© 2015 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Man in the Iron Mask

The Man in the Iron Mask

by

Alexandre Dumas

The Man in the Iron Mask Chapter Five: Where, Probably, Molière Formed His First Idea of the Bourgeois Gentillhomme Summary

  • Porthos is radiantly happy with this visit to Percerin. Aramis shakes hands with Porthos, then asks Molière if he is ready to go to St. Mande.
  • Porthos is astonished that Aramis is planning to hang out with an apprentice tailor.
  • D'Artagnan and Aramis reveal to Porthos that Molière is actually one of Percerin's chief clerks and a member of the Epicureans.
  • Aramis and Molière leave.
  • D'Artagnan asks how the fitting went.
  • Porthos is in rapture. He says that they first tried to find a dressmaker's dummy of the same size. He interrupts the story to say that he must remember Molière's name. D'Artagnan tells him that Molière is also known as Poquelin.
  • Porthos says he will use Molière, and remember the name by thinking of Voliere (which means aviary in French).
  • Porthos tells D'Artagnan that Molière then used a mirror to take his measurements. As he tells the story, he keeps calling the tailor "Voliere."
  • Molière had Porthos throw himself on guard – because a suit shouldn't constrain its wearer even when said wearer is fighting.
  • Finally, Porthos gives up on the Volière business and tries calling him Poquelin. He has no better success at this.
  • He tells D'Artagnan that Molière had some lads support his arm, which was starting to get tired of being in fight position.
  • Porthos is very proud of being the first to have his measurements taken in such a manner.
  • The two men leave Percerin's house, and the narrator directs our attention to St. Mande.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement
Noodle's College Search
Noodle's College Search
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement