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Wide Sargasso Sea

Dramatisation of Jean Rhys's novel set in 19th-century Jamaica. The tragic story of the first Mrs Rochester from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre centres on an arranged marriage.


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This programme contains some scenes of a sexual nature.

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KEYS RATTLE ON CHAIN

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DOOR UNLOCKS AND CREAKS OPEN

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DOOR CLOSES

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No more tricks from you. > No more escapes.

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You're to stay here safe and sound, behind these nice thick walls.

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Better off, if you ask me.

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The world outside is a dark and cold one for a woman.

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When are we going to England?

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You fool!

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This is England.

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'You've nothing to be afraid of.'

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'I'll keep you safe.'

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INSECTS BUZZ

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-Edward, what ARE you doing?

-Sorry.

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-It's just that... Is everything on this island designed to prick, bite or sting?

-Not everything.

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RICHARD LAUGHS

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I'm sure my discomfort will be a great source of amusement to my father also.

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-His laughter must echo in Piccadilly.

-Nonsense.

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His concern is to see you make something of yourself.

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I assure you, Richard, my father's sole concern is maintaining the reputation of the Rochester name.

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A task which falls almost entirely on my brother.

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-A man's good name can be his greatest asset.

-Apparently so.

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How soon do you want to, um...?

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I need to rest.

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I found the voyage...arduous.

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Of course. Rest.

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Gather your strength.

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We want you to make a good impression, after all.

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-I wasn't aware I was required to impress, Richard.

-Not required. No.

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But I'm sure you will anyway... when you've rested.

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KNOCK AT DOOR

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Richard. You are unusually punctual.

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Allow me to introduce a friend, from England, Edward Rochester.

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Edward, the redoubtable Mrs Harper.

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An honour, Ma'am.

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And my step-sister, Antoinette Cosway.

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It's a pleasure to meet you. Richard has spoken of you often.

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Oh.

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-Really?

-Oh, yes. Only in the most glowing terms!

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I see he did not exaggerate.

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Oh, you are very gracious.

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My father was very fond of Edward, Antoinette.

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He was keen that you two should meet.

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Well, I'm only sorry that he cannot be here to introduce us himself.

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That is my great regret also.

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Mr Mason's passing was a tragedy for all of us, Mr Rochester.

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He leaves a space which is impossible to fill.

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Sit down. The girl will bring us some tea presently.

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Have you been on the island long, Mr Rochester?

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A week or so. But I'm afraid I've been confined to bed.

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A fever struck me down the moment I landed.

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Yes. This climate finds the weakness in the strongest of constitutions.

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Which is why you spend so little time here, isn't it?

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It's very unfortunate to travel so far

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and then fall sick when you arrive.

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To be honest, it now seems a small price to pay.

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All my life, I've looked at pictures of England.

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And I try to imagine what it must be like but I find it impossible.

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'As it was impossible for me to imagine Jamaica...until I arrived.

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'I have a friend who married an Englishman.

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'She writes to me about it. She says England is like a dream.

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'I have to say that's precisely how your island seems to me.

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'Unreal, like a dream.'

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But how can these rivers and mountains and seas be unreal?

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Well, how can millions of people and thousands of buildings and streets seem like a dream?

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'Oh, Easily. Much more easily. A big city must be like a dream.

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'More than your small island?'

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Do you still think you're dreaming, Mr Rochester?

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'I'm not sure, Miss Cosway.'

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Perhaps you're not quite over your fever yet.

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Perhaps I'm not quite ready to wake yet.

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Didn't I say it would be beautiful?

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-You were right.

-I'm trying to win you over. So you won't miss home so.

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Then it's working. I am won.

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I knew this place would do it.

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It's one of my favourites.

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-Just one of them?

-Oh, yes.

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-There are places even more beautiful than this.

-I'd like to know where.

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We have a summerhouse in the mountains. It's better than here.

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-It's better than anywhere.

-Perhaps I'll get to see it one day.

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Well, perhaps, one day, I'll show you.

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Didn't Richard mention something about a plantation, as well?

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Yes, once, a long time ago. It was my father's.

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-He was a slave owner?

-Yes. Before the emancipation.

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It's hard to imagine how any Christian found slavery acceptable.

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It's just how things were then.

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He died and we were alone there.

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And then my mother remarried... to Mr Mason.

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-So you ended up in Spanish Town?

-I did. She died.

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And afterwards, Mr Mason travelled but he provided for me

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-and I boarded at the convent school.

-Oh, I'm sorry.

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Don't be. They were kind to me.

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And I stayed with Aunt Cora sometimes, when she was here.

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It seems unjust you should suffer in so short a life.

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But it was all so long ago.

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We mustn't let it spoil today.

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Do you have family?

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A father.

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And an elder brother.

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I'm the second son.

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That's why I'm here.

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Well, my older brother will inherit the title and the estate.

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The second son must make his own way.

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Ah! So you've come to the islands to seek your fortune?

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-Like the pirates used to!

-Yes. I suppose so. In a way.

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But that's exciting! You should be happy, not downcast.

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Especially not on such a glorious afternoon.

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It is magnificent.

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I feel like I could fly.

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Like I could...

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spread my arms and take to the sky like a bird.

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-What would you do then?

-Stay firmly on the ground.

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Ready to catch you, should you fall.

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-So, are you decided?

-Is she?

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-She's in no position to refuse.

-Neither am I. Well, then, why wait?

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Why are you so eager to be rid of her?

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I'm only eager to see my father's ambitions fulfilled.

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It seems we're both toiling under the same yoke.

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Edward, the truth is, the sooner SHE is rid of me the better.

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I'm no guardian.

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I don't have the same qualities Father saw in you.

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You're asking me to be her husband, not her guardian.

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Does it seem so onerous? She's not unattractive.

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No.

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-She's lovely. A delight.

-And there's the dowry.

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Yes, of course. The dowry.

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Your father thought it generous.

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My father is as eager to wash his hands of me as you are to be rid of her.

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You are an honest, decent man.

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Part of a fine and upright family. Antoinette'll be glad of your name.

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You are exactly what she needs.

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You'll ask her?

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"Dear Father, All is well and has gone according to your plans and wishes.

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"I am to be married to Mr Mason's step-daughter.

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"£30,000 will be paid to me without question or condition."

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My love.

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"This modest competence means I will never be a disgrace

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"to you or to my dear brother, the son you love

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"No begging letters. No mean requests.

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"None of the furtive, shabby manoeuvres of a younger son."

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To my lovely step-sister, Antoinette,

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and my dear friend, Edward.

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-To love.

-To love.

-To love.

-To love.

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"I have sold my soul.

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"Or you have sold it.

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"It is, perhaps, not such a bad bargain.

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"The girl is thought to be beautiful. No, she is beautiful.

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"And yet..."

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It's Richard I'm angry with.

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He's left you no financial provision of your own.

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Your step-father left money to ensure security.

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That fool has no right to hand it away to someone else.

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-I'll have nothing of my own?

-Nothing.

-But I have Edward.

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You need security...

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What? For when my marriage fails?

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I'm not at the altar yet and you already anticipate disaster!

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I thought you would be happy for me.

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It is not my happiness you should be concerned with.

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Are you so sure that I'm making a mistake?

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You are young and pretty, Antoinette.

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-You have no need to throw yourself at the first gentleman who comes along.

-I am not throwing myself.

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-I care for Edward.

-You're blind!

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You're seeing nothing but stars. You have to look cold and hard.

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You have to see how he will be with you.

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You must be sure. Absolutely sure. You are young. Time is on your side. Use it.

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Wait a little. Until you truly know. Until you are certain.

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What's wrong? Have I done something to upset you?

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-No.

-Then why don't you want us to be married?

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I'm afraid.

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Afraid of what?

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Of what might happen.

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-You've no reason to be afraid.

-I want to believe that's true.

-It is true. When we're together, aren't we happy?

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I am.

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And can't you see I am too?

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I thought I could.

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-But why do you seem different with other people?

-What other people?

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Richard.

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And Aunt Cora.

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Your Aunt Cora is very cold to me.

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You know that.

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She doesn't want to lose you.

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It's understandable but you can see how it makes things difficult for me.

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And Richard?

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Richard is a man.

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We laugh and joke and tell stories. That's what men do.

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We don't speak the way you and I do.

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Not from the heart.

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Of course I'm different with others. It's only with you I am myself.

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You don't know anything about me.

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You don't know anything about me.

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I know you make me happy.

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I know I want to marry you.

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Take care of you.

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I could say you don't know anything about me.

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But you know how you feel, don't you?

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Then isn't that enough?

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Shouldn't we trust that?

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Isn't that what marriage is... that bargain?

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That I'll trust you, if you trust me.

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Do you trust me?

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Then you have nothing to be afraid of.

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I will make you happy,

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I will keep you safe.

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I will give you...

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everything you need.

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Can you give me peace?

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Anything.

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I promise you.

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I promise you.

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You won't change your mind?

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I would ask you the same question.

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DRUMS BEAT

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PEOPLE CHATTER IN HUSHED VOICES

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DISTANT CREAKING

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VOICES CONTINUE MUTTERING

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CHURCH BELLS PEAL IN DISTANCE

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Here we are, at last!

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They're all waiting.

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Your luggage in your room, everything ready for you.

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Oh, thank you.

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Oh, Christophine!

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Now that you are here - this is my favourite place in the whole world.

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This is Rose.

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-And, er...

-Amelie.

-Amelie.

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And this is Christophine,

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who was my nurse...long ago.

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Come, let me show you the house.

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-Breathe!

-The air is sweet.

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Ah, everything is sweet here. This is our sweet honeymoon house.

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To happiness.

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-You look like an emperor!

-God forbid.

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-You'll like it here.

-What's through there?

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That's your dressing room.

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This was old Mr Mason's room.

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-It's very comfortable.

-He didn't like it.

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It can get cold at night.

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Thank you.

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I hope you'll be very happy, sir,

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in your sweet honeymoon house.

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What is it?

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Your dress suits you.

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It was made in St Pierre, Martinique.

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-You say that as if it were Paris.

-It's the Paris of the West Indies.

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So what do you think of Granbois?

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-It's very beautiful.

-I love it.

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As if it were a person.

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More than a person. I...

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I love it more than anywhere in the world.

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Well, you don't know the rest of the world.

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Is the rest of the world more beautiful?

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No...

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..it's just different.

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'We used to come in the summer to get away from the hot weather.'

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I came with Aunt Cora.

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That was after the...

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After what?

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No.

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No sad stories. Not tonight.

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When it was very hot, I'd sneak out onto the veranda

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and fall asleep in the hammock.

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Christophine didn't like that.

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She said it was very bad

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to sleep in the light of a full moon.

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Christophine sounds like an old witch!

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I sometimes think she might be right.

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Maybe I have slept too long in the moonlight.

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You don't think that, do you?

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The air here is so scented.

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Hmm. It's the flowers...

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by the river...

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they only open up at night.

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Night flowers!

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Whoever heard of such a thing?

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To tomorrow.

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And all the days after.

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QUIET HUMMING

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DISTANT SHOUTING

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HUMMING CONTINUES

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Now I am your wife.

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And I am Christopher Columbus, on the shores of a New World.

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You are my undiscovered country and I claim you!

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KNOCK AT DOOR

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We wake early here.

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The morning is the best time.

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Bull's Blood, master.

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-ANTOINETTE LAUGHS

-It's coffee.

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-Mmm, delicious.

-Not horse piss, like them English ladies drink.

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I know them.

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Drink, drink their yellow horse piss. Talk, talk their lying talk.

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Her coffee is delicious but her language is disgusting.

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-It doesn't mean anything.

-And why is she dressed like that?

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They dress like that for feast days.

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-Is today a feast day?

-She wanted it to be. For us.

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You skim stones as well as a boy.

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-It was a boy who taught me.

-What boy?

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Sandi.

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There's so much about you I don't know.

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-You know more of me than anyone.

-I want to know everything.

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Well, then, it's lucky we have so much time.

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-You should get dressed.

-Why? Don't you like me like this?

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Someone might come.

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No-one comes here. Besides, we're not doing anything wrong. We're married.

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Which is why you should get dressed.

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-Is England very different?

-Very.

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When I was a girl, we had pictures of England.

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I used to think, if only I could go there.

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Everything would be different.

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I'd be a different person.

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I'd be safe and sound.

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You are safe and sound.

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It must be strange.

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After summer, the trees grow bare.

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And snow.

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What's snow like? Hmm?

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I can't imagine it.

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You'll not have to imagine it.

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You'll see for yourself.

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I dream about it sometimes.

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What do you dream?

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Antoinette?

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Antoinette?

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What do you dream?

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Chandeliers and...dancing.

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Swans and roses.

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And...snow.

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Always snow.

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Here...let me cover you up.

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-The breeze can be cold.

-What about you?

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I need to get dressed. For dinner.

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I want to look my best.

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-Why don't you wear the other one.

-Hmm?

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Yes. That one. I prefer that one.

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-I could get another made, exactly the same.

-I'd like that.

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-And how do you prefer my hair?

-Up.

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Away from your neck and shoulders.

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Yes.

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Like that.

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Exactly like that.

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You feel how fast you make my heart beat?

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ANTOINETTE'S LAUGH ECHOES

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VOICES MUTTER

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Books no good here.

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I wouldn't imagine you'd have much use for them anyway.

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Read and write, I don't know. Other things I know.

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-What, like how to spy on people?

-The door open.

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That how everybody know everybody else's business.

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Well, my business is my own.

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-I expect it to stay that way.

-I just tell you the truth.

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You can't close your doors, learn to close your ears.

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-What are you digging for?

-Treasure!

0:37:520:37:54

What, from your pirates?

0:37:540:37:56

The islands used to be full of them.

0:37:560:37:58

-A long time ago.

-Yes, but there are still traces...

0:37:580:38:02

if you look hard enough.

0:38:020:38:04

-What kind of traces?

-Gold...

0:38:040:38:07

and jewels.

0:38:070:38:08

All sorts of precious things,

0:38:080:38:11

buried in secret spots.

0:38:110:38:14

-And does anyone ever find any treasure?

-Yes. But they never tell.

0:38:150:38:19

They want to keep it all, so they don't speak of it.

0:38:190:38:22

And they only sell to men who don't ask questions. Everyone knows but no one will tell.

0:38:220:38:27

These islands sometimes seem to be held together entirely by secrets!

0:38:290:38:34

Secrets and treasure.

0:38:340:38:36

-Do you think I'll ever uncover any?

-Oh, I'm certain of it.

0:38:390:38:43

-And what should I do then?

-Never tell. Never tell.

0:38:430:38:48

'I never wished to live before I knew you.

0:38:510:38:55

'I always thought it would be better if I died.'

0:38:550:38:57

How did you do that to me?

0:38:570:39:00

I wished it, that's all.

0:39:000:39:01

What if, one day, you didn't wish it?

0:39:020:39:06

What if you... What would I do then?

0:39:060:39:09

What if you took this happiness away again?

0:39:090:39:12

And lose my own? I'd never be so foolish.

0:39:150:39:19

I'm not used to happiness.

0:39:190:39:21

It makes me afraid.

0:39:210:39:24

Don't be afraid.

0:39:240:39:26

I'll keep you safe.

0:39:260:39:28

If I could die now, when I'm happy.

0:39:310:39:34

Would you do that? You could. Just say it and watch me.

0:39:340:39:38

Say die and I will die.

0:39:390:39:42

Who are you?

0:40:250:40:27

My name is Cosway, Sir. Like your wife's. Daniel Cosway.

0:40:280:40:33

Your wife's father also my father.

0:40:330:40:36

-I am your wife's brother by another lady.

-What do you want?

0:40:360:40:41

To help you, Sir. I fear that you have been deceived.

0:40:410:40:45

Cosway a wicked family. Slave owners.

0:40:450:40:49

But wickedness not the worst. There's madness too.

0:40:490:40:53

-Madness? What are you talking about?

-It's in all these white Creole.

0:40:530:40:59

Your wife's mother marry old Cosway. He die raving and cursing.

0:41:000:41:05

She marry again and try kill her husband. He have to keep her shut away.

0:41:050:41:09

-But my wife's mother died years ago.

-Lies, Sir. They tell you lies.

0:41:090:41:12

You don't believe me? Ask Richard Mason three simple questions.

0:41:120:41:17

Ask if your wife's mother a raging lunatic.

0:41:170:41:21

Ask him if your wife going the same way.

0:41:210:41:23

And ask him if they all knowing it.

0:41:230:41:27

Money is good, Sir.

0:41:280:41:30

-But no money can pay for a crazy woman in your bed.

-You're talking about my wife!

0:41:300:41:35

There's more you should know.

0:41:360:41:39

The girl Amelie know me.

0:41:410:41:43

You come see me.

0:41:430:41:45

What? What is it?

0:42:090:42:10

-You got a look says you're happy.

-I am.

0:42:100:42:15

Then now is a good time for me to go look after my own house.

0:42:160:42:19

-What do you mean? You mean leave here?

-It's time.

0:42:220:42:26

No.

0:42:260:42:27

The young master don't like me.

0:42:280:42:31

If I stay here, I bring a bone of contention in your house.

0:42:310:42:34

But what am I to do without you?

0:42:350:42:39

You do fine.

0:42:390:42:41

You got to stand on your own feet, girl.

0:42:420:42:45

Women must have guts in this wicked world.

0:42:450:42:49

You're decided then?

0:42:500:42:52

Be strong, Dou-dou. Be strong.

0:42:520:42:56

Edward, Christophine is leaving.

0:42:590:43:02

-Best for me to go now.

-Edward?

0:43:020:43:04

-I heard.

-Is something wrong?

-No.

0:43:040:43:07

Amelie, smile like that once more and I mash your face like a plantain.

0:43:090:43:14

And maybe I give you a bellyache, make you lie down a long time.

0:43:140:43:18

You hear me?

0:43:180:43:19

Yes, Christophine.

0:43:190:43:21

-You have no right to threaten her.

-She good for nothing.

0:43:210:43:24

-Creep and crawl like a centipede.

-It's as well you decided to leave.

0:43:240:43:28

Goodbye, Dou-dou.

0:43:300:43:33

-Goodbye.

-Be strong.

0:43:330:43:36

-Remember, I am close by.

-Goodbye, Christophine.

0:43:360:43:40

Thank you.

0:43:400:43:42

-What mood is this?

-My head is perfectly clear.

0:43:500:43:53

Do you take after your mother, do you think?

0:43:540:43:58

Do you look like her?

0:43:590:44:00

-I don't know. I hadn't...

-She must've been young when she died.

0:44:000:44:04

She must've been beautiful. Do you remember?

0:44:040:44:06

-Of course.

-How old were you when she passed away?

0:44:060:44:10

I-I was...eleven.

0:44:120:44:14

You seem unsure.

0:44:170:44:19

No. I was eleven. It was a long time ago.

0:44:190:44:22

Why do you seem like a stranger today?

0:44:250:44:28

Me strange? You're in nightclothes.

0:44:280:44:30

You should go and get dressed, or go to your room.

0:44:300:44:34

-Why are you speaking to me like this?

-It's not normal to wear nightclothes in the day.

0:44:370:44:40

-Whose business is it what I wear?

-I'm your husband.

0:44:400:44:43

-My husband, not my gaoler.

-It's not appropriate.

0:44:430:44:46

You should get dressed, or go to your room.

0:44:460:44:49

What is it? What?

0:45:490:45:51

Water, master. I thought maybe the mistress want to wash.

0:45:510:45:55

Do you know what happened to the mistress's mother?

0:46:050:46:09

I been told it's not right for me to talk about such things.

0:46:090:46:13

What things? I want you to tell me.

0:46:130:46:15

It's just what I hear.

0:46:160:46:19

I can't say it true or not.

0:46:190:46:22

I understand.

0:46:220:46:25

Tell me what you hear.

0:46:250:46:26

I hear the lady go mad.

0:46:290:46:32

I hear she try and kill her husband.

0:46:350:46:38

So they lock her away and forget her.

0:46:410:46:45

-Should I go in now, sir?

-Go ahead. Take it in. Let her wash.

0:46:480:46:52

Leave me alone.

0:47:230:47:25

Creole woman like you, you always alone.

0:47:270:47:31

Get out!

0:47:320:47:33

Your husband outside there.

0:47:430:47:45

He look like zombie. Maybe he tired of your sweet honeymoon?

0:47:450:47:49

Too much sweet make a person sick in the stomach.

0:47:490:47:53

Sick in the head sometimes too.

0:47:530:47:56

Don't you speak to me like that, do you hear me! Don't you speak to me like that!

0:47:580:48:02

You white cockroach!

0:48:020:48:04

Antoinette! What are you doing!

0:48:070:48:09

Go away, girl.

0:48:090:48:11

Girl?

0:48:110:48:13

She's as old as the devil himself!

0:48:130:48:16

-What's happened to you?

-To me? You attacked that girl?

0:48:160:48:18

-You side with her? I side with no-one.

-I judge for myself.

-Judge who?

0:48:190:48:23

She called me a white cockroach.

0:48:230:48:26

That's what they call me. Or, or, or White Nigger.

0:48:260:48:29

Cos I'm a Creole.

0:48:290:48:31

Not like them but I'm not English like you.

0:48:310:48:34

Between the two of you, I sometimes wonder who I am myself!

0:48:340:48:39

Now, will you please go? I need to get dressed.

0:48:540:48:57

DRUMS BEAT

0:49:250:49:28

VOICES WHISPER

0:49:430:49:45

WHISPERS ECHO

0:49:450:49:47

VOICES MUTTER

0:49:490:49:53

The girl tell me you're ready to see me.

0:50:130:50:16

I know you a man who recognise the truth.

0:50:160:50:19

And the truth shall set you free.

0:50:190:50:21

You told me there was more I should know about my situation.

0:50:210:50:25

You know what I say was no lie.

0:50:250:50:28

Other people say things behind your back

0:50:280:50:31

but to your face they get frightened.

0:50:310:50:33

There is that woman at your house, Christophine.

0:50:330:50:37

What about her?

0:50:390:50:41

She's obeah woman.

0:50:410:50:43

-She make bad magic.

-Obeah.

-Hmm.

0:50:440:50:47

She will lie to you worse than your wife.

0:50:470:50:50

I don't have to please no woman.

0:50:500:50:52

My brother different, though.

0:50:530:50:56

He marry a fair coloured girl.

0:51:010:51:04

His son, Sandi, like a white man...

0:51:040:51:08

..only more handsome.

0:51:100:51:12

Your wife know Sandi long time.

0:51:140:51:17

Ask her. She tell you.

0:51:180:51:20

But not everything, I think.

0:51:200:51:22

No. Not everything.

0:51:220:51:26

I see them when they think nobody see them.

0:51:260:51:29

They fool you well about that girl.

0:51:290:51:32

Must be you deaf. You don't hear people laugh when you marry her.

0:51:320:51:36

She start with Sandi.

0:51:360:51:38

You want me to shut my mouth? You want to do everything quiet, like the English do?

0:51:400:51:44

If I keep my mouth shut, it seems to me you owe me something.

0:51:440:51:48

What's £500 to you?

0:51:520:51:54

If I don't get the money I want, you'll see what I can do!

0:51:570:52:00

Give my love to your wife for me!

0:52:010:52:04

Kiss her pretty white face!

0:52:040:52:07

You're not the first. You're not the first!

0:52:070:52:12

THUNDER RUMBLES

0:52:160:52:19

My love.

0:52:290:52:31

Please don't be angry.

0:52:310:52:33

I'm sorry.

0:52:340:52:36

Please...please forgive me.

0:52:370:52:42

-For what?

-Whatever I've done to upset you.

0:52:450:52:49

Have you done anything?

0:52:530:52:55

I must have done.

0:52:550:52:58

Why else would you be so cold with me?

0:52:580:53:02

But you don't know?

0:53:020:53:03

Well, then, please tell me. Let me put it right.

0:53:070:53:11

Please, let me be your sweet Antoinette again.

0:53:130:53:18

I don't like that name.

0:53:220:53:24

I never have. It's too complex.

0:53:240:53:26

I'd like to think of you as something else.

0:53:270:53:30

-Something simpler.

-What do you mean?

0:53:300:53:35

-That's my name.

-I'll think of another.

0:53:350:53:39

A proper English name.

0:53:410:53:42

One that suits you.

0:53:420:53:46

My name is Antoinette!

0:53:560:53:59

My name is Antoinette!

0:53:590:54:00

MY NAME IS ANTOINETTE!

0:54:000:54:03

MY NAME IS ANTOINETTE!

0:54:030:54:06

-FADES:

-My name is Antoinette!

0:54:060:54:09

'He doesn't love me, Christophine.

0:55:050:55:07

'He sleeps in the other room.

0:55:100:55:13

'He doesn't talk to me.'

0:55:130:55:16

'I can't stand it. What do I do?'

0:55:180:55:21

Leave him.

0:55:220:55:23

When man don't love you, more you try, more he hate you.

0:55:240:55:28

No, I can't leave him. I couldn't bear it.

0:55:300:55:33

A man don't treat you good, pick up your skirt and walk out.

0:55:330:55:36

You do it and he come after you. Specially rich white girl like you.

0:55:360:55:40

No. He won't come after me. I'm not rich.

0:55:400:55:43

I don't have anything.

0:55:440:55:47

He has everything.

0:55:470:55:50

What you tell me?

0:55:500:55:52

That's English Law.

0:55:520:55:54

You know what I want.

0:56:150:56:18

No, Dou-dou. Bad, bad trouble come when you meddle with that.

0:56:190:56:23

If the man don't love you, I can't make him.

0:56:230:56:27

Yes, you can. I know you can.

0:56:270:56:29

If you could make him come to me just once more.

0:56:320:56:36

Just...just one night. I know...

0:56:360:56:40

I know I could make him love me.

0:56:400:56:43

The man hear stories. He don't know what to believe. That is why he keep away.

0:56:430:56:48

Do battle for yourself now.

0:56:480:56:51

Tell him about your mother and all what happened to her.

0:56:510:56:55

Tell him why she got sick and what they do to her.

0:56:550:56:59

Don't bawl, don't make crazy faces, and no crying either.

0:56:590:57:03

Crying's no good with him. Speak to him calm and cool.

0:57:030:57:07

-Tell him the truth.

-It's too late for that.

-Never too late for that.

0:57:070:57:12

If I do as you say...

0:57:180:57:21

Then...

0:57:220:57:23

..then will you give me what I asked for?

0:57:250:57:29

Please, Christophine...

0:57:320:57:35

..please.

0:57:370:57:39

Help me.

0:57:390:57:40

I went to see Christophine this morning.

0:58:060:58:09

What did she have to say?

0:58:090:58:10

She told me I should leave you.

0:58:130:58:16

Really?

0:58:160:58:17

I told her you seem to hate me and that was her advice.

0:58:200:58:24

I don't hate you.

0:58:250:58:27

I'm very concerned about you.

0:58:290:58:31

Why do you treat me like this?

0:58:340:58:37

Is there a reason?

0:58:400:58:42

Is your mother alive?

0:58:490:58:52

No.

0:58:550:58:57

When did she die?

0:58:580:59:00

Last summer.

0:59:050:59:07

-So you lied to me.

-No.

0:59:070:59:10

No, no, it wasn't a lie.

0:59:100:59:13

She died two deaths.

0:59:130:59:16

The real one when I was young

0:59:160:59:19

and then the one at the end.

0:59:190:59:22

-I heard about your mother.

-I know, people always tell lies about her.

0:59:220:59:27

-They, they, they tell stories and they won't listen to the other side.

-Is there another side?

0:59:270:59:31

-There's always another side.

-I heard that your mother...

0:59:310:59:35

I know what you heard!

0:59:350:59:38

That my mother was mad.

0:59:380:59:41

-And that I must be too.

-And is it true? About your mother?

0:59:410:59:44

No. I... It's difficult!

0:59:440:59:47

We don't need to talk about it tonight.

0:59:510:59:53

-We must talk about it tonight.

-Not tonight. Another time.

0:59:561:00:01

No other time. Now.

1:00:011:00:04

You have no right to ask me questions about my mother and then not listen to me.

1:00:051:00:10

I'll listen to you.

1:00:141:00:15

If that's what you want, I'll listen to all you have to say.

1:00:151:00:20

They say when trouble comes,

1:00:261:00:30

close ranks.

1:00:301:00:32

And so the white people did.

1:00:341:00:37

But we were not in their ranks.

1:00:371:00:39

They did not approve of my mother.

1:00:411:00:43

We were alone and poor for five years after my father died.

1:00:451:00:49

It is a long time to live like that.

1:00:491:00:53

She was so lonely, she grew away from people.

1:00:561:00:59

And then?

1:01:041:01:06

Then, one day, everything changed. Suddenly there were people again.

1:01:061:01:10

Visitors. And then Mr Mason.

1:01:121:01:14

So why did you leave the plantation?

1:01:141:01:17

We were driven out.

1:01:211:01:23

They burned the house to the ground.

1:01:261:01:29

-Very dramatic.

-It's true.

1:01:291:01:32

-The fire killed my brother, Pierre, and in a way my mother died too that night.

-Death number one?

1:01:321:01:39

She'd lost Pierre and she blamed Mr Mason.

1:01:481:01:51

She wouldn't let him near her.

1:01:511:01:54

He said she tried to kill him.

1:01:541:01:57

He bought a house and hired a man and woman to keep her there and look after her.

1:01:571:02:02

So she did go mad?

1:02:061:02:08

They told me she was ill and she had gone to the country.

1:02:091:02:14

They wanted me to forget her.

1:02:151:02:18

But I'm not a forgetting person.

1:02:211:02:25

So what did you do?

1:02:251:02:27

One day I went to visit her.

1:02:281:02:31

I could hear her crying,

1:02:311:02:33

so I ran onto the veranda where I could see into the room.

1:02:331:02:37

She was wearing an evening dress,

1:02:391:02:41

cut very low, and she was barefoot.

1:02:411:02:43

And there was a fat, black man...

1:02:451:02:48

the one Mr Mason had hired.

1:02:481:02:50

He had a glass of rum

1:02:511:02:53

and he said,

1:02:531:02:55

"Drink. Drink and you'll forget."

1:02:551:02:59

And she drank it all without stopping.

1:03:011:03:04

Then he grabbed her and kissed her.

1:03:061:03:12

His mouth, hard on hers.

1:03:131:03:16

And she didn't even struggle.

1:03:181:03:21

And I remember...

1:03:251:03:27

he laughed...

1:03:271:03:29

..he laughed.

1:03:311:03:32

And...I ran away and I never went back.

1:03:341:03:38

Well, there it is.

1:03:491:03:50

That's the truth.

1:03:521:03:54

Is it too late for that?

1:04:001:04:03

You're shivering.

1:04:111:04:15

Your hands are cold.

1:04:331:04:35

You've been sat here too long.

1:04:361:04:39

It's late. We can talk things over tomorrow.

1:04:411:04:45

And all the days after.

1:04:521:04:54

-Will you come in and say goodnight to me?

-Of course.

1:05:101:05:15

If you wish.

1:05:161:05:18

We are letting ghosts destroy us.

1:06:141:06:17

We've forgotten how to live.

1:06:211:06:23

Drink.

1:06:261:06:27

Drink and you'll... and you'll remember.

1:06:281:06:33

HE RETCHES

1:07:031:07:06

Bring me something to eat.

1:09:151:09:19

What are you doing?

1:10:441:10:45

Fixing you better.

1:10:451:10:47

Why?

1:10:471:10:49

I am sorry for you.

1:10:511:10:54

Sorry for me?

1:10:561:10:58

EDWARD GRUNTS, AMELIE SIGHS

1:11:241:11:26

AMELIE GROANS

1:11:281:11:30

THEY THUD AGAINST THE DOOR

1:11:411:11:44

Here we are, it's a present.

1:12:421:12:44

So what will you do now?

1:12:531:12:55

My sister's in Demerara.

1:12:571:12:59

A dressmaker.

1:12:591:13:01

I go see her.

1:13:011:13:03

You're too beautiful to be a dressmaker.

1:13:061:13:09

Maybe I go to Rio.

1:13:091:13:11

Plenty of rich men in Rio.

1:13:131:13:15

Rio's a long way away from Christophine?

1:13:151:13:18

Are you still sorry for me?

1:13:231:13:25

Yes.

1:13:251:13:26

I'm sorry for you.

1:13:271:13:31

But I am sorry for her too.

1:13:331:13:35

-What are you doing?

-Having a drink.

-Do you think that's wise?

1:14:581:15:02

Do you think you can stop me?

1:15:051:15:07

Is she prettier than me?

1:15:131:15:15

Hmm?

1:15:151:15:17

Is that why you're trying to turn me into someone else?

1:15:171:15:21

You married the wrong kind?

1:15:211:15:23

You like the... you like the coloured girls better?

1:15:231:15:28

You talk so much about how you don't like slavery

1:15:281:15:31

-and then get up to the same tricks when you get a chance.

-It's hardly the same.

-Oh, isn't it?

1:15:311:15:37

-You send the girl away quicker and with less money!

-Slavery was not a matter of liking or disliking.

1:15:371:15:41

-It was a question of justice.

-Justice?

1:15:411:15:45

Oh, that's a cold word.

1:15:461:15:49

A damn, cold lie.

1:15:491:15:51

There is no justice.

1:15:521:15:55

I loved this place.

1:16:001:16:02

I loved it with all my heart.

1:16:021:16:04

And now you've made it a place I hate.

1:16:041:16:07

I used to think if I lost everything, I would still have this.

1:16:071:16:12

But now I have nothing. And I hate it. Like I hate you.

1:16:121:16:16

And I swear, before I die, I will show you just how much.

1:16:161:16:20

Don't you love me - even a little?

1:16:291:16:32

No.

1:16:401:16:42

Stop it!

1:16:561:16:58

Go on. Try and touch me. Just once.

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-Try.

-Hush up now! Crying's no good with him.

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I told you before. Crying's no good.

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I hope you satisfied. I hope you well satisfied!

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You will burn for what you do to her.

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"Father, you've succeeded.

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"Did you plan this to make a fool of me?

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"I was young, conceited, foolish and trusting.

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"Above all, I was young.

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"I am not young now.

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"There is a cool wind blowing. A cold wind.

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"Words rush through my head.

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"Pity is one of them.

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"Is there none for me?

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"Tied to a lunatic for life.

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"That blank, hating face.

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"I'll watch for one tear, one human tear.

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"If she weeps, or smiles...

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"I will take her in my arms.

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"My beautiful lunatic.

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"What will I care for gods...

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"or devils, or for fate itself,

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"if she smiles...for me?"

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Baptiste has the horses ready.

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The carriage will meet us in town and the luggage will follow in days.

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-Where are we going?

-Home.

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To England.

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And what will happen in England?

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You are not well. I will consult with doctors and follow their advice.

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Doctors will say whatever you tell them to.

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I want what's best for you. You must trust me.

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How can I? I know nothing about you.

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Very well.

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If it's to be hell,

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let it be hell.

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No more false heavens.

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No more damned magic.

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You hate me.

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But we will see who hates best.

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'They tell me I am in England but I don't believe them.

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'We lost our way to England.'

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'I fell asleep and when I woke we were in colder waters...'

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'We had crossed the wide Sargasso Sea....

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'..but we changed course and lost our way.

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'This is not England.'

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'But I know now why I'm here.'

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'I know what I must do.'

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WIND HOWLS

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Subtitles by Laura Jones Red Bee Media Ltd 2006

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E-mail [email protected]

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Dramatisation of Jean Rhys's novel set in 19th-century Jamaica. The tragic story of the first Mrs Rochester from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre centres on an arranged marriage between a white Creole heiress and a brooding Englishman, who fall in love only to be torn apart by rumours, paranoia and a cultural divide.