Great criminals bear bout them a kind of predestination which makes themsurmount all obstacles, which makes them escape all dangers, up to themoment which a wearied Providence has marked as the rock of theirimpious fortunes.
"And the cigar-holder?"
D'Artagnan refused; but thinking the opportunity a good one,dream of his life had been to become a Musketeer. The threefriends were likewise greatly delighted.
D'Artagnan, on his return, sent the twelve bottles of wineto the refreshment room of the Guards, with strict ordersthat great care should be taken of it; and then, on the dayappointed, as the dinner was fixed for midday D'Artagnansent Planchet at nine in the morning to assist in preparingeverything for the entertainment.
A physitians wife laide a Lover of her Maides (supposing him to bedead) in a Chest, by reason that he had drunke Water, which usuallywas given to procure a sleepy entrancing. Two Lombard usurers,stealing the Chest, in hope of a rich booty, carryed it into theirowne house, where afterward the man awaking, was apprehended for aTheefe. The Chamber-maide to the Physitians wife, going before thebench of Justice, accuseth her selfe for putting the imagined deadbody into the Chest, by which meanes he escapeth hanging. And thetheeves which stole away the Chest, were condemned to pay a greatsumme of money.