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.
the Île de Ré, where they were still besieging the citadel of Saint-Martin and the fort of La Prée, while the French, for their part, were besieging La Rochelle. D’Artagnan, as we have said, had become more tranquil, as always happens after passing through danger, when the danger seems to have vanished. He had only one worry left, which was that he had had no news of his friends. But, one morning at the beginning of the month of November, everything was explained to him by this letter, dated
was that Felton would come at breakfast time, but Felton did not come. Had her fears been realized? Was Felton, suspected by the baron, going to fail her at the decisive moment? She had only one day left: Lord de Winter had announced that she would be embarking on the twenty-third, and they had just reached the morning of the twenty-second. Nevertheless, she waited rather patiently until dinner time. Though she had not eaten in the morning, dinner was brought at the usual hour. Milady noticed
when I met her for the first time, the one I was looking for when I provoked Athos, the one I saw the morning of the day when Mme Bonacieux was abducted! I mean the man from Meung! I saw him, it’s he! I recognized him when the wind blew his cloak open.” “Devil take it!” said Athos, pondering. “To horse, gentlemen, to horse! Let’s go after him and catch him!” “My dear,” said Aramis, “consider that he is going in the opposite direction from the one in which we are going; that he has a fresh
threatening than Athos, d’Artagnan stood on the threshold. Milady backed away with a cry. D’Artagnan, believing she had some means of escape and fearing she would elude them, drew a pistol from his belt, but Athos raised his hand. “Put up your weapon, d’Artagnan,” he said. “It is important that this woman be judged and not simply killed. Wait a moment longer, d’Artagnan, and you will be satisfied. Come in, gentlemen.” D’Artagnan obeyed, for Athos had the solemn voice and the powerful gesture
comte d’Harcourt, Armagnac, and Brionne (1601–66), was his brother. François de Silly (1586–1628) became the first duc de La Roche-Guyon in 1621. When he died at the siege of La Rochelle, the domain passed to his half-brother, Roger du Plessis-Liancourt (1598–1674), a close friend of Louis XIII, who became duc in 1643. François, chevalier de Baradas or Baradat, once a favorite of the king’s, had been sent away from court before the time of the ballet. Adrien de Monluc, prince de Chabanis, comte