d’Artagnan has served the royal court his entire life, remaining such a permanent figure within the Musketeers that he has become their commander, and most of the young men under his command see him as a “father figure.” As his second says later, “None of us has the stomach to fight the Captain.” He has remained at court to guide Louis, where all of his friends have retired as Musketeers and no longer can serve a “corrupt” monarch. He argues that Louis should find something meaningful and lasting rather than waste his time on meaningless pursuits and chasing women, and that it’s possible for “a man to love one woman his entire life, and be the better for it” (as he has done). d’Artangan sees an instant difference in the king’s behavior after his friends “switch” out the twins, and it makes him suspicious enough to test the king and then remove him from the ballroom. He uses what he knows about his friends to guide his decisions toward them, and his persuasive techniques (should Athos’ anger erase all the good he did as a Musketeer and throw away his own life for no reason?). d’Artangan stays in the idealistic hope that he can somehow shape Louis into becoming a better king, “the man I always wanted you to be.” He finds tactful but strong ways to correct his behavior, urge him to be more compassionate, calm down rioters (by making them feel like he is on their side and one of them), distract the king to let Christine get away, and share his love for the queen (he withholds his true feelings in public, because it would be inappropriate and considered “treason,” but the true treason is in his heart, for not to love her would be “a treason against my heart”). He begs Louis to spare his twin’s life, and asks his friends not to kill the young Musketeers that attack him (“Spare their lives if you can”), then winds up sacrificing his own life for Philipe. He uses “we” language a lot, when referring to his friends, to subtly influence them to see themselves as part of something greater (“if he is our enemy, we must be careful”). His inferior Ne desperately clings to the idea that Louis could become a better person, but doesn’t realize how they pulled off their scheme or that Louis has a twin brother until he finds out the truth.

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d’Artangan focuses on doing what is right, proper, and moral, even if it goes against the desires of his heart; though he loved and fathered the queen’s children, he never allowed himself to slip again and has served her and her family faithfully ever since, protecting all of them out of a sense of duty. He says one does not forsake one’s duty when it becomes hard, and appeals to Louis to do the right thing with Christine (leave her alone, since she belongs to Raoul, and he has ‘many others’ to choose from). He tells Athos to control his temper and not let it get the better of him, but can be authoritative when he needs to be, threatening Philipe’s life unless the trio turn over “my king.” His 2 wing is loving, generous, devoted, and easy to like; the others naturally gravitate toward him and respect and admire him for his courage and kindness. He tempers his criticisms with compassion and attempts to understand others.