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I had heard ill tidings of the Cardinal Richelieu for years when I was a child, and admittedly came to Paris ready to believe the worst of him. Truly, did I ever find more than I had expected! (Even so, the sacrificing a baby as part of a dark marriage to a billy-goat was just a little too much to swallow..)

Yet for one of my compatriots, this came as a rather more unwelcome epiphany. Aramis.. He was one of the Cardinal's private pupils at one point! It's still difficult for me to understand how one could care so for him after all that he has done to France, but then the country has ever only been that man's second love. His first, forever and always, was our Lord God... And I cannot even imagine how it must have rocked him to find that the Cardinal, a man who in rank stood only below the Pope himself!, were an impious wretch out for temporal power! Knowing that he had looked up to such a churl, helping him in his ambitions while following blindly and thinking he was becoming closer to God, well. It is times such as those that one truly understands the parable saying, 'The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.'

I doubt he ever recovered from that crushing blow. I'truth, I wonder if his loyalty to the King stems in part from his desire to see the Cardinal humbled.. And I pray that I never have to find out.

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