"Colonel," he said, addressing Rostov's enemy with an air of gloomy gravity and glancing round at his comrades, "there is an order to stop and fire the bridge."
"Colonel," interrupted the officer of the suite, "You must be quick or the enemy will bring up his guns to use grapeshot."
Rostov watched his enemy, the colonel, closely- to find in his face confirmation of his own conjecture, but the colonel did not once glance at Rostov, and looked as he always did when at the front, solemn and stern.
Rostov wiping his muddy hands on his breeches looked at his enemy and was about to run on, thinking that the farther he went to the front the better.
"Monseigneur," said Marshal de Grammont, with a radiant face, "will your highness permit my son, Count de Guiche, and his traveling companion, Viscount de Bragelonne, to come in and give news of the enemy, whom they have found while we were looking for him?"
The most urgent thing now is to learn where the enemy is and what he is doing."
The enemy was marching upon Lens, with the intention, doubtless, of securing possession of that town and separating from France the army of France.
Therefore, he knew nothing either of the enemy's numbers, or of those in command, or of the purpose of the army.
To-morrow, according to all probability, we shall attack the enemy."
At a distance of hardly a quarter of a league they looked down on Lens, at bay, and before Lens the enemy's entire army.
My Dear Marshal, -- In an hour Lens will be in the enemy's possession.
As he had foreseen, Lens had fallen into the hands of the enemy immediately after Raoul's departure.