Chapter 26: In this chapter, Dantes, the Count of Monte Cristo, visits Villefort again for the first time in fourteen years as well. It seems Villefort didn't really die after all; apparently he recovered from his stabbing. The two men have a philosophical conversation. Dantes tells Villefort, "I maintain my pride in the face of men, but I abandon it before God, who drew me out of nothingness to make me what I am."
Later the count says that he has sold his soul to the devil in order to be a part of providence. In this way, the reader beings to understand Dantes' new role as a demigod who rewards the good yet punishes the bad.
Chapter 27: This chapter is inconsequential for the most part. The count visits his slave/mistress and informs her that she is free to go whenever she likes. She, however, says that she will never leave him.
Chapter 28: The count visits Maximilien Morrel and Emmanuel. He inquires about the red purse, though hiding his identity of course. They tell him that the red purse is now a symbol to them of the kindness shown them by a mysterious benefactor. This benefactor is Dantes of course, but he doesn't let on.
Chapter 29: The count visits Villefort's house, speaking to Madame Villefort about his knowledge of chemistry and poison. He sends some of the poison to her, though the reader doesn't understand why. On his way out, he mutters something about sowing the secret seed. It seems he is up to something sinister.
Chapter 30: Albert visits the count, telling him of his uncertainty about marriage with Danglars' daughter. After listening for a time, the count promises to help his young friend avoid the marriage he doesn't feel comfortable with.