The Three Musketeers (Dover Thrift Editions)
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A son of impoverished nobility, D'Artagnan arrives in Paris to find the Musketeers disbanded by the cunning Cardinal Richelieu, who hopes to seize power from the weak-willed Louis XIII. The daring and ambitious youth proves his mettle in the company of the famous Musketeers — Porthos, Athos, and Aramis — and joins them in a heroic struggle to defend the king and his lovely queen, Anne of Austria.
Dumas transformed the concept of the historical novel by writing in a modern, conversational style. His accessible, fast-paced narratives combine real and fictional characters to recapture the events, manners, and mood of seventeenth-century France. Emerging in the chaotic aftermath of the Revolution, Dumas's novels provided his contemporaries with a welcome sense of identity and national pride. His most popular work, The Three Musketeers, continues to charm modern readers with its timeless tales of romantic valor.
moment, and we haven’t seen him again since.” “Very well, I know what I wanted to know. Now, you say that Porthos’s room is on the second floor, number one?” “Yes, Monsieur, the inn’s finest, a room I’d have had the chance to rent ten times already.” “Bah! Calm yourself,” d’Artagnan said, laughing. “Porthos will pay you with the duchess Coquenard’s money.” “Oh, Monsieur, procureuse or duchess, if she loosened her purse strings, this would be nothing; but she positively replied that she was
the five shillings. I’m being a bit parsimonious, am I not? That’s because I’m not anxious to have you corrupt your guards. Besides, you will always have your charms to seduce them. Use them, then, if your failure with Felton hasn’t disgusted you with attempts of that sort.” “Felton hasn’t talked,” Milady said to herself, “nothing’s lost yet.” “And now, Madame, good-bye to you. Tomorrow I will come to announce to you the departure of my messenger.” Lord de Winter stood up, bowed ironically to
de Cramail (1568–1646), was later involved as one of the “dupes” in the journée des Dupes (see note 75) and sent to the Bastille. The identity of the chevalier de Souveray is uncertain; there were several men named Souvré or Souvray associated with the court. 94.M. de Benserade: Isaac de Benserade (1613–91), prolific poet and member of the Académie Française, was of course too young to have recited anything to M. de Tréville at that time. 95.presents: The words are spoken by Laocoön in Virgil’s
these gentlemen, I beg you. I have plenty of time, and it will be more correct. Ah, here’s one of them, I believe.” Indeed, at the end of the rue de Vaugirard the gigantic Porthos began to appear. “What!” cried d’Artagnan. “Your first witness is M. Porthos?” “Yes, do you object?” “No, not at all.” “And here is the second.” D’Artagnan turned to where Athos was pointing and recognized Aramis. “What!” he cried with still more astonishment than the first time. “Your second witness is M.
revealed to him across from the Samaritaine. This was their mutual declaration of love. “I’ll go,” he said, “I’ll go at once.” “What do you mean you’ll go!” cried Mme Bonacieux. “What about your regiment, your captain?” “By my soul, you’ve made me forget all that, dear Constance! Yes, you’re right, I must ask for a leave.” “Another obstacle,” Mme Bonacieux murmured woefully. “Oh, don’t worry,” cried d’Artagnan after a moment’s reflection, “I’ll surmount this one!” “How?” “I’ll go and find