20 HOURS IN AMERICA (1)
Josh: "Donna's a little
nervous. A couple of weeks ago, some guys got left behind by the motorcade
Donna: "It was in Tennessee, and they were never heard from again."
Josh: "They took a cab."
Josh: "First guy to
miss has to shave his beard."
Toby: "For the rest of the day, first guy to miss, anytime he says his name he's gotta follow it with 'I work in the White House'".
Sam (on his answering
machine): "Just yell really loud and I'll probably wake up."
Toby: "I'm Toby Ziegler... I work at the White House."
Josh: "We were waylaid by some mean schoolgirls."
Sam: "Do we have some
sort of condensed... Reader's Digest index... of, well... all human knowledge?"
Ginger: "We usually just use Margaret."
20 HOURS IN AMERICA (2)
Bartlet (on Josh and Toby): "Three hundred IQ points between them, they can't find their way home. I swear to God, if Donna wasn't there, they'd have to buy a house."
Josh: "'Don't worry,
we'll have Jews for the money stuff.' You have an inadvertent habit of
putting down my Judaism by implying that you have a sharper anti-Semitism
meter than I do."
Toby: "You know, the ancient Hebrews had a word for Jews from Westport: they pronounced it 'Presbyterian.'"
Josh: "And by saying things like that."
Toby: "I'm just saying, I'm from Brighton Beach."
Josh: "Well, Mohammed al Mohammed el Mohammed bin Bizir doesn't make the distinction when he suits up in the morning."
Toby: "Well, as long as you have a good grasp of the complexity of that situation."
Donna: "What the hell are the two of you talking about?"
Toby: "I assure you neither one of us knows."
Bartlet: "Well, it's an election year, Bill. We'd rather people didn't exercise common sense. But I agree with what you're saying."
CJ (to the press): "The First Lady loves two out of the three of her children, but she doesn't like to tell them which two."
Donna: "I am not kidding. I have such an impulse to knock your heads together. I can't remember the last time I heard you two talk about anything other than how a campaign was playing in Washington. Cathy needed to take a second job so her dad could be covered by her insurance. She tried to tell you how bad things were for family farmers. You told her we already lost Indiana. You made fun of the fair but you didn't see they have livestock exhibitions and give prizes for the biggest tomato and the best heirloom apple. They're proud of what they grow. Eight modes of transportation, the kindness of six strangers, random conversations with twelve more, and nobody brought up Bartlet versus Ritchie but you. I'm writing letters on your behalf to the parents of the kids who were killed today. Can I have the table, please?"
Bartlet: "I stand by you... I stand by you all. I stand by it until I die. Plus, I'm going to need some cellmates in Holland."
Bartlet: "More than any time in recent history, America's destiny is not of our own choosing. We did not seek, nor did we provoke an assault on our freedom and our way of life. We did not expect, nor did we invite a confrontation with evil. Yet the true measure of the people's strength is how they rise to master that moment when it does arrive."
Josh: "Who's at Rock
Donna: "Aimee Mann, Barenaked Ladies, Chrissie Hynde, Sixpence None the Richer, Aaron Neville, Diamondback Whale, Daisychain, Next Big Thing, the Cruel Shoes and Single Cell Paramecium."
Josh: "You've just been practising for when I asked the question, right?"
Josh: "And you made up the Cruel Shoes."
Donna: "No, Single Cell Paramecium."
Josh: "You know, everybody's
really over that now."
CJ: "Admiral Scott! Your expedition's returned!"
CJ: "Did you well last
Josh: "I did better than that."
CJ: "Well, maybe you should keep that to yourself."
Josh: "We're back!
And we're never leaving again."
Sam: "Your mother and I were very worried."
Toby: "There's no way
'favoristic' is a word."
Sam: "We all agree with you, Toby; we just don't think it's grounds for an appeal."
Leo: "Qumar has been
investigating the accident because they believe there was foul play. And
we believe, in fact we know, that they are trying to frame Israel. They're
producing phony evidence."
Jordan: "How do you know?"
Leo: "Because we do, Jordan - we know any evidence of assassination is manufactured."
Leo: "Because we destroyed all the evidence."
Jordan: "I don't have
any experience with what you're talking about."
Bartlet: "Nobody does.
Bartlet: "Article 51
of the United Nations Charter says every nation has a right to wage war
to defend itself."
Jordan: "The article's incumbent on wars being declared."
Bartlet: "Wars don't work like that anymore."
Jordan: "Laws work like that."
Jordan: "How can justice
that has to be served in secret be justice?"
Bartlet: "I don't know. I'm working on that."
Amy: "It’ll take his
assistant, Donna five minutes. It’ll take Josh half that time."
Amy: "Maybe a little longer, ‘cause the Mets lost last night and he’ll need to focus."
Josh: "I know how Ritchie’s gonna win this election."
Josh: "We run the risk
Bartlet: "Heroin addicts?"
Donna: "It was like a meeting of the There
But For The Grace Of God Society.".
Josh: "Anybody ask you out?"
Donna: "Shut up."
LeoL "I don't know what winning looks like. What does it look like? Is it... I mean, is it honestly the U.S. flag flying over Mecca? Is that what's gonna straighten this out? And, if that's the case, why are we postponing that? What are we hoping is gonna happen in the meantime?"
Bartlet: "Mike, pick yourself out a daughter.
My oldest is married, but I can have it annulled. The Pope said he'd do
it, I swear to God."
Casper: "That's very friendly of you, sir. Thank you."
Stackhouse: "Who among the 80 will stand
up for the 20?"
Bartlet: "You did, Howard. You did all the time."
Bartlet: "I agreed to be locked up with you
people for 48 hours. How much time do I have left?"
Leo: "Forty-seven hours, forty-one minutes,"
Sam: "What's goin' on with you and Andy?"
Sam: "I think you're wrong."
Toby: "I'm not."
Sam: "I think you're getting back together."
Toby: "We're not."
Sam: "But you want to."
Sam: "I think... wait, what?"
Toby: "See, sometimes if I slam on the brakes, you just run right past."
Josh: "Okay, fill us in on everything you got so far between the two of you."
Toby: "Yeah, that's what's gonna happen right now."
Andy: "Just go over. You're in, you're out,
Toby: "No, it's not 'no sweat.' In fact, it's a little bit gruesome."
Andy: "It's gruesome?"
Toby: "It's something. You get off on the fourth floor, which is clearly marked for all the other passengers on the elevator to read, that it's the Fertility Clinic. And you're trying to show with your body language that it's not you and that's impossible to show with body language. An eighty-four-year-old Welsh nurse hands you a brown paper bag with a cup and a video and points the way toward a room. I won't even tell you the name they have for this room."
Toby: "It's not a good out-loud word."
CJ: "Toby's gone to the zoo."
Leo: "Yeah, I think we may have killed these two guys with Inauguration."
Leo: "That's what we should do in the meantime?
We should think of something we can give them?"
Bartlet: "Honey, if we're going to have this fight, can we not do it in front of the Joint Chiefs? It just scares the hell out of them."
CJ: "Hugh Hefner, Don Imus, Howard Stern,
all the late-night guys... this is... one, two, three... this is the Editorial
Board of The New York Times... this isn't a good list. This is a list of
people who are going to hell!"
CJ: "They're not praying for me because they like me! It's 'cause I'm doomed to eternal damnation!"
Sam: "Well, if you weren't, it'd be a waste of praying."
CJ: "You're on the list too, pal."
Sam: "Can I see that?"
Josh: "Well, you were right and I was wrong."
Sam: "More often than not, it's going to be the other way around."
Josh: "Andy's pregnant?"
Toby: "With twins."
Sam: "This is incredible."
Josh: "And they're yours?"
Josh: "Both of them?"
Andy: "Is he crazy?"
Toby: "No. No. No. A little bit. No. Look, he's Albie Duncan. He was in the Eisenhower State Department. He's brilliant, he's respected, he's a Republican. If he's crazy, then I don't want to be sane."
Andy: "You're not."
Albie Duncan: "It's not simple. It's incredibly complicated. I've been at the State Department for 30 years and there is no right answer to these questions and diplomacy needs all the words it can get its hands on... Free trade's essential for human rights. The end of that sentence is 'we hope', because nothing else has worked."
Will: "Sixty percent is six of ten in a focus group. You change one mind, it's a dead heat. You change two, it's a landslide. This campaign's a mechanism of persuasion. We're not asking for a show of hands."
Bartlet: "Every once in a while, every once in a while, there's a day with an absolute right and an absolute wrong, but those days almost always include body counts."
Sam: "We were convinced by polling that said he was going to be seen as arrogant no matter what performance he gave in the debate. And then, that morning at ten past three, my phone rings, and it's Toby Ziegler. He says, 'Don't you get it? It's a gift that they're irreversibly convinced that he's arrogant 'cause now he can be.' If your guy's seen that way, you might as well knock some bodies down with it."
Sam: "You wrote a concession?"
Toby: "What, do you want to tempt the wrath of the... whatever, from high atop the thing?"
Charlie: "I'm not Officer Krupke. I have
Anthony: "Hey, could you try to think back to the days before you were Secretary of State or something? There are good guys and there are bad guys, and when the good guys stop letting you play with them, the bad guys have a recruiting field day."
Toby: "Hey! I see one victory balloon before this thing is called and..." (staffer flees) "Yeah, you better run!"
Elsie: "Come back to the party!"
Will: "I'm going to sleep."
Will: "Any second."
Elsie: "It's the greatest night of your life and you're going to sleep?"
Will: "Special reward. . . ."
Elsie: "Are you ever going to enjoy yourself?"
Will: "Just beat Chuck Webb. That was a pretty good time."
Sam: "It was an Aristotelian confluence of events that could only happen to me."
Bartlet: "I don't want to intimidate you,
but it turns out I'm the first Democrat in twenty years to make a clean
sweep of the Plains states. And I'm not just talking about Iowa and Nebraska."
Abbey: "Are you trying to turn me on now?"
Bartlet (to Sam, as Abbey walks in): "Eyes front, mister."
Toby: "Eighty-five percent of what kind of
backward population votes for this woman?"
Andy: "The good people of Maryland. Maryland!"
Toby: "You're not trying to avoid a fight?"
Toby: "You're looking for one."
Toby: "Well... I can admire that."
Jordan: "If you walk me through every demographic,
I think the night's not going to have the kind of happy ending you're hoping
Leo: "Got it. Good tip. Keep 'em coming."
Leo: "How much time do you need?"
Jack: "Eh... 3 hours."
*cue laughter around room*
Leo : "20 minutes son."
Bartlet: "You're young, Charlie. Don't you
want to be having fun right now?"
Charlie: "Yes, sir. But I work for you."
Bartlet: "I get that a lot."
Donna: "How'd you know I was out there?"
Josh: "I felt you lurking."
Jordan: "Luna's who you wanted."
Leo: "The process matters more than the outcome and that's what we wanted."
Josh: "Shut up."
Amy: "You shut up."
Leo (arriving): "Oh, God help me, some days."
Charlie: "You want me to have the President
dodge a call from the UN Secretary-General and not know why?"
Leo: "Yeah, could you swing that?"
Charlie: "If I could, that would be troubling, wouldn't it?"
CJ: "By the way, Danny Concannon won a Pulitzer
Prize from the fourth row."
Mitch: "Danny's more talented than I am."
Jack (to Josh): "I have an aide, who, in my life, I haven't talked about as much as you've talked about Donna in our entire relationship, yours and mine, which is a cumulative total of seven minutes old."
Josh: "Guys will go out with anyone."
Donna: "That hasn't been my experience."
Josh: "I'm a fan. I'm a sports fan. I'm a music fan. And I'm a Star Trek fan. All of them. But here's what I don't do: Let's list our ten favorite episodes.Let's list our least favorite episodes. Let's list our favorite galaxies. Let's make a chart to see how often our favorite galaxies appear in our favorite episodes. What Romulan would you most like to see coupled with a Cardassian and why? Let's spend a weekend talking about Romulans falling in love with Cardassians and then let's do it again. That's not being a fan. That's having a fetish. And I don't have a problem with that except that you can't bring your hobbies into work, okay? Except on Star Trek holidays."
Toby: "I used to write like this, about ten months ago."
Toby (to Will): "Chances are you have certain qualities that are gonna annoy me. I don't know what they are yet, but you have a certain quality about you that says that even though you're a capitalist, you've been schooled in Eastern philosophies."
Sam's message about Will : "Toby - he's one of us."
Jean Paul (to Charlie): "She talks about you so much. Sometimes I want to kill you."
Will: "Seriously, Toby, you put me in that
office and everyone on the speech-writing staff is going to resent me."
Toby: "Don't be ridiculous. It's a West Wing office. Everyone who works in the White House is going to resent you... Yet curiously, I don't care."
Toby: "In his defense, he caught the bad
note. He came to me, he made it important. He wasn't distracted by the
fact that his office was filled with bicycles."
Will: "Excuse me? You said that I caught the bad note?"
Toby: "Yeah, that was planted there to see how you'd do telling truth to power."
Bartlet: "Not very well so far,"
Leo: "Oh, get it together, would you please?"
Josh: "I'm trying."
GUNS NOT BUTTER
Bartlet: "It's the curse of every daughter's
Bartlet: "I don't like them, I don't like them at all."
Charlie: "Yes, I know sir."
Bartlet: "What the hell happened with you two? It was perfect. I just kept you in the office all the time."
Charlie: "Well, she was unhappy that I was at the office all the time."
Bartlet: "That was the point. If I was trying to make her happy, I'd buy her a Cabriolet."
Bartlet: "We have many, many backup plans
in the works? Josh has broken people into teams and they're developing
and executing rapid-response backup plans?"
Leo "Yeah, okay." (turns and yells) "Toby... we should probably have a backup plan."
Bartlet: "Boy, Zoey's growing up nicely,
Charlie: "Yes, she is."
Bartlet: "I'm on your side in this thing, but just barely. Just by a little bit, because he's French and royal. These are very special, very limited circumstances under which we're allies, you and I."
Bartlet (to Josh): "You know what the difference is between you and me? I want to be the guy; you want to be the guy the guy counts on."
Bartlet: "Hey, Zoey's growing up very nicely,
Josh: "Man, I'll say." *Bartlet glares*
Donna: "You took funding for remote prayer to the President?"
Josh (to Donna): "Don't listen to the naysayers. You've got a great future as a stalker."
Donna: "Can I tell you something? Josh has asked me to work Saturdays, work Sundays, and at least once a week he has me there after one AM. He's asked me to transpose portions of the federal budget into base-8, go to North Dakota and dress as an East German cocktail waitress. In five years of working for him, he's never asked me to hide him from something."
Will: "You understand I'm working on the
inauguration address, right?"
CJ: "How's that going?"
Will: "There are bicycles and goats in my office!"
CJ: "Well, you're impoverished, and while
we don't care, we don't want you to go away empty-handed, so we offer you
this goat, Ron, to give you milk."
Will: "Do male goats give milk?"
CJ: "No, no, of course they don't. So... we offer you this thing that will just gnaw on your stuff."
THE LONG GOODBYE
Josh (about the press): "They're waiting for me with sadistic anticipatory glee."
CJ: "No, I didn't mean that you have no social skills, Toby... I'm sorry if you think I was being insensitive to your... I think you're very... you're a very pretty girl, Toby."
CJ: "So what are you up to now?"
Marco: "Uh... sorta... living in Paris."
CJ: "Paris? You were a baseball-playing punk rocker."
Marco: "And you were the smartest, funniest, saddest girl in Dayton."
CJ: "Thank you. I think that might've been a compliment."
INAUGURATION PART ONE
Bartlet: "I have a problem."
Josh: "Well, you're about to propose the most massive shift in foreign policy since the Marshall Plan and it's going to be wildly unpopular."
Bartlet: "All right: two problems."
CJ (to Carol): "Stop trying to get us together,
okay? If I wanted Danny I could have him. And he's still a jackass from
the foreign-ops vote and many other things, so tell him I'm getting my
Danny: "Your hair looks great."
CJ (to Carol): "There was no way you could tell me he was right behind me? You couldn't fit that in."
Toby (to Will): "I throw a rubber ball against the window; that means you come to me. As my frustration level grows, so does the velocity of the ball against the window."
Toby: "This lanuage proposes a new doctrine for the use of force. That we use force whenever we see an injustice we want to correct. Like Mother Teresa with first strike capability."
Bartlet: "Well, if he's old enough to marry Jerry Lee Lewis, I guess he's old enough to be King of Bhutan."
Bartlet: "What's the CIA know that I should
Secretary: "Neighbors are swappping family members."
INAUGURATION: OVER THERE
Will: "Where does the President's Catholicism
distinguish between American blood and other kinds of blood?"
Josh: "It doesn't. The voters do. The voters that you champion and that I can't stand."
Toby: "He's frustrated with the foreign policy
section. He wanted to change it."
Josh: "The language?"
Toby: "No, U.S. foreign policy."
Leo: "Ah, that tastes like... nothing at all. It has no tastes or properties of any kind."
Will: "That's great news about Zoey. I didn't
meet her, but I bet she's nice."
Charlie: "Not really - but my love for her knows no bounds."
Charlie: "I love Zoey and I must have her
back... I'm gonna win Zoey's heart from Jean-Paul. 'Cause he may be good-looking
and rich and well-schooled and French royalty, y'know, and live basically
in a castle, but... oh, God."
Toby: "That's what I've been telling you."
THE CALIFORNIA 47th
Bartlet (in the Sit Room): "Is he placing
Fitzwallace: "Are we allowed to do that? And can I make a quick phone call before the 101st Air Assault..."
Reporter: "What kind of a reception are you
CJ: "Don't be fooled. They love us... I think they really like it when we come to town. When we were there last month, we were working the crowd and some young boys worried, possibly, that I couldn't afford fruits and vegetables on a government salary tossed me some of their own."
Bartlet: "Josh gets extra credit for being
funny and right at the same time. And how long do I have to stay quiet,
Toby: "You're the leader of the free world, Sir. You can speak any time you like."
Bartlet: "And not kill Sam?"
Toby: "No. For that you have to shut up for 50 hours."
Toby: "Also, you've got twins in there; you're
basically a minivan. How are you fitting into a seat?"
Andy: "Uh-uh... I saw him first, girls."
Bartlet: "I'm not an economist, but... no, wait, I am an economist."
RED HAVEN'S ON FIRE
Toby: "Well, Sam's on his way over. And I'll tell you something - if I were someone who felt comfortable hugging other people, I'd give one to Sam, 'cause he absolutely impaled himself."
Sam: "How'd you call Josh? Didn't they take
your cell phone from you?"
Toby: "I used theirs."
Sam: "So on a call-girl's phone bill, there's gonna be a call to Air Force One?"
Toby: "You really gonna be teaching a seminar on call-girl caution? Really?"
Toby: "We made a rough entrance here but
things are looking up now."
Sam: "You trapped people at Disneyland, told the French they could stick a loaf of bread up their ass, had a meeting with a Communist and things are looking up 'cause my new campaign director, just made bail... What are we doing about this story?"
Josh (to Abbey): "You're very stealthy, ma'am. I've always liked that about you."
Josh: "Max is an idiot."
Abbey: Max is my nephew."
Josh: "No kidding. He doesn't understand the budget process. He doesn't understand committee structure. He thinks decisions are made in meetings... He can't play at this level."
Toby (to Sam): "You're gonna lose, and you're gonna lose huge, they're gonna be throwing rocks at you next week, and I wanna be standing next to you when they do."
Josh: "Last night at 3:45 am Battle Tree Lake burst through its natural dam in what's known... as a 'glacial lake outburst'... a rushing river of ice and water and rock. It's about 300 ft wide and its sweeping through Kachadee which is a town on one of the sides of the lake."
Josh: "At this point Americans are just trying to outrun it."
Will: "I was just going to ask you if by
any chance the First Lady is a distant relative of a pirate."
CJ: "He wasn't a pirate, he was a privateer."
Will: "He was a professional pirate."
CJ: "Yes, but he worked for us and he was hired by the fathers of the Daughters of the American Revolution."
Will: "Is it ok if I laugh a few times during this?"
Mike: "You'll go to jail as a co-conspirator."
Josh: "I don't understand. All I did was get up in the morning. Then I got a message to come see you,"
Toby: "How come he knows about the rule that says-"
Mike: "Everybody knows that."
Toby: "Was something on your mind that moment in law school when they taught that rule? Were you distracted by a bumblebee?"
Zoe: "Stop pursuing me."
Charlie: "Respectfully, no."
Donna: "You know what grips my ass?...If anything ever happened to me, chances are its going to be when I am sitting next to you and I'm going to be an also-dead. 'Senior Bartlet advisor Joshua Lyman killed by a pack of wild dogs. Also dead Diane Moss.'"
Donna: "I'm not feeling useful right now. I think I should know how to do more things here."
Josh: "How come you go out with so many Republicans?"
Donna: "I don't."
Josh: "You do. Cliff, Commander Wonderful, Dr. Freeride."
Richardson: "It's not going to screw you
Toby: "No, it'll screw us the regular amount."
EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN
Josh: "I miss Ainsley."
Donna: "There are some who would consider
him handsome. I don't personally 'cause you're the only one I think is
handsome. But for the sake of appearances here around the office so that
people wouldn't suspect, I'd pretend I thought this guy was handsome if
you hired him. Of course, all along it would be a lie 'cause of how handsome
you are - and powerful."
Josh: "Your sense of humor's a bit of a high wire act, isn't it. You're really trying to thread the needle."
Donna: "And half of it you don't even get."
Bartlet: "Will, why are you dressed like an officer in the air force?"
Agent: "We've got to hold everybody for a
moment so that we can secure--"
Bartlet: "No, I'm telling you if Charlie heard there were bullets, he's going to overpower who's ever --"
(Charlie bursts in)
Bartlet: "It's bullet proof glass in the windows, okay? If you want to kill me you're going to have to do it from inside the building."
Larry: "You're particularly upbeat for someone
who's been shot had twice in four years."
CJ: "That's 'cause I have faith."
CJ: "The substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen."
Josh: "Black and white, north and south... there may not be anything anymore that outpaces the hatred the right feels for the left or the tonnage of disrespect the left feels for the right."
Josh: "You're a Republican!"
Josh: "If you're a Republican you damn well
better look like Ainsley Hayes."
Donna: "He does."
Josh: "Have you ever done something that
would reflect poorly on the President?"
Joe: "Yes, I didn't vote for him."
LIFE ON MARS
CJ: "You're question is 'Is there life on Mars and is the White House hiding that there's life on Mars?'"
CJ: "Joe, I outrank you by like 17 rungs - so follow me."
CJ: "Well argued, though I do hate you and
everything you stand for."
Joe: "Claudia Jean, you've only known me for four minutes. It usually takes people the better part of an hour to hate me and everything I stand for."
CJ: "I'm the Press Secretary... I don't have that kind of time."
Toby: "You said I wouldn't even notice you were here. Just so you know, I can tell that."
Charlie: "Toby, either get Andy to marry you or kill yourself."
Joe: "Josh is a lawyer?"
Donna: "Well, yeah. I mean he went to law school but... you don't practice law is all I was saying."
Josh: "I don't practice law? I help write the laws. I write the laws. I make the laws. I am the law!"
Hoynes: "I like to show off. I said things. I said I'd seen proof of life on Mars."
Leo: "You're a giant, John. You're a US Senator, the Vice President of the United States and presumptive nominee of your party, You cannot be taken down by this cheap person."
Bartlet (to Wes): "If something comes up and you're faced with the choice of killing the boyfriend or not killing the boyfriend, kill the boyfriend."
Donna (to Amy): "He goes through every day worrying that somebody he likes is going to die and its going to be his fault. What do you think makes him walk so fast?"
Amy (to Donna): "Are you in love with Josh?"
Josh: "I didn't write this."
Donna: "Yeah, but they must sense it in you."
Wes: "Listen to me. You are going to be fine. You are the key witness to the end of the world."
Toby: "I don't want to alarm you or anything, but I'm Dad."
Leo: "Me and Nancy and Fitz are standing
right next to you when you get information. You don't need to remember
it. And we're standing right next to you when you give orders. You're not
going to hurt anybody."
Bartlet: "Leo, the people you just named don't have the legal authority to stop me from doing certain things and some of them would go to jail if they didn't follow my orders. Very quietly, I want you to assemble the cabinet. I want you to call the Speaker of the House."
Will: "I think it's a fairly stunning act of patriotism. And a fairly ordinary act of fatherhood."
Josh: "What if he changes his mind and starts
Toby: "Leo will know what to do."
President Glenallen Walken: "Franz Ferdinand, who was the nephew of the Austro-Hungarian Emperor, was killed by a group called the Black Hand, and because they were a Serbian nationalist society, the Empire declared war on Serbia. Then Russia, which was bound by a treaty, was forced to mobilize, which meant that Germany had to declare war on Russia. Then France declared war on Germany... and that was World War I. Because the Emperor's nephew was killed."
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