The Man in the Iron Mask
by Alexandre Dumas
The Man in the Iron Mask Chapter Nine: The Tempter Summary
- Aramis explains to the former prisoner why the current King is such a bad egg.
- He then explains that, as leader of the Jesuits, he is convinced that God is using him as an instrument of justice.
- Aramis explains that he wants the former prisoner (who we're going to call Philippe from now on) to ascend the throne of France.
- Philippe asks what will happen to his brother, King Louis XIV. Aramis proposes that they simply exchange places.
- Aramis tells Philippe that there are no dangers, only obstacles.
- Philippe points out that his conscience may not be so easily appeased.
- Aramis gives Philippe a choice: a humble life as a private citizen or king of the most powerful country in the world.
- Aramis tells Philippe that he knows of twenty leagues of quiet country where Philippe can live a humble and rustic life with no dangers.
- Philippe asks for ten minutes to make his decision.
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