Pardon, madam; The Count Rousillon cannot be my brother: I am from humble, he from honour’d name; No note upon my parents, his all noble; My master, my dear lord he is; and I His servant live, and will his vassal die: He must not be my brother.
Then shalt thou give me, with thy kingly hand What husband in thy power I will command: Exempted be from me the arrogance To choose from forth the royal blood of France, My low and humble name to propagate With any branch or image of thy state: But such a one, thy vassal, whom I know Is free for me to ask, thee to bestow.
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Vassals were expected to fight offensive wars up to two months a year.
She can always rile the crowd by implying that America treats their nation as a vassal state.