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The Three Musketeers
by Alexandre Dumas
Athos Timeline and Summary
When we first meet Athos, he is wounded. Athos agrees to duel with D’Artagnan. Their duel is interrupted by the Cardinal’s Guards. Athos helps in fighting them off. He becomes friends with D’Artagnan. When helping to recover the diamond studs, Athos is held up by four men of the law. He holds them off to give D’Artagnan time to escape. After helping D’Artagnan, Athos barricaded himself into the innkeeper’s cellar. He and his lackey Bazin drank one hundred and forty bottles of wine. When he comes out to greet D’Artagnan, Athos wants to drink again, so the two friends crack open some bottles. While drunk, Athos confesses to D’Artagnan that he once fell in love with and married a woman who turned out to be a branded criminal. The four friends head back to Paris where they receive word that they must outfit themselves for war. Athos recognizes a ring D’Artagnan received from Milady. D’Artagnan decides to give his friend the ring to sell. The two then use the proceeds to outfit themselves for war and ride out. Athos helps guard the Cardinal during his rendezvous with Milady. Luckily, Athos is able to eavesdrop on the conversation. He realizes that Milady is his (ex-)wife. Athos comes up with the idea of the friends consulting in the bastion St. Gervais. Despite looking outwardly calm, Athos is anxious that the friends’ attempts to warn Lord de Winter and the Queen succeed. Athos accompanies D’Artagnan to the convent where Constance is staying. He then tracks down the man who branded Milady, and he coordinates her trial. Athos refuses the commission and writes D’Artagnan’s name into the order. He serves under D’Artagnan until inheriting a property in the country.