Twenty Years After: A Sequel to The Three Musketeers

Twenty Years After: A Sequel to The Three Musketeers

by Alexandre Dumas
Twenty Years After: A Sequel to The Three Musketeers

Twenty Years After: A Sequel to The Three Musketeers

by Alexandre Dumas


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A new translation of Dumas’s rousing sequel to The Three Musketeers, picking up twenty years after the conclusion of that classic novel and continuing the adventures of the valiant d’Artagnan and his three loyal friends.

When Twenty Years After opens it is 1648: the Red Sphinx, Cardinal Richelieu, is dead, France is ruled by a regency in the grip of civil war, and across the English Channel the monarchy of King Charles I hangs by a thread. As d’Artagnan will find, these are problems that can’t be solved with a sword thrust. In Twenty Years After, the musketeers confront maturity and face its greatest challenge: sometimes, you fail. It’s in how the four comrades respond to failure, and rise above it, that we begin to see the true characters of Dumas’s great heroes.

A true literary achievement, Twenty Years After is long overdue for a modern reassessment—and a new translation. As an added inducement to readers, Lawrence Ellsworth has discovered a “lost” chapter that was overlooked in the novel’s original publication, and is included in none of the available English translations to date—until now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643132020
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 455,347
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

About The Author
One of the most famous French writers of the nineteenth century, Alexandre Dumas (1802–1870) first achieved success in the literary world as a playwright, before turning his hand to writing novels. In two years from 1844 to 1845, he published two enormous books, The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. Both novels have sold millions of copies worldwide.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

I Richelieu's Ghost 3

II A Night Patrol 14

III Two Old Enemies 23

IV Anne of Austria at Age Forty-Six 39

V Gascon and Italian 39

VI D'Artagnan at Age Forty 55

VII In Which d'Artagnan Is Confounded, but Receives Aid from an Unexpected Quarter 62

VIII The Differing Effects of a Half-Pistole When Bestowed upon a Beadle and a Choirboy 71

IX In Which D'Artagnan, Seeking Aramis, Finds Him on Planchet's Crupper 79

X The Abbé d'Herblay 87

XI Pas de Deux 96

XII Monsieur Porthos du Vallon de Bracieux de Pierrefonds 107

XIII In Which d'Artagnan Finds Porthos, and Learns That Money Can's Buy Happiness 113

XIV In Which We Find That, If Porthos Was Unhappy with His Situation, Mousqueton Was Not 123

XV Angelic Youth 130

XVI The Château de Bragelonne 140

XVII The Diplomacy of Athos 149

XVIII Monsieur de Beaufort 160

XIX How the Duc de Beaufort Amused Himself in the Dungeon of Vincennes 168

XX Grimaud Assumes His Post 178

XXI What Was Hidden in the Pies of Père Marteau's Successor 190

XXII An Adventure of Marie Michon 202

XXIII The Abbé Scarron 215

XXIV Saint-Denis 231

XXV One of the Duc de Beaufort's Forty Methods of Escape 241

XXVI A Timely Arrival and a Hasty Departure 252

XXVII The King's Highway 262

XXVIII Encounter 270

XXIX Good Councilor Broussel 279

XXX Four Old Friends Prepare for a Council 287

XXXI The Place Royale 296

XXXII The Oise Ferry 302

XXXIII Skirmish 311

XXXIV The Monk 318

XXXV The Absolution 330

XXXVI Grimaud Speaks 336

XXXVII The Eve of Battle 343

XXXVIII A Dinner as of Old 354

XXXIX The Letter from Charles I 364

XL The Letter from Cromwell 370

XLI Mazarin and Queen Henriette 378

XLII How Those in Need Sometimes Mistake Blind Luck for God's Will 384

XLIII The Uncle and the Nephew 393

XLIV Paternity 397

XLV Once More the Queen Asks for Aid 406

XLVI In Which It Is Shown That the First Impulse Is Always the Right One 419

Dramatis Personae: Historical Characters 427

Notes on the Text of Twenty Years After 441

Acknowledgments 457

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