「Case 23 Humble Double」
In her attempts to forewarn the Princess of the assassination plot, Ange is thwarted at every turn. First off, Control instate Zelda as a new bodyguard, and her job is to keep an eye on any attempted interactions. Dorothy mysteriously vanishes without any notice, and Chise receives orders from Lord Horikawa to leave her post. Beatrice was never exactly useful outside of her voicebox, and even she kind of disappears after peeking at the blank note Ange sent to Princess.
Forced into a corner, Ange plucks up every ounce of her imagination to find a way of saving Princess. She even tries to communicate with a member of Control’s upper echelon, albeit with little success. But Ange is no quitter. We learn she had contemplated suicide at a young age, a fate she was rescued from by Princess. This is the reason she harbours strong feelings of loyalty towards Princess, and would put her life on the line to rescue her.
Against all the odds, she succeeds in pulling off a daring escape, with Princess in tow. However, her methodology doesn’t try to consider how Princess feels. Might seem pretty stupid of the Princess to reject Ange’s solution, and I was fuming at how she dared to treat someone who only had the best intentions for her. But I admire how Princess cares for the greater good, even if it comes at the expense of her own life. And it was implied she was acting cruel for Ange’s sake too, so that Ange need not risk her life for Princess’ sake. So by pretending to be Ange pretending to be her, Princess heads into the Lion’s den of revolutionaries, a high stakes gambit that may cost her life.
The True Mastermind
Consider why both factions are discreetly going rouge onto the Princess, and it all makes sense. On top of having command of the Military, the Duke of Normandy is clearly pulling strings behind Control’s new faction. L’s displacement by a general is no coincidence, because the Duke of Normandy is finally making his scheme come together.
So, what are this man’s motives? My guess is probably as good as anyone else’s out there, but some say he’s trying to make Albion great again. Depending on his position as heir to the throne, his ascension could require the elimination of Queen Victoria and Princess. If that’s still not good enough to earn him the throne, then he’s probably got a proxy monarch in place to exercise the widest extent of political and military power. Perhaps he intends all the best for Albion, but like Ange, it’s also possible that he’s not considering that his methodology might be wrong. In all likelihood, turmoil and instability like this can only serve to weaken Albion on the international stage.
I look forwards to seeing how the curtains close. In the darkest hour for our cast, will anyone rise up to save the day? Doesn’t look likely at the moment, but of all the girls, we should never count Ange out.