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ladies who should be playing mythical head bitches in charge | HAYLEY ATWELL as JULIE D’AUBIGNY, master swordswoman and opera singer, who had seduced noblemen and nuns, whose flamboyance and wild lifestyle inspired romances after her death.

"What do you wish for?" The duke’s son asks, and she smiles at him over the rim of her wine glass, watches him watch her. He still moves stiffly from where her sword had pierced his shoulder - fine act, that. Fine art, fencing. Penetration was always a man’s sport, was it not? She looks at his sweet young mouth, and thinks of a dozen other lovers, of counts and ministers and prim young ladies and the lauded courtesans of the opera; she casts her eyes downwards. What freedom, to make your own name. D’Aubigny, she thinks, and then thinks of the meek maidens in the popular novels, half penny worth papers about the girls they teach you to be. "To inspire novels," she replies.

    
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