Episode 6 Call the Midwife


Episode 6

Drama about a group of midwives in 1960s London. Valerie Dyer cares for a pregnant Somali woman whose culture has some unfamiliar aspects.


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'No-one knows where the soul resides.

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'Does it inhabit the heart?

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'The brain?

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'Where in the body does it hide?

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'How is it clothed... and how might we protect it?

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'Exposed to the light,

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'the soul seems a fragile thing...

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'..too vulnerable for scrutiny...

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'too delicate to live.'

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You've stopped fighting the treatment.

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I'm too tired.

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Sister...

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I thought we agreed we weren't going to do this again?

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Come on, let's get you home.

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LETTERBOX OPENS AND CLOSES

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Warqad?

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English.

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-Post.

-Good.

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Post?

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Let me stay, please.

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I don't have to go back, I can stay in England with you.

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Time to go home to Somaliland, for the baby.

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Ooh!

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The baby?

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I get help.

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Ooh!

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Thank you.

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Dad, I don't like the look of this row between the Russians

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and the Americans.

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Neither do I, son.

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Bacon and eggs coming up.

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Nothing in front of your mother.

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She doesn't need anything else to worry about.

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Ah, thank you! Ooh, it looks delicious.

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Be even better with some tomato ketchup.

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I'm afraid it's been packed.

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We don't move for ten days!

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Yes, and there's so much to do!

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I've looked out a box for each of you.

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Go through your possessions and root out anything that you no longer use.

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I've already filled a box with items belonging to myself and Angela.

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Why do Dad and I have one large box each,

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while you and Angela have one small box between you?

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Because Angela and I don't have a tendency towards hoarding.

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Hello, Fred. Found her, then?

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No prizes for guessing where.

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Is she all right?

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A bit chilled.

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Let's get you warmed up and inside with some tea and cake.

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I am no Marie Antoinette.

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I will not eat cake while my sister moulders in the asylum.

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I will not eat at all until I am assured she is unharmed.

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Whatever the pain was, it wasn't contractions.

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Practice ones maybe.

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And you've had nothing since?

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Nothing. I am well again,

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but perhaps not well enough to go on a boat.

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Who said anything about a boat?

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My wife leaves in two weeks, so the baby can be born in Somaliland.

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A fast boat, is it?

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I know you think you're only seven months along, Mrs Farah,

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but actually you're more like nine.

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This baby is coming any day.

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I will be at sea. I leave tomorrow.

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-My wife knows no-one here.

-It will be fine.

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I have good neighbours and my sister, Deka.

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And now you've got us as well.

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You come down to the clinic with me this afternoon,

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we'll do all our checks and get you booked in.

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Don't worry, Mr Farah, your wife will be in good hands.

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-PRESIDENT KENNEDY ON RADIO:

-'It shall be the policy of this nation

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'to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba

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'against any nation in the Western Hemisphere

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'as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States,

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'requiring a full retaliatory response...'

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That's quite enough of that, thank you very much.

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You can't turn off President Kennedy!

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He's got the future of the Free World in his hands!

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If he was truly concerned about the future of the Free World,

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he wouldn't be making such inflammatory remarks.

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If we're all heading for oblivion, we need to be prepared.

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There you are, Nurse Franklin.

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There's a gentleman on the telephone asking for you,

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a Mr Christopher Dockerill?

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Thank you, but I can't possibly speak to him at the moment.

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Oh, why's that?

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I'm in the middle of an inventory of the cupboards.

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With Armageddon looming, it seems wise to line-up our supplies.

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I'll tell him that you're unavailable.

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You, you've brought me back to the wrong place.

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Don't worry, everyone's always a little bit fuzzy

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when they come back from shock treatment.

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I was by myself before.

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Doctor's transferred you to a general ward.

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No more shock treatment - thinks you're on the mend!

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Will I be discharged now? Will I be sent home?

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One step at a time.

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First thing you need is a nap to shake off that grogginess

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and then a nice bath, hm?

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Afternoon, Mrs Turner. I'm sorry I'm late, but this is Mrs Farah.

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She's due any day, but hasn't been to the clinic yet.

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Of course.

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Let's see if we can jump you up the queue, Mrs Farah.

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It can take a while to get through everything on a first appointment.

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Cubicle two is free.

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No, it isn't. Puffy ankles.

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-I've just asked Doctor to take a look.

-Cubicle one, then.

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Are we collecting for jumble?

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I'm having a clear-out in advance of our house move.

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I thought we could make use of these things in the waiting area.

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Oh, yes?

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Dr Turner is going to set about the doll with the Swarfega

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when he has a spare moment.

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But I thought my old magazines might provide light relief for our ladies.

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They have some very useful fashion features.

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I've never needed an editorial to instruct me on

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how to put myself together, and I've never had any complaints.

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I've come across a few sailors from Somaliland,

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but not many of their wives.

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Most prefer to stay in Africa,

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but my husband is more handsome than theirs.

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Sorry to interrupt, I've bought Mrs Farah's notes card.

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Lovely, thanks.

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Now, Mrs Farah, I'll just have a little check down below.

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I'll be very gentle,

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but it will be easier if you can try to relax.

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Easy for her to say.

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Is this your first baby?

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Yes, I've been married a year.

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Can I help, Nurse Dyer?

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Mrs Farah, do you mind me asking,

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have you had any...surgery down there?

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Only what is usual.

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Usual?

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When I was a child.

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It was done to all of us.

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Is there something wrong?

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There's nothing there but a scar from front to back.

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Are you sure?

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Mrs Farah has as much visible genitalia as that doll.

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It's like she's been...sealed up.

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But how did she get pregnant? How does she urinate, menstruate...?

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Whoever stitched the scar left a small hole.

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The strangest thing about it is that she seems to think

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the "arrangement" is quite normal.

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I can't think of a medical reason for it.

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We'll need to refer her to St Cuthbert's.

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I should say so.

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After seeing her anatomy I can scarcely imagine how baby got in,

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never mind how he's going to get back out.

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Thank you.

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Excuse me? These aren't my clothes.

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I wear a habit, a cap and a veil!

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What's the matter now?

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I need my own clothes, Nurse.

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They're a sign of my commitment to seek God with my whole being!

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-They're a sign of who I am.

-Come on.

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I deem it shrewd to be suspicious of men on the doorstep

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who are not the trembling husbands of expectant wives.

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I was hoping to see Nurse Franklin.

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We went out for dinner recently,

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and I was rather hoping we might repeat the experience.

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You present no credentials.

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How can I be confident your purpose is sincere?

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I met Nurse Franklin through our work at the clinic.

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I'm a dentist at St Cuthbert's.

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Do you stop the teeth of your patients with mercury?

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I... I use a dental amalgam.

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It's basically a blend of silver, tin, copper and mercury.

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And it has people running mad!

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Asylums are filled with the victims of your poison!

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Good afternoon. Oh, Mr Dockerill, how very pleasant.

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-May I help you?

-He has designs upon Nurse Franklin.

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I'm very glad to hear it.

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-Although I'm afraid she's not at home.

-Ah.

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Gangway, please, Sister, let the young man step inside.

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And we'll put these flowers in water.

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I went and had a rummage in the laundry room.

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Thank you.

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Oh, I loved these clothes.

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From the minute I put them on they felt like friends to me.

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And when I was ill, I was a stranger to myself.

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Even though I clung to them there was no comfort there.

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I think things might be different now.

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I'm sorry, I didn't mean to make a fuss.

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But all the time I was ill, I fell short in my commitment to God,

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so now that I'm better it's important that I do things properly.

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Why does she sit there?

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She's waiting for her son to collect her.

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She doesn't remember from one day to the next that he never turns up.

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Lobotomies are like that.

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They drill into the brain to get rid of the illness,

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but sometimes there's not a lot left.

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I'll pray for her.

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How was Mrs Nolan's delivery?

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No complications -

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another not-so-little boy weighing nine pounds four.

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Ooh, she can certainly grow them.

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Oh, you had a gentleman caller at the door.

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It was that rather fetching dentist, with a bunch of flowers, no less.

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Sister Monica Joan had engaged him in a debate on

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the merits and demerits of mercury fillings.

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At least, she was debating, he just looked scared.

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Oh, dear.

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I smoothed things over, and we had quite a pleasant conversation.

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In the course of which he revealed

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that you'd rebuffed him several times.

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A lady doesn't like to look too keen,

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especially when the man drives a sports car.

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There's looking too keen, Trixie,

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and there's cutting off your nose to spite your face.

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Oh, Phyllis!

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I've spent a lot of time wanting to be with someone,

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now I have the opportunity I'm not sure I have the gumption.

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Failure isn't fatal, but hesitation can be.

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Give yourself a chance.

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And him.

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I put the flowers in the scullery.

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A man can look such a fool, walking away with a bouquet.

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Sister, please get back into bed.

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I have to say my offices at a set time every day.

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Lauds is meant to be said on waking.

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And I'm meant to keep all of you in bed

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until I've been round with the teeth tray and commode.

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Thanks. And say one for me.

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My Bible's gone! Someone's taken it!

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-Things do go missing if you aren't careful.

-I need it.

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I need it so that I can study for my life vows.

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If it's gone, it's gone. Come on.

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Nurse Franklin, you've got Mrs Dempsey and Mrs Brackman.

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-Nurse Gilbert, Mrs Davies, Mrs...

-Ah, sorry to interrupt.

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I spoke to Mr Kenley at St Cuthbert's.

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He'll see Mrs Farah tomorrow at 11 o'clock.

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If you could let her know about the appointment.

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And I wondered if one of you might accompany her

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in case there are any issues.

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-I can go.

-Thank you.

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Did Mr Kenley have any idea what happened to her?

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He thinks it might be something called pharaonic circumcision,

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which includes, amongst other things, the removal of the clitoris.

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Apparently it's a practice common in parts of Africa and the Middle East.

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So why haven't we encountered it before in our Muslim mothers?

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I've not seen it in any of our Sylheti ladies.

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I asked the same question.

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Apparently, the practice predates Islam,

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and prevalence varies depending on geography.

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I'll leave you to it.

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Ooh, makes me shudder just thinking about it.

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How can anyone think removing genitalia is a good idea?

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It's not so long ago that their removal was practised

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in this country. It was deployed to treat all manner of maladies,

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-primarily of the female mind.

-Ugh.

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Is anybody going to empty that autoclave?

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The morning's post brings good news.

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Sister Mary Cynthia has been moved to a general ward, so we may visit.

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You trick me so I will break my fast?

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See for yourself.

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It's from the Sister at Linchmere.

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So how are you doing getting ready for baby?

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I have nappies. A gift from my neighbour.

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And Looyaan says he will bring things after his voyage.

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We have a cupboard full of donated items at Nonnatus House.

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I'm sure we can find what you need in the meantime.

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Then all we have to worry about is keeping that baby inside

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till Mr Kenley's had a look at you.

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Oi! Out of there, thank you!

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I've washed my hands.

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Go to school!

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I'm going to be a nurse.

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-SHE SPEAKS OWN LANGUAGE

-Go!

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Your sister would make a lovely nurse.

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So this is normal?

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To go to the hospital?

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Every case is different. I'll be there with you.

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But I am more different than most?

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When it comes to childbirth, every woman is completely different.

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There really is no such thing as normal or not normal.

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Does that make sense? Or has the sun gone to my head?

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There is no sun in England in October.

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There you go, then. She must be talking sense.

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RADIO NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT

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Oh, I'm beginning to wonder if this Cuban crisis will ever be over.

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-It does feel never-ending.

-I'm home.

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Oh, I was starting to worry.

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I walked the long way back, past the new house.

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I didn't know it was just around the corner

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from where Susan Parkin lives.

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That's not a name we've heard before.

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She goes to St Lawrence's. She's in my chemistry club.

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And soon she'll be at your bus stop every morning.

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-That might cause something of a "reaction."

-Honestly.

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I can't even mention a name without you jumping to conclusions.

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-WOMAN:

-This is the ward, Sister.

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Oh, you came!

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It is you.

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Lost to us no longer, but here before us, perfect and complete.

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Well, I'm still in one piece.

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I wish we'd found you sooner.

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I'm sorry I didn't look harder.

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And we will make amends for every week you've spent away from us,

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for every day you spent beyond the reach of love.

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She has never been beyond the reach of love.

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For all love is His, and He is everywhere.

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We're going to try to secure your discharge, but if there's anything

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we can do to improve things for you until then, you must tell us.

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There are just so many patients and so few nurses.

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Go on.

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Well, it's so full of noise and chaos that somebody took my Bible,

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I didn't even see it go.

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That is a-a-an unconscionable act!

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I found silence so hard when I first joined the Order -

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I didn't think I could ever crave it.

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Port!

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Starboard!

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Up periscope!

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Crow's nest!

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Crashing in on my Cubs without warning. Oh, no, you don't!

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We're setting up for a Civil Defence meeting here.

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These boys come to Cubs to learn useful things by having fun

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and that does not include you scaring the life out of them

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with posters illustrating the perils of the nuclear winter.

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-Am I clear? Pack, pack, pack. BOYS:

-Pack.

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Right, lads, let's just wait outside.

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Terry!

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Linchmere is not an appropriate environment for Sister Mary Cynthia.

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We have to secure her discharge.

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Her original detention order would've expired after 28 days.

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Although reactive depression has a good prognosis in the long term,

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it's quite a journey to full recovery.

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She will still need care.

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Care we can provide at Nonnatus House, surely?

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Would you like me to call the hospital?

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I could talk to her psychiatrist in my capacity as her GP.

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I'll come to you if I may, if I need your help,

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but I'd like to do as much as I possibly can myself.

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It's one way of showing her how much she is valued...

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and my way of making amends.

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And release the clutch and pull smoothly away.

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That is not the clutch.

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You said it was ABC! Accelerator, brake, clutch!

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It is, but in reverse order.

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Why does everything about driving have to be so complicated?!

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Right, let's keep it simple.

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Emergency stops.

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You're going to drive along and when you're least expecting it,

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I will shout "Stop,"

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and you will bring the car to a safe but speedy halt.

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-Oh, dear!

-Right.

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Find anything suitable?

0:21:550:21:57

There's enough in here to keep baby Farah in matinee jackets

0:21:570:22:00

till he starts school.

0:22:000:22:01

-I won't ask.

-Best not.

0:22:050:22:07

I'm surprised she didn't pull up a chair beside you.

0:22:100:22:13

Actually, I feel much more confident

0:22:130:22:15

when she isn't scrutinising my every move.

0:22:150:22:18

-I'm sailing along here.

-Stop!

-Ah!

0:22:180:22:21

THEY LAUGH

0:22:230:22:27

Scar tissue simply doesn't stretch.

0:22:310:22:33

Aside from the need to widen the exit by cutting,

0:22:330:22:38

we'll need to protect the pelvic floor from damage.

0:22:380:22:40

Out of interest, Mrs Farah, did you suffer from urinary infections

0:22:400:22:45

or leakage of stale urine?

0:22:450:22:47

I'll speak to a colleague and get a second opinion,

0:22:500:22:53

but we're looking at a hospital delivery

0:22:530:22:55

with an elective episiotomy.

0:22:550:22:57

Mrs Farah needs to present at hospital the minute labour starts.

0:22:570:23:00

-I'll see she understands.

-Thank you. Goodbye, Mrs Farah.

0:23:000:23:04

Well done.

0:23:080:23:09

I could murder a hot sweet tea and a biscuit.

0:23:110:23:14

Why don't you take a minute to yourself

0:23:140:23:16

and I'll see what I can arrange.

0:23:160:23:17

She will find contentment here.

0:24:020:24:04

Here you are. You'll feel better after this...

0:24:080:24:11

They never come.

0:24:300:24:32

We have a visitor. Come to take one of our ladies away.

0:24:360:24:40

This way, Sister.

0:24:440:24:45

That's my Bible, Mrs Archibald.

0:24:470:24:49

I want you to have it.

0:24:530:24:55

Let it comfort you.

0:24:550:24:57

Hello!

0:25:130:25:15

Mrs Farah? You there?

0:25:150:25:17

KNOCKING ON DOOR Mrs Farah?

0:25:170:25:20

In a few days' time, when you feel able,

0:25:580:26:00

you may wish to join us in our devotion, or at mealtimes.

0:26:000:26:04

But for now you must rest and replenish your spirit.

0:26:040:26:09

It's replenished already simply by being here.

0:26:090:26:12

Oh, these have seen better days.

0:26:140:26:19

I'll get you fresh things.

0:26:200:26:22

Everything all right, Deka?

0:26:490:26:50

Nadifa sent me out so she can have some peace.

0:26:500:26:53

Well, I could use you.

0:26:530:26:55

We've got some things for baby at Nonnatus,

0:26:550:26:57

if you want to come and fetch them.

0:26:570:26:58

Then can I see inside your bag?

0:26:580:27:00

God loves a trier. Come on.

0:27:000:27:02

But that's a special soap.

0:27:060:27:08

Are you sure?

0:27:080:27:10

I think Sister Mary Cynthia would be perfectly satisfied

0:27:100:27:13

with something simpler.

0:27:130:27:14

I want her to have it.

0:27:140:27:16

I imagine she had nothing but carbolic in Linchmere.

0:27:160:27:19

I'm sorry not to let you give it to her yourself.

0:27:190:27:22

I'm afraid she needs complete rest. May I give her your regards?

0:27:220:27:26

Of course you may, but I'd rather you gave her my love.

0:27:260:27:30

These are frightening times.

0:27:370:27:39

Why do we need to paint our windows?

0:27:450:27:47

Well, the idea of the white paint is

0:27:470:27:49

it deflects the heat from the initial blast.

0:27:490:27:52

And obviously, you need to paint them on the outside.

0:27:520:27:55

President Kennedy will fix things before it comes to that.

0:27:550:27:58

-He could charm the birds out of the trees.

-Hm.

0:27:580:28:02

Unfortunately, Khrushchev isn't a bird, he's a bear,

0:28:020:28:07

and bears don't like to back down.

0:28:070:28:10

You really think we need to be worried?

0:28:100:28:12

There is cause for concern.

0:28:120:28:15

It's not looking good.

0:28:150:28:16

It's too horrible to think about, so you'll forgive me if I don't.

0:28:180:28:21

I need to go and do a check on Mrs Greene.

0:28:210:28:23

And don't forget, spread the word.

0:28:230:28:25

You tell one woman to paint her windows,

0:28:250:28:29

she tells five of her pals, and before you know it,

0:28:290:28:32

every family in Poplar is prepared for a nuclear attack.

0:28:320:28:35

This is my Bunsen burner, essential kit for testing urine.

0:28:410:28:45

What might I be testing it for?

0:28:450:28:47

-Protein?

-You are a quick study.

0:28:470:28:51

I heard we'd acquired a new midwife.

0:28:510:28:53

We finalised the selection of items for Mrs Farah's baby.

0:28:530:28:56

Ah, come on, then, gather it all up. I'll walk you home.

0:28:560:28:59

I hope she's not been making a nuisance of herself.

0:29:010:29:03

I rather like her. She reminds me of myself at her age.

0:29:030:29:07

I was desperate for every bit of medical knowledge going.

0:29:070:29:10

I was particularly interested in venereal disease.

0:29:100:29:13

Hm. Useful to know. All set?

0:29:130:29:16

We can show your sister what we've got for baby.

0:29:290:29:32

-Nadifa.

-SHE CRIES

0:29:320:29:35

Oh, no!

0:29:350:29:37

Don't push, Nadifa, you mustn't push.

0:29:370:29:42

Let me see.

0:29:420:29:44

SHE SPEAKS OWN LANGUAGE

0:29:440:29:47

Something about a knife.

0:29:480:29:50

Can you tell your neighbour to telephone an ambulance?

0:29:500:29:53

Nadifa, I need to take a look at what's happening.

0:29:550:29:58

Can you open your legs for me?

0:29:580:30:00

SHE SPEAKS OWN LANGUAGE

0:30:000:30:03

Nadifa, I know what's in your head feels real, but it's a memory.

0:30:050:30:10

Look around you - you're in London.

0:30:120:30:14

You're all grown up and you've got a lovely husband

0:30:140:30:17

and you're about to have a lovely baby.

0:30:170:30:19

Look at me. Look at me!

0:30:190:30:23

I'm going to help you.

0:30:230:30:25

No knife.

0:30:280:30:30

No knife.

0:30:350:30:37

I spoke to your neighbour.

0:30:400:30:41

She's going to look after you, so you're not on your own.

0:30:410:30:45

We need to slow baby down, so pant with me. Pant. Pant. Pant.

0:30:500:30:55

That's it, that's it - keep it up.

0:30:570:31:00

Oh, no!

0:31:020:31:04

Right.

0:31:050:31:07

Pull over right away.

0:31:100:31:12

You're doing so well, but I'm going to level with you, Nadifa.

0:31:130:31:16

All the panting in the world isn't going to stop this baby coming.

0:31:160:31:19

Don't push with this contraction.

0:31:190:31:22

SHE SCREAMS

0:31:230:31:25

Keep panting.

0:31:250:31:27

Take a breather for a second before the next one.

0:31:280:31:31

On the next contraction, when I give you the nod,

0:31:350:31:37

I want you to push and I'm going to help baby out, but not with a knife.

0:31:370:31:42

-Yes?

-Yes.

0:31:420:31:44

There's no way for baby to get out,

0:31:440:31:46

so I'm going to make an opening with my special scissors.

0:31:460:31:49

Stay with me, Nadifa.

0:31:490:31:51

Contraction coming?

0:31:540:31:56

OK. So give me some of that panting.

0:31:560:31:58

And a little push.

0:32:060:32:08

SHE SCREAMS

0:32:080:32:10

That's the worst over, Nadifa.

0:32:110:32:13

And another push.

0:32:150:32:16

Head's born.

0:32:190:32:21

Nearly there.

0:32:230:32:25

BABY CRIES

0:32:250:32:27

One baby!

0:32:380:32:39

Meet your little girl.

0:32:460:32:48

Let's go.

0:33:000:33:02

I longed for this baby, Patrick.

0:33:140:33:16

Longed for it, prayed for it.

0:33:170:33:20

And now I'm wondering why my prayers were answered

0:33:220:33:25

because I don't know what sort of a world we're bringing it into.

0:33:250:33:29

And what about Timothy and Angela?

0:33:300:33:33

You know, President Kennedy has a son and a daughter, just like us.

0:33:340:33:40

And for all we know, his wife could be pregnant too.

0:33:420:33:46

We just have to hope that he thinks like a father,

0:33:460:33:49

as well as a politician.

0:33:490:33:51

We just have to hope.

0:33:540:33:55

And we're good at that, Shelagh.

0:33:570:34:00

Mrs Farah. Our circumcised lady. Planned episiotomy,

0:34:070:34:10

but the baby was coming so I had to do it myself in the ambulance.

0:34:100:34:14

-She has still torn quite badly.

-Thank you.

0:34:140:34:17

Valerie, are you all right? What's happened?

0:34:190:34:22

She was in labour, on her own, for hours.

0:34:220:34:24

Was the delivery very bad?

0:34:240:34:26

The baby was tearing its way out.

0:34:260:34:28

Come on. Let's get you cleaned up.

0:34:300:34:32

KNOCK ON DOOR

0:34:380:34:40

I think perhaps it's time to close those books for the evening.

0:34:430:34:47

I have to keep going over things.

0:34:470:34:50

As soon as I think I've understood one element of doctrine,

0:34:500:34:52

I-I read a conflicting account and I'm lost again.

0:34:520:34:55

Well, there is such a thing as being too widely read,

0:34:550:34:58

particularly when it comes to some of

0:34:580:34:59

the more arcane areas of theology.

0:34:590:35:01

No! I have more to do.

0:35:010:35:03

And you can do it tomorrow when you're rested.

0:35:030:35:05

Remember, taking your vows isn't about what's in those books,

0:35:080:35:13

it's about what's in your heart.

0:35:130:35:15

Your love for God and his for you.

0:35:150:35:17

Without that, none of your studies mean anything at all.

0:35:170:35:21

If God loves me, and He wants me to do this,

0:35:210:35:24

why is He making it so hard?

0:35:240:35:26

You must sleep.

0:35:260:35:29

Sleep.

0:35:290:35:32

And in the morning things will seem much clearer.

0:35:320:35:34

# Have I not remembered thee in my bed

0:35:380:35:42

# And thought upon thee when I was waking?

0:35:440:35:48

# Because thou hast been my helper

0:35:490:35:53

# Therefore under the shadow of thy wings... #

0:35:530:35:59

I see someone's recovered from her ordeal.

0:36:070:36:10

Faduma has.

0:36:100:36:12

It might take me a bit longer.

0:36:120:36:14

Yes. Give it time.

0:36:140:36:18

Thank you.

0:36:180:36:19

There's no need to thank me.

0:36:190:36:21

I, I was just doing what I was trained to do.

0:36:210:36:24

When I was cut before, they tied my legs together until I healed.

0:36:240:36:29

I was only a child.

0:36:310:36:34

Perhaps I was too old when it happened.

0:36:340:36:36

My older sister was very young when it happened to her.

0:36:360:36:41

She remembers nothing.

0:36:410:36:43

I think perhaps it's better that way.

0:36:440:36:47

This is different, Nadifa. Mr Kenley didn't cut you, he repaired you.

0:36:470:36:53

-And nobody here's going to tie your legs together.

-Repaired me?

0:36:530:36:57

You were badly torn during your delivery, Nadifa.

0:36:570:37:01

But what has he done?

0:37:010:37:03

How has he stitched me?

0:37:030:37:05

-I don't know...

-He is a man!

0:37:050:37:07

How would he know how I should be sewn?

0:37:080:37:11

I'll talk to someone. I'll see what I can find out.

0:37:110:37:14

Your breakfast tray lies neglected in your room.

0:37:360:37:40

The rats may thank you for the gesture, but your health will not.

0:37:410:37:46

I try so hard.

0:37:500:37:52

It's as though there's a thick mist in my brain. I can't study.

0:37:540:37:57

I can't even pray.

0:37:590:38:01

It's like shouting in whispers, I'm not sure God can hear me,

0:38:050:38:08

and I'm sure I can't hear him.

0:38:080:38:10

That is static interference.

0:38:100:38:12

It will quiet soon.

0:38:120:38:13

No, it's been like this for months,

0:38:130:38:17

ever since I became ill. I just made excuses in the hospital.

0:38:170:38:22

I couldn't pray because I didn't have my Bible, or a chapel,

0:38:220:38:26

or silence. And here, I have all these things.

0:38:260:38:31

And there's nothing.

0:38:330:38:35

It is no bad thing to be lost in a fog, all at sea.

0:38:380:38:42

When land comes into view again, you will appreciate it with a keenness

0:38:440:38:49

that is denied to those who know nothing but the safety of the shore.

0:38:490:38:54

It's her body, Delia. It's what she knew.

0:39:010:39:04

Probably what her husband wanted.

0:39:040:39:06

And what about what she wants?

0:39:060:39:09

All I can say is,

0:39:090:39:11

Mr Kenley said he couldn't make good a procedure

0:39:110:39:14

that never should've been done in the first place.

0:39:140:39:16

And no-one's even told her?

0:39:160:39:18

Not yet.

0:39:200:39:21

Nurse Busby!

0:39:210:39:23

I'm just on my way to a Civil Defence meeting.

0:39:370:39:39

What's the latest?

0:39:390:39:40

It's hard to tell with no volume,

0:39:400:39:42

but the jist seems to be that if the USSR doesn't accept Kennedy's deal,

0:39:420:39:45

then we're all going to hell in a hand cart!

0:39:450:39:49

I really don't think this is the time for levity, Barbara.

0:39:490:39:52

Sorry. Came out wrong. I think I'm just trying to be brave.

0:39:520:39:56

There's nothing wrong with that in the middle of all this.

0:39:580:40:01

Where are you going, Trixie?

0:40:040:40:06

To make a phone call.

0:40:060:40:07

May I suggest we spend the evening in the chapel,

0:40:230:40:26

praying for a peaceful resolution to this conflict.

0:40:260:40:30

DOOR OPENS

0:40:300:40:32

May I speak to Christopher Dockerill?

0:40:430:40:46

Hello. It's Trixie.

0:40:470:40:50

I hope you don't think I'm being forward,

0:40:500:40:53

but I find myself unexpectedly free this evening.

0:40:530:40:56

RADIO PLAYS: '..for the larger

0:40:560:40:57

'intermediate range ballistic missile.

0:40:570:40:59

'This is capable of hitting any major city from Hudson Bay

0:40:590:41:03

'to Lima, Peru...'

0:41:030:41:05

# If he asks if you're all alone

0:41:080:41:11

# Can he take you home?

0:41:110:41:14

# You must tell him no

0:41:140:41:16

# Cos don't forget who's taking you home

0:41:160:41:20

# And in whose arms you're going to be

0:41:200:41:22

# So, darling, save the last dance for me... #

0:41:230:41:28

RADIO PLAYS: '..is to transform Cuba into a considerable and significant

0:41:280:41:31

'strategic base which could add quite substantially

0:41:310:41:34

'to Russia's rocket capability.'

0:41:340:41:36

Terrible to think this could all be blown away tomorrow.

0:41:550:41:59

You'd think the world would've learned by now.

0:41:590:42:03

We've had two wars already this century.

0:42:030:42:06

More than that.

0:42:060:42:08

I fought in Korea, thanks to National Service.

0:42:080:42:13

My father never recovered from the things he saw in battle.

0:42:130:42:16

He suffered terrible shellshock all of his life.

0:42:160:42:19

Warfare's bad enough when you're in the middle of it.

0:42:190:42:22

To have to keep replaying it in your mind...

0:42:220:42:25

-Sorry. I'm sounding morbid.

-I don't mind.

0:42:250:42:29

No, if the world's about to be blown to smithereens,

0:42:290:42:32

you deserve to be shown a good time.

0:42:320:42:34

London is your oyster. You choose. We can do anything you like.

0:42:340:42:37

Dine. Dance. Make merry.

0:42:370:42:40

I'd think I'd quite like to sit here with you...

0:42:410:42:46

doing not much at all and just see what happens.

0:42:460:42:51

What if this happens?

0:42:560:42:59

Did the electric shock treatment help at all?

0:43:280:43:31

It was...cleansing.

0:43:320:43:35

Things were clearer for a while.

0:43:370:43:39

I thought I'd carry on getting better here, and I'm not.

0:43:400:43:44

-Failed at Linchmere. Failed here.

-You haven't failed.

0:43:440:43:47

You, you're succeeding just by putting one foot

0:43:490:43:53

in front of the other,

0:43:530:43:56

carrying on along this scary, rocky, lonely road.

0:43:560:44:01

-It is lonely, Doctor. It's so, so lonely.

-I know.

0:44:010:44:05

I was once as lonely as you are now.

0:44:070:44:10

It was after the war... and because of it.

0:44:140:44:18

But I was sent somewhere where people walked beside me.

0:44:210:44:24

And things got better after that.

0:44:260:44:29

Just at this moment, I can't imagine that.

0:44:290:44:31

But I want it so much.

0:44:330:44:34

And how can I want something I can't imagine?

0:44:350:44:38

It doesn't make sense!

0:44:380:44:40

There's just no room in my head for it.

0:44:400:44:42

Let me see what I can do.

0:44:420:44:44

I wanted to come to your room.

0:45:090:45:11

I wanted to talk to you.

0:45:110:45:13

I wanted to know that you were all right,

0:45:130:45:15

but I couldn't because of the way things are.

0:45:150:45:19

I don't really know how anything is at the moment, Trixie.

0:45:190:45:22

Then I'm just going to say one thing

0:45:230:45:25

and you can dismiss it as platitude if you prefer,

0:45:250:45:29

but I generally find that if you can summon the courage to sit through

0:45:290:45:33

the bleakest day, then in the end, the weather will change.

0:45:330:45:37

You just have to hope that when the sun comes out you aren't

0:45:370:45:39

wearing wellington boots and a sou'wester, because...

0:45:390:45:44

there's nothing worse than being wrongly dressed for an occasion.

0:45:440:45:47

Thank you for the soap and the message you sent with it.

0:45:510:45:56

Well done.

0:46:100:46:12

You're healing beautifully.

0:46:120:46:13

I will never be mended.

0:46:130:46:15

What do you mean?

0:46:150:46:17

Deka, take the baby to the next room.

0:46:190:46:22

The surgeon - he left me all wrong.

0:46:280:46:31

I must be stitched so my husband is happy.

0:46:310:46:34

But the damage you have -

0:46:370:46:39

it wouldn't have happened if you hadn't been circumcised.

0:46:390:46:42

That was the problem, not what Mr Kenley did, nor me.

0:46:420:46:45

There's lots of things we can do to help you feel better.

0:46:460:46:50

In time, it will become normal.

0:46:500:46:53

There is no normal. Not any more.

0:46:550:46:58

Mr Spencer's van is looking very full!

0:47:030:47:06

Oh, not another box! Where did that come from?

0:47:060:47:09

The cupboard in the eaves.

0:47:090:47:11

Angela's baby things.

0:47:120:47:15

Her bath. Her cot.

0:47:150:47:18

I asked you to get rid of all this

0:47:180:47:19

when we thought our family was complete.

0:47:190:47:22

Maybe I never gave up hope.

0:47:230:47:25

Just as I haven't that the Russians will back down.

0:47:250:47:28

I've checked every other room. They're all empty.

0:47:310:47:34

-We're not leaving anything behind.

-Thank you, Timothy.

0:47:340:47:37

I'll tell Mr Spencer there's one more box.

0:47:370:47:40

-Lots of memories.

-Yes.

0:47:470:47:50

They don't belong to the house.

0:47:510:47:54

They're ours.

0:47:540:47:55

They come with us.

0:47:550:47:57

There's something about hovering on the brink of a nuclear war

0:48:140:48:17

that rather blunts the appetite.

0:48:170:48:18

Honestly, I'd tuck in.

0:48:180:48:20

If Khrushchev gets his way, the only vegetables we'll see

0:48:200:48:23

for a long time will be out of a tin.

0:48:230:48:25

-Mrs Whitten.

-Breech?

-No. Baby turned.

0:48:250:48:28

So you never told us about your date!

0:48:280:48:31

A lady never tells.

0:48:310:48:33

But since you ask.

0:48:330:48:35

I thought if we're all going to die anyway,

0:48:350:48:37

I might as well let him kiss me.

0:48:370:48:39

Evening, all.

0:48:410:48:42

Mr Buckle.

0:48:420:48:44

-Is there news from Cuba?

-The best news.

0:48:440:48:46

The Russians have agreed America's terms.

0:48:460:48:49

Kennedy has stood down his weapons.

0:48:490:48:51

-It's over?

-Yes. Yes, it is.

0:48:510:48:54

We live to see another day.

0:48:570:48:59

Is it on the radio?

0:48:590:49:01

I want to hear this for myself.

0:49:010:49:03

What a relief! I'm so very happy.

0:49:030:49:05

Still glad you let your dentist kiss you?

0:49:050:49:08

Win-win, I say.

0:49:080:49:09

We did not pray in vain.

0:49:090:49:11

You certainly did not.

0:49:110:49:14

And now we're off a war footing, we can resume your driving lessons.

0:49:140:49:18

Did you speak to someone? What's the hold up?

0:49:250:49:28

Mr Spencer misread the address you wrote down for him.

0:49:280:49:31

The van and all our worldly possessions have gone to Kent!

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And they say it's doctors who have poor handwriting.

0:49:350:49:38

Patrick, I feel like an absolute fool.

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Then we're a fine pair.

0:49:420:49:43

While I was at the phone box,

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I also rang the Electricity Board to ask why we've not been connected.

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It transpires I gave them the wrong connection date.

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We have no electricity until tomorrow afternoon.

0:49:530:49:56

Dr Turner has recommended a hospital near Birmingham.

0:50:050:50:08

It's called Northfield.

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It's a very gentle, therapeutic community.

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Not at all like Linchmere.

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-Is that where he went?

-Many years ago, yes.

0:50:170:50:20

-Can I ask you for one more kindness?

-Anything.

0:50:220:50:25

Could you contact the Mother House

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and ask them to send me my postulant's dress?

0:50:270:50:30

-Your postulant's dress?

-I left Nonnatus House in it before.

0:50:300:50:34

I want to leave in it again

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because once, then, I knew who I was, where I was going,

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what there was at the end of the road.

0:50:440:50:47

And now I don't know any of those things.

0:50:470:50:49

I want to go right back to the beginning...

0:50:520:50:55

..to where I was when everything was clean, nothing was impossible.

0:50:560:51:01

And that means wearing my postulant's dress.

0:51:040:51:07

I think that's very sensible.

0:51:070:51:08

Goodness.

0:51:180:51:20

A Melton Mowbray pork pie and a vanilla slice.

0:51:200:51:24

You certainly do know how to treat a girl.

0:51:240:51:26

Yes, I decided to push the boat out.

0:51:260:51:29

But I do have something that might be a little more to your taste.

0:51:290:51:33

I thought we should have something special to toast the new peace.

0:51:340:51:38

Gosh!

0:51:380:51:40

Something wrong?

0:51:400:51:41

Not at all.

0:51:420:51:44

Only I'm on call tonight and we're not allowed to imbibe.

0:51:440:51:47

-Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't think.

-Don't worry.

0:51:470:51:50

I'll simply hold it up in an elegant way and pretend. Like so.

0:51:500:51:55

Well, you really do look rather wonderful.

0:51:550:51:57

Chin-chin!

0:51:590:52:00

It was very good of Nurse Crane to lend us the Cubs' sleeping bags.

0:52:060:52:09

I keep finding things in mine.

0:52:090:52:11

-I think there's a woggle at the bottom.

-Lucky you.

0:52:110:52:14

The only thing in mine is the faint aroma of wee.

0:52:140:52:17

It reminds me of when we went camping. Best holiday ever.

0:52:170:52:20

Oh, don't. Keep our voices down or we'll wake Angela.

0:52:200:52:24

We're very lucky though, aren't we?

0:52:240:52:28

Yes. Yes, we are.

0:52:280:52:30

Ready?

0:52:380:52:40

-Baby's doing extremely well.

-And so is Mum.

0:53:510:53:55

This was donated to the toy box at the clinic,

0:53:560:53:59

but I thought Deka might make use of it,

0:53:590:54:01

given her interest in all things medical.

0:54:010:54:04

Deka is not here. She's leaving on the boat with a chaperone.

0:54:040:54:07

She's going back to Somaliland?

0:54:070:54:09

Deka didn't say anything about leaving.

0:54:090:54:12

She didn't know. None of us did. My mother decided it.

0:54:120:54:15

There was a ticket. And... And it was time.

0:54:150:54:18

She's gone to be cut.

0:54:210:54:22

How could you?

0:54:270:54:29

How could you let her go

0:54:300:54:31

when you could've died from what they did to you?!

0:54:310:54:33

You're going to live with the damage for the rest of your life.

0:54:330:54:36

Do you really want the same for Deka?

0:54:360:54:38

Do you really want some man to pin her down and cut and sew her closed?

0:54:380:54:44

Is that what you want, Mrs Farah?

0:54:440:54:47

My name is not Mrs Farah.

0:54:470:54:51

In my country, a woman does not take her husband's name -

0:54:510:54:54

she is her own person called after her own family line.

0:54:540:54:58

My name is Nadifa Ghedi Jama.

0:54:590:55:03

And no man would dare cut me or my sisters -

0:55:030:55:06

the person who holds a knife is a woman!

0:55:060:55:10

The person who calls Deka back to be cut is a woman!

0:55:100:55:14

Her own mother who loves her, who wants her to be respected,

0:55:140:55:18

to be clean, and to find a good husband.

0:55:180:55:21

And to be those things...

0:55:210:55:22

..she must be cut.

0:55:250:55:28

She will not be scared. She is braver than me.

0:55:290:55:32

'Deka was escorted back to her homeland

0:55:470:55:51

'where her family were waiting and she was cut,

0:55:510:55:54

'like generations of women before her.'

0:55:540:55:57

-DEKA:

-See you after my holiday!

0:56:010:56:04

Dr Turner!

0:56:090:56:11

I hoped we'd see you.

0:56:110:56:13

I'm Nurse Barrington, but everyone calls me Barry.

0:56:130:56:17

What would you like to be called while you're with us?

0:56:170:56:20

If you don't mind, and if I'm allowed to choose...

0:56:200:56:24

..I'd just like to be called by my name, which is Cynthia.

0:56:250:56:30

'There are so many secret wounds, so many types of hidden scar.

0:56:350:56:41

'Nadifa, in time, decided that her own little girl

0:56:430:56:46

'would not be circumcised.

0:56:460:56:49

'It was a bold step and it took courage...

0:56:490:56:52

'like every new journey.

0:56:520:56:53

'The soul, being stronger than we think, can survive all mutilations

0:56:560:57:03

'and the marks upon it make it perfect and complete.'

0:57:030:57:08

They can give her artificial legs, already?

0:57:140:57:16

Roehampton's working with a number of Thalidomide children.

0:57:160:57:18

Just tell them, "Yes."

0:57:180:57:20

This isn't funny, Valerie!

0:57:200:57:22

Christopher's obviously involved with someone else!

0:57:220:57:24

And I don't want 'em taking her anywhere

0:57:240:57:25

where they think she's a freak that needs fixing!

0:57:250:57:28

If we don't let them try and mend her,

0:57:280:57:30

then her life's over before it's begun!

0:57:300:57:32

Nurse Crane should stand down from duties

0:57:320:57:34

until the situation is resolved.

0:57:340:57:36

If you caused harm to someone else...

0:57:360:57:38

would it not make you question everything

0:57:380:57:40

your life has come to stand for?

0:57:400:57:42

Valerie Dyer cares for a pregnant Somali woman and is shocked by aspects of this unfamiliar culture. The nuns and midwives try to provide the best care for Sister Mary Cynthia.