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The Man in the Iron Mask

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

1. 00 – Introduction
2. 01a – The Prisoner (Part 1)
3. 01b – The Prisoner (Part 2)
4. 02 – How Mouston Had Become Fatter
5. 03 – Who Messire Percerin Was
6. 04 – The Patterns
7. 05 – Where, Probably, Moliere Obtained His First Idea of the Bourgeois Gentilhomme
8. 06 – The Bee-Hive, the Bees, and the Honey
9. 07 – Another Supper at the Bastille
10. 08 – The General of the Order
11. 09 – The Tempter
12. 10 – Crown and Tiara
13. 11 – The Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
14. 12 – The Wine of Melun
15. 13 – Nectar & Ambrosia
16. 14 – A Gascon, and a Gascon and a Half
17. 15 – Colbert
18. 16 – Jealousy
19. 17 – High Treason
20. 18 – A Night at the Bastille
21. 19 – The Shadow of Monsieur Fouquet
22. 20 – The Morning
23. 21 – The King’s Friend
24. 22 – Showing How the Countersign Was Respected at the Bastille
25. 23 – The King’s Gratitude
26. 24 – The False King
27. 25 – In Which Porthos Thinks He Is Pursuing a Duchy
28. 26 – The Last Adieux
29. 27 – Monsieur de Beaufort
30. 28 – Preparations for Departure
31. 29 – Planchet’s Inventory
32. 30 – The Inventory of Monsieur de Beaufort
33. 31 – The Silver Dish
34. 32 – Captives and Jailers
35. 33 – Promises
36. 34 – Among Women
37. 35 – The Last Supper
38. 36 – In Monsieur Colbert’s Carriage
39. 37 – The Two Lighters
40. 38 – Friendly Advice
41. 39 – How the King, Louis XIV, Played His Little Part
42. 40 – The White Horse and the Black
43. 41 – In Which the Squirrel Falls, the Adder Flies
44. 42 – Belle Isle-en-Mer
45. 43 – Explanations by Aramis
46. 44 – Result of the Ideas of the King & the Ideas of D’Artagnan
47. 45 – The Ancestors of Porthos
48. 46 – The Son of Biscarrat
49. 47 – The Grotto of Locmaria
50. 48 – The Grotto
51. 49 – An Homeric Song
52. 50 – The Death of a Titan
53. 51 – Porthos’ Epitaph
54. 52 – Monsieur de Gesvre’s Round
55. 53 – Louis XIV
56. 54 – Monsieur Fouquet’s Friends
57. 55 – Porthos’ Will
58. 56 – The Old Age of Athos
59. 57 – Athos’ Vision
60. 58 – The Angel of Death
61. 59 – The Bulletin
62. 60 – The Last Canto of the Poem
63. 61a – Epilogue (Part 1)
64. 61b – Epilogue (Part 2)

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Summary

The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas is part of the novel The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years After, published in serial form between 1857-50. It is also the last of the D'Artagnan stories written by Dumas and the three musketeers are the real heroes of the story, though the title is given to the man in the iron mask. The story opens with Aramis (one of the musketeers who is now a priest) taking the last confession of a prisoner who is condemned to be executed soon. His confession comes as a thunderbolt to the former musketeer. This mysterious person is actually the identical twin brother of Louis XIV. He was ordered to be killed by his own parents, Louis XIII and Anne of Austria, to prevent any future challenge to the throne. However, he is ultimately thrown into prison and has lived there ever since. Now that Louis has ascended the throne, he is condemned to die. Aramis is not one to let such a crime go unpunished. He enlists the help of Porthos. He feels that Phillipe being the older twin and thus entitled to reign should be restored to the throne and along with this, Aramis himself can also become the Cardinal of France. Devious plots are meanwhile underway, launched by the evil Superintendent of Finance, Fouquet. Aramis brings Phillipe to the palace, kidnaps Louis and substitutes one twin for another. And the story races to its gripping climax. In The Man in the Iron Mask, the final moments of some of musketeers is depicted very poignantly. Alexandre Dumas' story is based on some interesting historical facts. A mysterious prisoner called Eustache Daugher was held in several prisons across France and Italy, for 34 years under the custody of the same jailer who moved with him constantly. The French novelist Voltaire was the first to speculate about the possible identity of Daugher. However, nothing has been proven conclusively, though the story provided rich material for many conspiracy theories and novels. As a fast paced Three Musketeers adventure, The Man in the Iron Mask is indeed an exciting and interesting read.

Reviews

dg

If you saw the movie, don't keep waiting for the things you saw to be heard here in the book. Even though very different from what I what I was expecting, this is a very interesting book and Mark Smith is an excellent narrator.

George

Mark Smith is the best reader. Highly recommend this book.