Yeah, this episode will be recapped in 3-4 pieces. Like I said last time, this was a packed episode. And that’s not even getting into the actual history of the specific events dramatized for this series. I suppose that at the end, in part 4, I can put a list of list of helpful resources to look into them yourself. Like I’ve stressed elsewhere, this episode is packed.
As the titular Butterfly of Austria is chasing a butterfly of her own looking rather innocent and frivolous, we see that it’s actually much more foreshadowing than that. As Marie’s mother is looking on at the scene and reflecting the treaty, where her daughter only 14 years old will be deciding the fate of two Nations through marriage and she will likely never see her child again. She is having doubts Thread about some horrible Doom spelled out for her daughter, and as she has a vision of Marie Antoinette incinerating and disintegrating (that I’m not showing in this article) the butterfly that Marie caught has been released and is flying up to the window and in a really neat shot it flies between the queen and the sun casting in enormous butterfly Shadow as the queen is struggling with Dread.
So why am I taking the time to point this out, a because I’m a soccer for details, and be I tend to ramble without getting straight to the point. The butterfly is in Japan where this work originates, a symbol of death a spirit that will whole Souls from the world of the living. So it was an effective use of a butterfly shadow and a way to capture the duality of the situation. Something that will pay off later in the same episode. Speaking of great shot the butterfly shadow effectively fills the room as if from within, like this is just representing the Queen’s feelings and her fears not actually a shadow in the light. It’s a shadow of the heart.
To address these fears the queen has a meeting with her daughter and her royal Austrian attire, getting ready to leave. She gives her daughter a list of instructions and a lecture. While she sees Marie Antoinette is having many virtues she also highlights the Faults that we will be seeing. Tomboyish Carefree flighty very impulsive. So there’s a list of instructions to be reviewed every month to keep her on the right path and protect her. Well this is a touching goodbye. Marie basically throws her emotions at the room whenever she feels something. She’s only 14 and she has without (much) exaggeration the weight of the world on her shoulders. So as she’s expressing fear and loss and not wanting to leave her mother and oh God this is all too much, the queen gives her the ring off the finger that she’s wearing at that moment to keep with her at all times. Or just rather to keep her mother’s love by her as a token. That’s sweet. I’m sure this won’t backfire in any way. Yeah I’m a jerk.
So when she arrives at the river or the island on the river Marie is hold that she must remove her ring rather she must remove everything that she’s wearing even her frilly things and the stuff that holds up her hair as well as a jewelry because everything that you where’s into France must be French. This whole affair took a year to plan to make sure that the customs of both nations would be observed. There’s very important diplomatically, but as we’ve already established, this girl lives Life by the seat off her pants. Pants she is not yet allowed to wear because this is the 18th century. so as her carriage is leaving to take her to the border, the kidnapping sub plot rears its ugly head. To spectators fleet to inform a spiffy looking man in shadows that all is going according to plan the carriage is move without a hitch. Is one of them refer still a man is Duke Orlean and it’s probably stabbed as he tries her no worries he use the name out what how’d you do not addressed in spirit trying to take the throne by their own name if you don’t already know who Duke Orlean well that’s going to be a bit of a surprise, and Ben will block whole at the end. The Duke’s planning to send a man looks so whole lot like a woman to wear a wig that makes him look like Marie Antoinette dressed as an attendant. Get her to swap plate get him at the swap places with the princess, and then sooner than you can say it’s a trap make a fool out of the Prince of France. And that puts the Duke in line to be the next king. Which is a horrible plan, because this isn’t us any arranged marriage, this is in arranged marriage to put in a new years of war. You’re not going could have thrown if this works, “it is going to be a s*** show,” to quote Lord Buckethead of Britain’s Briggs at election.
Duke Orlean Kill Count: 1.
When she arrives at the river or the island on the river, Marie is told that she must remove her ring rather she must remove everything at he’s wearing even her freely things and the stuff that holds up her hair as well as a jewelry because everything that she wears into France must be French. This whole affair took a year to plan to make sure the customs of both nations would be observed. There’s very important diplomatically, but as we’ve already established, this girl lives life by the seat of her pants. Pants she is not yet allowed to to wear because this was the 18th century.
When she is told that she can’t wear it she panics understandably, and she says she’s calling it off she’s not going to get married. Which goes better that for Duke Orlean. Not only does it make her easier to set up for the switch, but it’s also more likely that the humiliation he’s counting on will take place.
How will this impulsive dash impact the future of France? Will babysitting such a child be beyond Oscar’s patience or power? Find out next time as we conclude our review of this episode.