The Three Musketeers
Society and Class Quotes
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"At court, provided you have ever the honor to go there," continued M. D’Artagnan the elder, "--an honor to which, remember, your ancient nobility gives you the right--sustain worthily your name of gentleman, which has been worthily borne by your ancestors for five hundred years, both for your own sake and the sake of those who belong to you." (1.6)
The status of a gentleman is inherited. This restricts D’Artagnan to this class status while also meaning he has the honor of his ancestors to uphold.
An old proverb says, "Like master, like man." (7.8)
Evaluate this saying in the context of The Three Musketeers. How do the servants reflect the personalities of their masters?
She was a charming woman of twenty-five or twenty-six years, with dark hair, blue eyes, and a nose slightly turned up, admirable teeth, and a complexion marbled with rose and opal. There, however, ended the signs which might have confounded her with a lady of rank. The hands were white, but without delicacy; the feet did not bespeak the woman of quality. Happily, D’Artagnan was not yet acquainted with such niceties. (10.34)
D’Artagnan’s enchantment with Constance Bonacieux reveals his background as being little bit provincial. Although she is beautiful, she’s clearly not of high birth because of the roughness of her hands and feet.