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Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury (Character)
from "The West Wing" (1999)

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"The West Wing: The Drop In (#2.12)" (2001)
President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet: Where are you on the missile shield?
Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: Well, I think its dangerous, illegal, fiscally irresponsible, technologically unsound, and a threat to all people everywhere.

Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: [waiting for an audience with the President] I'll need some amusement.
Donna Moss: [entering] Good evening, your Lordship.
Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: Excellent!

Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: Your assistant, Margaret, is looking positively buxom.
Leo McGarry: [awkwardly] Thank you. I'll tell her.
Margaret: [from outer office] Thank you!
Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: Oh, yes! Well done!

President Josiah Bartlet: [following the appointment of Marbury to be the British Ambassador to the United States] What made you agree to take the post?
Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: I don't know, I suppose it's possible I was drunk.
Josh Lyman: Reasonable bet.

Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: It's as if the gods themselves insist that we be not long apart, you and I.

Leo McGarry: You're an expert in the field, and I hope I can count on your support.
Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: You may hope for it but you'll not have it.

President Josiah Bartlet: It's good to have you here.
Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: Your servant, as always.

Charlie Young: He's back, but he's receiving credentials from Her Excellency Renee Ernesto of Argentina, and asks for your patience.
Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: Then my patience he shall have.

Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: I'm required to attend the State of the Union?
President Josiah Bartlet: Yes!
Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: Oh, well, then attend it I shall.

Donna Moss: Edward Earl of Ulster?
Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: Yes.
Donna Moss: Do you think he'd like me?
Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: Do you date younger men?
Donna Moss: Sure. How old is he?
Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: Five.
Donna Moss: Okay. Well, let's stick a pin in that for a moment and move on.


"The West Wing: Dead Irish Writers (#3.16)" (2002)
President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet: Look, obviously we knew that this was going to be a thing, but it doesn't have to be tonight, right?
Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: No, absolutely not. I shall take it up with Gerald.
Abbey Bartlet: Who's Gerald?
President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet: I'm pretty sure he means Leo.
Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: Hmm. Oh, do you have a new Chief of Staff?
President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet: No.
Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: Well, then Gerald it is!

Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: [Lord Marbury is drunk] Abigail, may I grasp your breasts?
President Josiah Bartlet: I'm standing right here!
Abbey Bartlet: You may kiss my cheek.

[British Ambassador Lord John Marbury joins the President and First Lady at her birthday gala celebration]
Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: Abigail!
President Josiah Bartlet: Now it's a party.
Abbey Bartlet: Oh. Yes, your lordship.
Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: Your breasts are magnificent.
Abbey Bartlet: Oh. Um... thank you, John.
Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: May I inquire, Mr. President - the first thing that attracted you to Abigail - was it her magnificent breasts?
Abbey Bartlet: It was.
President Josiah Bartlet: You know John, there are places in the world where it might be considered rude to talk about the physical attributes of another man's wife.
Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: My god. Really?
President Josiah Bartlet: Yeah.

Toby Ziegler: Can I call you John?
Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: I am John, Lord Marbury, Earl of Croy, Marquess of Needham and Dolby, Baronet of Brycey, England's ambassador to the United States, and a terrorist is a terrorist even if he wears a green necktie and sings "Danny Boy". Yes, you can call me John.

Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: Toby, despite appearances, I do have lucid... moments.

Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: You're involving yourself in a centuries old conflict without sufficient regard for history. Listen to the warning of old friends. It was Kipling who warned to expect "the blame of those ye better, and the hate of those ye guard."
Toby Ziegler: And wasn't it James Joyce who said, "History is a nightmare from which I'm trying to awake."
Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury: Yes, but it was your own great Irish master, Eugene O'Neill, who said, "There is no present or future, only the past happening over and over again... now."


"The West Wing: Lord John Marbury (#1.11)" (2000)
Lord John Marbury: You're all frightened... as well you should be. Not since the Protestant-Catholic wars in the 16th Century has Western society known anything remotely comparable to the subcontinent's religious malevolence. Uh, to a lesser observer, the intensity of the emotional frenzy is so illogical as to border on mass psychosis. but, as has been said by kings and queens, I am not a lesser observer.
President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet: John, there's a quote from Revelations I...
Lord John Marbury: [Cutting Bartlet off mid-sentence] "And I looked and I beheld a pale horse, and the name that sat on him was Death and, Hell followed with him."

Lord John Marbury: So, uh, tell me, how can I be of service to you? If it's within my power to give, you shall have it.


"The West Wing: He Shall, from Time to Time... (#1.12)" (2000)
Lord John Marbury: When we had a particular problem with someone, one solution we would try is to make him a maharajah. That's a kind of a regional king. We would pay him off with an annual tribute and in return he would be loyal to the crown.
Leo McGarry: Lord Marbury, under our constitution the President is not empowered to create maharajahs.
Lord John Marbury: Yes, thank you for clearing that up, Leo. Having been educated at Cambridge and the Sorbonne I am, as you know, exceedingly stupid.