By Alexandre Dumas père
Blending just a little seventeenth-century French background with loads of invention, Alexandre Dumas tells the story of younger D’Artagnan and his musketeer comrades, Porthos, Athos and Aramis.
Together they struggle to foil the schemes of the intense, harmful Cardinal Richelieu, who pretends to aid the king whereas plotting to improve his personal strength. Bursting with swirling swordplay, swooning romance, and unforgettable figures comparable to the seductively attractive yet lethal femme fatale, Milady, and D’Artagnan’s both appealing love, Madame Bonacieux, The 3 Musketeers keeps, after a century and a 1/2 non-stop ebook, to outline the style of swashbuckling romance and historic experience.
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Buckingham in Paris! ” cried he, “and why does he come? ” “To conspire, doubtless, along with your enemies, the Huguenots and the Spaniards. ” “No, pardieu, no! To conspire opposed to my honor with Madame de Chevreuse, Madame de Longueville, and the Condés. ” “Oh, sire, what an concept! The queen is just too virtuous; and in addition to, loves your Majesty too good. ” “Woman is susceptible, Monsieur Cardinal,” stated the king; “and as to loving me a lot, i've got my very own opinion as to that love. ” “I no longer the fewer maintain,” stated the cardinal, “that the Duke of Buckingham got here to Paris for a undertaking thoroughly political. ” “And i'm yes that he got here for rather one other function, Monsieur Cardinal; but when the queen be accountable, allow her tremble! ” “Indeed,” stated the cardinal, “whatever repugnance i'll need to directing my brain to one of these treason, your Majesty compels me to think about it. Madame de Lannoy, whom, in accordance with your Majesty’s command, i've got usually interrogated, instructed me this morning that the evening prior to final her Majesty sat up very past due, that this morning she wept a lot, and that she used to be writing all day. ” “That’s it! ” cried the king; “to him, doubtless. Cardinal, i have to have the queen’s papers. ” “But easy methods to take them, sire? it sort of feels to me that it's neither your Majesty nor myself who cost himself with one of these venture. ” “How did they act in regards to the Maréchale d’Ancre? ” cried the king, within the maximum country of choler; “first her closets have been completely searched, after which she herself. ” “The Maréchale d‘Ancre was once not more than the Maréchale d’Ancre, a Florentine adventurer, sire, and that used to be all; whereas the august wife of your Majesty is Anne of Austria, Queen of France—that is to assert, one of many maximum princesses on the planet. ” “She isn't the much less accountable, Monsieur Duke! The extra she has forgotten the excessive place during which she was once positioned, the extra degrading is her fall. along with, I in the past decided to place an finish to most of these petty intrigues of coverage and love. She has close to her a undeniable Laporte. ” “Who, i feel, is the mainspring of all this, I confess,” stated the cardinal. “You imagine, then, as I do, that she deceives me? ” stated the king. “I think, and that i repeat it on your Majesty, that the queen conspires opposed to the facility of the king, yet i haven't stated opposed to his honor. ” “And I—I let you know opposed to either. I inform you the queen doesn't love me; I inform you she loves one other; I let you know she loves that notorious Buckingham! Why did you no longer have him arrested whereas in Paris? ” “Arrest the duke! Arrest the top minister of King Charles I! consider it, sire! What a scandal! And if the suspicions of your Majesty, which I nonetheless proceed to doubt, should still end up to have any origin, what a bad disclosure, what a worried scandal! ” “But as he uncovered himself like a vagabond or a thief, he must have been—” Louis XIII stopped, terrified at what he used to be approximately to claim, whereas Richelieu, stretching out his neck, waited uselessly for the observe which had died at the lips of the king. “He must have been—?