Title text: For a thousand generations we vowed never to forget how his soldiers feasted on our brother Stephen.
Here are the lyrics for the first verse of the Christmas Carol, "Good King Wenceslas"
- Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen,
- When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even;
- Brightly shone the moon that night, tho' the frost was cruel,
- When a poor man came in sight, gath'ring winter fuel.
While not a king, Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia is considered a martyr and a saint. Far from being responsible for any massacre, he protected his subjects from external dominance and is still a national hero to the Czech people. Black Hat is supplying disinformation to unsuspecting carolers, either to shut them up, by making them falsely think that they are associating themselves with a morally reprehensible man, or just because he's a classhole like that.
The title text references "the Feast of Stephen", also known as the "Feast of St. Stephen" or "St. Stephen's Day", which is a holiday celebrated on 26 or 27 December by the Western or Eastern Church respectively. (For the Eastern Orthodox Church, which still observes the Julian calendar, it falls on 9 January of the Gregorian calendar.) It is not actually a feast that involved eating a person named Stephen. If you look closely, you can see that the carolers may be a family. The man and woman are confused by what Black Hat has said, and the girl is looking to the adults, perhaps gauging their facial reactions, or just waiting for their reply.
- [Three people, two the same size, one smaller stand together singing Christmas carols.]
- Carolers (in unison): Good king Wenceslas looked out on the—
- [Black Hat leans out of an above ground window.]
- Black Hat: King Wenceslas massacred my people.
- [The carolers stand in silence, the smaller one looks at the others.]
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