“Not a step further,” said the man, who appeared to be the captain, “or I will hamstring your horses.”
“Peste!” said Porthos, “it would be a pity; animals which cost me a hundred pistoles each.”
“I will pay you two hundred for them,” said Mazarin.
“Yes, but when once they are hamstrung, our necks will be strung next.”
“If one of them comes to my side,” asked Porthos, “must I kill him?”
“Yes, by a blow of your fist, if you can; we will not fire but at the last extremity.”
“I can do it,” said Porthos.