Story of the Chinese Zodiac: English Chinese by Monica Chang

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To her surprise and delight, Elisabeth realized the actors were playing out a scene from her own life—Elisabeth painting the queen, Marie Antoinette! In the portrait, she had tried to show the queen in a more natural way, instead of her usual elaborate wigs and white face powder, with the result that many people criticized her for painting the queen in her underwear! Not this crowd, thankfully. Elisabeth held back her tears as the entire audience stood up and applauded her. She had never felt so much emotion and pride in her entire life.

One of Maria Theresia’s most amazing gifts was her memory. She could play at least 60 piano concertos from memory and could remember all her own compositions, note by note. In 1808 Maria Theresia started her own music school in Vienna; she wanted to give girls the chance for a good musical education, something that was usually reserved for boys only. Her school taught piano, singing, and music theory to both blind and sighted students. Maria Theresia’s school proved to be a huge success, and she continued teaching until her death in 1824.

In 40 AD, after 150 years of Chinese rule, the Trung sisters led their people in the first national rebellion against the invaders. The two sisters were a good balance—Trung Trac was a master planner and Trung Nhi a fearless warrior—and with their untrained army, they miraculously succeeded in freeing sixty-five fortresses the Chinese had captured, driving them out of Vietnam. Stories of Trung Trac and her sister spread quickly, until even the leader of China was shaking in his boots. ” After this grand success, the Trung sisters created a new nation that stretched from southern Vietnam all the way into southern China.

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