Prince Without Fear or Reproach

JAN / FEB 2017: BY MARIANA KAPLUN

“Sire? Do you…like yourself?”

“What’s not to like?”

A princess, who is prepared to be wed with beautiful prince, is sent away to New York by an evil queen, where she falls in love with a lawyer.

We all know this story of the wonderful Disney movie Enchanted, but what do we know about the prince? Yes, you heard right, the Prince… who was supposed to marry Giselle, ordained to her by fate. This hero is Prince Edward. Let’s get to know him better.

“Nathaniel likes the way I leap? <…> I’m handsome even when I sleep!”

Edward is a prince in Andalasia and the stepson of former Queen Narissa. He is “very pure, very simple-minded and naive, but innocently narcissistic.” Edward is charming and handsome, athletic, yet goodhearted. He ends up confused with the world of New York once entering it. “Ha-ha-ha! You’ve met your match, you foul bellowing beast!” (Prince Edward, as he stabs a city bus) or “Tell me, magic mirror, what is this awful place? Why is everything so… difficult? Will I ever find my heart’s duet?” (Prince Edward to the television) or “It appears this odd little box controls the magic mirror!” (Prince Edward, upon discovering the television remote). Yes, he is a little obsessed with mirrors. Coincidence?

 

In Andalasia and the real world, Edward is a large-built, extremely handsome young man with prominent cheekbones and jaw. He has brown hair and blue eyes. Edward is usually dressed in an elaborate royal uniform, with cape and sword, as befitting a Prince. He is notable for his strong singing voice and having an enthusiastic, larger-than-life manner. I would say he is too cheerful for others. Problem? Not for Edward.

 

“Well, this has been a splendid date! Shall we go? <…> Why, back to Andalasia, of course! To be married, to live happily ever after, forever and ever!”

 

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Our hero strongly believes in instant love (and shouting about it on every street corner). He hopes he and the beautiful Giselle can be together forever (and ever, and ever, and ever). So he tries to find her in a new world for him: New York. “Fear not, Giselle, I will rescue you!”. “What say you, sir? Don’t try my patience! <…> I seek a beautiful girl, my one coquette…the answer to my love’s duet.” (Prince Edward to Arty). And, yes, he really tries to rescue her, because he is determined to marry the woman he loves. But stop! Is it really true? Does Edward really love Giselle or does it just seem like love to him? The fact is Edward just wants to marry someone he loves and who loves him! But he doesn’t really know who is his true love. A little sad for the Prince, isn’t it?

 

When Robert suggested a true love’s kiss would reawaken Giselle from her eternal dream, Edward quickly saved face by claiming he knew that. He leaned in and lightly kissed Giselle, but when she did not stir, tried kissing her again repeatedly, harder and harder (a true prince, really). Just as he was about to panic, a revelation dawned on him. He urged Robert, who he had correctly guessed was now the one meant for Giselle, to kiss her. As Edward stood aside and watched, Robert tenderly kissed Giselle, and she awoke. As the crowd applauded, Edward smiled in joy. Edward is very compassionate for Giselle even when he understands that she is not his “heart’s duet.”  He cared for her so much, he was willing to let another man kiss her in order to save her life. Ah, how romantic and noble!

 

“Why so sad, beautiful lady? <…> It’s a perfect fit.”

But Edward is true prince and he must have his princess. Edward is a warm and polite person, even to people he doesn’t know. He tries to be heroic and likable, but can come across as pompous. Later, Edward came across a despondent Nancy Tremaine studying a slipper left behind by Giselle. He comforted her, and even placed the slipper on Nancy’s foot. When it was revealed to be a perfect fit, the two instantly fell in love (well, finally). Having already happily accepted the fact that Giselle loved Robert, Edward was now enraptured with Nancy, and so the two returned to Andalasia, where they started to live happily ever after.

 

Our hero is handsome (yes!), brave (maybe too much), passionate (very much) and kind (very, very much). We have never known such a true and wonderful prince. I will rescue you! Yes, let’s go!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Marianna Kaplun was born in Moscow. She is a philologist specializing in Ancient Russian drama and theatre. She’s also a film and television critic by calling and librarian by profession. You can find her essays on her Facebook page and on Lumiere. She also blogs in English and Russian.

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