said Athos, “are many, but be assured we shall take no improper advantage of them.”
“No, but we shall make use of them,” said D’Artagnan.
The rest of the night was employed by these cavaliers in traveling with the wonderful rapidity of former days. Mazarin, still sombre and pensive, permitted himself to be dragged along in this way; it looked a race of phantoms. At dawn twelve leagues had been passed without drawing rein; half the escort were exhausted and several horses fell down.
“Horses, nowadays, are not what they were formerly,” observed Porthos; “everything degenerates.”
“I have sent Grimaud to Dammartin,” said Aramis. “He is to bring us five fresh horses —