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Chapter 43: Explanations by Aramis. (continued)
"He is one of the two kings who are contending fro the crown of France."
"Very well! Then you were serving him who is not Louis XIV.?"
"You have hit the matter in one word."
"It follows that - "
"It follows that we are rebels, my poor friend."
"The devil! the devil!" cried Porthos, much disappointed.
"Oh! but, dear Porthos, be calm, we shall still find means of getting out of the affair, trust me."
"It is not that which makes me uneasy," replied Porthos; "that which alone touches me is that ugly word rebels."
"Ah! but - "
"And so, according to this, the duchy that was promised me - "
"It was the usurper that was to give it to you."
"And that is not the same thing, Aramis," said Porthos, majestically.
"My friend, if it had only depended upon me, you should have become a prince."
Porthos began to bite his nails in a melancholy way.
"That is where you have been wrong," continued he, "in deceiving me; for that promised duchy I reckoned upon. Oh! I reckoned upon it seriously, knowing you to be a man of your word, Aramis."
"Poor Porthos! pardon me, I implore you!"
"So, then," continued Porthos, without replying to the bishop's prayer, "so then, it seems, I have quite fallen out with Louis XIV.?"
"Oh! I will settle all that, my good friend, I will settle all that. I will take it on myself alone!"
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