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Three Musketeers: Episode 7

This episode is downright fun, filled with high stakes and intrigue as Sohyeon’s life gets caught in the midst of a political power play Dal-hyang can either choose to escape from or commit himself to for the long haul. Choosing the latter opens up even more do-or-die options, the hardest of which are whether he’ll fight for king and maybe his country, or prince and still just a maybe on country. If only it came down to personal preference and not certain death if he were to pick the wrong side, but where’s the fun in that?

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EPISODE 7: “Mi-ryung and Hyang-sun”

It’s with great shock that Yoon-seo hears of her court lady’s untimely demise from the prince’s eunuch, who also tells her his suspicion that she was the court lady who stole the letter and acted as a spy against her own mistress.

Yoon-seo has finally had enough with the secrets and comes right out to ask the eunuch what he knows about the mysterious woman pulling all these mysterious strings just to get to her.

The eunuch finally that admits her name is Mi-ryung, and that she was selected to be the prince’s wife before Yoon-seo. The princess’ eyes widen—she’s heard this story before, but in the version everyone knows, Mi-ryung died, so what can he possibly mean?

She’s alive, the eunuch claims. Yoon-seo is even further stricken as she asks how, when Mi-ryung was supposed to have hanged herself. “The thing is, Your Highness, Minister Yoon’s daughter Mi-ryung is certainly dead. However… Mi-ryung’s servant, Hyang-sun, is alive.” Whaaaaat.

We return to the events directly before the ending to last week’s episode, when Mi-ryung(?) had turned around to face the prince with tears in her eyes. Then the eunuch continues in voiceover: “Yes, the woman’s real name is Hyang-sun. Even though she’s known to everyone as Mi-ryung.” Again I ask, whaaaaat?

Now we see the conversation that took place before the stabbing, with the prince saying in his usual enigmatic way that he didn’t know Mi-ryung was still alive. How has she been?

I love that Mi-ryung is all, How do you think I’ve been?, like his question is just patently ridiculous. Then she asks what he wants to know—how she’s been living these past five years, or how she managed to survive that night? “Both,” Sohyeon replies. “I was told you hanged yourself.”

She doesn’t deny it, but sardonically adds that her servants “helped” her to the task after he made the order for her to commit suicide. In a flashback, a young Mi-ryung fought desperately against the men hanging her from the rafters as she pleaded with the prince’s eunuch (who was there that night) to let her meet with Sohyeon.

The eunuch showed no mercy and ordered the building to be lit on fire, too. Mi-ryung had screamed as the servants kicked the stool out from under her and left her to hang as flames began to consume the room, and the eunuch only left to sound the fire alarm after he’d seen her go limp.

At the last moment, one of the servants returned to cut her down. But his intentions weren’t noble, as he’d sat with a traumatized and burnt Mi-ryung in the woods outside the palace and told her she was his because he’d saved her.

However, he called her “Hyang-sun” and claimed to have always liked her—not because she was Minister Yoon’s daughter, but because she was a slave of the same house pretending to be the daughter. In his mind, he was better suited to her since he was in the same class as her, even though he used force to try and rape her.

In the present, Hyang-sun/Mi-ryung (for ease of use, we’ll keep calling her Mi-ryung) tells Sohyeon that it was at that moment she realized all men were the same, be they a slave or a prince. “So I killed him,” she says of the rape-y servant in the woods. She made it look like a suicide so that her trail couldn’t be followed, and adds almost too defensively that she’s never lost sleep over it.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” she proclaims. “It was all of you who used me. I never asked to be Mi-ryung, but they forced me. I just did what they told me to do because I was only a slave!” Sohyeon’s face remains as impassive as ever, no matter how impassioned her speech becomes.

She narrates over the flashback that follows, showing her in her dirty and torn undergarments running for her life.

Half-starved, burned, and traumatized still, she’d wandered into a village where a man took pity on her and offered to take her with him to Manchu territory… but for a price. Mi-ryung tells Sohyeon in the present that she had to use her body as currency to cross the border, and afterward learned how to use it to control men.

She describes how she became a sixth concubine to a wealthy Manchu man, and in flashback we see her faking tears when her husband suddenly and unexpectedly passed—clearly not an accident. She’d just made it look like one so she could take his money.

In the present, she adds that having money and idle time finally gave her the chance to think of Sohyeon, the man responsible for setting off the chain of events that made her who she is today.

That’s why she approached Kim Ja-jeom, because she needed a way to meet Sohyeon, and he needed a spy fluent in Manchu. But even she admits that she didn’t expect to see Sohyeon again so quickly, since she’d planned to take him by surprise.

“It must be so terrible for you that the woman you thought was dead is alive,” she both croons and grits through her teeth. At last, Sohyeon reacts with a shake of his head: “No. I was glad to see you alive.”

He tells her he spent every day of the past five years regretting what he did—that he ordered her to commit suicide then. Mi-ryung’s eyes fill with tears as she all but whispers, “You’re lying.”

But maybe she knows it’s true, or doesn’t want to believe it. Sohyeon shows none of the same emotions as he tells her that now is her chance to make him pay. That’s what she wants, right?

Mi-ryung balks at his cavalier attitude as she asks if he even knows how she wants to take her revenge on him—but he doesn’t care. Sohyeon: “Whatever method you choose, I can have nothing to say.”

His attitude seems to snap her out of her daze as the look in her eyes hardens, and her voice turns villainously crooning once more. “You’ll regret this,” she says, before she stabs him in the shoulder.

That’s the scene Dal-hyang barges in on, and just like before, Sohyeon orders Dal-hyang not to interfere. Dal-hyang returns fiercely that he doesn’t have it in him to leave the prince like that, even though Sohyeon reiterates his order firmly.

With that, Dal-hyang is reluctantly led/dragged out of the room, while inside, Sohyeon drops his hands from Mi-ryung’s shoulders. His lack of resistance affects her more than anything, as she tries desperately to keep hating him despite it all.

“Does it hurt?” she cries, torn. She wants him to give her a reaction, any reaction, so she can know if the pain she’s inflicting on him is even half as bad as what she suffered when she was hung. I doubt it’s even the physical pain that matters—she wants him to acknowledge her pain more than anything.

Sohyeon reaches a hand up to stroke her cheek as he admits, “I missed you.” Her tears flow freely as they stare into each other’s eyes for a long moment after, until she finally loses her nerve and lets the bloody dagger fall through loose fingertips.

While Kim Ja-jeom waits to hear the prince’s answer to his offer to team up (or be turned in for treason Sohyeon didn’t commit), Dal-hyang waits outside the secret corridor for the prince on pins and needles well into the night.

At last, Sohyeon emerges alone, looking fairly fine save for that open wound. He addresses No-soo first with the order/request for him to flee from Joseon with Mi-ryung, since she’d be a target for Kim Ja-jeom if she stays. He wants them to leave and never return.

Dal-hyang’s attempts to convince Sohyeon to see a doctor go unheeded, as well as his attempt to go after Mi-ryung and No-soo—though Dal-hyang lists their crimes (mostly murder) as reason enough, Sohyeon stops him by producing the letter Yoon-seo wrote to him five years ago.

He gives Dal-hyang the letter since he’d once claimed it was his, which effectively stops Dal-hyang from chasing Mi-ryung now that he knows Yoon-seo won’t be blackmailed by her. Dal-hyang burns it to make sure it can’t ever be used against her again.

In his usual way, Sohyeon says an enigmatic farewell as he mounts his horse bound for Minister Choi’s house. He seems to be half-teasing and half-serious (wait, that’s him all the time) as he tells Dal-hyang that he completed his mission and can be on his way now.

He mentions how he was going to bring Dal-hyang into the fold once he completed this mission, but sighs that their destiny ends here—it was Yoon-seo who requested that he keep a distance from her first love, even though he’s not sure whether she needed that distance established for herself rather than him.

As Dal-hyang reluctantly parts ways with the prince, we flash briefly to the future (1780), where narrator Yeonam Park Ji-won reads from The Memoirs of Park Dal-hyang his confession that Sohyeon had been right: Dal-hyang did use the king’s order as an excuse to pick a fight with him because he hadn’t liked him from the start.

And he hadn’t liked him, Dal-hyang said in his memoirs, because Sohyeon had taken his woman and couldn’t even make her happy. In the present/past, Dal-hyang turns his horse around to follow the prince as we hear him say in voiceover that he changed his mind about him that day, when he recognized the common bond they shared with regard to their first loves.

Dal-hyang even wondered whether Mi-ryung was like the two of them in her suffering, finding a commonality between the three of them he hadn’t seen before. Though he wasn’t sure if Sohyeon deserved his loyalty in the past, now he’s sure of it.

And not a moment too soon, since Dal-hyang hovers close enough to Sohyeon to see him pass out on his horse. When he tries to shake the prince to his senses, a bloodied letter falls from his sleeve (if only pockets had been invented!).

Dal-hyang piggybacks the prince into Minister Choi’s manor, where the two other musketeers quickly leap into action. Since Kim Ja-jeom is unaware that Sohyeon has fallen ill, he assumes that the prince has rejected his offer when the deadline passes without word from him.

Though he’s not keen on telling the king about Ingguldai just yet, Kim Ja-jeom plans to drag Sohyeon’s name through the mud just like he threatened he would. It won’t be hard to manipulate someone as suspicious and fearful as King Injo, he claims.

In an empty court, Injo reads a message from Kim Ja-jeom reiterating what he’d said about traitors in high places during the last assembly. Injo doesn’t want to believe it, and looks like a madman when he starts wandering through the court, questioning himself about whether the ministers he imagines standing there could be traitors.

Each minister, even Minister Choi, is cleared of Injo’s suspicion for various reasons. But no sooner does the king wail that he doesn’t know who the traitor could be that he spins on his heel toward the throne and puts two and two together: Who else holds more authority within the palace but his son, Sohyeon? Ruh roh.

Yoon-seo can’t help but think of the whole Mi-ryung/Hyang-sun mystery while practicing her needlework, and remembers the eunuch telling her clearly that the real Mi-ryung was found dead in a well. She also flashes back to Mi-ryung’s mother crying that she should’ve died instead of her daughter.

After quietly asking the prince’s eunuch not to tell him that she knows about Mi-ryung, Yoon-seo is surprised to hear the king wants to see her—mostly because he hasn’t gotten ahold of her husband yet.

Minister Choi and the two musketeers have a crisis over how to best help Sohyeon, who’s in desperate need of medical care. They can’t take him to the palace doctors, because the king would suspect his son now that Kim Ja-jeom said whoever the traitor was would have been wounded.

That means their only option is to beg Kim Ja-jeom, even though Sohyeon had no intention of playing ball with him. Minister Choi claims they have no choice—they have to do whatever they can for Sohyeon to survive.

Of course, Dal-hyang has to answer for why Sohyeon ended up stabbed on his watch, and Minister Choi finds him reading the letter that Sohyeon dropped. Though Dal-hyang can’t divulge specifics, he somberly hands the letter to Choi, claiming that it’s the reason why Sohyeon risked his life.

It turns out to be the damning info Mi-ryung claimed she had on Kim Ja-jeom, which she promised to give to Sohyeon if he met her—guess she kept her end of the bargain.

But Dal-hyang stops Minister Choi with a bit of an existential crisis: “What does it mean to protect our country?” he asks, much in the same way Minister Choi once asked him. It’s because he still doesn’t know the answer even though he’s thought about it at length: Is Sohyeon doing the right thing by protecting Ingguldai against the king’s orders?

While Dal-hyang knows that Sohyeon is trying to prevent a war, he wonders if that makes deceiving the king any better. His question to Minister Choi is whether the ends justify the means, though he doesn’t get much of an answer out of Choi, who says history will be the true judge of their actions.

However, Minister Choi also vaguely references the king’s righteousness in letting his citizens die because of a war he’d bring about, leaving Dal-hyang to decide for himself whether he really is referring to Injo or not.

He then tells Dal-hyang that the choice of who to side with—Injo or Sohyeon—is his alone to make. The third option is that he sides with no one and removes himself from the conflict.

After he gives the two musketeers the incriminating evidence against Kim Ja-jeom, Minister Choi tells Dal-hyang that he must make his decision now: How will he choose to protect their country? Dal-hyang: “I will—…”

Cut to: Min-seo dousing the unconscious prince in liquor as part of their plan to save him. Meanwhile, Seung-po gives his slaves weapons to fight with, though they don’t know what they’ll be fighting for. In a funny interlude, Seung-po wakes up his rotund and purposefully grotesque wife to ask her for money.

All that sweet talking must’ve worked, since Seung-po soon joins Min-seo in covering themselves in liquor so as to seem completely shitfaced. Pan-swe finds himself missing Dal-hyang when Seung-po asks him if he’s ready to die for his master, only to perk up when Seung-po tells him that he’ll see Dal-hyang tonight.

Dal-hyang is tasked with delivering the prince’s reply to Kim Ja-jeom just moments before he would’ve entered the palace, which he almost too-happily confirms was written by Minister Choi.

It’s a copy of the signed list of those pledging allegiance to Later Jin/soon-to-be-Qing, the TRUE traitors. Kim Ja-jeom rips the letter up in front of Dal-hyang as if to prove that he won’t be threatened by it, only for Dal-hyang to quip back that it was only a copy—the prince has the signed version with him.

Acting like drunkards, Seung-po and Min-seo raid Kim Ja-jeom’s house under the pretense that Seung-po has a gambling debt to collect from the currently absent minister.

They fire their guns to alert nearby authorities before Seung-po breaks into Kim Ja-jeom’s safe to find the real signed Traitor List, just as Dal-hyang tells the safe’s owner how they found it. After sending the list with Pan-swe, Seung-po hangs back to keep up the drunken ruse with the authorities.

Kim Ja-jeom can’t play coy when it comes to the Traitor List now, but when he asks Dal-hyang who tipped him off to the document, Dal-hyang tells him an adage his father once told him: Be wary of women. By the time Kim Ja-jeom realizes Mi-ryung betrayed him, it’s too late.

King Injo puts Yoon-seo on the spot when he asks her if she’s lying about Sohyeon’s current whereabouts, and cautions her to speak only the truth, which already has her quaking in fear.

He remembers that she was one of the people who told him the prince was sleeping the day he burst into his room, so he all but bludgeons her with his accusation that she lied to cover up the fact that the prince was out of the palace moments before Injo found him.

It’s when she doesn’t know how to answer that Injo becomes more and more agitated. Instead of denying the charges, her flustered reaction suggests Sohyeon’s guilt.

As Dal-hyang goes to the king to tell him that Sohyeon has been seriously injured, Kim Ja-jeom attempts to track Mi-ryung down in the secret room he gave her—the same one Sohyeon met her in.

There, Kim Ja-jeom finds the bloody knife she used to stab the prince, and a few feet away he finds… the actual prince. He doesn’t know what to make of this discovery, at least until royal guards (having been tipped off by Dal-hyang) arrive. Ah ha, smart! Kim Ja-jeom’s just been caught with the weapon used to stab the prince.

And there Dal-hyang is, acting like he just saw Kim Ja-jeom at the gambling den but can’t remember because he was pretty drunk.

Now the whole plan falls into place: Dal-hyang tells the king that Sohyeon got into a brawl in his own secret gambling den (Mi-ryung’s room), and that Seung-po chased after the man who had no idea who Sohyeon was when he stabbed him and ran off with the large sum.

And since Seung-po made sure he would be caught at Kim Ja-jeom’s house, it implicates the minister in the gambling ring—which, hilariously, the king totally buys. He’s even happy to latch onto that idea, since it gives Yoon-seo an excuse for lying to him if she was covering up for her husband’s gambling addiction.

Thankfully Yoon-seo is a bit quicker on the uptake, and follows Dal-hyang’s silent cue to tell the king that yes, that was exactly why she was lying. Definitely the only reason. Haha.

Before he’s carted off by the guards for his role in the night’s events, Kim Ja-jeom ominously promises Dal-hyang that he’ll remember his name—he may have been caught with his hanbok down this time, but now that he knows what Sohyeon is capable of, it won’t happen again.

While being carried to the palace on a stretcher, Sohyeon wakes up long enough to be told what happened. However weak he is, he still asks Dal-hyang why he’s still around when he was supposed to go home.

Dal-hyang confidently tells him he refuses to go home, because their bet is null and void now that he’s been told (offscreen) how the prince tricked him. They bicker cutely for a bit, with Dal-hyang sure that Sohyeon will have him released from prison since he’s one of Sohyeon’s people now.

“Who said you’re one of my men?” Sohyeon challenges. “That’s what everyone says,” Dal-hyang replies. “Mi-ryung, Kim Ja-jeom, and the king. So you don’t have a choice. I’m your man.”

Dal-hyang adds that he’s also the kind of person who sticks with a decision once he’s made it, so he asks the prince to prove to him that he made the right choice.

Sohyeon says nothing, but as he’s carried away, he sends a knowing smile Dal-hyang’s way. Dal-hyang returns the gesture.

 
COMMENTS

Awww, they’re buddies! It’s good to know that Dal-hyang still likes Sohyeon even after finding out that he’d been tricked by him, since it means that the lesson Sohyeon wanted to teach him wasn’t lost on him—but damn it if he’s going to let Sohyeon out of his sight for one second when he knows what trouble he gets himself into.

I really like that dynamic between the two of them, since Sohyeon seemed poised to maintain the upper hand in their relationship. He may be older, wiser, and in a great position of power he used to lord over Dal-hyang from the moment they met, but Dal-hyang isn’t one to just bow his head and take orders blindly anymore (or ever). He’s got the prince figured out, maybe even better than the other two musketeers, and in such a way that he knows not to take him so seriously anymore.

The fact that he knows just how much bark is in Sohyeon’s bite not only evens the playing field, it also gives Dal-hyang a measure of power I wouldn’t have expected from him this time last week. Even with Sohyeon being who he is, Dal-hyang sometimes does know better than him, and coming to that realization himself gives him free rein to just smile and shake his head at Sohyeon sometimes. If he’s going to continue to mother Sohyeon while acting as his bodyguard, sign me up for all future seasons (please and thank you).

Mi-ryung’s story is shaping up rather nicely still, which isn’t something I was sure I’d be able to say when most everything was laid out on the table. I say most because there’s still a few questions surrounding Sohyeon’s suicide order, though sometimes I wonder if he’s being inscrutable just for the sake of it. I can’t even blame Mi-ryung for stabbing him if she was looking for ANY kind of reaction from him—just something to prove he was even listening to her. And while his “I missed you” maybe isn’t the sonnet she might’ve wanted, it was enough to move her—even if, after hearing her story, she had the right to stay mad and scorned.

The question is still why he asked her to do what she did if he loved her like he seemed to, and the answer might lie in Mi-ryung’s true identity. We don’t know why Hyang-sun was forced to play the part of a minister’s daughter, only that she went from being a slave to being paraded as a noblewoman engaged to the prince. No matter the pretense, they both fell in love, leaving Sohyeon with no reason to have her killed… unless he found out about the ruse and her status. It’d slightly legitimize his request, though only slightly—if he had a choice in continuing the ruse because he loved her or killing her because he’d be marrying a slave, his reasoning just got a whole lot more interesting. Not like being uninteresting was ever Sohyeon’s problem.

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Now that I have the actual correct thread (face palm, bangs head on desk) . . .

Another intense episode of “The Three Musketeers!” I can’t believe there are only five left . . .and then we have to wait for a second season (a year?). Boo.

Without doubt, the highlight for me was the interaction between Seohyeon and Mi-Ryung. One, it was fantastically compelling and intense on a dramatic level. Two, if you stop to parse the dialogue, it is genuinely, flat-out, hilarious.

Mi-Ryung: Eyes tear, face looks appropriately emotional and torn

Seohyeon (casually, verbatim): It’s been a while.

(Me: “It’s been a while?!” REALLY? *That’s* what you say to the former teen love of your life whom you ordered to kill herself? It’s at this point, I’m convinced, the knife started getting sharpened.)

Mi-Ryung: Well, let’s see. I almost died from strangulation and smoke fumes. My servant saved me, then raped me. Then I had to pimp myself out to stay alive.

Seohyeon: So other than that, whatcha been up to?

I mean. What the what?!

Mi-Ryung: Why did I ever like you at all?

Seohyeon: Fair question. I am kind of a general all-around asshat to women. Okay, we can’t keep doing this whole mortal-enemies thing. I’ll give you a free pass. One swipe at me.

Mi-Ryung (viciously, without much hesitation): Shoves the knife in.

Seohyeon: Motherf-! I didn’t think you’d actually *do* it!

Dalhyang enters and, amusingly, looks in every part of the room except the one where two people are loudly grunting and thrusting (Calm down! I meant the stabbing). He takes a moment to determine the nature of said grunting and thrusting.

Dalhyang: I’m here to save you, my liege!

Seohyeon: Hold on just a second . . .almost there . . .

Dalhyang, sadly, to himself: I can’t believe I was ever in such a hurry to get to this city.

In all seriousness, I did enjoy the episode very much, especially the burgeoning trust between Seohyeon and Dalhyang. The last few minutes where they smile at each other while Seohyeon was on a stretcher were especially heartwarming (side note: Do I have a dirty mind, or did they really spark off each other in that scene? Yeesh. Seohyeon has chemistry with freaking everybody on this show).

Thanks for the recap!

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Epic! Also, so true. Sohyeon could have chemistry even with a tree or Mr. Ingul-what's-his-name's long cascade of hair... I'm waiting for more bromance, and perhaps romance between Sohyeon and Yoon Seo. They are SO cute together!

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Hahaha your comment is awesome. xDDD

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"Like"

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LOL! I love this! :).

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hehehe your last sentence is so true, Sohyeon has sparks with literally everyone in this drama! The scene between him and Mi-ryung......WHOA. Like you said, the dialogue is kind of wack on the page, but his gaze is enough to scorch.

I will be so heartbroken if he dies like the opening episode suggested, in my eyes he's the true protagonist of this story even if he has a maddening tendency to refuse to play "good".

And I love that this show is primarily fuelled by bromance far more than romance (unlike most kdramas). I wonder if they'll have a Season 2, it'll be horrible to wait so long.

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good!

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*likelikelike*

I can actually see them parodying that scene with exactly these lines! :)

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Did you say we have to wait a year for the next season?!?!?!?! no way!!!

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I don't know. I don't think they've announced when the next season will be. I saw one person say a year somewhere, but I'm not sure.

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I think its early next year...

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I read that the November 2 episode is the last one this season.

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On one hand I love that we get more, on the other hand the wait between episodes here is already killing me *sob*

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yey I've been waiting for the recap thanks HN2

now Im going to read :))

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I don't think the Kim Ja-jeom's comments towards Dal-hyuan were meant to be in a ominous way; rather, I think he made a good impression on him and I think we are going to see him trying to tempt him to his side.

Also, the Yoon-seo needs to learn to lie better! (I love her portrayal of the character as I did the actress who played her in "Cruel Palace" - both are totally different but awesome).

I love Injo - suitably suspicious but if I am honest I think the actor who played him in "Cruel Palace" was on a totally different level. I wonder if we will meet the infamous Concubine Jo...

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Andwae!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Dalhyang's too good for him..Stay away Kim Ja Jum...lol

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By far my favorite episode. I have to say for me Miryung shined her brightest in this episode. I feel for her character. When she stabbed the Prince I was screaming at her to twist the knife more coz she really suffered a lot coz of him. I also loved the convo between DalHyang & Minister Choi. I think the difference between DalHyang & the 2 musketeers is that both musketeers were trained to listen & follow the prince's orders w/o question while DalHyang being a newbie still thinks on his own abt the pros & cons of each order. That's why the Prince gets frustrated when DalHyang doesn't follow him immediately. I have to say KJJ may be smart but Minister Choi is a genius. His plan though simple enough was perfect coz he saved everyone's asses & lay the blame entirely on KJJ. Kekeke I love how it was executed. Love DalHyang's sassiness when he delivered the letter to KJJ and his oh so innocent surprise to find KJJ in the secret room w/ the knife & the injured Prince. Kekeke I finally got a face on SeungPo's wife. LOL THAT WAS ONE FUNNY SCENE.

I can't wait for next week's episode. When the 3 musketeers will be punished. I wonder how the Prince will save his men & how fast he'll act on it or will he let them suffer for a bit. Esp SeungPo for his endless teasing of the Prince. Kekeke

Btw I think I saw a discussion somewhere that says the 2nd season will be around early next year coz PanSwe already posted on IG that he's training for next seasom already & he was riding a horse so I think we'll see him more active in season 2. :) Can we have 16 eps per season pls coz I don't think I'm ready to say goodbye to season 1 yet. :(

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Yes, Mi Ryung really really shines this episode. I completely feel her sadness, frustration, pain, it was all in her eyes. I really like the actress! But all in all, I've liked pretty much all things about this drama.

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About MR:
So the real MR died.
I suspect she died while she was engaged to the crown prince. That'd put her family into a pickle, for "deceiving" the crown, or some such charge of treason that we wouldn't understand in a modern world. In that bygone feudal world, if a girl died while betrothed to a royal, her family would be charged w treason for not protecting a (would-be) member of the royal family.

Her mother wailed that it was she who should have died. Perhaps she inadvertently caused her daughter's death.

So in order not to be found out, they had their maid-servant disguised as their daughter. But then when the prince found out, he thought it best that she was made to disappear from the face of the earth. If the truth came out, everyone, including the CP's status, would be endangered.

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This is my favourite ep too!
I love:
The musketeers turning the table on the conniving, blackmailer of a minister; for once there is actually sth interesting and clever going on, in a sageuk on less, instead of a bunch of old men in ugly hats talking in a long dark room! How exciting!

The head musketeer pimping himself to his wife, to get 300 taels out of her! I love him wearing red too. It suits him.

Dal Hyang being completely confused as to what is the right way to serve king and country. I love the loyal teacher and teacher to the musketeers pointing out his options, and the right way, without actually forcing anything on him!

The crown prince and DalHyang's convo at the end of the ep. They are tied together now!

Not sure I like the portrayal of MiRyung by this actress. I find her kinda one-note; she is the same in this as well as in her other recent sageuk, empress Ki.

Looking fwd to the crown princess jumping the bones of the prince! If all sageuks could be this much fun!

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i love how you said "bunch of old men in ugly hats talking in a long dark room!" HAHA! i totally agree, this drama doesn't have too much of it which is fantastic! more action, more humour, more clever plots please! loving this to bits.

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I know, most sageuks aren't this much fun! I love that this is in the true spirit of the original Three Musketeers - bromance, swashbuckling and saving your country - instead of the usual like you said "old men in ugly hats talking in a long dark room"! (though I will defend the gat the prince and his buddies wear, t's not ugly at all!)

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It's likely the beauty of the prince and his buddies reflected onto the gats that make them not ugly at all! ;)
Autocorrect keeps wanting to change "gats" into gate, gas, fats, hats, etc. lOl

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Wow, what an episode. All I can say is "Well played, Minister Choi, very well played", can we have a round of applause for his brilliant plan that effectively turned the tables on Minister Kim and cleared everyone else from the King's suspicions? Absolutely brilliant! I applaud the writers of this show, so far they are doing a bang up job. The pacing of suspense with romance scenes and court intrigues have been excellent, kudos to them. I just wish they'd film the action scenes on horseback in a less disconcerting way, those images still show up blurry on my screen.

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Re:the horseback scenes (where the horses are moving faster than a trot)

Not sure if this relates to what you're talking about. But what they're having to do is create scenes in a way that conceals that -for the most part- the actors aren't the ones riding the horses. From a post above it sounds like the actors are taking lessons, so hopefully that'll change how they're able to shoot the horsey action scenes.

*willing them to do quad/hamstring strength training and learn to ride with their knees*

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Let the bromance between Dalhyang and Crown Prince begin!!!!This is what I'm waiting for....I love how their relationship isnt forced and actually went on such hurdle..Now they can fully trust each other and they can be a great team together with the two musketeers....

Cant wait for the next episode especially the scene were Dalhyang, Seung Po, Ah Min Seo and the rest be punish...I bet its going to be hilarious...:D

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Agh... thank you for the recap HN2. You're the best :)

And here I thought it would be those three who will take care of Dalhyang...hahaha, it turns out that he'd be the one(plus their reliable teacher) saving them.

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Lol...that's what I thought too but surprisingly, Crow Prince can learn a thing or two from Dalhyang too..keke

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Finally it begun!!!!The original musketeers were full of clever antics and now that its establish they are a team, glad it finally started...Love the last scene with Falhyang and Seohyun..That sharec smile at the end means a lot...and I cant wait for more...:)

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Mi-ryung the best character is this episode. Love her!!

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I know the final episode this season is going to be a nail-biting cliff hanger. (I am debating just stopping now, since this episode was SO satisfying. Nah. I gotta continue to watch it. But it will be hard for any future episode to be better than this one was.)

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In my opinion, The Three Musketeers keeps gettin better with each episode.. I kept thinking on how they can top each episode but they always do..So my worries is same as yours. The last episode will totally be a cliff hanger and it would be insane waiting for season two..:(

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I wonder if they'll keep poor Injo (?) locked in the library for that year?

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ha ha the way he is going he will lock himself up. the guy is one big Chicken!

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Ingguldae is the Manchu general in the library. Injo is the king.

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I never thought about that! I just thought it'd end at a reasonable break. It'd be exquisite torture if it's a cliff hangar and we are made to wait, for...a...year!
Now I'm afraid to keep following this!

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Not a year...brobably a month or two...the last ep of season 1 is by novemeber and season two is said to be early next year...

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Thank you. I don't think I could last a year.

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I love this episode so much! Although I was quite peeved there wasn't any Crown couple scenes - but I guess next episode's preview will make up for it.

I love Dal Hyang's cheekiness at the latter part of the episode, towards Kim Ja Jeom. This is a naive boy we've known, now he's smarten up and thus let the hijinks of the musketeers begin!!

I don't quite like King Injo, this is the first time I've seen such a suspicious, anxious King. I must say I am not one who watches Sageuks often and am not Korean, so I don't know if the actor's portrayal is spot-on. But he's not my kind of King, y'all.

Poor Miryung, she went through so so much. I believe the reason why she was put to death was cos Sohyeon found out she was a slave... and he had no choice.

I REALLY HOPE I DONT HAVE TO WAIT A WHOLE YEAR FOR THE SEASON TWO.....

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My thought so too…I think that's why the king ordered her to be killed. Yes, he's fallen for her thinking that she was really a daughter with good blood line. But he must've felt cheated when he found out she was a slave. As time goes on, however, he must've understood that well…love chooses what it chooses, and regretted his order belatedly.

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The King or the Prince? I thought it was the Prince who ordered her to kill herself?

Glad that the Eunuch came clean with the Crown Princess by telling her Miryung's history. It was not fair keeping the princess in the dark. She's more or less affected by what is going on and needs to know what she's up against.

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Thanks for the recap, HeadsNo2!

My favorite episode so far!

That "raid" had me in stitches... Oh, Seung-po... and Pan-swe! I kept thinking to myself "THIS is Three Musketeers!" You've got the plotting combined with a mad dash of hilarity, the scapegrace daring...

And I wonder if the song that played during the raid is on the OST? I couldn't be sure but I thought that was Yongie's voice...

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I feel like every time the show spends a little time on a character that character gets bumped up to my favorite, but really, after this episode I can’t help loving Mi-ryung. I found her interesting before, but now I really empathise with her. Btw, was I the only one who got the impression she was actually raped? Given how they cut away from the scene with the servant and then suddenly she’s missing clothes and “willing” to trade her body. I was a little shocked the show was actually going there.

Knowing k-dramas and the source material I really doubt Mi-ryung will get a happy ending, but I’ll hold on hope. Maybe she and the Crown Prince can fake their deaths (Mi-ryung got the experience, after all) and live happily ever after?

Another thing, am I the only one finding the Prince’s and Park Dal-hyang’s interactions hilarious from an outsider perspective? If I was a royal advisor I would have at least a couple contingency plans for if the Prince was ever caught with a male lover. Because seriously, that’s the conclusion I would draw from all his sneaking around, refusing to produce and heir and when Park Dal-hyang shows up he’s suddenly defending some random country boy and sending off his guards for a private “talk” in Park Dal-hyang’s room. Then there’re all the heated looks, Park Dal-hyang suddenly being chummy with the Prince’s friends and off course this episode’s public “I’m your man, whether you want it or not”-speech. If anyone overheard the whole “I don’t like women” Prince-Princess conversation that would be the nail in the coffin.

There has to be some entertaining rumors going around in the palace.

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Your comments about the rumors are hilarious! :)

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Well... now.. that sounds plausible. oh my!!!! just try to imagine King Injo's reaction to that.Hilarious! :D

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She was raped.That's why she killed the servant.

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Thank you!

I sometimes miss details in the drama that I then catch when reading the recaps (which I love! Both HeadsNo2 and javabeans are excellent recappers). While I was under the impression when watching the episode that that was what happened (and like I said, a little shocked that they were going there) the phrasing in the recap (“used force to try and rape her”) made me unsure, so thanks for clarifying!

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No, you're not the only one who got the impression that she was raped - the way the scene cut away and her appearance afterwards made it seem like that was what happened.

But on the other hand it's confusing because it's difficult to imagine her having the physical strength to kill the servant immediately after being raped - and she didn't just stab him, she strung him up from a tree.

And you are definitely not the only one who thinks the Prince and Dal-hyang would seem rather romantic from an outsider's perspective! Right down to the princess demanding that Dal-hyang should be sent away because he makes her uncomfortable.

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Not been So addicted to a drama since you came from the stars. In my opinion , this is the best drama of 2014.

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"—he may have been caught with his hanbok down this time,"

So funny, HeadsNo2. I watched this episode with the thought in the back of my head that it would all be straightened out in the recap. It was, and thank you.

The mystery of Mi-ryung is well done: it leaves me satisfied as it unravels even though the purpose of her twisted identity and hanging order have yet to be told. Perhaps only the eunuch knows the whole story.

How many times has Sohyeon been cut/stabbed so far and it's only episode 7?!

Hooray for a lot of room for bromance in The Three Musketeers!

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It's absolutely killing me that there's only one episode per weel ㅠㅠ I wish there were more...

Miryung's relationship with SoHyeon actually intrigues me the most in this drama. This episode FINALLY clears up so much of what is going on. But then it just opened up a whole new cluster of questions/possibilities, like why he ordered her to commit suicide, if he was forced to order her to commit suicide, if it was even HIM who gave the order, why Miryung had to pretend to be the minister's daughter, how SoHyeon found out, GAH. IT'S NEVER ENDING.

I really hope they continue the seasons with the same actors. I hate when Korean dramas have "2nd seasons" of dramas and cast new actors; it's just not the same (i.e. Goong, Iris, etc.).

For those who know the history behind this story, we all know this won't have a happy ending...but we can all hope, right? lol

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well, episode 1 told us Sohyeon died young so we know this doesn't have a happy ending :(

But yeah, it's one layer of mystery on top of another, why on earth would a noble family even try to disguise a slave girl as their daughter and candidate for the role of Crown Princess?!

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This show is so GOOD! Agh! They just keep revealing more and more, and more explanations show up, and more questions, too, and it's awesome! The gambling scheme was fantastic! Thanks for the recap! I'm looking forward to finding more out about Hyang Sun!

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Oh Heads, you are the best things that happened to dramabeans. I enjoys so much reading your recaps and thoughts.

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From interview with casts:
*It seems that CP SoHyun is too cold toward his wife?
Yi JinWook/CP SoHyun: I wished I looked more cold-hearted, so I am going to act more cold and hateful.
*It looks that ratings is lower than expectation?
YJW: The expectation about high ratings is much lower in cable drama, so it does not bother me.
*you show majesty of crown prince even when we are having interview now (People call him JuHa/Crown Prince). Is it because you are so into the character?
YJW: Actually my last name is JeonJu Yi (JoSeon Founder Yi SungKye belongs to JeonJu Yi clan). So somewhere in my gene, royal blood is flowing. Personally I feel honored to tell the story about my family (People laughing).
SuHyunJin/Princess: We don't feel ashamed of our JuHa.
YJW: I don't feel ashamed of myself either.

*Is there any difficulty in acting in Saguek? Jung YongHwa(DalHyang) is called 'action genius'.
JungYongHwa: Doing Action scene is fun. I sweat but feel good.
YJW: It is harder than you think using SaGeuk tone, addressing SaGuek titles. And I refuse these two ladies (Princess and MiRyung) talking about my acting because I am No. 2 (after king)!
SHJ: It was hard to grasp right Sageuk tone. Writer nim asked me to express in lighter tone.
YooInYung/MiRyung: If I have to mention, I can feel his acting experience just by looking at Yang DongGeun(SeongPyo) Sunbaenim(=senior).
JungHaeIn/Minseo: Difficult thing is costume. It is too hot and uncomfortable. Hat(for official) was too heavy that it made my forehead black and blue.
*About MiRyung and Kim SungMin/Manchu general YongGolDae using Manchu language.
YIY: KimSungMin Sunbaenim and I got the tape and studied. It was the first time for me, but it was fun. Since people don't understand the language, There are times director called out 'Cut' before conversation finished.
YJW: KimSungMin Sunbae never speaks Korean in the show, so I feel so bad for him.
JYH: He loves when we go out eat because he can speak Korean then.

*Princess role is cute. How do you do it?
SHJ: I was told to act cuter. Personally I feel very burdened about acting cute. I enjoy 'Superman returns', so I got the hint from Choo SaRang when she pouts, and tried to do crying scenes crying like a child.
*Filming set has closed space and stuffy, hot and smelly.
JYH/DalHyang: I was happy at first because it was close to Seoul. Now I come prepared.
YJW: Most dramas have similar sets. If you stay long, you feel like you are drugged. Paint smell is bad and it is hot like Sauna.
*Princess and MiRyung are rivals and have love triangle.
SHJ/Princess: MiRyung's past scenes were so good that I felt jealous.
YIY/MiRyung: SHJ wears heavy hair piece. It must be heavy and hot, but she is working hard without complaining. Sometimes I feel envy for her cute and innocent part.
SHJ: JuHa makes a rift in our(MiRyung and princess) relations.
YJW: That is my role. I will keep doing it.

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Hah, what fun! Seems like Jin-wook is just as much of a troll as his character the Crown Prince is. ;) Thanks so much for posting this!

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Thanks for translating it.I saw the press conference on Youtube but couldn't understand what they are saying though they seemed to have a lot of fun during the interview.

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Thanks for this!! "... somewhere in my gene, royal blood is flowing. Personally I feel honored to tell the story about my family" - LOL!

So our CP Jin Wook is actually a royal in real life? heh heh, it explains a lot

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Thanks so much for this translation, Lee Jin-wook is such a troll lol, he spares no one.

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Hahahaha. I didn't realize Jin Wook was such a troll in RL or at least in this interview.

Thanks for translating and sharing this info. ^^

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Man best episode yet. Though its agony to wait, I think the writing is this good because of the format so its worth it. I watch them two at a time which helps some. Hope it stays this good.

Lovin' everyone is their own way. Seung Po is hilariously awesome as always. Favorites: how he reclined on his horse, sweet talking wifey (though its comedic relief I do feel bad for her; she has the same problem as the Princess in a way, though its unexplored), and fake drunken raid. Liking the slow reveal with Mi Ryung. Interested about the remaining questions regarding her past. I'm not rooting for her and the Prince but wowee...Also, as for Ingguldai? yum yums. Great maneuvering by bad guys and good guys this week! Stayed on the edge of my seat. Or rather hopping up and down.

Overall: ANTICIPATION!!! WHY IS IT ONLY TUESDAY?!?

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Love this episode, never knew i'll be enjoying watching bromance than the real OTP in kdrama land! I just died burning those bromance when the Prince reach out the letter to return to Dal Hyang.. Just love that scene.. Also when the Prince asked Dal Hyang why He is still there, and Dal Hyang answered him that He made up his mind to stay that he discovered that he used some tricks to let him lose on the duel..so they need to do the duel again when He gets fine..and the Prince just smirk and answered how Dal Yang supposed to fight with Him when he's about to get rotten on jail.LOL! and Dal Hyang answered with confidence that the Prince will let him free since everyone knows He is his man..

Also when the Princess scene is hilarious when she was summoned by the King.. and she was forced to ride the lie when Dal Hyang told the King that the Prince was crazily drawn to gambling..

Sorry for the random comment everything in this episode was just daebak.. Love it when the good guys get the upper hand against the bad guys.. The Plot was a huge success!!!

Off to read the review..

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Wounds and their different effects in K-dramaland:

1. Antagonist and extras : a slice in the finger and you move no more.

2. Protagonist : a deep stab in the chest/heart and you survive an episode, in which you manage to ride a horse, trap bad guys, and have a proper, intelligible conversation with your buddy.

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He wasn't stabbed in the chest/heart but in the shoulder as HeadNo2 mentioned.Mi-Ryung's intention wasn't to kill him rather to make him acknowledge her anguish. The wound was not deep enough to make him immobilized. If he had gone to a doctor he would've healed sooner. It's because he delayed instead for completing the task for which he came in the first place and rode on a horse that the bleeding got severe and he collapsed in the end.

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i really love this show, getting more interesting each episode

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If they're trying to parallel the original Dumas story, then Sohyeon found out that Mi-Ryung wasn't the ministers daughter, but was a slave. And told her to hang herself because of the dishonor.

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The scene between Mi Ryung and Sohyeon was so powerful. I just want to know even more about their past.

It was great watching the action and seeing the moments of humor in this episode. Seung Po and his wifey.
Pan Swe and the slaves were looking so confused and worried about what Seung Po was ordering them to do with big ol' guns. xD
Pan Swe was adorable and made me chuckle when he said he was missing Dal Hyang.

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I personally felt there was plenty of emotions the Prince was going through when he was meeting Mi-Ryung..compared to his usual passive self of course. He was sincere in everything he said. Mi-Ryung also felt that and that's why she was finally able to forgive him...at least to some extent if not completely.

When I read her character descriptions around the time the news of this drama was coming out, I wasn't particularly thrilled. She sounded like just another typical first love whose only purpose would be keep the OTP apart. I love that the writer has added so much dimension to her character by making her, and possibly the Prince too, victims of circumstances.
Although her involvement in the story apparently seems to end with this episode, I have a feeling that we'll be seeing her more in the future.

Like everyone else, I also LOVED the much waited bromance in this episode. I'm so happy that I'm loving Dal-Hyang's character more and more in each episode, which was really necessary as he is the only person about whose fate we have a clear idea so far.

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I love the soundtrack!! Must find the song. It sounds very much like what I imagine Alexander Dumas' Three Musketeers would be like if it had a soundtrack.. very swashbuckle-y.. like Pirates of the Caribbean.

I feel like the camaraderie that the musketeers had in the original novel is really brought out here with the bromance! And the way each of the guys behave really reminds me of the gentleman's code that was around in the time period that Dumas' novel wad written. Even the way Park Dal Hyang nods his head or the way he speaks reminds me of that.. *like a sir* And the duels!! Fighting for the love of a lady! Love for the country! Doesn't that remind you of the time of knights and ladies and dragons? :)

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