Who will set an example, you ask? Let it be me –
brother Gorenflot! A humble, lowly monk – a collector of alms! In a cuirasse, armed with a musket I will
lead all good Catholics into battle! Thank you! Thank you, brothers!
My thanks… Now this I call success, brother Gorenflot! What is happening? They
are far too excited! This we do not need, let us finish here. Brothers! The assembly is over,
it is time to go. Ah, I see – another coin is
needed to leave this place! That Gorenflot… Based on a novel by
Alexandre Dumas (père) La Dame de Monsoreau Episode 8 -Brother door-keeper, has everyone left?
-Yes, all of them. Let us make sure they did. Damn it, what a persistent monk boy! Brother, let us make another
round of the church. As you wish, brother. Well, it looks like I will have to spend
the night in a confessional. I hope this counts towards my salvation! Aha! This was just the end of the
first act – I thought as much! -Count de Monsoreau, is that man here?
-Yes, Monseigneur, he is waiting. -Invite him in.
-Yes, my lord. The duke de Guise in the flesh! And
I believed him at the siege of La Charité! De Mayenne, Claude de Chevreuse…
The close, but not too holy Trinity! Let us see what you are up to! My friends! The time is precious and we
must seize the bull by the horns. Dear brothers, the prince whose
support was promised to us… … the prince whose approval of our
actions was so unlikely… That prince is here! Please reveal yourself, Your Highness! So that the most faithful and committed members
of the Union see with their own eyes… … that you keep the word given in your name! Do not worry, Monseigneur – the walls
of this chapel are impenetrable! Ohhh..! Our brother Anjou! Looks like he is still trying to win the throne
by gambling with the heads of others! My brothers, His Highness wishes
to adress a few words to you. Monseigneur…. Messieurs, I believe that the Lord
follows us with an all-seeing eye! And, at some point, will end all strife born of
human ambition with a single strike of lightning. And I too looked upon this world – and
what did I see everywhere in our kingdom? For many years now, heretics have undermined the
foundations of our faith, and my soul is filled with sorrow. I felt as if the Judgement Day was upon me –
and the Lord had separated sheep from goats. Sinners were on one side and
I recoiled from them in horror… … on the other were saints
whose embrace I sought. And I am here now, my brothers. Amen! -Have you come here of your own free will, prince?
-Yes, of my own free will. Who revealed this holy secret to you? My friend and a true servant of our
Faith, the count de Monsoreau! My lord, what do you intend to do
for the Holy League then? I intend… to serve the Catholic faith
to the best of my ability. And do everything it requires of me. Do continue, high-born rogue! Your Highness, in your name, we will battle for
the freedom of our faith and of the throne! We will gratefully obey any order you deign
to give us, the Lord is with our cause! Let us leave the Lord to the regular
members of the League! By serving God, they serve those
who speak of God to them. But we must dedicate ourselves to our cause. There are some individuals in our
way – they condescend, insult us… And refuse to show respect to
the prince who is our chief! We will destroy them! We will
destroy them all – first to last! We will eradicate that accursed breed
the king made so rich – rich with our wealth! Let each of us vow to kill one of our enemies! -A wise suggestion!
-I will take on Quelus. -And I Schomberg!
-And I Maugiron! Fine – but you forget my brave Bussy. My lords, we who are assembled
here are all courageous men… … why are we then afraid of
speaking the truth aloud? Aha, our Chief Huntsman will
ask for his share of the prey now! We are all intelligent men – why
do we talk only of trifles? The matter of utmost inconvenience to us is the king… … who was forced upon us and with whom
the French nobility are dissatisfied. His interminable public prayers
giving way to orgies… … his insane spending on feasts and incredible
stinginess in matters of war and industry! I cannot explain it away with a weakness
of character or a natural ignorance – … it must be feeble-mindedness! Do continue, I am waiting! Can we afford to continue being ruled
by a lazy simpleton of a king? All this when fires are burning in Spain! When England is cutting down heads
together with ideas in the name of politics, When each country seeks to increase its power
and wealth – while ours keeps sleeping! Down with Henri the Monk!
We need a warrior of a king! May he even be a tyrant, as long
as he is not holier-than-though! My lords, I beg for mercy for my brother! Monseigneur, our love for your family
has stayed our hand long enough. But this is no longer about the League… …which was a tool against the king
of Navarre, that scarecrow for fools! This is not about the League which supports the church –
our church can take care of itself well enough! Today we are choosing a leader meant
to bring glory and wealth to the French nobility! We have brought an offering
for the leader we have chosen. Here it is – the gift I present to Your
Highness on behalf of all of us! A crown – for me?! But this is
impossible! My brother still lives! -He is The Lord`s Anointed!
-Long live the king of France Francois III! Long live the king of France!
Long live Francois III! Here, my lord… Name your Archbishop of Reims and your
Constable of France – and you are king. Monsieur de Monsoreau is
my colonel. Messieurs de Riberac and
d`Antraguet are my captains. Monsieur de Livarot is the lieutenant of my guards – assume
positions corresponding to the titles I granted you. Standing here before our Lord
I promise to my people… …to uphold and revere the faith
as required of a Christian king. -May the Lord and his saints
aid me in my endeavours. -Amen! I anoint you king with the Holy oil, in the name
of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit! Amen. The Lord crowns you with the
diadem of glory and justice! Accept this crown in the name of
the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. -Amen!
-Amen! -Long live the king of France!
-Long live Francois III! Poor Henri! My lords! I will never forget those noblemen
who considered me worthy of the throne. I will take my leave now –
may the Lord watch over you! Please follow me, Monseigneur. What would you say about your brother now… … my foolish majesty? What`s this?! Is it not over yet? Will there be a third act? Do not laugh so loudly, sister,
and stop ringing the bell! They are still too close and might hear us! Sister?! That young monk is a woman then. Oh brother, how pious you looked! And him! How happily that idiot presented his
stupid head for the anointment! And how much like a filthy little toad
he looked in that crown! It does not matter. We achieved our goal –
Francois cannot renounce us now! As for Monsoreau, he has some
secret designs of his own. But he has led his master so far already… … that we do not have to fear him abandoning
us on the way to the executioner! -Not like he did with La Mole and Coconnas!
-Let us get down to business. -Mayenne, you told me he was here?
-Yes, he is. -I did not see him!
-He is hiding. -Where?
-In a confessional. -Does this mean he saw and heard everything?
-So what? He is on our side! Bring him to me! Not that one, Mayenne – the one next to it! Please come out, monsieur. -Are you well?
-Yes. -Well, in this case, please come with me.
-Do not worry! We are alone. Nicholas David! You here as well, snake! I have been searching for you with such zeal,
Nicholas David, and I finally found you! Do come closer. So, what have you done for us? My brother Mayenne claims
you can perform miracles! Thank you, Monseigneur. I found a legal way
for you to ascend to the French throne. These as well? Everyone is trying to
grab the French throne these days… The last might be the first! As a man with a deep knowledge of law I searched
the annals and confirmed my assumptions. I found out that you are the
rightful heirs to the French throne! And those Valois are no more
than illegitimate usurpers. Please take this, Monseigneur. What is this? The family tree of the House of Lorraine. Who is the progenitor? Charles the Great, my lord. Charles the Great? Impossible! The first duke of Lorraine was Charles`
contemporary by the name of Regnier! And his ancestral lines have never
crossed those of the great emperor. Forgive me, Monseigneur… Who was the daughter of Regnier`s
second son married to? Charles of Lorraine, son of Louis IV,
who was a king of France! Pray continue, I see some hope here! Charles of Lorraine was to inherit if
his brother Lothair`s line was to end. That line did end – and this,
my lords, means that… … you are the only legitimate
heirs of the French crown! That viper is even more poisonous
than I assumed! How cunning, maitre Nicholas
David! This is not bad at all! Even excellent! I want the German
emperor for husband now! The work is done – here are the 200 gold
ecu the duke of Mayenne promised you. My thanks. And another 200 should you run the errand
we would like to entrust to you. Please speak, I am at your
disposal, Monseigneur. This genealogy must receive the blessing
of the Pope Gregory XIII… … but we cannot send you to Rome, as you are
too low-born a messenger for Vatican. It is true, I am a man of high courage but low birth-
if I had been at least a simple nobleman… Alas, you are not a nobleman yet. We must
send Pierre de Gondy on this mission. But Pierre de Gondy is not subordinate to us –
we cannot trust him over Nicholas David! Nicholas David is firmly on our side and… … and, whenever we like, we
could have him hanged! Do not worry, my brother is joking! Gondy will bring the genealogy to Rome together with
some other papers without knowing what he carries. And he will return to France with the
ancestral tree approved by the Pope. You will leave at the same time as Gondy
and wait for him in the town we will name. With this arrangement, you will be the only
one to know the true aim of the mission. You can see that you are still in our confidence! Who is there? -Chicot!
-Ah, it is you, monsieur! -How glad I am to see you!
-How is brother Gorenflot? Asleep and dreaming! Friend, I would prefer for him not to know that
I left in the evening and returned at 3 in the morning. -Will be done!
-I hope so! It`s the Lord`s… breath… A light breeze… is blowing in my face… Oh friend, you could not even imagine what
a ghastly dreamland you visited this night! Cold… The grapes cannot
survive this cold! No grapes can grow… in this cold… -Animal!
-Yes, I am of the same mind! Away… Away! Damn it! It`s day already!
It seems I spent all night here… And what about my speech?
Oh Lord! And the Abbey?! I am done for… They will throw me into
the Abbey`s dungeon… I will have to eat plain bread and
drink plain water again! How happy that drunkard must be,
if he is sleeping so soundly! If I had some money, I could have tempted
the brother dungeon-keeper with it… How deeply he sleeps! How untroubled he seems… Just like a child! If he was not asleep, I am certain
he would give me a few coins… No no! His sleep is sacred to me. In this case, I will have to
take them myself… How strange! No purse… Chicot is, of course, a fool by profession,
but a very intelligent fool! He would not leave his
house without a purse! Aha! I all but forgot about the pants! Aha, it seems that I found something! Er… this is clearly not a purse… Oh Lord! And who will pay for dinner now? Please forgive me, friend Chicot! I say, Jacques! Where are you?
Still asleep, I bet, lazybones! Up! At least there is another way out… See you around, friend! Here I am… Maybe I should not go inside? No. I will go! There is nothing for it!
My mouth is all dry… Ugh, they are standing there… They have been waiting! This m-means… they have
been searching for me! I am lost! No, I will run away first! And where would I run to? No!
This body is not meant for running… Better to submit to my fate… Greetings, my brothers! My poor brother! -The prior has been waiting for you.
-W-waiting for me?! He asked us to take you to
him as soon as you return. T-take me to him? This is the end. Well then… Lead me to him, brothers! Take me there! R-reverend f-father… -You have finally appeared, my son!
-Ap-peared, yes… ap-p-peared… There was quite an uproar on your behalf. Yes… y-yes… -Y-yes…
-Stand! N-no n-no… no-no-no… -Stand, my son!
-No-no-no… N-no… -Do deign to stand up!
-Y-yes, I am s-standing… Were you afraid to return because
of what you did last night? I could n-not d-dare to s-speak of it… Oh dear brother, how indiscreet
you were, how reckless! R-reverend father, may I explain? This… Why explain? You succumbed
to rapture, a holy emotion! Holy? But that escapade of yours, you know… I… do not understand which
escapade you mean? The one of last night! So you mean… I also did
something weird last night? -Of course!
-Oh… I am as much of a good Catholic as you are, but I
will be frank – your audacity frightened me! My audacity? Was I audacious?! More than that, you were provocative! I will mend my ways! Yes. But I do worry that this might
have some consequences for you. Not only for you – for all of us as well. The rumours have already reached the city. Some seculars were in attendance at the assembly,
listening to every word of your speech! M-m-my speech? I admit, the speech was excellent –
but the success went to your head. Yes yes – those overwhelming
accolades have made you proud! -However, a possibility remains to settle this.
-Y-yes? The holy fervor boiling over in your heart
is harmful for you in Paris. I want you to cool it down
a bit in the provinces. -You are banishing me?
-Depart at once, Brother Gorenflot! I am afraid the king`s archers might have
already received the order to arrest you. -W-w-what will I eat then in exile?
-Nothing simpler, my son, please calm down! Those ideas you expressed yesterday will gain you
a large number of followers in all provinces! I guarantee you will not want for anything,
do calm down. Go with the Lord, my son! And do not come back before
receiving our invitation! -Reverend father!
-Go, my son, go. Go. Yes… Brother Gorenflot is
a truly great man! -Farewell, Brother Gorenflot!
-Yes, I have just said that. -You are a fearless defender of the faith!
-Defen… Who is a defender? -I, a defender? -Yes!
-Me? -Of course! It is you who are that, not me, damn it!
Either I am insane or they are… -Brother, do not forget me in you prayers!
-I will not, trust me! The darkness still has a hold over
the world, but the dawn is near! -A holy man! A saint!
-Saint! No no! It is clearly them
who have lost their marbles! Farewell, brother! Farewell! -Farewell!
-Farewell! Farewell… brothers! I think I have been in exile
for half an hour already… I cannot take this anymore! And what if… I returned to the Abbey, fell on
my knees in front of the prior and told him… “Prior…” No, better “Reverend father…
I agree to the dungeon!” No, I will even agree to a whipping!
One with double whips… But please do not deprive me of food! He will not agree to that… Easy for him to say:
“Seek and you will find!” What will I find? How am I to feed all this? And I am not even starting on drink! If I only had some money… But I have none! He has a horse, the lucky man! This means he can always
sell her and get drink… I think he is hiding from someone! More riders! Aha, so you are flying away
now, my turtledoves? You played your roles
in my play rather well! Godspeed, monsieur de St. Luc! Oh, monsieur de Bussy? It would be nice to know the
destination of our noble knight! Why are they all on the road today? No! He is not hiding, he is spying on someone! And people like that would
not want to be found out. Ergo I might get some coins for his secret! Damn it! He is armed.
I am unlikely to scare him. Just as well – I can just go and tell him: “Monsieur, if you want, I could pray for the success
of your plans and you donate what you wish!” And if he is planning something evil, of which I am certain,
he would want me to pray for him even more! Ergo I might have breakfast thanks to
this kind man with evil plans! Wonderful! Finally! Here you are, Nicholas David! Now I will not let you out of my sight! Monsieur, if five or six prayers… Oh! Gorenflot! -Monsieur Chicot!
-Where the hell are you going, friend? -I have no idea myself…
-What are you doing beyond the city gate? What I am doing? Oh, monsieur Chicot!
I am banished… Brothers have removed me from their circle…
I was placed under an… err… anathema! Did they see you in the inns last night? Why are you saying this, why?
You know exactly what I was up to! I have no knowledge of what you were up to
from ten in the evening to three in the morning. Considering that you left at ten! I… left? Of course you left! I even asked
you where you were going! You told me you were
to present a speech! -Speech? -Yes.
-I? -Yes. You returned at 3 in the morning. I returned? Why are joking about this? I am not! Ask our innkeeper, he opened
the door to you in the morning. -Maitre Bonnome?
-Yes, him. And you did not just return – you
were nearly bursting with pride! What? Bursting why? I do not know, but perhaps your
speech had made an impression? The duke de Guise praised it
and so did Mayenne! I even told you:”You should be ashamed, friend,
for such pride is unbecoming of a monk!” Ah… Aha. Aha. I understand.
I am a somnambulant! I have suspected this for a while… My spirit has such power over the body, that when
the body sleeps, the waking spirit forces it to obey! -A somnambulant?
-Yes. And what is that “somnambulant” exactly? Er… No idea?.. Admit it, does it mean you
are controlled by dark forces? I?! How else could it be that a man walks and talks without
knowing it and makes speeches against the king?! I think that all of this is unnatural! -Away with you, Beelzebub!
-No! Do not leave me, monsieur Chicot! -Away!
-Then at least give me a few coins for breakfast? I can do better than that – come with me! -And where will we go?
-You will see! -And when will we have breakfast?
-Right now! Now this is lovely! You are my
best friend, monsieur Chicot! So, as I was saying… Then this horrible fight broke out! There were two giant Huguenots in
front of me! I sneaked in from the rear… I caught hold of them and shoved my hand
underneath one`s chain mail! And, at the same time, that
scoundrel bit into this organ… I mean finger! And bit it off
as cleanly as you please! A donkey! Ohhh! Is he for me?! Your belly is as big as that of Silenus the satyr –
also you are as much of a drunkard! And I bought you this donkey
for full resemblance! Monsieur Chicot, you are like
a king to me! Ohhh… My beautiful donkey! His eyes are so sweet!
You belong to me now, donkey! My smart one! I have dreamed of
one just like this for all my life! I will call you Panurge, yes? Get ready, up you get, friend!
We must be on our way! And what about the luncheon? There is a meal waiting for you in
Lyon in the afternoon, up you get! Understood, I am not a fool! Farewell,
my beauties! Until our next meeting! -Monsieur Chicot, may I ride him now?
-Of course you may! When riding a donke-e-ey while holding a bo-o-ottle!
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