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Florence Carabosse
Florence infobox
Florence, disguised as Talia.

Japanese Name

フローレンス・カラボス

Romanized Name

Furōrensu Karabosu

Nickname(s)/Alias(es)

Briar Princess
(荊姫 Ibarahime)

Debut

Chapter 1 (light novel 2);
Appendix (OVA)

Voice actor

福圓美里
Misato Fukuen

Status

Deceased

For the light novel chapter, see Chapter 1 (light novel 2).
For the OVA, see Appendix (OVA).

Florence Carabosse or Caraboss, the Briar Princess, was a violent woman who killed her father John Carabosse and his lover Talia during a fit of jealousy. She also took his Deep Green Book to herself. Florence is present in The Briar Princess story.

Background[]

Florence is said to be a sick young woman. She would live in her father’s villa located at a high-altitude small village in order to recover, with servants at her disposal. John Carabosse appeared to visit once a month, not to see his daughter, however, but to be with his lover Talia, where his wife wouldn’t find out. Wishing her father’s love all to herself, Florence set fire on his mansion, killing about twenty people between John's servants and relatives. She murderer her own father with an axe.

Florence's despair

Florence in pain due to the jealousy over her father's relationship with Talia.

People readily suspected her as the arsonist. Nonetheless, she returned to the village with his father’s Deep Green Book, which she used to kill Talia and her own servants. Their bodies were suspended in the air by thorny vines around the villa as part of the illusion created with the Phantom Book. Such a power was also used to keep visitors away from the building. Florence then took the herbalist’s identity to herself, acting as the one most loved by John Carabosse and staying in her house. Florence also abducted the elders from the village at the bottom of the mountain. The place became deserted and its inhabitants, with rejuvenated appearances, were trapped inside the illusion of the Deep Green Book to live as Florence’s neighbors and thralls. Around five months later, Hugh heard that a merchant who used to do business with John saw Florence at the bottom of the mountain, with the Deep Green Book in hands.

The blonde heard her father talking about the Dantalian's Bookshelf.[1]

Personality[]

Meeting Thalia

Florence's gentle persona.

Disguised as Talia, Florence can be a gentle herbalist that welcomes visitors in her house. However, this facade hides her true obsessive self. She wanted her father all to herself, so she killed him and his lover after learning about their affair. The servants and villagers next to her also fell to the powers of the Deep Green Book which she used in a fit of jealousy. Florence laughs maniacally with the Phantom Book in hands, as if everything was possible to her. She keeps Talia’s body inside John Carabosse’s villa, using illusionary thorny vines to keep people from discovering the truth. Florence convinced herself that she’s Talia in order to be the one most loved by John. She hopes to learn more about the Phantom Book to resurrect her father and live with him.[1]

Appearance[]

Thalia's fried bread

Florence disguised as Talia, as seen in the light novel.

Her hair is pinned up with a head scarf of a complicated flower pattern. Her uncommon outfit with incomprehensible symbols seems like something used by members of an ancient clan. The young woman has a beautiful blond hair.[1] In the OVA, Florence has brown eyes and dresses herself like Talia. Disguised as the herbalist, she wears a beige capelet, a dark green dress and a violet sleeveless top over a white long-sleeved blouse. Over her head. she uses a white shawl embroidered with the Carabosse coat of arms in golden thread. A red jewel adorns both her silver circlet and choker.[2]

Plot[]

Florence sets fire on the house and takes the Deep Green Book to herself. She approaches her father and slices his shoulder with an axe. The man collapses on the carpet before having his head chopped open. She lets out a high-pitched laugh. After that, she pours oil over his body, allowing the flames to consume it. The young woman leaves the place cheerfully, without looking back.

Hugh and Dalian meet a herbalist in the forest road that leads to the village at the top of the mountain. The herbalist laughs when Dalian’s stomach growls. Hugh tells the herbalist that they are after a certain book. The blonde welcomes the visitors in her house, introducing herself as Talia. She tells Dalian to help herself to some fried breads. She smiles as the Biblioprincess happily eats. Hugh asks the fake Talia about John Carabosse. He was the lord of the village who died six months ago, when his house caught fire. Florence, the daughter said to be living in the villa nearby is suspected as the arsonist. A merchant saw her at the bottom of the mountain, with a book in her hands. Hugh is after John’s Deep Green Book. The disguised woman acts as if she doesn’t know about the tragedy. According to her, Florence wouldn’t be able to commit such a crime with her delicate health.

Hugh and Dalian are informed that the tower in the distance is where Florence is supposed to be. However, people tend to get lost around the area and never return. The couple ignores the warnings and leaves the herbalist’s house to investigate. They climb up the observatory room and find what seems to be Florence’s decayed body. Their discovery is a contradiction to the fact that someone witnessed Florence alive recently, meaning that a Phantom Book is being used. The only person who can read in the village is the herbalist. Hugh carries Dalian out of the villa to escape from the thorny vines that start to attack them. The herbalist was waiting for them outside, with the Deep Green Book in hands.

Florence's true self

Using the Deep Green Book, Florence reveals her true self.

She flips through the pages of the Phantom Book to create a fog that envelopes Hugh and Dalian. They can only hear her laugh. A dense forest also appears to surround them. Then, the farmers of the village try to pierce them with pronged tools, but the men quickly stop when their bodies begin to deteriorate, as if time had accelerated. Hugh and Dalian run among the trees to escape the area, but the scenery changes once again. Now, besides the pasture swaying in the gentle wind, they can see the herbalist in front of the villa. The blonde wants to punish them for trying to steal her father’s book. After all, she’s the real Florence Carabosse. The body found by Hugh and Dalian in the observatory room is Talia’s. The mad woman uses the Phantom Book to summon a huge canyon that threatens the couple and prevents them from escaping.

Florence watches as the Labyrinth Library is opened, now that Hugh and Dalian know how to oppose the powers of the Deep Green Book. With the Deep Green Book in hands, Florence was able to modify the landscape through illusions. The surroundings change as she moves the pages of the book. The old people at the bottom of the mountain had been trapped due to such magic. Florence also hopes to apply the Phantom Book to resurrect her father. However, her plans are stopped when Hugh breaks her illusions with the Ritual of Reality. Defeated, she drops the Deep Green Book. Then, in despair, she runs towards the villa, only to fall directly down a cliff.

The next day, Hugh digs a grave for her next to the villa. He and Dalian discuss about Florence Carabosse. The latter couldn’t accept watching his father coming to the village once a month only to see his lover Talia, where his wife wouldn’t discover them. Sickly in love with her own father, Florence killed him and the herbalist, then took his Deep Green Book to protect herself. She lived as Talia for half a year to feel as the one most loved by John Carabosse. Dalian sympathizes with Florence. Hugh notices that, after a few years, Florence’s grave will be covered with wild roses.[1]

In the OVA, a flashback shows Florence using a telescope to watch John and Talia together. After that, her jealousy goes out of control.[2]

Trivia[]

  • Florence is known as Briar Princess. In Brothers Grimm's Sleeping Beauty, the princess is known as Briar Rose.[3]
    • In Sleeping Beauty, the princess is kept inside a castle enveloped by thorny vines.[3] Florence was maintained inside a villa in order to improve her health. Later, the body of Talia was hidden inside the villa, which was covered by illusionary thorny vines.[1]
    • The name "Florence" is associated with themes such as "flowers" and "blossoming", the same way as "Florimund" and "Flora", names which are used for characters in some versions of Sleeping Beauty.[3]
  • Misato Fukuen is the voice actor of characters such as Sakura from Street Fighter, Himiko Toga from My Hero Academia and Elicia Hughes from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.[4]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 1, volume 2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime, OVA.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sleeping Beauty. (2020, February 23). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11:17, February 29, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sleeping_Beauty&oldid=942301365
  4. Misato Fukuen. In MyAnimeList. Retrieved 11:17, February 29, 2020, from https://myanimelist.net/people/207/Misato_Fukuen
Characters

Biblioprincesses

Dalian - Flamberge - Rasiel

Key-keepers

Hugh Anthony Disward - Hal Kamhout - Professor

Recurring characters

The Girl in the Bookshelf - Wesley Disward - Kamilla Sauer Keynes - Jessica Elphinstone - Shura Irmania - Armand Jeremiah - The Perennial Wisdom's Owner - Oliver Grosseteste - Mithril - Hugh's mother - Hugh's father - Natalia - Hal's beloved - Miss Roedean

Creatures and machines

Atlantic Rim - Automaton - Beast of Ashwell - Book of Royal Power - Branches of Relationship - Broken Wings - Dantalian - Dead Book - Ghost train - Golem - Guignols - Guillemot - Heath - House-elf - Kasuruhau - Logbook - Loge's giant - Musical automaton - Pioneer Plant - The Harlequinade's creatures - Ras Alhague monster - Scarlet Robe - Sea devils - Steam Giant - The Queen of the Night - W Machine - Winged women - Wooden dolls - Zombies

Dalian Days

Priscilla Riley - Cecil Patreina - Margaret Manschwell

Others

Male Characters - Female Characters
Phantom Book Users - Deceased Characters
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