The Three Musketeers
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At these words she opened the door of the corridor, and pushed D’Artagnan out of the room. D’Artagnan obeyed like a child, without the least resistance or objection, which proved that he was really in love. (22.57)
In The Three Musketeers, obedience is associated with love. This recurs later when we see Kitty blindly obeying D’Artagnan’s directives because she loves him.
"What!" said he, "you have just lost one woman, whom you call good, charming, perfect; and here you are, running headlong after another."
D’Artagnan felt the truth of this reproach.
"I loved Madame Bonacieux with my heart, while I only love Milady with my head," said he. "In getting introduced to her, my principal object is to ascertain what part she plays at court." (31.56 – 31.58)
It looks like D’Artagnan is grabbing any excuse he can in order to be a player. Of course, you can also take this passage at face value and believe that his intentions were truly pure.
But this time our Gascon saw at a glance all the advantage to be derived from the love which Kitty had just confessed so innocently, or so boldly: the interception of letters addressed to the Comte de Wardes, news on the spot, entrance at all hours into Kitty’s chamber, which was contiguous to her mistress’s. The perfidious deceiver was, as may plainly be perceived, already sacrificing, in intention, the poor girl in order to obtain Milady, willy-nilly. (33.66)
What ethical code is D’Artagnan following here? Now he’s using Kitty in order to use Milady in order to get to Constance? Clearly Kitty’s heart is going to get stomped on. Whatever happened to the line "let’s just be friends?"