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The Three Musketeers von Dumas, Alexandre (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 26.08.2016
  • Verlag: anboco
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The Three Musketeers

1 THE THREE PRESENTS OF D'ARTAGNAN THE ELDER 2 THE ANTECHAMBER OF M. DE TREVILLE 3 THE AUDIENCE 4 THE SHOULDER OF ATHOS, THE BALDRIC OF PORTHOS AND THE HANDKERCHIEF OF ARAMIS 5 THE KING'S MUSKETEERS AND THE CARDINAL'S GUARDS 6 HIS MAJESTY KING LOUIS XIII 7 THE INTERIOR OF THE MUSKETEERS 8 CONCERNING A COURT INTRIGUE 9 D'ARTAGNAN SHOWS HIMSELF 10 A MOUSETRAP IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY 11 IN WHICH THE PLOT THICKENS 12 GEORGE VILLIERS, DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM 13 MONSIEUR BONACIEUX 14 THE MAN OF MEUNG 15 MEN OF THE ROBE AND MEN OF THE SWORD 16 IN WHICH M. SEGUIER, KEEPER OF THE SEALS, LOOKS MORE THAN ONCE FOR THE BELL 17 BONACIEUX AT HOME 18 LOVER AND HUSBAND 19 PLAN OF CAMPAIGN 20 THE JOURNEY 21 THE COUNTESS DE WINTER 22 THE BALLET OF LA MERLAISON 23 THE RENDEZVOUS 24 THE PAVILION 25 PORTHOS 26 ARAMIS AND HIS THESIS 27 THE WIFE OF ATHOS 28 THE RETURN 29 HUNTING FOR THE EQUIPMENTS 30 D'ARTAGNAN AND THE ENGLISHMAN 31 ENGLISH AND FRENCH 32 A PROCURATOR'S DINNER 33 SOUBRETTE AND MISTRESS 34 IN WHICH THE EQUIPMENT OF ARAMIS AND PORTHOS IS TREATED OF 35 A GASCON A MATCH FOR CUPID 36 DREAM OF VENGEANCE 37 MILADY'S SECRET 38 HOW, WITHOUT INCOMMDING HIMSELF, ATHOS PROCURES HIS EQUIPMENT 39 A VISION 40 A TERRIBLE VISION 41 THE SEIGE OF LA ROCHELLE 42 THE ANJOU WINE 43 THE SIGN OF THE RED DOVECOT 44 THE UTILITY OF STOVEPIPES 45 A CONJUGAL SCENE 46 THE BASTION SAINT-GERVAIS 47 THE COUNCIL OF THE MUSKETEERS 48 A FAMILY AFFAIR 49 FATALITY 50 CHAT BETWEEN BROTHER AND SISTER 51 OFFICER 52 CAPTIVITY: THE FIRST DAY 53 CAPTIVITY: THE SECOND DAY 54 CAPTIVITY: THE THIRD DAY 55 CAPTIVITY: THE FOURTH DAY 56 CAPTIVITY: THE FIFTH DAY 57 MEANS FOR CLASSICAL TRAGEDY 58 ESCAPE 59 WHAT TOOK PLACE AT PORTSMOUTH AUGUST 23, 1628 60 IN FRANCE 61 THE CARMELITE CONVENT AT BETHUNE 62 TWO VARIETIES OF DEMONS 63 THE DROP OF WATER 64 THE MAN IN THE RED CLOAK 65 TRIAL 66 EXECUTION

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    Erscheinungsdatum: 26.08.2016
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9783736412927
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The Three Musketeers

1 THE THREE PRESENTS OF D'ARTAGNAN THE ELDER

O n the first Monday of the month of April, 1625, the market town of Meung, in which the author of ROMANCE OF THE ROSE was born, appeared to be in as perfect a state of revolution as if the Huguenots had just made a second La Rochelle of it. Many citizens, seeing the women flying toward the High Street, leaving their children crying at the open doors, hastened to don the cuirass, and supporting their somewhat uncertain courage with a musket or a partisan, directed their steps toward the hostelry of the Jolly Miller, before which was gathered, increasing every minute, a compact group, vociferous and full of curiosity.

In those times panics were common, and few days passed without some city or other registering in its archives an event of this kind. There were nobles, who made war against each other; there was the king, who made war against the cardinal; there was Spain, which made war against the king. Then, in addition to these concealed or public, secret or open wars, there were robbers, mendicants, Huguenots, wolves, and scoundrels, who made war upon everybody. The citizens always took up arms readily against thieves, wolves or scoundrels, often against nobles or Huguenots, sometimes against the king, but never against the cardinal or Spain. It resulted, then, from this habit that on the said first Monday of April, 1625, the citizens, on hearing the clamor, and seeing neither the red-and-yellow standard nor the livery of the Duc de Richelieu, rushed toward the hostel of the Jolly Miller. When arrived there, the cause of the hubbub was apparent to all.

A young man--we can sketch his portrait at a dash. Imagine to yourself a Don Quixote of eighteen; a Don Quixote without his corselet, without his coat of mail, without his cuisses; a Don Quixote clothed in a woolen doublet, the blue color of which had faded into a nameless shade between lees of wine and a heavenly azure; face long and brown; high cheek bones, a sign of sagacity; the maxillary muscles enormously developed, an infallible sign by which a Gascon may always be detected, even without his cap--and our young man wore a cap set off with a sort of feather; the eye open and intelligent; the nose hooked, but finely chiseled. Too big for a youth, too small for a grown man, an experienced eye might have taken him for a farmer's son upon a journey had it not been for the long sword which, dangling from a leather baldric, hit against the calves of its owner as he walked, and against the rough side of his steed when he was on horseback.

For our young man had a steed which was the observed of all observers. It was a Bearn pony, from twelve to fourteen years old, yellow in his hide, without a hair in his tail, but not without windgalls on his legs, which, though going with his head lower than his knees, rendering a martingale quite unnecessary, contrived nevertheless to perform his eight leagues a day. Unfortunately, the qualities of this horse were so well concealed under his strange-colored hide and his unaccountable gait, that at a time when everybody was a connoisseur in horseflesh, the appearance of the aforesaid pony at Meung--which place he had entered about a quarter of an hour before, by the gate of Beaugency--produced an unfavorable feeling, which extended to his rider.

And this feeling had been more painfully perceived by young d'Artagnan--for so was the Don Quixote of this second Rosinante named--from his not being able to conceal from himself the ridiculous appearance that such a steed gave him, good horseman as he was. He had sighed deeply, therefore, when accepting the gift of the pony from M. d'Artagnan the elder. He was not ignorant that such a beast was worth at least twenty livres; and the words which had accompanied the present were above all price.

"My son," said the old Gascon gentleman, in that pure Bearn PATOIS of whic

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