Twenty Years After Chapter 82 Page 15

praising them too highly, he replied: “They? They are two hotheads — the one a Gascon, the other from Picardy; both are easily excited, but they quiet down immediately. You have had a proof of that in what you have just related to me.”

This, too, was the opinion of Comminges, who withdrew somewhat reassured. Athos remained alone in the vast chamber, where, according to the cardinal’s directions, he was treated with all the courtesy due to a nobleman.

He awaited Mazarin’s promised visit to get some light on his present situation.