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Twenty Years After

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

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1. 01 – The Shade of Cardinal Richelieu.
2. 02 – A Nightly Patrol.
3. 03 – Dead Animosities.
4. 04 – Anne of Austria at the Age of Forty-six.
5. 05 – The Gascon and the Italian.
6. 06 – D’Artagnan in his Fortieth Year.
7. 07 – Touches upon the Strange Effects a Half-pistole may have upon a Beadle and a Chorister.
8. 08 – How D’Artagnan, on going to a Distance to discover Aramis, discovers his old Friend.
9. 09 – The Abbe D’Herblay.
10. 10 – Monsieur Porthos du Vallon de Bracieux de Pierrefonds.
11. 11 – How D’Artagnan, in discovering the Retreat of Porthos,
12. 12 – In which it is shown that if Porthos was discontented with his Condition.
13. 13 – Two Angelic Faces.
14. 14 – The Castle of Bragelonne.
15. 15 – Athos as a Diplomatist.
16. 16 – The Duc de Beaufort.
17. 17 – Describes how the Duc de Beaufort amused his Leisure Hours in the Donjon of Vincennes.
18. 18 – Grimaud begins his Functions.
19. 19 – In which the Contents of the Pates made by the Successor of Father Marteau are described.
20. 20 – One of Marie Michon’s Adventures.
21. 21 – The Abbe Scarron.
22. 22 – Saint Denis.
23. 23 – One of the Forty Methods of Escape of the Duc de Beaufort.
24. 24 – The timely Arrival of D’Artagnan in Paris.
25. 25 – An Adventure on the High Road.
26. 26 – The Rencontre.
27. 27 – The four old Friends prepare to meet again.
28. 28 – The Place Royale.
29. 29 – The Ferry across the Oise.
30. 30 – Skirmishing.
31. 31 – The Monk.
32. 32 – The Absolution.
33. 33 – Grimaud Speaks.
34. 34 – On the Eve of Battle.
35. 35 – A Dinner in the Old Style.
36. 36 – A Letter from Charles the First.
37. 37 – Cromwell’s Letter.
38. 38 – Henrietta Maria and Mazarin.
39. 39 – How, sometimes, the Unhappy mistake Chance for Providence.
40. 40 – Uncle and Nephew.
41. 41 – Paternal Affection.
42. 42 – Another Queen in Want of Help.
43. 43 – In which it is proved that first Impulses are oftentimes the best.
44. 44 – Te Deum for the Victory of Lens.
45. 45 – The Beggar of St. Eustache.
46. 46 – The Tower of St. Jacques de la Boucherie.
47. 47 – The Riot.
48. 48 – The Riot becomes a Revolution.
49. 49 – Misfortune refreshes the Memory.
50. 50 – The Interview.
51. 51 – The Flight.
52. 52 – The Carriage of Monsieur le Coadjuteur.
53. 53 – How D’Artagnan and Porthos earned by selling Straw, the one
54. 54 – In which we hear Tidings of Aramis.
55. 55 – The Scotchman.
56. 56 – The Avenger.
57. 57 – Oliver Cromwell.
58. 58 – Jesus Seigneur.
59. 59 – Under the most trying Circumstances noble Natures never lose Courage.
60. 60 – Respect to Fallen Majesty.
61. 61 – D’Artagnan hits on a Plan.
62. 62 – London.
63. 63 – The Trial.
64. 64 – Whitehall.
65. 65 – The Workmen.
66. 66 – Remember!
67. 67 – The Man in the Mask.
68. 68 – Cromwell’s House.
69. 69 – Conversational.
70. 70 – The Skiff ‘Lightning.’
71. 71 – Port Wine.
72. 72 – End of the Port Wine Mystery.
73. 73 – Fatality.
74. 74 – How Mousqueton, after being very nearly roasted, had a Narrow Escape of being eaten.
75. 75 – The Return.
76. 76 – The Ambassadors.
77. 77 – The three Lieutenants of the Generalissimo.
78. 78 – The Battle of Charenton.
79. 79 – The Road to Picardy.
80. 80 – The Gratitude of Anne of Austria.
81. 81 – Cardinal Mazarin as King.
82. 82 – Precautions.
83. 83 – Strength and Sagacity.
84. 84 – Strength and Sagacity — Continued.
85. 85 – The Oubliettes of Cardinal Mazarin.
86. 86 – Conferences.
87. 87 – In which we begin to think that Porthos will be at last a Baron, and D’Artagnan a Captain.
88. 88 – Shows how with Threat and Pen more is effected than by the Sword.
89. 89 – More difficult for Kings to return to the Capitals of their Kingdoms, than to make an Exit.
90. 90 – Conclusion.

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Summary

First serialized from January to August, 1845, Twenty Years After is the second book in The D’Artagnan Romances, and follows the gallant adventures of the musketeers, as they are once again summoned to alleviate the various threats that lurk in the political scene of France, as the country is threatened by a possible uprising. Enriched with exciting and well-developed characters, the novel adds more detail to its familiar characters, as the musketeers have matured and are portrayed in a more introspective light. Set twenty years after the conclusion of its predecessor, Twenty Years After commences with the appearance of d’Artagnan, who despite his propitious circumstances to progress in his area of interest, remains a lieutenant in the Musketeers for twenty years. Conversely, much has changed in the political scene of France during the twenty-year period, as the country is ruled by chief-minister, Cardinal Mazarin, who is loathed by much of the French population. Consequently, France is on the brink of civil war, as it is divided into those who support Mazarin’s governance, and those who oppose his rule, regarding him as inadequate. Fearing for his safety, Mazarin appoints d’Artagnan as his escort, after hearing of his daring feats in the past and additionally requests assistance from his musketeer companions, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. Subsequently, d’Artagnan is reunited with his old friends, who have all drifted apart due to following individual paths, and informs them of his task. However, the group is also divided, as Porthos is willing to be in the Cardinal’s service, whereas Athos and Aramis take the side of the opposition. As a result, the group must overcome their contrasting views and loyalties, and test the durability of their friendship, as they are brought out of retirement and once again hurled into a gripping adventure, while beset by various enemies. Nevertheless, Dumas presents an effective complementary sequel to his well-loved tale that successfully enthralls with its complex plot, vibrant characters, steady action, historical references, and a vivid description of the political scene prevailing at the time. Needless to say, the novel will undoubtedly motivate readers to continue the series that has been enjoyed by generations.

Reviews

dg

Exciting adventure! All the friends together.

Gabs

- Good

I have few readers that I love but there is a woman who puts me to sleep, this is sad because the book is interesting.

Jack

- Awesome

I love the book but one reader was annoying. Luckily he only did one chapter but otherwise great book.

Sebastian

- Good

Good book. It's a bit sad though that Drayton wasn’t in the limelight all the time.