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Mod Lib : Modern Library - Alexandre Dumas

Hardcover Published: 18th November 1999
ISBN: 9780679603320
Number Of Pages: 624
For Ages: 9 - 16 years old

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"We read The Three Musketeers to experience a sense of romance and for the sheer excitement of the story," reflected Clifton Fadiman. "In these violent pages all is action, intrigue, suspense, surprise--an almost endless chain of duels, murders, love affairs, unmaskings, ambushes, hairbreadth escapes, wild rides. It is all impossible and it is all magnificent."
        First published in 1844, Alexandre Dumas's swashbuckling epic chronicles the adventures of D'Artagnan, a gallant young nobleman who journeys to Paris in 1625 hoping to join the ranks of musketeers guarding Louis XIII. He soon finds himself fighting alongside three
heroic comrades--Athos, Porthos, and Aramis--who seek to uphold the honor of the king by foiling the wicked plots of Cardinal Richelieu and the beautiful spy "Milady."
        "Dumas will be read a hundred, nay, three hundred years on," wrote John Galsworthy. "His greatest creation is undoubtedly D'Artagnan, type at once of the fighting adventurer and of the trusty servant, whose wily blade is ever at the back of those whose hearts have neither his magnanimity nor his courage. Few, if any, characters in fiction inspire one with such belief in their
individual existences. . . . To one who made D'Artagnan all shall be forgiven." Clifton Fadiman agreed: "Dumas enjoyed writing his stories. . . . The pleasure he must have felt in
creating D'Artagnan's troubles and triumphs
flashes out of these pages. . . . Dumas rampaged through the history of France, inventing, changing, distorting--doing whatever was needed to produce a tale to hold the reader breathless."

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"I do not say there is no character as well drawn in Shakespeare [as D'Artagnan]. I do say there is none that I love so wholly." --Robert Louis Stevenson "The lasting and universal popularity of The Three Musketeers shows that Dumas, by artlessly expressing his own nature in the persons of his heroes, was responding to that craving for action, strength and generosity which is a fact in all periods and all places." --Andre� Maurois

Introductionp. XV
Author's Preface: Wherein It Is Proved That Despite Their Names Ending in -os and -is, the Heroes of the Story We are About to Relate Have Nothing Mythological About Themp. xix
The Three Gifts of Monsieur d'Artagnan the Elderp. 3
The Antechamber of Monsieur de Trevillep. 16
The Audiencep. 26
Of Athos and His Shoulder, of Porthos and His Baldric, and of Aramis and His Handkerchiefp. 36
His Majesty's Musketeers and the Cardinal's Guardsp. 43
His Majesty King Louis XIIIp. 53
Home Life of the Musketeersp. 69
Concerning a Court Intriguep. 76
D'Artagnan to the Forep. 84
Concerning a Mousetrap in the Seventeenth Centuryp. 91
In Which the Plot Thickensp. 100
George Villiers, Duke of Buckinghamp. 115
Of Monsieur Bonacieuxp. 122
The Man of Meungp. 129
Men of Law and Men of the Swordp. 138
Wherein Monsieur Pierre Seguier, Chancellor of France and Keeper of the Seals, Looks More Than Once for a Bell to Ring as Lustily as He Was Wont to Do of Yorep. 145
Of Monsieur Bonacieux and His Ladyp. 156
Lover and Husbandp. 167
Plan of Campaignp. 173
The Journeyp. 181
Lady Clarkp. 191
In Which Their Majesties Dance La Merlaison, a Favorite Ballet of the King'sp. 199
The Rendezvousp. 206
The Lodgep. 216
Of What Happened to Porthosp. 225
Of Aramis and His Thesisp. 243
Of Athos and His Wifep. 259
The Returnp. 278
Of the Hunt for Campaign Outfitsp. 292
Miladyp. 300
Englishmen and Frenchmenp. 307
A Dinner at the House of an Attorney-at-Lawp. 313
The Soubrette and Her Mistressp. 321
Concerning the Respective Outfits of Aramis and Porthosp. 331
At Night All Cats Are Grayp. 338
Dreams of Vengeancep. 345
Of Milady's Secretp. 352
How Athos Without Lifting a Finger Procured His Equipment for the Campaignp. 358
A Visionp. 366
Wherein D'Artagnan Meets His Eminence and Milady Speeds Him Off to Warp. 374
The Siege of La Rochellep. 381
Of Anjou Wine and Its Salubrious Virtuesp. 392
At the Sign of the Red Dovecotep. 399
Of the Utility of Stovepipesp. 406
Husband and Wifep. 413
The Bastion Saint-Gervaisp. 418
The Council of the Musketeersp. 424
A Family Affairp. 440
Fatalityp. 453
Of an Intimate Conversation Between Brother and Sisterp. 460
Of an Officer Out on a Strollp. 466
Captivity: The First Dayp. 475
Captivity: The Second Dayp. 481
Captivity: The Third Dayp. 487
Captivity: The Fourth Dayp. 495
Captivity: The Fifth Dayp. 502
How Milady Employed the Technique of Classical Tragedy to Prepare a Modern Onep. 515
Escapep. 521
Of What Occurred at Portsmouth on August 23, 1628p. 528
Of What Was Happening in Francep. 538
Of What Occurred at the Convent of the Carmelite Nuns in Bethunep. 543
Of Two Varieties of Demonsp. 555
Of Wine and Waterp. 561
The Man in the Red Cloakp. 573
Day of Judgmentp. 577
Of How Judgment Was Accomplishedp. 585
Of the Cardinal, His Agent and a Lieutenant's Commissionp. 589
Epiloguep. 597
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ISBN: 9780679603320
ISBN-10: 0679603328
Series: Modern Library
Audience: General
For Ages: 9 - 16 years old
For Grades: 9+
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 18th November 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.7  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition