The fate of Dantes after the death of Pushkin

The conflict between Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin and the Frenchman Georges Charles Dantes began due to the fact that the latter began to show signs of attention to Pushkin's wife. Constant gossip in society and the impudent behavior of the young officer led to a duel. The result is known to all - Dantes' shot mortally wounded Pushkin, who died a few days later from peritonitis. The great poet died, but what happened to his murderer?

Duels were prohibited, and the punishment for violating this decree was severe. But Dantes was not a subject of the Russian Empire and, moreover, did the secret office a favor by killing Pushkin, who expressed clear sympathy for the Decembrists. The Frenchman, of course, was kicked out of the army in disgrace and exiled abroad, but the matter was limited to that.

The Dantes moved to Vienna, to their friend (former ambassador to Russia and adoptive father) Gekkern who had invited them, who hoped to attach the disgraced duelist at court. However, the highest Viennese society knew the Pushkin family very well and was in touch with the latest events. The Dantes returned to France not salty.

After the death of his wife Catherine (who, by the way, was the sister of Pushkin's wife) from postpartum illness, Dantes sued the Goncharov family in order to receive part of the inheritance of his late wife, and the impudence reached such an extent that the Frenchman transmitted petitions through the embassy to Nicholas I. However, all claims were rejected.

A few years later, he suddenly went into politics and made an amazing career in this area supporting the growing popularity of the Napoleonic party. In 1843, Dantes was elected a member of the General Council of the Upper Rhine Department. Later he was chairman of the General Council and mayor. After the overthrow of Louis Philippe in April 1848, he was elected deputy for the district of Haute Rhine-Colmar

When the great-nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte successfully carried out a coup d'état, the faithful Georges became a close associate of the new emperor. Dantes was not at all embarrassed about his title of "killer of the Russian poet"; rather, on the contrary, he presented himself to all his new acquaintances.

In May 1852, Napoleon III, wishing to establish closer contacts with European monarchs, sent Dantes on an unofficial mission to three European monarchs: the Russian and Austrian emperors and the Prussian king. The meeting between Nicholas I and Dantes took place in Potsdam, although it was unofficial.

Taking into account the merits of Dantes, Napoleon III appointed him senator for life. On August 12, 1863, Dantes was promoted to officer of the Legion of Honor, on August 14, 1868, he was promoted to the rank of commander.

In the future, Georges admitted more than once that it was the duel with Pushkin that allowed him to reach all the heights of which he was so proud. If it had not happened, then he would have become an unknown regiment commander in some Russian outback with a large family and little income. But thanks to the circumstances that happened, he received the honorary title of senator, many useful acquaintances, excellent condition and loyal comrades.

After the revolution of 1870, Dantes returned to private life, living with his family in Paris. For many years Dantes was associated with the Russian embassy and was its informant, which is clearly indicated in the surviving cipher codes of that time. For example, it was Dantesse who gave the Russian special services the estimated time and place of the assassination attempt on Alexander II in April 1881.

The life path of Dantes ended in the 84th year. The senator died surrounded by a large family, in prosperity and well-being. True, fate nevertheless avenged him for the murder of a Russian writer. One of Dantes's daughters, having matured, began to get carried away with Pushkin's work and for this she even learned Russian. The girl admired him very much, and when she found out that it was her father who had ended the days of the poet, she immediately hated her parent and ended all relations with him.