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Chapter 42: Belle-Ile-en-Mer. (continued)
"Our boats returning, probably," said Aramis, very uneasily, in spite of the assurance he affected.
"They are very large for fishing-boats," observed Porthos, "and do you not remark, my friend, that they come from the Loire?"
"They come from the Loire - yes - "
"And look! everybody here sees them as well as ourselves; look, women and children are beginning to crowd the jetty."
An old fisherman passed. "Are those our barks, yonder?" asked Aramis.
The old man looked steadily into the eye of the horizon.
"No, monseigneur," replied he, "they are lighter boars, boats in the king's service."
"Boats in the royal service?" replied Aramis, starting. "How do you know that?" said he.
"By the flag."
"But," said Porthos, "the boat is scarcely visible; how the devil, my friend, can you distinguish the flag?"
"I see there is one," replied the old man; "our boats, trade lighters, do not carry any. That sort of craft is generally used for transport of troops."
"Ah!" groaned Aramis.
"Vivat!" cried Porthos, "they are sending us reinforcements, don't you think they are, Aramis?"
"Unless it is the English coming."
"By the Loire? That would have an evil look, Porthos; for they must have come through Paris!"
"You are right; they are reinforcements, decidedly, or provisions."
Aramis leaned his head upon his hands, and made no reply. Then, all at once, - "Porthos," said he, "have the alarm sounded."
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