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Ambroisine de Maudribourg in the work by Anne Golon
(p. 15) It was so young a face, of such fragile beauty, and so ravaged that it left you with a sense of uneasiness. 'Why had I imagined the Duchess of Maudribourg as a stout old lady rather like her lady-companion Petronella Damourt?' Angélique wondered. 'It all seems like a bad joke to me.' Madame Carrère who had helped her to undress the Duchess of Maudribourg must have been equally perplexed to see the marvellously comely figure of this benefactress; for Angélique had heard her muttering under her breath and shaking her La Rochelle head-dress disapprovingly.
(p. 16) As she turned towards her Angélique felt the impact of the 'benefactress's' magnificent eyes. 'What is the attraction of these eyes of hers?' she wondered as she drew closer. The dark eyes seemed to swallow up the whole of that lily-white, young-looking face, lending it a kind of tragic maturity, like the eyes of certain over-serious children, precociously matured by suffering.
(p. 18) The sun was already low on the horizon and one of its beams lit up her face, making her look astonishingly beautiful. Lying in prayer, this young woman somehow seemed not quite real.
(p. 18) The light from the setting sun was growing pinker and flooding the room with a rosy glow whose fiery reflections fell upon the Duchness's thick dark hair. A subtle perfume that seemed to come from this very beautiful head of hair, had from the moment Angélique first bent over the Duchess, stirred within her a strange, indefinable sense of misgiving.
(p. 24) 'She looks as if she had gold in the depths of her eyes,' thought Angélique. 'From a distance they seem very black, jet black. But, from close to, you can see that they are like amber.'
(p. 25) 'She's a woman who stands alone,' Angélique caught herself thinking. Such a diagnosis did not tally with the dazzling youth and beauty of Ambroisine de Maudribourg. In addition, there was something girlish about her, a kind of childishness. Her upper teeth, which were small, beautiful and evenly spaced, protruded slightly, lifting her well-defined upper lip, and occasionally fiving her the fleeting expression of a little girl who has been crying. And when she smiled, it was also with a kind of trusting innocence that was touching. But her expression was shrewd, mature and dreamy. 'I wonder how old she really is? Thirty? More that that, or less?' (...) And she gave that disarming, confiding smile, throwing back her heavy black hair that had slipped forwards over her cheek.
GOLON, Sergeanne. Angélique and the Demon. London: Pan Books, 1975

Ambroisine de Maudribourg in the work by Anne Golon
(p. 40) While trying to get some warmth back into them, Angélique noticed that the Duchess of Maudribourg's feet were exceptionally pretty. She must take great care of them for the skin was supple and satiny. Preoccupied as she was by this alarming condition, Angélique had not noticed that the young woman, abandoned to her care, was revealing to all present, through a thin lawn shift, the semi-nudity of an admirable body. Adhemar's voice suddently broke the silence. 'That's what you'd call a handsome woman,' he said nodding his head several times in a knowing manner. 'You really can say that that's a fine figure of a woman, can't you, Monsieur le Comte?...'
(p. 42) Framed in that sumptuous black hair that spread over the face-edged pillow, almost too heavy and opulent, her sleeping face appeared smaller, like that of a child.
(p. 44) 'She isn't as young as all that,' Peyrac replied somewhat caustically. 'And I don't think she's all that childish. She's a person of great intelligence and exceptional culture.'
(p. 54 - 55) Ambroisine de Maudribourg was sitting by the window wearing a black velvet dress with a lace collar. The dark dress accentauted the pallor of her complexion. She looked like an orphan infanta. With her hands clasped round her knees, she seemed to be plunged in deep meditation. Her followers respected her silence. As Angélique entered, the Duchess looked up briskly. Her movements had distinction, but betrayed a natural impulsiveness which was not without charm and made her appear even younger.
(p. 83) The Duchess of Maudribourg seemed to be brightening up. Her beautiful face which usually wore a sad expression was quite transformed, and she laughed indulgently.
(p. 96) The face of the young Duchess had acquired a kind of transparency like alabaster in the pearly light that hovered on the point of darkness, and her great, dark eyes sparkled with the clear light of intelligence. He was half smiling, but no one could have quessed the precise nature of his thoughts.
(p. 96) She burst out laughing almost like a girl, and made a movement of protest that swung her long black hair across her shoulders.
(p. 100) The Duchess looked strikingly beautiful with her youthful white face ecstatic, as if lit by some sacred passion.
(p. 105) The Duchess's eyes looked like two dark holes in her marble face. She stared at Angélique with painful intensity.
(p. 112) She seemed to be as bewildered as a child and her great eyes wandered with questioning and anguish in their expression, from Angélique's face to the startling blue of the horizon flecked with white which could be seen through the half-open door.
GOLON, Sergeanne. Angélique and the Demon. London: Pan Books, 1975

The proposed faces for Ambroisine de Maudribourg
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Angelina Jolie


Isabelle Adjani


Catherina Zeta-Jones


Kate Beckinsale




Liv Tyler


Monica Bellucci


Rose Byrne




Rachel Hurd-Wood


Rose McGowan


Sarah Brightman



Ambroisine de Maudribourg

Angelina Jolie
born 1975-06-04, Los Angeles, California, USA
height: 1.73 m
Lara Croft - Tomb Raider, 2001 (Lara Croft); Mr. & Mrs. Smith, 2005 (Jane Smith)
Liv Tyler
born 1977-07-01, New York City, New York, USA
height: 1.78 m
Lord of the Rings, 2001-2003 (Arwen); Armageddon, 1998 (Grace Stamper)
Rachel Hurd-Wood
born 1990-08-17, Streatham, London, England, UK
height: 1.70 m
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, 2006 (Laura); Peter Pan, 2003 (Wendy Darling)
Isabelle Adjani
born 1955-06-27, Paris, France
height: 1.63 m
La Reine Margot, 1994 (Margot)
Monica Bellucci
born 1964-09-30, Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy
height: 1.70 m
The Matrix Reloaded and the Matrix Revolutions, 2003 (Persephone); Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre, 2002 (Cleopatre)
Rose McGowan
born 1973-09-05, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
height: 1.63 m
TV series Charmed, 1998 (Paige)
Catherine Zeta-Jones
born 1969-09-25, Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK
height: 1.73 m
Chicago, 2002 (Velma Kelly); The Mask of Zorro, 1998-2005 (Elene)
Rose Byrne
born 1979-07-24, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
height: 1.68 m
Marie Antoinette, 2006 (Duchesse de Polignac)
Sarah Brightman
born 1960-08-14, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England, UK
height: 1.66 m
singer (the song: I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper)
Kate Beckinsale
born 1973-07-26, Finsbury Park, London, England, UK
height: 1.73 m
Pearl Harbor, 2001 (Nurse Lt. Evelyn Johnson); Underworld, 2003 (Selene); The Aviator, 2004 (Ava Gardner)