Athos Prothos and Aramis Class 6 Summary Meanings and Answers

The chapter extract is based on The Three Musketeersa novel written by Alexander Dumas about the adventures of a young man named D’Artagnan after he leaves his home to join the Musketeers of the Guard. It was published as a serial from March to July 1844. D’Artagnan is the main adventurous hero among other characters Athos, Porthos and Aramis.

Meanings: Athos Prothos and Aramis

Musketeer – a soldier of the royal French household between the 17th and the 19th centuries.

Duel – a fight between two people with weapons to settle a quarrel

Gracious – behaving in a polite, kind and generous way especially to people of lower rank

Intruder – someone who is in a pace he or she is not wanted

Gong – a round piece of metal that hangs in a frame which makes a deep ringing sound when hit with a stick

Second – a friend who assists in a duel

Cardinal’s Guard – A soldier in the service of the French clergy in earlier times

Scabbard – a metal or leather cover for the blade of a sword

Summary: Athos Prothos and Aramis

The story in the lesson goes like this – A young, impulsive and overenthusiastic trainee Musketeer, d’Artagnan, antagonises three senior Musketeers within a matter of an hour. He bumps into Athos and is then deemed not apologetic enough by the latter. He gets entangled in Porthos’ cloak and proceeds to pass a snide remark about the latter’s belt. Finally, in an attempt to be helpful, he outs Aramis’ affection for his lady love, much to the amusement of the latter’s acquaintances. In his hurry, d’Artagnan agrees to duel all three of them at intervals of an hour, starting at noon. Athos, Porthos and Aramis, however, are the closest of friends, referred to very often as the Inseparables. When d’Artagnan and Athos arrive for the first duel, Porthos and Aramis accompany the latter as seconds. Before the quartet have time to make sense of this comedy of coincidences, five of the Cardinal’s guards, led by de Jussac, arrive at the scene. They immediately move to arrest the four as duelling was outlawed. A fight ensues, where d’Artagnan joins the Musketeers and displays great bravery. As the victorious men walk arm in arm through the street, d’Artagnan, unwittingly, has joined the band of the Inseparables

Exercise Answers: Athos Prothos and Aramis





1. As d’Artagnan ran hoping to catch the man from Meung, he encountered Porthos standing at the corner of the street, talking to another Musketeer. He tried to rush on between the two men, but at that moment the wind blew out Porthos’ long cloak and d’Artagnan was caught in it. D’Artagnan noticed that while the front of Porthos’ belt was made of gold, the rest was simple leather. When an angry Porthos questioned his eyesight, d’Artagnan mocked him over the belt. Porthos got even angrier and challenged him to meet him at one o’clock behind the Luxembourg Palace

2. The discovery that he was carrying Madame de Bois-Tracy’s kerchief made Aramis blush.

3. The other guards teased Aramis when he snatched the handkerchief.

4. Athos had a strong sense of honour, but he was also easily angered and offended. D’Artagnan’s apology for knocking him down was not enough for him; he was convinced that d’Artagnan was bent upon deliberately insulting him. His courage was evident in the fight with the Cardinal’s guards. One could also see that he appreciated that quality in others as well, in this case, Biscarrat and d’Artagnan.

5. n the beginning, the Musketeers were irritated by d’Artagnan. He had almost knocked down Athos, mocked Porthos about his unfashionable belt and he had exposed Aramis’ love for de Bois-Tracy. They had to admit to his courage once they saw how he had not backed down from three duels with three experienced Musketeers. He was ready to fight each one of them even though he did not have any seconds to help him. After the skirmish with the Cardinal’s guards, they agreed that he had the heart and soul of a Musketeer even though he was not one yet.

6. Biscarrat was one of the Cardinal’s guards. During the fight with the Musketeers, he realised at one point that he was the only one of the guards left. He saw that he was one against four. But he refused to surrender his sword. To do so was to show that he was beaten. Instead, he broke his sword across his knee. This act of pride earned him the respect of the Musketeers and d’Artagnan

7. D’Artagnan was happy because he had been accepted by the Musketeers and his bravery had been recognised.




Perfect – Vocabulary


A. Do yourself.

B. 1. bow 2. lead 3. tear 4. minute 5. content

C. 1. feet; bare 2. peace; sea 3. see; feat 4. fare; fair 5. bear; piece



A. 1. Who

2. When

3. Whom

4. Which

5. How

6. Which

B. 1. enjoys

2. knows

3. have

4. have

5. have

6. Has

C. 1. P

2. A

3. P

4. P

5. A

6. A

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