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said Athos bitterly, for Jussac had D'Artagnan's intentions by his gesbeen one of the aggressors in the tures and the expression of his face. recent affray. 'I promise you that “You may retire, we permit it. Beif we saw you fighting we would not gone, then, and quickly.' interrupt you. Leave us alone, then, · D'Artagnan did not stir. and you will have your amusement 6. Decidedly you are a fine felfor nothing.'

low,' said Athos, pressing the young “Gentlemen,' said Jussac, 'I am man's hand. grieved to tell you that the thing is “ But the three mousquetaires impossible. Duty before every thing. thought of D'Artagnan's youth, and Be pleased to sheath your swords, and distrusted his inexperience. follow us.'

" • We should only be three, of **Sir,' replied Aramis, parodying whom one wounded, and a child,' said Jussac's manner, we should have the Athos; but they will say all the greatest pleasure in accepting your same, that there were four of us.' polite invitation, if it depended upon "Gentlemen,' said D'Artagnan, us so to do, but unfortunately the only try me, and I swear by my thing is impossible; Monsieur de honour that if we are conquered I Treville has forbiddeu it. Move on, will not leave the ground alive.' therefore; it is the best thing you can " What is your name, my brave do,

fellow?' said Athos. “This bantering exasperated Jus “ D'Artagnan, sir.' sac. We will charge you,' said he, "Well, then, Athos, Porthos, • if you disobey.

Aramis, and D'Artagnan, forwards! " They are five,' said Athos in a cried Athos. low voice, and we are but three; we What do you decide to do?' shall be beaten again, and we must cried Jussac. die here; for I swear not to reappear "• We are going to have the honbefore the captain if conquered.' our of charging you,' said Aramis,

•“ Athos, Porthos, and Aramis drew raising his hat with one hand and eloser to each other. Jussac was ar drawing his sword with the other. ranging his men in line.

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“And the nine combatants precimoment of delay was sufficient for pitated themselves on each other with D'Artagnan to make up his mind; it a fury that did not exclude a certain was one of those moments that decide degree of method, Athos took one a man's whole life. The choice was Cahusac, a favourite of the Cardinal's; to be made between King and Car Porthos had Bicarat; and Aramis dinal, and, once made, it must be per found himself opposed to two adverşevered in. If he fought, he disobey- saries. As to D'Artagnan, he ened the law, risked his head, and made countered Jussac himself, an enemy of a minister more power " The heart of the young Gascon ful than the king himself. All these beat high, not with fear, there was no considerations passed like lightning shadow it, but with emulation ; he through the mind of the young Gas- fought like an enraged tiger, turning con; but, be it said to his honour, he about his enemy, changing each modid not hesitate an instant. Turning ment his ground and his guard. Justowards Athos and his friends. sac was one of the good blades of the

"Gentlemen,' said he, allow me day, and had had much practice; but to amend the words last spoken. You he had, nevertheless, all the difficulty said you were only three, but to my in the world to defend himself against thinking we are four.'

a supple and active antagonist, who “ • But you are not one of us,' said was constantly deviating from the Porthos.

received rules of fencing, attacking " True,' replied D'Artagnan, 'I him on all sides at once, and parryhave not the coat; but I have the ing, at the same time, like a man who spirit. In my heart I am a mous had the greatest regard for his epiquetaire—I feel it, and that leads me dermis. At last Jussac lost patience. on.'

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began to commit blunders. D’Ar- which the latter had procured him, tagnan, who, although lacking prac and now recommenced the fight, feartice, was perfect in theory, redoubled ing that the Gascon would kill his his agility. Jussac, with the design enemy. D'Artagnan saw that he of finishing him at once, delivered a should disoblige him by again interterrible thrust, which D'Artagnan fering. A few seconds later, Cahusae parried adroitly, and, before his op fell with a wound through the throat. ponent could raise himself, he glided At the same moment Aramis placed like a serpent under his guard, and his sword's point on the breast of his passed his sword through his body. prostrate adversary, and forced him Jussac fell beavily to the earth. to sue for mercy,

D'Artagnan now cast an uneasy " Porthos and Bicarat alone reand rapid glance over the field of mained. Porthos, while fighting, inbattle. Aramis had already killed dulged in all sorts of fanfarronades, one of his adversaries. The other asking Bicarat what time of day it was, gave him plenty to do, but Aramis and complimenting him on the company was able to take care of himself. Bi- which his brother had just attained carat and Porthos were wounded ; in the regiment of Navarre. In spite Porthos in the arm, and Bicarat in of his jests, however, he did not gain the thigh. But neither wound was ground. Bicarat was a stubborn and serious, and the sight of their blood skilful opponent. It was time to bring made them fight all the better. There matters to a conclusion before some was no need to interfere there. Athos, patrol should arrive, and take both wounded again by Cahusac, was royalists and cardinalists into custody. growing each moment paler, but he Athos, Aramis, and D'Artagnan, surdid not give way an inch. He had rounded Bicarat, and summoned him changed his sword to his left hand. to surrender. Although alone against D'Artagnan caught his eye as he was four, and with a wound through the looking to see who most required his thigh, he would not give in, though aid. The look of the wounded mous Jussac, who had raised himself on his quetaire was most eloquent; he would elbow, called out to him to yield. have died sooner than call for assis- Bicarat was a Gascon, like D'Artagtance, but bis glance said how much nan; he only laughed, and pretended he stood in need of it. With a single not to hear, at the same time pointbound, D'Artagnan was upon Cahu- ing to the ground at his feet. Here sac's flank.

will die Bicarat,' said he, the last ** Have a care, sír guardsman,' of those who are with him.' cried he, 'or I slay you on the spot.'

6. But they are four against you, - Cahusac turned to face his new cried Jussac; ‘I order you to desist.' opponent. It was high time, for 66. Ah, if you order me, it is anAthos, who had only been sustained other affair !' said Bicarat ; you are by his extreme courage, sank upon my superior, and I must obey. one knee.

** And giving a spring backwards, * Sangdieu!' cried he to D'Ar- he broke his sword across his knee, in tagnan, do not kill him, young man,

order not to yield it up, threw the I beg of you; I have an old quarrel pieces over the convent wall, and, to terminate with him when my wound crossing his arms, whistled a Cardiis healed. Disarm him only-So- nalist air. Well done 1

" Courage is always respected even “This last exclamation was caused in an enemy. The mousquetaires by Cahusac's sword, which flew from saluted Bicarat with their swords, his hand to a distance of twenty paces. and returned them to their scabbards. D'Artagnan and Cahusac rushed to D'Artagnan did the same, and, assistpick it up, but D'Artagnan reached it ed by Biçarat, he carried under the first, and put his foot upon it. Cahu convent porch Jussac, Cahusac, and sac ran to the guardsman whom Ara- that one of Aramis's adversaries who mis had killed, took his rapier, and was only wounded.

The other, as was returning to D'Artagnan ; but on already observed, was dead. They his road he met Athos, who had taken then rang the bell, and left the ground; breath during the moment's respite the mousquetaires and D'Artagnan,

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intoxicated with joy, carrying away ever fortune or his mistress frowns four swords out of five, and taking upon him, he declares his intention of the direction of Monsieur de Treville's abandoning his sinful mode of life, hotel. Every mousquetaire whom and throwing himself into the arms of they met, and informed of what had mother church. Vanity is the failing happened, turned back and accom of Porthos, who shines more by his panied them; so that at last their imposing appearance, brilliant attire, march was like a triumphal proces and bull-dog courage, than by any sion. D'Artagnan was beside himself qualities of the head. To Athos, with delight; he walked between who is the most interesting of the Athos and Porthos, holding an arm three, a certain mystery is attached, of each.

which, however, is seen through early “If I am not yet a mousquetaire,' in the book. He is a man of high said he to his new friends, as they birth, princely manners, and chivalcrossed the threshold of the Hotel rous feeling, but whose stormy life Treville, “I may at least say that I has cast a strong tinge of melancholy am received apprentice.""

over his character, and who now finds The result of this affair is to pro his sole consolation in the wine-cup. cure D'Artagnan the favour of Mon It must not be therefore supposed sieur de Treville and the King—the that Athos is a sot, a wallower in latter of whom dislikes the Cardinal wine, or a haunter of tavern orgies. in secret nearly as much as he fears He drinks, it is true, enough to proshim. The young Gascon has an au trate any three ordinary men; but he dience of Louis the Just, who recruits takes his liquor, as he does every thing his finances by the present of a hand- else, so much like a gentleman, and, ful of pistoles; and a few days later moreover, there is so much self-devohe is appointed to a cadetship in the tion and generosity in his character, company of guards of the Chevalier such dignity of manner and rectitude des Essarts, a brother-in-law of Tre of feeling-his temper so even and ville. According to the singular ideas kindly—his courage so heroic—that of those days, there was nothing de he is unquestionably the most amiable grading to a gentleman in receiving and interesting of the dramatis permoney from the king's hand. D’Ar

sonæ, preferable to D'Artagnan, to tagnan, therefore, pockets the pistoles whom premature worldly wisdom gives with many thanks, and takes an early a hardness bordering upon egotism. opportunity of dividing them with his While Aramis is sighing sonnets to friends with the mythological names, his mistress, and Porthos parading on Messieurs Athos, Porthos, and Ara- the crown of the causeway in all the mis, who, according to the custom of glory of gold lace and embroidery, mousquetaires, have more gold upon Athos sits tranquilly at home, and their coats than in their purses. The says, like Gregory in the Deserter courage and good qualities of the

« J'aime mieux boire.” Gascon have won the hearts of the three guardsmen, and he is admitted His real name—for Athos, Porthos, to make a fourth in their brotherhood, and Aramis are merely assumed ones of which the motto is, “ Un pour tous, -is known only to the King and to et tous pour un." All is in common Monsieur de Treville. amongst them-pleasures, perils, pis It would be difficult within the toles.

limits of this paper to give an idea The characters of the three mous of the entire plot of the Three Mousquetaires are well sketched and sus quetaires, which is, in fact, less a tale tained, and illustrate admirably the with a regular intrigue and dénouement, rices, virtues, and propensities of their than a narrative of adventures and time and station. Aramis, who was incidents, extending over a period originally intended for the church, has of nearly three years. D'Artagnan, relinquished the black coat of an abbé whose enterprising character and Gasin order to fight a nobleman who had con acuteness qualify him admirably insulted him. He still, however, per to take a part in the court intrigues of sists in considering himself as a guards- the time, soon finds himself almost at man only pro tempore ; and when open war with the Cardinal, and en

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gaged in serving the interests of Louis to proceed far without molestation. the Thirteenth's unhappy queen, Anne They stop to breakfast, and a stranger of Austria, who, by rejecting the suit picks a quarrel with Porthos, who of the scarlet duke—as the mousque- stays behind to fight him, and does not taires irreverently style the Cardinal rejoin them. Near Beauvais they reDuke of Richelieu-has drawn upon ceive a volley from some pretended herself the deadly hatred of that om labourers; D'Artagnan's hat is knocknipotent personage.

The Duke of ed off by a ball ; a lackey is left in Buckingham, who is madly in love the road, and Aramis is badly woundwith the queen, visits Paris in dis- ed, and obliged to remain at the next guise, and obtains an interview with town. D'Artagnan, Athos, and their her. At parting, he implores her to two attendants, reach Amiens at midgive him some trifle, which he may night, and stop to sleep at the sign of preserve as a souvenir of their attach the Golden Lily. Here various susment; and Anne of Austria gives him picious incidents occur, and in the the first thing that comes to hand, morning their horses are found to be which happens to be a jewel-case, dead-lame, and unable to proceed. containing twelve diamond clasps or One that might still have gone on has ferrets that she has lately received been bled by mistake. from the King. The Cardinal, omni. · All these accidents succeeding present by his spies, learns this; man each other began to alarm our travelages adroitly to rouse the king's jea- lers; they might be the result of lonsy; and prevails on him to give a chance, but they were more probably ball, at which the queen is desired to that of an organized plot. Athos and appear, wearing the ferrets in ques d'Artagnan left their room, while tion. Anne of Austria is in despair. Planchet (D'Artagnan's groom) went To obtain the restitution of the jewels to enquire whether there were any within the eight days that have to horses to be bought in the neighbourelapse before the one fixed for the hood. At the door were standing two ball, appears impossible. Bucking vigorous animals, saddled and bridled,

is in England; if she writes, her and which would have suited the letter will be intercepted by the Car guardsmen well. Planchet asked to dinal; if she sends, her messenger will whom they belonged, and was told be stopped. Nothing could at that that their masters had passed the time be done in France without com night at the inn, and were then paying ing to the knowledge of Richelieu. In their score previous to departure. her extremity she is induced to con Athos went to do the same, while fide in one of her attendants, with D'Artagnan and Planchet remained at whom D'Artagnan is in love; and a the street door. few hours later, the intrepid Gascon

66 The host was in a small back and his three inseparable friends set room, which Athos was requested to out for England, provided with a leave enter. He did so without suspicion, of absence from Monsieur de Treville,

and took out some pistoles to pay. and attended by their four lackeys. The innkeeper, who was seated at a D'Artagnan alone knows the object of desk, of which one of the drawers was their journey; but the others, confid half-open, took the money, turned it ing implicitly in his judgment, and about, and examined it on all sides,

by the rules of their and suddenly exclaiming that it was association, ask no questions, and false, declared that he would have willingly brave the dangers that the Athos and his companion arrested as Cardinal strews in their path. It is

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16 Scoundrel !' cried Athos, adthe way, the dead or wounded are to vancing towards him ; ‘I will cut your be left to their fate, and the others are cars off for your insolence.' to push on without an instant's delay. “ But the man stooped down, took Should D'Artagnan fall, the survivors a brace of pistols out of the open are to take from his pocket the queen's drawer, and pointing them at Athos, letter to Buckingham, and continue called loudly for help. On the instant their route.

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"I am taken !' cried the mous for his jeweller, who demands eight quetaire, with all the power of his days and three thousand pistoles to lungs. “To horse, D'Artagnan ! Spur! replace the missing ornaments. The

duke locks him up in a room, with his “ And he fired both his pistols. tools and a workman, and allows him. D'Artagnan and Planchet untied the six thousand pistoles, and thirty-six two horses that were waiting at the hours to complete them. The ferrets door, sprang upon their backs, and are ready within the prescribed peset off full gallop.

riod. Furnished with a password • By dint of spurring and precau from the duke, who has trusty agents tion, D'Artagnan and his follower in France, D'Artagnan reaches Paris réach Calais without further accident; by a different road and without imthe horse of the former falling dead pediment, arriving in time to save the within a hundred yards of the town. queen, who appears at the ball with They hasten to the port, and find her twelve ferrets, to the vast discomthemselves close to a gentleman and fiture of the Cardinal. Meanwhile his servant, dusty and travel-stained, D'Artagnan's mistress has been spirited who are enquiring for a vessel to take away by Richelieu, and the young them to England. The master of a Gascon is in despair. He confides his sloop that is ready to sail informs misfortunes to Monsieur de Treville, them, that an order had arrived that who promises to do what he can to very morning to prevent any ship find the lady, and advises d'Artagnan from leaving the harbour without an to leave Paris till the Cardinal's wrath express permission from the Cardinal. is a little blown over. D'Artagnan

iv. I have that permission,' said the takes his advice ; bethinks him of the gentleman, taking a paper from his three mousquetaires, and sets out to pocket.

look for them. He finds Porthos and Very good!' said the sailor. Aramis where he left them, nearly Get it countersigned by the governor recovered from their wounds; and of the port, and give me the prefe- proceeding to Amiens, enters the hotel rence.'

of the Golden Lily, and confronts the " Where shall I find the gover- host—his whip in his right hand, his

left on his sword-hilt, and evidently 66. At his country-house, a quarter meaning mischief. of a league from the town. You see The innkeeper, however, turns it yonder. A slated roof at the foot out to be more an object of pity than of a little hill.'

blame. Previously to the arrival of The gentleman and his attendant D'Artagnan and Athos on their way take the direction of the governor's to England, he had received informahouse. D'Artagnan follows them; tion from the authorities, that a party picks a quarrel with the stranger, who of coiners, disguised as guardsmen, is à certain Count de Wardes, an would arrive at his inn, and that he 'adherent of the Cardinal's, wounds was to take measures to arrest them. him desperately, himself receiving a The six men who brought him thèse scratch, takes the pass, gets it coun orders disguised themselves ašsertersigned, and proceeds to England. vants and stable-boys, and remained

The Duke of Buckingham is hunting to assist in the capture. In the skirat Windsor with the king; but the mish, Athos shot two of them, woundindefatigable Gascon follows him thi- ed a third, cut the host across the face ther, and delivers his letter. The with the flat of his sword, and reduke hurries with him to London to treated fighting to the cellar stairs. give him the ferrets; but, to his un Entering the cellar, he pulled the door speakable consternation,' finds that to and barricaded it. His assailants two out of the twelve are missing. left the house, carrying off their killed They had been cut from his dress by and wounded; and when the innan emissary of the Cardinal's at a ballkeeper, recovering a little from his at Windsor Castle, at which he had alarm, went to inform the governor worn the queen's present. The fer of what had occurred, the latter derets are of immense value, and diffi clared himself totally ignorant of the cult workmanship. Buckingham sends · whole business, denied that he had


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