“Eh, egad, to give up Broussel as they demand! What the devil do you want with a member of the parliament? He is of no earthly use to anybody.”
“And you, Monsieur du Vallon, is that your advice? What would you do?”
“I should give up Broussel,” said Porthos.
“Come, come with me, gentlemen!” exclaimed Mazarin. “I will go and discuss the matter with the queen.”
He stopped at the end of the corridor and said:
“I can count upon you, gentlemen, can I not?”
“We do not give ourselves twice over,” said D’Artagnan; “we have given ourselves to you; command, we shall obey.”
“Very well, then,” said Mazarin; “enter this cabinet and wait till I come back.”
And turning off he entered the drawing-room by another door.