Twenty Years After Chapter 76 Page 7

ashamed beneath the stern gaze of Athos.

“One moment, yes,” answered the queen. “One moment — I beg — for here are the Chevalier d’Herblay and the Comte de la Fere, just arrived from London, and they can give you, as eye-witnesses, such details as you can convey to the queen, my royal sister. Speak, gentlemen, speak — I am listening; conceal nothing, gloss over nothing. Since his majesty still lives, since the honor of the throne is safe, everything else is a matter of indifference to me.”

Athos turned pale and laid his hand on his heart.

“Well!” exclaimed the queen, who remarked this movement and his paleness.

“Speak, sir! I beg you to do so.”