inquiring further about our friend, to pay my respects to M. Planchet.”
“Ah, monsieur le chevalier,” said Planchet, bowing.
“Lieutenant?” asked Aramis.
“Lieutenant, with a promise of becoming captain.”
“‘Tis capital; and pray, how did you acquire all these honors?”
“In the first place, gentlemen, you know that I was the means of Monsieur de Rochefort’s escape; well, I was very near being hung by Mazarin and that made me more popular than ever.”
“So, owing to your popularity — — ”
“No; thanks to something better.