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Madame Bonacieux in The Three Musketeers

Madame Bonacieux

Also known as Constance Bonacieux, Madame Bonacieux spends the entire book doing one of the following: being abducted, about to be abducted, about to be freed, or becoming best friends with the woman who eventually fatally poisons her right before her lover arrives. Fun stuff, eh?

She’s the classic damsel in distress who inspires D’Artagnan’s savior instincts as well as his love. As such, her character lacks depth—she’s young, she’s beautiful, and she’s quite trusting. Although she is an intelligent woman, her trustworthy nature allows her to be manipulated by the cunning Milady. If Constance had had more time with D’Artagnan, would he have also taken advantage of her sweet and trusting nature?