A man advanced to the door with a kind of scythe in his hand. “Qui vive?” he asked.
“Eh, rascal!” said D’Artagnan, “do you not recognize his highness the prince’s carriage?”
“Prince or not,” said the man, “open.
We are here to guard the gate, and no one whom we do not know shall pass.”
“What is to be done?” said Porthos.
“Pardieu! pass,” replied D’Artagnan.
“But how?” asked Mazarin.
“Through or over; coachman, gallop on.”
The coachman raised his whip.