The Three Musketeers
The Three Musketeers Chapter Fifty-Seven: Means for Classical Tragedy Summary
- Milady milks the moment before continuing her story. She says that her captor entered the room with an executioner who branded her with the fleur-de-lis. She ignores Felton’s demands to know the identity of her captor as she bares the brand on her shoulder.
- Felton is completely enthralled. He falls to her feet, begging her pardon for having been her jailer. He kisses her feet.
- Felton asks again for the identity of her persecutor. Without saying the name aloud, Milady implicates the Duke of Buckingham. Felton swears to kill him.
- Milady explains Lord de Winter’s was furious that his brother had married a penniless girl. She says that her husband knew her story and had sworn to kill Buckingham, but had died before he could do so.
- Milady again pretends to despair and demands the knife.
- Felton refuses; he swears she will live with honor. He swears the two of them will live and die together, and kisses her.
- The guard knocks on the door. Felton opens it, only to hear that his desperate cries on behalf of Milady had summoned both guard and sergeant.
- Milady runs over with the knife, demanding to know why Felton has a right to prevent her suicide.
- Lord de Winter overhears and begins laughing. He tells Felton there’s no way Milady will go through with it.
- (Well, that was as basically a triple-dog-dare-you to the woman!) Milady, understanding that she has to give Felton proof of her intention, stabs herself.
- Except she stabs herself in such a way that it hits the underwire on her bra.
- Felton is upset and grabs the knife. Lord de Winter orders him to go, and then send for a physician.
- Felton leaves with Milady’s knife in hand.