Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas Chapter 74 Page 5

asked Porthos.

“I am cold, sir,” said Mousqueton.

“Impossible! your body is covered with a coating of fat which preserves it from the cold air.”

“Ah! sir, ‘tis this very coating of fat that makes me shiver.”

“How is that, Mousqueton?

“Alas! your honor, in the library of the Chateau of Bracieux there are a lot of books of travels.”

“What then?”

“Amongst them the voyages of Jean Mocquet in the time of Henry IV.”


“In these books, your honor, ‘tis told how hungry voyagers, drifting out to sea, have a bad habit of eating each other and beginning with —