The Wedding March

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     Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky
    (by arrangement with P. A. Powers)
                 present
               THE WEDDING 
                  MARCH
                    An
      Erich von Stroheim Production
                   with
            ERICH VON STROHEIM
               and FAY WRAY
Written by Erich von Stroheim and Harry Carr

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In its entirety an
ERICH VON STROHEIM
    Creation

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O Love * * without thee * *
  Marriage is a sacrilege
        and mockery!

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    DEDICATED
to the true lovers 
  of the world.

		E.vS.

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       The Players

Nicki ... Erich von Stroheim
Mitzi ............. Fay Wray
Cecelia ......... ZaSu Pitts
Schani ........ Mathew Betz

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Prince von Wildeliebe-Rauffenburg
........ George Fawcett
Princess von Wildeliebe-Rauffenburg
........ Maude George
Schweisser ........ George Nicholls
Mitzi's mother ........ Dale Fuller	
Mitzi's father ..... Cesare Gravina
Schani's father ....... Hughie Mack	

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VIENNA -- Anno Domini
     -- 1914 --

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-- with its oldest guard-
  ian, St. Stephen's --

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-- guiding -- comforting
    -- consoling --

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-- and its so contrasting
 symbol, the "Iron Man"
 -- a remnant of the
    Middle Ages --

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-- heartless -- soulless
   -- threatening --

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-- where Hapsburg's
throne stands --
Glorious and Proud.

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The town -- that gave
 the world Beethoven
-- Mozart -- Schubert 
     -- Haydn --

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The town of waltzes,
 laughter and of pure,
     sweet love --

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-- Vienna -- with a code
 of morals all its own.

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In the shadow of the
Emperor's Palace --
aloof, feudal, imposing
  but crumbling --

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-- stands the residence
of the Princes von 
Wildeliebe-Rauffenburg.

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Maria Immaculata, Prin-
 cess von Wildeliebe-
     Rauffenburg.

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"Your Highness, today
is 'Corpus Christi' --"

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"All right!"

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Prince Ottokar von 
Wildeliebe-Rauffen-
      burg --

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-- His Majesty's Cham-
berlain and Lord Steward
-- General of Cavalry --
Captain of all Guards.

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"-- and get the hell
         out!"

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"Well -- say it!"

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"Come on -- say it!"

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"You -- ugly old fool!"

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"If you could only see 
       yourself!"

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"It's pitiful!"

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The "love child" of this
 ideal, blissful union 
   slumbered still.

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His Highness, Nicholas
 Ehrhart Hans Karl
Maria, Prince von Wilde-
 liebe-Rauffenburg --

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-- His Majesty's Cham-
berlain and First Lieuten-
ant of the Imperial and
   Royal Life Guard-
        Mounted.

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"Your Highness, today
is 'Corpus Christi' --"

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"Why this unusual
    pleasure?"

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"I thought -- I might
drive over with you, 
       Papa!"

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"If you think you can 
 touch me -- forget
     about it!"

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"I'm in a terrible hole!"

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"Blow out your brains! -"

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"-- or --"

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"-- marry money!"

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"Well -- I'll see Mama
      about it!"

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"How much does the 
hand kiss cost this 
     morning?"

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"No joking, Mother --
I'm in a terrible hole!"

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"Stop your poker and
your expensive girlies -"

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"-- or marry money!"

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"Marry money -- that's 
      all I hear!"

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"I'll tell you what
    we'll do --"

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"-- select the bride,
Mother -- and I'll
walk down the aisle 
    with her --"

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"-- to the Wedding
March -- tomorrow!"

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"But remember -- she
must have money --"

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"-- mountains of money!"

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"Meanwhile, if you can 
let me have a little --"

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Then, Corpus Christi --
the greatest religious 
and military celebration 
      of the year.

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"Just stick around me, 
        folks!"

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"That's the truth, Frau
Schrammell -- my boy,
Schani, always gets
  the best place!"

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"You said it, Herr Eberle
-- the girl that gets
him for a husband is
       lucky!"

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"Did you get that --
       Mitzi?"

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"Didn't you hear your 
 mother say you're 
       lucky?"

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"Are you harpin' again 
   on the same old 
       thing?"

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"What do you think I'm
hangin' 'round you fer
       -- huh?"

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"I thought we came 
here to see the Pro-
cession -- an' not to 
       talk!"

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"Well -- if Herr Schani
wants to talk about it
        now --"

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"-- I don't see why you
   shouldn't wanta!"

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"Saphead! You're goin'
to lose the best chance
  you'll ever have!"

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"You don't want our 
Mitzi to marry a man 
 she doesn't love?"

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"Ain't that a nice view?"

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"Ain't we got no right 
to see nothin' a-tall?"

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"That's one o' them
 swells that don't
  do nothin' --"

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"-- lots o' gold tassels
      an' plumes --"

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"-- and we're payin'
      fer it!"

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"But he looks nice --
     don't he?"

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"Just gimme his mas-
querade -- an' watch 
         me!"

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"Don't they smell
      sweet?"

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"I ain't smellin' nothin'
  -- but the stink o' 
        horses!"

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"-- Married? --"

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"If it weren't for old
man Schweisser's
corn-plaster business --"

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"-- his daughter would
  not be such a bad
  match for Nicki --
    would she --?"

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"-- and old Schweisser
  himself is so very 
      ambitious."

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"I'd thought of it 
     myself --"

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"-- but -- the girl
       limps!"

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"What's a little limp --
 with twenty millions!"

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"Is she badly hurt?"

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"You are under arrest!"

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Then, the Procession
 -- the Procession
that Mitzi had waited
  so long to see.

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There is no such thing
as accident. It is Fate
     -- mis-named.

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"My father."

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"How are you?"

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"Much better - Thanks!"

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"I don't know how 
  to thank you."

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"-- Herr Oberleutnant!"

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"My name is -- Nicki."

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"Nicki -- what?"

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"I'll bet you have a 
name -- a kilometer
      long!"

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"That's just it!"

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"So let's make it --
    just Nicki!"

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"I thought -- you
 might like them!"

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"I might like them!"

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"-- the best I ever had
  -- was when father
  bought for me --"

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"-- a five-cent bag of 
     jelly beans!"

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Then, dreamy Nussdorf.

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"I ain't goin' to let that 
   skirt-chaser ruin
  Mitzi's chances with
         Schani!"

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After the guests had 
        gone.

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"You owe me a kiss, 
       Mitzi."

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"You blew out the 
      match!"

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"Our beautiful 'Blue
       Danube'!"

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"Down there -- the
'Danube-Maids' come
to the shore -- some-
      times --"

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"-- to see them means
happiness - an' luck -"

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"-- an' love!"

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"I never saw them -- an'
I s'pose I never will!"

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"But I'm satisfied just 
  so I don't ever see
    the 'Iron Man'!"

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"What do they say 
    about him?"

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"They say -- some
nights he comes to 
     life --"

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"-- an' drags away a
   'Danube-Maid'!"

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"An' to the ones who 
     see him --"

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"-- comes Sorrow --
Grief -- an' Death!"

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"You believe that,
     Mitzerl?"

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"It is nothing -- but the 
people's foolish fancies!"

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"That's my Fairy
    Coach --"

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"-- where I dream an' 
wish I'd see the 'Danube-
        Maids'!"

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"Perhaps I'll bring you 
 luck -- and we shall 
       see them!"

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"A drive through
    Paradise!"

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"You were made for 
 love -- Mitzerl!"

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"You mustn't say the 
  things to me --"

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"-- that you say to 
your fine ladies --"

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"-- because I might 
   believe them."

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"I want you to believe 
        them!"

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"An' -- you'll come 
       again?"

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A few days afterward,
Schani was released 
    from prison.

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"Jailbird!"

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"-- Seen Mitzi yet?"

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"The way this woman-
hound's been chasin'
Mitzi is somethin'
      awful!"

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"Well -- he believes in
     workin' fast!"

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"She's out in the buggy!"

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"Oh -- so that's the
  way you feel --
       huh?"

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"-- that's what I get 
fer goin' to jail fer 
        you!"

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"You mushin' 'round
with this here sow-
       bone!"

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"Just let me get my
   hands on him!"

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"I'll kick his glass-eyed 
   mug to goulash! --"

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Then, in that little
  crooked house --
in that little crooked
       street.

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"-- a kiss all around
-- and then I leave
        you."

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"Are you leaving before
old Schweisser's party?"

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"Tonight I crave apple
       blossoms!"

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"Apple blossoms! What
    do you mean?"

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"I'm going to meet a 
  real nice girl."

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"At this hour of the
      morning?"

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"It's when her parents 
  snore the loudest!"

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"I was afraid you would 
       not come."

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"I was on duty -- I
 couldn't get away!"

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"This-h is -- my party!"

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"-- now listen -- High-
ness -- I -- h-have -
a -- p-proposition --"

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"-- y-you -- h-have
 -- a n-nice son!"

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"-- a-an' -- n-no -
    m-money! --"

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"-- u-understand? --"

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"-- a-an' -- I h-have
   -- a n-nice --
      g-girl --"

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"-- a-and -- l-lots -
  o-o' -- m-money!!"

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"-- u-understand?? --"

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"-- N-Now -- h-how
-- a-about -- m-my
  d-daughter --"

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"-- a-an' -- Y-YOUR
     -- son --?"

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"-- u-understand?? --"

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"I-I'll -- fix -- your
  -- s-son -- u-up -
        right."

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"-- u-understand?? --"

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"How much do I get?"

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"Five Hunder' Thousan'
        Kronen!"

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"HOW MUCH?"

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"One million kronen!"

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"-- t-thass -- a --
gentleman's - agree-
      ment --"

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"-- u-understand?? --"

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"-- an' you will come 
        again?"

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"-- an' love me always?"

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"Always!"

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"The 'Iron Man'!"

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"Nothing but shadows,
  dear -- and fog!"

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It was mid-morning 
before Schweisser 
dragged himself home 
-- to face his daughter.

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"I -- I was with His
Highness Prince von 
Wildeliebe-Rauffen-
      burg --"

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"We have arranged for 
you and his son Prince
      Nicki --"

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"-- to get married!"

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"But I have never even 
   met the Prince!"

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"You will -- soon."

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"How could he be in 
   love with me?"

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"You have twenty 
   millions!"

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"Money couldn't make 
  a man feel love!"

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"Don't be a silly little 
   goose -- love will 
    come -- in time."

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"Princess Cecelia --
 doesn't that sound 
       nice?"

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"A limping Princess!"

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"I presume you even 
  proposed to the 
   young lady --"

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"-- or did you leave
 that insignificant
little detail to me?"

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"Did it ever occur to 
you that I might be
in love with some-
    body else?"

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"You -- in love?"

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"You idiot!"

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 "Of course, you two
   wouldn't know --
  but some people do
fall in love -- really!"

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"But marriage is one
   thing and love
      another!"

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"N'est-ce pas --
    Ottokar?"

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"I am tired of this
     nonsense!"

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"I command!"

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"The wedding is on the
    First of June!"

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"How dare he talk to 
    me that way!"

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"But, Nicki --"

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"-- this would mean so 
      much money!"

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"How much?"

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"A huge fortune!"

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"Seems to me that girl 
limps -- on both legs!"

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Confess yourself to 
  Heaven --
Repent what is past --
Avoid what is to come.

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"Peace be with you, 
    my child --"

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"-- to err is human --
  to forgive divine!"

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Then, Nature mourned
 -- the birds were
hushed -- it rained,
rained, and rained.

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"Your father wants you 
 at the Inn, Schani."

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"I wanta show you
   somethin' --"

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"-- here's good news o'
your Prince Charmin'!"

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"Now he's gave you the 
kick -- how about an 
   honest offer?"

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"There ain't many guys 
  as broadminded as 
         me!"

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"Let's get hooked up 
proper, an' for good!"

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"I love you -- Mitzerl!"

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"I hate you!"

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"I hate you!"

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"I love him!"

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"And I always will!"

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"I'll kill that dirty dog --"

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"-- when he comes out 
  o' church today!"

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O Love -- without thee --
 Marriage is a sacrilege
      and mockery!

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"-- until death doth 
      you part!"

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"Nicki --"

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"-- I love these apple 
       blossoms."

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"So do I!"

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"I -- I'll marry you!"

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"So -- I'm good enough 
        now? --"

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"Please don't! I'll marry
          you --"

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"-- honest I will!"

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"All right -- we'll get 
       married!"

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"Say your last 'Ta-Ta'
       to him!"

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"Nicki! --"

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"Who was that sweet 
girl -- in tears? --"

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"-- and that awful 
  looking man?"

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"I -- I never saw them 
     before! --"

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"How beautiful -- these
apple blossoms are! --"

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"Won't they always 
 remind you -- ?"

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"Yes -- always!"

The
   End

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