Chapter 35 Summary
That evening, d’Artagnan goes to see Milady, who seems unusually cheerful. He knows that this good mood is the result of the note he wrote her in the name of de Wardes. When he leaves her, he sneaks into Kitty’s room, where he finds Kitty sobbing. She knows that d’Artagnan is planning to sleep with Milady tonight under false pretenses, and she begs him not to do it. D’Artagnan comforts Kitty but goes through with his plan anyway.
When the time for the supposed visit from de Wardes nears, Milady asks Kitty to turn out all the lights. In the darkness, d’Artagnan goes into Milady’s room and pretends to be de Wardes. She believes his lie, and he is surprised to find it painful to hear the woman he loves call him by the name of another man. Nevertheless, he goes through with his scheme, spending the night with Milady and, in the morning, accepting the sapphire ring she gives to him as a token of her love.
The following day when d’Artagnan visits Athos, he wears Milady’s ring instead of the diamond from the Queen. Athos is shocked to see the ring, which he says looks exactly like one he used to own. His ring was a family heirloom, and he stupidly gave it to a woman. He asks to check the face of the jewel to see if it is scratched in a particular spot. It is, and this confirms that d'Artagnan's latest trophy is the heirloom ring Athos remembers.
Athos is badly shaken by the sight of the ring; he cannot imagine how d’Artagnan’s mistress could have obtained it. He begs d’Artagnan to stop seeing Milady, who is clearly dangerous. D’Artagnan feels bad about his dishonesty with Milady anyway, so he promises to cut off all contact with her.
When d’Artagnan arrives home, he finds Kitty waiting for him. She has, against her own inclinations, brought him Milady's invitation to de Wardes for another meeting. D’Artagnan writes a cruel and arrogant letter to break off the affair. Kitty is overjoyed, and she rushes to deliver the letter.
Naturally, Milady is furious when she reads the letter d’Artagnan has sent in de Wardes’s name. She falls into a chair, and Kitty tries to loosen her clothing to give her some air. Milady snaps to attention and demands to know what Kitty is doing. Frightened, Kitty says that she thought Milady had fainted. Milady sneers at this idea:
Do you take me for a half-woman or a simpering schoolgirl? When I am insulted, I do not faint and I do not turn ill. I take revenge, do you hear?