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The Three Musketeers
Twenty Years Later
The Vicomte De Bragelonne
The Three Musketeers 300 at Prostate Health
him his interview with the cardinal, and said, for the
third time drawing his commission from his pocket, "You, our friend, our
intelligence, our invisible protector, accept this commission. You have
merited it more than any of us by your wisdom and your counsels, always
followed by such happy results."
"Alas, dear friend!" said Aramis, "our late adventures have disgusted
me with military life. This time my determination is irrevocably taken.
After the siege I shall enter the house of the Lazarists. Keep the
commission, dArtagnan; the profession of arms suits you. You will be a
brave and adventurous captain."
DArtagnan, his eye moist with gratitude though beaming with joy, went
back to Athos, whom he found still at table contemplating the charms of
his last glass of Malaga by the light of his lamp.
"Well," said he, "they likewise have refused me."
"That, dear friend, is because nobody is more worthy than yourself."
He took a quill, wrote the name of dArtagnan in the commission, and
returned it to him.
"I shall then have no more friends," said the young man. "Alas!
nothing but bitter recollections."
And he let his head sink upon his hands, while two large tears rolled
down his cheeks.
"You are young," replied Athos; "and your bitter recollections have time
to change themselves into sweet remembrances."
La Rochelle, deprived of the assistance of the English fleet and of the
diversion promised by Buckingham, surrendered after a siege of a year.
On the twenty-eighth of October, 1628, the capitulation was signed.
The king made his entrance into Paris on the twenty-third of December of
the same year. He was received in triumph, as if he came from
conquering an enemy and not Frenchmen. He entered by the Faubourg St.
Jacques, under verdant arches.
DArtagnan took possession of his command. Porthos left the service,
and in the course of the following year married Mme. Coquenard; the
coffer so much coveted contained eight hundred thousand livres.
Mousqueton had a magnificent livery, and enjoyed the satisfaction of
which he had been ambitious all his life--that of standing behind a
Aramis, after a journey into Lorraine, disappeared all at once, and
ceased to write to his friends; they learned at a later period through
Mme. de Chevreuse, who told it to two or three of her intimates, that,
yielding to his vocation, he had retired into a convent--only into
which, nobody knew.
Bazin became a lay brother.
Athos remained a Musketeer under the command of dArtagnan till the year
1633, at which period, after a journey he made to Touraine, he also quit
the service, under the pretext of having inherited a small property in
Grimaud followed Athos.
DArtagnan fought three times with Rochefort, and wounded him three
"I shall probably kill you the fourth," said he to him, holding out his
hand to assist him to rise.
"It is much better both for you and for me to stop where we are,"
answered the wounded man. "CORBLEU--I am more your friend than you
think--for after our very first encounter, I could by saying a word to
the cardinal have had your throat cut!"
They this time embraced heartily, and without retaining any malice.
Planchet obtained from Rochefort the rank of sergeant in the Piedmont
M. Bonacieux lived on very quietly, wholly ignorant of what had become
of his wife, and caring very little about it. One day he had the
imprudence to recall himself to the memory of the cardinal. The
cardinal had him informed that he would provide for him so that he
should never want for anything in future. In fact, M. Bonacieux,
having left his house at seven oclock in the evening to go to the
Louvre, never appeared again in the Rue des Fossoyeurs; the opinion
of those who seemed to be best informed was that he was fed and
lodged in some royal castle, at the expense of his generous Eminence.
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