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with rage.

honour to inform us,' said Aramis indeed! The small-pox at his age! in his most polite tone, and with his Not so ! But wounded, I supposemost graceful bow.

killed perhaps.

Sangdieu! Messieurs 66. He told me that henceforward les Mousquetaires, I insist upon your he would recruit his mousquetaires ceasing to frequent taverns and places from among the guards of Monsieur of bad repute.

I will have no more le Cardinal.'

brawling and sword-playing in the 6. Among the guards of Monsieur public streets. I will not have my le Cardinal ! And why so?' demand- regiment made a laughing-stock to ed Porthos abruptly.

the Cardinal's guards, who are brave 66. Because he finds that his own fellows, prudent and quiet—who do sour wine requires to be improved by not get themselves into trouble, and the admixture of some more generous if they did, would not allow themselves liquor.'

to be arrested. Not they! They "The two guardsmen coloured up would sooner die upon the spot than to the eyes. D'Artagnan felt uncer recede an inch. It is only the King's tain whether he was standing on his mousquetaires who run away or are head or his heels.

taken prisoners. "Yes,' continued Monsieur de 66 Porthos and Aramis trembled Treville with increased vivacity, and

They would willingly his Majesty is right; for, by my honour, have strangled their chief, they the mousquetaires cut a sorry figure had not felt that it was the great at the court! Monsieur le Cardinal affection he bore them that induced was relating yesterday at the King's him to speak thus harshly. They bit card-table, in a tone of condolence their lips till the blood came, and that displeased me no little, how those clutched the hilts of their swords in infernal mousquetaires, those sabreurs silent fury. Several of the guardsas he ironically called them, had for men in the anteroom, who had heard gotten themselves over their bottle at Monsieur de Treville's summons to a tavern in the Rue Ferou, and how Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, and susa patrol of his guards had found it spected what was going on, had apnecessary to arrest them. I thought plied their ears to the tapestry, and he was going to laugh in my face as lost not a word of their captain's rehe said the words, looking at me all proaches, which they repeated to the time with his tiger - cat eyes. those around them, who in their turn Morbleu ! you ought to know some repeated them to their comrades on thing about it. You were amongst the staircase and in the courtyard. them; the cardinal named you. Mous In an instant, from the anteroom to quetaires, indeed, who allow them the street, all was commotion. selves to be arrested! But it is my

66. Ha! his Majesty's mousquefault for not choosing my men better. taires allow themselves to be arrested What the devil possessed you, Aramis, by the Cardinal's guards !' continued to ask me for a guardsman's uniform, Monsieur de Treville, who was when a priest's surplice would have furious as his soldiers. 'Aha! sirs, fitted you better? And you, Porthos, six of his Eminence's guards arrest what is the use of your wearing that six of the King's! Morbleu! I have magnificent embroidered sword-belt, made up my mind what to do. I will if the weapon it supports is of such go at once to the Louvre, resign my small service to you? And Athos, I post as captain of mousquetaires, and do not see Athos. Where is he?' solicit a lieutenancy in the Cardinal's

Sir,' replied Aramis gravely,'he guards; and if I am refused, morbleu ! is ill—very ill.'

I will turn priest!' “Ill, say you? And of what dis 6 At these words the murmur outease?'

side the audience chamber became an It is feared that it is the small- explosion. On all sides oaths and pox, sir,' replied Porthos, who was blasphemies were resounding. D’Arde

putting in a word. It tagnan looked about for a place to would be a great pity, for it would hide himself. He felt a strong incliassuredly spoil his appearance.' nation to get under the table.

6. The small-pox! A fine story "Well, captain,' said Porthos,



who was completely beside himself 66. I was telling these gentlemen,' with rage and vexation, the truth is said he, 'that I forbid my mousquethat we were six against six; but they taires to expose their lives without attacked us treacherously; and before necessity ; that brave men are very we could draw a sword, two of us dear to the King, and his Majesty were dead men, and Athos desperately knows that his mousquetaires are the wounded and equally useless. You bravest men upon the face of the know Athos, captain ; well, twice he earth. Your hand, Athos !! tried to get up, and twice he fell down " And without waiting for the new

ain. Nevertheless, we did not comer to hold out his right hand, yield ourselves prisoners; we were Monsieur de Treville seized and taken off by main force, and on the pressed it energetically, not observway to the guard-house we managed ing that Athos, in spite of his comto break away from them. As to mand over himself, writhed with pain, Athos, they thought him dead, and and grew each moment paler than left him on the ground. That is the before. The room-door had remained real truth of the matter. And what half open, and a loud murmur of sathen, captain ! One cannot win every tisfaction from without replied to the battle. The great Pompey lost that words addressed to Athos by Monsieur of Pharsalia, and Francis I., who, de Treville. The heads of two or from what I have heard, was no fool three mousquetaires, who forgot themin the fighting way, got roughly han selves in the enthusiasm of the modled at Pavia.'

ment, appeared at the opening of the 66. And I have the honour to assure tapestry. Doubtless Monsieur de you, sir,' said Aramis, that I killed Treville was about to check sharply one of the guards with his own sword, this infraction of the laws of etiquette, for mine was broken at the first onset.' when he suddenly felt the hand of

66"I did not know that,” said Treville Athos contract in bis, and looking at in a more gentle tone. I see that the the guardsman, he saw that he was Cardinal exaggerated matters.' going to faint. At the same moment

66. But for heaven's 'sake, sir,' Athos, who had summoned all his continued Aramis, encouraged by the energies to struggle against the sufsoftened manner of his commander, ferings he endured, was overcome by for heaven's sake, do not mention the torture of his wound, and fell that Athos is wounded : he would be senseless to the ground. in despair if the King heard of it; and 66 A surgeon!' cried Monsieur de as the wound is very serious, having Treville. My surgeon—the King'spassed through the shoulder and en the best! A surgeon! or, sangdieu ! tered the breast, it is to be feared my brave Athos will die !"

The swoon of Athos had merely “At this moment the tapestry that been occasioned by loss of blood. covered the door was raised, and the The surgeon declares there is no danhead of a man of noble aspect and ger, and D'Artagnan, who has stood handsome features, but fearfully pale, his ground with true Gascon tenacity, appeared below the fringe.

at length obtains an audience. The 66. Athos !' exclaimed the two loss of his letter of recommendation guardsmen.

now proves a great disadvantage to 666 Athos !' repeated Monsieur de him. In those days of court intrigue Treville himself.

and espionage, men were naturally “You asked for me, sir,' said Athos suspicious of each other, and the to Monsieur de Treville, in a calm but mingled naïveté and shrewdness of the enfeebled voice—my comrades told young Béarnais, are causes for Monme that you asked for me, and I has sieur de Treville at first suspecting him tened to obey your summons.'

of being a spy of the Cardinal's. His " And so saying, the mousquetaire suspicions, however, are wearing off, entered the room with a tolerably firm and he is disposed to be useful to step, in full uniform and belted as D'Artagnan, although he cannot admit usual. Monsieur de Treville, touched him into the mousquetaires-a novito the soul by this proof of courage, ciate of two years in some other regisprang to meet him.

ment being the indispensable condition

of admission into that favoured corps with his officiousness. The Gascon when D'Artagnan, happening to look blood gets up, good resolutions are out of the window, starts, reddens forgotten, and a third rendezvous is with anger, and rushes to the door. the result. He has recognised, in a passer-by, the M. Dumas is never more at home person who had stolen his letter; and than in the description of duels. Himleaves Monsieur de Treville in doubt self an excellent swordsman, he luxuwhether he has to do with a madman riates and excels in the description of or with an emissary of the Cardinal's; points and parries, cartes and tierces, who, fearing himself suspected, takes and of the vigorous estocades which this pretext for effecting a retreat. his heroes administer to each other.

In his hurry to leave the hotel One of the good chapters of the book and pursue his robber, D'Artagnan -and there are many such—is the gets into all sorts of scrapes. On the one in which D'Artagnan encounters landing-place he runs against Athos, the three redoubtable champions whom who is returning home after having he has so heedlessly provoked. We his wound dressed: Some hasty words will endeavour, by abridgement, to lay pass, a challenge is the result, and it before our readers. rendezvous is taken for noon in a field " D'Artagnan knew nobody at near the Carmelite convent, then a Paris," and betook himself, therefore, favourite duelling ground.

In the to his first rendezvous without segateway of the courtyard, Porthos is conds, intending to content himself talking with one of his comrades, and with those whom his adversary should D'Artagnan, in trying to pass between bring. Moreover, his firm intention them, gets entangled in the velvet was to make all reasonable apologies cloak of the former, and discovers, to Athos, fearing that there would what the guardsman had been most result from this duel the usual conseanxious to conceal, that the front only quence of an encounter between a of his embroidered shoulder-belt was young and vigorous man and a gold, and the back mere leather. wounded and feeble one—if the former Porthos, not having sufficient pistoles is conquered, his antagonist's triumph to purchase a whole belt, had gratified is doubled ; and if he conquers, he is bis vanity with half a one, and wore accused of taking an advantage, or of his cloak to conceal the deficiency. being brave at small risk. Besides The young Gascon finds himself with this, either we have been unsuccessful a second duel on his hands, and sets in the exposition of our young advenhimself down as a dead man. Mean turer's character, or the reader will time his robber has disappeared, and have already perceived that D'Artagas D'Artagnan is proceeding in the nan was no ordinary man. Thus, direction of his lodging, he encounters although he repeated to himself that Aramis, standing in the middle of the his death was inevitable, he by no street with some other gentlemen. means made up his mind to fall an Furious with himself for the follies he easy sacrifice, as one less cool and has been committing, D'Artagnan has courageous than himself might permade a resolution to be all things to haps have done. He reflected on the all men, at least for the hour or two different characters of the three men that he still has to live; and observing with whom he had to fight, and began that Aramis has dropped a handker to think that his case was not so deschief, and placed his foot upon it, he perate as it might have been. He hastens to drag it from under his boot, 'hoped, by the candid and loyal apoand present it to him with a most logy which he intended to offer, to gracious bow and smile. A coronet make himself a friend of Athos, whose and cipher on the embroidered cam austere mien and noble air pleased bric attract notice, and draw down a him greatly. He flattered himself shower of raillery upon the head of that he should be able to intimidate the mousquetaire, who, in order to Porthos by the affair of the shouldershield the honour of a lady, is com belt, which he could, if not killed upon pelled to deny that the handkerchief the spot, relate to every body, and is his.

His companions walk away, which would cover the giant with ridiand Aramis reproaches D'Artagnan cule. Finally, he did not feel much

afraid of Aramis, and he resolved, if 5. Truly, sir,' said D'Artagnan, he lived long enougii

, either to kill with another bow, I know not how him, or at least to administer to him to express my gratitude for such a wound in the face, that would con courtesy.' siderably impair the beauty of which "You are too obliging to say so,' he was evidently so proud.

returned Athos, with his princely air; “When D'Artagnan arrived in sight let us talk of something else, if not of the waste land adjoining the con disagreeable to you. Ah, sangbleu! vent of barefooted Carmelites, noon you hurt me terribly! My shoulder was striking, and Athos was already burns.' on the ground. The guardsman, who " • If you would permit me,' said still suffered cruelly from his wound, D'Artagnan, timidly. was seated on a post, and awaiting his 66 • What then, sir?' adversary with the calm countenance " "I have a balm that is wonderfully and dignified air that never abandoned efficacious in the cure of wounds. I him. Upon D'Artagnan's appear- hold the recipe from my mother, and ance, he rose courteously, and advan have myself experienced its good ced a few steps to meet him. Our effects.' Gascon, on his side, made his approach

66. Well ?' hat in hand, the plume trailing on the "Well, I am sure that in less earth.

than three days it would heal your "Sir,' said Athos, 'I have given wound; and at the end of that time, notice to two gentlemen to act as my sir, it would still be a great honour for seconds, but they are not come. I am me to meet you.' surprised at it, for they are usually “D'Artagnan said these words with punctual.'

a simplicity that did credit to his na“ ' For my part, sir,' returned tural courtesy of feeling, at the same D'Artagnan, “I have no seconds. I time that it could not give rise to the arrived in Paris yesterday, and know slightest doubt of his courage. no one but Monsieur de Treville, to « Pardieu, sir!' said Athos, 'your whom I was recommended by my proposition pleases me, not that I can father, who has the honour to be a accept it, but because it is that of a friend of his.'

chivalrous gentleman. It is thus that “ Athos glanced at the beardless spoke and acted those heroes of Charchin and youthful mien of his adver lemagne's days, on whom every cavasary, and seemed to reflect for a lier should strive to model himself. moment.

Unfortunately we do not live in the " Ah ça!' said he at last, speaking times of the great emperor, but in half to himself and half to D'Artag those of Cardinal Richelieu ; and nan; 'ah ça! but if I kill you, it will however well we might keep our be something very like child-murder.' secret, it would be known before

66. Not exactly, sir,' replied D’Ar three days had elapsed that we intagnan, with a bow that was not with tended to fight, and our duel would out its dignity ; 'not exactly, sir, be prevented. Ah ça! where can since you do me the honour to meet those idlers be?' me with a wound by which you must “ If you are in haste, sir,' r'ebe greatly inconvenienced.'

sumed D'Artagnan with the same " Inconvenienced certainly, and you simplicity with which he had a mohurt me terribly, I must acknowledge, ment before proposed to put off the when you ran against me just now; duel for three days— if you are but I will use my left hand, according pressed for time, and that it pleases to my custom in such circumstances. you to finish with me at once, let me Do not suppose on that account that beg of you to do so.' I am sparing you; I fight decently *. Another proposal that I like,' with both hands, and a left-handed said Athos with an approving nod of swordsman is an awkward antagonist the head; it is that of a man lackwhen one is not prepared for him. I ing neither wit nor valour. Sir, I like am sorry I did not tell you of it sooner, men of your stamp; and I see that that you might have got your hand in if we do not kill one another, I shall accordingly.

hereafter have much pleasure in your

society. But let us wait for these that he wished the cause of their gentlemen, I beg of you. I have duel to remain a secret. plenty of time, and it will be more " • Indeed!' said Athos looking at according to rule. Ha! here comes D'Artagnan. one of them.'

" • Yes, a point of St Augustin on " At that moment the gigantic form which we are not agreed,' said the of Porthos appeared at the extremity latter. of the Rue Vaugirard.

* Decidedly he is a man of wit " What !! cried D'Artagnan, and sense,' muttered Athos to him• Monsieur Porthos is one of your self. seconds ?'

* And now that you are all as"Yes; is it disagreeable to you?' sembled, gentlemen,' said D'Artag" " By no means.'

nan, • allow me to apologise to you.' 66. And here is the other.'

“At the word apologise, a cloud “ D'Artagnan turned his head and passed across the features of Athos, recognised Aramis.

Porthos smiled contemptuously, Ara. "What!' he exclaimed in still mis made a negative sign. greater astonishment, “Monsieur Ara " You do not understand me, mis is the other?'

gentlemen,' said D'Artagnan raising "Certainly; do you not know his head proudly. “I only apologisc that we are never seen asunder, and in case I should not be able to pay are known in court, camp, and city, my debt to all of you ; for Monsieur as Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, or the Athos has the right to kill me the three inseparables ? But you are tirst, which greatly diminishes the just arrived from Gascony, which ac value of my debt to you, Monsieur counts for your being unacquainted Porthos, and renders that to Monsieur with these circumstances.'

Aramis nearly worthless. And now, “ Meanwhile Porthos, who had gentlemen, I say again, accept my abandoned his cloak and changed his apologies, but on that account only shoulder-belt, approached, nodded to and to work!' Athos, but on beholding D'Artagnan, " And so saying, he drew his remained struck with astonishment. sword with the most fearless and

“ This is the gentleman I am gallant mien possible to be seen. His to fight with,' said Athos indicating blood was up, and at that moment he D'Artagnan with his hand, at the would have fought not only Athos, same time bowing to him.

Porthos, and Aramis, but the whole " " It is with him that I am to fight,' regiment of mousquetaires. said Porthos.

"When you please, sir,' said "Not till one o'clock,' said D’Ar-Athos, putting himself on guard. tagnan.

"I was waiting your orders,' re"And I also,' said Aramis, who turned D'Artagnan. just then came up.

“ But the two rapiers had scarcely * Our appointment was for two clashed together, when five of the o'clock,' said D'Artagnan with per- Cardinal's guards, commanded by fect composure.

Monsieur de Jussac, appeared from •"• What are you going to fight behind a corner of the convent. about, Athos ?' asked Aramis.

" · The Cardinal's guards !' ex" • Faith, I can hardly tell you. claimed Porthos and Aramis. 'Sheath He hurt my shoulder.

your swords, gentlemen !' Porthos?!

“ But it was too late. The com'I fight because I am so minded,'batants had been seen in an attitude replied Porthos colouring.

that left no doubt as to their pugna" Athos, whom nothing escaped, cious intentions. saw a slight smile curling D'Artag “ • Hola!' cried Jussac advancing pan's lip.

towards them, followed by his men. “We had a dispute about dress,' “Hola, mousquetaires ! fighting here? said the young Gascon.

And the edicts. We have forgotten "And you, Aramis?' asked Athos. them, eh?'

“A theological difference,' replied "Your generosity is really re. Aramis, making a sign to D'Artagnan markable, gentlemen of the guards,

And you,


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