I want my father, on his death bed - four or five years from now - to look at me and say, “That! That is the man that I raised!” And I want him to be pointing at some other guy. Because that means that maybe, just maybe, I am not his biological son.
I know how you loved your papa, my son, and I know you will be as devastated as I am by this loss. But you must put those sentiments to one side now, for duty calls. The grief of your fathers death will be felt far and wide. Your people will need your strength and leadership. I have seen three great monarchies brought down through their failure to separate personal indulgences from their duty. You must not allow yourself to make similar mistakes. And while you mourn your father you must also mourn someone else: Elizabeth Mountbatten. For she has now been replaced by another person, Elizabeth Regina. The two Elizabeths will frequently be in conflict with one another. The fact is, the crown must win. Must always win.
I want my father, on his deathbed, four or five years from now, to look at me and say ‘that, that is the man that I raised.’ And I want him to be pointing at some other guy, because that means that maybe, just maybe, I am not his biological son.
I am thy father’s spirit,Doomed for a certain term to walk the nightAnd for the day confined to fast in fires,Till the foul crimes done in my days of natureAre burnt and purged away. -Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 5
Jason Todd. Original artwork by Patrick Gleason, Cliff Richards, Mick Gray, Mark Irwin and John Kalisz, Batman and Robin #20