The Three Musketeers | Study Guide

Alexandre Dumas

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The Three Musketeers | Epilogue | Summary

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October 28, 1628: The surrender of La Rochelle is signed. The king is greeted in Paris as a hero.

D'Artagnan takes his commission as lieutenant in the Musketeers.

Porthos leaves the service to marry the widow Mme. Coquenard and her full coffers. Mousqueton goes with him to attend in style.

Aramis disappears and stops writing to his friends. Later it will be learned through Madame de Chevreuse that he had accepted his calling, but no one knows where he is. Bazin becomes a lay brother.

Athos stays in the Musketeers under d'Artagnan's command until 1633. He acquires a piece of land and quits the service. Grimaud accompanies him.

D'Artagnan fights Rochefort three times, wounding him each time. They become friends. Rochefort makes Planchet a sergeant in a regiment.

Bonacieux lives on, not knowing or caring what became of his wife. He tries to renew his perceived friendship with the cardinal. The cardinal sends word Bonacieux will never want for anything again. Bonacieux heads out to meet him and is never heard from again.

Analysis

Athos remains with d'Artagnan, and he is the one who matters most. Athos is his primary confidant, fulfilling an almost paternal role in the friendship. The novel began with d'Artagnan's conversation with his father and ends with a father figure in Athos. Aramis and Porthos expect to leave the king's guard: Aramis for the church and Porthos for Mme. Coquenard's inheritance. D'Artagnan makes a new friend in Rochefort, bringing their adversarial introduction full circle to a new beginning.

Bonacieux gets retribution for the dishonor of renouncing and spying on his wife. He is not evil like Milady—just unintelligent, cowardly, and greedy—so Dumas doles out the perfectly measured punishment: disappearing without a trace, rather than dying in some kind of spectacular memorable demise. Bonacieux would have liked that too much.

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