D'Artagnan turned in the direction pointed to by Athos, and perceived Aramis.
Are you not aware that we are never seen one without the others, and that we are called among the Musketeers and the Guards, at court and in the city, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, or the Three Inseparables?
"It is probable you are ignorant of this little fact," said Athos.
In the meantime, Porthos had come up, waved his hand to Athos, and then turning toward D'Artagnan, stood quite astonished.
"I sometimes wonder," replied Athos, smiling at that gayety which recalled the good old days, "that we could form an association of men who would be, after twenty years of separation, still so closely bound together.
"Ah, you have seen Aramis?" said Athos, turning on D'Artagnan a searching look.
"Aramis, you know," continued Athos, "is naturally cold, and then he is always involved in intrigues with women."
Athos not only failed to reply, he even changed the subject of conversation.
"Are you ready, monsieur?" said Monk to Athos, who had turned away, not to expose his face to the light.
light!" This dialogue was pronounced at the back of the tent, and in so low a voice that Monk could not hear a syllable of it; he was, besides, talking with Athos. Menneville got himself ready in the meantime, or rather received the orders of his leader.
"It is impossible!" thought Athos. "What dream could put that into my head?"
"Will not these men be in your way?" said Monk to Athos.