The Three Musketeers
How we cite our quotes:
"Oh, sir, if you know who this man is," cried D’Artagnan, "tell me who he is, and whence he is. I will then release you from all your promises--even that of procuring my admission into the Musketeers; for before everything, I wish to avenge myself."
"Beware, young man!" cried Tréville. "If you see him coming on one side of the street, pass by on the other. Do not cast yourself against such a rock; he would break you like glass."
"That will not prevent me," replied D’Artagnan, "if ever I find him." (3.71 – 3.773)
D’Artagnan is not to be deterred from taking his revenge. This is evidence of his foolhardy nature.
Unfortunately for D’Artagnan, among the spectators was one of his Eminence’s Guardsmen, who, still irritated by the defeat of his companions, which had happened only the day before, had promised himself to seize the first opportunity of avenging it. He believed this opportunity was now come and addressed his neighbor: "It is not astonishing that that young man should be afraid of a ball, for he is doubtless a Musketeer apprentice." (7.52)
These cycles of revenge are what lead to constant warfare. No wonder everyone is always fighting in Paris at this time.
"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?"
"Pardieu! Know it!" replied D’Artagnan, who knew nothing about it, but who wished to appear to know everything that was going on.
"So that now it is no longer hatred, but vengeance." (8.50 – 8.52)
After his declarations of love are scorned by the Queen, the Cardinal is out to get revenge. This is a bit unfair to the Queen, seeing as she has barely any power.