The three musketeers have so many adventures in the eponymous novel. They also have many more adventures in the sequels. So as not to spoil the fun and excitement of the potential readers of these wonderfully written novels, the focus of this discussion will be limited to the first novel of the trilogy instead: The Three Musketeers. The first novel itself has many adventures from the start to the end of the novel. I am lucky enough to get to choose five adventures within the novel that I deem worthy of discussion. As much as possible I’ll try to be quick and short with the discussions so as not to spoil the fun for those have read and those who have not read the novel.
Chapter 4: An Unfortunate Encounter
Our young hero, d’Artagnan, meets the three most famous and formidable musketeers. However, their first meeting didn’t go quite well. In our young hero’s haste to go after his enemy, he earned the ire of the three musketeers named Athos, Porthos and Aramis. Each of the musketeers demanded a duel with d’Artagnan, to which our young hero did not back down. The date, time and place of the duels are set.
Chapter 5: Duels
D’Artagnan shows up on time in the designated place of the duel, without his second (a trusted companion of the dueler who will watch over the duel and ensure it is fair). His first opponent is Athos, who to d’Artagnan’s surprise, brings along Porthos and Aramis as his seconds. Both duelers decide to start the duel when the cardinal’s guards show up to arrest them for illegal dueling. The three musketeers and d’Artagnan team up and manage to defeat the guards.
Chapter 8: A Royal Intrigue
D’Artagnan’s landlord shows up at his room one day and asks for our young hero’s help. The landlord’s wife has been kidnapped, and the landlord has a suspect. Over the course of their conversation, it is revealed that the French queen is having an affair with the Duke of Buckingham. The landlord offers a hefty sum of money as a reward should our young hero and his friends succeed. D’Artagnan and the three musketeers agree to help.
Chapter 10: A Daring Rescue
D’Artagnan and the three musketeers hold a stakeout and observe the activities of the cardinal’s guards. The guards are secretly capturing and interrogating visitors of the landlord’s inn. They have been ordered by the cardinal to obtain information on the whereabouts of the Duke of Buckingham. Coincidentally, the guards have in their custody the landlord’s wife, whom we finally name as Constance Bonacieux. Upon learning of this, D’Artagnan wastes no time in rescuing her and the three musketeers provide him support. The rescue mission is a success, and our young hero falls in love at first sight with Madame Bonacieux.
Chapter 37: Milady’s Secret
D’Artagnan, being the young and virile hero that he is, is also attracted to the cardinal’s chief spy, Milady de Winter or simply Milady. Although he already knows she’s with the enemy’s side, he chose the subtle technique of “sleeping with the enemy”. In the middle of the night, d’Artagnan pretends to be a certain Count de Wardes and trysts with Milady. In the middle of their passionate encounter, both their secrets are revealed – d’Artagnan’s pretense and Milady’s fleur-de-lis brand on her shoulder, marking her as a convicted criminal. Both revelations are devastating for Milady and she tries to kill our young hero, but fortunately, he escapes unharmed (thanks to another girl).
Some readers may wonder why I chose chapters that are seemingly far apart and unconnected. These chapters are what I deem as the most adventurous ones in this novel. For those who have read the novel, some may agree with the list, others won’t and may have other chapters in mind. That’s perfectly okay, as we are all entitled to our opinions. For those who haven’t read the novel yet, it’s time to do so and see for yourself to make your own list of top five three musketeer adventures.