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The Man in the Iron Mask

The Man in the Iron Mask

by Alexandre Dumas

Memory and the Past Quotes

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Quote #1

"Look at us, Aramis! We are three out of the four. You are deceiving me, I suspect you, and Porthos sleeps; an admirable trio of friends, don't you think so?- a beautiful relic!" (14.74)

This is the first indication in the novel that we're dealing with men whose time for glory is effectively over.

Quote #2

"I can only tell you one thing, d'Artagnan, and I swear it on the Bible: I love you just as much as formerly. If I ever distrust you, it is on account of others, and not on account of either of us. In everything I may do and succeed in, you will find your share. Will you promise me the same favor?" (14.79)

Aramis invokes his past with D'Artagnan to allay suspicions. This is dastardly.

Quote #3

This last endearment was tender as in youth, as in times when the heart was warm and life happy; and then Porthos mounted his horse. (26.63)

Talk about glorifying the past.

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