The Three Musketeers
How we cite our quotes:
"Yes. The cardinal, as it appears, pursues he and persecutes her more than ever. He cannot pardon her the history of the Saraband. You know the history of the Saraband?" (8.50)
In love with Queen Anne, the Cardinal dressed up as a clown and danced for her. We’re not sure why he thought that was seductive, but Queen Anne rejected him big-time. And now he won’t leave her alone. Hell hath no fury like the head honcho of a country scorned.
He was thinking of Mme. Bonacieux. For an apprentice Musketeer the young woman was almost an ideal of love. Pretty, mysterious, initiated in almost all the secrets of the court, which reflected such a charming gravity over her pleasing features, it might be surmised that she was not wholly unmoved; and this is an irresistible charm to novices in love. Moreover, D’Artagnan had delivered her from the hands of the demons who wished to search and ill treat her; and this important service had established between them one of those sentiments of gratitude which so easily assume a more tender character. (11.3)
D’Artagnan’s love for Constance is yet another example of how the novel uses highly romanticized, lofty ideals. D’Artagnan’s love for Constance is a very uncomplicated and one-dimensional. He wants to die for her, perform extreme acts to prove himself. But he hardly feels nervous around her, or feels conflicted or guilty for loving her.
And M. Bonacieux? whom D’Artagnan had pushed into the hands of the officers, denying him aloud although he had promised in a whisper to save him. We are compelled to admit to our readers that D’Artagnan thought nothing about him in any way; or that if he did think of him, it was only to say to himself that he was very well where he was, wherever it might be. Love is the most selfish of all the passions. (11.11)
When people believe they are experiencing true love, it doesn’t matter to them that their lover has a spouse. In this respect D’Artagnan and Constance’s love affair mirrors the Duke and the Queen’s.