The Man in the Iron Mask

The plot to kidnap Louis and replace him with Phillip goes bad when D'Artagnan discovers the switch and stops it. Louis sends Phillip back to the prison to wear the Iron Mask. However, upon learning about the existence of Louis' twin brother, and how the evil Louis banished him to a dungeon to rot in an iron mask for his whole life, D'Artagnan turns on the King and joins his friends in the attempt to free Phillip from the dungeon. Louis suspects this, however, and has his Musketeers waiting for them at the jail. A battle ensues. In the midst of the fighting, D'Artagnan reveals to Phillip that he is Phillip and King Louis' father, as the Queen and he are in love. Louis tries to kill Phillip, but D'Artagnan dies protecting him. When the Musketeers see the king murder their Captain, they put Louis in the Iron Mask and proclaim Phillip to be the real Louis. Louis is left in the dungeon in the Iron Mask, and Phillip, forever after known as King Louis XIV, assumes the throne and restores honor to the French crown.


Continuity mistake: When the Jesuit tries to kill King Louis, Louis grabs a long bladed knife and stabs the Jesuit in the chest, but when the camera pulls back, the knife is gone, and no one has made a move to pull it out of his chest. Only the blade that D'Artanian threw at him is there.

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Trivia: If you look in King Louis' bedroom, there is portrait of the real King Louis XIV.

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Question: I don't know anything about identical twins, so this is why I'm asking this question: how likely is it that Louis and Phillipe would have the exact same speech pattern?

Answer: There would be both genetic similarities and individual differences, and their vocabularies would have developed differently by education and experience. However, Phillipe was heavily tutored before the switch took place, and as "king" he would be able to distance himself (physically, mentally, and emotionally) as much as needed from members of his court until he perfected his role, along with the continued help from those in on the deception. Also, the audience and readers of the novel are expected to employ a certain "suspension of disbelief" in order to allow the story to be told.

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