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PRINCESS MERIDA
A Cake? [witch picks up the cake from the boiling cauldron]
THE WITCH
Do you not want it?
PRINCESS MERIDA
No! I want it, but... Are you sure if I give this to my mom, it will change my fate?
THE WITCH
Trust me, deary. It will do the trick.
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QUEEN ELINOR
Merida, a princess does not set her weapons on the table.
PRINCESS MERIDA
Mom, it's just my bow!
QUEEN ELINOR
A princess should not have weapons in my opinion.
KING FERGUS
Princess or not. Learning to fight is essential!
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PRINCESS MERIDA
[Merida looks at the black berries] Find these berries down by the creek, did you?
QUEEN ELINOR
[Queen Elinor nods her head and keeps eating the berries]
PRINCESS MERIDA
They're Nightshade berries. [Elinor eats another one]
PRINCESS MERIDA
They're poisonous. [Elinor spits out the berries]
PRINCESS MERIDA
Where did you get this water? It's got worms! [Elinor spits out the water]
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QUEEN ELINOR
Where are you? Come out! Come out! Come on out! I'm coming to get you! [young Merida laughs as she hides under the table] Where are you, you little rascal? I'm coming to get you! [Elinor looks under the table but Merida quickly moves to hide somewhere else] Hmm. Where is my little birthday girl, hm? I'm going to gobble her up when I find her! [Merida comes up behind Elinor and goes to run away but Elinor catches her] Eat you! [as Elinor and young Merida play, Fergus places his bow on the table] Ach! Fergus, no weapons on the table!
YOUNG MERIDA
Can I shoot an arrow? [picks up the large bow from the table] Can I? Can I? Can I? Can I? Please, can I? [falls and laughs as the bow is too big for her]
KING FERGUS
Not with that. Why not use your very own? [presents her with a small bow] Happy birthday, my wee darlin'!
YOUNG MERIDA
I missed...
QUEEN ELINOR
Well, go and fetch it, then. [turns to Fergus after Merida leaves] A bow, Fergus? She's a lady!
PRINCESS MERIDA
[narrating] But every once in a while, there comes a day when I don't have to be a princess. No lessons, no expectations. A day where anything can happen. A day where I can change my fate.
KING FERGUS
[telling a story] Then out of nowhere, biggest bear you'd ever seen! Its hide littered with the weapons of fallen warriors! Its face scarred with one dead eye. I drew my sword and...
PRINCESS MERIDA
[cuts in] WHOOSH! One swipe his sword shattered. Then CHOMP! Dad's leg was clean off! Down the monster's throat it went!
KING FERGUS
Awwwwww... That's my favorite part!
PRINCESS MERIDA
Mor'du has never been seen since. And is roaming the wilds, waiting his chance of revenge. [roars]
QUEEN ELINOR
Merida, a princess does not place her weapons on the table.
PRINCESS MERIDA
[moans] Mum! It's just my bow!
QUEEN ELINOR
A princess should not have weapons in my opinion.
KING FERGUS
Oh, leave her be! Princess or not, learning to fight is essential.
PRINCESS MERIDA
[removes her bow from the table] Mum, you'll never guess what I did today!
QUEEN ELINOR
[not really listening] Mmm-hmm?
PRINCESS MERIDA
I climbed up the Crone's Tooth and drank from the Fire Falls.
KING FERGUS
The Fire Falls, eh? They say only the ancient kings were brave enough to drink the fire.
KING FERGUS
Pretend I'm Merida, speak to me. What would you say?
QUEEN ELINOR
I can't do this!
KING FERGUS
Sure you can! [Queen Elinor gives him a skeptical look] There, there! That's my queen! All right, here we go. [takes a deep breath and speaks in a shrilly voice, impersonating Merida] I don't want to get married! I want to stay single and let my hair flow in the wind as I ride through the glen, firing arrows into the sunset!
QUEEN ELINOR
Merida, all this work, all the time spent preparing you, schooling you, giving you everything we never had. I ask you, what do you expect us to do?
PRINCESS MERIDA
[in the royal stables; taking care of Angus and rehearsing her own speech] Call off the gathering! Would that kill them? You're the queen. You can just tell the lords, "The princess is not ready for this. In fact, she might not ever be ready for this, so that's that. Good day to you. We'll expect your declarations of war in the morning."
QUEEN ELINOR
I understand this must all seem unfair. Even I had reservations when I faced betrothal. [Fergus looks up in surprise] But we can't just run away from who we are.
PRINCESS MERIDA
I don't want my life to be over. I want my freedom!
QUEEN ELINOR
But are you willing to pay the price your freedom will cost?
PRINCESS MERIDA
I'm not doing any of this to hurt you.
QUEEN ELINOR
If you could just try to see what I do, I do out of love.
PRINCESS MERIDA
But it's my life, it's... I'm just not ready.
QUEEN ELINOR
I think you'd see, if you could just...
PRINCESS MERIDA
I think I could make you understand if you would just...
QUEEN ELINOR
Listen.
PRINCESS MERIDA
Listen. [Angus whinnies at her] I swear, Angus, this isn't going to happen. [Angus touches her sympathetically and she pets him] Not if I have any say in it.
LORD MACINTOSH
At least we have hair!
LORD MACGUFFIN
And all of our teeth!
YOUNG MACGUFFIN
If he was a wee bit closer, I could lob a caber at him, ye ken.
LORD MACINTOSH
And we don't hide under bridges, you grumpy old troll!
LORD DINGWALL
You want a laugh, eh? [turns to son] Wee Dingwall!
PRINCESS MERIDA
[after Young MacGuffin shoots and misses] I bet he wishes he was tossing cabers.
KING FERGUS
Or holding up bridges...
PRINCESS MERIDA
[sarcastically] Oh, that's attractive.
RANDOM CLAN MEMBER
I got it!
PRINCESS MERIDA
[to King Fergus] Good arm!
KING FERGUS
[brushes back his hair] And such lovely, flowing locks.
QUEEN ELINOR
[annoyed] Fergus!
KING FERGUS
What?
KING FERGUS
[to Queen Elinor, surprised] Well, that's just grand, isn't it? Guess who's coming to dinner!
QUEEN ELINOR
[also surprised] Fergus?
KING FERGUS
[turns to Merida] Oh, and by the way, I hope you don't mind being called Lady Ding- [sees dog in her seat]
PRINCESS MERIDA
I am Merida, firstborn descendent of Clan DunBroch! And I'll be shooting for my own hand!
ELINOR
Michty me! I've just about had enough of you, lass!
MERIDA
You're the one that wants me to...!
ELINOR
You embarrassed them! You embarrassed me!
MERIDA
I followed the rules!
ELINOR
You don't know what you've done!
MERIDA
I just don't care how...
ELINOR
There'll be fire and sword if it's not set right.
MERIDA
Just listen!
ELINOR
I AM THE QUEEN! You listen to me!
MERIDA
OH! This is so unfair!
ELINOR
Huh! Unfair?
MERIDA
[grabs a sword and swings it around angrily] You were never there for me! This whole marriage is what you want! Do you ever bother to ask what I want? No! You walk around telling me what to do, what not to do! Trying to make me be like you! Well, I'm not going to be like you!
ELINOR
Ach! You're acting like a child!
MERIDA
And you're a beast! [points her sword at the family tapestry that Elinor had been working on] That's what you are!
ELINOR
[gasps] Merida!
MERIDA
[sticks the tip of her sword into the tapestry] I'll never be like you!
ELINOR
No! Stop that!
MERIDA
I'd rather DIE than be like you!
ELINOR
Merida, you are a princess! [She takes the sword from Merida and tosses it aside. She then grabs Merida's bow] And I expect you to act like one! [She throws Merida's bow into the fire. Shocked at her mother, Merida runs out of the room in tears] Merida! Merida! [immediately realizes what she's done and pulls the bow out of the fire; however it's already ruined] Oh, no! What have I done? [weeps]
PRINCESS MERIDA
A cake?
THE WITCH
Do you not want it?
PRINCESS MERIDA
No! I want it, but... Are you sure if I give this to my mom, it will change my fate?
THE WITCH
Trust me, deary. It will do the trick.
PRINCESS MERIDA
[after Queen Elinor unexpectedly turns into a bear] I didn't ask her to change you into a bear! I just asked her to change... you.
THE WITCH
[repeated lines] Fate be changed, look inside. Mend the bond torn by pride.
PRINCESS MERIDA
[looks at the black berries; to Bear Elinor] Find those by the creek, did you? [Bear Elinor nods and keeps eating the berries] They're nightshade berries. [Bear Elinor eats another one] They're poisonous. [Bear Elinor spits out the berries and tries to chug down some water] Where did you get this water? It has worms! [Bear Elinor spits out the water]