The Man in the Iron Mask

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Oxford University Press, Sep 11, 2008 - Fiction - 626 pages
One of France's best-selling writers at the time of the novel's composition, Dumas here combines what he considered to be life's essentials - `l'action et l'amour'. This historical romance is the climax of his epic of chivalry and valour that began with The Three Musketeers, and it is here that Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and their friend d'Artagnan, once invincible, meet their destinies. This edition provides background information and notes crucial to an understanding of the legend and the novel's setting. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
 

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The last adventure of the musketeers Athos, Porthos, Aramis and d'Artagnan. The secret twin of the king plays a very small role--out of the Bastille and back in within a few days, Aramis' plot foiled by loyalty of the Finance minister at whose home he makes the switch. Read full review

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User Review  - Lukerik - LibraryThing

The first part of the volume is actually quite good with many tense and interesting scenes. Something of an antidote to the boring padding that marrs the earlier volumes, but there is nothing to ... Read full review

Contents

1 TWO OLD FRIENDS
1
2 WHEREIN MAY BE SEEN THAT A BARGAIN WHICH CANNOT BE MADE WITH ONE PERSON CAN BE CARRIED OUT WITH ANOTHER
13
3 THE SKIN OF THE BEAR
22
4 AN INTERVIEW WITH THE QUEENMOTHER
28
5 TWO FRIENDS
36
6 HOW JEAN DE LA FONTAINE WROTE HIS FIRST TALE
42
7 LA FONTAINE IN THE CHARACTER OF A NEGOTIATOR
46
8 MADAME DE BELLIÈRES PLATE AND DIAMONDS
52
47 THE SHADOW OF M FOUQUET
304
48 THE MORNING
317
49 THE KINGS FRIEND
324
50 SHOWING HOW THE COUNTERSIGN WAS RESPECTED AT THE BASTILLE
338
51 THE KINGS GRATITUDE
344
52 THE FALSE KING
352
53 IN WHICH PORTHOS THINKS HE IS PURSUING A DUCHY
360
54 THE LAST ADIEUX
364

9 M DE MAZARINS RECEIPT
55
10 MONSIEUR COLBERTS ROUGH DRAFT
62
11 IN WHICH THE AUTHOR THINKS IT IS NOW TIME TO RETURN TO THE VICOMTE DE BRAGELONNE
70
12 BRAGELONNE CONTINUES HIS INQUIRIES
75
13 TWO JEALOUSIES
80
14 A DOMICILIARY VISIT
85
15 PORTHOSS PLAN OF ACTION
91
16 THE CHANCE OF RESIDENCE THE TRAPDOOR AND THE PORTRAIT
98
17 RIVAL POLITICS
107
18 RIVAL AFFECTIONS
111
19 KING AND NOBILITY
118
20 AFTER THE STORM
125
21 HEU MISER
130
22 WOUNDS UPON WOUNDS
133
23 WHAT RAOUL HAD GUESSED
138
24 THREE GUESTS ASTONISHED TO FIND THEMSELVES AT SUPPER TOGETHER
143
25 WHAT TOOK PLACE AT THE LOUVRE DURING THE SUPPER AT THE BASTILLE
148
26 POLITICAL RIVALS
154
27 IN WHICH PORTHOS IS CONVINCED WITHOUT HAVING UNDERSTOOD ANYTHING
161
28 M DE BAISEMEAUXS SOCIETY
167
29 THE PRISONER
173
30 HOW MOUSTON HAD BECOME FATTER WITHOUT GIVING PORTHOS NOTICE THEREOF AND OF THE TROUBLES WHICH CONSEQ...
196
31 WHO MESSIRE JEAN PERCERIN WAS
202
32 THE PATTERNS
208
33 WHERE PROBABLY MOLIÈRE FORMED HIS FIRST IDEA OF THE BOURGEOIS GENTILHOMME
216
34 THE BEEHIVE THE BEES AND THE HONEY
221
35 ANOTHER SUPPER AT THE BASTILLE
229
36 THE GENERAL OF THE ORDER
235
37 THE TEMPTER
242
38 CROWN AND TIARA
249
39 THE CHÂTEAU DE VAUXLEVICOMTE
256
40 THE WINE OF MELUN
260
41 NECTAR AND AMBROSIA
265
42 A GASCON AND A GASCON AND A HALF
269
43 COLBERT
279
44 JEALOUSY
285
45 HIGH TREASON
290
46 A NIGHT AT THE BASTILLE
298
55 MONSIEUR DE BEAUFORT
368
56 PREPARATIONS FOR DEPARTURE
375
57 PLANCHETS INVENTORY
382
58 THE INVENTORY OF M DE BEAUFORT
386
59 THE SILVER DISH
391
60 CAPTIVE AND JAILERS
398
61 PROMISES
406
62 AMONG WOMEN
415
63 THE LAST SUPPER
422
64 IN THE CARRIAGE OF M COLBERT
429
65 THE TWO LIGHTERS
435
66 FRIENDLY ADVICE
441
67 HOW THE KING LOUIS XIV PLAYED HIS LITTLE PART
446
68 THE WHITE HORSE AND THE BLACK HORSE
454
69 IN WHICH THE SQUIRREL FALLSIN WHICH THE ADDER FLIES
460
70 BELLEISLEENMER
468
71 THE EXPLANATIONS OF ARAMIS
476
72 RESULT OF THE IDEAS OF THE KING AND THE IDEAS OF DARTAGNAN
485
73 THE ANCESTORS OF PORTHOS
487
74 THE SON OF BISCARRAT
491
75 THE GROTTO OF LOCMARIA
496
76 THE GROTTO
501
77 AN HOMERIC SONG
508
78 THE DEATH OF A TITAN
512
79 THE EPITAPH OF PORTHOS
517
80 THE ROUND OF M DE GESVRES
523
81 KING LOUIS XIV
528
82 THE FRIENDS OF M FOUQUET
534
83 PORTHOSS WILL
540
84 THE OLD AGE OF ATHOS
544
85 THE VISION OF ATHOS
549
86 THE ANGEL OF DEATH
554
87 THE BULLETIN
558
88 THE LAST CANTO OF THE POEM
563
EPILOGUE
568
THE DEATH OF DARTAGNAN
584
Explanatory Notes
589
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David Coward is Senior Lecturer in French, University of Leeds

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