Novel to Film
The death of the Marquis de Bellegarde
She feels Monsieur de Bellegarde's heartbeat, leans to his face
Madame de Bellegarde: I never loved you.
She pulls the sheet over his head, turns, moves to exit.
Madame de Bellegarde walks along the corridor to Monsieur de Cintré.
Madame de Bellegarde: You have your permission. I now have the authority to grant it.
Monsieur de Cintre: Thank you, madame.
Madame de Bellegarde steps to Claire.
Madame de Bellegarde: I can always count upon the complete obedience of my family.
Intercut as Claire runs off to reveal Henri at the end of the corridor. She stops. Henri gestures to her. Claire turns, glances at Monsieur de Cintré and Madame de Bellegarde, and drops to her knees.
FX: Claire whimpers
In the great red bedroom, Mrs. Bread enters and glances around.
Claire: Please, mother, no. No!
Intercut with Monsieur de Bellegarde's covered body on bed. Mrs. Bread opens the window shutters. Continue to intercut as she stops beside the bed, crosses herself, straightens the bed linen. Monsieur de Bellegarde pulls back sheet. Mrs. Bread screams.
Monsieur de Bellegarde: I am dead.
He pulls her to him. Monsieur de Bellegarde whispers.
Camera tracks back to reveal the poisoned decanter and glass on the bedside table and continues back through the doorway.
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