《一个国王的爱情故事》第一回： A Lonely Child
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor
1894 Edward is born in Richmond, England．
1896 Wallis is born in Baltimore, USA．
1911 Edward becomes Prince of Wales．
1912 Edward enters Oxford University．
1914 The First World War begins. Edward sees fighing on the front line in Belgium．
1916 Wallis marries Winfield Spencer．
1920 Edward begins a five-year journey round the world. He visits 45 countries and travels 240 000 kilometres．
1927 Wallis divorces Winfield Spencer.
1928 Wallis marries Ernest Simpson．
1930 Edward meets Wallis at a weekend house party．
1936 January King George V dies. Edward is now King.
June Edward tells his mother that he wants to marry Wallis．
December Edward gives the crown to his brother and leaves England．
1937 Edward and Wallis marry in France. They take the name Duke and Duchess of Windsor．None of the Royal Family come to the wedding. For the next thirty years the Duke and Duchess live out－side England．
1966 Queen Elizabeth Ⅱ meets the Duke and Duchess at a small party in London. 'It's time to forget the past, she says．
1972 Edward dies in Paris．His body is buried in England at Windsor Castle．
1986 Wallis dies in Paris and is buried next to Edward at Windsor．
IN APRIL 1987， THREE HUNDRED PEOPLE CAME TO A SMALL room in Geneva, Switzerland. There were Presidents and Kings, film stars and millionaires. They came from the four corners of the world, east and west, north and south, and they spoke many languages.
But they all wanted one thing—to buy some jewellery. It was the jewellery that a man called Edward gave a woman called Wallis. One woman，Mrs Namiki from Japan，paid ＄105 000 for a gold ring．
'Why did you pay all that money？'a friend asked. 'You can buy a gold ring in Tokyo for half that money.
'Because Wallis and Edward were special to me，'Mrs Namiki replied． 'I never met them but I'll keep that ring all my life．'
In the next few hours, in that small room in Geneva， the jewellery was sold for＄50000000. But who was Wallis？ And who was Edward？ And why was their love story so special？Let's begin at the beginning…Prince Edward was born in 1894．His father，King George V, was a tall, cold man who did not like children. 'Why does Edward talk all the time?' he once said．'He's a very noisy child!' His mother, Queen Mary, agreed. 'It doesn't matter if Edward is happy or unhappy,' she said. 'A child must be silent and strong.'
The family lived in Buckingham Palace，which had 600 rooms．There were 8 kitchens，19 bathrooms，24 toilets， 11 dining rooms， 17 bedrooms and 21 sitting rooms．
Edward once told a story about the house ：Buckingham Palace was very big， and people sometimes got lost．One night my mother，my father and I were sitting in the dining room．We were waiting for our dinner．We wait－ed and waited， but the food did not come．After twenty minutes my father was very angry． He stood up and went to the kitchen．'Where is the cook？'he shouted，and where is my food？'
'But, Sir,' the cook replied，'your dinner left the kitchen fifteen minutes ago．Hasn't it arrived yet？'
'No，it hasn't，'my father shouted, 'and I'm hungry．'
The King left the kitchen and began to look for the food．Ten minutes later he saw a woman who was carrying three plates of meat and potatoes．'What happened to you？'my father said．'Why didn't you bring us our dinner？'
'I' m sorry,Sir, 'the woman replied. 'There are a lot of dining rooms. I couldn't remember where to go. But if you return to the table, Sir, this time I can follow you to the right room.'
Edward did not go to school with other children． He stayed in Buckingham Palace where he had a special classroom just for him．
This is how Edward described his lessons：
My teacher， Mr Hansell， was a thin man． He never smiled and his nose was very red．We had lots of books but they were all very boring． They were full of words and they didn't have any pictures．
Sometimes I stopped reading and looked out dow．Mr Hansell got very angry．He took a stick and hit me on the arm．'Don't look out of the window，little boy，' he shouted．'Look at the book．'He hit me many times and my arm was red．
Every Friday the teacher took me to my father's room．
'And what has my son learnt this week，Mr Hansell？'the King asked．
And the answer was always：'Not very much I'm afraid，Sir．Edward doesn't like his lessons． He never listens to what I say．'
When Mr Hansell left the room，my father was angry with me．'What's wrong with you， child？'he said．'Are you stupid？ Why can't you learn anything？'
'But the lessons are so boring， Sir，'I replied．'And Mr Hansell hits me．'
'I don't understand you，Edward．You're a baby．You're so weak．You'll never be a good King． A King must be strong．Go to your room and stay there until the morning．'
'I spent many days alone in my room，'Edward wrote later．'I never played with other children and I didn't have any friends． I lived in the most beautiful house in England but I was always lonely and sad． I saw my mother once a day at din－ner time and I saw my father three or four times a week，but they never gave me any love．I was afraid of them and every－thing I did was wrong．'
2011-08-09 20:35 编辑：颜麦粥