The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas:|
course with their accustomed ardor; but some of the horses
could no longer sustain this pace; three of them stopped
after an hour's gallop, and one fell down.
D'Artagnan, who never turned his head, did not perceive it.
Porthos told him of it in his calm manner.
"If only we two arrive," said D'Artagnan, "it will be
enough, since the duke's troop are only four in number."
"That is true," said Porthos
And he spurred his courser on.
At the end of another two hours the horses had gone twelve
leagues without stopping; their legs began to tremble, and
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