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The Man in the Iron Mask The Death of D'Artagnan

By Alexandre Dumas

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The Death of D'Artagnan

  • Everyone keeps their promises. English and French navies sail together for Holland.
  • Aramis assures the neutrality of Spain.
  • D'Artagnan commands a small army that manages to take twelve fortresses within a month.
  • Meanwhile, Madame de Montespan increases in the King's favors while La Valliere becomes increasingly marginalized.
  • The King is happy to hear reports of D'Artagnan's success, and instructs Colbert to make D'Artagnan a marshal of France.
  • Colbert sends a messenger with a very small, but heavy chest to D'Artagnan.
  • D'Artagnan is in the middle of directing an attack on his thirteenth fortress when the messenger arrives.
  • D'Artagnan reads the note and is quite pleased to hear he has been made a marshal.
  • He turns towards the chest and is about to open it when a cannonball hits him in the chest.
  • D'Artagnan's men hold out their arms as their commander falls.
  • He utters his last words: "Athos – Porthos, farewell till we meet again! Aramis, adieu forever!"
  • The narrator closes the novel by pointing out that three of the original four have passed away.

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