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At length, one evening my enemy resolved to paralyze the resistance he could not conquer.
This spectacle seemed to paralyze them, overcome them with a fatal fascination.
And whilst D'Artagnan uttered a cry, Porthos raised the oar, and Aramis sought a place to strike, a frightful shake given to the boat precipitated Athos into the sea; whilst Mordaunt, with a shout of triumph, grasped the neck of his victim, and in order to paralyze his movements, twined arms and legs around the musketeer.