All went well till they arrived at Chantilly, which they reached about eight o’clock in the morning. They needed breakfast, and alighted at the door of an auberge, recommended by a sign representing St. Martin giving half his cloak to a poor man. They ordered the lackeys not to unsaddle the horses, and hold themselves in readiness to set off again immediately. They entered the common hall, and placed themselves at table.
Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers, 1844
Auberges/Inns are social centers highly frequented by both locals and travelers. Here, the musketeers order the lackeys not to unsaddle the horses, and to hold themselves in readiness to set off again immediately, suggesting they would have something quick to eat. At this time of the day, the innkeeper probably offers them a chunk of of bread with a bowl of thick unsalted spring vegetable soup. Nothing fancy. A stranger sitting at a table proposed to Porthos to drink the health of the cardinal. Porthos replied that he asked no better if the stranger, in his turn, would drink the health of the king. Watered wine is commonly drank at any time of the day.
We still need to wait 67 years for the church of Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption to be constructed, 159 years for the Baroness Marie Feodorovna to write about eating cream in Chantilly, 207 years for the hippodrome to be inaugurated, 219 years for the novel The Three Musketeers to be published, and 250 years for the Chantilly Castle to be entirely renovated by Henri d’Orléans, Duke of Aumale to the designs of architect Honoré Daumet.