"Gentlemen," said Athos, "she is alone within half a league of us, in the direction of the river." "That's well," said d'Artagnan. "Lead us, Grimaud." Grimaud took his course across the country, and acted as guide to the cavalcade. At the end of five hundred paces, more or less, they came to a rivulet, which they forded. By the aid of the lightning they perceived the village of Erquinheim.
Constance Bonacieux expired in D'Artagnan's arms. Then the four musketeers, joined by Lord de Winter, who had arrived from England in hot pursuit of Milady, his sister-in-law, set out to overtake the woman who had wrought so much evil. They came up with Milady at a solitary house near the village of Erquinheim.