“Sir,” said Chatillon, “if you bring bad tidings it will be cruel in you to announce them to the queen.”
Aramis went so close to Chatillon as almost to touch him.
“Sir,” said he, with compressed lips and flashing eyes, “you have not the presumption to instruct the Comte de la Fere and myself what we ought to say here?”
During this brief altercation Athos, with his hands on his heart, his head bent low, approached the queen and in a voice of deepest sorrow said:
“Madame, princes — who by nature are above other men — receive from Heaven courage to support greater misfortunes than those of lower rank, for their hearts are elevated as their