Episode 3 Garrow's Law


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-He has stolen my son!

-'But I warn you,'

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Hill will come for his retribution.

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My absolute right as a father is to be questioned.

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Avenge it.

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I propose to apply at Chancery for the custody of my son.

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I ask you to plead my case.

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Do you want the child because I do not!

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But she does,

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and my one contentment is in her pain.

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Am I now to be employed here?

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You are apprenticed.

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It is gaol fever.

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Will I die from it?

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CHAINS CLANK

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CRYING

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SCREAMING

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CRIES CONTINUE

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SHE SCREAMS

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Please, no!

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SCREAMS AND CRIES CONTINUE

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Proceed.

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SCREAMS

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The blue, I think.

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No, no, the green.

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The green?

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Which?

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Green.

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That's no help.

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-Blue?

-You're no help at all!

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And the masculine eye of the court

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must be pleased today.

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The green.

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But not excited, no.

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No, men move swiftly on

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from excitement to condemnation. Do you not think?

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Hypocrisy forming no obstacle.

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You cannot be angry.

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Then give me hope.

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You cannot, you...

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Your case is a battle of ideas. Perhaps Mr Southouse is right.

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The time has come to acknowledge a woman's right to her child.

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We are presented with the case of

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a sweet, young, free-born female tortured by the vicious

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Governor General of a slave-colony.

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Naturally, the story is everywhere.

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Torture in Trinidad!" It's a sensation.

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As no doubt intended by the prosecutor.

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You are distracted?

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Forgive me.

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Mr James Fullerton, acting on the female's behalf,

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-has paid for everything.

-Why?

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High principles...a radical.

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So naturally he wants Garrow and must endure Southouse to get him.

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Southouse is content. What do you say?

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The case has substance in your...

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This importunate young person is connected to you?

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Ah, did I not say? No. George, pay your respects.

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George Pinnock, sir. You, of course, are known to all.

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The garrulous Mr Garrow. With admiration.

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Shift yourself, boy. I will have private word with the garrulous Mr Garrow.

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Mr Fullerton's prosecution would be a fine opportunity,

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an opportunity to open the conditions in our colonies to public examination.

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-I believe they are not generally...

-A word of caution, if you will.

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-Of course.

-Our government is deep in this affair.

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It touches closely upon the personal interests of several of its members.

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Who enjoy their own properties in the West Indies, no doubt.

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They cannot now prevent the prosecution, too late for that,

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but they can hinder it, and perhaps grievously.

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Is that so? Mr Fullerton attends upon us?

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Upon you. George, my chambers.

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I attend upon your distraction at the Court of Chancery.

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Mr Southouse?

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Almost late, what is it?

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Have you considered the consequences for Sarah herself?

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What if she loses?

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You must be in better heart, Will.

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Being late will not help her case.

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BABY CRIES

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Mr Silvester, I remind you our ground here is to establish

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the husband's cruelty to the son.

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Samuel, you do not know me.

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All rise.

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You live in an irregular household with Mr William Garrow,

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in an adulterous liaison?

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Which did not begin until Sir Arthur

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cast me out of his house.

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You are nevertheless an object

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of moral repugnance.

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A contaminated woman,

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yet you presume to bring action against your aggrieved husband?

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Solely in the matter of my son.

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Which you found upon defamation of Sir Arthur's character.

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Mr Fullerton, Mr Southouse has informed me

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that you act for Miss Calderon as prosecutor. Why?

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Principle.

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-Which particular one?

-Tyrants make enemies amongst lovers of freedom.

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I have hopes that you may be such.

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I believe you were chairman of The Trinidad Commission,

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the civilian authority that replaced General Picton in governance of the island.

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As the first civilian commissioner, I inherited a veritable hell of General Picton's making.

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George, has Mr Southouse provided the specific terms of the indictment?

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I have it here.

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"That General Picton unlawfully..."

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"Unmercifully and cruelly did cause his man Vallot to inflict

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"torture upon on the body of the servant woman Luisa Calderon.

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"And thereby did beat, bruise, wound and ill-treat her

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"so that her life was greatly despaired of."

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Do you understand that in British law torture is but a misdemeanour?

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I do. But this case will allow us to expose all of Picton's many crimes.

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Mr Garrow,

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I heard talk of the Governor's jail the first day that I landed on the island.

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And what did you find?

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A place of nightmare.

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Filth, immorality, torment and promiscuous death.

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You mentioned many crimes, sir?

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How can you attest to this when you were not there?

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Mr Fullerton's provided much vivid documentary evidence.

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And an equally vivid witness.

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We travelled to France and then Italy

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-but always attended by gossip...

-"We", Sir Arthur?

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Lady Henrietta Armistead and myself.

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The boy was with his nurse in England.

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DOOR OPENS

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Abandoned by his parent.

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And is it true that the child was separated

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from his mother, Lady Sarah, when he was at wet nurse?

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Another was found.

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Yes, but not the child's mother!

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All's one in the matter of milk, I believe!

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GASPS AND CHATTER

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There have been reports of much drunkenness on your part,

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fits of uncontrollable rage.

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Often, sir, in the immediate presence of your son.

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What say you to these charges of ill conduct?

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True.

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But who amongst us might not succumb to the provocation I endured?

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The criminal usurpation of my marriage, my...

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cruel, unjust exile from society?

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Yet I believe the innocence of my son has worked to

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bring out the better part of his father's nature.

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Decency has not prevented you from bringing this child

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of innocence into contact with a person with whom you have

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formed a vicious connection?

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Only the mother's adultery is material.

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-That cannot be just!

-This will not help.

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It cannot!

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A father has the absolute right of full possession of his child.

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My Lord!

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Sir Arthur speaks as if motherhood were not a legitimate aim in its own self.

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By your conduct you have forfeited any rights a mother has...

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Does not the carrying of a child, the pangs of birth, the feeding,

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the constant care, confer a status greater than

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receptacle of a father's issue?

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It is, of course, true that a man's love for his son may be deep,

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when it is present.

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Oh, you shame yourself, madam!

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But this man's affection for Samuel is not a shadow of mine, his mother!

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Do I not have claim, in part at least,

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to the child I laboured long to bring into the world?

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-You abandoned him!

-You lie!

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You stole him from me!

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Beside the point, madam, irrelevant to the law, m'lord.

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I have heard enough. Thank you, gentlemen.

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KNOCK ON DOOR

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Mr Garrow...

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May I present to you Senor Pedro Vallot.

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He was Picton's man in Port of Spain jail

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and the executor of that evil man's crimes.

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You kept a sorry jail, sir, but compendious records.

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The general required them.

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And what have you been paid to say, sir?

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The truth.

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Mind you do, all of it, but nothing else.

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What did the general pay you?

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The rate for each thing was fixed.

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So much for this. So much for that.

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What legal authority did you have for your thises and thats?

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I mean what law, sir?

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What General Picton said.

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Picton was as bloody a tyrant as any in ancient Rome.

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Help me to bring him down.

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First I will see Miss Calderon, it is, after all, her case. Where is the lady?

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Miss Calderon will meet us at The Boar's Head,

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in 15 minutes.

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ECHOING VOICES AND LAUGHTER

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BABY CRIES

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Madam, you and your friends come here to display

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and gawp like it were a Drury Lane entertainment.

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Vastly less amusing since you and your friend come here

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to scowl and sermonise.

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I came for my son. And I have lost him.

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Come away...come!

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HUBBUB OF CONVERSATION

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Where is the old man? Mr Sootyhouse?

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He's on other business.

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Mr Fullerton, who is this child?

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Your elder...I believe.

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But without the experience in your walk of life that I have in mine,

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I collect.

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Nevertheless, I'm your Mr Sootyhouse today.

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Mr Garrow...

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may I present to you Miss Luisa Calderon.

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Miss Calderon. I see that you have a prodigious talent for theatre.

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Beware of it becoming too high in The Bailey. Juries have a way to detect artifice and punish it.

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Do they also have a way of punishing a great wrong?

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Please.

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Miss Calderon,

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I believe that you were kept in the Port of Spain gaol,

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accused of the theft of £500 from your master.

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And that you refused to confess.

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I was innocent.

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So General Picton had you put to the torture?

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Twice.

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And yet still you did not oblige with a confession. Why so?

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Can you not conceive of the possibility that a poor person,

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a person of colour, perhaps,

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was not a criminal if a rich, white man says she was?

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Easily, I see it every day.

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Picton could not conceive of that. He used me most cruelly

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and I want him paid out!

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Dare you stand up for me,

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Mr Garrow?

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General Picton stood up for me on the occasion of giving me these!

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Taking pleasure in the infliction,

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great pleasure.

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I do stand up for you...

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at the Bailey.

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Mr Garrow?

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-Yes?

-My Lord Melville requires your presence.

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Follow me, sir.

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Forgive the delay, Mr Garrow,

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official business eats my time quite away.

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-A glass with me, sir?

-No, thank you.

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It must seem to you that our enmity is implacable,

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but it need not be so.

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We appear on the opposing sides in so many matters, sir.

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Oh, sides! A side is a surface.

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The real engine of our state turns at a much deeper level.

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Do you begin to see that yet?

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I confess, I am at a loss to see anything clearly here, sir.

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I requested that you attend on me in the matter of Luisa Calderon.

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I ask you, in the King's name,

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to keep it to the lady, that is to keep it narrow,

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to that one case, and to avoid all consideration

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of those wider issues

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regarding our rule in the West Indies. Mr Garrow?

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Yes...

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Your thoughts will be with the Court of Chancery, with Lady Sarah

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and Sir Arthur Hill.

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That gentleman holds the key to your future happiness, Mr Garrow,

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and that gentleman does my bidding.

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Melville wills, Hill acts.

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What do you intend?

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I will use my influence with Hill, and you know how great that is,

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to get him to give over Samuel into your charge.

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So Melville wills and Garrow acts?

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In consistency with his desire, his duty and his honour.

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I perceive here some shabby offer, some sly, underhanded, political manoeuvre

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and I do not like it.

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Careful, not too rash.

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May I just say that my honour is in no-one's hands but my own.

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I beg to be excused.

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Hurry, Lady Sarah will, no doubt, have need of comfort.

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You do not know that Hill has won his case. He's pleased.

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Not as pleased as you, my lord.

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Every man reaches a point in his life when he must compromise,

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or fail.

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Is that how you became what you are, sir?

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You may one day hope to do the same.

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You have it in you, I believe.

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What can I do?

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Nothing.

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Sir Arthur. Would you grant me a moment?

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Pray continue.

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I am here as Lady Sarah's friend

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to ask that you show mercy.

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Ask.

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Beg.

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How?

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Give the lady her son.

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No.

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I think not.

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Sir Arthur, all decent men will condemn you for this.

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Oh, indeed, will they now?

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And who is this who speaks for all decent men...

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oh, it's craggy old Mr Southouse, the Bailey furniture.

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An old man of little importance.

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Whose opinion of me is of no consequence at all.

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I cannot deny it.

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What?

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Will you not take the hand of this old man,

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the Bailey furniture?

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Who acknowledges your victory.

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I wish you joy of your triumph. I hope in the future

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you may reflect upon this moment with much feeling.

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KNOCK AT DOOR

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How is she?

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Utterly destroyed.

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I do not know what more I could have done.

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Maybe you think I did too much?

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Encouraged her too far?

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All you have ever been, Mr Southouse, is her good friend, and mine.

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Please, stay back...

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I abhor promiscuous demonstrations of affection.

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In time, she will take comfort from having exerted her powers to the limit.

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That will be a very small comfort indeed, if she does not get her son.

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Hill will never give him up.

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It will be best if I watch her alone, Mr Southouse.

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Good night, Mr Southouse. We thank you for your kindnesses.

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Good night.

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Will?

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Surely Lady Sarah has more need of you tonight?

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-This will keep till the morning.

-She prefers to be alone.

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The hurt will ease in time.

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All hurts do. Even the deepest.

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We have ordered the prison papers, Will.

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And what a depraved tyranny it reveals.

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There are records for everything.

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I cannot use this...

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..or this, or this. The papers are disorderly, Mr Pinnock.

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No, there is much evidence here!

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Not to Miss Calderon. She is the case in hand.

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And part of the matter only.

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If we haven't Calderon, then we have nothing.

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Gently, Will.

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Fullerton's thoughts have gone before us.

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Everything is ready.

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-And the papers are here.

-See, our plans are laid!

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It has been a hard, hard day.

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Go home to your lady.

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Find a way to comfort her.

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Hmm.

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There is but one way to do that.

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Before you speak, I wish to apologise.

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I was...

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Samuel did not know me...

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Will.

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He's so young.

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No, he did not know me, and now he never will.

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Well, there is yet hope.

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-There is no hope. There is none!

-Listen... Listen to me!

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Today I attended upon my Lord Melville at his most particular request.

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-What can Melville want from you?

-The government fear our use of the Picton trial

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to expose the true conditions of our colonies to public view.

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Powerful personal interests are at work against that.

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If I oblige them by keeping my argument narrow, to Calderon...

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You are promised Samuel.

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You would become Melville's creature entirely. You cannot.

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How can I not?

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I do not permit it.

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The decision is mine and mine alone and I have made it.

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Nothing in my life can take precedence

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over your interest in a matter so very close to your heart.

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Will...

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I am resolved.

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Thank you.

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My very best compliments, Madam.

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I am glad to see you, I will not say looking well...

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but looking better.

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General Picton.

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Indeed, Miss Calderon. Today you are before me again.

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You may not talk to our witness!

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Don't piss yourself this time.

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Come away, Miss Calderon.

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Good day to you, Mr Garrow.

0:26:050:26:07

So, Melville, will he serve?

0:26:150:26:18

If not provoked.

0:26:180:26:20

Will?

0:26:250:26:27

What's this? What have you done?

0:26:280:26:31

Mr Southouse!

0:26:350:26:37

Go in.

0:26:430:26:45

Do your duty...

0:26:450:26:46

Remember it...

0:26:500:26:51

We will look to him.

0:26:510:26:54

George...

0:26:550:26:56

< Mr Garrow?

0:27:140:27:15

Gentlemen, here you shall hear a thing almost beyond credence.

0:27:230:27:27

That the governor of our colonial dependency Trinidad

0:27:270:27:31

has abused the situation to which he was raised, and disgraced the country to which he belongs

0:27:310:27:39

by inflicting torture on a young woman merely to gratify his tyrannical disposition.

0:27:390:27:45

Luisa Calderon was a domestic in the house of Pedro Ruiz.

0:27:470:27:52

A quantity of money was stolen, and as night follows day,

0:27:520:27:56

suspicion was cast upon the convenient servant girl.

0:27:560:28:00

But she most inconveniently and steadfastly maintained her innocence

0:28:000:28:04

until at length the examining magistrate considered his present powers were at an end,

0:28:040:28:08

and resorted to General Picton to supply the deficiency.

0:28:080:28:12

General Picton obliged.

0:28:130:28:15

Here is his authority, written in his own hand,

0:28:170:28:20

in the language of the island.

0:28:200:28:22

"Appliquez la question a Luisa Calderon."

0:28:240:28:27

"Inflict the torture on Luisa Calderon."

0:28:270:28:29

Who let us be clear, is a British subject.

0:28:290:28:32

My Lord, I call Luisa Calderon.

0:28:330:28:35

You must rest, sir.

0:29:090:29:12

Too late.

0:29:130:29:14

HE WHEEZES

0:29:140:29:17

My life, in days...

0:29:190:29:22

mind first, body next,

0:29:220:29:26

then...

0:29:260:29:27

It's all one.

0:29:300:29:32

Miss Calderon, for how many days did you refuse to confess to the crime of which you were accused?

0:29:360:29:42

11.

0:29:420:29:43

COURTROOM MURMURS

0:29:430:29:45

And what then happened?

0:29:450:29:47

The jailer, Vallot...

0:29:470:29:49

..put his hand upon me.

0:29:500:29:53

I mean, I was put to the torture.

0:29:530:29:55

COURTROOM GASPS

0:29:550:29:56

Pray describe to the court what then happened to you.

0:29:560:30:00

The wrist of my right hand was bound to a rope

0:30:000:30:05

connected to a pulley.

0:30:050:30:07

My left hand tied to my right ankle.

0:30:070:30:10

Will I show you?

0:30:100:30:12

My Lord?

0:30:120:30:14

Very well.

0:30:140:30:16

Like so.

0:30:230:30:24

I was raised into the air.

0:30:260:30:28

Suspended, and my foot lowered on to the spike.

0:30:280:30:33

Spike? By spike you mean...

0:30:330:30:37

picket?

0:30:370:30:38

One like this?

0:30:380:30:39

Miss Calderon,

0:30:430:30:46

for how long were you tortured, that is to say,

0:30:460:30:50

how long was each session of torture?

0:30:500:30:52

I have been told it was more than an hour.

0:30:530:30:58

And did General Picton spectate upon the torture that he devised?

0:30:580:31:01

He did!

0:31:010:31:03

And when you were put upon the picket the next day?

0:31:030:31:05

Again... Every single minute of my torment.

0:31:050:31:10

Until I was again insensible.

0:31:100:31:13

Did you confess?

0:31:130:31:15

Never!

0:31:150:31:16

Yet you were held for eight months, without trial.

0:31:160:31:20

Pray describe to the court the conditions in...that prison chamber.

0:31:210:31:26

They are...

0:31:320:31:33

..beyond description.

0:31:430:31:45

And yet there you stayed, in fetters,

0:31:470:31:50

daily to witness the place of torture,

0:31:500:31:53

expecting it to be resumed at any moment.

0:31:530:31:55

And still you did not confess?

0:31:550:31:57

I did not.

0:31:570:31:59

With my Lord's permission, I would ask Miss Calderon to show the jury

0:31:590:32:03

the lasting effects of the torture and the confinement.

0:32:030:32:07

COURTROOM GASPS

0:32:210:32:23

Thank you.

0:32:360:32:37

Have you seen Mr Vallot?

0:32:430:32:45

No, sorry.

0:32:450:32:46

Now... "Miss" Calderon.

0:32:480:32:51

You have said that you were a domestic in the house of Ruiz.

0:32:520:32:56

Did you not live in a state of prostitution with him?

0:32:560:32:58

COURTROOM GASPS

0:32:580:33:00

Speak true now.

0:33:000:33:01

I was promised marriage!

0:33:010:33:04

During your imprisonment, is it not also true that you shared the last favour,

0:33:040:33:09

or perhaps in your case, the first of favours, with the jailer Vallot?

0:33:090:33:15

Under oath now!

0:33:160:33:17

Yes.

0:33:230:33:24

Was this to increase your comforts during imprisonment?

0:33:240:33:29

It was not mere comfort... it was survival!

0:33:290:33:33

So you are a prostitute, are you not?

0:33:330:33:37

Men have always...

0:33:390:33:41

What...have they always done?

0:33:410:33:45

Liked me.

0:33:470:33:49

COURTROOM MURMURS

0:33:490:33:51

Liked me.

0:33:510:33:52

This is all I've had. No education...

0:33:530:33:58

No fine suit of clothes, no silver tongue.

0:34:000:34:04

An elaborate yes.

0:34:040:34:06

You laid with Ruiz at the same time as indulging

0:34:060:34:10

in a criminal intercourse with the negro Gonzalez,

0:34:100:34:15

with whom of course you also lay, and who stole the money?

0:34:150:34:19

I did not know he stole the money.

0:34:190:34:22

So you admit the man?

0:34:220:34:23

Is it not the truth, "Miss" Calderon...

0:34:250:34:27

..that you are a whore, a thief and a liar?

0:34:280:34:33

Is it possible that we are to take the word of such a person

0:34:330:34:38

against the word of a distinguished servant of the crown?

0:34:380:34:41

Hear, hear. >

0:34:410:34:43

Miss Calderon...

0:34:460:34:47

Miss Calderon?

0:34:470:34:50

You say you were induced to go to the house of Ruiz by promise of marriage.

0:34:500:34:54

Why not marriage at once?

0:34:540:34:55

I was too young.

0:34:550:34:58

How old were you?

0:34:580:34:59

Ten years.

0:35:010:35:02

Too young to marry...

0:35:020:35:04

but not too young to be put in the bed of an old man.

0:35:040:35:07

In Trinidad...

0:35:100:35:11

..if a man likes a negress, he buys her from her owner.

0:35:120:35:16

If he likes a mulatta...

0:35:170:35:20

he buys her from her mother. I was sold.

0:35:200:35:23

The word "prostitute" is harsh, I think, for those circumstances, gentlemen.

0:35:250:35:30

Thank you.

0:35:310:35:33

HE WHEEZES

0:35:440:35:45

I must see him...

0:35:480:35:50

Now.

0:35:500:35:52

I swear by Almighty God to tell the truth,

0:36:070:36:09

the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

0:36:090:36:14

Mr Fullerton.

0:36:140:36:16

Is it true that Miss Calderon was kept in the jail for eight months?

0:36:160:36:20

So I was told.

0:36:200:36:22

She was one amongst many in that place of nightmare.

0:36:220:36:27

And you saw the instrument of her torture. Is this it?

0:36:270:36:31

It is.

0:36:310:36:33

It was but a small part of the horrors inflicted in that place.

0:36:330:36:38

As...recorded in the prison documents.

0:36:400:36:44

No more questions, my Lord.

0:36:480:36:50

No, sir!

0:36:510:36:53

Mr Garrow...

0:37:030:37:05

My Lord, grave news of Mr Southouse.

0:37:050:37:08

Mr Silvester, I find the need to consult

0:37:100:37:14

on a matter of Trinidad law.

0:37:140:37:17

Out of my way!

0:37:200:37:21

DOOR OPENS

0:37:260:37:28

He's dying.

0:37:330:37:34

Will.

0:37:440:37:46

Yes, it's William.

0:37:460:37:48

Come to take your leave of an old friend?

0:37:520:37:56

My leave? Certainly not.

0:37:560:37:58

Take heart, Mr Southouse, there is always hope.

0:37:580:38:01

Not always.

0:38:010:38:03

It is gaol fever, Will. He has known for weeks.

0:38:030:38:07

My friend...

0:38:280:38:29

My wise old friend, hmm?

0:38:300:38:32

I cannot begin...

0:38:340:38:36

Do you remember how generous you were, Mr Southouse,

0:38:450:38:49

to that...callow young man so sorely in need of your good wisdom

0:38:490:38:56

and your quiet affection to guide him?

0:38:560:38:59

How liberally you gave it both.

0:39:010:39:03

And how much you are...

0:39:050:39:07

loved for it in return.

0:39:070:39:09

Father...

0:39:120:39:13

My teacher...

0:39:170:39:18

Conscience...

0:39:210:39:23

I hope you have considered me a creditable pupil.

0:39:230:39:27

Most creditable...

0:39:280:39:32

when most...

0:39:320:39:34

most yourself...

0:39:340:39:36

Most proud...

0:39:380:39:40

when you are honest...

0:39:400:39:42

What did they...buy you with?

0:39:450:39:49

With love.

0:39:510:39:54

Water...

0:39:570:39:59

Water, yes.

0:39:590:40:00

Be yourself.

0:40:100:40:13

Promise me.

0:40:150:40:16

Yes.

0:40:180:40:19

Fiat...

0:40:190:40:21

"Fiat justitia ruat caelum."

0:40:240:40:26

Hmm?

0:40:260:40:28

"May justice be done though the heavens fall."

0:40:300:40:33

You will watch him?

0:40:470:40:49

Perhaps he will speak with me again.

0:40:530:40:54

CHATTER AND BUSTLE OF CROWD

0:41:010:41:03

Mr Vallot, you have been a wicked man.

0:41:230:41:25

I only did what I was told.

0:41:260:41:29

Without once speaking out against it.

0:41:290:41:32

But you are fortunate,

0:41:350:41:36

because you still have the opportunity to do so

0:41:360:41:40

and perhaps your God...

0:41:400:41:42

..he might still listen.

0:41:430:41:45

Snake!

0:41:560:41:57

Lackey!

0:41:570:41:59

Life goes on, I see.

0:42:320:42:34

It's a mighty machine, Will.

0:42:340:42:37

It stops for no-one.

0:42:370:42:39

How is your old friend?

0:42:390:42:41

Dying.

0:42:430:42:44

Ah. Sad indeed.

0:42:460:42:49

Will you proceed?

0:42:500:42:51

Are you able?

0:42:530:42:55

I am. As ever.

0:42:550:42:58

You will remember our arrangement?

0:43:080:43:10

Call Vallot!

0:43:210:43:22

Who is that man?

0:43:230:43:24

Pedro Vallot, my Lord.

0:43:240:43:27

Gaoler, executioner and torturer of Trinidad, whom I now call.

0:43:270:43:32

Your son...

0:43:450:43:46

..take him.

0:43:490:43:50

Garrow will be...Garrow.

0:43:530:43:58

Was this, the note written in General Picton's own hand,

0:44:320:44:37

the instrument that gave you authority to examine Luisa Calderon?

0:44:370:44:41

Yes.

0:44:420:44:43

Please read it to the court.

0:44:430:44:45

"Appliquez la question a Luisa Calderon."

0:44:500:44:56

GASPS OF ASTONISHMENT

0:44:560:44:59

And does this describe truly your part in inflicting that agony on that lady?

0:45:030:45:08

It does.

0:45:080:45:11

Miss Calderon has described for two succeeding days

0:45:110:45:16

she was tormented in that same manner until she was insensible.

0:45:160:45:20

-MUTTERING FROM CROWD

-At which point you let her down. Is that so?

0:45:200:45:26

God forgive me.

0:45:270:45:29

Please answer the question.

0:45:290:45:31

Please answer the question.

0:45:310:45:32

I administered all the General's punishments.

0:45:340:45:37

And how much were you paid?

0:45:370:45:40

Five shillings.

0:45:400:45:41

Mr Vallot, you are drunk, are you not?

0:45:430:45:46

I am.

0:45:460:45:47

Why?

0:45:470:45:49

It is the only condition in which I can endure what I have done.

0:45:510:45:57

Yes, one must be able to live with what one has done.

0:46:100:46:14

I am obliged to inform you that Mr John Southouse, Attorney, has gone.

0:46:170:46:22

When a good man dies, so much dies with him.

0:46:220:46:26

Not the goodness, I hope.

0:46:260:46:28

We have great need of that in this place.

0:46:280:46:32

We who held him in such respect and regard should demonstrate it now.

0:46:320:46:38

Mr Garrow?

0:46:490:46:51

What other work did the General pay you for, in His Majesty's name?

0:47:180:47:22

Is this relevant?

0:47:220:47:23

Mutilations.

0:47:230:47:25

Of slaves?

0:47:250:47:27

Mostly, though others too. Mulattos. Even whites of the lower sort.

0:47:270:47:34

Ear-cropping, how much for that?

0:47:340:47:36

Five shillings for a slave, seven for a free man.

0:47:360:47:40

Or woman. Lip cropping?

0:47:400:47:43

More.

0:47:430:47:44

-Eyelids?

-More still.

0:47:440:47:46

So they could not protect their eyes from the sun and dust?

0:47:460:47:49

So they go blind.

0:47:490:47:50

Castrations?

0:47:510:47:53

Many.

0:47:530:47:54

How many hangings?

0:47:540:47:56

126 at 15 shillings.

0:47:560:48:00

126 at 15 shillings?

0:48:000:48:03

Mostly slaves. Some of those were burned.

0:48:030:48:07

30 shillings for each burning.

0:48:070:48:10

11... No, no...

0:48:100:48:13

13 of burnings.

0:48:130:48:16

And pray describe to the court those dreadful crimes

0:48:160:48:19

which merited those punishments, for dreadful they must have been.

0:48:190:48:22

Walking alone after church.

0:48:220:48:25

Running away.

0:48:250:48:27

Suspicion of plotting rebellion.

0:48:280:48:31

Suspicion of poisoning cattle.

0:48:310:48:34

Suspicion of witchcraft. Suspicion...

0:48:350:48:38

Of anything that wandered into the General's mind at breakfast.

0:48:380:48:42

General Picton, how do you characterise the state of the colony

0:48:510:48:58

when you assumed the governorship?

0:48:580:49:00

Perilous. That territory was but recently acquired by The Crown.

0:49:000:49:05

A campaign in which you served with distinction.

0:49:050:49:07

It has been said.

0:49:070:49:08

What does perilous mean to a man of proven military worth

0:49:080:49:11

and recognised personal valour such as yourself?

0:49:110:49:15

Following the conquest when our navy had retired, French, American

0:49:150:49:19

and Spanish privateers returned in great numbers.

0:49:190:49:22

Not to mention the common pirates that stalked the surrounding waters

0:49:220:49:26

like sea wolves. Raiding our shipping and our shores at will.

0:49:260:49:31

And the island itself?

0:49:310:49:32

In a sorry state.

0:49:320:49:33

A hotbed of crime and sedition amongst the civil population.

0:49:330:49:37

Near-rebellion, inflamed by voodoo witchcraft amongst the blacks.

0:49:370:49:41

Perilous indeed.

0:49:410:49:43

With such poor means and materials at my command,

0:49:430:49:46

an unyielding regime was necessary to restore order.

0:49:460:49:50

You faced an onerous duty, sir. We may wonder how you fared.

0:49:500:49:54

What was the condition of the island

0:49:540:49:56

when you handed over to the civilian authority led by Mr Fullerton,

0:49:560:49:59

a mere three years later?

0:49:590:50:02

Pacified and productive.

0:50:020:50:04

And was everything that brought about this remarkable transformation

0:50:040:50:09

done at your express authority?

0:50:090:50:11

It was and I take full responsibility for all, without reserve.

0:50:110:50:14

Thank you. M'lord.

0:50:140:50:17

You take full responsibility for all measures that Mr Vallot executed?

0:50:210:50:25

Without reserve.

0:50:250:50:27

You are proud of your achievement?

0:50:290:50:31

I believe I have that right.

0:50:310:50:33

Though Fullerton there weeps for it like the proverbial crocodile.

0:50:330:50:37

Proud of torture?

0:50:370:50:38

If you speak of that woman, it was but a slight torture.

0:50:380:50:45

She has exaggerated in play for your entertainment.

0:50:450:50:47

You call the sufferings of that lady slight?

0:50:470:50:49

Which LADY?

0:50:510:50:52

The one that you abused most cruelly, most unmanfully and dishonourably.

0:50:520:50:57

-Dishonourably?

-Indeed!

0:50:570:50:59

If she had been a lady, it might be so.

0:51:020:51:04

All I see is hot, brown meat in a white cloth.

0:51:050:51:10

General Picton!

0:51:100:51:12

My Lord, I beg the court's forgiveness.

0:51:120:51:14

General Picton is a simple soldier and moved to rough words

0:51:140:51:18

when his honour is traduced.

0:51:180:51:20

He will watch his words in my court!

0:51:200:51:22

This lady is a British citizen, entitled to British justice.

0:51:220:51:26

She...

0:51:270:51:29

is a tuppeny-ha'penny mulatta whore who lay with a sambo,

0:51:290:51:35

and helped him steal her white master's gold.

0:51:350:51:38

She was entitled to what she got, and the rope she 'scaped.

0:51:380:51:42

The island was teeming with half-breed criminal scum like her.

0:51:440:51:49

-Harsh measures were needed to keep them in order.

-And the Africans?

0:51:490:51:53

There were, are, thousands upon thousands of them.

0:51:530:51:57

Every last manjack and missy inflamed to rebellion by native witchcrafters

0:51:570:52:02

and gentlemen of fashionable radical opinion such as yourself!

0:52:020:52:05

Inflamed perhaps by your measures.

0:52:050:52:07

Windbaggery!

0:52:070:52:09

Do you know what a slave rebellion is like?

0:52:100:52:13

On San Domingo not one white woman 'scaped rape then butchery.

0:52:160:52:21

Babies skewered on pikes and carried as standards.

0:52:230:52:26

Beasts, who must be tamed to strict obedience!

0:52:260:52:29

Which you did?

0:52:290:52:30

Which I did.

0:52:320:52:33

And secured for this country a most profitable possession.

0:52:340:52:37

Does a colony exist solely

0:52:370:52:39

for our convenience, as a source of wealth?

0:52:390:52:42

For what else?

0:52:420:52:44

As a place where the common notions of justice do not apply?

0:52:440:52:47

They cannot apply!

0:52:470:52:48

Where any and all measures are justified

0:52:480:52:50

if they lead to our general enrichment?

0:52:500:52:53

Yes.

0:52:530:52:54

Measures including, I quote further from the compendious

0:52:540:52:58

records of your proud governorship, including...

0:52:580:53:01

"Drowning in sacks like dogs.

0:53:010:53:05

"Crucifying on planks. Burying alive.

0:53:050:53:09

"Flaying with the lash then tossed on dungheaps...

0:53:090:53:12

"..to be devoured alive by worms and insects."

0:53:150:53:19

Six men burned to death, not in your usual humane manner,

0:53:190:53:24

but with sulphur about their heads.

0:53:240:53:26

Yes.

0:53:260:53:27

Forgive me...

0:53:270:53:29

Burning sulphur was placed about their heads as a means of execution?

0:53:310:53:36

And all to pave the streets of Bristol and Liverpool,

0:53:400:53:43

and put the sugar in our cake and the coffee in our cup?

0:53:430:53:47

The record of my period of office...

0:53:470:53:49

Speaks for itself.

0:53:490:53:50

Today, sir, you are in a place where the common notions of justice do apply.

0:53:520:53:56

And are demanded by this lady, for herself, and for all the others

0:53:560:54:02

that you have tormented and murdered with your diabolical brutality.

0:54:020:54:08

The beast in Trinidad, sir, is you.

0:54:100:54:13

It is you who must be tamed.

0:54:150:54:17

Gentlemen of the jury, you will consider your verdict.

0:54:230:54:29

How say you, how do you find the defendant?

0:54:440:54:47

Guilty, my Lord.

0:54:470:54:49

So recorded.

0:54:490:54:51

Damn you, Garrow... and your friends.

0:54:510:54:54

Sentence is set aside until proper consultation

0:55:010:55:06

with the appropriate authorities has been concluded.

0:55:060:55:10

Court shall rise.

0:55:130:55:15

What will his sentence be?

0:55:230:55:25

Most of our government, including Mr Pitt himself,

0:55:250:55:27

have plantations in the West Indies.

0:55:270:55:29

Picton will go free.

0:55:290:55:31

I must find some other means to come at him.

0:55:310:55:34

No-one won here today, madam. But there was a kind of justice.

0:55:370:55:41

What now? Trinidad?

0:55:480:55:52

London.

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It's easier with friends. There's a shop I know...

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There's a shop?

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I tell you Master George, that the manager at Drury Lane

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has indicated the possibility of an offer.

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Then I might expect to see you on the stage?

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And off it, perhaps.

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Madam, please.

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What goes here?

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Madam. please.

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You may go. Lady Henrietta and I have something to discuss.

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Well? Come for more of your husband's property?

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I've come for my son.

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You know you are prevented from him, madam. His father says this.

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The Court of Chancery says this.

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And yet, I will have him still.

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There is a higher court than Chancery, madam.

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I answer to that. So do you.

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CROWD: Fox, Fox!

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It is a murder, Mr Garrow, of a gentleman struck down on voting day.

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Even if Sarah is run to France with the boy, I will pursue her.

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And I will bring an end to this.

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When a man was killed in your unjust war,

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you twisted your efforts so an innocent man would hang.

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Fox, Fox!

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I came to support a man who toils

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because he recognises a fellow innocent.

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Sir, I'm no fist-fighting man.

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But neither am I a man whose obligations can be deflected by blows or threats.

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Garrow is confronted with an impossible choice: to expose British colonial brutality in open court, or to re-unite Lady Sarah with her son. The dangerously ill Southouse intervenes, and Garrow is forced to decide. Love or honour? It cannot be both.


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