(At Marial's wedding, Peter and Catherine have little speeches...)
Peter: If I may, I would like to wish the couple well. And maybe add a few words on marriage. I understood little about marriage until I met my wife. Now I know it to be a lot like the roller coaster she herself built, ups and downs, exhilaration, a... a slightly terrifying sense that all will go awry and everyone will die. But in the end you stay on the rails... kept there by gravity and the force of your love.
Catherine: My advice to you is to expect the unexpected. Marriage is both a joy and a place where you will be dealt unbearable griefs.
Peter: If love is strong enough, all griefs are bearable.
(Catherine find out Peter slept with and accidentally killed her mother...)
Catherine: I'm going to kill you so, so slowly, very painfully, and I'm going to say a lot of French words in a perfect accent as I peel your skin from your body and rub your flesh in rosemary salt.
Peter: I can't stop loving you when you talk, it rushes me.
Catherine: Hypothetical. A woman who has loathed you, tried to kill you, overthrown you, and imprisoned you walks into a room... and tells you she loves you. What do you do?
Peter: First try and start breathing again.
Catherine: And then?
(throws himself at her, Catherine takes off her corset very fast...)
Peter: Science. Love it.
Catherine: I'm ruthless.
Peter: Love that about you.
Catherine: I can be judgmental.
Peter: You don't think that. You think you are just perceptive and precise in attributing everyone's deficiencies and shortcomings.
Peter: You laugh because that is what you tell yourself, isn't it?
Catherine: Sometimes I think you're the only person who really knows me.
Peter: We wait until we hear frenzied chanting and protest, and then ideally, Arkady gets a mob to break down the doors and bear me into the palace, and in a wave, we move through, gathering force, killing if we must, and finally, she will see she needs to acquiesce.
Grigor: And then you kill her.
Peter: Imprisoned until Paul is born.
Grigor: You're a good dad.
(Peter reads his speech to Catherine after the coronation...)
Peter: It is a strange thing to hand your crown to another, and yet I feel a peace in my heart knowing I'm handing it to one I love, the one I love who loves our great nation, despite being German. I have seen up close her wiseness and fierceness, and her naked body as it shimmers and glows like God put the sun inside her. I have also been inside her and we have made a Paul together and thus the future of Russia is assured. Give her your fear as you gave it me. F**k with her, you f**k with me.
Catherine: Strangely touching.
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