Chapter 7 Summary
D’Artagnan shares his reward money with his three friends. At Athos’s suggestion, he holds a feast as well. With the help of Porthos, he hires a servant, Planchet. When Planchet sees the money in d’Artagnan’s pockets, he is thrilled—but when he realizes there is no bed for him in his new master’s tiny apartment, his enthusiasm wanes a bit.
Here the narrator pauses his description of the action to give the reader more information about each of the three Musketeers and their servants. Athos is a good-looking man of about thirty who holds himself with such a noble bearing that everyone respects him. He never seems to have a mistress, and he always looks bitter when other men talk about women. Because he prefers silence, he has trained his servant, Grimaud, to communicate in hand gestures instead of speech.
Porthos is large, overbearing, and talkative—although, to his credit, he does not care if anyone listens. He tries but fails to seem more lordly than Athos. Whereas Athos impresses effortlessly, Porthos spends a great deal of money and effort to make himself look noble—and he never quite achieves the right appearance. Mousqueton, his servant, is similarly bent on appearances. He accepts refurbished sets of Porthos’s old clothing as the principle payment for his work.
Aramis hopes someday to become a priest, and he often speaks in lofty, philosophical phrases that show how educated he is. He takes good care of his physical appearance, and everyone is sure that he has an important mistress—but Aramis refuses to brag about women because he is committed to preserving the privacy of the lady concerned. His servant, Bazin, dresses in black and acts dignified because he wants to be worthy of a master who will one day be a priest.
All three of these Musketeers are known to use false names in their daily life, and they refuse to reveal their real identities even to each other. Athos, in particular, is a great mystery because he almost certainly comes from an important noble family, but he refuses to speak about his past. His friends know that he has a few rich possessions: a beautiful bejeweled sword, a small portrait of a mysterious nobleman who looks a bit like him, and a locked gold box. However, none of these reveal much about him.
D’Artagnan, an intensely curious person, tries to learn all he can about his new friends. However, each of them guards his own secrets closely. D’Artagnan resolves to learn more over time.