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: [upon discovering the Black Fungus
] Mother was taken ill yesterday. Was it because of this? Empress Phoenix
: [nods head
] Prince Jai
: Why is Father doing this to you? Empress Phoenix
: Jai, after the Chrysanthemum Festival, I shall tell you the whole truth.
] Empress Phoenix
: Each day, in front of your father, I have to feign ignorance. Every two hours, I swallow this poison without protest. Nobody knows what is happening. I shall die exactly as your father intends. A half-wit. But I refuse to submit without a fight. On the night of the Festival, I shall put an end to all this. Prince Jai
: Do my brothers know? Empress Phoenix
: No. Prince Jai
: If I had not returned, would Mother have gone ahead? Empress Phoenix
: Yes. Prince Jai
: Then why did you tell me? Empress Phoenix
: Because I want you to be Emperor. Prince Jai
: Are you going to kill Father? Empress Phoenix
: I shall force him to abdicate, but it is not my intention to kill him. Prince Jai
: Mother, a son cannot stand in rebellion against his father! Whatever the circumstances, he is still my father and my Emperor.