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The Man in the Iron Mask - Alexandre Dumas, Francine du Plessix Gray, Joachim Neugroschel

At this moment his horse made a false step for the second time, and Fouquet's again took the lead. It was an unheard-of spectacle, this race between two horses which now only kept alive by the will of their riders. It might be said that D'Artagnan rode, carrying his horse along between his knees. To the furious gallop had succeeded the fast trot, and that had sunk to what might be scarcely called a trot at all. But the chase appeared equally warm in the two fatigued athletoe. D'Artagnan, quite in despair, seized his second pistol, and cocked it.

 

Surely one of the most thrilling scenes in the Musketeer novels - the epic chase between Fouquet and D'Artagnan.