The Man in the Iron Mask
Principles Quotes Page 1
How we cite our quotes:
"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.
"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.
"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.