“Come, first of all,” said Athos to D’Artagnan, “my friend, that I may shake hands with you — you, our rescuer — you, the true hero of us all.”
“Athos is right — you have my adoration,” said Aramis, in his turn pressing his hand. “To what are you not equal, with your superior intelligence, infallible eye, your arm of iron and your enterprising mind!”
“Now,” said the Gascon, “that is all well, I accept for Porthos and myself everything — thanks and compliments; we have plenty of time to spare.”
The two friends, recalled by D’Artagnan to what was also due to Porthos, pressed his hand in their turn.