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The Man in the Iron Mask
by Alexandre Dumas
King Louis XIV Timeline and Summary
The King is sleeping with La Valliere, who used to be engaged to Athos's son, Raoul. He goes to party at Vaux, where he plans to arrest his host. The King sulks because Vaux is more lavish than his castle. La Valliere pleads with him to spare Fouquet (the host of the party). The King, swept away by his love, consents. As La Valliere leaves, Colbert plants a letter. The King, thinking that the letter dropped out of La Valliere's pocket, and assuming that it's a love note for him, reads it. Instead, it's a love letter from Fouquet to La Valliere. We learn that La Valliere has rejected Fouquet's advances, but the King immediately suspects his mistress of defending Fouquet out of love. Now Fouquet's fate really is sealed. Then Louis goes to bed and wakes up as a prisoner in the Bastille. He starts going crazy. Fouquet frees the King and they go back to Vaux to confront that imposter. The King orders his twin to be locked up far away. D'Artagnan is just the man for the job. The King goes to Nantes. There, he orders D'Artagnan to arrest Fouquet. Aft wards, the King orders D'Artagnan to capture Belle-Isle. The King and D'Artagnan disagree on this issue: D'Artagnan refuses to use violence to bring in his friends. The King wins. Four years later, the King trades in La Valliere for a new mistress.