oh shit i just realized that the first time milady sees athos after she reveals she’s still alive, is when athos is flirting with ninon (a high-born lady with wealth, power, and privilege) and that definitely fuels milady’s resentment of athos’ perceived classism and her hatred of him for that
Indeed! And I can’t help thinking that although Milady resents Athos for depriving her from the life she had established for herself, for outing her as a criminal, for hanging her for chrissake, she is still insanely jealous.
Because otherwise what’s the point of her telling Ninon to stay away from Athos. She has no reason at all. She shouldn’t care. And if anything, if Athos is associated with a witch, he might as well go down with her, and isn’t it something that she wants.
She is jealous. And spiteful. And it is so curious to see.
[clutches this to my chest] YES. she is spiteful because she hates athos; and she’s jealous because she still loves athos just a bit.
To be honest, I don’t think it is love (in it’s pure form) that Milady feels. It is an obsession. Or even a possession. She wants to own him. Even in the books Milady is portrayed as a fierce, strong woman, who makes MEN (more than one!) quiver at the mention of her name. Even the cardinal is wary of her.
She wants to own Athos, to hold his life and destiny in a palm of her hand - exactly what he did with her, when he hanged her on that tree. She wants him hopeless, helpless, depending on her. She wants to be an equal, to elevate herself to the same level by lowering (that is, destroying) Athos.
She is obsessive in her vengeance. That is why she says “the world seemed diminished with out you”. Because after years of plotting and scheming Athos’ demise (and preferably, death), which had been her only consolation and purpose in life, she suddenly has nothing.
Obsessive disorder anyone?
(had to reblog again due to stupid formatting)