By Alex Archer, Michele Hauf
Archaeologist Annja Creed visits France to discover D'Artagnan's misplaced sword, lacking because the 17th century, and Ascher Vallois, one in every of Annja's treasure-hunting neighbors, believes he has positioned the location of the relic which can carry the main to a fortune.
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Castelmore had spoken fondly of a anonymous amour. Conjecture as to if that girl used to be the only he married—or maybe one among nobility—remained conjecture. but, try out as he may, the lifetime of a soldier didn't enable for a simple, shut dating to any woman—Roux may vouch for that. It was once the very cause he hadn’t been within the ranks on the time. issues equivalent to email and video conferencing didn't exist centuries in the past, which would make issues more uncomplicated for today’s squaddies, yet by no means painless. The soreness of separation dug like a bleeding wound. “I may possibly believe he left the rapier for his family,” Roux provided. “But it is just an assumption. I had no chance to benefit if Castelmore had stumbled on the treasure prior to my course led me towards the Irish Sea. ” “That was once Ascher’s and my wager, besides. We came upon the sword on the web site of a former Augustine convent in Chalon-sur-Saône. The very convent the place Charlotte-Anne de Chanlecy used to be suggested to reside earlier than relocating to a personal relatives property in her ultimate days. ” “So one might imagine Charles Castelmore gave the valued sword to his spouse as a way to atone for a love he couldn't manage,” Roux stated. “He was once all in regards to the adventure,” Annja provided. “Indeed. Devotion to one’s king is a tough place. it's the musketeer’s faith—all for the king. ” Amused, Roux tilted his head. “Now what are your plans? Pursue the map. locate the treasure. Have a jolly time with the plunder? ” “I’ve no clue the place to start to discover the treasure. Dumas’s references to it have been obscure. I’m shocked there has been somebody else in the market actively looking for it. For some time I needed to think Dumas may need claimed it. And but the sword was once came across buried precisely the place d’Artagnan’s spouse could have left it. 200 years earlier than Dumas was once even born. ” “The Dumas factor doesn’t make sense,” Roux said. “But it could possibly. Dumas exposed information regarding the sword in the course of his learn for the 3 Musketeers. ” “Didn’t the fellow paintings with a number of collaborators? study assistants? ” “Yes, many. in truth, Dumas used to be criticized by way of his friends for working a ‘ghosting manufacturing unit’ of anonymous writers who passed him tales, to which he then in simple terms signed his identify to the canopy web page. Auguste Maquet being his such a lot profitable and recognized collaboration. “And there have been notations in Dumas’s journals that didn't seem to be in his personal handwriting. ” resembling the notation that had led Annja at the quest for the sword. “Well, irrespective of. The treasure map was once pointed out, yet not anything past that. ” “Sounds like you’ve been depending completely on Dumas to discover your manner. no longer that he doesn’t have much to provide, yet he did flip our hero right into a bumbling, sex-crazed fool,” Roux stated. definite, whereas touted as a romantic, adventurous hero through those that learn the modern day, abridged model of the vintage, the reality was once, Dumas’s d’Artagnan jumped from milady’s mattress to her maid Kitty’s mattress, after which went gallivanting off to England to help Queen Anne whereas his meant real love, Constance Bonacieux, withered away in a convent, in basic terms to be murdered simply whilst d’Artagnan remembered he had a female friend.