"Mystery! that was the charm. These dank walls had known the man whose dolorous story is a sealed book forever! There was fascination in the spot."
Mark Twain's visit to the Château d'If was inspired by his fascination with a legend that has intrigued historians and story-tellers alike. Dumas wove a tale of love and political intrigue around the mystery of the man in the iron mask. It is the climax of his epic of chivalry and valour, and it is here that Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and their friend d'Artagnan, once invincible, meet their destinies. Combining "l'action et l'amour", The Man in the Iron Mask is a hugely successful historical romance, the last adventure of the Musketeers.
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