Kato, are you involved in a forbidden love?
Yes, I am. What would you say?
Are you really, really getting into such an extraordinary affair?
What if I'm really absorbed in the kind of love that is, you belive, absolutely unacceptable socially?
Well ..., we're living in a free society and I'm reasonably open-minded. So I might as well treat you as a friend, as I always did.
I'm glad to hear that, but I'm just joking. he, he, he, he, he... Actually, I borrowed a DVD from Vancouver Public Library and saw a movie about a forbidden love, which is called "A Royal Affair."
■"Actual Catalogue Page"
I see... So you borrowed the DVD marked as "624" in the above list, huh?
Yes, that's right.
Are you saying, that's the 624th movie you viewed in the library?
Yes, I am. Here are some details about the movie.
■"Actual Catalogue Page"
So, you jotted down your comment after viewing it on November 18, huh?
Yes, I did.
There're still four people waiting for the DVD, aren't there?
Yes, you're telling me, Diane.
Kato, tell me about the movie.
Well..., it is based on the true story.
The passionate and forbidden romance between the mad Danish King, the royal physician, and the young but strong-willed Queen leads to a revolution that changes an entire nation.
...sounds quite interesting.
Have you ever heard of Christian VII of Denmark, Diane?
Is he the mad Danish King?
I don't think he was really a mad king, but they say he was.
Kato, tell me. How come you think Christian VII was NOT really a mad man?
First of all, the earlier accounts say that Christian VII had a winning personality and considerable talent.
But, Kato, they also say, he was poorly educated, systematically terrorized by a brutal governor, the Count of Reventlow.
That's right. Christian VII might've looked like a mad man because he suffered from severe emotional problems caused by the brutal governor, I suppose. So he appeared to be a crazy man for the eyes of an unknowing person.
Secondly, in 1769 Christian VII invited the Hungarian astronomer Miksa Hell (Maximilian Hell) to Vardø, a town and the administrative centre of Vardø Municipality in Finnmark county, Norway.
Obviously, Christian VII was interested in astronomy. Otherwise, he wouldn't invite the astronomer in the first place. This event clearly tells you that at the age of 20, Christian VII had a winning personality and considerable talent.
And what did the astronomer do in Norway?
He observed the transit of Venus, and his calculations gave the most precise calculation of the Earth–Sun distance to that date---approximately 151 million kilometres.
I see. So, Kato, you think that Christian VII was a man of some intelligence, don't you?
I suppose so. If Christian VII had been insane, he wouldn't have taken any interest in astronomy.
Then, how come people in those days considered him to be a mad man?
There are two reasons, I suppose. Firstly, Christian VII was a liberal man who hated a traditional way of life. In other words, he might have been considered a libertine. In this sense, Christian VII had been getting along quite well with Struensee, who was liberal-minded. Actually, Struensee introduced widespread progressive and liberal reforms such as:
These are all admirable decisions even to the eyes of the present-day people like you and me.
I see... So, you think, Christian VII was a liberal-minded, rather modern man, huh?
And what is the second reason for the king's insanity?
Well... The forbidden love between the queen and the king's personal phycisian was so scandalous that the Danish government might have made up a "reasonable and acceptable motive" for the queen to have relation with the other man.
Kato, are you saying, the government told the citizens that the king was a mad man so that the neglected and lonely queen drifted into an affair with Struensee. Is that it?
Yes, I believe so. That's the reason people came to believe that the king was a mad man.
If you've got some time,
Please read one of the following artciles:
■"With Your Tiger"
■"A Second World"
■"Stanley 125 Years"
■"Sushi @ the Globe"
■"Peace@Syria & Pentagon"
■"Happy New Year"
■"Merange & Sabina"
■"Beauty in Spa"
■"Love @ e-reading"
■"Love & Loyalty"
■"Amazing Two-legged Pooch"
■"Life with Music"
■"Biker Babe & Granny"
Hi, I'm June Adams.
I like animation, too.
For example, watch the above list in the article and look at Number 627, which is called "The Illusionist."
Kato jotted down his comment:
...sounds interesting, doesn't it?
Why don't you see it?
■『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 - 小百合物語』