Episode 4 Versailles


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Period drama. Preparations are made for war abroad, but battles of the sexes are waged within the palace itself, and there will be casualties.


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This programme contains scenes of sexual violence and some strong language

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HE PANTS

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HE SHOUTS OUT

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Guard!

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Guard!

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Search the palace, the village!

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Everywhere! Find her!

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Put him on the table!

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Will I live?

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You're a very lucky man.

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Either your heart is not where it's supposed to be

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or else you do not have one.

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Let us hope it's the former.

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Don't even think about it!

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Go. Find her.

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Yes, sir.

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HORSE WHINNIES

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SHE GASPS AND WHIMPERS

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Oh!

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HORSE WHINNIES

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Will he live?

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Monsieur Marchal is expected to make a full recovery, Sire.

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SHE CRIES OUT

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Did you really think you could live in my palace and kill my minister

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and his wife without suffering the consequences?

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What of my son, Sire? Please do not punish him.

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I am entirely to blame.

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Every day, for the rest of his life, your son will suffer the shame of

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knowing that his mother betrayed her king, her country and her family!

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As for you, you will be decapitated in front of the entire court.

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You are walking blindly towards an enemy that you do not know.

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You have opened the door to him, and now he will destroy you.

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Who is this enemy?

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Have you any idea of the hell you've created here?

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Hundreds of nobles driven from their homes, forced to live in squalor,

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told how to behave, what to wear, when to eat!

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Give me a name.

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He has no name.

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Everyone has a name.

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Come closer, Sire, and I'll tell you.

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Closer.

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Closer.

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-WHISPERS:

-Satan.

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# I'm the king of my own land

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# Facing tempests of dust

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# I'll fight until the end

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# Creatures of my dreams

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# Raise up and dance with me

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# Now and forever

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# I'm your king. #

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If anyone here present knows a good reason why these two

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should not be joined in holy matrimony, let him declare it now.

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I hereby pronounce you man and wife.

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CHEVALIER CLEARS THROAT

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She left at dawn.

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Oh, dear. A disappointing wedding night?

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Uneventful.

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Good.

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I was worried you may have reached the early hours and decided some consummation was in order.

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Look at the table.

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That is your clothes bill for the last month.

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Yes. And?

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15 pairs of new breeches.

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How many times do I have to tell you? They are not clothes, they are costumes.

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They allow me to express my every mood and whim.

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-They also cost a fortune.

-Since when does that concern you?

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You're one of the richest men in France, and it's never bothered you before.

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You are the apple of my eye, but stop taking me for granted.

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-PALATINE:

-In two words...

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total humiliation. He showed no interest in me whatsoever.

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He said he found me unappealing to the eye and he preferred men.

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How awful for you. What will you do?

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A lot of horse riding.

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And I shall speak with him.

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I came here to bear children, not to listen to my husband snoring like a Schnauzer!

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I hope my husband shows no interest in me whatsoever.

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Hm.

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Judging by her frown, I would say Her Highness passed a night of frustration rather than passion.

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THEY LAUGH LIGHTLY

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-QUIETLY:

-Athenais, I think you should return to your rooms.

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Your daughter is unwell.

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Did you summon the doctor?

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Yes.

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Well, what use will I be?

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It is the King's child!

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Believe me, the King does not love me for my ability to bear children, let alone look after them.

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Hm.

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You're free to go.

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So you found the murderer?

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Yes.

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Who is he?

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-No!

-Mother! What have you done?

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Believe me, I did it all for you, my love!

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For me? You have destroyed our family.

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-No.

-You have destroyed our reputation.

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-No.

-You have destroyed me!

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No, don't say that!

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Oh, forgive me! Forgive me!

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SHE CRIES OUT

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Forgive me!

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When did it start?

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The child showed signs of fever during the night, Sire.

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I wish to see the doctor.

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Of course.

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Is it the pox?

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I believe so, Sire.

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The child has a high fever and the first signs of pustules on the face and neck.

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And what treatment do you propose?

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Normally, I would advise the child be removed from the palace.

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-Then move her.

-She's too weak, Sire.

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We have no choice but to keep her here.

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I shall prepare an unguent for the pustules on the face and a herbal infusion to lower the fever.

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All the windows must be closed and the palace fumigated.

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Why?

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We're close to marshland here.

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There's evidence that ailments such as this are transmitted through the ears and mouth.

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Sire, I believe you place too much faith in this doctor.

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This doctor saved my life and will save the life of our daughter.

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Fumigate the palace.

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Yes, Sire. It may become stifling.

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May I suggest that His Majesty removes himself from the palace and takes the air?

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You're right. Inform my brother that he will hunt with me.

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My dear fellow, you seem lost. Is it the smoke?

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LAUGHTER

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No, I'm not lost.

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Well, if not lost, then not welcome. The door is behind you.

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And if you see your mother, do thank her for the gift.

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Another reason to fumigate the palace.

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LAUGHTER

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Excuse me.

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Ah, Thomas!

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I wanted to discuss something you said to me the other day.

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You said you knew about my past.

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What exactly did you mean by that?

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You have not always been a loyal servant to the King, have you?

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What do you mean?

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You were involved in a plot against him.

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Bold accusations need strong evidence.

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Believe me, I have enough evidence to have you sent to the gallows.

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We've all of us made errors we later regretted.

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You made one error. Don't make another by ignoring what I say.

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What do you want from me?

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Information.

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What sort of information?

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The sort of information that only a minister to the King has access to.

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The King is planning to go to war against Holland.

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I want to know his plan of attack.

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And what will you do with this information?

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Use it in my book. What else?

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PHILIPPE COUGHS

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Care to explain what's going on?

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We are fumigating the palace, Your Highness.

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And asphyxiating its occupants.

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His Majesty's daughter is sick.

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And this is going to make her better?

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The King has asked me to inform you that

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he wishes you to hunt with him today.

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Thank you for the invitation, but I must decline.

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I have an appointment with a poet.

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Perhaps I may accompany His Majesty?

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I don't see why not. I shall...

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That's an excellent idea.

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..inform the King.

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Your Highness.

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Well, follow me.

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Of course.

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Was His Majesty aware that it is the female wild boar who rules the group?

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I was not.

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And that the mating season lasts only a month and a half?

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She has the King's favour!

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Talking of mating seasons, I hear that your marriage is prospering.

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Yes, Sire.

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Monsieur Marchal, I'm relieved to see you returned to your post.

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Have you questioned the prisoner?

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Not yet, Sire.

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I wished to discuss the matter with His Majesty first.

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She is a member of the nobility.

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Treat her as you would any other murderer.

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-BOAR SQUEALS

-Over there, Sire. Through the trees.

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I see nothing.

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A wild boar, 200 pounds. Fair game, I'd say.

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It would be a trifle dangerous.

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Hya, hya, hya!

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Where did you acquire these poisons?

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I want to...

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-SHOUTS: Where did you acquire these poisons?

-I want to see my son!

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Tell me first who sold you the poisons.

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To do so may save your life.

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We both know that I'm already condemned.

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Then you have nothing to lose.

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Nothing to gain.

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Allow me to see my son and I'll tell you what you want to know.

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With any luck, this will alleviate the inflammation to the skin.

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And the scarring?

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She'll be blemished for life, won't she?

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If she lives, yes.

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Then she'll be put in a convent.

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You would deny your child a place at court because her skin is not perfect?

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You do not know how the court works.

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Oh, I know. Beauty opens every door in the palace.

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Even the King's.

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How would you know?

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One step to the left, one step to the right, two steps forward.

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And remember to straighten your shoulders thus.

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Right.

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Mm-hm.

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Oh!

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I was just telling Thomas that, if he wants to dazzle the women at court, he must learn to dance.

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Well, I see I am surplus to requirements.

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Where are you going?

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Elsewhere.

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Did I upset your friend?

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He's just a little jealous.

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-Of me?

-Of anyone that breathes.

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Room for one more?

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Certainly.

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Excellent.

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CARDS DEALER CLEARS THROAT

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5,000.

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The 9 of diamonds.

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The queen of spades.

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Oh, bother.

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10,000.

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7 of hearts.

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Ace of clubs.

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Oh, dear. Lost again. Please note that down.

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10,000 francs debited to the account of the Duc d'Orleans.

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There's no greater pleasure than losing somebody else's money.

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I was hot on its heels, the scent of victory in my nostrils.

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Then the stag fell into the ditch and I fell in with it.

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The stag escaped and they had to haul me out with a rope and a mule!

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LOUIS LAUGHS

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I must tell you, Madame, you are a breath of fresh air.

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Sire, my friends call me Liselotte.

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Liselotte, then.

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DOGS BARK

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Move! Move! Move!

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Move!

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Again.

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HE PLAYS MOURNFUL TUNE

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You should come, Your Highness.

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What is it?

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It's the Chevalier de Lorraine.

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Is he hurt?

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Not exactly.

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He has placed all of his losses on your account.

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How much?

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400,000.

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My fucking money! How dare you?!

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The luck was against me.

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It certainly is now!

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You hit me!

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Yes. And?

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Aargh!

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400,000 francs in two days!

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That's almost a third of my annual income!

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-You're hurting me.

-Good! Aargh!

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CHEVALIER GRUNTS

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You're killing me.

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Even better.

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CHEVALIER GRUNTS

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THEY GROAN

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Don't come any closer!

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Ha! That's right!

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SOUND OF SWORD BEING UNSHEATHED

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Stop!

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This little shit gambled away half of my fortune!

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Was he good in bed - that little slut of yours?

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Did he get down on all fours like a sheep?

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Yes, and I loved every minute of it!

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-Liar!

-Will you two shut up? I've seen turkeys with more sense.

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And just when I was winning.

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Per istam sanctam unctionem

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et suam piissimam misericordiam,

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adiuvet te Dominus gratia Spiritus Sancti,

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ut a peccatis liberatum te salvet atque propitius alleviet.

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Sire.

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Get your hands off me!

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What about the gardeners and wardens?

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They saw nothing, heard nothing.

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I believe the murder took place at night.

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Whoever killed him knew what they were doing.

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And Madame de Foix?

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Stubborn.

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I'm beginning to suspect she's not the only murderer at court.

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What do you mean?

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I've been looking over the death records at the palace over the past three years.

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So far, I've found almost 40 which were either premature or

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connected to a promotion or an inheritance.

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Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.

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What are your sins?

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Since my last confession, I accuse myself of adultery and murder.

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Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.

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What are your sins?

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I accuse myself of murder by poisoning.

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Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.

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What are your sins?

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I know...

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I was weak, but I did it not for myself but for my husband.

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-I am damned.

-Stop!

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Get out! Get out!

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All of you! Get out!

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Get out!

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Sire, your meeting with the master of...

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Will not take place!

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With the Lord's help, the tide is turning in our favour.

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The number of women at court seeking consolation is most reassuring.

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The palace will not be cleansed so easily.

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Confession is one thing, discovering the path of purity is another.

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We cannot prevail without the King's support.

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If he chooses to remain in sin,

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most of the court will choose to remain with him.

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You'll lead him to it.

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I know you will.

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His Majesty must be told of this.

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I fear he will not listen.

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Then he's a deaf fool. These women are confessing to murder!

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Do not underestimate his stubbornness.

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I do not.

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Just as he should not underestimate the power of God.

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I will speak with him.

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Surely the time for speaking is over.

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I shall threaten him.

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Then you shall have my support.

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If they come to confession,

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then at least they're pricked by conscience.

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Without the truth in the soul, it is mere hypocrisy.

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No, hypocrisy is part of our being, we cannot tamper with nature.

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My people look to the Church for spiritual guidance

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and wellbeing. They look to me for security and happiness.

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I cannot make them good people. That is your job.

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Then His Majesty will be refused communion at Easter.

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It is the King's duty not merely to appear devout before his people but to be devout.

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You would carry through on such a threat?

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I would, Sire.

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You would question my faith?

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Your child is sick, is it not, Sire?

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Yes.

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It is sick because it was born out of a union unsanctified by God

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and because it is surrounded by sickness.

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The palace may gleam on the outside but, on the inside, it is contaminated.

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Remind me, who's this man?

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Father Pascal, Sire. Confessor to Her Majesty, the Queen.

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I wish never...

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SCREAMS: ..to see him again!

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What sort of help?

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That sort that enables you to continue your trade.

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And if we're caught?

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Are you always so pessimistic?

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Yes. That's why I'm still alive.

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Look, I know every noble at court.

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They have deep pockets and desires without limits.

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It is simply a question of getting the produce into the palace

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without being noticed.

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How?

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I'm glad you asked that. Silk.

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Silk?

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In two weeks' time, a cargo of silk will arrive at the palace.

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Every noble at court will want to buy some.

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What if, at the same time as silk,

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they can buy a little something extra?

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Hidden, for example, inside an ornamental box.

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What's in it for you?

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30%. And as much produce as I require.

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The die is cast.

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The English fleet will be in sight of the Dutch shores within a month.

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I want our armies at the Dutch border in two weeks.

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What news from Germany?

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Le Marechal de Turenne has divided his army into two, Sire.

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One half stationed here, outside Cologne,

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the other outside Munster, ready to strike Holland's allies.

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And Conde?

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Conde expects to cross the Rhine before the end of the week.

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We have also received a message from the Elector Palatine

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reaffirming his support.

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CASSEL CLEARS THROAT

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Sire, the Elector Palatine, do you trust him?

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Allies can swiftly become enemies.

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I should remind you that his daughter

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has recently married my brother.

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And I should remind His Majesty that he married the Spanish Infanta,

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but he is now at war with Spain.

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Fire!

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GUNFIRE

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You can do better than that!

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Come on!

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-Is that my brother?

-I believe so, Sire.

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In position!

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Aim!

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-Fire!

-GUNFIRE

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Bayonet! Charge!

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SOLDIERS SHOUT

0:30:110:30:15

It's called the bayonet, Sire.

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It enables the soldier to continue fighting if

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he has shot his musket and does not have time to reload.

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PHILIPPE WHISTLES

0:30:240:30:26

I should have known.

0:30:260:30:27

-I thought you'd be pleased to see me.

-I am.

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Now, then, I've been thinking about this plan of yours to take Arnheim.

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You can tell me later. How was your wedding night?

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You did your patriotic duty, I trust.

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My canon succeeded in...

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..breaching the enemy's defence, if that's what you're asking.

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Now, then, back to my point about strategy...

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How many platoons of bayonets do we have?

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-Four, Sire.

-I want four times that number.

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You must come, Sire, at once.

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What does the doctor say?

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That we should be patient.

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Then we shall be patient.

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Sire, he will not save our daughter!

0:31:140:31:17

His Majesty will enter?

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The pustules have lost their inflammation,

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but the fever has increased.

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She should be bled.

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Bleeding will only weaken her.

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She needs all her strength to fight the disease.

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Sire, the doctor to my family, Dr Rigaud.

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I could send word to Paris. He would be here before nightfall.

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You cannot let this child die.

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Here you are!

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If you banish Father Pascal from court, you banish me.

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-My dear...

-He stays at court or I return to Spain.

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Argh!

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But if Maastricht falls,

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then so will Amsterdam and the whole country.

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Amsterdam will not fall.

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De Witt will fall.

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But what of Louis?

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Louis is greedy, impetuous.

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My lord, the latest intelligence from France

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indicates that Louis has gathered an army of almost 200,000 men.

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Some of them have already arrived in Germany ready to attack our allies.

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Mr de Witt.

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My dear friend.

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Please.

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I have sent you a dozen messages in the past week.

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You have replied to none of them.

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So, I have to travel all the way from Amsterdam to find out

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what your plans are to defend our country from invasion.

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My plan is to defend my country

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-with all the men and strength at my disposal.

-No doubt.

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But a man more cynical than myself would see an ulterior motive

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in your silence.

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Hm. Such as?

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SCUFFLING

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William...

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I brought you up as my own son.

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-I know you.

-A son to whom you would deny his inheritance.

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I denied you nothing.

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Holland is not a monarchy.

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And you are not Louis.

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Do not try to be like him.

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Wit and wisdom, music and dance

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A palace of light for the glory of France

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Then he turned his eyes to lands far afield

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With army and fleet, his power to wield.

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I hope this meets with His Majesty's approval.

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Yes.

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NOBLES TAP CANES POLITELY

0:34:160:34:19

You had mentioned to me once, Sire,

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an enemy who would stand in your way.

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I thought perhaps I should include him in my account.

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Have you ever heard of William of Orange?

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Only vaguely, Sire,

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from the pamphlets.

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-He's a young man, not dissimilar to myself.

-A king?

-No.

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His family were once rulers -

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or "Stadtholders", as they call them in Holland.

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His parents died when he was a child.

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He was taken under the wing of a certain de Witt,

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who is currently leader of the government.

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And why is he not Stadtholder?

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Because Holland is a republic.

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But he will be, once he's eliminated de Witt.

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Why do you ask all these questions?

0:35:060:35:08

Man is defined by his foes, is he not, Sire?

0:35:110:35:14

It must arrive within two days.

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Yes, sir.

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FOOTSTEPS RECEDE

0:35:290:35:31

FOOTSTEPS PASS

0:35:520:35:54

SHIVERING NEARBY

0:35:580:36:00

LOCK CLANKS

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Ten minutes.

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Oh, my son...

0:36:110:36:12

I knew you'd come.

0:36:120:36:13

Are you hurt?

0:36:150:36:17

You know what they're going to do to me.

0:36:190:36:21

It's the sound of the blade that I fear the most.

0:36:210:36:25

I shall shut my eyes and think of you

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when you were a child, my love.

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He's a cruel man.

0:36:360:36:37

Your father died fighting in his service

0:36:370:36:40

and now he's made of me a criminal and of you an outcast.

0:36:400:36:44

-I shall return home...

-No, no, no, you must stay.

0:36:440:36:47

-What other path is open to us?

-You have to find her.

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-Who?

-She'll help you. She's in a house, in the square.

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-I do not know...

-That's enough!

0:36:530:36:54

Tell her Ariadne sent you.

0:36:540:36:56

LOCK CLANKS

0:36:560:36:58

SHE WHIMPERS

0:36:580:36:59

That's enough.

0:36:590:37:01

SHE WHIMPERS

0:37:010:37:03

Farewell, Mother.

0:37:110:37:13

SHE SIGHS

0:37:140:37:15

SHE GRUNTS

0:37:290:37:31

SHE GROANS

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SHE SPLUTTERS AND COUGHS

0:37:420:37:44

FOOTSTEPS APPROACH

0:37:560:37:58

SHE PRAYS QUIETLY

0:38:050:38:07

I'm sorry.

0:38:160:38:17

You promised.

0:38:180:38:20

I promised nothing, Sire.

0:38:200:38:22

Then I could do nothing.

0:38:230:38:26

It was not meant to die.

0:38:300:38:32

You no longer work in the service of the king.

0:38:390:38:42

I shall ensure you receive a royal stipend.

0:38:450:38:48

His Majesty is generous.

0:38:510:38:52

-You did the right thing, Sire.

-Did I?

0:39:280:39:31

How do you know?

0:39:320:39:34

Did our daughter die through the fault of the doctor?

0:39:340:39:37

Through its own weakness?

0:39:370:39:39

Or was it simply God's will?

0:39:410:39:43

What does it matter, Sire?

0:39:450:39:46

I'll soon make you another one.

0:39:470:39:49

DOOR CLOSES >

0:40:120:40:14

I am sorry for your loss.

0:40:220:40:24

Do you believe in divine punishment?

0:40:310:40:33

Yes.

0:40:350:40:36

I also believe in divine forgiveness.

0:40:390:40:41

Thank you.

0:40:450:40:47

Goodnight, Sire. Your mistress will be waiting for you.

0:40:480:40:51

No, it is you I need tonight.

0:40:520:40:55

When you look at yourselves, what do you see?

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Beauty?

0:41:230:41:24

Wit?

0:41:250:41:26

Refinement?

0:41:260:41:28

Intelligence?

0:41:290:41:31

You are the cream of the French aristocracy

0:41:320:41:34

and the envy of every court in Europe.

0:41:340:41:37

But when I look at you...

0:41:380:41:40

..I see corruption.

0:41:420:41:44

Darkness.

0:41:450:41:46

Temptation.

0:41:480:41:50

Greed.

0:41:510:41:53

Murder.

0:41:570:41:58

There are two paths open to you.

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The path of punishment.

0:42:060:42:08

Or the path of redemption.

0:42:080:42:10

Redemption through light.

0:42:120:42:14

Through good.

0:42:150:42:17

Redemption through puri... FOOTSTEPS APPROACH

0:42:180:42:20

Am I under arrest?

0:43:140:43:16

I'm putting you to bed.

0:43:160:43:17

How can those hands which have killed so many times be so gentle?

0:43:270:43:32

Are you ready?

0:43:470:43:48

Yes.

0:43:510:43:53

HE CHUCKLES

0:44:010:44:03

You really are divine.

0:44:040:44:06

Give me your hand.

0:44:130:44:15

HE SIGHS

0:44:180:44:20

I could...eat you up.

0:44:200:44:23

Do you like games?

0:44:280:44:29

What sort of games?

0:44:320:44:34

HE CHUCKLES

0:44:340:44:35

I don't think I like this sort of game...

0:44:410:44:43

Oh, you're not supposed to like it.

0:44:430:44:45

HE CACKLES

0:44:450:44:48

SHE WHIMPERS

0:44:480:44:51

So, that's how you want to play!

0:44:510:44:52

SHE STRAINS

0:44:530:44:55

HE GRUNTS

0:44:550:44:58

-BLOW LANDS

-Urgh!

0:44:580:45:00

Argh!

0:45:000:45:02

Ah...

0:45:020:45:04

Have you never heard

0:45:040:45:07

of conjugal duty?

0:45:070:45:09

SLAP! SHE SCREAMS

0:45:090:45:11

Squeal all you like! It excites me.

0:45:110:45:13

SHE SOBS

0:45:130:45:15

HE GRUNTS, SHE SCREAMS

0:45:150:45:17

QUIET SOBS

0:45:210:45:24

SHE SOBS

0:45:470:45:50

Oh, you poor thing...

0:45:500:45:51

SOPHIE CRIES

0:45:550:45:57

Do you know what day it is today?

0:46:120:46:13

It is the anniversary of the day that you took over as king.

0:46:160:46:19

Do you remember what you said to me that night?

0:46:230:46:25

Remind me.

0:46:290:46:30

You said that the secret is not just to be king.

0:46:320:46:35

It is to be SEEN to be king.

0:46:360:46:39

And that, my dear brother, is what you have forgotten.

0:46:410:46:44

You have taken off your clothes and shown us your frailty.

0:46:480:46:52

I suggest you put them back on.

0:46:560:46:58

Thank you.

0:47:180:47:19

< Yes?

0:47:420:47:43

I came to offer my condolences.

0:47:480:47:50

Is that all?

0:47:510:47:53

You think you can destroy the bond between the King and me.

0:47:540:47:58

But we are stronger than any of your sermons.

0:47:580:48:00

You're a sinner, driven only by the desires of the flesh.

0:48:000:48:03

Am I alone in that?

0:48:050:48:07

I've seen you and the Queen.

0:48:070:48:08

Her Majesty shares my faith.

0:48:080:48:11

Your devotion is just a mask!

0:48:110:48:13

Behind it, you're like any other man.

0:48:130:48:15

That is what you would like to believe.

0:48:150:48:17

When I look at a woman, I see only her soul.

0:48:170:48:20

Let's put that to the test, shall we?

0:48:210:48:24

How dare you?

0:48:280:48:29

I wonder how the Queen would react

0:48:310:48:33

if I told her you placed a hand on me.

0:48:330:48:35

She would not believe you.

0:48:350:48:36

Perhaps not, though she's stupid enough to believe anyone.

0:48:360:48:40

Take you, for instance.

0:48:400:48:41

However, the King will take my word.

0:48:410:48:44

For now.

0:48:440:48:46

You continue to seduce him with your wit and wiles,

0:48:460:48:48

but the day will come when he sees you for who you really are.

0:48:480:48:52

An empty husk...

0:48:520:48:54

of vanity and manipulation.

0:48:540:48:56

STREET BUSTLE

0:49:010:49:04

Ariadne sent me.

0:49:150:49:17

Hm?

0:49:200:49:21

The answer is yes.

0:49:290:49:32

I didn't ask a question.

0:49:320:49:35

Why did you come here?

0:49:350:49:36

I wanted to meet you.

0:49:380:49:39

No, you didn't.

0:49:400:49:43

You came here to ask for my help, even if you didn't know it.

0:49:440:49:48

Why would I want your help?

0:49:490:49:51

To help avenge your mother's death.

0:49:510:49:53

My mother's not dead. SHE GRASPS TIGHTLY

0:49:530:49:56

Yes...

0:49:590:50:01

She is.

0:50:010:50:02

And you want my help taking revenge on the man who killed her

0:50:050:50:09

and ruined your life.

0:50:090:50:11

You want to destroy Versailles.

0:50:110:50:14

That's not possible.

0:50:150:50:17

Everything is possible if you want it enough.

0:50:170:50:20

And why would you help me?

0:50:220:50:24

Because I want the same thing.

0:50:250:50:27

What do I have to do?

0:50:300:50:32

First of all, convince the King to let you return to court.

0:50:320:50:36

You will stop at nothing.

0:50:360:50:37

Bribery, corruption,

0:50:380:50:41

murder, extortion.

0:50:410:50:42

The King floods the palace with light.

0:50:440:50:47

You will engulf it in darkness.

0:50:470:50:49

Do you agree?

0:50:500:50:51

Now...

0:51:090:51:10

..you belong to me.

0:51:110:51:13

Preparations are made for war abroad, but battles of the sexes are waged within the palace itself, and there will be casualties.