線上閱讀討論-年輕的維多利亞The Young Victoria-201


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1-Are you sure this is wise?
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It’s been quite a day. Are you tired?
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Oh, no. Ah, well, not really. It’s just…
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Well, I’m stronger than I look.
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– How much longer are you in London? – Only until Friday.
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Then home via Brussels. Uncle Leopold must have his report.
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Oh, dear. I have a quadrille with the Prince of Prussia next.
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My poor little toes. I feel sorry for them already.
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Your Majesty.
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I’ve had a letter from King Leopold.
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He proposes extending this visit of Prince Albert.
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– And what have you answered? – Nothing yet.
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Well, perhaps you should tell your uncle
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you need to focus on your new duties right now.
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Thank you for being my messenger.
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I hope I’ve given my uncle enough detail. Fill in anything I’ve missed.
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– He takes a great interest in you. – Yes, don’t I know it.
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You should see the questions he asks by every letter.
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Like a never-ending examination.
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Lord Melbourne calls him this…
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What about Lord Melbourne?
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Nothing.
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– The French Ambassador is here. – Right. Erm…
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I wish you a good journey.
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Victoria?
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I would so like to be useful to you.
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If there is ever an opportunity.
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I know you would.
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But not yet.
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Have you read this?
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No, sir.
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It seems she does not think it appropriate
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to discuss politics in our otherwise “delightful correspondence”.
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– Which was dictated by Melbourne. – Damn it!
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Do something!
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I can’t get past Melbourne.
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Then get him past Melbourne! Get him into her bed!
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My dear Victoria, Uncle Leopold is full of ideas
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of how you and I may spend more time together.
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And I must say I hope that some of them, at least, will come to pass.
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Dear Albert, you’ve been keeping secrets.
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When did you learn to dance so beautifully?
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Lord M assures me the next several months
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will be particularly gruelling and busy for me as a new Queen.
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Thus, I am not certain when I shall see you again.
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I look forward to your every letter,
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enjoying the detail of life in Germany, and wishing to share more.
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– Waterloo might not… – Yours affectionately, Victoria.
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Ah, this quite inoffensive little game can turn into an effective weapon!
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Lord Melbourne says French doctors kill their patients.
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English ones just let them die.
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I thought he might be here tonight.
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He’s thrown me over for Lady Holland.
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– I expect Your Majesty will miss him. – Not too severely. He’s back tomorrow.
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No, no, no. I meant when he’s out of power.
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What?
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Well, only, I don’t wish to crow, but… I thought it was common knowledge
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that he’s about to lose the vote.
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Schatzi? I thought you were in your bedroom.
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Never mind.
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Shh. Shh.
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– You won’t desert me, will you? – Never.
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Mein liebes Schatzi.
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Every one of your ladies is the wife of a friend of Lord Melbourne.
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Surely you can see how that looks?
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You should not set such store by appearances, Sir Robert.
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I only ask for a token. For two ladies, even one, who supports my cause.
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Otherwise, it must seem as if Palace and Parliament have fallen out.
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– I want to go in. – I beg your pardon, ma’am.
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Her Majesty is with the Prime Minister and cannot be disturbed.
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But that will not apply to her mother.
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I’m very sorry, ma’am.
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Let me understand you.
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Are you saying it is the Prime Minister who selects my household?
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– Has the law changed in this regard? – No, of course not.
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Well, then, there cannot be much more to be said.
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Good day, Sir Robert.
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Could you please ask Lady Portman to come in as you leave?
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Yes, ma’am.
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I wonder if you could have a note delivered to Lord Melbourne.
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Of course, ma’am.
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What power…
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Mrs Melbourne!
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Art thou…
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– Good God! What are we coming to? – Who was it? I didn’t see.
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The Duchess of Montrose. That’s the end to her career at Court, I hope.
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If I ban everyone who thinks me wrong, you and I will be alone in the ballroom.
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With sorrow, I must inform the House
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that I have been unable to persuade the Queen
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that her ladies should not solely adhere to the views of my opponents.
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I have therefore informed Her Majesty
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that I am not qualified to form a government,
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if I do not enjoy her confidence.
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Mr Speaker, are we to understand that the great Sir Robert Peel
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has been frightened off by a few frilly petticoats?
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Prime Minister!

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