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Madame Coquenard in The Three Musketeers

By Alexandre Dumas

Madame Coquenard

Porthos’s mistress. Although he boasts that she is a beautiful duchess and a great lady, in actuality she is the old (and frankly ugly) wife of a lawyer. She has money, however, and that’s all that really matters to Porthos. He woos her incessantly, especially when he needs money, and uses her jealous nature to his advantage.