THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK
Chapter 1 The Prisoner.
Chapter 2 How Mouston Had Become Fatter without Giving Porthos Notice Thereof, and of the Troubles Which Consequently Befell that Worthy Gentleman.
Chapter 15 Colbert.
Chapter 16 Jealousy.
Chapter 17 High Treason.
Chapter 18 A Night at the Bastille.
Chapter 19 The Shadow of M. Fouquet.
Chapter 20 The Morning.
Chapter 21 The King’s Friend.
Chapter 22 Showing How the Countersign Was Respected at the Bastille.
Chapter 23 The King’s Gratitude.
Chapter 24 The False King.
Chapter 25 In Which Porthos Thinks He Is Pursuing a Duchy.
Chapter 26 The Last Adieux.
Chapter 27 Monsieur de Beaufort.
Chapter 28 Preparations for Departure.
Chapter 29 Planchet’s Inventory.
Chapter 30 The Inventory of M. de Beaufort.
Chapter 31 The Silver Dish.
Chapter 32 Captive and Jailers.
Chapter 33 Promises.
Chapter 34 Among Women.
Chapter 35 The Last Supper.
Chapter 36 In M. Colbert’s Carriage.
Chapter 37 The Two Lighters.
Chapter 38 Friendly Advice.
Chapter 39 How the King, Louis XIV., Played His Little Part.
Chapter 40 The White Horse and the Black.
Chapter 41 In Which the Squirrel Falls,—the Adder Flies.
Chapter 42 Belle-Ile-en-Mer.
Chapter 43 Explanations by Aramis.
Chapter 44 Result of the Ideas of the King, and the Ideas of D’Artagnan.
Chapter 45 The Ancestors of Porthos.
Chapter 46 The Son of Biscarrat.
Chapter 47 The Grotto of Locmaria.
Chapter 48 The Grotto.
Chapter 49 An Homeric Song.
Chapter 50 The Death of a Titan.
Chapter 51 Porthos’s Epitaph.
Chapter 52 M. de Gesvres’s Round.
Chapter 53 King Louis XIV.
Chapter 54 M. Fouquet’s Friends.
Chapter 55 Porthos’s Will.
Chapter 56 The Old Age of Athos.
Chapter 57 Athos’s Vision.
Chapter 58 The Angel of Death.
Chapter 59 The Bulletin.
Chapter 60 The Last Canto of the Poem.
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In the months of March—July in 1844, in the magazine Le Siecle, the first portion of a story appeared, penned by the celebrated playwright Alexandre Dumas. It was based, he claimed, on some manuscripts he had found a year earlier in the Bibliotheque Nationale while researching a history he planned to write on Louis XIV. They chronicled the adventures of a young man named D’Artagnan who, upon entering Paris, became almost immediately embroiled in court intrigues, international politics, and ill-fated affairs between royal lovers. Over the next six years, readers would enjoy the adventures of this youth and his three famous friends, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis, as their exploits unraveled behind the scenes of some of the most momentous events in French and even English history.
Eventually these serialized adventures were published in novel form, and became the three D’Artagnan Romances known today. Here is a brief summary of the first two novels:
The Three Musketeers (serialized March—July, 1844): The year is 1625. The young D’Artagnan arrives in Paris at the tender age of 18, and almost immediately offends three musketeers, Porthos, Aramis, and Athos. Instead of dueling, the four are attacked by five of the Cardinal’s guards, and the courage of the youth is made apparent during the battle. The four become fast friends, and, when asked by D’Artagnan’s landlord to find his missing wife, embark upon an adventure that takes them across both France and England in order to thwart the plans of the Cardinal Richelieu. Along the way, they encounter a beautiful young spy, named simply Milady, who will stop at nothing to disgrace Queen Anne of Austria before her husband, Louis XIII, and take her revenge upon the four friends.
Twenty Years After (serialized January—August, 1845): The year is now 1648, twenty years since the close of the last story. Louis XIII has died, as has Cardinal Richelieu, and while the crown of France may sit upon the head of Anne of Austria as Regent for the young Louis XIV, the real power resides with the Cardinal Mazarin, her secret