So, it's been over 20 years since I've read these books... and I thought it was time to revisit them. First of all, you're killing me, Dumas... it turns out this books is even MORE heart-rending than I remembered it.
I've read in bios of Dumas that he envisioned himself as somewhat of a cross between Porthos and Aramis (which is a bit scary, but also kind of awesome). So WHY did he decide to completely vilify Aramis's character in the final installments of the musketeer books? Is it just me, or was he being unfairly harsh, even unjust to this character? Granted, it was mostly through d'Artagnan's perspective that Dumas conveys his condemnations of Aramis's character (implying that he has no soul and blaming the death of Porthos solely on him), and d'Artagnan and Aramis never really struck me as two people who genuinely enjoyed each other outside of the chemistry of their foursome. But really??!! "Adieu forever!" REALLY???!!! Aramis did not deserve that. He was flawed and complex, that made him interesting, but he was far from having no soul.