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I've forgotten my password. Start Free Trial Sign In. At two o'clock I shall have the honour of awaiting you at the hotel of M. Aramis proceeded towards the Luxembourg; whilst D'Artagnan, finding that the time approached, took the road to the Carmes Deschaux, all the while inwardly ejaculating — " Positively, I cannot escape! D'Artagnan was friendless in Paris.
He therefore went to meet Athos without being provided with a second, having made up his mind to be satisfied with those which accompanied his adversary. Besides, he fully intended to offer the brave musketeer all suitable apologies, but, at the same time, to betray nothing having the slightest appearance of timidity or weakness. He also feared such a result from this duel as may be naturally antici- pated in an affair of the kind, where a young and vigor- ous man fights with an opponent who is wounded and enfeebled ; and in which, should the former be vanquished, the triumph of his opponent is doubled ; whilst, should the former prove the conqueror, he is not only accused of being brave at small risk, but even his courage is regarded as extremely doubtful.
Moreover, unless we have been unsuccessful in our attempt to portray the true character of our adventurer, the reader must have already remarked, that d'Artagnan was no common type. Therefore, although he could not divest himself of the idea that his death was inevitable, he had by no means resolved quietly to resign himself to his fate with that patience which another less courageous than himself might perhaps have displayed in such a case.
He pondered upon the different characters of those with whom he was about to engage, and at length began to obtain a clearer view of his situation. By means of the sincere apology which he contemplated, he hoped to con- ciliate Athos, whose aristocratic air and austere manner quite delighted him. Then he flattered himself that he might intimidate Porthos by the adventure of the belt, whose story, if he were not instantaneously killed, he might relate to every one, so as to overwhelm him with ridicule.
In fine, d'Artagnan now brought into action those principles of unconquerable and steady resolve which the counsels of his father had implanted in his heart — counsels which, as we know, had instructed him to submit to nothing like indignity unless it pro- ceeded from the king, the cardinal, or M. Full of these ideas, he sped as if on wings towards the convent des Carmes Deschaux — a building without windows, adjoining a chapel of ease of the Pre-aux- Clercs, and surrounded by dry meadows, which generally served as a rendezvous for those combatants who had no time to lose.
As d'Artagnan came in sight of the small open space in front of the convent, it struck the hour of noon, and Athos had already been about five minutes on the ground. He was therefore as punctual as the Samaritan woman, and the most rigorous casuist in the laws of duelling could have found nothing to censure.
Athos, who continued to suffer severely from his wound, although it had again been dressed by M. As d'Artagnan approached, he arose, and politely advanced some steps to meet him ; whilst d'Artagnan, on his part, went towards his antagonist bowing until his piume touched the ground. Upon my honour I assure you that you hurt me confoundedly. But I will use my left hand, as I usually do under such circumstances.
Yet do not imagine that by this means I do you a favour, as I fight equally well with either hand. Indeed, it will rather be a disadvantage to you, a left-handed man being a very trying opponent to one who is not used to it. I regret, therefore, that I did not apprise you sooner of this circumstance. Ah 1 how you did hurt me! D' Artagnan uttered these words with a simplicity which did honour to his courtesy, without in the slightest degree detracting from his courage. Unfortunately, however, we do not live in the times of the great emperor, but in those of the cardinal ; and three days hence, however well we might preserve our secret, it would be known that we were going to fight, and we should be prevented.
But," he added, with some impatience, " these seconds are laggards. I admire men of your stamp , and, if we are spared, I shall hereafter have sincere pleasure in your acquaint- ance. Meantime, let us wait for these gentlemen, I pray I you. I have plenty of time, and it will be more according to rule. Porthos one of your seconds I " " Yes, have you any objection to him?
Aramis the other of your seconds? We may mention, in passing, that he had changed his belt, and laid aside his cloak. Athos, whom nothing escaped, perceived a slight smile curling the lips of the Gascon. I fight on account of a theological dispute," answered Aramis, making a sign to d'Artagnan that he wished him to conceal the true cause of their duel.
Augustine, on which we could not agree," said the Gascon. Athos has the right to kill me first, which greatly decreases the value of your bill, M. Porthos, whilst it renders yours, M.
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Aramis, of scarcely the slightest value. Therefore, gentlemen, on that account alone, I again repeat my offer of apology. And now upon your guard 1 " And with the most gallant and fearless mien he drew his sword. His blood was fairly roused, and at that moment he would have drawn his sword against all the musketeers in the kingdom with as little hesitation as he then did against Athos, Porthos, and Aramis.
It was a quarter past twelve, the sun was at its meridian, and the situation chosen for the rencounter was exposed to its fierce heat "It is very hot," said Athos, drawing his sword, "and yet I cannot take off my doublet, for just now I perceived that my wound bled, and I fear to distress this gentleman by showing him blood which he has not drawn from me himself. Remember that we also await our turn. But the two rapiers had scarcely met, when a party of the cardinal's guards, commanded by M. The combatants had been seen in a position which left no doubt of their intentions.
And the edicts — are they forgotten, eh? I promise you that we should not prevent it ; therefore let us alone, and you will enjoy the spectacle without any of the pain. Duty must take precedence of everything else. Sheathe, therefore, if you please, and follow us. Move on, therefore; it is the best thing you can do. This moment of delay sufficed for d'Artagnan to form his resolution. It was one of those moments weighed with a man's whole destiny ; it was a choice between the king and the cardinal, and this choice, once made, must be adhered to. To fight was to disobey the law, to risk his head, and, by one blow, to make an enemy of a minister more powerful than the king himself.
All this the young man plainly perceived, and we must do him the justice to declare that he did not hesitate a single instant. You affirmed that you were but three ; but it appears to me that there are four of us. But all three thought of d'Artagnan's youth, and feared his inexperience. D'Artagnan comprehended the cause of their irresolu- tion. Does that surprise you? Athos took Cahusac, one of the cardinal's favourites; Porthos selected Biscarrat; and Aramis found himself opposed to two adversaries. As for d'Artagnan, he sprang towards Jussac himself. The heart of the young Gascon throbbed violently, not with fear, but with eagerness.
He fought with the fury of an enraged tiger, turning round his adversary, and every moment changing his guard and position. At length the struggle was brought to a conclusion by Jussac's rashness. Furious at being thus held at bay by one whom he regarded as a mere boy, he became less cautious, and committed various indiscretions ; whilst d'Artagnan, who, although deficient in practice, had a profound knowledge of the theory of the art, redoubled his agility. Jussac, eager to dispatch him, made a tremendous lunge, at the same time breaking ground ; but dArtagnan parried the thrust, and whilst Jussac recovered himself, he glided like a serpent under his weapon, and passed his sword through his body ; Jussac fell heavily on the ground.
D'Artagnan now cast a rapid and anxious glance over the field of battle. Aramis had already killed one of his adversaries, but the other pressed him sharply. He was, however, in very good trim, and could well defend him- self. Biscarrat and Porthos had both received wounds, Porthos in the arm, and his adversary in the thigh ; but as neither of these wounds was severe, they only fought the more fiercely. Athos, wounded afresh by Cahusac, looked more and more pale, but did not yield an inch; he had merely changed hands, and fought with his left According to the laws of duelling at that period, d'Artagnan was at liberty to assist any one of his companions ; and whilst, he sought to ascertain which of them most required his aid, he caught a glance from Athos, which served instead of speech.
Athos would have died sooner than call for assistance ; but his look plainly denoted how much he required support. Disarm him only; deprive him of his sword — that's it — good, very good 1 " This exclamation escaped Athos on perceiving the sword of Cahusac flying from his hand a distance of twenty paces.
D'Artagnan and Cahusac both rushed forward to secure the weapon ; but d'Artagnan being the most active, reached it first, and placed his foot upon it. Cahusac then went to the guardsman killed by Aramis, seized his rapier, and was returning to d'Artagnan ; but on his way he encountered Athos, who during this momentary pause had recovered his breath, and fearing that d'Artagnan might kill his opponent, wished to renew the contest. D'Artagnan perceived that he would offend Athos if he did not permit him to have his own way; and in a few minutes Cahusac fell pierced in the throat At the same moment Aramis placed the point of his sword at the breast of his fallen adversary, and compelled him to sue for mercy.
Porthos and Biscarrat alone remained fighting. Porthos, whilst fighting, indulged himself in a thousand fantastic jests and humours, asking Biscarrat what time of day it was, and congratulating him on the company his brother had just obtained in the regiment of Navarre. This jesting, however, gained him no advantage ; for Biscarrat was one of those indomitable spirits who die, but do not surrender.
It was time, however, to stop the fight, as the guard might arrive, and arrest all the combatants, whether wounded or not, whether royalists or cardinalists. Athos, Aramis, and d'Artagnan, therefore, surrounded Biscarrat, and summoned him to surrender. Although alone against all four, and with a wound which had passed through his thigh, Biscarrat refused to yield ; but Jussac, raising him- self on his elbow, requested him to desist Biscarrat, however, like d'Artagnan, was a Gascon: Bravery is always respected, even in an enemy.
The musketeers saluted Biscarrat with their swords, and returned them to their scabbards. D'Artagnan did the same ; and then, assisted by Biscarrat, the only one who remained on his legs, he carried Jussac, Cariusac, and that one of the adversaries of Aramis who was only wounded, under the porch of the convent The fourth, as we have said, was dead.
They then rang the bell, and confiscating four out of the five swords, they set off, intoxicated with joy, towards M. They proceeded arm in arm, occupying the whole breadth of the street; and as they detained every musketeer they met, the march soon became like a triumphal procession. D'Artagnan's heart was in a delirium of exultation, as he marched between Athos and Porthos.
Is it not so? The affair made a great noise. As, however, it was essential that no time should be lost in gaining the king, M. But he was too late ; the king was closeted with the cardinal, and M. In the evening, M. The king was at play, and was winning; and his majesty, being very covetous, was in an excellent humour. Therefore, as soon as he saw M. Are you aware that his eminence came to complain to me of your musketeers, and with so much emotion as to be indisposed?
Well, really, these musketeers of yours are perfect devils — thorough hang-dogs! But what are they to do? The guards of the cardinal are continually seeking opportunities of quarrelling with them ; and, for the honour of the regiment, the poor young men are obliged to defend themselves. Is this a religious fraternity — these men of yours — that you are speaking of? Truly, my dear captain, I am half inclined to deprive you of your command, and bestow it upon Mademoiselle de Chemerault, to whom I have promised an abbey.
I am called Louis the Just, M. Therefore he was not sorry to find an excuse to use an expression of the gaming table, of which we confess we know not the origin for making Charlemagne. The king therefore rose, and putting into his pocket the money which was before him, and most of which he had won — " La Vieuville," said he, " take my place. I must talk with M. Ah 1 I had eighty louis before me: Justice above all things I " Then turning towards M. Relate the facts; for you know, my dear captain, a judge must hear both parties. The party to be held at St. But this must be brought to an end.
You say, then, that the guards sought a difference with the musketeers? Your majesty well knows how difficult it is to discover the truth, unless, indeed, one were gifted with that admirable penetration which has caused Louis XIII. But your musketeers were not alone ; there was a boy with them. Tell me all about it, Treville, for you know how I love to hear of war and combats. The cardinals guards, perceiving his youth and also that he was a civilian, invited him to retire before they commenced their assault.
They therefore warned him to retire; but he replied that as he was at heart a musketeer, and wholly devoted to his majesty, he should remain with the musketeers. Treville, it is impossible! I wish to thank them all at the same time. Men so brave are rare, Treville, and such devotion ought to be rewarded. The same evening the three musketeers were apprised of the honour intended for them. As they had long known the king, they were not much enchanted by the news ; but d'Artagnan, with his Gascon imagination, saw in it his future fortunes, and passed the night amid golden dreams.
By eight in the morning he was with Athos, whom he found dressed, and ready to go out. Although ignorant of the game, which he had never played, d'Artagnan accepted the invitation, not knowing how otherwise to dispose of his time in the interval. Porthos and Aramis were already there, knocking the balls about. Athos, who was very skilful in all athletic games, went to one side with d'Artagnan, and challenged them.
But at the first movement which he made, although he played with his left hand, he found that his wound was too fresh to permit such an exertion. D'Artagnan, therefore, remained alone ; and as he de- clared that he was too unskilful to play a regular game, they only sent the balls about, without counting the points. One of these balls, however, driven by the Herculean hand of Porthos, passed so near d'Artagnan as to satisfy him that, had it hit him full in the face, instead of going on one side, his royal audience would have been lost, as, in all probability, he would thereby have been rendered unfit to be presented to the king.
Now, since, in his Gascon imagination, all his fortune depended upon this audience, he politely saluted Porthos and Aramis, declaring that he would not renew the game until he was up to their standard, and then took his station near the ropes and the gallery. Unfortunately for d'Artagnan, amongst the spectators there was one of the cardinal's guards, who was irritated by the previous night's defeat of his companions, and had resolved to take the first opportunity of avenging it.
He now believed that this opportunity had arrived, and addressing a bystander — "It is no wonder," said he, "that this young man is afraid of the ball ; he is, doubtless, a musketeer recruit. What I have said, I mean. Bernajoux," replied d'Artagnan with the utmost tranquillity, " I shall await you at the gate. The name of Bernajoux was indeed known to every one, except d'Artagnan; for he was one of those who constantly figured in the daily brawls which all the edicts of the king and the cardinal could not suppress.
Porthos and Aramis were so much occupied by their game, and Athos was watching them so attentively, that they did not even perceive the departure of their young companion, who, as he had promised, waited a moment at the door for his opponent. In fact, d'Artagnan had no time to lose, considering the expected audience, which was fixed for twelve o'clock. I will do my best.
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On your guard, sir! Germain, or in the Prd-aux-Clercs. In an instant, therefore, his sword glittered in his hand, and he rushed upon his adversary, whom, on account of his extreme youth, he hoped to intimidate. But d'Artagnan had served his apprenticeship the evening before, and now fresh, and elated with his victory, as well as inflamed with hopes of future favour, he was fully resolved not to recede an inch. The two swords were therefore engaged, even to the guard ; and as d'Artagnan kept his ground firmly, his adversary was obliged to retreat a single step.
By this movement Bernajoux's sword deviated from " opposition," and d'Artagnan, seizing the opportunity, made a lunere which wounded his adversary in the shoulder. He immediately stepped back one pace, and raised his sword ; but Bernajoux, declaring that it was nothing, made a blind thrust at d'Artagnan, and impaled himself upon his swcrd. Nevertheless, as Bernajoux neither fell, nor declared himself vanquished, but merely retreated towards the hotel of M. Si friends who had heard him exchange words with d'Artagnan , and fell upon the conqueror.
But Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, now also joined the fray ; and at the moment when the two guardsmen attacked their young comrade, forced them to turn. At that instant Beruajoux fell ; and as the guards were then only two against four, they began to cry out — " To our aid!
Hence, in those quarrels, the guards of all the other regiments, excepting those actually belonging to the Red Duke, as Aramis had designated the cardinal, generally sided with the king's musketeers. Of three guardsmen, who were passing, of the company of M. But the superiority of force was with the musketeers ; and the cardinal's guards, with M. As for the wounded man, he had been carried away at first, and, as we have said, in very bad plight. Excitement amongst the musketeers and their allies was at its height, and they deliberated whether they should not set fire to the hotel, to punish the insolence of M.
The proposition had been made and received with enthusiasm, when fortunately i: Besides, those whom they regarded as their leaders had just left them to proceed towards the hotel of M. We will narrate the affair as a consequence of that of yesterday, and the two will be disposed of together. Now, as a dispute between two such great men might last a long time, each being likely to adhere obstinately to his opinion, M.
He therefore repaired to his hotel, and caused himself to be announced. The two noblemen saluted each other politely, for, although they were not friends, they yet esteemed each other. They were both brave and honourable men; and as M. On the present occasion, however, his reception of his visitor, though polite, was colder than usual. Bernajoux, the relative of your equerry? I will acknowledge him as the judge, even in his own cause, and I will abide by his explanation.
They therefore proceeded together to the chamber of the wounded man, who, when he saw them enter his apartment, endeavoured to raise himself in bed ; but being too feeble, and, exhausted by the effort, he fell back, almost insensible. Then, in order to avoid any future im- putation of having influenced the guardsman, M. The result was as M. Linger- ing as he was between life and death, Bernajoux had not the slightest idea of concealing the truth, and therefore gave a true narration of the occurrence.
This was all that M. About six o'clock, M. The king was not yet returned from the chase ; but our friends had scarcely waited half an hour amongst the crowd of courtiers, before the doors were opened, and his majesty was announced. This announcement caused d'Artagnan to shudder with emotion. The important moment was arrived upon which, in all probability, his future fate depended.
His eyes, therefore, were fixed with intense anxiety on the door through which the king was about to enter. He was attired in his hunting-dress, still covered with dust ; he was heavily booted ; and in his hand he held his riding-whip. At the first glance, d'Artagnan per- ceived that the king was in a violent rage. This humour, though distinctly visible in his majesty's features, did not prevent the courtiers from ranging themselves along the sides of the room ; and as, in the royal antechamber, it is better to be seen by an irritable and angry eye, than not to be seen at all, the three musketeers did not hesitate to step forward, although d'Artagnan, on his part, concealed himself behind them as much as possible.
Yet though Athos, Porthos, and Aramis were personally known to the king, he passed on as if he had never seen them before, without either looking at or addressing them. But when his eyes rested for a moment upon M. By my faith, all goes to ruin, and I know not whether it is the game that is no longer so swift a-foot, or the dogs that have no noses. We roused a stag of ten tines ; we ran him for six hours ; and when we were on the point of taking him, and just as Saint Simon was about to place his horn to his mouth, to sound the 'mort' — croc, all the pack went off on the wrong scent, in pursuit of a brocket.
You will thus see that 1 must now renounce the chase with hounds, as I have already relinquished it with falcons. Ah I I am a most unhappy king, M. The falconers are all gone ; and I alone now preserve the true art of venery. With me, all will be lost, and the game will hereafter be taken by snares, pitfalls, and traps. But apropos of the cardinal, I am very angry with you, M. From his long and intimate knowledge of the king, he was well aware that complaints of this nature were only a sort cf prelude, as it were, to arouse his majesty's courage to the proper pitch, which he had on this occasion attained.
How- ever," added the king, " without doubt you have come here to accuse yourself, and, having committed all the rioters to safe custody, inform me that justice has been satisfied. Say, are you about to deny these matters? Who should it be, pray, but he who watches whilst I sleep ; who labours whilst I amuse myself; who manages every- thing within and without the realm ; in Europe, as well as in France? What say you to that? I wish to speak with him this evening.
I never sleep now, sir! I may dream sometimes ; nothing more. So come as as you like, at seven o'clock if you choose ; but I will not spare you.
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Does your majesty require anything else? You have but to speak, and you shall be obeyed! He left them at the foot of the staircase. If the king remained angry with them, they were to go away un- noticed ; but, if his majesty consented to receive them, they would be ready at a call. On entering the king's antechamber, M. This circumstance much pleased M. Scarcely, indeed, had ten minutes elapsed, before the door of the king's cabinet opened, and de Treville saw M. As I have met you, will you now receive them, and do me the favour always to consider me as one of your friends I " u Sir," said M.
I see that I did not deceive mvself ; and I thank you that there is still one man in r ranee, 01 wnom I may say what I have said of you, without danger, deception, or mistake. Tell him this for me ; for those are the kind of things which a king cannot say for himself! So much the better, duke 1 so much the better!
I commanded you the day before yesterday to bring them I Why are they not here? Go, duke I and, above all things, forget not to return. Come in, Treville I " The duke bowed and departed. The moment that he opened the door, the three musketeers and d'Artagnan, conducted by Chesnaye, appeared at the top of the stairs. I say nothing of one by chance'; but seven in two days, I repeat it, are too many, a great deal too many I " "But your majesty perceives that they have come in sorrow and repentance, to excuse themselves.
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There is, above all, a Gascon face in the background there! Come here, you, sir! But this is a mere boy, M. Did he give that terrible wound to Jussac? And those two beautiful sword thrusts to Bernajoux," said M. Ventre saint-gris, as the king, my sire, would have said, at this rate many doublets must be riddled, and lots of swords broken.
Now, the Gascons are always poor, are they not? Well, let it be so ; I will not contradict it. La Chesnaye, go and see if, by rummaging my pockets, you can find forty pistoles ; and if you find them, bring them to me. And now let me hear, young man, with your hand on your heart, how this affair happened? Seven men in two days, and seven of his most valued soldiers, too! But this is sufficient, gentlemen ; do you understand?
You have taken your revenge for the Rue Ferou, and more than enough. You ought now to be satisfied. A gentleman received money from the king's hand, without being humiliated. D'Artagnan, therefore, put the forty pistoles into his pocket, without any other ceremony than that of warmly thanking his majesty for the gift. I have told you that I have an appointment at nine.
Thanks for your devotion, gentlemen! I may rely upon it, may I not? But it will be much better to remain whole, and you will be far more useful to me in that state. Treville," added the king, in a low voice, as the others retired, "as you have no commission vacant in the musketeers, and as we have decided that it should be necessary to pass a certain probation before entering that corps, place this young man in your brother-in-law, M. I quite enjoy the thought of the grimace that the cardinal will make: The king bowed to Treville, and the latter joined his musketeers, whom he found sharing the forty pistoles which his majesty had given d'Artagnan.
The cardinal was in reality as furious as his master had anticipated — so furious, in tact, that for eight days he took no hand at the king's card-table. But this did not prevent the king from putting on the most charming face, and asking, every time he met him, in a most insinuating tone — " Well 1 M. When d'Artagnan had left the Louvre, and had consulted his friends what he ought to do with his portion of the forty pistoles, Athos advised him to order a good dinner, and Porthos and Aramis to hire a lackey. The dinner was accomplished on the same day ; and the lackey waited at table.
The dinner had been ordered by Athos ; and the lackey, who had been pro- vided by Porthos, was a Picard, whom the glorious musketeer had enlisted, on that very day, for that occasion, whilst he was sauntering about on the bridge of Latoumelle, spitting into the stream. Porthos pretended that this occupation was a proof of a meditative organiza- tion, and had hired him without any other testimonial. The magnificent appearance of the gentleman, on whose account he had been hired, seduced Planchet, for that was the name of the Picard.
But when he attended at the dinner which his master gave, and saw him, when paying, draw from his pocket a handful of gold, he believed his fortune made, and thanked Heaven that he had fallen into the possession of such a Crcesus. In that opinion he remained until the feast was ended, and he had made up for his long abstinence by an attack upon the remnants.
But, on making his master's bed, the visions of Planchet all vanished. There was only that one bed in the chambers, which consisted merely of an anteroom and bedroom. Planchet slept upon a coverlet, with which d'Artagnan from that time forward dispensed, taken from d'Artagnan's bed. Athos, on his part, had a valet, whom he had drilled to his service in a manner peculiar to himself, and whom he called Grimaud. He was very taciturn, this worthy signor — we mean Athos, not his man. For the four or five years that he had lived in the closest intimacy with his companions, Porthos and Aramis, these two had often seen him smile, but never remembered to have heard him laugh.
His words were brief and expressive ; saying what he wished them to express, but no more ; he employed no ornaments or embellish- ments whatever. Although Athos was scarcely thirty, and was possessed of great personal and mental attrac- tions, no one ever knew him to have had a mistress.
He never spoke of the female sex ; and although he did not prevent such conversation from others, it was evident, from bitter and misogynous remarks, that it was disagreeable to him. His reserve, austerity, and silence, made him almost an old man, and he had therefore accustomed Grimaud, that he might not interrupt his habits, to obey a simple gesture, or even a motion of his lips.
He never addressed him orally but in extreme cases. Then Athos shrugged his shoulders, and, in cold blood, belaboured him soundly. On such days he spoke a little. Porthos, as is easy to see, had a character diametrically opposed to that of Athos: It must be owned, to do him justice, that it was of little consequence to him, whether any one attended to him or not ; he talked for the mere pleasure of speaking, or of hearing himself talk ; and talked, too, of everything but the sciences, which he never alluded to but to express the inveterate hatred he had from his infancy entertained towards savants.
He had not such an aristocratic air as Athos, and the sense of his inferiority on that point had, at the commencement of their connection, made him often unjust towards that gentleman, whom he endeavoured to surpass by the splendour of his dress. But, in his simple uniform coat, merely, and by the manner in which he carried himself, Athos took at once the rank to which he was entitled, and sent the foppish Porthos back to the second place.
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