#21 - The Black Rose Blooms at Night
Kuro Bara wa Yoru Hiraku (黒ばらは夜ひらく)
Mar 5, 1980(JST)
Sleazy Cardinal Rohan tries to seek the Queen's favor but is hated by her to the point where she will not even talk to him. This is because he was a former Austrian ambassador who was fired by Empress Maria Theresa for his habit of fooling around with prostitutes. Rohan asks Jeanne for help. Oscar is visibly depressed by Fersen's leave, so she retreats with Andre and Rosalie to a beachside manor. Jeanne visits Oscar and tries to bribe her with gold, but she coldly refuses them, not trusting her. Jeanne lies to Rohan and says that she had accepted the bribe, and that their plan to use Oscar to get to the Queen had worked. She also pretends to be in love with him, and asks for 10,000 livres so she could meet with the Queen and introduce him to her, but she keeps the gold bribe and 10,000 livres for herself. She then lies to Rohan and tells him that she has met the Queen, forges a reply to a letter he wrote her, and asks for 50,000 more livres under the guise of donating it to the Queen. In spite of her wealth, Jeanne is somehow unhappy and begins to drink at night. Rohan, still under the false impression that the Queen likes him, crashes the Queen's ball, and becomes suspicious when the Queen pretends to fall ill as soon as she sees him. Jeanne dissuades his suspicions by persuading him that the Queen wants to see him alone, but she actually hires a blind prostitute to pose as the Queen and make him think that the Queen loved him. Oscar arrives just after Jeanne, Rohan, Nicholas, and the prostitute finish their meeting in the garden.