The Three Musketeers

By Alexandre Dumas

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In which it is proved that, notwithstanding their names’ ending in OS and IS, the heroes of the story which we are about to have the honor to relate to our readers have nothing mythological about them. A short time ago, while making researches in the Royal Library for my History of Louis XIV, I stumbled by chance upon the Memoirs of M. d’Artagnan, printed—as were most of the works of that period, in which authors could not tell the truth without the risk of a residence, more or less long, in the Bastille—at Amsterdam, by Pierre Rouge. The title attracted me; I took them home with me, with the permission of the guardian, and devoured them. It is not my intention here to enter into an analysis of this curious work; and I shall satisfy myself with referring such of my readers as appreciate the pictures of the period to its pages. They will therein find portraits penciled by the hand of a master; and although these squibs may be, for the most part, traced upon the doors of barracks and the walls of cabarets, they will not find the likenesses of Louis XIII, Anne of Austria, Richelieu, Mazarin, and the courtiers of the period, less faithful than in the history of M. Anquetil. But, it is well known, what strikes the capricious mind of the poet is not always what affects the mass of readers. Now, while admiring, as others doubtless will admire, the details
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we have to relate, our main preoccupation concerned a matter to which no one before ourselves had given a thought. D’Artagnan relates that on his first visit to M. de Treville, captain of the king’s Musketeers, he met in the antechamber three young men, serving in the illustrious corps into which he was soliciting the honor of being received, bearing the names of Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. We must confess these three strange names struck us; and it immediately occurred to us that they were but pseudonyms, under which d’Artagnan had disguised names perhaps illustrious, or else that the bearers of these borrowed names had themselves chosen them on the day in which, from caprice, discontent, or want of fortune, they had donned the simple Musketeer’s uniform. From the moment we had no rest till we could find some trace in contemporary works of these extraordinary names which had so strongly awakened our curiosity. The catalogue alone of the books we read with this object would fill a whole chapter, which, although it might be very instructive, would certainly afford our readers but little amusement. It will suffice, then, to tell them that at the moment at which, discouraged by so many fruitless investigations, we were about to abandon our search, we at length found, guided by the counsels of our illustrious friend Paulin Paris, a manuscript in folio, endorsed 4772 or 4773, we do not recollect which, having for title, ‘Memoirs of the Comte de la Fere, Touching Some Events Which Passed in France Toward the End of the Reign of King Louis XIII and the Commencement of the Reign of King Louis XIV.’
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It may be easily imagined how great was our joy when, in turning over this manuscript, our last hope, we found at the twentieth page the name of Athos, at the twenty-seventh the name of Porthos, and at the thirty-first the name of Aramis. The discovery of a completely unknown manuscript at a period in which historical science is carried to such a high degree appeared almost miraculous. We hastened, therefore, to obtain permission to print it, with the view of presenting ourselves someday with the pack of others at the doors of the Academie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres, if we should not succeed—a very probable thing, by the by— in gaining admission to the Academie Francaise with our own proper pack. This permission, we feel bound to say, was graciously granted; which compels us here to give a public contradiction to the slanderers who pretend that we live under a government but moderately indulgent to men of letters. Now, this is the first part of this precious manuscript which we offer to our readers, restoring it to the title which belongs to it, and entering into an engagement that if (of which we have no doubt) this first part should obtain the success it merits, we will publish the second immediately. In the meanwhile, as the godfather is a second father, we beg the reader to lay to our account, and not to that of the Comte de la Fere, the pleasure or the ENNUI he may experience. This being understood, let us proceed with our history.
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On the first Monday of the month of April, 1625, the market town of Meung, in which the author of ROMANCE OF THE ROSE was born, appeared to be in as perfect a state of revolution as if the Huguenots had just made a second La Rochelle of it. Many citizens, seeing the women flying toward the High Street, leaving their children crying at the open doors, hastened to don the cuirass, and supporting their somewhat uncertain courage with a musket or a partisan, directed their steps toward the hostelry of the Jolly Miller, before which was gathered, increasing every minute, a compact group, vociferous and full of curiosity. In those times panics were common, and few days passed without some city or other registering in its archives an event of this kind. There were nobles, who made war against each other; there was the king, who made war against the cardinal; there was Spain, which made war against the king. Then, in addition to these concealed or public, secret or open wars, there were robbers, mendicants, Huguenots, wolves, and scoundrels, who made war upon everybody. The citizens always took up arms readily against thieves, wolves or scoundrels, often against nobles or Huguenots, sometimes against the king, but never against cardinal or
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Spain. It resulted, then, from this habit that on the said first Monday of April, 1625, the citizens, on hearing the clamor, and seeing neither the red-and-yellow standard nor the livery of the Duc de Richelieu, rushed toward the hostel of the Jolly Miller. When arrived there, the cause of the hubbub was apparent to all. A young man—we can sketch his portrait at a dash. Imagine to yourself a Don Quixote of eighteen; a Don Quixote without his corselet, without his coat of mail, without his cuisses; a Don Quixote clothed in a woolen doublet, the blue color of which had faded into a nameless shade between lees of wine and a heavenly azure; face long and brown; high cheek bones, a sign of sagacity; the maxillary muscles enormously developed, an infallible sign by which a Gascon may always be detected, even without his cap—and our young man wore a cap set off with a sort of feather; the eye open and intelligent; the nose hooked, but finely chiseled. Too big for a youth, too small for a grown man, an experienced eye might have taken him for a farmer’s son upon a journey had it not been for the long sword which, dangling from a leather baldric, hit against the calves of its owner as he walked, and against the rough side of his steed when he was on horseback. For our young man had a steed which was the observed of all observers. It was a Bearn pony, from twelve to fourteen years old, yellow in his hide, without a hair in his tail, but not without windgalls on his legs, which, though going with his head lower than his knees, rendering a martingale quite unnecessary, contrived nevertheless to perform his
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eight leagues a day. Unfortunately, the qualities of this horse were so well concealed under his strange-colored hide and his unaccountable gait, that at a time when everybody was a connoisseur in horseflesh, the appearance of the aforesaid pony at Meung—which place he had entered about a quarter of an hour before, by the gate of Beaugency—produced an unfavorable feeling, which extended to his rider. And this feeling had been more painfully perceived by young d’Artagnan—for so was the Don Quixote of this second Rosinante named—from his not being able to conceal from himself the ridiculous appearance that such a steed gave him, good horseman as he was. He had sighed deeply, therefore, when accepting the gift of the pony from M. d’Artagnan the elder. He was not ignorant that such a beast was worth at least twenty livres; and the words which had accompanied the present were above all price. ‘My son,’ said the old Gascon gentleman, in that pure Bearn PATOIS of which Henry IV could never rid himself, ‘this horse was born in the house of your father about thirteen years ago, and has remained in it ever since, which ought to make you love it. Never sell it; allow it to die tranquilly and honorably of old age, and if you make a campaign with it, take as much care of it as you would of an old servant. At court, provided you have ever the honor to go there,’ continued M. d’Artagnan the elder, ‘—an honor to which, remember, your ancient nobility gives you the right—sustain worthily your name of gentleman, which has been worthily borne by your ancestors for five hundred years, both for your own sake and the sake of those who belong to you. By
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the latter I mean your relatives and friends. Endure nothing from anyone except Monsieur the Cardinal and the king. It is by his courage, please observe, by his courage alone, that a gentleman can make his way nowadays. Whoever hesitates for a second perhaps allows the bait to escape which during that exact second fortune held out to him. You are young. You ought to be brave for two reasons: the first is that you are a Gascon, and the second is that you are my son. Never fear quarrels, but seek adventures. I have taught you how to handle a sword; you have thews of iron, a wrist of steel. Fight on all occasions. Fight the more for duels being forbidden, since consequently there is twice as much courage in fighting. I have nothing to give you, my son, but fifteen crowns, my horse, and the counsels you have just heard. Your mother will add to them a recipe for a certain balsam, which she had from a Bohemian and which has the miraculous virtue of curing all wounds that do not reach the heart. Take advantage of all, and live happily and long. I have but one word to add, and that is to propose an example to you— not mine, for I myself have never appeared at court, and have only taken part in religious wars as a volunteer; I speak of Monsieur de Treville, who was formerly my neighbor, and who had the honor to be, as a child, the play-fellow of our king, Louis XIII, whom God preserve! Sometimes their play degenerated into battles, and in these battles the king was not always the stronger. The blows which he received increased greatly his esteem and friendship for Monsieur de Treville. Afterward, Monsieur de Treville fought with others: in his first journey to Paris, five times; from the death of the late
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king till the young one came of age, without reckoning wars and sieges, seven times; and from that date up to the present day, a hundred times, perhaps! So that in spite of edicts, ordinances, and decrees, there he is, captain of the Musketeers; that is to say, chief of a legion of Caesars, whom the king holds in great esteem and whom the cardinal dreads— he who dreads nothing, as it is said. Still further, Monsieur de Treville gains ten thousand crowns a year; he is therefore a great noble. He began as you begin. Go to him with this letter, and make him your model in order that you may do as he has done.’ Upon which M. d’Artagnan the elder girded his own sword round his son, kissed him tenderly on both cheeks, and gave him his benediction. On leaving the paternal chamber, the young man found his mother, who was waiting for him with the famous recipe of which the counsels we have just repeated would necessitate frequent employment. The adieux were on this side longer and more tender than they had been on the other— not that M. d’Artagnan did not love his son, who was his only offspring, but M. d’Artagnan was a man, and he would have considered it unworthy of a man to give way to his feelings; whereas Mme. d’Artagnan was a woman, and still more, a mother. She wept abundantly; and—let us speak it to the praise of M. d’Artagnan the younger—notwithstanding the efforts he made to remain firm, as a future Musketeer ought, nature prevailed, and he shed many tears, of which he succeeded with great difficulty in concealing the half. The same day the young man set forward on his journey,
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furnished with the three paternal gifts, which consisted, as we have said, of fifteen crowns, the horse, and the letter for M. de Treville— the counsels being thrown into the bargain. With such a VADE MECUM d’Artagnan was morally and physically an exact copy of the hero of Cervantes, to whom we so happily compared him when our duty of an historian placed us under the necessity of sketching his portrait. Don Quixote took windmills for giants, and sheep for armies; d’Artagnan took every smile for an insult, and every look as a provocation—whence it resulted that from Tarbes to Meung his fist was constantly doubled, or his hand on the hilt of his sword; and yet the fist did not descend upon any jaw, nor did the sword issue from its scabbard. It was not that the sight of the wretched pony did not excite numerous smiles on the countenances of passers-by; but as against the side of this pony rattled a sword of respectable length, and as over this sword gleamed an eye rather ferocious than haughty, these passers-by repressed their hilarity, or if hilarity prevailed over prudence, they endeavored to laugh only on one side, like the masks of the ancients. D’Artagnan, then, remained majestic and intact in his susceptibility, till he came to this unlucky city of Meung. But there, as he was alighting from his horse at the gate of the Jolly Miller, without anyone—host, waiter, or hostler— coming to hold his stirrup or take his horse, d’Artagnan spied, though an open window on the ground floor, a gentleman, well-made and of good carriage, although of rather a stern countenance, talking with two persons who appeared
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to listen to him with respect. d’Artagnan fancied quite naturally, according to his custom, that he must be the object of their conversation, and listened. This time d’Artagnan was only in part mistaken; he himself was not in question, but his horse was. The gentleman appeared to be enumerating all his qualities to his auditors; and, as I have said, the auditors seeming to have great deference for the narrator, they every moment burst into fits of laughter. Now, as a halfsmile was sufficient to awaken the irascibility of the young man, the effect produced upon him by this vociferous mirth may be easily imagined. Nevertheless, d’Artagnan was desirous of examining the appearance of this impertinent personage who ridiculed him. He fixed his haughty eye upon the stranger, and perceived a man of from forty to forty-five years of age, with black and piercing eyes, pale complexion, a strongly marked nose, and a black and well-shaped mustache. He was dressed in a doublet and hose of a violet color, with aiguillettes of the same color, without any other ornaments than the customary slashes, through which the shirt appeared. This doublet and hose, though new, were creased, like traveling clothes for a long time packed in a portmanteau. d’Artagnan made all these remarks with the rapidity of a most minute observer, and doubtless from an instinctive feeling that this stranger was destined to have a great influence over his future life. Now, as at the moment in which d’Artagnan fixed his eyes upon the gentleman in the violet doublet, the gentleman made one of his most knowing and profound remarks
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respecting the Bearnese pony, his two auditors laughed even louder than before, and he himself, though contrary to his custom, allowed a pale smile (if I may allowed to use such an expression) to stray over his countenance. This time there could be no doubt; d’Artagnan was really insulted. Full, then, of this conviction, he pulled his cap down over his eyes, and endeavoring to copy some of the court airs he had picked up in Gascony among young traveling nobles, he advanced with one hand on the hilt of his sword and the other resting on his hip. Unfortunately, as he advanced, his anger increased at every step; and instead of the proper and lofty speech he had prepared as a prelude to his challenge, he found nothing at the tip of his tongue but a gross personality, which he accompanied with a furious gesture. ‘I say, sir, you sir, who are hiding yourself behind that shutter—yes, you, sir, tell me what you are laughing at, and we will laugh together!’ The gentleman raised his eyes slowly from the nag to his cavalier, as if he required some time to ascertain whether it could be to him that such strange reproaches were addressed; then, when he could not possibly entertain any doubt of the matter, his eyebrows slightly bent, and with an accent of irony and insolence impossible to be described, he replied to d’Artagnan, ‘I was not speaking to you, sir.’ ‘But I am speaking to you!’ replied the young man, additionally exasperated with this mixture of insolence and good manners, of politeness and scorn. The stranger looked at him again with a slight smile, and retiring from the window, came out of the hostelry with a
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slow step, and placed himself before the horse, within two paces of d’Artagnan. His quiet manner and the ironical expression of his countenance redoubled the mirth of the persons with whom he had been talking, and who still remained at the window. D’Artagnan, seeing him approach, drew his sword a foot out of the scabbard. ‘This horse is decidedly, or rather has been in his youth, a buttercup,’ resumed the stranger, continuing the remarks he had begun, and addressing himself to his auditors at the window, without paying the least attention to the exasperation of d’Artagnan, who, however placed himself between him and them. ‘It is a color very well known in botany, but till the present time very rare among horses.’ ‘There are people who laugh at the horse that would not dare to laugh at the master,’ cried the young emulator of the furious Treville. ‘I do not often laugh, sir,’ replied the stranger, ‘as you may perceive by the expression of my countenance; but nevertheless I retain the privilege of laughing when I please.’ ‘And I,’ cried d’Artagnan, ‘will allow no man to laugh when it displeases me!’ ‘Indeed, sir,’ continued the stranger, more calm than ever; ‘well, that is perfectly right!’ and turning on his heel, was about to re-enter the hostelry by the front gate, beneath which d’Artagnan on arriving had observed a saddled horse. But, d’Artagnan was not of a character to allow a man to escape him thus who had the insolence to ridicule him.
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He drew his sword entirely from the scabbard, and followed him, crying, ‘Turn, turn, Master Joker, lest I strike you behind!’ ‘Strike me!’ said the other, turning on his heels, and surveying the young man with as much astonishment as contempt. ‘Why, my good fellow, you must be mad!’ Then, in a suppressed tone, as if speaking to himself, ‘This is annoying,’ continued he. ‘What a godsend this would be for his Majesty, who is seeking everywhere for brave fellows to recruit for his Musketeers!’ He had scarcely finished, when d’Artagnan made such a furious lunge at him that if he had not sprung nimbly backward, it is probable he would have jested for the last time. The stranger, then perceiving that the matter went beyond raillery, drew his sword, saluted his adversary, and seriously placed himself on guard. But at the same moment, his two auditors, accompanied by the host, fell upon d’Artagnan with sticks, shovels and tongs. This caused so rapid and complete a diversion from the attack that d’Artagnan’s adversary, while the latter turned round to face this shower of blows, sheathed his sword with the same precision, and instead of an actor, which he had nearly been, became a spectator of the fight—a part in which he acquitted himself with his usual impassiveness, muttering, nevertheless, ‘A plague upon these Gascons! Replace him on his orange horse, and let him begone!’ ‘Not before I have killed you, poltroon!’ cried d’Artagnan, making the best face possible, and never retreating one step before his three assailants, who continued to shower blows
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upon him. ‘Another gasconade!’ murmured the gentleman. ‘By my honor, these Gascons are incorrigible! Keep up the dance, then, since he will have it so. When he is tired, he will perhaps tell us that he has had enough of it.’ But the stranger knew not the headstrong personage he had to do with; d’Artagnan was not the man ever to cry for quarter. The fight was therefore prolonged for some seconds; but at length d’Artagnan dropped his sword, which was broken in two pieces by the blow of a stick. Another blow full upon his forehead at the same moment brought him to the ground, covered with blood and almost fainting. It was at this moment that people came flocking to the scene of action from all sides. The host, fearful of consequences, with the help of his servants carried the wounded man into the kitchen, where some trifling attentions were bestowed upon him. As to the gentleman, he resumed his place at the window, and surveyed the crowd with a certain impatience, evidently annoyed by their remaining undispersed. ‘Well, how is it with this madman?’ exclaimed he, turning round as the noise of the door announced the entrance of the host, who came in to inquire if he was unhurt. ‘Your excellency is safe and sound?’ asked the host. ‘Oh, yes! Perfectly safe and sound, my good host; and I wish to know what has become of our young man.’ ‘He is better,’ said the host, ‘he fainted quite away.’ ‘Indeed!’ said the gentleman.
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‘But before he fainted, he collected all his strength to challenge you, and to defy you while challenging you.’ ‘Why, this fellow must be the devil in person!’ cried the stranger. ‘Oh, no, your Excellency, he is not the devil,’ replied the host, with a grin of contempt; ‘for during his fainting we rummaged his valise and found nothing but a clean shirt and eleven crowns— which however, did not prevent his saying, as he was fainting, that if such a thing had happened in Paris, you should have cause to repent of it at a later period.’ ‘Then,’ said the stranger coolly, ‘he must be some prince in disguise.’ ‘I have told you this, good sir,’ resumed the host, ‘in order that you may be on your guard.’ ‘Did he name no one in his passion?’ ‘Yes; he struck his pocket and said, ‘We shall see what Monsieur de Treville will think of this insult offered to his protege.’’ ‘Monsieur de Treville?’ said the stranger, becoming attentive, ‘he put his hand upon his pocket while pronouncing the name of Monsieur de Treville? Now, my dear host, while your young man was insensible, you did not fail, I am quite sure, to ascertain what that pocket contained. What was there in it?’ ‘A letter addressed to Monsieur de Treville, captain of the Musketeers.’ ‘Indeed!’ ‘Exactly as I have the honor to tell your Excellency.’
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The host, who was not endowed with great perspicacity, did not observe the expression which his words had given to the physiognomy of the stranger. The latter rose from the front of the window, upon the sill of which he had leaned with his elbow, and knitted his brow like a man disquieted. ‘The devil!’ murmured he, between his teeth. ‘Can Treville have set this Gascon upon me? He is very young; but a sword thrust is a sword thrust, whatever be the age of him who gives it, and a youth is less to be suspected than an older man,’ and the stranger fell into a reverie which lasted some minutes. ‘A weak obstacle is sometimes sufficient to overthrow a great design. ‘Host,’ said he, ‘could you not contrive to get rid of this frantic boy for me? In conscience, I cannot kill him; and yet,’ added he, with a coldly menacing expression, ‘he annoys me. Where is he?’ ‘In my wife’s chamber, on the first flight, where they are dressing his wounds.’ ‘His things and his bag are with him? Has he taken off his doublet?’ ‘On the contrary, everything is in the kitchen. But if he annoys you, this young fool—‘ ‘To be sure he does. He causes a disturbance in your hostelry, which respectable people cannot put up with. Go; make out my bill and notify my servant.’ ‘What, monsieur, will you leave us so soon?’ ‘You know that very well, as I gave my order to saddle my horse. Have they not obeyed me?’ ‘It is done; as your Excellency may have observed, your
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‘She will soon pass. do as I have directed you. and with his head bound up in a linen cloth. D’Artagnan. ready saddled for your departure. muttering to himself. however. is only properly used when followed by a family name. I had better get on horseback. half is in the great gateway. arose then. without his doublet. Giving him to understand that the police would deal with him pretty severely for having sought a quarrel with a great lord—for the opinion of the host the stranger could be nothing less than a great lord—he insisted that notwithstanding his weakness d’Artagnan should get up and depart as quickly as possible. and urged by the host. then. and we do not choose to take upon ourselves to alter it. she is already 19 .’ ‘That is well. And the stranger.’ *We are well aware that this term. to know what this letter addressed to Treville contains. and go and meet her. who entertained no doubt that it was the presence of the young man that drove the stranger from his hostelry. ‘It is not necessary for Milady* to be seen by this fellow. the host.’ ‘What the devil!’ said the host to himself. he bowed humbly and retired. ‘Can he be afraid of this boy?’ But an imperious glance from the stranger stopped him short.’ continued the stranger. But we find it thus in the manuscript. and found d’Artagnan just recovering his senses. In the meantime. began to descend the stairs. re-ascended to his wife’s chamber. but on arriving at Free eBooks at Planet eBook. milady. I should like. directed his steps toward the kitchen.

languishing eyes. was a woman of from twenty to two-andtwenty years. d’Artagnan. rosy lips. then. 20 The Three Musketeers . which you will not open until you are on the other side of the Channel. and her style of beauty struck him more forcibly from its being totally different from that of the southern countries in which d’Artagnan had hitherto resided. whose head appeared through the carriage window. ‘His Eminence. and hands of alabaster. She was pale and fair.the kitchen. ‘They are contained in this box. with long curls falling in profusion over her shoulders. ‘To return instantly to England. The stranger was about to reply. and you—what will you do?’ ‘I—I return to Paris.’ ‘What. She was talking with great animation with the stranger. the first thing he saw was his antagonist talking calmly at the step of a heavy carriage. had large. blue. at a glance. but at the moment he opened his mouth. His interlocutor. precipitated himself over the threshold of the door. orders me—‘ said the lady. who had heard all. that this woman was young and beautiful. He perceived then. We have already observed with what rapidity d’Artagnan seized the expression of a countenance. drawn by two large Norman horses.’ ‘And as to my other instructions?’ asked the fair traveler. without chastising this insolent boy?’ asked the lady.’ ‘Very well. and to inform him as soon as the duke leaves London.

a faintness seized him. I presume?’ ‘Remember. galloped after his master. after throwing two or three silver pieces at the foot of mine host. crying still. ‘and I hope that this time he whom he ought to chastise will not escape him as before. and the man. ‘No. while her coachman applied his whip vigorously to his horses.’ ‘You are right. and I will depart as quickly on mine.’ said Milady. on your part. drawing near to d’Artagnan. without checking the speed of his horse. indeed. and endeavoring by this little flattery to make up matters with the young man. after the 21 . ‘Base coward! false gentleman!’ cried d’Artagnan. booby!’ cried the stranger to his servant. seeing the stranger lay his hand on his sword. ‘Pay him. a cloud of blood passed over his eyes. springing forward. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. and he fell in the middle of the street.’ grumbled the host.’ ‘Will not escape him?’ replied the stranger. before a woman you would dare not fly. as the heron of the fable did with the snail he had despised the evening before. at full gallop. taking opposite directions. ‘the least delay may ruin everything.‘This insolent boy chastises others.’ cried he. sprang into his saddle. ‘Coward! coward! coward!’ ‘He is a coward. in his turn. The two interlocutors thus separated.’ And bowing to the lady. Scarcely had he gone ten steps when his ears began to tingle.’ cried the gentleman. ‘begone then. knitting his brow. But his wound had rendered him too weak to support such an exertion.

by the account of the hostler at least. for as to the letter addressed to M.’ faltered d’Artagnan. among other ingredients the list of which has not come down to us. But when the time came to pay for his rosemary. replacing his bandages himself. ‘Ah. and was almost cured by the morrow. and fainted a second time. it’s all one. de Treville. and descending to the kitchen without help. with which he anointed his numerous wounds.‘Yes. it had disappeared. asked. and some rosemary. a base coward. ‘Milady. 22 The Three Musketeers .’ ‘What she?’ demanded the host. as he had preserved a strict abstinence—while on the contrary. some wine. the only expense the master had incurred. this oil.’ said the host. The host had reckoned upon eleven days of confinement at a crown a day. had eaten three times as much as a horse of his size could reasonably supposed to have done—d’Artagnan found nothing in his pocket but his little old velvet purse with the eleven crowns it contained.’ murmured d’Artagnan. d’Artagnan walked about that same evening. and positively refusing the assistance of any doctor. of whom I am pretty certain for some days to come.’ It is to be remembered that eleven crowns was just the sum that remained in d’Artagnan’s purse. but he had reckoned without his guest. and the wine. ‘I have lost two customers. and with his mother’s recipe in his hand composed a balsam. On the following morning at five o’clock d’Artagnan arose. but this one remains. the yellow horse. for some oil. ‘but she— she was very beautiful. There will be eleven crowns gained.

the master had slyly put that on one side to make himself a larding pin. for the third time. and which he had entirely forgotten. he found himself purely and simply armed with a stump of a sword about eight or ten inches in length. turning out his pockets of all kinds over and over again. rummaging and rerummaging in his valise. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. As to the rest of the blade. lowering the point of his spit. I will spit you all like ortolans!’ Unfortunately. his wife a broom handle. the holy blood. and opening and reopening his purse. there was one circumstance which created a powerful obstacle to the accomplishment of this threat.The young man commenced his search for the letter with the greatest patience. and rosemary—for upon seeing this hotheaded youth become exasperated and threaten to destroy everything in the establishment if his letter were not found. ‘My letter of recommendation!’ cried d’Artagnan. into such a rage as was near costing him a fresh consumption of wine. ‘But. and the servants the same sticks they had used the day before. as we have related. But this deception would probably not have stopped our fiery young man if the host had not reflected that the reclamation which his guest made was perfectly just. the host seized a spit. that his sword had been in his first conflict broken in 23 . ‘my letter of recommendation! or. which was. but when he found that he had come to the conviction that the letter was not to be found.’ said he. which the host had carefully placed in the scabbard. it resulted when d’Artagnan proceeded to draw his sword in earnest. oil. after all. he flew. Hence.

M. believed he could make this somewhat hazardous reply without telling of a falsehood. who. after a few minutes of useless investigation. as the cardinal’s familiar was called. There was. ‘Zounds! I think it does indeed!’ cried the Gascon. who reckoned upon this letter for making his way at court.’ continued d’Artagnan. he will know how to find it. Father Joseph. reckoning upon entering into the king’s service in consequence of this recommendation. with natural assurance. ‘It contained my fortune!’ ‘Bills upon Spain?’ asked the disturbed host. and it must be found. ‘Does the letter contain anything valuable?’ demanded the host. ‘But it’s of no importance. After the king and the cardinal. where is this letter?’ cried d’Artagnan. ‘Bills upon his Majesty’s private treasury. The money is 24 The Three Musketeers . ‘it’s of no importance. and ordering his wife to do the same with her broom handle. to be sure. Throwing down his spit. ‘The devil!’ cried the host.’ His threat completed the intimidation of the host.‘where is this letter?’ ‘Yes.’ answered d’Artagnan. and the servants with their sticks. and even by citizens. de Treville was the man whose name was perhaps most frequently repeated by the military. but his name was never pronounced but with a subdued voice. ‘In the first place. at his wit’s end. he set the first example of commencing an earnest search for the lost letter. such was the terror inspired by his Gray Eminence. I warn you that that letter is for Monsieur de Treville.

as he knew better than anyone else how entirely personal the value of this letter was.’ ‘Then that’s my thief. He remained there some time alone.’ continued the host. ‘I will comFree eBooks at Planet eBook. but a certain juvenile modesty restrained him. He came down into the kitchen. and that you even had a letter for that illustrious gentleman.nothing. and was nothing in it likely to tempt cupidity. ‘What!’ cried d’Artagnan. The fact was that none of his servants.’ He would not have risked more if he had said twenty thousand. where your doublet was.’ ‘Stolen? By whom?’ ‘By the gentleman who was here yesterday. I would rather have lost a thousand pistoles than have lost it. could have gained anything by being possessed of this paper. that letter was everything. and asked me where that letter was. I would lay a wager he has stolen it. where he knew your doublet was. ‘That letter is not lost!’ cried he. ‘that you suspect that impertinent gentleman?’ ‘I tell you I am sure of it.’ resumed d’Artagnan. it has been stolen from you.’ replied d’Artagnan. ‘Do you say. but little convinced. he appeared to be very much disturbed. none of the travelers present. A ray of light all at once broke upon the mind of the host as he was giving himself to the devil upon finding nothing.’ ‘Do you think so?’ answered d’Artagnan. and immediately came down into the 25 . ‘When I informed him that your lordship was the protege of Monsieur de Treville. ‘No.

who accompanied him. situated in the Rue des Fossoyeurs. and walked about till he found an apartment to be let on terms suited to the scantiness of his means. As soon as the earnest money was paid. to the gate.’ He then drew two crowns majestically from his purse and gave them to the host.plain to Monsieur de Treville. carrying his little packet under his arm. which proved to be in the Rue du Vieux-Colombier. where his owner sold him for three crowns. Thus d’Artagnan entered Paris on foot. and Monsieur de Treville will complain to the king. Next he went to the Quai de Feraille to have a new blade put to his sword. inquiring of the first Musketeer he met for the situation of the hotel of M. which was a very good price. which bore him without any further accident to the gate of St. that is to say. and then returned toward the Louvre. d’Artagnan took possession of his lodging. considering that d’Artagnan had ridden him hard during the last stage. d’Artagnan. de Treville. Antoine at Paris. cap in hand. Thus the dealer to whom d’Artagnan sold him for the nine livres did not conceal from the young man that he only gave that enormous sum for him on the account of the originality of his color. This chamber was a sort of garret. and passed the remainder of the day in sewing onto his doublet and hose some ornamental braiding which his mother had taken off an almost-new doublet of the elder M. in the immediate vicinity of the chamber hired by d’Artagnan—a circumstance which appeared to furnish a happy augury for 26 The Three Musketeers . near the Luxembourg. and remounted his yellow horse. and which she had given her son secretly.

he retired to bed and slept the sleep of the brave. brought him to nine o’clock in the morning. This sleep. without remorse for the past. confident in the present. and full of hope for the future.the success of his journey. After this. at which hour he rose. in the paternal estimation. in order to repair to the residence of M. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. de 27 . provincial as it was. the third personage in the kingdom. satisfied with the way in which he had conducted himself at Meung.

he authorized him.2 THE ANTECHAMBER OF M. we repeat. as his family was still called in Gascony. as everyone knows. which he had climbed four steps at a time. his still more insolent success at a time when blows poured down like hail. de Treville had served him so faithfully in his wars against the league that in default of money—a thing to which the Bearnais was accustomed all his life. with the motto FIDELIS ET FORTIS. who honored highly. as he has ended by styling himself in Paris. de Treville. to assume for his arms a golden lion passant upon gules. and who constantly paid his debts with that of which he never stood in need of borrowing. the memory of his father. This 28 The Three Musketeers . that is to say. or M. DE TREVILLE M. He was the friend of the king. had borne him to the top of that difficult ladder called Court Favor. with ready wit—in default of money. de Troisville. without a sou in his pocket. had really commenced life as d’Artagnan now did. that is to say. and intelligence which makes the poorest Gascon gentleman often derive more in his hope from the paternal inheritance than the richest Perigordian or Berrichan gentleman derives in reality from his. after the reduction of Paris. but with a fund of audacity. Henry IV. shrewdness. His insolent bravery. The father of M.

a quick eye. he would advise him to choose as a second. it is true. the only inheritance he was able to leave his son was his sword and his motto. himself first. and he faithfully promised himself that he would not fail to seize it by its three hairs Free eBooks at Planet eBook. and was so faithful to his motto. to whom sight appeared only to be given to see if the king were dissatisfied with anyone. up to this period nothing had been wanting to Treville but opportunity. perhaps. endowed with an obedient intelligence like that of the dog. In short. a Maurevers. but he was ever on the watch for it. one of the good blades of his kingdom. a Poltiot de Mere. and Treville next—or even. which formed the second part of his motto. that Louis XIII. so that when the illustrious companion of the great Henry died. but very few gentlemen could lay claim to the FAITHFUL. and a prompt hand. His was one of those rare organizations. a self-interested liking. de Treville was admitted into the household of the young prince where he made such good use of his sword. whether a Besme. before himself. At that unhappy period it was an important consideration to be surrounded by such men as Treville. was accustomed to say that if he had a friend who was about to fight. Thanks to this double gift and the spotless name that accompanied it. with a blind valor. Thus Louis XIII had a real liking for Treville—a royal liking. Treville was one of these latter. which constituted the 29 . but very little in the way of wealth. or a Vitry. M.was a great matter in the way of honor. but still a liking. Many might take for their device the epithet STRONG. and the hand to strike this displeasing personage.

and these two powerful rivals vied with each other in procuring. too. and it was to this address that he owed the long and constant favor of a king who has not left the reputation behind him of being very faithful in his friendships. not only from all the provinces of France. or rather this first king of France. but even from all foreign states. what his Ordinaries had been to Henry III. the most celebrated swordsmen. While exclaiming loudly against duels and brawls. We learn this from the memoirs of a man who was concerned in some few of these defeats and in many of these victories. It was not uncommon for Richelieu and Louis XIII to dispute over their evening game of chess upon the merits of their servants. At last Louis XIII made Treville the captain of his Musketeers.whenever it came within reach of his hand. and his Scotch Guard to Louis XI. Each boasted the bearing and the courage of his own people. became desirous that he. On his part. as Louis XIII had his. who were to Louis XIII in devotedness. they excited them secretly to quarrel. the cardinal was not behind the king in this respect. should have his guard. this second. Treville understood admirably the war method of that 30 The Three Musketeers . He paraded his Musketeers before the Cardinal Armand Duplessis with an insolent air which made the gray moustache of his Eminence curl with ire. He had his Musketeers therefore. When he saw the formidable and chosen body with which Louis XIII had surrounded himself. or rather in fanaticism. deriving an immoderate satisfaction or genuine regret from the success or defeat of their own combatants. Treville had grasped the weak side of his master.

period. and taking great pleasure in annoying the Guards of the cardinal whenever they could fall in with them. and the friends of the king—and then for himself and his own friends. in the first place. de Treville employed this powerful weapon for the king. de Treville’s. in the public walks. which has left so many memoirs. perfectly undisciplined toward all but himself. who adored 31 . and who. or rather M. in which he who could not live at the expense of the enemy must live at the expense of his compatriots. but sure in that case to be both wept and avenged. Endowed with a rare genius for intrigue which rendered him the equal of the Free eBooks at Planet eBook. half-drunk. as if it were the best of all possible sports. de Treville being there to claim them. and ready to sacrifice themselves to wash out the smallest insult. but then certain of not rotting in prison. then drawing in the open streets. in the memoirs of this period. often killing others. imposing. one does not find this worthy gentleman blamed even by his enemies. obedient to his least word. the king’s Musketeers. In no instance. Loose. sometimes killed. clanking their swords. His soldiers formed a legion of devil-may-care fellows. spread themselves about in the cabarets. Thus M. ruffians as they were. shouting. trembled before him like scholars before their master. M. For the rest. was this worthy gentleman accused of deriving personal advantage from the cooperation of his minions. M. twisting their mustaches. let us say. and the public sports. and he had many such among men of the pen as well as among men of the sword. de Treville was praised to the highest note by these men.

In addition to the leeves of the king and the cardinal. a sun PLURIBUS IMPAR. and servants in all sorts of liveries. he remained an honest man. in spite of sword thrusts which weaken. he had become one of the most gallant frequenters of revels. situated in the Rue du VieuxColombier. and that was not saying a little. that of Treville was one of the most sought. Among these two hundred leeves. who appeared to replace one another in order always to present an imposing number. but his father. and loved. The court of his hotel. left his personal splendor to each of his favorites. bringing 32 The Three Musketeers . there might be reckoned in Paris at that time more than two hundred smaller but still noteworthy leeves. resembled a camp from by six o’clock in the morning in summer and eight o’clock in winter. one of the softest whisperers of interesting nothings of his day. his individual value to each of his courtiers. one of the most insinuating lady’s men. ascended and descended the office seekers of Paris. and painful exercises which fatigue. upon whose space modern civilization would build a whole house. From fifty to sixty Musketeers. feared. the BONNES FORTUNES of de Treville were talked of as those of M. and this constitutes the zenith of human fortune.ablest intriguers. paraded constantly. who ran after any sort of favor—gentlemen from the provinces anxious to be enrolled. de Bassompierre had been talked of twenty years before. Still further. Louis XIV absorbed all the smaller stars of his court in his own vast radiance. armed to the teeth and ready for anything. On one of those immense staircases. The captain of the Musketeers was therefore admired.

It is true that this provincial was a Gascon. while M. de Treville. who crossed one another in their passage. had only to place himself at the window to review both his men and arms. the compatriots of d’Artagnan had the reputation of not being easily intimidated. received visits. those who were called. it was necessary to be an officer. or a pretty woman. When he had passed one group he began to breathe more freely. and for the first time in his life d’Artagnan. with that half-smile of the embarrassed a provincial who wishes to put on a good face.and carrying messages between their masters and M. gave his orders. a great noble. upon long circular benches. In this apartment a continued buzzing prevailed from morning till night. but he could not help observing that they turned round to look at him. and keeping one hand on the edge of his cap. in his office contiguous to this antechamber. then. particularly for a provincial just arriving from his province. The day on which d’Artagnan presented himself the assemblage was imposing. and like the king in his balcony at the Louvre. quarreling. In order to make one’s way amid these turbulent and conflicting waves. and that. reposed the elect. When he had once passed the massive door covered with long square-headed nails. In the antechamber. he fell into the midst of a troop of swordsmen. It was. who had Free eBooks at Planet eBook. into the midst of this tumult and disorder that our young man advanced with a beating heat. and playing tricks one with another. ranging his long rapier up his lanky leg. particularly at this period. de Treville. calling out. listened to 33 . that is to say.

who himself remained intact—a piece of skill which was worth to him. while ten or twelve of their comrades waited upon the landing place to take their turn in the sport. but he soon perceived by certain scratches that every weapon was pointed and sharpened. naked sword in hand. He who at the moment occupied the upper step kept his adversaries marvelously in check. stationed upon the top stair. D’Artagnan at first took these weapons for foils. amusing themselves with the following exercise. one on the hand. felt ridiculous. but even the actors themselves. The conditions required that at every hit the man touched should quit the game. another on the ear. to astonish our young traveler. prevented. according to the rules agreed upon. it was still worse. by the defender of the stair. laughed like so many madmen. These three others fenced against him with their agile swords. One of them. A circle was formed around them. the three others from ascending. or at least endeavored to prevent. Arrived at the staircase. There were four Musketeers on the bottom steps. or rather as he pretended it was. However difficult it might be. In five minutes three were slightly wounded. this pastime really 34 The Three Musketeers . yielding his turn for the benefit of the adversary who had hit him. and that at each of these scratches not only the spectators. and believed them to be buttoned.till that day entertained a very good opinion of himself. three turns of favor.

had never dreamed. his mistress. and yet he had not gained the goal. d’Artagnan heard the policy which made all Europe tremble criticized aloud and openly. even in moments of delirium.astonished him. But if his morals were shocked on the landing. with stories about the court. He had seen in his province—that land in which heads become so easily heated—a few of the preliminaries of duels. His warm and fickle imagination. d’ 35 . He believed himself transported into that famous country of giants into which Gulliver afterward went and was so frightened. who cracked their jokes upon his bandy legs and his crooked back. for there were still the landing place and the antechamber. On the landing d’Artagnan blushed. but the daring of these four fencers appeared to him the strongest he had ever heard of even in Gascony. his respect for the cardinal was scandalized in the antechamber. Some sang ballads about Mme. his niece. which so many great nobles had been punished for trying to pry into. of half the amorous wonders or a quarter of the feats of gallantry which were here set forth in connection with names the best known and with details the least concealed. in the antechamber he trembled. and Mme. and even sometimes their mistresses. On the landing they were no longer fighting. and in the antechamber. while others formed Free eBooks at Planet eBook. That great man who was so revered by d’Artagnan the elder served as an object of ridicule to the Musketeers of Treville. There. to his great astonishment. which in Gascony had rendered formidable to young chambermaids. Cambalet. but amused themselves with stories about women. as well as the private life of the cardinal.

these fellows will all either be imprisoned or hanged. he was at length noticed. and somebody came and 36 The Three Musketeers . if he knew I was in the society of such pagans?’ We have no need. and then the laughter recovered its loudness and the light was not withheld from any of his actions. but a fresh allusion soon brought back the conversation to his Eminence. with them. therefore. he felt himself carried by his tastes and led by his instincts to praise rather than to blame the unheard-of things which were taking place. stretching his five senses so as to lose nothing.’ thought the terrified d’Artagnan. ‘Certes. who so strongly pointed out to me the respect due to the cardinal. no doubt. and this his first appearance in that place. de Treville.parties and plans to annoy the pages and guards of the cardinal duke—all things which appeared to d’Artagnan monstrous impossibilities. Although he was a perfect stranger in the court of M. for from the moment I have either listened to or heard them. when the name of the king was now and then uttered unthinkingly amid all these cardinal jests. I shall be held as an accomplice. ‘and I. de Treville’s courtiers. and appeared to doubt the thickness of the partition between them and the office of M. only he looked with all his eyes and listened with all his ears. a sort of gag seemed to close for a moment on all these jeering mouths. They looked hesitatingly around them. and despite his confidence on the paternal admonitions. Nevertheless. to say that d’Artagnan dared not join in the conversation. What would my good father say.

and over this a magnificent baldric. disclosing in front the splendid baldric. ‘This fashion is coming in. At this demand d’Artagnan gave his name very modestly. ‘What would you have?’ said the Musketeer.’ ‘Ah. that he had put on his cloak. worked in gold. and while he spoke with a lofty air and twisted his mustache disdainfully. but still it is the fashion. I admit. from which was suspended a gigantic rapier. emphasized the title of compatriot. promised to transmit in due season. This Musketeer had just come off guard. which shone like water ripples in the sun. and coughed from time to time affectedly. had now leisure to study costumes and physiognomy. and d’Artagnan more than anyone. with an air of protection. one must lay out one’s inheritance somehow. It is a folly. Porthos!’ cried one of his companions. He did not wear the uniform cloak—which was not obligatory at that epoch of less liberty but more independence—but a cerulean-blue doublet. all admired his embroidered baldric. dressed in a costume so peculiar as to attract general attention. A long cloak of crimson velvet fell in graceful folds from his shoulders. complained of having a cold. The center of the most animated group was a Musketeer of great height and haughty countenance. a little recovered from his first surprise. It was for this reason. D’Artagnan. as he said to those around him. Besides. a little faded and worn. ‘don’t try to make us believe you obtained that baldric by paternal genFree eBooks at Planet eBook.asked him what he 37 . and begged the servant who had put the question to him to request a moment’s audience of M. de Treville—a request which the other.

who had just designated him by the name of Aramis. laughed without noise. turning toward another Musketeer. and cheeks rosy and downy as an autumn peach. he appeared to dread to lower his hands lest their veins should swell. His delicate mustache marked a perfectly straight line upon his upper lip. mild eye. Aramis?’ said Porthos. which were fine and of which. Honor. ‘that I bought this new purse with what my mistress put into the old one. as the rest of his person. and he pinched the tips of his ears from time to time to preserve their delicate pink transparency. about in the same manner. ‘and the proof is that I paid twelve pistoles for it. This other Musketeer formed a perfect contrast to his interrogator. showing his teeth. of about twoor three-andtwenty. though the doubt continued to exist.’ ‘No. with an open. bowed frequently. he appeared to take great care. upon honor and by the faith of a gentleman. ‘Yes. This affirmation appeared to dispel all doubts with re38 The Three Musketeers . near the gate St. a black.’ The wonder was increased. He answered the appeal of his friend by an affirmative nod of the head. though.erosity. ingenuous countenance. Habitually he spoke little and slowly. He was a stout man. It was given to you by that veiled lady I met you with the other Sunday.’ ‘It’s true.’ said another Musketeer. ‘Is it not true. I bought it with the contents of my own purse.’ said Porthos.’ answered he whom they designated by the name Porthos.

‘Say no more about it! PESTE! You come to your conclusions quickly. and that this cursed Rochefort. but said no more about it. had tricked Monsieur de Laigues. the conversation passed suddenly to another 39 . under the stupid pretext that he wanted to kill the king and marry Monsieur to the queen! Nobody knew a word of this enigma. and while we are still gaping with wonder at the news.’ ‘Say no more about it? That’s YOUR opinion!’ replied Porthos. They continued to admire it. ‘I told you of it yesterday. in a self-sufficient tone. ‘And what does he say?’ asked Porthos. a rascal-has. You unraveled it yesterday to the great satisfaction of all. Let us say no more about it. Chalais’s throat cut. like a ninny as he is. ‘but is the matter certain?’ ‘I had it from Aramis. indeed!’ said Porthos. ‘He relates that he met at Brussels Rochefort. has his letters stolen from him by means of a traitor.gard to the baldric.’ replied the Musketeer. without addressing anyone in particular. but on the contrary speaking to everybody.’ ‘A ninny. thanks to his disguise. ‘Indeed?’ ‘Why.’ said Aramis. Porthos. a brigand. and with a rapid change of thought. with the help of this spy and thanks to this correspondence. What! The cardinal sets a spy upon a gentleman. you knew it. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. the AME DAMNEE of the cardinal disguised as a Capuchin. ‘What do you think of the story Chalais’s esquire relates?’ asked another Musketeer.

’ ‘And you—you would pass rather a sad quarter-hour with the Red come and tell us today. what a delicious abbe you would have made!’ ‘Oh.’ said Porthos.’ replied Aramis.’ cried Porthos.’ ‘No jesting upon that subject.’’ ‘Well. ‘What is he waiting for?’ asked another. I’ll circulate that saying. Who says this Aramis is not a wit? What a misfortune it is you did not follow your first vocation. ‘Only till the queen has given an heir to the crown of France. ‘thank God the queen is still of an age to give one!’ ‘They say that Monsieur de Buckingham is in France. since you desire it. ‘He only waits for one thing to determine him to resume his cassock.’ replied Aramis.’ ‘He will be one. ‘he will be one.’ said another Musketeer. then. ‘Let us say no more about it. You very well know. as he says. ‘if I were the esquire of poor Chalais. clapping his hands and nodding his head. should pass a minute or two very uncomfortably with me.’ 40 The Three Musketeers . ‘This Rochefort. sooner or later. that I continue to study theology for that purpose. it’s only a temporary postponement.’ replied Aramis. let us talk about it. patiently. which hangs behind his uniform. be assured. Porthos. the Red Duke! Bravo! Bravo! The Red Duke!’ cried Porthos.’ said Aramis.’ ‘Sooner. gentlemen. ‘I shall be one someday. ‘The Red Duke is capital. my dear fellow. ‘Oh.’ cried Porthos.

‘My dear fellow. no one asks for your secret-all the world knows your discretion.’ replied Porthos. good sir. with a significant smile which gave to this sentence. Be one or the other. you know what is agreed upon between you. from whose usually mild eye a flash passed like lightning. You go to Madame d’Aguillon’s. you would repent of speaking thus. but not both. ‘Your wit is always leading you beyond bounds.’ ‘Are you going to give me a lesson. why the devil don’t you make use of it with respect to her Majesty? Let whoever likes talk of the king and the 41 . don’t be angry.replied Aramis. ‘You know what Athos told you the other day. you go to Madame de Bois-Tracy’s. Oh. and you pay your court to her. but the queen is sacred. and you pass for being far advanced in the good graces of that lady. But since you possess that virtue. I beg of you.’ ‘Porthos. you wear too magnificent a baldric to be strong on that head. the cousin of Madame de Chevreuse. if Monsieur de Treville heard you. that would be useless. Ah. and how he likes. Athos and me.’ interrupted Porthos. As to you. good Lord! Don’t trouble yourself to reveal your good luck. you eat at everybody’s mess.’ replied Aramis. apparently so simple. a tolerably scandalous meaning. let it be respectfully. I plainly tell you so. except when it is done by Athos. Porthos?’ cried Aramis. ‘You know I hate moralizing. my good friend. be a Musketeer or an abbe. ‘Aramis. and if anyone speaks of her. you are as vain as Narcissus. this time you are wrong. I will be an Free eBooks at Planet eBook.

abbe if it suits me.’ cried a servant.’ ‘Aramis!’ ‘Porthos!’ ‘Gentlemen! Gentlemen!’ cried the surrounding group. in that quality I say what I please. 42 The Three Musketeers . At this announcement. congratulating himself with all his heart at having so narrowly escaped the end of this strange quarrel. and amid the general silence the young man crossed part of the length of the antechamber. In the meanwhile I am a Musketeer. and at this moment it pleases me to say that you weary me. ‘Monsieur de Treville awaits Monsieur d’Artagnan. everyone became mute. during which the door remained open. throwing open the door of the cabinet. and entered the apartment of the captain of the Musketeers.

excited by its carelessness. with a louder voice at each time. as if to ask his permission to finish with others before he began with him. so that he ran through the intervening tones between the imperative accent and the angry accent. but stepping toward the antechamber and making a sign to d’Artagnan with his hand.3 THE AUDIENCE M. and in their leader an Olympian Jupiter. although it was not quite at ease. he called three 43 . at once full of dignity and submission. de Treville was at the moment in rather ill-humor. nevertheless he saluted the young man politely. the door of which closed after them as soon as they had entered. Their appearance. when the door Free eBooks at Planet eBook. who beheld in these two men demigods. and advanced toward the cabinet. armed with all his thunders. When the two Musketeers had entered. and he smiled on receiving d’Artagnan’s response. the Bearnese accent of which recalled to him at the same time his youth and his country—a double remembrance which makes a man smile at all ages. immediately quitted the group of which they had formed a part. the admiration of d’Artagnan. and who answered to the last of these three names. who bowed to the very ground. ‘Athos! Porthos! Aramis!’ The two Musketeers with whom we have already made acquaintance.

‘Because he plainly perceives that his piquette* stands in need of being enlivened by a mixture of good wine. for. d’Artagnan did not know where he was.’ continued M. de Treville had three or four times paced in silence.’ added Aramis. and with a frowning brow.’ replied the two Musketeers. de Treville.was closed behind them. ‘no.’ ‘The Guards of the cardinal! And why so?’ asked Porthos. and wished himself a hundred feet underground. to which the summons which had been made had doubtless furnished fresh food. and covering them from head to foot with an angry look. who were as upright and silent as if on parade—he stopped all at once full in front of them. ‘and his majesty was right. yes. after a moment’s silence. made from the second pressing of the grape. upon my honor.’ cried he. when the buzzing murmur of the antechamber. we do not. had recommenced. 44 The Three Musketeers . sir. ‘Do you know what the king said to me. when M. in his politest tone and with his most graceful bow. ‘He told me that he should henceforth recruit his Musketeers from among the Guards of Monsieur the Cardinal.’ ‘But I hope that you will do us the honor to tell us. warmly. ‘Yes. ‘and that no longer ago than yesterday evening—do you know. growing warmer as he spoke. passing each time before Porthos and Aramis. the whole length of his cabinet. The two Musketeers reddened to the whites of their eyes.’ *A watered liquor. gentlemen?’ ‘No.

say you? And of what malady?’ ‘It is feared that it may be the smallpox. this quarreling in the streets. with an air of condolence very displeasing to me. had made a riot in the Rue Ferou in a cabaret. yes. Ah.’ ‘The smallpox! That’s a great story to tell me. you were recognized. But it’s all my fault. and that a party of his Guards (I thought he was going to laugh in my face) had been forced to arrest the rioters! MORBLEU! You must know something about it. is true that the Musketeers make but a miserable figure at court. sir. You. why the devil did you ask me for a uniform when you would have been so much better in a cassock? And you. because it is myself who selects my men. ‘and what is serious is that it will certainly spoil his face. The cardinal related yesterday while playing with the king. perhaps. Where is he?’ ‘Ill—‘ ‘Very ill. if I knew! S’blood! Messieurs Musketeers. and the cardinal named 45 . glancing at me with his tigercat’s eye. do you only wear such a fine golden baldric to suspend a sword of straw from it? And Athos—I don’t see Athos. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. killed. Porthos. Aramis. I will not have this haunting of bad places. those DAREDEVILS—he dwelt upon those words with an ironical tone still more displeasing to me—those BRAGGARTS.’ replied Porthos. Porthos! Sick of the smallpox at his age! No. this swordplay at the crossways. Arrest Musketeers! You were among them—you were! Don’t deny it. it’s all my fault. but wounded without doubt. added he. that the day before yesterday those DAMNED MUSKETEERS. desirous of taking his turn in the conversation.

did not lose a syllable of what he said. Porthos. Athos. besides.and above all. they had not felt it was the great love he bore them which made him speak thus. are they?’ continued M. for their ears. from the door of the cabinet to the street gate. and Aramis called. that he was very angry about something. skillful men who never put themselves in a position to be arrested. so to say. In an instant. They could willingly have strangled M. de Treville’s tone of voice. ‘What! Six of his Eminence’s Guards arrest six of his Majesty’s Musketeers! MORBLEU! My part is taken! I will go straight to the lou46 The Three Musketeers . at the bottom of all this. to flee—that is good for the king’s Musketeers!’ Porthos and Aramis trembled with rage. like so many blows of a stiletto. and grasped the hilts of their swords with all their might. To save yourselves. and had guessed. who are brave. de Treville. they bit their lips till the blood came. if. to scamper away. the insulting expressions of the captain to all the people in the antechamber. and who. into the bosoms of his auditors. All without had heard. to laugh at you! I am sure of it—they would prefer dying on the spot to being arrested or taking back a step. ‘Ah! The king’s Musketeers are arrested by the Guards of the cardinal. but emphasizing his words and plunging them. de Treville. never allow themselves to be arrested. the whole hotel was boiling. quiet. as we have said. while their mouths repeated as he went on. closely applied to the door. I will not have occasion given for the cardinal’s Guards. Ten curious heads were glued to the tapestry and became pale with fury. They stamped upon the carpet with their feet. one by one. as furious at heart as his soldiers. from M.

’ ‘And I have the honor of assuring you that I killed one of them with his own sword. ‘Well. or poniarded him. one cannot win all one’s battles! The great Pompey lost that of Pharsalia. and before we had time to draw our swords. de Treville.vre.’ said Porthos. As for Athos. and felt an immense inclination to crawl under the table. and fell again twice. On the way we escaped. as good as other folks. he endeavored twice to get up. was very little better. Killed him. But we were not captured by fair means.’ ‘I did not know that. I will give in my resignation as captain of the king’s Musketeers to take a lieutenancy in the cardinal’s Guards. What the devil. two of our party were dead. and Francis the First. grievously wounded. Well. D’Artagnan looked for some tapestry behind which he might hide himself. quite beside himself. The MORBLEUS. And we did not surrender—no! They dragged us away by force. sir. who was. the MORTS TOUTS LES DIABLES. nothing was to be heard but oaths and blasphemies. and left him very quiet on the field of battle. For you know Athos. and if he refuses me. nevertheless lost the Battle of Pavia.’ replied M. the murmur without became an explosion. crossed one another in the air. That’s the whole story. not thinking it worth the trouble to carry him away. MORBLEU! I will turn abbe. Captain.’ said 47 . as I have heard say. as is most agreeable to you. ‘for mine was broken at the first parry. they believed him to be dead.’ At these words. in a somewhat Free eBooks at Planet eBook. the SANG DIEUS. ‘the truth is that we were six against six. Captain. my Captain. and Athos.

sir. M. seeing his captain become appeased. and the king knows that his Musketeers are the bravest on the earth. with a tolerably firm step. allowed a 48 The Three Musketeers . but frightfully pale. ventured to risk a prayer. in irreproachable costume. He would be in despair if that should come to the ears of the king.softened tone. appeared under the fringe. as I perceive. ‘I was about to say to these gentlemen. ‘Athos!’ cried the two Musketeers.’ said Athos to M. de Treville.’ continued Aramis. ‘do not say that Athos is wounded. sir. sprang toward him. for brave men are very dear to the king.’ added he. Athos!’ And without waiting for the answer of the newcomer to this proof of affection. and as the wound is very serious. ‘The cardinal exaggerated. ‘you have sent for me. ‘that I forbid my Musketeers to expose their lives needlessly. I am here. seeing that after crossing the shoulder it penetrates into the chest. what do you want with me?’ And at these words. ‘Athos!’ repeated M. de Treville. M. the Musketeer. Your hand. as my comrades inform me. who. in a feeble yet perfectly calm voice. de Treville seized his right hand and pressed it with all his might. moved to the bottom of his heart by this proof of courage. de Treville himself. it is to be feared—‘ At this instant the tapestry was raised and a noble and handsome head. and I have hastened to receive your orders.’ ‘But pray. entered the cabinet. belted as usual. whatever might be his self-command. ‘You have sent for me. without perceiving that Athos.

carried away by the enthusiasm of the moment. But all this eager attention might have been useless if the doctor so loudly called for had not chanced to be in the hotel. and two or three heads. de Treville was about to reprehend this breach of the rules of etiquette. and all crowded round the wounded man. who had rallied all his energies to contend against pain. A burst of satisfaction hailed the last words of the captain. ‘A surgeon!’ cried M. The cabinet of M. and behind the surgeon the door closed. whose wound. Immediately M. though kept as a secret. he not thinking to shut the door against anyone. de Treville. de Treville. so strong was the excitement produced by the arrival of Athos. as the first and most urgent thing. M. at length overcome by it. became in an instant the annex of the antechamber.slight murmur of pain to escape 49 . was known to all. grew paler than he was before. that the Musketeer should be carried into an adjoining chamber. the whole assemblage rushed into the cabinet. fell upon the floor as if he were dead. s’blood. and if possible. he required. de Treville opened and pointed the way to Porthos and Aramis. appeared through the openings of the tapestry. The door had remained open. ‘mine! The king’s! The best! A surgeon! Or. still insensible. who bore their comrade in their arms. approached Athos. my brave Athos will die!’ At the cries of M. when he felt the hand of Athos. and as all this noise and commotion inconvenienced him greatly. EveryFree eBooks at Planet eBook. Behind this group walked the surgeon. de Treville. generally held so sacred. He pushed through the crowd.

d’Artagnan then repeated his name. The injured man had recovered his senses. de Treville. his weakness having been purely and simply caused by loss of blood. ‘pardon me my dear compatriot. and all retired except d’Artagnan. found himself alone with the young man. cursing. M.’ said he. ‘Pardon me. but as I maintain that the orders of the king. de Treville grasped the situation. He inquired what was the will of his persevering visitor. Then M. swearing. on turning round. and consigning the cardinal and his Guards to all the devils. M. When all had gone out and the door was closed. harangued. and more particularly the 50 The Three Musketeers . de Treville made a sign with his hand. The event which had occurred had in some degree broken the thread of his ideas. Soldiers are big children. At length. de Treville alone remaining with the wounded. An instant after. charged with even a greater responsibility than the father of an ordinary family. and with the tenacity of a Gascon remained in his place. who did not forget that he had an spoke. and in an instant recovering all his remembrances of the present and the past. the surgeon and M. but I had wholly forgotten you. M. smiling. The surgeon declared that the situation of the Musketeer had nothing in it to render his friends uneasy. de Treville himself returned. But what help is there for it! A captain is nothing but a father of a family. Porthos and Aramis re-entered. and vociferated.

and I have no reason to think matters have much changed in this respect since I left the province. ‘But. young man. it was my intention to request of you. should be executed—‘ D’Artagnan could not restrain a smile. ‘on account of my old companion. de Treville.orders of the cardinal.’ said d’ 51 . de Treville judged that he had not to deal with a fool. de Treville.’ replied M.’ ‘Monsieur. certain brilliant actions.’ D’Artagnan bowed without replying. ‘but it may not be so far beyond your hopes as you believe. By this smile M. but after all that I have seen during the last two hours. in remembrance of the friendship which you have not forgotten. But his majesty’s decision is always necessary. and tremble lest I should not merit it.’ continued M. your father. ‘What can I do for the son? Tell me quickly. or a service of two years in some other regiment less favored than ours. ‘I respected your father very much. ‘on quitting Tarbes and coming hither. young man.’ ‘It is indeed a favor. I dare say Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ said he. feeling his desire to don the Musketeer’s uniform vastly increased by the great difficulties which preceded the attainment of it. my time is not my own. I comprehend that such a favor is enormous. or rather as you appear to believe. came straight to the point. the uniform of a Musketeer. as I have said. and changing the conversation. fixing upon his compatriot a look so piercing that it might be said he wished to read the thoughts of his heart. I will do something for you. and I inform you with regret that no one becomes a Musketeer without the preliminary ordeal of several campaigns. Our recruits from Bearn are not generally very rich.

’ D’Artagnan. I know these airs. sir. to husband the means you have. and from time to time you can call upon me. I have not brought too large a stock of money with you?’ D’Artagnan drew himself up with a proud air which plainly said. de Treville possessed at the commencement of his. and tomorrow he will admit you without any expense to yourself. You will make some desirable acquaintances. I will write a letter today to the Director of the Royal Academy. swordsmanship in all its branches. but you ought also to endeavor to perfect yourself in the exercises becoming a gentleman. ‘that’s all very well. he commenced his career with four more crowns than M. ‘I ask alms of no man. and to say whether I can be of further service to you. that’s very well. de Treville.’ said he. You will learn horsemanship. however large the sum may be. Thanks to the sale of his horse. ‘I cannot but perceive how sadly I miss the letter of introduction which my father gave me to pres52 The Three Musketeers . Do not refuse this little service. could not but perceive a little coldness in this reception. ‘Alas. stranger as he was to all the manners of a court. then.’ D’Artagnan’s bearing became still more imposing. I myself came to Paris with four crowns in my purse. Our best-born and richest gentlemen sometimes solicit it without being able to obtain it. and dancing. ‘You ought. and would have fought with anyone who dared to tell me I was not in a condition to purchase the Louvre. young man.’ continued M.’ ‘Oh. just to tell me how you are getting on.

sir. ‘but it was perfidiously stolen from 53 . then. de Treville. and. or even a cardinal. the sole resource of us poor Bearnese. but this smile soon disappeared. and returning to the adventure of Meung. sir. ‘This is all very strange.’ replied M. Judge if I should not put myself under its protection.’ Flattery was at that period very current.’ ‘I had one. and M. after meditating a minute. He could not refrain from a smile of visible satisfaction. ‘you mentioned my name.’ ‘Of complexion and brown hair?’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. such as I could wish. and all with a warmth and truthfulness that delighted M.’ said M. ‘had not this gentlemen a slight scar on his cheek?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Of lofty stature. ‘that you should undertake so long a journey without that necessary passport. I certainly committed that imprudence. de Treville loved incense as well as a king. ‘Tell me.’ ‘Yes. de Treville. de Treville.’ ‘Was he not a fine-looking man?’ ‘Yes. such a one as would be made by the grazing of a ball. thank God.’ ‘I certainly am surprised. described the unknown gentleman with the greatest minuteness. but why should I have done otherwise? A name like yours must be as a buckler to me on my way. aloud?’ ‘Yes.’ continued he.’ He then related the adventure of Meung.’ cried d’Artagnan.ent to you.

that you are acquainted with this man? If I ever find him again—and I will find him.’ ‘Oh. if you know who this man is. yes. sir. and whence he is. ‘if ever I find him.’ ‘You know not the subject of their conversation?’ ‘He gave her a box. were it in hell!’ ‘He was waiting for a woman.‘Yes.’ ‘In the meantime. who—a rather improb54 The Three Musketeers . ‘If you see him coming on one side of the street. ‘I believed him still at Brussels. it must be he!’ murmured Treville. ‘He departed immediately after having conversed for a minute with her whom he awaited. that is he. for before everything. ‘tell me who he is.’ said Treville.’ continued Treville. This great hatred which the young traveler manifested so loudly for this man.’ cried d’Artagnan. how is it. pass by on the other.’ ‘Beware. sir.’ ‘Was this woman English?’ ‘He called her Milady. Do not cast yourself against such a rock. young man!’ cried Treville.’ replied d’Artagnan.’ All at once the captain stopped. told her not to open it except in London. he would break you like glass. ‘seek him not—if I have a right to advise you. I swear. I wish to avenge myself. as if struck by a sudden suspicion.’ ‘It is he.’ ‘That will not prevent me. I will then release you from all your promises—even that of procuring my admission into the Musketeers.

’ reflected he. to win his confidence. a handsome cavalier. ‘I wish. as the son of an ancient friend—for I consider this story of the lost letter perfectly true—I wish. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. slowly. in order to repair the coldness you may have remarked in my reception of you.’ said he. He was moderately reassured however. their apparent bickerings are only feints to deceive fools. ‘but he may be one for the cardinal as well as for thing—had stolen his father’s letter from him—was there not some perfidy concealed under this hatred? Might not this young man be sent by his Eminence? Might he not have come for the purpose of laying a snare for him? This pretended d’Artagnan—was he not an emissary of the cardinal. full of astute intelligence and affected humility. ‘I know he is a Gascon.’ ‘My friend. whom the cardinal sought to introduce into Treville’s house. and also the cardinal—one of the most illustrious geniuses that France has ever produced. to discover to you the secrets of our policy. to place near him. Be assured that I am devoted to both these all-powerful masters. I 55 . I am not willing that a compatriot. and afterward to ruin him as had been done in a thousand other instances? He fixed his eyes upon d’Artagnan even more earnestly than before. The king and the cardinal are the best of friends. should become the dupe of all these artifices and fall into the snare after the example of so many others who have been ruined by it. a brave youth. and that my earnest endeavors have no other aim than the service of the king. by the aspect of that countenance. quite fit to make his way. Let us try him.

bid me adieu and let us separate. I feel that I am 56 The Three Musketeers . My father advised me to stoop to nobody but the king. with frankness—for then you will do me the honor to esteem the resemblance of our opinions. your relations. and if you entertain. if you speak to me. D’Artagnan answered. for you are the only young man to whom I have hitherto spoken as I have done to you. with the greatest simplicity: ‘I came to Paris with exactly such intentions. as you say. any of these enmities which we see constantly breaking out against the cardinal. he will certainly not have failed—he. whether from your family. I hope that my frankness at least will make you my friend. in spite of all my protestations. sir. who knows how bitterly I execrate him—to tell his spy that the best means of making his court to me is to rail at him. I will aid you in many ways. young man. if it be as I suspect.’ D’Artagnan added M. proved otherwise.’ It. but if you have entertained any doubt. and yourself—whom he considered the first three personages in France. my cunning gossip will assure me that he holds his Eminence in horror. as may be perceived.’ continued he. ‘and the most profound respect for his actions. Therefore. So much the better for me. ‘I have the greatest veneration for the cardinal. regulate your conduct accordingly. the cardinal. however. as naturally you may. but without attaching you to my person. de Treville to the others. or even from your instincts.’ Treville said to himself: ‘If the cardinal has set this young fox upon me.‘Now. but he thought this addition would do no harm.

but at the present moment I can only do for you that which I just now offered. be assured. But I still trust you will not esteem me the less for it. having no better emFree eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘I promised you a letter for the director of the Academy. being able to ask for me at all hours. so much frankness. you will probably obtain that which you desire. and leaving his young man compatriot in the embrasure of the window.ruining myself by speaking the truth.’ replied d’Artagnan. Well. ‘and I will guard it so carefully that I will be sworn it shall arrive at its address. The more this young man was superior to others. and that is my object beyond all others. but did not entirely remove his suspicions.’ added he. ‘But wait a minute. Hereafter.’ said M.’ ‘That is to say. and consequently to take advantage of all opportunities. de Treville was surprised to the greatest degree. and woe be to him who shall attempt to take it from me!’ M.’ M.’ said d’Artagnan. Are you too proud to accept it.’ And he bowed in order to retire. young gentleman?’ ‘No. he seated himself at a table in order to write the promised letter of recommendation. ‘you shall not wait long. ‘You are an honest youth. de 57 . So much penetration. the more he was to be dreaded if he meant to deceive him. with the familiarity of a Gascon. My hotel will be always open to you. sir. While he was doing this. stopping him. where they had talked together. de Treville smiled at this flourish. and as if he considered the future in his own hands. ‘that you will wait until I have proved myself worthy of it. created admiration. d’Artagnan.

‘S’blood. he shall not escape me this time!’ ‘And who?’ asked M. become crimson with passion. But at the very moment when d’Artagnan stretched out his hand to receive it. de Treville. and rush from the cabinet crying. ‘unless. following them with his eyes until they disappeared. de Treville. ‘He.ployment. approached the young man in order to give it to him. my thief!’ replied d’Artagnan. de Treville was highly astonished to see his protege make a sudden spring. M. after having written the letter. and rising. de Treville. one after another. seeing that he had failed in his purpose!’ 58 The Three Musketeers . who went away.’ added he. the traitor!’ and he disappeared. ‘The devil take the madman!’ murmured M. ‘this is a cunning mode of escaping. amused himself with beating a march upon the window and with looking at the Musketeers. sealed it. M. ‘Ah.

‘You are in a hurry?’ said the Musketeer. crossed the antechamber at three bounds. when a hand of iron seized him by the belt and stopped him. in a state of fury. ‘Under that pretense you run against me! You say. or rather a howl.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘Excuse me. de Treville’s private rooms. as pale as a sheet. but I am in a hurry. which he reckoned upon descending four at a time. Do you fancy because you have heard Monsieur de Treville speak to us a little cavalierly today that other people are to treat us as he speaks to us? Undeceive yourself. ‘excuse me. made him utter a cry. and was darting toward the stairs. THE BALDRIC OF PORTHOS AND THE HANDKERCHIEF OF ARAMIS D’Artagnan.’ and you believe that is sufficient? Not at all my young man. when. and striking his shoulder violently. ‘Excuse me. he ran head foremost against a Musketeer who was coming out of one of M.4 THE SHOULDER OF ATHOS. endeavoring to resume his course. comFree eBooks at Planet eBook. in his heedless course.’ Scarcely had he descended the first 59 .

you can find me without running—ME. you understand?’ ‘And where.’ ‘About noon? That will do. ‘however far I may come. it is easy to perceive that you come from a distance. ‘I will be there ten minutes be60 The Three Musketeers . ‘MORBLEU. and this time on my word of honor—I think perhaps too often—that I am in haste. for at quarter past twelve I will cut off your ears as you run. I beg of you. was returning to his own apartment. who. monsieur!’ said he.’ ‘Endeavor not to make me wait. I said ‘Excuse me.’ ‘Monsieur. ‘Ah! If I were not in such haste. ‘Monsieur Man-in-a-hurry. after the dressing performed by the doctor.’ D’Artagnan had already strode down three or four stairs. and if I were not running after someone.’ said Athos. I warn you.’ ‘At what hour?’ ‘About noon. I pray you?’ ‘Near the Carmes-Deschaux.’ said Athos. great haste. and let me go where my business calls me.’ said d’Artagnan. recognizing Athos. but at Athos’s last remark he stopped short.’ ‘Good!’ cried d’Artagnan. you are not Monsieur de Treville. letting him go. ‘I did not do it intentionally. and not doing it intentionally. it is not you who can give me a lesson in good manners.’ ‘My faith!’ replied d’Artagnan.’ It appears to me that this is quite enough. I repeat to you. however. Leave your hold. then. ‘you are not polite.rade.’ ‘Perhaps. I will be there.

Porthos could not afford to have a baldric wholly of gold. But d’Artagnan had reckoned without the wind. Porthos had reasons for not abandoning this part of his vestments. hoping that he might yet find the stranger. He was particularly anxious to avoid marring the freshness of the magnificent baldric we are acquainted with. Between the two talkers there was just enough room for a man to pass. D’Artagnan. the baldric was glittering with gold in the front.fore twelve. which blinded him. so that d’Artagnan rolled himself up in the velvet by a movement of rotation explained by the persistency of Porthos. and sought to find his way from under the folds of it. D’Artagnan thought it would suffice for him. But at the street gate. and d’Artagnan rushed straight into the middle of it. like most things in this world which have nothing in their favor but appearances. for instead of quitting his hold on the flap in his hand. but was nothing but simple buff behind. hearing the Musketeer swear. Porthos was talking with the soldier on guard. he found himself with his nose fixed between the two shoulders of Porthos—that is to 61 . he pulled it toward him. wished to escape from the cloak. whose slow pace could not have carried him far. but on timidly opening his eyes. Without doubt.’ And he set off running as if the devil possessed him. One could comprehend the necessity of the cold and the urgency Free eBooks at Planet eBook. Alas. Vainglorious as he was. the wind blew out Porthos’s long cloak. exactly upon the baldric. but had at least half. and he sprang forward like a dart between them. As he was about to pass.

’ ‘Ah. delighted with his joke.’ 62 The Three Musketeers .of the cloak. ‘when you haven’t your cloak on. went away laughing loudly. ‘you stand a chance of getting chastised if you rub Musketeers in this fashion. giving way to his anger. PARDIEU! I know full well that you don’t turn your back to yours. ‘No. ‘Presently.’ cried the latter. reappearing under the shoulder of the giant. ‘the expression is strong.’ ‘Excuse me. Monsieur!’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘It is one that becomes a man accustomed to look his enemies in the face. Porthos foamed with rage.’ ‘Chastised. I can see what other people cannot see. and made a movement to rush after d’Artagnan. ‘but I am in such haste—I was running after someone and—‘ ‘And do you always forget your eyes when you run?’ asked Porthos. ‘Bless me!’ cried Porthos.’ replied d’Artagnan.’ Whether Porthos understood him or did not understand him. ‘Monsieur. piqued. ‘you must be mad to run against people in this manner.’ said d’Artagnan. then.’ And the young man. ‘and thanks to my eyes. behind the Luxembourg. who was wriggling about his back. presently.’ ‘At one o’clock.’ said he. making strong efforts to disembarrass himself of d’Artagnan.

advantageous to him in one sense. his heart began to cool. came up again by the Rue de Seine. The outlook was sad. and the Red Cross. is the last thing extinguished in the heart of man. with two of those beings whom he esteemed so greatly that he placed them in his mind and heart above all other men. then. Besides this. But neither in the street he had passed through. absolutely nothing! This chase was. de Treville. He began to reflect upon the events that had passed. and yet this morning had already brought him into disgrace with M. however slowly the stranger had walked. who could not fail to think the manner in which d’Artagnan had left him a little cavalier. nor in the one which his eager glance pervaded. As hope. and in case of surviving.’ replied d’Artagnan. could he see anyone. D’Artagnan inquired of everyone he met with. for in proportion as the perspiration broke from his forehead. they were numerous and inauspicious. he made the folFree eBooks at Planet eBook. even though with terrible wounds. each capable of killing three d’Artagnans— with two Musketeers. it may easily be understood that the young man was not very uneasy about Porthos. in short. but nothing. however. turning the angle of the street.‘Very well. It was scarcely eleven o’clock in the morning. went down to the ferry. or perhaps had entered some house. Sure of being killed by 63 . in both these duels. however. at one o’clock. he was gone on his way. he had drawn upon himself two good duels with two men. he finished by hoping that he might survive.

as to Porthos. Look at Aramis. and from this moment I will endeavor to 64 The Three Musketeers . Friend d’Artagnan. faith. it is true. I get from one hobble into another. but rather drolly ambiguous. but I am not the less a giddy fool. cursed Gascon that I am. offended no one. he would certainly have pardoned me. ‘if you escape. like a ram. He had good cause to do so.lowing reprehensions upon his own conduct: ‘What a madcap I was. if I had not said anything to him about that cursed baldric—in ambiguous words. did anybody ever dream of calling Aramis a coward? No. of which there is not much chance. looking round carefully. Aramis is mildness and grace personified. to see that his solitary laugh. As to Porthos—oh.’ continued he. that is certainly droll. I would advise you to practice perfect politeness for the future. Are people to be run against without warning? No! And have I any right to go and peep under their cloaks to see what is not there? He would have pardoned me. the pain I gave him must have been atrocious. The only thing that astonishes me is that he did not strike me dead at once. however. without a cause in the eyes of passers-by. Ah. Well. now. speaking to himself with all the amenity that he thought due himself. To be obliging and polite does not necessarily make a man a coward. that’s a droll affair!’ And in spite of himself. You must henceforth be admired and quoted as a model of it. and what a stupid fellow I am! That brave and unfortunate Athos was wounded on that very shoulder against which I must run head foremost. the young man began to laugh aloud. certainly not. ‘As to Porthos.

All four. D’Artagnan was not so dull as not to perceive that he was one too many. drew the handkerchief from under the foot of the Musketeer in spite of the efforts the latter made to detain it. that this is a handkerchief you would be sorry to lose?’ The handkerchief was indeed richly embroidered. This appeared to be a favorable opportunity to repair his 65 . and Free eBooks at Planet eBook. approached the young men with a profound bow. and as a witness of the rebuke the Musketeers had received was not likely to be at all agreeable. immediately broke off their conversation. chatting gaily with three gentlemen. He was seeking in his mind. accompanied by a most gracious smile. on the contrary. and holding it out to him. said. but as he had not forgotten that it was in presence of this young man that M. for the least awkward means of retreat. then. had placed his foot upon it. monsieur. and with the most gracious air he could assume. quite full of his plans of conciliation and courtesy. had arrived within a few steps of the hotel d’Arguillon and in front of that hotel perceived Aramis. He stooped. like that of a man who begins to mingle with people he is scarcely acquainted with and in a conversation that does not concern him. de Treville had been so angry in the morning. but he was not sufficiently broken into the fashions of the gay world to know how to extricate himself gallantly from a false position. ‘I believe. he pretended not to see him. when he remarked that Aramis had let his handkerchief fall. Ah! That’s strange! Here he is!’ D’Artagnan. besides. D’Artagnan. and by mistake.model myself after him. no doubt. walking and soliloquizing.

‘Ah. ‘If it were as you pretend it is. and I cannot allow the property of his wife to be sported as a trophy. only ornamented with a single cipher. ‘this handkerchief is not mine. likewise a very elegant handkerchief. my dear Aramis. ah!’ cried one of the Guards. He perceived his mistake. that you are not on good terms with Madame de Bois-Tracy. for. Aramis blushed excessively.’ said he. gentlemen. but the friends of Aramis were not at all convinced by his denial.’ So saying. ‘will you persist in saying. ‘I should be forced. and one of them addressed the young Musketeer with affected seriousness. to reclaim it myself. most discreet Aramis. This time d’Artagnan was not hasty. and of fine cambric—though cambric was dear at the period—but a handkerchief without embroidery and without arms.’ ‘You make the demand badly.’ replied Aramis. he pulled out his own handkerchief. and as a proof of what I say. Bois-Tracy is an intimate friend of mine. Then. and I cannot fancy why Monsieur has taken it into his head to offer it to me rather than to one of you. as you very well know. when that gracious lady has the kindness to lend you one of her handkerchiefs?’ Aramis darted at d’Artagnan one of those looks which inform a man that he has acquired a mortal enemy.’ said he. ‘You are deceived. here is mine in my pocket. I refuse it on 66 The Three Musketeers . and snatched rather than took the handkerchief from the hand of the Gascon.had a coronet and arms at one of its corners. resuming his mild air. that of its proprietor. ‘and while acknowledging the justice of your reclamation.

’ cried the other two Guardsmen. He had his foot upon it. Montaran. ‘I did not see the handkerchief fall from the pocket of Monsieur Aramis.’ replied Aramis. the affair had no other sequel.’ ‘Perfectly just. so that decidedly this handkerchief is as likely to have fallen from your pocket as mine. Now. upon my honor!’ cried his Majesty’s Guardsman. after having cordially shaken hands. we will do better than that—let each take a half. that I am not less tenderly his friend than you can possibly be. ‘the judgment of King Solomon! Aramis.’ ‘No. coldly. ‘I have reflected. you certainly are full of wisdom!’ The young men burst into a laugh. that is all. and then it will be pretty evident that one of us will have lied. ‘Besides. the Guardsmen going one way and Aramis another. separated. ‘You are about to swear upon your honor and I upon my word. my dear sir. my dear intimate of Bois-Tracy.’ hazarded d’Artagnan. and I thought from having his foot upon it the handkerchief was his. and as may be supposed. ‘Now is my time to make peace with this gallant man.’ ‘And you were deceived. very little sensible to the reparation.account of the form.’ ‘The fact is. and the three Guardsmen and the Musketeer. In a moment or two the conversation ceased.’ ‘Of the handkerchief?’ ‘Yes.’ Free eBooks at Planet 67 . timidly. Then turning toward that one of the guards who had declared himself the friend of BoisTracy. here.’ continued he.

I hope.’ said d’Artagnan. monsieur that you are not a fool. for here is a lady compromised by you. what I say to you about the matter. that people do not tread upon handkerchiefs without a reason. in whom the natural quarrelsome spirit began to speak more loudly than his pacific resolutions. who was departing without paying any attention to him. and always with great repugnance. ‘you will excuse me. there is no occasion to tell you that Gascons are not very patient. What the devil! Paris is not paved with cambric!’ ‘Monsieur. and since you know it.’ ‘Monsieur. although coming from Gascony. but this time the affair is serious.’ said he. monsieur!’ cried d’Artagnan. having stood on one side during the whole of the latter part of the conversation. ‘Monsieur. and that you knew very well. it is true.’ ‘What. ‘I am from Gascony.said d’Artagnan to himself. were it even for a folly.’ 68 The Three Musketeers . you act wrongly in endeavoring to mortify me.’ said Aramis. Thank God.’ interrupted Aramis. I only fight when I am forced to do so. monsieur. I am not a bravo! And being a Musketeer but for a time. ‘permit me to observe to you that you have not acted in this affair as a gallant man ought. and with this good feeling drawing near to Aramis. ‘and do you suppose—‘ ‘I suppose. ‘is not for the sake of seeking a quarrel. so that when they have begged to be excused once.’ ‘Ah. they are convinced that they have done already at least as much again as they ought to have done.

Monsieur does not postpone an interview through prudence?’ ‘Prudence. ‘Why did you so maladroitly restore me the handkerchief?’ ‘Why did you so awkwardly let it fall?’ ‘I have said. you take it with that tone. but indispensable to churchmen. for I saw it fall.’ ‘Monsieur is a Gascon?’ asked Aramis. at least. Draw. I entertain a ridiculous partiality for my head. Master Abbe. do you.’ ‘Ah.’ ‘And I will send you back to your Mass book. if you please. Master Gascon? Well. you may perhaps stand in need of it. be at rest as to that. and Free eBooks at Planet eBook. that the handkerchief did not fall from my pocket. you mean!’ cried d’Artagnan. I will teach you how to behave yourself. if you please.’ ‘And thereby you have lied twice. ‘ 69 . I know. I wish to kill you. Do you not perceive that we are opposite the Hotel d’Arguillon. monsieur. is a virtue sufficiently useless to Musketeers. Take your handkerchief. but to kill you quietly in a snug. remote place. monsieur. monsieur. and I repeat.‘By US. which is full of the cardinal’s creatures? How do I know that this is not his Eminence who has honored you with the commission to procure my head? Now. but do not be too confident. my good friend—not here. it seems to suit my shoulders so correctly.’ ‘I agree. whether it belongs to you or another. monsieur. where you will not be able to boast of your death to anybody. and instantly—‘ ‘Not so.

’ The two young men bowed and separated. There I will indicate to you the best place and time. while d’Artagnan. but at least. At two o’clock I shall have the honor of expecting you at the hotel of Monsieur de Treville. ‘Decidedly I can’t draw back. I hold it good to be prudent.’ 70 The Three Musketeers . perceiving the appointed hour was approaching. Aramis ascending the street which led to the I am only a Musketeer provisionally. if I am killed. I shall be killed by a Musketeer. saying to himself. took the road to the Carmes-Deschaux.

when a young and vigorous man fights with an adversary who is wounded and weakened—if conquered. He hoped. determined to be satisfied with those his adversary should choose. if a conqueror.5 THE KING’S MUSKETEERS AND THE CARDINAL’S GUARDS D’Artagnan was acquainted with nobody in Paris. he doubles the triumph of his antagonist. He went therefore to his appointment with Athos without a second. he is accused of foul play and want of courage. therefore. or our readers must have already perceived that d’Artagnan was not an ordinary man. fearing that might result from this duel which generally results from an affair of this kind. and began to view his situation more clearly. we must have badly painted the character of our adventure seeker. He reflected upon the different characters of men he had to fight with. Now. but without meanness or weakness. to make a friend of Athos. by means of loyal 71 . whose Free eBooks at Planet eBook. he did not make up his mind to die quietly. Besides. while repeating to himself that his death was inevitable. his intention was formed to make the brave Musketeer all suitable apologies. as one less courageous and less restrained might have done in his place.

surrounded by barren fields—an accessory to the Preaux-Clercs. if not killed upon the spot. was seated on a post and waiting for his adversary 72 The Three Musketeers . and twelve o’clock was striking. Athos. as punctual as the Samaritan woman. In addition to this. as Caesar recommended his soldiers do to those of Pompey. which he might. by hitting him in the face. a sort of building without a window. and the most rigorous casuist with regard to duels could have nothing to say. who still suffered grievously from his wound. He was. He flattered himself he should be able to frighten Porthos with the adventure of the baldric. and which was generally employed as the place for the duels of men who had no time to lose. then. d’Artagnan possessed that invincible stock of resolution which the counsels of his father had implanted in his heart: ‘Endure nothing from anyone but the king. to damage forever the beauty of which he was so proud. he did not entertain much dread of him. As to the astute Aramis. relate to everybody a recital which. the cardinal. rather than walked. he determined to dispatch him in good style or at least. then. though it had been dressed anew by M.lordly air and austere bearing pleased him much. well managed. or rather Deschaux. toward the convent of the Carmes Dechausses. de Treville’s surgeon. as it was called at that period. and supposing he should be able to get so far. When d’Artagnan arrived in sight of the bare spot of ground which extended along the foot of the monastery. and Monsieur de Treville.’ He flew. would cover Porthos with ridicule. Athos had been waiting about five minutes.

And it will be even a disadvantage to you.’ Athos reflected for an instant. I shall have the air of a boy-slayer. monsieur. ‘Monsieur.’ said Athos. a left-handed man is very troublesome to people who are not prepared for it. his feather even touching the ground. monsieur. one of his friends.’ replied d’ 73 .’ replied Athos. for which. ‘I have engaged two of my friends as seconds. I know only him.’ ‘I have no seconds on my part. Do not fancy that I do you a favor. upon my word. ‘for having only arrived yesterday in Paris. ‘a courtesy. But I will take the left hand—it is my custom in such circumstances. who has the honor to be. speaking half to himself. to whom I was recommended by my father. in some degree. with his gentlemanly Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ ‘You confuse me.’ continued Athos. but these two friends are not yet come. ‘Yes. bowing again.’ ‘Well. at which I am astonished. and you hurt me devilishly. ‘You know no one but Monsieur de Treville?’ he asked. with a bow that was not deficient in dignity. I regret I did not inform you sooner of this circumstance.’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘Not too much so. I as yet know no one but Monsieur de Treville.’ ‘Very inconvenient.with hat in hand. ‘since you do me the honor to draw a sword with me while suffering from a wound which is very inconvenient.’ said d’Artagnan. but then.’ ‘You have truly. I am very grateful. I use either hand easily. I assure you. ‘if I kill you. monsieur. as it is not at all their custom. I can tell you.

‘let us talk of something else. how you have hurt me! My shoulder quite burns. in whom every cavalier ought to seek his model. ‘and if it 74 The Three Musketeers . I am sure that in less than three days this balsam would cure you. ‘What. and three days hence. if you please. and at the end of three days. it would still do me a great honor to be your man. not that I can accept it. ‘PARDIEU. Unfortunately. without throwing the least doubt upon his courage. I say.’ ‘If you are in haste. we live in the times of the cardinal. when you would be cured— well.’ ‘Well?’ ‘Well.’ ‘If you would permit me—‘ said d’Artagnan. ‘that’s a proposition that pleases me. Ah. but a league off it savors of the gentleman. we do not live in the times of the great emperor. s’blood. with timidity. monsieur!’ said Athos. monsieur?’ ‘I have a miraculous balsam for wounds—a balsam given to me by my mother and of which I have made a trial upon myself. sir. and our combat would be prevented.’ D’Artagnan spoke these words with a simplicity that did honor to his courtesy. monsieur. Thus spoke and acted the gallant knights of the time of Charlemagne.’ said d’Artagnan. that we were to fight.air. however well the secret might be guarded. it would be known. with the same simplicity with which a moment before he had proposed to him to put off the duel for three days. I think these fellows will never come.

with a gracious nod to d’Artagnan. in an accent of greater astonishment than before. and perceived Aramis.’ ‘There is another word which pleases me. ‘What!’ cried he. I have plenty of time.’ cried Athos. I believe. I pray you. or the Three Inseparables? And yet. I love men of your kidney. do not inconvenience yourself. as you come from Dax or Pau—‘ ‘From Tarbes. ‘That did not come from a man without a heart. here is one of them. Ah. ‘It is probable you are ignorant of this little fact. Athos. ‘What!’ cried d’Artagnan. ‘is your first witness Monsieur Porthos?’ ‘Yes. so please you. We will wait for these gentlemen.’ said Athos. at court and in the city. and Aramis. Porthos. I shall hereafter have much pleasure in your conversation. and that we are called among the Musketeers and the 75 . and I foresee plainly that if we don’t kill each other. that disturbs you?’ ‘By no means. and it will be more correct. ‘your second witness is Monsieur Aramis?’ ‘Doubtless! Are you not aware that we are never seen one without the others.’ ‘And here is the second.’ said d’Artagnan. at the end of the Rue Vaugirard the gigantic Porthos appeared. Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ In fact. Monsieur.’ D’Artagnan turned in the direction pointed to by your will to dispatch me at once.

’ replied d’Artagnan. Let us say in passing that he had changed his baldric and relinquished his cloak.’ said Aramis. waved his hand to Athos. ‘you are well named. Porthos had come up. ‘what does this mean?’ ‘This is the gentleman I am going to fight with.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘But not before one o’clock. ‘But what are you going to fight about. Porthos?’ ‘Faith! I am going to fight—because I am going to fight.’ said Porthos. Athos?’ asked Aramis. if it should make any noise. He hurt my shoulder. And you. ah!’ said he. ‘But not until two o’clock. Athos. and my adventure.‘My faith!’ replied d’Artagnan. stood quite astonished. perceived a faintly sly smile pass over the lips of the young Gascon as he replied. ‘We had a short discussion upon dress.’ In the meantime. pointing to d’Artagnan with his hand and saluting him with the same gesture. reddening.’ answered Porthos. it is with him I am also going to fight.’ said Athos. will prove at least that your union is not founded upon contrasts. ‘Faith! I don’t very well know. coming in his turn onto the place. with the same calmness. whose keen eye lost nothing.’ 76 The Three Musketeers . ‘And I also am to fight with this gentleman. gentlemen. ‘Why. and then turning toward d’Artagnan. ‘Ah.

‘And you. the sharp and bold lines of which were at the moment gilded by a bright ray of the sun. a passage of St. ‘And now you are assembled. gentlemen. I repeat. ‘Yes. and at that moment he would have drawn his sword against all the Musketeers in the kingdom as willingly as he now did Free eBooks at Planet eBook. upon which we could not agree. and render yours almost null. ‘Indeed?’ said Athos. but on that account only. with the most gallant air possible. Monsieur Aramis. Monsieur Porthos. excuse me. for Monsieur Athos has the right to kill me first. ours is a theological quarrel. throwing up his head. ‘Oh. ‘permit me to offer you my 77 . gentlemen.’ murmured Athos. a haughty smile curled the lip of Porthos. d’Artagnan drew his sword.’ replied Aramis. The blood had mounted to the head of d’Artagnan. And now. a cloud passed over the brow of Athos. making a sign to d’Artagnan to keep secret the cause of their duel. this is a clever fellow. which must much diminish the face-value of your bill.’ said d’Artagnan. and—on guard!’ At these words.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘Decidedly. ‘You do not understand me. Aramis?’ asked Athos.’ said the Gascon. Athos indeed saw a second smile on the lips of d’Artagnan.’ At this word APOLOGIES. gentlemen. Augustine. and a negative sign was the reply of Aramis. ‘I asked to be excused in case I should not be able to discharge my debt to all three.

‘I waited your orders. Porthos. come. The two combatants had been seen in 78 The Three Musketeers . It was a quarter past midday. when a company of the Guards of his Eminence. ‘Remember.’ said Athos. like yourself. commanded by M.’ said Athos. ‘The cardinal’s Guards!’ cried Aramis and Porthos at the same time. ‘Sheathe your swords. and the spot chosen for the scene of the duel was exposed to its full ardor. ‘and yet I cannot take off my doublet. de Jussac.’ ‘That is true. we are waiting for our turns. drawing his sword in its turn.’ ‘Come. and quite worthy of two gentlemen. for I just now felt my wound begin to bleed again. ‘It is very hot. I will therefore fight in my doublet. ‘and whether drawn by myself or another. and Aramis.’ ‘When you please. ‘For my part. monsieur. enough of such compliments!’ cried Porthos. gentlemen.against Athos. putting himself on guard. But scarcely had the two rapiers clashed.’ ‘Speak for yourself when you are inclined to utter such incongruities.’ said d’Artagnan. sheathe your swords!’ But it was too late. I assure you I shall always view with regret the blood of so brave a gentleman.’ replied d’Artagnan. and I should not like to annoy Monsieur with the sight of blood which he has not drawn from me himself. Monsieur. I think what they say is very well said. crossing swords.’ interrupted Aramis. The sun was in its zenith. turned the corner of the convent.

half aloud.’ said Aramis. Sheathe. ‘and we are but three. but unfortunately the thing is impossible—Monsieur de Treville has forbidden it. for. gentlemen of the Guards. if you please. ‘If we were to see you fighting.’ said Athos. then. It was one of those events which Free eBooks at Planet eBook. while Jussac drew up his soldiers. I declare I will never appear again before the captain as a conquered man. Leave us alone.a position which left no doubt of their intentions.’ said Jussac. on my part. then. for Jussac was one of the aggressors of the preceding day.’ ‘Gentlemen. ‘We will charge upon you. then. Pass on your way.’ Athos. ‘if you disobey. and follow us. advancing toward them and making a sign to his men to do so likewise. Musketeers? Fighting here.’ ‘There are five of them. Duty before everything. This short interval was sufficient to determine d’Artagnan on the part he was to take.’ said he. ‘it would afford us great pleasure to obey your polite invitation if it depended upon ourselves. full of rancor. I can assure you that we would make no effort to prevent you. and must die on the spot.’ said Athos. parodying Jussac. then.’ ‘Monsieur. it is the best thing to do. and you will enjoy a little amusement without cost to yourselves. Porthos. are you? And the edicts? What is become of them?’ ‘You are very generous. ‘halloo. and Aramis instantly drew near one another. ‘Halloo!’ cried 79 .’ This raillery exasperated Jussac. we shall be beaten again. ‘it is with great regret that I pronounce the thing impossible.

who doubtless. he did not hesitate a second. My heart is that of a Musketeer.’ replied d’Artagnan. ‘We should only be three. ‘You may retire. All this young man perceived.’ ‘Monsieur is full of generosity.’ 80 The Three Musketeers .’ said Porthos. Save your skin. but it appears to me we are four. come. monsieur. it must be persisted in.’ ‘But you are not one of us. ‘I have not the uniform. begone quickly.decide the life of a man. you are a brave fellow.’ ‘Withdraw.’ D’Artagnan did not budge.’ said Athos.’ resumed Athos. You said you were but three.’ said Athos. ‘allow me to correct your words. had guessed d’Artagnan’s design. we consent to that. one of whom is wounded. but I have the spirit. and yet. it was a choice between the king and the cardinal—the choice made. But all three reflected upon the youth of d’Artagnan.’ replied Jussac. Turning towards Athos and his friends. ‘That’s true.’ cried Jussac. I feel it. ‘Gentlemen. by his gestures and the expression of his countenance. and that impels me on. young man.’ said Porthos to Aramis. ‘we must do something. and dreaded his inexperience.’ said he. that was to disobey the law. with the addition of a boy. if you please. ‘and yet it will not be the less said we were four men. ‘Decidedly. that was to risk his head. To fight. choose your part. to his praise we speak it. ‘Come. that was to make at one blow an enemy of a minister more powerful than the king himself. ‘Well. pressing the young man’s hand.

and Aramis found himself opposed to two adversaries. he fought like a furious tiger. ‘d’Artagnan. ‘We are about to have the honor of charging you. a favorite of the cardinal’s. gentlemen.’ said Athos. ‘It is done. gentlemen. ‘And what is your choice?’ asked Jussac. ‘Ah! You resist. Aramis. Athos fixed upon a certain Cahusac.’ ‘What is your name. The heart of the young Gascon beat as if it would burst through his side—not from fear. do you?’ cried Jussac. he sprang toward Jussac himself. D’Artagnan comprehended their irresolution.‘Yes. ‘That IS difficult. but to yield!’ said Porthos. forward!’ cried Athos. Athos. turning ten times round his adversary.’ replied Athos. 81 .’ said he. Porthos had Bicarat. and changing Free eBooks at Planet eBook. does that astonish you?’ And the nine combatants rushed upon each other with a fury which however did not exclude a certain degree of method. gentlemen. lifting his hat with one hand and drawing his sword with the other. As to d’Artagnan. and d’Artagnan. ‘S’blood. then. God he thanked. ‘Come. Porthos. ‘and I swear to you by my honor that I will not go hence if we are conquered. he had not the shade of it.’ replied Aramis.’ ‘Well. but with emulation. ‘Try me. my brave fellow?’ said Athos. have you decided?’ cried Jussac for the third time.

nevertheless it required all his skill to defend himself against an adversary who. he became warm and began to make mistakes. 82 The Three Musketeers . glided like a serpent beneath his blade. but the other pressed him warmly.his ground and his guard twenty times. attacking him on all sides at once. but the latter parried it. and yet parrying like a man who had the greatest respect for his own epidermis. but did not give way a foot. anxious to put an end to this. D’Artagnan. and they only fought more earnestly. and had had much practice. and passed his sword through his body. a fine blade. Nevertheless. and while Jussac was recovering himself. Furious at being held in check by one whom he had considered a boy. Aramis had killed one of his adversaries. active and energetic. redoubled his agility. D’Artagnan then cast an anxious and rapid glance over the field of battle. and fought with his left hand. Jussac was. aimed a terrible thrust at his adversary. as was then said. Bicarat and Porthos had just made counterhits. Aramis was in a good situation. departed every instant from received rules. became evidently paler. Porthos had received a thrust through his arm. springing forward. Jussac fell like a dead mass. Athos. But neither of these two wounds was serious. who though wanting in practice had a sound theory. Jussac. wounded anew by Cahusac. and able to defend himself. He only changed his sword hand. This contest at length exhausted Jussac’s patience. and Bicarat one through his thigh.

young man. d’Artagnan was at liberty to assist whom he pleased. who during his relief which d’Artagnan had procured him had recovered his breath. D’Artagnan and Cahusac sprang forward at the same instant. but on his way he met Athos. the one to recover. and returned toward d’Artagnan. ‘To me. D’Artagnan interpreted it. I have an old affair to settle with him when I am cured and sound 83 . While he was endeavoring to find out which of his companions stood in greatest need. Free eBooks at Planet eBook.According to the laws of dueling at that period. I will slay you!’ Cahusac turned. wished to resume the fight. Athos would have died rather than appeal for help. D’Artagnan perceived that it would be disobliging Athos not to leave him alone. and who. and with that look ask assistance. sank upon his knee. he caught a glance from Athos. and in a few minutes Cahusac fell. I beg of you. with a terrible bound he sprang to the side of Cahusac. but d’Artagnan. the sword. the other to obtain. but he could look. seized his rapier. being the more active. It was time. The glance was of sublime eloquence. That’s it! Very well done!’ The exclamation was drawn from Athos by seeing the sword of Cahusac fly twenty paces from him. for Athos. Cahusac immediately ran to the Guardsman whom Aramis had killed. Monsieur Guardsman. reached it first and placed his foot upon it. Disarm him only—make sure of his sword. whose great courage alone supported him. ‘do not kill him. ‘S’blood!’ cried he to d’Artagnan. for fear that d’Artagnan would kill his enemy. crying.

he turned a deaf ear.’ said Bicarat.’ ‘Ah. Nevertheless.with a sword thrust through his throat. Bicarat wished to hold out. and contented himself with laughing.’ cried he. 84 The Three Musketeers . ‘here will Bicarat die. it was necessary to finish. and crossed him arms. Bicarat was a Gascon. and offering him his compliments upon his brother’s having just obtained a company in the regiment of Navarre. as d’Artagnan was. royalists or cardinalists. wounded or not. who had risen upon his elbow. threw the pieces over the convent wall. and forced him to ask for mercy. but Jussac. and between two parries finding time to point to a spot of earth with his sword. but.’ ‘But there are four against you. that’s another thing. cried out to him to yield. it is my duty to obey. and they seek my life. Bicarat was one of those iron men who never fell dead. and d’Artagnan surrounded Bicarat. jest as he might. Aramis. Athos. I command you. At the same instant Aramis placed his sword point on the breast of his fallen enemy. Porthos made a thousand flourishes. ‘Here. Though alone against all and with a wound in his thigh. ‘As you are my commander. asking Bicarat what o’clock it could be. The watch might come up and take all the combatants.’ And springing backward. leave off. and required him to surrender. whistling a cardinalist air. parodying a verse of the Bible. for I only am left. There only then remained Porthos and Bicarat. he gained nothing. if you command me. he broke his sword across his knee to avoid the necessity of surrendering it.

intoxicated with joy. The Musketeers saluted Bicarat with their swords. de Treville’s hotel. under the porch of the convent. and carrying away four swords out of five. as we have said. pressing them tenderly. de 85 . he bore Jussac. so that in the end it became a triumphal march. as he passed through the gateway of M. D’Artagnan did the same. the only one left standing. occupying the whole width of the street and taking in every Musketeer they met. ‘at least I have entered upon my apprenticeship. The heart of d’Artagnan swam in delirium. even in an enemy. haven’t I?’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook.Bravery is always respected. assisted by Bicarat. they took their road. ‘If I am not yet a Musketeer. Then.’ said he to his new friends. and one of Aramis’s adversaries who was only wounded. Cahusac. and returned them to their sheaths. toward the hotel of M. They then rang the bell. he marched between Athos and Porthos. was dead. They walked arm in arm. The fourth.

they are good creatures. Perceiving M. M. In the evening M. It was already too late.’ said he.’ ‘No. de Treville scolded his Musketeers in public. de Treville attended the king’s gaming table. Do you know that his Eminence has been making fresh complaints against your Musketeers. M. ‘on the contrary. and M. he was in an excellent humor. But what are they to do? The Guards of Monsieur the Cardinal are forever seek86 The Three Musketeers . who saw at the first glance how things would go. and congratulated them in private. The king was winning. these Musketeers of yours are very devils—fellows to be hanged. The king was closeted with the cardinal. de Treville at a distance— ‘Come here. but as no time was to be lost in gaining the king.6 HIS MAJESTY KING LOUIS XIII This affair made a great noise. I’ll be their warranty. And that is that their swords may never leave their scabbards but in your majesty’s service. Monsieur Captain. that I may growl at you. ‘come here. de Treville was informed that the king was busy and could not receive him at that moment. as meek as lambs.’ replied Treville. and as he was very avaricious. that this evening his Eminence is indisposed? Ah. de Treville hastened to report himself at the Louvre. and have but one desire. and that with so much emotion. sire.

I have a great mind to take away your commission and give it to Mademoiselle de Chemerault.’ continued he. sire.’ said the king.’ In fact. ‘listen to him! Would not one say he was speaking of a religious community? In truth. so that they who have lost may have nothing to complain of. ‘you say it is his Eminence’s Guards who have Free eBooks at Planet eBook. and for the honor of the corps even. the major part of which arose from his winnings. But don’t fancy that I am going to take you on your bare word. my dear Captain. and by and by. the poor young men are obliged to defend themselves.’ said the king. fortune changed. Justice before everything. quarrels with them. monsieur. Monsieur de Treville. Ah.’ ‘Ah. ‘take my place. ‘La Vieuville. de Treville and walking with him toward the embrasure of a window. ‘Well. The king therefore arose a minute after. it is because I confide in that justice that I shall wait patiently and quietly the good pleasure of your Majesty. he was not sorry to find an excuse for playing Charlemagne—if we may use a gaming phrase of whose origin we confess our ignorance.’ said he. to whom I promised an abbey.’ Then turning toward M. monsieur. wait. I had eighty louis before me. put down the same sum.’ ‘Listen to Monsieur de Treville. I am called Louis the Just.’ ‘Wait. ‘I will not detain you long. I must speak to Monsieur de Treville on an affair of 87 . and as the king began to lose what he had won. and putting the money which lay before him into his pocket. by and by we will see.

for your Majesty cannot be ignorant that the Musketeers. for you know. Three of my best soldiers. when they were disturbed by de Jussac. and who have. but I leave your Majesty to judge what five armed men could possibly be going to do in such a deserted place as the neighborhood of the Convent des Carmes. a judge must hear both sides. whom your Majesty knows by name. my dear Captain. you are right!’ ‘Then. I dare affirm to the king.’ ‘I do not accuse them.’ ‘And how did the thing happen? Let us see.’ ‘Good Lord! In the most simple and natural manner possible. whom I had introduced to them the same morning.’ ‘Yes.sought a quarrel with your Musketeers?’ ‘Yes. Treville. ah! You incline me to think so. his service much at heart—three of my best soldiers. I say. as they always do.’ ‘Ah. Porthos. and two other Guardsmen. Athos. who belong to the king and nobody but the king. you are right. who certainly did not go there in such a numerous company without some ill intention against the edicts. Bicarat. upon seeing my Musketeers they changed their minds. Germain. are the natural enemies of the Guardsmen. and forgot their private hatred for partisan hatred. had made a party of pleasure with a young fellow from Gascony. sire. The party was to take place at St. and whose devotedness you have more than once appreciated. who belong to the car88 The Three Musketeers . ‘There is no doubt they went thither to fight themselves.’ said the king. and Aramis. sire. Cahusac. I believe. and they had appointed to meet at the Carmes-Deschaux.

’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. sire. You say. your Musketeers. in a melancholy tone. but who. and one wounded man. ‘a complete victory!’ ‘Yes. ‘and it is very sad. this is a victory!’ cried the king. two heads to royalty. but I will not swear to it. yes. to see thus two parties in France.dinal. of glorious memory. will come to an end. he is the son of one of my oldest friends—the son of a man who served under the king your father. but they were not alone. They had a youth with them?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘How does he call himself?’ ‘d’Artagnan. But all this will come to an end. believe me. one of them wounded. and a youth.’ ‘Yes. say you?’ ‘One hardly a young man. but absolutely brought four of them to earth. in the civil war.’ ‘Why. sire. Treville. Treville. You know how difficult it is to discover the truth. as complete as that of the Bridge of Ce. and unless a man be endowed with that admirable instinct which causes Louis XIII to be named the Just—‘ ‘You are right. then. however. sire. that the Guardsmen sought a quarrel with the Musketeers?’ ‘I say that it is probable that things have fallen out so.’ said the 89 . sire. all radiant. behaved himself so admirably on this occasion that I will take the liberty of recommending him to your Majesty. so that three of the king’s Musketeers—one of whom was wounded—and a youth not only maintained their ground against five of the most terrible of the cardinal’s Guardsmen. Treville.’ ‘Four men.

one of the first swordsmen in the kingdom?’ ‘Well. and as he has not the honor of being a Musketeer.‘And you say this young man behaved himself well? Tell me how. and your Majesty has in him so firm a champion that it was he who gave Jussac the terrible sword thrust which has made the cardinal so angry. he was dressed as a citizen. entirely devoted to your Majesty. invited him to retire before they attacked. placing his hand upon his hip. ‘it was they who attacked?’ ‘That is true. there can be no more doubt on that head. for once he found his master.’ interrupted the king. perceiving his youth and that he did not belong to the corps. Treville—you know how I delight in accounts of war and fighting. sire.’ And Louis XIII twisted his mustache proudly.’ resumed Treville. Monsieur d’Artagnan is little more than a boy.’ ‘So you may plainly see.’ ‘Jussac. sire. The Guards of the cardinal. ‘Well. Treville. They called upon him then to retire. ‘Sire. ‘he. ‘as I told you. Treville—I will see him.’ ‘I will see this young man. and if 90 The Three Musketeers . and that therefore he would remain with Messieurs the Musketeers. but he answered that he was a Musketeer at heart. that’s impossible!’ ‘It is as I have the honor to relate it to your Majesty. he did remain with them. a boy! Treville.’ ‘Brave young man!’ murmured the king.’ ‘He who wounded Jussac!’ cried the king.

By eight o’clock in the morning he was at the apartment of Athos. but d’Artagnan. he saluted the king respectfully. saw in it his future fortune. As they had long been acquainted with the king. is quite out of the ordinary conditions of a duel. at midday. Devoted men are so rare. come still by the back staircase. It is useless to let the cardinal know.’ ‘You understand. sire. That evening the three Musketeers were informed of the honor accorded them. we will make it our business.’ ‘Shall I bring him alone?’ ‘No.’ ‘That is true.’ ‘But this encounter. after all. bring me all four together. by the back staircase. It is a brawl. sire. Treville—an edict is still an edict. As the hour to wait upon the king was not till twelve. ‘but never mind. I wish to thank them all at once. but as it was indeed something to have prevailed upon this child to rebel against his master. and the proof is that there were five of the cardinal’s Guardsmen against my three Musketeers and Monsieur d’Artagnan.’ Treville smiled. D’Artagnan found the Musketeer dressed and ready to go out. it is forbidden to fight. and passed the night in golden dreams. Treville.’ ‘ 91 .’ said the king. and with this agreement. Treville.anything can be done—well. he had made a party with Porthos and Aramis to play a Free eBooks at Planet eBook. they were not much excited. with his Gascon imagination. Treville.’ ‘When will your Majesty deign to receive him?’ ‘Tomorrow. took leave of him.

till twelve. which had happened only the day before. Athos invited d’Artagnan to follow them. he accepted. and went and took his place near the cord and in the gallery. who. as it would have been impossible for him to present himself before the king. as it then scarcely was. although he played with his left hand. he found that his wound was yet too recent to allow of such exertion. therefore. and were playing together. declaring that he would not resume the game until he should be prepared to play with them on more equal terms. and although ignorant of the game. in his Gascon imagination. passed with d’Artagnan to the opposite side and challenged them. as upon this audience. depended his future life. his audience would have been probably lost. he saluted Aramis and Porthos politely. had promised himself to seize the first opportunity 92 The Three Musketeers . not knowing what to do with his time from nine o’clock in the at tennis in a tennis court situated near the stables of the Luxembourg. but at the first effort he made. But one of these balls. Unfortunately for d’Artagnan. passed so close to d’Artagnan’s face that he thought that if. among the spectators was one of his Eminence’s Guardsmen. which he had never played. who was very expert in all bodily exercises. launched by Porthos’ herculean hand. still irritated by the defeat of his companions. it had hit him. Athos. Now. The two Musketeers were already there. and as he declared he was too ignorant of the game to play it regularly they only continued giving balls to one another without counting. instead of passing near. alone. D’Artagnan remained.

company would be in the way.’ ‘And when?’ asked the Guardsman. monsieur. with the same jeering air.’ resumed the latter. monsieur.’ ‘You’re in the wrong there.’ replied d’Artagnan.’ ‘And you know who I am.’ said d’Artagnan. then. for if you knew my name. without doubt?’ ‘I? I am completely ignorant. Monsieur Bernajoux. my little gentleman! I have said what I have said. at your service. perhaps you would not be so pressing. for he is doubtless a Musketeer 93 .’ ‘Go. in a low voice.’ ‘And as since that which you have said is too clear to require any explanation. twisting his mustache.of avenging it. You must be aware that for our undertaking. ‘PARDIEU.’ ‘What is your name?’ ‘Bernajoux. He believed this opportunity was now come and addressed his neighbor: ‘It is not astonishing that that young man should be afraid of a ball. lest it be observed that we go out together.’ D’Artagnan turned round as if a serpent had stung him. if you please. nor does it much disquiet me. I will follow you.’ ‘Do not hurry yourself. tranquilly. ‘I will wait for you at the door.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ ‘Well. ‘I beg you to follow me. and fixed his eyes intensely upon the Guardsman who had just made this insolent speech. ‘look at me as long as you like. ‘At once.

On guard!’ ‘But. the name of Bernajoux was known to all the world. Indeed. for it was one of those which figured most frequently in the daily brawls which all the edicts of the cardinal could not repress. that they did not even perceive their young companion go out. as he had told the Guardsman of his Eminence. whom. and that we should be better behind the Abbey St. thanks to 94 The Three Musketeers . ‘My faith! It is fortunate for you. which was fixed for midday. on guard!’ Bernajoux was not a man to have such a compliment paid to him twice. Germain or in the Pre-aux-Clercs. On guard. Never mind. In an instant his sword glittered in his hand. ‘but unfortunately I have very little time to spare. I will do my best. An instant after.‘That’s true. perhaps. As d’Artagnan had no time to lose. and Athos was watching them with so much attention. having an appointment at twelve precisely. who. then. and he sprang upon his adversary. d’Artagnan alone excepted. although your name is Bernajoux. ‘it appears to me that this place is badly chosen. astonished that his name had not produced more effect upon the young man.’ said the Guardsman. and seeing that the street was empty. Porthos and Aramis were so engaged with their game.’ replied d’Artagnan.’ ‘What you say is full of sense. he cast his eyes around. be content. said to his adversary. the Guardsman descended in his turn. monsieur.’ said he whom d’Artagnan thus provoked. on account of the audience of the king. to have only to deal with an apprentice Musketeer. stopped outside the door.

‘To the rescue! The Hotel de la Tremouille!’ At these cries. in whose service he had a relative. and touched his adversary on the shoulder. But d’Artagnan had on the preceding day served his apprenticeship. d’Artagnan immediately made a step backward and raised his sword. when the noise which arose from the street being heard in the tennis court. the sword of Bernajoux deviated from the line. de la Tremouille. So the two swords were crossed close to the hilts. and the moment the two Guardsmen attacked their young companion. and pressing him warmly. however. drove them back. all who were in the hotel rushed out and fell upon the Free eBooks at Planet eBook. but only broke away toward the hotel of M. As. full of hopes of future favor. Fresh sharpened by his victory. sword in 95 . as he did not declare himself conquered. and Aramis quickly appeared in their turn. two of the friends of the Guardsman. they began to cry. without doubt would soon have completed his work with a third blow. He freed his weapon. rushed. But Athos. but Bernajoux cried out that it was nothing. absolutely spitted himself upon d’Artagnan’s sword.his great youthfulness. from the court. Porthos. he was resolved not to recoil a step. and as the Guardsmen were only two against four. and fell upon the conqueror. but d’Artagnan seized the moment at which. made a lunge. in this movement. Bernajoux now fell. it was his adversary who made the retreating step. he hoped to intimidate. he did not fall. d’Artagnan was ignorant of the seriousness of the last wound his adversary had received. and rushing blindly upon him. and as d’Artagnan stood firm. who had seen him go out after exchanging some words with d’Artagnan.

and were beloved on account of the hatred they bore to his Eminence. and they even began to deliberate whether they should not set fire to the hotel to punish the insolence of M. Excitement was at its height among the Musketeers and their allies. as Aramis had called him. D’Artagnan and his companions remembered their audience. who hastened to the succor of their comrades. as we have said. the doors of which they closed just in time to prevent their enemies from entering with them. for the Musketeers were known to be enemies of the cardinal. who on their side cried aloud. often took part with the king’s Musketeers in these quarrels. and. and as they would very much have regretted that such an opportunity should be lost. Of three Guardsmen of the company of M. they 96 The Three Musketeers . The MELEE became general. while the other ran toward the hotel of M. this hotel was full of soldiers of this company. crying. ‘To the rescue. ‘To the rescue. de Treville.four companions. The proposition had been made. and received with enthusiasm. Musketeers! To the rescue!’ As usual. de la Tremouille’s people retreated into the hotel. Musketeers!’ This cry was generally heeded. two came to the assistance of the four companions. As to the wounded man. Dessessart who were passing. but strength was on the side of the Musketeers. in a very bad state. when fortunately eleven o’clock struck. The cardinal’s Guards and M. Thus the soldiers of other companies than those which belonged to the Red Duke. he had been taken in at once. de la Tremouille’s domestics in daring to make a SORTIE upon the king’s Musketeers.

de Treville. Besides.’ M. but he could not resist his love of sport. ‘the Master of the Hounds came this morning to inform him that he had marked down a stag. de Treville.’ replied the valet. directed his course toward the Louvre. M. who contented themselves with hurling some paving stones against the gates. At first the king answered that he would not go. accompanied by the four young fellows. and set out after dinner. ‘for I saw the Free eBooks at Planet eBook. de Treville required this intelligence to be repeated to him twice.’ ‘And the king has seen the cardinal?’ asked M. ‘Quick to the Louvre. ‘to the Louvre without losing an instant. he was informed that the king had gone stag hunting in the forest of St. Germain. but the gates were too strong. those who must be considered the leaders of the enterprise had quit the group and were making their way toward the hotel of M. but to the great astonishment of the captain of the Musketeers.’ asked he.’ replied the valet de chambre. de Treville. and each time his companions saw his brow become darker. ‘any intention of holding this hunting party yesterday?’ ‘No. We will describe the thing to him as a consequence of the affair of yesterday.’ said he.succeeded in calming their 97 . and the two will pass off together. and let us endeavor to see the king before he is prejudiced by the cardinal. ‘Had his Majesty. who was waiting for them. ‘In all probability he has. your Excellency. They soon tired of the sport. already informed of this fresh disturbance.

de Treville recommended everyone to return home and wait for news. M. immediately to his hotel. de Treville thought it best to be first in making the complaint. and caused himself to be announced. de Treville thought of an expedient which might terminate it quietly. M. de la Tremouille. each becoming. on the contrary. de la Tremouille— already prejudiced by his esquire. I do not advise you to risk doing so. de Treville nor the Musketeers to complain. de Treville. to allow the four young men to dispute it. they told me.’ said M. and moreover came from a man who knew the king too well. de la Tremouille with a letter in which he begged of him to eject the cardinal’s Guardsmen from his house. ‘To St. M. as the debate between these two nobles might last a long time.horses harnessed to his Eminence’s carriage this morning. whose people the Musketeers had assaulted and whose hotel they had endeavored to burn. and when I asked where he was going. Bernajoux was— replied that it was neither for M. for if no 98 The Three Musketeers . more firm in his own opinion. He sent one of his servants to M. On entering his hotel. He repaired. The two nobles saluted each other politely. Now. therefore. as we already know. ‘Gentlemen. but as to you.’ This advice was too reasonable. I will see the king this evening. But M. Germain. for him. This was to go himself to M. whose relative. but. and to reprimand his people for their audacity in making SORTIE against the king’s Musketeers. naturally.’’ ‘He is beforehand with us.

he did not.friendship existed between them. which is not dangerous.’ ‘Does he talk?’ ‘With difficulty. very ill indeed! In addition to the sword thrust in his arm.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ ‘Make it. there was at least esteem. monsieur. ‘but I warn you that I am well informed.’ said M. to speak the truth. de la Tremouille—a Protestant. your esquire’s relative?’ ‘Why. in the name of the God before whom he must perhaps appear. monsieur!’ said Treville. monsieur. monsieur. and will believe what he will say. ‘Monsieur. I will take him for judge in his own cause. and as M. ‘we fancy that we have each cause to complain of the other. This time. in 99 . of which the doctor says bad things. carry any bias into his social relations. Let us adjure him.’ ‘But has the wounded man retained his senses?’ ‘Perfectly. was cooler than usual. monsieur. let us go to him. and seeing the king seldom—was of no party. I listen. he has received another right through his lungs.’ ‘You are too just and reasonable a man.’ ‘Well.’ ‘How is Monsieur Bernajoux. Both were men of courage and honor. but he can speak. de la Tremouille. and all the fault is with your Musketeers. ‘not to accept the proposal I am about to make to you. his address. although polite. and I am come to endeavor to clear up this affair. however.’ ‘I have no objection.’ replied M. de Treville.

which recalled him to life. The latter. returned to his hotel. not only as 100 The Three Musketeers . he fell back again almost senseless.M. M. requested M. unwilling that it should be thought that he had influenced the wounded man. took leave of M. Placed between life and death. Then M. wholly anticardinalist. Both descended to the chamber in which the wounded man lay. and he described to the two nobles the affair exactly as it had passed. de Treville wanted. This was all that M. It may easily be understood. then as it was difficult to suggest a more reasonable proposal. he had no idea for a moment of concealing the truth. and exhausted by the effort. and Aramis abandoned to him. That happened which M. de Treville. de la Tremouille. de la Tremouille reflected for an instant. though. he agreed to it. de la Tremouille to interrogate him himself. M. He wished Bernajoux a speedy convalescence. de la Tremouille approached him. which Athos. therefore. and made him inhale some salts. and immediately sent word to the four friends that he awaited their company at dinner. as Bernajoux was. de Treville had foreseen. but he was too weak. endeavored to raise himself up in his bed. as d’Artagnan had been the hero of these two fights. de Treville entertained good company. Porthos. Now. on seeing these two noble lords who came to visit him. it was upon him that all the felicitations fell. that the conversation during the whole of dinner turned upon the two checks that his Eminence’s Guardsmen had received.

Our young men had been waiting about half an hour. The king had not yet returned from hunting. when all the doors were thrown open. As for M.good comrades. instead of claiming the ENTREE by the back stairs. The coming instant would in all probability decide the rest of his life. visible as it was in his Majesty. Porthos. d’Artagnan judged that the mind of the king was stormy. amid a crowd of courtiers. de Treville announced that it was time to go to the Louvre. At his announcement d’Artagnan felt himself tremble to the very marrow of his bones. The three Musketeers therefore did not hesitate to make a step forward. did not prevent the courtiers from ranging themselves along his pathway. but as the hour of audience granted by his Majesty was past. In royal antechambers it is worth more to be viewed with an angry eye than not to be seen at all. he placed himself with the four young men in the antechamber. This disposition. as if he had never seen them 101 . walking fast. de Treville. and holding a whip in his hand. D’Artagnan on the contrary remained concealed behind them. At the first glance. and his Majesty was announced. Toward six o’clock M. Louis XIII appeared. He was in hunting costume covered with dust. and Aramis personally. but although the king knew Athos. when the eyes of the king fell Free eBooks at Planet eBook. wearing large boots. but as men who had so often had their turn that could very well afford him his. he passed before them without speaking or looking—indeed. His eyes therefore were fixed in a sort of agony upon the door through which the king must enter.

and seeing that M.’ ‘Wait here ten minutes. ‘Matters go but badly. twenty minutes. ‘and if at the expiration of ten minutes you do not see me come out. however. This. de Treville did not return. for it will be useless for you to wait for me longer. entered his apartment. who would sometimes take one of his courtiers to a window and say. return to my hotel. did not prevent his asking. everything degenerates. ‘and we shall not be made Chevaliers of the Order this time. We chased him for six hours.’ This was. and found his Majesty in a very ill humor. after which his Majesty. grumbling. de Treville. ‘Bad. beating his boot with the handle of his whip. and when he was near being taken—when St. indeed. monsieur. We started a stag of ten branches. the worst complaint of Louis XIII. bad!’ replied the king. let us weary ourselves together.-Simon was 102 The Three Musketeers .’ said M. with the greatest coolness. he sustained the look with so much firmness that it was the king who dropped his eyes. a quarter of an hour. in fact. seated on an armchair. or the dogs that have no noses. after his Majesty’s health.’ said Athos. M. monsieur! Upon my soul. smiling. de Treville entered the king’s cabinet boldly. ‘Monsieur So-and-so. and I don’t know whether it is the game which leaves no scent.’ ‘How! Your Majesty is bored? Have you not enjoyed the pleasures of the chase today?’ ‘A fine pleasure. went away very uneasy as to what was going to happen.upon him.’ The four young men waited ten minutes. ‘I am bored.

that they Free eBooks at Planet eBook. I wholly comprehend your disappointment. de Treville. and traps. Ah.already putting his horn to his mouth to sound the mort— crack. sire. who talks to me about England! Ah! A PROPOS of the cardinal. and tiercets. I shall be obliged to give up hunting. de Treville waited for the king. but I think you have still a good number of falcons. He knew the king of old. who talks to me about Spain. as I have given up hawking. snares. and he died day before yesterday. feigning the most profound astonishment. all the pack takes the wrong scent and sets off after a two-year-older. ‘Is it thus you perform your charge. ‘And in what have I been so unfortunate as to displease your Majesty?’ asked M. monsieur?’ continued the king. and people will hunt with 103 .’ ‘And not a man to instruct them. who talks to me about Austria. I am vexed with you!’ This was the chance at which M. without directly replying to de Treville’s question. and he knew that all these complaints were but a preface—a sort of excitation to encourage himself— and that he had now come to his point at last. Falconers are declining.’ ‘Indeed. who does not leave me a moment’s repose. After me it will all be over. Monsieur de Treville. I am an unfortunate king. Monsieur de Treville! I had but one gerfalcon. ‘Is it for this I name you captain of my Musketeers. I know no one but myself who is acquainted with the noble art of venery. The misfortune is great. If I had but the time to train pupils! But there is the cardinal always at hand. sparrow hawks.

in time of peace. ‘Against calumniators. and that they did not endeavor to burn it?—which would not. upon poor Bernajoux. de Treville.’ continued the king. Tell me. who labors while I amuse myself. can you deny all this?’ ‘And who told you this fine story. sire?’ asked Treville. and Aramis. calmly. have been a great misfortune in time of war. ‘for I know no one except God who can be so far above your Majesty. ‘Who has told me this fine story. without doubt the rioters are in prison. now. and have not maltreated him in such a fashion that probably by this time he is dead? Will you tell me that they did not lay siege to the hotel of the Duc de la Tremouille. ‘Will you tell me that your three damned Musketeers. de Treville. a frightful example. de Treville. and endeavor to set fire to Paris.’ ‘And against whom?’ cried the king. ‘Ah! This is something new.’ said M. I come to demand it of you. but which is. like so many furies. who conducts everything at home and abroad—in France as in Europe?’ ‘Your Majesty probably refers to God.’ 104 The Three Musketeers . Athos. and your youngster from Bearn.’ ‘Sire.’ replied M. and you come to tell me justice is done. without your saying a word? But yet. have not fallen. monsieur? Who should it be but he who watches while I sleep.’ replied the king. quietly. perhaps. ‘undoubtedly my haste accuses you wrongfully.’ said M.should assassinate a man. seeing that it is nothing but a nest of Huguenots. disturb a whole quarter. Porthos. ‘on the contrary.

I speak of the prop of the state. that he is too deeply interested in the question to be a very impartial witness. sire.’ cried the king. sire. but so far from that.’ ‘You will accept his judgment?’ ‘Undoubtedly.’ ‘What?’ ‘It is that your Majesty will make him come here. I know the duke to be a royal gentleman. without witnesses. toward whom he is unjust. then? Come. you mean to say that he betrays me? You accuse 105 . then! You will bind yourself.‘No. I say that he has hastily accused your Majesty’s Musketeers.’ ‘You mean to say that he deceives me. What do you say to that?’ ‘I might answer. of my only friend—of the cardinal. from the duke himself. and that he has not obtained his information from good sources. avow freely that you accuse him!’ ‘No. I say that he is ill-informed.’ ‘What do you mean by that. sire. of my only servant.’ ‘What. monsieur. ‘by what Monsieur de la Tremouille shall say?’ ‘Yes.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. TETE-A-TETE. but I say that he deceives himself. sire.’ ‘The accusation comes from Monsieur de la Tremouille. and I refer the matter to him—but upon one condition. sire.’ ‘His Eminence is not his holiness. will interrogate him yourself. and that this infallibility does not extend to cardinals. sire. monsieur?’ ‘That it is only the Pope who is infallible. and that I shall see your Majesty as soon as you have seen the duke. speak.

’ ‘Tomorrow. I sometimes dream. who will dispose of them at your good pleasure. I am ready to obey. but beware.’ ‘At what o’clock.’ ‘But in coming too early I should be afraid of awakening your Majesty.‘Any you will submit to the reparation he may require?’ ‘Certainly. as early as you like—at seven o’clock. de Treville slept still 106 The Three Musketeers . if you and your Musketeers are guilty.’ ‘If my Musketeers are guilty. then? I sleep no longer. entered in reply to the call. sire.’ said the king.’ ‘Till then. monsieur—tomorrow.’ ‘La Chesnaye. monsieur. sire?’ ‘Tomorrow. who never left the door. I am not called Louis the Just without reason. ‘La Chesnaye.’ ‘No. Does your Majesty require anything further? Speak. by the faith of a gentleman.’ ‘Your Majesty gives me your word that you will not see anyone between Monsieur de la Tremouille and myself?’ ‘Nobody. M. that’s all. ‘La Chesnaye!’ Louis XIII’s confidential valet. monsieur.’ ‘Awaken me! Do you think I ever sleep.’ said the king. Come. then. then. then. the guilty shall be placed in your Majesty’s hands. please your Majesty?’ ‘At any hour you will. ‘let someone go instantly and find Monsieur de la Tremouille. Tomorrow. I wish to speak with him this evening. monsieur. God preserve your Majesty!’ However ill the king might sleep. no.

de Treville found La Chesnaye. Arrived at the foot of the back stairs. de la Tremouille’s testimony and himself. that he had only that moment arrived and that he was at that very hour with the king. In fact. without encouraging them or promising them anything. depended upon the cast of the 107 . that is to say. This circumstance pleased M. he desired them to wait. I beg you to receive them. He took them with him. de la Tremouille come out. ten minutes had scarcely passed away when the door of the king’s closet opened. and said: ‘Monsieur de Treville. and even his own. who informed him that they had not been able to find M. and to Free eBooks at Planet eBook. that the fault lay with my people. On arriving at the king’s private antechamber. de Treville saw M. they would depart without being seen. as he thus became certain that no foreign suggestion could insinuate itself between M. if the king consented to see them. and that I was ready to offer you my excuses. his Majesty has just sent for me in order to inquire respecting the circumstances which took place yesterday at my hotel. that he returned too late to present himself at the Louvre. and without concealing from them that their luck. He had ordered his three Musketeers and their companion to be with him at half past six in the morning. I have told him the truth. The duke came straight up to him.worse. de Treville much. If the king was still irritated against them. de la Tremouille on the preceding evening at his hotel. M. they would only have to be called. and M. Since I have the good fortune to meet you.

who had heard all these compliments through the open door. I find that I have not been mistaken.’ said the king.hold me always as one of your friends.’ said M. and I thank you that there is still one man in France of whom may be said.’ ‘Thanks. Go. thanks. advancing toward the door. Treville. and with your permission La Chesnaye will bid them come up.’ cried the king.’ said the duke. Where are your Musketeers? I told you the day before yesterday to bring them with you. but he neglects me.’ ‘Monsieur the Duke. Duke. sire.’ ‘Yes. At the moment he opened 108 The Three Musketeers . Come in. for these are things which a king cannot say for himself. ‘only tell him. de Treville. why have you not done so?’ ‘They are below.’ ‘Ah! You have heard what I said? So much the better. sire. that it is nearly three years since I have seen him. ‘I was so confident of your loyalty that I required no other defender before his Majesty than yourself. that I also wish to be one of his.’ ‘That’s well said.’ The Duke saluted and retired. yes. and return often. ‘but your Majesty may be assured that it is not those—I do not speak of Monsieur de Treville—whom your Majesty sees at all hours of the day that are most devoted to you. Tell him all this for me. ‘Ah! It is you. since he wishes to be considered your friend. Monsieur Duke. Treville. and that I never do see him unless I send for him. Treville. It is nearly eight o’clock. what I have said of you. let them come up immediately. without disappointment. so much the better. and at nine I expect a visit.

’ ‘Quite contrite and repentant! Hem!’ said the king. monsieur.’ said Athos. ‘Why you told me he was a young man? This is a boy. ‘that if he had not rescued me from the hands of Cahusac. his Eminence will be forced to renew his company in three weeks. ‘What the devil!’ continued the king. One now and then I don’t say much about. my braves. too many! If you go on so. it is far too many!’ ‘Therefore. assuming a most deprecating 109 . sire. it is too many. to offer you their excuses. your Majesty sees that they are come. there is one yonder of a Gascon look. approached. d’Artagnan following closely behind them. quite contrite and repentant. Come hither. appeared at the top of the staircase. bowing.’ D’Artagnan. the three Musketeers and d’Artagnan. and I to put the edicts in force in all their rigor. who understood that it was to him this compliment was addressed.the door. I am going to scold you. ‘I place no confidence in their hypocritical faces. ‘Come in. I repeat. a mere boy! Do you mean to say that it was he who bestowed that severe thrust at Jussac?’ ‘And those two equally fine thrusts at Bernajoux. conducted by La Chesnaye.’ ‘Truly!’ ‘Without reckoning. In particular.’ The Musketeers advanced. Treville.’ said the king. but seven in two days. ‘come in. gentlemen. ‘Seven of his Eminence’s Guards placed HORS DE COMBAT by you four in two days! That’s too many. I should not now have Free eBooks at Planet eBook.

upon the fear he had manifested lest he receive a ball in the face. Gascons are always poor. de la Tremouille. this is 110 The Three Musketeers . Treville? Well. I don’t say nay to it. seeing that I am my father’s son. who had nothing to do with the matter. La Chesnaye. though the Lord owes them this miracle in recompense for the manner in which they supported the pretensions of the king your father. with the loss of his hotel. bring them to me. and if you can find them. this Bearnais! VENTRE-SAINTGRIS. how they had gone together to the tennis court. myself. go and see if by rummaging all my pockets you can find forty pistoles. not having been able to sleep for the joy he felt in the expectation of seeing his Majesty. happily. with your hand upon your conscience. how. And now let us see. is it not. ‘This is all very well. he had gone to his three friends three hours before the hour of audience. I can assert that they have hitherto discovered no gold mines in their mountains. as the king my father would have said. are they not?’ ‘Sire. and how. Monsieur de Treville. how did all this come to pass?’ D’Artagnan related the adventure of the preceding day in all its details. But at this sort of work.’ murmured the king.the honor of making my very humble reverence to your Majesty. Now. ‘yes. many doublets must be slashed and many swords broken.’ ‘Which is to say that the Gascons made a king of me. he had been jeered at by Bernajoux who had nearly paid for his jeer with his life and M.’ ‘Why he is a very devil. young man.

’ added the king. your brother-in-law. Ah. you ought to be satisfied. Treville. and was not the least in the world humiliated. as it is half past eight. I may continue to rely upon it.’ said Treville. thanking his Majesty greatly. and putting it into the hand of d’Artagnan. ‘There.’ said he. in a low voice. that will be better. ‘we would allow ourselves to be cut to pieces in your Majesty’s service. taking a handful of gold from La Chesnaye. gentlemen. ‘Here. and you will be more useful to me. ‘is a proof of my satisfaction. PARDIEU. and those of his very best! But that’s quite enough. Poor cardinal! Seven men in two days. please to understand. You have taken your revenge for the Rue Ferou. that’s 111 . gentlemen.’ said the king. the ideas of pride which are in fashion in our days did not prevail. may I not?’ ‘Oh.’ added the king. and even exceeded it. place this young man in the company of the Guards of Monsieur Dessessart. from hand to hand. yes.’ At this epoch. and as we have besides decided that a novitiate is necessary before entering that corps. looking at a clock. Thanks for your devotedness. but keep whole. ‘we are. D’Artagnan put his forty pistoles into his pocket without any scruple—on the contrary. ‘as you have no room in the Musketeers. you may retire.’ ‘If your Majesty is so.’ ‘Oh. I expect someone at nine. Treville! I Free eBooks at Planet eBook. I am. with one voice. ‘there. A gentleman received. money from the king. for as I told you.’ ‘Well. sire!’ cried the four companions. as the others were retiring.just the account the duke gave me of the affair. now. well.

Monsieur Cardinal. as his Majesty had said.enjoy beforehand the face the cardinal will make. This did not prevent the king from being as complacent to him as possible whenever he met him. was really furious. but I don’t care. I am doing what is right. how fares it with that poor Jussac and that poor Bernajoux of yours?’ 112 The Three Musketeers . so furious that during eight days he absented himself from the king’s gaming table. He will be furious. The cardinal. or from asking in the kindest tone.’ The king waved his hand to Treville. who left him and rejoined the Musketeers. whom he found sharing the forty pistoles with d’Artagnan. ‘Well.

and saw him take out a handful of gold Free eBooks at Planet eBook. and he had brought him away without any other recommendation. when he waited at the dinner given by his master. and the lackey waited at table. The noble carriage of this gentleman. The repast had been ordered by Athos. making rings and plashing in the water. though great.7 THE INTERIOR OF ‘THE MUSKETEERS” When d’Artagnan was out of the Louvre. when he saw that this place was already taken by a compeer named Mousqueton. He was a Picard. and that he must enter into the service of d’Artagnan. The repast was carried into effect that very day. Nevertheless. had won Planchet—that was the name of the Picard. for whom he believed himself to be engaged. would not support two servants. 113 . and Aramis to provide himself with a suitable mistress. and the lackey furnished by Porthos. and when Porthos signified to him that the state of his household. Porthos to engage a lackey. and consulted his friends upon the use he had best make of his share of the forty pistoles. Porthos pretended that this occupation was proof of a reflective and contemplative organization. whom the glorious Musketeer had picked up on the Bridge Tournelle. He felt a slight disappointment. Athos advised him to order a good repast at the Pomme-de-Pin.

which consisted of an antechamber and a bedroom. Planchet slept in the antechamber upon a coverlet taken from the bed of d’Artagnan. the chimeras of Planchet faded away. but when in the evening he made his master’s bed. He certainly did not prevent others from speaking of them before him. was very disagreeable to him. and no more. and who was named Grimaud. he believed his fortune made. Porthos and Aramis. no embellishments. He preserved this opinion even after the feast. and returned thanks to heaven for having thrown him into the service of such a Croesus. His words were brief and expressive. and was of great personal beauty and intelligence of mind. with the remnants of which he repaired his own long abstinence. although it was easy to perceive that this kind of conversation. but had never heard him laugh. his roughness. During the five or six years that he had lived in the strictest intimacy with his companions. He never spoke of women. conveying all that was meant. He was very taciturn. no embroidery. Although Athos was scarcely thirty years old. Athos. no one knew whether he had ever had a mistress. His conversation a matter of fact. Be it understood we are speaking of Athos. this worthy signor. His reserve. no arabesques. in which he only mingled by bitter words and misanthropic remarks. and which d’Artagnan from that time made shift to do without. without a single romance. on his pay for it. they could remember having often seen him smile. The bed was the only one in the apartment. had a valet whom he had trained in his service in a thoroughly peculiar fashion. and his silence made 114 The Three Musketeers .

He had not so noble an air as Athos. He spoke upon all subjects except the 115 . Porthos. but he talked loudly. without putting himself in a passion. He not only talked much. and. He talked for the pleasure of talking and for the pleasure of hearing himself talk. Porthos consoled himself by filling the antechamber of M. whether anybody listened to him or not. Athos then shrugged his shoulders.almost an old man of him. Athos instantly took the place which was his due and consigned the ostentatious Porthos to the second rank. alleging in this respect the inveterate hatred he had borne to scholars from his childhood. and the commencement of their intimacy often rendered him unjust toward that gentleman. On these days he spoke a little. He never spoke to him. except under the most extraordinary occasions. then. whom he endeavored to eclipse by his splendid dress. accustomed Grimaud to obey him upon a simple gesture or upon a simple movement of his lips. Grimaud. flew to execute the order received. de Treville and the guardroom of the Louvre with the accounts of his love scrapes. in order not to disturb his habits. we must render him that justice. and did precisely the contrary. He had. Sometimes. thrashed Grimaud. little caring. believed he perfectly understood what he wanted. after havFree eBooks at Planet eBook. while entertaining a strong attachment to his person and a great veneration for his talents. who feared his master as he did fire. But with his simple Musketeer’s uniform and nothing but the manner in which he threw back his head and advanced his foot. as we have seen. had a character exactly opposite to that of Athos.

’ Let us pass. An old proverb says. ‘Like master. employing the leisure his master left him in the perusal of pious works. Porthos agreed to the bargain. from Grimaud to Mousqueton. He had entered the service of Porthos upon condition that he should only be clothed and lodged. but he claimed two hours a day to himself. sleek. consecrated to an employment which would provide for his other wants. peaceable. and thanks to a very intelligent tailor. Mousqueton was a Norman. who made his clothes look as good as new by turning them. from the lawyer’s dame to the baroness. Thanks to the hopes which his master entertained of someday entering into orders. He had doublets cut out of his old clothes and cast-off cloaks for Mousqueton. of whom we believe we have sufficiently explained the character—a character which. who was enormously fond of him. like that of his lackey was called Bazin. mild. providing rigorously for 116 The Three Musketeers . though in a handsome manner. the thing suited him wonderfully well. As for Aramis. then. as became the servant of a churchman. from the valet of Athos to the valet of Porthos. He was a Berrichon. whose pacific name of Boniface his master had changed into the infinitely more sonorous name of passed from professional ladies to military ladies. thirty-five or forty years old. like man. and whose wife was suspected of wishing to make Porthos descend from his aristocratic habits. he was always clothed in black. there was question of nothing less with Porthos than a foreign princess. Mousqueton made a very good figure when attending on his master.

blind. when he had an appointment with a duchess. Some fragments of past splendor appeared here and there upon the walls of this modest lodging. emptied his pockets. let us pass on to the dwellings occupied by each of them. but excellent. the hilt of which alone.two a dinner of few dishes. within two steps of the Luxembourg. there was a portrait representing a nobleman of the time of Henry III. the hostess of which. he said it was sealed to its place and should never quit it until its master should himself quit his lodgings. It had long been an object of ambition for Porthos. and which. His apartment consisted of two small chambers. And now that we are acquainted. nevertheless. got together all his jewels. he was dumb. and deaf. encrusted with precious stones. which belonged by its make to the times of Francis I. Porthos would have given ten years of his life to possess this sword. cast tender glances uselessly at him. Athos. and gold chains. with the masters and the valets. a sword. In addition to the sword. and who wore the Order of the Holy 117 . Athos dwelt in the Rue Ferou. for example. dressed with the greatest elegance. purses. and this portrait had certain resemblances of lines with Athos. might be worth two hundred pistoles. and of unimpeachable fidelity. he endeavored even to borrow it of Athos. superficially at least. and offered them all to Porthos. in his moments of greatest distress Athos had never pledged or offered for sale. certain family likenesses Free eBooks at Planet eBook. still young and still really handsome. richly embossed. One day. but as to the sword. aiguillettes. very nicely fitted up. For the rest. in a furnished house. without saying anything.

in the Rue du Vieux-Colombier. and a bedroom. and no one could form an idea of what his sumptuous apartment contained in the shape of real riches. Besides these. D’Artagnan. Every time he passed with a friend before his windows. a casket of magnificent goldwork. Porthos raised his head and his hand. at one of which Mousqueton was sure to be placed in full livery. large in size and of very sumptuous appearance. as the others were. and Porthos was convinced that this coffer contained nothing but letters and papers—love letters and family papers. Porthos lived in an apartment. no doubt. looked out upon a little fresh green garden. we know how he was lodged. and we have already made acquaintance with his lackey. shady and impenetrable to the eyes of his neighbors. was his ancestor. ‘That is my abode!’ But he was never to be found at home. he never invited anybody to go up with him. and assorted badly with the rest of the furniture.which indicated that this great noble. on the ground floor. With regard to d’Artagnan. Master Planchet. which room. situated. an eating room. a knight of the Order of the King. with the same arms as the sword and the portrait. he dwelt in a little lodging composed of a boudoir. who was by nature very curious—as people generally are who possess the genius of intrigue—did all he 118 The Three Musketeers . formed a middle ornament to the mantelpiece. but he one day opened it before Porthos. and said. As to Aramis. Athos always carried the key of this coffer about him.

The only thing to mislead the investigator would have been belief in all the good things he said of himself. except his real name (as was the case with those of his two comrades). With respect to Aramis. a league away. What could this treachery be? All the world was ignorant of it.’ said he. Unfortunately Porthos knew nothing of the life of his silent companion but what revealed itself. and having learned from him the report which prevailed concerning the success of the Musketeer with a princess. though having the air of having nothing secret about him. Porthos. wished to gain a little insight into the amorous adventures of his interlocutor. It was said Athos had met with great crosses in love. he was a young fellow made up of mysteries. countesses. Vain and 119 .could to make out who Athos. As to Porthos. ‘And you. answering little to questions put to him about others. He addressed himself then to Porthos to gain information respecting Athos and Aramis. ‘you speak of the baronesses. and that a frightful treachery had forever poisoned the life of this gallant man. his life was very easily known. who. my dear companion. and princesses of others?’ ‘PARDIEU! I spoke of them because Porthos talked of them himself. savored of nobility. and to Aramis in order to learn something of Porthos. because he had paraded all these fine things Free eBooks at Planet eBook. and Aramis really were (for under these pseudonyms each of these young men concealed his family name)— Athos in particular. it was as easy to see through him as through a crystal.

I was obliged to pick it up in order not to compromise him and the lady he loves. a mistress.’ answered Aramis.’ ‘Yes. my dear Monsieur d’Artagnan. but I have my breviary to repeat.before me. and I am taking up your valuable time. ‘My dear friend. As for myself. that if I had obtained them from any other source. a little difficulty with—But that would not interest you. Athos and Porthos dragged me into this to occupy me. and that I avoid all mundane opportunities. ‘and at this moment I have absolutely nothing to do. 120 The Three Musketeers .’ ‘But what the devil! You are not a priest. I don’t doubt that. a Musketeer against my will. following in that respect the very judicious example of Athos. it interests me very much. my friend.’ ‘Not at all. who has none any more than I have. or if they had been confided to me. for instance. believe me. there exists no confessor more discreet than myself.’ replied d’Artagnan. nor desire to have. ‘but it seems to me that you are tolerably familiar with coats of arms—a certain embroidered handkerchief. as the cardinal says. at the moment of being ordained.’ ‘Oh. but it had been forgotten and left at my house by one of my friends. The handkerchief you saw had not been given to me. But be assured. to which I owe the honor of your acquaintance?’ This time Aramis was not angry. but a churchman at heart. but assumed the most modest air and replied in a friendly tone. do not forget that I wish to belong to the Church. I neither have. you are a Musketeer!’ ‘A Musketeer for a time.’ cried d’Artagnan. I had.

which Madame d’Aiguillon begged of me. In the meanwhile. but with money in his purse. if he lost. d’Artagnan was unable to learn any more concerning his three new-made friends. He was the worst Musketeer and the most unconvivial companion imaginable. I am very much in a hurry. Porthos had his fits. Porthos as an Ajax. Honore in order to purchase some rouge for Madame de Chevreuse. As to the rest. Sometimes in the midst of dinner. he looked upon Athos as an Achilles. Then I must go to the Rue St. On the days when he won he was insolent and ostentatious. and when he had played upon honor.‘then some verses to compose. that if you are not in a hurry. my dear friend. although his purse was ever at their service. and Aramis as a Joseph. He had always something or other to do.’ Aramis held out his hand in a cordial manner to his young companion. when everyone. after which he reappeared with a pale face and thinner person. hoping for more certain and extended revelations in the future. the resolution of believing for the present all that was said of their past. and took leave of him. he never borrowed a sou of his companions. therefore. Athos played. As to Aramis. he always awakened his creditor by six o’clock the next morning to pay the debt of the preceding evening. Nevertheless. He formed. he disappeared completely for several days. under the attraction Free eBooks at Planet eBook. So you see. he never 121 . and that as a rule unfortunately. the life of the four young friends was joyous enough. Notwithstanding all the pains he took.

swearing that Aramis would never be anything but a village CURE. ‘This is all very easy for you to say. ‘for you. to go. to consult a casuist with whom he had an appointment. and Aramis contended that a master should never attend to anything but the civilities paid to him. Planchet. melancholy smile. and are a god to your valet. and consequently never exchange ill words with him. who forbid him to speak. When the wind of adversity began to blow upon the housekeeping of the Rue des Fossoyeurs—that is to say. At this Athos would smile. and for a month he returned to his lodgings gay as a chaffinch. supported his good fortune nobly.of wine and in the warmth of conversation. At other times he would return home to write a treatise. and took leave of the company. Porthos indecent. and Porthos would drink. believed they had two or three hours longer to enjoy themselves at table. arose with a bland smile. He received thirty sous per day. Athos counseled d’Artagnan to dismiss the fellow. when the forty pistoles of King Louis XIII were consumed or nearly so—he commenced complaints which Athos thought nauseous. with his charming. for you. Athos. Mousqueton. as he said. who carry matters in such a magnificent style. d’Artagnan’s valet. who live like a dumb man with Grimaud. and requested his friends not to disturb him. and Aramis ridiculous. which so became his noble countenance. Porthos was of opinion that he should give him a good thrashing first. always abstracted by your 122 The Three Musketeers . and affable toward his master. who. Aramis. and for you.’ replied d’Artagnan. Porthos. Aramis looked at his watch.

I inevitably look for better times. ‘it is a family affair. Bazin. ‘For. who am neither a Musketeer nor even a Guardsman. ‘the future cannot fail to mend. It is with valets as with wives. he forbade him to leave his service without his permission.’ added he. as he came from his province into the midst of his world quite new to him. a mild. but for me.theological studies. inspire your 123 . who am without any settled means and without resources—for me. and resolved to thrash Planchet provisionally. Your fortune is therefore made if you remain with me.’ This manner of acting roused much respect for d’Artagnan’s policy among the Musketeers. religious man. they must be placed at once upon the footing in which you wish them to remain. Reflect upon it. which he did with the conscientiousness that d’Artagnan carried into everything.’ answered the three friends. and said no more about going away. or the respect in Planchet?’ ‘This is serious. and I am too good a master to allow you to miss such a chance by granting you the dismissal you require. Planchet was equally seized with admiration. about six in summer.’ D’Artagnan did reflect. D’Artagnan. fell easily into the habits of his friends. with a profound respect. After having well beaten him. the terror. They rose about eight o’clock in the winter. who had no settled habits of his own. and went to take the countersign and see how Free eBooks at Planet eBook. The life of the four young men had become fraternal. what I am to do to inspire either the affection.

de Treville went on prosperously. business.things went on at M. and the 124 The Three Musketeers . D’Artagnan. which he would have exchanged for that of a Musketeer at the expense of ten years of his existence. Upon this promise d’Artagnan withdrew. caused them to be continually running after one another like shadows. de Treville promised this favor after a novitiate of two years—a novitiate which might besides be abridged if an opportunity should present itself for d’Artagnan to render the king any signal service. performed the duty of one with remarkable punctuality. D’Artagnan. the three Musketeers were much attached to their young comrade. He was well known at the Hotel of the Musketeers. On their side. from the Luxembourg to the Place St. or to distinguish himself by some brilliant action. and the Inseparables were constantly to be met with seeking one another. whether for dueling. where everyone considered him a good comrade. The friendship which united these four men. or pleasure. who had appreciated him at the first glance and who bore him a real affection. de Treville. and the need they felt of seeing another three or four times a day. or from the Rue du Vieux-Colombier to the Luxembourg. never ceased recommending him to the king. He went on guard because he always kept company with whoever of his friends was on duty. donned his uniform. One fine morning the king commanded M. Sulpice. M. de Treville’s. In the meanwhile the promises of M. with a sigh. although he was not a Musketeer. But M. de Chevalier Dessessart to admit d’Artagnan as a cadet in his company of Guards.

le Chevalier Dessessart thus received four instead of one when it admitted d’Artagnan. Then it became the turn of Athos. Free eBooks at Planet day he began service. and Aramis to mount guard with d’Artagnan when he was on duty. Porthos. The company of 125 .

like all other things of this world.8 CONCERNING A COURT INTRIGUE In the meantime. At length when they found they were likely to be really in want. de Treville. but these advances could not go far with three Musketeers who were already much in arrears and a Guardsman who as yet had no pay at all. Porthos succeeded him. as a last effort. Then. as they had been accustomed to do. Athos supported the association for a time with his own means. who performed it with a good grace and who succeeded—as he said. with which Porthos went to the gaming table. by selling some theological books— in procuring a few pistoles. they got together. and thanks to one of those disappearances to which he was accustomed. Unfortunately he was in a bad vein. At last it became Aramis’s turn. he was able to provide for the wants of all for a fortnight. he lost all. after having had a beginning had an end. The hungry 126 The Three Musketeers . who made some advances on their pay. At first. and after this end our four companions began to be somewhat embarrassed. together with twenty-five pistoles for which he had given his word. they had recourse to M. Then the inconvenience became distress. eight or ten pistoles. the forty pistoles of King Louis XIII.

it was prudent to sow repasts right and left in prosperity. and each time took his friends and their lackeys with him.’ D’Artagnan thus felt himself humiliated in having only procured one meal and a half for his companions—as the breakfast at the priest’s could only be counted as half a repast—in return for the feasts which Athos. he only found one chocolate breakfast at the house of a priest of his own province. followed by their lackeys. Porthos had six occasions. Athos was invited four times. who performed wonders. in order to reap a few in time of need. where they devoured as much provision as would have lasted him for two months. who made but little noise.friends. as must have been already perceived. enterprising. Aramis had eight of 127 . brave. He was a man. and yet was much sought after. picking up among their friends abroad all the dinners they could meet with. but as Planchet said. were seen haunting the quays and Guard rooms. He took his army to the priest’s. and active men ought to have Free eBooks at Planet eBook. even when they eat a good deal. He fancied himself a burden to the society. and to the cornet’s. and contrived in the same manner that his friends should partake of them. Porthos. forgetting in his perfectly juvenile good faith that he had fed this society for a month. who as yet knew nobody in the capital. and Aramis had procured him. ‘People do not eat at once for all time. and he set his mind actively to work. for according to the advice of Aramis. As to d’Artagnan. He reflected that this coalition of four young. and one dinner at the house of a cornet of the Guards.

four men always supporting one another.’ the reader must not suppose it was night. had asked his master for some dinner. fencing lessons.some other object than swaggering walks. with which he did not doubt. by cunning. No. but the citizen declared 128 The Three Musketeers . or that day was hardly come. and practical jokes. four men such as they were—four men devoted to one another. executing singly or together the resolutions formed in common. Planchet. however well it might be defended. and he had answered him with the proverb. and even seriously racking his brain to find a direction for this single force four times multiplied. who had the appearance of a tradesman. ‘d’Artagnan awakened Planchet. The only thing that astonished d’Artagnan was that his friends had never thought of this. it had just struck four. either subterraneously. D’Artagnan awakened Planchet and ordered him to open it. A man was introduced of simple mien. would have liked to hear the conversation. from their purses to their lives. or turning toward a single point—must inevitably. ‘He who sleeps. or however distant it may seem. in the trench. or by force. never yielding. they should succeed in moving the world. four arms threatening the four cardinal points. From this phrase. when someone tapped gently at his door. by way of dessert. as with the lever for which Archimedes sought. dines. by mining. In fact. He was thinking by himself.’ And Planchet dined by sleeping. two hours before. open themselves a way toward the object they wished to attain. in open day. Planchet. more or less witty.

monsieur. d’Artagnan that what he had to say being important and confidential. the queen’s cloak bearer. who instinctively scented something advantageous. during which the two men looked at each other.’ ‘Speak. ‘I have a wife who is seamstress to the queen.’ ‘And by whom was your wife abducted?’ ‘I know nothing surely. and requested his visitor to be seated. There was a moment of silence.’ said the citizen.’ ‘Well. D’Artagnan dismissed Planchet. and befriends her. and who is not deficient in either virtue or beauty. ‘and this reputation which he justly enjoys had decided me to confide a secret to him. my wife was abducted yesterday morning. ‘I have heard Monsieur d’Artagnan spoken of as a very brave young man. as a sign that he listened. monsieur.’ ‘The devil!’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. monsieur. after which d’Artagnan bowed. although she had but very little dowry. because Monsieur Laporte. monsieur?’ asked d’Artagnan. I was induced to marry her about three years ago. he desired to be left alone with him. as if to make a preliminary acquaintance. as she was coming out of her workroom. but I suspect someone. is her 129 . The citizen made a fresh pause and continued. ‘well. monsieur.’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘And who is the person whom you suspect?’ ‘A man who has pursued her a long time. ‘Well!’ resumed the citizen.

’ ‘Less love than politics.’ ‘Monsieur. that it is not on account of any intrigues of her own that my wife has been arrested. in a tone so low that he was scarcely audible. ‘Higher.’ ‘Of Madame d’Aiguillon?’ ‘Still higher. then.’ ‘Ah. monsieur. It is you who have come to me. ‘Yes. ‘and what do you suspect?’ ‘I do not know whether I ought to tell you what I suspect. It is you who have told me that you had a secret to confide in me. in the eyes of the citizen. there is still time to withdraw. monsieur. but because of those of a lady much greater than herself. wishing to have the air. Act. no. higher. I beg you to observe that I ask you absolutely nothing.’ ‘No. of being posted as to court affairs. monsieur.’ replied d’Artagnan. as you think proper. ‘And with whom?’ ‘With whom can it be. ah! Can it be on account of the amours of Madame de Bois-Tracy?’ said d’Artagnan. if not the Duke of—‘ ‘The Duke of—‘ 130 The Three Musketeers . and I will have confidence in you.’ replied the terrified citizen. you appear to be an honest young man. then. with a reflective air.’ continued the citizen.’ ‘Of Madame de Chevreuse?’ ‘Of the—‘ d’Artagnan checked himself. ‘that I am convinced that there is less love than politics in all this. monsieur. I believe.‘But allow me to tell you.

or—you understand!’ ‘I know it from my wife.’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘Truly!’ ‘Yes. monsieur—from my wife herself. watched as she is by the cardinal. The cardinal. ‘Now. the confidential man of the queen? Well. pursues he and persecutes her more than ever. for.’ replied the citizen. He cannot pardon her the history of the Saraband.‘Yes. monsieur. as it appears. betrayed as she is by everybody. my wife came home four days ago. Did I not tell you that she was the goddaughter of Monsieur Laporte.’ ‘Who learns it from whom?’ ‘From Monsieur Laporte. how do you know it? No half-confidence.’ ‘Ah. monsieur. but who wished to appear to know everything that was going on. my wife loves me dearly—my 131 . Free eBooks at Planet eBook. then. Monsieur Laporte placed her near her Majesty in order that our poor queen might at least have someone in whom she could place confidence. ah! It begins to develop itself. came and confided to me that the queen at that very moment entertained great fears. giving a still fainter intonation to his voice. abandoned as she is by the king. as I had the honor to tell you. One of her conditions was that she should come and see me twice a week. who knew nothing about it. ‘But how do you know all this?’ ‘How do I know it?’ ‘Yes. You know the history of the Saraband?’ ‘PARDIEU! Know it!’ replied d’Artagnan.

’ ‘His name?’ ‘I do not know that.’ ‘In the queen’s name?’ ‘Yes. my wife pointed him out to me one day.’ ‘The devil! But your wife. to make him come to Paris. black hair. to draw him into some snare.’ ‘A scar on his temple!’ cried d’Artagnan. piercing eye.’ said d’Artagnan. and has a scar on his temple. ‘but the man who has abducted her—do you know him?’ ‘I have told you that I believe I know him. white teeth. he is a noble of very lofty carriage. and when once come to Paris. his evil genius. what I do know is that he is a creature of the cardinal. ‘and with that. and they wish either to remove her from her mistress.’ ‘That is likely. in order to obtain her Majesty’s secrets.‘So that now it is no longer hatred. but vengeance. or to intimidate her. what does the queen believe?’ ‘She believes that someone has written to the Duke of Buckingham in her name. certainly. swarthy complexion. 132 The Three Musketeers . monsieur. or to seduce her and make use of her as a spy.’ ‘Has he anything remarkable about him by which one may recognize him?’ ‘Oh.’ ‘Indeed!’ ‘And the queen believes—‘ ‘Well. what has she to do with all this?’ ‘Her devotion to the queen is known.’ ‘But you have seen him?’ ‘Yes.

that’s my man of Meung.’ ‘He is your man. MORDIEU!’ cried the citizen. a piercing eye. One day.’ ‘Did he give you any details?’ ‘He knew none himself. dark complexion. that is my name.’ ‘Have you no information as to his abiding place?’ ‘None. swearing in order to rouse his courage.’ ‘The devil! The devil!’ murmured d’Artagnan. black hair. ‘Yes. yes. I am wrong. and haughty carriage—why. that’s all. If your man is mine. but where to find this man?’ ‘I know not. ‘all this is vague enough. ‘Besides.’ ‘You always come back to that. do you say?’ ‘Yes. I have received—‘ ‘What?’ ‘I fear I am committing a great imprudence. by the faith of Bonacieux—‘ ‘You call yourself Bonacieux?’ interrupted d’ 133 . but I must make you see this time that it is too late to retreat. and she showed him to me. as I was conveying my wife back to the Louvre.white teeth.’ ‘I do not retreat. with one blow I shall obtain two revenges. that simplifies the matter greatly. he was coming out as she was going in.’ ‘And you have learned nothing from any other quarter?’ ‘Yes. but that has nothing to do with it. No. On the contrary. From whom have you learned of the abduction of your wife?’ ‘From Monsieur Laporte.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook.

’ ‘Possibly. ‘A letter?’ said the young man. ‘but after 134 The Three Musketeers . yes. and presented it to d’Artagnan. and if. I say. and as I was about to say. and though.’ continued d’Artagnan. If you make a single step to find her you are lost. I believe you. monsieur. Pardon me for interrupting you.’ ‘That’s pretty positive.’ D’Artagnan opened it. monsieur. monsieur.’ ‘Ah. ‘‘she will be restored to you when there is no longer occasion for her. ‘Which I received this morning. by the word of Bonacieux. ah!’ said d’Artagnan. The citizen followed him. my dear Bonacieux?’ replied d’Artagnan. And as it is three months since you have been here. then.’ ‘Finish. then. but it appears to me that that name is familiar to me.’’ read d’Artagnan. by the word of Bonacieux. as I told you. I am your landlord. I can be of any service to you—‘ ‘I believe you. ‘‘Do not seek your wife. distracted as you must be in your important occupations.’ ‘How can it be otherwise. half rising and bowing.’ The citizen took a paper from his pocket. ‘trust me. I have confidence in you. I am fully grateful for such unparalleled conduct. ‘you are my landlord?’ ‘Yes. and as the day was beginning to decline. he approached the window to read it. you have forgotten to pay me my rent—as.‘You said. what you were about to say. I thought you would appreciate my delicacy. I have not tormented you a single instant.

’ ‘Without doubt. but that menace terrifies me. that as long as you do me the honor to remain in my house I shall never speak to you about rent—‘ ‘Very kind!’ ‘And adding to this. monsieur. meaning to offer you fifty pistoles. while rendering justice to your poor queen.all. and knowing that these Musketeers belong to Monsieur de Treville.’ ‘Admirable! You are rich then. against all probability. and I am afraid of the Bastille. you should be short at the present moment. if there be need of it. that’s all.’ ‘Yes?’ ‘Seeing you constantly surrounded by Musketeers of a very superb appearance.’ ‘Yes.’ ‘And then I have thought that considering three months’ lodging. and I find it excellent. my dear Monsieur Bonacieux?’ ‘I am comfortably off. yes. I have scraped Free eBooks at Planet eBook. If it were nothing but a sword thrust. monsieur. you have already given me that reason. I am not a fighting man at all. 135 . ‘I have no greater regard for the Bastille than you. why then—‘ ‘I have counted upon you on this occasion. about which I have said nothing—‘ ‘Yes. I thought that you and your friends. would be pleased to play his Eminence an ill turn.’ ‘Reckoning still further. it is but a menace. and were consequently enemies of the cardinal.’ ‘Hum!’ said d’Artagnan. if.

the stranger must 136 The Three Musketeers . who were coming to see him. A gentleman. ‘Ah. On the staircase he met Athos and Porthos. facing your window. ‘this time he will not escape me!’ Drawing his sword from its scabbard. so that you understand. They separated.’ ‘It is he!’ cried d’Artagnan and the citizen at the same time. he rushed out of the apartment. this time. ‘Whom do I see yonder?’ ‘Where?’ ‘In the street. springing to his sword. The opinion of Athos was that d’Artagnan had lost his letter in the skirmish. ‘The man of Meung!’ replied d’Artagnan. D’Artagnan had more than once related to his friends his adventure with the stranger. to whom this man had confided some important missive. each having recognized his man. in the embrasure of that door—a man wrapped in a cloak. but more particularly in venturing some funds in the last voyage of the celebrated navigator Jean Moquet. ‘Pah! Where are you going?’ cried the two Musketeers in a breath. ‘What!’ demanded d’Artagnan. and disappeared. monsieur—But’ cried the citizen.’ cried d’Artagnan. as well as the apparition of the beautiful foreigner. and d’Artagnan rushed between them like a dart.together some such thing as an income of two or three thousand crown in the haberdashery business. in his opinion—and according to d’Artagnan’s portrait of him.

When they entered d’Artagnan’s chamber. it was better not to fathom them. and as they thought that overtaking his man. had. Aramis said that as these sorts of affairs were mysterious. Porthos saw nothing in all this but a love meeting. they kept on their way. or losing sight of him. which had been disturbed by the presence of d’Artagnan and his yellow horse. it was empty. the landlord. what affair was in a gentleman— would be incapable of the baseness of stealing a letter. consistent with the character he had given himself. judged it prudent to 137 . They understood. then. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. or by a cavalier to a lady. d’Artagnan would return to his rooms. given by a lady to a cavalier. from the few words which escaped from d’Artagnan. dreading the consequences of the encounter which was doubtless about to take place between the young man and the stranger.

all the openings of which were tightly closed. He had again missed his man. but had found nobody resembling the man he sought for. Then he came back to the point where. who had disappeared as if by enchantment. d’Artagnan returned. had not been inhabited for six months. Aramis had joined his companions. ‘Well!’ cried he. D’Artagnan had run. sword in hand. he ought to have begun. and some of the neighbors. but this proved useless—for though he knocked ten or twelve times in succession. ‘this 138 The Three Musketeers . perhaps. and that was to knock at the door against which the stranger had leaned. While d’Artagnan was running through the streets and knocking at doors. who put their noses out of their windows or were brought to their doors by the noise. ‘Well!’ cried the three Musketeers all together.9 D’ARTAGNAN SHOWS HIMSELF As Athos and Porthos had foreseen. through all the neighboring streets. on seeing d’Artagnan enter with his brow covered with perspiration and his countenance upset with anger. no one answered. at the expiration of a half hour. throwing his sword upon the bed. had assured him that that house. so that on returning home d’Artagnan found the reunion complete.

’ said Aramis. sententiously. and as I never have seen apparitions. for his flight has caused us to miss a glorious affair. then?’ asked Porthos. Monsieur Bonacieux. and it is an article of faith that I should be very sorry to see any doubt thrown upon. to be gained. man or devil. like a specter.’ replied d’Artagnan. ‘Planchet.’ said 139 .’ ‘Do you believe in apparitions?’ asked Athos of Porthos. body or shadow. faithful to his system of reticence. I prefer that.’ said d’Artagnan to his domestic. I don’t believe in them. ‘I never believe in anything I have not seen. he has disappeared like a phantom. gentlemen—an affair by which there were a hundred pistoles. like a shade. ‘go down to my landlord. the ghost of Samuel appeared to Saul. ‘I always said that d’Artagnan had the longest head of the Free eBooks at Planet eBook. ah! You have credit with your landlord. we will send him to find better. this man is born for my damnation. ‘from this very day.’ ‘At all must be the devil in person. and not abuse. and ask him to send me half a dozen bottles of Beaugency wine. illusion or reality. As to Athos.’ ‘Ah.’ ‘We must use. and mind. who just then insinuated his head through the half-open door in order to catch some fragments of the conversation. Porthos.’ ‘The Bible. if the wine is bad. he contented himself with interrogating d’Artagnan by a look. ‘make our belief in them a law. ‘Yes. and perhaps more.’ ‘How is that?’ cried Porthos and Aramis in a breath.

word for word. in that case you would do better to keep it to yourself. ‘You grow a little too warm.’ ‘Beware. a woman who is doubtless threatened. ‘and one may draw fifty or sixty pistoles from this good man.’ replied d’Artagnan. my dear friend.’ said Athos.’ cried d’Artagnan.four. tortured perhaps. immediately resumed his accustomed silence.’ said Aramis. ‘impart it to us. and it is from her we inherit all our miseries. unless the honor of any lady be hazarded by this confidence.’ He then related to his friends. to which d’Artagnan replied with a bow. Woman was created for our destruction. who.’ ‘Be satisfied. ‘that there is a woman in the affair—a woman carried off. and how the man who had abducted the wife of his worthy landlord was the same with whom he had had the difference at the hostelry of the Jolly Miller. ‘Yes. after having tasted like a connoisseur and indicated by a nod of his head that he thought the wine good.’ At this speech of Aramis.’ ‘But observe. what is this about?’ asked Porthos. beware. Then there only remains to ascertain whether these fifty or sixty pistoles are worth the risk of four heads. and all because she is faithful to her mistress. the brow of Athos became 140 The Three Musketeers . ‘But come. having uttered his opinion.’ said Athos.’ said Aramis. ‘Your affair is not bad. about the fate of Madame Bonacieux. ‘the honor of no one will have cause to complain of what I have to tell. all that had passed between him and his host. d’Artagnan. in my opinion.

I was at school at the time. from taking him by the hand and conducting him to the queen. the Spaniards and the English?’ ‘Spain is her country.’ ‘Without reckoning that he dresses as nobody else can. ‘but the queen. ‘and it is very natural that she should love the Spanish. ‘It is not Madame Bonacieux about whom I am anxious. and the adventure appeared to me to be cruel for the king. and.’ replied d’Artagnan. I never saw a man with a nobler air than his. and who sees the heads of all her friends fall. Do you know him. who are the children of the same soil as herself.’ cried d’Artagnan. I have heard it said that she does not love the English. into which Monsieur Putange. one after the other. whom the king 141 . and if we could find means to play him a sharp turn. for I was among those who seized him in the garden at Amiens. PARDIEU. I vow that I would voluntarily risk my Free eBooks at Planet eBook. but an Englishman. ‘I was at the Louvre on the day when he scattered his pearls.’ ‘Why does she love what we hate most in the world. ‘if I knew where the Duke of Buckingham was.’ said d’Artagnan.’ said Athos. the queen’s equerry. I picked up two that I sold for ten pistoles each. ‘it must be acknowledged that this Englishman is worthy of being loved. As to the second reproach. introduced me. gentlemen.’ said Porthos. were it only to enrage the cardinal.’ ‘Which would not prevent me. whom the cardinal persecutes.’ ‘Well.clouded and he bit his lips. and by my faith. Aramis?’ ‘As well as you do.

‘that this abduction of the queen’s woman is connected with the events of which we are speaking. ‘Go on. ‘Well.’ Athos smiled.’ ‘Listen to Aramis.’ ‘The Gascon is full of ideas. while I endeavor to recall circumstances.’ cried Aramis.head in doing it.’ said Aramis.’ said his three friends. like 142 The Three Musketeers .’ said Porthos. d’Artagnan. then.’ ‘And now I am convinced. ‘tell you. at the moment when I left his house—‘ Here Aramis paused. ‘What for?’ demanded Porthos.’ rejoined Athos. and perhaps with the presence of Buckingham in Paris. ‘his tastes and his profession require it. ‘at the moment you left his house?’ Aramis appeared to make a strong inward effort.’ ‘Gentlemen. with admiration. ‘his dialect amuses me. whom I sometimes consult about my studies. ‘Yesterday I was at the house of a doctor of theology.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘listen to this.’ ‘Wait a minute.’ ‘And did the mercer*. Now.’ said Athos. ‘He resides in a quiet quarter. that the queen thought that Buckingham had been brought over by a forged letter?’ *Haberdasher ‘She is afraid so. ‘I like to hear him talk.’ continued Aramis.’ cried his auditors.

Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ continued Aramis. my friend!’ ‘Porthos.’ replied Aramis. gentlemen. then. ‘A very respectable lady.’ resumed Aramis. d’Artagnan. then.’ said Aramis. ‘Ah.’ ‘The same. dark gentleman—just like yours. ‘the thing is serious. and there were no means of retreat. ‘you shall know nothing. who began to get a glimpse of the result of the adventure. The three friends burst into laughter. and that is injurious to you among the women.a man who. and it was my duty to offer to conduct her to her carriage. ‘Ah. go on.’ ‘We believe like Mohammedans. ‘This niece comes sometimes to see her uncle. one of whose faults was a great looseness of tongue. ‘I have had the occasion to observe to you more than once that you are very indiscreet. ‘A nice acquaintance. and are as mute as tombstones. if you doubt me. this niece of the doctor?’ interrupted Porthos.’ replied Aramis.’ ‘All at once. ‘This doctor has a niece. if you laugh.’ ‘Ah! She has a carriage. if we can. Go on Aramis. but the eyes of his three companions were fixed upon him. Let us try not to jest.’ cried d’Artagnan. and by chance was there yesterday at the same time that I was. he has a niece!’ interrupted Porthos.’ ‘ 143 . their ears were wide open. finds himself stopped by some unforeseen obstacle. in the full relation of a falsehood.’ said he.’ said Athos. a tall. perhaps. ‘I will continue.

without making the least noise?’’ ‘He took you for Buckingham!’ cried d’Artagnan. ‘The Gascon is the devil!’ cried Athos. ‘nothing escapes him. and something of the shape of the duke. addressing the lady on my arm—‘ ‘The doctor’s niece?’ ‘Hold your tongue. ‘Just so. ‘Oh. but it nevertheless appears to me that the dress of a Musketeer—‘ ‘I wore an enormous cloak. ‘But the lady?’ asked Porthos.’ said Aramis.’ said d’Artagnan.’ replied Aramis. ‘Aramis is of the same height. ‘I believe so. ‘what precautions for the study of theology!’ ‘Gentlemen.’ said Athos. gentlemen. Porthos.’ cried Porthos.’ said Aramis. ‘He took her for the queen!’ said d’Artagnan.’ continued Aramis. but the face—‘ ‘I had a large hat. ‘In the month of July? The devil!’ said Porthos.‘Possibly. good lord. ‘Monsieur Duke. ‘do not let us 144 The Three Musketeers . ‘and you madame.’ said he to me. and in the politest tone. ‘you are insupportable. and that without offering the least resistance. accompanied by five or six men who followed about ten paces behind him.’ replied Aramis.’ continued he.’ ‘The fact is.’ ‘‘—will you enter this carriage. ‘came toward me.’ said Porthos. ‘Is the doctor afraid that you may be recognized?’ ‘I can comprehend that the spy may have been deceived by the person.

and a good bargain. Have I not told you so. it has perhaps been her Majesty’s calculation to seek on this occasion for support so lowly. the door was thrown violently open. I repeat. High heads expose themselves from afar. Let us separate. save me!’ cried he. ‘She is goddaughter to Laporte. Save me! Save me!’ Porthos and Aramis arose. ‘He has.’ cried d’Artagnan. protruding his lips with contempt.’ said Athos. ‘There are four men come to arrest me. ‘A moment. and the cardinal is longsighted. gentlemen. for the love of heaven. d’Artagnan. ‘for I believe if he does not pay us.’ At this moment a sudden noise of footsteps was heard upon the stairs.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘It is not courage that is needed.’ ‘That’s useless. the longest head of the four. and let us seek the mercer’s wife—that is the key of the intrigue.’ cried Porthos. Do as you think best. ‘we will not leave—‘ ‘You will leave d’Artagnan to act as he thinks proper. and the unfortunate mercer rushed into the chamber in which the council was held. ‘in the first place make a bargain with the mercer.’ said Porthos.’ ‘Well.lose our time in jesting. ‘Save me. the confidential valet of the queen.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. we shall be well enough paid by another party. it is prudence.’ ‘A woman of such inferior condition! Can you believe so?’ said Porthos. and for my part I declare that I will obey 145 . making them a sign to replace in the scabbard their half-drawn swords. gentlemen? Besides.’ ‘And yet.

‘We can only save you by being free ourselves. Monsieur Bonacieux? Answer!’ ‘That is the very truth. with respect to my friends. come in. come. but seeing four Musketeers standing. gentlemen. ‘You are a simpleton. you will not oppose our executing the orders we have received?’ asked one who appeared to be the leader of the party.’ said Athos. Is that not true. ‘and if we appear inclined to defend you. gentlemen.At this moment the four Guards appeared at the door of the antechamber.’ ‘It seems.’ ‘Then. low tone. gentlemen.’ replied d’Artagnan. in a rapid. gentlemen. we would assist you if it were necessary. or you will ruin everybody without saving yourself! Come. come!’ said d’Artagnan. with respect to me. ‘On the contrary. 146 The Three Musketeers .’ ‘What does he say?’ grumbled Porthos.’ cried the mercer. aloud. gentlemen. and we are all faithful servants of the king and cardinal. and their swords by their sides. ‘I have no motive for defending Monsieur. silence. nevertheless—‘ ‘Come. above all.’ called d’Artagnan. they will arrest us with you. ‘Come in. ‘you are here in my apartment. and he can tell you on what occasion. he came to demand the rent of my lodging. I saw him today for the first time. they hesitated about going farther. ‘but Monsieur does not tell you—‘ ‘Silence. silence about the queen. ‘Silence!’ ‘But you promised me—‘ whispered the poor mercer.

’ And d’Artagnan pushed the half-stupefied mercer among the Guards. my 147 . monsieur.’ The officers were full of thanks. and he was convinced. as if carried away by his enthusiasm. As they were going down d’Artagnan laid his hand on the shoulder of their leader. once more.remove the fellow. that will give me time to pay him. monsieur—what is your name?’ ‘Boisrenard. ‘and I accept thankfully. ‘to that of the king and the cardinal.’ ‘And above all others. my gentlemen! What is your name. ‘May I not drink to your health. You come to demand money of me—of a Musketeer! To prison with him! Gentlemen.’ ‘To yours. Bonacieux.’ said the leader of the posse. in your turn.’ said Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ ‘Monsieur Boisrenard. ‘That will do me great honor. if you please?’ ‘d’Artagnan. and keep him under key as long as possible.’ cried d’Artagnan.’ ‘Then to yours.’ The leader of the posse would perhaps have doubted the sincerity of d’Artagnan if the wine had been bad. filling two glasses with the Beaugency wine which he had obtained from the liberality of M. ‘What diabolical villainy you have performed here. ‘You are a shabby old fellow.’ ‘To yours. take him to prison. but the wine was good. saying to him. and took away their prey. and you to mine?’ said d’Artagnan.

Porthos.’ ‘That’s well! Now let us everyone retire to his own home. when the officer had rejoined his companions and the four friends found themselves alone. and when you occupy Monsieur de Treville’s place. shame. ‘Athos has already told you that you are a simpleton. ‘I not only approve of what he has done. Overcome by example.’ said Aramis.’ said Athos. one for all—that is our motto.’ ‘And now. ‘Shame.’ said d’Artagnan. as if he had done nothing but command all his life. you are a great man.’ ‘Well. nevertheless. and I am quite of his opinion. ‘do YOU approve of what d’Artagnan has done?’ ‘PARBLEU! Indeed I do. I am in a maze. for four Musketeers to allow an unfortunate fellow who cried for help to be arrested in their midst! And a gentleman to hobnob with a bailiff!’ ‘Porthos. gentlemen. one for all. Porthos stretched out his hand. ‘All for one. ‘Hold out your hand and swear!’ cried Athos and Aramis at once. D’Artagnan. ‘and attention! For from this moment we are at feud with the cardinal. is it not?’ ‘And yet—‘ said Porthos. grumbling to himself.’ said Porthos. but I congratulate him upon it.’ said d’Artagnan.’ 148 The Three Musketeers . and the four friends repeated with one voice the formula dictated by d’Artagnan: ‘All for one. without stopping to explain his conduct to Porthos. I will come and ask your influence to secure me an abbey.

and whoever appeared there was taken and interrogated by the cardinal’s people. an individual suspected of any crime is arrested. that police invented mousetraps. and as it is fifteen years since we applied this word for the first time to this thing. 149 . those who called on him were exempted from this detention. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. in forming.10 A MOUSETRAP IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY The invention of the mousetrap does not date from our days. It must be observed that as a separate passage led to the first floor. of whatever kind it may be. The apartment of M. became a mousetrap. and they are arrested. as soon as societies. so that at the end of two or three days they have in their power almost all the HABITUES of the establishment. had invented any kind of police. they had all been engaged in earnest search and inquiries. It is closed after them. As perhaps our readers are not familiar with the slang of the Rue de Jerusalem. allow us to explain to them what is a mousetrap. Four or five men are placed in ambuscade in the first room. the arrest is held secret. The door is opened to all who knock. When in a house. Besides. nobody came thither but the three Musketeers. in which d’Artagnan lodged. then. And that is a mousetrap.

preceded by a minute search operated upon the persons arrested. the cardinal looked very thoughtful. but particularly to the queen. had very much astonished his captain. de Treville—a thing which. were almost always framed thus: ‘Has Madame Bonacieux sent anything to you for her husband. considering the habitual reticence of the worthy Musketeer. and the queen. or for any other person? Has either of them confided anything to you by word of mouth?’ ‘If they knew anything. to be observant of his duty to the king. or any other person? Has Monsieur Bonacieux sent anything to you for his wife. Then. in which the interrogatories were made. de Treville requested Athos.but had discovered nothing. The interrogatories. and the redness of the queen’s eyes donated that she had been sleepless or tearful. having removed a plank from his floor. But this last circumstance was not striking. He converted his chamber into an observatory. From his windows he saw all the visitors who were caught. he did not budge from his apartment. de Treville knew nothing. as the queen since her marriage had slept badly and wept much. they would not question people 150 The Three Musketeers . Athos had even gone so far as to question M. except that the last time he had seen the cardinal. begging him to convey his desires to his comrades. the king. and nothing remaining but a simple ceiling between him and the room beneath. the king uneasy. M. whatever might happen. As to d’Artagnan. he heard all that passed between the inquisitors and the accused. But M.

they use force—the scoundrels!’ In spite of his prudence. I tell you I belong to the queen!’ cried the unfortunate woman. ‘It seems like a woman! They search her. de Treville’s. and if he has had. laid himself down on the floor at full length. they want to know if the Duke of Buckingham is in Paris. as Athos had just left d’Artagnan to report at M. from what he had heard. who had not yet made the bed. and then moans. D’Artagnan flew to his hole. The door was instantly opened and shut. d’Artagnan restrained himself with great difficulty from taking a part in the scene that was going on below. ‘Can I be Free eBooks at Planet eBook. what is it they want to know? Why. the mousetrap continued in operation. ‘Madame Bonacieux!’ murmured d’ this manner. ‘Now. On the evening of the day after the arrest of poor Bonacieux. an interview with the queen. and listened. was not wanting in probability. which someone appeared to be endeavoring to stifle. There were no questions. and as Planchet. gentlemen! I tell you I am Madame Bonacieux. as nine o’clock had just struck. someone was taken in the mousetrap. or is likely to have. Cries were soon heard.’ said d’Artagnan to himself. ‘The devil!’ said d’Artagnan to 151 . ‘But I tell you that I am the mistress of the house. In the meantime. was beginning his task. which. and likewise d’Artagnan’s vigilance. she resists.’ D’Artagnan held onto this idea. a knocking was heard at the street door.

and laying hold of the casement. springing up from the floor. sweep the floor. stupid fellow. he let himself gently down from the first story. monsieur! Monsieur! You will kill yourself. He then went straight to the door and knocked.’ ‘Run and seek Athos.’ ‘Oh. ‘They are binding her. to come here. gentlemen—par—‘ murmured the voice. ‘My sword! Good. a tumultuous movement shook the partition. perhaps all three. ‘You put back the boards. it is by my side! Planchet!’ ‘Monsieur. which could now only be heard in inarticulate sounds.’ cried Planchet.’ said d’Artagnan. One of the three will certainly be at home. they are going to drag her away. and run as I told you. in order to be there the sooner. without doing himself the slightest injury. ‘I will go myself and be caught in the mousetrap. ‘Hold your tongue.’ ‘But where are you going. murmuring. go out at the door. Athos is at Monsieur de Treville’s. ‘Pardon.’ cried d’Artagnan. monsieur. where are you going?’ ‘I am going down by the window. I remember. Tell them to take arms. and to run! lucky as to find what everybody is seeking for?’ The voice became more and more indistinct. but woe be to the cats that shall pounce upon such a mouse!’ The knocker had scarcely sounded under the hand of the 152 The Three Musketeers . Porthos and Aramis. The victim resisted as much as a woman could resist four men.’ cried d’Artagnan to himself. which fortunately was not very elevated.

The neighbors who had opened their windows. stamping of feet. closed them again as soon as they saw the four men in black flee—their instinct telling them that for the time all was over. It is true that the three others had endeavored to knock the young man down with chairs. but FLY. together with the nearest neighbors. but two or three scratches made by the Gascon’s blade terrified them. stools. as today. closed after him. feathers from their wings. steps approached. leaving on the ground and on the corners of the furniture. Bonacieux. those who. surprised by this tumult. and four men. sword in 153 . with the coolness peculiar to the inhabitants of Paris in these times of perpetual riots and disturbances. A moment after. the door was opened. the door of which doubtless acted upon by a spring. had gone to their windows to learn the cause of it. Then those who dwelt in Bonacieux’s unfortunate house.young man before the tumult ceased. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. clothed in black. and d’Artagnan remained master of the field of battle. for only one of the officers was armed. people went to bed early in the quarter of the Luxembourg. and breaking of furniture. rushed into the rooms of M. clashing of swords. it must be confessed. Ten minutes sufficed for their defeat. patches of their clothes and fragments of their cloaks. not COME out of it. and then. saw the door open. it began to grow late. and crockery. and even he defended himself for form’s sake. heard loud cries. that is to say. like so many frightened crows. Besides. and d’Artagnan. D’Artagnan was conqueror—without much effort.

‘you have saved me. ended the signs which might have confounded her with a lady of rank. monsieur!’ said she. as was his habit. and a nose slightly turned up. There. the feet did not bespeak the woman of quality. Bonacieux. with dark hair. d’Artagnan turned toward her.’ 154 The Three Musketeers . and was. and a complexion marbled with rose and opal. close to her. Bonacieux the one he had just picked up. From that time. half-fainting upon an armchair. which he picked up. the poor woman reclined where she had been left. however. ‘Ah. While d’Artagnan was examining Mme. he saw on the ground a fine cambric handkerchief. She was a charming woman of twenty-five or twenty-six years. She opened her eyes. The hands were white. saw that the apartment was empty and that she was alone with her liberator. blue eyes.On being left alone with Mme. as we have said. Mme. but without delicacy. At that moment Mme. permit me to thank you. and at the corner of which he recognized the same cipher he had seen on the handkerchief which had nearly caused him and Aramis to cut each other’s throat. Bonacieux had the sweetest smile in the world. Happily. d’Artagnan was not yet acquainted with such niceties. D’Artagnan examined her with a rapid glance. d’Artagnan had been cautious with respect to handkerchiefs with arms on them. looked around her with terror. Bonacieux. admirable teeth. and he therefore placed in the pocket of Mme. Bonacieux recovered her senses. She extended her hands to him with a smile.

’ ‘ 155 .’ said d’Artagnan. ‘I have only done what every gentleman would have done in my place. a dark complexion. you owe me no thanks. you know then—‘ ‘I know that you have been abducted. ‘I believe that his only crime is to have at the same time the good fortune and the misfortune to be your husband. ‘What has he done. madame. those men were more dangerous than any robbers could have been. my God! What has he done? Poor dear man. and why is Monsieur Bonacieux not here?’ ‘Madame. madame?’ said d’Artagnan. his name? I do not know that.’ ‘And by whom? Do you know him? Oh.’ ‘That is he. monsieur. for they are the agents of the cardinal.’ ‘But. Monsieur Bonacieux. want with me. monsieur. if you know him. but his name?’ ‘Ah.’ ‘My husband in the Bastille!’ cried Mme. and a scar on his left temple. that is he. and I hope to prove to you that you have not served an ingrate. he is not here because he was yesterday evening conducted to the Bastille. yes. Bonacieux. yes.‘Madame. But what could these men.’ ‘And did my husband know I had been carried off?’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘Oh. and as to your husband. tell me!’ ‘By a man of from forty to forty-five years. with black hair. he is innocence itself!’ And something like a faint smile lighted the still-terrified features of the young woman. oh. whom I at first took for robbers.

madame. I remind you of prudence—besides. that is not my secret. we are lost. to a political cause. Then my dear Monsieur Bonacieux has not suspected me a single instant?’ ‘So far from it. if they find us here. stole over the rosy lips of the pretty young woman.’ ‘Besides. and as I had known since morning the reason of my abduction. The men I have put to flight will return reinforced. and above all. if. he was too proud of your prudence. I must not. with the help of the sheets I let myself down from the window. no. I hastened hither.’ ‘I doubted from the first.’ ‘To place yourself under his protection?’ ‘Oh. poor dear man! I knew very well that he was incapable of defending me. ‘the cause of this event?’ ‘He attributed it. ‘how did you escape?’ ‘I took advantage of a moment when they left me alone.‘He was informed of it by a letter. and now I think entirely as he does. tell you.’ ‘Of what?’ ‘Oh. of your love. but as he could serve us in other ways.’ said Mme. ‘pardon me.’ said d’Artagnan. as I believed my husband would be at home. I believe. Then.’ continued d’Artagnan.’ ‘And does he suspect. I wished to inform him. almost imperceptible. Bonacieux. with some embarrassment. I believe we are not here in a very proper place for imparting confidences. ‘But. guardsman as I am.’ A second smile. I have sent for three 156 The Three Musketeers . therefore. written to him by the abductor himself. madame.

turned into the Rue des FossesMonsieur-le-Prince. and did not stop till they came to the Place St. ‘can go and inform Monsieur Laporte. and where do you wish me to conduct you?’ asked d’Artagnan.’ ‘But I. in order that Monsieur Laporte might tell us precisely what had taken place at the Louvre in the last three days. through my husband. ‘My intention was to inform Monsieur Laporte. afterward we shall see. and who. ‘you have at some wicket of the Louvre a CONCIERGE who is devoted to you.’ said Mme. ‘let us fly! Let us save ourselves. ‘But whither shall we fly—whither escape?’ ‘Let us first withdraw from this house. Bonacieux.’ ‘Ah. and the gate would be closed against you. and would be allowed to pass.’ said d’Artagnan. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. whereas you are not known there. ‘I am at quite a loss how to answer you. and urged him forward eagerly. bah!’ said d’Artagnan.’ The young woman and the young man. Bonacieux.’ At these words she passed her arm under that of d’Artagnan. but who knows whether they were at home?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘No doubt you could. I admit.’ cried the affrighted Mme.of my friends. Sulpice. without taking the trouble to shut the door after them. and whether there is any danger in presenting myself there. and that is that Monsieur Bonacieux is known at the Louvre. only there is one misfortune. yes! You are right. descended the Rue des Fossoyeurs 157 . ‘And now what are we to do.

’ ‘But I—where shall I go meanwhile?’ ‘Is there nobody from whose house Monsieur Laporte can come and fetch you?’ ‘No. he will be told that I have brought a woman with me.thanks to a password.’ 158 The Three Musketeers . and that woman is in his apartment. all that I can do to serve the king and be agreeable to the queen.’ ‘But if he should return?’ ‘Oh.’ ‘But if he should be at home and see me?’ ‘He is not at home. he won’t return. and I will carry away the key.’ said she.’ ‘I will do. after having placed you in his apartment. ‘Then I believe you. You appear to be a brave young man. besides. Dispose of me. as a friend. ‘And if I give you this password. you know. Yes.’ said d’Artagnan. without a promise and voluntarily. here it is. ‘would you forget it as soon as you used it?’ ‘By my honor. would—‘ Mme. then. by the faith of a gentleman!’ said d’Artagnan. with an accent so truthful that no one could mistake it.’ ‘But that will compromise me sadly.’ ‘Who is this Athos?’ ‘One of my friends. Bonacieux looked earnestly at the young man. and if he should. I can trust nobody. ‘we are near Athos’s door.’ ‘Stop. your fortune may perhaps be the result of your devotedness.

’ said Mme. on the side of the Rue de l’Echelle. we are in a situation to overlook ceremony. ‘Now. Athos was not within. the queen’s VALET DE CHAMBRE.’ said he. Bonacieux. ‘Tours’ and ‘Bruxelles. Besides. and ask for Germain.’ ‘Well.’ ‘Come. and Monsieur Laporte is come?’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘You are at home. in my turn. fasten the door 159 .’ ‘Let us go!’ Both resumed their way. ‘That is well. then. which was customarily given him as one of the family. and open it to nobody unless you hear three taps like this. let me give you my instructions.’ ‘I am all attention. and then?’ ‘He will ask you what you want. and introduced Mme. ascended the stairs.’ ‘And when he shall have informed him. and lighter. the other after an interval.’ ‘And what shall I command him?’ ‘To go and fetch Monsieur Laporte. Where does he live?’ ‘Rue Ferou. Bonacieux into the little apartment of which we have given a description. and you will answer by these two words. ‘Remain here.’ He will at once put himself at your orders. He took the key.’ and he tapped thrice—two taps close together and pretty hard.’ ‘Present yourself at the wicket of the Louvre. let us go to your friend’s house. two steps from here.‘Of what consequence? Nobody knows you. As d’Artagnan had foreseen.

Laporte assured himself.’ ‘Well. Bonacieux. Laporte was at the lodge. and set off at a run. he heard the door closed and double-locked. In a few minutes. in two words d’Artagnan informed him where Mme. Have you any friend whose clock is too slow?’ ‘Well?’ ‘Go and call upon him. Bonacieux was. let that care be mine.’ D’Artagnan bowed to Mme. by having it twice repeated.’ ‘I depend upon your word. All the events we have described had taken place within a half hour. and be at ease. darting at her the most loving glance that he could possibly concentrate upon her charming little person. Hardly.‘You will send him to me. On hearing the password. Everything fell out as Mme.’ ‘That is well. however. In a 160 The Three Musketeers . ten o’clock struck. ‘a suggestion.’ ‘What?’ ‘You may get into trouble by what has taken place. but where and how shall I see you again?’ ‘Do you wish to see me again?’ ‘Certainly. ‘Young man. Germain bowed. Bonacieux prophesied. of the accurate address. had he taken ten steps before he returned.’ ‘You believe so?’ ‘Yes. In two bounds he was at the Louvre.’ ‘You may. as he entered the wicket of L’Echelle.’ said he to d’Artagnan. in order that he may give evidence of your having been with him at half past nine. and while he descended the stairs.

’ D’Artagnan found his advice prudent. ‘the clock shows it. de Treville a long history about the queen. ‘I believed it later. from having himself. and was soon at M.’ said d’Artagnan. who had profited by the moment he had been left alone to put back M. But what can I do for you?’ Then d’Artagnan told M. de Treville. ‘but I thought. ‘why. He expressed to him the fears he entertained with respect to her Majesty. as Free eBooks at Planet eBook. de Treville’s. de Treville that his young compatriot. de Treville was the more the dupe. M. and a servant went to inform M. he related to him what he had heard of the projects of the cardinal with regard to Buckingham. ‘Pardon me. He took to his heels. de Treville was asking d’Artagnan what he could do to serve him.court of justice that is called an alibi. de Treville’s 161 . de Treville’s clock three-quarters of an hour. monsieur. but instead of going into the saloon with the rest of the crowd. it was not too late to wait upon you.’ ‘Twenty-five minutes past nine!’ cried M. that’s impossible!’ ‘Look. Five minutes after. As d’Artagnan so constantly frequented the hotel. he asked to be introduced to M. looking at the clock. solicited a private audience. as it was yet only twenty-five minutes past nine. de Treville. and all with a tranquillity and candor of which M.’ said M. and what caused his visit at so late an hour. having something important to communicate. monsieur.’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘That’s true. no difficulty was made in complying with his request. rather.

and the queen. He consequently sprang up again. re-entered the office. As ten o’clock was striking. 162 The Three Musketeers . he ran downstairs and soon found himself in the street. and certain from that time that he had a witness to prove his alibi. d’Artagnan remembered he had forgotten his cane. but at the foot of the stairs. with a turn of his finger set the clock right again. observed something fresh between the cardinal. who thanked him for his information. d’Artagnan left M.we have said. recommended him to have the service of the king and queen always at heart. that it might not be perceived the next day that it had been put wrong. de Treville. and returned to the saloon. the king.

Bonacieux. We have observed that young cavaliers received presents from their king without shame. Let us add that in these times Free eBooks at Planet eBook. For an apprentice Musketeer the young woman was almost an ideal of love. sometimes smiling? He was thinking of Mme. accosted by a messenger from the young woman. a gold chain. mysterious. gazing at the stars of heaven. or a diamond. that he strayed thus from his path. de Treville being paid. On what was d’Artagnan thinking. d’Artagnan had delivered her from the hands of the demons who wished to search and ill treat 163 . and this is an irresistible charm to novices in love. so rapid is the flight of our dreams upon the wings of imagination. and sometimes sighing. initiated in almost all the secrets of the court. it might be surmised that she was not wholly unmoved. and this important service had established between them one of those sentiments of gratitude which so easily assume a more tender character. the pensive d’Artagnan took the longest way homeward. which reflected such a charming gravity over her pleasing features. who brought him some billet appointing a meeting.11 IN WHICH THE PLOT THICKENS His visit to M. Pretty. D’Artagnan already fancied himself. Moreover.

following the strange custom of the times. which their mistress fastened to the saddle bow. Bonacieux.’ Such as were rich gave in addition a part of their money. Without a blush. without doubt. that slight varnish. as if they essayed to conquer the fragility of their sentiments by the solidity of their gifts. the young man might easily guess that with so weak a man as M. nor their battles afterward. the ephemeral flower. we must say. at the present moment d’Artagnan was ruled by a feeling much more noble and disinterested.of lax morality they had no more delicacy with respect to the mistresses. men made their way in the world by the means of women blushing. D’Artagnan. woman here. neither more nor less than if he had been in Flanders—Spain yonder. comes the proverb. The mercer had said that he was rich. Such as were only beautiful gave their beauty. that down of the peach. whence. without the purse. and a vast number of heroes of that gallant period may be cited who would neither have won their spurs in the first place. But. more or less furnished. Provincial diffidence. and interest was almost foreign to this commencement of love. ‘The most beautiful girl in the world can only give what she has. 164 The Three Musketeers . In each there was an enemy to contend with. had evaporated to the winds through the little orthodox counsels which the three Musketeers gave their friend. considered himself at Paris as on a campaign. and contributions to be levied. and that the latter almost always left them valuable and durable remembrances. D’Artagnan owned nothing.

and although it is generally with her husband’s money that she procures herself this indulgence. the hands. but they make a pretty woman beautiful. 165 . but the time which in his own mind he fixed upon for this happy change was still far distant. for the idea that a young. he did not forget his friends. which gain by all this. a silken robe. and be unable to give her those thousands of nothings. the gratitude for it seldom reverts to him. A fine and white stocking. Bonacieux was just Free eBooks at Planet eBook. In the midst of his amorous projects for the mercer’s wife. Then d’Artagnan. that which he cannot offer she offers to herself. was at the same time a very devoted friend. We say ALMOST. he hoped to become one someday. handsome. Then d’Artagnan. and witty woman is at the same time rich takes nothing from the beginning of love. a tasty ribbon on the head do not make an ugly woman pretty. without reckoning the hands. disposed to become the most tender of lovers. a pretty slipper on the foot. to be beautiful must be idle. very well knows— d’Artagnan was not a millionaire. from whom we have not concealed the state of his fortune. At least.which had been the consequence of it. among women particularly. but on the contrary strengthens it. The pretty Mme. In the meanwhile. a lace kerchief. how disheartening to see the woman one loves long for those thousands of nothings which constitute a woman’s happiness. There are in affluence a crowd of aristocratic cares and caprices which are highly becoming to beauty. as the reader. when the woman is rich and the lover is not.

Denis or in the fair of St. Bonacieux? whom d’Artagnan had pushed into the hands of the officers. We are compelled to admit to our readers that d’Artagnan thought nothing about him in any way. Let our readers reassure themselves. and Aramis. under the pretense of not knowing where he has been carried. D’Artagnan. Love is the most selfish of all the passions. we will not forget him. or appears to forget him. or Chase-Midi. Germain. on pressing occasions. Then one could enjoy charming little dinners. IF d’Artagnan forgets his host. and we know where he is. in company with Athos. addressing himself to the beautiful night. As he found himself in the quarter in which Aramis lived. let us do as did the amorous Gascon. he took it into his head to pay his friend a visit in order to explain the motives which had led him to send Planchet with a request that he would come instantly to the 166 The Three Musketeers . Besides. we will see after the worthy mercer later. where one touches on one side the hand of a friend. ascended the Rue Cherish-Midi. as it was then called. or that if he did think of him. and on the other the foot of a mistress. d’Artagnan would become the preserver of his friends. And M. it was only to say to himself that he was very well where he was. reflecting on his future amours. and smiling at the stars. denying him aloud although he had promised in a whisper to save him. to whom d’Artagnan had often remarked this. in extreme difficulties. wherever it might be. Porthos.the woman to walk with in the Plain St. But for the moment.

deadened. enjoying themselves in the cabarets scattered along the plain. the songs of the tipplers. D’Artagnan was passing along a lane on the spot where the Rue d’Assas is now situated. and finding nobody there but his other two companions perhaps. Eleven o’clock sounded from all the clocks of the Faubourg St. he had doubtless hastened to the Rue des Fossoyeurs. shaded by a mass of sycamores and clematis which formed a vast arch opposite the front of it. d’Artagnan turned to the left. We must never look for discretion in first love. Paris for two hours past had been dark. It was delightful weather. He likewise thought this was an opportunity for talking about pretty little Mme. if not his heart. The house in which Aramis dwelt was situated between the Rue Cassette and the Rue Servandoni. breathing the balmy emanations which were borne upon the wind from the Rue de Vaugirard. and already perceived the door of his friend’s house. by good shutters. so d’Artagnan declared to himself. of whom his head. and seemed a desert. Arrived at the end of the lane. it will stifle 167 . and which arose from the gardens refreshed by the dews of evening and the breeze of night. however. if Aramis had been at home when Planchet came to his abode. First love is accompanied by such excessive joy that unless the joy be allowed to overflow. Now. at least. This mystery required an explanation. was already full. when he perceived something like a Free eBooks at Planet eBook. Bonacieux. they would not be able to conceive what all this meant. From a distance resounded. Germain. D’Artagnan had just passed the Rue Cassette.mousetrap.

counting the houses and windows. it would be droll if this belated dove should be in search of our friend’s house. it looks so. he soon discovered that it was a woman. ‘By her step she must be young. Oh. and the indecision of the step. the other belonging to Aramis himself. and only two windows looking toward the road. 168 The Three Musketeers . There were but three hotels in this part of the street.’ And d’Artagnan. and d’Artagnan at first believed it was a man. that would not be the best means of commencing an acquaintance. If I should disturb a rendezvous.shadow issuing from the Rue Servandoni. The young woman continued to advance. This something was enveloped in a cloak. to whose mind the niece of the theologian reverted. perhaps she is pretty. concealed himself in the darkest side of the street near a stone bench placed at the back of a niche. my dear Aramis. lifted up her eyes to look around her. went backward. making himself as small as he could. D’Artagnan was perplexed. stopped. one of which was in a pavilion parallel to that which Aramis occupied. and then returned again. yes! But a woman who wanders in the streets at this hour only ventures out to meet her lover. Further. Ah. ‘PARDIEU. This was neither long nor difficult. and in addition to the lightness of her step. this time I shall find you out. ‘PARIDIEU!’ said d’Artagnan to himself. But on my soul. which had betrayed her.’ Meantime the young woman continued to advance. ‘Shall I go and offer her my services?’ thought he. the hesitation of the walk. but by the smallness of the form. this woman. as if not certain of the house she was seeking.

and continued to look with all his eyes and listen with all his ears. and the lady enter by escalade. at the end of some seconds two sharp taps were heard inside. with her bent finger. she resolutely drew near to Aramis’s shutter. The young woman in the street replied by a single tap. We shall see the windows open. or whether without this aid she saw that she had arrived at the end of her journey. Nevertheless. at three equal intervals. ‘This is all very fine. Monsieur Hypocrite. ‘Ah. D’Artagnan thought this could not last long.’ murmured d’Artagnan. Still more. whether the cough had been answered by a similar signal which had fixed the irresolution of the nocturnal seeker. and all was again in obscurity. ‘not through doors.she emitted a little cough which denoted a sweet voice. and tapped. but the eyes of the young man were accustomed to the 169 . I understand how you study theology. Besides. He was right. It may be judged whether d’Artagnan looked or listened with avidity. and the shutter was opened a little way. the eyes of the Gascons Free eBooks at Planet eBook. ah!’ said the listener. this visit was expected. the light which had shone for an instant disappeared. D’Artagnan believed this cough to be a signal.’ The three blows were scarcely struck. the shutter remained closed. ‘Ah. when the inside blind was opened and a light appeared through the panes of the outside shutter. but through windows! Ah. dear Aramis. Unfortunately the light had been removed into another chamber. Very pretty!’ But to the great astonishment of d’Artagnan.

because the young man entertained no doubt that it was his friend who held this dialogue from the interior with the lady of the exterior. This immediately recalled to d’Artagnan’s mind the handkerchief which he had found at the feet of Mme. Curiosity prevailed over prudence. however. it was not Aramis who was conversing with the nocturnal visitor. ‘What the devil could that handkerchief signify?’ Placed where he was. D’Artagnan then saw that the young woman took from her pocket a white object. We say Aramis. could only see enough to recognize the form of her vestments. Upon gaining this advantage d’Artagnan was near uttering a cry of surprise. he stole from his hiding place. At the same instant the woman inside drew a second handkerchief from her pocket. and which took the form of a handkerchief. She made her interlocutor observe the corner of this unfolded object. and exchanged it for that 170 The Three Musketeers .have. from which his eye could pierce the interior of Aramis’s room. not enough to distinguish her features. like those of cats. Bonacieux. he ran and placed himself close to the angle of the wall. and quick as lightning. which had reminded him of that which he had dragged from under the feet of Aramis. which she unfolded quickly. and profiting by the preoccupation into which the sight of the handkerchief appeared to have plunged the two personages now on the scene. it was a woman! D’Artagnan. the faculty of seeing in the dark. d’Artagnan could not perceive the face of Aramis. but stepping with utmost caution. as it is asserted.

This method was so simple that d’Artagnan employed it quite naturally and instinctively. that she exposed herself to such hazards? This was a question the young man asked himself. or on account of another. Mme. 171 . Mme. then. The woman who was outside the window turned round. and passed within four steps of d’Artagnan. Bonacieux uttered a little cry and fled. should be running about the streets of Paris at half past eleven at night. who detached himself from the wall like a statue walking from its niche. But was it on her own account. who had sent for M. It was not difficult for him to Free eBooks at Planet eBook. but the precaution was too late. At length the shutter closed. an affair of importance. Laporte in order to be reconducted to the Louvre. d’Artagnan had already recognized Mme.which had just been shown to her. pulling down the hood of her mantle. that was to follow her. and at the noise of the steps which she heard resound behind her. D’Artagnan ran after her. But at the sight of the young man. being in heart neither more nor less than an accepted lover. Bonacieux! The suspicion that it was she had crossed the mind of d’Artagnan when she drew the handkerchief from her pocket. There was a very simple means of satisfying himself whither Mme. Bonacieux was going. at the risk of being abducted a second time? This must be. Then some words were spoken by the two women. Bonacieux. and what is the most important affair to a woman of twenty-five! Love. but what probability was there that Mme. whom the demon of jealousy already gnawed.

Bonacieux thought she recognized the sound of that voice. cast a quick glance upon the man who had terrified her so. whose somewhat bantering character resumed its influence. The unfortunate woman was exhausted. Mme. she sank upon one knee. she reopened her eyes. you shall know nothing!’ D’Artagnan raised her by passing his arm round her waist. These protestations were nothing for Mme. He came up with her before she had traversed a third of the street. thank God!’ ‘Yes.’ said d’Artagnan. but by terror. but the voice was all. whom God has sent to watch over you. crying in a choking voice. for such protestations may be made with the worst intentions in the world. ‘Without doubt. ‘Kill me. she uttered a cry of joy. ‘Oh. ‘it is I.overtake a woman embarrassed with her cloak.’ ‘Was it with that intention you followed me?’ asked the young woman. Aramis is one of my best friends.’ said d’Artagnan. if you please.’ ‘One of your friends?’ interrupted Mme. it is you! Thank God. I saw a woman knocking at the window of one of my friends. ‘no. he made haste to reassure her by protestations of devotedness. and with whom all fear had disappeared from the moment in which she recognized a friend in one she had taken for an enemy. It was chance that threw me in your way. and at once perceiving it was d’Artagnan. it is I. but as he felt by her weight she was on the point of fainting. ‘No. I confess it. it is you. with a coquettish smile. Bonacieux.’ 172 The Three Musketeers . Bonacieux. not by fatigue. and when d’Artagnan placed his hand upon her shoulder.

you came to seek?’ ‘Not the least in the world.’ ‘By a Musketeer?’ ‘No. on the contrary. And now?’ ‘Now escort me. but at the same time you are one of the most mysterious women. then. but this woman is a friend of Aramis—‘ ‘I know nothing of that.’ ‘That does not concern me.’ ‘Do I lose by that?’ ‘No. you are charming.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. that is not my secret. that you ever went to that house?’ ‘Undoubtedly. you must have seen that the person to whom I spoke was a woman.’ ‘My dear Madame Bonacieux. then. you won’t tell me you don’t know Aramis?’ ‘This is the first time I ever heard his name pronounced. adorable. indeed!’ ‘It was not he.’ ‘It is the first 173 . then.’ ‘But who is she?’ ‘Oh. come.’ ‘And you did not know that it was inhabited by a young man?’ ‘No.’ ‘Give me your arm. you are.’ ‘That is true.’ ‘Most willingly. Besides.’ ‘—since she lodges with him.‘Aramis! Who is he?’ ‘Come.

’ ‘But I will know it!’ ‘How so?’ ‘I will wait until you come out.’ ‘The word is too mild. because you will leave me at the door.’ ‘How are they called who follow others in spite of them?’ ‘They are indiscreet.’ ‘You will return alone.’ ‘The word is rather hard.’ ‘But where are you going?’ ‘You will see.‘Where?’ ‘Where I am going.’ ‘Shall I wait for you?’ ‘That will be useless. adieu. then?’ ‘Perhaps yes.’ ‘Why so?’ ‘I do not want you.’ ‘But you have claimed—‘ ‘The aid of a gentleman.’ ‘But will the person who shall accompany you afterward be a man or a woman?’ ‘I don’t know yet.’ ‘Well. madame. not the watchfulness of a spy. I perceive I must do as you wish.’ ‘Why did you deprive yourself of the merit of doing so at once?’ ‘Is there no merit in repentance?’ ‘And do you really repent?’ 174 The Three Musketeers . perhaps no.’ ‘In that case.

however.’ ‘Without waiting for my coming out again?’ ‘Yes. and let us go. She seemed. alone I was exposed. to recognize a door. the young woman seemed to hesitate. and both gained the top of Rue de la Harpe. But the moment is come to keep your word.’ D’Artagnan offered his arm to Mme. Bonacieux. a thousand thanks for your honorable company. ‘it is here I have business.’ ‘And you will have nothing to fear on your return?’ ‘I shall have nothing to fear but robbers.’ ‘And that is nothing?’ ‘What could they take from me? I have not a penny about me. by certain signs. Take my arm.’ ‘You forget that beautiful handkerchief with the coat of arms.’ ‘Word of honor?’ ‘By the faith of a gentleman. ‘And now. and approaching that door. monsieur.‘I know nothing about it myself. who willingly took it. half laughing.’ said she.’ ‘And you will leave me then?’ ‘Yes. as she had before done in the Rue Vaugirard. Arriving there. half trembling. I have reached my destination. But what I know is that I promise to do all you wish if you allow me to accompany you where you are 175 . which has saved me from all the dangers to which.’ ‘Which?’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook.

place faith in what I tell you. and replaced in your pocket. I exist no longer for you.‘That which I found at your feet. Confide in me. Have no more concern about me.’ ‘Very well. ‘therefore. but those of others—that is quite another thing. seizing her hands. be more generous. since a single word makes you tremble. as these secrets may have an influence over your life. and you confess that if that word were heard you would be ruined. Do not seek to assist me in that which I am accomplishing. ‘This is the second or third time. madame?’ said d’Artagnan. Bonacieux. any more than if you had never seen me. and I will reveal them to you.’ ‘Must Aramis do as much as I. ‘come. in the name of the service you have rendered me and which I never shall forget while I have life. in a manner so serious as to make d’Artagnan start in spite of himself. ‘I shall discover them. imprudent man! Do you wish to destroy me?’ ‘You see very plainly that there is still danger for you. madame!’ cried d’Artagnan. ask my own secrets. Come. Have you not read in my eyes that there is nothing but devotion and sympathy in my heart?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Hold your tongue.’ ‘Beware of what you do!’ cried the young woman. meddle in nothing which concerns me. that you have 176 The Three Musketeers .’ replied Mme. This I ask of you in the name of the interest with which I inspire you.’ said d’Artagnan. Rather. come. and surveying her with an ardent glance. these secrets must become mine. ‘Oh. monsieur. deeply piqued.

’ ‘I invent nothing. I assure you.’ ‘You do not know the man at whose shutter you have just knocked? Indeed. and I repeat it for the third time. madame. ‘no. and yet I have told you that I do not know 177 . I only speak that exact truth. and because I am only twenty.’ said d’Artagnan.’ said the young woman.’ murmured the young woman. ‘you would there read so much curiosity that you would pity me and so much love that you would instantly satisfy my curiosity. and for the first time. you believe me too credulous!’ ‘Confess that it is for the sake of making me talk that you invent this story and create this personage. ‘About three months ago I was near having a duel with Aramis concerning a handkerchief resembling the one you showed to the woman in his house—for a handkerchief marked in the same manner.’ The young woman looked at him furtively. shaking her head. that house is one inhabited by my friend.’ said the young woman. and that friend is Aramis. monsieur. madame. I am already upon the scent.repeated that name. I am sure. ‘Listen. ‘That is because love has come suddenly upon me. with your questions. I create nothing.’ ‘And you say that one of your friends lives in that house?’ ‘I say so. We have nothing to fear from those who love us.’ ‘Monsieur. be silent.’ ‘You speak very suddenly of love.’ ‘If you could see my heart.’ ‘All this will be cleared up at a later period. ‘you weary me very much.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. monsieur.’ resumed d’Artagnan.

’ ‘Silence.’ ‘Then I will not leave you. ‘I can refuse nothing asked of me thus. holding out her hand to him. in the name of heaven. and that handkerchief were to be seized. depart! There. there is peril of imprisonment.’ ‘Ah. bowing.’ ‘Monsieur!’ said the young woman.’ ‘But you will not follow me. would you not be compromised?’ ‘In what way? The initials are only mine—C.. I was quite sure you were a good and brave young man.’ said Mme. since the dangers I incur on my own account cannot stop you. you will not watch me?’ ‘I will return home instantly.’ ‘Madame. and placing the other upon the knocker of a little door almost hidden in the wall. and kissed it ardently. B. by the courtesy of a gentleman. think. supplicating him and clasping her hands together. risk of life in knowing me. prudent as you are. with 178 The Three Musketeers . ‘Ah! I wish I had never seen you!’ cried d’Artagnan. silence! Ah. think of those you may yourself run!’ ‘Me?’ ‘Yes. madame.’ said the young man. Bonacieux. ‘monsieur.’ ‘Or Camille de Bois-Tracy. Constance Bonacieux. by the honor of a soldier. Be content. D’Artagnan seized the hand held out to him. there midnight sounds! That is the hour when I am expected.‘But you. monsieur! Once again. I will depart. if you were to be arrested with that handkerchief.

because it betrays the depths of the thought and proves that feeling prevails over reason. and pressing the hand of d’Artagnan. I use your generosity.’ ‘ 179 .’ said d’Artagnan. when I shall be at liberty. I do not engage myself. what is lost for today may not be lost forever. That depends upon the sentiments with which you may inspire me. Now then. who had not relinquished hers. Who knows. Bonacieux. as to that. madame—‘ ‘Oh. ‘Oh. sorrowfully. But be of good cheer.’ ‘Then today.’ ‘Be satisfied. I am no further than gratitude. go. that I may not satisfy your curiosity?’ ‘And will you make the same promise to my love?’ cried d’Artagnan.’ ‘Ah! You are too charming. go. in a voice almost caressing.’ ‘Yes. you render me the happiest of men! Do not forget this evening—do not forget that promise. but in certain circumstances five minutes are five ages. beside himself with joy.’ ‘No.’ ‘When one loves. that’s all. today.’ ‘Well! And who told you I had no affair with a lover?’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. and I am late. ‘Well!’ resumed Mme. In the proper time and place I will remember everything.’ ‘By five minutes. ‘and you abuse my love. everything comes round. with certain people. ‘well: I will not say as much as you do. in the name of heaven! I was expected at sharp midnight.that ingenuous roughness which women often prefer to the affectations of politeness.

and if his life had depended upon the spot to which she was going or upon the person who should accompany her. ‘there was certainly one with Aramis. ‘Poor Athos!’ said he. even if that devotion were stupidity. no. ‘No. for. then. where he will have learned that a woman had been there. Adieu. He had given his word not to watch Mme. as at the shutter. the mercer’s pretty wife had disappeared. and I am curious to know how it will end. When he had gained the angle of the street. D’Artagnan pursued his way. he sprang away. Bonacieux. soliloquizing aloud. d’Artagnan would have returned home. and I would have all the merit of my devotion. badly!’ replied a voice which the young man recognized as that of Planchet. A woman with Athos! After all. ‘A man!’ ‘The discussion is going to begin again!’ said Mme. Bonacieux. Five minutes later he was in the Rue des Fossoyeurs. He will have fallen asleep waiting for me. I go. The door had been opened.’ continued d’Artagnan. monsieur. while Mme. he turned. adieu!’ And as if he only felt strength to detach himself by a violent effort from the hand he held. with a half-smile which was not exempt from a tinge of impatience. running. who expects you?’ cried d’Artagnan. since he had so promised.‘It is a man. and shut again. three light and regular taps. or else he will have returned home. madame.’ ‘Badly. I depart! I believe in you. ‘he will never guess what all this means. Bonacieux knocked. All this is very strange. 180 The Three Musketeers .

’ ‘And Porthos and Aramis?’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘How badly? What do you mean by that. and they cannot fail to let me go. at the end of which were the stairs which led to his chamber. Two remained with the men in black. ‘What has happened?’ ‘All sorts of misfortunes. Monsieur Athos is 181 . ‘It is your master that needs his liberty at this moment and not I. in three days I will tell them who I am. then. you idiot?’ asked d’Artagnan.’ ‘What?’ ‘In the first place.’ ‘And by whom was he arrested?’ ‘By Guards brought by the men in black whom you put to flight. he came up to me and said.’ ‘Why did he not tell them his name? Why did he not tell them he knew nothing about this affair?’ ‘He took care not to do so. and that will give him time. he had entered the alley.’’ ‘Bravo. they went very preoccupied people do. when all was over. I don’t know where—to the Bastille or Fort l’Eveque. leaving the house empty and exposed. they took him for you. They will believe he is arrested. monsieur. who rummaged every place and took all the papers. The last two mounted guard at the door during this examination. since he knows everything and I know nothing. ‘I know him well there! And what did the officers do?’ ‘Four conveyed him away. on the contrary. Athos! Noble heart!’ murmured d’Artagnan.’ ‘Arrested! Athos arrested! What for?’ ‘He was found in your lodging.

with the perambulations of the day. you are not afraid?’ said d’Artagnan. His company was on guard at the Louvre.’ ‘But they may come any moment. and will meet them there. M. It is all in beginning.’ ‘Good!’ said d’Artagnan to himself.’ said Planchet. Let them wait for me at the Pomme-de-Pin. Besides. I shall use it again upon occasion. monsieur. it was im182 The Three Musketeers . ‘It appears that the method I have adopted with this boy is decidedly the best. ‘you do not know me yet.’ said Planchet. ‘you would rather be killed than desert your post?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Very well.’ said d’Artagnan. de Treville’s. monsieur. already a little fatigued however. monsieur. d’Artagnan directed his course toward M. It was necessary to reach M. de Treville was not at his hotel. he was at the Louvre with his company. don’t budge. the house may be watched. I am a Picard. coming back to recommend courage to his lackey. ‘Be easy.’ ‘Well.’ And with all the swiftness of his legs.’ ‘Then it is understood. for you left word that I awaited them?’ ‘Yes. I will run to Monsieur de Treville to tell them all this. they did not come. then. tell them what has happened. de Treville. monsieur. and there is nothing I would not do to prove to Monsieur that I am attached to him. I am brave when I set about it. ‘But you will remain. if they come. Here it would be dangerous.‘I could not find them.

as he was going to the Louvre. and the man held a handkerchief to his face. as this double precaution 183 . Of the two persons who composed this group. he saw two persons coming out of the Rue Dauphine whose appearance very much struck him. D’Artagnan followed them. and perceived that he had not wherewithal to pay his passage. and came up to the quay. He had not gone twenty steps before he became convinced that the woman was really Mme. The woman’s hood was pulled down. one was a man and the other a woman. the man wore the uniform of a Musketeer.portant that he should be informed of what was passing. He had at first an idea of crossing by the ferry. Bonacieux and that the man was Aramis. Both. The woman had the outline of Mme. but on gaining the riverside. As he gained the top of the Rue Guenegaud. he had mechanically put his hand into his pocket. They took the bridge. Dessessart ought to be his passport. still further. He felt at that instant all the suspicions of jealousy agitatFree eBooks at Planet eBook. the man resembled Aramis so much as to be mistaken for him. His costume of Guardsman in the company of M. That was d’Artagnan’s road. the woman wore that black mantle which d’Artagnan could still see outlined on the shutter of the Rue de Vaugirard and on the door of the Rue de la Harpe. in order to take the New Bridge. D’Artagnan resolved to try and enter the Louvre. Besides. Bonacieux. had an interest in not being recognized. He therefore went down the Rue des Petits Augustins.

he was resolved to unravel the mystery. then returned so as to meet them exactly before the Samaritaine. He considered himself an outraged. and they stopped before him. he found her hanging on the arm of Aramis. and redoubled their speed. D’Artagnan stopped before them.’ replied the stranger. by all the gods. Which was illuminated by a lamp which threw its light over all that part of the bridge. monsieur?’ demanded the Musketeer. and by your exclamation I perceive you have mistaken me for another. to pass on. and ridiculed lover. then. and with a foreign accent. Bonacieux had declared to him. The young man and young woman perceived they were watched. ‘Yes. and that she had promised him nothing. Blood and anger mounted to his face. D’Artagnan determined upon his course. and pardon you. ‘It is not Aramis!’ cried he. ‘No. that she owed him nothing but a little gratitude for having delivered her from the men in black. it is not Aramis. He passed them. by his friend and by her whom he already loved like a his heart. recoiling a step. Mme. D’Artagnan did not reflect that he had only known the mercer’s pretty wife for three hours. which proved to d’Artagnan that he was deceived in one of his conjectures. ‘Allow me. ‘What do you want.’ ‘You pardon me?’ cried d’Artagnan. betrayed. He felt himself doubly betrayed. and a quarter of an hour after having made this assertion. monsieur. that she did not know Aramis. 184 The Three Musketeers . who wished to carry her off.

You know what it is to love. Bonacieux. At the same time. madame. Bonacieux. with crossed arms. annihilated by all that happened. monsieur.’ said the stranger. and with the rapidity of lightning. ‘my Lord! Pardon me. cast down.’ ‘And I. it is not with you that I have anything to do.’ ‘You are right. I had your promise as a soldier and your word as a gentleman. Bonacieux. ‘In the name of heaven. in a tone of reproach. stupefied.’ ‘Ah. Madame.’ D’Artagnan. but you are not—‘ ‘My Lord the Duke of Buckingham. however. The Musketeer advanced two steps. I know her very well.’ ‘With Madame! You do not know her.’ ‘My Lord. ‘You are deceived. enlightened by a sudden idea. monsieur. Bonacieux. ‘ah. my Lord!’ cried Mme. madame!’ said d’Artagnan. and was jealous. D’Artagnan made a spring backward and drew his sword. throwing herself between the combatants and seizing the swords with her hands. the stranger drew his. ‘My Lord!’ cried d’Artagnan.’ replied the stranger. in an undertone. ‘you promised me—‘ ‘Take my arm.’ said Mme. before the Musketeer and Mme.’ said Mme. embarrassed. it is with Madame.since it is not with me you have anything to do. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. I hoped to be able to rely upon that. I ask a hundred pardons! But I love 185 . my Lord. monsieur. monsieur. stood. ‘and let us continue our way. and pushed d’Artagnan aside with his hand. ‘and now you may ruin us all.

as far as the Louvre. ‘You offer me your services. As for d’Artagnan. and then tell me how I can risk my life to serve your Grace?’ ‘You are a brave young man. carried away as we are by our narrative. slay him!’ D’Artagnan placed his naked sword under his arm. ready to execute the instructions of the noble and elegant minister of Charles I. he had no opportunity to give the duke this proof of his devotion. and the young woman and the handsome Musketeer entered the Louvre by the wicket of the Echelle without any interference. Bonacieux to take twenty steps ahead. Fortunately. Pardon me. Follow us at a distance of twenty paces. with the same frankness I accept them. 186 The Three Musketeers . allowed the duke and Mme.’ said Buckingham. Without giving them any explanation of the alarm and inconvenience he had caused them. he immediately repaired to the cabaret of the Pomme-de-Pin. and follow the Duke of Buckingham and his guide through the labyrinths of the Louvre. Lord. he told them that he had terminated the affair alone in which he had for a moment believed he should need their assistance. and then followed them. where he found Porthos and Aramis awaiting him. who pressed it respectfully. and if anyone watches us. holding out his hand to d’Artagnan. we must leave our three friends to themselves. 187 . but of what value in the world was the reputation of the little wife of a mercer? Once within the interior of the court. Her reputation would be lost. and began to ascend the staircase. were that evening on guard.12 GEORGE VILLIERS. The duke counted two stories. de Treville. Mme. grasped a balustrade. and if anything should happen. She then turned to the right. She took the risk upon herself. Bonacieux and the duke entered the Louvre without difficulty. Germain was in the interests of the queen. and after a few experimental steps. Bonacieux was known to belong to the queen. the duke and the young woman followed the wall for the space of about twenty-five steps. She closed the door after her. appropriated for the people of the household. the duke wore the uniform of the Musketeers of M. Bonacieux was acquainted with all the turnings and windings of this part of the Louvre. it is true. open by day but generally closed at night. This space passed. as we have said. DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM Mme. Besides. took the duke by the hand. but Mme. The door yielded. and found themselves in darkness. folFree eBooks at Planet eBook. Both entered. Mme. put her foot upon the bottom step. Bonacieux pushed a little servants’ door. that was all. Bonacieux would be accused of having introduced her lover into the Louvre. Mme.

Brave. and enterprising. matters resumed their course. someone will come. abusing the position in which he had been placed. descended a flight. but at length became afraid that the duke. was abducted. introduced a key into a lock. we must say that the Duke of Buckingham did not experience an instant of fear. and placed in communication with Laporte. left alone. would have been executed three days earlier. but instead of regaining England. if exasperated. His 188 The Three Musketeers . Nevertheless. was a snare. and everything remained in suspense. he had. opened a door. but for her arrest. and pushed the duke into an apartment lighted only by a lamp. walked toward a mirror. declared to the queen that he would not depart without seeing her.lowed the course of a long corridor. He had learned that the pretended message from Anne of Austria. went a few steps farther. upon the faith of which he had come to Paris. but once free. ‘Remain here. would commit some folly. and she accomplished the perilous enterprise which. For two days no one knew what had become of her. rash. The queen had at first positively refused. when. isolated as he was. saying. Buckingham. One of the salient points of his character was the search for adventures and a love of romance.’ She then went out by the same door. She had already decided upon seeing him and urging his immediate departure. Bonacieux. so that the duke found himself literally a prisoner. my Lord Duke. on the very evening of coming to this decision. this was not the first time he had risked his life in such attempts. Mme. who was charged with going to fetch the duke and conducting him to the Louvre. which she locked.

his heart swelling with joy. as we have said. restored the undulations to his beautiful hair. in the course of centuries. all-powerful in a kingdom which he disordered at his fancy and calmed again at his caprice. Buckingham saw this apparition in the glass. At thirty-five. he uttered a cry. had lived one of those fabulous existences which survive. he smiled upon himself with pride and hope. with just title. to astonish posterity. that is to say. and. which the weight of his hat had 189 . At this moment a door concealed in the tapestry opened. and a woman appeared. convinced of his own power. certain that the laws which rule other men could not reach him. twisted his mustache. Duke of Buckingham. even were this object were so elevated and so dazzling that it would have been madness for any other even to have contemplated it. for the handsomest gentleman and the most elegant cavalier of France or England. immensely rich. It was thus he had succeeded in approaching several times the beautiful and proud Anne of Austria. happy and proud at being near the moment he had so long sighed for. and in making himself loved by dazzling her. It was the queen! Anne of Austria was then twenty-six or twenty-seven years of age. George Villiers. he passed. George Villiers placed himself before the glass. she was in the full splendor of her beauty. Sure of himself. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. he went straight to the object he aimed at. The favorite of two kings.Musketeer’s uniform became him marvelously. which was then his age.

fetes. Buckingham remained for a moment dazzled. all the poets of the time singing them as incomparable. Her skin was admired for its velvety softness. and the most fastidious sculptor a little more fineness in the nose. in which the most rigid critic could only have desired a little less rouge.Her carriage was that of a queen or a goddess. you already know that it is not I who caused you to be written to. and yet were at the same time full of sweetness and majesty. and which she wore curled very plainly. Never had Anne of Austria appeared to him so beautiful. kissed the hem of her robe. Anne of Austria took two steps forward. admirably set off her face. or carousals. ‘Duke. like that of all princes of the House of Austria. and with much powder. had become chestnut. Lastly. as she appeared to him at this moment. which. and although her underlip. but as profoundly disdainful in its contempt. her hands and arms were of surpassing beauty. her eyes. protruded slightly beyond the other. were perfectly beautiful. which cast the brilliancy of emeralds.’ 190 The Three Musketeers . amid balls. and accompanied by Donna Estafania— the only one of her Spanish women who had not been driven from her by the jealousy of the king or by the persecutions of Richelieu. it was eminently lovely in its smile. and before the queen could prevent him. from being light in her youth. Buckingham threw himself at her feet. her hair. Her mouth was small and rosy. dressed in a simple robe of white satin.

yes. Besides. a love which contents itself with a lost ribbon. my Lord. madame! Yes. Queen. since I saw you for the first time. the sacrilege is the separation of two hearts formed by God for each other. In short. where can you find a love like mine—a love which neither time. and during those three years I have loved you thus. on the part of your Majesty. I see you to tell you that we must never see each other again.’ ‘My Lord. the enmity of kingdoms.’ ‘Yes.’ cried the queen.’ replied Anne. insensible to all my sufferings. madame.‘Yes. to believe that snow would become animated or marble warm. because. and make me run the risk of my 191 . ‘you forget that I have never said that I love you. For tell me.’ ‘But you have never told me that you did not love me. or a chance word? It is now three years. by remaining. your Majesty!’ cried the duke. but what then! They who love believe easily in love. nor absence. I see you to tell you that everything separates us—the depths of the sea. to speak such words to me would be. You were seated upon cushions in the Spanish fashion.’ ‘Speak on. It is sacrilege to struggle against so many things. You talk of sacrilege! Why. and truly. a stray look. ‘the sweetness of your voice covers the harshness of your words. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘but you know why and how I see you.’ said Buckingham. Shall I tell you each ornament of your toilet? Mark! I see you now. too great an ingratitude. ‘I know that I must have been mad. speak on. the sanctity of vows. I have lost nothing by this journey because I see you. madame. you run the risk of your life. senseless. you persist in remaining in a city where. nor despair can extinguish.

let us speak of it. Every time I see you is a fresh diamond which I enclose in the casket of my heart. in the gardens of Amiens. how lovely the blue heavens and starenameled sky! wore a robe of green satin embroidered with gold and silver. and I can see you as you then were. This is the fourth which you have let fall and I have picked up.’ ‘Oh. which I have described to you. madame. a small cap upon your head of the same color as your robe. You leaned 192 The Three Musketeers . for in three years. I was able for one instant to be alone with you. and in that cap a heron’s feather. I have only seen you four times—the first. my treasure. Hold! Hold! I shut my eyes. who had not the courage to find fault with the duke for having so well preserved her portrait in his heart. the third. the second.’ murmured Anne of Austria. then. let us speak of it! That is the most happy and brilliant evening of my life! You remember what a beautiful night it was? How soft and perfumed was the air. I open them again. blushing. madame. the griefs of your heart.’ ‘Duke. my hope. You wore a close ruff. Then you were about to tell me all— the isolation of your life. hanging sleeves knotted upon your beautiful arms— those lovely arms—with large diamonds. and I see what you are now—a hundred time more beautiful!’ ‘What folly. ‘what folly to feed a useless passion with such remembrances!’ ‘And upon what then must I live? I have nothing but memory. ‘never speak of that evening.’ said the queen. on the contrary. It is my happiness. at the mansion of Madame de Chevreuse.

but my love came out from it more ardent and more eternal. and you pardoned me on seeing me so submissive and so repentant. I was back again. but. the fascination of your look—the thousand circumstances.upon my arm—upon this. and every time that it touched me I trembled from head to foot. yes. in bending my head toward you. yes. it is possible that the influence of the place. are comprised in a moment like that. for a night like that. my glory. madame! I felt. but calumny seized upon all those follies in which I Free eBooks at Planet eBook. that night you loved 193 . And any other love but mine would have sunk beneath this ordeal. you saw the queen come to the aid of the woman who faltered. I will swear it. I had risked my life and favor to see you but for a second. Take my wealth. madame. That time you had nothing to say to me. the charm of the beautiful evening. For that night. Queen! Queen! You do not know what felicity from heaven. my Lord. I called for help. what joys from paradise. my fortune.’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Yes. at the first freedom to which I had to reply. madame. all the days I have to live. which sometimes unite to destroy a woman—were grouped around me on that fatal evening. for such an instant. that is true. At the first word you dared to utter. I did not even touch your hand. your beautiful hair touch my cheek. Oh.’ ‘My Lord. What to me were all the treasures in the world. or all the kings of the earth! Eight days after. you believed that I would not dare to quit the treasure over which my master had charged me to watch. in short. You believed that you would fly from me by returning to Paris.

Putange was exiled. and France is about to pay for her king’s refusal with a war. The king. that negotiator will be me. will have to pay for my happiness with their lives. Madame de Chevreuse fell into disgrace. I know that well.’ ‘Because you do not love me.’ 194 The Three Musketeers . to Paris. and will see you again. Thousands of men. this peace will require a negotiator. but tell me what woman has a lover more truly in love. and I will return to Paris. and I should run mad. I have no hope of penetrating. and when you wished to come back as ambassador to France. what queen a servant more ardent?’ ‘My Lord. but what is that to me. But this war may bring round a peace. you would view all this otherwise. oh. Holland loved her. my Lord. made a terrible clamor. madame! If you loved me. provided I see you again! All this is perhaps folly—perhaps insanity. sword in hand. my lord—the king himself opposed to it. the king himself—remember. think you. Madame de Vernet was driven from me. and will be happy for an instant.took no part. and she responded to his love. as you well know. Madame de Chevreuse was less cruel than you. Ah. If you loved me. What object. excited by the cardinal. if you loved me. I am not allowed to see you. have this expedition to Re and this league with the Protestants of La Rochelle which I am projecting? The pleasure of seeing you. it is true. but you shall every day hear of me. that would be too great happiness. my Lord. you invoke in your defense things which accuse you more strongly.’ ‘Yes. All these proofs of love which you would give me are almost crimes. madame. They will not dare to refuse me then.

You have told me yourself. with a smile at once sad and charming. will have richly paid all—were it my life. perhaps. with an accent of terror which proved how much greater an interest she took in the duke than she ventured to tell. believe me. my Lord! You have ill understood. I can believe that you had been Madame de Chevreuse.’ said Anne. the hope you have almost given me. madame. I take no heed of such dreams. do not have the cruelty to lift me from it. in spite of herself. ‘I do not tell you this. have had presentiments. ‘If I am happy in an error. I have for some time had a presentiment that I should shortly die. thanks!’ ‘Oh. then.’ murmured Anne of Austria. if you were not queen! Madame. ‘Oh. my beautiful sovereign. ‘I also. Thanks for those sweet words! Oh. wrongly interpreted. and. that I have been drawn into a snare. poor Buckingham might have hoped. ‘You would love me. although it may be strange. by the expression of so profound a passion. overcome. I also have had dreams. say that you would love me then! I can believe that it is the dignity of your rank alone which makes you cruel to me. my God!’ cried Anne of Austria.’ ‘Oh.’ And the duke smiled. I dreamed that I saw you Free eBooks at Planet eBook.‘Madame de Chevreuse was not 195 . I. madame. but I. may leave my life in it—for. But the words you have just spoken. it is even ridiculous for me to name it to you. to terrify you. a hundred times. duke. I did not mean to say—‘ ‘Silence. silence!’ cried the duke. no.

with servants who will watch over you. how I love you!’ said Buckingham. if you are struck in France. and with a knife?’ interrupted Buckingham. if you die in France. I should run mad. ‘Go. and that in my prayers. and with a knife. madame. it is enough. my Lord. depart.’ ‘I love you. ‘this is more than I can bear. I?’ ‘Yes. and go! Oh. go. but what I know is that I will not be perjured. my God. my God!’ cried Anne of Austria. and I shall be happy in seeing you. it was so. and return hereafter! Come back as ambassador.’ ‘In the left side. if I could imagine that your love for me was the cause of your death. how beautiful you are thus! Oh. You love me. Duke. my beautiful queen. yes. Who can possibly have told you I had had that dream? I have imparted it to no one but my God. and then I shall no longer fear for your days. leave me. come back as minister. then. and you will weep for me?’ ‘Oh. it was so—in the left side. In the name of heaven. I could not console myself. Take pity on me. was it not.’ ‘I ask for no more. I implore you!’ ‘Oh. wounded.’ ‘Oh. is this true what you say?’ 196 The Three Musketeers .lying bleeding. come back surrounded with guards who will defend you. Would God send the same dreams to you as to me if you did not love me? Should we have the same presentiments if our existences did not touch at the heart? You love me. I implore you. Depart then. go! I do not know whether I love you or love you not. ‘Yes.

’ ‘Wait. and that I may wear in my turn—a ring. a chain. ‘keep this in memory of me. and leaning with the other upon Estafania.’ said she. 197 . you will return to England?’ ‘I will. said. I shall have seen you again. Your hand.’ Buckingham took the casket. ‘And I keep my word.‘Yes. if I give you that you demand?’ ‘Yes. and came out again almost immediately. here. ‘Within six months. if I am not dead. for she felt that her strength was about to fail her. I swear to you. holding a rosewood casket in her hand. some object which came from you. then. wait. and fell a second time on his knees. some pledge of your indulgence.’ ‘Will you depart—will you depart. your hand.’ Anne of Austria re-entered her apartment. Buckingham pressed his lips passionately to that beautiful hand. and then rising. ‘You have promised me to go. and I depart!’ Anne of Austria stretched forth her hand. with her cipher encrusted with gold. my Lord. a necklace. ‘Here.’ ‘You will leave France.’ ‘Oh. then. something you have worn. closing her eyes. madame—even if I Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ ‘This very instant?’ ‘Yes.’ said the queen. and may remind me that I have not been dreaming.

198 The Three Musketeers . with the same precautions and the same good luck. Bonacieux. conducted him out of the Louvre. In the corridor he met Mme.’ And faithful to the promise he had made. he rushed out of the apartment. and who. who waited for him.have to overturn the world.

This personage was M. notwithstanding his precarious position. a clerk came to put an end to his tortures. where he passed trembling before a party of soldiers who were loading their muskets. or may not remember— fortunately we have promised not to lose sight of him. Bonacieux to the Chamber of Examination. Bonacieux. by giving the order to conduct M. but not to his anxiety.13 MONSIEUR BONACIEUX There was in all this. introduced into a halfsubterranean gallery. the object of the grossest insults and the harshest treatment. The officers perceived that they had not to deal with a gentleman. one personage concerned. prisoners were interrogated in their cells. the respectable martyr of the political and amorous intrigues which entangled themselves so nicely together at this gallant and chivalric period. of whom. he became. and they treated him like a very peasant. but they did not do so with M. Two guards attended the mercer who made him traverse Free eBooks at Planet 199 . Fortunately. we have appeared to take but very little notice. Ordinarily. as may have been observed. the reader may remember. At the end of half an hour or thereabouts. The officers who arrested him conducted him straight to the Bastille. on the part of those who had brought him. Thence. Bonacieux.

age. He complicated this exordium by an exposition in which he painted the power and the deeds of the cardinal. and upon a sign from the commissary drew back so far as to be unable to hear anything. instead of continuing to interrogate him. The commissary then.a court and enter a corridor in which were three sentinels. He began by asking M. made him a long speech upon the danger there is for an obscure citizen to meddle with public matters. that conqueror of past ministers. that example for ministers to come—deeds and power which 200 The Three Musketeers . opened a door and pushed him unceremoniously into a low room. supported by a long and flexible neck. and an expression of countenance resembling at once the polecat and the fox. The commissary was seated in the chair. His head. that he was fifty-one years old. balancing itself with a motion very much like that of the tortoise thrusting his head out of his shell. looked up to see what sort of person he had to do with. a retired mercer. with eyes small but keen and penetrating. No. condition. and a commissary. Bonacieux his name. where the only furniture was a table. who had till this time held his head down over his papers. and lived Rue des Fossoyeurs. a chair. The commissary. 14. with yellow and salient cheek bones. that incomparable minister. This commissary was a man of very repulsive mien. The accused replied that his name was Jacques Michel Bonacieux. The two guards led the prisoner toward the table. with a pointed nose. issued from his large black robe. and was writing at the table. and abode.

how came you in the Bastille?’ ‘How I came there. The love with which his young wife had inspired him was a secondary sentiment. ‘If that is really so.’ replied Bonacieux. calmly. but to a certainty it is not for having. At bottom the character of 201 . ‘that is entirely impossible for me to tell you. with an air of doubt. Bonacieux indeed reflected on what had just been said to him. the merit of the incomparable eminence by whom we have the honor to be governed.’ said he. Monsieur Commissary. ‘believe that I know and appreciate. fixing his hawk’s eye upon poor Bonacieux. After this second part of his discourse. and particularly the moment when that goddaughter had been received as Lady of the Linen to her Majesty.’ ‘Indeed?’ asked the commissary. he bade him reflect upon the gravity of his situation. Laporte formed the idea of marrying him to his goddaughter. the whole seasoned with extreme cowardice. because I don’t know myself. he cursed the instant when M. since you are here and are accused of high treason. ‘But. have committed a crime. disobliged Monsieur the Cardinal.none could thwart with impunity. nevertheless.’ ‘You must. The reflections of the mercer were already made. Bonacieux was one of profound selfishness mixed with sordid avarice. more than anybody. or rather why I am there. and was not strong enough to contend with the primitive feelings we have just enumerated.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. knowingly at least.

the thing is absolutely impossible. He decided. terrified.’ ‘Monsieur Bonacieux. monsieur. to be accused of high treason? Consider.’ said the commissary. looking at the accused as if his little eyes had the faculty of reading to the very depths of hearts. feeling that it was at this point affairs were likely to become perplexing. 202 The Three Musketeers .’ ‘They have abducted her? Ah!’ Bonacieux inferred from this ‘Ah’ that the affair grew more and more intricate.’ ‘Who is he?’ ‘Remember that I affirm nothing. it might be suspected that he must know too much to avow.’ M.‘Of high treason!’ cried Bonacieux.’ ‘Whom do you suspect? Come. you ‘had one’? What have you done with her. ‘that is to say. ‘of high treason! How is it possible for a poor mercer. who detests Huguenots and who abhors Spaniards. ‘you have a wife?’ ‘Yes. then. by confessing all he might prove his good will. and that I only suspect. to tell all. Monsieur the Commissary. Bonacieux was in the greatest perplexity possible. monsieur. in a tremble. I HAD one. answer freely. then.’ ‘What. monsieur. ‘They have abducted her. Had he better deny everything or tell everything? By denying all.’ replied the mercer.’ added the commissary. if you have her no longer?’ ‘They have abducted her. ‘and do you know the man who has committed this deed?’ ‘I think I know him.

someone must be informed that you know the ravisher of your wife. who saw he had taken a false 203 . as I think.’ said the commissary. dark man.’ The face of the commissary grew still darker. when I have waited for my wife at the wicket of the Louvre to escort her home. in despair.’ said the commissary. before we proceed further. say you?’ continued he. ‘that is to say—‘ ‘You have answered that you should recognize him.‘I suspect.’ ‘Which?’ ‘Good Lord! In the first one handy. provided it is safe. ‘That is to say.’ said he. as to his name.’ The commissary now appeared to experience a little uneasiness.’ said the commissary to the two guards. ‘And his name?’ said he. ‘Oh. ‘Where must we place him?’ demanded the chief. but if I were ever to meet him. I know nothing about it. ‘That is all very well.’ cried Bonacieux. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. who has the air of a great lord. with an indifference which penetrated poor Bonacieux with horror. He has followed us several times. ‘In a dungeon. were he among a thousand persons. ‘a tall. on the contrary—‘ ‘Take away the prisoner. and enough for today. ‘I told you. I should recognize him in an instant. I will answer for it.’ ‘But I have not told you that I know him!’ cried Bonacieux. ‘You should recognize him among a thousand. of lofty carriage.

‘Alas. but because his uneasiness was so great. for your repentance alone can remove the an204 The Three Musketeers . my God. he was ready to embrace them both. my good man. my God. only his commissary of the preceding evening. He believed they were come to conduct him to the scaffold. alas!’ said he to himself. and tomorrow to the wheel. and when the first rays of the sun penetrated into his chamber. All at once he heard his bolts drawn. and led him away. and I advise you to tell the whole truth. besides. she must have confessed everything—a woman is so weak! A dungeon! The first he comes to! That’s it! A night is soon passed. my wife must have committed some frightful crime. starting at the least noise. so that when he saw merely and simply. ‘misfortune is over my head. Bonacieux could not close his eyes. She must have spoken. to the gallows! Oh. while the commissary wrote a letter in haste and dispatched it by an officer in waiting. They believe me her accomplice. ‘Your affair has become more complicated since yesterday evening. and will punish me with her. instead of the executioner he expected. the dawn itself appeared to him to have taken funereal tints. and made a terrified bound. Bonacieux—lamentations to which. have pity on me!’ Without listening the least in the world to the lamentations of M. they must have been pretty well accustomed—the two guards took the prisoner each by an arm. attended by his clerk. He sat all night on his stool. not because his dungeon was so very disagreeable.

Monsieur d’Artagnan is in our hands. that is true. I am ready to tell everything. your neighbor.’ ‘And what did Monsieur d’Artagnan reply?’ ‘Monsieur d’Artagnan promised me his assistance. in the first place?’ ‘Why. and you shall be confronted with him. I was deceived. she escaped.’ cried Bonacieux.’ ‘Fortunately. then. ‘at least. with whom you had a long conference during the day?’ ‘Ah.’ ‘What was the aim of that visit?’ ‘To beg him to assist me in finding my wife.ger of the cardinal. but yesterday at five o’clock in the afternoon. Monsieur Commissary. I swear. if she has escaped. and has placed her beyond reach.’ ‘Why.’ ‘You impose upon justice. ‘Oh. and in virtue of that compact put to flight the police who had arrested your wife. and I confess that I was in the wrong. as it appears. and I ask your pardon. unfortunate creature! Monsieur.’ ‘What business had you. I did go to Monsieur d’Artagnan’s. yes. to go into the chamber of Monsieur d’Artagnan. thanks to you.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ ‘My wife escaped!’ cried Bonacieux. I believed I had a right to endeavor to find her. Monsieur d’Artagnan made a compact with you. did not I tell you she had been stolen from me?’ ‘Yes. Interrogate me. all that I know. yes. but I soon found out that he was betraying 205 . I entreat you!’ ‘Where is your wife. it is not my fault.

’ said the commissary to the guards.’ cried Bonacieux.’ ‘Who. ‘Athos. ‘I cannot tell you. I don’t know him.’ cried Bonacieux. ‘But that is not a man’s name.’ said the commissary. The two guards led in Athos.’ ‘Did you never see him?’ ‘Yes. you.‘By my faith. that is the name of a mountain.’ ‘Somebody said to me.’ replied the Musketeer. who began to lose his head. I ask no better. but I don’t know what he calls himself. ‘That is my name. ‘But you said that your name was d’Artagnan. ‘this is not Monsieur d’Artagnan whom you show me.’ ‘Your name?’ replied the commissary. I have seen him.’ cried the poor questioner. ‘Not the least in the world. ‘You are Monsieur d’Artagnan?’ I answered. ‘I shall not be sorry to see the face of an acquaintance. ‘What is this gentleman’s name?’ asked the commissary.’ replied Bonacieux. quietly. ‘You think so?’ My guards exclaimed that they 206 The Three Musketeers .’ ‘What! Not Monsieur d’Artagnan?’ exclaimed the commissary. ‘declare all that passed yesterday between you and Monsieur.’ said Athos. ‘Monsieur d’Artagnan.’ ‘How! You don’t know him?’ ‘No. addressing Athos. I?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘But.’ ‘Bring in the Monsieur d’Artagnan.

were sure of it. ‘How? What do you say? Of whom do you speak? It is not of my wife.’ ‘But. I hope!’ ‘On the contrary. monsieur. ‘PARDIEU. in his turn. and a messenger. Monsieur d’Artagnan is in Monsieur Dessessart’s Guards. ‘do me the pleasure. that you say it again. ‘Oh. gave a letter to the commissary. Yours is a pretty business. Monsieur Commissary.’ At this moment the door was opened quickly. calmly. you insult the majesty of justice.’ murmured the commissary.’ ‘But I tell you. introduced by one of the gatekeepers of the Bastille. although he does not pay me my rent—and even better on that account ought I to know him. that’s true. I might be deceived. to tell me how my own proper affair can become worse by anything my wife does while I am in prison?’ ‘Because that which she does is part of a plan concerted Free eBooks at Planet eBook. it is of 207 . and this gentleman must be thirty at least. ‘there is not the least doubt about the matter.’ ‘Not at all. Monsieur d’Artagnan is a young man. Look at his uniform. I did not wish to contradict them.’ said Athos.’ cried Bonacieux.’ said the agitated mercer.’ ‘Monsieur. unhappy woman!’ cried the commissary. Monsieur Commissary. ‘You are Monsieur d’Artagnan. and this gentleman is in the company of Monsieur de Treville’s Musketeers. Monsieur d’Artagnan is my tenant. scarcely nineteen or twenty. look at his uniform!’ ‘That’s true.’ ‘You see. besides. monsieur.

not being at all a military man.between you—of an infernal plan. that I am entirely a stranger to what she has done. and left him to himself during the day. Your Monsieur Bonacieux is very tiresome. as he himself informed us. at the moment he had made up his mind to go to bed. he heard steps in his corridor. who came up behind the 208 The Three Musketeers .’ ‘And yet. like a true mercer. ‘if it be Monsieur d’Artagnan who is concerned in this matter.’ ‘I swear to you. send me somewhere. I do not perceive how I can take his place. ‘Let them be guarded more closely than ever. the door was thrown open. Bonacieux uttered lamentations enough to break the heart of a tiger. ‘Follow me. and the guards appeared. In the evening. I curse her!’ ‘Bah!’ said Athos to the commissary. Monsieur Commissary. Bonacieux wept all day. about nine o’clock. I renounce her. and followed his guards silently. with his habitual calmness.’ cried the commissary. that you are in the profoundest error. ‘and preserve absolute secrecy. while M. and that if she has committed any follies. You understand!’ Athos shrugged his shoulders.’ ‘Do as I bade you.’ said Athos. These steps drew near to his dungeon.’ said an officer. I abjure her. They locked the mercer in the same dungeon where he had passed the night. ‘if you have no more need of me. that I know nothing in the world about what my wife had to do.’ The commissary designated by the same gesture Athos and Bonacieux.

my God!’ murmured the poor mercer. Bonacieux could recognize every street by the milestones. at the gate of the entrance court he found a carriage surrounded by four guards on horseback. The carriage. nevertheless.’ ‘Ah.guards. One thing. where state criminals were buried. They made him enter this carriage. and he felt that his head was still on his shoulders. He thought the carriage was about to stop there. At the moment of arriving at St. and the lamps. then a second side of a building.’ ‘It is. and they were left in a rolling prison. however.’ ‘But that is not an answer. ‘Follow you!’ cried Bonacieux. the officer placed himself by his side. Through the closely fastened windows the prisoner could perceive the houses and the pavement. Jean. my God?’ ‘Where we have orders to lead you. ‘follow you at this hour! Where. a still greater terror seized him on passing by the cemetery of St. at length. crossed one court. mechanically and without resistance. my God. The carriage was put in motion as slowly as a funeral car. the only one we can give. indeed. reassured him. Paul—the spot where such as were condemned at the Bastille were executed—he was near fainting and crossed himself twice. but. ‘now. the signs. He passed along the same corridor as before. the door was locked. he remembered that before they were buried their heads were generally cut off. I am lost!’ And he followed the guards who came for him. that was all. Farther 209 . however. true Parisian as he was. But Free eBooks at Planet eBook. passed on.

There remained. depressed as he was by the successive emotions which he had experienced. the carriage crossed the fatal spot without stopping. it was at the Traitor’s Cross that his journey and his destiny were about to end! He could not yet see that dreadful cross. as they had nearly reached the place of execution. He wished to confess to the officer. 210 The Three Musketeers . when he perceived the pointed roof of the Hotel de Ville. he believed it was over with him. he should put a gag in his mouth.when he saw the carriage take the way to La Greve. he heard a noise of people and the carriage stopped. then. This measure somewhat reassured Bonacieux. it could scarcely be worth while to gag him. he uttered a feeble groan which night have been taken for the last sigh of a dying man. This was more than poor Bonacieux could endure. This time there was no longer any doubt. no other place to fear but the Traitor’s Cross. and upon his refusal. Indeed. it was at the Traitor’s Cross that lesser criminals were executed. uttered such pitiable cries that the officer told him that if he continued to deafen him thus. and fainted. the carriage was taking the direct road to it. Paul or of the Place de Greve. and the carriage passed under the arcade. Bonacieux had flattered himself in believing himself worthy of St. but he felt somehow as if it were coming to meet him. If they meant to execute him at La Greve. When he was within twenty paces of it.

as the bench was comfortably covered with a Free eBooks at Planet eBook. he had a glimpse of objects as through a 211 . He had walked as one walks in a dream. as far as he was concerned. He remained on the bench. His ears had perceived sounds without comprehending them. All these movements had been effected mechanically. threaded the Rue St. as nothing indicated that he ran any real danger. The carriage. turned into the Rue des Bons Enfants. resumed its way. The door opened. which had been stopped for a minute. They carried him through an alley. he might have been executed at that moment without his making a single gesture in his own defense or uttering a cry to implore mercy. but by the contemplation of a man who was hanged. up a flight of stairs. as he could perceive no threatening object. however. with his back leaning against the wall and his hands hanging down. passed through the crowd. Honore. On looking around him. and deposited him in an antechamber. not by the expectation of a man to be hanged. exactly on the spot where the guards placed him.14 THE MAN OF MEUNG The crowd was caused. two guards received Bonacieux in their arms from the officer who supported him. and stopped before a low door.

‘Is your name Bonacieux?’ said he. The latter obeyed without reply. where he appeared to be expected. and he began to turn his head to the right and the left. and a thin face. ‘Yes. of a haughty.well-stuffed cushion. fastened back by gold clasps. and in which there was already a fire. occupied the center of the room. ‘at your service. as the wall was ornamented with a beautiful Cordova leather. and ventured to draw up one leg and then the other. and found himself on his feet.’ stammered the mercer.’ ‘Come in. At this movement. and entered the chamber. At length. It was a large cabinet. And he moved out of the way to let the mercer pass. he resumed a little courage. upward and downward. Standing before the chimney was a man of middle height. floated before the window. which was made still longer by a ROY212 The Three Musketeers . a large brow. which nobody opposed. he perceived by degrees that his fear was exaggerated.’ said the officer. with the help of his two hands he lifted himself from the bench. close and stifling. At this moment an officer with a pleasant face opened a door. although it was scarcely the end of the month of September. covered with books and papers. with the walls furnished with arms offensive and defensive. continued to exchange some words with a person in the next chamber and then came up to the prisoner. more dead than alive. upon which was unrolled an immense plan of the city of La Rochelle. proud mien. Monsieur Officer. with piercing eyes. and as large red damask curtains. A square table.

no longer living but by the strength of his genius. his voice failing. hair. suffering like a martyr. and Uzes. as it is now called). except a sword. At first sight. indicated that he had been on horseback in the course of the day. had all the appearance of a soldier. Although this man was scarcely thirtysix or thirty-seven years of age. all began to be gray. to drive the English from the Isle of Re and lay siege to La 213 . preparing. that is to say. nothing denoted the cardinal. and it was impossible for those who did not know his face to guess in whose presence they were. ‘Is this that Bonacieux?’ asked he. and no longer maintaining the struggle with Europe but by the eternal application of his thoughts—but such as he really was at this period. surmounted by a pair of mustaches. The poor mercer remained standing at the door. but sustained by that moral power which made of him one of the most extraordinary men that ever lived. This man. Cardinal de Richelieu.AL (or IMPERIAL. an active and gallant cavalier. not such as he is now represented—broken down like an old man. and royal. after having supported the Duc de Nevers in his duchy of Mantua. already weak of body. after a moment of siFree eBooks at Planet eBook. and his buff boots still slightly covered with dust. after having taken Nimes. mustaches. and appeared to wish to penetrate even into the depths of the past. while the eyes of the personage we have just described were fixed upon him. his body bent. buried in a large armchair as in an anticipated tomb. This man was Armand Jean Duplessis. Castres.

Give me those papers. ‘You have conspired with your wife.’ said the cardinal.’ ‘And on what occasion?’ ‘She said that the Cardinal de Richelieu had drawn the Duke of Buckingham to Paris to ruin him and to ruin the queen. and with my Lord Duke of Buckingham.’ The officer took from the table the papers pointed out. the cardinal was satisfied. and retired. From time to time the man by the chimney raised his eyes from the writings.’ cried Bonacieux. Bonacieux recognized in these papers his interrogatories of the Bastille.’ ‘Indeed. ‘but I swear to you that I know nothing about it. giving his interrogator the title he had heard the officer give him. ‘I have heard her pronounce all those names.’ murmured he.’ replied the officer.’ responded the mercer. At the end of ten minutes of reading and ten seconds of examination. gave them to him who asked for them. monseigneur. ‘That’s well. with Madame de Chevreuse. we will see. monseigneur. bowed to the ground. and plunged them like poniards into the heart of the poor mercer. and leave us. slowly. ‘but it matters not.lence. monseigneur. ‘So I have been told already. ‘That head has never conspired.’ The cardinal repressed a smile.’ 214 The Three Musketeers .’ ‘You are accused of high treason. ‘Yes.

and that from the conversation of Monsieur the Commissary—an amiable man. but these suspicions appeared to be disagreeable to Monsieur the Commissary. do you believe the cardinal will be so kind as to tell me what has become of my wife?’ ‘Perhaps he may. ‘That’s exactly what my wife said. and that his Eminence was incapable—‘ ‘Hold your tongue! You are stupid.’ replied the cardinal. I learned it since I have been in prison. but she has most likely returned to the Louvre.’ ‘Your wife has escaped. nevertheless?’ ‘Yes. but I told her she was wrong to talk about such things. monseigneur.‘She said that?’ cried the cardinal.’ ‘Do you know who carried off your wife?’ ‘No. monseigneur. monseigneur. monseigneur. Nothing is concealed from the cardinal. reveal to the cardinal all you know of your wife’s relations with Madame de Chevreuse. monseigneur.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. the cardinal knows everything. Did you know that?’ ‘No. monseigneur.’ ‘Absolutely. but you must. monseigneur. with violence. be assured. and I no longer have them. then?’ ‘We shall know.’ ‘At one o’clock this morning she had not 215 . ‘Then you are ignorant of what has become of your wife since her flight.’ ‘My God! What can have become of her.’ ‘In that case. in the first place. ‘Yes.’ ‘You have suspicions.’ The cardinal repressed another smile.

’ ‘That’s well.’ ‘Did you go into these houses with her?’ ‘Never. 75 in the Rue de la Harpe.’ ‘And what excuse did she give you for entering all alone?’ ‘She gave me none. she told me to wait. At these words he took up a silver bell. my dear Monsieur Bonacieux. to whose houses I conducted her. monseigneur.’ ‘Should you know those doors again?’ ‘Yes. and I waited. 25 in the Rue de Vaugirard.‘But.’ ‘And how many were there of these linen drapers?’ ‘Two. monseigneur. she had business to transact with linen drapers. and rang it. ‘He calls me his dear Monsieur.’ ‘You are a very complacent husband.’ ‘When you went to fetch your wife from the Louvre. I know nothing about them. did you always return directly home?’ ‘Scarcely ever. I waited at the door.’ said the cardinal. monseigneur. the officer entered.’ said the cardinal. I have never seen her. the other Rue de la Harpe.’ ‘And where did they live?’ ‘One in Rue de Vaugirard. ‘PESTE! Matters are going all right. 216 The Three Musketeers .’ ‘What are they?’ ‘No.’ said the mercer to himself.’ ‘Do you know the numbers?’ ‘Yes.

‘Go. ‘and find Rochefort. approaching the cardinal eagerly. in a subdued voice. and a new personage entered.’ said the officer. ‘They have seen each other. ‘To your Eminence!’ murmured Bonacieux. Five seconds has scarcely elapsed after the disappearance of the officer.’ ‘Let him come in. rolling his eyes round in astonishment.’ ‘Take away that fool!’ said the cardinal. and let him wait till I send for him. ‘Place this man in the care of his guards again. The officer took Bonacieux by the arm. The officer reappeared.’ The cardinal rang a second time.’ said he. and does not resemble him at all.’ said he. ‘ 217 . no. and the moment the door closed. when the door opened. monseigneur. The newly introduced personage followed Bonacieux impatiently with his eyes till he had gone out. it is not he!’ cried Bonacieux. ‘He! What he?’ asked the cardinal. I am sure. and led him into the antechamber. The officer sprang out of the apartment with that alacrity which all the servants of the cardinal displayed in obeying him. an honest man. ‘The man who abducted my wife. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. Monsieur is. where he found his two guards.’ ‘The count is here. I was deceived. if he has returned. This is quite another man. ‘and requests to speak with your Eminence instantly. then!’ said the cardinal. ‘It is he!’ cried Bonacieux. Tell him to come to me immediately. quickly.’ ‘No.

we are beaten! Now let us try to take our revenge.’ ‘Where?’ ‘At the Louvre. ‘He and she.’ ‘When someone came and brought her a handkerchief from her laundress. and despite the rouge with which her face was covered evidently turned pale—‘ 218 The Three Musketeers .’ ‘The queen and the duke?’ cried Richelieu.’ ‘Why did she not let me know sooner?’ ‘Whether by chance or mistrust. as you know.’ ‘Well.’ ‘Who told you of it?’ ‘Madame de Lannoy. monseigneur. ‘Yes.‘Who?’ asked his Eminence.’ ‘And then?’ ‘The queen immediately exhibited strong emotion.’ ‘I will assist you with all my heart.’ ‘How did it come about?’ ‘At half past twelve the queen was with her women—‘ ‘Where?’ ‘In her bedchamber—‘ ‘Go on. the queen made Madame de Surgis sleep in her chamber.’ ‘Are you sure of it?’ ‘Perfectly sure. and detained her all day. who is devoted to your Eminence. be assured of that.

wait for me. ‘Ladies. did she bring that casket with her?’ ‘No. then.’ ‘Does Madame de Lannoy know what was in that casket?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Madame de Lannoy.’ said she.‘And then.’ ‘Why did not Madame de Lannoy come and inform you instantly?’ ‘Nothing was certain. and went out again immediately. with her cipher upon it. and then?’ ‘She then arose.’ ‘How can she be so?’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. is of opinion that she gave them to Buckingham?’ ‘She is sure of it.’ ‘And she came back without this casket?’ ‘ 219 . ‘wait for me ten minutes. the diamond studs which his Majesty gave the queen. her Majesty had said.’ ‘None of her women accompanied her?’ ‘Only Donna Estafania. but only to take a little rosewood casket.’ and she did not dare to disobey the queen. and went out. besides. ‘Ladies.’ ‘And when she finally returned. and with altered voice.’ ‘Did she afterward return?’ ‘Yes.’ She then opened the door of her alcove.’ ‘How long did the queen remain out of the chamber?’ ‘Three-quarters of an hour. I shall soon return.

’ ‘You. They were. appeared uneasy at not finding it. and so ascertain if the thing be true or not.’ ‘And then the queen?’ ‘The queen became exceedingly red. 25. and replied that having in the evening broken one of those studs. one in the Rue de Vaugirard. well! Rochefort. my people could tell me nothing on that head.’ ‘Meanwhile. do you know where the Duchesse de Chevreuse and the Duke of Buckingham are now concealed?’ ‘No. No. she had sent it to her goldsmith to be repaired. monseigneur.‘In the course of the day Madame de Lannoy. in her quality of tire-woman of the queen.’ ‘I have just been with him.’ 220 The Three Musketeers . monseigneur?’ ‘Yes. No. the other in the Rue de la Harpe. and at length asked information of the queen. looked for this casket.’ ‘Well. or at least I guess.’ ‘The fact is that I do not doubt your Eminence’s genius—‘ ‘Will repair the blunders of his agent—is that it?’ ‘That is exactly what I was going to say.’ ‘But I know. if your Eminence had let me finish my sentence. all is not lost.’ ‘He must be called upon.’ ‘And the goldsmith?’ ‘The goldsmith has heard nothing of it. 75. and perhaps—perhaps everything is for the best.

Bonacieux was introduced afresh. sternly.’ cried Bonacieux. we can make sure that they are so.’ cried Bonacieux. did not go to find linen drapers. the great cardinal.’ And Rochefort went hastily out of the apartment. The cardinal being left alone. M. ‘I. ‘yes. I told my wife several times that it was surprising that linen drapers should live in such houses as those. recalling all his remembrances of the circumstances. and upon a sign from the cardinal. they will be gone. the man of genius whom all the world reveres!’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. the officer retired. monseigneur. Your Eminence is right. ‘I deceive your Eminence!’ ‘Your wife.‘Does your Eminence command that they both be instantly arrested?’ ‘It will be too late. in going to Rue de Vaugirard and Rue de la 221 . throwing himself at his Eminence’s feet.’ ‘Instantly.’ ‘But still. reflected for an instant and then rang the bell a third time.’ said the cardinal. just God?’ ‘She went to meet the Duchesse de Chevreuse and the Duke of Buckingham. that’s it. and search the two houses thoroughly. ‘Bring the prisoner in again. but she always laughed at me. in houses that had no signs.’ ‘Yes. ‘You have deceived me!’ said the cardinal. monseigneur!’ continued Bonacieux. how truly you are the cardinal.’ ‘Take ten men of my Guardsmen. Ah.’ ‘Then why did she go. ‘ah. The same officer appeared.

you must be indemnified. monseigneur!’ said Bonacieux. ‘But you are able to have me arrested.The cardinal. Pardon you. and I could not have the least word to say. you are generous in this matter. you will take this bag. Here.’ ‘I go away enchanted. and he said.’ ‘The cardinal has touched me with his hand! I have touched the hand of the great man!’ cried Bonacieux. my friend. take this purse of a hundred pistoles. He then 222 The Three Musketeers . offering his hand to the mercer. to which Bonacieux replied by bowing to the ground. you are a worthy man. doubtless. and pardon me. then. I see it and I thank you for it. with that paternal tone which he sometimes knew how to assume. ‘Rise. monseigneur! You cannot mean that!’ ‘Ah. did not the less enjoy it for an instant. a smile played upon his lips. my dear Monsieur Bonacieux. almost immediately. ‘and as you have been unjustly suspected. and you will go away without being too malcontent. fearing. yes. hesitating to take the purse. you are able to have me tortured. well. as if a fresh thought has occurred. ‘The great man has called me his friend!’ ‘Yes. however contemptible might be the triumph gained over so vulgar a being as Bonacieux. you are the master. AU REVOIR!’ And the cardinal made him a sign with his hand. or rather. then.’ ‘Farewell.’ said the cardinal. you are able to have me hanged. my friend. but which deceived none who knew him. that this pretended gift was but a pleasantry. then.’ ‘I pardon you. Thus.

and a man of from thirty-five to forty. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. rising with a promptitude which proved the degree of importance he attached to the commission with which he had charged the count. ‘that man would henceforward lay down his life for me. tracing with a pencil the line in which the famous dyke was to pass which. ‘Long life to the Monseigneur! Long life to his Eminence! Long life to the great cardinal!’ The cardinal listened with a smile to this vociferous manifestation of the feelings of M. ‘Well. ‘Well?’ said the cardinal. crying aloud. The duchess is at Tours. have indeed lodged at the two houses pointed out by your Eminence. and then. and the duke at Boulogne. which.’ And the cardinal began to examine with the greatest attention the map of La Rochelle. eagerly. and when he was in the antechamber the cardinal heard him. lay open on the desk.went out backward. as we have said. the door opened. and the man this 223 . but the woman left last night.’ said the latter. when Bonacieux’s cries were no longer audible. ‘and now it is too late to have them pursued. It is in London they must be found. Let the queen remain in perfect security. looking at the clock. eighteen months later.’ ‘It was they!’ cried the cardinal. shut up the port of the besieged city. let her be ignorant that we know her secret. As he was in the deepest of his strategic meditations. in his enthusiasm. Bonacieux. ‘a young woman of about twenty-six or twenty-eight years of age. ‘Good!’ said he. and Rochefort returned.’ ‘What are your Eminence’s orders?’ ‘Not a word of what has passed.

Be at the first ball at which the Duke of Buckingham shall be present.’ said he.’ The Comte de Rochefort bowed like a man who acknowledges the superiority of the master as great. I have made him a spy upon his wife. ‘you will go with all speed to London. You must not stop an instant on the way. Left alone. Here is an order for two hundred pistoles. The officer entered for the fourth time. ‘and tell him to get ready for a journey. booted and spurred. You shall have as much again if you are back within six days.’ ‘And that man. the man he asked for was before him. ‘Tell Vitray to come to me.’ ‘I have done with him all that could be done. Send me the keeper of the seals. and retired. Then he rang. bowed. ‘That Bonacieux. and have executed your commission well. ‘Vitray.Let her believe that we are in search of some conspiracy or other. what has your Eminence done with him?’ ‘What man?’ asked the cardinal.’ said he. Seguier. which he secured with his special seal. call upon my treasurer and get the money. He will wear on his doublet twelve 224 The Three Musketeers . without replying a single word. with the order for the two hundred pistoles. Here is what the letter contained: MILADY. You will deliver this letter to Milady. took the letter. and retired. the cardinal seated himself again and wrote a letter.’ The messenger.’ An instant after.

As soon as these studs shall be in your 225 . inform me. and cut off two. get as near to him as you can. Free eBooks at Planet eBook.diamond studs.

and was gone. Athos had passed through all the examinations we have seen Bonacieux undergo. and not d’Artagnan. He added that he did not know either M. We were present at the scene in which the two captives were confronted with each other. M. de Treville was informed by d’Artagnan and Porthos of the circumstance. Athos. it was said. The officer who commanded the post of the Red Cross was sent for. M. who had till that time said nothing for fear that d’Artagnan. or Mme. he had asked for leave of absence for five days. As to Aramis.15 MEN OF THE ROBE AND MEN OF THE SWORD On the day after these events had taken place. should not have the time necessary. as soon as he assumed the uniform of the company. was as sure of his aid and support as if he had been his own brother. then. interrupted in his turn. to Rouen on family business. 226 The Three Musketeers . Bonacieux. Athos not having reappeared. de Treville was the father of his soldiers. and by successive inquiries they learned that Athos was then lodged in the Fort l’Eveque. He repaired. The lowest or the least known of them. from this moment declared that his name was Athos. instantly to the office of the LIEUTENANTCRIMINEL.

that he had never spoken to the one or the other. It is well known how violent the king’s prejudices were against the queen. who in affairs of intrigue mistrusted women infinitely more than men. One of the grand causes of this prejudice was the friendship of Anne of Austria for Mme. de Treville’s. M. and among them was M.’ added he. Athos was then sent to the cardinal. the quarrel with England. where he had dined. but unfortunately the cardinal was at the Louvre with the king. In his eyes Free eBooks at Planet eBook. but the name of M. de Treville. de Chevreuse. arrived at the palace. It was precisely at this moment that M. de Treville had the right of entry at all times. de Treville. on leaving the residence of the LIEUTENANT-CRIMINEL and the governor of the Fort l’Eveque without being able to find Athos. ‘could attest the fact”. and he named several distinguished gentlemen. and that of M. and how carefully these prejudices were kept up by the cardinal. As captain of the Musketeers. d’Artagnan. but that till that hour he had been at M. le Duc de la Tremouille. commanded a little reflection. or the embarrassment of the finances. These two women gave him more uneasiness than the war with Spain. The second commissary was as much bewildered as the first had been by the simple and firm declaration of the Musketeer. upon whom he was anxious to take the revenge which men of the robe like at all times to gain over men of the sword. that he had come. de la Tremouille. to pay a visit to his friend M. at about ten o’clock in the 227 . ‘Twenty witnesses.

that at the moment of arresting in the very act. But when the cardinal added that not only Mme. which history explains only by facts and never by reason. At this instant M. Mme. polite. but still further. in all this. a Musketeer had dared to interrupt the course of justice violently. led this prince to the commission of the most pitiless cruelty. though exiled to Tours and believed to be in that city. when he affirmed that he. the cardinal had not yet said a word about the Duke of Buckingham. was about to unravel the most closely twisted thread of this intrigue. and he made a step toward the queen’s apartment with that pale and mute indignation which. but. And yet.and to his conviction. de Treville entered. and outwitted the police—the king flew into a furious passion. de Chevreuse had been in Paris. At the first word the cardinal spoke of Mme. what tormented him still more. by falling sword in hand upon the honest men of the law. de Chevreuse not only served the queen in her political intrigues. Capricious and unfaithful. with all the proofs about her. the cardinal. de Chevreuse—who. the queen’s emissary to the exiled duchess. cool. Posterity will find a difficulty in understanding this character. and in 228 The Three Musketeers . in her amorous intrigues. had come to Paris. that the queen had renewed with her one of those mysterious correspondences which at that time was named a CABAL. the king wished to be called Louis the Just and Louis the Chaste. when in broke out. charged with investigating impartially the whole affair in order to place it before the eyes of the king—Louis XIII could not contain himself. remained there five days.

‘that Monsieur Athos is the Musketeer who.irreproachable costume. ‘You arrive in good time. all upon an order which they have refused to show me. but very inveterate.’ continued M. Monsieur Athos. of irreproachable conduct. sire. coldly. M. could not dissemble. de Treville. with hauteur.’ ‘And I. ‘I have the honor to inform your Majesty. when his passions were raised to a certain point. in the same tone. and throw into the Fort l’Eveque. mechanically. ‘I have learned some fine things concerning your Musketeers.’ ‘Athos. ‘I have some pretty things to tell your Majesty concerning these gownsmen. monsieur.’ said the king. ‘that a party of PROCUREURS.’ said Treville. or rather your Musketeers.’ ‘Let your Majesty remember. to lead away through the open street.’ said the king. in the annoying duel Free eBooks at Planet eBook. against the uniform—have taken upon themselves to arrest in a house. certainly I know that name. and whom your Majesty knows favorably. de Treville felt himself something like Samson before the Philistines. de Treville’s entrance he turned round. of an almost illustrious reputation.’ ‘What?’ said the 229 .’ said Treville. ‘yes. who. and men of the police—very estimable people. commissaries. Informed of what had passed by the presence of the cardinal and the alteration in the king’s countenance. Louis XIII had already placed his hand on the knob of the door. at the noise of M. as it appears. one of my.

‘was it so managed?’ ‘Monsieur de Treville. four commissaries of inquiry. while waiting his return.’ ‘Then.’ said Treville. then.’ continued Treville. who has ten times shed his blood in your Majesty’s service and is ready to shed it again. a cadet in his Majesty’s Guards.’ said the cardinal. ‘it was also for your Majesty’s service that one of my Musketeers. ‘Monsieur de Cahusac is quite recovered. biting his lips with anger.which you are acquainted with. but scarcely had he arrived at his friend’s and taken up a book. when a mixed crowd of bailiffs and soldiers came and laid siege to the house. A PROPOS. broke open several doors—‘ The cardinal made the king a sign.’ interrupted the king. who began to be shaken.’ ‘We all know that. ‘Athos. that he has been placed between two guards like a malefactor. has been seized. Addressing the cardinal. which signified. monseigneur. ‘to a young Bearnais. went to pay a visit to one of his friends absent at the time. is he not?’ ‘Thank you. had the misfortune to wound Monsieur de Cahusac so seriously. sword in hand. ‘That was on account of the affair about which I spoke to you. had only an hour before attacked. has been paraded through the midst of an insolent populace?’ ‘Bah!’ said the king. the company of Monsieur Dessessart. with the greatest phlegm.’ said the cardinal.’ continued Treville. ‘for all that was done for our service. this gallant man. ‘does not tell your Majesty that this innocent Musketeer. who 230 The Three Musketeers . and that this gallant man. who was innocent.

‘and the illtreated people have drawn up the following.’ cried Treville. ‘the justice of Monsieur the Cardinal is so well known that I demand an inquiry. hold your tongue.’ continued the impassive cardinal. with his Gascon freedom and military frankness. ‘Come.’ ‘Do you not suspect this young man of having given bad Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ ‘I mean a young man whom you patronize.’ ‘Your Eminence means Monsieur d’Artagnan.’ said the king. which I have the honor to present to your Majesty.’ ‘ 231 .’ said the cardinal. a young Bearnais. ‘for one hour before. I will confide it to your Majesty. is really a man of the highest quality. a friend of the Musketeer. your Eminence. Monsieur Athos.’ ‘I defy your Eminence to prove it. who. ‘If his Eminence entertains any suspicion against one of my Musketeers. Monsieur de Treville. Treville. did me the honor after having dined with me to be conversing in the saloon of my hotel.’ ‘In the house in which the judicial inquiry was made. ‘there lodges.’ said Treville. it is the same. with the Duc de la Tremouille and the Comte de Chalus. replying aloud to the mute interrogation of his Majesty. I believe.were delegated by myself to examine into an affair of the highest importance.’ ‘And is the written report of the gownsmen to be placed in comparison with the word of honor of a swordsman?’ replied Treville haughtily. come.’ The king looked at the cardinal. who happened to be there. ‘A written examination attests it.

’ replied the cardinal. for as he came in I remarked that it was but half past nine by the clock. Treville. monseigneur.’ said the cardinal. and who felt that the victory was escaping him.’ ‘That house is suspected. when the house where he fraternizes is suspected.’ ‘Well. your Eminence. Besides. ‘everybody seems to have passed the evening with you. as to that I can speak positively. to a man double his age?’ interrupted Treville. sire. that there does not exist a more devoted servant of 232 The Three Musketeers .counsel?’ ‘To Athos. but I deny that it is so in the part of it inhabited my Monsieur d’Artagnan.’ ‘Well. at what hour was he with you?’ ‘Oh. God forbid.’ said the king. with a brow flushed with anger. The house may be suspected. ‘No.’ said the cardinal. but Athos WAS taken in the house in the Rue des Fossoyeurs.’ ‘Is one friend forbidden to visit another. I did not. d’Artagnan passed the evening with me. who could not for an instant suspect the loyalty of Treville. ‘well. ‘only. for I can affirm. ‘perhaps you did not know it?’ ‘Indeed. ‘No. although I had believed it to be later. sire.’ ‘Does your Eminence doubt my word?’ said Treville. if I can believe what he says. or a Musketeer of my company to fraternize with a Guard of Dessessart’s company?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘At what hour did he leave your hotel?’ ‘At half past ten—an hour after the event.

or a more profound admirer of Monsieur the 233 . taking up Treville’s words. ‘Police affairs!’ cried the king. because in that case the mine throws forth fire. that if Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ The expression was imprudent.’ said the cardinal. The army. it is their business to judge.’ ‘Only. who colored with vexation.’ ‘That is best. de Treville launched it with knowledge of his cause. Yes. how shall we decide?’ said the king.’ ‘Come. the purest life. ‘I should affirm the culpability. Bernajoux. I will answer for it.’ replied Treville. and these judges will decide. It appears. and they shall judge. it is the same. ‘Send the case before the judges.’ said Treville. according to your account.your Majesty. the most incontestable virtue. ‘But his Majesty has judges. ‘That concerns your Majesty more than me. and your Majesty has a good memory. ‘And the next day.’ ‘Was it not this d’Artagnan who wounded Jussac one day. yes. in that unfortunate encounter which took place near the Convent of the Carmes-Dechausses?’ asked the king. sire. and do not annoy me in this way. Monsieur? Meddle with your Musketeers. ‘police affairs! And what do you know about them. will be but little pleased at being exposed to rigorous treatment on account of police affairs. but M.’ said the king. ‘it is a sad thing that in the unfortunate times in which we live. looking at the cardinal. and fire enlightens. He was desirous of an explosion. cannot exempt a man from infamy and persecution.’ ‘And I deny it.

What a noise about a Musketeer! I would arrest ten of them. ‘either order my Musketeer to be restored to me. without lowering his voice in the least. It is best to constitute myself at once a prisoner with Athos.’ ‘Gascon-headed man.’ said Treville. VENTREBLEU. you see me prepared to surrender my sword—for after having accused my soldiers. all the company. who most probably will be.’ replied mischance a Musketeer is arrested.’ ‘Come.’ said the cardinal. that Athos was at your residence during the event and that he took no part in it?’ 234 The Three Musketeers . there can be no doubt that Monsieur the Cardinal will end by accusing me. even. ‘If his Eminence.’ said he. and with d’Artagnan. therefore. ‘Well.’ said he.’ said the king. ‘did not have personal motives—‘ The cardinal saw what the king was about to say and interrupted him: ‘Pardon me. ‘will you swear. ‘Sire. I withdraw. ‘the Musketeers are guilty. will you have done?’ said the king. or let him be tried. and I would not allow a whisper. so much the better.’ ‘From the moment they are suspected by your Majesty. who is already arrested.’ The king feared an outbreak. a hundred. ‘but the instant your Majesty considers me a prejudiced judge.’ ‘He shall be tried. France is in danger. for in that case I shall demand of his Majesty permission to plead for him. by my father.

in a 235 .’ said the king. I will answer for him. ‘I believe with your Majesty that Monsieur de Treville’s guarantee is more than sufficient. be assured of that. ‘If we release the prisoner thus. He will not desert. he would have preferred an obstinate resistance on the part of the cardinal to this sudden yieldFree eBooks at Planet eBook. then.’ ‘The right of pardoning only applies to the guilty. it is justice.’ ‘No.’ ‘The devil!’ murmured the king. Monsieur the Cardinal. ‘what must be done?’ ‘Sign an order for his release. with a joy that was not unmixed with fear. lowering his voice and looking with a suppliant air at the cardinal. who was determined to have the last word. ‘ready to answer. when it shall please the gownsmen to interrogate him. that you are about to accord. ‘let us give them apparent security. and by yourself. you possess the right of pardon. ‘Order it as you please. ‘Yes. sire.’ ‘Athos may always be found.’ said Treville. he will not desert. sire. sire. we shall never know the truth. I swear it.’ replied Treville. sire. ‘and my Musketeer is innocent. that is policy. whom I love and venerate above all the world. Besides. like the lowest criminal. as Treville says.’ replied the cardinal.’ said the cardinal.’ ‘And he is in the Fort l’Eveque?’ said the king.’ Treville bowed very respectfully.’ This policy of Louis XIII made Richelieu smile. and all will be said. ‘he can always be found. It is not mercy. in solitary confinement.‘By your glorious father.’ ‘Be so kind as to reflect.’ added he.

‘there is your Jussac thrust paid for. ‘Now that we are at length by ourselves. we will. de Treville had good reason to mistrust the cardinal and to think that all was not over. and that immediately. ‘One has never the last word with such a man.’ said Treville. and only left this morning. for scarcely had the captain of the Musketeers closed the door after him. ‘A perfect harmony reigns. sire. Sire. and said. whence he delivered the Musketeer. There still remains that of Bernajoux. and Treville carried it away without delay. M. which must be profitable for the service and honorable to all.’ 236 The Three Musketeers . As he was about to leave the presence. de Treville made his entrance triumphantly into the Fort l’Eveque. between the leaders and the soldiers of your Musketeers. if your Majesty pleases. converse seriously. than to keep a prisoner there who is in. But let us be quick—the king may change his mind in an hour. and at all events it is more difficult to replace a man in the Fort l’Eveque or the Bastille who has got out. Buckingham has been in Paris five’ said he to him.’ M. than his Eminence said to the king.’ ‘He will play me some dog’s trick or other. but you must not be too confident. the cardinal gave him a friendly smile. The first time he saw d’Artagnan. whose peaceful indifference had not for a moment abandoned him. The king signed the order for release. ‘You have come off well.’ As to the rest.

’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. I have my own opinion as to that love. ‘and why does he come?’ ‘To conspire. He grew pale and red alternately. what an idea! The queen is too virtuous. no! To conspire against my honor with Madame de Chevreuse. IN ORDER TO RING IT. with your enemies. LOOKS MORE THAN ONCE FOR THE BELL. KEEPER OF THE SEALS.16 IN WHICH M. and besides. the Huguenots and the Spaniards. no doubt. PARDIEU. ‘Buckingham in Paris!’ cried he. sire. Madame de Longueville.’ ‘Oh. SEGUIER. Monsieur 237 .’ said the king. AS HE DID BEFORE It is impossible to form an idea of the impression these few words made upon Louis XIII.’ ‘No. ‘and as to loving me much. and the cardinal saw at once that he had recovered by a single blow all the ground he had lost. loves your Majesty too well.’ ‘Woman is weak. and the Condes.

Queen of France—that is to say.‘I not the less maintain. but if the queen be guilty. Cardinal. ‘whatever repugnance I may have to directing my mind to such a treason. I long ago determined 238 The Three Musketeers . Madame de Lannoy. let her tremble!’ ‘Indeed. Besides. and that she was writing all day.’ said the cardinal. in the highest state of choler. and then she herself. ‘that the Duke of Buckingham came to Paris for a project wholly political. I must have the queen’s papers. that this morning she wept much. one of the greatest princesses in the world.’ ‘That’s it!’ cried the king. ‘first her closets were thoroughly searched.’ ‘She is not the less guilty.’ said the cardinal. I have frequently interrogated.’ ‘The Marechale d’Ancre was no more than the Marechale d’Ancre.’ ‘How did they act with regard to the Marechale d’Ancre?’ cried the king. no doubt.’ ‘And I am sure that he came for quite another purpose. whom. Monsieur Duke! The more she has forgotten the high position in which she was placed. the more degrading is her fall. while the august spouse of your Majesty is Anne of Austria. your Majesty compels me to think of it. Monsieur Cardinal.’ ‘But how to take them. told me this morning that the night before last her Majesty sat up very late. A Florentine adventurer. sire. ‘to him. sire? It seems to me that it is neither your Majesty nor myself who can charge himself with such a mission. and that was all. according to your Majesty’s command.

that the queen conspires against the power of the king. he should have been—‘ Louis XIII stopped.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. should prove to have any foundation. of course. which I still continue to doubt. I confess. what a terrible disclosure. I tell you she loves another. I tell you she loves that infamous Buckingham! Why did you not have him arrested while in Paris?’ ‘Arrest the Duke! Arrest the prime minister of King Charles I! Think of it. while Richelieu. ‘nothing. did not lose sight of him?’ ‘No. 75.’ said the cardinal.’ ‘And I—I tell you against 239 .’ said the king. you.’ ‘Who. as I do. She has near her a certain Laporte. No. ‘I believe. ‘He should have been—?’ ‘Nothing. sire. stretching out his neck. sire! What a scandal! And if the suspicions of your Majesty. I believe. that she deceives me?’ said the king. waited uselessly for the word which had died on the lips of the king. is the mainspring of all this. and I repeat it to your Majesty. ‘You think then. what a fearful scandal!’ ‘But as he exposed himself like a vagabond or a thief. I tell you the queen does not love me. terrified at what he was about to say. but I have not said against his honor.’ ‘Where did he lodge?’ ‘Rue de la put an end to all these petty intrigues of policy and love. But all the time he was in Paris.

I requested him to call. it is to him that the queen has been writing all the day. I must have those letters!’ ‘Sire.’ ‘And you are certain that the queen and he did not see each other?’ ‘I believe the queen to have too high a sense of her duty. ‘I believed myself secure from such a suspicion.’ ‘Monsieur Cardinal. sighing. sire. notwithstanding—‘ ‘Monsieur Duke. I will have them. by thus always opposing my will? Are you also in accord with Spain and England.’ ‘Let him be sent for instantly.‘Where is that?’ ‘By the side of the Luxembourg. The matter enters completely into the duties of the post.’ ‘He is most likely at my hotel. with this mission. however. you have heard me.’ ‘I would. then.’ ‘What is that?’ ‘That would be to charge Monsieur de Seguier. beg your Majesty to observe—‘ ‘Do you.’ ‘There is but one way.’ replied the cardinal. at whatever price it may be. Monsieur Duke. to desire 240 The Three Musketeers .’ ‘But they have corresponded. Monsieur Cardinal. also join in betraying me. the keeper of the seals. and when I came to the Louvre I left orders if he came. with Madame de Chevreuse and the queen?’ ‘Sire. I will have those letters.

Mme. de Sable. but—‘ ‘But what?’ ‘But the queen will perhaps refuse to obey. yes. de Guemene.’ And Louis XIII. who had followed her from Madrid. opening the door of communication. if she is ignorant that these orders come from the king. Duke. passed into the corridor which led from his apartments to those of Anne of Austria. but I shall be always happy and proud. Cardinal. Guemene was reading aloud. very well. that she may have no doubt on that head. meantime. 241 . Mme. but. The queen was in the midst of her women—Mme.’ ‘Your Majesty will not forget that I have done everything in my power to prevent a rupture. and Mme. I know you are very indulgent toward the queen.’ ‘Whenever it shall please your Majesty. de Montbazon. Donna Estafania. In a corner was the Spanish companion. to sacrifice myself to the harmony which I desire to see reign between you and the Queen of France. send for Monsieur the Keeper of the Seals.him to wait. de Guitaut. and everybody was listening Free eBooks at Planet eBook. I will go and inform her myself.’ ‘Yes. too indulgent. perhaps.’ ‘Your Majesty’s orders shall be executed.’ ‘Very well. I will go to the queen.’ ‘Well. at some future period to speak of that.’ ‘My orders?’ ‘Yes. sire. we shall have occasion. I warn you.’ ‘Let him be sent for instantly.

her most intimate confidants. gilded as they were by a last reflection of love. had begun by according to the cardinal that sentiment which Anne of Austria always refused him— Anne of Austria had seen her most devoted servants fall around her.’ said he. having before her eyes the example of the queen-mother whom that hatred had tormented all her life—though Marie de Medicis. Like those unfortunate persons endowed with a fatal gift. he made no demonstration of politeness. and the king entered. her dearest favorites. only stopping before the queen. who could not pardon her for having repulsed a more tender feeling. ‘you are about to receive a visit from the chancellor. Mme. on the contrary. The reader hushed herself instantly. As to the king. were not the less sad. and there was a profound silence. All the ladies rose. desired this reading in order that she might be able. ‘Madame. deprived of the confidence of her husband. who will communicate certain matters 242 The Three Musketeers . de Chevreuse and her with attention with the exception of the queen. de Bernet were exiled. pursued by the hatred of the cardinal. These thoughts. who had. she brought misfortune upon everything she touched. Anne of Austria. and Laporte did not conceal from his mistress that he expected to be arrested every instant. to pursue the thread of her own thoughts. if the memoirs of the time are to be believed. while feigning to listen. Her friendship was a fatal sign which called down persecution. It was at the moment when she was plunged in the deepest and darkest of these reflections that the door of the chamber opened.

Free eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘But why this visit. the poor penitent was unable to shut the door so close as to prevent the passions he fled from entering with him. had advised him. de Guitant. half blushing. turned pale under her rouge. and among them this. He was Des Roches le Masle. wishing as much as in him lay to free him from them. to whom he had confided this misfortune. who was constantly threatened with divorce. This chancellor was a pleasant 243 . it may be well for our readers to be made at once acquainted with him. On entering this holy place. and the superior. announced the visit of the chancellor. M. who introduced him to his Eminence as a perfectly devout man. The cardinal trusted him. and trial even. and therein found his advantage. the follies of adolescence. canon of Notre Dame. and almost at the same instant the captain of the Guards. There are many stories related of him. After a wild youth. the king had already gone out by another door. who had formerly been valet of a bishop. sire? What can the chancellor have to say to me that your Majesty could not say yourself?’ The king turned upon his heel without reply. there to expiate. He was incessantly attacked by them. As we shall probably meet with him again in the course of our history. and could not refrain from saying. The chancellor entered. he had retired into a convent. exile. half smiling.’ The unfortunate you with which I have charged him. at least for some time. in order to conjure away the tempting demon. When the chancellor appeared.

de Laffemas. This advice appeared good to the future chancellor. On leaving the convent he entered into the magistracy. at night. It is not known whether it was the devil who gave way. became chancellor. He conjured the evil spirit with abundance of prayers offered up by the monks. announcing the extreme desire for mortification which the penitent experienced. By day they did nothing but ascend and descend the steps which led to the chapel. but within three months the penitent reappeared in the world with the reputation of being the most terrible POSSESSED that ever existed. 244 The Three Musketeers . so that day and night the bell was ringing full swing. in addition to complines and matins. embraced the cardinal’s have recourse to the bell rope. stimulated the judges in the affair of Calais. encouraged the attempts of M. In proportion as they redoubled the exorcisms he redoubled the temptations. The monks had no longer an instant of repose. the monks would be rendered aware that temptation was besieging a brother. and all the community would go to prayers. became president on the place of his uncle. which did not prove want of sagacity. served his Eminence with zeal in his hatred against the queenmother and his vengeance against Anne of Austria. or the monks who grew tired. and ring with all his might. At the denunciating sound. But the devil does not suffer himself to be easily dispossessed from a place in which he has fixed his garrison. they were further obliged to leap twenty times out of their beds and prostrate themselves on the floor of their cells.

’ For form’s sake the chancellor paid a visit to the pieces of furniture named. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. said. this is an indignity!’ ‘Be kind enough to pardon me. then. but in this circumstance I am but the instrument which the king employs. invested with the entire confidence of the cardinal—a confidence which he had so well earned—he received the singular commission for the execution of which he presented himself in the queen’s apartments. whatever hesitation he might experience—it became necessary. ‘What do you desire. and has he not himself asked you to prepare for this visit?’ ‘Search. and without prejudice to the respect which I have the honor to owe to your Majesty a close examination into all your papers. and made a sign to her women to resume their cushions and stools. but scarcely had she perceived him then she reseated herself in her armchair. Has not his Majesty just left you. in the name of the king. monsieur. madame.’ ‘ 245 . When the chancellor had opened and shut twenty times the drawers of the secretaries. but he well knew that it was not in a piece of furniture that the queen would place the important letter she had written that day. Estafania. madame. monsieur. as it appears. it became necessary. at length. then. and with what object do you present yourself here?’ ‘To make. an investigation of my papers—mine! Truly. give up the keys of my drawers and my desks. monsieur! I am a criminal. The queen was still standing when he entered. and with an air of supreme hauteur.chief gamekeeper of France.

I am charged with reclaiming it. it is true!’ said Anne of Austria. ‘I will give it to none but the king monsieur. ‘If the king had desired that the letter should be given to him. This letter is not in your table nor in your secretary.’ And the queen laid her beautiful hand on her bosom. therefore.’ ‘Would you dare to lift your hand to your queen?’ said Anne of Austria.’ ‘Well. and all that his Majesty commands I shall do. that letter is not yet gone. and said with a very perplexed and embarrassed air. or rather was not willing to understand. madame.’ said the chancellor. ‘Then give me that letter. ‘His majesty is certain that a letter has been written by you during the day. The letter is here. toward Anne of Austria. and if you do not give it up—‘ ‘Well?’ ‘He has. charged me to take it from you. ‘I am a faithful subject of the king. to come to the conclusion of the affair. who did not understand. But I repeat to you. drawing herself up to her full height. that is to say. then. to search the queen herself. The chancellor advanced. madame. ‘and the spies of the cardinal have served him faithfully.I say. and yet this letter must be somewhere. I have written a letter today.’ ‘What is that?’ asked the queen. madame. he would have demanded it of you himself.’ 246 The Three Musketeers .’ said Anne. he knows that it has not yet been sent to its address. ‘And now it remains for me to make the principal examination. and fixing her eyes upon the chancellor with an expression almost threatening.

madame.’ ‘What horror!’ cried the queen. then. The chancellor made a profound reverence. The commission might well be called delicate. no. in whom the imperious blood of Spain and Austria began to rise. he approached Anne of Austria. monsieur?’ ‘The king commands 247 . to act more compliantly. for whose eyes at the same instant sprang tears of rage.‘How! What do you say?’ ‘That my orders go far. madame. and that I am authorized to seek for the suspected paper. Then. in his jealousy of Buckingham. I would rather die!’ cried the queen. and stretched forth his hands toward the place where the queen had acknowledged the paper was to be found. Seguier looked about at that moment for the rope of the famous bell. the point of not being jealous of anyone else.’ ‘I will not suffer it! No. The queen was. and the king had reached.’ ‘The conduct is infamously violent! Do you know that. ‘Be kind enough. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. Without doubt the chancellor. of great beauty. even on the person of your Majesty. excuse me. with the intention quite patent of not drawing back a foot from the accomplishment of the commission with which he was charged. but not finding it he summoned his resolution. as we have said. and as the attendant of an executioner might have done in the chamber of torture. madame.

there was not a single word about it in all the letter.’ The chancellor. took the letter. The door was scarcely closed upon him. The chancellor carried the letter to the king without having read a single word of it. he read it rapidly. quite delighted. on his part. looked for the address. into the arms of her women. she with her right hand drew the paper from her bosom and held it out to the keeper of the seals. as they really were.Anne of Austria took one step backward. half fainting. he was told that his Eminence awaited 248 The Three Musketeers . and deliver me from your odious presence. to insist upon the dismissal of the cardinal. trembled with an emotion easily to be conceived. The king took it with a trembling hand. inquired if the cardinal was still at the Louvre. It was nothing but a plan of attack against the cardinal. there is that letter!’ cried the queen. bowed to the ground. with a broken and trembling voice. opened it slowly. then seeing by the first words that it was addressed to the King of Spain. and as a condition of peace. monsieur. ‘There. when the queen sank. ‘take it. but as to love. and retired. The king. became so pale that it might be said she was dying. The queen pressed her brother and the Emperor of Austria to appear to be wounded. became very pale. which was wanting. by the policy of Richelieu—the eternal object of which was the abasement of the house of Austria—to declare war against France. and leaning with her left hand upon a table behind her to keep herself from falling. who.

but.’ ‘What do you say. ‘There. and I do not doubt you would be the greater for it abroad. ‘I understand you. The whole intrigue is political. that my health is sinking under these excessive struggles and these never-ending labors. and read it with the greatest attention. and on my part. sire. ‘you were right and I was wrong. I should yield to such powerful instance. he read it a second time. In your place. or some valiant gentleman whose business is war. ‘you see how far my enemies go. and there is not the least question of love in this letter. all who are named in that letter shall be punished as they deserve.the orders of his Majesty in the business cabinet. I say that according to all probability I shall not be able to undergo the fatigues of the siege of La Rochelle. in truth.’ The cardinal took the letter. they menace you with two wars if you do not dismiss me. ‘Well. You would be the happier for it at home. Duke?’ ‘I say. and that it would be far better that you should appoint there either Monsieur de Conde. on the other hand. sire.’ ‘What say you. and who am constantly turned aside for my real vocation to look after matters for which I have no aptitude.’ said he. your Majesty. Be satisfied. it would be a real happiness to withdraw from public affairs.’ said he. sire? God forbid that the queen should Free eBooks at Planet eBook. The king went straight to him. sire. and not me. there is abundant question of you. then. 249 . even the queen herself.’ ‘Monsieur Duke. when he had arrived at the end of it.’ said the king. Monsieur de Bassopierre. who am a churchman.

since it was you who suspected the queen. but the queen. on the contrary. ‘and you were right. then. but is not yours. You have committed the first wrong.suffer the least inconvenience or uneasiness on my account! She has always believed me. sire.’ ‘That is true. sire. I could well understand it.’ ‘The queen is my enemy. sire. in what manner can I make advances first?’ ‘By doing a thing which you know will be agreeable to 250 The Three Musketeers .’ ‘It is you. Allow me. although your Majesty can bear witness that I have always taken her part warmly. set the example. she is a devoted. sire.’ ‘What! I make the first advances?’ said the king. and irreproachable wife. ‘Never!’ ‘Sire. Duke. and come to me first. and whatever peril I may incur in acting severely toward them. not the less. Monsieur Cardinal. Oh. who have now incurred hers. it would be quite another thing. then. I entreat you to do so. however high they may be placed.’ ‘Let her humble herself.’ ‘Besides. there is nothing of the kind. ‘No grace. to intercede for her with your Majesty. and I should be the first to say. And even if she were to be seriously offended. to be her enemy. deserves all my anger. as you always are. sire—no grace for the guilty!’ Happily. your Majesty has treated her with a severity—‘ ‘It is thus I will always treat my enemies and yours. submissive. if she betrayed your Majesty on the side of your honor. even against you. sire. and your Majesty has just acquired a new proof of it.’ ‘On the contrary.’ said the king.

in consequence of the seizure of her letter.’ ‘Sire. employ it. I will answer for it. hearing the clock strike eleven. and innocent of a fault of which he had great dread.her.’ said the king. who. Clemency is a royal virtue. ‘we shall see. you know how much the queen loves dancing.’ ‘Monsieur Cardinal. Her Free eBooks at Planet 251 . it will be an opportunity for her to wear those beautiful diamonds which you gave her recently on her birthday and with which she has since had no occasion to adorn herself. asking permission of the king to retire. besides.’ Thereupon the cardinal.’ ‘We shall see. bowed low.’ said the cardinal. in his joy at finding the queen guilty of a crime which he cared little about. as she knows your antipathy for that amusement.’ ‘The queen will only be the more grateful to you. expected reproaches. Monsieur Cardinal. you know that I do not like worldly pleasures. was ready to make up all differences with her. but upon my honor. you are too indulgent toward her. was much astonished the next day to see the king make some attempts at reconciliation with her. who.’ ‘What is that?’ ‘Give a ball. ‘leave severity to your ministers. and supplicating him to come to a good understanding with the queen. her resentment will not hold out against such an attention. Anne of Austria. and you will find that you derive advantage therein. we shall see. Her first movement was repellent.

if not from her heart at least from her countenance. the last trace of her resentment disappeared. and said to himself. and every day the cardinal. Indeed. It will require four or five days for the transmission of the money. accidents. four or five days after having received the money. but the king replied that he must consult the cardinal upon that head. Now.’ On the same day the cardinal received this letter the king put his customary question to him. four or five days for her to return. overpersuaded by the advice of her women. as the cardinal had predicted. and a woman’s weakness. that makes ten days.’ 252 The Three Musketeers . A fete was so rare a thing for poor Anne of Austria that at this announcement. but I am unable to leave London for want of money. under some pretext. She asked upon what day this fete would take place. the cardinal received a letter with the London stamp which only contained these lines: ‘I have them. deferred fixing it. she at last had the appearance of beginning to forget. On the eighth day after the scene we have described. ‘She will arrive. allowing for contrary winds. The king took advantage of this favorable moment to tell her that her had the intention of shortly giving a fete. Richelieu counted on his fingers. Ten days passed away thus.womanly pride and her queenly dignity had both been so cruelly offended that she could not come round at the first advance. but. there are twelve days. every day the king asked the cardinal when this fete should take place. and four or five days after I have received them I shall be in Paris. Send me five hundred pistoles. she says.

’ said the king. Monsieur Duke.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. you will not appear to have gone out of your way to please the queen. The aldermen of the city give a fete on the third of October. Today is the twentieth of September.’ Then the cardinal added. ‘A PROPOS. ‘have you made your calculations?’ ‘Yes. 253 .‘Well. sire. That will fall in wonderfully well. do not forget to tell her Majesty the evening before the fete that you should like to see how her diamond studs become her.

even upon what was going on in his own household. convinced as he was that the cardinal had some afterthought and was preparing for him one of those terrible surprises which his Eminence was so skillful in getting up. More than once the king had been humiliated by the cardinal. He hoped. and afterward to come upon his Eminence with some secret which the cardinal either knew or did not know. to obtain some information from that conversation. He went then to the queen. He arrived at this end by his persistence in accusation. but which. would raise him infinitely in the eyes of his minister. and began to fancy that this recommendation concealed some mystery. and according to custom accosted her with fresh menaces against those who surrounded her. in either case. hoping that it would cease of itself. 254 The Three Musketeers . allowed the torrent to flow on without replying.17 BONACIEUX AT HOME It was the second time the cardinal had mentioned these diamond studs to the king. Louis XIII was struck with this insistence. Anne of Austria lowered her head. in a conversation with Anne of Austria. without having yet attained the perfection of the modern police. then. whose police. being better informed than himself. but this was not what Louis XIII meant. were excellent. Louis XIII wanted a discussion from which some light or other might break.

‘But,’ cried Anne of Austria, tired of these vague attacks, ‘but, sire, you do not tell me all that you have in your heart. What have I done, then? Let me know what crime I have committed. It is impossible that your Majesty can make all this ado about a letter written to my brother.’ The king, attacked in a manner so direct, did not know what to answer; and he thought that this was the moment for expressing the desire which he was not going to have made until the evening before the fete. ‘Madame,’ said he, with dignity, ‘there will shortly be a ball at the Hotel de Ville. I wish, in order to honor our worthy aldermen, you should appear in ceremonial costume, and above all, ornamented with the diamond studs which I gave you on your birthday. That is my answer.’ The answer was terrible. Anne of Austria believed that Louis XIII knew all, and that the cardinal had persuaded him to employ this long dissimulation of seven or eight days, which, likewise, was characteristic. She became excessively pale, leaned her beautiful hand upon a CONSOLE, which hand appeared then like one of wax, and looking at the king with terror in her eyes, she was unable to reply by a single syllable. ‘You hear, madame,’ said the king, who enjoyed the embarrassment to its full extent, but without guessing the cause. ‘You hear, madame?’ ‘Yes, sire, I hear,’ stammered the queen. ‘You will appear at this ball?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘With those studs?’
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‘Yes.’ The queen’s paleness, if possible, increased; the king perceived it, and enjoyed it with that cold cruelty which was one of the worst sides of his character. ‘Then that is agreed,’ said the king, ‘and that is all I had to say to you.’ ‘But on what day will this ball take place?’ asked Anne of Austria. Louis XIII felt instinctively that he ought not to reply to this question, the queen having put it in an almost dying voice. ‘Oh, very shortly, madame,’ said he; ‘but I do not precisely recollect the date of the day. I will ask the cardinal.’ ‘It was the cardinal, then, who informed you of this fete?’ ‘Yes, madame,’ replied the astonished king; ‘but why do you ask that?’ ‘It was he who told you to invite me to appear with these studs?’ ‘That is to say, madame—‘ ‘It was he, sire, it was he!’ ‘Well, and what does it signify whether it was he or I? Is there any crime in this request?’ ‘No, sire.’ ‘Then you will appear?’ ‘Yes, sire.’ ‘That is well,’ said the king, retiring, ‘that is well; I count upon it.’ The queen made a curtsy, less from etiquette than be256 The Three Musketeers

cause her knees were sinking under her. The king went away enchanted. ‘I am lost,’ murmured the queen, ‘lost!—for the cardinal knows all, and it is he who urges on the king, who as yet knows nothing but will soon know everything. I am lost! My God, my God, my God!’ She knelt upon a cushion and prayed, with her head buried between her palpitating arms. In fact, her position was terrible. Buckingham had returned to London; Mme. Chevreuse was at Tours. More closely watched than ever, the queen felt certain, without knowing how to tell which, that one of her women had betrayed her. Laporte could not leave the Louvre; she had not a soul in the world in whom she could confide. Thus, while contemplating the misfortune which threatened her and the abandonment in which she was left, she broke out into sobs and tears. ‘Can I be of service to your Majesty?’ said all at once a voice full of sweetness and pity. The queen turned sharply round, for there could be no deception in the expression of that voice; it was a friend who spoke thus. In fact, at one of the doors which opened into the queen’s apartment appeared the pretty Mme. Bonacieux. She had been engaged in arranging the dresses and linen in a closet when the king entered; she could not get out and had heard all. The queen uttered a piercing cry at finding herself surprised— for in her trouble she did not at first recognize the
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young woman who had been given to her by Laporte. ‘Oh, fear nothing, madame!’ said the young woman, clasping her hands and weeping herself at the queen’s sorrows; ‘I am your Majesty’s, body and soul, and however far I may be from you, however inferior may be my position, I believe I have discovered a means of extricating your Majesty from your trouble.’ ‘You, oh, heaven, you!’ cried the queen; ‘but look me in the face. I am betrayed on all sides. Can I trust in you?’ ‘Oh, madame!’ cried the young woman, falling on her knees; ‘upon my soul, I am ready to die for your Majesty!’ This expression sprang from the very bottom of the heart, and, like the first, there was no mistaking it. ‘Yes,’ continued Mme. Bonacieux, ‘yes, there are traitors here; but by the holy name of the Virgin, I swear that no one is more devoted to your Majesty than I am. Those studs which the king speaks of, you gave them to the Duke of Buckingham, did you not? Those studs were enclosed in a little rosewood box which he held under his arm? Am I deceived? Is it not so, madame?’ ‘Oh, my God, my God!’ murmured the queen, whose teeth chattered with fright. ‘Well, those studs,’ continued Mme. Bonacieux, ‘we must have them back again.’ ‘Yes, without doubt, it is necessary,’ cried the queen; ‘but how am I to act? How can it be effected?’ ‘Someone must be sent to the duke.’ ‘But who, who? In whom can I trust?’ ‘Place confidence in me, madame; do me that honor, my
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queen, and I will find a messenger.’ ‘But I must write.’ ‘Oh, yes; that is indispensable. Two words from the hand of your Majesty and your private seal.’ ‘But these two words would bring about my condemnation, divorce, exile!’ ‘Yes, if they fell into infamous hands. But I will answer for these two words being delivered to their address.’ ‘Oh, my God! I must then place my life, my honor, my reputation, in your hands?’ ‘Yes, yes, madame, you must; and I will save them all.’ ‘But how? Tell me at least the means.’ ‘My husband had been at liberty these two or three days. I have not yet had time to see him again. He is a worthy, honest man who entertains neither love nor hatred for anybody. He will do anything I wish. He will set out upon receiving an order from me, without knowing what he carries, and he will carry your Majesty’s letter, without even knowing it is from your Majesty, to the address which is on it.’ The queen took the two hands of the young woman with a burst of emotion, gazed at her as if to read her very heart, and seeing nothing but sincerity in her beautiful eyes, embraced her tenderly. ‘Do that,’ cried she, ‘and you will have saved my life, you will have saved my honor!’ ‘Do not exaggerate the service I have the happiness to render your Majesty. I have nothing to save for your Majesty; you are only the victim of perfidious plots.’ ‘That is true, that is true, my child,’ said the queen, ‘you
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are right.’ ‘Give me then, that letter, madame; time presses.’ The queen ran to a little table, on which were ink, paper, and pens. She wrote two lines, sealed the letter with her private seal, and gave it to Mme. Bonacieux. ‘And now,’ said the queen, ‘we are forgetting one very necessary thing.’ ‘What is that, madame?’ ‘Money.’ Mme. Bonacieux blushed. ‘Yes, that is true,’ said she, ‘and I will confess to your Majesty that my husband—‘ ‘Your husband has none. Is that what you would say?’ ‘He has some, but he is very avaricious; that is his fault. Nevertheless, let not your Majesty be uneasy, we will find means.’ ‘And I have none, either,’ said the queen. Those who have read the MEMOIRS of Mme. de Motteville will not be astonished at this reply. ‘But wait a minute.’ Anne of Austria ran to her jewel case. ‘Here,’ said she, ‘here is a ring of great value, as I have been assured. It came from my brother, the King of Spain. It is mine, and I am at liberty to dispose of it. Take this ring; raise money with it, and let your husband set out.’ ‘In an hour you shall be obeyed.’ ‘You see the address,’ said the queen, speaking so low that Mme. Bonacieux could hardly hear what she said, ‘To my Lord Duke of Buckingham, London.’ ‘The letter shall be given to himself.’
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‘Generous girl!’ cried Anne of Austria. Mme. Bonacieux kissed the hands of the queen, concealed the paper in the bosom of her dress, and disappeared with the lightness of a bird. Ten minutes afterward she was at home. As she told the queen, she had not seen her husband since his liberation; she was ignorant of the change that had taken place in him with respect to the cardinal—a change which had since been strengthened by two or three visits from the Comte de Rochefort, who had become the best friend of Bonacieux, and had persuaded him, without much trouble, was putting his house in order, the furniture of which he had found mostly broken and his closets nearly empty—justice not being one of the three things which King Solomon names as leaving no traces of their passage. As to the servant, she had run away at the moment of her master’s arrest. Terror had had such an effect upon the poor girl that she had never ceased walking from Paris till she reached Burgundy, her native place. The worthy mercer had, immediately upon re-entering his house, informed his wife of his happy return, and his wife had replied by congratulating him, and telling him that the first moment she could steal from her duties should be devoted to paying him a visit. This first moment had been delayed five days, which, under any other circumstances, might have appeared rather long to M. Bonacieux; but he had, in the visit he had made to the cardinal and in the visits Rochefort had made him, ample subjects for reflection, and as everybody knows, nothing
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makes time pass more quickly than reflection. This was the more so because Bonacieux’s reflections were all rose-colored. Rochefort called him his friend, his dear Bonacieux, and never ceased telling him that the cardinal had a great respect for him. The mercer fancied himself already on the high road to honors and fortune. On her side Mme. Bonacieux had also reflected; but, it must be admitted, upon something widely different from ambition. In spite of herself her thoughts constantly reverted to that handsome young man who was so brave and appeared to be so much in love. Married at eighteen to M. Bonacieux, having always lived among her husband’s friends—people little capable of inspiring any sentiment whatever in a young woman whose heart was above her position—Mme. Bonacieux had remained insensible to vulgar seductions; but at this period the title of gentleman had great influence with the citizen class, and d’Artagnan was a gentleman. Besides, he wore the uniform of the Guards, which next to that of the Musketeers was most admired by the ladies. He was, we repeat, handsome, young, and bold; he spoke of love like a man who did love and was anxious to be loved in return. There was certainly enough in all this to turn a head only twenty-three years old, and Mme. Bonacieux had just attained that happy period of life. The couple, then, although they had not seen each other for eight days, and during that time serious events had taken place in which both were concerned, accosted each other with a degree of preoccupation. Nevertheless, Bonacieux manifested real joy, and advanced toward his wife
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with open arms. Madame Bonacieux presented her cheek to him. ‘Let us talk a little,’ said she. ‘How!’ said Bonacieux, astonished. ‘Yes, I have something of the highest importance to tell you.’ ‘True,’ said he, ‘and I have some questions sufficiently serious to put to you. Describe to me your abduction, I pray you.’ ‘Oh, that’s of no consequence just now,’ said Mme. Bonacieux. ‘And what does it concern, then—my captivity?’ ‘I heard of it the day it happened; but as you were not guilty of any crime, as you were not guilty of any intrigue, as you, in short, knew nothing that could compromise yourself or anybody else, I attached no more importance to that event than it merited.’ ‘You speak very much at your ease, madame,’ said Bonacieux, hurt at the little interest his wife showed in him. ‘Do you know that I was plunged during a day and night in a dungeon of the Bastille?’ ‘Oh, a day and night soon pass away. Let us return to the object that brings me here.’ ‘What, that which brings you home to me? Is it not the desire of seeing a husband again from whom you have been separated for a week?’ asked the mercer, piqued to the quick. ‘Yes, that first, and other things afterward.’ ‘Speak.’
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‘It is a thing of the highest interest, and upon which our future fortune perhaps depends.’ ‘The complexion of our fortune has changed very much since I saw you, Madam Bonacieux, and I should not be astonished if in the course of a few months it were to excite the envy of many folks.’ ‘Yes, particularly if you follow the instructions I am about to give you.’ ‘Me?’ ‘Yes, you. There is good and holy action to be performed, monsieur, and much money to be gained at the same time.’ Mme. Bonacieux knew that in talking of money to her husband, she took him on his weak side. But a man, were he even a mercer, when he had talked for ten minutes with Cardinal Richelieu, is no longer the same man. ‘Much money to be gained?’ said Bonacieux, protruding his lip. ‘Yes, much.’ ‘About how much?’ ‘A thousand pistoles, perhaps.’ ‘What you demand of me is serious, then?’ ‘It is indeed.’ ‘What must be done?’ ‘You must go away immediately. I will give you a paper which you must not part with on any account, and which you will deliver into the proper hands.’ ‘And whither am I to go?’ ‘To London.’ ‘I go to London? Go to! You jest! I have no business in
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London.’ ‘But others wish that you should go there.’ ‘But who are those others? I warn you that I will never again work in the dark, and that I will know not only to what I expose myself, but for whom I expose myself.’ ‘An illustrious person sends you; an illustrious person awaits you. The recompense will exceed your expectations; that is all I promise you.’ ‘More intrigues! Nothing but intrigues! Thank you, madame, I am aware of them now; Monsieur Cardinal has enlightened me on that head.’ ‘The cardinal?’ cried Mme. Bonacieux. ‘Have you seen the cardinal?’ ‘He sent for me,’ answered the mercer, proudly. ‘And you responded to his bidding, you imprudent man?’ ‘Well, I can’t say I had much choice of going or not going, for I was taken to him between two guards. It is true also, that as I did not then know his Eminence, if I had been able to dispense with the visit, I should have been enchanted.’ ‘He ill-treated you, then; he threatened you?’ ‘He gave me his hand, and called me his friend. His friend! Do you hear that, madame? I am the friend of the great cardinal!’ ‘Of the great cardinal!’ ‘Perhaps you would contest his right to that title, madame?’ ‘I would contest nothing; but I tell you that the favor of a minister is ephemeral, and that a man must be mad to atFree eBooks at Planet 265

tach himself to a minister. There are powers above his which do not depend upon a man or the issue of an event; it is to these powers we should rally.’ ‘I am sorry for it, madame, but I acknowledge not her power but that of the great man whom I have the honor to serve.’ ‘You serve the cardinal?’ ‘Yes, madame; and as his servant, I will not allow you to be concerned in plots against the safety of the state, or to serve the intrigues of a woman who is not French and who has a Spanish heart. Fortunately we have the great cardinal; his vigilant eye watches over and penetrates to the bottom of the heart.’ Bonacieux was repeating, word for word, a sentence which he had heard from the Comte de Rochefort; but the poor wife, who had reckoned on her husband, and who, in that hope, had answered for him to the queen, did not tremble the less, both at the danger into which she had nearly cast herself and at the helpless state to which she was reduced. Nevertheless, knowing the weakness of her husband, and more particularly his cupidity, she did not despair of bringing him round to her purpose. ‘Ah, you are a cardinalist, then, monsieur, are you?’ cried she; ‘and you serve the party of those who maltreat your wife and insult your queen?’ ‘Private interests are as nothing before the interests of all. I am for those who save the state,’ said Bonacieux, emphatically. ‘And what do you know about the state you talk of?’ said
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Mme. Bonacieux, shrugging her shoulders. ‘Be satisfied with being a plain, straightforward citizen, and turn to that side which offers the most advantages.’ ‘Eh, eh!’ said Bonacieux, slapping a plump, round bag, which returned a sound a money; ‘what do you think of this, Madame Preacher?’ ‘Whence comes that money?’ ‘You do not guess?’ ‘From the cardinal?’ ‘From him, and from my friend the Comte de Rochefort.’ ‘The Comte de Rochefort! Why it was he who carried me off!’ ‘That may be, madame!’ ‘And you receive silver from that man?’ ‘Have you not said that that abduction was entirely political?’ ‘Yes; but that abduction had for its object the betrayal of my mistress, to draw from me by torture confessions that might compromise the honor, and perhaps the life, of my august mistress.’ ‘Madame,’ replied Bonacieux, ‘your august mistress is a perfidious Spaniard, and what the cardinal does is well done.’ ‘Monsieur,’ said the young woman, ‘I know you to be cowardly, avaricious, and foolish, but I never till now believed you infamous!’ ‘Madame,’ said Bonacieux, who had never seen his wife in a passion, and who recoiled before this conjugal anger,
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‘madame, what do you say?’ ‘I say you are a miserable creature!’ continued Mme. Bonacieux, who saw she was regaining some little influence over her husband. ‘You meddle with politics, do you—and still more, with cardinalist politics? Why, you sell yourself, body and soul, to the demon, the devil, for money!’ ‘No, to the cardinal.’ ‘It’s the same thing,’ cried the young woman. ‘Who calls Richelieu calls Satan.’ ‘Hold your tongue, hold your tongue, madame! You may be overheard.’ ‘Yes, you are right; I should be ashamed for anyone to know your baseness.’ ‘But what do you require of me, then? Let us see.’ ‘I have told you. You must depart instantly, monsieur. You must accomplish loyally the commission with which I deign to charge you, and on that condition I pardon everything, I forget everything; and what is more,’ and she held out her hand to him, ‘I restore my love.’ Bonacieux was cowardly and avaricious, but he loved his wife. He was softened. A man of fifty cannot long bear malice with a wife of twenty-three. Mme. Bonacieux saw that he hesitated. ‘Come! Have you decided?’ said she. ‘But, my dear love, reflect a little upon what you require of me. London is far from Paris, very far, and perhaps the commission with which you charge me is not without dangers?’ ‘What matters it, if you avoid them?’
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‘Hold, Madame Bonacieux,’ said the mercer, ‘hold! I positively refuse; intrigues terrify me. I have seen the Bastille. My! Whew! That’s a frightful place, that Bastille! Only to think of it makes my flesh crawl. They threatened me with torture. Do you know what torture is? Wooden points that they stick in between your legs till your bones stick out! No, positively I will not go. And, MORBLEU, why do you not go yourself? For in truth, I think I have hitherto been deceived in you. I really believe you are a man, and a violent one, too.’ ‘And you, you are a woman—a miserable woman, stupid and brutal. You are afraid, are you? Well, if you do not go this very instant, I will have you arrested by the queen’s orders, and I will have you placed in the Bastille which you dread so much.’ Bonacieux fell into a profound reflection. He weighed the two angers in his brain—that of the cardinal and that of the queen; that of the cardinal predominated enormously. ‘Have me arrested on the part of the queen,’ said he, ‘and I—I will appeal to his Eminence.’ At once Mme. Bonacieux saw that she had gone too far, and she was terrified at having communicated so much. She for a moment contemplated with fright that stupid countenance, impressed with the invincible resolution of a fool that is overcome by fear. ‘Well, be it so!’ said she. ‘Perhaps, when all is considered, you are right. In the long run, a man knows more about politics than a woman, particularly such as, like you, Monsieur Bonacieux, have conversed with the cardinal. And yet
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it is very hard,’ added she, ‘that a man upon whose affection I thought I might depend, treats me thus unkindly and will not comply with any of my fancies.’ ‘That is because your fancies go too far,’ replied the triumphant Bonacieux, ‘and I mistrust them.’ ‘Well, I will give it up, then,’ said the young woman, sighing. ‘It is well as it is; say no more about it.’ ‘At least you should tell me what I should have to do in London,’ replied Bonacieux, who remembered a little too late that Rochefort had desired him to endeavor to obtain his wife’s secrets. ‘It is of no use for you to know anything about it,’ said the young woman, whom an instinctive mistrust now impelled to draw back. ‘It was about one of those purchases that interest women— a purchase by which much might have been gained.’ But the more the young woman excused herself, the more important Bonacieux thought the secret which she declined to confide to him. He resolved then to hasten immediately to the residence of the Comte de Rochefort, and tell him that the queen was seeking for a messenger to send to London. ‘Pardon me for quitting you, my dear Madame Bonacieux,’ said he; ‘but, not knowing you would come to see me, I had made an engagement with a friend. I shall soon return; and if you will wait only a few minutes for me, as soon as I have concluded my business with that friend, as it is growing late, I will come back and reconduct you to the Louvre.’
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‘Thank you, monsieur, you are not brave enough to be of any use to me whatever,’ replied Mme. Bonacieux. ‘I shall return very safely to the Louvre all alone.’ ‘As you please, Madame Bonacieux,’ said the ex-mercer. ‘Shall I see you again soon?’ ‘Next week I hope my duties will afford me a little liberty, and I will take advantage of it to come and put things in order here, as they must necessarily be much deranged.’ ‘Very well; I shall expect you. You are not angry with me?’ ‘Not the least in the world.’ ‘Till then, then?’ ‘Till then.’ Bonacieux kissed his wife’s hand, and set off at a quick pace. ‘Well,’ said Mme. Bonacieux, when her husband had shut the street door and she found herself alone; ‘that imbecile lacked but one thing to become a cardinalist. And I, who have answered for him to the queen—I, who have promised my poor mistress—ah, my God, my God! She will take me for one of those wretches with whom the palace swarms and who are placed about her as spies! Ah, Monsieur Bonacieux, I never did love you much, but now it is worse than ever. I hate you, and on my word you shall pay for this!’ At the moment she spoke these words a rap on the ceiling made her raise her head, and a voice which reached her through the ceiling cried, ‘Dear Madame Bonacieux, open for me the little door on the alley, and I will come down to you.’
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‘Ah, Madame,’ said d’Artagnan, entering by the door which the young woman opened for him, ‘allow me to tell you that you have a bad sort of a husband.’ ‘You have, then, overheard our conversation?’ asked Mme. Bonacieux, eagerly, and looking at d’Artagnan with disquiet. ‘The whole.’ ‘But how, my God?’ ‘By a mode of proceeding known to myself, and by which I likewise overheard the more animated conversation which he had with the cardinal’s police.’ ‘And what did you understand by what we said?’ ‘A thousand things. In the first place, that, unfortunately, your husband is a simpleton and a fool; in the next place, you are in trouble, of which I am very glad, as it gives me a opportunity of placing myself at your service, and God knows I am ready to throw myself into the fire for you; finally, that the queen wants a brave, intelligent, devoted man to make a journey to London for her. I have at least two of the three qualities you stand in need of, and here I am.’ Mme. Bonacieux made no reply; but her heart beat with joy and secret hope shone in her eyes. ‘And what guarantee will you give me,’ asked she, ‘if I consent to confide this message to you?’
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but from having heard the queen speak of him more than once as a brave and loyal gentleman. however terrible it may be. to the Free eBooks at Planet eBook. Speak! Command! What is to be done?’ ‘My God.’ ‘Porthos?’ ‘No. their captain?’ ‘Oh.’ ‘You were about to confide it to Monsieur Bonacieux. certainly not!’ ‘Well.’ ‘You do not fear lest he should betray you to the cardinal?’ ‘Oh. however valuable. him! I know him. Do you know Monsieur de Treville. and ask him whether. no.’ ‘Do you know Athos?’ ‘No. yes.’ ‘Aramis?’ ‘No.’ ‘But this secret is not mine. with chagrin. you may not confide it to me. not personally.‘My love for you. reveal your secret to him. my God!’ murmured the young woman. Who are these gentleman?’ ‘Three of the king’s Musketeers. ‘As one confides a letter to the hollow of a tree. however important.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘ought I to confide such a secret to 273 . monsieur? You are almost a boy.’ ‘I see that you require someone to answer for me?’ ‘I admit that would reassure me greatly. and I cannot reveal it in this manner.

’ Mme. that she felt herself constrained to confide in him.wing of a pigeon. Besides. to the collar of a dog. restrained for a minute by a last hesitation. that if you betray me. madame. Bonacieux looked at the young man.’ ‘You say so.’ ‘I believe it. I will die sooner than do anything that may compromise anyone. me—you see plainly that I love you. I am sure of that!’ ‘Then. she found herself in circumstances where everything must be risked for the sake of everything.’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘And yet.’ ‘You say so. ‘Listen.’ ‘And I—I swear to you before God. ‘I yield to your protestations. I will kill myself. such persuasion in his voice.’ said she. and my enemies pardon me. while accusing you of my death.’ Then the young woman confided in him the terrible secret of which chance had already communicated to him a 274 The Three Musketeers . But I swear to you. The queen might be as much injured by too much reticence as by too much confidence. ‘that if I am taken while accomplishing the orders you give me.’ ‘Oh. and—let us admit it—the involuntary sentiment which she felt for her young protector decided her to speak.’ ‘I am a gallant fellow. I yield to your assurances. before God who hears us. put me to the proof. but there was such an ardor in his eyes.’ ‘I am brave.’ ‘I am an honorable man.

whom I will request to ask this favor for me of his brother-in-law. your captain?’ ‘By my soul.’ said he. be 275 . sorrowfully. ‘Then. this woman whom he loved! Confidence and love made him a giant. This secret which he possessed.’ ‘How.’ ‘The cardinal’s?’ cried d’Artagnan. opening a cupboard and taking from it the very bag which a half hour before her husband had caressed so affectionately. This was their mutual declaration of love. you are right. as may be remembered. every syllable of the conversation beFree eBooks at Planet eBook. seeing that Mme. Bonacieux hesitated to continue. you had made me forget all that. ‘I go at once.’ murmured Mme. ‘I go.part in front of the Samaritaine. dear Constance! Yes. Bonacieux. you will go!’ said Mme. ‘I shall surmount it.’ ‘What?’ asked d’Artagnan. ‘As to that. ‘take this bag. a furlough is needful. perhaps.’ replied Mme. Bonacieux. ‘and your regiment. breaking into a loud laugh.’ ‘But another thing. no money?’ ‘PERHAPS is too much. ‘You have. thanks to the broken boards. he having heard. D’Artagnan was radiant with joy and pride. Bonacieux. smiling. after a moment of reflection.’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘How so?’ ‘I will go this very evening to Treville.’ cried d’Artagnan. Monsieur Dessessart.’ ‘Still another obstacle.

softened. ‘it will be a double amusing affair to save the queen with the cardinal’s money!’ ‘You are an amiable and charming young man. ‘What!’ ‘Someone is talking in the street. ‘You see it makes a very respectable appearance.’ cried d’Artagnan.’ said Mme. Bonacieux. ‘Be assured you will not find her Majesty ungrateful. how am I to justify it if I am here?’ ‘You are right. ‘He shall not come in before I am gone.’ ‘Oh. And the disappearance of his money.’ replied Mme. ‘you speak that in a tone that frightens me!’ Mme. Bonacieux. and much disturbed. we must go out.’ said he.’ ‘It is the voice of—‘ ‘Of my husband! Yes. he threw himself at her feet.’ ‘Silence!’ said Mme.’ ‘Ah. starting. I am already grandly recompensed!’ cried d’Artagnan. I recognize it!’ D’Artagnan ran to the door and pushed the bolt. Bonacieux. ‘and when I am gone.’ ‘PARDIEU.’ ‘But I ought to be gone.tween the mercer and his wife. d’Artagnan saw those tears. you can open to him.’ said Mme. Bonacieux.’ ‘Then you must come up into my room. Bonacieux pronounced these words with tears in her eyes. ‘The cardinal’s. 276 The Three Musketeers .’ ‘Go out? How? He will see us if we go out. ‘I love you. you permit me to tell you that I do—that is already more happiness than I dared to hope. too.

I give you my word of a gentleman. ascended the stairs as quietly as possible. In the name of the queen I forbid you to throw yourself into any peril which is foreign to that of your journey. Bonacieux. and entered d’Artagnan’s chambers. Bonacieux had opened his door. Bonacieux. glided through the interior door into the passage. they appear to be speaking of me. ‘What are you going to do?’ cried Mme.‘With me you will be as safe as in a temple. with great emotion.’ ‘And do you command nothing in your own name?’ ‘In my name. had returned to the man in the cloak. and lent his ear. my friend!’ D’Artagnan drew back the bolt with precaution. for greater security. ‘you will ruin us all!’ ‘But I have sworn to kill that man!’ said d’Artagnan. and half drawing his sword. They both approached the window. ‘Your life is devoted from this moment.’ said she. At sight of this man.’ ‘Let us go. the young man barricaded the door. light as shadows. whom he had Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ said Mme. and through a slit in the shutter they saw Bonacieux talking with a man in a cloak.’ D’Artagnan drew near the window. sprang toward the door. Once there. and both. and seeing the apartment. ‘I place full confidence in you. d’Artagnan started. It was the man of Meung. ‘in my name I beg you! But listen. and does not belong to you. 277 .

and you can see no light shine through the chinks of the shutters. ‘There is nobody within. his shutter is closed.’ replied the stranger. ‘she is too superficial a woman. No one answered.’ ‘On the contrary. it is well to be certain. The moment the hand of Bonacieux sounded on the door.’ Bonacieux re-entered the house.’ ‘Is the young Guardsman at home?’ ‘I do not think he is.’ replied Bonacieux. had that evening borrowed Planchet.’ said he. my God!’ whispered Mme. as you see. As to d’Artagnan.’ ‘You are sure. Bonacieux.’ ‘Ah. ‘we shall hear no more. ‘Never mind. and knocked.left alone for an instant. ‘we shall hear bet278 The Three Musketeers .’ ‘I will ask his servant. We shall be safer there than in the doorway.’ said Bonacieux. Porthos. with a self-sufficient air. Go. ‘that she did not suspect the intentions with which you went out?’ ‘No. ‘She is gone. passed through the same door that had afforded a passage for the two fugitives.’ said d’Artagnan. the two young people felt their hearts bound within them. Let us return to your apartment. he took care not to give the least sign of existence. went up to d’Artagnan’s door.’ ‘How so?’ ‘By knocking at his door. in order to make a greater display. ‘she must have returned to the Louvre.’ ‘All the same.

’ ‘The traitor!’ murmured Mme. and made a sign to Mme. ‘I will answer for it. without thinking of it. which.’ ‘The great cardinal!’ ‘Are you sure. do you understand?’ ‘Then the news I brought you is of value?’ ‘The greatest. in her conversation with you. went upon his knees.’ said Bonacieux. spread a carpet on the floor. she abandoned to him. ‘you were Free eBooks at Planet eBook. Bonacieux to stoop as he did toward the opening. taking her hand.’ D’Artagnan raised the three or four boards which made his chamber another ear of Dionysius.’ ‘That is an important point. my dear Bonacieux. ‘Never mind. ‘Silence!’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘She did not name Madame de Chevreuse.ter. Bonacieux.’ continued the man in the cloak. the Duke of Buckingham. she only told me she wished to send me to London to serve the interests of an illustrious personage.’ ‘Then the cardinal will be pleased with me?’ ‘I have no doubt of it.’ ‘Without speaking to anyone but yourself?’ ‘I am sure of it. or Madame de Vernet?’ ‘No. that your wife mentioned no names?’ ‘I think not. ‘You are sure there is nobody there?’ said the 279 . I don’t conceal this from you. ‘And you think that your wife—‘ ‘Has returned to the Louvre.

pressing her hand still more warmly. who had discovered the disappearance of the moneybag. I ask for Mme.’ The stranger went out. go quickly! I will return soon to learn the result of your trip. addressing this epithet to her husband. I know that he meant to afford you that agreeable surprise. would be safe. and you—‘ ‘And I?’ ‘Well you—the cardinal would have given you letters of nobility. pressing her hand more closely. Bonacieux. You would then be in present possession of the letter. ‘Infamous!’ said Mme. I obtain the letter. Bonacieux. which is now threatened. ‘I go to the Louvre. I say that I have reflected. A terrible howling interrupted these reflections of d’Artagnan and Mme. It was her husband. ‘Silence!’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘The ninny!’ murmured Mme.’ ‘Well. Bonacieux. I renew the affair. and I run directly to the cardinal. The state.’ ‘Be satisfied. and was crying ‘Thieves!’ 280 The Three Musketeers . ‘How is there still time?’ asked the man in the cloak.’ replied Bonacieux. ‘my wife adores me. Bonacieux. ‘Silence!’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘Did he tell you so?’ ‘Yes. and there is yet time.a fool not to have pretended to accept the mission.

’ ‘To her and to you!’ cried d’Artagnan. protect me!’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. with that long. fond look with which he had turned the angle of the street. ‘Be satisfied. but as such cries.‘Oh.’ cried she. Mme. beautiful Constance. ‘Oh. A few seconds afterward d’Artagnan also went out enveloped in a large cloak. Bonacieux followed him with her eyes. 281 . Bonacieux. she fell on her knees. and think what you owe to the queen.’ said Mme. and as lately the mercer’s house had a bad name. on account of their frequency. ‘protect the queen. I shall become worthy of her gratitude. but shall I likewise return worthy of your love?’ The young woman only replied by the beautiful glow which mounted to her cheeks. brought nobody in the Rue des Fossoyeurs. my God. which ill-concealed the sheath of a long sword. Bonacieux. ‘Courage. he went out continuing to call. ‘Now he is gone. ‘he will rouse the whole quarter. it is your turn to get out. my God!’ cried Mme. his voice being heard fainter and fainter as he went in the direction of the Rue du Bac. my friend. finding that nobody came. and clasping her hands.’ Bonacieux called a long time. but above all.

de Treville. de Treville was in his saloon with his habitual court of gentlemen. who was known as a familiar of the house. then. But M. All the way along d’Artagnan had been consulting with himself whether he should place confidence in M. or whether he should only ask him to give him CARTE BLANCHE for some secret affair. and as a far higher encouragement. and by the joy which was painted on his countenance. and he judged. This chance did. he had not a moment to lose. went straight to his office. and sent word that he wished to see him on something of importance. who appeared to be his agent. it brought him into close intimacy with a woman he adored. D’Artagnan had been there scarcely five minutes when M. He had reflected that in a few minutes the cardinal would be warned by this cursed stranger. for him at once more than he would have dared to ask of Providence. de Treville had always been so thoroughly his friend. the worthy captain plainly perceived that something new was on foot. D’Artagnan. M. At the first glance. with reason. An opportunity presented itself to him in which there would be at the same time glory to be acquired. had al282 The Three Musketeers .19 PLAN OF CAMPAIGN D’Artagnan went straight to M. de Treville’s. and money to be gained. de Treville entered. The heart of the young man overflowed with joy.

‘Did you ask for me. that chance has rendered me master of a secret—‘ ‘Which you will guard. monsieur.’ ‘But which I must impart to you. for. perhaps the life of the queen. ‘than the honor. then. and hated the cardinal so cordially. monsieur. on the contrary. de Treville. monsieur. for you alone can assist me in the mission I have just received from her Majesty. de Treville. young man. glancing round to see if they were surely alone.’ ‘ 283 . ‘I say. I am desired to preserve the profoundest mystery. and then fixing his questioning look upon d’Artagnan. it is her Majesty’s. monsieur. as your life.’ ‘Why. ‘Yes. and I am afraid you will refuse me the favor I come to ask if you Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ ‘It concerns nothing less. without you I can do nothing. that the young man resolved to tell him everything.’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘Is this secret your own?’ ‘No. lowering his voice. my good friend?’ said M. ‘and you will pardon me. as I said. are you about to betray it to me?’ ‘Because.’ ‘Are you authorized by her Majesty to communicate it to me?’ ‘No.ways been so devoted to the king and queen. I hope. I hope.’ ‘What did you say?’ asked M. monsieur. then.’ said d’Artagnan. I am all attention. for having disturbed you when you know the importance of my business.

’ ‘When?’ ‘This very night.’ ‘May you tell me whither?’ ‘To not know to what end I ask it. and tell me what you wish.’ said d’Artagnan. monsieur. ‘but you know Athos. young man.’ ‘And you are going alone?’ ‘I am going alone. in order that one may arrive.’ 284 The Three Musketeers .’ ‘That is true. from Monsieur Dessessart. ‘Believe me.’ replied d’Artagnan.’ ‘In that case you will not get beyond Bondy. ‘in enterprises of this kind.’ ‘And I shall die in the performance of my duty. would give the world to prevent my success.’ ‘I wish you to obtain for me.’ ‘Has anyone an interest in preventing your arrival there?’ ‘The cardinal.’ ‘Keep your secret.’ continued Treville. I believe. you are right. leave of absence for fifteen days.’ ‘How so?’ ‘You will be assassinated.’ ‘Ah. four must set out.’ ‘You leave Paris?’ ‘I am going on a mission. I tell you so. and Aramis. and you know if I can dispose of them.’ ‘But your mission will not be accomplished. by the faith of de Treville. Porthos.

will thus seem legitimate. that is all—to Athos. de Treville.’ ‘Be easy.’ ‘Thanks. and your visit. to Porthos and Aramis to accompany their friend. 285 . assured him that by two o’clock in the morning the four leaves of absence should be at the respective domiciles of the travelers. A PROPOS. once for all. you can tell them that you have full confidence in me. on receiving it.’ ‘I can send to each of them leave of absence for fifteen days.’ said M. D’Artagnan returned. calling him back. and they will not be more incredulous than you. to go to the waters of Forges. Perhaps you had a spy at your heels.’ ‘Begone. if it should ever be known to the cardinal. and a prosperous voyage. and M.‘Without confiding to them the secret which I am not willing to know?’ ‘We are sworn. then. I should dread some disagreeable encounter if I were to go home. You are a hundred times too good. Sending their leave of absence will be proof enough that I authorize their journey. and let all be done tonight! Ha! But first write your request to Dessessart. whose wound still makes him suffer. Besides. find them instantly. ‘Have you any money?’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ D’Artagnan drew up his request. to implicit confidence and devotedness against all proof. ‘Have the goodness to send mine to Athos’s residence. Adieu. de Treville. whom they are not willing to abandon in such a painful condition.

plenty! That would carry you to the end of the world. Aramis was melancholy and thoughtful. whom he had always found worthy. a servant from M.’ 286 The Three Musketeers . ‘What is that?’ asked Aramis. especially. he had had constant occasion to honor this excellent man. loyal. After the two friends had been chatting a few moments.’ replied the lackey. d’Artagnan pressed it with a respect mixed with gratitude. he had seldom seen the young Musketeer. de Treville entered. he had remarked a deep sadness imprinted on his countenance. who held out his hand to him. then!’ D’Artagnan saluted M. ‘Enough?’ asked M. Begone. which he was forced to write in Latin for the following week. Augustine. Aramis pleaded as his excuse a commentary upon the eighteenth chapter of St. bringing a sealed packet. but every time he had seen him. de Treville. at whose residence he had not been since the famous evening on which he had followed Mme. de Treville. This evening.D’Artagnan tapped the bag he had in his pocket. His first visit was to Aramis. and great.’ ‘Oh. ‘For me! I have asked for no leave of absence. ‘The leave of absence Monsieur has asked for. and which preoccupied him a good deal. Still further. ‘Three hundred pistoles. Bonacieux. Since his first arrival at Paris. d’Artagnan asked some questions about this prolonged melancholy.

‘Since you appear to know so many things. ‘What is become of her? I suppose you mean—‘ continued d’Artagnan. ‘And 287 . But why did she return to Tours without telling me anything?’ ‘Because she was in fear of being arrested. you will tell Monsieur de Treville that Monsieur Aramis is very much obliged to him. then?’ ‘Because she was afraid of compromising you. at least. ‘What does all this mean?’ asked Aramis.’ ‘And you know who she is?’ ‘I believe I can guess.’ ‘But I cannot leave Paris just now without knowing—‘ Aramis stopped. ‘I saw her. ‘The woman who was here—the woman with the embroidered handkerchief.’ ‘Listen!’ said Aramis. can you tell me what is become of that woman?’ ‘I presume that she has returned to Tours. Go.’ ‘To Tours? Yes.‘Hold your tongue and take it!’ said d’Artagnan. ‘Pack up all you want for a journey of a fortnight. there is a demipistole for your trouble. ‘Become of whom?’ replied Aramis. that may be. and follow me. my friend.’ The lackey bowed to the ground and departed. you restore me to life!’ cried Aramis. becoming as pale as death.’ ‘d’Artagnan. You evidently know her. ‘I fanFree eBooks at Planet eBook.’ ‘Who told you there was a woman here?’ replied Aramis.’ ‘Why has she not written to me.

after having ordered him to join them at Athos’s residence. ‘You have 288 The Three Musketeers . betrayed. I was so delighted to see her again! I could not have believed she would risk her liberty for me.’ ‘Will Bazin go with us?’ asked Aramis. then. When well assured this search was superfluous. I beg you to make haste. and looking at him earnestly. sword. but at present I must imitate the discretion of ‘the doctor’s niece. and three pistols. and you are sure of it.’’ Aramis smiled. and that he should know better than himself what had become of her. you’ll know it someday. for we have lost much time already. Aramis. said ‘Let us go then. and I am ready to follow you. as he remembered the tale he had told his friends on a certain evening. At all events. wondering to himself how this young Guardsman should know so well who the lady was to whom he had given hospitality. ‘Oh. opening uselessly two or three drawers to see if he could not find stray coin. and yet for what other cause could she have returned to Paris?’ ‘For the cause which today takes us to England. and. A PROPOS. he followed d’Artagnan. since she has left Paris. and if you will come thither. ‘Perhaps so. it is best that he should follow us to Athos’s. inform Bazin. Only as they went out Aramis placed his hand upon the arm of d’Artagnan.cied myself despised. d’Artagnan. You say we are going—‘ ‘To see Athos now.’ at the same time taking his cloak.’ ‘And what is this cause?’ demanded Aramis. ‘Well. nothing prevents me.’ Aramis called Bazin.

or any that may be more agreeable to you.’ ‘To the waters of Forges?’ ‘There or elsewhere. ‘To nobody in the world.’ ‘In the king’s service?’ ‘Either the king’s or the queen’s. ‘Can you explain to me what signify this leave of absence and this letter. then. which I have just received?’ said the astonished Athos. de Treville’s note in the other. this leave of absence and that letter mean that you must follow me. My dear Athos. ‘PARDIEU!’ said he. and both soon arrived at Athos’s dwelling. Athos. They found him holding his leave of absence in one hand. did they grant men leave of absence without their Free eBooks at Planet eBook. in the Musketeers. I wish. I wonder.’ ‘Good enough!’ Tranquil on this important 289 . Aramis continued his way with d’Artagnan. as your health absolutely requires it.not spoken of this lady?’ said he. ‘here is a strange thing! Since when.’ ‘Not even to Athos or Porthos?’ ‘I have not breathed a syllable to them. and take the waters of Forges. that you should rest for a fortnight. Yours affectionate de Treville ‘Well. and recuperate yourself as quickly as possible. and M. Go. Are we not their Majesties’ servants?’ At that moment Porthos entered.

asking for it?’ ‘Since. ‘To London!’ cried Porthos.’ added Porthos.’ ‘Nor I. pulling out his treasure from his pocket.’ replied d’Artagnan. ‘and what the devil are we going to do in London?’ ‘That is what I am not at liberty to tell you. ‘Ask d’Artagnan. and I have none. ‘My faith! I don’t know much about it. some one of us will be left on the road.’ said d’Artagnan.’ said Athos. we shall not all arrive at London. I give you notice.’ said Aramis. ‘Nor I. gentlemen. you must trust to me.’ ‘Ah. gentlemen. ‘money is needed. ‘To what country?’ demanded Porthos.’ ‘Yes. we are going—‘ said Aramis.’ ‘To London. ‘it appears there’s something fresh here. a campaign upon which we are now entering?’ ‘One of a most dangerous kind. that is enough to take us to London and back. make yourselves easy. ‘I have. ah!’ said Porthos. and placing it on the table. Besides. ‘There are in this bag three hundred pistoles.’ said d’Artagnan. Let each take seventy-five. in all probability. ‘they have friends who ask it for them.’ ‘Why so?’ ‘Because.’ ‘But in order to go to London.’ said Athos.’ ‘Is this.’ 290 The Three Musketeers . then.

there is fighting going on in Gascony or in Flanders. calling their lackeys. when are we to go?’ asked Athos. So let us go and get killed where we are told to go.’ said Aramis. go and fight.’ said Porthos.’ said d’Artagnan.’ and you go there.’ ‘Well. and here are three hundred pistoles which came from I don’t know where.’ Each Musketeer was accustomed to leave at the general hotel. ‘And. ‘Gentlemen. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. you will have distractions enough. ‘here are our three leaves of absence which came from Monsieur de Treville. He says to you jauntily. ‘clean my boots. Is life worth the trouble of so many questions? D’Artagnan. ‘I am somewhat of Porthos’s opinion. now. ‘we have not a minute to lose.’ ‘And I also. and fetch the horses from the hotel.’ said Porthos.’ ‘Hello. indeed.’ ‘d’Artagnan is right. as at a barrack. ‘Immediately. ‘And I also. Why? You need give yourselves no more uneasiness about this. Grimaud! Planchet! Mousqueton! Bazin!’ cried the four young men. ‘And yet.’ ‘You would be all the wiser.‘Ah! But if we do risk being killed. be assured.’ said Athos. ‘at least I should like to know what for.’ ‘Is the king accustomed to give you such reasons? No. I had need of distraction.’ replied d’Artagnan. I am ready to follow you.’ said Aramis. I am not sorry to quit Paris. ‘And. his own horse and that of his lackey. 291 .’ said Athos.

he will go by what route he thinks is best. in this pocket. ‘If I should be killed. as to d’Artagnan. ‘Now let us lay down the plan of campaign. then. ‘Where do we go first?’ ‘To Calais. Aramis will follow us by that of Noyon. D’Artagnan will give each of us his instructions. and I cannot make three copies of that letter. be betrayed by gentlemen. I have not.’ and he pointed to the pocket which contained the letter.’ ‘Gentlemen.’ said Porthos. We must.’ 292 The Three Musketeers .’ said Athos. it will be another’s turn.’ ‘Porthos’s plan appears to me to be impracticable. and continue the route. in the uniform of the Guards. and so on— provided a single one arrives. one of you must take it. Grimaud. ‘this is my advice—‘ ‘Speak!’ ‘Four men traveling together would be suspected. and Bazin set off at full speed. if he be killed. while Planchet will follow us like d’Artagnan. by that of Amiens. that is all. This letter is here. ‘my opinion is that it is not proper to allow lackeys to have anything to do in such an affair. travel in company. that is all that is required. Mousqueton. by chance. I am the bearer of a letter. I will go by the way of Boulogne to clear the way. in Planchet’s clothes. but it is almost always sold by lackeys. Athos will set out two hours after.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘inasmuch as I am myself ignorant of what instructions I can give you. as it appears to me. ‘that is the most direct line to London. A secret may.Planchet.’ ‘Well. because it is sealed.’ said d’Artagnan.’ said Porthos.

And you. ‘you don’t often speak. John of the Golden Mouth. if they send an army out against us.’ said Porthos. being the bearer of the letter. Instead of taking the waters of Forges. D’Artagnan. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘Besides. too. and made his preparations to set out at the time appointed. and you will show your leaves of absence. we must be consistent. let him decide. if we are tried. and that we set off in half an hour. If we are attacked. it is like St. and the survivor.’ cried Aramis. I will show Monsieur de Treville’s letter. They would have an easy bargain of four isolated men. you will accompany me. whereas four men together make a troop. we will stoutly maintain that we were only anxious to dip ourselves a certain number of times in the sea. took his seventyfive pistoles. your opinion is mine.’ ‘Well said. Athos. we will give battle. I am going to take the waters. as d’Artagnan says. If anyone wishes to stop us. Porthos?’ ‘I agree to it.’ ‘Agreed!’ shouted the three Musketeers in chorus. we will defend ourselves. ‘I decide that we should adopt Athos’s plan. Each one. We will arm our four lackeys with pistols and musketoons. but when you do speak.’ said d’ 293 . and we will execute. is naturally the head of the enterprise.‘Bravo. I agree to Athos’s plan. I go and take sea waters. will carry the letter. I am free to do so.’ cried Athos.’ ‘Well. d’Artagnan. ‘if d’Artagnan approves of it. stretching out his hand to the bag.

recommended by a sign representing St. Martin giving half his cloak to a poor man. after all. with the sun gaiety revived. With the first rays of day their tongues were loosened. a good thing. and alighted at the door of an AUBERGE. who had just arrived by the route of Dammartin. and to hold themselves in readiness to set off again immediately. and placed themselves at table. and was break294 The Three Musketeers . The lackeys followed. All went well till they arrived at Chantilly. with the regimental step of these noble companions of the soldier. and apprehended ambushes on every side. As long as it was dark they remained silent. the heart beat. They needed breakfast. They entered the common hall.20 THE JOURNEY At two o’clock in the morning. their martial carriage. in spite of themselves they submitted to the influence of the obscurity. armed to the teeth. A gentleman. the appearance of the caravan was formidable. It was like the eve of a battle. the eyes laughed. Denis. They ordered the lackeys not to unsaddle the horses. Besides. and they felt that the life they were perhaps going to lose. which they reached about eight o’clock in the morning. was. was seated at the same table. The black horses of the Musketeers. our four adventurers left Paris by the Barriere St. would have betrayed the most strict incognito.

At the end of two hours. in his turn. and the travelers returned his politeness.’ All three remounted their horses. as well to breathe their horses a little as to wait for Porthos. At Beauvais they stopped two hours. ‘But why did that man attack Porthos rather than any other one of us?’ asked Aramis. not any news of him. He drank to their good health. ‘You have committed a piece of folly. Kill the fellow. and rejoin us as soon as you can. and set out at a good pace.fasting. ‘I always said that this cadet from Gascony was a well of wisdom. ‘There goes one!’ cried 295 . and they were arising from table. the stranger proposed to Porthos to drink the health of the cardinal. The stranger cried that he acknowledged no other king but his Eminence. ‘but it can’t be helped. and the travelers continued their route. at the end of five hundred paces. and the stranger drew his sword.’ murmured Athos. would drink the health of the king. the travelers replied. ‘Because. But at the moment Mousqueton came to announce that the horses were ready. as Porthos was talking louder than the rest of us. Porthos replied that he asked no better if the stranger. Porthos called him drunk. there is no drawing back. while Porthos was promising his adversary to perforate him with all the thrusts known in the fencing schools. He opened the conversation about rain and fine weather.’ said d’Artagnan.’ said Athos. he took him for the chief. as Porthos did not come. they Free eBooks at Planet eBook.

‘That will serve us for a relay. At a league from Beauvais. not liking to soil his boots with this artificial mortar. they fell in with eight or ten men who. Then each of these men retreated as far as the ditch. but not being able to see the wound. The laborers began to jeer the travelers and by their insolence disturbed the equanimity even of the cool Athos. the result was that our seven travelers were outnumbered in weapons. who urged on his horse against one of them.resumed their journey. ‘It was an ambuscade!’ shouted d’Artagnan. it is very fortunate 296 The Three Musketeers . apostrophized them rather sharply. appeared to be employed in digging holes and filling up the ruts with mud. ‘Mine was carried away by a ball. he judged it to be more serious than it really was. wounded as he was. from which each took a concealed musket.’ said d’Artagnan.’ said Athos. seized the mane of his horse. Mousqueton’s horse rejoined them. Therefore Mousqueton alone fell from his horse. which carried him on with the others. and Mousqueton another ball which lodged in the fleshy part which prolongs the lower portion of the loins. taking advantage of the road being unpaved in this spot. Athos wished to restrain him. Aramis received a ball which passed through his shoulder. By my faith. where the road was confined between two high banks. not because he was severely wounded. but it was too late. Aramis. ‘Don’t waste a charge! Forward!’ Aramis. and galloped by the side of his companions. ‘I would rather have had a hat.

’ They continued at their best speed for two hours. he would have rejoined us by this time. if our horses will consent. I will answer for it. besides.’ said Aramis. I will neither open my mouth nor draw my sword between this and Calais. although the horses were so fatigued that it was to be feared they would soon refuse service. in a skirmish was more embarrassing than useful.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘MORBLEU. it required all the courage which he concealed beneath his elegant form and polished manners to bear him so far. He grew more pale every minute.’ And the travelers buried their rowels in their horses’ flanks. In fact.’ said 297 . left Bazin with him. Aramis declared he could proceed no farther. who. ‘My opinion is that on the ground the drunken man was not intoxicated.’ ‘They’ll kill poor Porthos when he comes up. I swear by—‘ ‘Don’t waste time in swearing. and they were obliged to support him on his horse. and alighted at Free eBooks at Planet eBook. but at Crevecoeur. ‘let us gallop. ‘If Porthos were on his legs.that the letter was not in it. They arrived at Amiens at midnight. They lifted him off at the door of a cabaret. as soon as they were again in motion. and set forward again in the hope of sleeping at Amiens. who thus vigorously stimulated recovered their energies. ‘reduced to two masters and Grimaud and Planchet! MORBLEU! I won’t be their dupe.’ said Athos. The travelers had chosen crossroads in the hope that they might meet with less interruption.

The host replied that he had no other worthy of their Excellencies. He wished to lodge the two travelers each in a charming chamber. gentlemen. It was indeed Planchet and Grimaud. Mine host’s face does not please me at all. ‘Here is my bed. ‘Grimaud can take care of the horses. each on a mattress which might be thrown upon the ground. when someone knocked at the yard shutter. and he was obliged to do as they wished. and recognizing the voices of their lackeys. opened the shutter. The host insisted.’ said Planchet.’ said Athos. Planchet mounted by the window and installed himself across the doorway. and you will then be certain that nobody can reach you.’ ‘And on what will you sleep?’ said d’Artagnan. producing a bundle of straw. undertaking that by five o’clock in the 298 The Three Musketeers . but the travelers were firm.’ ‘Nor me either. then. I will sleep across your doorway. ‘If you are willing. it is too gracious. The host had the appearance of as honest a man as any on earth.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘you are right. while Grimaud went and shut himself up in the stable. They had just prepared their beds and barricaded their door within. He received the travelers with his candlestick in one hand and his cotton nightcap in the other. but unfortunately these charming chambers were at the opposite extremities of the hotel. but the travelers declared they would sleep in the common chamber. ‘Come.the AUBERGE of the Golden Lily. d’Artagnan and Athos refused them.’ replied Planchet. they demanded who was there.

but by an inconceivable error the veterinary surgeon. Planchet went down into the 299 . and the stable boys had beaten him. ‘Who goes there?’ somebody replied that he was mistaken. and wished to saddle the horses. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. Toward two o’clock in the morning somebody endeavored to open the door. The host was in a lower and back room. This began to be annoying. Athos and d’Artagnan went out. with his head split by a blow with a pitchfork. and fully equipped. and was informed that they had passed the night in the inn. Athos went down to pay the reckoning. while d’Artagnan and Planchet stood at the street door. and were then settling their bill with the host. but the horses were all used up. had bled Mousqueton’s. At four o’clock in the morning they heard a terrible riot in the stables. but as Planchet awoke in an instant and cried. might have been able to pursue the journey. as it appeared. At the door stood two horses. they saw the poor lad lying senseless. All these successive accidents were perhaps the result of chance. The night was quiet enough. These would just have suited them. who had been sent for. to which Athos was requested to go. He asked where their masters were. strong. When they opened the window. but they might be the fruits of a plot. Mousqueton’s horse which had traveled for five or six hours without a rider the day before. Grimaud had tried to waken the stable boys. while Planchet was sent to inquire if there were not three horses for sale in the neighborhood. fresh. to bleed one of the host’s horses.morning he and the four horses should be ready. and went away.

D’Artagnan and Planchet did not require twice bidding.’ replied Planchet. as they galloped on. four men. monsieur. ‘You blackguard!’ cried Athos. buried their spurs in their sides. seated before his desk. and set off at full gallop. forward! You are a brave fellow. ‘Picards are found out by being used. entered by side doors. ‘I saw one fall at each of his two shots. with all the power of his lungs. monsieur. and that he would have him and his companions arrested as forgers. ‘Do you know what has become of Athos?’ asked d’Artagnan of Planchet. ‘and to think that we are compelled to leave him. suddenly cried out that it was bad.’ ‘Brave Athos!’ murmured d’Artagnan. I am here in my own 300 The Three Musketeers . one of the drawers of which was partly open.’ said Planchet. ‘I’ll cut your ears off!’ At the same instant. and after turning and turning it over and over in his hands. and took out two pistoles to pay the bill. to be fighting with his sword with the others. and he appeared to me. ‘Ah. The host was alone.’ ‘As I told you. armed to the teeth. through the glass door. ‘I am taken!’ shouted Athos. ‘Go on.Athos entered without the least mistrust. Besides. He took the money which Athos offered to him. spur!’ and he fired two pistols. d’Artagnan! Spur. they unfastened the two horses that were waiting at the door. leaped upon them. Forward. and rushed upon Athos. maybe the same fate awaits us two paces hence. going toward him. Planchet.

’ ‘Where shall I find the governor?’ ‘At his country house. arrived at St.’ said the gentleman. and could not by any means be made to get up again. ‘but this morning came an order to let no one leave without express permission from the cardinal. and ate a morsel from their hands on the stones of the street.’ said the shipmaster. Omer they breathed their horses with the bridles passed under their arms for fear of accident. ‘and give me the preference. At a hundred paces from the gates of Calais. with free use of the spur.’ said the captain of a vessel ready to set sail. and ran toward the quay. and could not be made to move a step. and that excites 301 .’ ‘I have that permission.’ ‘Have it examined by the governor of the port. who appeared to be in great haste. ‘Nothing would be more easy. They made all speed to come up to this gentleman. after they departed again. There still remained Planchet’s horse. and only preceded them by about fifty paces. Omer without drawing bit.’ And both.’ ‘And that is situated?’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. His boots were covered with dust. Fortunately. as we have said. ‘here it is. and he inquired if he could not instantly cross over to England. Planchet called his master’s attention to a gentleman who had just arrived with his they left their two nags upon the high road. but he stopped short. d’Artagnan’s horse gave out. drawing the paper from his pocket. they were within a hundred paces of the city. the blood flowing from his eyes and his nose. At St.

d’Artagnan overtook the gentleman as he was entering a little wood. Once outside the city. I wish to beg you to render me a service. that slated roof.’ ‘Very well. with his lackey. monsieur.’ ‘What?’ ‘To let me sail first.’ ‘The king’s service!’ said the gentleman.’ said d’Artagnan.‘At a quarter of a league from the city. ‘for as I am in great haste likewise.’ said the gentleman. too.’ ‘Very sorry. and will not sail second.’ said the gentleman.’ ‘I have performed that same distance in forty hours. Look. ‘My own service!’ said d’Artagnan. monsieur.’ ‘PARBLEU! What do you desire it to be?’ ‘What do you want?’ 302 The Three Musketeers . you may see it from here—at the foot of that little hill. ‘But this is a needless quarrel you seek with me. ‘I have traveled sixty leagues in forty hours.’ ‘That’s impossible. as it seems to me.’ ‘I am sorry.’ ‘I am sorry for that. but I was here first. ‘Monsieur. he took the road to the governor’s country house. and must sail first. D’Artagnan and Planchet followed the gentleman at a distance of five hundred paces. monsieur. and by ten o’clock in the morning I must be in London. and by tomorrow at midday I must be in London. but I arrived second. you appear to be in great haste?’ ‘No one can be more so. And.

‘Go on with your affair. HOLA. I wish that order of which you are bearer. and sprang upon d’Artagnan. 303 . ‘take care of the lackey. who had not dropped his sword. seeing that I have not one of my own and must have one. I will blow out your brains. fuFree eBooks at Planet eBook. the wounded man. then.’ Planchet. my pistols!’ ‘Planchet. Lubin.’ ‘Let me pass!’ ‘You shall not pass.’ ‘My brave young man. but he had too strong an adversary.’ called out d’Artagnan. sprang upon Lubin. one for Porthos. emboldened by the first exploit. and went toward him for the purpose of taking the order. I will manage the master.’ ‘Well. the gentleman drew his sword.’ cried Planchet. but the moment he extended his hand to search for it. exclaiming at each thrust. he soon got him on the broad of his back. ‘One for Athos. or at least insensible. I presume. and placed his knee upon his breast. ‘One for you!’ ‘And one for me—the best for last!’ cried d’Artagnan.’ ‘You jest.‘Would you like to know?’ ‘Certainly. D’Artagnan believed him to be dead.’ ‘I never jest. plunged the point into d’Artagnan’s breast. and one for Aramis!’ At the third hit the gentleman fell like a log. crying. ‘I have finished mine.’ Seeing this. and being strong and vigorous. In three seconds d’Artagnan had wounded him three times.

it was evident they were 304 The Three Musketeers . I know him for a Norman. they drew the Comte de Wardes close to his servant. ‘Monsieur.’ This being properly done. casting a glance on the handsome young man. and as the wounded man and the bound man were at some little distance within the wood. But he was soon aroused from these reflections by Lubin. but as soon as I let go he will howl again. and Normans are obstinate. and pressed as hard as he could. and taking out his handkerchief. I’ll be bound.’ said he. tightly held as he was.rious. and took from one of them the order for the passage. D’Artagnan searched his pockets. ‘Stay!’ said d’Artagnan.’ In fact. and as night was approaching. he gagged him. Lubin endeavored still to cry out. Then. deprived of sense and perhaps dead. he can’t cry. ‘let us bind him to a tree. ‘as long as I hold him in this manner. nailing him to the earth with a fourth thrust through his body.’ said Planchet. who uttered loud cries and screamed for help with all his might. Planchet grasped him by the throat. ‘Now. It was in the name of Comte de Wardes. who was scarcely twenty-five years of age. This time the gentleman closed his eyes and fainted. he gave a sigh for that unaccountable destiny which leads men to destroy each other for the interests of people who are strangers to them and who often do not even know that they exist. and whom he was leaving in his gore.

‘And now.’ said d’Artagnan.’ And d’Artagnan gave. it does not seem very dangerous.’ said the governor. monsieur. ‘to the Governor’s. besides.’ ‘Describe him to me.’ replied d’Artagnan. ‘Oh. ‘Most likely. ‘here it is. then.’ ‘Do you know him personally?’ asked the governor.’ ‘But you are wounded. ‘I am one of his most faithful servants.’ ‘It appears that his Eminence is anxious to prevent someone from crossing to England?’ ‘Yes.’ said Planchet. and d’Artagnan was 305 . a Bearnese gentleman who left Paris in company with three of his friends. ah! It is quite regular and explicit. a description Free eBooks at Planet eBook. it seems. with the intention of going to London.’ ‘Ah.’ ‘Perfectly well.likely to remain there till the next day.’ ‘Nothing more easy. ‘Yes. and then we will attend to my wound. that’s nothing! Let us attend to what is more pressing first. ‘You have an order signed by the cardinal?’ said the governor. feature for feature.’ And they both set forward as fast as they could toward the country house of the worthy functionary. ‘Whom?’ ‘This d’Artagnan.’ said d’Artagnan. The Comte de Wardes was announced. a certain d’Artagnan.

for they had scarcely 306 The Three Musketeers .’ ‘Tell him. he and Planchet set off as fast as they could. and if we lay hands on them his Eminence may be assured they will be reconducted to Paris under a good escort. ‘you will deserve well of the cardinal. D’Artagnan lost no time in useless compliments. that I am his humble servant. ‘Well?’ said he.’ said d’Artagnan. Monsieur Count?’ ‘Without a doubt. and five minutes after they were on board. ‘Let us go. ‘but here.’ ‘I will not fail.’ said the latter.’ Delighted with this assurance the governor countersigned the passport and delivered it to d’Artagnan. ‘Is he accompanied?’ ‘Yes. and the captain was waiting on the wharf.’ ‘And by doing so.’ ‘Shall you see him on your return. ‘Here is my pass countersigned.’ ‘In that case let us go. on perceiving d’Artagnan. It was time.’ ‘We will keep a sharp lookout for them. I’ll pay you for us two. ‘And that other gentleman? ‘He will not go today. and by making a long detour avoided the wood and reentered the city by another gate. He thanked the governor.’ repeated d’Artagnan.’ said the shipmaster. Monsieur the Governor. by a lackey named Lubin. I beg you.of the Comte de Wardes.’ said d’Artagnan. The vessel was quite ready to sail. bowed. Once outside. He leaped with Planchet into the boat. and departed.

com 307 . at break of day. The breeze had been so light all night. as d’Artagnan had thought. and everyone pointed out to him the way to the duke’s hotel.sailed half a league. D’Artagnan and Planchet took each a post horse. On the morrow. The point of the sword had touched a rib. At ten o’clock the vessel cast anchor in the harbor of Dover. He threw himself upon it. when d’Artagnan saw a flash and heard a detonation. D’Artagnan did not know London. Fortunately. they had made but little progress. having accompanied him in all his voyages. they were still three or four leagues from the coast of England. D’Artagnan inquired for the confidential valet of the duke. Still further. and he had lost only a few drops of blood. and fell asleep. In England the post was well served. he told him that he came from Paris Free eBooks at Planet eBook. spoke French perfectly well. In a few hours they were in the capital. ‘Here I am at last!’ But that was not all. who. The duke was at Windsor hunting with the king. and glanced along the bone. He had now leisure to look to his wound. and a postillion rode before them. but he wrote the name of Buckingham on a piece of paper. crying. his shirt had stuck to the wound. D’Artagnan was worn out with fatigue. they must get to London. A mattress was laid upon the deck for him. he did not know a word of English. it was not dangerous. It was the cannon which announced the closing of the port. and at half past ten d’Artagnan placed his foot on English land.

which was the name of this minister of the minister. he put his horse into a gallop. The confidence with which d’Artagnan spoke convinced Patrick. d’Artagnan seemed iron. ‘Whom must I announce to my Lord Duke?’ asked Patrick. Patrick soon caught the sound of his master’s voice calling his falcon. ‘No misfortune has happened to the queen?’ cried Buck308 The Three Musketeers .on an affair of life and death.’ Patrick galloped off. and that he must speak with his master instantly. and rode straight up to d’Artagnan. the poor lad’s strength was almost exhausted. he had been lifted from his horse as stiff as a rush. ‘The young man who one evening sought a quarrel with him on the Pont Neuf. As for Planchet. In twenty minutes they were on the spot named. and himself went as guide to the young Guardsman. and announced to him in the terms directed that a messenger awaited him. On their arrival at the castle they learned that Buckingham and the king were hawking in the marshes two or three leagues away. reached the duke. he only took the time to inquire where the messenger was. opposite the Samaritaine.’ ‘A singular introduction!’ ‘You will find that it is as good as another. Buckingham at once remembered the circumstance. He ordered two horses to be saddled. and suspecting that something was going on in France of which it was necessary he should be informed. and recognizing from afar the uniform of the Guards. Patrick discreetly kept in the background.

’ ‘I!’ cried Buckingham. ‘Oh. ‘What is it? I should be too happy to be of any service to her. Come. as I think. the instant he came up. and tell his Majesty that I humbly beg him to excuse me. as he opened the letter. ‘What is this rent?’ said he. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. but an affair of the greatest importance recalls me to London. speak!’ ‘Take this letter. nothing but a scratch. ‘I believe not. or rather join the king. nevertheless I believe she runs some great peril from which your Grace alone can extricate her. showing d’Artagnan a place where it had been pierced through.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘Just 309 . ‘I did not see that. what have I read?’ cried the duke. Speak.’ said d’Artagnan.ingham. remain here. monsieur. come!’ and both set off towards the capital at full gallop. ‘This letter! From whom comes this letter?’ ‘From her Majesty.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘Ah. becoming so pale that d’Artagnan feared he would faint as he broke the seal.’ ‘From her Majesty!’ said Buckingham. wherever he may be. when he gave me a good thrust in the breast.’ ‘You are wounded?’ asked Buckingham. ‘Patrick. it was the sword of the Comte de Wardes which made that hole. throwing all his fear and love into the question.

not all that had happened. but what d’Artagnan himself knew. delivered with the greatest simplicity. as if he could not comprehend how so much prudence. upon the manifestation of this astonishment. that d’Artagnan related to him the precaution taken. so deeply interested in preventing this young man from setting his foot in England. and how. thanks to the devotion of his three friends. courage. de Wardes with such terrible coin. which had pierced the queen’s letter and for which he had repaid M. the duke looked from time to time at the young man with astonishment. for the rest. the queen’s letter. By adding all that he heard from the mouth of the young man to his own remembrances. While he was listening to this recital. he was enabled to form a pretty exact idea of a position of the seriousness of which. he had succeeded in coming off with a single sword thrust. It was then. 310 The Three Musketeers . whom he had left scattered and bleeding on the road. had not succeeded in arresting him on the road. and devotedness could be allied with a countenance which indicated not more than twenty years.21 THE COUNTESS DE WINTER As they rode along. short but explicit. gave him the clue. But that which astonished him most was that the cardinal. the duke endeavored to draw from d’Artagnan.

The horses went like the wind. With discretion d’Artagnan remained behind. and in a few minutes they were at the gates of London. threw the bridle on his neck. The duke walked so fast that d’Artagnan had some trouble in keeping up with him. but Buckingham did not even turn his head to see what became of those he had knocked down. of an elegance of which even the greatest nobles of France had not even an idea. ‘and if you have the good Free eBooks at Planet eBook. D’Artagnan did the same. He passed through several 311 . in crossing the city two or three accidents of this kind happened. but it was not so. and busy themselves with the steeds. however. He kept on his way at the same rate. In the alcove of this chamber was a door concealed in the tapestry which the duke opened with a little gold key which he wore suspended from his neck by a chain of the same metal. for the noble creatures. ‘Come in!’ cried he. heedless about upsetting those whom he met on the road. Buckingham sprang from his horse. but he had the satisfaction of seeing three or four grooms run from the kitchens and the stables. d’Artagnan followed him amid cries which strongly resembled curses. and arrived at length in a bedchamber which was at once a miracle of taste and of richness. and seeing the hesitation of the young man. he turned round. and without thinking what became of the animal. but at the moment when Buckingham crossed the threshold. On entering the court of his hotel. with a little more concern. In fact. D’Artagnan imagined that on arriving in town the duke would slacken his pace. and sprang toward the vestibule. whose merits he fully appreciated.

knelt as a priest might have done before a crucifix. anxiously.’ said he. he began to kiss. The two found themselves in a small chapel covered with a tapestry of Persian silk worked with gold. my Lord. in all things. tell her what you have seen. drawing from the casket a large bow of blue ribbon all sparkling with diamonds. ‘There. One might believe the queen was about to speak. who closed the door after them. All at once he uttered a terrible cry. ‘there are the precious studs which I have taken an oath should be buried with me. surmounted by white and red plumes. The queen gave them to me. one after the other. those dear studs with which he was about to part. ‘What is the matter?’ exclaimed d’Artagnan. there are only ten. the queen requires them again. my Lord?’ ‘All is lost!’ cried Buckingham. On the altar.’ Encouraged by this invitation. ‘what has happened to you. like that of God. was the casket containing the diamond studs. and brilliantly lighted with a vast number of candles. Over a species of altar. ‘two of the studs are wanting.’ ‘Can you have lost them. or do you think they have been stolen?’ 312 The Three Musketeers . becoming as pale as a corpse. The duke approached the altar. was a full-length portrait of Anne of Austria. Her will be done. and beneath the portrait. and opened the casket. d’Artagnan followed the duke.fortune to be admitted to her Majesty’s presence.’ Then. so perfect in its resemblance that d’Artagnan uttered a cry of surprise on beholding it. and beneath a canopy of blue velvet.

opening the door of the chapel. ‘Yes. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. The Comtesse de Winter. But although the jeweler had been mentioned first.’ ‘If my Lord suspects they have been stolen. The woman is an agent of the cardinal. perhaps the person who stole them still has them in his hands.‘They have been stolen. grating his teeth with rage. see! The ribbons which held them have been cut with scissors. I have never seen her from that day. Hold. That reconciliation was nothing but the vengeance of a jealous woman. then. ‘and it is the cardinal who has dealt this blow.’ ‘Monday next! Still five days before us. Patrick!’ cried the duke. he is a terrible antagonist. ‘Patrick!’ His confidential valet appeared.’ replied the duke. But when is this ball to take place?’ ‘Monday next. ‘My jeweler and my secretary. yes. That’s more time than we want.’ said Buckingham. with whom I had quarreled. He found Buckingham seated at a table in his bedchamber. it was the secretary who first made his appearance. became reconciled to me at that ball. writing orders with his own hand.’ The valet went out with a mute promptitude which showed him accustomed to obey blindly and without reply. ‘The only time I have worn these studs was at a ball given by the king eight days ago at Windsor. throughout the world?’ cried d’Artagnan. wait!’ said the 313 .’ ‘Wait. This was simply because he lived in the hotel. ‘Oh.’ ‘He has agents.

if the Lord Chancellor interrogates me upon the motives which may have led your Grace to adopt such an extraordinary measure. my Lord. and without particular permission. and that I answer for my will to no man. Jackson.’ replied Buckingham.’ D’Artagnan looked with stupefaction at a man who thus employed the unlimited power with which he was clothed by the confidence of a king in the prosecution of his intrigues.’ The secretary bowed and retired.’ said he. his Majesty should have the curiosity to know why no vessel is to leave any of the ports of Great Britain?’ ‘You are right. what shall I reply?’ ‘That such is my pleasure. ‘He will say. 314 The Three Musketeers . turning toward d’Artagnan. Buckingham saw by the expression of the young man’s face what was passing in his mind. ‘which he must transmit to his Majesty if. and tell him that I charge him with the execution of these orders. ‘If the studs are not yet gone to Paris. in that case. not one dare lift an anchor. ‘go instantly to the Lord Chancellor. and that this measure is my first act of hostility against France. by chance.’ replied the secretary.’ ‘How so?’ ‘I have just placed an embargo on all vessels at present in his Majesty’s ports.‘Mr. Jackson. to the king that I am determined on war.’ said Buckingham. they will not arrive till after you. and he smiled. ‘We are safe on that side. Mr. smiling.’ ‘But.’ ‘Will that be the answer. I wish them to be promulgated immediately.

and tell me what they are worth apiece. it is true. ‘yes.’ ‘How many days would it require to make two studs exactly like them? You see there are two wanting. I would betray my country. He was lost in these reflections when the goldsmith entered. and who himself confessed that he gained a hundred thousand livres a year by the Duke of Buckingham.’ ‘You are a jewel of a man. but what signifies that? I obeyed my love. ‘look at these diamond studs. and without hesitation said. but that is not all. and have I not been richly paid for that obedience? It was to that obedience I owe her portrait. Mr. Upon a word from her.’ The goldsmith cast a glance at the elegant manner in which they were set.‘Yes. She asked me not to send the Protestants of La Rochelle the assistance I promised them.’ D’Artagnan was amazed to note by what fragile and unknown threads the destinies of nations and the lives of men are suspended. ‘Mr.’ said he. my Lord. what the diamonds were worth. ‘Fifteen hundred pistoles each. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. Anne of Austria is my true queen. I broke my word. I would betray my king. I would betray my God. I have not done so. they shall be yours. calculated. my Lord.’ ‘I will give you three thousand pistoles apiece if I can have them by the day after tomorrow.’ said the duke.’ ‘My Lord.’ ‘Eight days. leading him into the chapel. He was an Irishman—one of the most skillful of his 315 . O’Reilly. O’Reilly. one with another.

and charging her to send him. here is.These studs cannot be trusted to anybody. ‘May I be permitted to inform my wife?’ said he. and instantly determined how to act. Your captivity shall be mild. to make you forget the annoyance I cause you. in exchange. who thus open-handed. sported with men and millions. my dear Mr. at the end of half an hour. you cannot. Then he placed a sentinel at each door. be assured.’ The goldsmith knew the duke. And if you wish ever to leave my palace. We need 316 The Three Musketeers . my Lord! There is no one but myself can so execute them that one cannot tell the new from the old. Name to me such of your workmen as you need. you may even see her if you like. ‘Oh. my dear Mr. with an order to admit nobody upon any pretense but his VALET DE CHAMBRE. O’Reilly. and which. was transformed into a workshop. you are my prisoner. He knew all objection would be useless. it must be done in the palace. so make the best of it. Buckingham conducted the goldsmith to the chamber destined for him.’ D’Artagnan could not get over the surprise created in him by this minister. and point out the tools they must bring. and as every inconvenience deserves its indemnification. O’Reilly.’ ‘Impossible. his most skillful apprentice. of which he gave the names and the weight. an assortment of diamonds. sending her the order for the thousand pistoles. an order for a thousand pistoles. Patrick. in addition to the price of the studs. As to the goldsmith. he wrote to his wife. and the necessary tools.’ ‘Therefore.

that is the thing I stand most in need of. so perfectly alike. O’Reilly. I will tell all that I have seen.’ ‘Be satisfied. not even the packet boat with letters. the two diamond studs were finished.’ said he to him. the duke turned to d’Artagnan. But does your Grace mean to give me the studs without the casket?’ ‘The casket would encumber you. and experts in such matters would have been deceived as he was. the ordinance was published in London that no vessel bound for France should leave port. I confess. were prohibited from going out under any pretext. my Lord. ‘are the diamond studs that you came to bring. In one hour after. ‘England is all our 317 . What do you wish for? What do you desire?’ ‘A bed. and they were so completely imitated.’ Buckingham gave d’Artagnan a chamber adjoining his own. and his assistant. my Lord.not add that the goldsmith. by eleven o’clock. Besides. On the day after the morrow.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. In the eyes of everybody this was a declaration of war between the two kingdoms. the casket is the more precious from being all that is left to me. ‘Here. This point. my young friend. that Buckingham could not tell the new ones from the old ones. ‘At present. You will say that I keep it. and be my witness that I have done all that human power could do. settled. He immediately called d’Artagnan. He wished to have the young man at hand—not that he at all mistrusted him. ‘Now.’ replied d’Artagnan. but for the sake of having someone to whom he could constantly talk of the queen.’ said he.

‘and I even believe that I know that other person.’ replied d’Artagnan.’ said the duke. my Lord. and form part of the company of Monsieur Dessessart. as the queen is yours. ‘and it is to this person I am bound to discharge my debt of gratitude. who. ‘Let us understand each other.’ ‘And now. and not at all for your Grace. What I have done. my Lord. as well as his brother-in-law.’ resumed Buckingham. is particularly attached to their Majesties.’ ‘You have said. Monsieur de Treville. ‘That is true.’ ‘Yes. ‘how shall I ever acquit myself of the debt I owe you?’ D’Artagnan blushed up to the whites of his eyes. looking earnestly at the young man. then. for truly. And still further. smiling. it is very probable I should not have done anything of this. if it had not been to make myself agreeable to someone who is my lady. my Lord. He saw that the duke was searching for a means of making him accept something and the idea that the blood of his friends and himself was about to be paid for with English gold was strangely repugnant to him. has been for the queen. word for word. ‘and let us make things clear beforehand in order that there may be no mistake. it is—‘ ‘My Lord. I am in the service of the King and Queen of France. I confess to you that I see noth318 The Three Musketeers .’ said the duke. I have not named her!’ interrupted the young man.‘I will perform your commission. at this moment when there is question of war. warmly.

where certainly you are not expected. he will convey you to a little port. to accomplish it. and which is ordinarily only frequented by fishermen. and how?’ ‘That’s true!’ ‘Fore Gad. You cannot be mistaken. are you going away in that manner? Where. and give this letter to the captain. but I repeat it to your Grace. ‘The Gascons are the Scots of France. will not prevent me from executing to the very point my commission or from laying down my 319 .’’ murmured the Duke of Buckingham. without your having personally on that account more to thank me for in this second interview than for what I did for you in the first. ‘Proud as a Scotsman. Valery.’ D’Artagnan bowed to the duke.’’ replied d’Artagnan.’ ‘We say. When you have arrived there you will go to a mean tavern. but listen. ask for the brig SUND. there is but one. ‘Proud as a Gascon. without a name and without a sign—a mere fisherman’s hut. and that you were the king of in your Grace but an Englishman.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. if there be need of it.’ ‘The name of that port?’ ‘St. and was retiring.’ ‘Go to the riverside. these Frenchmen have no consideration!’ ‘I had forgotten that England was an island. ‘And we say. however. and consequently an enemy whom I should have much greater pleasure in meeting on the field of battle than in the park at Windsor or the corridors of the Louvre—all which. ‘Well.

and will repeat to him the word ‘Forward!’’ ‘Which means?’ ‘In French. and made his way as quickly as possible to the riverside. we will make a good use of your presents. He will give you a horse all saddled. and to request your three companions to accept the others—that is. my Lord.’ said d’Artagnan. but with the hope of soon becoming enemies. You already know two of them. and you may rely upon me for the others not being inferior to them. If you will give at each of these relays your address in Paris. However proud you may be. Besides.’ ‘I depend upon your word. young man. You will find. ‘and if it please God. your hand. I accept them. the end justified the means.‘Afterward?’ ‘You will ask for the host. I promise you that. does it not?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Be satisfied. my Lord. in the same way. in order to make war against us. and you appeared to appreciate them like a judge. my Lord. I hope. It is the password.’ ‘Yes. you will not refuse to accept one of them. and will point out to you the road you ought to take. as you Frenchmen say. but in the meantime we shall part good friends.’ D’Artagnan bowed to the duke. These horses are equipped for the field. They were those we rode on. Opposite the Tower of London he found the vessel that had been named to 320 The Three Musketeers . four relays on your route. EN AVANT. Perhaps we shall soon meet on the field of battle. now.’ ‘Well. the four horses will follow you thither.

D’Artagnan made his way through the 321 .’ said d’Artagnan. and from Blangy to Neufchatel. advanced toward the host. War between England and France was talked of as near and certain. ‘Go from hence to Blangy. where a saddled horse awaited him. and you will find. go to the tavern of the Golden Harrow. and pronounced the word ‘Forward!’ The host instantly made him a sign to follow. Valery. Passing alongside one of them.him. a horse ready saddled. and easily discovered it by the riotous noise which resounded from it. give the password to the landlord. d’Artagnan fancied he perceived on board it the woman of Meung—the same whom the unknown gentleman had called Milady. but thanks to the current of the stream and a fair wind. his vessel passed so quickly that he had little more than a glimpse of her.’ ‘Have I anything to pay?’ demanded d’Artagnan. D’Artagnan went instantly in search of the inn. and asked him if he stood in need of anything else. and the jolly sailors were having a carousal. led him to the stable. delivered his letter to the captain. Fifty vessels were waiting to set out. ‘I want to know the route I am to follow. he landed at St. who after having it examined by the governor of the port made immediate preparations to sail. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. and whom d’Artagnan had thought so handsome. went out with him by a door which opened into a yard. The next day about nine o’clock in the morning. as you have here. At Neufchatel.

and set off at full speed. and may God guide you!’ ‘Amen!’ cried the young man. At Eccuis. Four hours later he was in Neufchatel. you will find a horse in the stables quite as good as this. Begone. he found a horse quite ready and awaiting him. ‘That of Rouen. He found as provident a host and a fresh horse. gentlemen! Do you want anything?’ D’Artagnan shook his head. the same scene was repeated.’ ‘The same password?’ ‘Exactly. as at St. ‘Which route must I take?’ demanded d’Artagnan. but he found the holsters furnished with similar pistols. He was about to remove the pistols from the saddle he had quit to the one he was about to fill. in which there is but one tavern—the Shield of France.’ ‘Enough. He left his address as he had done before. Valery.’ replied the questioner. and set off at full gallop. At Pontoise he changed his horse for the last time. and at nine o’clock galloped into the yard of Treville’s hotel.’ ‘Adieu. He had 322 The Three Musketeers . master!’ ‘A good journey. Don’t condemn it from appearances. company of Dessessart.’ replied the host.‘Everything is paid. but you will leave the city on your right. You must stop at the little village of Eccuis. At Neufchatel. ‘and liberally. He strictly followed the instructions he had received. and set off again at the same pace for Pontoise. ‘Your address at Paris?’ ‘Hotel of the Guards. in his turn.

de Treville received him as if he had seen him that same morning. he informed him that the company of Dessessart was on duty at the Louvre.made nearly sixty leagues in little more than twelve hours. when pressing his hand a little more warmly than usual. Free eBooks at Planet 323 . only. and that he might repair at once to his post. M.

The city carpenters had erected scaffolds upon which the invited ladies were to be placed. upon condition. and from that moment the Sieur de la Coste was charged with the care of all the doors and all the avenues. the city grocer had ornamented the chambers with two hundred FLAMBEAUX of white wax.22 THE BALLET OF LA MERLAISON On the morrow. and twenty violins were ordered. nothing was talked of in Paris but the ball which the aldermen of the city were to give to the king and queen. These keys were given up to him instantly. ensign in the king’s Guards. said the report. that they should be played all night. followed by two officers and several archers of that body. a piece of luxury unheard of at that period. 324 The Three Musketeers . and demanded of him all the keys of the rooms and offices of the hotel. and the price for them fixed at double the usual rate. Each of them had ticket attached to it. by which it might be recognized. and in which their Majesties were to dance the famous La Merlaison— the favorite ballet of the king. Eight days had been occupied in preparations at the Hotel de Ville for this important evening. At ten o’clock in the morning the Sieur de la Coste. came to the city registrar. named Clement.

and which were all illuminated with colored lanterns. the king’s collation. went to attend upon the king. Immediately the aldermen. At midnight great cries and loud acclamations were heard. which was guarded by four archers. and placed in a box opposite to that which the queen was to occupy. consisting of preserves and other delicacies. The company of French guards was composed of half of M. As next to the queen.At eleven o’clock came in his turn Duhallier. At nine o’clock Madame la Premiere Presidente arrived. Dessessart’s men. on the platforms prepared for them. captain of the Guards. who were distributed immediately through the Hotel de Ville. At ten o’clock. whom they met on the steps. where the provost of the merchants made him the speech of welcome—a compliment to which his Majesty Free eBooks at Planet eBook. As fast as they entered. each holding a FLAMBEAU in his hand. one French. Duhallier’s men and half of M. was prepared in the little room on the side of the church of St. It was the king. she was received by the city officials. they were placed in the grand 325 . At six in the evening the guests began to come. Jean. she was the most considerable personage of the fete. bringing with him fifty archers. who was passing through the streets which led from the Louvre to the Hotel de Ville. in front of the silver buffet of the city. at the doors assigned them. clothed in their cloth robes and preceded by six sergeants. the other Swiss. At three o’clock came two companies of the Guards.

by M. The queen entered the great hall. like the king. the queen did not wear her diamond studs. le Comte de Soissons. At the moment she entered. Half an hour after the entrance of the king. talking of affairs of state.replied with an apology for coming so late. advanced to receive their illustrious guest. and the pale face of the cardinal appeared. two by two. she looked dull and even weary. was accompanied by his royal Highness. was drawn. The same had been done for the queen and Madame the President. by M. A private room had been prepared for the king and another for Monsieur. The aldermen did as they had done before. de Liancourt. In each of these closets were placed masquerade dresses. who had detained him till eleven o’clock. the curtain of a small gallery which to that time had been closed. His Majesty. and preceded by their sergeants. fresh acclamations were heard. he being dressed as a Spanish cavalier. and a smile of terrible joy passed over his lips. M. by the Duc de Longueville. by the Comte de la Roche-Guyon. by the Grand Prior. these announced the arrival of the queen. de Baradas. 326 The Three Musketeers . His eyes were fixed upon those of the queen. The nobles and ladies of their Majesties’ suites were to dress. in full dress. Before entering his closet the king desired to be informed the moment the cardinal arrived. by the Comte de Cramail. by the Duc d’Euboeuf. and by the Chevalier de Souveray. laying the blame upon the cardinal. and it was remarked that. in chambers prepared for the purpose. by the Comte d’Harcourt. Everybody noticed that the king looked dull and preoccupied.

where they are. in the midst of such a crowd as this. with a diabolical smile on his countenance. and followed the ladies who were to conduct her to her room. and saw the cardinal behind.’ replied the queen. If I made you that present it was that you might adorn yourself therewith. All at once the king appeared with the cardinal at one of the doors of the hall. and the ribbons of his doublet scarcely tied.’ ‘And you were wrong. comprehending nothing of what passed.’ ‘Do so.’ The queen bent in token of submission. ‘Sire. ‘ 327 . He went straight to the queen. The king made his way through the crowd without a mask. with a faltering voice. ‘because. for within an hour the ballet will commence. and thus your Majesty’s wishes will be complied with. do so. madame.’ The voice of the king was tremulous with anger. when you know it would give me so much gratification?’ The queen cast a glance around her. madame. I feared some accident might happen to them. Everybody looked and listened with astonishment. and the king was very pale. and in an altered voice said. and that at once. ‘Sire. On his part the Free eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘I can send for them to the Louvre. I tell you that you were wrong. The cardinal was speaking to him in a low voice.The queen remained for a short time to receive the compliments of the city dignitaries and to reply to the salutations of the ladies.’ said the queen. have you not thought proper to wear your diamond studs. madame.

and Monsieur and the other nobles were dressed like him. The king opened it. There was a moment of trouble and confusion in the assembly. fastened with diamond clasps.’ replied the latter. If the king appeared to be the first gentleman of his kingdom. out of respect. ‘Nothing. He was in a most elegant hunting costume. he really appeared the first gentleman of his kingdom. ‘only. and if you only find ten. sire. but both of them had spoken so low that everybody. count them. The cardinal drew near to the king. This was the costume that best became the king.’ The king looked at the cardinal as if to interrogate him. It is true that the habit of a huntress became her admirably. and placed in his hand a small casket. and a 328 The Three Musketeers . if the queen has the studs. The king came out first from his room. which I very much doubt. Everybody had remarked that something had passed between the king and queen. ‘What does this mean?’ demanded he of the cardinal. so that nobody had heard anything. She wore a beaver hat with blue feathers. the queen was without doubt the most beautiful woman in France. but nobody listened to them. but he had not time to address any question to him—a cry of admiration burst from every mouth. The violins began to sound with all their might. So dressed. ask her Majesty who can have stolen from her the two studs that are here.king returned to his apartment. and found in it two diamond studs. withdrew several steps. a surtout of gray-pearl velvet.

’ With these words he held out to the queen the two studs the cardinal had given him. The ballet lasted an 329 . had she ten or twelve? At that moment the violins sounded the signal for the ballet.petticoat of blue satin. to advance eagerly toward the queen. then. The king trembled with joy and the cardinal with vexation. and every time he passed by her. ‘for the deference you have shown to my wishes. and I bring them back to you. On her left shoulder sparkled the diamond studs. madame. The king danced facing the queen. but I think you want two of the studs. but the king took advantage of the privilege he had of leaving his lady. and the ballet began. The ballet ended amid the applause of the whole assemblage. The only question was.’ In fact the king counted them. sire?’ cried the young queen. he devoured with his eyes those studs of which he could not ascertain the number. and everyone reconducted his lady to her place. They took their places. with whom he was to dance. ‘you are giving me. ‘I thank you. on a bow of the same color as the plumes and the petticoat. affecting surprise. The king advanced toward Madame the President. although. embroidered with silver. The queen had them. and the twelve studs were Free eBooks at Planet eBook. and had sixteen ENTREES. distant as they were from the queen. two more: I shall have fourteen. and his Highness Monsieur with the queen. A cold sweat covered the brow of the cardinal. they could not count the studs. ‘How.’ said he.

lost in the crowd gathered at one of the doors.all on her Majesty’s shoulder. ‘from being certain that these two studs alone have cost you as much as all the others cost his Majesty. The face of this young woman was covered with 330 The Three Musketeers . to the illustrious personages we have introduced into it. ‘This means. The king called the cardinal. when he felt his shoulder lightly touched. and himself. The queen had just regained her chamber. who made him a sign to follow her. has diverted us for an instant from him to whom Anne of Austria owed the extraordinary triumph she had obtained over the cardinal. confounded. I adopted this means of inducing her to accept them.’ replied Anne of Austria.’ replied the cardinal. ‘What does this mean. unknown. comprehensible only to four persons—the king. The attention which we have been obliged to give. looked on at this scene. ‘that I was desirous of presenting her Majesty with these two studs.’ Then saluting the king and the cardinal.’ ‘And I am the more grateful to your Eminence. the queen. and who. with a smile that proved she was not the dupe of this ingenious gallantry. and d’Artagnan was about to retire. He turned and saw a young woman. during the commencement of the chapter. and that not daring to offer them myself. the queen resumed her way to the chamber in which she had dressed. Monsieur Cardinal?’ asked the king in a severe tone. sire. and where she was to take off her costume. his Eminence.

There she made a fresh sign of silence. which was entirely dark.a black velvet mask. but quick as a bird she glided between his hands. he at once recognized his usual guide. Bonacieux opened the door of a closet. and in proportion as the corridors became more deserted. together with the warm and perfumed air which reached him from the same aperFree eBooks at Planet eBook. whither d’Artagnan had sent for her. D’Artagnan remained for a moment motionless. and opened a second door concealed by tapestry. Bonacieux. the light and intelligent Mme. On the evening before. but soon a ray of light which penetrated through the chamber. they had scarcely seen each other for a moment at the apartment of the Swiss guard. d’Artagnan wished to stop the young woman. and which forbade him even to make the slightest complaint. The opening of this door disclosed a brilliant light. The haste which the young woman was in to convey to the queen the excellent news of the happy return of her messenger prevented the two lovers from exchanging more than a few words. after winding about for a minute or two. Germain. At length. reminded him that he was under the command of a power which he must blindly obey. and she disappeared. D’Artagnan therefore followed Mme. and led d’Artagnan into it. her finger placed upon her mouth. seize her and gaze upon her. asking himself where he could be. but notwithstanding this precaution. All the 331 . were it only for a minute. which was in fact taken rather against others than against him. Bonacieux moved by a double sentiment—love and curiosity. and when he wished to speak to her. with a little imperative gesture full of grace. Mme.

He cast himself on his knees. surpassingly beautiful in their form and whiteness. indicated clearly that he was in a closet attached to the queen’s apartment. and as it is not permissible to contradict a queen. which seemed to astonish the persons who surrounded her and who were accustomed to see her almost always sad and full of care. The queen attributed this joyous feeling to the beauty of the fete. to the pleasure she had experienced in the ballet. The queen appeared cheerful and happy. whether she smile or weep. at first by a slightly foreign accent. Although d’Artagnan did not at all know the queen. The young man waited in comparative darkness and listened. glided through the tapestry. and again 332 The Three Musketeers . and touched it respectfully with his lips. leaving in his an object which he perceived to be a ring. seized the hand. and twice or three times he even saw the shadow of a person intercept the light. Then the hand was withdrawn. he soon distinguished her voice from the others. D’Artagnan at once comprehended that this was his recompense. The door immediately closed. and d’Artagnan found himself again in complete obscurity. and the word ‘Majesty’ several times repeated. everybody expatiated on the gallantry of the aldermen of the city of Paris. D’Artagnan placed the ring on his finger. and next by that tone of domination naturally impressed upon all royal words. At length a hand and an arm.ture. the conversation of two of three ladies in language at once respectful and refined. He heard her approach and withdraw from the partially open door.

was opened. and the clock of St. ‘silence. Begone. and pushed d’Artagnan out of the room. D’Artagnan obeyed like a child. then the door of the closet in which d’Artagnan 333 . Besides. ‘A note which you will find at home will tell you. Supper was to be served at three. and go the same way you came!’ ‘But where and when shall I see you again?’ cried d’Artagnan. which proved that he was really in love. Bonacieux entered. The sound of voices diminished by degrees in the adjoining chamber. it was evident that all was not yet over. After the reward of his devotion. without the least resistance or objection. that of his love was to come. ‘Silence!’ said the young woman. placing her hand upon his lips. and Mme. the evening had scarcely begun. although the ballet was danced. ‘You at last?’ cried d’Artagnan.waited. The company was then heard departing. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. begone!’ At these words she opened the door of the corridor. Jean had struck three quarters past two.

‘Has anyone brought a letter for me?’ asked d’Artagnan. sprang up the stairs and knocked softly in a manner agreed upon between him and his lackey. Planchet*. ‘How came Planchet here?’ when he was left ‘stiff as a rush’ in London. ‘No one has BROUGHT a letter. Everyone knows that drunkards and lovers have a protecting deity. as he did the horses. he met with no misadventure. eagerly. ‘but one has come of itself. In the intervening time Buckingham perhaps sent him to Paris. blockhead?’ ‘I mean to say that when I came in. whom he had sent home two hours before from the Hotel de Ville. I found a letter on the green table cover in your bedroom.23 THE RENDEZVOUS D’Artagnan ran home immediately. monsieur. He found the door of his passage open.’ ‘What do you mean. although I had the key of your apartment in my pocket. *The reader may ask. telling him to sit up for him.’ replied Planchet. opened the door for him.’ ‘And where is that letter?’ 334 The Three Musketeers . and although it was three o’clock in the morning and he had some of the worst quarters of Paris to traverse. and that key had never quit me.

‘and as a proof. and to be transmitted to you.‘I left it where I found it. It is not natural for letters to enter people’s houses in this manner. swelled by the intoxication of joy. in front of the pavilion which stands at the corner of the house of M.— 335 . but it is not the less true that letters which come in this way into shut-up houses—‘ ‘Fall from heaven. the young man had darted in to his chamber. monsieur. and was expressed in these terms: ‘There are many thanks to be offered to you. d’Estrees. there is a crown to drink my health. monsieur.’ Meanwhile. Be this evening about ten o’clock at St.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. It was the first billet he had received. Planchet. no—all was hermetically sealed. ‘did I not guess truly? Is it not some bad affair?’ ‘You are mistaken.’ said Planchet. but. If the window had been open or even ajar.’ replied d’Artagnan. I should think nothing of it. monsieur.B. Cloud. Bonacieux. d’Artagnan felt his heart dilated and compressed by that delicious spasm which tortures and caresses the hearts of lovers. It was from Mme. and opened the letter.’ ‘I am much obliged to Monsieur for the crown he had given me. His heart.’ While reading this letter. who had observed his master grow red and pale successively. felt ready to dissolve away at the very gate of that terrestrial paradise called Love! ‘Well. my friend. and I promise him to follow his instructions exactly. Beware. fall from heaven. it was the first rendezvous that had been granted him. there is certainly some magic underneath.

to have our hides pierced in all sorts of ways.’ ‘You will take your musketoon and your pistols. d’Artagnan read and reread his billet. and go to bed?’ ‘Yes.‘Then Monsieur is satisfied?’ asked Planchet. and had golden dreams. ‘Planchet. there is nothing in hand but a party of pleasure. I am the happiest of men!’ ‘And I may profit by Monsieur’s happiness. ‘We are going again. who at the second summons opened the door. At seven o’clock in the morning he arose and called Planchet. perhaps. his countenance not yet quite freed from the anxiety of the preceding night. ‘My dear Planchet.’ said d’Artagnan. At length he went to bed. You are. ‘I was sure of it—the cursed letter!’ ‘Don’t be afraid. it appears. now! Didn’t I say so?’ cried Planchet. Then he kissed and rekissed twenty times the lines traced by the hand of his beautiful mistress.’ 336 The Three Musketeers . ‘I am going out for all day.’ ‘May the blessings of heaven fall upon Monsieur! But it is not the less true that that letter—‘ And Planchet retired. your own master till seven o’clock in the evening. go. you idiot.’ ‘There!’ said Planchet. shaking his head with an air of doubt.’ ‘There. therefore. Left alone. which the liberality of d’Artagnan had not entirely effaced. but at seven o’clock you must hold yourself in readiness with two horses. fell asleep.

’ said Planchet. not only to stop. M. ‘I thought he had seen me at work.’ ‘Do you believe you have still a certain amount of it to expend this evening?’ ‘I hope so. like the charming journey the other day. but by this evening there will be four. I prefer traveling alone to having a companion who entertains the least fear. Bonacieux was at his door.’ ‘Well. but I thought perhaps you had worn out all your courage the first time. when it rained bullets and produced a crop of steel traps!’ ‘Well.’ ‘Monsieur does me wrong. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. if you are really afraid. but the latter made so polite and friendly a salutation that his tenant felt obliged.’ resumed d’Artagnan.’ ‘At the appointed hour I shall be ready. only I beg Monsieur not to be too prodigal of it if he wishes it to last 337 . only I believed that Monsieur had but one horse in the Guard stables. monsieur.’ ‘Yes. but to enter into conversation with him. ‘I will go without you. D’Artagnan’s intention was to go out without speaking to the worthy mercer. then. he went out. I count on you.’ ‘Monsieur shall see that upon occasion I have some left. then?’ ‘Exactly so. Monsieur Planchet.’ ‘It appears that our journey was a remounting journey.’ said d’Artagnan. and nodding to Planchet.’ ‘Perhaps there is but one at this moment.‘Ah.

and I don’t think you could gather all that dust that I saw Planchet brush off your boots yesterday from the pavement of Paris. the bolts. has sworn to me by all that’s sacred that she does not know. and when he had finished said. Bonacieux. the gratings. The conversation naturally fell upon the incarceration of the poor man. de Laffemas. in a tine of perfect good fellowship. Cloud. D’Artagnan listened to him with exemplary complaisance. the instruments of torture. on her part.’ 338 The Three Musketeers . the wickets. But you. related to his young tenant the persecutions of that monster. during his account. ‘they took good care not to tell me that. who was ignorant that d’Artagnan had overheard his conversation with the stranger of Meung. whom he never ceased to designate. my friends and I have been on a little journey.’ and expatiated at great length upon the Bastille.’ continued M. ‘And Madame Bonacieux. Bonacieux. ‘what has become of you all these days? I have not seen you nor your friends. M. how is it possible to avoid a little condescension toward a husband whose pretty wife has appointed a meeting with you that same evening at St.Besides. by the title of the ‘cardinal’s executioner. and my wife. M. do you know who carried her off?—For I do not forget that I owe to that unpleasant circumstance the good fortune of having made your acquaintance.’ ‘You are right. my dear Monsieur Bonacieux. opposite D’Estrees’s pavilion? D’Artagnan approached him with the most amiable air he could assume.’ ‘Ah!’ said Bonacieux. the dungeons.

I am alarmed every time I hear a door open. What the deuce can you exFree eBooks at Planet eBook. particularly in the night. were we not?’ ‘My faith!’ said the young man. as I see there is no concealing anything from you. my dear Bonacieux. ‘is only that I may know whether I am delaying you. ‘Do you intend to sit up for me?’ ‘No. giving to his countenance a most sly air. no! About forty leagues 339 . We went to take Monsieur Athos to the waters of Forges. ‘A handsome young fellow like you does not obtain long leaves of absence from his mistress. but so slight that d’Artagnan did not perceive it. laughing. I acknowledge. where my friends still remain. I was expected.’ ‘And you have returned. Lord. indeed.‘Far from here?’ ‘Oh. Yes. have you not?’ replied M. ‘I confess it. ‘And we are going to be recompensed for our diligence?’ continued the mercer.’ A slight shade passed over the brow of Bonacieux. had darkened the countenance of the worthy man.’ ‘Why that question. with a trifling alteration in his voice— so trifling. and very impatiently. that d’Artagnan did not perceive it any more than he had the momentary shade which. ‘Ah. what I say. an instant before. may you be a true prophet!’ said d’Artagnan.’ replied Bonacieux. Bonacieux. and we were impatiently waited for at Paris. my dear host?’ asked d’Artagnan. laughing. and so much more the readily. ‘No. but since my arrest and the robbery that was committed in my house.

’ replied Bonacieux.’ ‘Not yet. which seize me all at once.’ The young man departed. ‘nothing. my dear host.’ ‘Well. for I am so. I wish all the world to be so.’ ‘So much the worse for you. you have nothing to occupy yourself with but being happy.’ replied the husband. but it appears that is not possible. But d’Artagnan was too far off to hear him. and I have just felt a cold shiver. this evening will come. in a sepulchral tone.’ This time Bonacieux became so pale that d’Artagnan could not help perceiving it. ‘she is detained at the Louvre this evening by her duties. indeed. and asked him what was the matter. you said. Pay no attention to it. laughing at the joke. wait a little! This evening.’ ‘Well. don’t be alarmed if I return at one. and if he had heard him in the disposition of mind he then enjoyed.’ ‘Madame Bonacieux is not at liberty this evening. ‘Nothing. he 340 The Three Musketeers . two or three o’clock in the morning. perhaps this evening Madame Bonacieux will visit the conjugal domicile. ‘Amuse yourself well!’ replied Bonacieux. Since my misfortunes I have been subject to faintnesses. thank God! And perhaps you look for it with as much impatience as I do.’ ‘Then I have full occupation. do not be alarmed if I do not come at all. seriously.pect? I am no swordsman. so much the worse! When I am happy. which he thought he alone could comprehend.

for it is evident that your happy return has something to do with the joy of the king. He found Treville in a joyful mood. ‘as long as I shall have the luck to enjoy the favor of their Majesties?’ ‘Everything.’ replied d’Artagnan.’ ‘What have I to fear.certainly would not have remarked it. the triumph of the queen. He had thought the king and queen charming at the ball. You must look out for yourself. had been very short and very little explicative. it is to be remembered. The cardinal is not the man to forget a mystification until he has settled account with the mystifier. He took his way toward the hotel of M. As to their Majesties. It is true the cardinal had been particularly 341 . lowering his voice. ‘Now. they did not return to the Louvre till six o’clock in the morning. my dear d’Artagnan! A present from an enemy is not a good thing. Are there not some Latin verses upon that subject? Stop!’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. and looking into every corner of the apartment to see if they were alone. his visit of the day before. de Treville. and the humiliation of his Eminence. my young friend. ‘now let us talk about yourself. and the mystifier appears to me to have the air of being a certain young Gascon of my acquaintance. believe me. He had retired at one o’clock under the pretense of being indisposed. and knows that I have been to London?’ ‘The devil! You have been to London! Was it from London you brought that beautiful diamond that glitters on your finger? Beware.’ said Treville.’ ‘Do you believe that the cardinal is as well posted as yourself.

monsieur. thrice imprudent!’ ‘No.’ replied d’Artagnan. and he related to M.’ ‘And that in the presence of witnesses! Imprudent.’ replied d’Artagnan.‘Yes.’ ‘From the queen! Oh. ‘it comes from the queen.’ replied d’Artagnan. ‘Her Majesty did me the honor to grant me that favor. this is it: ‘Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes. who had a tincture of literature. ‘Beware of the enemy who makes you presents. looking earnestly at d’Artagnan. ‘Why. who had never been able to cram the first rudiments of that language into his head.’ which means.’ ‘This diamond does not come from an enemy. which is worth a thousand pistoles if it is worth a denier. be satisfied. Stop a minute—ah. 342 The Three Musketeers .’ said M. ‘yes.’ ‘You have kissed the queen’s hand?’ said M.’ ‘How?’ ‘Giving me her hand to kiss. By whom did the queen send you this jewel?’ ‘She gave it to me herself. de Treville. and who had by his ignorance driven his master to despair. doubtless.’ ‘There certainly is one. it is indeed a true royal jewel. ‘and Monsieur de Benserade was quoting it to me the other day. doubtless there is one. de Treville. de Treville how the affair came to pass. de Treville.’ ‘Where?’ ‘In the room adjoining the chamber in which she changed her toilet. nobody saw her. monsieur. oh!’ said M.

monsieur. the women. for everybody must be aware that a cadet from Gascony does not find such stones in his mother’s jewel case. ‘shall I give you counsel. that he who sleeps over a mine the match of which is already lighted. off to the nearest goldsmith’s.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ ‘You think.’ ‘The devil!’ said d’Artagnan. he will repay you by some ill turn. then. the women!’ cried the old soldier. ‘Listen. and that ring has a terrible one.’ said d’Artagnan. he will give you at least eight hundred pistoles. You would meet the 343 . which may betray him who wears it. Everything that savors of mystery charms them. ‘I mean to say. whom the positive tone of M. that was all. de Treville began to disquiet. ‘Well. However much of a Jew he may be.‘Oh.’ replied the young man. ‘the devil! What must I do?’ ‘Above all things be always on your guard. I have something to dread?’ asked d’Artagnan.’ said M. The cardinal has a tenacious memory and a long arm. a ring which comes from my sovereign? Never!’ said d’Artagnan. and she would not know who you are?’ ‘No. good counsel. young man. and sell that diamond for the highest price you can get from him.’ ‘Sell this ring. Pistoles have no name. ‘I know them by their romantic imagination. de Treville. at least turn the gem inside. the counsel of a friend?’ ‘You will do me honor. may consider himself in safety in comparison with you. you silly fellow. young man. you may depend upon it. ‘Then. but thanks to this diamond. So you have seen the arm. then.

fight. on the contrary—and it is I who say it—see enemies in all directions. but we are bound 344 The Three Musketeers . your brother.’ D’Artagnan blushed. feel every plank of it with your foot. or you will be lost. look up. by the by. without shame. A woman will sell you for ten pistoles. if you pass before a house which is being built.’ repeated he.‘But of what sort?’ ‘Eh! How can I tell? Has he not all the tricks of a demon at his command? The least that can be expected is that you will be arrested.’ ‘What! Will they dare to arrest a man in his Majesty’s service?’ ‘PARDIEU! They did not scruple much in the case of Athos. but retreat. shun it. you can be sure of your lackey. mechanically. Do not lull yourself in security. if you cross a bridge. if you stay out late. rely upon one who has been thirty years at court. young man. ‘and why her rather than another?’ ‘Because a mistress is one of the cardinal’s favorite means. were it with a child of ten years old. At all events. he has not one that is more expeditious. If you are attacked by day or by night. your friend. your mistress— your mistress above all. If anyone seeks a quarrel with you. be always followed by your lackey. but. lest one should give way beneath you. witness Delilah. ‘My mistress above all. and let your lackey be armed—if. You are acquainted with the Scriptures?’ D’Artagnan thought of the appointment Mme. Mistrust everybody. Bonacieux had made with him for that very evening. for fear a stone should fall upon your head.

I would take. like a butterfly on a tapestry.’ resumed M. de Treville. ‘what has become of your three companions?’ ‘I was about to ask you if you had heard any news of them?’ ‘None.’ ‘Well. did not inspire him with the least suspicion of his pretty hostess. with a duel on his hands. de Treville. one of the cardinal’s men. and Athos at Amiens. and by nailing the Comte de Wardes on the byroad to Calais. that the bad opinion entertained by M.’ ‘Speak. the road to Picardy. Aramis at Crevecoeur. without sound of drum or trumpet. monsieur. I left them on my road—Porthos at Chantilly. and would go and make some inquiries concerning my three companions. monsieur.’ ‘The advice is good. I have an idea. monsieur.’ ‘In your place. I would do one thing. detained by an accusation of coining. ‘But. What the devil! They merit richly that piece of attention on your part. I must acknowledge. my friend.’ ‘What?’ ‘While his Eminence was seeking for me in Paris. and tomorrow I will set out. A PROPOS. ‘and how the devil did you escape?’ ‘By a miracle. monsieur. with a sword thrust in my breast.’ ‘There again! De Wardes. now!’ said M. de Treville of women in 345 . a cousin of Rochefort! Stop. with a ball in his shoulder. to the credit of our say.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ ‘See there.

’ ‘Ah. I think. young man. de Treville. and will ruin us. unless something new should happen. that’s quite another thing. We left Paris.‘Tomorrow! Any why not this evening?’ ‘This evening. It is woman who has ruined us.’ ‘But your companions?’ ‘I don’t think they can be in need of any. but promise me. monsieur.’ ‘I promise it. and nothing had been heard of either 346 The Three Musketeers . That. Porthos. monsieur.’ ‘Impossible.’ ‘Well. then?’ ‘Yes. some flirtation or other. each with seventy-five pistoles in his pocket.’ ‘Do you need money?’ ‘I have still fifty pistoles. take care. monsieur. Take care. young man. I am detained in Paris by indispensable business. I repeat to you.’ ‘You have given your word. Neither of them had returned. that you will go tomorrow. is as much as I shall want. as long as the world stands. monsieur. if you should not be killed tonight.’ ‘Thanks.’ ‘Shall I see you again before your departure?’ ‘I think not.’ D’Artagnan left M. still ruins us. touched more than ever by his paternal solicitude for his Musketeers. Their lackeys likewise were absent. monsieur.’ ‘Ah. a pleasant journey. and Aramis. Take my advice and set out this evening. He called successively at the abodes of Athos.

he did not observe that.’ ‘Why so. and set off at a quick pace in an opposite Free eBooks at Planet eBook. and had already finished two. He would have inquired after them of their mistresses. while you were talking with him.’ ‘And you found it?’ ‘Traitorous. whom the strange fashion in which that letter came into the house had placed on my guard—I did not lose a movement of his features. ‘Ah. shut his door. his countenance changed color two or three times!’ ‘Bah!’ ‘Preoccupied as Monsieur was with the letter he had received. monsieur. As he passed the Hotel des Gardes. Planchet?’ asked the young man. Monsieur Bonacieux took his hat. ‘how glad I am to see you. I watched you without listening to you.’ ‘But why this question?’ ‘Because. he had none. monsieur. but I. monsieur.’ ‘Indeed!’ ‘Still more. but he was neither acquainted with Porthos’s nor Aramis’s. Planchet.the one or the other. all astonishment. ‘Do you place confidence in our landlord—Monsieur Bonacieux?’ ‘I? Not the least in the world. monsieur. and. on perceiving d’Artagnan. as soon as Monsieur had left and disappeared round the corner of the street. he took a glance in to the stables. was busy grooming 347 . and as to Athos. Three of the four horses had already arrived. you do quite right.’ said Planchet.’ ‘Oh.

went and dined with the Gascon priest. being at bottom a prudent youth.’ ‘It seems you are right.direction. but Monsieur will see. had given them a breakfast of chocolate. Planchet. As to d’Artagnan.’ ‘Monsieur does not then renounce his excursion for this evening?’ ‘Quite the contrary. 348 The Three Musketeers .’ Planchet seeing there was no longer any hope of making his master renounce his project. who. then. the more punctual I shall be in keeping the appointment made by that letter which makes you so uneasy. and be assured that we will not pay him our rent until the matter shall be categorically explained to us. instead of returning home.’ ‘What would you have. Planchet. be ready here at the hotel. heaved a profound sigh and set to work to groom the third horse. Planchet? What must come is written. my friend. I will come and take you. at the time of the distress of the four friends.’ ‘Then that is Monsieur’s determination?’ ‘Undeniably. At nine o’clock.’ ‘Monsieur jests. all this appears to be a little mysterious. the more ill will I have toward Monsieur Bonacieux.

It was quite dark. he drew softly nearer. then both mounted and departed quietly. D’Artagnan crossed the quays. so that when they entered the Bois de Boulogne he found himself riding quite naturally side by side with his master. and no one saw them go out. D’Artagnan could not help perceiving that something more than usual was passing in the mind of his lackey and said. Monsieur Planchet. that woods are like churches?’ ‘How so. Planchet took place behind his 349 . Planchet?’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘Well. we must not dissemble that the oscillation of the tall trees and the reflection of the moon in the dark underwood gave him serious uneasiness. but as soon as the road began to be more lonely and dark.24 THE PAVILION At nine o’clock d’Artagnan was at the Hotel des Gardes. which leads to St. Planchet was armed with his musketoon and a pistol. Planchet kept at the respectful distance he had imposed upon himself. Cloud. D’Artagnan had his sword and placed two pistols in his belt. what is the matter with us now?’ ‘Don’t you think. much more beautiful then than it is now. he found Planchet all ready. The fourth horse had arrived. As long as he was in the city. In fact. and kept at a distance of ten paces from him. monsieur. went out by the gate of La Conference and followed the road.

we must not confound prudence with cowardice. Planchet followed the movements of his master as if he had been his shadow. and was soon trotting by his side.’ ‘But why did you not dare to speak aloud.‘Because we dare not speak aloud in one or the other. prudence is a virtue.’ ‘How. monsieur!’ replied Planchet. recurring to his besetting idea. monsieur. there is nothing improper in our conversation. Planchet—because you are afraid?’ ‘Afraid of being heard? Yes.’ And he put his horse into a trot. and not of what we will. and no one could find fault with it.’ ‘Afraid of being heard! Why. and something very unpleasant in the play of his lips. Planchet. you are at your journey’s end.’ ‘What the devil makes you think of Bonacieux?’ ‘Monsieur.’ ‘Because you are a coward.’ ‘Monsieur. ‘this animal will end by making me afraid. are you not. ‘that Monsieur Bonacieux has something vicious in his eyebrows. ‘No. Planchet?’ ‘Monsieur. monsieur! And you?’ 350 The Three Musketeers . is not that the barrel of a musket which glitters yonder? Had we not better lower our heads?’ ‘In truth.’ ‘Ah. to whom M.’ murmured d’Artagnan. ‘Are we going to continue this pace all night?’ asked Planchet.’ ‘And you are very virtuous. my dear Planchet. de Treville’s recommendation recurred. we think of what we can.

particularly to a master as active as Monsieur. and found himself soon in front of the pavilion named.’ ‘Well. Cloud. and departed at a quick pace. ‘Good Lord. I have eaten and drunk respectfully the crown you gave me this morning. ran along one side of this lane. you can go into one of those cabarets that you see yonder. and knocked at the door.’ ‘And Monsieur leaves me here alone?’ ‘You are afraid. A high wall.‘I am going a few steps farther.’ ‘Here’s half a pistole. and in such haste was he to warm himself that he went straight to a house set out with all the attributes of a suburban tavern. reached a sort of retired lane. Planchet?’ ‘No. so that I have not a sou left in case I should be 351 . and on the other was a little garFree eBooks at Planet eBook. Planchet.’ D’Artagnan sprang from his horse. how cold I am!’ cried Planchet. It was situated in a very private spot. continued his route and reached St. but instead of following the main street he turned behind the chateau. at the angle of which was the pavilion. I only beg leave to observe to Monsieur that the night will be very cold. and be in waiting for me at the door by six o’clock in the morning. that chills bring on rheumatism. and that a lackey who has the rheumatism makes but a poor servant. threw the bridle to Planchet. Tomorrow morning. In the meantime d’Artagnan. who had plunged into a bypath. as soon as he had lost sight of his master.’ ‘Monsieur. folding his cloak around him. if you are cold.

he waited. In fact. Through this window shone a mild light which silvered the foliage of two or three linden trees which formed a group outside the park. Cloud let fall slowly ten strokes from its sonorous jaws. of which all the windows were closed with shutters. Beyond that hedge. vibrated harmoniously to the heart of the young man. The appointed hour was about to strike. which threw forth such friendly beams. all shades were diaphanous. Wrapped in this sweet idea. which made up the expected hour. There could be no doubt that behind this little window. after having cast a glance behind it. There was something melancholy in this brazen voice pouring out its lamentations in the middle of the night. D’Artagnan leaned against the hedge. a dark mist enveloped with its folds that immensity where Paris slept—a vast void from which glittered a few luminous points. at the end of a few minutes the belfry of St. except one on the first story. it might be imagined that he was a hundred miles from the capital.den connected with a poor cottage which was protected by a hedge from passers-by. He gained the place appointed. Not the least noise was to be heard. but each of those strokes. that garden. Bonacieux expected him. the pretty Mme. d’Artagnan waited half an 352 The Three Musketeers . and as no signal had been given him by which to announce his presence. His eyes were fixed upon the little pavilion situated at the angle of the wall. the funeral stars of that hell! But for d’Artagnan all aspects were clothed happily. all ideas wore a smile. and that cottage.

Eleven o’clock sounded. and d’Artagnan could get no hold. He then thought. He went and resumed his post. D’Artagnan began now really to fear that something had happened to Mme. Bonacieux. He approached the wall. and he took a perfectly physical sensation for a moral impression. and tried to climb it. He clapped his hands three times—the ordinary signal of lovers. that perhaps the young woman had fallen asleep while waiting for him. Then the idea seized him that he had read incorrectly. This time. beginning to be rather uneasy at this silence and this solitude. and that the appointment was for eleven o’clock. He drew near to the window. and placing himself so that a ray of light should fall upon the letter as he held it. his eyes fixed upon that charming little abode of which he could perceive a part of the ceiling with its gilded moldings. Perhaps the cold began to affect him. Cloud sounded half past ten. he drew it from his pocket and read it again. upon whose leaves the light still shone. and as one of them drooped over Free eBooks at Planet 353 . but he had not been mistaken. the appointment was for ten o’clock. but nobody replied to him. At that moment he thought of the trees. without knowing why. not even an echo. The belfry of St. with a touch of vexation.hour without the least impatience. attesting the elegance of the rest of the apartment. d’Artagnan felt a cold shiver run through his veins. but the wall had been recently pointed.

the road. he wished to see if he could find other traces of violence. d’Artagnan was but twenty years old. In an instant he was among the branches. Everything in the apartment gave evidence of a violent and desperate struggle. One of the windows was broken. the door of the chamber had been beaten in and hung. Besides. which had been covered with an elegant supper. The decanters broken in pieces. with a frightful beating at his heart. and one which made d’Artagnan tremble from the sole of his foot to the roots of his hair. which appeared to have come from Paris. The tree was easy to climb. D’Artagnan even fancied he could recognize amid this strange disorder. trampled here and hoofmarked there. and consequently had not yet forgotten his schoolboy habits. The little soft light shone on in the calmness of the night. on its hinges. presented confused traces of men and horses. A table. It was a strange thing. He hastened to descend into the street. was overturned. and the fruits crushed. the wheels of a carriage. to find that this soft light. had made a deep impression in the soft earth. Besides. this calm lamp. fragments of garments. and his keen eyes plunged through the transparent panes into the interior of the pavilion. enlightened a scene of fearful disorder. he thought that from its branches he might get a glimpse of the interior of the pavilion. strewed the floor. and some bloody spots staining the cloth and the curtains. which did not ex354 The Three Musketeers . split in two. d’Artagnan then perceived a thing that he had not before remarked—for nothing had led him to the examination—that the ground.

wherever it had not touched the muddy ground. He ran along the high road. to reassure himself. on certain occasions. and cries to us so as to be understood unmistakably that some great misfortune is hanging over us. and reaching the ferry. and not in the pavilion. overthrown. in pursuing his researches. was of irreproachable odor. his heart was oppressed by a horrible anguish. a more abundant and more icy sweat rolled in large drops from his forehead. wrapped in a black mantle. that she might have been detained in Paris by her duties. took the path he had before taken. Bonacieux. It was one of those perfumed gloves that lovers like to snatch from a pretty hand. found near the wall a woman’s torn glove. that this pavilion perhaps had nothing in common with Mme. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. About seven o’clock in the evening. As d’Artagnan pursued his investigations. But all these reasons were combated. his respiration was broken and short. but turned again toward Paris.tend beyond the 355 . destroyed. or perhaps by the jealousy of her husband. by that feeling of intimate pain which. but entirely on account of her precautions. who appeared to be very anxious not to be recognized. This glove. interrogated the boatman. At length d’Artagnan. And yet he said. the boatman had paid more attention to her and discovered that she was young and pretty. Then d’Artagnan became almost wild. the boatman had taken over a young woman. that the young woman had made an appointment with him before the pavilion. takes possession of our being.

356 The Three Musketeers . and satisfy himself that he had not been mistaken. The gate of the enclosure was shut. which had no doubt seen all. Bonacieux whom the boatman had noticed. Everything conspired to prove to d’Artagnan that his presentiments had not deceived him. a crowd of young and pretty women who came to St. He again ran back to the chateau. and that fresh information awaited him. and who had reasons for not being seen. and could tell its tale. It soon appeared to him that he heard a slight noise within—a timid noise which seemed to tremble lest it should be heard. No one answered to his first knocking. The lane was still deserted. It appeared to him that something might have happened at the pavilion in his absence. and the same calm soft light shone through the window.There were then. D’Artagnan took advantage of the lamp which burned in the cabin of the ferryman to read the billet of Mme. he knocked again. before the D’Estrees’s pavilion and not in another street. that the appointment was at St. and yet d’Artagnan did not for an instant doubt that it was Mme. A silence of death reigned in the cabin as in the pavilion. and that a great misfortune had happened. but he leaped over the hedge. but as the cabin was his last resource. D’Artagnan then thought of that cottage. and in spite of the barking of a chained-up dog. silent and obscure. as now. Cloud and not elsewhere. Cloud. Bonacieux once again. went up to the cabin.

seen something?’ replied d’Artagnan. he shook his head with an air that announced nothing good.’ ‘You have. I have been waiting for someone who has not come. and then. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. Has anything particular happened in the neighborhood? Speak!’ The window was again opened slowly. not seeing her come. worm-eaten shutter was opened. At length an old. certainly no good would befall me. ‘In the name of heaven. and pistol pommels of d’Artagnan. ‘In the name of heaven!’ cried he. when d’Artagnan had ended. making a sign only that it was all so. I am dying with anxiety. then. D’Artagnan related his story simply. ‘listen to me. and the same face appeared. and by the light of the lamp had seen the disorder of the chamber. Nevertheless. rapid as the movement had been. he had climbed the linden tree.’ said the old man. The old man listened attentively. with the omission of names. and how. ‘ask me nothing.Then d’Artagnan ceased knocking. that his voice was of a nature to reassure the most 357 . sword belt. d’Artagnan had had time to get a glimpse of the head of an old man. He told how he had a rendezvous with a young woman before that pavilion. for if I dared tell you what I have seen. explain yourself!’ ‘Oh! Monsieur. or rather pushed ajar. but closed again as soon as the light from a miserable lamp which burned in the corner had shone upon the baldric. only it was now still more pale than before. terror and cajolery. ‘What do you mean?’ cried d’Artagnan. and prayed with an accent so full of anxiety and promises.

and I will pledge you the word of a gentleman that not one of your words shall escape from my heart. stout. and repeated in a low voice: ‘It was scarcely nine o’clock when I heard a noise in the street. ‘what do you want?’ ‘You must have a ladder?’ said he who appeared to be the leader of the party. but I immediately went out a back door. and took out of it a little man. After shutting the gate behind them. The three men brought the carriage up quietly.’ continued he. the one with which I gather my fruit.’ At these words he threw me a crown. I am quite sure. you are lost.‘In that case. I found that somebody was endeavoring to open it. which I picked up. from which I could hear and see everything.’ The old man read so much truth and so much grief in the face of the young man that he made him a sign to listen.’ ‘Lend it to us. and stealing along in the shade of the hedge. monsieur. I went and opened the gate and saw three men at a few paces from it. however we may threaten you). and some saddlehorses. who were dressed as cavaliers. In the shadow was a carriage with two horses. there is a crown for the annoyance we have caused you. in the name of heaven. when on coming to my door. ‘tell me what you have seen. my worthy gentlemen. short. As I am very poor and am not afraid of being robbed. ‘Yes. ‘Ah. and he took the ladder. Only remember this—if you speak a word of what you may see or what you may hear (for you will look and you will listen. and was wondering what it could be. throwing him a pistole. 358 The Three Musketeers . I pretended to return to the house.’ cried I. and go into your house again. I gained yonder clump of elder. These horses evidently belonged to the three men.

com 359 . came out an instant after by the door. closed the door and disappeared. the coachman took care of his horses. but her cries were soon stifled. but I heard the noise of breaking furniture. and a woman came to the window. opened it with a key he had in his hand. His two companions were already on horseback. From that moment I have neither seen nor heard anything. Two of the men appeared. and satisfied himself that the woman was in the carriage. and all was over. upon Free eBooks at Planet eBook. entirely overcome by this terrible story. and whispered. The leader closed the window. The little old man remained at the coach door. my good gentleman. came down as quietly as he had gone up. but as soon as she perceived the other two men. and carried her to the carriage. Then I saw no more. The woman screamed. and opened it. bearing the woman in their arms. the lackey took his place by the coachman. she fell back and they went into the chamber.’ resumed the old man.’ D’Artagnan. escorted by the three horsemen.elderly. while all the demons of anger and jealousy were howling in his heart. who ascended the ladder very carefully. and commonly dressed in clothes of a dark color. into which the little old man got after her. the carriage went off at a quick pace. ‘But. while at the same time the other two men ascended the ladder. looked suspiciously in at the window of the pavilion. All at once great cries resounded in the pavilion. ‘It is she!’ Immediately. remained motionless and mute. the lackey held the saddlehorses. he who had spoken to me approached the door of the pavilion. and cried for help. as if to throw herself out of it. He sprang into his saddle.

and I have given you mine.’ With a heavy heart.’ ‘Can you guess. sometimes he feared she had had an intrigue with another. dark man.whom this mute despair certainly produced a greater effect than cries and tears would have done.’ ‘Some lackey. he was not a gentleman. ‘And I renew my promise.’ ‘Oh. ‘Poor woman. my good monsieur?’ said the old man.’ ‘That’s the man!’ cried d’Artagnan. Be easy. and the air of a gentleman.’ murmured d’Artagnan. with black mustaches. and that’s a comfort.’ ‘Oh. apparently. it’s a description you want?’ ‘Exactly so. d’Artagnan again bent his way toward the ferry. he did not wear a sword.’ ‘A tall.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘who was the man who headed this infernal expedition?’ ‘I don’t know him. what have they done with you?’ ‘You have promised to be secret. who. in a jealous fit. A gentleman has but his word. I am a gentleman. had surprised her and carried 360 The Three Musketeers . and the others treated him with small consideration. ‘do not take on so. poor woman. forever he! He is my demon. And the other?’ ‘Which?’ ‘The short one. they did not kill her. Bonacieux. besides. Sometimes he hoped it could not be Mme. and that he should find her next day at the Louvre. dark eyes. ‘again he. I’ll answer for it.’ ‘But as you spoke to him you must have seen him.

to pass the time as well as to evade suspicion. d’Artagnan went successively into all the cabarets in which there was a light. and despair. at least. be it remembered. and wherever he might be. d’Artagnan stopped. D’Artagnan had appointed six o’clock in the morning for his lackey. have some light thrown upon the mysterious affair. but could not find Planchet in any of 361 . he was right. and abuse which passed between the laborers. he heard nothing. but this time again his hopes were disappointed. which could put him upon the least track of her who had been stolen from him. ‘Oh. as we said. then. to fall into the easiest position in his corner and to sleep. after having swallowed the contents of his bottle. the next thing was to find Planchet. whether well or ill. it came into the young man’s mind that by remaining in the environs of the spot on which this sad event had passed. and carters who comprised the honorable society of which he formed a part.’ cried he. then. and at that age sleep has its imprescriptible rights Free eBooks at Planet eBook. At the sixth he began to reflect that the search was rather dubious. D’Artagnan. servants. He was compelled. His mind was torn by doubt.her off. perhaps. and placing himself in the darkest corner of the room. determined thus to wait till daylight. asked for a bottle of wine of the best quality. coarse jokes. some hopes of finding her. amid the oaths. grief. was only twenty years old. At the sixth cabaret. and although he listened with all his ears. but who knows what has become of them?’ It was past midnight. if I had my three friends here. ‘I should have. Besides. he would.

and having found his diamond ring on his finger. and his pistols in his belt. He examined himself to see if advantage had been taken of his sleep. Toward six o’clock d’Artagnan awoke with that uncomfortable feeling which generally accompanies the break of day after a bad night. paid for his bottle. his purse in his pocket. with the two horses in hand. The first thing he perceived through the damp gray mist was honest Planchet. awaited him at the door of a little blind cabaret.which it imperiously insists upon. before which d’Artagnan had passed without even a suspicion of its existence. He was not long in making his toilet. and went out to try if he could have any better luck in his search after his lackey than he had had the night before. even with the saddest hearts. who. 362 The Three Musketeers . he rose.

de Treville. ‘Hum! All this savors of his Eminence. as I told you. Rely on me. M. ‘Nothing.’ D’Artagnan knew that. This time he had decided to relate all that had passed. I will relate to her the details of the disappearance of this poor woman. I will see the queen. d’Artagnan alighted at the door of M. at present.25 PORTHOS Instead of returning directly home. de Treville was not in the habit of making promises. de Treville would doubtless give him good advice as to the whole affair. as M. as soon as possible. he said. but quitting Paris. of which she is no doubt ignorant. Besides. When d’Artagnan had finished. and that when by chance he did promise. he might be able to draw from her Majesty some intelligence of the poor young woman. M. and on your return. and ran quickly up the stairs. He Free eBooks at Planet eBook. although a Gascon.’ ‘But what is to be done?’ said d’Artagnan. I shall perhaps have some good news to tell you. whom they were doubtless making pay very dearly for her devotedness to her mistress. absolutely nothing. These details will guide her on her part. de Treville listened to the young man’s account with a seriousness which proved that he saw something else in this adventure besides a love affair. he more than kept his 363 . a league off. de Treville saw the queen almost daily. M.

Bonacieux in morning costume. then. and the worthy captain. be accidental. standing at his threshold. young man. ‘we appear to pass rather gay nights! Seven o’clock in the morning! PESTE! You seem to 364 The Three Musketeers . so brave and so resolute. In fact. A rogue does not laugh in the same way that an honest man does. sickly paleness which indicates the insinuation of the bile in the blood. to d’Artagnan that M. d’Artagnan directed his course toward the Rue des Fossoyeurs. de Treville in practice instantly. All that the prudent Planchet had said to him the preceding evening about the sinister character of the old man recurred to the mind of d’Artagnan. Determined to put the advice of M. but. wishing him a pleasant journey. M. pressed his hand kindly.’ said he. who on his side felt a lively interest in this young man. with a little attention we may always succeed in distinguishing it from the true face. in addition to that yellow. a hypocrite does not shed the tears of a man of good faith. On approaching the house. Bonacieux accosted him. d’Artagnan remarked something perfidiously significant in the play of the wrinkled features of his countenance. and which might. In consequence of this feeling of repugnance.bowed to him. full of gratitude for the past and for the future. who looked at him with more attention than he had done before. then. and however well made the mask may be. as he had done the day before. ‘Well. besides. in order to superintend the packing of his valise. he perceived M. It appeared. All falsehood is a mask. Bonacieux wore a mask. and likewise that that mask was most disagreeable to look upon. he was about to pass without speaking to him.

and come home at the hour when other people are going out. and grinned a ghastly smile. but. and he restrained himself. A terrible inclination seized d’Artagnan to grasp the mercer by the throat and strangle him. Happiness comes to meet him. Then a sudden idea crossed the mind of d’Artagnan. short and elderly. ah!’ said Bonacieux. does it not. and it might have been said they had been dipped in the same mud heap. Both were stained with splashes of mud of the same appearance. but that same glance fell upon the shoes and stockings of the mercer. However. It is true that when a man possesses a young and pretty 365 . ‘you are a model for regular people. he has no need to seek happiness elsewhere.reverse ordinary customs. that sort of lackey. all covered with mud. the revolution which appeared upon his counteFree eBooks at Planet eBook.’ said the young man.’ ‘No one can reproach you for anything of the kind. Monsieur Bonacieux?’ Bonacieux became as pale as death. That little stout man. Monsieur Bonacieux. was Bonacieux himself. ‘you are a jocular companion! But where the devil were you gladding last night. ‘Ah. my young master? It does not appear to be very clean in the crossroads. treated without ceremony by the men wearing swords who composed the escort. as we have said. he was a very prudent youth. The husband had presided at the abduction of his wife. dressed in dark clothes.’ D’Artagnan glanced down at his boots.

has such a pretty wife as yours. your stockings and shoes stand in equal need of a brush.’ said Bonacieux. Monsieur Bonacieux? Oh. Cloud.nance was so visible that Bonacieux was terrified at it. which I have not yet had time to remove. the devil! That’s unpardonable in a man of your age. ‘Pardon. and he endeavored to draw back a step or two.’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘Oh. Mande to make some inquiries after a servant. if I don’t stand upon ceremony. The question. as I cannot possibly do without one. but as he was standing before the half of the door which was shut. Bonacieux had named Mande because Mande was in an exactly opposite direction from St. one might.’ 366 The Three Musketeers . I am parched with thirst. the obstacle compelled him to keep his place. May you not have been philandering a little also. Allow me to take a glass of water in your apartment.’ The place named by Bonacieux as that which had been the object of his journey was a fresh proof in support of the suspicions d’Artagnan had conceived. my dear Monsieur Bonacieux. If Bonacieux knew where his wife was. ‘but nothing makes one so thirsty as want of sleep. by extreme means. but you are joking. my worthy man!’ said d’Artagnan. force the mercer to open his teeth and let his secret escape. It appears to me that if my boots need a sponge. and who besides. This probability afforded him his first consolation. Lord! no. ‘but yesterday I went to St. was how to change this probability into a certainty. you know that is never refused among neighbors. ‘Ah. then. and the roads were so bad that I brought back all this mud.

’ ‘Monsieur de Cavois. ‘Oh! I give you a hundred. ‘that is all I wanted of you.’ said d’Artagnan. I will make Planchet brush my 367 . while you were at Monsieur de Treville’s. speak. It had not been used. I thought you would never come in. He had only been back an hour or two.’ ‘Monsieur de Cavois?’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘here is more trouble. if you like. I will. and when he has done. as soon as he perceived his master. Monsieur Bonacieux. I give you a thousand times to guess. I will now go up into my apartment. monsieur. and asking himself if he had not been a little inconsiderate. d’Artagnan went quickly into the house.’ ‘Who has been here? Come. ‘Ah. emptying his glass. he had accompanied his wife to the place of her confinement.’ ‘What’s the matter now. and cast a rapid glance at the bed.Without waiting for the permission of his host. send him to you to brush your shoes. monsieur!’ cried Planchet. Planchet?’ demanded d’Artagnan. At the top of the stairs he found Planchet in a great fright. ‘Thanks. the visit I received in your absence. or else at least to the first relay.’ ‘When?’ ‘About half an hour ago. Bonacieux had not been abed.’ He left the mercer quite astonished at his singular farewell.

’’ ‘The snare is rather MALADROIT for the cardinal.’ replied the young man. smiling. ‘Tell your master that his Eminence is very well disposed toward him. and to beg you to follow him to the PalaisRoyal. ‘‘To Troyes.’* *It was called the Palais-Cardinal before Richelieu gave it to the King.’ ‘Well. he said. who wished you well. he was all honey. ‘‘Where has he gone?’ asked Monsieur de Cavois. monsieur. I saw the snare.’ I answered. ‘What did you answer him?’ ‘That the thing was impossible. then?’ ‘Indeed. monsieur.’ ‘Indeed!’ ‘He came. as he could see. what did he say then?’ ‘That you must not fail to call upon him in the course of the day. for all his wheedling manner. ‘‘And when did he set out?’ 368 The Three Musketeers . in Champagne.’ ‘Did he come to arrest me?’ ‘I have no doubt that he did. on the part of his Eminence.’ ‘Was he so sweet. ‘Oh. and I answered you would be quite in despair on your return. seeing that you were not at home. and then he added in a low voice.‘In person. and that his fortune perhaps depends upon this interview.’ ‘The captain of the cardinal’s Guards?’ ‘Himself.

’’ ‘Planchet.’ ‘Be of good heart.’ D’Artagnan went out first. and that he is decidedly a frightfully low wretch. I think provincial air will suit us much better just now than the air of Paris. The falsehood would then lie at my door. you shall preserve your reputation as a veracious man. Planchet. Mousqueton. I will go out with my hands in my pockets. In a quarter of an hour we set off. pack up our luggage. may I ask.’ interrupted d’Artagnan. You may join me at the Hotel des 369 . I assure you.’ ‘You will understand. On my part.’ ‘Ah. Besides. that nothing may be suspected. ‘you are really a precious fellow. and Bazin as I am to know what has become of Athos. my friend.’ said Planchet. Planchet. monsieur. Porthos. So then—‘ ‘So then. I think you are right with respect to our host. I am a physiognomist. monsieur. monsieur. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. Planchet. without being too curious?’ ‘PARDIEU! In the opposite direction to that which you said I was gone. Indeed. are you not as anxious to learn news of Grimaud. I thought there would be still time. you may take my word when I tell you anything. and where are we going. if you wish.‘‘Yesterday evening. ‘and I will go as soon as you please. and Aramis?’ ‘Yes. as had been agreed upon. to see Monsieur de Cavois to contradict me by saying you were not yet gone. By the way. and let us be off.’ ‘That’s the advice I was about to give Monsieur. I may be allowed to lie. and as I am not a gentleman.

had saddled his horse himself. that we shall travel faster with two horses apiece?’ said Planchet. to meet again beyond St. Planchet was more courageous. in order that he might have nothing to reproach himself with. D’Artagnan and Planchet entered Pierrefitte together. ‘Now saddle the other three horses. was crowned with the most fortunate results. if we should have the good fortune to find them living. when the latter added the portmanteau to the equipment. had come for Aramis.’ replied d’Artagnan. with his shrewd air. Monsieur Jester. it must be admitted. As they went from the Hotel des Gardes. monsieur. D’Artagnan took charge of it. for the last time. then. by day than by night. however. D’Artagnan. His natural prudence. in order that there might be no time lost. ‘No.’ said he to Planchet.Then. only a letter. one having to quit Paris by the Barriere de la Villette and the other by the Barriere Montmartre. he directed his steps. getting into his saddle. No news had been received of them. having been executed with equal punctuality.’ ‘Amen!’ said d’Artagnan. ‘but we must not despair of the mercy of God.’ ‘Which is a great chance. leaving the street at opposite ends. never 370 The Three Musketeers . ‘That’s well. they separated. toward the residences of his three friends. ‘but with our four horses we may bring back our three friends. Ten minutes afterward Planchet joined him at the stables of the Hotel des Gardes. all perfumed and of an elegant writing in small characters. Denis—a strategic maneuver which.’ replied Planchet.’ ‘Do you think.

the same at which they had stopped on their first journey. D’Artagnan was therefore served with miraculous celerity. He had forgotten not one of the incidents of the first journey. d’Artagnan thought it time to stop. and he looked upon everybody he met on the road as an enemy. The regiment of the Guards was recruited among the first gentlemen of the 371 . our two travelers arrived at Chantilly without any accident. on seeing a young man followed by a lackey with two extra horses. It followed that his hat was forever in his hand. without asking information of any kind. and desired the host to bring him a bottle of his best wine and as good a breakfast as possible—a desire which further corroborated the high opinion the innkeeper had formed of the traveler at first sight. The host. whether the passengers were really touched by the urbanity of Planchet or whether this time nobody was posted on the young man’s road.forsook him for a single instant. Martin. which procured him some severe reprimands from d’Artagnan. commended the horses to the care of his lackey. followed Free eBooks at Planet eBook. and alighted at the tavern of Great St. entered a small room destined to receive those who wished to be alone. Nevertheless. Now. as they had already traveled eleven leagues. whether Porthos were or were not in the inn. alighted. The result of these reflections was that d’Artagnan. advanced respectfully to the door. Perhaps it would not be prudent to ask at once what had become of the Musketeer. and d’Artagnan. who feared that his excess of politeness would lead people to think he was the lackey of a man of no consequence.

then. ordered two glasses to be brought. In hotels that do not flourish. and commenced the following conversation. ‘there is more selfishness in my toast than perhaps you may think—for it is only in prosperous establishments that one is well received. by the by. filling the two glasses. one of whom. and I wish to see all innkeepers making a fortune. I travel a great deal.’ said the host. despite the simplicity of his uniform.’ said the host. The host desired himself to serve him.’ ‘It seems to me. and out of the ten times I have stopped three or four times at your house at least.’ ‘But don’t mistake.’ said d’Artagnan. and the traveler is a victim to the embarrassments of his host. I was conducting some a lackey. my good host. for seeing that I hate drinking my myself. ‘that this is not the first time I have had the honor of seeing Monsieur. and traveling with four magnificent horses. and if you have deceived me. particularly on this road. and let us drink. could not fail to make a sensation.’ said d’Artagnan. But what shall we drink to. so as to avoid wounding any susceptibility? Let us drink to the prosperity of your establishment. Why I was here only ten or twelve days ago. Take your glass. Musketeers. you will be punished in what you have sinned.’ ‘Your Lordship does me much honor. you shall drink with me. everything is in confusion. Now. ‘My faith. I have passed perhaps ten times through Chantilly. had a dispute with a stranger—a man who 372 The Three Musketeers . ‘I asked for a bottle of your best wine. ‘and I thank you sincerely for your kind wish.’ ‘Bah. which d’Artagnan perceiving.

and we have seen nothing of him.’ ‘Exactly so.’ ‘He has done us the honor to remain here. that is my companion’s name. for I don’t know what.’ ‘Yes. tell me if anything has happened to him?’ ‘Your Lordship must have observed that he could not continue his journey. monsieur. he should look to me.’ ‘Why. to be sure. and this very morning the surgeon declared that if Monsieur Porthos did not pay him. and we are even a little uneasy—‘ ‘On what account?’ ‘Of certain expenses he has contracted. you infuse genuine balm into my blood. he had done you the honor to remain here?’ ‘Yes. monsieur. then?’ ‘I cannot tell you.’ ‘What.’ ‘Ah. but whatever expenses he may have incurred. but in our situation we must not say all we know— particularly as we have been warned that our ears should answer for our tongues.sought a quarrel with him. My God.’ ‘Well. We have made considerable advances. It is not Monsieur Porthos that your Lordship means?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘What! You cannot tell me? Surely you ought to be able to tell me better than any other person. ‘I remember it perfectly. I am sure he is in a condition to pay them. as it was I who had sent for him. my dear host. he promised to rejoin us.’ ‘Porthos is wounded.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. in this house.’ said the host. 373 .

to whom he proposed a game of LANSQUENET. and we make out our bills every week. who can say. monsieur? With some gentleman who was traveling this way. Take the stairs on your right. I can understand that. but it appeared we had chosen an unlucky moment. and the foolish fellow lost all he had?’ ‘Even to his horse. monsieur. in the name of wonder?’ ‘Monsieur Porthos may imagine you belong to the house. then.‘Well. It is true he had been playing the day before. for at the first word on the subject. monsieur.’ ‘We thought so.’ ‘Why should I do that?’ ‘Because. too. we perceived that his lackey was saddling 374 The Three Musketeers . Only warn him that it is you. then?’ ‘We have asked him for money. and in a fit of passion might run his sword through you or blow out your brains. go up the first flight and knock at Number One. monsieur. for when the gentleman was about to set out.’ ‘That’s it.’ ‘What have you done to him. at the end of eight days we presented our account. but I know he must be so at present. As our house is carried on very regularly. It is a demand that Porthos takes very ill when he is not in funds.’ ‘The devil! Ah. can I see Porthos?’ ‘Certainly. he sent us to all the devils.’ ‘Of what kind. some mischief might happen to you. monsieur.’ ‘Playing the day before! And with whom?’ ‘Lord.

laid it on his table. he took one of his pistols. but to this Monsieur Porthos replied that as he every moment expected his mistress. my house being the best. ‘Then. but without even giving himself the trouble to enter into any discussion with me. who was one of the greatest ladies in the court. as well as his master’s. he would blow out the brains of the person who should be so imprudent as to meddle with Free eBooks at Planet eBook. it must be so. and said that at the first word that should be spoken to him about removing. day and night. which is the handsomest in the hotel. When we observed this to 375 . but he told us we were scoundrels to doubt a gentleman’s word. This reply was too flattering to allow me to insist on his departure. and to be satisfied with a pretty little room on the third floor. I might easily comprehend that the chamber he did me the honor to occupy in my house was itself very mean for the visit of such a personage. ‘I replied that as from the moment we seemed not likely to come to a good understanding with respect to payment. either within the house or out of it. I thought proper to insist. he told us all to trouble ourselves about our own business. We also informed Monsieur Porthos of what was going on.Monsieur Porthos’s horse. Nevertheless.’ continued the host. I hoped that he would have at least the kindness to grant the favor of his custom to my brother host of the Golden Eagle. and that as he had said the horse was his.’ ‘That’s Porthos all over. while acknowledging the truth of what he said. but Monsieur Porthos replied that. he should remain where he was.’ murmured d’Artagnan. I confined myself then to begging him to give up his chamber. as this horse belonged to him.

likewise. for Porthos will pay you. Unfortunately. yes. but suppose I should happen to be brought in contact. I should be a ruined man!’ ‘No. he is more nimble than his master. he came back. so that for the sake of his master.’ ‘If I durst say what I believe on that head—‘ ‘What you believe?’ ‘I ought rather to say. with such intelligence and devotedness—why. Since that time. monsieur.’ ‘What! Mousqueton is here. even four times a year. nobody entered his chamber but his servant.’ ‘And of what are you so sure?’ ‘I would say that I know this great lady. monsieur. Five days after your departure.’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘The fact is. then?’ ‘Oh. ‘I have always observed a great degree of intelligence and devotedness in Mousqueton. he puts us all under his feet. on his journey. It appears that he had met with disagreeableness. monsieur.’ ‘You?’ 376 The Three Musketeers .’ ‘What you know?’ ‘And even what I am sure of. what I know.a matter which only concerned himself. ‘The favorite of a great lady will not be allowed to be inconvenienced for such a paltry sum as he owes you.’ ‘Hum!’ said the host. in a doubtful tone. too. and as he thinks we might refuse what he asked for. he takes all he wants without asking at all. and in a very bad condition.’ ‘That is possible.

I don’t know her.’ ‘Speak! By the word of a gentleman. monsieur. and ordered him to convey the letter to this duchess himself. if I could believe I might trust in your discretion. that’s all.’ ‘What have you done?’ ‘Oh. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. I took advantage of the journey of one of my lads to Paris. you shall have no cause to repent of your confidence.’ ‘And then?’ ‘Instead of putting the letter in the post. she is the old wife of a procurator* of the Chatelet. ordering us to put it in the post. you understand that uneasiness makes us do many things. monsieur. This was fulfilling the intentions of Monsieur Porthos.’ ‘Well?’ ‘Monsieur Porthos gave us a note for his duchess. was it not?’ ‘Nearly so. which is never safe. I have heard Porthos speak of her.‘Yes. do you know who this great lady is?’ ‘No. who had desired us to be so careful of this letter.’ ‘Why. As he could not leave his chamber.’ ‘Do you know who this pretended duchess is? ‘I repeat to you. it was necessary to charge us with this 377 .’ ‘Well.’ ‘Well.’ ‘And how do you know her?’ ‘Oh. monsieur. I. nothing which was not right in the character of a creditor. This was before his servant came.

then?’ ‘Oh. and that she was sure it was for some woman he had received this wound. monsieur! Because he had boasted that he would perforate the stranger with whom you left him in dispute. They placed 378 The Three Musketeers .’ ‘Zounds. still gives herself jealous airs.’ ‘And what took place?’ ‘Oh! The affair was not long. I followed them from curiosity. saying that Monsieur Porthos was a weathercock. although she is at least fifty. in spite of all his rodomontades quickly threw him on his back. I assure you.monsieur. then?’ ‘Monsieur. whom he endeavored to interest by an account of his adventure. It struck me as very odd that a princess should live in the Rue aux Ours.’ ‘Has he been wounded.’ ‘It is a wound that confines him to his bed?’ ‘Ah. As Monsieur Porthos is a very boastful man. but he has forbidden me so strictly to say so. I assure you. on the contrary. and a master stroke. so that I saw the combat without the combatants seeing me. named Madame Coquenard. he insists that nobody shall know he has received this wound except the duchess. who.’ ‘Were you there. too.’ *Attorney ‘But how do you know all this?’ ‘Because she flew into a great passion on receiving the letter.’ ‘And why so. whereas the stranger.’ ‘Yes. Your friend’s soul must stick tight to his body. good Lord! What have I said?’ ‘You said that Porthos had received a sword cut.

’ ‘And do you know what has become of him?’ ‘No. finding himself at the mercy of his adversary.’ ‘And did you convey this answer to your guest?’ ‘We took good care not to do that. the handsomest in the inn—a chamber that I could have let ten times over.’ ‘Very well. monsieur. it will be all the same.’ ‘Bah! Be satisfied. but she positively answered that she was tired of the exigencies and infidelities of Monsieur Porthos. he had already three inches of steel in his breast. he would have found Free eBooks at Planet eBook. Upon which the stranger asked his name. I never saw him until that moment. acknowledged himself conquered. The stranger placed the point of his sword at his throat. I know all that I wish to know. monsieur. mounted his horse. Porthos’s chamber is. brought him back to the hotel. laughing. if she will but loosen her pursestrings. and disappeared. on the first story. Number One?’ ‘Yes. the stranger made a feint and a lunge.’ ‘Oh. he assisted him to rise. you say.themselves on guard. and that she would not send him a denier. and learning that it was Porthos. and have not seen him since. ‘Porthos will pay you with the money of the Duchess 379 . and Monsieur Porthos. He immediately fell backward. and not d’Artagnan. and that so rapidly that when Monsieur Porthos came to the PARADE.’ said d’Artagnan. procurator’s wife or duchess.’ ‘So it was with Monsieur d’Artagnan this stranger meant to quarrel?’ ‘It appears so.

you may be quite at ease. d’Artagnan went upstairs. and not at all handsome. you have my word. Besides. leaving his host a little better satisfied with respect to two things in which he appeared to be very much interested—his debt and his life. but it was his servant who this time put the letter in the what fashion we had executed his commission. monsieur.’ ‘Monsieur has promised me not to open his mouth about the procurator’s wife. I will answer for it.’ ‘Oh.’ ‘How. according to Pathaud’s account. not much! Twenty good pistoles. and continue to take all the care of him that his situation requires. So. he would kill me!’ ‘Don’t be afraid.’ ‘In that case. he is not so much of a devil as he appears. At the top of the stairs. Lord. if his mistress abandons him. she will soon be softened. already. upon the most conspicuous door of the corridor. it may easily be seen he has been accustomed to live well. Porthos cannot owe you much. without reckoning the doctor. was traced in black ink a gigantic number ‘1. be not uneasy.’ ‘Never mind.’ ‘So that he still expects his money?’ ‘Oh.’ Saying these words. my dear host. and upon the bidding to come in 380 The Three Musketeers . yes. monsieur! Yesterday he wrote again. He denies himself nothing. he will find friends.’ d’Artagnan knocked. and not to say a word of the wound?’ ‘That’s agreed.’ ‘Do you say the procurator’s wife is old and ugly?’ ‘Fifty at least.

my dear Porthos?’ continued d’Artagnan. from which exhaled a double odor of rabbit and fish stews. looking at d’Artagnan with a certain degree of uneasiness. and was playing a game at LANSQUENET with Mousqueton.which came from inside. Excuse my not coming to meet you. and Mousqueton. At the sight of his friend. for I should have left him Free eBooks at Planet eBook. and whom I meant to finish with the fourth. In addition to this he perceived that the top of a wardrobe and the marble of a commode were covered with empty bottles. and came up as soon as I could. ‘And what has happened to you. he entered the 381 .’ ‘Truly?’ ‘Honor! Luckily for the rascal. rising respectfully. and on each side of a large chimneypiece. ‘Why. were boiling two stewpans.’ Porthos seemed to breathe more freely. Porthos uttered a loud cry of joy. whom I had already hit three times. Porthos was in bed.’ ‘Has the host told you nothing. and strained my knee. and went to give an eye to the two stewpans.’ added he. slipped. over two chafing dishes. to keep his hand in. while a spit loaded with partridges was turning before the fire. ‘you know what has happened to me?’ ‘No. PARDIEU! Is that you?’ said Porthos to d’Artagnan. ‘You are right welcome. but. I put my foot on a stone. ‘Ah. rejoicing to the smell. yielded his place to him. of which he appeared to have the particular inspection. then?’ ‘I asked after you. on making a thrust at my adversary.

that’s all. you see. my faith. my dear d’Artagnan.’ ‘What’s that?’ ‘It is that as I was cruelly bored. What consequence can the reverses of fortune be to you? Have you not. in order to amuse myself I invited a gentleman who was traveling this way to walk up.’ You are too fortunate in your love for play not to take its revenge. I have one thing to confess to you. without reckoning my horse. ‘my dear Porthos. as you say. I assure you. lucky in love.’ said d’Artagnan. my dear d’Artagnan.dead on the spot.’ continued d’Artagnan. and.’ ‘That was my intention. with what ill luck 382 The Three Musketeers . who cannot fail to come to your aid?’ ‘Well. happy rogue that you are— have you not your duchess. and set off without waiting for the rest. keeps you in bed?’ ‘My God.’ ‘And what has became of him?’ ‘Oh. I don’t know. and proposed a cast of dice. ‘You know the proverb ‘Unlucky at play. But you. which he won into the bargain. He accepted my challenge. my dear Porthos. what has happened to you?’ ‘So that this strain of the knee. my seventy-five pistoles passed from my pocket to his. and as I had the seventy-five pistoles in my pocket which you had distributed to me. I shall be about again in a few days. a man is not privileged in all ways. my dear d’Artagnan?’ ‘What can you expect. he had enough.’ ‘Why did you not have yourself conveyed to Paris? You must be cruelly bored here. but. my dear friend. But you.

’ replied Porthos. So you see. she must be at her country seat. unfortunately!’ said Porthos. directing the sick man’s attention to the full stewpans and the empty bottles. ‘I wrote to her to send me fifty louis or so. ‘This miserable strain confines me to my bed. of which I stood absolutely in need on account of my accident. for she has not answered me. as it were. as it appears.I play. so. being in constant fear of being forced from that position.’ ‘Truly?’ ‘No. ‘Only three or four days ago the impertinent jackanapes gave me his bill. I am armed to the teeth.’ ‘But your host behaves very well toward you. my 383 . Friend Mousqueton. still more pressing than the first. laughing. ‘Not I.’ And he again pointed to the bottles and the stewpans.’ replied Porthos. and brings in provisions. ‘So.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘it appears to me that from time to time you must make SORTIES. so that I am here something in the fashion of a conqueror.’ ‘And yet. let us speak of you.’ ‘Well?’ ‘Well. but Mousqueton forages.’ said d’Artagnan. and I was forced to turn both him and his bill out of the door. I confess I began to be very uneasy on your account. my dear fellow. But you are here. so I yesterday addressed another epistle to her. holding my position. my dear Porthos. and we must have an increase of supplies. with the most careless air in the world. you see that we have a reinforcement.

and when he saw a Catholic coming alone. that’s all. he commenced a conversation which almost always ended by the traveler’s abandoning his purse to save his life. He lowered his gun in the direction of the traveler. Now. It goes without saying that when he saw a Huguenot coming. he carried on a trade which I have always thought satisfactory. I was brought up in the country.’ said d’Artagnan.‘Mousqueton. ‘One only needs to be sharp. he was accustomed to walk with his fowling piece on his shoulder. when he was within ten paces of him. ‘you must render me a service. sometimes a Huguenot. then. and I shall not be sorry for him to be able to let me enjoy the same advantages with which you gratify your master. and my father in his leisure time was something of a poacher.’ ‘Lord.’ said Mousqueton.’ ‘What. he felt himself filled 384 The Three Musketeers . and as he saw the Catholics exterminate the Huguenots and the Huguenots exterminate the Catholics—all in the name of religion—he adopted a mixed belief which permitted him to be sometimes Catholic. monsieur! There is nothing more easy. with a modest air. behind the hedges which border the roads. I may be besieged in my turn. the Protestant religion immediately prevailed in his mind. monsieur?’ ‘You must give your recipe to Planchet.’ ‘Which?’ ‘As it was a time of war between the Catholics and the Huguenots.’ ‘And what did he do the rest of his time?’ ‘Monsieur.

com 385 .’ ‘And what did you do?’ said d’Artagnan. While Free eBooks at Planet eBook. with both of whom he had before had business. ‘Oh. so they united against him and hanged him on a tree. And you say in his leisure moments the worthy man was a poacher?’ ‘Yes. monsieur. Then they came and boasted of their fine exploit in the cabaret of the next village. and it was he who taught me to lay a snare and ground a line. all was over. my brother went and hid himself on the road of the Catholic. a quarter of an hour before. and I on that of the Huguenot. we had done the business of both.’ ‘And what was the end of this worthy man?’ asked d’Artagnan. I must allow. I am Catholic—my father. where my brother and I were drinking. as in leaving the cabaret they took different directions. and who both knew him again. I had recourse to a little of my old trade. ‘We let them tell their story out. The consequence is that when I saw our laborers.’ ‘Well. ‘Then. having made my elder brother a Huguenot. as you say. For my part. which did not at all suit two such delicate stomachs as ours. monsieur. of the most unfortunate kind. who had taken the precaution to bring each of us up in a different religion. he had been able to have any doubts upon the superiority of our holy religion. Two hours after. faithful to his principles. admiring the foresight of our poor father. your father was a very intelligent fellow. One day he was surprised in a lonely road between a Huguenot and a Catholic. monsieur.with such ardent Catholic zeal that he could not understand how.’ replied Mousqueton.

it is true. ‘who furnishes the wine? Your host?’ ‘That is to say. Mousqueton. yes and no. I laid a few snare in the runs.’ ‘But the wine. wholesome food.’ ‘What connection can the New World have with the bottles which are on the commode and the wardrobe?’ ‘Patience. we do not want.’ said d’Artagnan. monsieur. but in face of the proof I was 386 The Three Musketeers . I slipped a few lines into his fish ponds. for partridges. everything will come in its turn.’ ‘That is it. monsieur. It has so chanced that I met with a Spaniard in my peregrinations who had seen many countries. rabbits.’ ‘This Spaniard had in his service a lackey who had accompanied him in his voyage to Mexico. suitable for the sick. and while reclining on the banks of his Highness’s pieces of water. We loved sporting of all kinds better than anything. This lackey was my compatriot. carp or eels— all light. as Monsieur can testify. thanks be to God. your conversation is full of instructive things.’ ‘How yes and no?’ ‘He furnishes it.’ ‘Explain yourself. and among them the New World. and we became the more intimate from there being many resemblances of character between us. but he does not know that he has that honor. so that he related to me how in the plains of the Pampas the natives hunt the tiger and the wild bull with simple running nooses which they throw to a distance of twenty or thirty paces the end of a cord with such nicety. So that now.walking near the wood of Monsieur le Prince.

You see. will you taste our wine. and as I now know in which part of the cellar is the best wine. that’s my point for sport. my friend. monsieur? Our host has a wellfurnished cellar the key of which never leaves him. and at each cast he caught the neck of the bottle in his running 387 . d’Artagnan. Now. was obliged to stop at Crevecoeur. what the New World has to do with the bottles which are on the commode and the wardrobe. how he had left Athos fighting at Amiens with four men who accused him of being a coiner.’ said Porthos. monsieur. only this cellar has a ventilating hole.obliged to acknowledge the truth of the recital. He only Free eBooks at Planet eBook. While Porthos and Mousqueton were breakfasting. with the appetites of convalescents and with that brotherly cordiality which unites men in misfortune. and while we breakfast. being wounded. d’Artagnan related how Aramis. ‘arrange the table. do you understand. Mousqueton. d’Artagnan will relate to us what has happened to him during the ten days since he left us.’ ‘Willingly. had been forced to run the Comtes de Wardes through the body in order to reach England.’ ‘Well.’ said d’Artagnan. Now through this ventilating hole I throw my lasso. But there the confidence of d’Artagnan stopped. and how he. I have just breakfasted. unfortunately. My friend placed a bottle at the distance of thirty paces. thank you. and as nature has endowed me with some faculties. I practiced this exercise. Well. at this day I can throw the lasso with any man in the world. and without prejudice say what you think of it?’ ‘Thank you.

At this moment Planchet entered. as he reckoned upon returning by the same route in seven or eight days. Martin. Porthos replied that in all probability his sprain would not permit him to depart yet awhile. 388 The Three Musketeers . and one for each of his companions. and as he was anxious to obtain news of his two other friends. and told him he was about to resume his route in order to continue his researches. Besides. D’Artagnan wished that answer might be prompt and favorable. As d’Artagnan was tolerably reassured with regard to Porthos. then he informed Porthos that the one intended for him was already installed in the stable of the tavern. if Porthos were still at the Great St. For the rest. he resumed his route with Planchet. it was necessary he should stay at Chantilly to wait for the answer from his duchess. he would call for him on his way. he held out his hand to the wounded man. to inform his master that the horses were sufficiently refreshed and that it would be possible to sleep at Clermont.added that on his return from Great Britain he had brought back four magnificent horses—one for himself. and having again recommended Porthos to the care of Mousqueton. already relieved of one of his led horses. and paid his bill to the host.

d’Artagnan was not sorry at getting into his grasp beforehand the invisible strings by which he reckoned upon moving them. And yet. but without doubt M. convinced that no friendship will hold out against a surprised secret. and. Besides. he did not know. and as was well known. the vengeance of his Eminence was terrible. however young he might be. de Cavois would have revealed this to him if the captain of Free eBooks at Planet eBook. than from the fear he entertained that some serious misfortune had befallen the poor woman. Our Bearnais was a prudent lad. In his projects of intrigue for the future. How he had found grace in the eyes of the minister. but let us hasten to say that this sadness possessed the young man less from the regret of the happiness he had missed. as he journeyed along. He thought of that young and pretty Mme. we feel always a sort of mental superiority over those whose lives we know better than they suppose. he had no doubt she was a victim of the cardinal’s vengeance. Bonacieux who was to have paid him the price of his devotedness. a profound sadness weighed upon his heart. and determined as he was to make his three friends the instruments of his fortune. For himself. Consequently he had appeared to believe all that the vainglorious Musketeer had told him.26 ARAMIS AND HIS THESIS D’Artagnan had said nothing to Porthos of his wound or of his procurator’s 389 .

‘My good dame. the six or eight leagues that separated Chantilly from Crevecoeur.’ asked d’Artagnan. without his being able to remember on his arrival in the village any of the things he had passed or met with on the road. Of the interval passed. External existence then resembles a sleep of which this thought is the dream. There only his memory returned to him. We depart from one place. and putting his horse to the trot. or of fearing anything from one blessed with such a joyous physiognomy. threeor four-and-twenty years 390 The Three Musketeers . and arrive at another. nothing remains in the memory but a vague mist in which a thousand confused images of trees. His eye took in at a glance the plump. d’Artagnan was a physiognomist. mountains.the Guards had found him at home. He shook his head. perceived the cabaret at which he had left Aramis. and landscapes are lost. whom we were obliged to leave here about a dozen days ago?’ ‘A handsome young man. time has no longer measure. By its influence. Nothing makes time pass more quickly or more shortens a journey than a thought which absorbs in itself all the faculties of the organization of him who thinks. at whatever pace his horse pleased. ‘can you tell me what has become of one of my friends. It was as a prey to this hallucination that d’Artagnan traveled. cheerful countenance of the mistress of the place. that is all. and he at once perceived there was no occasion for dissembling with her. This time it was not a host but a hostess who received him. he shortly pulled up at the door. space has no longer distance.

where is this dear Aramis? Let me embrace him. and knock at Number Five on the second floor.’ ‘Why so? Has he a lady with him?’ ‘Jesus! What do you mean by that? Poor lad! No.old. and well made?’ ‘That is he—wounded in the shoulder.’ ‘Pardon. ‘I had forgotten that he was only a Musketeer for a time. ‘you restore me to life. PARDIEU! My dear dame. he has not a lady with him. But there Free eBooks at Planet eBook. then?’ ‘With the curate of Montdidier and the superior of the Jesuits of Amiens. he is still here. monsieur. monsieur.’ D’Artagnan walked quickly in the direction indicated.’ ‘Well. Well. monsieur. quite the contrary. mild. and he determined to take orders. monsieur. amiable.’ ‘That’s it!’ said d’Artagnan. ‘is the poor fellow worse. monsieur has only to take the right-hand staircase in the courtyard. then?’ ‘No. and throwing the bridle to Planchet. but I doubt whether he can see you at this moment. I am in a hurry to see him again.’ ‘Ah. and found one of those exterior staircases that are still to be seen in the yards of our old-fashioned 391 .’ ‘Monsieur still insists upon seeing him?’ ‘More than ever. springing from his horse.’ ‘With whom is he.’ ‘Just so.’ said d’Artagnan. but after his illness grace touched him.’ ‘Good heavens!’ cried d’Artagnan.

then. Bazin found himself near a result of which he had ever been ambitious. betrayed by the mistress of the inn. always in the future. this time his master would not retract. It may be easily understood that in the present disposition of his master nothing could be more disagreeable to Bazin than the arrival of d’Artagnan. suffering at once in body and mind. that is to say.was no getting at the place of sojourn of the future abbe. In fact. and as. Bazin was stationed in the corridor. he said. had alone kept him in the service of a Musketeer—a service in which. and he awaited with impatience the moment. the dream of poor Bazin had always been to serve a churchman. had at length fixed his eyes and his thoughts upon religion. and he had considered as a warning from heaven the double accident which had happened to him. Bazin was then at the height of joy. The daily-renewed promise of the young man that the moment would not long be delayed. the sudden disappearance of his mistress and the wound in his shoulder. the defiles of the chamber of Aramis were as well guarded as the gardens of Armida. Aramis. which might cast his master back again into that vortex of mundane affairs which had so long carried him away. He resolved. he could not say that Aramis was absent. to defend the door bravely. his soul was in constant jeopardy. The union of physical pain with moral uneasiness had produced the effect so long desired. he endeav392 The Three Musketeers . and barred his passage with the more intrepidity that. when Aramis would throw aside the uniform and assume the cassock. after many years of trial. In all probability.

but to the great astonishment of the young man. the sight of him did not Free eBooks at Planet eBook. At the noise made by d’Artagnan in entering. and embroideries and laces of all kinds and sorts. pistols. and on his left the curate of Montdidier. his head enveloped in a sort of round flat cap. and with the other turned the handle of the door of Number Five. no doubt.ored to prove to the newcomer that it would be the height of indiscretion to disturb his master in his pious conference. The door opened. particularly when that young man is a Musketeer. terminate before night. In their stead d’Artagnan thought he perceived in an obscure corner a discipline cord suspended from a nail in the wall. Bazin had laid his hands upon sword. that the sight of them might bring his master back to ideas of this world. and for fear. and beheld his 393 . and as he had no desire to support a polemic discussion with his friend’s valet. was seated before an oblong table. covered with rolls of paper and enormous volumes in folio. All the mundane objects that generally strike the eye on entering the room of a young man. as Bazin said. he simply moved him out of the way with one hand. in a black gown. But d’Artagnan took very little heed of the eloquent discourse of M. Aramis. Bazin. Aramis lifted up his head. At his right hand was placed the superior of the Jesuits. and d’Artagnan went into the chamber. plumed hat. and only admitted the mysterious light calculated for beatific reveries. which had commenced with the morning and would not. The curtains were half drawn. had disappeared as if by enchantment. not much unlike a CALOTTE.

I swear. pointing to d’Artagnan with his hand. dear d’Artagnan. ‘although I am not yet sure that it is Aramis I am speaking to.’ thought d’Artagnan.’ continued Aramis.produce much effect upon the Musketeer. ‘Good day. ‘that’s not bad!’ ‘This gentleman.’ ‘So am I delighted to see you. permit me to declare I am rejoiced to see you safe and sound. dear friend. perhaps. and addressing the two ecclesiastics. I am glad to see you.’ said d’Artagnan.’ continued d’Artagnan. with unction. he’ll come round. and as a proof of what I say. has just escaped from a serious danger. my dear Aramis. who is my friend. Then another error seized me on seeing you in company with these gentlemen—I was afraid you were dangerously ill. but d’Artagnan took no heed of it. my friend. quite the contrary. ‘You disturb me? Oh. so completely was his mind detached from the things of this world. who guessed d’Artagnan’s meaning. 394 The Three Musketeers .’ The two men in black. and that I had found my way into the apartment of some churchman. to himself! But what makes you doubt it?’ ‘I was afraid I had made a mistake in the chamber. darted at him a glance which might have been thought threatening.’ Aramis colored imperceptibly.’ ‘Ah.’ ‘To himself. ‘believe me. ‘for by what I see.’ said Aramis. I am led to believe that you are confessing to these gentlemen. ‘I disturb you.

‘You arrive in good time. with the knowledge of these gentlemen. half stupefied. which was as white and plump as that of a woman.’ continued Aramis. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘and by taking part in our discussion may assist us with your intelligence. ‘I have not failed to do so. and he gazed. a thesis is always a requisite.’ said Aramis. ‘your opinion will be very valuable.’ replied the young man.’ replied the Jesuit.’ ‘Ordination!’ cried d’Artagnan. The question is this: Monsieur the Principal thinks that my thesis ought to be dogmatic and didactic. Monsieur the Curate of Montdidier. and I are arguing certain theological questions in which we have been much interested.’ ‘The opinion of a swordsman can have very little weight. dear d’Artagnan. your Reverences. upon the three persons before him.’ ‘Your thesis! Are you then making a thesis?’ ‘Without doubt. who began to be uneasy at the turn things were taking. who could not believe what the hostess and Bazin had successively told him.‘Praise 395 . ‘On the contrary. believe me. taking the same graceful position in his easy chair that he would have assumed in bed. ‘and you had better be satisfied. monsieur. ‘now. ‘In the examination which precedes ordination. as you have heard.’ replied Aramis.’ replied they. returning their salutation. and which he held in the air to cause the blood to descend.’ The two men in black bowed in their turn.’ replied d’Artagnan. bowing together. I shall be delighted to have your opinion. Monsieur the Principal of Amiens. ‘Now. and complacently examining his hand.

carefully watched the Jesuit in order to keep step with him. that he might perfectly understand. which has not yet been treated upon. and in which I perceive there is matter for magnificent elaboration-’UTRAQUE MANUS IN BENEDICENDO CLERICIS INFERIORIBUS NECESSARIA EST. evinced no more interest on hearing this quotation than he had at that of M. ‘Which means. when they bestow the benediction. while I. would rather it should be ideal. 396 The Three Musketeers . who.’’ D’Artagnan. ‘Yes. ‘‘The two hands are indispensable for priests of the inferior orders. that the duties of mounting guard and the service of the king have caused me to neglect study a little.d’Artagnan. he remained perfectly insensible to the enthusiasm of the two men in black.’ resumed Aramis. ‘but which requires a profound study of both the Scriptures and the Fathers. As to d’Artagnan. for my part.’’ ‘An admirable subject!’ cried the Jesuit. whose erudition we are well acquainted with. therefore. admirable! PRORSUS ADMIRABILE!’ continued Aramis. I should find myself. This is the reason why Monsieur the Principal has proposed to me the following subject. about as strong as d’Artagnan with respect to Latin. ‘Admirable and dogmatic!’ repeated the curate. Monsieur the Principal is desirous that my thesis should be dogmatic. de Treville in allusion to the gifts he pretended that d’Artagnan had received from the Duke of Buckingham. and repeated his words like an echo. Now. I have confessed to these learned ecclesiastics. and that in all humility.

’ D’Artagnan began to be tired. ‘PORRIGE DIGITOS-present the fingers. not the HAND. ‘Let us speak French.’ replied Aramis. ‘Exordium. now?’ ‘CERTES.’ repeated the curate. for the sake of saying something. a little put out. with a gesture. let us see what is to be derived from this gloss. which would be to these hard theological questions what morals are to metaphysics in philosophy.’ said he to the Jesuit.more at my ease. greatly delighted. and so did the 397 . Moses. he held out both his arms while the Hebrews beat their enemies. what does the Gospel say? IMPONITE MANUS.’ replied d’Artagnan. ‘See what an exordium!’ cried the Jesuit.’ repeated the curate. while the curate. FACILUS NATANS. ‘QUEMADMODUM INTER COELORUM IMMENSITATEM.’ Aramis cast a glance upon d’Artagnan to see what effect all this produced.’ ‘Place the HANDS. my father. turned upon d’Artagnan a look full of gratitude. Are you there. Besides. in a pleased tone. and not MANUM-place the HANDS. please to understand-Moses blessed with the hands.’ ‘Certainly. and found his friend gaping enough to split his jaws. the servant of God-he was but a servant. ‘Well. and then he blessed them with his two hands. ‘St. ‘Monsieur d’Artagnan will enjoy our conversation better. on the contrary. of whom the Popes are the successors.’ ‘Yes.’ continued the Jesuit. ‘but the Free eBooks at Planet eBook. Peter. ‘I am fatigued with reading. in a subject of my own choice.’ replied the Jesuit. and all this Latin confuses me.

’ continued the Jesuit.’ said Aramis. bless with holy water sprinklers. therefore blesses with the fingers. There is the subject simplified. ‘I do justice to the beauties of this thesis. and one for the Holy Ghost. and in his enthusiasm he struck a St. D’Artagnan trembled. Peter. Peter blessed with the FINGERS.’’ ‘Stop there!’ cried the Jesuit.’ resumed the Jesuit. I could make of that subject two volumes the size of this. Chrysostom in folio. dear d’Artagnan. which resemble an infinite number of blessing fingers.’ ‘The FINGERS. and represents the three divine powers. ‘The Pope is the successor of St. to be sureone for the Father. ‘A little regret is not unsuitable in an offering to the Lord. D’Artagnan thought it was proper to follow this example. ‘for that thesis touches closely upon heresy. ARGUMENTUM OMNI DENUDATUM ORNAMENTO. ‘St.thing is subtle. There is a proposition almost like it in the AUGUSTINUS of the heresiarch Jansenius. ‘CERTES. I had chosen this text-tell me. that is. whose book will 398 The Three Musketeers .’ All crossed themselves. The most humble clerks such as our deacons and sacristans. And with how many fingers does he bless? With THREE fingers. the rest-ORDINES INFERIORESof the ecclesiastical hierarchy bless in the name of the holy archangels and angels. one for the Son. which made the table bend beneath its weight. but at the same time I perceive it would be overwhelming for me. if it is not to your taste-’NON INUTILE EST DESIDERIUM IN OBLATIONE’. The Pope.

sooner or later be burned by the hands of the executioner. Take care, my young friend. You are inclining toward false doctrines, my young friend; you will be lost.’ ‘You will be lost,’ said the curate, shaking his head sorrowfully. ‘You approach that famous point of free will which is a mortal rock. You face the insinuations of the Pelagians and the semiPelagians.’ ‘But, my Reverend-’ replied Aramis, a little amazed by the shower of arguments that poured upon his head. ‘How will you prove,’ continued the Jesuit, without allowing him time to speak, ‘that we ought to regret the world when we offer ourselves to God? Listen to this dilemma: God is God, and the world is the devil. To regret the world is to regret the devil; that is my conclusion.’ ‘And that is mine also,’ said the curate. ‘But, for heaven’s sake-’ resumed Aramis. ‘DESIDERAS DIABOLUM, unhappy man!’ cried the Jesuit. ‘He regrets the devil! Ah, my young friend,’ added the curate, groaning, ‘do not regret the devil, I implore you!’ D’Artagnan felt himself bewildered. It seemed to him as though he were in a madhouse, and was becoming as mad as those he saw. He was, however, forced to hold his tongue from not comprehending half the language they employed. ‘But listen to me, then,’ resumed Aramis with politeness mingled with a little impatience. ‘I do not say I regret; no, I will never pronounce that sentence, which would not be orthodox.’
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The Jesuit raised his hands toward heaven, and the curate did the same. ‘No; but pray grant me that it is acting with an ill grace to offer to the Lord only that with which we are perfectly disgusted! Don’t you think so, d’Artagnan?’ ‘I think so, indeed,’ cried he. The Jesuit and the curate quite started from their chairs. ‘This is the point of departure; it is a syllogism. The world is not wanting in attractions. I quit the world; then I make a sacrifice. Now, the Scripture says positively, ‘Make a sacrifice unto the Lord.’’ ‘That is true,’ said his antagonists. ‘And then,’ said Aramis, pinching his ear to make it red, as he rubbed his hands to make them white, ‘and then I made a certain RONDEAU upon it last year, which I showed to Monsieur Voiture, and that great man paid me a thousand compliments.’ ‘A RONDEAU!’ said the Jesuit, disdainfully. ‘A RONDEAU!’ said the curate, mechanically. ‘Repeat it! Repeat it!’ cried d’Artagnan; ‘it will make a little change.’ ‘Not so, for it is religious,’ replied Aramis; ‘it is theology in verse.’ ‘The devil!’ said d’Artagnan. ‘Here it is,’ said Aramis, with a little look of diffidence, which, however, was not exempt from a shade of hypocrisy: ‘Vous qui pleurez un passe plein de charmes, Et qui trainez des jours infortunes, Tous vos malheurs se verront
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termines, Quand a Dieu seul vous offrirez vos larmes, Vous qui pleurez!’ ‘You who weep for pleasures fled, While dragging on a life of care, All your woes will melt in air, If to God your tears are shed, You who weep!’ d’Artagnan and the curate appeared pleased. The Jesuit persisted in his opinion. ‘Beware of a profane taste in your theological style. What says Augustine on this subject: ‘SEVERUS SIT CLERICORUM VERBO.’’ ‘Yes, let the sermon be clear,’ said the curate. ‘Now,’ hastily interrupted the Jesuit, on seeing that his acolyte was going astray, ‘now your thesis would please the ladies; it would have the success of one of Monsieur Patru’s pleadings.’ ‘Please God!’ cried Aramis, transported. ‘There it is,’ cried the Jesuit; ‘the world still speaks within you in a loud voice, ALTISIMMA VOCE. You follow the world, my young friend, and I tremble lest grace prove not efficacious.’ ‘Be satisfied, my reverend father, I can answer for myself.’ ‘Mundane presumption!’ ‘I know myself, Father; my resolution is irrevocable.’ ‘Then you persist in continuing that thesis?’ ‘I feel myself called upon to treat that, and no other. I will see about the continuation of it, and tomorrow I hope you will be satisfied with the corrections I shall have made in consequence of your advice.’ ‘Work slowly,’ said the curate; ‘we leave you in an excelFree eBooks at Planet 401

lent tone of mind.’ ‘Yes, the ground is all sown,’ said the Jesuit, ‘and we have not to fear that one portion of the seed may have fallen upon stone, another upon the highway, or that the birds of heaven have eaten the rest, AVES COELI COMEDERUNT ILLAM.’ ‘Plague stifle you and your Latin!’ said d’Artagnan, who began to feel all his patience exhausted. ‘Farewell, my son,’ said the curate, ‘till tomorrow.’ ‘Till tomorrow, rash youth,’ said the Jesuit. ‘You promise to become one of the lights of the Church. Heaven grant that this light prove not a devouring fire!’ D’Artagnan, who for an hour past had been gnawing his nails with impatience, was beginning to attack the quick. The two men in black rose, bowed to Aramis and d’Artagnan, and advanced toward the door. Bazin, who had been standing listening to all this controversy with a pious jubilation, sprang toward them, took the breviary of the curate and the missal of the Jesuit, and walked respectfully before them to clear their way. Aramis conducted them to the foot of the stairs, and then immediately came up again to d’Artagnan, whose senses were still in a state of confusion. When left alone, the two friends at first kept an embarrassed silence. It however became necessary for one of them to break it first, and as d’Artagnan appeared determined to leave that honor to his companion, Aramis said, ‘you see that I am returned to my fundamental ideas.’ ‘Yes, efficacious grace has touched you, as that gentle402 The Three Musketeers

man said just now.’ ‘Oh, these plans of retreat have been formed for a long time. You have often heard me speak of them, have you not, my friend?’ ‘Yes; but I confess I always thought you jested.’ ‘With such things! Oh, d’Artagnan!’ ‘The devil! Why, people jest with death.’ ‘And people are wrong, d’Artagnan; for death is the door which leads to perdition or to salvation.’ ‘Granted; but if you please, let us not theologize, Aramis. You must have had enough for today. As for me, I have almost forgotten the little Latin I have ever known. Then I confess to you that I have eaten nothing since ten o’clock this morning, and I am devilish hungry.’ ‘We will dine directly, my friend; only you must please to remember that this is Friday. Now, on such a day I can neither eat flesh nor see it eaten. If you can be satisfied with my dinner-it consists of cooked tetragones and fruits.’ ‘What do you mean by tetragones?’ asked d’Artagnan, uneasily. ‘I mean spinach,’ replied Aramis; ‘but on your account I will add some eggs, and that is a serious infraction of the rule-for eggs are meat, since they engender chickens.’ ‘This feast is not very succulent; but never mind, I will put up with it for the sake of remaining with you.’ ‘I am grateful to you for the sacrifice,’ said Aramis; ‘but if your body be not greatly benefited by it, be assured your soul will.’ ‘And so, Aramis, you are decidedly going into the
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Church? What will our two friends say? What will Monsieur de Treville say? They will treat you as a deserter, I warn you.’ ‘I do not enter the Church; I re-enter it. I deserted the Church for the world, for you know that I forced myself when I became a Musketeer.’ ‘I? I know nothing about it.’ ‘You don’t know I quit the seminary?’ ‘Not at all.’ ‘This is my story, then. Besides, the Scriptures say, ‘Confess yourselves to one another,’ and I confess to you, d’Artagnan.’ ‘And I give you absolution beforehand. You see I am a good sort of a man.’ ‘Do not jest about holy things, my friend.’ ‘Go on, then, I listen.’ ‘I had been at the seminary from nine years old; in three days I should have been twenty. I was about to become an abbe, and all was arranged. One evening I went, according to custom, to a house which I frequented with much pleasure: when one is young, what can be expected?—one is weak. An officer who saw me, with a jealous eye, reading the LIVES OF THE SAINTS to the mistress of the house, entered suddenly and without being announced. That evening I had translated an episode of Judith, and had just communicated my verses to the lady, who gave me all sorts of compliments, and leaning on my shoulder, was reading them a second time with me. Her pose, which I must admit was rather free, wounded this officer. He said nothing;
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but when I went out he followed, and quickly came up with me. ‘Monsieur the Abbe,’ said he, ‘do you like blows with a cane?’ ‘I cannot say, monsieur,’ answered I; ‘no one has ever dared to give me any.’ ‘Well, listen to me, then, Monsieur the Abbe! If you venture again into the house in which I have met you this evening, I will dare it myself.’ I really think I must have been frightened. I became very pale; I felt my legs fail me; I sought for a reply, but could find none-I was silent. The officer waited for his reply, and seeing it so long coming, he burst into a laugh, turned upon his heel, and re-entered the house. I returned to the seminary. ‘I am a gentleman born, and my blood is warm, as you may have remarked, my dear d’Artagnan. The insult was terrible, and although unknown to the rest of the world, I felt it live and fester at the bottom of my heart. I informed my superiors that I did not feel myself sufficiently prepared for ordination, and at my request the ceremony was postponed for a year. I sought out the best fencing master in Paris, I made an agreement with him to take a lesson every day, and every day for a year I took that lesson. Then, on the anniversary of the day on which I had been insulted, I hung my cassock on a peg, assumed the costume of a cavalier, and went to a ball given by a lady friend of mine and to which I knew my man was invited. It was in the Rue des FranceBourgeois, close to La Force. As I expected, my officer was there. I went up to him as he was singing a love ditty and looking tenderly at a lady, and interrupted him exactly in the middle of the second couplet. ‘Monsieur,’ said I, ‘does it still displease you that I should frequent a certain house
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of La Rue Payenne? And would you still cane me if I took it into my head to disobey you? The officer looked at me with astonishment, and then said, ‘What is your business with me, monsieur? I do not know you.’ ‘I am,’ said I, ‘the little abbe who reads LIVES OF THE SAINTS, and translates Judith into verse.’ ‘Ah, ah! I recollect now,’ said the officer, in a jeering tone; ‘well, what do you want with me?’ ‘I want you to spare time to take a walk with me.’ ‘Tomorrow morning, if you like, with the greatest pleasure.’ ‘No, not tomorrow morning, if you please, but immediately.’ ‘If you absolutely insist.’ ‘I do insist upon it.’ ‘Come, then. Ladies,’ said the officer, ‘do not disturb yourselves; allow me time just to kill this gentleman, and I will return and finish the last couplet.’ ‘We went out. I took him to the Rue Payenne, to exactly the same spot where, a year before, at the very same hour, he had paid me the compliment I have related to you. It was a superb moonlight night. We immediately drew, and at the first pass I laid him stark dead.’ ‘The devil!’ cried d’Artagnan. ‘Now,’ continued Aramis, ‘as the ladies did not see the singer come back, and as he was found in the Rue Payenne with a great sword wound through his body, it was supposed that I had accommodated him thus; and the matter created some scandal which obliged me to renounce the cassock for a time. Athos, whose acquaintance I made about that period, and Porthos, who had in addition to my lessons taught me some effective tricks of fence, prevailed upon me to solicit the uniform of a Musketeer. The king entertained
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great regard for my father, who had fallen at the siege of Arras, and the uniform was granted. You may understand that the moment has come for me to re-enter the bosom of the Church.’ ‘And why today, rather than yesterday or tomorrow? What has happened to you today, to raise all these melancholy ideas?’ ‘This wound, my dear d’Artagnan, has been a warning to me from heaven.’ ‘This wound? Bah, it is now nearly healed, and I am sure it is not that which gives you the most pain.’ ‘What, then?’ said Aramis, blushing. ‘You have one at heart, Aramis, one deeper and more painful—a wound made by a woman.’ The eye of Aramis kindled in spite of himself. ‘Ah,’ said he, dissembling his emotion under a feigned carelessness, ‘do not talk of such things, and suffer love pains? VANITAS VANITATUM! According to your idea, then, my brain is turned. And for whom-for some GRISETTE, some chambermaid with whom I have trifled in some garrison? Fie!’ ‘Pardon, my dear Aramis, but I thought you carried your eyes higher.’ ‘Higher? And who am I, to nourish such ambition? A poor Musketeer, a beggar, an unknown-who hates slavery, and finds himself ill-placed in the world.’ ‘Aramis, Aramis!’ cried d’Artagnan, looking at his friend with an air of doubt. ‘Dust I am, and to dust I return. Life is full of humiliFree eBooks at Planet 407

ations and sorrows,’ continued he, becoming still more melancholy; ‘all the ties which attach him to life break in the hand of man, particularly the golden ties. Oh, my dear d’Artagnan,’ resumed Aramis, giving to his voice a slight tone of bitterness, ‘trust me! Conceal your wounds when you have any; silence is the last joy of the unhappy. Beware of giving anyone the clue to your griefs; the curious suck our tears as flies suck the blood of a wounded hart.’ ‘Alas, my dear Aramis,’ said d’Artagnan, in his turn heaving a profound sigh, ‘that is my story you are relating!’ ‘How?’ ‘Yes; a woman whom I love, whom I adore, has just been torn from me by force. I do not know where she is or whither they have conducted her. She is perhaps a prisoner; she is perhaps dead!’ ‘Yes, but you have at least this consolation, that you can say to yourself she has not quit you voluntarily, that if you learn no news of her, it is because all communication with you is interdicted; while I—‘ ‘Well?’ ‘Nothing,’ replied Aramis, ‘nothing.’ ‘So you renounce the world, then, forever; that is a settled thing—a resolution registered!’ ‘Forever! You are my friend today; tomorrow you will be no more to me than a shadow, or rather, even, you will no longer exist. As for the world, it is a sepulcher and nothing else.’ ‘The devil! All this is very sad which you tell me.’ ‘What will you? My vocation commands me; it carries
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me away.’ D’Artagnan smiled, but made no answer. Aramis continued, ‘And yet, while I do belong to the earth, I wish to speak of you—of our friends.’ ‘And on my part,’ said d’Artagnan, ‘I wished to speak of you, but I find you so completely detached from everything! To love you cry, ‘Fie! Friends are shadows! The world is a sepulcher!’’ ‘Alas, you will find it so yourself,’ said Aramis, with a sigh. ‘Well, then, let us say no more about it,’ said d’Artagnan; ‘and let us burn this letter, which, no doubt, announces to you some fresh infidelity of your GRISETTE or your chambermaid.’ ‘What letter?’ cried Aramis, eagerly. ‘A letter which was sent to your abode in your absence, and which was given to me for you.’ ‘But from whom is that letter?’ ‘Oh, from some heartbroken waiting woman, some desponding GRISETTE; from Madame de Chevreuse’s chambermaid, perhaps, who was obliged to return to Tours with her mistress, and who, in order to appear smart and attractive, stole some perfumed paper, and sealed her letter with a duchess’s coronet.’ ‘What do you say?’ ‘Hold! I must have lost it,’ said the young man maliciously, pretending to search for it. ‘But fortunately the world is a sepulcher; the men, and consequently the women, are but shadows, and love is a sentiment to which you cry, ‘Fie!
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Fie!’’ ‘d’Artagnan, d’Artagnan,’ cried Aramis, ‘you are killing me!’ ‘Well, here it is at last!’ said d’Artagnan, as he drew the letter from his pocket. Aramis made a bound, seized the letter, read it, or rather devoured it, his countenance radiant. ‘This same waiting maid seems to have an agreeable style,’ said the messenger, carelessly. ‘Thanks, d’Artagnan, thanks!’ cried Aramis, almost in a state of delirium. ‘She was forced to return to Tours; she is not faithless; she still loves me! Come, my friend, come, let me embrace you. Happiness almost stifles me!’ The two friends began to dance around the venerable St. Chrysostom, kicking about famously the sheets of the thesis, which had fallen on the floor. At that moment Bazin entered with the spinach and the omelet. ‘Be off, you wretch!’ cried Aramis, throwing his skullcap in his face. ‘Return whence you came; take back those horrible vegetables, and that poor kickshaw! Order a larded hare, a fat capon, mutton leg dressed with garlic, and four bottles of old Burgundy.’ Bazin, who looked at his master, without comprehending the cause of this change, in a melancholy manner, allowed the omelet to slip into the spinach, and the spinach onto the floor. ‘Now this is the moment to consecrate your existence to the King of kings,’ said d’Artagnan, ‘if you persist in
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offering him a civility. NON INUTILE DESIDERIUM OBLATIONE.’ ‘Go to the devil with your Latin. Let us drink, my dear d’Artagnan, MORBLEU! Let us drink while the wine is fresh! Let us drink heartily, and while we do so, tell me a little of what is going on in the world yonder.’

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‘We have now to search for Athos,’ said d’Artagnan to the vivacious Aramis, when he had informed him of all that had passed since their departure from the capital, and an excellent dinner had made one of them forget his thesis and the other his fatigue. ‘Do you think, then, that any harm can have happened to him?’ asked Aramis. ‘Athos is so cool, so brave, and handles his sword so skillfully.’ ‘No doubt. Nobody has a higher opinion of the courage and skill of Athos than I have; but I like better to hear my sword clang against lances than against staves. I fear lest Athos should have been beaten down by serving men. Those fellows strike hard, and don’t leave off in a hurry. This is why I wish to set out again as soon as possible.’ ‘I will try to accompany you,’ said Aramis, ‘though I scarcely feel in a condition to mount on horseback. Yesterday I undertook to employ that cord which you see hanging against the wall, but pain prevented my continuing the pious exercise.’ ‘That’s the first time I ever heard of anybody trying to cure gunshot wounds with cat-o’-nine-tails; but you were ill, and illness renders the head weak, therefore you may be excused.’ ‘When do you mean to set out?’
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‘Tomorrow at daybreak. Sleep as soundly as you can tonight, and tomorrow, if you can, we will take our departure together.’ ‘Till tomorrow, then,’ said Aramis; ‘for iron-nerved as you are, you must need repose.’ The next morning, when d’Artagnan entered Aramis’s chamber, he found him at the window. ‘What are you looking at?’ asked d’Artagnan. ‘My faith! I am admiring three magnificent horses which the stable boys are leading about. It would be a pleasure worthy of a prince to travel upon such horses.’ ‘Well, my dear Aramis, you may enjoy that pleasure, for one of those three horses is yours.’ ‘Ah, bah! Which?’ ‘Whichever of the three you like, I have no preference.’ ‘And the rich caparison, is that mine, too?’ ‘Without doubt.’ ‘You laugh, d’Artagnan.’ ‘No, I have left off laughing, now that you speak French.’ ‘What, those rich holsters, that velvet housing, that saddle studded with silver-are they all for me?’ ‘For you and nobody else, as the horse which paws the ground is mine, and the other horse, which is caracoling, belongs to Athos.’ ‘PESTE! They are three superb animals!’ ‘I am glad they please you.’ ‘Why, it must have been the king who made you such a present.’ ‘Certainly it was not the cardinal; but don’t trouble yourFree eBooks at Planet 413

self whence they come, think only that one of the three is your property.’ ‘I choose that which the red-headed boy is leading.’ ‘It is yours!’ ‘Good heaven! That is enough to drive away all my pains; I could mount him with thirty balls in my body. On my soul, handsome stirrups! HOLA, Bazin, come here this minute.’ Bazin appeared on the threshold, dull and spiritless. ‘That last order is useless,’ interrupted d’Artagnan; ‘there are loaded pistols in your holsters.’ Bazin sighed. ‘Come, Monsieur Bazin, make yourself easy,’ said d’Artagnan; ‘people of all conditions gain the kingdom of heaven.’ ‘Monsieur was already such a good theologian,’ said Bazin, almost weeping; ‘he might have become a bishop, and perhaps a cardinal.’ ‘Well, but my poor Bazin, reflect a little. Of what use is it to be a churchman, pray? You do not avoid going to war by that means; you see, the cardinal is about to make the next campaign, helm on head and partisan in hand. And Monsieur de Nogaret de la Valette, what do you say of him? He is a cardinal likewise. Ask his lackey how often he has had to prepare lint of him.’ ‘Alas!’ sighed Bazin. ‘I know it, monsieur; everything is turned topsy-turvy in the world nowadays.’ While this dialogue was going on, the two young men and the poor lackey descended. ‘Hold my stirrup, Bazin,’ cried Aramis; and Aramis
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sprang into the saddle with his usual grace and agility, but after a few vaults and curvets of the noble animal his rider felt his pains come on so insupportably that he turned pale and became unsteady in his seat. D’Artagnan, who, foreseeing such an event, had kept his eye on him, sprang toward him, caught him in his arms, and assisted him to his chamber. ‘That’s all right, my dear Aramis, take care of yourself,’ said he; ‘I will go alone in search of Athos.’ ‘You are a man of brass,’ replied Aramis. ‘No, I have good luck, that is all. But how do you mean to pass your time till I come back? No more theses, no more glosses upon the fingers or upon benedictions, hey?’ Aramis smiled. ‘I will make verses,’ said he. ‘Yes, I dare say; verses perfumed with the odor of the billet from the attendant of Madame de Chevreuse. Teach Bazin prosody; that will console him. As to the horse, ride him a little every day, and that will accustom you to his maneuvers.’ ‘Oh, make yourself easy on that head,’ replied Aramis. ‘You will find me ready to follow you.’ They took leave of each other, and in ten minutes, after having commended his friend to the cares of the hostess and Bazin, d’Artagnan was trotting along in the direction of Amiens. How was he going to find Athos? Should he find him at all? The position in which he had left him was critical. He probably had succumbed. This idea, while darkening his brow, drew several sighs from him, and caused him to
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formulate to himself a few vows of vengeance. Of all his friends, Athos was the eldest, and the least resembling him in appearance, in his tastes and sympathies. Yet he entertained a marked preference for this gentleman. The noble and distinguished air of Athos, those flashes of greatness which from time to time broke out from the shade in which he voluntarily kept himself, that unalterable equality of temper which made him the most pleasant companion in the world, that forced and cynical gaiety, that bravery which might have been termed blind if it had not been the result of the rarest coolness—such qualities attracted more than the esteem, more than the friendship of d’Artagnan; they attracted his admiration. Indeed, when placed beside M. de Treville, the elegant and noble courtier, Athos in his most cheerful days might advantageously sustain a comparison. He was of middle height; but his person was so admirably shaped and so well proportioned that more than once in his struggles with Porthos he had overcome the giant whose physical strength was proverbial among the Musketeers. His head, with piercing eyes, a straight nose, a chin cut like that of Brutus, had altogether an indefinable character of grandeur and grace. His hands, of which he took little care, were the despair of Aramis, who cultivated his with almond paste and perfumed oil. The sound of his voice was at once penetrating and melodious; and then, that which was inconceivable in Athos, who was always retiring, was that delicate knowledge of the world and of the usages of the most brilliant society—those manners of a high degree which appeared, as if uncon416 The Three Musketeers

was seen to turn insensibly toward material life. Two or three times. He knew what were the rights of the great land owners. even with respect to scholastic studies. Like all the great nobles of that 417 .sciously to himself. Athos knew all the noble families of the kingdom. then. and the origin of them. If a repast were on foot. their alliances. this essence so fine. Besides. in his least actions. and had one day when conversing on this great art astonished even Louis XIII himself. even. to the great astonishment of his friends. when Aramis allowed some rudimental error to escape him. replaced a verb in its right tense and a noun in its case. If a question in heraldry were started. his education had been so little neglected. But still further. He was profoundly versed in hunting and falconry. in an age in which soldiers compromised so easily with their religion and their consciences. his probity was irreproachable. so rare at this time among gentlemen. This Athos. placing every guest exactly in the rank which his ancestors had earned for him or that he had made for himself. their genealogy. Athos presided over it better than any other. and the poor with God’s Seventh Commandment. as old men turn toward physical and Free eBooks at Planet eBook. he had. that he smiled at the scraps of Latin which Aramis sported and which Porthos pretended to understand. lovers with the rigorous delicacy of our era. Athos rode and fenced to perfection. was a very extraordinary man. their coats of arms. this creature so beautiful. And yet this nature so distinguished. Etiquette had no minutiae unknown to him. who took a pride in being considered a past master therein.

moral imbecility. read in the faint glance of his master his least desire. for in truth he only drank to combat this sadness. had not—whatever interest he had in satisfying his curiosity on this subject—been able to assign any cause for these fits of for the periods of their recurrence. his speech slow and painful. or at Grimaud. In exchange for his silence Athos drank enough for four. It could not be said that it was wine which produced this sadness. as we have said. whose inquiring disposition we are acquainted with. This excess of bilious humor could not be attributed to play. for unlike Porthos. Athos would look for hours together at his bottle. Athos never received any letters. He had been known. rendered still darker. His head hanging down. who. was the share Athos furnished to the conversation. Athos. accustomed to obey him by signs. and his brilliant side disappeared as into profound darkness. in the 418 The Three Musketeers . and without appearing to be otherwise affected by wine than by a more marked constriction of the brow and by a deeper sadness. Athos when he won remained as unmoved as when he lost. If the four friends were assembled at one of these moments. and satisfied it immediately. he remained scarcely a man. his eye dull. thrown forth occasionally with a violent effort. who accompanied the variations of chance with songs or oaths. Then the demigod vanished. Athos never had concerns which all his friends did not know. in his hours of gloom—and these hours were frequent—was extinguished as to the whole of the luminous portion of him. his glass. D’Artagnan. which wine however. a word.

and dead by my fault—for it was I who dragged him into this affair. had never revealed anything. monsieur. to win in one night three thousand pistoles. He shrugged his shoulders when people spoke of the future. as had often been vaguely said to d’Artagnan. of which he did not know the origin. For the present he had no anxiety. ceasing to be calm and agreeable. an atmospheric influence which darkened his countenance. without his beautiful eyebrow being heightened or lowered half a line. as with our neighbors. I am taken’? And when he had discharged Free eBooks at Planet eBook. of which he is ignorant of the result. even in the most complete intoxication. without his hands losing their pearly hue. spread over his whole person. rendered still more interesting the man whose eyes or mouth. 419 . June and July were the terrible months with Athos. d’Artagnan.’ thought d’Artagnan. the English. which was cheerful that evening. to lose them even to the gold-embroidered belt for gala days. Neither was it. Do you remember how he cried. ‘Well.’ ‘Without reckoning. for the sadness generally became more intense toward the fine season of the year. without his conversation. and from which he can derive no advantage. win all this again with the addition of a hundred louis. ‘On. ‘poor Athos is perhaps at this moment dead. however skillfully questions had been put to him. ‘that we perhaps owe our lives to him. of the Musketeers. was in the past.’ added Planchet to his master’s audibly expressed reflections. His secret. This mysterious shade.

‘I have not that honor. monseigneur. and they proceeded at a rapid pace. his left hand on the pommel of the sword. and Planchet modeled himself after his master. ‘Ah. in the most pitiable voice imaginable. D’Artagnan had often meditated against the perfidious host one of those hearty vengeances which offer consolation while they are hoped for. to make an accusation of passing false money?’ The host became as pale as death. about twelve days ago. you don’t know me?’ ‘No. were fighting. who urged his horse. two words will refresh your memory. how 420 The Three Musketeers . What have you done with that gentleman against whom you had the audacity. or rather twenty mad devils. ‘Do you remember me?’ said he to the host.’ These words redoubled the eagerness of d’Artagnan. ‘What.his two pistols. ‘Ah. About eleven o’clock in the morning they perceived Ameins.’ ‘Well.’ replied the latter. for d’Artagnan had assumed a threatening attitude. monseigneur. who advanced to greet him. and at half past eleven they were at the door of the cursed inn. his eyes dazzled by the brilliant style in which d’Artagnan traveled. He entered the hostelry with his hat pulled over his eyes. do not mention it!’ cried the host. and cracking his whip with his right hand. monseigneur. monseigneur. what a terrible noise he made with his sword! One might have said that twenty men. though he stood in need of no incitement.

unhappy wretch as I am!’ ‘That gentleman. took a seat in the threatening attitude of a judge. Monseigneur. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. who quickly understood whence such an exact description had come. all disguised as Guards or 421 . your lackeys. ‘for I now recollect you.dearly have I paid for that fault.’ ‘Condescend to listen to me. your countenances—nothing was omitted.’ ‘Again!’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘Go on. go on!’ said d’Artagnan. so you may plainly perceive that you have no mercy to expect if you do not tell me the whole truth. It was you who rode off at the moment I had that unfortunate difference with the gentleman you speak of. with several of his companions. I was furnished with a description of your horses. and you shall know all. in conformity with the orders of the authorities. mute with anger and anxiety.’ resumed the trembling host. whose ears chafed terribly under the repetition of this word COINERs.’ ‘I listen.’ ‘I had been warned by the authorities that a celebrated coiner of bad money would arrive at my inn. it was I. monseigneur. Planchet glared fiercely over the back of his armchair. monseigneur. who sent me a reinforcement of six men. such measures as I thought necessary to get possession of the persons of the pretended coiners. and be merciful! Sit down.’ ‘Yes. I say. ‘Here is the story. what has become of him?’ ‘Deign to listen to me. in mercy!’ D’Artagnan. ‘I took then.

as you will soon see. having disabled two men with his pistols. and of which your precipitate departure. then! And I really don’t know what prevents me from exterminating you all. by an unforeseen piece of ill luck.’ ‘But once again. but we do not know that name). and barricaded himself inside. he took out the key.’ ‘You villain. monseigneur. ‘appeared to authorize the issue. That gentleman. as I have told Monseigneur. but they form my excuse. and you know that an innkeeper must keep on good terms with the authorities. your friend. we were not in the plot. defended himself desperately. had quarreled with the officers.’ added the host. monseigneur. Monsieur your friend. who. The authorities had terrified me. His lackey. ‘Athos— what has become of Athos?’ ‘While fighting and retreating. and stunned me with a blow of the flat side of it. retreated fighting with his sword. that gentleman—where is he? What has become of him? Is he dead? Is he living?’ ‘Patience.’ ‘Alas. we are coming to it. As we were sure of finding him there. ‘you were all in the plot. he found the door of the cellar stairs behind him. and as the door was open. with which he disabled one of my men. 422 The Three Musketeers . Monsieur your friend (pardon for not calling him by the honorable name which no doubt he bears. disguised as stable lads—‘ ‘Miserable scoundrel!’ cried d’Artagnan. There happened then that which you know. will you finish?’ cried d’Artagnan. monseigneur.‘Pardon me. for saying such things. with an acuteness that did not escape d’Artagnan.

you only wished to imprison him. I swear to you he did.’ said d’Artagnan. to whom I related all that had passed. that the orders I had received did not come from him.’ ‘Good God! To imprison him. and that before he came out he intended to impose his own conditions. as soon as I recovered my senses I went to Monsieur the Governor. where is he?’ ‘As I was anxious to repair the wrongs I had done the prisoner. As for myself. monsieur. ‘you did not really wish to kill. Monsieur the Governor was all astonishment. ‘Athos.we left him alone. and I have heard nothing of either of them since. and that if I had the audacity to mention his name as being concerned in this disturbance he would have me hanged. and that he whom I ought to have arrested had escaped. It appears that I had made a mistake.’ resumed the innkeeper. he imprisoned himself. he was no longer a man. In the first place he had made rough work of it. he was a devil! To my offer of liberty. what I should do with my prisoner. that I had arrested the wrong person.’ ‘Yes. monseigneur? Why. he replied that it was nothing but a snare. He told me he knew nothing about the matter.’ ‘But Athos!’ cried d’Artagnan. monsieur. and two others were severely wounded. and asked. whose impatience was increased by the disregard of the authorities. ‘I took my way straight to the cellar in order to set him at 423 . I told him very humbly—for I could not conceal from myself the Free eBooks at Planet eBook. one man was killed on the spot. The dead man and the two wounded were carried off by their comrades. Ah.

’ ‘But where is Athos now?’ cried d’Artagnan. I should adore you as my patron saint!’ ‘Then he is there? I shall find him there?’ ‘Without doubt you will. but alas! It is not of bread and meat of which he makes the greatest consumption. monsieur! We keep him in the cellar! You do not know what he is about in the cellar. monsieur. ‘‘In the first place. barricaded the door afresh.scrape I had got into by laying hands on one of his Majesty’s Musketeers—I told him I was quite ready to submit to his conditions. then his master. ‘Where is Athos?’ ‘In the cellar. I once endeavored to go down with two of my servants. you scoundrel! Have you kept him in the cellar all this time?’ ‘Merciful heaven! No. We every day pass through the air hole some bread at the end of a fork. monsieur. Ah! If you could but persuade him to come out. although he does not talk much)—Monsieur Grimaud.’ We hastened to obey this order. but he flew into terrible rage. I should owe you the gratitude of my whole life. wounded as he was. we were disposed to do everything your friend could desire. and ordered us to remain quietly in our own bar. I heard 424 The Three Musketeers . then. monsieur. monsieur.’ said he. for you will please to understand. and some meat when he asks for it. fully armed. he persists in remaining there. Monsieur Grimaud (he told us his name. ‘I wish my lackey placed with me.’ ‘What. having admitted him. went down to the cellar.

the noise he made in loading his pistols.’ said d’Artagnan.’ cried the host.’ said the host. totally unable to refrain from laughing at the pitiable face of the host. you ass! Could you not perceive by our appearance that we were people of 425 . when we asked them what were their intentions. and the spices. Upon this I went and complained to the governor. monsieur. who replied that I only had what I deserved. hark.’ ‘And not more than justice. and his servant in loading his musketoon. the bacon. and our wine in casks. and that it would teach me to insult honorable gentlemen who took up their abode in my house. There is our wine in bottles. hark! There he is!’ ‘Somebody has disturbed him. ‘Here are two Free eBooks at Planet eBook. the oil. that all our provisions are in the cellar. for you must know. ‘But he must be disturbed. And as we are prevented from going down there. and not coiners—say?’ ‘Yes. without doubt. you are right. the beer. we are forced to refuse food and drink to the travelers who come to the house. so that our hostelry is daily going to ruin. monsieur.’ ‘So that since that time—‘ replied d’Artagnan.’ continued the latter. monsieur. ‘But. If your friend remains another week in my cellar I shall be a ruined man. and that he and his lackey would fire to the last one before he would allow a single soul of us to set foot in the cellar. ‘So from that time. Then. ‘we have led the most miserable life imaginable. and sausages. either. the master replied that he had forty charges to fire.

in fact. and we shall see!’ Brave as they appeared to be. though with a foreign accent. let us break open the door. he approached the scene of action. and if he is too far gone in his madness. ‘let them just come in. ‘you will kill nobody.’ ‘Well?’ ‘Well. and followed by Planchet with his musketoon ready for use. these have asked for the best. 426 The Three Musketeers .English gentlemen just arrived. in very good French. monsieur. ‘that this madman will not allow these good people access to their own wine! Nonsense. as usual. the English like good wine. Ah. gentlemen!’ said d’Artagnan. into whose cavern nobody could force their way with impunity. well. has refused. good heaven! There is the hullabaloo louder than ever!’ D’Artagnan. the two English gentlemen looked at each other hesitatingly. they had had a long ride. and preceded by the host wringing his hands. these devourers of little children. as you may know. drawing his pistols from his belt. One might have thought there was in that cellar one of those famished ogres—the gigantic heroes of popular legends. The two gentlemen were exasperated. we will kill him!’ ‘Softly. from the other side of the door. heard a great noise on the side next the cellar. if you please!’ ‘Good. and he. good!’ cried the calm voice of Athos. ‘But this is tyranny!’ cried one of them. My wife has perhaps requested permission of Monsieur Athos to go into the cellar to satisfy these gentlemen. and were dying with hunger and thirst. He rose.

whom reflection never abandoned. You shall soon have something to drink. gentlemen. ‘we will teach them.’ replied Athos. with which. I give you my word.’ ‘Good God!’ cried the hollow voice of Athos.’ ‘Yes. you will be riddled. pride prevailed. Ah. good. ‘Planchet. ‘I am going to fire!’ ‘Gentlemen. and a second kick split the door from bottom to top. then. Patience. but at length the two Englishmen felt ashamed to draw back. ‘Stand on one side.’ exclaimed d’Artagnan.’ ‘If there is any left. and the angrier one descended the five or six steps which led to the cellar. ‘gentlemen. you look to the one below. Let me conduct your business and my own. Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ grumbled the jeering voice of Athos.’ cried d’Artagnan. My lackey and I will have three shots at you. d’Artagnan. I think.’ cried Athos. you want battle. but. and you shall have it. They still hesitated an instant. Athos! You are running your heads into a very silly affair. my friend and I can play tolerably well. and gave a kick against the door enough to split a wall.There was a moment of silence. cocking his pistols. and you will get as many from the 427 . ‘I am here. my friend. stand on one side. these door breakers!’ The gentlemen had drawn their swords.’ said d’Artagnan. You will then have our swords.’ ‘Ah. ‘I can hear d’Artagnan. as before. I can assure you. but they found themselves taken between two fires. think of what you are about. raising his voice in turn. ‘I will take charge of the one at the top.

‘open the door. convinced of these peaceful proceedings. ‘go up to your room again. Gentlemen. my dear Athos.The host felt a cold sweat creep down his back. he made him a sign to uncock his musketoon.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘Now. which the besieged himself demolished. these two cannot have drunk all the cellar. turning toward Planchet.’ The Englishmen bowed and went upstairs. and the pale face of Athos appeared. provided you replace your pistols in your belt. The history of Athos’s imprisonment was then related to them.’ ‘Instantly. ‘What the devil! There must be plenty left. who with a rapid glance took a survey of the surroundings.’ said Athos. Then. I beg of you. return your swords to their scabbards. they pronounced the host in the wrong. I will answer for it. these were the counterscarps and bastions of Athos.’ And d’Artagnan set the example. The Englishmen. gentlemen. sheathed their swords grumblingly.’ replied d’Artagnan. ‘Now I am alone.’ ‘Willingly. Then was heard a great noise of fagots being removed and of the groaning of posts.’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘Well. 428 The Three Musketeers . ‘How! ‘If there is any left!’’ murmured he. ‘Be satisfied of that. the broken door was removed. you shall have all you desire. and in ten minutes. An instant after. and as they were really gentlemen.

he only drank from the cask. Do you hear it? It is running now. my good host! I must at least have drunk for my part a hundred and fifty bottles. I am dead drunk. but to his surprise he perceived that Athos staggered. ‘I! Not at all. that’s all. He then tried to draw him from his moist abode. Like one of those drunken satyrs in the pictures of Rubens. He would never think of faring in the same manner as his master. which d’Artagnan occupied with authority. The four crossed the public room and proceeded to take possession of the best apartment in the house.’ ‘Grimaud is a well-bred lackey. which had so long been interdicted to them and where a frightful spectacle awaited them.’ ‘Mercy!’ cried the host. Beyond the fortifications through which Athos had made Free eBooks at Planet eBook. I am a ruined man. Hark! I don’t think he put the faucet in 429 . He was moistened before and behind with a greasy liquid which the host recognized as his best olive oil.D’Artagnan threw himself on his neck and embraced him tenderly. Grimaud appeared in his turn behind his master. In the meantime. ‘You are wounded. In the meantime the host and his wife hurried down with lamps into the cellar. ‘if the lackey has drunk only half as much as the master. and his head shaking. and never did a man more strongly set about getting so. with the musketoon on his shoulder.’ said he. By the Lord.’ D’Artagnan burst into a laugh which changed the shiver of the host into a burning fever.

’ said Athos. ‘Some wine!’ said Athos. ‘reigned as over a field of battle. lost.’ ‘You pushed me upon a heap which rolled down. ‘The image of devastation and death. ‘we were always dry. The host armed himself with a spit. and empty casks.a breach in order to get out. they found. scarcely ten remained. but you have broken all the bottles. heaped up according to all the rules of the strategic art. the cock of which was left running. and a tun. Athos did not even turn his head. and which were composed of fagots. To grief succeeded rage. swimming in puddles of oil and wine. destroyed!’ ‘Bah.’ Of fifty large sausages. D’Artagnan himself was moved by them. planks. by this means. suspended from the joists. ‘some wine? Why you have drunk more than a hundred pistoles’ worth! I am a ruined man. the bones and fragments of all the hams they had eaten. while a heap of broken bottles filled the whole left-hand corner of the cellar.’ ‘If you had been contented with drinking. the last drop of its blood. ‘Some wine!’ cried the stupefied host.’ ‘All my oil is lost!’ ‘Oil is a sovereign balm for wounds. on perceiving the host. That was your fault. Then the lamentations of the host and hostess pierced the vault of the cellar. was yielding. and my poor Grimaud here was obliged to dress those you had inflicted on 430 The Three Musketeers . and rushed into the chamber occupied by the two friends. well and good.’ as the ancient poet says.

I confess it.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ ‘Yes.’ ‘All my sausages are gnawed!’ ‘There is an enormous quantity of rats in that cellar. The host drew back and burst into tears.’ cried the exasperated host.’ The host approached with hesitation. Come hither. ‘you will break my heart. monsieur. they said it was bad money.’ ‘You shall pay me for all this. if you speak in that way. I say.’ ‘God? Say the devil!’ ‘My dear friend. We are not such devils as we appear to be.’ said Athos. I had placed my purse on the table.’ continued Athos. but pardon to every sin! You are gentlemen. ‘to treat the guests God sends you in a more courteous fashion. and I am a poor innkeeper. rising. and don’t be afraid.’ said the host.’ ‘That purse contained sixty pistoles. d’Artagnan came to his relief with his whip in his hand. ‘Triple ass!’ said Athos. where is it?’ ‘Deposited with the justice. and let us 431 . gentlemen. ‘Come hither.’ said d’Artagnan. and the tears will flow from my eyes as the wine flowed from the cask.’ ‘Ah. ‘I have been wrong. ‘This will teach you. ‘At the very moment when I was about to pay you.’ said d’Artagnan. He had tried his strength to the utmost.him. and we will see if the mischief is as great as you say.’ ‘Oh. ‘if you annoy us in this manner we will all four go and shut ourselves up in your cellar. but he sank down again immediately. You will have pity on me.

but unfortunately. ‘Some of that at the bottom. ‘let us inquire further.’ ‘But Monseigneur knows very well that justice never lets go that which it once lays hold of. Take it.’ ‘Come. If it were bad money. there might be some hopes. near the laths. aside. ‘are you selling my horse—my Bajazet? And pray upon what shall I make my campaign.’ ‘Why.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘Well. where is that?’ ‘In the stable.’ ‘It’s worth eighty. why.’ ‘Manage the matter as well as you can.’ ‘What?’ asked the host. Bring six of them. and there ends the matter. my good man. since there is another finer and younger. you may take the old one. and let us drink. get me my purse back and keep the sixty pistoles. it does not concern me. and pays for what he drinks. upon Grimaud?’ ‘I have brought you another.‘Very well. I shall soon re-establish my business.’ ‘What. ‘If he only remains here a fortnight. the more so as I have not a livre left. quite cheerful again.’ ‘How much is it worth?’ ‘Fifty pistoles at most. There are twentyfive bottles of it left.’ cried Athos. Athos’s horse. ‘Another?’ ‘And a magnificent one!’ cried the host.’ 432 The Three Musketeers . those were all good pieces. this man is a cask!’ said the host.’ said d’Artagnan. all the rest were broken by my fall.

what has become of the others. said. fortunately for him. d’Artagnan.’ The drink-deadened eye of Athos flashed out. I am all ears.’ D’Artagnan related his adventure with Mme. remember this! My ideas are never so clear as when I have had plenty of wine. ‘while they bring the wine. come!’ D’Artagnan related how he had found Porthos in bed with a strained knee.’ said d’Artagnan. Bonacieux.‘And don’t forget. ‘Trifles. As he finished. and when he had finished.’ said Athos. tell me. d’Artagnan. then.’ ‘Presently. ‘You always say TRIFLES. ‘it is because I am the most unfortunate. the host entered with the wine ordered and a ham which. ‘That’s well!’ said Athos. ‘to bring up four bottles of the same sort for the two English gentlemen.’ ‘Alas. Speak. what is the matter with you. and Aramis at a table between two theologians. had been left out of the cellar. my dear Athos!’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘And now. ‘and that come very ill from you.’ ‘Tell me.’ said d’ 433 . and what has happened to you personally? You have a sad air.’ said d’Artagnan. filling his glass and that of his friend. only trifles!’ That was his favorite word. Athos listened to him without a frown. but only Free eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘here’s to Porthos and Aramis! But you. who have never loved. ‘Presently! And why presently? Because you think I am drunk? d’Artagnan.

‘instruct me. and there lives not a man who has not been deceived by his mistress. I stand in need of being taught and consoled. she DID love me!’ ‘You child. as you do.’ said d’Artagnan. there is not a man who has not believed. why. ‘for my part I have never loved.’ said Athos. after a moment’s silence.’ said he. ‘that you are wrong to be so hard upon us tender hearts.’ said Athos.for a moment. did she?’ ‘Oh. ‘What do you say?’ ‘I say that love is a lottery in which he who wins. believe me.’ ‘That’s true. philosopher that you are.’ ‘Tender hearts! Pierced hearts!’ said Athos.’ ‘Your misfortune is laughable. you stony heart. wins death! You are very fortunate to have lost. that his mistress loved him. then. it is.’ ‘Except you. my dear d’Artagnan. shrugging his shoulders. support me.’ ‘Acknowledge. ‘That’s true. ‘that’s true! I never had one! Let us drink!’ ‘But then. who never had one. And if I have any counsel to give.’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘Consoled for what?’ ‘For my misfortune. Athos. it became as dull and vacant as before. ‘I should like to know what you would say if I were to relate to you a real tale of love!’ ‘Which has happened to you?’ 434 The Three Musketeers . always lose!’ ‘She seemed to love me so!’ ‘She SEEMED. quietly.

not of the woman. This somnambulism of drunkenness had something frightful in it. She did not please. emptying and refilling his glass. then. please to observe. interrupting himself with a melancholy smile.‘Or one of my friends. ‘I pray for it. of Berry—noble as a Dandolo or a Montmorency. however. My friend. ‘Be it then as you desire.’ ‘Not a bad idea!’ said Athos.’ said Athos. without sleeping. might have seduced Free eBooks at Planet eBook. to be of good extraction. at twenty-five years of age fell in love with a girl of sixteen. Athos.’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘Drink and relate. who was a curate. He kept himself upright and dreamed. One of my friends—one of my friends. not myself. She lived in a small town with her brother.’ ‘I am all attention. They came nobody knew whence.’ said d’Artagnan. but of the poet. Both had recently come into the 435 . beautiful as fancy can paint. what matters?’ ‘Tell it. He was at that period of intoxication in which vulgar drinkers fall on the floor and go to sleep. and in proportion as he did so. Through the ingenuousness of her age beamed an ardent mind. Athos collected himself.’ ‘Better if I drink. ‘The two things agree marvelously well. ‘You particularly wish it?’ asked he. who was seigneur of the country. she intoxicated. nobody thought of asking whence they came. tell it. d’Artagnan saw that he became pale. ‘one of the counts of my province—that is to say. They were said. but when seeing her so lovely and her brother so pious.

‘What do you tell me?’ ‘Truth. he ripped them open with his ponaird. ‘She was branded.’ said Athos.’ ‘How can I tell?’ said d’Artagnan. a murder?’ cried d’Artagnan.’ ‘Well?’ asked d’Artagnan. ‘He took her to his chateau. with a maniacal burst of laughter. if he love her?’ asked d’Artagnan. The count flew to her to help. and hanged her on a tree. ‘Wait.’ said Athos. 436 The Three Musketeers . He tore the dress of the countess to pieces. the poor young girl had stolen the sacred vessels from a church. The fool! The ass! The idiot!’ ‘How so. and in so doing laid bare her shoulder. he married her.’ said Athos.’ continued Athos. in a low voice.her.’ ‘And what did the count do?’ ‘The count was of the highest nobility.’ Athos emptied at a single draught the glass he held in his hand. ‘guess what she had on her shoulder. The angel was a demon. He had on his estates the rights of high and low tribunals. one day when she was hunting with her husband. ‘Horror!’ cried d’Artagnan. Athos. at his will—for he was master. or taken her by force. ‘A FLEUR-DE-LIS. my friend. ‘Well. and speaking very quickly. and as she appeared to be oppressed by her clothes. ‘she fell from her horse and fainted.’ ‘Heavens. and made her the first lady in the province. d’Artagnan. Who would have come to the assistance of two strangers. he tied her hands behind her. two unknown persons? Unfortunately he was an honorable man. and in justice it must be allowed that she supported her rank becomingly.

I inquired after him for the purpose of hanging him likewise. ‘Taste some of this ham.’ ‘My God.’ said Athos. put it to his mouth. and emptied it at a single draught. which he placed on the young man’s Free eBooks at Planet eBook. my God!’ cried d’Artagnan.’ ‘Then she is dead?’ stammered d’ 437 . ‘Her brother?’ replied Athos. after a considerable pause. He has been hanged and quartered. or we can’t drink. timidly. ‘But hold out your glass. while d’Artagnan stood before him.’ ‘And her brother?’ added d’Artagnan. cutting a slice. d’Artagnan. as pale as a corpse. ‘But methinks I need wine!’ and he seized by the neck the last bottle that was left. the priest.’ ‘Oh. and loving women.’ said Athos. and forgetting to continue the fiction of the count. Then he let his head sink upon his two hands. ‘God grant you as much! Let us drink. who had pretended to be a curate for the purpose of getting his mistress married. as he would have emptied an ordinary glass. A worthy man. poetical. Some ham. but he was beforehand with me. it is exquisite. he had quit the curacy the night before. quite stunned by the relation of this horrible adventure. and securing her a position.’ ‘Was it ever known who this miserable fellow was?’ ‘He was doubtless the first lover and accomplice of the fair lady. ‘Yes.‘No less. ‘That has cured me of beautiful.’ said Athos. stupefied. I hope. ‘PARBLEU!’ said Athos. raising his head. my boy.

‘These young fellows can none of them drink. I could have drunk fifty bottles more.plate. ‘and yet this is one of the best!’ 438 The Three Musketeers . ‘What a pity it is there were only four like this in the cellar.’ D’Artagnan could no longer endure this conversation. which had made him bewildered.’ said Athos. looking at him with pity. he pretended to sleep. Allowing his head to sink upon his two hands.

’ said he. after having exchanged a hearty shake of the hand with him.’ replied d’Artagnan. yet many things appeared very obscure to him in this half revelation. In the first place it had been made by a man quite drunk to one who was half drunk. ‘I was pretty drunk yesterday. ‘I can tell that by my tongue. and yet. and he went into his friend’s chamber with a fixed determination of renewing the conversation of the preceding evening. All this doubt only gave rise to a more lively desire of arriving at a certainty. the most shrewd and impenetrable of men. which was very tremulous. Besides which. and by my pulse. the Musketeer. ‘No. d’ 439 . broached the matter first. when awaking on the following morning. I wager that I uttered a thousand extravagances. which was swollen and hot this morning. had all the words of Athos as present to his memory as if they then fell from his mouth—they had been so impressed upon his mind.’ While saying this he looked at his friend with an earnestness that embarrassed him.28 THE RETURN D’Artagnan was astounded by the terrible confidence of Athos. d’Artagnan. ‘if I recollect well what you Free eBooks at Planet eBook. but he found Athos quite himself again—that is to say. in spite of the incertainty which the vapor of three or four bottles of Burgundy carries with it to the brain.

you surprise me. since I remember nothing of the kind.’ 440 The Three Musketeers . my dear friend.’ replied Athos. I am a good drinker. My drunkenness is always sad.’ And he looked at the young man as if he would read the bottom of his heart. sad or gay. I must be very drunk. it was about—stop a minute—yes.’ said Athos. and he resumed.said. ‘My faith. with blue eyes. ‘it is that. I admit.’ ‘Ah.’ Athos did not trust this reply. I thought I had told you a most lamentable story. ‘I was sure it was so—the hanging of people is my nightmare. becoming almost livid. ‘It is that.’ Athos spoke this in so natural a manner that d’Artagnan was shaken in his conviction.’ ‘Ah. I remember as we remember a dream. but yet attempting to laugh. then. becoming still paler. that was it. you see how it is.’ said d’Artagnan.’ replied d’Artagnan. ‘that is my grand story of the fair lady.’ ‘That’s it. yes. that everyone has his particular kind of drunkenness. ‘you cannot have failed to remark.’ ‘Yes. ‘the story of a tall.’ replied the young man.’ ‘Yes. then. That is my failing—a capital failing. yes. ‘I remember now.’ said d’Artagnan. and when I relate that. We were speaking of hanging. anxious to find out the truth. it was about a woman. fair lady. ‘it appears that I was more drunk than you. but with that exception. and when I am thoroughly drunk my mania is to relate all the lugubrious stories which my foolish nurse inculcated into my brain. it was nothing out of the common way.

This morning I awoke at six o’clock. and found he was bidding a hundred pistoles for a chestnut nag.’ replied Athos. but it is not a horse for hard work.’ D’Artagnan remained silent. who was hanged. ‘Yes.’ continued d’Artagnan. I saw one of our Englishman bargaining with a dealer for a horse.’ ‘You are mistaken. and he appeared no more distressed than if he had only made the tour of the Place St. ‘I certainly never will get drunk again. his own having died yesterday from bleeding. who was a nobleman of your acquaintance.’ ‘Regret?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘By her husband. d’Artagnan. I was still stupid from our yesterday’s debauch. I drew near.’ ‘Is it to your mind?’ asked d’Artagnan.’ ‘How?’ ‘Why. here is the simple fact. ‘my good gentleman. looking intently at 441 .’ said I. ‘Well. You were still fast asleep.‘Yes. I thank you for the horse you have brought me. you see how a man may compromise himself when he does not know what he says. I rode him nearly ten leagues in less than an hour and a half. you begin to awaken my regret. I have a horse Free eBooks at Planet eBook. As I came into the public room. and I did not know what to do with myself.’ ‘Ah. Athos said: ‘By the by. it is too bad a habit. Sulpice. shrugging his shoulders as if he thought himself an object of pity. and then changing the conversation all at once. ‘PARDIEU. I have parted with him.

‘That horse was to have identified us in the day of battle. and I lost the horse. I hope?’ ‘No.’ replied d’Artagnan. ‘I was hipped to death.’ ‘Do you think he is worth a hundred pistoles?’ ‘Yes! Will you sell him to me for that sum?’ ‘No. ‘Well. Why the devil! A horse is mortal. Ah. and still further. If it is only to be recognized. and a very fine one! I saw him yesterday.’ ‘What else have you done. why the saddle will suffice for that. upon my honor. I don’t like English horses. Athos.’ cried Athos. suppose mine had had the glanders or the farcy?’ D’Artagnan did not smile.’ No sooner said than done.’ continued Athos. ‘It vexes me greatly. too. in great anxiety. ‘This vexes you?’ said sell.’ ‘But. 442 The Three Musketeers . a remembrance. I must confess it does. we can easily find some excuse for its disappearance. It was a pledge. As to the horse.’ ‘What?’ ‘At dice. ah! But please to observe I won back the equipage. D’Artagnan looked much disconcerted. ‘that you attach so much importance to these animals. for I put it in execution that very minute. it is quite remarkable enough. my dear friend.’ replied the Musketeer. put yourself in my place.’ ‘And the consequence?’ said d’Artagnan. but I will play for him.’ ‘After having lost my own horse. for I am not yet at the end of my story. your friend’s lackey was leading him. you have done wrong.’ ‘Yes. nine against ten—see how near— I formed an idea of staking yours. but you stopped at the idea.’ ‘Ay.

and not this morning. you are not in your right senses. you don’t know all yet. seven against eight. I was not hotheaded then—‘ ‘Well. my friend. that was yesterday. but what else could you play for? You had nothing left?’ ‘Oh. just as if I had been drinking. this diamond became our only resource. I should make an excellent gambler if I were not too hot-headed.’ ‘Stop a minute. with all his appointments and furniture.’ ‘I hope.’ ‘My dear lad. I estimated it at a thousand pistoles. my dear friend. my horse?’ ‘Your horse. with it I might regain our horses and their harnesses. half dead with fright.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ said d’Artagnan. and I lost. ‘And as I am a connoisseur in such 443 . but I was hotheaded. yes.’ ‘Really.’ ‘Athos. Well. a point short—you know the proverb. placing his hand eagerly on his ring. ‘you made no mention of my diamond?’ ‘On the contrary. it was proper to tell me that. when I was telling you silly stories. and even money to pay our expenses on the road.’ ‘What.’ ‘This diamond!’ said d’Artagnan. I lost him then. there was still that diamond left which sparkles on your finger.‘I threw. having had a few of my own once. I swear. and which I had observed yesterday. this is frightful.

and want to try me!’ said d’Artagnan. do you think you can wear a star from heaven on your finger. ‘No. the story of the present day making him forget that of the preceding one. as Minerva takes Achilles.’ ‘You are laughing at me. my dear. Ten parts of a hundred pistoles each. in ten throws. it was on the thirteenth of July that—‘ ‘VENTREBLEU!’ cried d’Artagnan. and had been left to brutalize myself in the company of bottles. whom anger began to take by the hair. who had likewise remarked it. go on. in the ILLIAD.‘Athos. my dear fellow!’ said d’Artagnan. I do not jest. and nobody observe it? Impossible!’ ‘Go on. ‘I had a plan. closing his hand with a nervous spasm. and Grimaud had told me that he had made him proposals to enter into his service. without revenge. you make me tremble!’ cried d’Artagnan.’ ‘That was no reason for staking my diamond!’ replied d’Artagnan. the si444 The Three Musketeers . What the devil.’ ‘We divided. The number thirteen was always fatal to me. then. ‘I mentioned your diamond then to my adversary. ‘Patience!’ said Athos. rising from the table. I had seen him conversing that morning with Grimaud. you will kill me with your indifference. ‘Hear the end. ‘for upon my honor. in thirteen throws I had lost all—in thirteen throws. this diamond into ten parts of a hundred pistoles each. I staked Grimaud. The Englishman was an original. MORDIEU! I should like to have seen you in my place! I had been fifteen days without seeing a human face.

’ cried d’Artagnan.’ D’Artagnan breathed as if the whole hostelry had been removed from his breast. You have not played for a long time. d’Artagnan. what next?’ said d’Artagnan. so I left off there.’ ‘But what is the use of harnesses without horses?’ ‘I have an idea about them. ‘Intact. what then?’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. You have not played for a long time.’ ‘The devil!’ said d’Artagnan. That was a superb throw. timidly. which are not worth a ducatoon. becoming angry again. if persistence is not a virtue?’ ‘My faith! But this is droll. I said.lent Grimaud. finding the luck turned. In brief. then your horse. and holding his sides with laughter. divided into ten portions. ‘You may guess. consoled. now. besides the harness of your Bucephalus and mine. Tell me. and with the ten parts of Grimaud. I regained the diamond.’ ‘And I have no inclination to play. that I again staked the diamond.’ ‘Well. you ought. to have a good hand. and then I lost again. understand. then my harness. That’s where we are. laughing in spite of 445 . ‘Grimaud himself.’ ‘Athos.’ ‘Well. you make me shudder.’ ‘Swear to nothing. then my horse.’ ‘Listen to me. ‘I won back your harness. my dear friend. I regained your harness and then mine. ‘Then the diamond is safe?’ said he. then.

perhaps. be willing. the Englishman and his companion are still here. ‘On my honor.’ ‘But he will not wish for only one harness.’ ‘You would do so?’ said d’Artagnan.‘Well. ‘I should like better not to risk anything. I am particularly anxious to preserve the harnesses.’ ‘But if I lose?’ ‘Well. coolly.’ ‘That’s a pity. as you are.’ ‘Stake both. PARDIEU! I am not selfish.’ ‘Stake your diamond. try one throw! One throw is soon made!’ ‘And if I lose?’ ‘You will win.’ said d’Artagnan. so strongly did the confidence of Athos begin to prevail.’ ‘Have with you for one throw!’ said d’Artagnan. then. You appear to think much of your horse.’ ‘This? That’s another matter. ‘I would propose to you to stake Planchet. Good Lord. the Englishman would not.’ ‘Decidedly. In your place I would stake the furniture against the horse. 446 The Three Musketeers . I remarked that he regretted the horse furniture very much. in one single throw. in spite of himself. examining the harnesses with a greedy eye. Athos went in quest of the Englishman.’ said Athos. never!’ ‘The devil!’ said Athos.’ ‘But having lost the horses. whom he found in the stable. ‘The Englishman is overflowing with pistoles. but as that has already been done. my dear Athos. undecided. Never. you will surrender the harnesses.

where it fell to my lot. his paleness terrified Athos. who. He threw them on the table without looking at them. d’Artagnan turned aside to conceal his ill humor. ‘Hold.’ continued Athos. ‘Yes. consented himself with saying. He consented. d’Artagnan looked. the two harnesses were worth three hundred pistoles. and was seized with pleasure. hold!’ said Athos. however. ‘That’s a sad throw. either against one horse or a hundred pistoles. ‘Certainly. once at the house of Monsieur Crequy.’ The Englishman. and turned up the number three. did not even give himself the trouble to shake the dice. monsieur. 447 . He proposed the conditions— the two harnesses.’ ‘Then Monsieur takes his horse back again. in my chateau at—when I had a chateau. and the fourth time at a cabaret. ‘four times only. a third time at Monsieur de Treville’s where it surprised us all. ‘No revenge. so sure was he of victory. ‘that throw of the dice is extraordinary. The Englishman calculated fast. ‘Then there is no revenge?’ ‘Our conditions said. Two aces!’ The Englishman looked. D’Artagnan threw the dice with a trembling hand.’ said the Englishman. you will have the horses fully equipped. and was seized with astonishment.’ you will please to recFree eBooks at Planet eBook.The opportunity was good. another time at my own house in the country.’ said d’Artagnan. comrade. quite triumphant. I have not seen such a one four times in my life. wit his quiet tone. and where I lost a hundred louis and a supper on it.

’ ‘That is true.’ ‘You are wrong.’ ‘Yes. what more do you want with me?’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘On what?’ ‘You mean to take your horse?’ ‘Without doubt. while on the contrary. I repeat. I wish to speak a word with my friend. For my part. Athos. There is a horse. do you not?’ ‘No. then.’ ‘A moment. ‘with your permission. monsieur. Tempter. at your choice.’ ‘Well. you are wrong. I would take the hundred pistoles.’ ‘Say on. I would wish you to reflect. the horse shall be restored to your lackey. monsieur. a horse eats out of a manger in which a glandered horse has eaten. ‘Well. ‘You want me to throw again.’ ‘I am much attached to that horse. then.ollect. We want money for our return to Paris.’ ‘And there again you are wrong. You know you have staked the harnesses against the horse or a hundred pistoles. who had lost their brother. A horse slips and injures a joint. a horse stumbles and breaks his knees to the bone. You cannot think of humiliating me by prancing along by my side on that magnificent charger.’ Athos drew d’Artagnan aside. We should look like the two sons of Anmon. What is the use of one horse for us two? I could not ride behind. I should not hesitate a moment.’ said Athos. the hundred 448 The Three Musketeers . I should take the hundred pistoles.

Besides. and a little rest will do no harm. who did not at all comprehend the hilarity of his friend. no. he feared that by resisting longer he should appear selfish in the eyes of Athos. which the Englishman paid down on the spot. then?’ ‘To take the hundred pistoles. d’Artagnan. therefore. Athos. They then determined to depart. This last reason appeared convincing. remember.’ ‘But how shall we get back?’ ‘Upon our lackey’s horses.’ ‘Aramis! Porthos!’ cried Athos. in addition to Athos’s old horse. With the hundred pistoles we can live well to the end of the month. I shall prosecute my search for that unfortunate woman!’ ‘Well. ‘Nothing. Take the hundred pistoles. D’Artagnan and Athos took the nags of Planchet and GriFree eBooks at Planet eBook. and chose the hundred pistoles. He acquiesced.’ ‘I rest? Oh. you may be assured that your horse will not be half so serviceable to you for that purpose as good golden louis. and laughed aloud.’ ‘Pretty figures we shall cut on ponies while Aramis and Porthos caracole on their steeds. PARDIEU.pistoles feed their master. nothing! Go on!’ ‘Your advice. my 449 . cost six pistoles. Once in Paris. We have undergone a great deal of fatigue. take the hundred pistoles!’ D’Artagnan only required one reason to be satisfied. Anybody may see by our bearing that we are people of condition. ‘What is it?’ asked d’Artagnan. Peace with the landlord.

maud.’ ‘Which means—‘ said d’Artagnan. Ah. Life itself may be resolved into three words: ERAT. I am the person punished. as that rascally horsedealer has robbed me of fifty louis. d’Artagnan. who began to suspect the truth. and have your own gallant steeds led along carefully by hand. ‘don’t be too angry with me. From a distance they perceived Aramis. at the dust in the horizon. you fellows are good managers! You ride on our lackey’s horses. they were soon far in advance of their servants. seated in a melancholy manner at his window. and arrived at Creveccoeur. which some minutes 450 The Three Musketeers . ‘HOLA.’ said Aramis. EST.’ At the same instant a market cart. ‘My dear d’Artagnan. at least. However ill our two friends were mounted. ‘Which means that I have just been duped-sixty louis for a horse which by the manner of his gait can do at least five leagues an hour. My English horse. Necessity has no law. which has just disappeared amid a cloud of dust.’ D’Artagnan and Athos laughed aloud. and you. ‘Ah. I beg. besides. and the two lackeys started on foot. ‘I was reflecting upon the rapidity with which the blessings of this world leave us. like Sister Anne. at short stages. Aramis! What the devil are you doing there?’ cried the two friends. carrying the saddles on their heads. looking out. Athos?’ said the young man. has furnished me with a living image of the fragility of the things of the earth. FUIT. is that you.

I have begun a poem in verses of one syllable.’ replied Aramis.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘My friends. ‘My dear fellow. ‘What is this?’ said Aramis. who detested verses almost as much as he did Latin. Then the curate forbade me to quit my uniform. my dear Aramis. ‘add to the merit of the difficulty that of the brevity. ‘They have some capital wine here—please to observe that in passing. to slake the wagoner’s thirst along the route. The matter is gallant. HOLA. Bazin! Bring my new saddle and carry it along with those of these gentlemen.’ ‘Since then. and the two lackeys had agreed. ‘Nothing but saddles?’ ‘Now do you understand?’ said Athos. on seeing them arrive. for their transport. It has four hundred lines.before had appeared upon the Amiens road. I did my best to make them drunk.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. and Planchet and Grimaud came out of it with the saddles on their heads. and lasts a minute. pulled up at the inn. and you are sure that your poem will at least have two merits.’ ‘And what have you done with your ecclesiastics?’ asked d’Artagnan. ‘without a thesis? I demand the suppression of the 451 . The cart was returning empty to Paris. but the merit in all things consists in the difficulty. That is rather difficult. I invited them to a dinner the next day. and the Jesuit entreated me to get him made a Musketeer.’ continued Aramis. that’s exactly like me! I retained my harness by instinct.’ ‘My faith. I will read you the first canto. ‘I have lived very agreeably.’ ‘Without a thesis?’ cried d’Artagnan.

’ ‘I am recruiting myself. and seated at a table on which. So much the better. And so. ‘that it breathes irreproachable passion.’ continued Aramis. rising. I received a sword wound which at the end of fifteen or eighteen days produced the same effect. not for a kingdom! I think I can see him now. in our affair of the Rue Ferou. You can’t think how I have missed him. ‘Mousqueton has not caught these bottles with his lasso. Besides. and they set forward to join Porthos. I was just beginning the soup. This dinner consisted of meats nicely dressed.‘You will see. mounted upon his superb animal and seated in his handsome saddle. ‘you come in the nick of time. Aramis discharged his bill. less pale than when d’Artagnan left him after his first visit. and superb fruit. We are going to rejoin that good fellow. They found him up. Athos?’ ‘Never! Though I remember. the great simpleton. Did you ever suffer from a strain. choice wines. placed Bazin in the cart with his comrades. Porthos. was spread enough for four persons. To see him so self-satisfied reconciles me with myself.’ said Porthos. gentlemen. we return to Paris? Bravo! I am ready. Nothing weakens a man more than these devilish strains. and you will dine with me. I am sure he will look like the Great Mogul!’ They made a halt for an hour to refresh their horses. ‘I am recruiting myself.’ 452 The Three Musketeers . He would not sell his horse. here is a piquant FRICANDEAU and a fillet of beef. PARDIEU!’ said he. oh!’ said d’Artagnan. ‘Ah.’ ‘Oh. though he was alone. my friends.

‘My faith. with a grimace of disgust.’ said Porthos.’ ‘What could I do?’ said Porthos. my faith. Porthos alone made no reply. and I don’t like to humiliate people. I have kept the harness.’ said Porthos.’ ‘No. Are we not eating a horse. ‘And I a plain chicken. and order double the bottles!’ ‘Do you know what we are eating here?’ said Athos. ‘This horse made my visitors ashamed of theirs. ‘Still. who have just sent me word they could not come. the governor of the Free eBooks at Planet eBook. gentlemen.’ answered Athos.’ said Porthos. at the end of ten minutes. ‘for my part. ‘I expected some gentlemen of the neighborhood.’ replied Porthos. ‘Yes. Mousqueton.’ ‘Then your duchess is still at the waters?’ asked d’Artagnan. ‘No. I am eating veal garnished with shrimps and vegetables. ‘PARDIEU!’ replied d’Artagnan. ‘Horse!’ said Aramis. therewith. ‘You are all mistaken.‘But this dinner was not intended for you alone. ‘you are eating horse. gentlemen. One would think we had tipped the wink.’ said Aramis.’ ‘And I some lamb chops.’ ‘Eating what?’ said d’Artagnan. gravely.’ said 453 . HOLA. You will take their places and I shall not lose by the exchange. ‘And. horse. Porthos? And perhaps his saddle. Porthos?’ said Aramis. ‘we are all alike. seats.

without the saddle.’ said Aramis.’ ‘And I.’ said Athos.’ ‘And I. ‘imagined that I had given almost my last sou to the church of Montdidier and the Jesuits of Amiens.’ said Athos. gentlemen. with whom I had made engagements which I ought to have kept. and for you. That has weakened my purse. I have ordered Masses for myself. ‘There is one comfort. to the astonishment of poor Porthos. that I gave him to him. GAVE. ‘that Porthos has made the best bargain of any of us. ‘I found Aramis’s Spanish wine so good that I sent on a hamper of sixty bottles of it in the wagon with the lackeys. that is the word. ‘My God. gentlemen.’ ‘You will observe. but when he was informed of the cause of their hilarity. we are all in cash. ‘for the animal was worth at least a hundred and fifty louis. gentlemen.province—one of the gentlemen I expected today—seemed to have such a wish for him. he shared it vociferously according to his custom. ‘Well.’ said Porthos.’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘Gave him?’ cried d’Artagnan. for which I had to have the surgeon twice a day. for which I have not the least doubt you will be marvelously benefited. yes.’ And then commenced a roar of laughter in which they all joined.’ said Porthos. for my part. and the stingy fellow would only give me eighty.’ ‘Without the saddle?’ said Aramis. ‘do you think my strain cost me nothing?— without reckoning Mousqueton’s wound. which will be said. ‘Yes. and who charged me double on account of that foolish Mousqueton 454 The Three Musketeers .

In brief. ‘And I.’ said d’Artagnan.’ said Porthos. in the first place I gave you fifty. How much have you left of your hundred pistoles. so I advised him to try never to get wounded there any more.’ ‘And I about ten pistoles.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. that is true. ‘it is very clear you acted nobly with regard to the poor lad.’ said Athos. I—‘ ‘You? Nothing!’ ‘My faith! So little that it is not worth reckoning with the general stock.’ said Aramis. d’Artagnan?’ ‘Of my hundred pistoles? Why. at most. that is like a good master.’ ‘It is true. taking some small change from his pocket. I shall have.’ ‘In short. ‘Well. I 455 . how much remains?’ ‘Twenty-five pistoles. ay!’ said Athos. ‘when all my expenses are paid. thirty crowns left.’ ‘Then I paid the host six. exchanging a smile with d’Artagnan and Aramis. I am too good-natured.’ ‘You think so?’ ‘PARDIEU!’ ‘Ah.’ ‘Ay. then it appears that we are the Croesuses of the society.’ ‘What a brute of a host! Why did you give him six pistoles?’ ‘You told me to give them to him.having allowed himself a ball in a part which people generally only show to an apothecary.

for which we will draw lots. we shall still have four hundred. did honor to the repast. As this was the height of d’Artagnan’s worldly ambition—apart. There!’ ‘Let us dine. ‘On our arrival in Paris.’ ‘Porthos?’ ‘Thirty crowns. the remains of which were abandoned to Mousqueton. de Treville. ‘it is getting cold.‘Now. at ease with regard to the future. then. ‘But our troop horses?’ said Aramis. from his desire of 456 The Three Musketeers . who has a steady hand. which informed him that. and then we will give the turnings out of our pockets to d’Artagnan.’ ‘That makes in all?’ said Athos. d’Artagnan?’ ‘Twenty-five. On arriving in Paris.’ ‘And you. at his request. be it well understood. who reckoned like Archimedes.’ said Porthos. With the four hundred livres we will make the half of one for one of the unmounted. Bazin.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘Well. Planchet.’ ‘Aramis?’ ‘Ten pistoles. and will go and play in the first gaming house we come to. besides the harnesses. of the four horses of our lackeys we will make two for the masters. and Grimaud. let us calculate how much we posses in all. d’Artagnan found a letter from M. the king had promised that he should enter the company of the Musketeers.’ The friends. ‘Four hundred and seventy-five livres. then.’ said Porthos.

finding Mme. to seek his comrades. We have made our calculations with Spartan economy. gentlemen. which always indicated an event of some gravity. full of joy.’ ‘Well. M. and we each require fifteen hundred livres. M. ‘but as to d’Artagnan.’ ‘Four times fifteen makes sixty—six thousand livres. ‘with a thousand livres each— I do not speak as a Spartan. that’s something.’ said Athos coolly. and they must immediately prepare their outfits. I declare I want two thousand.’ said Athos. for I have not the shadow of one. A thousand livres! For my part. They were assembled in council at the residence of Athos. toward Free eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘I have an idea.’ then said Aramis. ‘It seems to me. ‘Stop. The four philosophers looked at one another in a state of bewilderment. whom he had left only half an hour before. ‘ 457 . we can scarcely say. but whom he found very sad and deeply preoccupied. ‘it is eight thousand that we want to complete our outfits. de Treville had intimated to them his Majesty’s fixed intention to open the campaign on the first of May. but as a procurator—‘ This word PROCURATOR roused Porthos. de Treville never jested in matters relating to discipline. the idea of belonging to OURS has driven him out of his senses.’ said he.’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘Four times two makes eight. ‘And what do you reckon your outfit will cost?’ said d’Artagnan. Bonacieux—he ran.

which. had shut the door.’ said Athos. What the devil! D’Artagnan is too good a comrade to leave his brothers in embarrassment while he wears the ransom of a king on his finger. we have already the saddles. it is true.’ ‘Besides. waiting till d’Artagnan. who went to thank Monsieur de Treville. ‘besides.’ 458 The Three Musketeers . there is that beautiful ring which beams from the finger of our friend.

but our Gascon cadet was. ‘We have still fifteen days before us. de Treville had spoken of her to the queen. too good a Catholic to kill myself with a pistol bullet. as may have been observed. who were all of high rank. but had promised to have her sought for. and I will fight until one of them has killed Free eBooks at Planet eBook.29 HUNTING FOR THE EQUIPMENTS The most preoccupied of the four friends was certainly d’Artagnan. and with that (explain the contradiction) so vain as almost to rival Porthos. or rather if nothing has come to find me. Athos did not leave his chamber. Bonacieux. as I. if at the end of a fortnight I have found nothing. ‘well. To this preoccupation of his vanity. would be much more easily equipped than Messieurs the Musketeers. in his quality of 459 . Notwithstanding all his inquiries respecting Mme. d’Artagnan at this moment joined an uneasiness much less selfish.’ said he to his friends. of a provident and almost avaricious character. The queen was ignorant where the mercer’s young wife was. he could obtain no intelligence of her. I will seek a good quarrel with four of his Eminence’s Guards or with eight Englishmen. although he. he made up his mind not to take a single step to equip himself. but this promise was very vague and did not at all reassure d’Artagnan. M.

Bazin. It may be seen by these disastrous details that desolation reigned in the community. and Grimaud. never quit the churches. which. ‘Have you found anything?’ However. They wandered about the streets. When they met they looked desolately at one another. D’Artagnan 460 The Three Musketeers . said nothing. heaved sighs enough to soften the stones. who had always been inclined to devotion. Mousqueton collected a store of crusts. Planchet watched the flight of flies. and had thought of it earnestly afterward. looking at the pavement as if to see whether the passengers had not left a purse behind them. He was a man of execution. as Porthos had first found an idea. he was the first to act. anxious and negligently dressed. Athos had sworn not to stir a foot to equip himself—went out early in the morning. whom the general distress could not induce to break the silence imposed by his master. shared the sadness of their masters. as we have said. tossing his head and repeating. They might have been supposed to be following tracks. as much as to say. ‘I shall follow up on my idea. this worthy Porthos. so observant were they wherever they went. cannot fail to happen. It will then be said of me that I died for the king. considering the number. The three friends—for. The lackeys on their part. so that I shall have performed my duty without the expense of an outfit. like the coursers of Hippolytus.’ Aramis. and returned late at night.’ Porthos continued to walk about with his hands behind

It was plain that this mode of proceeding piqued the lady in the black hood. Leu. As d’Artagnan took some precautions to conceal himself. and Porthos was still the handsome Porthos.perceived him one day walking toward the church of St. His hat was a little napless. a sort of ripe beauty. Thanks to the cares of Mousqueton. He 461 . darted with the rapidity of lightning a glance toward the inconstant Porthos. D’Artagnan. scratched the end of her nose. Porthos went and leaned against the side of a pillar. D’Artagnan observed. and then immediately the eyes of Porthos wandered anxiously. but in the obscurity of the church these things were not seen. his feather was a little faded. The eyes of Porthos were furtively cast upon this lady. which always announced on his part the most triumphant resolutions. for she bit her lips till they bled. his gold lace was a little tarnished. supported himself against the other side. but erect and haughty under her black hood. There happened to be a sermon. and could not sit Free eBooks at Planet eBook. d’Artagnan entered behind him. and followed him instinctively. On her side the lady. Porthos believed he had not been seen. after having twisted his mustache and elongated his imperial. Porthos took advantage of this circumstance to ogle the women. the exterior was far from announcing the distress of the interior. and then roved about at large over the nave. which made the church very full of people. his laces were a trifle frayed. on the bench nearest to the pillar against which Porthos leaned. rather yellow and rather dry. who from time to time blushed. still unperceived.

The lady with the black hood followed through all their wanderings the looks of Porthos. a great effect upon Porthos. he understood it all. Nevertheless. but was deaf. the little Negro. elongated his imperial a second time. It was almost imperceptible motions of his eyes. and who not only was a beautiful lady. but still further. and began to make signals to a beautiful lady who was near the choir. who recognized in her the lady of Meung. a great lady—for she had behind her a Negro boy who had brought the cushion on which she knelt. which really did assassinate the disdained beauty. no doubt. Porthos. fingers placed upon the lips. who thought her much prettier than the lady with the black hood. seeing this. striking her breast so vigorously that everybody. a great effect upon d’Artagnan. and a female servant who held the emblazoned bag in which was placed the book from which she read the Mass. and the maid-servant. turned round toward her. who saw in her a rival really to be dreaded. and of Dover. whom his persecutor. ‘Ahem!’ under cover of the MEA CULPA. had sa462 The Three Musketeers . even the lady with the red cushion. and perceived that they rested upon the lady with the velvet cushion. little assassinating smiles. of Calais. The lady with the red cushion produced a great effect— for she was very handsome—upon the lady with he black hood. During this time Porthos played close. retwisted his mustache. the man with the scar. Then she cried.still in her seat. Porthos paid no attention.

He guessed. When she was only about three steps from him. When the lady of the red cushion came close to Porthos. made the sign of the cross. when the procurator’s wife had proved so refractory with respect to her purse.luted by the name of Milady. is there any reality except illusions and chimeras? The sermon over. followed by her black boy and her woman. but for real love. The fair worshipper touched the great hand of Porthos with her delicate fingers. without losing sight of the lady of the red cushion. by 463 . d’Artagnan remarked also that not one countenance responded to the gallantries of Porthos. D’Artagnan. fixing his eyes steadfastly upon the lady with the red cushion. The procurator’s wife smiled. and left the church. Leu being not far from that locality. Porthos drew his dripping hand from the font. that Porthos was taking his revenge for the defeat of Chantilly. which amused him greatly. and instead of a finger. for true jealousy. likewise. There were only chimeras and illusions. continued to watch the proceedings of Porthos. thinking that it was for her Porthos had put himself to this trouble. who had risen and was approaching. the procurator’s wife advanced toward the holy font. which was the more probable from the church of St. He guessed that the lady of the black hood was the procurator’s wife of the Rue aux Ours. but she was cruelly and promptly undeceived. he turned his head round. smiled. Amid all this. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. dipped his whole hand in. Porthos went before her.

‘Eh.This was too much for the procurator’s wife. solely for the sake of seeing me. If she had been a great lady she would have fainted. as a gambler does who laughs at the dupe he is about to pluck. ‘will you have the kindness to offer me your arm for five minutes? I have something to say to you. madame. and who sent me word that she should come today to this poor church. ‘that is a duchess of my acquaintance whom I have great trouble to meet on account of the jealousy of her husband. buried in this vile quarter. monsieur. winking to himself. ‘is that you? How is your husband. she contented herself saying to the Musketeer with concentrated fury. started like a man awakened from a sleep of a hundred years.’ said the procurator’s wife.’ Porthos pretended to be confused.’ replied the procurator’s wife.’ said Porthos.’ ‘Certainly. Monsieur Porthos. ‘Ma-madame!’ cried he.’ said he. ‘Ah. but as she was only a procurator’s wife. ‘you have remarked—‘ ‘I must have been blind not to have seen.’ ‘Yes. our dear Monsieur Coquenard? Is he still as stingy as ever? Where can my eyes have been not to have seen you during the two hours of the sermon?’ ‘I was within two paces of you.’ said Porthos. at the sound of that voice. she doubted not there was an intrigue between this lady and Porthos.’ ‘Monsieur Porthos. 464 The Three Musketeers . ‘but you did not perceive me because you had no eyes but for the pretty lady to whom you just now gave the holy water. you don’t offer me any holy water?’ Porthos.

yielding to the pressure of the arm of the procurator’s wife. enclosed with a turnstile at each end. Magloire—a little-frequented passage. madame?’ said Porthos. and beheld this triumphant look. ‘Eh. ‘there is one who will be equipped in good time!’ Porthos. you are deceived. Mme. In the daytime nobody was seen there but mendicants devouring their crusts. as a bark yields to the rudder. and children at play.’ cried the procurator’s wife. Monsieur Porthos. at least—that lady with her Negro boy and her maid!’ ‘My God! Madame. drawing himself up proudly. when she was assured that no one who was a stranger to the population of the locality could either see or hear her. but with the eye of a jealous woman. you are a great 465 . Monsieur Porthos. he cast a passing glance at Porthos. ‘Ah. eh!’ said he.At that moment d’Artagnan passed in pursuit of Milady. Coquenard had Free eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘how so?’ ‘The signs just now. ‘she is simply a duchess. ‘ah. reasoning to himself according to the strangely easy morality of that gallant period. arrived at the cloister St.’ said Porthos. and the holy water! But that must be a princess. and that carriage with a coachman in grand livery who sat waiting on his seat?’ Porthos had seen neither the footman nor the carriage. as it appears!’ ‘I.’ ‘And that running footman who waited at the door.

and of hunger afterward. Porthos regretted that he had not at once made the lady of the red cushion a princess. dying. who had sacrificed for you the Baronne de—‘ ‘I know it well. to judge by the conduct of the great ladies of the time. and I will not finish. without you ever deigning once to reply to the burning letters I addressed to you.’ ‘Good Lord. ‘you may imagine.’ ‘Madame Coquenard. with a sigh. ‘Well. I am not in want of good luck. with the physique with which nature has endowed me. she was wrong.’ replied Porthos. I. raising her eyes toward heaven. in a beggarly inn at Chantilly. who placed reliance upon your friendship—I was near dying of my wounds at first. and which I preserve engraved in my 466 The Three Musketeers .’ responded Porthos.seen everything.’ murmured the procurator’s wife.’ ‘But. ‘Less quickly than the women. Monsieur Porthos!’ resumed the procurator’s wife. who began to feel that. the offspring of a noble family. how quickly men forget!’ cried the procurator’s wife. ‘Ah.’ said Porthos. it seems to me. madame. I may say I was your victim. ‘for I. madame. ‘I. ‘remember the first letter you wrote me.’ ‘But it was my husband who would not hear of lending. be generous!’ ‘You are right. I was abandoned by the surgeons. when wounded. you are quite the pet of the ladies. Monsieur Porthos.’ ‘The Comtesse de—‘ ‘Monsieur Porthos.

’ said she.memory. madame! It remains HERE!’ said Porthos. if you please.’ ‘Madame Coquenard. and that your Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ The procurator’s wife uttered a groan. I know you are not rich. what did I ask of you?’ resumed Porthos. and if in the time to come you should find yourself in a similar situation.’ ‘Fie.’ said she. I am not an unreasonable man. placing his hand on his heart. but this I know. ‘Besides.’ ‘Besides. I understand. Porthos maintained a majestic silence. nothing more! After all. it is humiliating. Madame Coquenard. slowly and sadly. madame. ‘And that is the only reply you make? Alas. as if disgusted. ‘I can assure you that you have severely punished me.’ ‘Think of the offense you have committed toward me. for I am incapable of compromising a woman. ‘A loan. and pressing it strongly. indeed I will. that I had but to write to her and she would have sent me fifteen hundred. ‘the sum you required me to borrow was rather large. with a movement of the shoulders full of good fellowship. I gave you the preference. I had but to write to the Duchesse—but I won’t repeat her name. ‘I will repair 467 . you have but to apply to me.’ ‘Then you no longer love me!’ said the procurator’s wife. ‘Monsieur Porthos. my dear Porthos.’ The procurator’s wife shed a tear. fie!’ said Porthos. ‘Let us not talk about money.

‘for if you are rich. then. though I am pretty well off.’ ‘When I said rich. or a countess.’ replied the procurator’s wife. madame. ‘Begone. ‘when we are about to enter upon a campaign—a campaign.’ ‘Hold. who saw that she had gone too far. ‘that my strongbox.’ ‘Now.’ said Porthos. I beg of you. Oh! If you were a duchess.’ ‘And she is not to be despised.’ The procurator’s wife was piqued. disengaging his arm from that of the procurator’s wife. in the most melancholy tone he could assume. ‘let us say no more upon the subject. and this is the last! Do you love me still?’ ‘Ah. a marchioness. ‘you must not take the word literally. You have misunderstood me.’ said Porthos. it would be quite a different thing. the strongbox of a procurator’s wife though it may be.husband is obliged to bleed his poor clients to squeeze a few paltry crowns from them. in my opinion.’ said she. Monsieur Porthos. then there is no excuse for your refusal. I am not precisely rich. to your beautiful duchess. it would be unpardonable.’ ‘Ingrate that you are!’ ‘Ah! I advise you to complain!’ said Porthos. in which my presentiments tell me I shall be killed—‘ 468 The Three Musketeers . ‘Please to know. once more. I will detain you no longer. Monsieur Porthos. Madame Coquenard. madame. all sympathy is extinct between us. is better filled than those of your affected minxes.’ ‘The doubles the offense.’ said Porthos.

’ continued he. in a transport that surprised even herself. we mean to make the journey together. Monsieur Porthos?’ said the procurator’s wife.’ ‘Have you no friends in Paris. and I even feel here.’ continued Porthos. Then I must make a journey to see my family. you know. this fatal campaign is to open. But in fifteen days. becoming more and more melancholy. resuming his melancholy air.’ said Porthos. ‘Something whispers me so. bursting into tears. ‘I thought I had. at the bottom of my heart. Journeys. I shall be fearfully preoccupied with my outfit. ‘Come to our house tomorrow. No object affects me. in the lower part of Brittany.’ ‘You have some!’ cried the procurator’s wife. ‘but I have been taught my mistake.’ ‘Come at 469 . appear much shorter when we travel two in company. consequently my cousin. Can you recollect all that?’ ‘Perfectly. ‘And as.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. You are the son of my aunt. in Picardy. you have several lawsuits and no attorney. or as you do not know. madame. to obtain the sum necessary for my departure.‘Oh. I speak frankly to you. don’t talk of such things!’ cried the procurator’s wife. you come from Noyon. ‘the duchess whom you saw at the church has estates near to those of my family. ‘Rather say that you have a new love.’ Porthos observed a last struggle between love and avarice. as you know. then.’ ‘Not so. something which speaks for you.

throwing a significant glance at Porthos. I see. who is rather shrewd. my dear Madame Coquenard. ‘Till we meet again. by our marriage contract. the poor man may be expected to leave me a widow.’ ‘All?’ ‘Yes.’ replied Porthos. then.’ said Porthos. ‘A great age. simpering. any hour. my angel!’ ‘Tomorrow.‘Very well.’ continued she. squeezing the hand of the procurator’s wife tenderly. dear traitor!’ ‘Till we meet again. ‘Fortunately. flame of my life!’ 470 The Three Musketeers .’ ‘Seventy-six years! PESTE! That’s a fine age!’ replied Porthos. Monsieur Porthos. Yes. you mean. the survivor takes everything. ‘For life. ‘We are then reconciled. notwithstanding his seventy-six years. my forgetful charmer!’ ‘Tomorrow. dear Monsieur Porthos?’ said she. all. in the same manner.’ ‘You are a woman of precaution.’ ‘And be upon your guard before my husband.

and was contemplating with ecstasy a cake of the most appetizing appearance. He ordered him to go and saddle two horses in M. and d’Artagnan toward the Rue Ferou. He made a sign for Grimaud to bring a glass for d’Artagnan. He saw her get into her carriage. de Treville’s stables—one for himself. D’Artagnan therefore returned to the Rue Ferou. and Grimaud obeyed as usual. Athos was at home. and one for Planchet—and bring them to Athens’s place. Once for all. Planchet proceeded toward the Rue du Colombier. who had stopped before the house of a pastry cook. emptying sadly a bottle of the famous Spanish wine he had brought back with him from his journey into Picardy. D’Artagnan related to Athos all that had passed at the church between Porthos and the procurator’s wife. d’Artagnan. and heard her order the coachman to drive to St. It was useless to try to keep pace on foot with a carriage drawn by two powerful 471 . and how their comrade was probably by that time in a fair way to be Free eBooks at Planet eBook.30 D’ARTAGNAN AND THE ENGLISHMAN D’Artagnan followed Milady without being perceived by her. In the Rue de Seine he met Planchet. Germain. Treville had placed his stable at d’Artagnan’s service.

‘As for me. my dear Athos. noble lord as you are. ‘That is to say. At that moment Planchet put his head modestly in at the half-open door. ‘I am only curious to unravel the mystery to which she is attached. and told his master that the horses were ready.’ said Athos. filled his mind constantly. I do not know why. well-bred. Germain?’ then demanded Athos. shrugging his shoulders. neither princesses nor queens would be secure from your amorous solicitations. and how he had found that lady who. ‘I am quite at my ease.equipped. you are in love with this lady as you were with Madame Bonacieux. it will not be women that will defray the expense of my outfit.’ ‘Well. with the seigneur in the black cloak and with the scar near his temple. and with which I am now going to take a ride to St. wholly unknown to me 472 The Three Musketeers . Germain. shrugging his shoulders contemptuously. and what are you going to do at St. Then d’Artagnan described the meeting which he had at the church. ‘I? not at all!’ said d’Artagnan. ‘What horses?’ asked Athos.’ ‘Handsome.’ ‘How young this d’Artagnan is!’ said Athos. as if he pitied human weakness.’ replied Athos to this recital. but I imagine that this woman. and he made a sign to Grimaud to bring another bottle. ‘Two horses that Monsieur de Treville lends me at my pleasure.

Germain.’ ‘AU REVOIR.’ said Athos.’ said d’Artagnan. perhaps you are right. no. All my researches have been useless. if that will amuse she is. my dear d’Artagnan. has an influence over my life. were it at the end of the world. Athos. ‘I ride horses when I have any. Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ ‘Well.’ said Athos.’ ‘Hear me. but I am ignorant. and if I knew the place in which she is. get on horseback and come and take a ride with me to St. Madame Bonacieux is lost. ‘I do not know a woman that is worth the trouble of being sought for when she is once lost. What is to be said? I must divert my attention!’ ‘Amuse yourself with Milady. I would go to free her from the hands of her enemies.’ said d’Artagnan. smiling at the misanthropy of 473 . you are mistaken. which from any other person would have offended him. Bonacieux recurred to the mind of the young man.’ ‘My dear fellow. Germain. and wholly unknown to her as I am. so much the worse for her if she is found. dear Athos. All along the road. and took the road to St. what Athos had said respecting Mme. I wish you may with all my heart. Athos. I am not so proud as you. when I have none. So AU REVOIR. ‘I ride what I can get. ‘Instead of shutting yourself up here as if you were under arrest.’ ‘No.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘I love my poor Constance more than ever. making a sign to Grimaud to uncork the bottle he had just brought.’ ‘Well.’ said the Musketeer. D’Artagnan and Planchet mounted. I go afoot.

being round. Germain. d’Artagnan then only half-lied. Milady had spoken to the man in the black cloak. according to the fashion of the time. Bonacieux the second time. the mercer’s pretty wife had made a real impression upon his heart. and arrived at St. so that he did not know which way to turn. which. He had just passed by the pavilion in which ten years later Louis XIV was born. and from time to time giving a touch of the spur to his horse. in the opinion of d’Artagnan. ‘and yet I am certain it is not the first time I have seen that visage. As he said. but the world.’ 474 The Three Musketeers . he was going to try to find out Milady. as he had carried her off the first. d’Artagnan completed his short journey. looking to the right and the left to see if he could catch any vestige of his beautiful Englishwoman. therefore she knew him. he saw a face peep out with which he thought he was acquainted.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘don’t you remember that face which is blinking yonder?’ ‘No. has many ends. monsieur!’ said he. when from the ground floor of a pretty house. which is lying but little. addressing d’Artagnan. it was certainly the man in the black cloak who had carried off Mme. which was ornamented with flowers. Thinking of all this. had no window toward the street. Now. when he said that by going in search of Milady he at the same time went in search of Constance.Although d’Artagnan was not of a very sentimental character. he was ready to go to the end of the world to seek her. He rode up a very quiet street. Meantime. Planchet recognized him first. This person walked along the terrace. ‘Eh.

com 475 .’ Planchet dismounted and went straight up to Lubin.’ ‘Well. in order that he might see without being seen.’ said d’Artagnan. He could not be mistaken. ‘I know him now. it is poor Lubin.‘PARBLEU. while d’Artagnan turned the two horses into a lane. and came back to watch the conference from behind a hedge of filberts. Do you think he would recollect you?’ ‘My faith. The latter—a pretty girl of about twenty or twenty-two years. according to the custom of the time. At the end of an instant’s observation he heard the noise of a vehicle. went round the house. I believe it is not. Milady was in it. and the two lackeys began to chat with the best understanding possible. Milady put her charming blond head out at the window. on the road to the governor’s country house!’ ‘So it is!’ said d’Artagnan. ‘Why. she was seated. active and lively. the lackey of the Comte de Wardes—he whom you took such good care of a month ago at Calais. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. and gave her orders to her maid. the true SOUBRETTE of a great lady—jumped from the step upon which. who did not at all remember him. he was in such trouble that I doubt if he can have retained a very clear recollection of me. monsieur. and saw Milady’s carriage stop opposite to him. ‘and make out if you can from his conversation whether his master is dead.’ said Planchet. and took her way toward the terrace upon which d’Artagnan had perceived Lubin. D’Artagnan leaned upon the neck of his horse. go and talk with the boy.

and important.D’Artagnan followed the soubrette with his eyes. who. whom she took for Lubin. monsieur. ran toward the lane. so that Planchet remained alone. ‘For you. having seen all. monsieur.’ I have no other master but you. ‘Yes. jumped upon the step. ‘For your master.’ said Planchet. presenting the billet to the young man. The SOUBRETTE said. astonished. ‘For me?’ said d’Artagnan. accustomed to passive obedience. ‘are you sure of that?’ ‘PARDIEU.’ Thereupon she ran toward the carriage. he jumped down from the terrace. a lackey in black and red will wait for your reply. Planchet turned and returned the billet. and holding out a little billet to him said. my faith. Then. Take it quickly. I can’t be more sure. and read these words: ‘A person who takes more interest in you than she is willing to confess wishes to know on what day it will suit you to walk in the forest? Tomorrow. and the carriage drove off. but it happened that someone in the house called Lubin.’ 476 The Three Musketeers . and at the end of twenty paces met d’Artagnan. which had turned round toward the way it came. so— a pretty little lass. at the Hotel Field of the Cloth of Gold. The maid approached Planchet. ‘For your master. and saw her go toward the terrace. is that SOUBRETTE!’ D’Artagnan opened the letter.’ ‘For my master?’ replied Planchet. looking in all directions for the road where d’Artagnan had disappeared. was coming to him.

She terminated it by an action which left no doubt as to the nature of this conversation. this was a blow with her fan. monsieur. he is as well as a man can be with four sword wounds in his 477 . having lost almost all his blood. As I said. The conversation took place in English—a language which d’Artagnan could not understand. Planchet! you are the king of lackeys. inflicted four upon the dear gentleman. Now jump onto your horse.’ ‘Well done. how is the good Monsieur de Wardes? He is not dead. monsieur. and told me our adventure from one end to the other. richly dressed. At the end of five minutes they perceived the carriage drawn up by the roadside. a cavalier. and he is still very weak. The cavalier laughed aloud. Well.‘Oh!’ said d’Artagnan. and let us overtake the carriage.’ This did not take long. it appears that Milady and I are anxious about the health of the same person. Planchet. without question. The conversation between Milady and the cavalier was so animated that d’Artagnan stopped on the other side of the carriage without anyone but the pretty SOUBRETTE perceiving his presence. was close to the door. ‘this is rather warm. for you. D’Artagnan thought this was the moment to interfere. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. applied with such force that the little feminine weapon flew into a thousand pieces. Lubin did not know me. which appeared to exasperate Milady still more. but by the accent the young man plainly saw that the beautiful Englishwoman was in a great rage. then?’ ‘No.

I should with great confidence place myself under your protection if the person with whom I quarrel were not my brother. I learn—be it so. then. ‘I do not go on because it pleases me to stop here. and when he had finished.’ At the first word Milady turned. looking at the young man with astonishment. ‘Madame. stooping in his turn on the neck of his horse.’ ‘Ah. Speak one word. then. madame.He approached the other door. madame. would have interposed in this commencement of mutual provocations in order to prevent the quarrel from 478 The Three Musketeers . she said in very good French. ‘be kind enough.’ said d’Artagnan.’ said d’Artagnan. You are Madame’s brother.’ It might be thought that Milady. ‘Why does not he go about his business?’ ‘Stupid fellow yourself!’ said d’Artagnan. to reply to me in the same language. ‘Monsieur. stooping down to the height of the coach window. and taking off his hat respectfully. ‘You must be aware that I was ignorant of that. and I take upon myself to punish him for his want of courtesy. ‘I speak to you in French. excuse me. will you permit me to offer you my services? It appears to me that this cavalier has made you very angry.’ The cavalier addressed some words in English to his sister. said. but fortunately you are not mine.’ ‘What is that stupid fellow troubling himself about?’ cried the cavalier whom Milady had designated as her brother. and answering on his side through the carriage window. timid as women are in general.

’ said he. my worthy gentleman. if you can handle a sword as skillfully as you can a dice box.’ ‘You see plainly that I have no sword. ‘is it you. was much increased by recognizing in him the Englishman of Amiens who had won his horse and had been very near winning his diamond of Athos. The cavalier made a movement as if to follow the carriage. ‘I am well furnished with such playthings. and that reminds me that I have a revenge to take. no material obstacle separated them.’ ‘Yes. monsieur. whose anger. and left the two men facing each other.’ said the Englishman. whose good looks seemed to have made an impression on her.’ ‘Very well.’ ‘Needless. ‘you appear to be more stupid than I am. but at all events. but d’Artagnan. Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ replied d’Artagnan. and if you like. ‘Go on—home!’ The pretty SOUBRETTE cast an anxious glance at d’Artagnan. We will see. but on the contrary. she threw herself back in her carriage. ‘Well. The carriage went on.’ said the Englishman. caught at his bridle and stopped him. and called out coolly to the coachman. I will throw with you for one of them. my dear monsieur. I have two.’ said the 479 .going too far. ‘Do you wish to play the braggart with an unarmed man?’ ‘I hope you have a sword at home.’ ‘Ah. my master? It seems you must always be playing some game or other. for you forget there is a little quarrel to arrange between us two. already excited.

he cantered back to Paris. then. Monsieur Baron. He related to Athos all that had passed. d’Artagnan went straight to the residence of Athos.’ ‘That will do.’ ‘Well. Athos was delighted to find he was going to fight an Englishman.’ ‘Three? Marvelous! That falls out oddly! Three is just my number!’ ‘Now. who are you?’ asked the Englishman. then. if you please?’ ‘Behind the Luxembourg.’ ‘Your hour?’ ‘Six o’clock.’ ‘Where. ‘I am Monsieur d’Artagnan. for his outfit to come and find him. except the letter to M. you have probably one or two friends?’ ‘I have three. where he was waiting.’ said d’Artagnan. And you?’ ‘I am Lord de Winter. I am your servant. He found Athos reclining upon a large sofa. Baron Sheffield. We might say that was his dream. As he was accustomed to do in all cases of any consequence. serving in the king’s Musketeers. that’s a charming spot for such amusements as the one I propose to you. as he said.’ ‘A PROPOS. a Gascon gentleman. 480 The Three Musketeers .’ And touching his horse with the spur.‘pick out the longest. and come and show it to me this evening. who would be honored by joining in the sport with me. de Wardes. ‘though you have names rather difficult to recollect. I will be there.

desired Grimaud to bring another bottle of wine. whose thoughtfulness they animated. and which promised him some agreeable adventure. by signs. Porthos drew his sword from the scabbard. and begged not to be disturbed before the moment of drawing swords. and made passes at the wall. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. shut himself up in Athos’s closet. as might be seen by the smiles which from time to time passed over his countenance. and on their arrival made them acquainted with the situation.They immediately sent their lackeys for Porthos and 481 . springing back from time to time. of which we shall hereafter see the execution. Aramis. who was constantly at work at his poem. D’Artagnan employed himself in arranging a little plan. and making contortions like a dancer. Athos.

The lackeys were ordered to act as sentinels. entered. ‘You played very willingly with us without knowing our names.’ said Athos. We cannot fight with such names. One plays with anybody. consequently the odd names of their adversaries were for them not only a matter of surprise. they are names of shepherds. but of annoyance. but one fights only with equals. A silent party soon drew near to the same enclosure.’ said Lord de Winter.31 ENGLISH AND FRENCH The hour having come. and he took aside the 482 The Three Musketeers .’ said Athos.’ ‘Therefore your lordship may suppose they are only assumed names. Then.’ ‘And that is but just. but we then only risked our pistoles. Athos threw a piece of money to the goatkeeper to withdraw.’ ‘That is true. this time we risk our blood. the presentations took place. The Englishmen were all men of rank. ‘But after all.’ replied the Englishman. ‘Which only gives us a greater desire to know the real ones.’ said Athos. ‘by the same token that you won our horses. they went with their four lackeys to a spot behind the Luxembourg given up to the feeding of goats. according to foreign custom. when the three friends had been named. and joined the Musketeers. ‘we do not know who you are.

then!’ cried 483 . Free eBooks at Planet eBook. Athos fenced with as much calmness and method as if he had been practicing in a fencing school. bowing. but Athos did not jest the least in the world. and the combat began with an animosity very natural between men twice enemies. ‘Why. ‘Do you find me of sufficient rank to do me the honor of crossing swords with me?’ ‘Yes. believing that he of the four Englishmen with whom he was to fight.’ said Athos. ‘Gentlemen. ‘are we ready?’ ‘Yes!’ answered the Englishmen and the Frenchmen.’ The Englishman looked at Athos. ‘Does that satisfy you?’ said Athos to his adversary. as with one voice. monsieur. and have reasons for wishing nobody to know I am living. and communicated his name in a low voice. coolly.’ ‘Why so?’ ‘Because I am believed to be dead. ‘On guard. Porthos and Aramis did the same. ‘Well! now shall I tell you something?’ added Athos. Immediately eight swords glittered in the rays of the setting sun. addressing at the same time his companions and their adversaries. that is that you would have acted much more wisely if you had not required me to make myself known. ‘What?’ replied the Englishman.’ said the Englishman. so that I shall be obliged to kill you to prevent my secret from roaming over the fields.

Aramis pushed his so vigorously that after going back fifty paces. played with skill and prudence. he had realized the plan he had imagined beforehand. but in this movement his foot slipped and he fell backward. abated. pressed d’Artagnan in his 484 The Three Musketeers . of his too-great confidence by his adventure of Chantilly. D’Artagnan was over him at a bound. The Englishman. delighted at having to do with a gentleman of such a kind disposition. pointing his sword to his throat. he fought purely and simply on the defensive. who had the third canto of his poem to finish. whose picturing had produced the smiles we noted upon his face. ‘I could kill you. and disappeared amid the hooting of the lackeys. my Lord. then surrendered his sword. but as he had foretold. without making any further resistance. Athos killed his adversary first. the man ended by fairly taking to his heels. that hit was a mortal one.Porthos. Second.’ D’Artagnan was at the height of joy. finding himself disarmed. took two or three steps back. Porthos stretched his upon the grass with a wound through his thigh. you are completely in my hands. with a vigorous side thrust sent his sword flying. no doubt. and said to the Englishman. Porthos took him up in his arms and bore him to his carriage. behaved like a man in haste. As to d’Artagnan. the sword pierced his heart. but I spare your life for the sake of your sister. He hit him but once. The baron. Aramis. As the Englishman. and when he saw his adversary pretty well fatigued.

‘What the devil would you have me do with that?’ said the Englishman. At this time Athos came up to d’Artagnan. and as Aramis’s had taken to his heels. I meant to pass it over to you. ‘Why.’ ‘Me! why to me?’ Free eBooks at Planet 485 . a large purse dropped from his clothes. ‘And now.’ D’Artagnan put the purse into his pocket. ‘What do you mean to do with that purse?’ whispered he. ‘You can restore it to his family. to give you that name. I hope. for you will permit me. D’Artagnan picked it up and offered it to Lord de Winter. she may perhaps on some future day speak a word that will not prove useless to you. if agreeable to you.’ said d’Artagnan.’ said Lord de Winter. in the hope of finding his wound not mortal.arms. they had nothing to think about but the dead. and as she is not in bad odor at court. Keep the purse for your lackeys. for I am desirous that she should take you into her good graces. and bowed a sign of assent. As Porthos and Aramis were undressing him. Milady Clarik. ‘His family will care much about such a trifle as that! His family will inherit fifteen thousand louis a year from him. my dear Athos. I will present you to my sister.’ D’Artagnan blushed with pleasure. and paid a thousand compliments to the three Musketeers. and as Porthos’s adversary was already installed in the carriage. my young friend. ‘on this very evening.

and threw it into the hand of the coachman. and yet he felt himself invincibly drawn toward her by one of those sentiments for which we cannot account. and he undertook to call and take d’Artagnan with him in order to introduce him.’ This greatness of spirit in a man who was quite destitute struck even Porthos. she was some creature of the cardinal. and this French generosity. do you take me?’ ‘It is the custom in war. He remembered in what a strange manner this woman had hitherto been mixed up in his destiny.’ said d’Artagnan. on quitting d’Artagnan.’ said d’Artagnan. except by MM. d’Artagnan appointed eight o’clock at Athos’s residence. ‘let us give the money to the lackeys— not to our lackeys. but to the lackeys of the Englishmen.’ Porthos shrugged his shoulders. gave him his sister’s address. She lived in the Place Royale—then the fashionable quarter—at Number 6. the heir of an enemy!’ said Athos. 486 The Three Musketeers . According to his conviction. I have never done that. ‘for whom. Mousqueton and Planchet. This introduction to Milady Clarik occupied the head of our Gascon greatly.’ ‘I. ‘Then. you killed him! They are the spoils of victory. Bazin.’ Athos took the purse. Aramis by a movement of his lips endorsed Athos. was highly applauded. Lord de Winter.‘Why. ‘why should it not be the custom in a duel?’ ‘Even on the field of battle. Grimaud. as Lord de Winter desired us to do. then.’ said Athos.’ ‘Yes. ‘For you and your comrades. repeated by Lord de Winter and his friend. ‘let us give the money to the lackeys.

com 487 .’ said he. you view things on the dark Free eBooks at Planet eBook. charming. rich. a woman who will draw you into a snare in which you will leave your head. D’Artagnan began by making his most splendid toilet. and recommended prudence to him with a shade of bitterness. and here you are. and consequently.’ ‘The part she plays. related everything to him. ‘I loved Madame Bonacieux with my heart. above all if we were born at Tarbes. ‘In getting introduced to her. It is not for nothing we are but twenty years old. Athos listened to his projects. She is some emissary of the cardinal.’ D’Artagnan felt the truth of this reproach. then shook his head. after all you have told me. he played only an equal game with her. our presumptuous hero gave but little heed to that. perfect. then returned to Athos’s. and according to custom. my principal object is to ascertain what part she plays at court. whom you call good. de Treville. running headlong after another. which would make him lose a part of his advantage. PARDIEU! It is not difficult to divine that.’ ‘The devil! my dear Athos. that he belonged body and soul to the king. As to the commencement of an intrigue between her and M. handsome. and high in the cardinal’s favor. de Wardes. since when known to Milady as he knew her.His only fear was that Milady would recognize in him the man of Meung and of Dover. Then she knew that he was one of the friends of M. ‘you have just lost one woman. although the marquis was young. while I only love Milady with my head. ‘What!’ said he.

and while the most part of the English had quit. they were soon at the Place Royale. I will withdraw. I mistrust women. then.side. methinks. Can it be otherwise? I bought my experience dearly—particularly fair women. Lord de Winter arrived at the appointed time. phlegmatically. and as it was drawn by two excellent horses. Milady is fair. when I shall have learned what I desire to know. then. presenting d’Artagnan to his sister. France on account of the war. ‘You see. ‘Listen to me! I want to be enlightened on a subject. Milady Clarik received d’Artagnan ceremoniously. Thank him. went into the other chamber. and as it was nearly eight o’clock he took the young man with him. ‘a young gentleman who has held my life in his hands. which proved that the general measure which drove the English from France did not affect her. and who has not abused his advantage. my poor d’Artagnan!’ said Athos. An elegant carriage waited below. or were about to quit. you say?’ ‘She has the most beautiful light hair imaginable!’ ‘Ah.’ 488 The Three Musketeers . but Athos. madame. if you have any affection for me. and although I am an Englishman. although we have been twice enemies.’ ‘Be enlightened!’ said Athos. Her hotel was remarkably sumptuous. being warned of his coming. although it was I who insulted him. Milady had just been laying out much money upon her residence. He therefore found d’Artagnan alone.’ ‘My dear fellow.’ said Lord de Winter.

almost shuddered at it. which had pulled him by the doublet. and so peculiar a smile appeared upon her lips that the young man. When he had finished. and her little foot worked with impatience beneath her robe. ‘you have today acquired eternal rights to my gratitude. The blood rose to her head. Lord de Winter perceived nothing of this. He did not. he had turned round to play with Milady’s favorite monkey. and yet it was easily to be perceived. whatever effort she made to conceal her impressions. who saw and observed this triple 489 . a sentiment resembling ferocity animated her countenance.Milady frowned slightly. monsieur. He therefore drew near to the table and took the second glass. Now that she believed herself to be no longer observed. however. She bit her handkerchief with her Free eBooks at Planet eBook. The brother did not perceive this. ‘You are welcome.’ said Milady. that this recital was not agreeable to her. in a voice whose singular sweetness contrasted with the symptoms of ill-humor which d’Artagnan had just remarked. He filled two glasses. and in a mirror he perceived the change that came over her face. he went to a table upon which was a salver with Spanish wine and glasses. and by a sign invited d’Artagnan to drink.’ The Englishman then turned round and described the combat without omitting a single detail. D’Artagnan knew it was considered disobliging by an Englishman to refuse to pledge him. a scarcely visible cloud passed over her brow. Milady listened with the greatest attention. lose sight of Milady.

but some little red spots on her handkerchief indicated that she had bitten her lips till the blood came. D’Artagnan exchanged a shake of the hand with Lord de Winter. She told d’Artagnan that Lord de Winter was her brother-in-law. Milady appeared to have entirely recovered. In addition to this. after a half hour’s conversation d’Artagnan was convinced that Milady was his compatriot. D’Artagnan was profuse in gallant speeches and protestations of devotion. they might be said to be of coral. she spoke French with an elegance and a purity that left no doubt on that head. That pretty little SOUBRETTE whom d’Artagnan had already observed then came in. She spoke some words to Lord de Winter in English. Those lips were magnificent. Milady replied with a smile of kindness.beautiful teeth. with surprising mobility. She had married a younger brother of the family. To all the simple things which escaped our Gascon. Her countenance. and charging his sister to obtain his pardon. This child was the only heir to Lord de Winter. if Lord de Winter did not marry. The hour came for him to retire. D’Artagnan took leave of Mi490 The Three Musketeers . All this showed d’Artagnan that there was a veil which concealed something. who thereupon requested d’Artagnan’s permission to retire. but he could not yet see under this veil. and then returned to Milady. who had left her a widow with one child. and not her brother. had recovered its gracious expression. The conversation took a cheerful turn. excusing himself on account of the urgency of the business that had called him away.

and whether he had not sometimes thought of attaching himself to the cardinal. At the same hour as on the preceding evening. asked his pardon for having touched him in a voice so sweet that the pardon was granted 491 . who brushed gently against him as she passed. and was still better received than on the evening before. D’Artagnan came again on the morrow. and then. D’Artagnan. de Cavois instead of M. who were his friends. who. as we have said. On the staircase he met the pretty SOUBRETTE. de Treville. was exceedingly prudent for a young man of twenty.lady. and that he had brought back four as specimens. she had to deal with a Gascon who played close. D’Artagnan replied that he had been sent thither by M. and said that he should not have failed to enter into the Guards of the cardinal instead of the king’s Guards if he had happened to know M. d’Artagnan Free eBooks at Planet eBook. and left the saloon the happiest of men. and it was Milady who this time did all the honors of the evening. She appeared to take a great interest in him. Milady in the course of the conversation twice or thrice bit her lips. and asked d’Artagnan in the most careless manner possible if he had ever been in England. then remembered his suspicions regarding Milady. Milady changed the conversation without any appearance of affectation. asked him whence he came. blushing to the eyes. de Treville to treat for a supply of horses. He launched into a eulogy of his Eminence. Lord de Winter was not at home.

D’Artagnan came again on the morrow and the day after that. d’Artagnan paid no attention to this persistence of poor Kitty. and each day Milady gave him a more gracious reception. 492 The Three Musketeers . In the corridor he again met the pretty Kitty. that was the name of the SOUBRETTE. but d’Artagnan was so preoccupied by the mistress that he noticed absolutely nothing but her. the corridor. either in the antechamber. or on the stairs.retired. as we have said. She looked at him with an expression of kindness which it was impossible to mistake. he met the pretty SOUBRETTE. But. Every evening.

taverns. a lover of wine forced to depend upon chance treats—was about to partake Free eBooks at Planet eBook.32 A PROCURATOR’S DINNER However brilliant had been the part played by Porthos in the duel. His heart beat. cabarets. the old crowns of M. it is true. but not like d’Artagnan’s with a young and impatient love. to climb those unknown stairs by which. and restaurants. He was about to see in reality a certain coffer of which he had twenty times beheld the image in his dreams—a coffer long and deep. He was about at last to pass that mysterious threshold. And then he—a wanderer on the earth. it had not made him forget the dinner of the procurator’s wife. On the morrow he received the last touches of Mousqueton’s brush for an hour. Coquenard had ascended. but still not without elegance—of the procurator’s wife were about to open to his admiring looks. locked. bolted. and took his way toward the Rue aux Ours with the steps of a man who was doubly in favor with fortune. a soldier accustomed to inns. a coffer of which he had so often heard. and which the hands—a little wrinkled. a man without fortune. a man without 493 . No. fastened in the wall. a more material interest stirred his blood. one by one.

’ as old soldiers say. dark passage. excepting some few acts of economy which Porthos had always found very unseasonable. and to give himself up to those little attentions which ‘the harder one is. a staircase halflighted by bars through which stole a glimmer from a neighboring yard. And yet. A tall. after all. at the very door the Musketeer began to entertain some doubts. be it understood. pale clerk. stinginess. and winning from them. opened the door. Porthos knocked with his hand. his face shaded by a forest of virgin hair. The approach was not such as to prepossess people—an ill-smelling. and bowed with the air of a man forced at once to respect in 494 The Three Musketeers .of family meals. like the principal gate of the Grand Chatelet. on the first floor a low door studded with enormous nails. fasts. and LANSQUENET. to pluck the clerks a little by teaching them BASSETTE. of the procurators of the period—meanness. The Musketeer could not forget the evil reports which then prevailed. to smooth the yellow. the more they please. To come in the capacity of a cousin. wrinkled brow of the old procurator. to enjoy the pleasures of a comfortable establishment. the procurator’s wife had been tolerably liberal—that is. and which indeed have survived them. in their utmost nicety. PASSE-DIX. and seat himself every day at a good table. by way of fee for the lesson he would give them in an hour. but as. for a procurator’s wife—he hoped to see a household of a highly comfortable kind. their savings of a month—all this was enormously delightful to Porthos.

the procurator’s wife had been on the watch ever since midday. reckoning that the heart. A shorter clerk came behind the first. not knowing well what to say to this ascending and descending scale. for the time. All these rooms. littered with papers. They reached the office of the procurator after having passed through the antechamber in which the clerks were. or perhaps the stomach. who began to laugh. Although the Musketeer was not expected before one o’clock. and a ruddy countenance.another lofty stature. On quitting the study they left the kitchen on the right. argued a very extensive clientage. which communicated with one another. a taller clerk behind the second. The clerks surveyed him with great curiosity. In all. Coquenard therefore entered the office from the house at the same moment her guest entered from the stairs. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. and entered the reception room. the military dress. This last apartment was a sort of dark room. Mme. a stripling of a dozen years rising behind the third. ‘It is my cousin!’ cried the procurator’s wife. and the appearance of the worthy lady relieved him from an awkward embarrassment. remained tongue-tied. of her lover would bring him before his time. which indicated strength. which. which indicated rank. but Porthos turned sharply round. and the study in which they ought to have been. which indicated familiarity with good 495 . Monsieur Porthos!’ The name of Porthos produced its effect upon the clerks. and he. three clerks and a half. come in. and every countenance quickly recovered its gravity. ‘Come in.

The cousin was received with resignation. which when a good repast is on foot prevails generally in that sanctuary of good living. to the shame of the procurator’s wife and his own regret. Monsieur Porthos?’ said the procurator. During the last five or six months that this weakness had been felt. and appeared. investigating glance into the kitchen. as he had never reckoned upon being received enthusiastically by the husband. in which the whole of his slender body was concealed. we are cousins. to be the only part of his face in which life survived. Unfortunately the legs began to refuse their service to this bony machine. Porthos. M. Then. he had cast a rapid. ‘Yes. that was all. monsieur. that animation. Words might be heard at a distance through all these open doors. and saluted him courteously. firm upon his legs. and he was obliged to confess to himself. as he expressed no surprise at the sight of Porthos. with his grinning mouth. that he did not see that fire. would have declined all relationship with M. 496 The Three Musketeers . wrapped in a large black doublet.did not inspire Porthos favorably. was brisk and dry. yet supporting his weight upon the arms of his cane chair. that bustle. The procurator had without doubt been warned of his visit. rising. His little gray eyes shone like carbuncles. it appears.’ said Porthos. who advanced toward him with a sufficiently easy air. without being disconcerted. while passing. The old man. ‘We are cousins. the worthy procurator had nearly become the slave of his wife. Coquenard.

Coquenard. must be the blessed coffer. for she added. but otherwise he has so little time to pass in Paris. at which he laughed in his large mustache. Porthos comprehended that this chest. Mme. smiled a little. and felt it. It appeared likewise that Mme. M. since the arrival of 497 . and took it for a piece of simplicity. Madame Coquenard?’ This time Porthos received the blow right in his stomach. Coquenard had. ‘My cousin will not return if he finds that we do not treat him kindly. my poor legs! where are you?’ murmured Free eBooks at Planet eBook. my legs. will he not. he contented himself with saying. that we must entreat him to give us every instant he can call his own previous to his departure.’ ‘Oh. but withdrawing his anxious look from the chest and fixing it upon Porthos. Porthos did not feel the ridicule of this. M. maliciously. I believe?’ said the procurator. ‘Monsieur our cousin will do us the favor of dining with us once before his departure for the campaign. and consequently to spare to us.‘By the female side. and he congratulated himself that the reality was several feet higher than the dream. frequently cast his eyes with great uneasiness upon a large chest placed in front of his oak desk. who knew that a simple-minded procurator was a very rare variety in the species. and colored a great deal. Coquenard was not less affected by it on her part. although it did not correspond in shape with that which he had seen in his dreams. Coquenard did not carry his genealogical investigations any further.

as might be expected. whom Porthos assisted in rolling her husband up to the table. He had scarcely entered when he began to agitate his nose and his jaws after the example of his clerks. They passed into the eating room—a large dark room situated opposite the kitchen. Coquenard. casting a glance at the three hungry clerks—for the errand boy. I would not keep such gourmands! They look like shipwrecked sailors who have not eaten for six weeks. inspired much gratitude in the Musketeer toward the procurator’s wife. had smelled unusual perfumes in the house. The hour of dinner soon arrived. and held their stools in hand quite ready to sit down. pushed along upon his armchair with casters by Mme. abundant but entirely free from meat.’ M. ‘Indeed!’ thought Porthos. This succor. who. oh!’ said he. Their jaws moved preliminarily with fearful threatenings. at the sight of a pale liquid. were of military punctuality. ‘here is a soup which is rather inviting. was not admitted to the honors of the magisterial table. and he tried to smile. on the surface of which a few crusts swam about as rare as the islands of an archipelago. 498 The Three Musketeers . Coquenard entered.’ ‘What the devil can they smell so extraordinary in this soup?’ said Porthos. ‘Oh. which came to Porthos at the moment in which he was attacked in his gastronomic hopes.Coquenard. as it appeared. The clerks. ‘in my cousin’s place.

but on the contrary. Coquenard smiled. that sublime fowl which was the object of his contempt. and Porthos perceived through the half-open flap the little clerk who. ate his dry bread in the passage with the double odor of the dining room and kitchen. not being allowed to take part in the feast. he saw nothing but eager eyes which were devouring.’ And he looked round to see if anybody partook of his opinion. to which it had retired to die of old age. and covered with one of those thick. ‘One may see that you love your family. ‘this is poor work. Afterward Mme. then Porthos. in anticipation. Coquenard filled her own plate. bristly skins through which the teeth cannot penetrate with all their efforts. Mme. but I don’t much like it boiled or roasted. The fowl must have been sought for a long time on the perch. and distributed the crusts without soup to the impatient clerks. and upon a sign from her everyone eagerly took his seat. Coquenard drew the dish toward her. Madame Coquenard. After the soup the maid brought a boiled fowl—a piece of magnificence which caused the eyes of the diners to dilate in such a manner that they seemed ready to burst. skillfully Free eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘The devil!’ thought Porthos. At this moment the door of the dining room unclosed with a creak. M. with a smile that was almost tragic.’ said the 499 . ‘You are certainly treating your cousin very handsomely!’ The poor fowl was thin.Mme. I respect old age. Coquenard was served first.

M. which with the head she put on one side for herself. cut off the neck. Coquenard poured from a very small stone bottle the third of a glass for each of the young men. they filled it up again. to swallowing a drink which from the color of the ruby had passed to that of a pale topaz. which she placed upon her husband’s plate. and their lugubrious looks settled down into resigned countenances. The time for wine came. In the place of the fowl a dish of haricot beans made its appearance—an enormous dish in which some bones of mutton that at first sight one might have believed to have some meat on them pretended to show themselves. and found it to be nothing but 500 The Three Musketeers . This brought them. Mme. and then returned the bird otherwise intact to the servant who had brought it in. He also drank half a glass of this sparingly served wine. by the end of the repast. The young men filled up their third of a glass with water. Coquenard distributed this dish to the young men with the moderation of a good housewife. who disappeared with it before the Musketeer had time to examine the variations which disappointment produces upon faces. and passed the bottle to Porthos and Mme. raised the wing for Porthos. Porthos ate his wing of the fowl timidly. when they had drunk half the glass. and continued to do so. served himself in about the same proportion. as it came in search of his. according to the characters and temperaments of those who experience it. and shuddered when he felt the knee of the procurator’s wife under the table. then. Coquenard. But the clerks were not the dupes of this deceit.detached the two great black feet.

’ There was silence. gravely. Coquenard had eaten his soup. ‘Ah. M. bowed. a terrible meaning for the clerks. folded their napkins more slowly still. ‘Take my advice.’ ‘Devil take me if I taste one of them!’ murmured Porthos to himself. had. Mme. the black feet of the fowl. Lord. and then said aloud. and sighed deeply. Coquenard rose and took from a Free eBooks at Planet eBook. which were unintelligible to Porthos. Porthos could hardly keep his countenance. your dinner has been a real feast. but the knee of Mme. Coquenard gently advised him to be patient. in that tone which says. Upon a look from the procurator. Coquenard.that horrible Montreuil—the terror of all expert 501 . accompanied by a smile from Mme. Porthos fancied they were mystifying him. young men! go and promote digestion by working. and retired. and began to curl his mustache and knit his eyebrows. how I have eaten!’ M. The clerks gone. Coquenard saw him swallowing this wine undiluted. ‘Go. ‘Will you eat any of these beans. on the contrary. my cousin. ‘Thank you. and the only mutton bone on which there was the least appearance of meat. Madame Coquenard! Accept my compliments. Cousin Porthos?’ said Mme. don’t touch them. The procurator repeated several times. Coquenard. they arose slowly from the table. I am no longer hungry. This silence and this interruption in serving.’ said the procurator.

‘A positive feast!’ cried M. which was near him. Coquenard knit his eyebrows because there were too many good things. and in that same locality. after the luxuries of such a repast. ‘the sacrifice is consummated! Ah! if I had not the hope of peeping with Madame Coquenard into her husband’s chest!’ M. ‘I am prettily caught!’ He passed his tongue over a spoonful of preserves. Coquenard. he might make a dinner. and they began to lay the basis of a reconciliation. upon the edge of which. some preserved quinces. which he called an excess. Porthos bit his lips because he saw not the wherewithal to dine. and was not satisfied till he was close to his chest. the bottle was empty. EPULCE EPULORUM. M. but wine was wanting. M. Porthos began to hope that the thing would take place at the present sitting. he placed his feet. turning about in his chair. felt the want of a siesta. ‘This is fine!’ said Porthos to himself. Coquenard. and stuck his teeth into the sticky pastry of Mme. The procurator’s wife took Porthos into an adjoining room. for still greater precaution. ‘Now. 502 The Three Musketeers . and cheese. and hoped that with wine. Coquenard. and a cake which she had herself made of almonds and honey.’ Porthos looked at the bottle. ‘a real feast.’ said he. He looked to see if the dish of beans was still there. Lucullus dines with Lucullus. he would be taken to his room. and Mme. the dish of beans had disappeared. Coquenard did not seem to observe it. bread. but the procurator would listen to nothing.buffet a piece of cheese. 503 . does the equipment of your company consist.’ said she. picked soldiers. ‘Thanks.’ ‘Why. Mme. The procurator’s wife waited tremblingly. ‘it is so. madame!’ said Porthos. and they require many things useless to the Guardsmen or the Swiss.’ said the procurator’s wife. ‘that unfortunate outfit!’ ‘Alas. I must think of my outfit!’ ‘That’s true. ‘I wished to know the detail. ‘because. groaning. ‘To how much?’ said she. ‘it does not exceed two thousand five hundred livres! I even think that with economy I could manage it with two thousand livres. no. having many relatives in business.’ said Porthos. yes. that is a fortune!’ Porthos made a most significant grimace. of many things!’ said Porthos. ‘but I don’t like to abuse your kindness.’ said Porthos. besides. Coquenard.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ ‘But of what.‘You can come and dine three times a week. ‘two thousand livres! Why. as you know. detail them to me. Coquenard understood it. speech failed her.’ ‘Good God!’ cried she. who preferred discussing the total to taking them one by one. they may amount to—‘. ‘Oh. Monsieur Porthos?’ ‘Oh. ‘The Musketeers are. I was almost sure of obtaining things at a hundred per cent less than you would pay yourself. said Porthos. ‘I hope it does not exceed—‘ She stopped.’ said Mme.’ ‘But yet.

‘do you take me for a beggar?’ ‘No. to more than three hundred livres. don’t you in the first place want a horse?’ ‘Yes.‘Ah. I only thought that a pretty mule makes sometimes as good an appearance as a horse. and my valise. hesitatingly. ‘that’s well as regards my horse.’ ‘Well. But then you understand. a horse. ‘there is a horse for my lackey. haughtily. ‘that is what you meant to say!’ ‘Yes. As to my arms. my friend. besides. ah!’ said Porthos.’ said Porthos. for instance. Thus. agreed for a pretty mule. 504 The Three Musketeers .’ continued he. as they include objects which a Musketeer alone can purchase. It may be remembered that he had the saddle which came from Buckingham. it is useless to trouble you about them. ‘you are right. ‘but that is doing things in lordly style. These three hundred livres he reckoned upon putting snugly into his pocket. and which will not amount.’ ‘Three hundred livres? Then put down three hundred livres. dear Monsieur Porthos. ‘Then. and it seemed to me that by getting a pretty mule for Mousqueton—‘ ‘Well.’ said the procurator’s wife. madame!’ said Porthos. brightening. but I must have the appointments complete. then! I can just suit you. I have seen very great Spanish nobles whose whole suite were mounted on mules. I have them. with a sigh.’ ‘Ah.’ ‘A horse for your lackey?’ resumed the procurator’s wife. Porthos smiled.’ ‘Ah!’ said Porthos.

Madame Coquenard. Porthos took leave of Mme. ‘My husband has five or six valises. with simplicity.’ ‘Your valise is then empty?’ asked Porthos. These conditions being agreed to. Finally. and the result of the sitting was that the procurator’s wife should give eight hundred livres in money. ‘Ah. The Musketeer returned home hungry and in bad humor. and the procurator’s wife was obliged to give place to the king.’ replied the procurator’s wife.’ Madame uttered fresh sighs. ‘There remains the valise.’ added Porthos. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. a mule with feathers and bells. ‘Oh. There is one in particular which he prefers in his 505 . and should furnish the horse and the mule which should have the honor of carrying Porthos and Mousqueton to glory. the rest of the equipment was successively debated in the same manner. Moliere had not written his scene in ‘L’Avare’ then. my dear.’ ‘Be satisfied. but Porthos urged the commands of duty. Coquenard was in the dilemma of Harpagan. large enough to hold all the world. Mme.’ said the procurator’s wife.’ cried Porthos. ‘Certainly it is empty. don’t let that disturb you. you shall choose the best. but the valise I want. ‘is a wellfilled one. The latter wished to detain him by darting certain tender glances. Coquenard.’ cried Mme. in real innocence. Coquenard.

‘I listen. my child. One day.’ said d’Artagnan. Monsieur Chevalier. as we have said. ‘I wish to say three words to you. ‘Speak. what is to be done?’ 506 The Three Musketeers . when he arrived with his head in the air. but this time the pretty Kitty was not contented with touching him as he passed. d’Artagnan became hourly more in love with Milady. and above all.’ stammered the SOUBRETTE. she is about to appoint some rendezvous of which she had not courage to speak. too secret.33 SOUBRETTE AND MISTRESS Meantime. he found the SOUBRETTE under the gateway of the hotel. ‘Good!’ thought d’Artagnan. despite the cries of his conscience and the wise counsels of Athos.’ And he looked down at the pretty girl with the most triumphant air imaginable.’ ‘Here? Impossible! That which I have to say is too long. Thus he never failed to pay his diurnal court to her. speak. she took him gently by the hand. ‘She is charged with some message for me from her mistress.’ ‘Well. and as light at heart as a man who awaits a shower of gold. and the self-satisfied Gascon was convinced that sooner or later she could not fail to respond.

’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. then. ‘my mistress loves you not at all.’ ‘Come. Monsieur Chevalier.’ ‘What the devil do you see so bad in it?’ said d’Artagnan.’ D’Artagnan cast a glance around him. Kitty guessed what was passing in the mind of the young man. it communicates with my mistress’s by that door. ‘Where you please. ‘Come in here.‘If Monsieur Chevalier would follow me?’ said Kitty.’ And Kitty. Monsieur Chevalier?’ said she. more than I can say. then. and after ascending about fifteen steps. ‘Alas. his eyes were directed to that door which Kitty said led to Milady’s chamber. opened a door. and can talk. The little apartment was charming for its taste and neatness. my dear child. ‘that is too bad.’ replied Kitty.’ ‘And whose room is this. and heaved a deep sigh. timidly. But you need not fear. Kitty! I am mad for her!’ Kitty breathed a second sigh. ‘You love my mistress. Monsieur Chevalier. winding staircase. She will not hear what we say. ‘Because. monsieur. who had not let go the hand of d’Artagnan. my dear child?’ ‘It is mine.’ said she. led him up a little 507 . ‘Oh. ‘here we shall be alone.’ said she. monsieur. but in spite of himself. she never goes to bed before midnight. very dearly.

my dear Kitty.’ ‘His name.’ ‘That is to say. his name!’ cried d’Artagnan. ‘For me?’ said d’Artagnan. my pretty dear. is it not so?’ ‘We have always some difficulty in believing such things. ‘Read the address. what he was doing.’ ‘Monsieur El Comte de Wardes. but out of the regard I have for you. ‘No. ‘what are 508 The Three Musketeers . is not likely to be at all agreeable.’ ‘Much obliged. in spite of the cry which Kitty uttered on seeing what he was going to do. no.’ The remembrance of the scene at St. Germain presented itself to the mind of the presumptuous Gascon. he tore open the letter.’ ‘Then you don’t believe me?’ ‘I confess that unless you deign to give me some proof of what you advance—‘ ‘What do you think of this?’ Kitty drew a little note from her bosom. As quick as thought. or rather. were it only from self-love. monsieur. ‘can she have charged you to tell me so?’ ‘Oh. I have taken the resolution to tell you so. but for the intention only—for the information. you must agree. good Lord. for another. you don’t believe what I have told you.’ said she. Monsieur Chevalier. ‘Oh.’ ‘For another?’ ‘Yes.‘HEIN!’ said d’Artagnan. seizing the letter.

‘And why not?’ demanded d’Artagnan.’ d’Artagnan became very pale. and pressing anew the young man’s hand. and supplant my rival. ‘Alas. looking at her for the first time with much attention.’ said Kitty.’ ‘How do you know that?’ ‘You have cut her to the heart. and with all my heart. instead of pitying me. doing?’ ‘I?’ said d’Artagnan. little one?’ said d’Artagnan. yes. ‘nothing.’ ‘Well. Are you indisposed. you would do much better to assist me in avenging myself on your mistress.’ ‘And what sort of revenge would you take?’ ‘I would triumph over her. ‘Poor dear Monsieur d’ 509 .’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ ‘I will never help you in that.’ said Kitty. in a voice full of compassion.’ ‘What ones?’ ‘The first is that my mistress will never love you. warmly. do not allow it to escape. ‘Oh.’ and he read. de Guise? You have an opportunity now. ‘You have not answered my first note.’ ‘You know what it is to be in love?’ said d’Artagnan. ‘You pity me. he was wounded in his SELFlove: he thought that it was in his LOVE. for I know what it is to be in love. then. Monsieur Chevalier. yes. or have you forgotten the glances you favored me with at the ball of Mme. ‘For two reasons.

he had disdained the soubrette. everyone for herself!’ Then only d’Artagnan remembered the languishing glances of Kitty.’ ‘And does that hinder you from letting me know the second reason?’ ‘The second reason.‘I? In what can I have offended her—I who ever since I have known her have lived at her feet like a slave? Speak.’ replied Kitty. or on the stairs. ‘it is not me you love! It is my mistress you love. or so boldly: the interception of letters ad510 The Three Musketeers . no. the corridor. but absorbed by his desire to please the great lady. ‘Oh. I beg you!’ ‘I will never confess that but to the man—who should read to the bottom of my soul!’ D’Artagnan looked at Kitty for the second time. ‘I will read to the bottom of your soul when-ever you like.’ said he. But this time our Gascon saw at a glance all the advantage to be derived from the love which Kitty had just confessed so innocently. don’t let that disturb you. emboldened by the kiss in the first place.’ said Kitty. you told me so just now. He whose game is the eagle takes no heed of the sparrow. and still further by the expression of the eyes of the young man. ‘Kitty. The young girl had freshness and beauty which many duchesses would have purchased with their coronets. and her deep sighs.’ And he gave her a kiss at which the poor girl became as red as a cherry. ‘is that in love. Monsieur the Chevalier. those touches of the hand every time she met him. her constantly meeting him in the antechamber.

willy-nilly. that the poor girl. my dear Kitty.’ cried Kitty. then.’ ‘Well. and almost at the same time the bell was rung in Milady’s chamber. as may plainly be perceived. come here. ‘very willing. which was contiguous to her mistress’s. ‘Good God. Time passes quickly when it is passed in attacks and defenses. ‘Well.’ ‘And what is that proof?’ ‘Are you willing that I should this evening pass with you the time I generally spend with your mistress?’ ‘Oh. in intention. did believe him. the pretty Kitty defended herself resolutely. establishing himself in an easy chair.dressed to the Comte de Wardes.’ said d’Artagnan. took his hat. to d’Artagnan’s great astonishment. yes. news on the spot. The perfidious deceiver was. opening quickly the door of a large closet instead of that leading to the staircase. my dear. and let me tell you that you are the prettiest SOUBRETTE I ever saw!’ And he did tell her so much. clapping her hands. as if it had been his intention to obey. ‘Of that which I am ready to feel toward you. that I should give you a proof of that love which you doubt?’ ‘What love?’ asked the young girl. ‘there is my mistress calling me! Go. and so well. ‘come. Nevertheless. already 511 .’ said Kitty. Midnight sounded. the poor girl in order to obtain Milady.’ said he to the young girl. then. entrance at all hours into Kitty’s chamber. ‘are you willing. who asked nothing better than to believe him. he buried himself Free eBooks at Planet eBook. go directly!’ D’Artagnan rose.

d’Artagnan could hear Milady for some time scolding her maid. Milady. Milady! has he not come?’ said Kitty. Both went into the bedroom. I understand my game. I will be revenged!’ ‘I believed that Madame loved him. She was at length appeased.’ ‘What will you do with him.’ ‘What. and as the door of communication remained open. ‘Well. Oh. no. who had secured the key.’ ‘I love him? I detest him! An idiot. ‘What are you doing?’ cried Kitty. Kitty. he must have been prevented by Monsieur de Treville or Monsieur Dessessart. ‘Here am I.’ cried Milady. I have this one safe.amid the robes and dressing gowns of Milady. and the conversation turned upon him while Kitty was assisting her mistress. D’Artagnan. here am I!’ cried Kitty. in a sharp voice.’ said Milady. shut himself up in the closet without reply. ‘Well. who held the life of 512 The Three Musketeers . that you don’t answer when I ring?’ And d’Artagnan heard the door of communication opened violently. springing forward to meet her mistress. ‘I have not seen our Gascon this evening. there is something between that man and me that he is quite ignorant of: he nearly made me lose my credit with his Eminence. Kitty. ‘Can he be inconstant before being happy?’ ‘Oh. ‘Are you asleep. madame?’ ‘What will I do with him? Be easy.

‘That will do. ‘your son was the only heir of his uncle. this woman was a monster! He resumed his listening.’ said Kitty. 513 . on my faith!’ A cold sweat broke from d’Artagnan’s brow.’ said Kitty.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. Why. there is one. ‘go into your own room. with that sharp voice which she took such pains to conceal in conversation. the mercer’s wife of the Rue des Fossoyeurs? Has he not already forgotten she ever existed? Fine vengeance that. ‘I should long ago have revenged myself on him if.Lord de Winter in his hands and did not kill him. and until his majority you would have had the enjoyment of his fortune. and tomorrow endeavor again to get me an answer to the letter I gave you.’ ‘For Monsieur de Wardes?’ said Kitty.’ ‘Oh.’ ‘Now. by which I missed three hundred thousand livres’ income. for Monsieur de Wardes.’ continued Milady. the cardinal had not requested me to conciliate him.’ D’Artagnan shuddered to the marrow at hearing this suave creature reproach him. ‘who appears to me quite a different sort of a man from that poor Monsieur d’Artagnan.’ said Milady. ‘To be sure. but Madame has not conciliated that little woman he was so fond of. and I don’t know why. but unfortunately the toilet was finished. ‘For all this. for not having killed a man whom he had seen load her with kindnesses.’ ‘That’s true.’ ‘What.

good Lord!’ said Kitty. at least. be confessed in his justification that the first use he made of his influence over Kitty was to try and find out what had become of Mme.’ He drew Kitty to him. It must. every word that is uttered in one can be heard in the other. On her side. 514 The Three Musketeers . in a low voice.’ said Milady. D’Artagnan believed it right to say that vengeance is the pleasure of the gods. ‘Silence. It was a movement of vengeance upon Milady. and then d’Artagnan opened the closet door. Bonacieux. but as softly as possible. begone!’ said Kitty. ‘Oh. but the principal features of his character were ambition and pride. then the noise of two bolts by which Milady fastened herself in. ‘I don’t like comments. her mistress never admitting her into half her secrets—only she believed she could say she was not dead. Therefore Kitty surrendered. ‘Or. mademoiselle. blushing. resistance would make so much noise. I will go—later.’ ‘That’s exactly the reason I won’t go. he might have been contented with this new conquest. Kitty turned the key of the lock. ‘There is nothing but a wainscot between my chamber and Milady’s. ‘what is the matter with you? How pale you are!’ ‘The abominable creature’ murmured d’Artagnan. but the poor girl swore upon the crucifix to d’Artagnan that she was entirely ignorant on that head. With a little more heart. ‘What!’ said Kitty.’ D’Artagnan heard the door close. however. silence.‘Go to bed.’ said d’Artagnan. She had the less motive to resist.

but this time d’Artagnan was better informed than she was. was increased by his not having killed her brother-in-law. he had framed a little plan in his mind. but Milady was very cross with her. almost without a doubt. but as he was a youth who did not easily lose his head. Kitty had been accused of negligence and severely scolded. the beautiful lioness became milder. the profound hatred. and she ordered Kitty to come at nine o’clock in the morning to take a third letter.As to the cause which was near making Milady lose her credit with the cardinal. ‘See how I suffer on your account!’ Toward the end of the evening. Milady could not at all comprehend the silence of the Comte de Wardes. the inveterate hatred of Milady. she smilingly listened to the soft speeches of d’Artagnan. Kitty came in. D’Artagnan 515 . The poor girl ventured a glance at d’Artagnan which said. had no doubt that it was lack of an answer from M. and. He found Kitty at the gate. and even gave him her hand to kiss. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. de Wardes that provoked her thus. on account of the diamond studs. D’Artagnan came the next day to Milady’s. he suspected that it was. Kitty knew nothing about it. But what was clearest in all this was that the true hatred. and finding her in a very ill-humor. went up to her chamber. As he had seen Milady on board a vessel at the moment he was leaving England. however. scarcely knowing what to think. while continuing to pay his court to Milady. as on the preceding evening.

she gave it to him at once. ‘Oh. D’Artagnan opened the letter and read as follows: This is the third time I have written to you to tell you that I love you. sent away Kitty. This time the poor girl did not even argue with d’Artagnan. d’Artagnan colored and grew pale several times in reading this billet. The poor girl promised all her lover desired. who had not taken her eyes off the young man’s countenance for an instant. but I will avenge myself for her contempt. If you repent of the manner in which you have acted toward me. Milady called. As the night before. the young girl who brings you this will tell you how a man of spirit may obtain his pardon. D’Artagnan concealed himself in his closet. She belonged body and soul to her handsome soldier.’ ‘Oh. Kitty. you love her still. and shut the door. I know what sort of vengeance! You told me that!’ ‘What matters it to you.’ said Kitty. yes.’ 516 The Three Musketeers . She held in her hand a fresh billet from Milady. I do not love her.D’Artagnan made Kitty promise to bring him that letter on the following morning. you are mistaken. ‘No. At eleven o’clock Kitty came to him. Things passed as on the night before. d’Artagnan did not return home till five o’clock in the morning. Beware that I do not write to you a fourth time to tell you that I detest you. Kitty? You know it is you alone whom I love. undressed. she was mad.

To delay it a single day would be in my eyes now to commit a fresh offense. Besides. It was even. but passion or thirst. Comte de Wardes This note was in the first place a forgery. But now I am forced to believe in the excess of your kindness. I was so seriously indisposed that I could not in any case have replied to them. and could entertain no respect for her. 517 . notwithstanding this want of respect. From him whom you have rendered the happiest of men. D’Artagnan’s plan was very simple. something like an infamous action. Until the present moment I could not believe that it was to me your first two letters were addressed.’ D’Artagnan took a pen and wrote: Madame. since not only your letter but your servant assures me that I have the good fortune to be beloved by you. it was likewise an indelicacy. he felt an uncontrollable passion for this woman boiling in his veins—passion drunk with contempt. And yet.‘How can I know that?’ ‘By the scorn I will throw upon her. as the reader pleases. I will come and ask mine at eleven o’clock this evening. so unworthy did I feel myself of such an honor. according to our present manners. She has no occasion to teach me the way in which a man of spirit may obtain his pardon. d’Artagnan from her own admission knew Milady culpable of treachery in matters more important. but at that period people did not manage affairs as they do today. By Kitty’s chamber Free eBooks at Planet eBook.

It is the count’s reply. Milady will then turn you out of doors. ‘you cannot but perceive that all this must end.he could gain that of her mistress.’ ‘Ah.’ said the young man.’ said d’Artagnan. Milady may discover that you gave the first billet to my lackey instead of to the count’s. ‘There. ‘Listen. ‘for whom have I exposed myself to all that?’ ‘For me. some way or other. In eight days the campaign would open. He might fail. D’Artagnan replied in such a manner that Kitty remained in her great delusion. I well know. you do not love me!’ cried Kitty. He would take advantage of the first moment of surprise. d’Artagnan had no time for a prolonged love siege. handing Kitty the letter sealed. but something must be left to chance. I swear to you.’ Poor Kitty became as pale as death. shame.’ To this reproach there is always one response which deludes women. ‘and I am very wretched. and he would be compelled to leave Paris. my dear girl. that it is I who have opened the others which ought to have been opened by de Wardes.’ ‘Alas!’ said Kitty.’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘But what does this note contain?’ ‘Milady will tell you. my sweet girl. ‘give that to Milady. ‘But I am grateful. and you know she is not the woman to limit her vengeance. and terror. to triumph over her. Although she cried freely before deciding to transmit the letter to her mistress. 518 The Three Musketeers . she suspected what the letter contained.

which was all d’Artagnan wished. and that when he left the mistress he would ascend with the maid. Finally he promised that he would leave her mistress’s presence at an early hour that evening. Free eBooks at Planet eBook.she did at last so 519 . This promise completed poor Kitty’s consolation.

Athos believed that everyone should be left to his own free will. Athos. Duty likewise on its part took a portion of that precious time which was gliding away so rapidly—only they had agreed to meet once a week. wherever they might happen to be. or rather where they could. d’Artagnan directed his steps toward the Rue Ferou. at the residence of Athos. Soon as Kitty left him. in agreement with the vow he had formed. and 520 The Three Musketeers .34 IN WHICH THE EQUIPMENT OF ARAMIS AND PORTHOS IS TREATED OF Since the four friends had been each in search of his equipments. seeing that he. there had been no fixed meeting between them. This day of reunion was the same day as that on which Kitty came to find d’Artagnan. They dined apart from one another. did not pass over the threshold of his door. according to his system. Aramis had some slight inclination to resume the cassock. about one o’clock. neither encouraged nor dissuaded him. He found Athos and Aramis philosophizing. He never gave advice but when it was asked.

’ he said. An instant after. in general.’ Porthos arrived a minute after d’Artagnan.’ ‘Give him alms. ‘Is it my equipment?’ ‘Yes and no. He came to request his master to return to his lodgings. uneasiness.’ replied Mousqueton. tranquillity. as he piteously said. ‘A man wishes to see Monsieur at home. ‘People. that of Athos. or if they do follow it. Bazin. ‘only ask advice not to follow it. it is for the sake of having someone to blame for having given it. At the end of a moment’s conversation. saluted his friends. ‘A man! What man?’ ‘A mendicant. hope.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘Well. Bazin made his appearance at the door. carelessness. and bid him pray for a poor sinner. and followed Mousqueton. in which Porthos hinted that a lady of elevated rank had condescended to relieve him from his embarrassment. that of Aramis. ‘What do you want with me. monsieur. The four friends were 521 . that of d’Artagnan.even then he required to be asked twice.’ Porthos rose. The four countenances expressed four different feelings: that of Porthos. my friend?’ said Aramis. but can’t you speak?’ ‘Come. where his presence was urgent. Mousqueton entered. with that mildness of language which was observable in him every time that his ideas were directed toward the Church.’ replied Bazin.

What do you think of Monsieur de Treville telling me. whom the cardinal protects?’ ‘That is to say. If Monsieur Aramis hesitates to come. gentlemen. ‘I know that Porthos was in a fair way. ‘tell him I am from Tours. that you associated with the suspected English. ‘I believe these fellows have managed their business. seeing that it is blessed bread to kill an Englishman. you have truly inconceivable ideas.’ And rising also. but no doubt this man brings me the news I expected. d’Artagnan?’ said Athos. I have never been seriously uneasy on his account. What do you think.’ he said. when he did me the honor to call upon me yesterday.’ 522 The Three Musketeers . But you.’ ‘Let it pass. which were our legitimate property—what do you mean to do?’ ‘I am satisfied with having killed that fellow.‘This mendicant insists upon speaking to you. my dear Athos. they would have weighed me down like a remorse. ‘Go to.’ replied d’Artagnan. ‘A thousand pardons. I visit an Englishwoman—the one I named. and pretends that you will be very glad to see him.’ ‘Has he sent no particular message for me?’ ‘Yes. my dear Athos— you. but if I had pocketed his pistoles. There remained Athos and d’Artagnan. he went off at a quick pace.’ ‘From Tours!’ cried Aramis. ‘and as to Aramis to tell you the truth. my boy. who so generously distributed the Englishman’s pistoles.

’ ‘Not at all. ‘You have asked for me?’ said the Musketeer.’ ‘I gave you my reasons. ay! the fair woman on whose account I gave you advice.‘Oh. Upon being informed that the person who wanted to speak to him came from Tours. and follow Aramis. or rather went before. and as Athos was the least inquisitive of any man on earth. We will therefore leave the two friends. you court another. monsieur?’ ‘My very own. and there were in the plan which our lover had devised for Milady. you look there for your outfit. Bazin. d’Artagnan’s confidence stopped there.’ ‘Yes. On entering he found a man of short stature and intelligent eyes. he was sure. but certainly the most amusing.’ D’Artagnan was on the point of telling Athos all. he ran without stopping from the Rue Ferou to the Rue de Vaugirard. He was therefore 523 .’ ‘Yes. Is that your name. punctilious in points of honor. but one consideration restrained him. who had nothing important to say to each other. we have seen with what rapidity the young man followed. I understand now: to find one woman. certain things that would not obtain the assent of this Puritan. but covered with rags. I think you said. You have brought me something?’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. It is the longest road. which naturally you took care not to adopt. I have acquired certain knowledge that that woman was concerned in the abduction of Madame Bonacieux. ‘I wish to speak with Monsieur Aramis. Athos was a gentleman.

kissed the superscription with an almost religious respect.’ ‘That is right. ‘Adieu. kept pace with him as well as he could. which contained what follows: ‘My Friend. but his quickness was not of much use to him. and think of me. who kisses tenderly your black eyes.’ The mendicant continued to rip his garments. or rather.‘Yes. if you show me a certain embroidered handkerchief. and opened the epistle. ‘here it is.’ ‘Here it is. curious to know what the mendicant could want with his master. and opening his ragged vest.’ replied the mendicant. AU REVOIR.’ In fact. Look. Bazin gone. ‘dismiss your lackey. he began to rip the upper part of his doublet. Bazin. it is the will of fate that we should be still for some time separated. I will do mine elsewhere. make the campaign like a handsome true gentleman. Aramis uttered a cry of joy at the sight of the seal.’ said Aramis. At the hint from the mendicant his master made him a sign to retire. Accept that which the bearer brings you. badly held together by a leather strap. the mendicant cast a rapid glance around him in order to be sure that nobody could either see or hear him. but the delightful days of youth are not lost beyond return. and drew 524 The Three Musketeers . Perform your duty in camp. taking a small key from his breast and opening a little ebony box inlaid with mother of pearl. from which he drew a letter. and he was obliged to obey. and arrived almost at the same time he did.

Aramis then reperused the letter. we shall yet have happy days! My love. all.’ said Aramis.’ said d’Artagnan. bowed. without even vouchsafing a look at the gold which sparkled on the table. who is a count and a grandee of Spain! ‘Golden dreams!’ cried 525 . Bazin scratched at the door.’ ‘You are mistaken. and forgot that he came to announce d’Artagnan. are thine. ‘Oh. came to Aramis on leaving Athos. and as Aramis had no longer any reason to exclude him. all. my blood.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook.S. which he laid down on the table. You may behave politely to the bearer. my adored mistress!’ And he kissed the letter with passion. I beg you will make my compliments to the gardener who gathers them. then he opened the door. ‘if these are the prunes that are sent to you from Tours. seeing that Bazin forgot to announce him. and perceived a postscript: P. and went out before the young man. ‘The devil! my dear Aramis. ‘this is from my publisher. friend d’Artagnan. Now. as d’Artagnan used no ceremony with Aramis. my life! all. always on his guard. yes. we are young. Bazin was stupefied at the sight of the gold. who has just sent me the price of that poem in one-syllable verse which I began yonder. beautiful life! Yes. he bade him come in. stupefied by his letter. had ventured to address a word to him. he announced himself. who. curious to know who the mendicant could be.from amid his rags a hundred and fifty Spanish double pistoles.

You are very fortunate. become a poet. we will join our friends. 526 The Three Musketeers . expecting that you will be rich in your turn. and shall not be sorry. and re-buttoned his doublet. ‘Well. your publisher is very generous.’ said d’Artagnan. but take care or you will lose that letter which is peeping from your doublet. monsieur. I confess.’ ‘Bazin. ‘It is long since we have had a good dinner. from your publisher. ‘My dear d’Artagnan.’ said he. as to the old Burgundy. have a somewhat hazardous expedition for this evening.’ Bazin perceived he was wrong. and which also comes. my friend. ‘Ah!’ said d’Artagnan with a smile. no doubt. my friend. Ah! Monsieur Aramis. I beg of you. ‘a poem sell so dear as that! It is incredible! Oh. he bowed and went out. as by magic.’ ‘My faith!’ said d’Artagnan. my dear Aramis.’ said Aramis. monsieur?’ cried Bazin. that’s all I can say. as I am rich.’ said Aramis. crammed in the letter. A poet is as good as an abbe. we will today begin to dine together again. ‘if you please. indeed. I like that. to fortify myself with a few glasses of good old Burgundy. you can write as much as you like.’ ‘Agreed.’ Aramis blushed to the eyes. and I. ‘you sell your productions at their weight in gold. I have no objection to that. ‘I believe you meddle with my conversation.‘Ah. with great pleasure. you may become equal to Monsieur de Voiture and Monsieur de Benserade. for my part.’ ‘How. his ideas of conversion. from whom the letter and the gold had removed.

faithful to his vow of not going out. my dear. my yellow horse. ‘It is of an original color. and he. he placed the others in the ebony box.’ ‘I can well believe it.’ replied d’Artagnan. took upon him to order dinner to be brought to them. It must have been for his 527 . As he was perfectly acquainted with the details of gastronomy. who. ‘Ah. ‘Aramis. the carcass is not worth eighteen livres. and at the corner of the Rue Bac met Mousqueton.’ replied d’Artagnan. Mousqueton?’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. which was not quite free from joy. d’Artagnan and Aramis made no objection to abandoning this important care to him. inlaid with mother of pearl. was driving before him a mule and a horse. for. does Monsieur know this horse?’ said Mousqueton. ‘Ah. with a most pitiable air.’ cried he. ‘upon that very horse I came to Paris. ‘I never saw one with such a hide in my life.And having put three or four double pistoles into his pocket to answer the needs of the moment. ‘and that was why I got three crowns for him. They went to find Porthos. The two friends repaired to Athos’s. the frightful brute!’ said Aramis. look at that horse!’ ‘Oh. But how did this horse come into your bands. in which was the famous handkerchief which served him as a talisman.’ said Aramis. CERTES.’ ‘What. D’Artagnan uttered a cry of surprise.

‘You may well believe that we will not accept such steeds as these in exchange for those which had been promised to us. we are looked upon with a rather favorable eye by a lady of quality. Meanwhile Mousqueton continued on his way. ‘say nothing about it. He. my master has commanded me to be discreet. which were beautiful to look upon. Arrived there. Mousqueton. Is he at home?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘No. having seen them crossing the yard.’ said Mousqueton. But don’t let us hinder you. The husband heard of the affair. it is a frightful trick of the husband of our duchess!’ ‘How is that. That would give me an idea of how I looked when I arrived in Paris.‘Pray. the Duchesse de—but. Mousqueton?’ ‘Why. PARDIEU. monsieur. Get up!’ He continued his way toward the Quai des Grands Augustins. ‘but in a very ill humor. and crossing the Pont Neuf. he reached the Rue aux Ours. and substituted these horrible animals. ‘Exactly!’ replied Mousqueton. a magnificent Spanish GENET and an Andalusian mule. though I should like to have seen Porthos on my yellow horse. still driving the two sorry animals before him. monsieur. and they rang in vain. while the two friends went to ring at the bell of the unfortunate Porthos.’ ‘Which you are taking back to him?’ said d’Artagnan. he fas528 The Three Musketeers . She had forced us to accept a little souvenir. on their way he confiscated the two magnificent beasts which were being sent to us. your pardon.’ said the lackey. took care not to answer. go and perform your master’s orders.

The anger which fired the eyes of the Musketeer. Coquenard repaired trembling to the cloister of St. in spite of his efforts to suppress it. but the visit of Porthos soon enlightened her. Porthos went away after having appointed a meeting with the procurator’s wife in the cloister of St. In a short time the two unfortunate beasts. then. for she guessed the reproaches that awaited her there. made such a noise in raising and letting fall the knocker that the procurator ordered his errand boy to go and inquire in the neighborhood to whom this horse and mule belonged. Mme. and could not at first comprehend this restitution. both horse and mule to the knocker of the procurator’s door. and told him that his commission was completed. Mme. without taking any thought for their future.tened. and that d’Artagnan in the yellow horse had recognized the Bearnese pony upon which he had come to Paris. seeing he was going. invited him to dinner—an invitation which the Musketeer refused with a majestic air. according to the orders of his master. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. Mousqueton had not concealed from his master that he had met d’Artagnan and Aramis. All that which a man wounded in his self-love could let fall in the shape of imprecations and reproaches upon the head of a woman Porthos let fall upon the bowed head of the procurator’s wife. and which he had sold for three crowns. In fact. but she was fascinated by the lofty airs of 529 . who had not eaten anything since the morning. The procurator. Magloire. he returned to Porthos. terrified his sensitive inamorata. Magloire. Coquenard recognized her present.

I ought not to have driven a bargain when it was to equip a cavalier like you. ‘Monsieur Porthos. in the name of heaven.’ ‘Well. who cast bags of money at his feet. ‘I have been wrong. retreated a second step. madame. I see it. and is backward in his pay.’ And Porthos.’ Porthos. ‘Stop.’ said Porthos. turning on his heel. and let us talk. tell me.’ ‘There is no harm in trying to buy things cheap. what do you ask?’ ‘Nothing.’ said she.’ said Porthos. your horsedealer is a thief. without reply.’ ‘Talking with you brings me misfortune. he assured me that they were two noble steeds. I took the mule and the horse for what he owed us. madame. seeking to excuse herself. ‘if he owed you more than five crowns. made a step to retire.’ The procurator’s wife hung upon the arm of Porthos. he owes money to the office. Monsieur Porthos. all surrounded by duchesses and marchionesses. for that amounts to the same thing as if I asked you for something. The procurator’s wife fancied she saw him in a brilliant cloud. ‘But. and in the violence of her grief she cried out. ‘I did all for the best! One of our clients is a horsedealer.‘Alas.’ said the procurator’s wife. ‘Monsieur Porthos! Monsieur Porthos!’ cried the procurator’s wife. ‘No. but they who so assiduously try to buy things cheap ought to permit others to seek more generous friends. Monsieur Porthos!’ cried she. ‘Stop. I am ignorant of all such matters! How should I know what 530 The Three Musketeers .

’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. which will last three hours at least. as he walked away.’ ‘It was wrong. It is for a consultation.’ ‘How so?’ asked the Musketeer.’ ‘The devil!’ thought Porthos. ‘Listen. then. upon my word of honor. Come! We shall be alone. ‘Till this evening.a horse is? How should I know what horse furniture is?’ ‘You should have left it to me. and can make up our accounts. but I will repair that wrong. who has sent for him. Now you 531 . my dear.’ ‘In good time. This evening M. Monsieur Porthos. who know what they are. majestically. but you wished to be frugal. ‘it appears I am getting nearer to Monsieur Coquenard’s strongbox at last. and the two separated saying. and consequently to lend at usury.’ ‘You pardon me?’ ‘We shall see.’ said Porthos. Coquenard is going to the house of the Due de Chaulnes. madame.

rose. but you would be charming if you would only depart.35 A GASCON A MATCH FOR CUPID The evening so impatiently waited for by Porthos and by d’Artagnan at last arrived. ‘You are very amiable. no doubt. and smiled on her graciously. As was his custom.’ D’Artagnan rose and took his hat. To the great lady she had given a heart vile and venal. Her mistress put on a charming face. Never had he been so well received. She looked at the clock. d’Artagnan presented himself at Milady’s at about nine o’clock. Our Gascon knew. but alas! the poor girl was so sad that she did not even notice Milady’s condescension. by the first glance of his eye. that his billet had been delivered. smiled at d’Artagnan with an air which said. reseated herself. and was forced to acknowledge that in his opinion Dame Nature had made a mistake in their formation. At ten o’clock Milady began to appear restless. D’Artagnan knew what she wanted. and that this billet had had its effect. He found her in a charming humor. Kitty entered to bring some sherbet. Milady gave him her 532 The Three Musketeers . to the SOUBRETTE she had given the heart of a duchess. one after the other. D’Artagnan looked at the two women.

As little sensitive as was the heart of d’Artagnan. D’Artagnan himself was frightened by the change in her countenance. nor beneath the great door. where it lay open. for Milady. he was touched by this mute sorrow. then she sobbed aloud. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. Kitty had thrown the purse into a corner. and comprehended that this was a sentiment. For the rest this vengeance was very easy. He did not therefore allow her any hope that he would flinch. Milady in a delirium of joy had told her servant everything. lifted her head. disgorging three or four gold pieces on the carpet. only he represented his action as one of simple vengeance. she had given Kitty a purse. above all to this one. It was necessary that d’Artagnan should find alone the staircase and the little chamber. neither in the antechamber. not of coquetry. Returning to her own room. but she did not raise her head. The young man felt her press his hand. The poor girl. on receiving his letter. Then he went out. The young man went to her and took her hands. ‘She loves him devilishly. but without venturing to speak a word. She heard him enter. She joined her hands with a suppliant air.’ he murmured. but he held too tenaciously to his projects. and by way of recompense for the manner in which she had this time executed the commission. but of gratitude because of his departure. nor in the corridor. As d’Artagnan had presumed. under the caresses of d’Artagnan.hand to 533 . to change the program which he had laid out in advance. This time Kitty was nowhere waiting for him.

Hardly had d’Artagnan seen. and ordered Kitty to return to her own chamber. ‘It is I. than he slipped out of his concealment. at the very moment when Kitty reclosed the door of communication. Before daybreak M. and made Kitty repeat the smallest details of the pretended interview of the soubrette with de Wardes when he received the letter. Finally. Kitty’s detention was not long. And to all these questions poor Kitty. Hardly was he concealed when the little bell sounded. through a crevice in his closet. and introduce de Wardes whenever he presented himself. Milady seemed overcome with joy. that the whole apartment was in obscurity. if he seemed very amorous. solely because happiness is egotistical. had ordered Kitty to extinguish all the lights in the apartment. responded in a stifled voice whose dolorous accent her mistress did not however remark. forced to put on a pleasant face. D’Artagnan slipped into the wardrobe. de Wardes must take his departure. and even in the little chamber itself. and did not leave the door open.’ said d’Artagnan in a subdued voice. but the partition was so thin that one could hear nearly all that passed between the two women. Kitty went to her mistress. what was the expression of his face.doubtless to conceal her blushes from her lover. Milady had everything about her darkened. Presently they heard Milady retire to her room. still in obscurity. ‘What is that noise?’ demanded Milady. the Comte 534 The Three Musketeers . ‘I. as the hour for her interview with the count approached. how he had responded.

‘Yes. ‘No. it is when a lover receives under a name which is not his own protestations of love addressed to his happy Wardes. my God. it was a magnificent sapphire. encircled with brilliants. in accepting it. no! Keep that ring for love of me.’ said Milady. in her softest voice. I also—I love you. and he suffered almost as much as poor Kitty. take this!’ and she slipped a ring from her finger onto d’Artagnan’s. tomorrow. in a trembling voice.’ she added. in a voice full of emotion.’ At this appeal d’Artagnan drew Kitty quietly away. Oh.’ murmured d’Artagnan Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ ‘Oh. ‘he has not even waited for the hour he himself named!’ ‘Well. Besides. my God!’ murmured Kitty. Count. ‘I am happy in the love which your looks and your words have expressed to me every time we have met. and that you may not forget me. Jealousy gnawed his heart. I must have some pledge from you which will prove that you think of me. If rage or sorrow ever torture the heart. ‘you know that I wait for you. tomorrow. who at that very moment was crying in the next chamber.’ said Milady. ‘you render me a much greater service than you imagine. but Milady added. D’Artagnan was in a dolorous situation which he had not foreseen. ‘why do you not enter? 535 . and slipped into the chamber. The first movement of d’Artagnan was to return it. Count. and pressing his hand in her own. d’Artagnan remembered having seen this ring on the finger of Milady.’ ‘This woman is full of mysteries.’ added she.

much. D’Artagnan at the moment of quitting Milady felt only the liveliest regret at the parting.’ said d’Artagnan.’ The monster was himself. diabolical. and as it were. but Milady herself 536 The Three Musketeers .’ It took some time for d’Artagnan to resume this little dialogue. ‘Oh. who did not well know how to answer.’ murmured Milady. but she added. ‘Be tranquil.’ continued Milady. whom that monster of a Gascon barely failed to himself. another interview was arranged for the following week. and by their union constitute a passion so strange. and as they addressed each other in a reciprocally passionate adieu. Poor Kitty hoped to speak a few words to d’Artagnan when he passed through her chamber. ‘the moment for confidences has not yet come. but then all the ideas of vengeance which he had brought with him had completely vanished. He even opened his mouth to tell Milady who he was. ‘do your wounds still make you suffer?’ ‘Yes. Presently it sounded one o’clock. he hated and adored her at the same time. He would not have believed that two sentiments so opposite could dwell in the same heart. It was necessary to separate. At that instant he felt himself ready to reveal all. and with what a revengeful purpose he had come. ‘I will avenge you—and cruelly!’ ‘PESTE!’ said d’Artagnan to himself. ‘Poor angel. This woman exercised over him an unaccountable power.

com 537 .’ ‘It is beautiful.’ replied d’Artagnan. proud to display so rich a gift in the eyes of his friends. ‘Yes. Here it is. though I have not questioned her. she gave it me last night. ‘it reminds me of a family jewel.’ said he. I did not think two sapphires of such a fine water existed. carefully kept in a casket. the place of the queen’s ring. He tried it on his left hand. ‘You notice my ring?’ said the Gascon. ‘Yes. ‘magnificent. ‘Her very self.’ said Athos. on d’Artagnan’s finger.’ said Athos.’ ‘That ring comes from Milady?’ cried Athos.reconducted him through the darkness. taking it from his finger. He was engaged in an adventure so singular that he wished for counsel. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. is it not?’ said d’Artagnan. ‘appears to be an infamous creature. and only quit him at the staircase. but not the less you have done wrong to deceive her. Have you traded it for your diamond?’ ‘No. He therefore told him all. with a voice in which it was easy to detect strong emotion. It is a gift from my beautiful Englishwoman.’ While thus speaking Athos regarded with attention the sapphire set with diamonds which had taken. ‘Your Milady. it fit his finger as if made for it. or rather Frenchwoman—for I am convinced she was born in France. The next morning d’Artagnan ran to find Athos. Athos examined it and became very pale. In one fashion or another you have a terrible enemy on your hands.

who inherited it from her mother. But stop! let me look at that sapphire again.’ ‘And you—sold it?’ asked d’Artagnan. it appeared as if there were abysses in Milady’s soul whose depths were dark and unknown.A shade of anger and vengeance passed across the usually calm brow of this gentleman.’ replied Athos. the one I mentioned to you had one of its faces scratched by accident. it recalls such cruel recollections that I shall have no head to converse with you.’ said be. Don’t ask me for counsel. He took back the ring. As I told you. ‘Look. but put it in his pock538 The Three Musketeers . however. don’t tell me you are perplexed what to do. ‘It is impossible it can be she.’ said Athos. ‘But from whom did this ring come to you. ‘but no doubt I was mistaken. ‘No. ‘Pray. Athos?’ ‘From my mother. ‘I gave it away in a night of love. after a minute. giving it again to Athos. d’Artagnan.’ And he returned d’Artagnan the ring without. ‘either take off that ring or turn the mounting inside. ‘is it not strange?’ and he pointed out to d’Artagnan the scratch he had remembered.’ D’Artagnan took off the ring.’ replied Athos. Athos started. ‘I thought I did. as it has been given to you.’ said he. with a singular smile. hesitatingly. ceasing to look at it.’ D’Artagnan became pensive in his turn. ‘How could this ring come into the hands of Milady Clarik? And yet it is difficult to suppose such a resemblance should exist between two jewels. it is an old family jewel.’ ‘Do you know this ring?’ said d’Artagnan.

my young friend. madame. She was sent by her mistress to the false de Wardes. for the next meetFree eBooks at Planet eBook. who has scarcely entered into your life. if I had a son I could not love him better. pale and trembling. you will act rightly. and that there is something fatal about her. ‘I will have done with her.’ replied d’Artagnan. taking his hand.’ ‘Shall you have the courage?’ said Athos. he wrote the following letter: Do not depend upon me.’ ‘In truth. awaited d’Artagnan’s reply. not to see Milady again. The counsels of his friend. joined to the cries of his own heart.’ said Athos. Take my advice. ‘d’Artagnan. She wished to know when her lover would meet her a second night. may not leave a terrible trace in it!’ And Athos bowed to d’Artagnan like a man who wishes it understood that he would not be sorry to be left alone with his thoughts. A month of fever could not have changed her more than this one night of sleeplessness and sorrow. On reaching home d’Artagnan found Kitty waiting for him. intoxicated with joy. and poor Kitty.’ said the gentleman. ‘you know I love and not on his finger. I do not know her. As a reply. ‘and God grant that this woman. ‘I shall.’ said d’Artagnan. renounce this woman. Her mistress was mad with love. ‘and instantly. pressing the Gascon’s hand with an affection almost paternal.’ ‘You are right. but a sort of intuition tells me she is a lost creature. made him determine. I own that this woman terrifies 539 . now his pride was saved and his vengeance satisfied.

ing. and the younger sons of the best families were frequently supported by their mistresses. or else. she ran back to the Place Royale as fast as her legs could carry her. she cried. did he not reserve the sapphire as a last resource for his outfit? It would be wrong to judge the actions of one period from the point of view of another. She crushed the paper in her hand. That which would now be considered as disgraceful to a gentleman was at that time quite a simple and natural affair. and d’Artagnan was forced to renew with the living voice the assurances which he had written. Was the Gascon determined to keep it as a weapon against Milady. and turning with flashing eyes upon Kitty. D’Artagnan gave the open letter to Kitty. Comte de Wardes Not a word about the sapphire. 540 The Three Musketeers . all in a tremble. but who became almost wild with joy on reading it a second time. The heart of the best woman is pitiless toward the sorrows of a rival. She could scarcely believe in her happiness. ‘What is this letter?’ ‘The answer to Madame’s. Milady opened the letter with eagerness equal to Kitty’s in bringing it. And whatever might be—considering the violent character of Milady—the danger which the poor girl incurred in giving this billet to her mistress. who at first was unable to comprehend it. but at the first words she read she became livid. I kiss your hands. Since my convalescence I have so many affairs of this kind on my hands that I am forced to regulate them a little. let us be frank. I shall have the honor to inform you of it.’ replied Kitty. When your turn comes.

she cried. pushing her away. She tried to go toward the window for air. I avenge myself!’ And she made a sign for Kitty to leave the room. hastened toward her and was beginning to open her dress.‘Impossible!’ cried 541 . ‘I faint? I? I? Do you take me for half a woman? When I am insulted I do not faint. ‘and why do you place your hand on me?’ ‘I thought that Madame was ill. but she could only stretch forth her arms. fearing she was ill.’ Then all at once. and I wished to bring her help. her legs failed her. Kitty. she was of the color of ashes. ‘What do you want with me?’ said she. frightened at the terrible expression which had come over her mistress’s face.’ responded the maid. ‘My God! can he have—‘ and she stopped. starting. but Milady started up. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. and she sank into an armchair. She ground her teeth. ‘It is impossible a gentleman could have written such a letter to a woman.

and not to M. It is wrong thus to neglect your friends. My brother-in-law and myself expected you yesterday and the day before.36 DREAM OF VENGEANCE That evening Milady gave orders that when M. The next morning. when Kitty presented herself at d’Artagnan’s. as her only reply. d’Artagnan. drew a letter from her pocket and gave it to him. D’Artagnan asked the poor girl what was the matter with her. and related to him all that had passed on the preceding evening. particularly at the moment you are about to leave them for so long a time. but he did not come. but in vain. only this time it was addressed to M. d’Artagnan smiled. This letter was in Milady’s handwriting. but as before she expected him in vain. he should be immediately admitted. she was no longer joyous and alert as on the two preceding days. She renewed the order relative to the Gascon. Will it be the same this evening? 542 The Three Musketeers . de Wardes. That evening Milady was still more impatient than on the preceding evening. d’Artagnan came as usual. He opened it and read as follows: Dear M. this jealous anger of Milady was his revenge. but on the contrary sad as death. d’Artagnan. The next day Kitty went to see the young man again. but she.

’ said d’Artagnan. not seeing me come again. It was evident that the servants who waited in the antechamber were warned. Milady Clarik ‘That’s all very simple. He did not dare to write for fear of not being able—to such experienced eyes as those of Milady—to disguise his writing sufficiently. As nine o’clock sounded. Milady. my dear girl.’ ‘And will you go?’ asked Kitty.’ Instinct made poor Kitty guess a part of what was to happen.’ said the Gascon. ‘I expected this letter. He desired Kitty to tell her mistress that he could not be more grateful for her kindnesses than he was. who could say how far the vengeance of such a woman would go?’ ‘Oh. ‘you know how to represent things in such a way that you are always in the right. ‘you must understand it would be impolitic not to accept such a positive invitation. You are going now to pay your court to her again. who sought for an excuse in his own eyes for breaking the promise he had made Athos. for as soon as d’Artagnan apFree eBooks at Planet eBook.Your very grateful. and if this time you succeed in pleasing her in your own name and with your own face. ‘Listen to me. it will be much worse than before. and promised to remain insensible to the seductions of Milady. and might suspect something. d’Artagnan reassured her as well as he could. my God!’ said Kitty. would not be able to understand what could cause the interruption of my visits. My credit rises by the fall of that of the Comte de Wardes. d’Artagnan was at the Place Royale. and that he would be obedient to her 543 .

D’Artagnan approached her with his usual gallantry.peared.’ ‘Then. no doubt. and conversed with more than her usual brilliancy. ‘She has never been so kind before. stand in need of repose. and looked fatigued. To the questions which d’Artagnan put concerning her health. no!’ said Milady. you. He was introduced. color to her cheeks.’ The servant went out. ‘Show him in. D’Artagnan cast an inquiring glance at Milady. She then made an extraordinary effort to receive him. but never did a more distressed countenance give the lie to a more amiable smile. ‘On the contrary. ‘my visit is ill-timed. but so piercing that d’Artagnan heard her in the antechamber. in a quick tone. returned to give luster to her eyes. one of them ran to announce him.’ ‘No. and I will withdraw. ‘Bad. ‘observe.’ replied he. D’Artagnan was again in the pres544 The Three Musketeers . She was pale. she replied. Monsieur d’Artagnan. to nobody.’ said Milady. but the young woman could not conceal the traces of the fever which had devoured her for two days.’ ‘Oh. ‘I am at home to nobody. before even he had asked if Milady were visible. The number of lights had been intentionally diminished. either from tears or want of sleep. On guard!’ Milady assumed the most agreeable air possible. stay. At the same time the fever. and vermillion to her lips. very bad. which for an instant abandoned her. oh!’ thought d’Artagnan. your agreeable company will divert me.’ said Milady.

‘The note is changed. ‘to true love.ence of the Circe who had before surrounded him with her enchantments.’ ‘Nothing is impossible. now.’ said d’Artagnan. She asked d’Artagnan if he had a mistress.’ ‘ 545 . ‘Have I any need to tell you so? Have you not perceived it?’ ‘It may be. madame?’ ‘Nothing.’ replied Milady. There was a moment at which he felt something like remorse. and d’Artagnan felt that he could damn himself for that smile. ‘I shrink before nothing but impossibilities. the more difficult they are to be won. His love. this fair inconstant. have only breathed and sighed through you and for you?’ Milady smiled with a strange smile. ‘The devil!’ thought d’Artagnan. ‘can you be cruel enough to put such a question to me—to me. which he believed to be extinct but which was only asleep. ‘Well. who. Is she going to fall in love with me. Milady became more communicative. ‘let us see what you would do to Free eBooks at Planet eBook. awoke again in his heart. ‘Then you love me?’ said she. by chance. with the most sentimental air he could assume. from the moment I saw you. Milady smiled. ‘Alas!’ said d’Artagnan.’ she said. but you know the more hearts are worth the capture. By degrees. difficulties do not affright me.’ ‘Oh.’ replied Milady. and will she be disposed to give me myself another sapphire like that which she gave me for de Wardes?’ D’Artagnan rapidly drew his seat nearer to Milady’s.

’ replied Milady.prove this love of which you speak. ‘I am all attention. ‘You may. ‘My arm and my life belong to you. ‘I have an enemy. after a moment of silence. now let us talk a little seriously.’ ‘You. madame. 546 The Three Musketeers .’ ‘Then.’ ‘For everything?’ ‘For everything.’ ‘Do not overwhelm me with happiness. with emphasis. cease to talk of impossibilities. madame.’ cried d’Artagnan. ‘Well?’ demanded d’Artagnan. ‘Well. she said. madame!’ said d’Artagnan. ‘is that possible. Milady remained thoughtful and undecided for a moment. like my love. Order.’ said Milady. in her turn drawing her armchair nearer to d’Artagnan’s chair. ‘since you are as generous as you are loving—‘ She stopped. who knew beforehand that he had not much to risk in engaging himself thus. May I reckon on you as an auxiliary?’ D’Artagnan at once perceived the ground which the vindictive creature wished to reach. ‘Well.’ said he. affecting surprise. as if appearing to have formed a resolution.’ ‘Indeed!’ ‘An enemy who has insulted me so cruelly that between him and me it is war to the death. then.’ ‘All that could be required of me. I am ready. ‘from the present time.’ said Milady.’ said he. my God?—good and beautiful as you are!’ ‘A mortal enemy.’ cried d’Artagnan.

really carried away by the passion this woman had the power to kindle in his heart. ‘I could interpret one of your looks. ‘I am ready. likewise to himself. smiling. you animated sword blade!’ ‘Fall voluntarily into my arms. She scarcely resisted. between her teeth. ‘You have understood me. that is because my happiness appears so impossible to me.’ ‘Then you would employ for me your arm which has already acquired so much renown?’ ‘Instantly!’ ‘But on my part. and I have such fear that it should fly away from me like a dream Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ ‘You know the only reply that I desire.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘how should I repay such a service? I know these lovers.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘ah.’ said Milady. ‘Ah. and afterward I will laugh at you with him whom you wish me to kill.throwing himself on his knees.’ said Milady. They are men who do nothing for nothing. ‘Interested man!’ cried she. ‘and I shall soon know how to get rid of you—you double idiot.’ said 547 . hypocritical and dangerous woman. ‘the only one worthy of you and of me!’ And he drew nearer to her.’ cried d’Artagnan. ‘after having abused me with such effrontery. dear Monsieur d’Artagnan. then. and covering with kisses the hands abandoned to him. ‘Avenge me of that infamous de Wardes.’ said Milady.’ D’Artagnan lifted up his head.

‘I love your devotedness. ‘So much the better! Come. ‘Quite certain?’ said Milady. ‘Alas. tell me his name!’ ‘Remember that his name is all my secret. as if carried away by his enthusiasm. for he knew all that was meant. ‘Only name to me the base man that has brought tears into your beautiful eyes!’ ‘Who told you that I had been weeping?’ said she. then!’ ‘I am at your orders.’ ‘It is surely not one of my friends?’ replied d’Artagnan. ‘Not if it were my own brother!’ cried d’Artagnan. Our Gascon promised this without risk.’ ‘Indeed. merit this pretended happiness. with a last doubt. and a threatening glance darted from her eyes. ‘If it were one of your friends you would hesitate.’ said Milady. do you love nothing else in me?’ asked 548 The Three Musketeers .’ ‘Yet I must know his name.’ ‘Yes. see what confidence I have in you!’ ‘You overwhelm me with joy.’ said d’Artagnan. affecting hesitation in order to make her believe him ignorant.’ ‘Well.’ said Milady. then?’ cried Milady.’ ‘Yes. What is his name?’ ‘You know him. ‘It appeared to me—‘ ‘Such women as I never weep. you must.that I pant to make a reality of it.

She made no effort to remove her lips from his kisses. seizing both his hands. tell me. only she did not respond to them. ‘how do you know it?’ ‘How do I know it?’ said d’Artagnan. it appeared to d’Artagnan that he had embraced a statue. I know it. He was not the less intoxicated with joy. if that were so. Milady seized the occasion. and endeavoring to read with her eyes to the bottom of his heart. in a Free eBooks at Planet eBook. I say. YOU!’ said she. and that he had committed an error. Her lips were cold. ‘De Wardes. taking his hand. electrified by love. He almost believed in the tenderness of Milady.’ cried d’Artagnan. ‘You love me. he would have killed him. The warm pressure made d’Artagnan tremble.’ ‘I know it because yesterday Monsieur de Wardes. ‘I love you also. ‘Oh. he almost believed in the crime of de Wardes.’ repeated Milady. I should lose my reason!’ And he folded her in his arms. D’Artagnan felt he had allowed himself to be carried away. ‘Yes.d’ 549 . ‘His name is—‘ said she. If de Wardes had at that moment been under his hand. as if by the touch that fever which consumed Milady attacked himself. in her turn. ‘Tell me. ‘And how do you know it?’ asked Milady. tell me. you!’ cried he.

I know something of him. He is a coward. she may turn her back tomorrow. as may be easily understood.’ replied d’Artagnan. I will avenge you of this wretch. but not with men. showed a ring which he said he had received from you. ‘Tomorrow.’ said he. ‘Well?’ continued she. ‘Well. but you will not be dead.’ but she reflected that such precipitation would not be very gracious toward d’Artagnan. in order that he might avoid explanations with the count before witnesses.’ said she. All this was answered by an expression of d’Artagnan’s.’ ‘With women. favorable yesterday. The epithet.’ ‘Wretch!’ cried Milady. giving himself the airs of Don Japhet of Armenia.’ ‘Which means that you now hesitate?’ ‘No. a thousand counsels to give to her defender. she had a thousand precautions to take. I do not hesitate. ‘you will be avenged. ‘Immediately. ‘Thanks.saloon where I was. perhaps. Besides.’ ‘No.’ ‘Fortune is a courtesan. resounded to the very bottom of d’Artagnan’s heart. ‘you will avenge me. or I shall be dead. God forbid! But would it be just to 550 The Three Musketeers .’ ‘But it seems you had not much reason to complain of your fortune in your contest with him. ‘and when shall I be avenged?’ ‘Tomorrow—immediately—when you please!’ Milady was about to cry out. my brave friend!’ cried Milady.

’ And then accompanying the glance with explanatory words.’ Milady held out her hand to him.’ The poor girl almost fainted at hearing these words. ‘Except that which I ask of you. ‘Then all is agreed?’ said she.’ ‘Silence! I hear my brother.’ She rang the bell and Kitty appeared. ‘that’s a settled custom.’ said she.’ thought d’Artagnan. ‘ 551 .allow me to go to a possible death without having given me at least something more than hope?’ Milady answered by a glance which said. mademoiselle. opening a small private door. ‘I must not play the fool. standing there like a statue? Do as I bid you: show the chevalier out. as he retired as quickly as possible from the reproaches of Kitty.’ said she. which he kissed tenderly. dear love.’ ‘It appears that these appointments are all made for eleven o’clock. ‘Oh. ‘Go out this way.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘That is but too just. It will be useless for him to find you here. what are you thinking about. ‘and come back at eleven o’clock. This woman is certainly a great liar. you are an angel!’ exclaimed the young man. I must take care. we will then terminate this conversation. tenderly. Kitty will conduct you to my chamber. ‘Is that all?— speak.’ ‘But when I assure you that you may rely on my tenderness?’ ‘I cannot wait till tomorrow. and this evening at eleven o’clock—you have heard what I said. ‘But.’ said he. then.

and that consequently he could not undertake. without committing suicide. and that she did not love him at all. because he was not sorry to have an opportunity of reading his own thoughts and endeavoring. and as this vengeance appeared to him to have a certain sweetness in it. But he also was spurred on by a ferocious desire of vengeance. He wished to subdue this woman in his own name. In an instant d’Artagnan perceived that the best way in which he could act would be to go home and write Milady a long letter. if possible.37 MILADY’S SECRET D’Artagnan left the hotel instead of going up at once to Kitty’s chamber. as she endeavored to persuade him to do— and that for two reasons: the first. which was to be seen through the blinds. He walked six or seven times round the Place Royale. and prayers. 552 The Three Musketeers . in which he would confess to her that he and de Wardes were. recriminations. It was evident that this time the young woman was not in such haste to retire to her apartment as she had been the first. because by this means he should escape reproaches. he could not make up his mind to renounce it. to kill the Comte de Wardes. to fathom those of this woman. turning at every ten steps to look at the light in Milady’s apartment. up to the present moment absolutely the same. the second. What was most clear in the matter was that d’Artagnan loved Milady like a madman.

Jealousy. D’Artagnan. at the bottom of his heart. and opening the door. He recalled to his mind the details of the first night. fury. that he was only caressed till Free eBooks at Planet eBook. wished to delay her lover. said. but Milady. with her ear on the watch. The poor girl. It was no longer a rival who was beloved. A secret voice whispered to him.At length the light disappeared. that d’Artagnan could scarcely believe what he saw or what he heard. offended pride. This last thought of love counseled her to make this last sacrifice. pale as death and trembling in all her limbs. of such monstrous effrontery. 553 . had gained the summit of all his wishes. He imagined himself to be drawn into one of those fantastic intrigues one meets in dreams. that he was but an instrument of vengeance. yielding to that magnetic attraction which the loadstone exercises over iron. had heard the noise d’Artagnan had made. and with a beating heart and a brain on fire he re-entered the hotel and flew toward Kitty’s chamber. however. it was himself who was apparently beloved. that d’Artagnan would also be lost to her forever. As the door closed after them Kitty rushed toward it.’ All this was of such incredible immodesty. all the passions in short that dispute the heart of an outraged woman in love. urged her to make a revelation. and above all. on his part. but she reflected that she would be totally lost if she confessed having assisted in such a machination. ‘Come in. darted not the less quickly toward Milady. With this light was extinguished the last irresolution in the heart of d’Artagnan.

and asked the young man if the means which were on the morrow to bring on the encounter between him and de Wardes were already arranged in his mind. and answered gallantly that it was too late to think about duels and sword thrusts. But d’Artagnan. endeavored to turn the conversation. forgot himself like a fool. with that large quantity of conceit which we know he possessed. This coldness toward the only interests that occupied her mind terrified Milady. and asked himself why. abandoning herself to love which she also seemed to feel. who had not the same motives for forgetfulness that d’Artagnan had. D’Artagnan fancied himself very cunning when advising 554 The Three Musketeers . Then d’Artagnan. When the transports of the two lovers were calmer. was the first to return to reality. passionate mistress. she was an ardent. but madness silenced this voice and stifled its murmurs. Milady kept him within the limits she had traced beforehand with her irresistible spirit and her iron will.he had given death. after all. Milady was no longer for him that woman of fatal intentions who had for a moment terrified him. but self-love. And then our Gascon. Milady. but pride. compared himself with de Wardes. but he could not succeed. whose ideas had taken quite another course. whose questions became more pressing. he should not be beloved for himself? He was absorbed entirely by the sensations of the moment. Two hours thus glided away. who had never seriously thought of this impossible duel.

’ said d’Artagnan. dear Monsieur d’Artagnan?’ ‘You cannot think so. in your turn. We cannot say how long the night seemed to Milady.’ said Milady. but d’Artagnan believed it to be hardly two hours before the daylight peeped through the window blinds. the furious projects she had formed. but as you are satisfied of my love. and invaded the chamber with its paleness. ‘but in the first place I should like to be certain of one thing.Milady to renounce. Is it not so?’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. bantering tone. by pardoning de Wardes. But at the first word the young woman started. he merited 555 . Seeing d’Artagnan about to leave her. dear love!’ replied d’Artagnan. my brave lover. which sounded strangely in the darkness. then.’ ‘And what is that?’ asked Milady. ‘but now. in so firm a tone that it appeared to Milady an undoubted proof of devotion. seriously. since you condemn him!’ said d’Artagnan. ‘he has deceived me. and from the moment he deceived me. body and soul!’ ‘Thanks.’ ‘He shall die. suppose this poor Comte de Wardes were less guilty than you think him?’ ‘At all events. it seems to me. you must.’ ‘And I am yours. ‘I am quite ready. Milady recalled his promise to avenge her on the Comte de Wardes. and exclaimed in a sharp. satisfy me of yours. whether you really love me?’ ‘I have given you proof of that. ‘Are you afraid. ‘That is. This reassured her.

‘Really. ‘you are such a valiant man. I am now at liberty to believe. without too much fatuity.’ ‘Who told you that I loved him?’ asked Milady. ‘At least. sharply.’ ‘You?’ asked Milady.’ ‘And why YOU?’ ‘Because I alone know—‘ ‘What?’ 556 The Three Musketeers .’ ‘No. then.‘Certainly. in a caressing tone. ‘and I repeat that I am really interested for the count.’ said the young man. The pale light of the first rays of day gave to her clear eyes a strangely frightful expression. I think that a man must be so severely punished by the loss of your love that he stands in need of no other chastisement. but I really pity this poor Comte de Wardes. I. that you love another. but if you love me as much as you say. ‘do you not entertain a little fear on my account?’ ‘What have I to fear?’ ‘Why. prefer a method. and such an expert swordsman.’ resumed d’Artagnan.’ said she.’ ‘You would not. that I may be dangerously wounded—killed even. since you have ceased to love him. ‘Yes. ‘I believe you now begin to hesitate. I do not hesitate.’ replied d’Artagnan. ‘which would equally avenge you while rendering the combat useless?’ Milady looked at her lover in silence.’ ‘Impossible!’ cried Milady.

‘what is this confession?’ ‘You gave de Wardes a meeting on Thursday last in this very room. you will pardon me?’ ‘Perhaps.’ said d’Artagnan. do you not?’ ‘Without doubt. so guilty toward you as he appears. in a tone of voice so firm.’ ‘Indeed!’ said Milady. and I am satisfied I possess it—for I do possess it. for I really cannot tell what you mean. ‘Yes. I am a man of honor. determined to come to an end. ‘explain yourself. he would have doubted. that if d’Artagnan had not been in such perfect possession of the fact.’ And she looked at d’Artagnan.’ D’Artagnan tried with his sweetest smile to touch his lips to Milady’s. no! It is not true.’ ‘Well. with eyes which seemed to burn themselves away. growing paler.’ said Milady. do I not?’ ‘Entirely. go on.’ ‘Then if through excess of love I have rendered myself culpable toward 557 .’ ‘A confession!’ ‘If I had the least doubt of your love I would not make it. ‘and since your love is mine. ‘This confession. my beautiful mistress. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. who embraced her tenderly.’ said she. did you not?’ ‘No. but she evaded him. but you love me. or rather having been. and with a countenance so unchanged. in an anxious tone. I feel as if transformed—a confession weighs on my mind.‘That he is far from being.

the FLEUR-DE-LIS—that indelible mark which the hand of the infamous executioner had imprinted. D’Artagnan detained her by her night dress of fine India linen. and frozen. my angel. to implore her pardon. but he was strangely deceived. and his error was not of long duration. you are not guilty toward me. smiling. but she. with inexpressible astonishment.‘Do not lie. Then the cambric was torn from her beautiful shoulders.’ ‘How is that? You told me yourself that that ring—‘ ‘That ring I have! The Comte de Wardes of Thursday and the d’Artagnan of today are the same person. loosing his hold of her dress. tried to escape.’ The imprudent young man expected a surprise. with a strong movement. ‘Great God!’ cried d’Artagnan.’ ‘Be satisfied.’ ‘What do you mean? Speak! you kill me. It was almost broad daylight. But Milady felt herself denounced even by his terror.’ ‘What next? what next?’ ‘De Wardes cannot boast of anything. He 558 The Three Musketeers . and remaining mute. Milady repulsed d’Artagnan’s attempted embrace by a violent blow on the chest. as she sprang out of bed. and on one of those lovely shoulders. d’Artagnan recognized. and I have already pardoned you. mixed with shame—a slight storm which would resolve itself into tears.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘that would be useless. round and white. Pale and trembling. motionless.

compelled her to glide behind the bedstead.’ And she flew to a little inlaid casket which stood upon the dressing table. sometimes at her breast. Although the young man was brave. and those bleeding 559 . no longer like a furious woman. and then threw herself with a bound upon d’Artagnan. She then tried to seize the sword with her hands. and his sword coming in contact with his nervous hand. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. and still more. He recoiled to the other side of the room as he would have done from a serpent which was crawling toward him. those pale cheeks. while he aimed at making his retreat by the door which led to Kitty’s apartment. those terribly dilated pupils.had doubtless seen all. he drew it almost unconsciously from the scabbard. except himself. he was terrified at that wild countenance. She turned upon him. Milady endeavored to get near enough to him to stab him. with a golden haft and a sharp thin blade. and did not stop till she felt the sharp point at her throat. opened it with a feverish and trembling band. drew from it a small poniard. and presenting the point. ‘you have basely betrayed me. The young man now knew her secret. ‘Ah. the secret of which all the world was ignorant. but like a wounded panther. sometimes at her eyes. wretch!’ cried she. as we know. But without taking any heed of the sword. her terrible secret—the secret she concealed even from her maid with such care. but d’Artagnan kept it free from her grasp. you have my secret! You shall die.

was not at more than three paces from it. screaming in a formidable way. I will design a second FLEURDE-LIS upon one of those pretty cheeks!’ ‘Scoundrel. and quick as lightning. while Kitty pushed the bolts. ‘Quick. he in screening himself behind the furniture to keep out of her reach. infamous scoundrel!’ howled Milady. Kitty opened the door. As all this. But d’Artagnan. Kitty. for if we leave her time to turn round. she in overturning the furniture in her efforts to get at him. but finding she could not accomplish this. With one spring he flew from the chamber of Milady into that of the maid.’ said he. in a low voice. Every blow was accompanied with terrible imprecations. d’Artagnan began to recover himself little by little. she in her fury stabbed at the door with her poniard. quick!’ said d’Artagnan. D’Artagnan. ‘let me get out of the hotel. if you don’t calm yourself. Then Milady attempted to tear down the doorcase. ‘but.’ ‘But you can’t go out so. beautiful lady.’ said Kitty. who had unceasingly maneuvered to gain this point. she will have me killed by the servants.Milady during this time continued to strike at him with horrible fury. he slammed to the door. still keeping on the defensive. At the noise they made. ‘you are naked. with a strength apparently above that of a woman. PARDIEU. the point of which repeatedly glittered through the wood. bore some resemblance to a duel. drew near to Kitty’s door. as soon as the bolts were fast. ‘Well. and placed all his weight against it. very well.’ 560 The Three Musketeers . however.

Milady tumbled fainting into her chamber. think.‘That’s 561 . and then conducted him down the stairs. it’s life and death!’ Kitty was but too well aware of that. It was time. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. The moment she lost sight of him. and a cloak.’ said d’Artagnan. In a turn of the hand she muffled him up in a flowered robe. and roused the whole hotel. then first thinking of the costume he found himself in. She gave him some slippers. ‘Don’t open!’ The young man fled while she was still threatening him with an impotent gesture. a large hood. ‘that’s true. Milady had already rung her bell. But dress me as well as you are able. in which he placed his naked feet. only make haste. my dear girl. The porter was drawing the cord at the moment Milady cried from her window.

38 HOW. notwithstanding the early hour. Grimaud came. and d’Artagnan sprang with such violence into the room as nearly to overturn the astonished lackey. to answer this noisy summons. the poor lad this time found his speech. were going to their work. WITHOUT INCOMMODING HIMSELF. the terror which spurred him on. only made him precipitate his course. ‘what do you want. The confusion of his mind. and the hooting of the people who. and knocked at the door enough to break it down. ran up the two flights to Athos’s apartment. rubbing his half-open eyes. and did not stop till he came to Athos’s door. the cries of some of the patrol who started in pursuit of him. In spite of his habitual silence. ATHOS PROCURES HIS EQUIPMENT D’Artagnan was so completely bewildered that without taking any heed of what might become of Kitty he ran at full speed across half Paris. you strum562 The Three Musketeers . He crossed the court. ‘Holloa. there!’ cried he.

monsieur. ‘Help! murder! help!’ cried he. Athos recognized his comrade. you stupid fellow!’ said the young man. sleeves tucked up. ‘I am d’Artagnan.’ ‘Grimaud. ‘Grimaud.’ said Athos. coming out of his apartment in a dressing gown. and disengaged his hands from the folds of the cloak. Monsieur d’Artagnan!’ cried Grimaud. and mustaches stiff with 563 . ‘for heaven’s sake. it is—‘ ‘Silence!’ Grimaud contented himself with pointing d’Artagnan out to his master with his finger. ‘Are you wounded. my friend!’ cried d’Artagnan. he burst into a laugh which was quite excused by the strange masquerade before his eyes—petticoats falling over his shoes. don’t laugh. ‘Don’t laugh. don’t you know me? Where is your master?’ ‘You. and phlegmatic as he was. for upon my soul. ‘impossible. you hussy?’ D’Artagnan threw off his hood. He then concluded it must be an assassin. At sight of the mustaches and the naked sword. it’s no laughing matter!’ And he pronounced these words with such a solemn air and with such a real appearance of terror. my friend? How Free eBooks at Planet eBook. I thought I heard you permitting yourself to speak?’ ‘Ah. ‘Hold your tongue. What’s your business here. that Athos eagerly seized his hand. the poor devil perceived he had to deal with a man.

Athos?’ ‘PARBLEU! whom do you expect to find with me at this hour?’ ‘Well. so greatly was he still agitated.’ said the Musketeer to his friend.’ replied d’Artagnan.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘Milady is marked with a FLEUR-DE-LIS upon her shoulder!’ ‘Ah!’ cried the Musketeer. in so stifled a voice that d’Artagnan scarcely heard him. an unheard-of story. and appearing in his shirt. bending his mouth to Athos’s ear. speak!’ said the latter.’ said d’Artagnan. and lowering his voice.’ ‘Well. well!’ and d’Artagnan rushed into Athos’s chamber. but put on this dressing gown first. ‘prepare yourself to hear an incredible. as if he had received a ball in his heart. D’Artagnan donned the robe as quickly as he could. 564 The Three Musketeers . but I have just met with a terrible adventure! Are you alone. ‘Come. mistaking one sleeve for the other. come. that they might not be disturbed. getting rid of his female garments. ‘Well?’ said Athos. ‘Are you SURE that the OTHER is dead?’ ‘THE OTHER?’ said Athos. I am dying with curiosity and uneasiness!’ ‘Athos. closing the door and bolting it. ‘Is the king dead? Have you killed the cardinal? You are quite upset! Come. ‘Let us see. tell me. ‘Well.pale you are!’ ‘No.

com 565 . Did you ever see her furious?’ ‘No.’ Athos uttered a groan. Athos.’ said Athos. and looks as if efforts had been made to efface it by the application of poultices?’ ‘Yes. ‘is she not?’ ‘Very.’ ‘I will see her.‘Yes. well-made? She has lost a tooth. You tried to kill her. that would be to denounce herself. next to the eyetooth on the left?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Blue and clear eyes. d’Artagnan!’ ‘Beware. with black eyelids and eyebrows?’ ‘Yes. and not to fail. a panther! Ah.’ ‘Fair. but she may be French. rosy in color.’ ‘She is capable of anything or everything.’ ‘But you say she is English?’ ‘She is called Milady.’ said Athos. beware. of a strange brilliancy.’ ‘She will not dare to say anything. Lord de Winter is only her brother-in-law. I am greatly afraid I have drawn a terrible vengeance on both of us!’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. and let his head sink on his hands. ‘This is a woman of twenty-six or twenty-eight years. my dear Athos.’ ‘The FLEUR-DE-LIS is small. she is a woman to return you the like.’ ‘Tall. she of whom you told me one day at Amiens. ‘A tigress.

I would give my life for a hair. do not go out alone. take care of yourself. I hope. considering everything. You must return to the Rue des Fossoyeurs. perchance.’ said Athos. ‘Do you. the day after tomorrow we leave Paris. when you eat.’ ‘In the meantime. but as. ‘You are right. ‘all this will be only necessary till after tomorrow evening.’ said d’Artagnan. he entertains a great hatred for you. and upon my soul. and wherever you go. and once gone—‘ ‘She will follow you to the end of the world. of what consequence is it if she kills me?’ said Athos.’ ‘Fortunately. Mistrust everything. he cannot accuse you openly. I am sure of that. take care! If the cardinal does not hold you in high admiration for the affair of London. this woman is one of the cardinal’s spies.D’Artagnan then related all—the mad passion of Milady and her menaces of death. then. think I set any great store by life?’ ‘There is something horribly mysterious under all this.’ ‘In that case. and as hatred must be satisfied. we shall have. I will accompany you. I will go with you. Athos. particularly when it’s a cardinal’s hatred. We are going according to all probability to La Rochelle. for when once with the army. even your own shadow. only men to dread. in short. Let her. ‘Fortunately. if she recognizes you. ‘I renounce my plan of seclusion. exhaust her vengeance on me alone!’ ‘My dear friend. If you go out.’ said Athos. use every precaution. Athos.’ 566 The Three Musketeers .

you can borrow at least a thousand crowns on it.’ ‘I take back the ring. and I. you have the sapphire. and she will certainly not have the politeness to return it to you. gave it to this wretch. and bring back some clothes. that ring is defiled.’ ‘Then. d’Artagnan.’ ‘Sell it. as he once told me. ‘for if I am not mistaken.’ ‘Pledge it.’ ‘The jewel is yours. My mother gave it to me. and it is magnificent. It formed part of the nuptial present he made his wife. you have left the best of your apparel with Milady. to which I see you attach much value.‘But however near it may be. and when you are full of money Free eBooks at Planet eBook. Grimaud entered. after it has passed through the hands of that infamous creature? Never. and he rang the bell. my grandfather gave two thousand crowns for it. then. take back this ring. Fortunately.’ replied d’Artagnan.’ said Athos.’ ‘Sell a jewel which came from my mother! I vow I should consider it a profanation.’ ‘That’s true. and set off. ‘All this will not advance your outfit. With that sum you can extricate yourself from your present difficulties.’ said Athos. Athos made him a sign to go to d’Artagnan’s residence. my friend. Grimaud replied by another sign that he understood perfectly. instead of keeping the ring as a holy relic. ‘I cannot go thither in this guise. then. my dear Athos! Did you not tell me it was a family jewel?’ ‘ 567 . fool as I was.

again. but I believe all you say to be true. at least. It is not only a valuable diamond. or I will throw it into the Seine. but upon one condition. but it is an enchanted talisman.’ ‘What?’ ‘That there shall be five hundred crowns for you. accompanied by 568 The Three Musketeers . and I doubt. it seems. or rather to yours.’ ‘Well.’ ‘To which you attach more value.’ said d’Artagnan. whether any fish will be sufficiently complaisant to bring it back to us. I don’t need the quarter of such a sum—I who am still only in the Guards—and by selling my saddles. Let us return to my ring. Besides. as it will have passed through the hands of usurers. for in any extreme circumstance it might not only extricate us from some great embarrassment.’ ‘Don’t dream it. you can redeem it. and five hundred crowns for me. I have thought so. ‘You are a capital companion. as was the case with Polycrates. and take it back cleansed from its ancient stains. Athos. d’Artagnan.’ ‘Yes. then. but even a great danger. Well. At this moment Grimaud returned. that’s all. than I do to mine. What do I want? A horse for Planchet. ‘your never-failing cheerfulness raises poor souls in affliction. you forget that I have a ring likewise. let us pledge the ring. You shall take half the sum that will be advanced upon it. I will take it. I shall procure it.’ Athos smiled.’ said be.’ ‘I don’t at all understand you.

‘You have promised your protection. ‘there is a very pretty girl waiting for you upstairs. ‘be at ease. he found the poor girl.’ ‘That’s Kitty!’ said d’Artagnan to himself. Remember. had taken advantage of the opportunity and brought the garments himself. and prepared to follow his master. ‘Make haste. dear lodger. ‘The lackeys were brought by the cries she made. There exist no imprecations she did not pour out against you. When the two were ready to go out. Kitty. and you know women don’t like to be kept waiting. my girl. Then I thought she would remember it was through my chamber you had penetrated hers. the latter made Grimaud the sign of a man taking aim.’ said d’Artagnan. They arrived without accident at the Rue des Fossoyeurs. all in a tremble. and darted into the passage.’ said he. it is you who have ruined me!’ ‘Yes. Sure enough! Upon the landing leading to the chamber. and looked at d’Artagnan 569 . and the lackey immediately took down his musketoon. Bonacieux was standing at the door. As soon as she perceived him. anxious about his master and curious to know what had happened to him. the latter. to be sure. But what happened after my departure?’ ‘How can I tell!’ said Kitty. and crouching against the door. and Athos did the same. She was mad with passion. d’Artagnan dressed himself. you have promised to save me from her anger. yes. and that then she would suppose I Free eBooks at Planet eBook. she cried.

‘I shall always love you.’ ‘My dear little love! In my country the ladies do without chambermaids.’ said Athos.’ ‘I understand.’ said Kitty. for instance.’ ‘Do what you please. far off or near. Help me out of Paris.’ ‘Where the devil will constancy niche itself next?’ murmured Athos. Monsieur Chevalier. but you can place me in one of the provinces with some lady of your acquaintance—in your own country. to the siege of La Rochelle. and I got away.’ ‘Meanwhile. so I took what little money I had and the best of my things. Kitty would not like to live in the Rue aux Ours. ‘provided I am well concealed. Planchet. Request him to come here directly.’ said Kitty. go and find Aramis. and you are no longer jealous of me—‘ ‘Monsieur Chevalier. But stop! I can manage your business for you. ‘Poor dear girl! But what can I do with you? I am going away the day after tomorrow. ‘No. help me out of France!’ ‘I cannot take you. 570 The Three Musketeers . Isn’t it so. however. ‘but why not Porthos? I should have thought that his duchess—‘ ‘Oh. We have something very important to say to him.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘Besides. Kitty. Kitty?’ ‘I do not care where I live. when we are about to separate. Porthos’s duchess is dressed by her husband’s clerks.was your accomplice.’ aid d’Artagnan. laughing. and nobody knows where I am.

’ ‘That’s it. ‘You know the interest we both take in this poor little Madame Bonacieux. my dear girl. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘I also. I shall always love you.’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘And yesterday evening he came again. about fifteen or eighteen days ago. I attach great importance to the question I am about to put to you. no. also.‘And I. will you. now! Oh. to be sure!’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘My dear Athos. Did you never hear talk of a young woman who was carried off one night?’ ‘There. Besides. be sure of that. we are enveloped in a network of 571 . ‘You. my God! You remind me of my fright! If he should have known me again!’ ‘How? know you again? Did you ever see that man before?’ ‘He came twice to Milady’s. it is one of my friends who loves her—Monsieur Athos.’ ‘I?’ cried Athos. But now answer me. ‘she is the wife of that frightful baboon you saw at the door as you came in.’ ‘Oh. pressing Athos’s hand. just before you came.’ ‘Exactly so. this gentleman here. Kitty will tell nothing.’ continued d’Artagnan. Monsieur Chevalier. Kitty? You understand. About what time?’ ‘Why. do you love that woman still?’ ‘No. with an accent like that of a man who perceives he is about to tread upon an adder.’ ‘Yesterday evening?’ ‘Yes.

If you can.’ ‘He has gone to make his report.’ Athos went down and returned immediately. I believe.’ He placed himself at the table and wrote a little note 572 The Three Musketeers . and to say that all the pigeons are at this moment in the dovecot. let us all fly. ‘and the house door is shut. Athos—he mistrusts you less than me—and see if he be still at his door. and then said.And do you believe he knew you again. for one of her friends who resides in the provinces. be assured that I shall be entirely devoted to the person who will give me the means of quitting Paris. Kitty?’ ‘I pulled down my hood as soon as I saw him. and the friends gave him to understand that among all his high connections he must find a place for Kitty. answer for Mademoiselle-” ‘Oh.’ said Athos. my dear d’Artagnan. Aramis reflected for a minute. but perhaps it was too late.’ ‘Then.’ said Athos. The matter was all explained to him.’ said Aramis.’ ‘Very well. ‘and leave nobody here but Planchet to bring us news. d’Artagnan?’ ‘I shall be grateful to you all my life. Madame de Bois-Tracy asked me. ‘Will it be really rendering you a service. coloring.’ ‘Go down. whom we have sent for!’ ‘That’s true. monsieur.’ said he. Aramis. ‘this falls out very well.’ ‘Well. ‘He has gone. for a trustworthy maid.’ At that moment Aramis entered. then.’ ‘A minute. ‘we must wait for Aramis.

but not for a man who had the Free eBooks at Planet eBook. while d’Artagnan went to conduct Kitty downstairs. they easily obtained three hundred pistoles on the ring. ‘And now.’ ‘And whenever we find each other. he would give five hundred pistoles for it. ‘you will find me loving you as I love you today. my dear girl. Besides. ‘you know that it is not good for any of us to be here.’ said d’Artagnan. with the activity of two soldiers and the knowledge of two connoisseurs. in whatever place it may be. without thinking to ask for any abatement. as it would make a magnificent pendant for earrings. We shall meet again in better days. Therefore let us separate.’ said Kitty.’ ‘Dicers’ oaths!’ said Athos. but Athos put his hand upon his shoulder. D’Artagnan would have remonstrated at this. An instant afterward the three young men separated. Athos was very easy.which he sealed with a ring. Still further. When a thing suited him he paid the price demanded. and gave the billet to 573 . and a noble to his fingers’ ends. and d’Artagnan understood that it was all very well for such a little Gascon gentleman as himself to drive a bargain. the Jew told them that if they would sell it to him. with a smile. agreeing to meet again at four o’clock with Athos. hardly required three hours to purchase the entire equipment of the Musketeer. and Athos and d’Artagnan busied themselves about pledging the sapphire. Athos and d’Artagnan. and leaving Planchet to guard the house. Aramis returned home. As the Gascon had foreseen.

which cost three hundred livres. so that we really should lose two hundred pistoles by the bargain. my friend.’ ‘What! will you—‘ ‘This ring would certainly only recall very bitter remembrances. Grimaud had a stout. and found him sound and without blemish. but while d’Artagnan was discussing the price with the dealer.’ ‘That is to say. legs clean and elegant. now. that would be a real fortune to us. Go and tell him the ring is his.bearing of a prince. Athos was counting out the money on the table. Athos had not a sou left of his hundred and fifty pistoles. ‘Five hundred pistoles. d’Artagnan. Well. nostrils of fire. They asked a thousand livres for him. two hundred more—a hundred pistoles for you and a hundred pistoles for me. He examined him. But when the saddle and arms for Grimaud were purchased. then we shall never be masters of three hundred pistoles to redeem it. d’Artagnan offered his friend a part of his share which he should return when convenient. short Picard cob. He might perhaps have been bought for less. But Athos only replied to this proposal by shrugging his shoulders. black as jet. rising six years. The Musketeer met with a superb Andalusian horse. ‘How much did the Jew say he would give for the sapphire if be purchased it?’ said Athos. let us go back to the Jew’s again. and bring back the two hundred pistoles with 574 The Three Musketeers .

’ ‘Reflect. and without having met with any accident. and we must learn how to make Athos!’ ‘Ready money is needful for the present time. go.’ A half hour afterward. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. Grimaud will accompany you with his musketoon. It was thus Athos found at home resources which he did not expect. Go. d’Artagnan returned with the two thousand 575 . d’Artagnan.

39 A VISION At four o’clock the four friends were all assembled with Athos. bringing two letters for d’Artagnan. for he believed he recognized the handwriting. He therefore seized the little epistle. the memory of it remained at the bottom of his heart. Their anxiety about their outfits had all disappeared. but if you have any consideration for your own life or that of those who love you. and although he had seen that writing but once. do not make a movement which may lead anyone to believe you have recognized her 576 The Three Musketeers . and look carefully into the carriages that pass. and opened it eagerly. and each countenance only preserved the expression of its own secret disquiet—for behind all present happiness is concealed a fear for the future. at from six to seven o’clock in the evening. with a pretty seal in green wax on which was impressed a dove bearing a green branch. genteelly folded. on the road to Chaillot. The one was a little billet. At the sight of the little letter the heart of d’Artagnan bounded. ‘on Thursday next. do not speak a single word. Suddenly Planchet entered. resplendent with the terrible arms of his Eminence the cardinal duke.’ said the letter. The other was a large square epistle. ‘Be.

‘Between six and seven o’clock the road of Chaillot is quite deserted. ‘That’s a snare.’ said Porthos.’ ‘He is right.’ said Porthos. you compromise her.’ said Porthos. with his mild and careless manner. ‘they will miss me.’ ‘It may be counterfeit. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. let us enjoy that pleasure. remember. if they fire we will ride after the carriage.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘As you please.’ ‘Bah!’ said d’ 577 . we must try our own arms. d’Artagnan. ‘what the devil! They won’t devour us all four.’ said Aramis. you might as well go and ride in the forest of Bondy. and all!’ ‘And besides. but a pistol shot is easily fired from a carriage which goes at a gallop. four lackeys.’ replied d’Artagnan. which is not the part of a gentleman. Besides. horses.who exposes herself to everything for the sake of seeing you but for an instant. ‘don’t go.’ ‘And yet.’ said Athos. it will be a chance for displaying our new equipments. d’Artagnan. ‘and that woman desires not to be seen.’ said Athos.’ said Aramis. ‘I think I recognize the writing. arms. ‘and he will advance alone. ‘But if it is a woman who writes.’ ‘Bah. They must be enemies.’ ‘But suppose we all go.’ No signature.’ said Athos.’ ‘Yes. and exterminate those who may be in it.’ ‘We will remain in the background. ‘battle.

’ said Porthos. company Dessessart.’ said Athos.‘Gentlemen.’ ‘I am of Aramis’s opinion.’ ‘Besides.’ ‘But this second letter. d’Artagnan. ‘Well. ‘and that will be a pity. ‘One is for seven o’clock. Let us get ready.’ ‘I will go to the second after attending the first.’ said Aramis.’ D’Artagnan blushed. ‘here’s a rendezvous much more serious than the other. CAPTAIN OF THE GUARDS” ‘The devil!’ said Athos. and we have scarcely time to be on the road of Chaillot by six.’ and d’Artagnan unsealed the letter and read. however. ‘M. For my part.’ said Porthos. gentlemen. ‘you forget that. at eight o’clock. d’Artagnan.’ said d’Artagnan. 578 The Three Musketeers . nobody will see us. but a prudent gentleman may excuse himself from not waiting on his Eminence. and the other for eight. that the seal denotes that it deserves to be opened. particularly when he has reason to believe he is not invited to make his compliments. I declare. gentlemen. I think it of much more consequence than the little piece of waste paper you have so cunningly slipped into your bosom.’ ‘Hum! I would not go at all. ‘let us see. of the king’s Guards. is expected at the Palais-Cardinal this evening.’ said d’Artagnan.’ said he. ‘A gallant knight cannot decline a rendezvous with a lady. what are his Eminence’s commands. there will be time for both. if we go out too late. ‘La Houdiniere. it appears to me. ‘it is half past four.

’ said Athos. gentlemen?’ ‘Admirable!’ replied the young men in chorus. ‘I will run to the hotel. let us fall upon it.’ ‘To a certainty.’ ‘But the Bastille?’ said Aramis. ‘to be sure we will get you out. ‘To be sure we will. Let each of us wait at a gate of the palace with three Musketeers behind him. ‘do so. if we see a close carriage.’ said Athos. and on the morrow a serious misfortune happened to me—Constance disappeared. ‘do not let us leave him during the whole evening. as we are to set off the day after tomorrow.’ replied Aramis and Porthos. the rendezvous. I neglected it.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ ‘Let us do better than that. ‘Bah! you will get me out if they put me there. you see that the lackeys saddle the 579 . ‘I have already received by Monsieur de Cavois a similar invitation from his Eminence. the Place du Palais-Cardinal. ‘Well.’ replied d’Artagnan. as if that were the simplest thing in the world. Whatever may ensue. come out. with admirable promptness and decision. and engage our comrades to hold themselves in readiness by eight o’clock.‘Gentlemen. I will go. you would do much better not to risk this Bastille.’ said Porthos. Athos. It is a long time since we have had a skirmish with the Guards of Monsieur the Cardinal. Meantime. Monsieur de Treville must think us dead.’ said Aramis.’ ‘If you are determined. at all suspicious in appearance. ‘you were meant to be a general of the army! What do you think of the plan.’ said d’Artagnan. but meantime.

that I would commit such 580 The Three Musketeers . ‘Certes. coloring. ‘which of the two horses will you ride—that which you bought or the one that was given to you?’ ‘That which was given to me. ‘Well. ‘and who affirmed. without informing me whence it came.’ replied Aramis.’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘Well. ‘That makes no difference. I can take one of Monsieur de Treville’s. and who said he had received orders from his master. the third was brought to me this very morning by a groom out of livery.’ said Aramis. ‘The third. then. we can manage famously. You cannot for a moment imagine. then?’ asked d’Artagnan.’ ‘One of yours! how many have you. smiling.’ said Aramis.’ said Athos. ‘you can have one of mine. who would not tell me in whose service he was.’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘Or his mistress.’ ‘That is not worth while. ‘you are the best-mounted poet of France or Navarre. I suppose?’ ‘No. you don’t want three horses? I cannot comprehend what induced you to buy three!’ ‘Therefore I only purchased two.’ cried Athos. ‘but that is of no consequence.’ interrupted d’Artagnan. ‘Three. assuredly. d’Artagnan. my dear Aramis.’ said Aramis. as I said. that he had received orders from his master or mistress to place the horse in my stable. gravely.’ ‘It is only to poets that such things happen.‘I have no horse. fell from the clouds. in that case.

and your horse can be brought back with ours.’ ‘You are rich.’ ‘How much did it cost you?’ ‘Eight hundred livres.’ ‘Here are forty double pistoles. taking the sum from his pocket. giving you all the time necessary for repaying me such a trifle. depends almost always upon the goodness of his horse.’ ‘Well.’ ‘And you selected it yourself?’ ‘With the greatest care.’ interrupted d’Artagnan. then?’ said Aramis. ‘Rich? Richest. my dear d’Artagnan. my dear friend. Porthos was resplendent with joy and pride.’ said d’Artagnan. to the hotel of the Musketeers. you know. ‘The one you bought will then become useless to you?’ ‘Nearly offense toward—‘ ‘The unknown giver. but it is already five o’clock.’ A quarter of an hour afterward Porthos appeared at the end of the Rue Ferou on a very handsome genet. The safety of the horseman.’ ‘Very well. small but very handsome. ‘Or the mysterious benefactress. transfer it to me at the price it cost you?’ ‘I was going to make you the 581 . Free eBooks at Planet eBook. then. so make haste. my dear fellow!’ And d’Artagnan chinked the remainder of his pistoles in his pocket. ‘Send your saddle. ‘I know that is the coin in which you were paid for your poems.’ said Athos. Mousqueton followed him upon an Auvergne horse.

582 The Three Musketeers . ‘it is the one that ought to have been sent to me at first.At the same time. The two Musketeers met at the gate. The lackeys followed. but the husband has been punished since. Athos and d’Artagnan watched their approach from the window. As Porthos had foreseen. A bad joke of the husband’s substituted the other. Porthos.’ Planchet and Grimaud appeared in their turn. and if Mme.’ ‘Yes. ‘The devil!’ cried Aramis. who was returning from St. and all four set forward. this was d’Artagnan mount. Coquenard had met Porthos and seen what a superb appearance he made upon his handsome Spanish genet. and d’Artagnan on a horse he owed to his good fortune—the best mistress possible. Near the Louvre the four friends met with M. Aramis on a horse he owed to his mistress. holding by the halter a vigorous Mecklenburg horse. Germain. Porthos on a horse he owed to his procurator’s wife. which in an instant drew round them a hundred gapers. D’Artagnan and Athos put themselves into saddle with their companions. Athos upon a horse he owed to a woman. Bazin followed him upon a roan. de Treville. the cavalcade produced a good effect.’ replied Porthos. he stopped them to offer his compliments upon their appointments. leading their masters’ steeds. and I have obtained full satisfaction. Aramis made his appearance at the other end of the street upon a superb English charger. ‘you have a magnificent horse there. she would not have regretted the bleeding she had inflicted upon the strongbox of her husband.

de Treville of the letter with the great red seal and the cardinal’s arms. after waiting a quarter of an hour and just as twilight was beginning to thicken. and assured him that if on the morrow he did not appear. At length. the day began to decline. A presentiment instantly told d’Artagnan that this carriage contained the person who had appointed the rendezvous. darted a scrutinizing glance into every carriage that appeared. or rather this apparition— for the carriage passed with the rapidity of a vision—was Mme. Bonacieux. keeping at some distance from his friends. M. d’Artagnan. de Treville approved of the resolution he had adopted. either to enjoin silence or to send him a 583 . carriages were passing and repassing. de Treville. and took leave of M.D’Artagnan profited by the circumstance to speak to M. A short gallop brought them to the road of Chaillot. the young man was himself astonished to find his heart beat so violently. By an involuntary movement and in spite of the injuncFree eBooks at Planet eBook. he himself would undertake to find him. D’Artagnan uttered a slight cry of joy. a carriage appeared. with two fingers placed upon her mouth. coming at a quick pace on the road of Sevres. At this moment the clock of La Samaritaine struck six. It is well understood that he did not breathe a word about the other. this woman. Almost instantly a female head was put out at the window. let him be where he might. the four friends pleaded an engagement. but saw no face with which he was acquainted.

it was not she—which was still quite possible—for the little light that remained rendered a mistake easy—might it not be the commencement of some plot against him through the allurement of this woman. a man’s head. Bonacieux.’ said d’Artagnan. except Athos. he had fancied he saw a second head. why this fugitive rendezvous. knew Mme. But what can they intend to do with the poor creature.’ He stopped. but less preoccupied by that pretty face than d’Artagnan. and disappeared. remain motionless. The opinion of Athos was that it was indeed she. therefore. D’Artagnan then remembered the injunction: ‘If you value your own life or that of those who love you. the vision had disappeared. trembling not for himself but for the poor woman who had evidently exposed herself to great danger by appointing this rendezvous. why this lost kiss? If. and as if you had seen nothing. and in a few strides overtook the carriage. but none of them. All had plainly seen a woman’s head appear at the window. D’Artagnan remained fixed to the spot. ‘If that be the case. why this simple exchange of a glance. inside the carriage. astounded and not knowing what to think. ‘they are doubtless transporting her from one prison to another. The carriage pursued its way. and how shall I 584 The Three Musketeers . Bonacieux and if she was returning to Paris.tion given. for whom his love was known? His three companions joined him. d’Artagnan put his horse into a gallop. till it dashed into Paris. If it was Mme. but the window was hermetically closed. on the other side. still going at a great pace.

‘perhaps sooner than you wish. in which it was known he would one day take his place. It resulted from these antecedents that everyone entered heartily into the purpose for which they met. D’Artagnan’s friends reminded him that he had a visit to pay. he was considered beforehand as a comrade. with that misanthropic tone which was peculiar to him. Now. He had made up his mind that he would go to the PalaisCardinal. but at the same time bade him observe that there was yet time to retract. Nothing could turn him from his purpose. my God!’ added he. besides. But d’Artagnan was at the same time impetuous and curious. D’Artagnan was well known among the honorable corps of the king’s Musketeers. you will meet with her again some day or other.ever meet her again?’ ‘Friend. it would not be unlikely that they would have an opportunity of playing either the cardinal or his people an Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ Half past seven had sounded. walking about in expectation of their comrades. as well as I do. And perhaps. There only they explained to them the matter in hand. if it is she we have just seen. The carriage had been twenty minutes behind the time appointed. They reached the Rue St.’ said Athos. Honore. You know something of that. ‘remember that it is the dead alone with whom we are not likely to meet again on this earth. if your mistress is not dead. gravely. and in the Place du PalaisCardinal they found the twelve invited Musketeers. and that he would learn what his Eminence had to say to him. I 585 .

and if he has recognized me. assumed the command of one. Still further. on his part.’ said d’Artagnan.ill turn. which is not to be doubted. I may consider myself almost as a condemned man. and for such expeditions these worthy gentlemen were always ready. D’Artagnan. as is probable. ‘If de Wardes has related all our affair to the cardinal. step by step. His conduct toward Milady bore a strong resemblance to treachery. shaking his head. was one of the tools of his Eminence. Monsieur de Treville’s company of Musketeers alone cannot maintain a war against the car586 The Three Musketeers . ‘my good friends are down yonder. Athos divided them into three groups. he was strongly attached to his friends. and then each group went and took their watch near an entrance. Although he felt himself ably supported. and they will not allow me to be carried away without a struggle. whom he had treated so ill.’ added he. Milady has laid her complaints against me with that hypocritical grief which renders her so interesting. and he was very suspicious of the political relations which existed between that woman and the cardinal.’ ‘Fortunately. Nevertheless. entered boldly at the principal gate. the young man was not without a little uneasiness as he ascended the great staircase. ‘But why has he waited till now? That’s all plain enough. and the third to Porthos. gave the second to Aramis. and this last offense has made the cup overflow. and d’Artagnan knew that while his Eminence was terrible to his enemies. de Wardes.

you have excellent qualities. and knowing that it was he who had wounded Jussac. chuckled among themselves. my friend. The usher introduced him. as our Gascon was not easily intimidated—or rather. thanks to a great pride natural to the men of his country. The usher returned and made a sign to d’Artagnan to follow him. He traversed a corridor. you are brave. and found himself in the presence of a man seated at a desk and writing. d’Artagnan. on seeing him depart. This smile appeared to d’Artagnan to be of bad augury. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. who recognized d’Artagnan. you are prudent. He placed his letter in the hands of the usher on duty. D’Artagnan remained standing and examined this man. It appeared to the young man that the Guards. and retired without speaking a word. who disposes of the forces of all France. but the women will ruin you!’ He came to this melancholy conclusion as he entered the antechamber.dinal. they looked upon him with a smile of singular 587 . entered a library. in an attitude by no means deficient in majesty. he did not allow one easily to see what was passing in his mind when that which was passing at all resembled fear—he placed himself haughtily in front of Messieurs the Guards. and before whom the queen is without power and the king without will. crossed a grand saloon. who led him into the waiting room and passed on into the interior of the palace. Only. and waited with his hand on his hip. In this waiting room were five or six of the cardinals Guards.

scanning the words on his fingers. a Tragedy in Five Acts. but he perceived that the man at the desk wrote.’ and raised his head. or rather corrected. D’Artagnan recognized the cardinal. upon the cover of which was written ‘Mirame. At the end of an instant the poet closed his manuscript. He saw then that he was with a poet. lines of unequal length.D’Artagnan at first believed that he had to do with some judge examining his papers. 588 The Three Musketeers .

his cheek upon his hand. ‘to which do you belong?’ ‘I am the son of him who served in the Religious Wars under the great King Henry. the father of his gracious Majesty. It is you who set out seven or eight months ago from your country to seek your fortune in the capital?’ ‘Yes.’ said d’Artagnan.’ said the cardinal.’ ‘Monseigneur. and d’Artagnan felt this glance run through his veins like a fever. No one had a more searching eye than the Cardinal de Richelieu. ‘this was what happened Free eBooks at Planet eBook. but still something. monseigneur.40 A TERRIBLE VISION The cardinal leaned his elbow on his manuscript. ‘Monsieur. and looked intently at the young man for a moment. ‘are you a d’Artagnan from Bearn?’ ‘Yes.’ replied the young man.’ said the cardinal. holding his hat in his hand and awaiting the good pleasure of his Eminence. where something befell you. He however kept a good countenance. without too much assurance. monseigneur. but also without too much humility. I don’t very well know what.’ ‘You came through Meung. ‘There are several branches of the d’Artagnans at Tarbes and in its environs.’ ‘That is 589 .

were you not?’ ‘Yes. ‘yes.’ ‘Monseigneur is correctly me—‘ ‘Never mind. with a smile which indicated that he knew the story as well as he who wished to relate it. ‘I went—‘ ‘Hunting at Windsor.’ said d’Artagnan. but you continued yours. or elsewhere—that concerns nobody. and quickly turned the stone inward. Monsieur Dessessart. That is all very simple: you had business in England. You were walking one day behind the Chartreux. and he placed you in the company of his brother-in-law. Then you took with your friends a journey to the waters of Forges.’ said d’Artagnan. But Monsieur de Treville is a skilled physiognomist. I know.’ ‘Monseigneur. leaving you to hope that one day or other you should enter the Musketeers. quite confused.’ replied his Eminence. but it 590 The Three Musketeers . monseigneur. who knows men at first sight.’ D’Artagnan placed his hand upon the queen’s diamond. never mind!’ resumed the cardinal. because it is my office to know everything. they stopped on the road. ‘You were recommended to Monsieur de Treville. On your return you were received by an august personage. and I perceive with pleasure that you preserve the souvenir she gave you. but in that unfortunate affair at Meung—‘ ‘The letter was lost. I know that. when it would have been better if you had been elsewhere. which he wore. ‘Since that time many things have happened to you.

was too late. I feared I had incurred disgrace with your Eminence. ‘The day after that. You have not returned that visit. Bonacieux took place. and not those who.’ ‘Monseigneur. without doubt carried away by the same power that had caused her disappearance. and he likewise recollected that during the past half hour the poor woman had passed close to him. you owe me some thanks. ‘as I have heard nothing of you for some time past. remember the date of the day on which I had you bidden to come to me. monsieur? Could you incur my displeasure by having followed the orders of your superiors with more intelligence and courage than another would have done? It is the people who do not obey that I punish.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ D’Artagnan bowed with respect.’ ‘How could that be. obey—but too well. You must yourself have remarked how much you have been considered in all the circumstances. like you. you received a visit from Cavois.’ continued the cardinal.’ That was the very evening when the abduction of 591 .’ resumed the cardinal. I wished to know what you were doing. but likewise from a plan I have marked out with respect to you. and you were wrong. Besides. ‘In short. D’Artagnan trembled.’ continued the cardinal. ‘arose not only from a feeling of natural equity. ‘That. and seek in your memory for what happened to you that very night. As a proof. ‘He went to desire you to come to the palace.

and you are now about to hear it. but you did not come. ‘very easily. who was so astonished at what was passing that he awaited a second sign from his interlocutor before he obeyed. Yet you have need. I believe. monsieur. ‘You are brave. ‘I wished to explain this plan to you on the day you received my first invitation.’ ‘Yes. you are gentleman enough not to listen standing. no doubt. you have done much already. but alone as you are.’ said he. ‘By men of heart I mean men of courage. ‘you are prudent. if you do not take great heed.’ And the cardinal pointed with his finger to a chair for the young man. I like men of head and heart. Don’t be afraid. if I mistake not. d’Artagnan. But young as you are. Now.D’Artagnan became more and more astonished. for they are strong and well supported. before me.’ ‘Alas. I don’t doubt.’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘I am at the age of extravagant hopes. and scarcely entering into the world. ‘There are no extravagant hopes but for fools. and you are a man of understanding. and will do still more. Sit down there. monseigneur!’ replied the young man. to be guided in the adventurous career you have undertaken. smiling. they will destroy you. which is still better. that’s true. you have powerful enemies. what would you say to an ensign’s commission in my Guards. while I am alone.’ continued his Eminence. and a company after the campaign?’ 592 The Three Musketeers . Monsieur d’Artagnan. nothing is lost by this delay. Fortunately. monseigneur. for. you came to Paris with the ambitious idea of making your fortune.

Monsieur d’Artagnan. and I have no reason to be dissatisfied. for it is fit you should know. Come. and your services.’ replied d’Artagnan.’ ‘Monseigneur. the need of protection. ‘and I am conscious of a greatness of soul in your Eminence that makes me mean as an earthworm. ‘How? You refuse?’ cried the cardinal. monseigneur. and whoever serves in a French corps serves the king.’ ‘You want a pretext. instead of leading you to ill. ‘In fact. your Eminence has ill understood my words. with astonishment. placing his hand upon a bundle of papers. do you not? I comprehend. monseigneur. that I have received heavy and serious complaints against you.’ ‘You accept it. As regards yourself.’ ‘But it appears to me that my Guards—mine—are also his Majesty’s Guards. and decide. ‘I am in his Majesty’s Guards. the opportunity which I offer you—so much for the world.’ D’Artagnan colored.’ said the cardinal.’ ‘Your goodness confounds me. you have this excuse: advancement.’ replied d’Artagnan. I know you to be a man of resolution. but Free eBooks at Planet eBook. You do not consecrate your days and nights wholly to the king’s service. the opening campaign.‘Ah. Well. monseigneur. might be very advantageous to 593 . ‘I have here a whole pile which concerns you. do you not?’ ‘Monseigneur. reflect. well directed. with an embarrassed air.

through which.’ said the cardinal. perhaps.’ ‘Do you happen to entertain the haughty idea that I have not yet made you an offer equal to your value?’ asked the cardinal. I will presume to say that all my friends are in the king’s Musketeers and Guards. but you must be aware that it is quite trouble enough to de594 The Three Musketeers . ‘I don’t wish you any ill. you refuse to serve me.’ said the cardinal. and on the contrary.since Monseigneur permits me to speak freely—‘ D’Artagnan paused. The siege of La Rochelle is about to be resumed. monseigneur. speak.’ ‘Then. I think I have not proved myself worthy of your goodness. at present I shall appear to sell myself. monseigneur. therefore. with a smile of disdain.’ ‘That is to say. then I shall at least leave behind me some brilliant action to justify the protection with which you honor me. I should. however. and guard your hatreds and your sympathies.’ ‘Monseigneur—‘ ‘Well. well. Hereafter. ‘Yes. and if I have the good fortune to conduct myself at the siege in such a manner as merits your attention. I shall have the right of giving myself. ‘Monseigneur. monsieur. Everything is best in its time. ‘remain free. and that by an inconceivable fatality my enemies are in the service of your Eminence. I shall serve under the eye of your Eminence. then. your Eminence is a hundred times too kind to me. with a tone of vexation. might be seen a sort of esteem. be ill received here and ill regarded there if I accepted what Monseigneur offers me.

He opened his mouth to reply. ‘Remember at a later period and at a certain moment.fend and recompense our friends. then.’ said d’Artagnan. as you have said. We owe nothing to our enemies. pointing with his finger to a magnificent suit of armor he was to wear. ‘that it was I who came to seek you. but with a Free eBooks at Planet eBook. Monsieur d’Artagnan. for from the moment I withdraw my hand from behind you. I would not give an obolus for your life. I promise you to do so. well—we will settle our account!’ ‘Young man. for it was a 595 .’ ‘I will try to do so.’ said Richelieu. let it be. ‘and on our return. and let me give you a piece of advice. Monsieur d’Artagnan. The cardinal. significantly. take care of yourself. and that I did all in my power to prevent this misfortune befalling you.’ ‘Well. I will have my eye upon you. if any mischance should happen to you.’ replied the Gascon. whatever may happen. we shall see each other again after the campaign. for I shall be there. ‘if I shall be able to say to you at another time what I have said to you today. it alarmed d’Artagnan more than a menace would have done. then.’ said Richelieu.’ This last expression of Richelieu’s conveyed a terrible doubt. ‘an eternal gratitude toward your Eminence for that which you now do for me. monseigneur. with a noble confidence. placing his hand upon his breast and bowing. was seeking to preserve him from some misfortune which threatened him.’ ‘I shall entertain.’ replied the cardinal.

with one voice. for this voice responded to a secret voice of his soul. ‘You have done that which you ought to have done. With a word. and he felt inclined to return. so powerful is the influence of a truly great character on all that surrounds it. but d’Artagnan confined himself to telling them that M. Then the noble and severe countenance of Athos crossed his mind. de Richelieu had sent for him to propose to him to enter into his guards with the rank of ensign. and Planchet ran to inform the other sentinels that it was useless to keep guard longer. and found Athos and the four Musketeers waiting his appearance. but perhaps you have been wrong. Returned home with Athos. Aramis and Porthos inquired eagerly the cause of the strange interview. 596 The Three Musketeers . ‘And you were right.’ cried Aramis and Porthos. Athos would no more give him his hand—Athos would renounce him. It was this fear that restrained him. d’Artagnan reassured them. But when they were alone he said. which told him that great misfortunes awaited him. and beginning to grow uneasy. but at the door his heart almost failed him. Athos fell into a profound reverie and answered nothing. D’Artagnan descended by the staircase at which he had entered. if he made the compact with the cardinal which he required. D’Artagnan went out.haughty gesture the cardinal dismissed him. as his master had come out safe from the Palais-Cardinal. d’Artagnan.’ D’Artagnan sighed deeply. and that he had refused.

the Guards set forward alone on their Free eBooks at Planet eBook. the evening before. That night brought together all those comrades of the Guards of M. not the less. de Treville. the Musketeers hastening to the hotel of M. M. the Guards to that of M. 597 . de Treville who had been accustomed to associate together. where the king held his review. He had. was somewhat riotous. decided upon setting out that same evening. They were parting to meet again when it pleased God. he persisted in having the review. hoping by setting it at defiance to conquer the disease which began to lay hold upon him. Dessessart. At that time it was believed that the separation of the Musketeers and the Guards would be but momentary. while he was holding his Bed of Justice. That night. The king was dull and appeared ill. which detracted a little from his usual lofty bearing. as may be imagined. Dessessart and the company of Musketeers of M. D’Artagnan went to take leave of M. the king holding his Parliament that very day and proposing to set out the day after. Each of the captains then led his company to the Louvre. In fact. and in spite of the remonstrances that had been offered to him. and if it pleased God. At the first sound of the morning trumpet the friends separated. The review over. In such cases extreme preoccupation is only to be combated by extreme carelessness. but d’Artagnan answered that he was supplied with all he wanted. a fever had seized him in the midst of the Parliament. de Treville.The whole of the next day was spent in preparations for departure. de Treville contented himself with asking d’Artagnan if he could do anything for him.

Coquenard. his spurs jingled.march. Coquenard and bade him farewell. she could not restrain her tears. one thing afforded him inward consolation. The Musketeer was introduced to M. which allowed Porthos time to go and take a turn in his superb equipment in the Rue aux Ours. M. The procurator’s wife saw him pass in his new uniform and on his fine horse. Porthos was magnificent. about whom she was constantly having serious disputes with her husband. Porthos paid his compliments to M. she waved her handkerchief to him. it was expected by everybody that the campaign would be a severe one. But the real adieux were made in Mme. such a real ear clipper did Porthos appear. Coquenard wished him all sorts of prosperities. Nevertheless. the Musketeers waiting for the king. This time the clerks evinced no inclination to laugh. Coquenard’s chamber. As to Mme. his cuirass glittered. Porthos received all these attentions like 598 The Three Musketeers . He whispered a hope to himself that this beloved relative might be killed in the field. his sword knocked proudly against his ample limbs. they were heartrending. Coquenard. She loved Porthos too dearly to allow him to part thus. but no evil impressions were taken from her grief as she was known to be very much attached to her relatives. whose little gray eyes sparkled with anger at seeing his cousin all blazing new. she made him a sign to dismount and come to her. As long as the procurator’s wife could follow him with her eyes. leaning so far out of the window as to lead people to believe she wished to precipitate herself.

To a look of interrogation which they made. but as it was the Bastille alone he looked at. certain that there could be no mistake in the execution of her orders. only on turning the corner of the street he lifted his hat gracefully. The two men followed the company. Then. who was to set out that evening for Tours. she started her horse and disappeared. Arriving at the Faubourg St. designated him with her finger to two ill-looking men who came close up to the ranks to take notice of him. and waved it to her as a sign of 599 . mounted upon a light chestnut horse. On his part Aramis wrote a long letter. Milady replied by a sign that it was he. and on leaving the Faubourg St. which a servant without livery had waiting for them. Antoine. Kitty. mounted two horses properly equipped.a man accustomed to such demonstrations. In the meantime d’Artagnan was defiling with his company. To whom? Nobody knew. he did not observe Milady. was waiting in the next chamber. he turned round to look gaily at the Bastille. Antoine. Athos sipped the last bottle of his Spanish wine. who. Free eBooks at Planet eBook.

41 THE SEIGE OF LA ROCHELLE The Siege of La Rochelle was one of the great political events of the reign of Louis XIII. Of the important cities given up by Henry IV to the Huguenots as places of safety. and then pass on to the private plans which perhaps had not less influence upon his Eminence than the others. Englishmen. and one of the great military enterprises of the cardinal. adventurers of all nations. there only remained La Rochelle. La Rochelle. and soldiers of fortune of every sect. particularly as many details of this siege are connected in too important a manner with the story we have undertaken to relate to allow us to pass it over in silence. to destroy this last bulwark of Calvinism—a dangerous leaven with which the ferments of civil revolt and foreign war were constantly mingling. Let us unfold them first. which had derived a new importance from 600 The Three Musketeers . flocked at the first summons under the standard of the Protestants. It is. The political plans of the cardinal when he undertook this siege were extensive. It became necessary. then. and organized themselves like a vast association. interesting and even necessary that we should say a few words about it. whose branches diverged freely over all parts of Europe. therefore. and Italian malcontents. Spaniards.

com 601 . and by closing it against England.the ruin of the other Calvinist cities. Richelieu. said. then. had. Bassompierre. gentlemen. was. the chronicler is forced to recognize the lesser motives of the amorous man and jealous rival. Was this love a simple political affair. our eternal enemy. and in two or three circumstances. Bassompierre. as everyone knows. thanks to the devotedness of the three Free eBooks at Planet eBook. particularly that of the diamond studs. who was a German by birth and a Frenchman at heart—in short. The cannonade of the Isle of Re presaged to him the dragonnades of the Cevennes. the taking of La Rochelle was the preface to the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. or was it naturally one of those profound passions which Anne of Austria inspired in those who approached her? That we are not able to say.’ And Bassompierre was right. ‘You will see. the focus of dissensions and ambition. that we shall be fools enough to take La Rochelle. but at all events. which belong to history. Moreover. who was at once Protestant and Catholic— Protestant by conviction and Catholic as commander of the order of the Holy Ghost. Thus Bassompierre. in charging at the head of several other Protestant nobles like himself. who had a distinguished command at the siege of La Rochelle. that Buckingham had the advantage over him. by the anterior developments of this story. had loved the queen. its port was the last in the kingdom of France open to the English. we have seen. the cardinal completed the work of Joan of Arc and the Duc de Guise. We have hinted that by the side of these views of the leveling and simplifying minister.

Musketeers and the courage and conduct of d’Artagnan. was moved by interests exactly like those of the cardinal. effected his landing. he wished to enter it as a conqueror. but to avenge himself on a rival. Richelieu’s object. that in triumphing over England he triumphed over Buckingham—in short. as his weapon for combat. was simply a kind look from Anne of Austria. The first advantage had been gained by Buckingham. but this vengeance must be grand and striking and worthy in every way of a man who held in his hand. then. It resulted from this that the real stake in this game. not only to get rid of an enemy of France. after a bloody conflict. Richelieu knew that in combating England he combated Buckingham. Arriving unexpectedly in sight of the Isle of Re with ninety vessels and nearly twenty thousand men. that in humiliating England in the eyes of Europe he humiliated Buckingham in the eyes of the queen. he had surprised the Comte de Toiras. Allow us to observe in passing that in this fight perished 602 The Three Musketeers . Buckingham could not under any pretense be admitted into France as an ambassador. and he had. in pretending to maintain the honor of England. On his side Buckingham. cruelly mystified him. who commanded for the king in the Isle. It was. which two most powerful kingdoms played for the good pleasure of two amorous men. the forces of a kingdom. Buckingham also was pursuing a private vengeance.

the Musketeers halted. he was forced to stop at Villeroy. de Sevigne. It was of this detachment. He. but on rising from his Bed of Justice on the twenty-eighth of June.the Baron de Chantal. Martin with his garrison. which was determined. anxious to set out. that the Baron de Chantal left a little orphan girl eighteen months old. he felt himself attacked by fever. and threw a hundred men into a little fort called the fort of La Pree. It followed that d’Artagnan. sent as a vanguard. which was no more than an unpleasant circumstance. and that this little girl was afterward Mme. notwithstanding. This event had hastened the resolutions of the cardinal. who was as yet purely and simply in the Guards. for the time at least. Now. that our friend d’Artagnan formed a part. The Comte de Toiras retired into the citadel St. of the tenth of the month of Free eBooks at Planet eBook. He was. whenever the king halted. as we have said. arrived without accident in the camp established before La Rochelle. found himself. This separation. however. was to follow as soon as his Bed of Justice had been 603 . but his illness becoming more serious. would have certainly become a cause of serious uneasiness if he had been able to guess by what unknown dangers he was surrounded. and had ordered all the troops he could dispose of to march toward the theater of war. Porthos. and till the king and he could take the command of the siege of La Rochelle. and Aramis. The king. separated from his good friends—Athos. he had sent Monsieur to direct the first operations.

of a man before whom trembled the greatest men of the kingdom. two or three days before. this indulgence was a light by which he caught a glimpse of a better future. less to be 604 The Three Musketeers . continued to besiege. From the time of his arrival in Paris. had formed but few friendships among his comrades. and Mme. For a mind so perspicuous as that of d’Artagnan. d’Artagnan. under the command of M. he had made—he. took up their quarters at the Minimes. and hostilities with La Rochelle had commenced. either in love or fortune. and he felt himself isolated and given up to his own reflections. Dessessart. that is to say. As to love. the citadel St. Bonacieux had disappeared. Martin and the fort of La Pree. The Duke of Buckingham and his English. but. the only woman he could have loved was Mme. masters of the Isle of Re. without his being able to discover what had become of her. he had been mixed up with public affairs.September of the year 1627. Bonacieux. but his own private affairs had made no great progress. Everything was in the same state. about a fort which the Duc d’Angouleme had caused to be constructed near the city. humble as he was—an enemy of the cardinal. possessed with ambition to enter the Musketeers. His reflections were not very cheerful. Then he had made himself another enemy. but without success. That man had the power to crush him. beginning with the king. As to fortune. as we know. and yet he had not done so. The Guards.

worth five or six thousand 605 . Free eBooks at Planet eBook. and that he who bore it had not concealed himself behind a hedge with any friendly intentions. which he wore on his finger. in his projects of ambition. protected badly—as witness Chalais and Mme. these reflections had led him further than he intended. he had acquired the protection and good will of the queen. but the favor of the queen was at the present time an additional cause of persecution. What he had clearly gained in all this was the diamond. This was evidently an ambuscade. since he could not part with it. not to be despised. on the opposite side of the road. and even this diamond—supposing that d’Artagnan. as it was known. and her protection. therefore. He comprehended that the musket had not come there of itself. We say the gravel he trod under his feet. to make it someday a pledge for the gratitude of the queen—had not in the meanwhile. but nevertheless. to direct his course as clear from it as he could when. he perceived the extremity of another musket. by the last ray of the setting sun. D’Artagnan had a quick eye and a prompt understanding. from behind a rock. for d’Artagnan made these reflections while walking solitarily along a pretty little road which led from the camp to the village of Angoutin. Now. This enemy was Milady. In exchange for all this. he thought. Bonacieux. and the day was beginning to decline when.feared. He determined. wished to keep it. he instinctively felt. he thought he saw the barrel of a musket glitter from behind a hedge. more value than the gravel he trod under his feet.

he picked up this as he ran. but whatever might be his speed. took to his heels and ran toward the camp. This event might have three causes: The first and the most natural was that it might be an 606 The Three Musketeers . and began to reflect. courage was out of the question here. ‘If there is a third shot. No time was to be lost. the first who fired. Besides. and carried it ten paces from him. with the swiftness of the young men of his country. and this time so well aimed that it struck his hat. He sat down without saying a word to anybody. had no other hat. with a certain degree of inquietude. however.’ said he to himself. therefore. At the same instant the gun was fired. D’Artagnan was not one of those foolhardy men who seek a ridiculous death in order that it may be said of them that they did not retreat a single step. As he. and at the same instant the ball from the other musket tore up the gravel on the very spot on the road where he had thrown himself with his face to the ground. having had time to reload. so renowned for their agility. he threw himself upon the ground. and arrived at his quarters very pale and quite out of breath. fired a second shot. and he heard the whistling of a ball pass over his head. that it was leveled in his direction.’ He immediately. d’Artagnan had fallen into an ambush. ‘I am a lost man. D’Artagnan sprang up with a bound.The young man cast a glance at the first musket and saw. but as soon as he perceived that the orifice of the barrel was motionless.

‘where are you? And that you should fail me!’ D’Artagnan passed a very bad night. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. For people toward whom he had but to put forth his hand. D’Artagnan took his hat. Nevertheless. his Eminence had rarely recourse to such means. then. It might be a vengeance of Milady. thanks to the ray of the sun. ‘Ah. He tried in vain to remember the faces or dress of the assassins. The ball was not a musket ball—it was an arquebus ball. Three or four times he started up. It may be observed that at the very moment when. examined the hole made by the ball. because it would be an enemy the less. he had escaped so rapidly that he had not had leisure to notice anything. my poor friends!’ murmured d’Artagnan. day dawned without darkness having brought any 607 . who might not be sorry to kill one of his Majesty’s Guards.ambuscade of the Rochellais. as the ball was not of the regular caliber. But d’Artagnan again shook his head. This might be a kind remembrance of Monsieur the Cardinal. he perceived the gun barrel. and shook his head. be a military ambuscade. that was most probable. he was thinking with astonishment on the forbearance of his Eminence with respect to him. The accuracy of the aim had first given him the idea that a special weapon had been employed. imagining that a man was approaching his bed for the purpose of stabbing him. and this enemy might have a well-furnished purse in his pocket. This could not.

but this gesture being repeated. The guards were under arms. Dessessart. but one which will do honor to those who shall accomplish it. he left the ranks. then all the superior officers approached him to pay their compliments. the drums beat to arms. captain of the Guards. D’Artagnan remained all day in his quarters. At the end of a few minutes Monsieur raised his voice. and d’Artagnan took his place in the midst of his comrades. Monsieur passed along the front of the line. and I made you a sign in order that you might hold yourself in readiness. by reconnoitering. and advanced to receive orders.’ ‘Thanks. as well as the others. He waited for a fresh gesture on the part of his superior. ‘Monsieur is about to ask for some men of good will for a dangerous mission. The Duc d’Orleans visited the posts. At nine o’clock the next morning. M. my captain!’ replied d’Artagnan. The matter was to ascertain. In fact the Rochellais had made a sortie during the night.But d’Artagnan well suspected that that which was deferred was not relinquished. who wished for nothing better than an opportunity to distinguish himself under the eye of the lieutenant general. it appeared to d’Artagnan that M. for fear he might be mistaken. 608 The Three Musketeers . At the expiration of a minute or two. assigning as a reason to himself that the weather was bad. and had retaken a bastion of which the royal army had gained possession two days before. how the enemy guarded this bastion. Dessessart made him a sign to approach.

led by a man who can be depended upon. Monsieur has but to make his intentions known. D’Artagnan set out with his four companions. the Rochellais had evacuated it or left a garrison in it. ‘I want for this mission three or four volunteers. screened by the lining of the trench. the two Guards marched abreast with him. D’Artagnan declined all others. beginning to be afraid. after the taking of the bastion. Dessessart. and the men will not be wanting. Two of his comrades of the Guards immediately sprang forward. and followed the trench. being unwilling to take the first chance from those who had the priority. d’Artagnan perceived that the two soldiers had disappeared. I have him under my hand. till they came within a hundred paces of the bastion. and two other soldiers having joined them. They saw no Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ ‘As to the man to be depended upon. they had stayed behind. There.’ said M. and the two soldiers followed behind. on turning round. At the turning of the counterscarp they found themselves within about sixty paces of the bastion.and 609 . the number was deemed sufficient. and he continued to advance. monsieur. It was not known whether. pointing to d’Artagnan.’ ‘Four men of good will who will risk being killed with me!’ said d’Artagnan. He thought that. ‘and as to the four or five volunteers. raising his sword. the object then was to examine the place near enough to verify the reports. They arrived thus.

the bastion was guarded. The young man turned quickly round. and the bastion seemed abandoned. A longer stay in this dangerous spot would have been useless imprudence. but at this moment two shots were fired. after having passed within two inches of d’Artagnan. D’Artagnan was not willing to abandon his companion thus. for this attack could not have come from the bastion. A ball had passed through his D’Artagnan and his two companions turned their backs. The three composing our forlorn hope were deliberating whether they should proceed any further. and a dozen balls came whistling around d’Artagnan and his companions. He quickly saw two heads appear above an abandoned 610 The Three Musketeers . which was hidden by the angle of the trench. and commenced a retreat which resembled a flight. The idea of the two soldiers who had abandoned him occurred to his mind. He resolved this time to know with whom he had to deal. and the other flattened itself against a rock. and fell upon the body of his comrade as if he were dead. They knew all they wished to know. On arriving at the angle of the trench which was to serve them as a rampart. who was safe and sound. and stooped to raise him and assist him in regaining the lines. when all at once a circle of smoke enveloped the giant of stone. continued his way toward the camp. One ball struck the head of the already-wounded guard. one of the Guardsmen fell. The other. and with them he remembered the assassins of two evenings before.

Fortunately. they were the heads of the two soldiers. The sword of the Guardsman slipped along the barrel of the now-useless weapon. He aimed a terrible blow at d’Artagnan. d’Artagnan. deceived by d’Artagnan’s trick. they came up to him with the purpose of making sure. D’Artagnan had not been deceived. who in falling had taken care not to let go his sword. and passed through the thigh of the assassin. who fell. As the Rochellais who guarded the bastion were ignorant of the intentions of the man they saw coming toward them. hoping that the young man’s death would be placed to the account of the enemy. When they were within ten paces of within thirty paces of him. but by this movement he left a passage free to the bandit. they should be accused by him. The assassins comprehended that if they fled toward the camp without having killed their man. The conflict was not 611 . they neglected to reload their guns. who darted off toward the bastion. One of them took his gun by the barrel. they fired upon him. As he might be only wounded and might denounce their crime. and used it as he would a club. attacking him with his sword. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. and he fell. sprang up close to them. these two men had only followed for the purpose of assassinating him. struck by a ball which broke his shoulder. who avoided it by springing to one side. Meantime d’Artagnan had thrown himself upon the other soldier. the wretch had nothing to defend himself with but his discharged arquebus. therefore their first idea was to join the enemy.

as you are.’ ‘But if you don’t know this woman. ‘Pardon. being handsome and brave. and I will tell you all. but who is called Milady. ‘Oh. A hundred louis? Well. ‘Yes. It was with him she agreed. I understand why you 612 The Three Musketeers .’ cried d’Artagnan. that was a temptation for two wretches like you.’ ‘But how did you become concerned in this villainous affair?’ ‘He proposed to me to undertake it with him.’ ‘Well.D’Artagnan immediately placed the point of his sword at his throat.’ ‘And how much did she give you for this fine enterprise?’ ‘A hundred louis. laughing. he even has in his pocket a letter from that person. my officer.’ ‘Is your secret of enough importance to me to spare your life for it?’ asked the young man. come!’ said the young man. and not with me. ‘she thinks I am worth something. who attaches great importance to you. withholding his arm. as I have heard him say.’ ‘Wretch. if you think existence worth anything to a man of twenty. and who may hope for everything. ‘speak quickly! Who employed you to assassinate me?’ ‘A woman whom I don’t know. and called her so. how do you know her name?’ ‘My comrade knows her. do not kill me!’ cried the bandit. pardon. and I agreed. as you are.

or else whatever may be my repugnance to soiling my sword a second time with the blood of a wretch like you. throwing himself upon his knees and leaning upon his hand—for he began to lose his strength with his blood. ‘that I must have that letter. and whom you perhaps believe dead but who is not!’ cried the bandit. and that I believed that woman dead?’ asked d’Artagnan. ‘And how do you know there is a young woman whom I love.’ ‘But. pity! In the name of that young lady you love. How can I go and fetch that letter under the fire of the bastion?’ ‘You must nevertheless make up your mind to go and get 613 . ‘By that letter which my comrade has in his pocket. ‘that is only another way of killing me. uneasy at perceiving that all was not over.’ cried the bandit. ‘Stop. I swear by my faith as an honest man—‘ and at these words d’Artagnan made so fierce a gesture that the wounded man sprang up. regaining strength by force of terror. then. no more hesitation. but upon one condition.’ said d’Artagnan. and I grant you my pardon. or I swear you shall die by my hand. ‘I will go—I will go!’ D’Artagnan took the soldier’s arquebus. monsieur. made him go on Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ ‘What is that?’ said the soldier. So no more delay. ‘That you will go and fetch me the letter your comrade has in his pocket.accepted it.’ ‘Pardon. stop!’ cried he.’ ‘You see.

There were two means of gaining his object—to search him on the spot. ‘I will show you the difference between a man of courage and such a coward as you. that d’Artagnan took pity on him. and search him in the trench. observing the movements of the enemy and taking advantage of the accidents of the ground. with a dice box and dice. in which was evidently a part of the sum which the bandit had received. proved to d’Artagnan that the would-be assassin had saved his life. It was a frightful thing to see this wretch. and lifted the assassin onto his shoulders at the moment the enemy fired. the dull noise of three balls which penetrated the flesh. a convulsion of agony. A slight shock. Stay where you are. who was as pale as death. Terror was so strongly painted on his face. and urged him toward his companion by pricking him behind with his sword. leaving a long track of blood on the ground he passed over. pale with approaching death.’ And with a light step. completed the pos614 The Three Musketeers . a last cry. ‘Stop. and casting upon him a look of contempt. Then he began to search. and threw the corpse beside the wounded man. covered with a cold sweat. making a buckler of his body. or to carry him away. I will go myself.before him. D’Artagnan regained the trench. an eye on the watch. a purse. d’Artagnan succeeded in reaching the second soldier. trying to drag himself along without being seen to the body of his accomplice. A leather pocketbook.’ said he. which lay twenty paces from him. D’Artagnan preferred the second means.

but having stopped to drink at a cabaret. and being in safety behind the angle of the trench. with anguish. that which he had sought at the risk of his life: ‘Since you have lost sight of that woman and she is now in safety in the 615 . at least. try. ‘that’s the place—Milady’s own residence!’ Then the young man tremblingly comprehended what a terrible thirst for vengeance urged this woman on to destroy him. He left the box and dice where they fell. If you do. threw the purse to the wounded man. not to miss the man. Among some unimportant papers he found the following letter. yes!’ murmured d’Artagnan. which you should never have allowed her to reach. since she had discovered all.sessions of the dead man. and that you shall pay very dearly for the hundred louis you have from me. Nevertheless it was plain the letter came from Milady. ‘Yes. There could be no doubt she owed this Free eBooks at Planet eBook. he began to interrogate the wounded man.’ said the wounded man. and how well she must be acquainted with the affairs of the court. He consequently kept it as a piece of evidence. they had missed the carriage by ten minutes. ‘But what were you to do with that woman?’ asked d’Artagnan. He confessed that he had undertaken with his comrade—the same who was killed— to carry off a young woman who was to leave Paris by the Barriere de La Villette. and eagerly opened the pocketbook. you know that my hand stretches far. ‘We were to have conveyed her to a hotel in the Place Royale.’ No signature. as well as all who loved him.

that the queen must have discovered the prison in which poor Mme.information to the cardinal.’ said the man. He turned toward the wounded man. and that she had freed her from that prison. This idea completely restored clemency to his heart. D’Artagnan explained the sword wound of his companion by a sortie which he improvised. who had watched with intense anxiety all the various expressions of his countenance. Bonacieux. and a convent was not impregnable. Then also. with a feeling of real joy. who had no longer a motive for staying so near the enemy. The Guardsman who had returned at the first discharge announced the death of his four companions. and her passage along the road of Chaillot like an apparition. But amid all this he perceived. ‘but is it not to have me hanged?’ ‘You have my word. ‘Come. Bonacieux was explaining her devotion. and the letter he had received from the young woman.’ The wounded man sank upon his knees.’ ‘Yes. ‘for the second time I give you your life. He described the death 616 The Three Musketeers . Lean upon me. as Athos had predicted. They were therefore much astonished and delighted in the regiment when they saw the young man come back safe and sound. were now explained. abridged the testimonials of his gratitude. and holding out his arm to him. it became possible to find Mme. and let us return to the camp. but d’Artagnan. to again kiss the feet of his preserver. who could scarcely believe in such magnanimity. said.’ said he. I will not abandon you thus.

and the perils they had encountered. and Monsieur paid him his compliments upon it. the brave exploit of d’Artagnan resulted in the restoration of the tranquility he had lost. d’Artagnan believed that he might be tranquil. as one of his two enemies was killed and the other devoted to his interests. The whole army talked of this expedition for a day. This tranquillity proved one thing—that d’Artagnan did not yet know Milady. Besides 617 . as every great action bears its recompense with it.of the other soldier. In fact. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. This recital was for him the occasion of veritable triumph.

created such a disturbance that the provost of the 618 The Three Musketeers . MM. as on their side the French were besieging La Rochelle. who knew that from one day to the other he might expect to be removed from his command by the Duc d’Angouleme. d’Artagnan. D’Artagnan. particularly when the danger seems to have vanished. or by Schomberg. and Aramis. and did not dare to attempt any great enterprise to drive the English from the Isle of Re. and as he was very anxious to be in person at the siege. by Bassompierre. after having had an entertainment at my house and enjoying themselves very much. lost his days in wavering. did but little. Athos. had become more tranquil. He only felt one uneasiness. Porthos. as we have said. But one morning at the commencement of the month of November everything was explained to him by this letter. Martin and the fort of La Pree. Monsieur. who were all eager for his post.42 THE ANJOU WINE After the most disheartening news of the king’s health. it was said that as soon as he could mount a horse he would set forward. Meantime. dated from Villeroy: M. and that was at not hearing any tidings from his friends. as always happens after a past danger. a report of his convalescence began to prevail in the camp. where they still besieged the citadel St.

a rigid man. Planchet. with great respect. ‘They think of me in their pleasures. but I accomplish the order they have given me by forwarding to you a dozen bottles of my Anjou wine. I have done this. and with this view called in the assistance of the lackey of one of his master’s guests. named Fourreau. but I will not drink alone. and another the next. D’Artagnan. and am. like an intelligent man. with strict orders that great care should be taken of it. as the dinner was fixed for midday d’Artagnan sent Planchet at nine in the morning to assist in preparing everything for the entertainment. Your very humble and obedient servant. on his return. so the meeting was fixed for the day after that. thought he would make all ready. with which they are much pleased. very proud of being raised to the dignity of landlord. to invite them to enjoy with him this present of delicious Anjou wine which had been sent him from Villeroy. One of the two Guardsmen was engaged that evening. sent the twelve bottles of wine to the refreshment room of the Guards. Purveyor of the Musketeers ‘That’s all well!’ cried d’ 619 .castle. has ordered them to be confined for some days. Godeau. I will certainly drink to their health with all my heart. Well. monsieur. and then.’ And d’Artagnan went among those Guardsmen with whom he had formed greater intimacy than with the others. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. They are desirous that you should drink to their health in their favorite wine. as I thought of them in my troubles. on the day appointed.

imagining this to be caused by some unexpected attack. placed in line with his company. towel on arm. were about to lift the first glass of wine to their lips. belonging to no corps. as has been said. The hour of the banquet being come. The guests having eaten the soup. which was a little shaken by its journey. sprang to their swords. for the poor devil had not yet recovered his strength. carefully into decanters. D’Artagnan. Brisemont poured the lees into a glass. not less forward than they. Fourreau uncorked the bottles. or rather of Planchet. Of this wine. did likewise. and Brisemont. the first bottle being a little thick at the bottom. Planchet waited. the king. His Musketeers proceeded and followed him. either of the besieged or the English. the two guards arrived. after d’Artagnan had saved his life. poured the wine. had come by forced marches. when all at once the cannon sounded from Fort Louis and Fort Neuf. and d’Artagnan desired him to drink it. in order to repair to their posts. Cries of ‘Live the king! Live the cardinal!’ resounded on every side. D’Artagnan. and had that moment arrived with all his household and a reinforcement of ten thousand troops. and all ran out. which was the name of the convalescent. impatient.and the false soldier who had tried to kill d’Artagnan and who. The Guardsmen. In short. had entered into the service of d’Artagnan. and the dishes were arranged on the table. But scarcely were they out of the room before they were made aware of the cause of this noise. and the drums were beaten in all directions. took their places. saluted with an expressive 620 The Three Musketeers .

I know what brand you are talking about. astonished.gesture his three friends. that you sent me. ‘there are no women at your dinner.’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Well. the dinner cannot have had time to get cold! Can it. ‘No. ah!’ said Porthos. ‘Yes. ‘Well.’ ‘We sent you wine?’ ‘You know very well—the wine from the hills of Anjou. ‘it appears we are feasting!’ ‘I hope. you must content yourselves with that. ‘Our wine!’ said Athos. de Treville.’ ‘On our account?’ said the three Musketeers.’ ‘And so.’ ‘The wine you prefer.’ ‘Is there any drinkable wine in your tavern?’ asked Athos.’ replied d’Artagnan. ‘Not exactly. gentlemen?’ added the young man. Aramis?’ said Athos. in the absence of champagne and chambertin. and M. ‘you could not have arrived in better time. pardieu! there is yours. who detected him at once. connoisseurs in wine as we 621 . ‘Did you send this wine.’ said Aramis. and you. ‘Ah. whose eyes soon discovered him. whom he introduced to his friends. The ceremony of reception over. the four friends were soon in one another’s arms. ‘Pardieu!’ cried d’Artagnan. Porthos?’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. it is the wine that was sent by your order. my dear friend. we have sent you some Anjou wine?’ said Porthos. turning to the two Guards.

’ said Porthos.’ ‘My faith! never mind where it comes from. ‘what has happened?’ ‘Look you.’ ‘You are right. ‘Our purveyor!’ ‘Yes.’ ‘d’Artagnan. in a reproachful tone.‘No. my friends!’ cried d’Artagnan. it was your purveyor.’ ‘A false letter altogether. Godeau.’ ‘No. ‘This is not his writing!’ said Athos. and you. Athos. before we left Villeroy I settled the accounts of the regiment.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘I am acquainted with it. who never used thee and thou but upon very particular occasions. ‘Thou alarmest me!’ said Athos. Godeau—the purveyor of the Musketeers. ‘a horrible sus622 The Three Musketeers . your purveyor.’ said Athos. and a convulsive trembling shook all his limbs. and he presented the note to his comrades. ‘Did none of you charge your purveyor. and if it is good. to send me some wine?’ ‘No! And yet you say he has sent you some as from us?’ ‘Here is his letter.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘let us taste it. ‘how could you believe that we had made a disturbance?’ D’Artagnan grew pale.’ said Porthos. ‘we have not been disciplined. let us drink it. Athos?’ ‘No!’ ‘If it was not you.’ said Aramis.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘don’t let us drink wine which comes from an unknown source.

and I say that it is horrible!’ ‘Do not think so.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘Frightful! frightful!’ murmured Athos. as pale as death. Planchet and 623 . I protest—‘ ‘Oh. Brisemont. the three Musketeers and the two Guards following him. ‘ah! this is frightful! You pretend to pardon me.picion crosses my mind! Can this be another vengeance of that woman?’ It was now Athos who turned pale. Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ said d’Artagnan. I swear to you. but God is above! God will punish you! My God. and you poison me!’ ‘I!’ cried d’Artagnan. ‘I swear to you that the wine was poisoned and that I was going to drink of it as you did. but it was plain that all assistance was useless—all the features of the dying man were distorted with agony. stretched upon the ground and rolling in horrible convulsions.’ ‘I do not believe you. wretch? What do you say?’ ‘I say that it was you who gave me the wine. while Porthos broke the bottles and Aramis gave orders. I say you wished to avenge yourself on me. I say that it was you who desired me to drink it. a little too late. were trying to give him succor. The first object that met the eyes of d’Artagnan on entering the room was Brisemont. ‘Ah!’ cried he. on perceiving d’Artagnan. and he expired amid horrible tortures. throwing himself down by the dying man. grant that he may one day suffer what I suffer!’ ‘Upon the Gospel. ‘do not think so.’ cried the soldier. D’Artagnan rushed toward the refreshment room. ‘I.

Gentlemen. and if talked about. I beg of you. my friends. sirrah! you were going to drink my wine?’ ‘To the health of the king. monsieur. addressing the Guardsmen. retired. ‘Oh.’ The two Guardsmen courteously accepted d’Artagnan’s excuses. ‘I wanted to get him out of the way that I might drink myself. what an escape I have had!’ ‘How.’ 624 The Three Musketeers . I was going to drink a small glass of it if Fourreau had not told me I was called. monsieur!’ stammered Planchet. ‘I request you will be silent with regard to this adventure. and put off the party till another day.’ continued he. they looked at one another with an air which plainly expressed that each of them perceived the gravity of their situation.’ said d’Artagnan. the evil would only recoil upon us. not only mine but that of these gentlemen. Great personages may have had a hand in what you have seen. and perceiving that the four friends desired to be alone. ‘let us leave this chamber.’ ‘Alas!’ said Fourreau. monsieur.’ said Athos.’ ‘Ah. more dead than alive. When the young Guardsman and the three Musketeers were without witnesses. particularly when they have died a violent death. ‘ah.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘you come once more to save my life.’ ‘Gentlemen. so accept my excuses. addressing the Guardsmen. ‘In the first place.that a confessor should be sent for. ‘you may easily comprehend that such a feast can only be very dull after what has taken place. whose teeth chattered with terror. the dead are not agreeable company.

but do you really believe it is she?’ ‘I am sure of it. I tell you. yes. with a sword hangFree eBooks at Planet eBook.’ It was d’Artagnan who now shook his head in his turn.’ ‘Nevertheless.‘Planchet.’ And the four friends quit the room. that this is war to the death. ‘Well. my dear friend. Let him be interred in holy ground. ‘The fact is. I hanged her so effectually.’ ‘Yes. she is your wife.’ Athos shook his head. but he repented of it. and served them with fresh eggs and some water. one cannot remain thus. ‘I perceive that plainly. which Athos went himself to draw at the fountain. I confess I still doubt. ‘only reflect how much the two descriptions resemble each other. it is true. what is to be done?’ said the young man. Porthos and Aramis were posted as to the situation. He committed a crime.’ said d’Artagnan to Athos.’ ‘But the fleur-de-lis on her shoulder?’ ‘She is some Englishwoman who has committed a crime in France.’ repeated d’Artagnan. and has been branded in consequence. ‘But in either case.’ ‘ 625 . but I should think the other must be dead. The host gave them another chamber. ‘I commit the corpse of this poor devil to your care. ‘Yes. In a few words. ‘you see.’ said d’Artagnan. leaving to Planchet and Fourreau the duty of paying mortuary honors to Brisemont.’ replied he.

‘but where and how to meet with her?’ ‘Time. dear friend. Say to her: ‘Peace or war! My word as a gentleman never to say anything of you. on your side. and if you are acquitted. Besides.’ ‘But how?’ ‘Listen! You must try to see her. ‘Constance.’ ‘Madame Bonacieux! Ah. we are men.’ said Aramis. I had forgotten you were in love. but.’ ‘Yes. in an undertone. God will preserve us still. ‘What she?’ asked Athos. I will bring you to trial. ‘We must extricate ourselves from this position. I will denounce you as branded.’ ‘Well. If not. and have an explanation with eternally over his head. but she. as I would a mad dog. it is our lot to risk our lives. ‘have you not learned by the 626 The Three Musketeers . I will apply to the chancellor. ‘My poor friend. a solemn oath to remain neutral with respect to me. time brings round opportunity. that’s true!’ said Athos. opportunity is the martingale of man. I will kill you at the corner of some wall.’ asked he. never to do anything against you.’ ‘Bah!’ said Athos. but to wait surrounded by assassins and poisoners. I will apply to the hangman.’ ‘Yes. The more we have ventured the more we gain. I will move the courts against you.’ said Athos. by the faith of a gentleman. I will apply to the king.’ said d’Artagnan. when we know how to wait. we. ‘God has preserved us hitherto. and everything considered. well.’’ ‘I like the means well enough.

’ ‘Hush!’ said Porthos. ‘You say she is in a convent?’ replied Porthos. and as soon as the siege of La Rochelle is terminated. ‘good! Yes. 627 . that it is the queen who has made choice of the convent for her?’ ‘I believe so.’ cried Athos.’ ‘Well. ‘it appears to me that the means are very simple. ‘It is some time since we heard from his mistress. if you please?’ ‘Why. ‘Yes.’ said Aramis. at least. we’ll carry her off from that convent.’ said Porthos. in a low voice.’ ‘In that case Porthos will assist us. ‘Don’t you say.letter you found on the wretched corpse that she is in a convent? One may be very comfortable in a convent. I promise you on my part—‘ ‘Good. dear d’Artagnan. we know all about that.’ ‘And how so.’ ‘What?’ asked d’Artagnan. As soon as the siege is over.’ ‘But we must first learn what convent she is in.’ said Athos. your duchess. we all know that your views have a religious tendency. my dear Aramis.’ ‘That’s true. by your marchioness.’ ‘I am only temporarily a Musketeer. ‘I beFree eBooks at Planet eBook.’ said Porthos.’ ‘Very well. ‘But I think I have it. She must have a long arm. your princess. ‘But take no notice.’ said Athos. placing a finger on his lips.

coloring. ‘You! And how?’ ‘By the queen’s almoner. and the three Musketeers repaired to the king’s quarters. 628 The Three Musketeers . ‘I take upon myself to obtain intelligence of her. to whom I am very intimately allied. And on this assurance. she must know nothing of the matter.lieve her to be a cardinalist.’ ‘Then. where they had to prepare their lodging. Aramis?’ cried the three friends. who had finished their modest repast.’ said Aramis. with the promise of meeting again that evening. separated. D’Artagnan returned to less important affairs. the four friends.’ said Aramis.’ ‘You.

with more reason than the cardinal. Bassompierre and Schomberg. The result was that to prevent MM. and 629 . against the Duc d’Angouleme. Bassompierre and Schomberg were marshals of France. a separate command had to be given to each. had named lieutenant general. the Duc d’Angouleme on the east. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. and claimed their right of commanding the army under the orders of the king. supported the Duc d’Angouleme.43 THE SIGN OF THE RED DOVECOT Meanwhile the king. but notwithstanding his earnest wish. from Perigny to Angoutin. Bassompierre took up his quarters on the north of the city. MM. who feared that Bassompierre. Bassompierre and Schomberg from deserting the army. de Schomberg on the south. who. and afterward to press the siege of La Rochelle. from Dompierre to Perigny. at his instigation. but the cardinal. whom the king. a Huguenot at heart. although scarcely arrived was in such a haste to meet the enemy that he commanded every disposition to be made to drive the English from the Isle of Re. he was delayed by the dissensions which broke out between MM. his brothers in religion. might press but feebly the English and Rochellais. between Leu and Dompierre. showed his hatred for Buckingham.

and the cardinal. de Schomberg. The English. the cardinal’s quarters were upon the downs. the king judged that it would be best to put an end to the affair. sometimes at Jarrie. M. the quarters of the king were sometimes at Estree. roberges. it was evident that some day or other. only eating salt meat and bad biscuit. the Duc d’Angouleme. in a simple house without any entrenchment. we will content ourselves with saying in two words that the expedition succeeded. very rough at this period of the year all along the sea coast. But as M. who require. and gave the necessary orders for a decisive action. As soon as this organization was established. and the shore. good living in order to be good soldiers. above everything. destroyed every day some little vessel. de Toiras gave information that everything was preparing in the enemy’s camp for a fresh assault. The result was that even if the king’s troops remained quietly in their camp. from the point of l’Aiguillon to the trenches. was at every tide literally covered with the wrecks of pinnacles. would be obliged to raise the siege. who only continued in the Isle from obstinacy. to the great astonishment of the king and 630 The Three Musketeers . the sea. at the bridge of La Pierre. had many invalids in their camp. the king. Buckingham. As it is not our intention to give a journal of the siege. they set about driving the English from the Isle. and feluccas. The juncture was favorable. Still further. but on the contrary only to describe such of the events of it as are connected with the story we are relating.The quarters of Monsieur were at Dompierre. So that Monsieur watched Bassompierre.

Simon. This league was directed against France. leaving on the field of battle two thousand men. were obliged to re-embark. and afterward throughout France. and sixty flags. twenty gentlemen of rank. anything to fear on the part of the English. Still further. An envoy of the Duke of Buckingham. All. as the cardinal asserts in his memoirs. and proof was obtained of a league between the German Empire. for one is not a despotic minister without responsibility. at least at the present. engaged in listening to the least report heard in any of the great kingdoms of Europe. was taken. this response was but momentary. It was upon the cardinal that all the responsibility fell. The cardinal was left free to carry on the siege. and defeated in the passage of the Isle of Loie. which were taken to Paris by Claude de St. beaten in all encounters. Spain. among whom were five 631 . three lieutenant colonels. and suspended with great pomp in the arches of Notre Dame. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. in Buckingham’s lodging. Te Deums were chanted in camp. which he had been forced to abandon more precipitately than he expected. without having. strongly compromised Mme. named Montague. The English. papers were found which confirmed this alliance and which. de Chevreuse and consequently the queen. But it must be acknowledged. therefore. and Lorraine.the great glory of the cardinal. four pieces of cannon. England. two hundred and fifty captains. repulsed foot by foot. of the vast resources of his genius were at work night and day.

There were monks who wore the frock with such an ill grace that it was easy to perceive they belonged to the church militant. succeeded one another. if wanted. all his influence would be lost. with him. and he. perhaps. but we 632 The Three Musketeers . and would abandon him to the personal vengeance of Monsieur and the queen. hated him as a child hates his master. of Buckingham. All this must be prepared against. in order to have. in which the cardinal had established his residence. becoming every instant more numerous. If the league which threatened France triumphed. The king. the national minister—would be ruined. and more particularly the hatred. the right of using reprisals. Courtiers. He would then be lost.The cardinal was acquainted with the activity. even while obeying him like a child. and peasants with blackened hands but with fine limbs. Richelieu—the French minister. women a little inconvenienced by their costume as pages and whose large trousers could not entirely conceal their rounded forms. savoring of the man of quality a league off. where they had as yet but partisans. It is true that the enemies of the cardinal said that it was he himself who set these bungling assassins to work. There were also less agreeable visits—for two or three times reports were spread that the cardinal had nearly been assassinated. Spanish policy and Austrian policy would have their representatives in the cabinet of the Louvre. day and night. in the little house of the bridge of La Pierre. and France.

they fancied they heard the sound of horses approaching them. about a quarter of a league from the village of Boisnau. and sometimes to have an interview with a messenger whom he did not wish to see at home. and Aramis. was not able to accompany them. who had not much to do with the siege. for being friends of M. one evening when d’Artagnan. sometimes to communicate to the Duc d’Angouleme important orders. closed in. as we have stated. were not under very strict orders and led a joyous life. when. for fear of an ambuscade. Now. de Treville. The was the more easy for our three companions in particular. with their hands upon their pistol butts. occupying the middle of the road. mounted on their battle steeds. They immediately all three halted. from making nocturnal excursions. and as the moon broke from behind a cloud. and waited. they obtained from him special permission to be absent after the closing of the camp. sometimes to confer with the king. In an 633 . Porthos.must not believe everything ministers say. they saw at a turning of the road two horsemen who. were returning from a drinking place called the Red Dovecot. These attempts did not prevent the cardinal. which Athos had discovered two days before upon the route to Jarrie. on perFree eBooks at Planet eBook. who was in the trenches. following the road which led to the camp and quite on their guard. Athos. enveloped in their war cloaks. On their part the Musketeers. to whom his most inveterate detractors have never denied personal bravery. nor everything their enemies say.

One of the two riders. appearing to deliberate whether they should continue their route or go back. ‘What do you wish. stopped in their turn. gentlemen!’ said a clear voice which seemed accustomed to command. ‘Answer in your turn. in the same commanding tone. Athos made a sign 634 The Three Musketeers . cried in a firm voice.’ The three companions advanced rather humbly—for all were now convinced that they had to do with someone more powerful than themselves—leaving Athos the post of speaker.’ ‘Advance. The hesitation created some suspicion in the three friends.’ said Athos.’ ‘Beware of what you are about. yourselves?’ replied one of the horsemen. or we charge.ceiving them. ‘It is some superior officer making his night rounds. ‘That is not an answer. and Athos.’ replied Athos. advancing a few paces in front of the others. or you may repent of your disobedience. more and more convinced that he who interrogated them had the right to do so. ‘Who goes there?’ ‘Who goes there. ‘Who goes there? Answer. gentlemen?’ ‘Who are you?’ said the same voice.’ ‘King’s Musketeers. and give an account of what you are doing here at this hour. was ten paces in front of his companion. ‘What company?’ ‘Company of Treville. he who had spoken second.’ said Athos.

’ ‘We are gentlemen. and leaving his face uncovered. ‘You have a quick ear. and if they follow us we shall be certain they will tell nobody. for the third time. ‘require our parole. who began to be annoyed by this inquisition. the proof that you have the right to question me. ‘give me. Thank Porthos and Aramis also to remain in the rear. ‘But yourself.’ ‘Your name?’ repeated the cavalier a second time. and advanced alone.’ said Athos.’ said he. ‘but now listen to this. monsieur.’ ‘Your name?’ said the officer. It is not from mistrust that I request you to follow me. in an undertone. ‘These three Musketeers shall follow us. ‘I am not willing it should be known I have left the camp. Your companions are no doubt Messieurs Porthos and Aramis. who drew near. my officer. ‘Your pardon. letting his cloak fall. and you may see that we were good guard.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘Monsieur the Cardinal!’ cried the stupefied Musketeer. but for my security.’ said the cardinal.’ said Athos. and give yourself no uneasiness. monseigneur. Monsieur 635 .’ The cardinal fixed his piercing eyes on this courageous speaker. I beg you. who covered a part of his face with his cloak. ‘but we were ignorant with whom we had to do. The cardinal made a sign to his attendant.’ said Athos. ‘Your name?’ cried his Eminence.’ said the Musketeer. we can keep a secret. ‘Athos.

‘your Eminence is right in taking us with you. if we should meet him. gentlemen?’ said the cardinal. here. and we have even had a quarrel at the Red Dovecot with four of those faces.’ ‘What have been the results of your quarrel?’ said the cardinal. for you might learn it from others. ‘you know I don’t like quarrelers. upon my honor.’ ‘A quarrel. be frank. your Eminence. and what for. Monsieur Athos. if your Eminence orders an escalade. ‘I know you. and I am sorry you are not so. gentlemen. you and your two friends. as your Eminence may see. but I know you are brave and loyal gentlemen. has received a slight sword wound in the arm. ‘My friend. while the two Musketeers who had remained behind advanced hat in hand. knitting his brow.’ said Athos. do me.’ said the cardinal. ‘Well. from mounting to the assault tomorrow.’ ‘And that is the reason why I have the honor to inform your Eminence of what has happened.’ said the cardinal. 636 The Three Musketeers . and then I shall have an escort to excite envy in his Majesty. Aramis.’ The three Musketeers bowed to the necks of their horses.’ ‘But you are not the men to allow sword wounds to be inflicted upon you thus. but not enough to prevent him. the honor to accompany me. ‘Come. I know you are not quite my friends.‘Yes. ‘I know you. then. and that confidence may be placed in you. and upon a false account believe us to be in fault.’ said Athos. we have seen several ill-looking faces on the road.

Monsieur Porthos?’ ‘I. ‘three men placed hors de combat in a cabaret squabble! You don’t do your work by halves. being of a very mild disposition. And pray what was this quarrel about?’ ‘These fellows were drunk. ‘and knowing there was a lady who had arrived at the cabaret this eveFree eBooks at Planet eBook. Then I admit my patience failed me. of which Monseigneur perhaps is not aware. I only know for a certainty that he fell. ah!’ said the cardinal. gentlemen!’ said the cardinal. you have settled accounts with somebody! Confess. ‘I did not even draw my sword. monseigneur. and it seemed to me that he was borne away with his two companions. and threw him out of the window. monseigneur?’ said Athos.’ ‘I. with some hesitation. I endeavored to appease my comrades.’ ‘The devil.’ said the cardinal.’ ‘Ah. you know I have the right of giving absolution. ‘and you. but I took him who offended me round the body. he let it pass through his body. when one of these wretches gave me a wound with a sword. ‘and you. ‘he broke his thigh. knowing that dueling is prohibited—I seized a bench. across my left arm.’ said Athos. likewise. I fancied I felt that in throwing himself upon me. about to enter into orders. Monsieur Aramis?’ ‘Monseigneur. and as he came back to the charge. It appears that in 637 . treacherously. and gave one of those brigands such a blow that I believe his shoulder is broken. and being.’ continued Athos.gentlemen.’ ‘Very well. I drew my sword in my turn.

it is to be presumed that he is a coward. ‘You did not see her? Ah. quickly. was this lady alone?’ ‘The lady had a cavalier shut up with her. ‘to change the conversation. and put his horse in motion. that’s well. gentlemen. very well. Monsieur Athos. without doubt.’ ‘Therefore I do not doubt what you say. Athos bowed. ‘and for what purpose?’ ‘To do her violence. with a certain degree of anxiety.ning.’ added he. ‘I know what I wish to know. ‘I have had the honor of informing your Eminence that these men were drunk. ‘we are gentlemen.’ continued the cardinal. monseigneur. but.’ said Athos.’ ‘Monseigneur. and as I am going to the Red Dovecot myself. keeping from eight to ten paces in advance of his 638 The Three Musketeers . says the Gospel. ‘And now.’ The three Musketeers passed behind his Eminence.’ ‘Force her door!’ said the cardinal. they wanted to force her door.’ ‘‘Judge not rashly’. I shall know if you have told me the truth.’ said Athos.’ replied the cardinal.’ said Athos.’ said Athos.’ ‘And was this lady young and handsome?’ asked the cardinal.’ replied the cardinal. and to save our heads we would not be guilty of a falsehood. haughtily. this cavalier did not show himself. I do not doubt it for a single instant. ‘We did not see her. follow me. ‘You did well to defend the honor of a woman. who again enveloped his face in his cloak. ‘but as notwithstanding the noise.

the three Musketeers did likewise. follow me.’ said he. Ten paces from the door the cardinal made a sign to his esquire and the three Musketeers to halt. solitary inn.’ The cardinal alighted. and in a peculiar manner. came out immediately. the three Musketeers fastened the horses to the shutters. after which he mounted his horse. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. The host opened the door of a large room. and had consequently sent intruders out of the way. ‘I have this. and set off in the direction of Surgeres. A man. The host stood at the door. and exchanged some rapid words with the cardinal. ‘Enter. in which an old stove had just been replaced by a large and excellent chimney. No doubt the host knew what illustrious visitor was expected.’ said the cardinal. They soon arrived at the silent. my gentlemen.’ said he. gentlemen. ‘That will 639 . ‘Have you any chamber on the ground floor where these gentlemen can wait near a good fire?’ said the cardinal. A saddled horse was fastened to the window shutter. the cardinal was only an officer coming to visit a lady. The cardinal knocked three times.four companions. In the meantime. For him. ‘You have told me the truth. which was likewise the way to Paris. ‘and it will not be my fault if our encounter this evening be not advantageous to you. enveloped in a cloak. ‘Advance. The cardinal threw the bridle of his horse to his esquire.’ replied the cardinal. addressing the Musketeers. gentlemen.

I shall not be more than half an hour.’ And while the three Musketeers entered the ground floor room.and be kind enough to wait for me. without asking further information. 640 The Three Musketeers . the cardinal. ascended the staircase like a man who has no need of having his road pointed out to him.

and let us talk it over. the other extremity passing into the chamber above. and every time he passed and repassed he heard a murmur of words. broken in halves. Now. remaining himself bent with his ear directed to the opening of the lower orifice. and distinguished some words that appeared to merit so great an interest that he made a sign to his friends to be silent. who was that someone? That was the question the three Musketeers put to one 641 . our three friends had just rendered a service to someone the cardinal honored with his special protection. While thinking and walking.44 THE UTILITY OF STOVEPIPES It was evident that without suspecting it. Then. Porthos and Aramis placed themselves at the table and began to play. Porthos called the host and asked for dice. Milady. and actuated solely by their chivalrous and adventurous character. Sit down. ‘Listen. Athos went close to it. Athos walked about in a contemplative mood. Athos passed and repassed before the pipe of the stove. ‘the affair is important.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. seeing that none of their replies could throw any light on the subject.’ said the cardinal. which at length fixed his attention.

He will set sail tomorrow morning. who loved their ease. monseigneur. and as I desire to continue to merit the confidence of your Eminence. All three then sat down with their heads together and their ears on 642 The Three Musketeers .’ ‘I must go thither tonight?’ ‘Instantly! That is to say. The two Musketeers. deign to unfold it to me in terms clear and precise. you can go away in your turn. Now let us return to the mission with which you wish to charge me.’ There was an instant of profound silence between the two interlocutors. Athos took advantage of this moment to tell his two companions to fasten the door inside. and to make them a sign to come and listen with him. It was evident that the cardinal was weighing beforehand the terms in which he was about to speak. ‘I listen to your Eminence with greatest attention. and to engrave them in her memory when they should be spoken. and that Milady was collecting all her intellectual faculties to comprehend the things he was about to say. after half an hour.’ ‘Yes. then. awaits you at the mouth of Charente. at fort of the Point. whom you will find at the door on going out.‘Milady!’ murmured Athos. You will allow me to leave first. ‘A small vessel with an English crew. Two men. brought a chair for each of themselves and one for Athos.’ replied a female voice which made the Musketeer start. that I may not commit an error. when you have received my instructions. will serve you as escort. whose captain is on my side.

I only wait till you give them.’ said Milady.the alert. but that they give me no uneasiness.’ replied the cardinal. but to present yourself frankly and loyally as a 643 . ‘All this negotiation must be carried on openly. you will seek Buckingham.’ said the cardinal.’ ‘You will go to Buckingham in my behalf. ‘You will go to London.’ ‘Frankly and loyally. frankly and loyally. upon the interview which the duke had at the residence of Madame the Constable with the queen on the evening Madame the Constable gave a masquerade. and you will tell him I am acquainted with all the preparations he has made. And you will tell him I will publish the report of Bois-Robert and the Marquis de Beautru. with an unspeakable expression of duplicity. his Grace distrusts me. You will tell him.’ continued the cardinal. ‘it is not necessary to steal his confidence. in the same tone. ‘Yes.’ ‘I will follow your Eminence’s instructions to the letter.’ ‘Without doubt.’ ‘Will he believe that your Eminence is in a position to accomplish the threat thus made?’ ‘Yes. in order Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ ‘Well. about which the duke always suspected me.’ ‘I must beg your Eminence to observe. for I have the proofs. since at the first step he takes I will ruin the queen.’ repeated Milady. this time. ‘Arrived in London. ‘that since the affair of the diamond studs.’ ‘I must be able to present these proofs for his appreciation.

as all the world knows. that I will have a little romance made of it. monseigneur?’ ‘Tell him also that I am acquainted with all the details of the adventure at Amiens. that Montague is in the Bastille. with a plan of the garden and portraits of the principal actors in that nocturnal romance. that he had under his cloak a large white robe dotted with black tears. but that torture may make him tell much of what he knows. and crossbones—for in case of a surprise. and even what he does not know. and that he purchased this exchange for the sum of three thousand pistoles.’ ‘Exactly.’ ‘Well. it is true. death’s heads. which the Chevalier de Guise was to have worn.’ ‘I will tell him that. that he may not doubt the correctness of my information. monseigneur?’ ‘All the details of his coming into and going out of the palace—on the night when he introduced himself in the character of an Italian fortune teller—you will tell him. wittily turned. that he came there in the costume of the Great Mogul.’ ‘Is that all. that no letters were found upon him.’ ‘Tell him further that I hold Montague in my power. inasmuch as it 644 The Three Musketeers . appears at the Louvre every time any great event is impending. in the precipitation with which he quit the Isle of Re.’ ‘Then add that his Grace has. forgotten and left behind him in his lodging a certain letter from Madame de Chevreuse which singularly compromises the queen.that he may not doubt. he was to pass for the phantom of the White Lady who.

‘perhaps I should partake of your confidence as to the future.’ ‘It is possible. ‘if. in spite of all these reasons. ‘That is not probable. You have an excellent memory. for example. with great bitterness. do you not?’ ‘Your Eminence will judge: the ball of Madame the Constable.proves not only that her Majesty can love the enemies of the king but that she can conspire with the enemies of France.’ said Milady. ‘that’s it.’ said the cardinal.’ said Milady. and resumed: ‘If he persists—well.’ said Richelieu: ‘when. If he becomes certain that this war will cost the honor. in 1610. You recollect perfectly all I have told you.’ ‘That’s it.’ ‘But. as he says. the evening at Amiens. I will answer for it he will look twice. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘If he persists—‘ His Eminence made a pause. ‘Like the ancient paladins. here.’ ‘Well. with a persistence that proved she wished to see clearly to the end of the mission with which she was about to be charged. he has only undertaken this war to obtain a look from his lady love. and perhaps the liberty. the duke does not give way and continues to menace France?’ ‘The duke is in love to madness. the night at the Louvre. the arrest of Montague. then I shall hope for one of those events which change the destinies of states.’ ‘And 645 . of the lady of his thoughts. the letter of Madame de Chevreuse.’ said Milady.’ replied Richelieu. or rather to folly.’ ‘If your Eminence would quote to me some one of these events in history.’ resumed she to whom the cardinal addressed this flattering compliment. Milady. ‘if he persists?’ ‘If he persists?’ said the cardinal.

coolly. the knife stab in the Rue de la Feronnerie?’ ‘Precisely. Well. to invade Flanders and Italy.’ ‘Well?’ said Milady. at the same time. of glorious memory. The duke has had many affairs of gallantry. who has cause of quarrel with the duke.’ said Milady. King Henry IV. particularly if religious divisions exist in those countries. in all times and in all countries. in order to attack Austria on both sides. in an indifferent tone. I presume. Ay. handsome. and clever. such a woman. and if he has fostered his amours by promises of eternal constancy. fanatics who ask nothing better than to become martyrs.’ continued the cardinal. was about.’ said the cardinal. ‘the only thing to be sought for at this moment is some woman.’ ‘Well. and observe—it just occurs to me that the Puritans are furious against Buckingham. ‘Well. ‘such a woman may be found. did there not happen an event which saved Austria? Why should not the king of France have the same chance as the emperor?’ ‘Your Eminence means. young. ‘Does not your Eminence fear that the punishment inflicted upon Ravaillac may deter anyone who might entertain the idea of imitating him?’ ‘There will be.for a cause similar to that which moves the duke.’ ‘No doubt. and their preachers designate him as the Antichrist. he must likewise have sown the seeds of hatred by his eternal infidelities. who would place the knife of 646 The Three Musketeers .

’ ‘Were the accomplices of Ravaillac or of Jacques Clement ever known?’ ‘No. being simply called Milady Clarik.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. that is all.’ ‘She is 647 . in the tone with which he would have put a question of no importance. The Palace of Justice would not be burned down for everybody. then?’ ‘I require an order which would ratify beforehand all that I should think proper to do for the greatest good of France. ‘What do you require. or the Queen Marie de Medicis. I quote a fact. ‘Then the miserable fanatic must be found who will serve as an instrument of God’s justice. would save France. I should use less precautions than I take.’ ‘He will be found. ‘I. monseigneur?’ replied Milady. that the fire at the Palace of Justice was not caused by chance?’ asked Richelieu. then. ‘I think nothing. Only I say that if I were named Madame de Montpensier.’ ‘That is just. for perhaps they were too high-placed for anyone to dare look for them where they were.’ ‘Yes.’ said Richelieu. this woman I have described must be found who is desirous of avenging herself upon the duke. but she would then be the accomplice of an assassination.’ said Milady.’ ‘You think.’ ‘But in the first place. monseigneur.Jacques Clement or of Ravaillac in the hands of a fanatic.

’ replied the cardinal. if he persists. that Montague is in the Bastille. that you have ordered a little romance of a satirical nature to be written upon the adventures of Amiens. monseigneur. That is it. but her in whose name it was written. and I shall have nothing else to do?’ ‘That is it.’ replied Milady. the limit of my mission—I shall have nothing to do but to pray God to work a miracle for the salvation of France.’ ‘Your Eminence is right. as I have said. with a plan of the gardens in which those adventures took place. and portraits of the actors who figured in them.’ said the cardinal. Then. that you have proofs of the interview granted at the Louvre by the queen to a certain Italian astrologer who was no other than the Duke of Buckingham. ‘And now. without appearing to remark the change of the duke’s tone toward her—‘now that I have received the instructions of your Eminence as concerns your 648 The Three Musketeers . ‘then it will be time to claim the order which you just now required.‘Well. is it not. notwithstanding all this—as that is. and even things he has forgotten. found in his Grace’s lodging. that you possess a certain letter from Madame de Chevreuse.’ said Milady. that you are acquainted with the different disguises by means of which he succeeded in approaching the queen during the fete given by Madame the Constable. which singularly compromises not only her who wrote it. dryly. and that the torture may make him say things he remembers. on the part of your Eminence. to announce to his Grace. ‘and I have been wrong in seeing in the mission with which you honor me anything but that which it really is—that is.

she was there. enemies against whom you owe me all your support. ‘Well. ‘In the first place. then?’ asked Richelieu.’ ‘She is in the prison of Nantes. carried away by her anger.’ ‘That is to say. to a 649 . the secret has been well kept. It is he who in an encounter with your Eminence’s Guards Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ ‘And to which?’ ‘I don’t know. ‘but the queen has obtained an order from the king by means of which she has been conveyed to a convent.enemies. ‘Yes.’ said the cardinal.’ ‘What is his name?’ ‘Oh. now I have an enemy much more to be dreaded by me than this little Madame Bonacieux.’ replied Milady. your Eminence knows him well. Monseigneur will permit me to say a few words to him of mine?’ ‘Have you enemies. ‘Yes.’ ‘To a convent?’ said the duke. ‘He is the evil genius of both of us.’ ‘Who is that?’ ‘Her lover. there is a little intrigante named Bonacieux.’ ‘Who are they?’ replied the duke. for I made them by serving your Eminence.’ cried Milady. monseigneur.’ ‘But I will know!’ ‘And your Eminence will tell me in what convent that woman is?’ ‘I can see nothing inconvenient in that.

’ ‘Well.’ ‘I mean that miserable d’Artagnan.’ replied the cardinal. it is he who. then. has sworn my death.’ ‘Ah. a duelist.’ replied Milady. and I will send him to the Bastille. pardieu!’ continued he. ‘if it were as easy for me to get rid of my enemy as it is easy to get rid of yours. your emissary. it is he who gave three desperate wounds to de Wardes.’ ‘He is a bold fellow. ‘a proof of his connection with Buckingham. ‘I will have ten. give me one.’ ‘So far good. nor do I even desire to know what you mean.’ ‘A proof?’ cried Milady.’ said the duke.’ said the cardinal. there is no afterward!’ said the cardinal.’ ‘I don’t know what you mean. and see nothing out of the way in giving you what you demand with respect to so infamous a creature— the more so as you tell me this d’Artagnan is a libertine. knowing it was I who had Madame Bonacieux carried off. in a low voice. ‘And it is exactly because he is a bold fellow that he is the more to be feared. ah!’ said the cardinal.’ ‘I must have. ‘but I wish to please you. and a traitor. Life for life. ‘Ah. and who caused the affair of the diamond studs to fail. get me that proof. ‘a fair exchange. monseigneur.decided the victory in favor of the king’s Musketeers. ‘I know of whom you speak. but afterwards?’ ‘When once in the Bastille. man for man.’ 650 The Three Musketeers . it becomes the simplest thing in the world. and if it were against such people you require impunity—‘ ‘Monseigneur. I will give you the other.

which proved that the cardinal was employed in seeking the terms in which he should write the note. he went out without any mystery. what answer can we make?’ ‘You will not wait till he asks. and some ink. who had not lost a word of the conversation.’ Porthos and Aramis resumed their places by the stovepipe. I will say two words about it to the cardinal’s esquire likewise. ‘you know I am cool enough.’ ‘You must be gone!’ said Porthos.’ ‘Be prudent. As to Athos.’ said Porthos. ‘and if the cardinal asks for you. The rest concerns myself. and tell him that I am gone on the lookout. then.’ replied Athos. and why do you not let us listen to the end of the conversation?’ ‘Hush!’ said Athos. monseigneur. which was tied with those of his friends to the fastenFree eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘We have heard all it was necessary we should hear. you will speak first. a scoundrel!’ ‘Give me paper.‘An infamous scoundrel. ‘what do you want. Athos. ‘Be easy on that head. and led them to the other end of the room.’ said Aramis. took his horse. speaking in a low voice. monseigneur. a quill. I don’t prevent you from listening.’ said the cardinal. but I must be gone. because certain expressions of our host have given me reason to think the road is not safe. or else in writing it. besides.’ There was a moment of silence. took his two companions by the hand. don’t be uneasy about that. ‘Well. Athos. ‘Here they 651 .

the road to the camp.ings of the shutters. and took. drew his sword. in four words convinced the attendant of the necessity of a vanguard for their return. carefully examined the priming of his pistols. 652 The Three Musketeers . like a forlorn hope.

‘he has gone as a scout. now will you return with me?’ ‘We are at your Eminence’s orders. At a short distance a group of two men and three horses appeared in the shade. The cardinal made an approving gesture. ‘ 653 . Let us leave him to follow the road to the camp protectFree eBooks at Planet eBook.’ ‘And you. and found Porthos playing an earnest game of dice with Aramis. Monsieur Porthos?’ ‘I have won five pistoles of Aramis.’ replied Porthos. The attendant confirmed to the cardinal what the two Musketeers had already said with respect to Athos. what have you done. holding the cardinal’s horse by the bridle.’ The attendant was at the door. it was not long before the cardinal came down. which made him believe the road was not safe. These were the two men who were to conduct Milady to the fort of the Point. gentlemen.’ ‘Well.45 A CONJUGAL SCENE As Athos had foreseen. and superintend her embarkation. on account of some words of our host. ‘What has become of Monseigneur Athos?’ asked he. then. and perceived that one of his men was missing.’ ‘To horse. He opened the door of the room in which the Musketeers were. and retraced his route with the same precautions he had used incoming. for it is getting late. He cast a rapid glance around the room.

For a hundred paces he maintained the speed at which he started. enveloped in his cloak. ‘has forgotten to give a piece of very important information to the lady. He entered the chamber and closed the door behind him. ‘it is certainly she!’ And letting fall his cloak and raising his hat.’ ‘Go up. Athos was standing before the door. ‘Humph. with his hat pulled down over his eyes. ‘Who are you. mute and immovable as a statue. gained the landing. he waited till the horsemen had turned the angle of the road. he returned at a gallop to the inn. and has sent me back to repair his forgetfulness. Milady was frightened. but when out of sight he turned his horse to the right. ‘she is still in her chamber. made a circuit.’ said Athos. On seeing this figure. ascended the stairs with his lightest step. Having recognized the laced hats of his companions and the golden fringe of the cardinal’s cloak. and came back within twenty paces of a high hedge to watch the passage of the little troop. The host recognized him. which was opened to him without hesitation.’ murmured Athos. Milady turned round.’ Athos availed himself of the permission. and having lost sight of them. and return to Athos. and through the open door perceived Milady putting on her hat.’ said the host. At the noise he made in pushing the bolt. ‘My officer. and what do you want?’ cried she. he advanced 654 The Three Musketeers .ed by his esquire and the two Musketeers.

madame. but you also know that with the help of God men have often conquered the most terrible 655 . who comes expressly from the other world to have the pleasure of paying you a visit. but either I was deceived or hell has resuscitated you!’ Milady at these words. but it has neither effaced the stains from your soul nor the brand from your body. as the cardinal said. hell has given you another name. hell has almost made you another face. ‘Your power is great. as I believed Free eBooks at Planet eBook. I thought I had crushed you. and her eyes flashed lightning.’ Milady.’ ‘The Comte de la Fere!’ murmured Milady. and let us talk.’ replied Athos. ‘Yes. ‘You certainly are a demon sent upon the earth!’ said Athos.’ Milady arose as if moved by a powerful spring. ‘Do you know me. hung down her head with a suppressed groan. sat down without uttering a word. ‘You believed me to be dead. ‘I perceive you know me. well. Milady made one step forward.’ said Athos. I know. Sit down. and drawing back till the wall prevented her from going any farther.toward Milady.’ continued Athos. You have once before thrown yourself in my path. did you not. becoming exceedingly pale. under the influence of inexpressible terror. hell has resuscitated you. madame. ‘the Comte de la Fere in person. ‘Yes. madame?’ said he. ‘Hell has made you rich. ‘So far. which recalled frightful remembrances. Athos remained sitting. and then drew back as if she had seen a serpent. Milady.

‘Listen! It was you who cut off the two diamond studs from the shoulder of the Duke of Buckingham. your actions from your entrance to the service of the cardinal to this evening. ‘We have only lived up to the present time because we believed each other dead. it was you had the Madame Bonacieux carried off. though a remembrance is sometimes devouring. to make your victim believe that the wine came from his friends. laughing. opened the door to Monsieur d’Artagnan. whom you sent in pursuit of him.’ continued Athos. faint voice. wished to have him killed by his to be? And the name of Athos as well concealed the Comte de la Fere. In 656 The Three Musketeers . in a hollow. believing that de Wardes had deceived you.’ A smile of incredulity passed over the pale lips of Milady. in love with de Wardes and thinking to pass the night with him.’ ‘You know what I have done?’ ‘I can relate to you. wished to have him killed in his turn by two assassins. and because a remembrance is less oppressive than a living creature. it was you who. day by day. it was you who. as the name Milady Clarik concealed Anne de Breuil. Was it not so you were called when your honored brother married us? Our position is truly a strange one.’ ‘But. when this rival had discovered your infamous secret. and what do you want with me?’ ‘I wish to tell you that though remaining invisible to your eyes. finding the balls had missed their mark. sent poisoned wine with a forged letter. ‘what brings you back to me. it was you who. I have not lost sight of you. it was you who.’ said Milady.

who is a faithful friend whom I love and defend. He thought how one day.short. and cocked it. in a less dangerous situation than the one in which he was now placed. and he afterward. he is an Englishman. who had nothing of the woman about her. Assassinate the Duke of Buckingham. ‘Perhaps. burning his brain and pervading his frame like a raging fever. drew forth a pistol. reached his hand to his belt.’ said Milady. ‘You must be Satan!’ cried she. ‘he has insulted you. made an engagement with Cardinal Richelieu to cause the Duke of Buckingham to be assassinated. 657 . But do not touch with the tip of your finger a single hair of d’Artagnan. he had already endeavored to sacrifice her to his honor. it was you who have but now in this chamber.’ Milady was livid. shall be the last. in exchange for the promise he has made you to allow you to assassinate d’Artagnan.’ said Athos. madame?’ said Athos. or I swear to you by the head of my father the crime which you shall have endeavored to commit.’ ‘Monsieur d’Artagnan has cruelly insulted me. His desire for blood returned. ‘Monsieur d’Artagnan shall die!’ ‘Indeed! Is it possible to insult you.’ Athos was seized with a kind of vertigo. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘But at all events listen well to this. seated in this chair I now fill. laughing. The sight of this creature. in a hollow tone. ‘she first. recalled awful remembrances. and he shall die!’ ‘He shall die!’ replied Milady. or shall have committed. or cause him to be assassinated—I care very little about that! I don’t know him. he arose in his turn.

drew out a paper. but she knew Athos. Richelieu ‘And now. in a voice the more terrible from having the supreme calmness of a fixed resolution. or upon my soul.’ said he. Milady might have preserved some doubt. and then. returned the pistol to his belt. 3.’ With another man. Athos slowly raised his pistol. Motionless against the dark tapestry. unfolded it. 1627 It is by my order and for the good of the state that the bearer of this has done what he has done. ‘and be accursed!’ Athos took the paper.’ said Athos. pale as a corpse. approached the lamp to be assured that it was the paper. ‘now that I have drawn your teeth. ‘Madame.’ said he. viper. I will blow your brains out. Milady saw by the contraction of his countenance that the trigger was about to be pulled.’ said she. and read: Dec. ‘you will this instant deliver to me the paper the cardinal signed. she appeared like a horrid image of terror. endeavored to cry out. ‘Take it. but her swollen tongue could utter no more than a hoarse sound which had nothing human in it and resembled the rattle of a wild beast. she reached her hand quickly to her bosom. bite if 658 The Three Musketeers . resuming his cloak and putting on his hat. stretched out his arm so that the weapon almost touched Milady’s forehead. ‘You have one second to decide. and held it toward Athos. she remained motionless. Nevertheless. with her hair in disorder.Milady.

’ said Porthos. ‘King and Re. he leaped lightly into the saddle and set out at full gallop. Gentlemen. He immediately made a new point in advance.’ said he. take the gate on the left. ‘Yes. you can. ‘receive my thanks for the good guard you have kept. we are arrived.’ said the cardinal. about two hundred paces from the camp. and never to leave her till she is on board. they bowed their heads in sign of assent. and took the right hand. urging his horse to the utmost and stopping occasionally to listen. folFree eBooks at Planet eBook. to the fort of the Point. he went across the fields. ‘it is he. ‘Monseigneur’s order is. ‘That is our brave Musketeer. and placed himself across the road.’ ‘Monsieur Athos. rubbed his horse down with some heath and leaves of trees. only instead of following the road. In one of those halts he heard the steps of several horses on the road.’ said Richelieu. as soon as he perceived the horsemen. With regard to Athos. The watchword is. without losing time. He had no doubt it was the cardinal and his escort. to conduct that woman. I think.’’ Saying these words. At the door he found the two men and the spare horse which they 659 . ‘Who goes there?’ cried he.’ As these words agreed wholly with the order they had received. the cardinal saluted the three friends with an inclination of his head.’ And he left the chamber without once looking behind him. ‘Gentlemen. monseigneur.

made no difficulty in following them. to come to him and claim her vengeance. She had had for an instant an inclination to be reconducted to the cardinal. ‘Well!’ said Porthos and Aramis together. except to give the watchword to the sentinels. and relate everything to him. to discreetly set off to accomplish her difficult mission with her usual skill. She thought it was best to preserve silence. and at nine. he signed the paper she required!’ ‘I know it. coolly. on finding the two men that awaited her. She might say that Athos had hanged her. Milady. raised anchor. the vessel. at seven o’clock she was at the fort of the Point.’ And the three friends did not exchange another word till they reached their quarters. as Athos had foreseen. which with letters of marque from the cardinal was supposed to be sailing for Bayonne. 660 The Three Musketeers . In consequence. ‘well. as soon as the cardinal was out of hearing.lowed by his attendant—for that night he himself slept in the camp. after having traveled all night. but then Athos would tell that she was branded. and steered its course toward England. all things being accomplished to the satisfaction of the cardinal. ‘since here it is.’ said Athos. the instant that he left the trenches. at eight o’clock she had embarked. Only they sent Mousqueton to tell Planchet that his master was requested. but a revelation on her part would bring about a revelation on the part of Athos. to come to the quarters of the Musketeers. and then.

‘It appears there is something fresh aboard. ‘Oh. oh!’ said d’Artagnan. ‘Hush!’ said Athos. I believe?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘How did you fare?’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ said he. gentlemen.’ replied Porthos.46 THE BASTION SAINT-GERVAIS On arriving at the lodgings of his three friends. I warn you. ‘I hope what you have to tell me is worth the trouble. d’Artagnan found them assembled in the same chamber. comprehending the slight frown of the Musketeer. Ah. why were you not there.’ said Athos. I will not pardon you for making me come here instead of getting a little rest after a night spent in taking and dismantling a bastion. Athos was meditating.’ ‘Aramis. ‘Pardieu. ‘you went to breakfast the day before yesterday at the inn of the Parpaillot. giving his mustache a twist which was peculiar to him. or else. gentlemen? It was warm work. Aramis was saying his prayers in a charming little Book of Hours.’ ‘We were in a place where it was not very cold. bound in blue 661 . Porthos was twisting his mustache.

On their way they met Grimaud. ‘that the dyke which the cardinal is making drives them all out into the open sea. I ate but little. that the circumstances were serious. and daylight began to appear. took Athos’s arm. ‘I want to know if you were left alone. ‘no fish at a seaport?’ ‘They say. Athos made him a sign to come with them. The three friends ordered breakfast. according to custom. chatting with Aramis. a gesture. for here the walls are like sheets of paper.’ replied Athos.’ ‘But that is not quite what I mean to ask you.’ ‘What. by a word. and they had nothing but meat. The morning drum had just been beaten. then. It was seven o’clock in the morning. and who perceived immediately. Aramis.’ D’Artagnan. ev662 The Three Musketeers . resuming his pious reading. I know what you mean: we shall do very well at the Parpaillot. They arrived at the drinking room of the Parpaillot. Grimaud. Porthos followed. the poor lad had nearly come to the pass of forgetting how to speak. obeyed in silence. and went out without saying anything. The day before yesterday was a fish day. who was accustomed to his friend’s manner of acting. and went into a room in which the host said they would not be disturbed.‘For my part.’ said Athos.’ said Aramis. and nobody interrupted you. Unfortunately. Yes. I think there were not many intruders. Athos. the hour was badly chosen for a private conference.’ ‘Let us go to the Parpaillot. or a sign from him.’ ‘Why.

light-horsemen. Guardsmen. since these gentlemen desire to know it. healths. Thus they applied very curtly to the salutations. Without reckoning that as the bastion was not built yesterday all the rest of the Free eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘Yes. monsieur.’ ‘Ah. which he sipped slowly.’ D’Artagnan looked at Athos to know if he ought to reply to this intruder who thus mixed unasked in their conversation. introduced a barrel of powder under one of the angles. came to take a drop at the inn. ‘I hear you gentlemen of the Guards have been in the trenches tonight. and jokes of their companions. tell us what sort of a night you have 663 . but agreed badly with the views of the four friends. and we have no need of one just now. Swiss. ‘we have had that honor. Musketeers. who does you the honor to ask you a question? Relate what has passed during the night. yes.’ said Athos.’ said d’Artagnan.eryone shook off the drowsiness of night. which in blowing up made a very pretty breach. and to dispel the humid morning air.’ said Athos: ‘we shall get into some pretty quarrel or other. ‘don’t you hear Monsieur de Busigny. We even have. ‘I see how it will be. bowing. succeeded one another with a rapidity which might answer the purpose of the host very well. Dragoons. and that you did not get much the best of the Rochellais. who was drinking rum out of beer glass.’ said a light-horseman. as you may have heard. D’Artagnan. with a glass of brandy in his hand. and we will describe ours afterward.’ ‘Have you not taken a bastion?’ said a Swiss. ‘Well.

’ replied d’Artagnan. We lost five men. ‘stop a bit. 664 The Three Musketeers . who.’ ‘Was that affair hot?’ ‘Yes. ‘goose grease is kood with basdry. a vager!’ cried the Swiss. moderately so. Monsieur Athos.building was badly shaken.’ ‘Yes.’ said Athos. ‘that they will send pioneers this morning to repair the bastion. Gervais.’ ‘Balzempleu!’ said the Swiss.’ ‘And what bastion is it?’ asked a dragoon. Aramis. ‘Now for the wager! We listen.’ ‘There!’ said the dragoon. You cursed host! a dripping pan immediately.’ said Athos. that I may not lose a drop of the fat of this estimable bird. Monsieur de Busigny. ‘from behind which the Rochellais annoyed our workmen. the wager!’ said the light-horseman. ‘What is it?’ said the light-horseman.’ said the dragoon.’ said the Swiss. I am in it. ‘The bastion St. Messieurs Porthos. and the Rochellais eight or ten. wooi. ‘a wager!’ ‘Ah. that’s probable. with his saber run through a goose which he was taking to be cooked. ‘Stop a bit. placing his saber like a spit upon the two large iron dogs which held the firebrands in the chimney. I will bet you. notwithstanding the admirable collection of oaths possessed by the German language. ‘that my three companions. had acquired a habit of swearing in French.’ said the light-horseman.’ ‘Yes.’ ‘You was right.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘Well. ‘Gentlemen. ‘But it is probable.

I hope. ‘The breakfast for these gentlemen is ready. de Busigny. The fourth auditor. they began to comprehend.’ ‘I take it. an unlimited dinner for 665 .’ said the host. de Busigny. added the botFree eBooks at Planet eBook. and we will remain there an hour. ‘Well.’ said M. and made a sign to him to wrap the viands up in the napkins.’ ‘My faith. ‘so let us fix the stake.’ ‘We are much more likely to be killed. ‘that’s a fair bet.’ ‘You are four gentlemen. pointed to a large basket which lay in a corner.’ said the dragoon. gentlemen. in the ear of Athos.’ said Athos. by the watch. ‘you are going to get us all killed without mercy. ‘Perfectly. ‘if we do not go.’ said Porthos.’ said the Swiss. made a sign of the head in proof that he acquiesced in the proposition. ‘But. The host obeyed.’ replied M. turning round upon his chair and twisting his mustache.’ said Athos. will go and breakfast in the bastion St.’ said d’Artagnan. Gervais. ‘That shoots me. Grimaud understood that it was to be a breakfast on the grass. packed up the viands.’ Porthos and Aramis looked at each other. bring it. and myself. whatever the enemy may do to dislodge us. who during all this conversation had played a mute part. Athos called Grimaud.’ said Athos.and d’Artagnan. ‘and we are four. Will that do?’ ‘Capitally. took the basket.

and then took the basket on his arm.’ said Athos. ‘But where are you going to eat my breakfast?’ asked the host. drawing from his fob a very handsome watch. ‘What matter. hearing of the wager. my officer?’ said the host. besides. if you are paid for it?’ said Athos.’ The host had not quite so good a bargain as he at first hoped for.’ said Athos. ‘Monsieur de Busigny. ‘No. who. ‘by which you perceive I am five minutes faster than you.’ And bowing to all the astonished persons present. they were followed by the curious. Gervais. and the difference will be for the napkins. monsieur!’ said the light-horseman. studded with diamonds. who carried the basket. ‘Shall I give you the change. ‘will you be so kind as to set your watch with mine. were anxious to know how they would come out of it. ignorant of where he was going but in the passive obedience which Athos had taught him not even thinking of asking. the young men took the road to the bastion St. or permit me to regulate mine by yours?’ ‘Which you please. and he threw two pistoles majestically on the table. but he made amends by slipping in two bottles of Anjou wine instead of two bottles of champagne.’ ‘Thirty-five minutes after seven. ‘half past seven. only add two bottles of champagne. As long as they were within the circle of the camp.tles. followed by Grimaud. But when once they passed the line of circumvallation and found 666 The Three Musketeers . the four friends did not exchange one word.

‘And now. who keep coming in. saluting you.’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘But what are we going to do there?’ ‘You know well that we go to breakfast there. pointing to the bastion. ‘they will not come and disturb 667 . Here at least. my dear Athos. so that at the end of a quarter of an hour the cardinal would have been informed by his spies that we were holding a council.’ ‘Yes.’ said Athos.’ ‘Where we should have been seen all four conferring together. ‘that we could have found some retired place on the downs or the seashore. with that prudence which allied itself in him so naturally with excessive bravery.’ said Porthos.’ ‘It appears to me.themselves in the open plain.’ ‘But why did we not breakfast at the Parpaillot?’ ‘Because we have very important matters to communicate to one another. and addressing you. ‘but it behooved us to find it. and it was impossible to talk five minutes in that inn without being annoyed by all those importunate fellows. ‘do me the kindness to tell me where we are going?’ ‘Why. thought it was time to demand an explanation. who was completely ignorant of what was going forward. you see plainly enough we are going to the bastion.’ said Aramis.’ said he.’ ‘There is no desert where a bird cannot pass over one’s Free eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘Athos is right: ANIMADVERTUNTUR IN DESERTIS.’ ‘A desert would not have been amiss. d’Artagnan.

from which. Either we shall be attacked. and a powder flask very useless in the face of an enemy. You see that everything is to our advantage.’ replied Athos.head.’ ‘Well. friend Porthos. Moreover. Why should we load ourselves with a useless burden?’ ‘I don’t find a good musket. where a rabbit cannot come out of its burrow.’ ‘Yes.’ 668 The Three Musketeers . we shall cover ourselves with glory. ‘d’Artagnan said that in the attack of last night eight or ten Frenchmen were killed. besides.’ ‘Well. and as many Rochellais. ‘have you not heard what d’Artagnan said?’ ‘What did he say?’ demanded Porthos. ‘you know well that the balls most to be dreaded are not from the enemy. and I believe that bird. We are going.’ ‘But for such an expedition we surely ought to have brought our muskets. to remain an hour in the bastion. where a fish cannot leap out of the water. in defending ourselves. Better.’ ‘You are stupid. we will talk of our affairs just the same.’ said d’Artagnan. then. pursue our enterprise. and nobody will hear us—for I guarantee the walls of the bastion have no ears. or not. we shall have all the time to talk. if we are. If we are not. twelve cartridges. We have made a wager—a wager which could not have been foreseen. and of which I defy anyone to divine the true cause. and rabbit each becomes a spy of the cardinal. in order to win it. we cannot retreat without shame. fish.’ replied Athos. ‘but we shall indubitably attract a ball. my dear.

Athos pointed to the bastion.’ said Grimaud. and instead of four musketoons and twelve balls.‘What then?’ ‘The bodies were not plundered. Athos took a pistol from his belt. we shall have fifteen guns and a hundred charges to fire. Grimaud obeyed.’ ‘Well?’ ‘Well. we shall find their muskets. ‘truly you are a great man. All that Grimaud gained by this momentary pantomime was to pass from the rear guard to the Free eBooks at Planet eBook. Grimaud no doubt shared the misgivings of the young man. by a gesture. Athos!’ said Aramis. ‘we shall leave our skins there. looked to see if it was properly primed. Athos then made him a sign to take up his basket and to walk on first.’ ‘ 669 . Grimaud was on his legs again as if by a spring. Grimaud put his basket on the ground and sat down with a shake of the head. and their flasks. and placed the muzzle close to Grimaud’s ear. were they? It appears the conquerors had something else to do.’ Athos raised his eyes and his finger toward heaven. ‘Where are we going?’ asked he. D’Artagnan alone did not seem convinced. their cartridges.’ Porthos nodded in sign of agreement. cocked it. in the same silent dialect. ‘But. for seeing that they continued to advance toward the bastion—something he had till then doubted—he pulled his master by the skirt of his coat.

and the fourth bettor. the four friends turned round. Arrived at the bastion. All the spectators returned him his salute. the Swiss. whither Grimaud had preceded them. More than three hundred soldiers of all kinds were assembled at the gate of the camp. and waved it in the air. de Busigny. accompanying this courtesy with a loud hurrah which was audible to the four. 670 The Three Musketeers . the dragoon. placed it on the end of his sword. after which all four disappeared in the bastion. Athos took off his and in a separate group might be distinguished M.

’ cried d’Artagnan. ‘You are mad.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook. We can talk while performing that necessary task. ‘How many guns.’ said Porthos.’ replied Aramis.’ added he. ‘after having assured ourselves they have nothing in their pockets. let us begin by collecting the guns and cartridges together. ‘cannot hear us. ‘pray let Grimaud search them and throw them over the walls.’ ‘Judge not 671 .’ said Athos. ‘Gentlemen.’ ‘These bodies serve us?’ said Porthos.’ ‘Yes.47 THE COUNCIL OF THE MUSKETEERS As Athos had foreseen. French and Rochellais. say the gospel and the cardinal.’ ‘But we could throw them into the ditch. ‘they may serve us. who had assumed the command of the expedition. ‘while Grimaud spreads the table. These gentlemen. then. dear friend. ‘that’s Grimaud’s business.’ said Athos. gentlemen?’ ‘Twelve. the bastion was only occupied by a dozen corpses.’ ‘Heaven forfend!’ said Athos. pointing to the bodies.’ replied Athos. ‘How many shots?’ ‘A hundred.’ ‘Well.

that that was well. ‘And now.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘as there is no longer any fear of being overheard. and as they were loading the last musket Grimaud announced that the breakfast was ready.’ ‘You saw your wi—‘ 672 The Three Musketeers . two cutlets. as you may see through the loopholes.’ D’Artagnan was lifting a glass to his lips.’ said Athos. ‘The secret is.’ said Athos. that he was obliged to put the glass on the ground again for fear of spilling the contents. taking us for heroes or madmen—two classes of imbeciles greatly resembling each other.’ ‘I hope at the same time to procure you amusement and glory. ‘that I saw Milady last night. ‘I have induced you to take a charming promenade. that he was to stand as sentinel. Only. I hope you are going to let me into your secret. and yonder are five hundred persons.‘That’s quite as many as we shall want. Athos replied. The four friends seated themselves on the ground with their legs crossed like Turks. Athos allowed him to take a loaf. to alleviate the tediousness of the duty.’ The four Musketeers went to work. Let us load the guns. or even tailors. and a bottle of wine. ‘And now to table. and indicated to Grimaud. always by gestures.’ said Athos. but at the name of Milady. here is a delicious breakfast. gentlemen.’ ‘But the secret!’ said d’Artagnan. his hand trembled so. by pointing to a turret that resembled a pepper caster.

you forget that these gentlemen are not initiated into my family affairs like yourself. and all will be over.’ said Porthos. I have seen Milady. my dear. a week ago by trying to poison him. who.’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘That’s the last folly to be committed.’ replied Athos. ‘it is useless to struggle longer.’ ‘In that case I am lost. and yesterday by demanding his head of the cardinal.’ ‘Where?’ demanded d’Artagnan. ‘who is Milady?’ ‘A charming woman!’ said Athos. letting his arm fall with discouragement.’ said Aramis. ‘for by this time she must have quit the shores of France. ‘Villainous host!’ cried he. ‘Then.’ ‘I also.’ D’Artagnan breathed again. ‘But after all. I may as well blow my brains out. ‘I heard her with my own ears. ‘You forget. ‘seeing Free eBooks at Planet eBook.‘Hush!’ interrupted Athos. and fancies we know no better! Yes. ‘Not so bad yet.’ ‘What! by demanding my head of the cardinal?’ cried d’Artagnan. who entertained kind views toward our friend d’Artagnan. that is true as the Gospel.’ said d’Artagnan.’ continued he.’ asked Porthos. ‘a charming woman. ‘he has given us Anjou wine instead of champagne. ‘Yes. sipping a glass of sparkling 673 . has given her some offense for which she tried to revenge herself a month ago by having him killed by two musket shots.’ said Athos. at the inn of the Red Dovecot. pale with terror. on his part. ‘Within two leagues of this place.

which he put down close to him.’ ‘How far distant?’ ‘Five hundred is the only one for which there is no remedy. next Milady. ‘Well.’ ‘What sort of men?’ ‘Sixteen pioneers.’ ‘Of how many persons?’ ‘Twenty men. the cardinal. What is it.’ Then. whose secret I have discovered. whose vengeance I have balked. 674 The Three Musketeers .’ ‘Good! We have just time to finish this fowl and to drink one glass of wine to your health. ‘God is great. we are about to have to do with a very different number of people. Grimaud? Considering the gravity of the occasion. my friend. Pardieu! if we may believe the signs Grimaud is making. and the future is in his hands. swallowing the contents of his glass. and drew near to one of the loopholes. as say the followers of Mohammed. to whom I have given three sword wounds. but be laconic. and we are four—one for one. to my health! although I am very much afraid that your good wishes will not be of great service to me.’ ‘Bah!’ said Athos. d’Artagnan. I beg. I permit you to speak. finally. First.’ said Athos. then de Wardes.’ ‘But I can never escape.’ said d’Artagnan. Athos arose carelessly. took the musket next to him.’ ‘Well. ‘with such enemies.’ ‘To your health!’ repeated Porthos and Aramis. my stranger of Meung. four soldiers. ‘that only makes four. then. What do you see?’ ‘A troop.

Aramis and d’Artagnan followed his example. ‘you will be shot. Mounting on the breach. who. you know nothing is more disagreeable than being disturbed when one is at breakfast. ‘for they are advancing very resolutely. bowing courteously and addressing the soldiers and the pioneers. We request you. ‘I must confess I feel a great repugnance to fire on these poor devils of civilians. mattocks. I will warn them. and shovels. ‘Pardieu!’ said Athos.’ said Athos. ‘Aramis is right. then.’ replied d’Artagnan. to wait till we have finished or repast. Besides. he said. in addition to the pioneers.’ said Porthos. Grimaud had only to make them a sign to go away. ‘who has pity for heretics.’ ‘He is a bad priest. ‘it was hardly worth while to distribute ourselves for twenty fellows armed with pickaxes. ‘My faith. As to Grimaud. Now. armed with muskets.’ ‘I doubt that.’ ‘What the devil are you going to do?’ cried d’Artagnan. a few friends and myself are about to breakfast in this bastion. and I am convinced they would have left us in 675 . if you really have business here. or to come again a short time hence.’ But Athos heeded not his advice.’ said Athos.’ ‘In truth. with his musket in one hand and his hat in the other. unless. there are four soldiers and a brigadier. unless. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. stopped fifty paces from the bastion: ‘Gentlemen. he received orders to place himself behind the four friends in order to reload their weapons. astonished at this apparition.Porthos.’ ‘That’s because they don’t see us.’ said Aramis.

Grimaud. ‘Reload the muskets. gentlemen.’ said Athos. will go on with our breakfast. Where were we?’ 676 The Three Musketeers . picked up the four muskets of the privates and the half-pike of the brigadier. bearing with them the trophies of their victory. and resume our conversation. and one of the pioneers was wounded.’ ‘Take care. the three friends had reloaded their arms. at the same instant four shots were fired. ‘another musket!’ Grimaud immediately obeyed.’ said Athos. but not one touched him. ‘Grimaud. ‘Now. you form the salutary resolution to quit the side of the rebels. And the four friends rushed out of the fort. and come and drink with us to the health of the King of France. but much better aimed than those of the aggressors. a second discharge followed the first. ‘and we. gained the field of battle. turned again toward the bastion. Four shots replied to them almost instantaneously. Athos!’ cried d’Artagnan. gentlemen.’ In fact. and convinced that the fugitives would not stop till they reached the city. and the balls were flattened against the wall around Athos. ‘but they are only civilians—very bad marksmen.which would be far better. who will be sure not to hit me. yes. ‘don’t you see they are aiming?’ ‘Yes. a sortie!’ cried Athos. On their part. The brigadier and two pioneers fell dead. the rest of the troop took to flight.’ said Athos. three soldiers fell dead. still on the breach.

‘you care little if she kills Buckingham or causes him to be killed? But the duke is our friend.’ And Athos threw fifteen paces from him an empty bottle from which he had poured the last drop into his glass. ‘But this is infamous!’ cried he.’ said d’Artagnan. Grimaud. the Duke of Buckingham. Whither goes she?’ added he. tie a napkin to it. the duke fights against us. ‘I beg you to believe that I care very little about it. and plant it on top of our bastion. An instant afterward. ‘A moment. the white flag was floating over the heads of the four friends. Let her do what she likes with the duke.’ said d’Artagnan. Now you have done.’ D’Artagnan uttered an exclamation of surprise and indignation. Milady had quit the shores of France. ‘How?’ replied d’Artagnan.’ said Athos.’ ‘The duke is English. ‘that after having demanded my head of the cardinal. ‘With what view?’ ‘With the view of assassinating. ‘As to that. A thunder of applause saluted its appearance. strongly interested in the route Milady followed.’ said 677 .’ Grimaud obeyed without replying.‘I recollect you were saying. or causing to be assassinated. half the camp was at the barrier. ‘I will not abandon BuckFree eBooks at Planet eBook. ‘She goes into England. I care no more about him than an empty bottle. that these rebels of Rochellais may see that they have to deal with brave and loyal soldiers of the king. take our brigadier’s half-pike.

and by means of which she could with impunity get rid of you and perhaps of us. if such be your pleasure. ‘And this carte blanche.’ ‘My dear Athos.’ ‘And you have that letter of the cardinal?’ said d’Artagnan. holding out his plate to Aramis. but what for the moment engaged my attention most earnestly. does it remain in her hands?’ ‘No. He gave us some very fine horses. D’Artagnan unfolded it with one hand. it passed into mine.’ ‘And moreover.’ ‘Amen!’ said Athos.ingham thus.’ said Porthos. ‘Besides. to read: Dec.’ said Athos. ‘Here it is. ‘and we will return to that subject later. 3. very handsome saddles. whose trembling he did not even attempt to conceal. 1627 678 The Three Musketeers .’ said d’Artagnan. who was cutting up a fowl. was the getting from this woman a kind of carte blanche which she had extorted from the cardinal.’ said Aramis. and I am sure you will understand me. I will not say without trouble. and he took the invaluable paper from the pocket of his uniform. d’Artagnan.’ ‘But this creature must be a demon!’ said Porthos. ‘God desires the conversion and not the death of a sinner. ‘Exactly. ‘this carte blanche.’ ‘Then it was to go to her that you left us?’ said Aramis. for if I did I should tell a lie. I shall no longer count the number of times I am indebted to you for my life. who at the moment wore on his cloak the lace of his own.

’ ‘That paper must be torn to pieces. Aramis and Porthos. he will send us to keep him company in the Bastille.’ said Porthos.’ replied Athos. ‘she is probably going to write to the cardinal that a damned Musketeer. at the same time.’ said Aramis. my dear. ‘On the contrary. she will advise him in the same letter to get rid of his two friends. and for fear he should feel lonely. ‘that to twist that damned Milady’s neck would be a smaller sin than to twist those of these poor devils of Huguenots. I would not give up this paper if covered with as many gold pieces.It is by my order and for the good of the state that the bearer of this has done what he has done. ‘Do you know. ‘Why. ‘I do not jest. The cardinal will remember that these are the same men who have often crossed his path. has taken her safe-conduct from her by force.’ said d’Artagnan.’ said Porthos.’ said Athos. named 679 .’ said Athos. quietly. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. who fancied he read in it his sentence of death. carelessly. ‘Richelieu” ‘In fact. who have committed no other crime than singing in French the psalms we sing in Latin?’ ‘What says the abbe?’ asked Athos. ‘it must be preserved carefully.’ ‘And what will she do now?’ asked the young man.’ ‘Go to! It appears to me you make dull jokes. ‘it is an absolution according to rule. and then some fine morning he will arrest d’Artagnan.

’ ‘She worries me in England as well as in France. ‘I don’t think the sides are equal. ‘The first. for three reasons.’ ‘Impossible.’ said d’Artagnan. Porthos?’ replied the Musketeer. ‘What is it?’ said the Musketeers. ‘for I confess she would worry me if she were here. ‘It is only the dead who do not return. why did you not drown her. and seized their muskets.’ said Athos. ‘But when you held her in your power. that we have not finished breakfast.’ ‘That’s very simple. the second. ‘I have an idea. strangle her.’ replied Athos. too.’ said d’Artagnan.‘I say I am entirely of Porthos’s opinion. ‘Fortunately. ‘As soon as the ene680 The Three Musketeers . ‘To arms!’ cried Grimaud. they were soldiers of the garrison. but they were not pioneers.’ replied Athos. ‘And I.’ said Aramis. with a sad smile which d’Artagnan alone understood. ‘Shall we return to the camp?’ said Porthos. she is far off. This time a small troop advanced.’ ‘You think so.’ replied Aramis.’ ‘Well. ‘we must form a plan of battle.’ said Porthos. ‘She worries me everywhere. hang her?’ said Porthos. then. that we still have some very important things to say. that it yet wants ten minutes before the lapse of the hour.’ said d’Artagnan. The young men sprang up. consisting of from twenty to twenty-five men. and the third.

‘no divided attention. they jumped into the ditch. Then the shots were repeated without regularity. The drum immediately beat. ‘Decidedly.’ said d’Artagnan. ‘And I mine. Arrived at the foot of the 681 . there were still more than a dozen of the are within musket shot. A last discharge welcomed them. you were born to be a general. I beg. but always aimed with the same accuracy. and the little troop advanced at charging pace. and the cardinal.’ ‘Bravo!’ cried Porthos. ‘Fire. If those who remain of the troop persist in coming to the assault.’ said Athos.’ said Athos. the Rochellais continued to advance in quick time.’ said Porthos. we must fire again. If they continue to advance. we must fire upon them. We must fire as long as we have loaded guns.’ ‘I cover mine. but the march of those who remained was not slackened. as if they had been aware of the numerical weakness of the friends. let each one pick out his man. The four muskets made but one report. and then we will push down upon their heads that strip of wall which keeps its perpendicular by a miracle. but did not stop them. then. is nothing beside you.’ ‘Gentlemen. Nevertheless. With every three shots at least two men fell. who fancies himself a great soldier.’ said Aramis. Athos. we will allow the besiegers to get as far as the ditch. but four men fell. ‘And I mine. and preFree eBooks at Planet eBook.

Besides. Then a fearful crash was heard. I will go and find Buckingham. I remember.’ And the Musketeer. coolly.’ said Athos. ‘My idea?’ said d’Artagnan. d’Artagnan has not told us his idea yet. seconded by Grimaud. ‘we have been here an hour. covered with dirt and blood.’ said he. fled along the hollow way. ‘finish them at a blow. pushed with the barrels of their muskets an enormous sheet of the wall. you said you had an idea. ‘My faith. ‘Oh. with his usual coolness. and at length regained the city. three or four of these unfortunate men. ‘Yes. To the wall. reseated himself before the remains of the breakfast.’ cried Porthos. and our wager is won.’ said Athos.’ said d’Artagnan. Athos looked at his watch. ‘Gentlemen. which bent as if pushed by the wind.pared to scale the breach. ‘Well. ‘Now.’ In fact. 682 The Three Musketeers . from the first to the last?’ said Athos. my friends. limping away. I will go to England a second time.’ said Athos. ‘No. These were all who were left of the little troop. and detaching itself from its base. ‘there go three or four. d’Artagnan. it appears so!’ said d’Artagnan. a cloud of dust mounted toward the sky—and all was over! ‘Can we have destroyed them all.’ ‘You shall not do that. to the wall!’ And the four friends. fell with a horrible crash into the ditch. but we will be fair players.

At that period Buckingham was an ally.’ said Aramis. in my 683 .’ ‘For shame!’ said Aramis. and was silent. who felt much deference for the young Musketeer.’ ‘Inform the queen!’ said Athos.’ ‘Silence for Monsieur Porthos’s idea!’ said Aramis. on some pretext or other which you must invent. and when I catch my beauty. and not an enemy. I have the true idea. I will strangle her. I will get access to her without her suspecting me.’ ‘As to remitting a letter with safety to her Majesty. my faith. at the same time. before our letter was at Angers we should be in a dungeon. yes!’ said Porthos and d’Artagnan. ‘we are coming nearer to it now. ‘I will take that upon myself. What you would now do amounts to treason.’ ‘Ah.’ D’Artagnan perceived the force of this reasoning. ‘Kill a woman? No. coloring. ‘We must inform the queen. I am not very clever at pretexts.’ ‘Let us see your idea.‘And why not? Have I not been there once?’ ‘Yes. Milady does not know me.’ replied Athos. ‘and how? Have we relations with the court? Could we send anyone to Paris without its being known in the camp? From here to Paris it is a hundred and forty leagues.’ said Porthos.’ ‘Well. ‘But.’ said Athos. I know a Free eBooks at Planet eBook. Aramis. listen to me. but at that period we were not at war. ‘I am not far from approving the idea of Monsieur Porthos. ‘I will ask leave of absence of Monsieur de Treville. ‘I think I have an idea.

‘I feel myself quite in a humor for it.’ ‘Upon my word. do you?’ said Porthos.’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘Ah. ‘You don’t think of holding out against a whole regiment. ‘what Porthos says is full of sense. all the black caps of the cardinal.’ ‘Without reckoning. ‘I do not reject it altogether. but would take no heed of us. will know your letter by heart. they are going to send a whole regiment against us. ‘They are beating the general alarm. ‘Well.clever person at Tours—‘ Aramis stopped on seeing Athos smile. do you not adopt this means.’ ‘Gentlemen. that two hours after the messenger has set out. and the sound of the drum plainly reached them.’ objected Porthos. and that nobody but one of ourselves is trustworthy. all the police. 684 The Three Musketeers . and you and your clever person will be arrested.’ said Athos.’ said d’Artagnan. the drum draws near.’ said Athos. all the Capuchins. ‘but I wish to remind Aramis that he cannot quit the camp.’ The four friends listened. ah! but what’s going on in the city yonder?’ said Athos. and I would hold out before an army if we had taken the precaution to bring a dozen more bottles of wine. ‘You see. ‘Why not?’ said Musketeer. ‘that the queen would save Monsieur de Buckingham. Athos?’ said d’Artagnan.

’ said Athos.’ ‘I should like. at the same time. ‘This Milady.‘Let it come. ‘now for my idea. the right idea has just occurred to me. it would be Free eBooks at Planet eBook. gentlemen. yes! Athos’s idea!’ cried Aramis and d’Artagnan. and their guns in their hands. ‘That’s all that is necessary. Ah. stop! I have it.’ ‘Allow me to give Grimaud some indispensable orders. ‘Grimaud. the great man!’ cried d’Artagnan. this demon. this woman. however. If he detested her. ‘I comprehend now.’ said Athos.’ ‘There is no harm in that. has a brother-in-law. ‘That is useless. and I also believe that he has not a very warm affection for his sister-in-law. this creature.’ said Athos. consequently a quarter of an hour’s journey from the city to hither.’ Athos made a sign for his lackey to approach. Grimaud?’ said Aramis. put their hats upon their heads. If we go from this place we shall never find another so suitable. I know him very well. as I think you told me.’ ‘You comprehend?’ said Porthos. d’Artagnan?’ ‘Yes. That is more than time enough for us to devise a plan. ‘It is a quarter of an hour’s journey from here to the city. to 685 .’ ‘Tell us.’ ‘Yes. Grimaud made a sign in the affirmative.’ said Porthos.’ ‘Oh. pointing to the bodies which lay under the wall of the bastion. ‘take those gentlemen. ‘And do you comprehend. set them up against the wall.

and we shall be in peace. ‘to inform the queen and Lord de Winter at the same time.’ ‘Where is he now?’ ‘He returned to London at the first sound of war. d’Artagnan. ‘Ay. some establishment like that of the Magdalens. or of the Repentant Daughters. ‘In that case we are as well off as we wish. ‘I would like to know what Grimaud is about. ‘What is her brother-in-law’s name?’ ‘Lord de Winter.’ said d’Artagnan. and this very day we will write the 686 The Three Musketeers . We will have him informed that his sister-in-law is on the point of having someone assassinated. our lackeys may.’ ‘Silence. ‘till she comes out.’ said Aramis.’ ‘Yes.’ replied Athos.’ said Aramis.’ said Porthos.’ said d’Artagnan.’ said Athos. and beg him not to lose sight of her. my faith!’ said Athos. Porthos!’ said Aramis.’ ‘Well. ‘It is he whom we must warn.’ ‘But I think it would be still better.’ said Porthos. but who is to carry the letter to Tours. and I beg leave to tell you that this is the bottom of my sack. There is in London.’ ‘Ah.all the better. ‘you require too much. ‘if we cannot leave the camp. there’s just the man we want. and who to London?’ ‘I answer for Bazin. I hope. I have given you all I have.’ ‘To be sure they may.’ ‘Yes. ‘And I for Planchet. He must place his sister in one of these.’ ‘And yet.

‘Give the lackeys money. we have no time to lose in regaining our camp. a moment.’ said Athos. give Grimaud time to clear away the breakfast. and you will understand afterward. yes. ‘that does honor to your imagination.’ ‘We will give them money?’ replied Athos.’ ‘A moment. and the remainder appeared merely to be sword in hand. ‘I see black points and red points moving yonder.’ said Aramis.’ said Athos. I am of d’Artagnan’s opinion. ‘Look out!’ cried d’Artagnan.’ ‘Let us decamp first.’ ‘Ah. Ah.’ ‘All very well. ‘Bravo!’ said Athos. Some carried arms.’ said Porthos. gentlemen. See the sneaks come. ‘but I should like to understand. ‘the black points and the red points are visibly enlarging. Grimaud?’ Grimaud made a sign in the affirmative. and they will start. ‘I have nothing to say against a Free eBooks at Planet eBook. Why did you talk of a regiment. Athos? It is a veritable army!’ ‘My faith. others seemed to be taking aim. ah!’ said Aramis. without drum or trumpet. ‘Have you any money?’ The four friends looked at one 687 .letters. and a cloud came over the brows which but lately had been so cheerful. and pointed to a dozen bodies which he had set up in the most picturesque attitudes.’ ‘My faith. ah! have you finished. ‘there they are.

The balls passed and whistled all around him. who anxiously awaited him. ‘Come down! come down!’ Athos came down. A second discharge followed the first. by passing through it. turning his back on the guards of the city. not one struck him. on the other cries of enthusiasm. and saluting those of the camp. whatever 688 The Three Musketeers . let us be off. On both sides loud cries arose—on the one side cries of anger. and we have stayed an hour and a half. come along!’ cried d’Artagnan. ‘Have you forgotten anything?’ said Aramis. Athos waved his flag. morbleu! We must not leave a flag in the hands of the enemy. gentlemen?’ cried Athos. ten paces behind him. his friends. it would be stupid to be killed. Athos.’ But Athos continued to march majestically. made the napkin really a flag. and three balls.retreat. with the basket and the dessert. they opened a terrible fire upon this man. let us be off!’ Grimaud was already ahead.’ And Athos ran back to the bastion. Cries were heard from the camp. who appeared to expose himself for pleasure’s sake. But Athos might be said to bear a charmed life. mounted the platform. gentlemen. The four friends followed. ‘What the devil shall we do now. ‘Come along. but as the Rochellais had arrived within musket range. ‘now we have found everything except money. even if that flag be but a napkin. saw him returned with joy. and bore off the flag. ‘The white flag. Nothing can be said. We bet upon one hour.

At the end of an instant they heard a furious fusillade. d’Artagnan? It bleeds.’ ‘How many did we crush under the wall?’ ‘Eight or ten. but what is the matter with your hand. ‘These Rochellais are bungling fellows. we shall be out of the range of their balls. the 689 . At length a fresh discharge was heard.’ ‘Oh. seemingly. they will deliberate. The Rochellais had at last taken possession of the bastion. regulated their pace by his. and this time the balls came rattling among the stones around the four friends. That renders it useless to get a pleurisy by too much haste. I comprehend now. On their part.’ ‘Certainly not! They will then fancy it is an ambuscade. shrugging his shoulders. and by the time they have found out the pleasantry. ‘how many have we killed of them—a dozen?’ ‘Or fifteen. out of the range of the balls. ‘What’s that?’ asked Porthos. ‘That’s lucky.’ ‘And in exchange for all that not even a scratch! Ah.’ said Athos. Grimaud and his basket were far in advance. and whistling sharply in their ears. ‘But the dead cannot return their fire. and they.’ said the astonished Porthos. finding their remarks useless.remarks his companions made.’ replied Athos.’ Free eBooks at Planet eBook.’ said Athos. uttered cries of enthusiasm. on seeing the four friends return at such a step. ‘what are they firing at now? I hear no balls whistle. and I see nobody!’ ‘They are firing at the corpses.

to be sure. then?’ We have said that Athos loved d’Artagnan like a child. and consequently not being a love token. ‘Ah. The queen saving us.’ ‘But. my master. it’s nothing. nothing more just.’ said d’Artagnan.’ 690 The Three Musketeers . The queen saving Monsieur de Buckingham. ‘Well thought of. this time you have an idea.’ said Athos. Let us sell the diamond. d’Artagnan may sell it.’ ‘That comes of wearing diamonds.’ cried Porthos. and this somber and inflexible personage felt the anxiety of a parent for the young man. I think.‘Oh.’ said Porthos. ‘it is the queen’s diamond. her friends. drawing himself up at Athos’s compliment. ‘there is a diamond. ‘A spent ball?’ ‘Not even that. do we plague ourselves about money.’ said d’Artagnan.’ ‘Why. Why the devil. nothing more moral. ‘that his ring not coming from a mistress.’ ‘Undoubtedly. her lover. What says Monsieur the Abbe? I don’t ask Porthos. ‘my fingers were caught between two stones—that of the wall and that of my ring—and the skin was broken.’ ‘What is it. disdainfully. ‘Only grazed a little. his opinion has been given. then.’ ‘The stronger reason why it should be sold.’ said Aramis.’ replied Athos. ‘as there is a diamond. when there is a diamond?’ ‘Stop a bit!’ said Aramis.’ replied d’Artagnan. blushing as usual. Porthos. let us sell it.

gentlemen. and acknowledge that the wager was lost. then. The tumult at length became so great that the cardinal fancied there must be some riot. and all their comrades followed the dragoon and the Swiss.’ In fact. but the four friends were out of reach. Here we are at the camp. ‘Well.‘My dear Aramis. not a word more of this affair. as we have said. The dragoon and the Swiss followed him. you speak like theology personified. then. ‘My 691 . his captain of the Guards. therefore.’ said d’Artagnan. there was no end to the inextinguishable laughter at the Rochellais. de Busigny was the first to come and shake Athos by the hand. Your advice. and the Rochellais only fired to appease their consciences. The affair was described to the messenger with all the effervescence of enthusiasm. and say no more about it. We are observed. Nothing was heard but cries of ‘Live the Musketeers! Live the Guards!’ M. it was time that idea came into Porthos’s head.’ replied Aramis. and sent La Houdiniere. and embraces. is—‘ ‘To sell the diamond. in this fortunate but wild undertaking of the four friends—an undertaking of which they were far from suspecting the real motive. More than two thousand persons had assisted. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. pressures of the hand. There was nothing but felicitations. they are coming to meet us. the whole camp was in motion.’ The fusillade continued. to inquire what was going on. as at a spectacle. ‘let us sell the diamond. We shall be carried in triumph. gaily.

de Treville of the exploit of the morning. which was the talk of the whole camp. on seeing La Houdiniere return. Positively. monseigneur.’ The same evening the cardinal spoke to M. he serves under Monsieur Dessessart. de Treville. Porthos. de Treville.’ said the cardinal. Monsieur d’Artagnan is not with me. Monsieur de Treville. ‘three Musketeers and a Guardsman laid a wager with Monsieur de Busigny that they would go and breakfast in the bastion St. and will give it to your company as a standard.’ ‘Did you inquire the names of those three Musketeers?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Still my three brave fellows!’ murmured the cardinal. who had received the account of the adventure from the mouths of the heroes of it. monseigneur.’ ‘Monseigneur.’ 692 The Three Musketeers . ‘Well.’ said M. M. not forgetting the episode of the napkin.’ replied the latter. and while breakfasting they held it for two hours against the enemy. I will have three fleur-de-lis embroidered on it in gold. and Aramis. Gervais.’ ‘What are their names?’ ‘Messieurs Athos. and have killed I don’t know how many Rochellais. related it in all its details to his Eminence.’ ‘Still my young scapegrace. ‘that will be unjust to the Guardsmen. ‘That’s well.‘Well?’ asked the cardinal. these four men must be on my side. ‘pray let that napkin be sent to me. ‘And the Guardsman?’ ‘d’Artagnan.

then. ‘you had a triumphant idea! As you said. as this change would entail expenses for equipment. but thinking the opportunity a good one. The next day.’ That same evening M. and were enabled to carry on a conversation of the highest importance.’ said d’Artagnan to Athos. and gave him a bag containing seven thousand livres. ‘My faith. for.’ That evening d’Artagnan went to present his respects to M. D’Artagnan refused. we shall henceforth pass for cardinalists. made him offers of help. M. ‘when four men are so much attached to one another. Free eBooks at Planet eBook. inviting all four to breakfast with him next morning.‘ 693 . M. it is only fair that they should serve in the same company. and inform him of his promotion. with the help of God. The three friends were likewise greatly delighted. Dessessart. de Treville announced this good news to the three Musketeers and d’Artagnan. We know that the dream of his life had been to become a Musketeer. This was the price of the queen’s diamond. Dessessart’s valet came to d’Artagnan’s lodging. Dessessart. D’Artagnan was beside himself with joy.’ said the cardinal. we have acquired glory. take him. as he wished to turn it into money. he begged him to have the diamond he put into his hand valued. who esteemed d’Artagnan.’ ‘Which we can resume now without anybody suspecting us.

D’Artagnan already wore his uniform—for being nearly of the same size as Aramis. After breakfast. we were mistaken. it was agreed that they should meet again in the evening at Athos’s lodging. ordinarily the most inventive of the four. he sold his friend a complete outfit. D’Artagnan alone had discovered nothing—he. but it must be also said that the very name of Milady paralyzed him. People might employ themselves in a family affair before all the world. the lackeys. and as Aramis was so liberally paid by the publisher who purchased his poem as to allow him to buy everything double. family affair. Ah! no. Aramis had discovered the idea. D’Artagnan would have been at the height of his wishes if he had not constantly seen Milady like a dark cloud hovering in the horizon. the diamond. he had discovered a purchaser for his diamond. The breakfast at M. family affair.48 A FAMILY AFFAIR Athos had invented the phrase. and there finish their plans. de Treville’s was as gay and cheerful as possible. Therefore Athos had invented the phrase. 694 The Three Musketeers . A family affair was not subject to the investigation of the cardinal. Porthos had discovered the means. a family affair concerned nobody.

D’Artagnan passed the day in exhibiting his Musketeer’s uniform in every street of the camp. In the evening, at the appointed hour, the four friends met. There only remained three things to decide—what they should write to Milady’s brother; what they should write to the clever person at Tours; and which should be the lackeys to carry the letters. Everyone offered his own. Athos talked of the discretion of Grimaud, who never spoke a word but when his master unlocked his mouth. Porthos boasted of the strength of Mousqueton, who was big enough to thrash four men of ordinary size. Aramis, confiding in the address of Bazin, made a pompous eulogium on his candidate. Finally, d’Artagnan had entire faith in the bravery of Planchet, and reminded them of the manner in which he had conducted himself in the ticklish affair of Boulogne. These four virtues disputed the prize for a length of time, and gave birth to magnificent speeches which we do not repeat here for fear they should be deemed too long. ‘Unfortunately,’ said Athos, ‘he whom we send must possess in himself alone the four qualities united.’ ‘But where is such a lackey to be found?’ ‘Not to be found!’ cried Athos. ‘I know it well, so take Grimaud.’ ‘Take Mousqueton.’ ‘Take Bazin.’ ‘Take Planchet. Planchet is brave and shrewd; they are two qualities out of the four.’ ‘Gentlemen,’ said Aramis, ‘the principal question is not
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to know which of our four lackeys is the most discreet, the most strong, the most clever, or the most brave; the principal thing is to know which loves money the best.’ ‘What Aramis says is very sensible,’ replied Athos; ‘we must speculate upon the faults of people, and not upon their virtues. Monsieur Abbe, you are a great moralist.’ ‘Doubtless,’ said Aramis, ‘for we not only require to be well served in order to succeed, but moreover, not to fail; for in case of failure, heads are in question, not for our lackeys—‘ ‘Speak lower, Aramis,’ said Athos. ‘That’s wise—not for the lackeys,’ resumed Aramis, ‘but for the master—for the masters, we may say. Are our lackeys sufficiently devoted to us to risk their lives for us? No.’ ‘My faith,’ said d’Artagnan. ‘I would almost answer for Planchet.’ ‘Well, my dear friend, add to his natural devotedness a good sum of money, and then, instead of answering for him once, answer for him twice.’ ‘Why, good God! you will be deceived just the same,’ said Athos, who was an optimist when things were concerned, and a pessimist when men were in question. ‘They will promise everything for the sake of the money, and on the road fear will prevent them from acting. Once taken, they will be pressed; when pressed, they will confess everything. What the devil! we are not children. To reach England’— Athos lowered his voice—‘all France, covered with spies and creatures of the cardinal, must be crossed. A passport for embarkation must be obtained; and the party must be
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acquainted with English in order to ask the way to London. Really, I think the thing very difficult.’ ‘Not at all,’ cried d’Artagnan, who was anxious the matter should be accomplished; ‘on the contrary, I think it very easy. It would be, no doubt, parbleu, if we write to Lord de Winter about affairs of vast importance, of the horrors of the cardinal—‘ ‘Speak lower!’ said Athos. ‘—of intrigues and secrets of state,’ continued d’Artagnan, complying with the recommendation. ‘There can be no doubt we would all be broken on the wheel; but for God’s sake, do not forget, as you yourself said, Athos, that we only write to him concerning a family affair; that we only write to him to entreat that as soon as Milady arrives in London he will put it out of her power to injure us. I will write to him, then, nearly in these terms.’ ‘Let us see,’ said Athos, assuming in advance a critical look. ‘Monsieur and dear friend—‘ ‘Ah, yes! Dear friend to an Englishman,’ interrupted Athos; ‘well commenced! Bravo, d’Artagnan! Only with that word you would be quartered instead of being broken on the wheel.’ ‘Well, perhaps. I will say, then, Monsieur, quite short.’ ‘You may even say, My Lord,’ replied Athos, who stickled for propriety. ‘My Lord, do you remember the little goat pasture of the Luxembourg?’ ‘Good, the Luxembourg! One might believe this is an alFree eBooks at Planet 697

lusion to the queen-mother! That’s ingenious,’ said Athos. ‘Well, then, we will put simply, My Lord, do you remember a certain little enclosure where your life was spared?’ ‘My dear d’Artagnan, you will never make anything but a very bad secretary. Where your life was spared! For shame! that’s unworthy. A man of spirit is not to be reminded of such services. A benefit reproached is an offense committed.’ ‘The devil!’ said d’Artagnan, ‘you are insupportable. If the letter must be written under your censure, my faith, I renounce the task.’ ‘And you will do right. Handle the musket and the sword, my dear fellow. You will come off splendidly at those two exercises; but pass the pen over to Monsieur Abbe. That’s his province.’ ‘Ay, ay!’ said Porthos; ‘pass the pen to Aramis, who writes theses in Latin.’ ‘Well, so be it,’ said d’Artagnan. ‘Draw up this note for us, Aramis; but by our Holy Father the Pope, cut it short, for I shall prune you in my turn, I warn you.’ ‘I ask no better,’ said Aramis, with that ingenious air of confidence which every poet has in himself; ‘but let me be properly acquainted with the subject. I have heard here and there that this sister-in-law was a hussy. I have obtained proof of it by listening to her conversation with the cardinal.’ ‘Lower! SACRE BLEU!’ said Athos. ‘But,’ continued Aramis, ‘the details escape me.’ ‘And me also,’ said Porthos.
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D’Artagnan and Athos looked at each other for some time in silence. At length Athos, after serious reflection and becoming more pale than usual, made a sign of assent to d’Artagnan, who by it understood he was at liberty to speak. ‘Well, this is what you have to say,’ said d’Artagnan: ‘My Lord, your sister-in-law is an infamous woman, who wished to have you killed that she might inherit your wealth; but she could not marry your brother, being already married in France, and having been—‘ d’Artagnan stopped, as if seeking for the word, and looked at Athos. ‘Repudiated by her husband,’ said Athos. ‘Because she had been branded,’ continued d’Artagnan. ‘Bah!’ cried Porthos. ‘Impossible! What do you say—that she wanted to have her brother-in-law killed?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘She was married?’ asked Aramis. ‘Yes.’ ‘And her husband found out that she had a fleur-de-lis on her shoulder?’ cried Porthos. ‘Yes.’ These three yeses had been pronounced by Athos, each with a sadder intonation. ‘And who has seen this fleur-de-lis?’ inquired Aramis. ‘d’Artagnan and I. Or rather, to observe the chronological order, I and d’Artagnan,’ replied Athos. ‘And does the husband of this frightful creature still live?’ said Aramis. ‘He still lives.’
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‘Are you quite sure of it?’ ‘I am he.’ There was a moment of cold silence, during which everyone was affected according to his nature. ‘This time,’ said Athos, first breaking the silence, ‘d’Artagnan has given us an excellent program, and the letter must be written at once.’ ‘The devil! You are right, Athos,’ said Aramis; ‘and it is a rather difficult matter. The chancellor himself would be puzzled how to write such a letter, and yet the chancellor draws up an official report very readily. Never mind! Be silent, I will write.’ Aramis accordingly took the quill, reflected for a few moments, wrote eight or ten lines in a charming little female hand, and then with a voice soft and slow, as if each word had been scrupulously weighed, he read the following: ‘My Lord, The person who writes these few lines had the honor of crossing swords with you in the little enclosure of the Rue d’Enfer. As you have several times since declared yourself the friend of that person, he thinks it his duty to respond to that friendship by sending you important information. Twice you have nearly been the victim of a near relative, whom you believe to be your heir because you are ignorant that before she contracted a marriage in England she was already married in France. But the third time, which is the present, you may succumb. Your relative left La Rochelle for England during the night. Watch her arrival, for she has great and terrible projects. If you require to know positively what she is capable of, read her past history
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on her left shoulder.’ ‘Well, now that will do wonderfully well,’ said Athos. ‘My dear Aramis, you have the pen of a secretary of state. Lord de Winter will now be upon his guard if the letter should reach him; and even if it should fall into the hands of the cardinal, we shall not be compromised. But as the lackey who goes may make us believe he has been to London and may stop at Chatellerault, let us give him only half the sum promised him, with the letter, with an agreement that he shall have the other half in exchange for the reply. Have you the diamond?’ continued Athos. ‘I have what is still better. I have the price”; and d’Artagnan threw the bag upon the table. At the sound of the gold Aramis raised his eyes and Porthos started. As to Athos, he remained unmoved. ‘How much in that little bag?’ ‘Seven thousand livres, in louis of twelve francs.’ ‘Seven thousand livres!’ cried Porthos. ‘That poor little diamond was worth seven thousand livres?’ ‘It appears so,’ said Athos, ‘since here they are. I don’t suppose that our friend d’Artagnan has added any of his own to the amount.’ ‘But, gentlemen, in all this,’ said d’Artagnan, ‘we do not think of the queen. Let us take some heed of the welfare of her dear Buckingham. That is the least we owe her.’ ‘That’s true,’ said Athos; ‘but that concerns Aramis.’ ‘Well,’ replied the latter, blushing, ‘what must I say?’ ‘Oh, that’s simple enough!’ replied Athos. ‘Write a second letter for that clever personage who lives at Tours.’
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Aramis resumed his pen, reflected a little, and wrote the following lines, which he immediately submitted to the approbation of his friends. ‘My dear cousin.’ ‘Ah, ah!’ said Athos. ‘This clever person is your relative, then?’ ‘Cousin-german.’ ‘Go on, to your cousin, then!’ Aramis continued: ‘My dear Cousin, His Eminence, the cardinal, whom God preserve for the happiness of France and the confusion of the enemies of the kingdom, is on the point of putting an end to the hectic rebellion of La Rochelle. It is probable that the succor of the English fleet will never even arrive in sight of the place. I will even venture to say that I am certain M. de Buckingham will be prevented from setting out by some great event. His Eminence is the most illustrious politician of times past, of times present, and probably of times to come. He would extinguish the sun if the sun incommoded him. Give these happy tidings to your sister, my dear cousin. I have dreamed that the unlucky Englishman was dead. I cannot recollect whether it was by steel or by poison; only of this I am sure, I have dreamed he was dead, and you know my dreams never deceive me. Be assured, then, of seeing me soon return.’ ‘Capital!’ cried Athos; ‘you are the king of poets, my dear Aramis. You speak like the Apocalypse, and you are as true as the Gospel. There is nothing now to do but to put the address to this letter.’
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‘That is easily done,’ said Aramis. He folded the letter fancifully, and took up his pen and wrote: ‘To Mlle. Michon, seamstress, Tours.’ The three friends looked at one another and laughed; they were caught. ‘Now,’ said Aramis, ‘you will please to understand, gentlemen, that Bazin alone can carry this letter to Tours. My cousin knows nobody but Bazin, and places confidence in nobody but him; any other person would fail. Besides, Bazin is ambitious and learned; Bazin has read history, gentlemen, he knows that Sixtus the Fifth became Pope after having kept pigs. Well, as he means to enter the Church at the same time as myself, he does not despair of becoming Pope in his turn, or at least a cardinal. You can understand that a man who has such views will never allow himself to be taken, or if taken, will undergo martyrdom rather than speak.’ ‘Very well,’ said d’Artagnan, ‘I consent to Bazin with all my heart, but grant me Planchet. Milady had him one day turned out of doors, with sundry blows of a good stick to accelerate his motions. Now, Planchet has an excellent memory; and I will be bound that sooner than relinquish any possible means of vengeance, he will allow himself to be beaten to death. If your arrangements at Tours are your arrangements, Aramis, those of London are mine. I request, then, that Planchet may be chosen, more particularly as he has already been to London with me, and knows how to speak correctly: London, sir, if you please, and my masFree eBooks at Planet 703

ter, Lord d’Artagnan. With that you may be satisfied he can make his way, both going and returning.’ ‘In that case,’ said Athos, ‘Planchet must receive seven hundred livres for going, and seven hundred livres for coming back; and Bazin, three hundred livres for going, and three hundred livres for returning—that will reduce the sum to five thousand livres. We will each take a thousand livres to be employed as seems good, and we will leave a fund of a thousand