線上閱讀討論-年輕的維多利亞The Young Victoria-104


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1-It is only just finished and I shall be the very first sovereign to live there.
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As I stepped out of the carriage,
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for the first time in my life, I felt freedom.
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– Splendid, is it not? – Y es!
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You’ll have to decide on a husband soon.
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What about Leopold’s candidate?
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I can’t marry the man they want me to marry.
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Oh!
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Every suitor will come with strings attached.
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Can’t I be my own mistress for a while? Haven’t I earned it?
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Dear Lord M, he’s so very kind. I couldn’t have asked for a better tutor.
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You may dream of independence, but you won’t get it.
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From now on, everyone will push you and pull you for their own advantage.
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Melbourne more than the rest.
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Just remember, you are the Queen, he’s a politician.
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And politicians, whatever their creed, always resent a monarchy.
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They pass through. You stay.
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So just keep “dear Lord M” in his proper sphere.
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He’s already chosen the new household.
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About my ladies-in-waiting…
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Yes, I’ll have a list brought over later. They’ve all accepted.
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Only my aunt advised me not to be, well, too partisan in my choice.
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With respect, Your Majesty,
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I think I understand these things at least as well as the Queen Dowager.
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I know that, of course.
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And we want our friends around us, of course, surely,
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as we begin our labours.
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We don’t want to find Sir John Conroy sneaking his feet back under the table.
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No. Not if we have to line up every friend we both possess.
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Well, quite, ma’am. It’s very cold in here. Why haven’t they lit the fires?
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It seems the fires are laid by the Lord Steward’s department,
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but lit by the Lord Chamberlain’s,
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and no one knows which footmen should do it. It’s not very sensible.
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Well, if that’s the way things are done, I shouldn’t meddle.
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We must improve where we can.
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If I’ve discovered anything from touring England,
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it’s the suffering that needs my help.
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Never try to do good, Your Majesty.
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It always leads to terrible scrapes.
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Lord Melbourne, that is not what is preached from the pulpit.
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No. That’s why I never go to church.
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One always hears the most extraordinary things.
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I’ve made no promise to him.
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But sometimes I feel quite alone in the world.
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Never while I’m here, Your Majesty.
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Lord Melbourne is akin to a miracle.
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He has proved to be most generous and sensitive,
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quite wondrous in a politician,
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someone I trust and hold dear.
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He is the best company imaginable.
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Sometimes we laugh so much, it’s as if we were naughty children.
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Oh, Albert, I so look forward to the day when you can know and value him
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as I do.
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Yours affectionately, Victoria.
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Plenty of praise for Lord Melbourne and not much of anything else.
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– Everything comes to he who waits. – And if nothing comes, what then?
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You’ve played with me, Baron.
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And now it is enough. I’m going back to England.
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There must be a reason if you wish to visit Her Majesty.
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Then find me a reason.
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Ich will diesen…
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So, are you going to propose?
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What? What am I supposed to think? You’re going to enjoy the weather?
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I’m going to spend some time with her, that’s all.
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Besides, I am forbidden.
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It has to come from her, apparently.
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So I could not propose, even if I wanted to.
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And do you want to?
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Walk on! Hup, hup!
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Please hold still. I’m afraid I always find noses a challenge.
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Am I permitted to talk?
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Yes, but you can’t move.
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There’s nothing to rival an English garden.
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Of all my life in Kensington, it’s the only part I’ll miss.
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But the gardens at Buckingham Palace, surely…
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– You’re moving! – Oh.
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Now you’re smiling.
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Impossible! You’re worst than him!
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I believe we have a duty to those in need of our protection.
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It is the business of every sovereign
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to champion the dispossessed, for no one else will.
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Take housing. May I show you?
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Industry is expanding so fast
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that people are not considering where the workers will live.
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But I’ve been experimenting. By building these in units of two,
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you can build safe, clean homes for two families for less than the cost…
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I’m sorry. I don’t mean to preach.
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No, there’s no need to apologise for being passionate.
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It seems I have a lot to learn.
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With all my duties and…
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– And I do take them very seriously. – I know you do.
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But plenty of people will expect me to fail.
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And there are even more trying to take advantage
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of my youth and inexperience.
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Then, they don’t know you like I do.
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May I keep this?
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So, remember, the first thing is to find an anchor point.
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So, take your hand back to beneath your chin.
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Good. This is where it will come every time.
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Now, release the bow.
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Your hand must cover the leather, like this.
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And make a firm claw. One finger, two fingers.
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– Claw. – Yes, and back to beneath the chin.
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Bend this arm slightly. Rotate to catch the arrow.
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Good.
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Very good. Now, try with an arrow.
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– Ah. He’s still here? – At my mother’s insistence.
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Certainly not mine.
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Where am I to live?
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Am I to be abandoned here?
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Or am I to beg along the highways for a crust?
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Come now. You will move into the palace with the Queen.
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But she’s arranged a separate apartment for you.
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It will allow you both more privacy.
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I… I don’t want privacy from my own child!
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To exclude us will launch the new reign in a cloud of scandal.
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I know your game, my lord.
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You want to be her father, her mother, and who knows what else.
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If I’m not to be her private secretary, then what?
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I’m sorry. I can see that I am not speaking clearly.
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You have played the game and lost.
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The Prime Minister is here, Your Majesty.
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Thank you, Duchess.
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Have I thanked you properly for accepting the post?
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It will involve a good deal of inconvenience.
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To be Mistress of the Robes is a great honour.
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I’m only anxious to prove worthy of it.
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My Lord Melbourne thinks you’ll be perfect.
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How is Albert’s visit going?
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He writes Victoria is under Melbourne’s control. He’s frustrated.
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Then he must stay in England
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until the Queen thinks more of him than she does of Melbourne.
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Queen Elizabeth never married.
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It didn’t spoil things for her.
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Are you familiar with the Coronation Chair and the ancient Stone of Scone?
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Familiar, yes,… but quite in awe.
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I’m terribly afraid of disappointing on a day I so want to do it perfectly.
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Just be yourself. Your instincts are always to your credit.
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I’m sorry. They’re preparing the Abbey for the ceremony.
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I’m told they asked permission for a glimpse of Your Majesty.
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– Don’t be sorry. – God bless, Your Majesty.
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I do want to help them, whatever you say.
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And not just the labouring poor, but the hungry and the homeless.
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There are people who are lost. Whose business is it to see to their welfare?
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Well, in my experience, it’s best to let these things develop naturally.
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If you interfere, you risk overturning the cart.
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Prince Albert doesn’t agree. He’s made a study of the working man’s condition.
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He’s full to the brim with ideas for their improvement.
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Is he indeed? How inspiring.
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Well, good. He sounds like a young man
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ready to take charge at the first opportunity.
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Then, you had better master the rules of the game
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until you play it better than they can.
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Are you quite sure about that, ma’am?
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Make your move.
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Well?
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You may not accompany me to the Proclamation Ceremony.
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You may not attend the Coronation.
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Perfect.
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– You’re unprepared. – No experience! Too young!
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Then, they don’t know you like I do.
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Don’t look so surprised. The Queen has many different duties.
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It’s heartening to see she won’t neglect them, even on Coronation Day.
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– I don’t think Dash would allow it. – Try to get some rest before the ball.
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I will. Since I firmly intend to dance until dawn.
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Her Majesty the Queen.

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