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Plan Of Campaign
D'Artagnan went straight to M. de Treville's. He had reflected that in a few minutes the
cardinal would be warned by this cursed stranger, who appeared to be his agent, and he
judged, with reason, he had not a moment to lose.
The heart of the young man overflowed with joy. An opportunity presented itself to him
in which there would be at the same time glory to be acquired, and money to be gained;
and as a far higher encouragement, it brought him into close intimacy with a woman he
adored. This chance did, then, for him at once more than he would have dared to ask of
M. de Treville was in his saloon with his habitual court of gentlemen. D'Artagnan, who
was known as a familiar of the house, went straight to his office, and sent word that he
wished to see him on something of importance.
D'Artagnan had been there scarcely five minutes when M. de Treville entered. At the first
glance, and by the joy which was painted on his countenance, the worthy captain plainly
perceived that something new was on foot.
All the way along d'Artagnan had been consulting with himself whether he should place
confidence in M. de Treville, or whether he should only ask him to give him CARTE
BLANCHE for some secret affair. But M. de Treville had always been so thoroughly his
friend, had always been so devoted to the king and queen, and hated the cardinal so
cordially, that the young man resolved to tell him everything.
"Did you ask for me, my good friend?" said M. de Treville.
'Yes, monsieur," said d'Artagnan, lowering his voice, "and you will pardon me, I hope,
for having disturbed you when you know the importance of my business."
"Speak, then, I am all attention."
"It concerns nothing less", said d'Artagnan, "than the honor, perhaps the life of the
"What did you say?" asked M. de Treville, glancing round to see if they were surely
alone, and then fixing his questioning look upon d'Artagnan.
"I say, monsieur, that chance has rendered me master of a secret--"
"Which you will guard, I hope, young man, as your life."