunate find.
Edmond: How's that?
Luigi: You provide me with a way to show a little mercy to Jacopo -- that maggot you see tied up over there -- while at the same time not appearing weak. And as a bonus, the lads will get to see a little sport as well.
Edmond: How do I accomplish all this?
Luigi: We watch you and Jacopo fight to the death. If Jacopo wins, we welcome him back to the crew. If you win, I have given Jacopo the chance to live, even if he did not take advantage of it, and you can take his place on the boat.
Edmond: What if I win and I don't want to be a smuggler?
Luigi: Then we slit your throat, and we're a bit shorthanded.
Edmond: I find that smuggling is the life for me, and would be delighted to kill your friend the maggot!

Kudos and much thanks go to Glen for this monologue, it is very much appreciated.

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