The Three Presents of D’artagnan the Elder

OnthefirstMondayofthemonthofApril,1625,themarkettownofMeung,inwhichtheauthorofROMANCEOFTHEROSEwasborn,appearedtobeinasperfectastateofrevolutionasiftheHuguenotshadjustmadeasecondLaRochelleofit.Manycitizens,seeingthewomenflyingtowardtheHighStreet,leavingtheirchildrencryingattheopendoors,hastenedtodonthecuirass,andsupportingtheirsomewhatuncertaincouragewithamusketorapartisan,directedtheirstepstowardthehostelryoftheJollyMiller,beforewhichwasgathered,increasingeveryminute,acompactgroup,vociferousandfullofcuriosity.

Inthosetimespanicswerecommon,andfewdayspassedwithoutsomecityorotherregisteringinitsarchivesaneventofthiskind.Therewerenobles,whomadewaragainsteachother;therewastheking,whomadewaragainstthecardinal;therewasSpain,whichmadewaragainsttheking.Then,inadditiontotheseconcealedorpublic,secretoropenwars,therewererobbers,mendicants,Huguenots,wolves,andscoundrels,whomadewaruponeverybody.Thecitizensalwaystookuparmsreadilyagainstthieves,wolvesorscoundrels,oftenagainstnoblesorHuguenots,sometimesagainsttheking,butneveragainstcardinalorSpain.Itresulted,then,fromthishabitthatonthesaidfirstMondayofApril,1625,thecitizens,onhearingtheclamor,andseeingneitherthered-and-yellowstandardnortheliveryoftheDucdeRichelieu,rushedtowardthehosteloftheJollyMiller.Whenarrivedthere,thecauseofthehubbubwasapparenttoall.

Ayoungmanwecansketchhisportraitatadash.ImaginetoyourselfaDonQuixoteofeighteen;aDonQuixotewithouthiscorselet,withouthiscoatofmail,withouthiscuisses;aDonQuixoteclothedinawoolendoublet,thebluecolorofwhichhadfadedintoanamelessshadebetweenleesofwineandaheavenlyazure;facelongandbrown;

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