[Scene 10, The Stepmother's Feelings Change --
N: Narrator, C: Councilor, M: Mayor,
Q2: the 2nd Queen, who was a vain and confused Woman,
SW: Snow White, MM: Magic Mirror, A: Advisor ]
N: The Mayor and the Councilor teased Snow White and her Stepmother incessantly.
C: I wonder when the King will return?
M: Where is he now? Is the battle going well?
N: The Councilor taught the Queen some finer points of horse riding.
C: You are far too delicate a creature to ride this way.
Why does the King leave a woman such as yourself alone so long?
Q2: Maybe I should not let you teach me to ride horses.
N: The Mayor discussed the course of the war.
M: The women of the camp need more medical supplies.
I wonder who is tending the King's wounds?
SW: Mum, I would like to join the women of the camp.
Q2: I would, too. But it's too dangerous, my dear.
N: The New Queen felt the weight of responsibility keenly.
Q2: Oh, Snow White, they ask me to make decisions that I don't understand.
SW: We should leave those decisions to Father's Advisor.
Q2: The Advisor is always out on the business of the court.
SW: Then we should make the Mayor and Councilor wait.
N: Sometimes, the Stepmother Queen consulted her magic mirror.
Q2: Mirror, mirror, on the wall, ...
MM: You keep asking me questions that you should be asking yourself, or God.
Q2: But I have no confidence.
MM: You are the Queen. You have the King's Advisor. You have Snow White.
You need patience. And to be careful of whom you listen to.
Q2: It is hard to be patient.
N: Little by little, the Mayor and the Councilor poisoned
the Stepmother Queen's heart.
M: If he really loved you, I'm sure he could make time
to take a break and come home to visit.
C: Maybe he has found someone more beautiful than you.
Q2: There is no one alive more beautiful than I to the King.
Snow White explained to me how the King feels.
C: And what about your step-daughter?
M: If the King ever does return, and if he should give you children,
won't she come before your own children?
N: The Stepmother Queen made herself distant from Snow White.
SW: Mum, can we go for a picnic?
Q2: I am so tired. Maybe not today, honey.
N: Then the Mayor made a shocking suggestion.
M: If Snow White should meet an accident in the forest,
there would be no one between you and the King.
Q2: You are evil. Leave, now.
Never say such things to me or anyone else, again.
N: The Stepmother Queen mentioned this to Snow White.
SW: They are not friends of my father.
I once asked him why he allowed them to remain in office.
Q2: What did he say?
SW: He said that the people had chosen them.
Q2: But surely the King could overrule the choice.
SW: The people must be free to make bad decisions.
Q2: He said that?
SW: If the people will not choose good, the King cannot save them.
If he tries, it will only spoil the people and ruin the kingdom.
Q2: Your father's wisdom is greater than I knew.
Are you afraid of me?
SW: I am a little afraid. Not of you. For you.
But I must trust you.
Q2: Is it wise for you to trust me?
SW: If we fight, it will destroy both of us.
And it will destroy the kingdom.
We have no choice but to trust each other
Q2: How did your father train you so well?
N: But the Stepmother Queen could not shake herself loose
of the Councilor and Mayor's influence.
Eventually, she asked the King's advisor a shocking question.
Q2: What would happen if you and Snow White were in the forest hunting,
and she should meet with an accident?
A: The Mayor and the Councilor have been teasing you again.
Q2: They have. But is it safe for her to go hunting with you?
A: I wonder whether it would be safer to leave her here with
only you against the wolves.
Q2: I see what you mean.
A: Sometimes I think I should take you with us, as well.
But the duties of the court demand otherwise.
I really am sorry to ask you to fight these battles alone.
Q2: I think I'm learning, but I'm scared.
[JMR: Written and posted 21 January 2017.]