The one thing I can say for him is that he's bound to marry well. Everybody is above him.
Just when I reach the golden age of eligibility and wooability. Is my fate determined by love and courtship? Oh, no. [Bitterly] Clause one: fix the border; Clause two: establish trade; Clause three: deliver me; Clause four: stop the war; five, six: pick up sticks. How cruel! How unjust! Am I never to know the joys of maidenhood? The conventional, ordinary, garden variety joys of maidenhood?
Oh, Pellinore, forget it! You will never burn down a barn, you will never know a farmer named William and you will never, ever be found in a court!
No. In the court there is also a jury, who decides whether you are guilty or not guilty.
No, Pellinore. Look, in the court, there is a prosecutor for Farmer William and a defendant for you.
Er...let us say, a farmer named...William?
Now, Pelly, you claim you haven't. What does he do then?
Let us say you are accused of burning down a farm.
Wrong or right, they have the might, so wrong or right, they're always right, and that's wrong... right?
Well, SOMEONE has to do it!
Well, it's a sort of... um... picnic? They pick flowers and chase young...
It's a custom we have here. This is England, you know. And this is the season for gathering flowers.
Well... actually... there's not much going on today. The Queen and some of her court have gone a-maying.
But for what purpose? Might isn't always right, Jenny.
We must arrange for your knighthood.
No, no, no! I swear it! By the Sword Excalibur! I swear I won't touch you.
A thousand pardons, Milady. Wait! Don't run. [She stops and looks at him coweringly] Please! I won't harm you.
But even the thought, "I'm not thinking a thought" is thinking, isn't it?
Mordred, I must remind you that I am a civilized man. With occasional lapses.
Far more seasoned rascals than you have polished their souls, I advise you, get out the wax. Better to be rubbed clean than rubbed out.
Merlyn, why have you never taught me love and marriage?
Proposition: It's far better to be alive than to be dead.
And -what of teaching me by turning me to animal and bird,
From beaver to the smallest bobolink!
I should have had a -whirl
At changing to a girl,
To learn the way the creatures think!
Merlyn told me once: Never be too disturbed if you don't understand what a woman is thinking. They don't do it often.
I dreamed ... I dreamed.