“But I have seen them drink it.”
“As a punishment. For example, an English prince died one day because they had put him into a butt of Malmsey. I heard the Chevalier d’Herblay say so.”
“The fool!” cried Blaisois, “I wish I had been in his place.”
“Thou canst be,” said Grimaud, writing down his figures.
“How?” asked Blaisois, “I can? Explain yourself.”
Grimaud went on with his sum and cast up the whole.
“Port,” he said, extending his hand in the direction of the first compartment examined by D’Artagnan and himself.