Bardelys The Magnificent

[2009 restoration titles]

1
In an age of light loves and
lively scandals, a certain
gentleman of France excelled 
in the noble art of getting
  himself talked about --

2
"Tell him I cannot live
 without him any longer -
  I shall surely die!"

3
"He will be delighted!"

4
Envied, elegant and superior --
the Marquis de Bardelys - known
to his world as "The Magnificent" -

		JOHN GILBERT

5
"-- and I had to hear from your
 own lips that you have been true
            to me --"

6
"Dark enchantress -- can you
        doubt me --?"

7
"-- your hair is like a
 jealous cloud that veils
    the beauty of the
          moon --"

8
"That must be your husband -- he
     has such vile manners."

9
"Thief -- blackguard! Give me
       back my wife!"

10
"In a moment -- we were just
      saying good-bye."

11
"Really, when a husband
 fences so well, his wife
   should be faithful!"

12
"And he hasn't got bow-legs -- why
       did you tell me so?"

13
"He fights as if you were somebody
          else's wife!"

14
"You were born for each other --
      kiss and forgive!"

15
"Strange these men 
 never notice their wives
 until I take a fancy
       to them."

16
"Fool -- I told you to keep a
 list of the husbands who are
          in town!"

17
"Bardelys, you are much too
 clever -- how can I trust you?"

18
"Fair enchantress -- can you
        doubt me?"

19
"-- and he gave me
 this -- with a lock of
 his own dark hair --"

20
"Dark enchantress -- can
      you doubt me?"

21
Far from the court and its
scandals, the Comte de
Lavedan was speeding the
departure of an unwelcome
       guest --

22
Here Bardelys' rival in
fashion and love had met
 with another defeat.

 The Comte Chatellerault
              ROY D'ARCY

23
Roxalanne de Lavedan had
never been at Court --
so she had kept the quaint
habit of speaking the truth.

            ELEANOR BOARDMAN

24
"Mademoiselle -- I offer
 you a last opportunity
 to accept my hand --"

25
"You are generous, Comte
 Chatellerault -- but
 nothing can change my
         mind!"

26
"Then you had best
 beware His Majesty's
 displeasure -- he
 already doubts your
 father's loyalty --"

27
"I had only disliked you
 before -- now I must
    despise you!"

28
"Mademoiselle, you have
 insulted the proudest
   name in France!"

29
Like most good stories
this one got better each
  time it was told --

30
"Get up, La Fosse --
 in Bardelys' house no
  guest is ridiculed!"

31
"You know - women are
 like wine. When one
 disappoints - there is
   always a better!"

32
"To the greatest lover
    in France --"

33
"-- may he have better
   luck next time!"

34
"Spilt wine means
 blood -- but I am
 not superstitious."

35
"All the same, Chatellerault,
 I should never have returned
 from Lavedan without the
         Lady --"

36
"It is easy for the King's
 favorite to please the
 ladies of the court --
 but try to beg the
 favor of Roxalanne de
       Lavedan!"

37
"You don't know women!
 The less one begs of them -
 the more one can take.
     I never beg!"

38
"My modest friend --
 irresistible lover --
 Suppose you try to
 marry the beautiful
      Lavedan!"

39
"I have enough to do to
 keep the King amused,
 without taking a wife!"

40
"You are wise not to
 attempt it -- you might
 not be so magnificent
     in failure!"

41
"Must I give up my
 freedom - just to prove
    you a fool?"

42
"Braggart, I'll wager every-
 thing I own -- that you
 cannot win her for your
         wife!"

43
"I can win any woman
 I want for my wife --
 but, Mon Dieu, I don't
    want a wife!"

44
"Chatellerault -- I could
   kill you for this!"

45
"His Majesty!"

46
"No, Bardelys - old Lavedan
 can keep his daughter --
 we'll teach him loyalty with
       the sword --"

47
"I have always obeyed
 your wishes, my king --
 but this is an affair of
         honor."

48
"Bardelys, you will
 remain at court, as
     I command!"

49
"My life is yours, Sire --
 but Bardelys' honor is
        his own!"

50
"Bardelys, if you dare to
 leave Paris -- I'll bring
    you back by force!"

51
Along dangerous by-roads,
dodging rebels and king's
soldiers, went Bardelys and
his train - Their watchword:
     "On to Lavedan!"

52
"I fear we are lost, Master.
 Forgive me -- I've done
        my best!"

53
"Then God save us from 
 your worst! Find me a
   place to sleep!"

[explanatory title from restoration]
Entering a barn, Bardelys
comes across a wounded
        man.

54
"Are you a supporter
   of the King?"

55
"I have lately withdrawn
 my favor from the 
 King -- but can I help 
         you?"

56
"I am René de Lesperon -
 Please give her these
 and say that my last 
 thoughts were of her."

57
"How careless of him to
 die without telling me
      her name."

58
"I'm not in the mood
 for sleep now - meet
 me tomorrow at the
  Chateau Lavedan!"

[explanatory title from restoration]
Continuing on his way alone, 
  Bardelys stops off at
     a busy inn.

59
"He must be the man -
 the description is the
        same!"

60
"Sir, what is your
       name?"

61
"What impertinence!
 Is it possible you don't
   know who I am?"

62
"Your pardon, Sir -- we
 are on the business of 
     His Majesty."

63
 "My name is --
René de Lesperon!"

64
"René de Lesperon -- in
 the King's name, I arrest
    you for treason!"

[explanatory title from restoration]
At the chateau Lavedan.

65
"Mademoiselle -- forgive
 me. My life is in your
       hands --"

66
"I had a little argument with
 the king's troopers -- the
   wretches wounded me --"

67
"You are an enemy of the
 king? Have no fear --
 you are in the house of 
      friends --"

68
"If they catch me, I'll
 lose my head -- and
 I have too good a head 
        to lose."

69
"Any head is too good
  to lose, Monsieur!"

70
"I could almost believe
 I had been slain,
 Mademoiselle -- and
 this is Heaven -- and
  you are an angel."

71
 "It's an outrage --
entering my daughter's
  room at this hour!"

72
"-- a huge ruffian, with
 the strength of ten
 men -- and the black
  heart of a traitor!"

73
"I swear no ruffian has entered
 this room tonight -- only
 a brave and charming
      gentleman."

74
"You may go now,
 Monsieur -- your
 head is safe --"

75
"You are beautiful --
 kind -- and clever. I had
 never hoped to find so
 many virtues -- in one
      woman --"

76
"Your views of women
 are very interesting,
 Monsieur -- but hadn't
   you better go?"

77
"You risked yourself for
 me -- you lied for me --
 and you do not even
  know who I am --"

78
"I have never known a
 woman like you. I shall
 go -- but I shall not
    forget you --"

79
"-- and you will not
     forget me."

80
"It is my father's 
 wish -- not mine --
 that you are a guest
   in this house!"

81
"Do not be alarmed --
 you have no enemies in
 the house of Lavedan."

82
"Your letters told me that
 you are de Lesperon,
 leader of our revolt
  against the King."

83
"To you, de Lesperon,
 I pledge my sword!
 Down with the King
 and the perfumed fops
   of the Court!"

84
"My master, Bardelys the
 Magnificent, will shortly
   honor your house --"

85
"Make ready the best
 rooms -- bring forth
 the rarest wines --
 and tell the ladies he
     is coming!"

86
"I'm all a twitter --
 that dreadful Bardelys
   is coming here!"

87
"What shall we do with
        them?"

88
"Throw them out!"

89
"But do you think it
 wise? Bardelys stands
  close to the king!"

90
"Throw them out anyway!"

91
"I, the Chevalier St.
 Eustache, will deal
 with this libertine as
    he deserves!"

92
"Monsieur de Lesperon,
 this is our friend and
 neighbor, the Chevalier 
    St. Eustache."

93
"Well -- what are you
 going to do about this
   wretch Bardelys?"

94
"I can't tell you before
 the ladies -- but I
 shall deal with him
   unmercifully!"

95
"This regrettable wager
 seems to me the
 act of a contemptible
     braggart."

96
"It's monstrous --
 he's made your name
 a subject for gossip
 wherever men speak
  lightly of women!"

97
"Come, St. Eustache, 
 Monsieur de Lesperon
 ordered Bardelys from
 the house this morning!"

98
"St. Eustache is a
 supporter of the King -
 it is dangerous for
  you to anger him."

99
"Then do not hate 
 me so much -- you
 would not like to see 
  me in danger --"

100
"Our cause has need of
 every man, Monsieur
   de Lesperon --"

101
And perhaps it was for the 
sake of the cause that
Roxalanne spent so many
hours with the brave
leader - whose recovery was
  remarkably slow --

102
"Mademoiselle - I have
 no longer an excuse
 for lingering here --"

103
"Then you are - tired of
 us, Monsieur - you long
  for your friends --?"

104
"I go to pay a score
 which I have lost -
 then I shall return -
 to tell you what I
 dare not tell you 
     now --"

105
"Perhaps - if you told
 me now - I would
  understand --"

106
"Roxalanne, my beloved -
 unworthy wretch that
 I am - I have no right
   to your love --"

107
"Monsieur de Lesperon,
 there is a rumor of
 your death current in
    the province."

108
"And you are heart-
 broken that it isn't
       true?"

109
"Then why don't you
 let your friends know --
 especially Mademoiselle
 de Marsac - your fiancee!"

110
"I am not acquainted
 with the lady whom
 you present to me as
     a fiancee."

111
"You are a liar --
 only traitors such 
 as Mademoiselle de
 Lavedan and her
 father would protect
       you!"

112
"Mademoiselle, you will
 forgive me if I silence
 this meddler who
  slanders you?"

113
"Coward -- can't you
 see that Monsieur has
      no sword!"

114
"This pains me more
 than it does him!"

115
"It will be my pleasure
 to see that you speedily
 regret this -- on the
       gallows!"

116
"While I am away from
 you, my dear - you may
 have many reasons to
     doubt me --"

117
"But tell me again that
 you love me - it will
 give me courage --
  whatever happens."

118
"Can you not read your
  answer in my eyes?"

119
"I, Roxalanne de Lavedan,
 take this man to be the
 husband of my heart -
 until the day when he 
 shall lead me before the
     altar of God."

120
"Roxalanne - I cannot
 explain - but I swear
 I am not René de
    Lesperon!"

121
"You are the most con-
 temptible of human
 beings - a liar and 
      a cheat!"

122
"Every attempt you
 make to explain is
 but an added insult!"

123
"Are you quite sure de
 Lesperon is not here?
 Take care you do not
 shield an enemy of the
        crown!"

124
"He is not here."

125
"There is the man you
 seek! He is not worthy
 to lead his cause --
   or any cause!"

126
"René de Lesperon -
 in the King's name
   I arrest you!"

127
"Well -- I fixed it!"

128
The tribunal of Toulouse -
where men who bored 
the king were made judges -

129
"Chatellerault, we are
 well met! I give you
 the honor of saving
     my head --!"

130
"Monsieur de Lesperon,
 you are charged with
    high treason!"

131
"Naturally, the crimes
 of Monsieur de Lesperon
   do not concern me."

132
"Monsieur de Lesperon -
 you are accused of 
 having borne arms
 against the King!"

133
"You were always
 amusing, my friend -
 but a man must love
 a jest well to laugh
  in such a place."

134
"Monsieur de Lesperon --
 this grave charge is
 punishable by death --
   on the gallows!"

135
"Chatellerault - this jest
 has gone too far! Take
 care lest it cost you
      your life!"

136
"The King's commissioner
 knows well that I am
 not René de Lesperon --
 I am the Marquis de
      Bardelys!"

137
"Have you a witness
  to identify you?"

138
"The King of France is
 on his way here -- even
 Comte Chatellerault will
  not doubt his word!"

139
"Monsieur de Lesperon -
 you lie well - but when
 the King arrives it will
 be too late -- much
      too late!"

140
"You will die tomorrow -
 Monsieur de Lesperon --
 you will die -- on the
       gallows!"

141
"My dear - my love - to
 think that I have brought
  you to your death --"

142
"I am content -- knowing
 you love me -- there is a
 life's happiness in this
         moment!"

143
"I don't care who you
 are -- what you have
 done -- I love you --
      forever --"

144
"You can't go out of
 life like this -- you
       can't --"

145
"Death cannot part us --
 I shall be with you always -
 loving you - watching over
         you --"

146
"Good-bye, my dearest -- 
 good-bye - I pray God to
 let me join you - soon -"

147
"I am ready, my friends!
 Life has been a magnificent
 adventure - Death may be
        another!"

148
"As soon as Lesperon is
 caught, and hanged --
 this province will be
 loyal again, Your Majesty."

149
"His Majesty is amused --
       go slower."

150
"I regret I cannot delay
 matters until the King's
        arrival."

151
"Have no regrets, my
 friend - your part is
     sad enough."

152
"The King is bored --
 quite a bit faster!"

153
"Comte Chatellerault --
 you must not hang
 de Lesperon -- I will
 make any sacrifice to
     save him --"

154
"But why is Mademoiselle
 so interested in this
  notorious rebel --?"

155
"Because -- I love him."

156
"Well, Bardelys - how are
 you getting on with
  your love affair?"

157
"I was just about to lose 
    my head over her!"

158
"Whatever your faults,
 Bardelys, you're never
 dull! Come drive with
 me - tell me all about it!"

159
"If you only knew what
 a relief it would be!"

160
"It is unfortunate that
 I could not save your
 lover -- but the King
   insisted on his 
       death --"

161
"I see you recognize me 
 now, Chatellerault - we
 have a little matter to
 settle before I kill you!"

162
"Before I can tell you
 who I am and ask you
 to be my wife -- I must
 undo the dishonor I have
   brought upon you."

163
"Here is your proof 
 that I have lost!"

164
"Roxalanne, for love of
 you I'd gladly give up
 an Empire! Will you
 become the Marquise
    de Bardelys?"

165
"I married him - on his
 promise to save you
 from death. He lied
 to me -- but I am his 
      wife --"

166
"When I finish with the
 Comte Chatellerault, you
    will be a widow!"

167
"The King has ordered
 the arrest of Comte
   Chatellerault!"

168
"Bardelys the Magnificent
 could win any woman he
 wanted for his wife --"

169
"-- but he never wanted 
   a wife before!"

The End

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