Twenty Years After Chapter 86 Page 12

No, I don’t want your help, watch the cardinal.”

“I am watching,” said Porthos. “Well?”

“You are right; it is more difficult than I thought. Lend me your back — but don’t let the cardinal go.”

Porthos lent him his back and D’Artagnan was soon on the summit of the wall, where he seated himself.

Mazarin pretended to laugh.

“Are you there?” asked Porthos.

“Yes, my friend; and now — — ”

“Now, what?” asked Porthos.

“Now give me the cardinal up here; if he makes any noise stifle him.”