“Athos believed that everyone should be left to his own free will. He never gave advice but when it was asked, and even then he required to be asked twice. “People, in general,” he said, “only ask advice not to follow it; or if they do follow it, it is for the sake of having someone to blame for having given it.” ”
His first day of regular duty was coming to a close; Treville had reinstated him that morning, exactly three weeks after their return to Paris.
And the man looked ready for it. He had gained back his lost weight, made up for lost sleep, and no longer carried himself like an animal about to bolt. His hair and beard were growing back as well. The beard came in with the addition of a few sparse greys that nobody mentioned, but it made him look the part of a musketeer once more.