Study Guide

Colbert in The Man in the Iron Mask

By Alexandre Dumas


An administrator of the finances under King Louis XIV, Colbert begins chafing at the restrictions of having Fouquet as his superior. As a trusted adviser of the King, Colbert does everything in his power to have Fouquet arrested and stripped of his powers, including planting false evidence. Neither Aramis nor D'Artagnan like Colbert, but they eventually come around when they that he works for the good of France. A capable minister of the finances, Colbert is one of the few characters in the novel who achieves his ambitions. By his cold calculations and tunnel vision, he also exemplifies the new spirit of the age.