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The Three Musketeers Chapter Thirty-Five: A Gascon A Match for Cupid

By Alexandre Dumas

Chapter Thirty-Five: A Gascon A Match for Cupid

  • It is the morning after the key evening for both Porthos and D’Artagnan. Athos, who is now with D’Artagnan, listens eagerly as the Gascon recounts the previous evening’s events.
  • D’Artagnan shows up at Milady’s, where he is warmly received. As Kitty serves them sorbet, D’Artagnan can’t help but reflect that the maid has a better personality than the noblewoman.
  • Kitty remains worried that D’Artagnan loves Milady.
  • Milady kicks D’Artagnan out at about ten o’clock, and he consoles Kitty.
  • Milady orders that all the lights in the house be extinguished.
  • D’Artagnan visits Kitty early and where he finds the maid weeping. He explains that what he is about to do is motivated solely by revenge.
  • At the appointed hour, D’Artagnan, disguised as the Comte de Wardes, enters Milady’s room.
  • Believing her lover to be the Comte de Wardes, Milady tells him that she’s still upset that D’Artagnan wounded him. She’s plotting her revenge.
  • D’Artagnan plays along. He marvels at his simultaneous extreme love and hate for her. She gives him a beautiful sapphire ring as a token of her love.
  • They plan to get together again in another week.
  • D’Artagnan shows Athos the sapphire ring, which reminds Athos of a family jewel. Athos expresses his surprise at recognizing the ring. He remembers that his family ring had one of the faces scratched; D’Artagnan’s ring also has a face scratched.
  • Athos advises D’Artagnan to stop seeing this woman because there’s something dangerous about her.
  • D’Artagnan agrees.
  • The two friends say good-bye. D’Artagnan arrives home to find Kitty waiting for him with a note for the fake Comte de Wardes.
  • He gathers up his courage and writes Milady the following note:
  • There are just so many women for me to see; I’ll let you know when it’s your turn again.
  • Kitty reads the letter and practically dances for joy. She runs home to hand it to Milady.
  • Milady is flaming mad.
  • Kitty, thinking that her mistress has fainted or is ill, goes to help her.
  • Milady then delivers one of the ultimate power lines: "I faint? I? I? Do you take me for half a woman? When I am insulted I do not faint; I avenge myself!"
  • It looks like our hero is headed for trouble!