added the king. “I shall kneel down to pray; do not strike then.”
“When shall I strike?”
“When I shall lay my head on the block and say ‘Remember!’ then strike boldly.”
“Gentlemen,” said the king to those around him, “I leave you to brave the tempest; I go before you to a kingdom which knows no storms. Farewell.”
He looked at Aramis and made a special sign to him with his head.
“Now,” he continued, “withdraw a little and let me say my prayer, I beseech you. You, also, stand aside,” he said to the masked man. “It is only for a moment and I know that I belong to you; but remember that you are not to strike till I give the signal.”