My new hero.
She’s just so dang smart. And confident and eloquent and wise. She doesn’t put up with any BS either.
Like when the Prince of Sweden kept proposing to her and ignoring her refusals, she wrote him this:
“While we perceive there from that the zeal and love of your mind towards us is not diminished, yet in part we are grieved that we cannot gratify your Serene Highness with the same kind of affection. And that indeed does not happen because we doubt in any way of your love and honour, but, as often we have testified both in words and writing, that we have never yet conceived a feeling of that kind of affection towards anyone. We therefore beg your Serene Highness again and again [ha ha] that you be pleased to set a limit to your love, that it advance not beyond the laws of friendship for the present nor disregard them in the future.”
Thank you Elizabeth, for your honesty. May we all be more like you.