D'Artagnan continued: "Before God and before men, I accuse this woman of having attempted to poison me, in wine which she sent me from Villeroy, with a forged letter, as if that wine came from my friends.
"Before God and before men, I accuse this woman of having urged me to the murder of the Baron de Wardes; but as no one else can attest the truth of this accusation, I attest it myself.
"Before God and before men," said he, "I accuse this woman of having caused the assassination of the Duke of Buckingham."
"That is the crime of which I accuse her; that is the cause for which she was branded."
Here, however, she thought she might have launched forth with safety; and the sagacious reader will not perhaps accuse
her of want of sufficient forecast in so doing, but will rather admire with what wonderful celerity she tacked about, when she found herself steering a wrong course.