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Scene:
Inside the Houses of Parliament. The ministers are discussing the new Queen of England, Elizabeth I.

Cecil
Once again gentlemen, we have a Queen to rule over us.

Bacon.
And a very good Queen she will be too.

Cecil.
Of course, of course.

Muttering Ministers.
Hear, hear!

Cecil.
But she is still a woman.

Throgmorton.
A woman alone has never ruled England.

Walshingham.
What about Boudicca.

Muttering Ministers.
Who?

Walshingham.
Never mind. Umm...Lady Jane Grey never married.

Cecil.
But she only ruled for nine days, and anyway she was never crowned.

Bacon.
She was married you know Cecil.

Cecil:
Who to?

Bacon.
Lord Guildford Dudley. He had his head chopped off with her.

Throgmorton.
Aah that's nice! (Everybody looks at Throgmorton.) Well it is nice, doing things together. Very romantic.

Walshingham.
What about our late Queen Mary...

Muttering Ministers.
God Bless Her.

Walshingham.
She wasn't married.

Bacon.
Sorry!

Walshingham.
Don't tell me.

Bacon.
Yes. She was married to Phillip II of Spain.

Throgmorton.
You see, nobody listens to me. England has never been
ruled by a woman alone.

Cecil.
Queen, Throgmorton.

Throgmorton.
There wasn't a Queen called Throgmorton. My name is Throgmorton and I should know.

Dudley.
Something must be done.

Muttering Ministers.
(They starting pacing up and down and muttering several times.) Something must be done, something must be done.

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