Graves: You know what, just ask me a question. Just try to get to know me. Newt: Okay…I can’t think of anything to ask you. I’m sorry, my mind is blank. Graves: Just ask me the first thing that comes to your head. Newt: How big is it? Graves: …Really?
(Parks and Recreation; season 2, episode 4: Practice Date)
You have lost my boy. I cannot speak of it, the loss is too great, but I see now that God will not grant me any male children. -It is not all my fault. You have no one to blame but yourself for this. I was distressed to see you with that wench Jane Seymour. Because the love I bear you is so great. It broke my heart to see you love others.
According to contemporary mores, Anne should have shut her eyes to Henry’s pursuit of Jane Seymour. Queens were expected not to notice husbandly diversions. George Wyatt commented that ‘wise men in those days judged’ that if, like Katherine, Anne had been more tolerant of peccadilloes she would have risked less; however, 'her too great love’ prevented what 'she might the rather have done respecting the general liberty and custom then that way’. Wyatt’s prose is heavy-footed, but it does point to an easily overlooked but drastic weakness in Anne’s position. Royal marriages, both before, during and after the sixteenth century, were expected to be business affairs, related to international diplomacy and the continuation of a dynasty. Spouses were suggested to, not chosen by, a monarch. Romance featured only accidentally; its expected place was the affaire. Henry VIII, almost uniquely, defied this expectation and custom and both chose and married Anne for romantic reasons. … In marrying for love, Henry in effect confused the role of wife and mistress, with the result that personal emotion was the basis of his relationship with Anne and hers with him. Anne was therefore right to say that her feelings were more exposed than those of Katherine. The corollary was that, as well as being hurt by royal philandering, Anne was compelled to fight to protect this personal relationship with Henry. She could not distance herself as Katherine of Aragon had. She could not ignore it if her husband had become infatuated with Jane, even though the inevitable result was to make Jane more significant than she need have been. Though tolerating infidelity would have been the safer course, Anne was forced to put herself on a level with Jane and challenge Henry to choose between them.