How, without Incommoding himself, Athos got his Outfit
The young man made his escape while she was still threatening him with an impotent gesture. At the moment she lost sight of him milady sank back fainting into her bedroom.
DArtagnan was so completely upset that, without considering what would become of Kitty, he ran at full speed across half Paris, and did not stop till he reached Athoss door.
Grimaud, his eyes swollen with sleep, came to open for him. DArtagnan darted so violently into the room that he nearly knocked him over.
In spite of his habitual silence, the poor fellow this time found his tongue.
Helloa, there! cried he; what do you want, you strumpet? Whats your business here, you hussy?
Grimaud, said Athos, coming out of his apartment in a dressing-gownGrimaud, I believe you are permitting yourself to speak?
Ah, monsieur, but
Grimaud contented himself with pointing at DArtagnan.
Athos recognizing his comrade, and phlegmatic as he was, he burst into a laugh made quite excusable by the strange masquerade before his eyeshood askew, petticoats falling over shoes, sleeves tucked up, and moustaches stiff with agitation.
Dont laugh, my friend! cried DArtagnan; for Heavens sake, dont laugh, for, on my soul, I tell you its no laughing matter!
Well? said Athos.
Well, replied DArtagnan, bending down to Athoss ear, and lowering his voice, milady is marked with a fleur-de-lis on her shoulder!
Ah! cried the musketeer, as if he had received a ball in his heart.
Come, now, said DArtagnan, are you sure that the other is dead?
The other? said Athos, in such a stifled voice that DArtagnan scarcely heard him.
Yes; she of whom you told me one day at Amiens.
Athos uttered a groan and let his head sink into his hands.
This one is a woman of from twenty-six to twenty-eight years of age.
Fair, said Athos, is she not?
Clear, blue eyes, of a strange brilliancy, with black eyelashes and eyebrows?
Tall, well-made? She has lost a tooth, next to the eye-tooth on the left?
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