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Men Of The Robe And Men Of The Sword
On the day after these events had taken place, Athos not having reappeared, M. de
Treville was informed by d'Artagnan and Porthos of the circumstance. As to Aramis, he
had asked for leave of absence for five days, and was gone, it was said, to Rouen on
M. de Treville was the father of his soldiers. The lowest or the least known of them, as
soon as he assumed the uniform of the company, was as sure of his aid and support as if
he had been his own brother.
He repaired, then, instantly to the office of the LIEUTENANT- CRIMINEL. The officer
who commanded the post of the Red Cross was sent for, and by successive inquiries they
learned that Athos was then lodged in the Fort l'Eveque.
Athos had passed through all the examinations we have seen Bonacieux undergo.
We were present at the scene in which the two captives were confronted with each other.
Athos, who had till that time said nothing for fear that d'Artagnan, interrupted in his turn,
should not have the time necessary, from this moment declared that his name was Athos,
and not d'Artagnan. He added that he did not know either M. or Mme. Bonacieux; that he
had never spoken to the one or the other; that he had come, at about ten o'clock in the
evening, to pay a visit to his friend M. d'Artagnan, but that till that hour he had been at
M. de Treville's, where he had dined. "Twenty witnesses," added he, "could attest the
fact"; and he named several distinguished gentlemen, and among them was M. le Duc de
The second commissary was as much bewildered as the first had been by the simple and
firm declaration of the Musketeer, upon whom he was anxious to take the revenge which
men of the robe like at all times to gain over men of the sword; but the name of M. de
Treville, and that of M. de la Tremouille, commanded a little reflection.
Athos was then sent to the cardinal; but unfortunately the cardinal was at the Louvre with
It was precisely at this moment that M. de Treville, on leaving the residence of the
LIEUTENANT-CRIMINEL and the governor of the Fort l'Eveque without being able to
find Athos, arrived at the palace.
As captain of the Musketeers, M. de Treville had the right of entry at all times.
It is well known how violent the king's prejudices were against the queen, and how
carefully these prejudices were kept up by the cardinal, who in affairs of intrigue
mistrusted women infinitely more than men. One of the grand causes of this prejudice
was the friendship of Anne of Austria for Mme. de Chevreuse. These two women gave