D’Artagnan and Porthos, armed with their swords, and Athos and Aramis, each carrying a concealed poniard, approached the house which for the time being was Charles Stuart’s prison.
The two latter followed their captors in the humble guise of captives, without arms.
“Od’s bodikins,” said Groslow, as the four friends entered, “I had almost given you up.”
D’Artagnan went up to him and whispered in his ear:
“The fact is, we, that is, Monsieur du Vallon and I, hesitated a little.”
D’Artagnan looked significantly toward Athos and Aramis.