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The Man in the Iron Mask

The Man in the Iron Mask

by Alexandre Dumas

Principles Quotes

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Quote #1

"A friend's word is the truth itself. If I think of touching, even with one finger, the son of Anne of Austria, the true King of this realm of France; if I have not the firm intention of prostrating myself before his throne; if, according to my wishes, to-morrow here at Vaux will not be the most glorious day my King ever enjoyed,- may Heaven's lightning blast me where I stand!" (14.104)

Aramis is lying through his teeth. This is not honorable at all.

Quote #2

"Sire, you would be dishonoring yourself if you were to give such an order."

"Dishonor myself?" murmured the King, turning pale with anger. "In truth, Mademoiselle, you put a strange eagerness into what you say." (15.33 – 15.34)

Invoking honor is a sure-fire way to win an argument.

Quote #3

"Monseigneur," replied the Gascon, touched by his eloquent and noble tone of grief, "will you- I ask it as a favor- pledge me your word as a man of honor that you will not leave this room?" (19.111)

The word of a man of honor can always be trusted.

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