C figures nly in a comedic manner Taken literally they would be abject cads They are self absorbed misogynistic and amoral but it little matters since the world they inhabit is villainous and petty and corrupt The King who is the head Contract Law Directions of the state is a buffoon the ueen a philanderer and the Cardinal leaderf the church a man without ethics Votre cerveau est dfinitivement extraordinaire ! - 50 nouvelles astuces de mentaliste qui vont vous changer la vie or morals Any wonder that their men are less than stellar examplesf knighthood So without any reason to admire anyone in this fictional world we are able to enjoy the escapades Remarkables of these men and even cheer themn toward their conuests Citizen Outlaw of women rivals and the worldf French politics In fact they are A Pimps Life often fightingther Frenchmen than the English whom they profess to hate but for whom they seem to have great respect and admiration I can imagine reading this in serialized form and waiting impatiently to find Gigolos Get Lonely Too out what happens to Milady and the Musketeers There are cliffhangers at almost every chapter ending and the pace is fast and furious I felt somewhat like a kid again while reading this I remember that joy in reading just for the thrillf the storya sensation I don t always get with my reading these days I thought that ueen Margot couldn t be topped I should have known better Honestly I do not have enough space to fully explain all the ways I adore this book But I ll try to condense it First the four main characters Love love love and love Aramis and Porthos the Merry and Pippin A Winter Wonderland (A Lucy Stone Mystery, of the group if you ll excuse the extremely dorkish LOTR cross reference made me laugh D Artagnan was charming even thoughr maybe because he had multiple moments where were I in the story I wouldn t know whether to kiss him Temptation (The Hunted or smack him upside the head and the pure unfiltered AWESOME that is Athos cannot be put into words My copyf the book is 754 pages but I was able to finish it in less than two weeks and not even notice the length because the story was so engrossing As soon as I finished it I wanted to flip back to page 1 and start all ver again Duels Lots and lots f duels The nly complaint I had regarding the ther Dumas book I d read before this ueen Margot as previously mentioned was that there was a total lack Unbound of what I will bluntly call the dirty details In Margot all the sex scenes were keptut An Extreme Modification (Milked by Royalty, of the way and judging by the description Dumas gave usf the characters nighttime activities no Feminized Sissy Justice, A Forced Feminization Sissy Story one managed to get laid for the entire book The Three Musketeersn the Everlost (Skinjacker, other hand is by no means a bodice ripper but is still very romantic And then there s the scene where D Artagnan decides that nailing Milady will be a good way to get revengen her for kidnapping his girlfriend Which brings me to my next point Milady Holy crap I try to come up with words to describe her but I can t do it because my brain sort The Lennon Prophecy of slows down until all I can hear are the words Most Badass Character Ever repeating in my headver and Japonia w sześciu smakach over while the song Cold Hard Bitch by JET starts playing in the background if that makes any sense at all Just go with itkay But seriously let s talk about Milady for a minute She keeps poison in her ring seduces a guard who has been specifically warned that she ll try to seduce him stabs herself in the chest to make people think she killed herself regularly tries to assassinate D Artagnan and his friends and was generally such a psychotic bitch that even Cardinal Richelieu was afraid Aqidah Islam of her UPDATEDear HollywoodWhat the FUCK is wrong with you Seriously fuck you guys LoveMadeline This is going to take some explaining but my guiltiest pleasure when it comes to books is Alexandre Dumas The Three MusketeersI hear you saying Hown Earth can that be a guilty pleasure I know It s a recognized can that be a guilty pleasure I know It s a recognized It has far reaching pop culture impactIt s considered Tank! onef the greatest adventures ever written It has two Geek Feminist Revolution of the most memorable villains in literature it has four kick ass action heroes It has sword fights romance intrigue and most people think it has big laughs it doesn t which is the thing that pisses meff most about its pop culture adaptations Even if people haven t read the book they know the Three Musketeers Hell most people even know that D Artagnan the main hero Lucky Luciano of the book is notne A Reader& of the eponymous Three So how could this book be a guilty pleasure The answer is simple at first then its complexSimple answer Milady de WinterComplex answer Milady de WinterFrom the accepted perspective Milady is an unrepentant nasty evil femme fatale She is an agent for the villainous Cardinal Richelieu spyingn plotting against and battling The Ladys Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness our Musketeers at every turn She foments marital unrest between the King and ueen She plots the assassinationf the Englishman the Duke f Buckingham to stop him from aiding the Huguenots at La Duke f Buckingham to stop him from aiding the Huguenots at La She tries to kill D Artagnan and later poisons his mistress Constance Bonacieux She corrupts a fine upstanding Puritan man And Euripides Fabulae: Vol. II: (Sup., El., Her., Tro., Iph.Tau., Ion): 2 once upon a time she made a foolf the Comte de La F reShe is the accepted villain even worse than her master the Cardinal for whom and under whose auspices she commits her evil acts She is the villain and D Artagnan Athos Porthos and Aramis are the heroes Here s the problem though from another perspective she isn t and they aren tYou see Milady de Winter was a poor young woman who did what she must to survive Forced into a convent for want Jean-Paul Sartre of food a priest fell in love with her and the pair stole some church property to start a life together They were caught and both were branded with the fleur de lys the markf criminals Alone again she fell in love with the Comte de La F re They were married and she hid her crimes from him Then ne afternoon the Comte discovered her brand He felt betrayed and strung her up by her neck leaving her to dieShe lived and entered the service f the Cardinal Under his direction she became a powerful agent doing exactly what it is that agents do The Cardinal the right hand f the King connected to the Pope a man waging a war in the King hand f the King connected to the Pope a man waging a war in the King name the most powerful man in France has Milady undermine the King s ueen Anne How Ireland Really Went Bust. by Matt Cooper of Austria a woman having an affair with the man Dukef Buckingham who is helping the rebels within her husband s kingdom She is also asked to keep tabs Super Gran Abroad (Super Gran, on a troublesome young guard D Artagnan who seems to be thwarting the Cardinal s plans through sheer luck and Gascon audacity She complies Then the man she is spyingn kills her lover the Comte de Wardes And if that isn t bad enough the man she s spying Bambi and Me on turns up in her bedchamber posing as the Comte and proceeds to make love to Milady The lovemaking is so wonderful that D Artagnan decides to come clean and reveal his true identity Milady loses her temper with some cause I think and tries to stab D Artagnan which he doesn t seem to understand From thenn Milady wants vengeance against the murderer Pocahontas of her lover who also happens to be her rapist for that is what he is surelyNext she is charged with assassinating the Dukef Buckingham for which she is issued a carte bl. Porthos and Aramis as they battle their enemies d’Artagnan proves he has the heart Bala Santa of a Musketeer and earns himself a place in their ranks Soon d’Artagnan and the gallant trio must use all their wits and sword skills to preserve the ueen’s honor and thwart the wicked schemesf Cardinal Richelieu With this classic tale. Anche by the Cardinal but her enemy D Artagnan committing treason against his Book of Magickal and Occult Rites and Ceremonies own King and country warns the Duke and she is banished to a tower while the Duke sailsff to aid the Huguenots Well she isn t about to languish in prison so she seduces a Puritan and makes her escape winding up in a convent in France where she can hide Bald Eagle (Zeuss Pack out Lucky for her D Artagnan s mistress a married woman whom he was bedding while he was raping Milady is also hidingut in the convent so Milady de Winter takes the portion The Lady Elizabeth (Elizabeth I, of vengeance at her disposal and kills D Artagnan s lover as he killed hersAnd for allf this the Four Musketeers now in possession Wolfsong of her carte blanche hold theirwn little court pass judgement Ultimate Memory Book on Milady and have her head separated from her shoulders And they get away with it because they have the Cardinal s signaturen Milady s carte blanche which allows the bearer to do whatever they do for the good Pelnrušķis un trollis of the kingdomIt seems to me that Alexandre Dumas knew that perspective would dictate how we saw his heroes and villains and that he waskay with his muddied good and evil waters He was writing from the Musketeers perspective and he knew that his readers would side with them against the Cardinal and Milady But he also wrote in a way that complicated his Musketeers So much so that we accept when D Artagnan receives and accepts a commission to the Musketeers from the Cardinal himself He wanted his characters to be grey and they were So why is this a guilty pleasure especially if the guilt doesn t come from Dumas writing I am finally getting thereThe weight Far Strike (The Transcended Book 3) of popular culture has changed the way we see this story so thoroughly has morphed the Musketeers so completely into righteous heroes turned D Artagnan into such a loveable heartthrob and his companions into the most likeablef heroes that it is nearly impossible for people to see the things that make them greyBut I see them for who they are I see the grey So here comes the guilt I see the Four Musketeers crimes treason rape murder theft and all their flaws cruelty greed hypocrisy entitlement adulterousness to name but a few and I still love them I love them and I enjoy reading their adventures and I cheer for them from beginning to end I shouldn t but I do and that s why The Three Musketeers is my guiltiest O Mistério do Infante Santo of pleasures So there ps I love Milady de Winter too For all the things she is I DID ITSee my video This is not the most profoundf novels but it may be the most compelling Many Disgrace (Department Q, of its seuences the Diamond Studs Milady s seductionf Felton the attempt Monsoon of D Artagnan and The Three to rescue Constance move with remarkable rapidity More notable than these however is the entire exposition something many novelists have found to be a thankless chore if not a stumbling block Itccupies a full sixty pages 10% f the book and although it covers much ground the introduction f Angels Flight (Legion of Angels Book 8) our hero the two principal villains and all three Musketeers with their eccentricities and distinct characters plus the fight with the Cardinal s Guards the emergencef D Artagnan as the fourth musketeer and an examination f the curious relationship between King and Cardinal it is constructed with such seamless grace accomplishes its purposes with such a light touch and moves so swiftly that the result is astonishingSir Walter Scott showed us that the personal is political that ur most particular most intimate decisions are governed by the political milieu in which we are raised and the allegiances that Latin Lovers Greek Husbands Bundle our background reuires Dumas adopts the contrary principle namely that the political is personal a siege may be lifted a war started because an English Duke loves a French ueen It seems at times that all the charactersf The Three Musketeers even the King and the Cardinal even that most gifted and
ruthless Seducing the Heiress of femme fatales Milady are satellites circling the binary starf Buckingham and l of femme fatales Milady are satellites circling the binary star And Cowboy Makes Three of Buckingham and l whose doomed love is the centerf this impossible and delightful romantic universe 1882019 Watch me fight all the people who dislike Milady but love the Count meanwhile her true identity is concealed by various aliases and her main goal in the story is to get revenge Teasing Her SEAL on the men who hurt her so they re basically the same character In this essay I will1882019 The moment I realised thenly reason why the Cardinal wanted to take down the ueen was that she had previously rejected his advances 1782019 I was really Rancher Bears Baby (Rancher Bears, out here thinking that Constance would survive this hot messf an abduction and escape plan and that she and d Artagnan would live happily ever after sobs1782019 Milady really was that bitch kept poison in her ring stabbed herself to prove a point seduced a man who was warned as not to be seduced by man who was warned as not to be seduced by planned the assassination A Valentines Wish of her enemies with success evoked fear in the Cardinal himself raised herself from being a nun to a prostitutever to a respected lady and spy for the government with millions at her disposal whilst being 221682019 Athos is really Paixão Sem Disfarce out here trying to convince me that he has nothing against women and never had any complainf them meanwhile he s the guy who hanged his Rain own wife after he foundut she used to be a prostitute1682019 Aramis is really In the Matter of the Complaint Against Egbert C. Smyth and Others, Professors of the Theological Institution in Phillips Academy, Andover out here trying to convince me that he s a manf God and I Met Someone only an interim musketeer meanwhile all he does is sulkver his mistress and conduct secret meetings with women at night 1582019 When his mistress and conduct secret meetings with women at night 1582019 When Cardinal sat a trap for ueen Anne d Artagnan and Constance moved heaven and earth to get the diamond pendants she gave to Buckingham back from London nly so s I m not going to waste time than necessary for this classic The problem seems to come from me since I couldn t follow a lot f the dialog I couldn t make any sense The Other Islam of what transpired here especially in the last thirdf the bookI liked the intrigue with the royal couple Last Man Standing of LouisXIII and Anne d Autruche And as soon as these historical characters disappeared from the book did my enjoyment evaporate as well Like I said I don t want to dwelln this Light, Gesture, and Color one starred book too muchone for all and all forneHaving said that I read the book in French and I think if I hadn t if I d read it in English I wouldn t have been able to finish the book The French language was a novelty which kept me going I simply cannot enjoy most classics Now to move Classic Krakauer: Mark Foo's Last Ride, After the Fall, and Other Essays from the Vault onwards as soon as I m able to Did you know there were 4 musketeers Did you also know they were not very nice guys One guy won t let his servant ever speak One is having an affair with a married woman and ridicules her for gifts she buys him Another can t decide whether to have an affairr be a priest but constantly pinches his ears to make them a attractive color Since they don t seem to be paid much to be musketeers they are constantly grifting ff f Canada other people Onef their brave deeds is to have breakfast in the middle f a battle field just to prove that they aren t scared f the EnglishI really detested the musketeers which means I didn t find much to enjoy in the boo. Dumas embroiders upon history a colorful world Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, of swordplay intrigue and romance earning The Three Musketeers its reputation asne f the most thrilling adventure novels ever writtenAn Unabridged Translation Revised and Updated by Eleanor HochmanWith an Introduction by Thomas Flanagan and an Afterword by Marcelle Clements?. .
This is a kick ass novel and I am indeed kicking my wn ass for not having read it earlier I m ashamed to say that I thought it was a children s book My wife indignantly refuses any responsibility for my mistake as she points What You Owe Me out it s entirely my fault if I drew the wrong inferences from the fact that her mother read it aloud to her as an eight yearld It turns Buffalo Woman Comes Singing outn closer examination f the facts that Elisabeth s mom must have skipped about a uarter f the text but I digress No far from being a children s book this is a noirish thriller stuffed to the gills with violence sex nudity dangerous blondes corrupt politicians and random acts f mayhem and destruction I should have known that Anyway better late than neveruite apart from being a terrific read I just couldn t put it down Les Trois Mousuetaires is a remarkably interesting book for anyone who s fond f French literature The merest glance at my French shelf will show you that I like both so called serious novels and trash as everyone knows the French write the best trashy novels in the world But what do these two literary traditions have to do with each Shining City other I feel like a paleontologist who s discoveredne Blind Spots of those missing links in the fossil record A kindf literary coelocanth it s exactly halfway between the two genres Too well written to be dismissed as trash it still has so many A Boy and A Bear in a Boat of the defining characteristicsf the modern French trash novel that it can t possibly be anything but a direct ancestorI d hate to give away any SOS of the plot there s a twist everyther chapter but let me explain in terms St. Johns Wort of generalities Dumas is firmly in the great French traditionf Tragic Love People in his world are divided into two classes those who are motivated by Love and Honour and those who want Money and Power To be a superior person means belonging to the first group Unfortunately living The Roman Family only for Love and Honour isn t very practical so these superior people generally have rather tragic lives a theme you seever and Hirvenmetsästäjä over again in mainstream French literature A particularly clear 20th century example is Belle du Seigneur Ariane s husband isnly interested in Money and Power and his dreary monologues about his prospects Hollywood Walk of Fame: 2000 Sensational Stars, Star Makers and Legends of being promoted bore her to tears Naturally she s drawn to the dashing Solal who never misses a chance to show how much he despises money it helps that he s very rich Eually naturally it all ends up very tragically indeed But let s get back to Les Trois Mousuetaires Dumas takes real historical events and reinterprets them through the prismf his ultra romantic world view On his account the political events A Christmas Miscellany of 1625 27 were all about a complicated tanglef love affairs The beautiful Anne Too Bad to Die of Austria is ueenf France but she has at best lukewarm feelings for her husband the pathetic Louis XIII Cardinal Richelieu the true ruler OXENBOXEN of the country has made advances towards her but been rebuffed he s eaten up by jealousy and spite especially since he knows through his networkf informers that Anne s heart in fact belongs to the handsome Lord Buckingham To keep the story bubbling Dumas invents some people who play key roles in this complicated game One Resist (Wicked Ways Book 1) of Richelieu s main agents is the psychotic blonde temptress Milady herpposite number in the ueen s camp is the ambitious young swordsman D Artagnan Needless to say both Beautiful Ghosts (Inspector Shan, of them are involved in theirwn intersecting webs f romantic intrigueThe startling thing to me is that the Dumas formula is still going strong nearly 200 years later The immeasurably popular SAS series which you can buy at any French airport bookstall is written to almost exactly the same specification The central figure Malko is a modern D Artagnan vaguely n the side f the Good Guys each episode sees him dispatched to a currently topical destination where he s charged with some weighty task For example in Bagdad ExpressMalko s assignment is to prevent the IRA WAR BY KIDNAPPING SADDAM HUSSEIN HE AND ONE war by kidnapping Saddam Hussein He and one Saddam s sons I think usay get involved with the same woman there s a lot f random sex Saddam s sons I think usay get involved with the same woman there s a lot The Indian in the Cupboard (The Indian in the Cupboard, of random sex violence andf course the deal falls through A still clearer example is DjihadA Chechen rebel group gets hold Reasoning and the Logic of Things of a Russian nuclear warhead and they pass itn to an Islamicist faction led by a sexy blonde woman I know what you re going to say In the SAS world Islamicist factions can be led by sexy blondes This time after the usual toing and froing Malko shoots down the blonde when she s just a few seconds away from detonating the bomb in New York It s all remarkably similar to D Artagnan s battle against the nefarious MiladySo what is it that makes this formula so incredibly effective It s fun to see history rewritten so that politics and economics are less important than who s sleeping with whom The camaraderie displayed by the Musketeers has become proverbial and that s also inspiring But really it s Milady who makes the book and she s the character who s been copied most The Holcroft Covenant / The Rhinemann Exchange often in modern trash fiction Look at those girlsn the covers The Night Before Christmas: or, A Visit from St. Nicholas: The Heirloom Edition of the SAS novels Miladies everyne f them Although D Artagnan is a sympathetic hero she effortlessly steals the show every time she appears just as easily as Sharon Stone upstages Michael Douglas in Basic InstinctWhat a shame Stone never got to play Milady in a serious adaptation f Les Trois Mousuetaires Now that would have been worth watching Random thoughts Space Calculated in Seconds on The Three Musketeers because my brain refuses to write a full review Reading The Three Musketeers was longverdue The truth is it was the very first story I loved as a child I was four years Lightning old and my favorite game was riding my imaginary steed in a desperate race to save Constance from evil Cardinal Richelieu I grew up swallowing talesf the valiant Musketeers and they became a part Digital Web of my soul Apparently there is a literary genre called swashbuckler that focusesn swordfighting and adventurous heroic characters and The Three Musketeers is the most prominent example Live and learn my friends live and learn Plotwise it was everything I expected and some Scheming fights bravery romanticism dangerous affairs loyalty revenge Alexandre Dumas surely knew how to write a comp I am a drama addict I admit it I don t generally go for comedy I will pick a movie that makes me cry Atomic Bodyslams to Whiskey Zippers overne that makes me laugh every time and it is pretty much the same with my books But when I do read something humorous I love satire wit subtle humor Mark Twain Oscar Wilde r Will Rogers are my style Imagine my surprise that Alexander Dumas has made me laugh aloud in The Three Musketeers They are so ver the top while written made me laugh aloud in The Three Musketeers They are so ver the top while written if he is endeavoring to take them seriously I have long adored The Count f Monte Cristo and so I have never thought Portable Operating for Amateur Radio of Monsieur Dumas as a humorist but I have been sadly mistakenEvery time you think D Artagnan and company have landed themselves in an impossible situation they miraculously find their wayut It is Don uixote without any Fer-de-Lance of the moralvertones These men are heroi. The classic adventure from the author Procrastination Cure - How To Stop Procrastinating And Be Disciplined of The Countf Monte Cristo and The Man in the Iron MaskIn this swashbuckling epic d’Artagnan not yet twenty sets A Long Petal of the Sea off for Paris in hopesf joining the Musketeers that legion f heroes highly favored by King Louis XIII and feared by evil Cardinal Richelieu By fighting alongside Athos. ,