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Farewell Service

Drama series. Hetty is shocked when she discovers that Matron has sinister plans for her future. But how can Hetty stop Matron when she's locked in a cellar?


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We will be married. I love you.

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We must discuss the roof, there are leaks springing up everywhere.

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If your plans for leaving were to advance

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and there was space for one more...?

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One ticket to New York.

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-Where's all that from?

-For the new roof, of course.

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Of course it is.

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There was a feeling of uncertainty in the air.

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Life was about to change for all of us.

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Even Matron.

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This was the moment I'd been waiting for, a chance to get my revenge.

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Little did I know that Matron had something

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far more treacherous in store.

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Feather, wake up.

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Come on, get dressed, your carriage is waiting.

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Why? What for?

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You're going to Highgate to be with your mother.

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-I don't believe you.

-Believe what you like.

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I'm sure there are plenty of other girls

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-who'd be happy to take up the position.

-Hetty...

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This isn't a trick?

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Do you think I have time to play silly games?

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I'm going to be with my mother?

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Not if you continue to dawdle, come on!

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Everyone out of bed.

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-I'm going to be with my mother.

-I know!

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My fellow comrades, as today's our last day at the hospital,

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I hereby declare we break as many rules as possible.

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-Who's with me?

-ALL: Yes!

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Boys! Everyone downstairs to the chapel, please.

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Mr Cranbourne needs help setting up for the farewell service.

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And just because it's your last day

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doesn't mean there will be any tomfoolery.

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Do I make myself clear?

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ALL: Yes, Nurse Macclesfield.

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Off you go.

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-Friends forever.

-Friends forever.

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Go on, don't keep Ida waiting.

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Say goodbye to Hetty Feather, girls.

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ALL: Bye, Hetty.

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-Bye!

-Come on, Hetty.

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Stay safe.

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SHE MOUTHS

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Anyone would think you didn't want to be with your mother. Come on!

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I do, it's just... I left my bonnet in the dorm.

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Nurse Macclesfield, please accompany Hetty to the dorm

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and make sure she's returned to me immediately.

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Yes, Matron. Come on, the quicker you are,

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the quicker you get to see Ida.

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Matron, I took myself off to the library the other day,

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looked up America in that big atlas.

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-Is that right?

-Yeah.

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Shan't be long now, eh? Me and you in the land of opportunity.

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Cannot come soon enough.

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Yeah, anyway, I'll...

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Mabel.

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Nothing.

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-Where's Harriet?

-She's in the laundry room, why?

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I need to tell her something.

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What is it?

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It's Matron, she has a ticket to America and all this money.

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So? The ticket's probably for Harriet.

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That doesn't explain the money.

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Hetty! We haven't got all day.

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You have to do something.

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Go and be with Ida, Matron's not your concern any more.

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Hetty!

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Go.

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He's out there, wearing me floor out with his pacing.

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Don't mind me, I've got a pan that wants scrubbing.

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I was hoping to get an answer from you.

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-I should be with the children.

-Please.

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I could barely sleep last night for the nerves.

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I'd make a good home for us. You wouldn't want for anything.

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My life is here at the hospital.

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And what about us?

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The children need me.

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I need them.

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If I could have you both in my life, I would.

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But we both know that's not possible.

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So this is goodbye?

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I'm so sorry.

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Come along.

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You need a new dress if you wish to impress the lady of the house.

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I don't understand.

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All you had to do was abide by my rules.

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You couldn't resist having a little snoop, could you?

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So that ticket to America?

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That is my chance for a new life,

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where ambition is celebrated, not thwarted.

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You stole that money, didn't you?

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I took what is rightfully mine.

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So what's going to happen to me?

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Oh, my good friend Mr Brunsden will escort you to his mill.

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-No.

-Where you will live out the rest of your miserable existence,

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where you will learn what a trivial little person you are.

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Please, Matron, I won't say anything, I swear.

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Life could have been so much easier for you, Feather,

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but you continued to deny me.

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Now, if you don't mind, I have some packing to finish.

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Get off of me!

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You started this war, Feather, and now I am finishing it!

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Go on, Vince!

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Come on, Vince.

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Working hard, I see.

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I've just had word from the barracks.

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One of their officers will be here to collect you

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directly after the farewell service.

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What about me, sir?

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Cook needs a volunteer in the kitchen, Judd.

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WATER DRIPS

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-Sir?

-What is it?

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The roof's leaking again.

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Leave it with me.

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Privy, sir.

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Now, I must welcome the governors.

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I trust I can leave you boys to finish up here.

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Sir.

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Did you get it?

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Last one outside's in goal!

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Don't look so downhearted, there'll be plenty of time for goodbyes.

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Harriet, Lady Asquith's carriage has arrived to take you to Southampton.

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What about the farewell service?

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You'll have to miss it, I'm afraid.

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But Mathias.

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I'm sorry, but the carriage is waiting and the boys are busy.

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You shall pick up your ticket at the shipyard.

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I thought Matron had the...

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Doesn't matter.

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Don't worry, I'll say goodbye to Mathias for you.

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Come on.

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Oh, they sent you.

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Go and fetch a tray from Matron's office, and straight back.

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-Understand?

-Yes, Cook.

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Cook.

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Your friend the butcher's boy,

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tell him I need a carriage within the hour.

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I'll see what I can do.

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And can we keep this between ourselves? It's a personal matter.

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I just do as I'm told.

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And my friend Mr Brunsden will be along shortly

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to collect a package from the linen store.

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Tell him the key's on the shelf.

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Whatever you say.

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BANGING Can anyone hear me? Please!

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HORSE NEIGHS

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Harriet. Harriet, please!

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Harriet!

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Harriet, Harriet, please!

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DOOR CREAKS

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Can I help you?

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-Cook sent me to fetch your tea tray.

-Not so fast.

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I want you to take my trunk to the yard.

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-But Cook said...

-You can return for the tray later.

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KNOCKING

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Ah, Matron, there you are.

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Colonel Brigwell, punctual as ever.

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-Judd?

-Oh, a donation of blankets for the local poorhouse.

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It seems that your philanthropy knows no bounds, Matron.

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Yes.

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Thank you, Judd, that will be all.

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The governors will be arriving shortly.

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I trust you will be on hand to greet them.

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Actually, Colonel, I am feeling a little off-colour.

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It is always such a wrench to say goodbye to the children.

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Nonsense, a good old singsong and you'll feel right as rain.

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Well, if you could just allow me a moment to fetch a glass of water.

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-Yes, of course.

-Oh, Matron...

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Not now, Nurse Macclesfield.

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Mr Cranbourne, could you?

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Colonel, I'll meet you in the chapel.

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Very good. Carry on.

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-Is everything all right?

-No.

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No, it's the boys, they've scarpered.

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Nurse!

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Why, those little...!

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THEY CHEER

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Mathias, you all right?

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We're never going to do this again, are we?

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I want to see the world.

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You will, but as a soldier.

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I want to find it by myself.

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Not fighting some war.

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So what's stopping you?

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It's too late.

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Only if you say it is.

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Walter.

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Chapel, now.

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-Sorry, sir.

-Mm. And perhaps when you're done,

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one of you can explain how you managed to

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sneak this out of my cupboard, hm?

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Come along.

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Ah, Matron, there you are.

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I thought it was only right that we should invite Mrs Calendar

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-after her generous donation.

-Of course.

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-Matron.

-Mrs Calendar.

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Mortimer, let me show you where you're sitting.

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I don't want to be here any more than you do,

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but I had to be sure we'd reached an understanding.

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I've worked hard to get where I am,

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I'm not about to see that undermined.

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And you think I have not?

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People have underestimated me my entire life.

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Today, that changes.

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What does?

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The service is about to start. Shall we?

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Consider yourself lucky you're in a place of worship.

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One more snigger out of you and I'll kick you from here to Marble Arch.

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Yes, Nurse Macclesfield.

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THEY SNIGGER

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Have you seen Harriet?

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-She's gone.

-Where?

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To New York, dummy, where do you think?

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Did you see Hetty leave?

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I think she's in trouble.

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Attention, please.

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When you all first came here to this hospital as young infants...

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..we all took the solemn vow to give you the best possible start in life.

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Now look at you.

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Young men and women, about to embark upon an exciting new chapter.

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WATER DRIPS

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So without further ado, I'd like to hand over to Matron Bottomly,

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who I'm sure has some parting words

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that she'd like to share with you all. Matron.

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Hetty?

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And as all of you know,

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I have worked tirelessly to make sure

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that each and every one of you has the best possible start in life.

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So, I would like you all to go out there

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as ambassadors for this hospital...

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WATER DRIPS

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..and show the world that even those from the humblest beginnings

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can achieve great things.

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And I hope that the kindness and the generosity we have shown you

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will stay with you for the rest of your lives.

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-Is Matron about?

-She's in the chapel.

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Oh, not to worry, I'll see her another time.

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Where are you going?

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The linen store, not that it's any concern of yours.

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At the bottom of the stairs, on the right.

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This is no time for your silly jokes, Judd.

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I'm sorry, sir, you need to go that way

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and it's by the top of the stairs.

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That's not the right way. What did you say that for?

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We have to save Hetty.

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I will end with a quote from Caecus.

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"Faber est suae quisque fortunae".

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Every man is the architect of his own fortune.

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It is your future, make it count.

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Hear, hear.

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Hetty, are you in there?

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LOCK RATTLES

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-Hurry, please.

-It won't open.

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Just keep trying.

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Stop whining and let me concentrate.

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Come on, Sheila. Keep trying to handle, come on!

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Hurry up, keep trying!

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You'll never guess what happened.

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This isn't time for one of your boring stories, Feather,

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someone's here for you.

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Does this mean we're friends now?

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You're still a fuzzy-haired pest.

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Enemies forever?

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Enemies forever.

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Right, let's do this.

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CHORAL SINGING

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Stop!

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ROOM FALLS SILENT

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What on earth is going on?

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Matron's running away to America,

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that's what all this fundraising's been for.

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That is slander.

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Have you any evidence to back up these claims?

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I've seen the ticket myself.

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Uh, the ticket was meant for Harriet.

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No, it's not, her ticket was being kept at the shipyard.

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Ask her where the money is.

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In my office safe, ready to be banked first thing.

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Must I be interrogated by two children?

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Matron, please deal with your girls.

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-With pleasure, Colonel.

-She was going to send me to a mill.

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Mr Brunsden's mill will seem like a holiday compared to what I have

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in store for you. And as for you, Ormsby,

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you can forget about your job at the Calendars.

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I saw her trunk!

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It's full of her clothes.

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I think we've heard enough.

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This trunk, where is it now?

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It's in the yard.

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Then I suggest we go and find it,

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and put an end to these allegations once and for all.

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I have nothing to hide, Mr Cranbourne.

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In that case, you won't mind Colonel Brigwell joining us, will you?

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Look.

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Everybody move out of the way, please, move out of the way.

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I'm sure there's absolutely nothing to worry about...

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COUGHING AND SPLUTTERING

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Everybody stay calm.

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Think about it as training for the battlefield.

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Everybody back to their dorms, please. Come along, nurses.

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Come along, step this way. Step this way, boys, out you go.

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Is it true what Feather said?

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Mabel...

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I promise I will send for you just as soon as I've sorted myself out.

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SHE SNIFFS

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-Get a move on.

-Stop!

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HORSE NEIGHS

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Get out of the way!

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What are you doing?

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What are you doing, you stupid girls?

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We're not going anywhere.

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If I get trampled, I'll never forgive you for this.

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Matron! I think you owe us an explanation.

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Colonel...

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My sister Annie has been taken ill suddenly, I must get to her.

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Check her bag.

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Can you not see that this girl is a compulsive liar?

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There's only one liar here, Matron.

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Mr Cranbourne, would you be so kind?

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How dare you?

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You're only making things more difficult for yourself.

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I was merely keeping hold of it until I could pay it into the bank.

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Wait! She's been planning this for months.

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I was supposed to be going to New York with her.

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That is a lie.

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I have been a fool, trusting you.

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Nurse Winterson, would you please call the constable?

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It seems that we have a thief amongst us.

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I'm sorry, Matron, but you leave me with no choice.

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Take your hands off me!

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Hetty Feather, you are a vindictive, spiteful little brat!

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All I did was tell the truth.

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A quality it seems Matron lacks.

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Lock her in her office until the constable gets here.

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Don't worry, Colonel.

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I shall ensure that order is restored.

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I never stood a chance with you people, did I?

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All my years of devotion.

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SHE SOBS

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And for what?

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I have always treated you with the utmost respect,

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despite your position.

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And this is how you repay me?

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Take her away!

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Be on your guard, Hetty Feather.

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I will come looking for you!

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It's all right.

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It's over.

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The man from the barracks is here.

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Five years today, we all meet up outside St Paul's.

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Deal.

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If you're lucky.

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-Brothers.

-ALL: Brothers!

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I'm not going.

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This is your future, not mine.

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Where are you going to go?

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I'm going to see the world.

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Well, you best go before Mr Cranbourne finds out.

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-Five years today.

-I'll be there.

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I promise.

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Good luck.

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Yeah, you too.

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Mr Cranbourne! Mr Cranbourne!

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SHE ROARS

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-Hetty, are you coming?

-Just a minute.

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Hetty...

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I'm not going with the others.

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-What are you going to do?

-I'll get a job.

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Save up for a ticket to New York.

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Maybe you don't have to.

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The key to matron's office.

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-Thank you.

-I do hope we will be seeing more of you

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over the next few months.

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I think some rules are in need of modernising, don't you?

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Thank you.

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Erm, I'll make a start on sweeping up that floor.

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I wouldn't dream of asking you to perform such a menial task, Nurse.

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We have a difficult few months ahead of us.

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I will be counting on you to step up in Matron's absence.

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-Me?

-Mm-hm.

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You know me, Mr Cranbourne, anything for the children.

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-Yes.

-Yes.

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What happened to Matron?

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The constable is here to arrest her.

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All thanks to Hetty.

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I'll miss you.

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You'll always be my brother.

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SHE SNIFFS

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Gideon.

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I can peel potatoes, and if I try really hard,

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I can make porridge without lumps in it.

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I risked everything to make sure Matron paid for what she did.

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That's got to be worth something, hasn't it?

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It just so happens my husband is rather fond of lumpy porridge.

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You won't regret it.

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You have got to be joking.

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You'd better get your things.

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Mind out.

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Does madam need help with her bags?

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Come on, then, if you're coming.

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Matron's gone.

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HETTY: I'd finally done it.

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Matron's reign of terror was over.

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It was time to bid farewell to the Foundling Hospital.

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But the most exciting adventure was yet to come.

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This is Calendar Hall.

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Welcome to your life in service.

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Your work starts now.

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BELL RINGS

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I saw him sneaking about with someone.

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I think it was the daughter of the house.

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If you ever see anything I ought to know about,

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you will tell me, won't you?

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Alf! Alf!

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What are you doing here?

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If I get caught...

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What might I find myself telling the police?

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Who's there, I said?

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DOOR HANDLE RATTLES

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Hetty is shocked when she discovers that Matron has sinister plans for her future. But how can Hetty stop Matron when she's locked in a cellar?