線上閱讀討論-年輕的維多利亞The Young Victoria-103


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1-I thank you for your good wishes on my birthday.
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It has been a long life… and an interesting one.
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But I shall be content with only a short while more.
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Just enough… to dispense with any thought of a Regency,…
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.. so that I may pass the Royal Authority directly to that young lady.
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And not… to the hands… of a person now near me…
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.. who is surrounded by evil advisers
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and who cannot act with propriety in the station in which she’s been placed!
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I have been insulted!
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Grossly and continually insulted!
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She has kept her daughter, my brother’s child, from my Court!
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But from now on, I’d have her know that I am King!
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And I will not be flouted or disobeyed by her
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or by that jackanapes she keeps about her!
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Are you alright?
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Families, who’d be without them?
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Are you listening?
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What?
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– Well? – Ma’am, you do have a letter,
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but it’s not from Germany, it’s from the King.
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So it is. Thank you, Watson.
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– Don’t you see what he wants? – He increases my income
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once I’m 18 and he asks to see me at Court, what is wrong with that?
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The King wants to separate you from your mother. He wants to control you,
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to take you from those whose sole aim is trying to protect you!
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No need to shout. The people will find out our business soon enough
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without hearing it from your lips.
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Tell her. Make her understand.
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What Sir John means is that you’re unprepared for the task ahead of you.
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And if I am, whose fault is that?
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You’re too young! You’ve no experience!
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You’re like a china doll walking over a precipice!
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Well, then, I must smash! For it’s too late to mend my ways now!
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– So if you’ll excuse me… – But I will not excuse you!
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Now this is what you will do!
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First, you will refuse the money and demand that it be given to your mother.
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Next, you will appoint me your private secretary from today.
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Finally, you will agree to be co-regent with the Duchess
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until your 25th birthday. Neither she nor I will accept less!
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You may do what you like with the money.
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Now, get out of my way!
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And if you think that I will ever forget
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that you just stood by silent and you watched him treat me thus,
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you are dreaming!
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Is there no limit to this disobedience?
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Mark my words! The reign of King Conroy is coming!
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My poor sister-in-law. What is the hold that wicked man has over her?
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What about her uncle in Brussels? Could he not be of assistance?
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King Leopold is as slippery as a barrel full of eels.
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If he did dislodge Conroy, it’d only be to tighten his own grip on the girl.
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Mightn’t there be some benefit if I pay Princess Victoria a visit
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before Conroy has a chance to usurp her?
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Very well.
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Lord, in your mercy, get me past May!
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That way she’ll be of age and we’ll have killed off the Regency at least.
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I tell you, Lord Melbourne, his behaviour to me
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makes it impossible to keep him in any post near my person.
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Any post whatever.
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You don’t think it more dangerous to cut him loose?
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I know things that mean I could never have confidence in him.
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Now, I see I must endure Lady Flora.
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Mama cannot appear at Court without a lady-in-waiting,
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but I draw the line at Conroy.
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And once I’m Queen, I do not wish to look upon his face again.
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Well, we can’t prevent the Duchess
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from keeping him in charge of her own affairs.
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That will be her mistake, not mine.
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My dear Victoria, when I think…
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Dearest Victoria, if ever you should need…
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What? Like a vulture? T o hover at the edge until the King is dead?
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And, ma’am, you needn’t worry.
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I’ll be your private secretary. For now, at least.
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Thank you, Lord Melbourne. That is a great comfort to me.
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– Wenn er tot ist, dann gibt es mehr… – Ernst! English, please!
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When he is dead, there’ll be more than one vulture to contend with.
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We should consider the new appointments.
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Your ladies-in-waiting and so forth.
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Perhaps the Duchess of Sutherland for Mistress of the Robes?
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Oh, I don’t really know her.
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Ma’am, she’s a dear friend of mine. You’ll enjoy her enormously.
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I should be lost without your guidance.
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– I hope you know how grateful I am. – I’ll draw up a list.
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What is it? Don’t you like her?
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Yes, I like her.
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More than I dared hope.
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But it’s not up to me, is it. What do you call a man
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who waits for a rich woman to decide whether or not she wants him?
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Then, why not tell her how you feel?
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My dear Victoria,
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these days will be full of sadness since I know the King is dear to you.
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Will you allow me to offer my support, albeit at a distance?
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If I cannot be with you,
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then I pray you will hear my voice in the music that I send.
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You know my love of Schubert.
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This is his “Swan Song”. And I play it with you in my heart.
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– Is he ready? – Well, he may be, but she isn’t.
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Let her enjoy succession and the freedom it’ll bring.
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We must wait for disillusion, and the loneliness that follows.
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Victoria.
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You must come now.
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Long live the Queen.
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I’m going back to bed.
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I imagine Lord Melbourne will be here quite early.
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Make sure he has everything he needs if I am not ready to receive him.
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Of course, Your Royal…
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Your Majesty.
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Victoria, wait. I will hold your hand.
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No. Thank you, Mama.
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And, Lehzen, in the morning, arrange for my bed to be moved
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into a room of my own?
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– Surely there’s no need… – As soon as possible, Lehzen.
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The Council is assembled, Your Majesty.
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Her Majesty the Queen!
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It is with a sense of reverence and honour
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that I address you, my Privy Councillors,
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as your Sovereign and Queen.
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I mourn sincerely the death of my dear uncle, the King,
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but I know I may count on you to serve me as loyally as you served him.
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I am young, but I am willing to learn.
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And I mean to devote my life to the service of my country
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and my people.
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I look for your help in this.
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I know I shall not be disappointed.
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Thank you.
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She starts on your watch, Lord Melbourne.
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Guard her well and keep her safe from harm.
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As a matter of interest, will a time come when I read them first?
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You’ll enjoy this. She has a real flair for description.
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Present arms!
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Dearest Albert, on Tuesday, I went to inspect Buckingham Palace.

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