Bernouin bowed and retired.
The queen entered her oratory, which was lighted by a single lamp of Venetian crystal, She saw D’Artagnan, who stood expecting her.
“Is it you?” she said.
“Are you ready?”
“And his eminence, the cardinal?”
“Has got off without any accident. He is awaiting your majesty at Cours la Reine.”
“But in what carriage do we start?”
“I have provided for everything; a carriage below is waiting for your majesty.”