Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The latest audiobook and a long one. 24 hours of listening. I enjoyed it, but probably not something I would take the time to read again. The quote below is from one of the most poignant scenes in the book, and is a good example of how listening to books read aloud can really enhance the experience. The way the narrator read that line really struck me, but when I found it on the Internet and read it, I don’t think I would have paused on it had I been reading the text. In it, Athos is speaking to D’Artagnan, who had just witnessed the woman he loved die from poison. Athos had been positioned as kind of a father figure for D’Artagnan, and he speaks these words after D’Artagnan breaks down and weeps in the presence of Athos and the other Musketeers. Athos, who has had his heart broken by the very woman who poisoned D’Artagnan’s mistress, is too hardened to feel the emotions that seize his young friend, but wise enough to recognize their necessity and to pine for the days of his own innocence.

“Weep,” said Athos, “weep, heart full of love, youth, and life! Alas, would I could weep like you!”

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