| Quote #7
D’Artagnan went out, but at the door his heart almost failed him, and he felt inclined to return. Then the noble and severe countenance of Athos crossed his mind; if he made the compact with the cardinal which he required, Athos would no more give him his hand--Athos would renounce him.
Is this proof that D’Artagnan is closest to Athos? Or that Athos inspires the most admiration and influence?
| Quote #8
"You saw your wi--"
Proof that Athos and D’Artagnan are closer to each other than any of the four?
| Quote #9
"Well," said he, "they likewise have refused me."
This passage demonstrates first, that D’Artagnan’s three friends know him better than he knows himself, and secondly, that D’Artagnan truly prizes their friendship more than fulfilling any ambition. He’s genuinely upset that he’s going to be parted from his friends.