TEN YEARS AFTER ALEXANDRE DUMAS CHAPTER 17 Đây là một tác phẩm anh ngữ nổi tiếng với những từ vựng nâng cao chuyên ngành văn chương. Nhằm giúp các bạn yêu thich tiếng anh luyện tập và củng cố thêm kỹ năng đọc tiếng anh . | TEN YEARS AFTER ALEXANDRE DUMAS CHAPTER 17 Forever The Duke of Buckingham obedient to the queen-mother s invitation presented himself in her apartments half an hour after the departure of the Duc d Orleans. When his name was announced by the gentleman-usher in attendance the queen who was sitting with her elbow resting on a table and her head buried in her hands rose and smilingly received the graceful and respectful salutation which the duke addressed to her. Anne of Austria was still beautiful. It is well known that at her then somewhat advanced age her long auburn hair perfectly formed hands and bright ruby lips were still the admiration of all who saw her. On the present occasion abandoned entirely to a remembrance which evoked all the past in her heart she looked almost as beautiful as in the days of her youth when her palace was open to the visits of the Duke of Buckingham s father then a young and impassioned man as well as an unfortunate prince who lived for her alone and died with her name upon his lips. Anne of Austria fixed upon Buckingham a look so tender in its expression that it denoted not alone the indulgence of maternal affection but a gentleness of expression like the coquetry of a woman who loves. Your majesty said Buckingham respectfully desired to speak to me. Yes duke said the queen in English will you be good enough to sit down The favor which Anne of Austria thus extended to the young man and the welcome sound of the language of a country from which the duke had been estranged since his stay in France deeply affected him. He immediately conjectured that the queen had a request to make of him. After having abandoned the first few moments to the irrepressible emotions she experienced the queen resumed the smiling air with which she had received him. What do you think of France she said in French. It is a lovely country madame replied the duke. Had you ever seen it before Once only madame. But like all true Englishmen you prefer England I .