The four friends looked at one another.
“And the other?” asked Athos.
“Thin and lanky.”
“The executioner,” said D’Artagnan and Aramis at the same time.
“I can see nothing but his back,” resumed Grimaud. “But wait. He is moving; and if he has taken off his mask I shall be able to see. Ah — — ”
And as if struck in the heart he let go the hook and dropped with a groan.
“Did you see him?” they all asked.
“Yes,” said Grimaud, with his hair standing on end.
“The thin, spare man?”