Twenty Years After Chapter 88 Page 26

something like that of captain of the musketeers.”

“‘Tis the appointment Monsieur de Treville held, you ask of me.”

“The place, madame, is vacant, and although ‘tis a year since Monsieur de Treville has left it, it has not been filled.”

“But it is one of the principal military appointments in the king’s household.”

“Monsieur de Treville was but a younger son of a simple Gascon family, like me, madame; he occupied that post for twenty years.”

“You have an answer ready for everything,” replied the queen, and she took from her bureau a document, which she filled up and signed.