"Parry," said the young man, "I have reached this place through a thousand snares and after a thousand difficulties; can you doubt my energy?
Parry made a gesture of indignation, to which the young man replied by a pressure of the hand and a smile.
I do not despair, Parry; have you faith in my resignation?"
"It is impatience, Parry. Come, what did the general say to you?"
"Oh, yes!" said Parry, with a sad smile; "it painted your very thoughts faithfully."
"And notwithstanding you had signed the name Parry?"
Parry," replied the young man ironically, "don't you know that this is the King of France visiting his good city of Blois?
"Well, well, my lord," said Parry, more uneasy at the turn the conversation had taken than at the other.
As he said this, D'Artagnan gave a glance at Parry, who was standing in front of the king, to show him that the news was meant for him.
And D'Artagnan threw a second glance toward Parry, on whose face such an expression of joy was manifested that Charles stretched out his hand to him, smiling.
Parry bent over his master's hand and kissed it respectfully.
"Parry," said the king, rising too, "my horse; I desire to go to Thirsk."