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Drama series. Hetty plans to rescue a kidnapped girl, leading to a final confrontation with her old enemy.


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I'm Mrs Penhaligon, housekeeper. From now on, you will report to me.

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I'm Hetty, the new maid of all work.

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Emily Calendar, Mr Calendar's eldest child, but not his heir.

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-That's left to my brother.

-That's Master Edwin.

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Mrs Penhaligon says that he has a weak disposition.

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I'm not ill, as you have probably been told.

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-I sent you for that book.

-What's this about?

-This is Matron's.

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It's evidence against her, stupid.

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I need to get away. Out of this country.

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Perhaps you help me first.

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One of you keep her busy while the other gets into the house.

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She's either hidden it, or she's got it on her.

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We need Hetty Feather.

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SHE SCREAMS

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You have got the wrong girl!

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VOICEOVER: Some things in my life never seem to change -

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hard work being one of them.

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Hetty, have you seen Miss Emily? The dressmaker's here.

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No, Mrs Penhaligon.

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And, Hetty, have some common sense.

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Next time you go to collect wood, make sure to remove your apron.

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Sorry, Mrs Penhaligon.

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Go and get changed, and if you see Miss Emily, ask her to come see me.

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Yes, Mrs Penhaligon.

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VOICEOVER: Getting ordered about, being another.

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And, as always, trouble seemed to follow me.

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I'd taken Mr Grace's book, and now it was gone.

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I could think of only one person who'd want the book so badly,

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and I was in no hurry to meet her ever again.

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My father will be on his way here right now!

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I know he will!

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Miss Calendar, the sooner we get you out of here,

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the better it will be for all of us.

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Gertie, what if she's right about her old man?

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We need the book sharpish. How do you plan to do that?

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Let me out!

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Let me out!

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Your lunch, Mr Calendar, sir.

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Just set it down there, I'll take it later.

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Yes, sir.

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-Water, sir?

-Thank you, Hetty.

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I trust you're settling in well?

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Yes, sir.

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HE COUGHS GENTLY

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The water?

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Sorry, sir, but is it true that Matron got away?

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I'm sure she'll soon be apprehended.

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Now, I need to get back to work, as do you, young lady.

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Let us leave your Matron to the authorities.

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I do apologise, sir, Mr Calendar.

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Jack? Have you seen Miss Emily?

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-No, Mrs Penhaligon.

-Hmm. Do you know where she might be?

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She's often in the garden.

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-No, Mrs Penhaligon.

-Gideon?

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I saw Miss Emily yesterday...

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but not since then.

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Well, if either of you see her, inform me immediately.

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Yes, Mrs Penhaligon.

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Sheila, Matron's out there.

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Do you have a temperature or something?

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Matron's locked up.

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No, she escaped, and no-one knows where she is.

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Someone's been in our room, the book's missing.

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You don't half tell 'em, Feather.

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I've got the stupid book.

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But...someone left my case on my bed and my spare uniform was missing.

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Something's not right.

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Have you seen anyone or anything suspicious?

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The only people I've seen are the two boys from the bakery.

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One gave me a bun, while the other one...

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The other one, what?

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Oh...

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I think the boys tricked me.

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They sort of asked the way to our quarters.

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Oh, no.

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Matron sent them. She must have.

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But why would they want your uniform?

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I don't know. Just get rid of the bread,

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and I'll go see if Gideon saw anything.

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Water.

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Do you want money? Because my father will pay to get me out of here.

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Oh, no need for that, Miss Calendar, no.

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I know your parents are generous patrons of worthy causes.

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I would never want to upset them.

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I can assure you, this has all been a misunderstanding.

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A case of mistaken identity, if you will.

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But then, why would you kidnap a maid?

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One of your servants has something that belongs to me...

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..and once it is returned, we can get you back, without any fuss.

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So, tell me, is there a side gate to Calendar Hall?

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I need to send a note.

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Hmm, I wouldn't know. I use the front entrance.

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Oh, come, come, Miss Calendar.

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I'm sure there is more than one route into the garden, hmm?

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The east gate next to the lane is always open.

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Thank you.

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We shall get you home after the note has been delivered.

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If Matron hasn't got anything to do with it, then who?

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That Brunsden, or Mr Grace himself?

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Hetty, you need to watch out.

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Mrs Penhaligon's looking all over for Miss Emily.

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You need to get back to work.

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But I thought Miss Emily had snuck off to meet Jack.

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No, he's been working with me all morning.

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Gid, you don't think she's been caught up in something, do you?

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Skiving again?

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Where's Miss Emily? Something's going on.

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-She's gone missing.

-How should I know?

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Gid saw her give you a letter.

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-Who was it to and what was it about?

-I don't know anything.

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I just leave them under a loose brick by the east gate.

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-Show me where.

-Forget it.

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I should never have agreed to help with the first one,

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-let alone the others.

-Please.

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No. I'm not getting any more involved than I have to,

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-and neither should you.

-Too late.

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I'll go to the east gate myself.

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I'll speak to Edwin, he might know something.

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Why, Hetty Feather!

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The book, in exchange for the girl.

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-You've got Emily?

-And strict instructions.

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Keep it to yourself.

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You're from Mr Grace's gang.

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Just read and do what we say.

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"Give the boy the book,

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"inform no-one, do not send for the constabulary.

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"Matron."

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-Hand it over, then.

-I haven't got it.

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-Not here.

-Well, I'm sure Miss Calendar

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will enjoy spending more time with us,

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or we can always find somewhere else for her to go,

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but I doubt she'd like it much.

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Wait...

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Come back later and I'll give it to you then.

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I'm a servant, so they're probably looking for me now.

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Five o'clock?

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They'll be having a high tea, so I can slip away.

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Five it is.

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Not a minute later.

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Edwin?

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Master Edwin. I was wondering if you'd seen Emily.

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Have you any idea where she might be?

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-Er, why do you ask?

-She's gone missing.

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Oh, Emily's always going missing.

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If you had a sister, you'd understand.

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Actually, I do have a sister.

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And does she go missing?

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-She does.

-And does she come back?

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-Eventually.

-Look, Emily came to see me before lunch.

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I can't tell you where she went because I promised her.

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-Sisters, eh?

-Yeah.

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But Em will do the same for me.

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And I know why no-one else saw her go.

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Why?

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Because she was dressed as a maid.

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I've never seen her go out in disguise before,

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but it was rather good.

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Don't worry, Gideon, she'll come back.

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She always does.

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Who are you?

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Who are YOU?

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I asked you first.

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-Henry Goodall. Friend of the family. You?

-Hetty Feather.

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What do you know about Emily Calendar?

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Just that she missed her lesson, that's all.

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I'm just leaving her a note.

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The letters are from you?

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Just to organise our lessons together.

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Emily wants to become a doctor, but her father doesn't approve.

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-She's in trouble.

-She always is.

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No, she's in serious trouble.

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Emily's being held somewhere.

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You have to send for the police.

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No, we can't tell anyone, just in case it puts her in more danger.

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Please, will you help me?

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Help Emily?

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Hey! There's work to be done there, get back to it.

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-I need to see Hetty.

-No chance.

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Whatever you and your sister are up to, it doesn't happen on my time.

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-Gid!

-Oh, not again.

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Some of us have got work to do!

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Miss Emily's got your uniform.

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Edwin knows where she sneaks off to. Everything's fine.

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Everything is not fine. Matron has Emily,

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and she wants to swap her for the book. But you

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know what she's like, we can't

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trust her, we have to get Emily out of there.

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Out of where? And who's Matron?

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Look, if Miss Emily's in trouble, you'll have to tell Mr Calendar.

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-He'll get the police.

-No.

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I know who we're dealing with.

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Matron's escaped the police once, and she can do it again.

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Miss Emily could disappear!

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So, what are you going to do?

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Cover for Gid for one hour.

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That's all I need.

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One hour.

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Sheila!

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I was right. Matron wants the book.

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Hetty, this is scary.

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We have to get Emily.

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Keep the book, just in case.

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-In case of what?

-Please, just do it.

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I told the boy I'd give it to him at five o'clock by the east gate,

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but we'll be back by then.

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Sheila? Eggs.

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-In the outhouse?

-Good,

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you're learning.

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But be quick about it, cook's got custard to make.

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You can always rely on me, Agnes.

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Have you seen Hetty?

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Not for hours. She must be busy upstairs.

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Mrs Penhaligon's after her.

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She'll be sweeping floors gone midnight.

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Henry, this is Gideon.

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-Good to meet you.

-Likewise.

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Miss Smith's Home for Destitute Girls, and quick.

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Mother has asked me to deliver a letter from Mrs Calendar on my

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way to the book-sellers. Some charitable work or other.

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Master Edwin, have you seen Miss Emily?

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Well, I don't see anyone stuck in here.

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I know she came to see you this morning.

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She comes to see me every morning.

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What did she tell you?

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Not a thing, sorry.

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I shall keep looking myself, then.

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Well, I could help,

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and then I could go into the garden.

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The garden has already been searched, and you know the rules.

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Be sure to keep to this room.

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Well, I wouldn't want to disappoint my stepmother.

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It's not only your stepmother you'd disappoint.

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I'm in charge of this house.

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Remember that, Master Edwin.

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Stop here, please.

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Jess!

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Hetty!

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-What are you doing here?

-There's no time to explain.

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I need to know where Mr Grace's den is.

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Please, it's urgent.

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That is beautiful!

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Oh, Mrs Penhaligon.

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The new maid is not free at present.

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Is there any news of Emily?

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-Not as yet, ma'am.

-Then we must inform George.

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He told me he's not to be disturbed, Mrs Calendar.

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I've already warned Emily about this.

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The girl needs discipline.

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I fear that, in India, she didn't quite have enough.

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Well, one just hopes she returns soon.

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Miss Beattie can't stay all afternoon.

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No muck, and all uncracked.

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I'll send you again. Cook, eggs!

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Sheila, have you seen Hetty?

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She seems to have deserted her post.

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Hetty?

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She is your friend, you must know where she is.

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Sometimes she needs a little time to herself, Mrs Penhaligon.

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She's had such a tragic life.

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-Really?

-Her mother worked at the foundling hospital in disguise,

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you see, and Hetty was all happy when she was with her,

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and then she got thrown out.

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Everything changed.

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She tried to escape to find her,

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-and she was searching for her on the streets.

-Never!

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Or, she was, until Miss Smith found her.

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She was a good sort.

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She tried to smuggle her mother into the foundling hospital to visit,

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and she managed it.

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This must be it.

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If we don't come back with Emily in ten minutes, get help.

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-I'll come with you.

-No. I need you to wait here.

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And, who are the police going to believe?

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You, or a couple of servants?

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Come on, Gid.

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Be careful!

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Miss Emily is busy visiting street children.

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She'll be with us... momentarily.

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No problem, sir.

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Jess said the door's always open, and if she'll be anywhere,

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she'll be in the lock-up.

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-OFF-SCREEN:

-Do you think she's told 'em?

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Probably, but hopefully, she won't be here for long.

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No, suppose not.

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Hetty!

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Henry's carriage is waiting outside.

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-Henry?

-Shh! I'll explain later.

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Hetty, come on.

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-Oi!

-Oi!

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Gid, you go. I'll be fine!

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Tell Sheila, she knows what to do.

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Get off of me!

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Leave her!

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Find that girl, bring her back.

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Hetty Feather.

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Get in, get in.

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Gideon, we have to leave. Now, Gideon!

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And after all that, she still had to see Matron's face every single day.

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Thank you, Sheila, most interesting, but we still have work to do.

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Yes, Mrs Penhaligon.

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And when Hetty does finally turn up she will be dismissed with

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-a suitably bad reference.

-She'll get the sack?!

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Many people have hard lives.

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It does not excuse careless work and poor behaviour.

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Come on.

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You can lock me up, but if you want the book,

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it will be at Calendar Hall at five o'clock.

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And I can promise you,

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the only way you'll get it is if you take me back, in person.

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And I am supposed to believe that?

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It's all arranged with Sheila.

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-And if I don't?

-They'll send for the police.

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It's all up to you, Matron.

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You should do as she says, because I won't help you any more.

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Not till that book's in my hands.

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How can I?

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If you don't, you can kiss goodbye to your ticket.

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I hope you'll enjoy your life on the streets as a fugitive.

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Em, quick, go change.

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If I see anyone, I'll try and keep them away

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-while you get that dress back.

-No, Edwin, we'll tell Father.

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-He'll send help.

-We don't need help.

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Hetty has a plan, I'm sure of it.

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And if you tell, they'll know she got you into trouble.

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-And what does that matter?

-She'll get sacked.

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She can get sent to the workhouse.

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Is someone going to explain?

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Em, you really should have used the servants' entrance.

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It seems my daughter was missing and I wasn't informed!

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I did ask Mrs Penhaligon to tell you.

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You were busy, sir - and the girl is often errant.

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-Errant?!

-What does that matter?

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Right now, Hetty needs our help.

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This is what they want, Mr Calendar.

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Sir, it's all about Matron.

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Hetty said the book would be handed over here, this afternoon.

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You believe Matron will come to Calendar Hall?

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Hetty will make sure of it.

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No wonder they want it back.

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Do you really think these people can be trusted?

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No. I know Matron. Gertrude Bottomley.

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We were friends a long time back and, no, she cannot be trusted.

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Everyone, back to your duties.

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-But Hetty...

-Back to your duties.

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And, Emily, please get changed.

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Sir.

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George, there's something I need to tell you.

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Please, I can explain.

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It won't be necessary.

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How do I know this is not a set-up?

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Why would I do that?

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If I called the police, they'll tell the Calendars.

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And?

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I'd be sacked.

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No money, no reference.

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I'd never see Ida.

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I wouldn't gain a thing.

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Why do you put such value on family?

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It's where we all come from.

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It's all I ever wanted.

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Thinking like that will only ever hold you back.

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From what?

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I'm happy as I am.

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What about you?

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BELL RINGS

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For once in your life, Feather, you'll do as I say.

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-Yes, Matron.

-Sheila better be here.

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It's all arranged. She'll be in the garden.

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I believe this is what you came for.

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Until we meet again.

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NO!

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To think I trusted you!

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No, Gertie, Hetty is a child. It's my duty as an adult to protect her.

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You should know that.

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Perhaps you should think about protecting yourself, Rosie.

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I could tell your husband all about your past.

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I don't need you to tell me anything about my wife.

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Oh, I am sure there are things she has not told you.

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Enough!

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-Constable?

-Sir.

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Rosie, Rosie, Rosie, please.

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Tell them how I cared for you when there was no-one else.

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I helped you become this woman that you are.

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You only ever helped yourself.

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I was your family then.

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Please, Hetty, you know how important families are.

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You hurt my family.

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You've hurt children.

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Allow me a little dignity.

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Goodbye, Matron.

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Take her away, Constable.

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No-one ever escapes their past.

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No, this time it's over.

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Come along, Hetty.

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Rosamund?

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Father, I'm sorry.

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It wasn't Hetty's fault. I stole her uniform so that I could go and study

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-with Henry.

-She will make an excellent doctor, sir.

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We'll talk further on your studies later.

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Yes, Father.

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And, Henry, we will discuss the matter with you father this evening.

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Mr Calendar, it's about Hetty.

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Such associations and behaviour from a young member of staff...

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Yes, about Hetty.

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Allow me to handle this.

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Oh, Hetty!

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They gave me the evening off.

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Me, too! The Calendars sent a message.

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Come in and tell me all your news.

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Ah, Constance!

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Mrs Calendar, as I have advised,

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it is not a good idea to overexert the poor boy,

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especially in company.

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Why ever would that be, Mrs Penhaligon?

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My children need to feel that they belong.

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This is their home now, don't you agree?

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Couldn't agree more.

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The dinner guests will be on their potted shrimp starters by now.

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-If only!

-What is a potted shrimp?

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-Dunno.

-Cook made them.

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It's, like, shrimp...

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..in a pot.

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I couldn't care less, and neither should you.

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We'll never get upstairs to try it.

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Candlelight and glistening tiaras.

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Mrs Calendar, looking beautiful.

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I want to see it all.

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Downstairs is our life, Sheila.

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Just have to get used to it.

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So, you want to be a maid and follow in my footsteps?

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I can hardly believe it.

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If it means I get to see you, it's worth it.

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Well, time off is rare.

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Don't you want to be a writer any more?

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I do, but seeing you is more important.

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And, besides, I can write when I've saved up enough of my wages,

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and still see you.

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Well, until then, you can tell me a story.

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Tell me what you've been up to.

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Well, you know Matron, and this man called...

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VOICEOVER: Ida was right, of course.

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I'd never wanted to be a servant.

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I wanted to tell stories.

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This story was true...

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It'll never stick!

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..and everyone in it got what they deserved.

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VOICOVER: It wasn't a happy ending for them.

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Isn't that...?

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Goodnight, Emily.

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Night.

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Calendar Hall's my home now,

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but I won't be there forever, and you won't be here.

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Who knows where we'll be?

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But I'll always look out for you.

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You're my girl.

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SHE LAUGHS

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VOICEOVER: But, for me, I was happy.

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I was free, and I had my mother.

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I didn't know what my future was, but I knew that I had one.

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Being a servant was just the beginning,

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because I'm Hetty Feather,

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and I will keep on writing as the next part of my story unfolds.

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Hetty plans to rescue a kidnapped girl, leading to a final confrontation with her old enemy.