Set in 17th-century France, The Three Musketeers offers a zesty cloak-and-sword adventure for all time. Heroic young d'Artagnan befriends the noble Musketeers Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, and the "all for one, one for all" quartet become embroiled in a race to foil the wicked plots of the conniving Cardinal Richelieu and his seductive, mysterious accomplice Lady de Winter. Love affairs, duels, imprisonments, and hairbreath escapes saturate Dumas's tale. The Three Musketeers ignores historical accuracy, psychology, and analysis, but its thrilling adventure and exuberant inventiveness allow the reader to fly through the novel's sixty-seven chapters. Caught up in the plot's romantic aura, one might find the conclusion and epilogue unexpectedly depressing, but as Athos tells a weeping d'Artagnan, "You are still young. With time, your bitter memories will turn into sweet remembrances." Indeed, this was actually the second time that I read The Three Musketeers, yet I had forgotten the last couple chapters' gloominess; I only remembered the sparkling intrigue, glittering romance, and fast-paced action, qualities that make Dumas's Three Musketeers worth revisiting again and again.