TWENTY YEARS AFTER

TWENTY YEARS AFTER

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by Alexandre Dumas
     
 

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1. The Shade of Cardinal Richelieu.


In a splendid chamber of the Palais Royal, formerly styled the Palais
Cardinal, a man was sitting in deep reverie, his head supported on
his hands, leaning over a gilt and inlaid table which was covered with
letters and papers. Behind this figure glowed a vast fireplace alive
with leaping flames; great…  See more details below

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1. The Shade of Cardinal Richelieu.


In a splendid chamber of the Palais Royal, formerly styled the Palais
Cardinal, a man was sitting in deep reverie, his head supported on
his hands, leaning over a gilt and inlaid table which was covered with
letters and papers. Behind this figure glowed a vast fireplace alive
with leaping flames; great logs of oak blazed and crackled on the
polished brass andirons whose flicker shone upon the superb habiliments
of the lonely tenant of the room, which was illumined grandly by twin
candelabra rich with wax-lights.

Any one who happened at that moment to contemplate that red simar--the
gorgeous robe of office--and the rich lace, or who gazed on that
pale brow, bent in anxious meditation, might, in the solitude of that
apartment, combined with the silence of the ante-chambers and the
measured paces of the guards upon the landing-place, have fancied that
the shade of Cardinal Richelieu lingered still in his accustomed haunt.

It was, alas! the ghost of former greatness. France enfeebled, the
authority of her sovereign contemned, her nobles returning to their
former turbulence and insolence, her enemies within her frontiers--all
proved the great Richelieu no longer in existence.

In truth, that the red simar which occupied the wonted place was his
no longer, was still more strikingly obvious from the isolation which
seemed, as we have observed, more appropriate to a phantom than a living
creature--from the corridors deserted by courtiers, and courts crowded
with guards--from that spirit of bitter ridicule, which, arising from
the streets below, penetrated through the very casements of the room,
which resounded with the murmurs of a whole city leagued against the
minister; as well as from the distant and incessant sounds of guns
firing--let off, happily, without other end or aim, except to show to
the guards, the Swiss troops and the military who surrounded the Palais
Royal, that the people were possessed of arms.

The shade of Richelieu was Mazarin. Now Mazarin was alone and
defenceless, as he well knew.

"Foreigner!" he ejaculated, "Italian! that is their mean yet mighty
byword of reproach--the watchword with which they assassinated, hanged,
and made away with Concini; and if I gave them their way they would
assassinate, hang, and make away with me in the same manner, although
they have nothing to complain of except a tax or two now and then.
Idiots! ignorant of their real enemies, they do not perceive that it
is not the Italian who speaks French badly, but those who can say fine
things to them in the purest Parisian accent, who are their real foes.

"Yes, yes," Mazarin continued, whilst his wonted smile, full of
subtlety, lent a strange expression to his pale lips; "yes, these noises
prove to me, indeed, that the destiny of favorites is precarious; but ye
shall know I am no ordinary favorite. No! The Earl of Essex, 'tis
true, wore a splendid ring, set with diamonds, given him by his royal
mistress, whilst I--I have nothing but a simple circlet of gold, with a
cipher on it and a date; but that ring has been blessed in the chapel of
the Palais Royal, * so they will never ruin me, as they long to do, and
whilst they shout, 'Down with Mazarin!' I, unknown, and unperceived by
them, incite them to cry out, 'Long live the Duke de Beaufort' one day;
another, 'Long live the Prince de Conde;' and again, 'Long live the
parliament!'" And at this word the smile on the cardinal's lips assumed
an expression of hatred, of which his mild countenance seemed incapable.
"The parliament! We shall soon see how to dispose," he continued, "of
the parliament! Both Orleans and Montargis are ours. It will be a work
of time, but those who have begun by crying out: Down with Mazarin! will
finish by shouting out, Down with all the people I have mentioned, each
in his turn.

* It is said that Mazarin, who, though a cardinal, had not
taken such vows as to prevent it, was secretly married to
Anne of Austria.--La Porte's Memoirs.

"Richelieu, whom they hated during his lifetime and whom they now praise
after his death, was even less popular than I am. Often he was driven
away, oftener still had he a dread of being sent away. The queen will
never banish me, and even were I obliged to yield to the populace she
would yield with me; if I fly, she will fly; and then we shall see how
the rebels will get on without either king or queen.

"Oh, were I not a foreigner! were I but a Frenchman! were I but of
gentle birth!"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012859938
Publisher:
SAP
Publication date:
03/10/2011
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Twenty Years After 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My first thought on completing this book was how unfortunate it is that few people seem to know about it. I felt it to be a fantastic follow-up to 'The Three Musketeers' and enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed the first book. The characters are enjoyable and Dumas' writing style is as fantastic as ever. I'm just sorry more people haven't discovered this excellent book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an uncorrected scan of an old print edition by Google Books, and is riddled with errors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Twenty Years After by Dumas, many similarities can be found connecting it to its prequel, The Three Musketeers. To replace the evil Milady is her son Mordaunt; to replace Richelieu is the penurious Mazarin; to replace Louis XIII is Louis XIV, his son. This novel is still quite swashbuckling, and this is incorporated in the doomed struggle of the four friends for the abandoned Charles I and his family. Divided politically yet united socially, Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D'artagnan resolve to once again revive their loyalty to each other in the amazing fight they put up for the hands of fate, rather Cromwell and Mordaunt. This book can be very slow in places, but has a good ending and continuing storyline, so I would recommend you read it. If you didn't know, it is part TWO in a FIVE part series. The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, Vicomte d'Bragelonne, Louis d'Laviellere, and finaly The Man in the Iron Mask.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Camp is still 2nd res til i find a proper new one. -- iceh --
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here to drop off my kits
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It is really hard too read. Buy the cheapest non-free version. Definitely worth the bit of money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not get this version! It's been abridged! I started reading this version, but couldn't stand it. I then purchased the Oxford version and found that there were chapters missing from Barnes and Noble version. It's disappointing to think that Barnes and Noble has decided to use this version. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had a very bad scan.
Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
Twenty Years After by Alexan­dre Dumas is the sec­ond book in what is now knows as the d’Artagnan Romances (the first being The Three Mus­ke­teers and the third being The Vicomte de Bragelonne). As in the pre­vi­ous book, the novel was seri­al­ized in 1845 before being pub­lished in book format. The novel’s plot is com­pli­cated and would take more than a few lines to sum up. The son of “Milady”, the two-faced Mazarin smug­gle the young king and his mother from Paris which is becom­ing hos­tile to the crown. I found Twenty Years After by Alexan­dre Dumas to be as excit­ing and adven­tur­ous as its pre­de­ces­sor, but with cooler heads pre­vail­ing. Maybe because I’m at the age of d’Artagnan in the story which I thought was a delight­ful coincidence. The novel is well writ­ten, well paced and char­ac­ter dri­ven. Dumas did a great job redefin­ing the rela­tion­ship of the four friends (d’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis) as they are older but also con­nected emo­tion­ally, rather than phys­i­cally, to one another. The old friends have grown and changed yet I still felt an emo­tional con­nec­tion to them much like one does with an old high-school friend who is no longer the same per­son you took classes with. Much like The Three Mus­ke­teers, this novel also fol­lows a com­pli­cated plot, where our heroes are try­ing to save the French and the monar­chy from them­selves. Dumas also incor­po­rates many his­tor­i­cal char­ac­ters into his fic­tional story, inter­act­ing skill­fully with char­ac­ters of his imagination. This is a coura­geous book, not because of dar­ing deeds but because in a time like ours where no action hero ever ages, it is refresh­ing to read about foolish-types get­ting older and wiser. Dumas had courage in writ­ing a novel about his pop­u­lar heroes who have aged and the out­come is stim­u­lat­ing and exciting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book does not work well on my 1st Ed. Nook. Pages either don't turn, or take 20-30 seconds to turn. It frequently freezes up. A good book, a good read, but I'm 90% through it and can't get it to work well enough to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to buy this book in order to get a copy edited version. This free one was like trying to read some kind of code.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very poor google scan
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Well this book was as much fun to read as the first it really had me going throughout the whole book. The characters are more developed and i find that the progress made really added to the reading and interest in these characters. I would really suggest reading this book, especialy if you are planning on reading man in the iron mask. I give this bok a thumbs up really it so mych fun ans has a lot on action in it still alond with adventure.
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