"Remember that I affirm nothing, Monsieur the Commissary, and that I only suspect."
The commissary now appeared to experience a little uneasiness.
"You have answered that you should recognize him," said the commissary. "That is all very well, and enough for today; before we proceed further, someone must be informed that you know the ravisher of your wife."
"Take away the prisoner," said the commissary to the two guards.
In the first one handy, provided it is safe," said the commissary, with an indifference which penetrated poor Bonacieux with horror.
Bonacieux--lamentations to which, besides, they must have been pretty well accustomed--the two guards took the prisoner each by an arm, and led him away, while the commissary wrote a letter in haste and dispatched it by an officer in waiting.
He believed they were come to conduct him to the scaffold; so that when he saw merely and simply, instead of the executioner he expected, only his commissary of the preceding evening, attended by his clerk, he was ready to embrace them both.
"Ah, yes, Monsieur Commissary; yes, that is true, and I confess that I was in the wrong.
"Bring in the Monsieur d'Artagnan," said the commissary to the guards.
"Monsieur d'Artagnan," said the commissary, addressing Athos, "declare all that passed yesterday between you and Monsieur."
Not Monsieur d'Artagnan?" exclaimed the commissary.
"What is this gentleman's name?" asked the commissary.