TWENTY YEARS AFTER ALEXANDRE DUMAS CHAPTER 16 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 . | TWENTY YEARS AFTER ALEXANDRE DUMAS CHAPTER 16 16. The Duc de Beaufort. The circumstances that had hastened the return of D Artagnan to Paris were as follows One evening when Mazarin according to custom went to visit the queen in passing the guard-chamber he heard loud voices wishing to know on what topic the soldiers were conversing he approached with his wonted wolf-like step pushed open the door and put his head close to the chink. There was a dispute among the guards. I tell you one of them was saying that if Coysel predicted that tis as good as true I know nothing about it but I have heard say that he s not only an astrologer but a magician. Deuce take it friend if he s one of thy friends thou wilt ruin him in saying so. Why Because he may be tried for it. Ah absurd they don t burn sorcerers nowadays. No Tis not a long time since the late cardinal burnt Urban Grandier though. My friend Urban Grandier wasn t a sorcerer he was a learned man. He didn t predict the future he knew the past -- often a more dangerous thing. Mazarin nodded an assent but wishing to know what this prediction was about which they disputed he remained in the same place. I don t say resumed the guard that Coysel is not a sorcerer but I say that if his prophecy gets wind it s a sure way to prevent it s coming true. How so Why in this way if Coysel says loud enough for the cardinal to hear him on such or such a day such a prisoner will escape tis plain that the cardinal will take measures of precaution and that the prisoner will not escape. Good Lord said another guard who might have been thought asleep on a bench but who had lost not a syllable of the conversation do you suppose that men can escape their destiny If it is written yonder in Heaven that the Duc de Beaufort is to escape he will escape and all the precautions of the cardinal will not prevent it. Mazarin started. He was an Italian and therefore superstitious. He walked straight into the midst of the guards who on seeing him were .