They found Athos in profound despondency; Aramis looked first at Porthos and then at D’Artagnan, without speaking, but the latter understood his meaningful look.
“You want to know how we came here? ‘Tis easily guessed. Mazarin sent us with a letter to General Cromwell.”
“But how came you to fall into company with Mordaunt, whom I bade you distrust?” asked Athos.
“And whom I advised you to strangle, Porthos,” said Aramis.
“Mazarin again. Cromwell had sent him to Mazarin. Mazarin sent us to Cromwell. There is a certain fatality in it.”
“Yes, you are right, D’Artagnan, a fatality that will separate and ruin us!