Twenty Years After Chapter 79 Page 3

the Duc de Longueville, in order that he might ascertain whether they were friends or foes.

Having escaped these dangers, they returned by the main road to Boulogne, at Abbeville, and followed it step by step, examining every track.

Nevertheless, they were still in a state of uncertainty. Several inns were visited by them, several innkeepers questioned, without a single clew being given to guide their inquiries, when at Montreuil Athos felt upon the table that something rough was touching his delicate fingers. He turned up the cloth and found these hieroglyphics carved upon the wood with a knife:

“Portů . D’Artů . 2d February.”

“This is capital!” said Athos to Aramis, “we