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Two Queens

Video to remember "fire away" expression.

 

Script

- How are you?

- I'm always happy to see you, and my mood will improve yet further if you promise me one thing.

- Name it.

- Not to ask me how I am. It's all anyone ever does. Forget death by lung disease, it's death by bad conversation.

- All right. I promise. But if you are feeling up to it, there was something I wanted to talk to you about.

- Fire away.

- I was listening to the wireless this morning, where they described this fog as an act of God.

Now, in your letter that you sent me, you said "Loyalty to the ideal you have inherited is your duty above everything else, because the calling comes from the highest source. From God himself. "

- Yes.

- Do you really believe that?

- Monarchy is God's sacred mission to grace and dignify the earth. To give ordinary people an ideal to strive towards, an example of nobility and duty to raise them in their wretched lives.

Monarchy is a calling from God. That is why you are crowned in an abbey, not a government building. Why you are anointed, not appointed. It's an archbishop that puts the crown on your head, not a minister or public servant. Which means that you are answerable to God in your duty, not the public.

- I'm not sure that my husband would agree with that. He would argue that in any equitable modern society, that church and state should be separated. That if God has servants they're priests not kings. He would also say that he watched his own family destroyed, because they were seen by the people to embody
indefensible and unreasonable ideas.

- Yes, but he represents a royal family of carpetbaggers and parvenus, that goes back what? Ninety years? What would he know of Alfred the Great, the Rod of Equity and Mercy, Edward the Confessor, William the Conqueror or Henry the Eighth? It's the Church of England, dear, not the Church of Denmark or Greece.

Next question.

Vocabulary

  • anoint - smear or rub with oil, typically as part of a religious ceremony.
  • appoint - assign a job or role to (someone).
  • archbishop - the chief bishop responsible for a large district.
  • carpetbagger - if you call someone a carpetbagger, you disapprove of them because they are trying to become a politician in an area which is not their home, simply because they think they are more likely to succeed there.
  • embody - be an expression of or give a tangible or visible form to (an idea, quality, or feeling)
  • equitable - something that is equitable is fair and reasonable in a way that gives equal treatment to everyone.
  • fire away - if someone wants to say or ask something, you can say `fire away' as a way of showing that you are ready for them to speak
  • indefensible - if you say that a statement, action, or idea is indefensible, you mean that it cannot be justified or supported because it is completely wrong or unacceptable.
  • parvenu - if you describe someone as a parvenu, you think that although they have acquired wealth or high status they are not very cultured or well-educated.
  • unreasonable - beyond the limits of acceptability or fairness

Useful phrases from conversation

  1. She should not have been queen.
  2. He abdicated = He stood down as king.
  3. His mother was very religious and his parents lived separately.
  4. He was completly "broke". His relatives took him in.
  5. Her relatives were against their courtship.
    • courtship - a period during which a couple develop a romantic relationship before getting married
  6. The instigator of the relationship was Phillip's uncle, Lord Moutbatten.
    • instigator - a person who brings about or initiates something

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