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Quote #10

To be a woman condemned to a painful and disgraceful punishment is no impediment to beauty, but it is an obstacle to the recovery of power. Like all persons of real genius, Milady knew what suited her nature and her means. Poverty was repugnant to her; degradation took away two-thirds of her greatness. Milady was only a queen while among queens. The pleasure of satisfied pride was necessary to her domination. To command inferior beings was rather a humiliation than a pleasure for her. (56.4)

Milady’s pride is characterized as feminine, while D’Artagnan’s pride is characterized as being masculine. Do you agree with this interpretation? Another way of getting at the same issue is to compare and contrast Milady and D’Artagnan when it comes to issues of pride.

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