Athos and Aramis rushed out. The coast, owing to the Gascon’s stratagem, was clear.
“The prisoners are escaping! the prisoners are escaping!” cried the sergeant.
“Stop! stop!” cried D’Artagnan, giving rein to his famous steed, who, darting forth, overturned several men.
“Stop! stop!” cried the soldiers, and ran for their arms.
But the prisoners were in their saddles and lost no time hastening to the nearest gate.
In the middle of the street they saw Grimaud and Blaisois, who were coming to find their masters. With one wave of his hand Athos made Grimaud, who followed the little troop, understand everything, and they passed on like a