The Iron Mask

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In St. Germain, on the
fifth of September,
1638, public excitement
ran high in anticipation
 of an important event.

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The courtyard of the
   Royal Palace -

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Louis Thirteenth, King
    of France -

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"Your Majesty, this is a
red-letter day for France."

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"Cardinal Richelieu, forget
you are a Minister of
State and remember you
are a minister of God.
Pray Him that my child
    may be a son."

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In the Rue de Lyon -

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"D'Artagnan!"

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"Constance!"

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"The Queen's carriage.
   I must hurry."

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"This is my wife, sir!"

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"That's Aramis -- one of
the four best swordsmen
     in France."

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"Ho -- LA!"

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Porthos and Athos -

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"Ho -- LA!"

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"Ten Cardinal's Guards!"

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"Four Musketeers."

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"D'Artagnan! The best 
  blade in France!"

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"After all, the Cardinal
 has forbidden us to 
    fight duels."

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In the Palace -

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"Any news?"

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"Nothing yet, Father
      Joseph."

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"A son! An heir! A
Dauphin of France!"

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"Your medicine, my lord
     Cardinal."

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Count de Rochefort, a
trusted but unfaithful
servant of the Cardinal --

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"You bring me a bitter 
    dose, Joseph."

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"Two cannot sit on the same 
throne. One heir means 
peace to France. Two may
   mean revolution."

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"How many persons 
 know of this?"

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"The Queen -- Madame
Perrone -- Constance -
you - and I. Five in all."

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"The child must be hidden 
from France. You and
Madame Perrone will
take him to Spain at
once. I will engage that
the Queen keep silence."

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"Send Constance Bonacieux
        to me."

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"Tell Count de Rochefort
to await me in the east
       corridor."

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"Chance has put you in
possession of a secret more
important than your life.
Your lips must never 
     reveal it."

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"Have Constance Bonacieux
taken to the Convent of
        Mantes."

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"Have her placed in a 
separate cell. Neither
you nor anyone else is 
to have speech with her."

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All for one and
  one for all.

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"To the Spanish border."

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"Sire, you are twice as great
   as I thought you were."

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Milady de Winter, a
shrewd and designing
   adventuress -

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"Take her to the Convent
at Mantes. If you go by
the river road, you should
get there just before
      sunrise."

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"That's Constance Bonacieux.
 D'Artagnan must be told."

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"She is neither to speak
   nor be spoken to."

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"De Rochefort."

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"Saddle my horse."

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"Where's Constance?"

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"Where you will never 
      find her."

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"Quick! To the Cardinal!
  Tell him what has 
      happened!"

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"Where is she?"

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"By the Cardinal's orders -
  the Convent of Mantes."

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"You told of the where-
 abouts of Constance?"

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"You dolt! You bungler!
You marplot! You place
your paltry life above 
     your duty."

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"Your service with me is 
ended! You have failed!"

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"When a man serves me,
his first failure is his
         last."

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"To the Convent at
      Mantes."

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Just before sunrise --

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"She is to have speech 
with no one - except me."

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"To kill a Cardinal --
  a thousand crowns."

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"When your task is 
    finished."

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"-- so we take the road
      for Mantes."

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"To the Spanish border."

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"For the last time -- will
  you share with me the 
    secret you hold?"

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"The mark of a criminal!"

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"No one lives who knows 
         that."

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"To horse!"

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"The - other - one -"

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"You shall be delivered 
  to an executioner."

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"Pursue those men! Put 
them where they will
never interfere with my 
    plans again."

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"Did Constance speak
  before she died?"

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De Rochefort's hired
    cutthroats -

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"Richelieu!"

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"Lord Cardinal, I saved
your life to take it --
for that of Constance!"

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"Their lives -- or mine?"

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"My plans conserve the 
State and those who
thwart them will suffer
the extreme penalty."

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"I spare your lives because
I keep my bargains. I will
not spare the thing you
value most - - - your
     friendship!"

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"You four must separate,
never to come together
again on pain of death."

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"Athos, Porthos, Aramis -
to your own provinces."

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"As for you --"

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"I regret that I have need
of your stout heart and
gallant blade in the service
      of your King."

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Four years later, in the
Palace of St. Germain,
 the young Prince -

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In Spain, the twin -

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De Rochefort --

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In Paris.... The great
Cardinal whose genius
had re-created France was
        dying.

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"Lieutenant D'Artagnan,
my last admonitions are
       for you."

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"The King will not outlive 
me long, and this young
Prince faces graver
dangers than you know."

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"For the preservation of 
the State and the glory
of France, stay as close
to him - - as this - -
     to this - -"

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"The - other - one -"

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Twenty years after.

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"Friends were friends

    in those brave days--

Porthos, Athos,

    Aramis and I--

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Graved our hearts

    with mystic phrase,

Bound our lives

    with a mystic tie;

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Come, stir your soul

    with our ringing call

Of 'All For One

    And One For All!'"

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Louis Fourteenth, King
    of France -

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"On guard, Captain
D'Artagnan! I'm going 
to run you through -
     if I can."

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"Ho -- LA!"

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"Were you four never 
       bested?"

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"Once, Sire."

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"Ho -- LA!"

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"Ho -- LA!"

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"We are pursued by fifty 
       devils!"

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In a near-by house....
    The twin - -

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The King's valet --
in secret league
with De Rochefort's
   conspiracy --

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Plans of the secret 
 passages of the
    Palace --

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"Before morning D'Artagnan
will be dead and the King
a prisoner in the River
        Castle."

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"France will be ours --
  to use for our own 
       profit."

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Mystery - secret passages --
De Rochefort - villainy -

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"Behold in me your
brother - for all you 
 know, your older 
     brother."

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"You plan my death."

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"By no means. With you
alive, I hold the whiphand
 over your headstrong 
        brother."

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"Take off those clothes
 and put them on his 
brother. Put his brother's 
   clothes on him."

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"D'Artagnan is dead."

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"Fools! There is no place 
in France where I would 
    not be known."

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"We've provided against 
that, my dear brother."

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"The iron mask!"

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The River Castle --

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"From the River Castle."

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"- always worn by 
 the other one."

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"The - other - one -"

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"Twins!"

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"D'Artagnan!"

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"There are three men in 
the world who will risk 
being killed with me.
Fetch them - in all haste - 
  the River Castle!"

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The Queen Mother --

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"My other son."

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"Where is the King?"

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"Who dares to say I am 
    not the King?"

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"All my life I've prayed
you would come back to 
me -- but not like this."

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"For the good of the State,
  you must restore your
  brother here at once."

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"No one will ever see my 
brother's face again. I am 
        the King."

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"My mother is to go to 
her room. She will not
leave it save at my
     request."

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"It would be safer if
she were out of the 
  way entirely."

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"This passage was sealed up 
years ago. It leads through 
    the powder vaults."

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"Watch for my friends!"

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"Order horses - guns -
men! I'll put an end
      to this!"

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"Athos."

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"Aramis."

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"Ho -- LA!"

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Porthos--

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For the glory of France,
 Porthos pays his last 
        toll --

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De Rochefort -

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 "The Queen Mother and 
I will dine alone. I want
    no others here."

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For the glory of France,
 Aramis pays his last 
        toll --

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Musketeers --

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For the glory of 
    France -

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 "Your own damnable
invention will be your 
        doom."

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"My friend, great honor
is due you and great
honor shall be paid you."

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"Fetch me the baton of
the Marshal of France."

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For the glory of 
     France -

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"Ho -- LA!"

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"Ho -- LA!"

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"Come on! There is
greater adventure
     beyond."

The Beginning.

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