Moreover, your Majesty, it works!
This is a matter of war and peace, not a matter of monarchy or democracy.
Your Majesty does not see far enough. Give us war, and we keep our monarchy. Give us peace, and we plunge within ten years into the rapids of revolution and democracy.
I will take my chances with peace.
[Stern and cold.
Very good, your Majesty. Then you may paddle your bark alone. I resign.
And I resign!
[Crossing to the window, where he stands with his back turned to the others. His voice is uncertain.
I did not expect that of you.
Oh, your Majesty! You know what my love has been—
Half the country will fall from me if you three desert me.
It is not desertion, your Majesty. It is loyalty to something even higher than the King, the principle that makes him King.
Perhaps I am wrong. Perhaps I am sentimental—
Your Majesty is humane, but perhaps a deeper humanity demands a hardening of the heart sometimes.
[To MINISTER OF WAR.
But you always detested war. You called yourself my Minister not of War, but of Peace.
When the honor of our country is at stake—
But nobody is attacking our honor!
The case is as I said. We need this war, and we must have it.
[Torn by his conflicting desires.