The Man in the Iron Mask
How we cite our quotes:
"Have you a brother?" said the young man to Aramis.
"I am alone in the world," said the latter, with a hard, dry voice.
"But surely there is some one in the world whom you love?" added Philippe.
"No one!- Yes, I love you." (9.48 – 9.51)
Aramis does not love his friends. And does he really love Philippe? He ditches him pretty quickly once he gets found out.
"Yes, Monsieur, we both love him, but each in a different manner," replied La Valliere, with such an accent that the heart of the young King was powerfully affected by it. "I love him so deeply that the whole world is aware of it, so purely that the King himself does not doubt my love. He is my King and my master; I am the humblest of his servants. But he who touches his honor touches my life. Now, I repeat that they dishonor the King who advise him to arrest M. Fouquet under his own roof." (15.35)
Is that really the healthiest relationship? In any case, we would argue that La Valliere is probably the only person close to the King who is completely free of any personal or political agenda – she really does love the King and wants what's best for him.
Athos then employed the heroic remedy. He defended Louise against Raoul, and justified her perfidy by her love. "A woman who would have yielded to the King because he is the King," said he, "would deserve to be styled infamous; but Louise loves Louis. Both young, they have forgotten, he his rank, she her vows. Love absolves everything, Raoul. The two young people love each other with sincerity." (25.33)
Why does this argument fail to resonate with Raoul?