Next morning D’Artagnan was the first to rise. He had been down to the stables, already taken a look at the horses and given the necessary orders for the day, whilst Athos and Aramis were still in bed and Porthos snoring.
At eight o’clock the march was resumed in the same order as the night before, except that D’Artagnan left his friends and began to renew the acquaintance which he had already struck up with Monsieur Groslow.
Groslow, whom D’Artagnan’s praises had greatly pleased, welcomed him with a gracious smile.
“Really, sir,” D’Artagnan said to him, “I am pleased to find one with whom to talk in my own poor tongue.
My friend, Monsieur du Vallon, is of a very