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61. D'Artagnan hits on a Plan. (continued)
"But," said the officer, "I thought you were in his service and that it was he who sent you to General Cromwell."
"That is to say I am in the king's service, and that knowing he wanted to send some one to England, I solicited the appointment, so great was my desire to know the man of genius who now governs the three kingdoms. So that when he proposed to us to draw our swords in honor of old England you see how we snapped up the proposition."
"Yes, I know that you charged by the side of Mordaunt."
"On his right and left, sir. Ah! there's another brave and excellent young man."
"Do you know him?" asked the officer.
"Yes, very well. Monsieur du Vallon and myself came from France with him."
"It appears, too, you kept him waiting a long time at Boulogne."
"What would you have? I was like you, and had a king in keeping."
"Aha!" said Groslow; "what king?"
"Our own, to be sure, the little one -- Louis XIV."
"And how long had you to take care of him?"
"Three nights; and, by my troth, I shall always remember those three nights with a certain pleasure."
"How do you mean?"
"I mean that my friends, officers in the guards and mousquetaires, came to keep me company and we passed the night in feasting, drinking, dicing."
"Ah true," said the Englishman, with a sigh; "you Frenchmen are born boon companions."
"And don't you play, too, when you are on guard?"
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