Philipe feels very intimidated by the thought of pretending to be the king, because he has no experience to fall back on when doing so—he has spent his entire life locked in a dungeon, stuck in an iron mask, and he would far rather live a pleasant life in the country married to a milk maid than face the idea of ruling France. He meticulously tries to learn everything he needs to know, but also finds it emotionally distressing, because he knows he will have to pretend to be a cruel, heartless man whom everyone hates, at least for a while until he can slowly shift into being a “better one” (himself). He doesn’t feel “right” without the mask, yet cannot bear the thought of spending the rest of his life in it, and begs his brother to kill him instead and put him out of his misery. He concludes that “I wear the mask, it does not wear me,” when Aramis says he feared having it put back on would “break you.” His Fe is strong. When he emerges from prison, he says he waited six years to ask the question that has haunted him for as long as he can remember: why? Why was this done to me? Why should my face be concealed? Who am I, that this is done to me? Nor does he want to take up the burden of kingship, unless they give him a “good reason to do so.” Aramis must convince him that France needs him to sacrifice his freedom and a simple life in the country, in order to serve a greater good. For that, Philip is willing to put aside his own wishes and be whatever they want him to be—but he is also apologetic of any wrongdoing, easily touched by other people’s pain, and remorseful of his mistakes. He inadvertently exposes himself at court because he is kind to people, helps a woman who stumbles, and becomes emotional and apologetic to Christine, then defers to d’Artangan rather than put him in his place. He is desperate to know d’Artangan and becomes emotional at his loss, though he only met him a short time earlier. Nor can he stand the thought of “becoming” something Athos will hate; he begs of him to “love me like a son, and let me love you as a father.” Under Philipe’s tender guidance, France enters an age of prosperity and goodness, full of compassion that it had never known before. He shows very little Ne, although he does long for the simple pleasures of life (to find and connect to his mother, and fall in love) and wants to “right all the wrongs done to” Christine and the others.

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Philipe is a gentle, sweet, and tender creature who cannot stand to see others hurt, to imagine that anyone is upset with him, or to endure any kind of conflict. Being snapped at makes him flinch and withdraw, but he also wants to do what others ask of him and is willing to put aside his own feelings and interests for their sake and to keep the peace. He is over-apologetic to such an extent that Aramis tells him he must learn not to do that, because Louis would never apologize, never touch a glass a mere servant has touched, and would never be pleasant to a random stranger. This distresses Philipe, the idea of being so mean and self-absorbed. His sweetness exposes him at the ball, but also makes him a wonderful, compassionate, and gentle ruler. His 1 wing wants to do the right thing, is angry at his brother for having hurt d’Artangan (enough to attack him, but a simple reminder of “he is your brother” causes him to release him and hasten back to his friends), and desires to be pure of heart and do good in the world.