Princess Merida: [narrating] There are those who say fate is something beyond our command. That destiny is not our own, but I know better. Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it.
King Fergus: Pretend I'm Merida, speak to me. What would you say?
Queen Elinor: I can't do this!
King Fergus: Sure you can!
[Elinor gives him a skeptical look]
King Fergus: There, there! THAT'S my queen! All right, here we go.
[takes a deep breath and speaks in a shrilly voice, impersonating Merida]
King Fergus: I don't want to get married! I want to stay single and let my hair flow in the wind as I ride through the glen, firing arrows into the sunset!
Princess Merida: [voice over] Some say our destiny is tied to the land, as much a part of us as we are of it. Others say fate is woven together like a cloth, so that one's destiny intertwines with many others. It's the one thing we search for, or fight to change. Some never find it. But there are some who are led.
Queen Elinor: [after Merida's actions at the clan gathering, Elinor drags and throws Merida into the tapestry room] I don't believe you! I've just about had enough of you, lass!
Princess Merida: YOU'RE the one that wants me to...!
Queen Elinor: You embarrassed them! You embarrassed me!
Princess Merida: *I* followed the rules!
Queen Elinor: You don't know what you've done!
Princess Merida: I just don't care how...
Queen Elinor: There'll be fire and sword if it's not set right.
Princess Merida: Just listen!
Queen Elinor: I AM THE *QUEEN*! YOU listen to ME!
Princess Merida: OH! This is so unfair!
Queen Elinor: Huh! Unfair?
Princess Merida: [grabs a sword and swings it around angrily] You were never there for me! This whole marriage is what YOU want! Do you ever bother to ask what *I* want? No! You walk around telling me what to do, what not to do! Trying to make me be like you! Well, I'm not going to be like you!
Queen Elinor: Ach! You're acting like a child!
Princess Merida: And YOU'RE a beast!
[points her sword at the family tapestry that Elinor had been working on]
Princess Merida: That's what you are!
Queen Elinor: [gasps] Merida!
Princess Merida: [sticks the tip of her sword into the tapestry] I'll never be like you!
Queen Elinor: No! Stop that!
Princess Merida: I'd rather DIE than be like you!
[Suddenly, Merida slashes the tapestry, a line between the images of Elinor and herself. Elinor gasps in shock; Merida just stares at her angrily. Furious at what Merida said and did, Elinor marches up to her]
Queen Elinor: Merida, you are a princess!
[She takes the sword from Merida and tosses it aside. She then grabs Merida's bow]
Queen Elinor: I expect you to act like one!
[She throws Merida's bow into the fire. Shocked at her mother, Merida runs out of the room in tears]
Queen Elinor: Merida! Merida!
[immediately regrets her actions and pulls the bow out of the fire; however it's already ruined]
Queen Elinor: Oh, no! What have I done?
Princess Merida: [after Young Macintosh smashes his bow on the ground; sarcastically] Oh, that's attractive.
Princess Merida: [narrating] But every once in a while, there's a day when I don't have to be a princess. No lessons, no expectations. A day where anything can happen. A day I can change my fate.
Princess Merida: Mum, you'll never guess what I did today!
Queen Elinor: [not really listening] Mmm-hmm?
Princess Merida: I climbed up the Crone's Tooth and drank from the Fire Falls.
[Hamish, Hubert and Harris look at her in awe]
King Fergus: The Fire Falls, eh? They say only the ancient kings were brave enough to drink the fire.
Princess Merida: I am Merida, firstborn descendant of Clan Dunbroch. And I'LL be shooting FOR MY OWN HAND!
King Fergus: [telling a story] Then out of nowhere, biggest bear you've ever seen! Its hide littered with the weapons of fallen warriors. Its face scared with one dead eye. I drew my sword and...
Princess Merida: [cuts in] WHOOSH! One swipe, his sword shattered. Then CHOMP! Dad's leg was clean off! Down the monster's throat it went!
King Fergus: Awwwwww... That's my favorite part!
Princess Merida: Mor'du has never been seen since. And is roaming the wilds, waiting his chance at revenge.
The Witch: [Exits her house with Merida and her crow, snaps her fingers and opens the door to reveal her cauldron and casting materials within] Never conjure where you carve, dear.
Queen Elinor: Merida, a princess does not set her weapons on the table.
Princess Merida: [moans] Mum! It's just my bow!
Queen Elinor: A princess should not HAVE weapons, in my opinion.
King Fergus: Leave her be! Princess or not, learning to fight is essential.
Princess Merida: [Merida looks at the black berries] Find these berries down by the creek, did you?
[Queen Elinor nods her head and keeps eating the berries]
Princess Merida: They're Nightshade berries.
[Elinor eats another one]
Princess Merida: They're poisonous.
[Elinor spits out the berries and drinks water]
Princess Merida: Where did you get this water? It's got worms!
[Elinor spits out the water]
Princess Merida: [narrating] I became a sister to three new brothers. The princes. Hamish, Hubert, and Harris. Wee devils, more like. They get away with murder. I can never get away with anything.
Princess Merida: [after Queen Elinor unexpectedly turns into a bear] Mum? You're... You're a BEAR! Why a bear? OH! That scaffy witch gave me a gammy spell!
[Bear Elinor glares at her, demanding to know what she meant]
Princess Merida: It's not my fault. I didn't ask her to change you into a bear! I just wanted her to change...
Princess Merida: YOU.
[a shocked and outraged Bear Elinor roars at Merida loudly]
Young MacGuffin: [in a thick Doric accent] It's jist nae fair makin us ficht for the hand o the quine that disnae want any bit o it. Ken?
[everyone else looks confused]
Young Merida: I missed...
Queen Elinor: Go and fetch it, then.
[She turns to Fergus after Merida leaves]
Queen Elinor: A bow, Fergus? She's a lady.
Princess Merida: [after the witch picks up the cake from the boiling cauldron] A cake?
The Witch: Do you not want it?
Princess Merida: Yes! I want it! But... Are you sure if I give this to my mum, it will change my fate?
The Witch: Trust me, deary. It will do the trick.
Young Merida: I saw a will-o'-the-wisp!
[runs up to Elinor]
Young Merida: [Elinor picks her up and holds her]
Queen Elinor: A will-o'-the-wisp? You know, some say that will-o'-the-wisps can lead you to your fate.
Princess Merida: [Elinor gestures to Merida's bow on the table] Sorry, I don't speak Bear.
King Fergus: [after Young Dingwall wins the archery contest by accident] Well, that's just grand, isn't it? Guess who's coming to dinner!
Queen Elinor: [annoyed] Fergus...
King Fergus: [turns to Merida] Oh, and by the way, I hope you don't mind being called Lady Ding...
[sees dog in her seat]
Princess Merida: [after Young Macintosh throws his bow] Good arm!
King Fergus: [brushes back his hair] And such lovely, flowing locks.
Queen Elinor: [in the tapestry room; practicing a speech with Fergus] Merida, all this work, all the time spent preparing you, schooling you, giving you everything we never had. I ask you, what do you expect us to do?
Princess Merida: [in the royal stables; taking care of Angus and rehearsing her own speech] Call off the gathering! Would that kill them? You're the queen. You can just tell the lords the princess is not ready for this. In fact, she might not ever be ready for this, so that's that. Good day to you. We'll expect your declarations of war in the morning.
Queen Elinor: I understand this must all seem unfair. Even I had reservations when I faced betrothal.
[Fergus looks up in surprise]
Queen Elinor: But we can't just run away from who we are.
Princess Merida: I don't want my life to be over. I want my freedom!
Queen Elinor: But are you willing to pay the price your freedom will cost?
Princess Merida: I'm not doing any of this to hurt you.
Queen Elinor: If you could just try to see what I do, I do out of love.
Princess Merida: But it's MY LIFE, it's... I'm just not ready.
Queen Elinor: I think you'd see, if you could just...
Princess Merida: I think I could make you understand if you would just...
Queen Elinor: Listen.
Princess Merida: Listen.
[Angus whinnies at her]
Princess Merida: I swear, Angus, this isn't going to happen.
[Angus touches her sympathetically and she pets him]
Princess Merida: Not if I have any say in it.
Lord Macintosh: At least we have hair!
Lord MacGuffin: And all of our teeth!
Young MacGuffin: If he was a wee bit closer, I could lob a caber at him, ye ken.
Lord Macintosh: And we don't hide under bridges, you grumpy old troll!
Lord Dingwall: You want a laugh, eh?
Lord Dingwall: [turns to son]
Lord Dingwall: Wee Dingwall!
Young Dingwall: [Attacks Lord Macintosh]
The Crow: [arriving at the front gate with carvings, last lines] Delivery! Sign here, sign here... Come on, Birdbrain. I haven't got all day.
Lord Dingwall: Feast your eyes!
[Dingwall lifts the back of his kilt to Lord Macintosh]
Lord Macintosh: [Macintosh begins to gag]
Princess Merida: [after Young MacGuffin shoots and misses] I bet he wishes he was tossing cabers.
King Fergus: Or holding up bridges...
[Elinor nudges Fergus scoldingly while he and Merida snicker]
Queen Elinor: Where are you? Come out! Come out! Come on out! I'm coming to get you!
[Young Merida laughs as she hides under the table]
Queen Elinor: Where are you, you little rascal? I'm coming to get you!
[Elinor looks under the table but Merida quickly moves to hide somewhere else]
Queen Elinor: Hmm. Where is my little birthday girl, hm? I'm going to gobble her up when I find her!
[Merida comes up behind Elinor and goes to run away but Elinor catches her]
Queen Elinor: Eat you!
[as Elinor and young Merida play, Fergus places his bow on the table]
Queen Elinor: Ach! Fergus, no weapons on the table!
Young Merida: Can I shoot an arrow?
[picks up the large bow from the table]
Young Merida: Can I? Can I? Can I? Can I? Please, can I?
[falls and laughs as the bow is too big for her]
King Fergus: Not with that. Why not use your very own?
[presents her with a small bow]
King Fergus: Happy birthday, my wee darlin'!