easily understood by that chosen regiment, the flower of the army.
The ranks closed firmly in and a kind of majestic tremor ran from man to man.
At the Barriere des Sergents the procession was obliged to stop. Comminges left the head of the escort and went to the queen’s carriage.
Anne questioned D’Artagnan by a look. He answered in the same language.
“Proceed,” she said.
Comminges returned to his post. An effort was made and the living barrier was violently broken through.
Some complaints arose from the crowd and were addressed this time to the king as well as the minister.