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The Man in the Iron Mask

The Man in the Iron Mask


by Alexandre Dumas

Man in the Iron Mask Timeline and Summary

  • The Man in the Iron Mask (a.k.a. Philippe), lives peacefully in the Bastille without an iron mask.
  • Aramis comes to visit and reveals the truth behind his parentage and asks him to think about the possibility of taking the throne.
  • Philippe is tempted.
  • Aramis comes for another visit and breaks Philippe out of jail.
  • In the woods, Aramis asks Philippe to make a decision – life as a private citizen or life as a king.
  • After contemplation, Philippe chooses to be king.
  • He is caught and subsequently arrested by D'Artagnan. He is forced to wear an iron mask, hence the name D'Artagnan must take him as prisoner to the island of Ste. Marguerite.
  • On the way to Ste. Marguerite, Philippe saves D'Artagnan's life.
  • Once on the island, Philippe encounters Athos and Raoul. He throws them a plate with a message etched on the bottom.
  • He asks to be called Accursed.