Defying gravity

Defying gravity wicked

Danielle decides her utopian view of her relationship with Prince Henry is futile, defying gravity wicked that she must break it off. She meets him again as they had planned, but her courage fails her as Henry, now love-sick, misinterprets what she says and declares his love for her. Danielle holds back tears, even as they kiss, but when Henry embraces her she cries out in pain, and bids him farewell as she flees. Just before the ball, the Baroness discovers the interludes between Danielle and Henry, and her masquerade as the Comtesse de Lancret. She then informs the Queen that she has gone to marry another, and the Queen in turn tells Henry. Then, the Baroness and Marguarite accuse Danielle of taking the dress and slippers. After shouting to just die instead of seeing Marguarite in her mothers clothes and jewelry, Danielle is locked in the larder, to keep her away from the Prince and the ball, but her childhood friend Gustave finds the courage to ask help from Leonardo da Vinci, who frees her by unhinging the door. He also encourages her to go to the ball and tell Henry the whole truth, and that his love for her will be enough to overcome convention. Da Vinci declares he will give her wings, and the servants give her her mothers dress and slippers, which they have hidden. Just as the King and Queen are about to announce Henrys engagement to the Spanish princess, Danielle enters the ball. Henry is overjoyed, but the Baroness rushes forward and tears off one of Danielles wings, accusing her of plotting to entrap the Prince and baring the truth of her being a commoner. Danielle tries to explain but Henry is humiliated and refuses to listen, calling her an imposter just like everyone else. Devastated, she runs away, dropping one of her slippers. Leonardo picks up the slipper, and reprimands Henry for abandoning Danielle, and the principles he claimed to espouse, when she risked everything for him. Henry stubbornly refuses to defying gravity wicked the truth until he is about to be married. As the wedding begins, the Spanish princess sobs uncontrollably, imploring her parents to allow her to marry her commoner lover. Henry bursts out laughing at the scene, offering her hand to the young man as the French King and Queen laugh at the arguing Spanish royals. In the meantime, Danielle has been sold to a vile landowner, Pierre Le Pieu Richard OBrien, and in exchange the Baroness recovers all the household goods she had sold to him over the years. When Henry appears at the manor to see Danielle, he learns of Danielles purchase from Jacqueline and Maurice and sets off to rescue her, swearing them to secrecy for the time being. At his castle, Le Pieu threatens Danielle, now a servant in shackles, with sexual advances. She turns the tables on him and she threatens him at sword-point; in exchange for his life he frees her. She walks out of the castle just as Henry arrives. He begs for her forgiveness and calls her by name, telling her hes been looking for the woman who left behind the glass slipper the night of the ball. He asks her to marry him as he slips it on her foot, and she accepts. The Baroness and her daughters are summoned to court, assuming that Henry plans to propose to Marguerite. Instead, Rodmilla and Marguarite are asked if they have ever lied to the Queen about Danielles engagement, and while the Baroness tries to explain herself, Marguerite tries to save herself by blaming her mother, until the King calls an end to the quarrel. The ladies turn to Jacqueline for corroboration but she has finally found her courage and refuses to lie for them. The Queen then strips the Baroness and Marguerite of their titles and tells them that they will be shipped to the New World colonies, unless someone pleads for them. Rodmilla scans the room in a panic until Danielle steps forward, beautifully dressed and crowned, as Henry introduces her to Marguarite as his wife. Everyone pays obeisance and Rodmilla reluctantly curtsies to Danielle, who says she will never think of her again, but that Rodmilla will remember her for the rest of her life. Marguerite and the Baroness are sent to work in the royal laundry for the rest of their days as just punishment for forcing Danielle into servitude. Jacqueline, who had always been kind to Danielle, is spared punishment and has fallen in love with Laurent, captain of the royal guard and Henrys friend, who she met at the ball. The Grand Dame reveals to the Brothers Grimm that she is Danielles great-great-granddaughter, and, as evidenced by the glass slipper and Da Vincis portrait, not only did they live happily ever after, but that the story is indeed true. The character Danielle de Barbarac may in fact be partly based on Diane de Poitiers 1499-1 Diane de Poitiers was King Henry II s favorite mistress, while Henrys father, Francis I, was a great patron of the arts who received Leonardo Da Vinci in the sixteenth century. Although de Poitiers herself was of noble birth, the names of the king and prince, as well as the time and place setting suggest that such a comparison was intended. However, Diane de Poitiers was twenty years older than King Henry II, so such a comparison would only go so far. Danielle de Barbarac, portrayed by Drew Barrymore. She is kind and genuine, but also fiery and sharp-witted, which attracts Henry to her. Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent, portrayed by Anjelica Huston. The baroness is cold and cruel, periodically abusing Danielle as well as her own daughter, Jacqueline. However, her softer side is visible as she genuinely loved her husband Danielles father very much. Marguerite de Ghent, portrayed by Megan Dodds Beautiful on the outside but ugly on the inside, Marguerite is ambitious and vain. Jacqueline de Ghent, portrayed by Melanie Lynskey Jacqueline is different from her mother and sister in that she is kinder to Danielle, but she is clumsier and rather naive. Finding an ally in Danielle, she defying gravity wicked much better than that of the baroness and Marguerite.

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