The Three Musketeers
by Alexandre Dumas
Analysis: Writing Style
Fast-Paced Yet Sometimes Meandering and Forgetful
Dumas frequently manages to condense a lot of information into a small space. Masters are calling for their lackeys, notes are being sent all over town, and plots are being hatched while the conspirators are under enemy gunfire. Although Dumas never loses the overall thread of the story, he’ll sometimes drop a minor thread or two and forget to account for characters’ movements. For instance, D’Artagnan goes home one day and calls for Planchet, who we last saw exhausted in London. Dumas doesn’t bother explaining how Planchet got home, but continues barreling along into the next adventure. We can’t say we really complain – it’s the guy’s style, after all, and it makes for some darn good storytelling.