The Man in the Iron Mask Chapter Three: Who M. Jean Percerin Was Summary
The King's tailor lives on Rue St. Honoré, which today houses a large quantity of luxury stores, like Hermes and Chanel.
Percerin's ancestors date from the time of Charles IX, several hundred years ago.
We get three generations worth of Percerin history, which boils down to the idea that the Percerins are expert tailors who became wealthy as they dressed the nobility.
Percerin worked for the King, but never worked as Colbert's tailor. (Colbert has an important role, Minister of Finance for King Louis XIV.
Percerin does serve as Fouquet's tailor, however. (Fouquet is another important character – he is the Superintendent of Finances.)
D'Artagnan takes his friend Porthos over to Percerin's house.
Before the two men arrive, however, they're stopped by traffic. Carriages upon carriages are waiting, all with the same destination in mind: Percerin.
Porthos despairs, but D'Artagnan points out that if they get out of the carriage and walk, they can gain entrance.
When they get to the door, the two friends find a servant politely turning away all the nobleman who are trying to get an appointment.
Meanwhile, plenty of apprentice tailors are busy sewing and cutting. D'Artagnan barges in with Porthos by using the King's name.
D'Artagnan spots a guy in his forties who seems to be peacefully surveying the scene. When the guy moves to hide his face under a hat, D'Artagnan's interest is aroused.
It turns out this guy is kind of a big deal. D'Artagnan recognizes him as a Monsieur Molière, and asks where Percerin may be found. Molière tells D'Artagnan that Percerin is in his rooms, but cannot be disturbed.
D'Artagnan threatens Molière. He tells the man to fetch Percerin. In exchange, D'Artagnan will introduce Molière to Porthos.
Molière looks Porthos up and down, and then heads off to find Percerin.