Film / The Court Jester

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"King of Jesters, and Jester to the King."

The Court Jester is a 1955 Paramount Farce comedy film, written and directed by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank, and starring Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury, Cecil Parker, Mildred Natwick, and John Carradine, has been a Comedy Cult Classic on TV for years, mercilessly mocking the conventions of medieval Swashbuckler films of the 1930s through the 1950s. A lot of it is thanks to the talent of Danny Kaye, who is about as unlikely an adventure hero as you could get, and the film makes sure to milk every drop of that.

The royal family of old England has been wiped out. Roderick recently usurped the throne as king and now only an infant boy survives from the true line. The Black Fox, and his band of outlaws, have sworn to protect the true king.

But fate conspires to put the child in greater danger than ever before. When two of the outlaws, Hubert Hawkins and Maid Jean, try to take the child to safety, they wind up within the walls of the usurper's castle. Now they must rely on their wits to keep the child from being found.

If this were a drama, the odds would be against them. But this is Played for Laughs.

The film flopped when it came out, but was later a hit on TV. Now it's on the American Film Institute's list of "100 Years... 100 Laughs," and preserved in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".


Tropes from this film include:

  • Abusive Parents: Roderick gets a moment of this when he tells Gwendolyn that she will marry Griswold no matter what, and that if she makes any false move, he will have her killed, regardless of the fact she is his daughter.
  • Action Girl: Maid Jean, especially for the standards of the time.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Gwendolyn has a moment of this when she refers to Griswold as "the grim and grisly gruesome Griswold", saying he's not called that for nothing.
    • The whole bit about the Duke, the Duchess and the Doge is full of this.
  • Alliterative Name: Hubert Hawkins.
  • Answer Cut: Jane wonders how they could get somebody inside the castle close to the king with access to his chamber. Cue Giacomo entering the shack.
  • Arranged Marriage: Griselda trying to get Gwendolyn out of being forced to marry Sir Griswold sets up a lot of the plot. Although it's hinted Gwendolyn may end up with the "Grim, Grisly, Gruesome" Griswold anyway.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Hawkins pretends to be a jester from Italy. When a guard asks him why he doesn't have an accent, he replies that he is fluent in many languages and demonstrates it by talking a lot of nonsensical gibberish that sounds very much like French, Italian, and German. (This skill was then known as "double-talk", and Kaye was a famous master of it.) The guard, who doesn't understand any of this, allows him to pass
  • Badass Fingersnap: Played for laughs, as a finger snap is Hawkins' Trigger Phrase in and out of hypnosis.
  • Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me: More or less happens to Maid Jean, but she uses it as a way to get the castle key needed for their plan.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Hubert Hawkins desperately craves action and adventure. He gets it and immediately finds he's totally unsuited for it, as everybody but he had already figured out.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Hawkins and Jean in the woodman's hut when Hawkins tells her he will not fail in the plan, as the future of England depends on it.
    • Hawkins and Gwendolyn in Gwendolyn's chambers, while Hawkins is still under Griselda's spell to woo her.
  • Big Fancy House: The castle could count as a medieval version, even though it was usurped before the events of the film.
  • Birthmark of Destiny: The Rightful Heir (still an infant) has a birthmark on his butt. There are a couple of scenes of Hawkins holding the infant in his arms, lowering the swaddling clothes just far enough to reveal the birthmark.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Hawkins using Giacomo's "King of Jesters, and Jester to the King."
  • Butt Monkey: Fergus. He sneaks into the castle before the film starts, but only gets duties as an hostler, so they have to send someone else o the castle after him. He's ignored by everybody, including Hawkins and Jean a few times, while listening to him could have ended the film in about five minutes, and saved many lives, including his own. He does manage to get through to Jean by telling her his plan to send the key to the secret passage to the Black Fox is better than hers, but he's caught in the act by Ravenhurst and his henchmen and tortured to death (thankfully offscreen).
  • Captain Ersatz: The Black Fox is a swashbuckling thief and outlaw leading a group in resistance against an illegitimate king from a headquarters hidden in a forest. If he were the main character of this movie, he'd probably have outright been Robin Hood explicitly.
  • Chekhov's Army: Hawkins's dwarf friends, seen during the "Outfox The Fox" number at the start of the film. When Jean finally gets the key to the Black Fox, the tunnel collapses, rendering it unusable except for a small crawlspace, giving the Black Fox the idea to use Hawkins's dwarf friends from the carnival to use the passage to enter the castle, while he leads the others to attack from the outside.
    Dwarf: Well, if you ever need us, call us.
    Black Fox: Thank you. I shall.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Totem Pole Trench. It's first done with Hawkins's dwarf friends a few times in the forest at the start of the film. It's done again at the start of the climax to free Hawkins and Jean and let them know that Hawkins's dwarf friends are about to attack.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Hawkins's entertaining skills from the carnival come in very hand when he has to pose as Giacomo, making his appearance as a jester pretty convincing.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: The surviving true royal is an infant. No regent is named at the end of the film though.
  • Clean Cut: Hawkins slashes a set of candles, apparently to no effect, and Ravenhurst laughs at him. Then he blows on the candles, and they fall apart. This is another Actor Allusion, as well, as Tyrone Power had pulled a similar, if less exaggerated, bit of swordplay on Basil Rathbone's Captain Esteban in 1940's The Mark of Zorro.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Hawkins isn't above biting and pinching in order to gain advantage in a swordfight.
  • Courtly Love: Parodied, not only with Hawkins only doing it because he has been Brainwashed, but by Danny Kaye making silly poses in rapid succession to spoof the almost implausible complexity of many romantic heroes.
  • Credits Gag: Among other things, Basil Rathbone's name comes up in scary font any time Danny Kaye's song mentions evil or villainy. No points for guessing which side his character's on, although, since he's Basil Rathbone, that was never really in question.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Hawkins is bumbling at rather a lot of things, but he is a competent faster father figure to the young king, his carnival skills make him rather adept at impersonating Giacomo, and it's an enforced trope when he gets to the castle and Griselda hypnotises him. She does it first to make him court Gwendolyn, and again at the end to make him defeat Ravenhurst.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Maid Jean is caught and taken to the castle, and it almost makes her more dangerous to the antagonists than if she had gotten away.
  • Deadly Decadent Court: Ravenhurst and his associates scheme murder to retain their influence with Roderick.
  • Distinguishing Mark: The Purple Pimpernel on the royal posterior.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Jean might be an example of this but it's hard to tell if she is or the bare feet are just part of her costume in the disguise and better than wearing heels in the final scene. She does wear boots as part of her regular "outlaw uniform."
  • Epic Flail: Hawkins faces off against a knight who selects a mace and chain as his weapon.
  • Eureka Moment: After the secret passage collapses, the Black Fox is informed there is barely enough of an opening for a child. This gives him the idea to use Hawkins's dwarf friends from the carnival to use the passage and attack the castle while he and the others mount a second attack from the outside.
  • Evil Chancellor: Ravenhurst isn't quite outright planning to overthrow the kingdom, but he certain makes plans that help his position. Even Roderick knows Ravenhurst isn't fully to be trusted.
  • Excuse Me While I Multi Task: Spoofed in the climactic battle when Hawkins (under hypnosis) nonchalantly fights off Ravenhurst's attack while pouring a cup of wine to toast Ravenhurst's health! Ravenhurst is infuriated.
  • False Reassurance: Hawkins' toast to Roderick:
    "A toast! A toast! A toast to his most royal highness! To Roderick the first, for all that he has done for this great England of ours, may Providence provide a true and just reward! To the king!"
  • Farce: The entire plot is a spoof of tales such as Robin Hood and Ivanhoe..
  • Fate Worse Than Death: It's possible that Gwendolyn thinks being married to Griswold would be this, as she says she would rather die than be married to him.
  • Flynning: Parodied in the climax. It should be noted that Danny Kaye was such a quick study at fencing (and incredibly skilled at mimicking others in general) that, in any shot where you don't see Basil Rathbone's face, Kaye is actually fighting a fencing master who was hired to be Rathbone's double. Rathbone had been an expert fencer since childhood, but he was twenty years Kaye's senior and couldn't keep up in a couple of the scenes. The fencing master himself, Ralph Faulkner, is said to have told Kaye to take it easy on him!
  • Foreshadowing: Brockhurst mentions early on that Ravenhurst likely fears losing his position as the king's advisor because of the alliance he (Brockhurst), Finsdale and Pertwee want Roderick to make with Griswold. Ravenhurst yells at him that he will die for that, to which Brockhurst replies, "One of us will!", before engaging in a brief sword fight. Ravenhurst later conspires to have Brockhurst, Finsdale and Pertwee killed off to prevent the alliance from going ahead.
  • Fun with Subtitles: The opening song.
  • Gambit Pileup: Between the Black Fox and Ravenhurst and Griselda and Gwendolyn and others all pursuing their own ends, it's a wonder anybody can accomplish anything.
  • Get Out: Before the knighting ceremony, Jean's message to Hawkins tells him to do this, as they only want to knight him so they can kill him off. The message reads: "They Knight you only to kill you. Run for your life!"
  • Glove Slap: Milked for laughs in back-to-back scenes between Sir Griswold and Hawkins.
  • Gorgeous Period Dress: The clothing in this movie is bright and colorful, even for those wearing subdued colors.
  • Guile Hero: Maid Jean uses a lot of trickery to get herself out of bad situations.
  • Happy Harlequin Hat: As per his role, though he spends just as much time without it.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: He's the new Jester I've sent for, by reputation, the gayest and wittiest entertainer in Europe.
  • He's Dead, Jim: Somebody quickly confirms the death of Brockhurst, Finsdale and Pertwee who were poisoned by Grizelda.
  • Hidden Backup Prince: The rightful heir, who as a baby doubles as a Living MacGuffin.
  • Hollywood Costuming: Many of the dresses were based on fifties styles more than middle ages. The film even provides the trope image. Angela Lansbury looks almost like she should be posing next to an Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 at the 1955 GM Motorama.
  • Hollywood History: But of the Artistic License kind. Of course there has never been any Roderick on the throne of England, legitimately or illegitimately, and that any resemblance in this film to the real Middle Ages is a coincidence not intended. Lampshaded in the opening song:
    We did research —
    Authenticity was a must.
    Zooks! Did we search —
    And what did we find? (sneeze) A lot o' dust!
  • Hypno Fool: It seems to give Hawkins skills he never had, such as seduction and sword fighting.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Gwendolyn. She doesn't want to be forced into an Arranged Marriage to Griswold because she wants to marry for love.
  • Infant Immortality: The last remaining rightful heir to the throne survived the massacre that wiped out the rest of the royal family and is being cared for by the Black Fox's group in the forest. Roderick attempts to avert it by ordering said heir to be capture and killed, and the rightful heir even spends a fair bit of time in the castle without detection and ends up back on the throne at the end.
  • Instant Death Bullet: In the opening scene a mook dies instantly from an arrow wound inflicted by the Black Fox.
  • Intimate Marks: The Rightful Heir (still an infant) has a Birthmark of Destiny on his butt. In an early scene and in the ending, Hawkins holds the infant in his arms and lowers the swaddling clothes just far enough to reveal the birthmark, to a long line of nobles.
  • It's All About Me: Roderick is this to some degree, as he intends to force Gwendolyn into an Arranged Marriage to Griswold that Gwendolyn herself wants no part of, for reasons that benefit Roderick.
  • Jerkass:
    • Roderick, who had the entire royal family killed so he could usurp the throne for himself, wants to kill the last remaining heir to the throne, and intends to force Gwendolyn into an Arranged Marriage she wants no part of for reasons that benefit himself, and even threatens her with death if she steps out of line.
    • Ravenhurst, who plans to kill Brockhurst, Finsdale and Pertwee so he can avoid losing his position as the king's right-hand man.
  • The Jester: Hawkins is forced to impersonate one to infiltrate the castle, hence the film's title.
  • Kiss Up the Arm: Hawkins does this up and down Gwendolyn's arms while under hypnosis.
  • Kneel Before Frodo: In the final scene everybody is kneeling before the true baby king.
  • Knighting: Spoofed in so many ways. When Gwendolyn says she wants Giacomo (really Hawkins) instead of Griswold, the knight is offended, and would challenge Giacomo to a duel if he weren't a lowly jester. Hawkins is rushed through knighting to avoid spoiling the marriage, being given fixed and easy challenges to complete, and even the final ceremony is done double time.
  • La Résistance: The Black Fox's people seek to overthrow the usurper and put the rightful heir back on the throne.
  • Large Ham: Roderick as well as the original Giacomo.
  • Last Name Basis: Hawkins is always referred to by his surname, though Jean and the Black Fox refer to him by his first name, Hubert, one time each.
  • Let Me Get This Straight: Roderick provides this kind of exposition when summarising the plan how to get his daughter married to Sir Griswold.
    Roderick: Knight the Jester, Sir Griswold will challenge him, he dare not refuse, they meet at the tournament tomorrow, Sir Griswold's lance runs the Jester through, and the marriage and the alliance proceed.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: At one point Hawkins' armor is hit by lightning. After Hawkins puts it on, anything made of metal sticks to him which lets him defeat Sir Griswold.
  • Literal Ass Kicking: Unfortunately for Hawkins, sitting at the foot of the royal throne to perform leaves his posterior in excellent position to be booted by the king and the princess.
  • MacGuffin: Providing the key to the Secret Path into the castle is what drives the plot.
  • Maid and Maiden: The princess has Griselda, an older maid/companion who is a hypnotist.
  • Men of Sherwood: The Black Fox's forces and Hawkins's dwarf friends each become this in the climax. Kind of expected because the Black Fox is an expy of Robin Hood anyway.
  • The Middle Ages: Solidly in Hollywood History form, during the reign of King Roderick I of England.
  • Missing Mom: Gwendolyn's mother is not seen or mentioned.
  • Mistaken for Badass: Hawkins impersonates a jester, unaware that he is also an assassin. A series of well timed coincidences convince everyone he is the ruthless killer they believe he is.
  • The Mole: Fergus is the confederate already in the castle working as an hostler before Hawkins and Jean join him. Unfortunately for him, he ends up getting killed just before the climax. It's revealed he was tortured offscreen and spilled the beans before his death.
  • Mugged for Disguise: Giacomo's fate.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: The villains are surprised at how much of a doofus Giacomo is and wonder whether or not he is doing this to hide his true intentions. Helped by the secret self-serving actions of Griselda.
  • Offing the Offspring: After findign Gwendolyn with the key to the secret passage, Roderick warns her that if she steps out of line and does anything to prevent her arranged marriage to Griswold, he will sentence her to death.
  • Oh, Crap!: Mainly happens to Hawkins.
    • Hawkins at the end of the scene in the woodman's hut. His dialogue goes: "Jester to the King. Jester to the King. To the King?!"
    • Gwendolyn has one while Hawkins is in her chambers and Roderick is outside the door, as she knows if Roderick finds Hawkins in there, Roderick would kill him.
    • Hawkins when he's holding the basket containing the infant king and he realizes this, just as Roderick summons him into the castle's great hall.
    • Hawkins again when Griswold arrives at the castle and Gwendolyn proclaims her love for him (Hawkins). As Hawkins doesn't remember what happened and is just singing along to whatever's said, he has one in mid-sentence.
    • During Hawkins's ceremony to become a knight and he's revealed to Roderick, we get this: "Yea, verily, yea! Yea?"
    • Hawkins before the joust when he sees Griswold punch through a shield.
    • Hawkins during the joust after his helmet is knocked off.
    • Jean also gets one. Before "The Maladjusted Jester", Hawkins subtly starts singing the tune of the lullaby he had earlier used to lure the infant king to sleep. While holding the basket containing the baby, right in front of Roderick, who wants to know what's inside it! The Oh, Crap! comes when Jean realises this. Heck, she even mouths "Baby" as it happens.
    • Roderick when Hawkins's dwarf friend reveal themselves at the start of the climax.
  • Only One Name: Subverted with Hawkins, Jean reveals his first name is Hubert. Played straight with every other named character.
  • Parodied Trope: Many tropes of these films are mocked, from swashbuckling, courtly love, knighting, dueling, outlaws, rebellion, etc.
  • Performer Guise: An assassin operating in the guide of a jester is then impersonated by a good guy.
  • Pimped-Out Cape: Roderick wears an ermine-trimmed cape most of the time. His daughter wears an ermine-trimmed cape in one scene.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Gwendolyn's dresses are light on decoration, but still fancy enough to fit a princess. This includes her blue velvet dress trimmed with jewels on the neckline.
  • Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo: One of the most famous plays on it, even if it's trying to remember which cup instead of trying to switch them.
    "The pellet with the poison is in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true!"
    • And then the chalice from the palace is broken, so it got even more confusing as Griselda didn't put the poison back in the vessel with the pestle. So now it is ...
      "The pellet with the poison's in the flagon with the dragon; the vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true."
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Gwendolyn wears a pink dress in a few scenes, such as when Hawkins enters her chambers to woo her under Griselda's spell.
  • Pun: Kaye's song "The Maladjusted Jester" exists to lead up to "A jester unemployed/Is nobody's fool!"
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Not quite, but similar as Hawkins slaps Griswold in the face with a gauntlet repeatedly and Griswold doesn't even seem to notice that it's happening, but when Griswold slaps Hawkins in the face it nearly knocks him over.
  • Recitation Handclasp: One of several postures taken (he can't seem to stand still) while Danny Kaye is singing.
  • Repeat After Me: When Griselda uses her magic to hypnotize Hawkins, he takes her first instruction rather literally.
    Griselda: Repeat after me: I am craven and thou art my master!
    Hawkins: I am craven and thou art my master!
    Griselda: Stand there, fool.
    Hawkins: Stand there, fool.
    Griselda: Silence!
    Hawkins: Silence!
  • Rightful King Returns: The baby heir is restored to the throne at the end.
  • Ruling Family Massacre: How Roderick came to the throne.
  • Running Gag:
    • "Get it?" "Got it." "Good."
    • Finger snapping breaking Hawkins in and out of his spell.
  • Say My Name: Roderick does this three times in a row when Brockhurst, Finsdale and Pertwee respectively drop dead at the banquet after being poisoned by Griselda.
  • Secret Path: There is a secret path into the castle but it needs a key to be opened.
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: Hawkins is reluctant to knock out the real Giacomo with a login the woodman's hut, so Jean does this honors, and we see it happen as shadows on the wall.
  • Shake Someone, Objects Fall: Roderick shakes Gwendolyn when Hawkins is hiding in her chambers, and suddenly the key to the secret passage, which Gwendolyn had taken from Hawkins earlier in the scene, drops to the floor.
  • Shaped Like Itself: From the opening credits song "Life Could Not Better Be":
    Knights full of chivalry,
    Villains full of vi-illa-ainy!
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Maid Jean wears masculine clothes so often that Hawkins is always stunned when she wears dresses.
  • Shout-Out: The Black Fox, with a Bilingual Bonus and the candle scene parodying a scene from The Mark of Zorro, in which Basil Rathbone played the heavy too.
  • Siege Engines: A small one was used to launch the villains over the battlements.
  • Simple, yet Opulent: Many of the court outfits in this movie range from explicitly fancy to implicitly fancy.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Maid Jean seems indifferent toward Hawkins at first, and the fact that Hawkins comes off as a bumbling fool, especially compared to the Robin Hood Expy The Black Fox, seems to justify her attitude. When they spend some time alone together, prior to his taking the role of Giacomo the Jester, she confesses her true feelings to Hawkins, saying that she was attracted to his kindness and sensitivity; she is seen glancing longingly at Hawkins as he sings a lullaby to the infant king. She only seems cold and distant because she is focused on the task of overthrowing the usurper Roderick.
  • Spanner in the Works: Two befall Hawkins and Jean at the same time, while Hawkins is on his way to the castle impersonating Giacomo, and while Jean is on her way to the abbey in Dover to protect the infant king. A wheel of Hawkins's wagon breaks and Roderick's men make it to him just as he finishes repairing it. Luckily for him, they were there to escort him to the castle. As for Jean, Roderick's men are also rounding up the fairest wenches in the land and she ends up at the castle when they catch up to her, with the infant king still hidden in the wine cart.
  • Supporting Leader: The Black Fox leads the rebellion, even though Hawkins is the focus of the film.
  • Swashbuckler: The film is a combination of this and the Comedy genres.
  • Take That!: In-universe, Hawkins uses his role as Giacomo to make nasty jokes at Sir Griswold's expense in an effort to drive a wedge between him and the king.
    “Rejoice, rejoice although his brain is brief,
    for when the larder's empty she'll have a ton of beef!”
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Grizelda does this as several times.
  • Tap on the Head:
    • Hawkins is reluctant to knock out the real Giacomo with a login the woodman's hut, so Jean does this honors.
    • Jean does this again during the climax to knock out the gatekeeper and allow the second wave of reinforcements, led by the Black Fox, to enter the castle.
  • There Is Only One Bed: Jean and Hawkins spend the night in the woodman's hut, though nothing intimate happens.
  • There Is Only One Bed: Leads to romance in a shack between Hawkins and Jean.
  • Title Drop: Jean does this after first meeting the real Giacomo in the woodman's hut.
  • Tomboy: Maid Jean. Her father taught her how to fight. She suspects he wanted a boy.
  • Tongue Twister:
    • The instructions for the jester to avoid being poisoned are: the vessel with the pestle has the pellet with the poison, and the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true. Later (because the chalice from the palace is broken), the pellet with the poison is in the flagon with the dragon, and the vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true.
    • "The Duchess dove at the Duke just when the Duke dove at the Doge. Now the Duke ducked, the Doge dodged, and the Duchess didn't. So the Duke got the Duchess, the Duchess got the Doge, and the Doge got the Duke!
  • Tongue Twister: "The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle...." Hawkins of course becomes completely Tongue-Tied.
  • Totem Pole Trench: A cloak is used for this. During the "Never Outfox the Fox" number, some of the dwarfs do this as part of the song and dance routine.
    • It even forms a Chekhov's Gun, as it's used again in the climax with two of them to undo Hawkins and Jean's restraints before the fight starts.
  • Translation: "Yes": Jean pretends to be deaf and mute, Hawkins pretends to be her grandfather. When asked by a soldier if she has seen a group in the forest, she speaks at length in sign language. Hawkins translates this as "No."
    Soldier: What took her so long?!
    Kaye: Stutters.
  • Trigger Phrase: A finger snap toggles the spell on Hawkins.
  • True Blue Femininity: One of Gwendolyn's dresses is blue with sapphires trimming the neckline, and has a matching blue cape trimmed with ermine.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Roderick did this some months before the events of the film due to the Ruling Family Massacre that wiped out all but one of the royal family.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Both Gwendolyn and Jean store the key in their secret compartments at different times during the movie.
  • Villainous Crush: Roderick seems to have one for Jean, which seems to start the first time he sees her. He orders her to be jeweled and gowned and to have her sit next to him at the banquet that evening. After having to endure a bit of this, Jean manages to fend him off by pulling a You Don't Want to Catch This, but not before exploiting the trope to steal the key to the secret passage.
  • We Need a Distraction: After "The Maladjusted Jester", Hawkins proposes a toast to the king as a way to distract everyone else so Jean can abscond with the baby.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We never find out what happened to the real Giacomo after Maid Jean knocked him out.
  • Who's on First?: A couple. note 
  • Why Don't You Marry It?: This exchange between Roderick and Gwendolyn at the beginning:
    Roderick: I am the king. If it pleases me, you will marry Griswold.
    Gwendolyn: If it pleases you so much, you marry Griswold.
  • Wicked Witch: Well... "amoral witch" describes Griselda. Her spells are in the form of very powerful hypnosis.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Roderick, who plans to have the infant who is the rightful heir to the throne captured and killed.
  • You Don't Want to Catch This: Jean uses this tactic to fend off the king's advances.
  • "You!" Exclamation: Gwendolyn when Hawkins first enters her chambers and tosses her a rose.


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