The Funny Thing about the Three Musketeers
From my Head Scratcher File:
During commercial breaks last night in the devastating and almost unfathomable defeat of my beloved Philadelphia Phillies, viewers were treated to repeated views of the trailer for an upcoming remake of The Three Musketeers. Nothing special. It looks like a typical, stylized, action-packed remake. It apparently includes the customary nod to feminism (a swashbuckling French maiden), and lots of witty banter by debonair and handsome heroes. Who knows — it may be good. But what occurred to me is the strangeness of the term musketeer. I assumed a musketeer is a soldier who fights with a musket. My requisite Googling confirmed my assumption. So why, I wonder, are the Three Musketeers never portrayed with muskets? They are rapier-wielding swordsman. Always.
And why are there always four of them?
Somebody explain to me why the story is not known as The Four Swordsman.
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