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53. How D'Artagnan and Porthos... (continued)
"I'faith! yes -- I should expect so; besides, if they forget, I shall take the liberty of reminding them."
"The queen's voice! she is speaking," said Porthos; "I think she wants to ride on horseback."
"Oh, she would like it, but ---- "
"The cardinal won't allow it. Gentlemen," he said, addressing the two musketeers, "accompany the royal carriage, we are going forward to look for lodgings."
D'Artagnan started off for Saint Germain, followed by Porthos.
"We will go on, gentlemen," said the queen.
And the royal carriage drove on, followed by the other coaches and about fifty horsemen.
They reached Saint German without any accident; on descending, the queen found the prince awaiting her, bare-headed, to offer her his hand.
"What an awakening for the Parisians!" said the queen, radiant.
"It is war," said the prince.
"Well, then, let it be war! Have we not on our side the conqueror of Rocroy, of Nordlingen, of Lens?"
The prince bowed low.
It was then three o'clock in the morning. The queen walked first, every one followed her. About two hundred persons had accompanied her in her flight.
"Gentlemen," said the queen, laughing, "pray take up your abode in the chateau; it is large, and there will be no want of room for you all; but, as we never thought of coming here, I am informed that there are, in all, only three beds in the whole establishment, one for the king, one for me ---- "
"And one for the cardinal," muttered the prince.
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