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The Shooting Party

James Mason stars in an adaptation of Isabel Colegate's novel. A stately home is overrun for a weekend by the cream of Edwardian society on the eve of the Great War.


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'Life's so extraordinarily pleasant for those of us who have been born in the right place.

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'Ought it to be so pleasant, and for so few of us?

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'And isn't there a kind of saiety about it all

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'and at the same time greed?

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'We seem to have become money-mad.

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'There's never been so much gambling, speculating, fortune-hunting.

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'People say the military regime in Germany will insist on a trial of strength, sooner or later.

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'And might that not cleanse us of our materialism, our cynicism, our lax, lazy hypocrisies?

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'Make us gird our sinews and find simplicity again?

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'And then should we not be fitter afterwards to make a better world?

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'For that must be what we're here for...to leave the world a better place than we found it.'

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­ Better be ready, Mr Stephens, sir. Yes, yes. Quite right, Percy.

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RHYTHMIC BEATING >

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Over there on the right! >

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PANIC-STRICKEN SQUAWKS

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GUNFIRE AUDIBLE, BUT AT A DISTANCE

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All out now, Sir Randolph! >

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That's 62 pheasant, 2 hares and a woodcock today, sir.

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Percy, don't let Sir Randolph hear you keeping score. Our host considers it unsporting.

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71 pheasant, 3 woodcock and 2 hares, m'Lord.

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We are ahead of Mr Stephens? Ahead, my Lord, but not comfortably so.

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-Hello, isn't that Lionel Stephens?

-Buried in a book as always!

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Hello, Bob! < 'Afternoon, Lionel!

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-Hello!

-< Olivia!

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-You missed a good first day, Bob.

-I'm desolate, Randolph!

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But one can't refuse to be one's brother's best man.

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-Especially at Godfrey's age.

-Have you brought fancy dress?

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-You know Lady Hartlip?

-Of course!

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-Dressing up isn't really my style, Minnie.

-You're as bad as Randolph.

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You did nicely today.

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Doubtless Olivia has brought some ravishing confection(!)

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-Another Greek classic?

-No, no.

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Ruskin! I love Ruskin. Even when he's talking nonsense, I love it.

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-Here you are.

-..Thank you.

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Hopkins! A mustard bath for Sir Reuben!

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-Lady Nettleby!

-Olivia, my dear!

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Come along!

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Forgive us for arriving late.

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It seems everything will depend on your turn-out tomorrow night.

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-You know Lord and Lady Hartlip?

-Yes.

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-Hello, Gilbert.

-Hello, Bob.

-Aline.

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-And Count Tibor Rakassyi,

->

-visiting from Hungary.

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(Rakassyi!)

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-Lord and Lady Lilburn.

-Hello.

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You must know our daughter-in-law, Ida. Her children, Cicely and Marcus.

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-We've met. At Henley, wasn't it?

-I expect you'd like to unpack.

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I'll get Rogers to send someone to bring your things in from the car.

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You're not having any more! Just one, Flo!

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Hello, Flo. Dad's back is bad again. He won't be fit to beat tomorrow.

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Can't Dr West do nothing for it, then?

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What's this? Lardy cakes from Mum. How many has Dan eaten?!

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Will you tell Tom Harker I'll need him as a beater? 8.00 sharp. Batty Clump.

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You said you'd not use him after catching him again. I don't like it.

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Gives him a free reccy, but it can't be helped.

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He knows what he's doing, and I need a reliable stop.

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Besides, he only poaches for the pot.

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Good evening! >

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-'Evening, sir!

-I want the Nettleby Arms.

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-I'll point you in the right direction.

-That would be very kind.

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I see you've got a bad leg. Is that from the South African War?

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-No, it was a man-trap, sir.

-Good God! But that's illegal!

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I bear no grudge. The game-keeper was doing his duty as he saw it.

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His DUTY? To trap a fellow human and cripple him for life?

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-All to ensure a few more birds for someone else to murder?

-You might say so.

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The birds are our brothers and sisters! We can survive on the fruits of field and orchard.

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They say the Lord will provide.

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-There's a massacre tomorrow?

-I know nothing of the pastimes of the upper classes, sir.

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That silly arse Matthews has left half my things behind.

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What a nuisance! But you look very nice.

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-The studs are wrong.

-No-one could guess.

-They're too smart.

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It's frightfully bad form. It looks as though I'm going to a damn ball!

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Oh, Bob!

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It's all very well... You can dismiss these things if you like.

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But they're part of the structure...

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..of our lives. If we lose respect for them...

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..we lose respect for ourselves.

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My self-respect is not connected with your shirt studs!

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But you mean I can be frivolous because I am supported by you

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-and the position you confer on me by making me your wife.

-I

-say...

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"It is far better for a gentleman to mow his OWN fields,

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"than to ride over other people's."

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You're trying to provoke me, but I shall NOT rise.

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Who is this ape, anyway?

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John Ruskin! There you are, then.

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Art and Life are different things, as he found out on marriage.

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-Who gave you this rubbish?

-Lionel Stephens was looking at it and...

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..he gave it to me when I said I liked Ruskin.

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Good man, Stephens.

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This is where I turn off.

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The Nettleby Arms is 100 yards on.

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Oh, by the way... SIR! Let me give you one of my leaflets.

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One moment.

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Here we are! I can see you're a fellow spirit.

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Good day to you, sir.

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Fellow bloody spirit indeed(!)

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-MUTTERING:

-Bloody lunatic! 'Murder', indeed! Bloody barmy, if you ask me.

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-What...? What's this, then?

-< I've a message from Mr Glass.

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Will you beat for him? 8.00 tomorrow.

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-Batty Clump.

-Beat for him, eh? Who's fallen out?

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-My dad.

-Has he?

-It's his back.

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-What do you think of that?

-"The Rights Of Animals".

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Animals haven't GOT rights!

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Shouldn't think so. I don't know.

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Except to hunt and be hunted. ..Here then, look what I've got!

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Liquorice. It's for waiting for me.

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Thank you, Mr Harker.

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- Hello, John. - I think that's everything, sir.

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I'll empty this for you. No hurry. I've done all the writing I'm going to do.

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The way she talks about Lady Hartlip, that Hortense! I couldn't repeat it!

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No, you'd better not!

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-Is she a flirt? French maids are supposed to be.

-She flirts with John.

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-You must marry John quickly, to keep him in order.

-Miss, we couldn't.

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-Not yet. Not without any prospects.

-John won't be a footman for ever.

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-He did think of applying to be Mr Stephens' valet. He thinks he's nice.

-I do, too. Very nice!

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And yet, in a funny way, he's SO nice,

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and so GOOD at everything, so kind and elegant and clever, I wonder if he's quite real.

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Count Rakassyi's more your sort, Miss. He's more 'lively'.

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-Ellen, you're just saying that to find out what I think about him!

-Miss, please sit down!

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-Of course he's more my sort of gentleman. But he's nearly thirty, you know?

-Is he really?

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-He's well-preserved, if you know what I mean.

-I shall have to marry him, then.

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And you and John will come to Hungary as valet and lady's maid.

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And we'll gallop across the Hungarian snow-covered plain from palace to palace!

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-I never fancied snow.

-You're very particular!

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­ Cicely, please DON'T borrow my things again without asking.

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Good evening, m'Lady.

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(Good luck, Miss!)

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You shouldn't encourage her. I don't NEED to. She does very well on her own.

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Don't fawn on her. It insults her.

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You're always writing in that big, brown book, Grandpapa.

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It's my Game Book. Well, part of it is my Game Book. Part of it is my thoughts. It's not a bad idea...

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..writing down one's thoughts. It saves bothering others with them.

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I HATE writing.

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That's because you're not very good at it. One doesn't enjoy doing what one's not very good at.

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'My wife and I are very fond of each other... But she cares for society more than I do...'

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I have to cover my legs with powder, it's the only way.

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And lie on my back with my legs in the air.

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And then my maid and I have to pull hard for hours!

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Can it be worth the agony? Oh, YES ! They look wonderful.

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-­ What do?! My hunting boots.

-Oh, yes!

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(Boring conversation!)

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-Is the Israelite not amongst us?

-No, he got his feet wet in a ditch.

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I've sent Hopkins up to him with a mustard bath.

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If he was inadequately shod...

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He was not inadequately shod. He was shod the same as everyone else.

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We don't want too many people about with imagination.

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LIONEL AND OLIVIA CHAT INTIMATELY >

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There's absolutely nothing in it!

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-I don't know to what you refer, but it'll be wickedness.

-Speculation.

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A thousand apologies for being late.

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I'm sure it was Hopkins' fault. Meet Harry and Mildred Stamp. Sir Reuben Hergesheimer.

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- Oh! I've heard so much about you! - You flatter me!

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-A glass of sherry...wine, Hergesheimer?

-A thousand thanks.

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How perfect your coverts are. As good, in my opinion, as Sandringham, though smaller.

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-We copied them.

-I didn't realise.

-Almost bankrupting the estate.

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Mildred, there's been something I've been wanting to ask you...

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Ah, Sandringham...

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We were there twice, a long time ago.

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-Dinner is served.

-Thank you, Rogers.

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-Sir Reuben, would you escort Mildred in?

-It would be my pleasure.

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CICELY: Oh, do look!

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-How beautiful!

-Rogers, I think we have a need for Master Osbert.

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< How divine!

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Osbert will catch it. What a naughty boy!

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-I'm sorry!

-Nonsense! But I agree we should wait for Osbert.

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-It's thinking!

-I hope she doesn't come to any sudden decisions.

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IDA: Osbert, apologise to Granny!

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-I'm sorry, Granny.

-Never mind, dear.

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Rogers, I think it's safe to serve dinner now.

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- A wild duck is an unusual pet. - I found her on the river last year.

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A chick? > About 4 days old.

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- Dear boy, won't she fly away? - Oh, she DOES. But she comes back.

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She pleases herself when she arrives and then she comes to look for me.

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­ Best hang on to her tomorrow.

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< If she's with the wild ducks, she'll be for it.

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-Keep her in, Os. Don't forget.

-Do you HEAR that, Duck?! >

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If you fly over me, I can tell you you haven't a hope.

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Bang, bang! And it will ALL be over!

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If you kill her, I will kill you.

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Osbert! Oh, you will ?! How do you propose to do that?

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I will kill you by prayer.

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Tell me, Mr Stephens, which sport do you excel at?

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Billiards. Billiards?!

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Very droll! Tricky game, billiards.

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ALINE: You should say shooting after today!

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- Not before the finest shot of all.

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- Very civil of you.

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It's more than what the sentences actually say. Just like music.

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Art makes us better. Do you agree?

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LIONEL'S VOICE: 'I couldn't look at you when you smiled. Did you notice?

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'Not because it dazzles, but because it is so innocent.

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'You are Truth because you are Beauty; Beauty because you are Truth.

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'You cannot stop me dying for you, although I would much rather live for you...if you would let me.'

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I hope you like the port.

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­ If it's as good as the shooting, I, for one, shan't complain!

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- I hear you're successful at the Bar, Stephens. - Thank you, Sir Reuben.

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- Ever considered politics? - Yes, but it's not my style.

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-You could never relax on an estate, Lionel.

-Each to his own.

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Isn't it time you put down roots, Hergesheimer?

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< Letting all those millions go to charity! If I had an heir,

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I don't know how I would wish him to behave. Should he assimilate into your society?

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< Or should he remember his ancestors in the Polish ghetto?

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BOB: Well...

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..don't stay undecided for too long. If the land-owning class goes, everything goes.

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What do you say, Lionel?

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I don't know. I think an age, perhaps even a civilisation, is coming to an end.

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-GILBERT: I wouldn't agree with you there.

-I believe it to be true.

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Take away the proper function of the aristocracy and what can it do but play games too seriously?

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It happened at the end of feudalism and it's happening now. I must write a pamphlet about it.

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Private circulation, decently printed and so forth.

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MARCUS: Death, disease and dentistry are subjects that are forbidden at table.

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CLASSICAL PIANO MUSIC

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And how long have you had Lionel Stephens under your spell?

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-I think you must be mistaken.

-Oh, don't worry! I've set my cap at Sir Reuben and his millions.

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-Is this the book you wanted?

-Yes, thank you.

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-What a competitive pair you are, you and Gilbert.

-He doesn't even join in the game(!)

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-It was sport I was referring to in his case.

-Oh, sport!

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Sport doesn't interest me at ALL!

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Although, of course, one likes a man to be good at it.

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-Then you've chosen well for a husband.

-One would think so.

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But do you know, something very odd was happening today.

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Somebody was actually out to beat him.

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I MEAN...your 'inamorata'.

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-What do you mean?!

-Everybody wants to beat the champion.

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Aveline, our young friend's mind doesn't work like that.

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Even in the full madness of love? To shine in front of her? Why DO you think men do these things(!)

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< MEN ENTER Men do acts of valour to win women.

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­ What other reasons could there be?!

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A deed of valour for any man is to partner my wife at bridge.

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I did it once...thirty years ago.

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I can see by the look in her eye that somebody is going to have to do it.

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-We have one expert here.

-Too kind!

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-One or two rubbers would be nice. Bob...?

-Of course.

-Olivia...?

-I'd rather read.

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Let's play the gramophone and do that new dance!

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Dance?! Anything but word games.

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Shall we test your famous billiards?

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Yes, why not?!

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CICELY: I'm sure these are the steps.

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MARCUS: It can't possibly be!

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THEY ARGUE ON, AMIDST GIGGLES

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Oh, you're HOPELESS !

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Tibor, YOU try.

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- It's not a waltz, Tibor! - What do you call it? - It's certainly not a waltz!

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Erm...

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MUSIC OFF Let's go and play a game!

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Is there much shooting here? This is the Nettleby estate.

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- It's renowned. - The King himself has shot here.

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- How ghastly! - How's that?

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­ It's gives me a few bob.

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- Murder! - I won't listen to this!

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Until we recognise our universal kinship with all living creatures, we shall remain in outer darkness!

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Dear me!

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I hope you gentlemen won't refuse my hospitality.

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Thank you, sir.

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(Gentlemen, indeed!)

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That give you something to think about?

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-Did I see you with new Purdeys today, Gilbert?

-Yes, indeed. Best guns I've ever had.

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Made to fit me. Nothing like Purdeys for smoothness and finish.

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Good.

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< Perhaps if it's a tricky customer, funny shoulders or whatever,

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then Henry Holland has the experience.

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But I only go to Purdey now.

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-You've done it again.

-Well done, partner!

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I shall write you a cheque. No, please, allow me.

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-What a dear man!

-I can only agree!

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Cogswell and Harrison's are good. Got my first elephant gun there.

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I imagine you must be pursued by them all now, Gilbert.

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Yes, very vulgar.

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Now the ONLY people to whom I'd give a testimonial are Purdey.

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PLAYS CLASSICAL PIECE

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KNOCK AT DOOR >

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ELFRIDA! You've not had breakfast!

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-Sue...!

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-Watch out! What're you doing?!

-It's a letter.

-A letter?

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Read it when you're alone. It's quite long.

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-Is it serious?

-Yes.

-..Two more, Sue!

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-What is it?

-You'll see.

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'Yes?'

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-'Thank you. Put it down there.'

-Thank you, my Lady.

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-What does it say?

-Read it.

-I can't. I've got to finish the teas first.

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Master Osbert, whatever have you been doing?!

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The thing is, I went to feed Elfrida and I was just moving the cage...

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-..to the better grass.

-You're soaking!

-And it tipped.

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-And I fell in the pond.

-And Elfrida?

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She flew off, but she'll come back soon.

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Does she come when you call?

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Yes. When she can see me.

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All right, then. Run and get dry and don't let anyone catch you!

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-OLIVIA:

-I wish we hadn't laughed at Osbert.

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-But you didn't.

-It wasn't funny. He'll be educated and taught to be on the side of the guns.

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-It's such a pity.

-We all have to learn to school our emotions.

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Yes, but who has decided it is the height of heroism to kill?

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Why the need for living sacrifices?

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I knew you had such fire but didn't think you'd show it to me.

0:35:550:35:59

-I feel I can because you are a TRUE friend and won't laugh.

-No.

0:35:590:36:05

-We're being very serious. I think that might be breaking one of the rules.

-I'm quite sure it is.

0:36:050:36:14

-Lionel, do you think he's sound?

-Let's have a look.

0:36:140:36:18

Thank you.

0:36:200:36:22

Come on, Bart!

0:36:260:36:28

Having a son of my own makes me aware how DIFFERENTLY I feel from a man!

0:36:280:36:32

How I would like to rebel against the world men have made!

0:36:320:36:39

I see the beauty of a good shoot, but not of the sacrifice, the BLOOD.

0:36:390:36:46

-Why do men have to have that, too?

-Nature includes the note of death.

0:36:460:36:52

-You don't have to seek it out!

-Do we do that?

0:36:520:36:57

-You've never wanted a war?

-One answers the battle call.

0:36:570:37:02

-There you are, then.

-There I am.

0:37:020:37:06

-But I shall not, if I can help it, shoot Osbert's duck.

-That I believe!

0:37:060:37:11

-Shall we walk back, then?

-All right.

0:37:110:37:15

GILBERT: Single!

0:37:240:37:28

Ah, Gilbert!

0:37:370:37:40

-I didn't realise it was you.

-My dear fellow, do forgive me.

0:37:400:37:45

I wasn't about to take a pot-shot at a Roman Emperor. It's my new guns.

0:37:450:37:51

-I thought we would have a moment's drill.

-I wouldn't have thought you'd need it. Anyway, it doesn't matter.

0:37:510:38:00

Julius Caesar - it's just a cast from the British Museum. Not that you'd have been loaded.

0:38:000:38:08

(At least I hope you wouldn't.)

0:38:090:38:12

-The asters - shouldn't they be divided?

-Best not lift them now, m'Lady. Not until the Spring.

0:39:070:39:16

They won't thank us for it.

0:39:170:39:20

-But if you insist...

-No. One despot is enough in the garden, Ogden(!)

0:39:200:39:26

-Where are you going?

-To look for Elfrida Beetle for Osbert.

0:39:260:39:33

-Who is Elfrida Beetle?!

-< It's the name of the duck, m'Lady.

0:39:330:39:38

She was called Alfred, but then she turned into a female so Alfreda became Elfrida.

0:39:380:39:45

-She'd just swallowed a beetle and 'elle' is French for 'she'.

-Oh!

-She freed the beetle by eating it.

0:39:450:39:52

She freed it from life's miseries. 'Elle'-freed-a-beetle. A silly name!

0:39:520:39:58

-She's run away?

-­ Yes, greedy animal!

0:39:580:40:01

Bird! No need to be pert.

0:40:010:40:04

# Pert bird, pert bird! Perty birdie...! #

0:40:040:40:09

RAPID SUCCESSION OF SHOTS

0:40:090:40:13

Cads! Unspeakable cads!

0:40:290:40:32

There, m'Lord!

0:40:430:40:45

GLASS: All out, Sir Randolph!

0:40:500:40:53

Fifteen, sir.

0:40:530:40:55

Seventeen, m'Lord.

0:40:570:40:59

-Too pretty... Nottingham?

-Bruges.

0:41:090:41:13

An old admirer... The sweetest thing.

0:41:140:41:19

A Norwegian!

0:41:190:41:21

I always thought your taste in men to be more Ibsenite than Chekhovian.

0:41:210:41:27

Oh, Minnie, you are a beast! What shall I do with it?

0:41:270:41:32

It's TOO pretty for a petticoat.

0:41:320:41:36

Oh, you're so clever with those things. I'D simply trim a bodice.

0:41:360:41:42

-Haven't you something being made it can go on?

-I'm not using my dressmaker.

0:41:420:41:50

-Not for a month or so.

-(I'm sure I'm right!) ..H'm?

0:41:500:41:55

I have to be elusive with people of that nature just now.

0:41:550:41:59

Oh, BILLS!

0:41:590:42:02

My bookmaker, mainly. He's so stingy with credit.

0:42:030:42:09

I could let you have a little. ..For a few weeks.

0:42:090:42:14

You are an angel, but I couldn't! I can't BEAR looting my friends.

0:42:140:42:21

If only I hadn't had a rotten Ascot! I can't tell Gilbert. I promised to give up gambling.

0:42:210:42:28

You'd get it back. Gilbert pays me my dress allowance on 1st December.

0:42:320:42:37

Of course I will! It's horrid to worry about money!

0:42:370:42:41

-A hundred...? Two...?

-Minnie, you are an ANGEL!

0:42:420:42:48

You are an angel. Could you possibly make it two?

0:42:480:42:53

We'll go in and find my cheque book. And then, what about a game of whist?

0:42:530:43:00

Too divine! As long as you don't make it double or quits!

0:43:000:43:04

Ah, THERE!

0:43:060:43:09

Go on! Get OUT of it!

0:43:090:43:11

SOUND OF BEATERS IN WOOD

0:43:260:43:30

CONTINUOUS GUNFIRE >

0:43:330:43:37

< That's enough!

0:43:590:44:01

- Look out! - What the hell...?

0:44:080:44:13

Silly sodding bugger!

0:44:150:44:18

-Fetch that man over here, Glass.

-Right, hold the dog!

0:44:250:44:30

You don't approve of our sport?

0:44:410:44:44

-It's not my idea of sport. It's my idea of murder!

-Ah, yes.

0:44:440:44:49

-It's all right, Glass. We'll go on down to the marquee.

-Aye, sir.

0:44:490:44:55

Let the gentleman go. ..You've caught us at the end of our 'murderous' morning.

0:44:550:45:02

We're about to have an ill-earned luncheon. Are you from these parts? We've never met.

0:45:020:45:09

My own work!

0:45:090:45:12

"The Rights of Animals. A Vindication...

0:45:150:45:20

"..of the Doctrine of Universal Kinship."

0:45:200:45:24

Well, these pheasants wouldn't have been here at all if we hadn't bred, hatched and reared them.

0:45:240:45:32

One could argue that we give them life and then, after a bit, we take it away again,

0:45:320:45:39

abrogating to ourselves somewhat God-like powers, I admit.

0:45:390:45:45

This is a very well-produced pamphlet...

0:45:450:45:49

Where did you get it printed? You don't mind my asking?

0:45:490:45:53

Not at all. I know a very good man at Dorking, just near where I live.

0:45:530:45:59

An excellent man of anarchistic views. He gives me very good rates.

0:45:590:46:04

Special terms, h'm? He wouldn't give me such good ones, I suppose?

0:46:040:46:10

-Are you a pamphleteer, too, sir?

-I was thinking of making a foray in that direction.

0:46:100:46:17

-A polemic?

-I think that's the word.

0:46:170:46:20

-A diatribe?

-Yes, I think you COULD call it a diatribe, Mr Cardew.

0:46:200:46:27

-"The Ruin of Rural England. A Diatribe!"

-Yes.

0:46:270:46:31

But I don't think we should continue our discussion here.

0:46:310:46:36

My fellow murderers are impatient.

0:46:360:46:40

-My card.

-Ah! ..Hindhead. How charming.

0:46:400:46:45

We'll keep in touch. And you will speak to your printer?

0:46:450:46:50

He'll send an estimate. Good day!

0:46:500:46:53

And I bid YOU good day, sir.

0:46:530:46:57

I suppose you really do have to have him up in front of the Bench?

0:47:020:47:07

He had to get back to Hindhead. ..Pretty place, Hindhead.

0:47:070:47:13

There they are!

0:47:200:47:23

IDA: I do hope her coltish ways don't encourage Count Rakassyi.

0:47:230:47:30

­ He's a little bit sur le tapis!

0:47:300:47:33

IDA: Her father is against it. Things are rather too uncertain.

0:47:330:47:38

The Rakassyis ARE wonderfully rich.

0:47:380:47:41

­ An English match is more secure.

0:47:410:47:44

All those foreign relations could be a bore.

0:47:440:47:48

And we can enjoy another year or two speculating!

0:47:480:47:52

-How will Cicely feel about that?

-She'll enjoy it.

0:47:520:47:56

She's not got your high ideals which make you the Princess Lointaine of your admirers.

0:47:560:48:04

-­ We're not all as spiritual as you. That's why we cherish you so!

-Oh!

0:48:040:48:09

Most of us are very mundane.

0:48:090:48:12

GLASS: Right, stand back, you lot! Loaders first!

0:48:260:48:30

It said the most wonderful things! What sort of things?

0:48:340:48:39

That she was Truth because she was Beauty; Beauty because she was Truth.

0:48:390:48:44

And that there was going to be a war and he would gird his loins for her!

0:48:440:48:50

-<

-Be careful! He'll hear you.

0:48:500:48:52

Don't you think it's romantic? Sounds overdone. What would you think to such a letter?

0:48:520:49:00

I should be fascinated! And you, Lydia?

0:49:000:49:03

-I'd know I was not worthy of it.

-But you'd be secretly pleased? Ellen was!

0:49:030:49:10

See the deer? They like the bracken up top in Bowler's plantation.

0:49:110:49:17

­ Better not let my dad hear you've been up there.

0:49:170:49:22

These are hard times for the locals. No-one cares about country matters.

0:49:220:49:27

Surely the popular idea of England is the village green and woodsmoke from cottage chimneys,

0:49:270:49:35

contented labourers, a benevolent squire?

0:49:350:49:39

That idea is such a powerful one

0:49:390:49:42

because it's a myth. It hasn't existed for many years.

0:49:420:49:46

Is there no way of turning the myth into reality?

0:49:500:49:54

It would mean working against the whole current of history.

0:49:540:49:58

I wouldn't ENTIRELY agree. Why are you smiling?

0:49:580:50:04

I can't imagine...except that when my thoughts about the future are PARTICULARLY gloomy,

0:50:070:50:16

I find myself feeling more and more light-hearted.

0:50:160:50:21

I suppose I've always fancied the idea of taking to the hills when the barbarian hordes take over.

0:50:230:50:31

I think I should enjoy that.

0:50:330:50:35

Randolph...lunch is served.

0:50:350:50:39

-Mm...?

-LUNCH is served!

-..Ah!

0:50:390:50:43

Minnie would hate that marginally more than I should.

0:50:430:50:47

She and I would have to stay and make friends with the barbarians.

0:50:470:50:52

Come and eat!

0:50:520:50:55

It'd be all right if we could get back.

0:51:000:51:04

The landlord invents the laws and the punishments!

0:51:040:51:08

If the land belonged to us all, there'd be no law of trespass.

0:51:080:51:13

< That means belongs to the government.

0:51:130:51:17

< Better work for the devil you know than for politicians! London trash!

0:51:170:51:23

That may be so of most, but not of Lloyd George. A man of the people.

0:51:230:51:29

-Welshman, isn't he?

-So what?

0:51:290:51:32

We've had them round here. Welsh miners doing Derbyshire men out of work.

0:51:320:51:40

Never trust a bloody Welshman. Nor a gypsy, nor a Jew!

0:51:400:51:44

BEETLE...! ELFRIDA...! ELFRIDA BEETLE...!

0:51:440:51:50

ELRIDA...! ELFRIDA...! ELFRIDA...!

0:51:520:51:58

-Where's Osbert?

-Osbert?

0:51:580:52:00

I expect by now he's searching for his duck. It was lost this morning.

0:52:000:52:06

If it should FAIL to appear, I'd feel honoured to provide a successor.

0:52:060:52:13

You're the kindest person in the world!

0:52:130:52:17

CICELY: ..Straightforward for a Zulu.

0:52:170:52:21

Zulus aren't cannibals. No?

0:52:210:52:23

-Granny, isn't it true Mr Kerr was eaten by cannibals?

-Indeed, yes, poor man.

0:52:230:52:31

ELFRIDA...!

0:52:310:52:34

Elfrida! ..Elfrida Beetle!

0:52:350:52:38

Wouldn't it be lovely to live here always?

0:52:520:52:57

If I could have my books, and were in love with my companion and we could keep warm!

0:52:570:53:04

It would have to be an idyll for you, then.

0:53:040:53:08

-I wouldn't ask so much. I could be happy here alone.

-It would be a waste.

-Of what?

-Of you.

0:53:080:53:15

It's no waste if I became wise.

0:53:150:53:18

We're meant to share our lives, not develop in isolation.

0:53:180:53:21

Besides, I think you're wise already.

0:53:210:53:23

You can't know me very well if you think that.

0:53:230:53:27

Then why do I feel as if I do?

0:53:270:53:29

-I don't know.

-You know me too. You know everything about me.

0:53:290:53:32

-That's impossible!

-Yes, but it's true.

0:53:320:53:35

We recognise each other because...

0:53:350:53:38

because our souls knew each other before.

0:53:380:53:41

-Where?

-Oh, in heaven or somewhere. I don't know.

0:53:410:53:44

-You seem very sure.

-I am.

0:53:440:53:47

Quite, quite sure.

0:53:470:53:49

-I think it's more as if...

-<

-What did I do with Lorna's leash?

0:53:490:53:54

Will you walk with me tomorrow?

0:53:540:53:56

Yes.

0:53:560:53:58

On your feet! We're moving!

0:54:010:54:04

Back to work!

0:54:040:54:05

Enough of that.

0:54:050:54:07

-<

-Ah, look alive, boy!

0:54:090:54:11

-It's only a bit of scribble.

-No, you have her to the life.

0:54:170:54:21

Thank you for sharing it with me.

0:54:210:54:23

That's a real talent, Glass.

0:54:240:54:27

I wish you'd let me put that boy through grammar school.

0:54:270:54:30

He's happy enough where he is.

0:54:300:54:32

He might get ideas above his station.

0:54:320:54:34

Oh, well, if you change your mind.

0:54:340:54:36

The offer is still there.

0:54:360:54:38

Whatever's the matter, Master Osbert?

0:55:230:55:25

Didn't you find your duck?

0:55:260:55:29

Oh, never mind.

0:55:290:55:31

Shooting's over.

0:55:330:55:34

But if she doesn't come back, they'll shoot her tomorrow.

0:55:340:55:38

Not if I've got anything to do with it they won't.

0:55:380:55:41

How will you stop them?

0:55:410:55:43

If she doesn't come back tonight, first thing in the morning, as soon as I've done me chores,

0:55:440:55:49

I'll come and help you find her.

0:55:490:55:51

Will you? Will you really?

0:55:510:55:54

Promise. They'll have to shoot us before they shoot her.

0:55:550:55:58

There.

0:55:590:56:01

You are a brick, Ellen.

0:56:010:56:03

Yeah.

0:56:030:56:04

I know all about that.

0:56:040:56:06

Now, get into your fancy dress before her ladyship starts creating.

0:56:060:56:11

HE PLAYS A JAUNTY TUNE

0:56:130:56:15

The Captain of the Pinafore!

0:56:150:56:17

Oh!

0:56:220:56:24

What are you supposed to be, Little Bo Peep?

0:56:240:56:28

That's quite enough!

0:56:280:56:30

Osbert, you are splendid.

0:56:300:56:31

-Absolutely splendid!

-Very good, Osbert!

0:56:310:56:34

Who's next?

0:56:360:56:37

Is this right?

0:56:370:56:38

Spirit of Ragtime?

0:56:380:56:40

You bet!

0:56:400:56:42

Crikey!

0:56:420:56:43

APPLAUSE

0:56:430:56:46

Oscar Wilde.

0:56:460:56:48

Oh, dear.

0:56:480:56:50

-APPLAUSE

-Not in the very best of taste.

0:56:520:56:56

Who's Oscar Wilde?

0:56:560:56:58

He wrote The Happy Prince, my dear.

0:56:590:57:02

Hmm. The butterfly and a bumble bee.

0:57:020:57:06

HE BUZZES

0:57:060:57:08

She's beautiful!

0:57:100:57:12

-She talked you into it, eh?

-Afraid so!

0:57:140:57:18

-APPLAUSE

-A wicked highwayman.

0:57:180:57:20

-APPLAUSE

-Why is he wicked? I like him.

0:57:270:57:30

A classical tableau.

0:57:300:57:33

What is Marcus doing?

0:57:350:57:37

-He's being a statue.

-But he's breathing.

-Oh, I give up!

0:57:370:57:42

APPLAUSE

0:57:420:57:44

Der Rosenkavalier.

0:57:440:57:46

-Oh!

-Isn't that dashing?!

-Wunderbar!

0:57:490:57:51

What's he so pleased about?

0:57:510:57:53

-Himself.

-Shut up, you.

0:57:530:57:56

APPLAUSE

0:57:560:57:58

La Dame aux Camelias... and Alfredo Germont.

0:57:580:58:02

< Just a minute!

0:58:020:58:04

Technical hitch!

0:58:040:58:06

-< Perhaps I could help you?

-I think not.

0:58:060:58:10

Oh!

0:58:100:58:11

-Is she ill?

-No, dear, she's acting.

0:58:190:58:23

Oh, Gilbert, you might have asked the children.

0:58:260:58:29

-They'd have found something in the dressing up box.

-Humiliated!

0:58:290:58:33

Well, never mind. We must give away the prizes as it's past Violet's bedtime.

0:58:340:58:40

Now, darling,

0:58:400:58:42

here's a prize for the best-dressed lady and for the best gentleman

0:58:420:58:47

and now you must choose.

0:58:470:58:49

That's easy. Him.

0:58:490:58:51

And her.

0:58:510:58:53

BELL RINGS

0:58:550:58:57

-How did you choose, Violet?

-Because they're the best!

-Is there a prize for the judge?

0:58:570:59:02

Relieve me of that, will you? Gilbert, here's a prize for you.

0:59:060:59:10

-How kind of you!

-Are you all right?

0:59:100:59:12

Yes, but if you would excuse me it's nothing a night's rest won't right.

0:59:120:59:16

-I'd like to do you justice tomorrow.

-My dear fellow.

-Night.

-Good night.

0:59:160:59:21

POLITE CHATTER

0:59:210:59:23

He does have terrible headaches.

0:59:230:59:25

I've known a lot of men who shoot as much as Gilbert does to be afflicted by the same thing.

0:59:250:59:30

Osbert!

0:59:330:59:34

Violet?!

0:59:340:59:36

It's bedtime!

0:59:360:59:38

..Dora Davis and Lord Lucas. >

0:59:380:59:41

That's babyish.

0:59:500:59:52

APPLAUSE

1:00:001:00:02

-KNOCK AT DOOR

-Yes?

1:00:021:00:05

-John Hoskins.

-What did you think of my letter?

1:00:141:00:18

To tell you the truth...

1:00:181:00:20

I don't know.

1:00:201:00:22

I thought you'd like it.

1:00:231:00:26

I did at first...then somehow... Ouch!

1:00:261:00:29

What?

1:00:291:00:31

Well...

1:00:311:00:33

all them long words.

1:00:331:00:35

-Listen...

-I need to think about it.

1:00:351:00:38

And you need to be off out of it before someone catches you here,

1:00:391:00:43

and we're both sacked without a reference between us.

1:00:431:00:46

We'll talk about it in the morning.

1:00:461:00:48

Not if you don't hop it now.

1:00:481:00:50

It's a lot of nonsense.

1:01:111:01:13

That's what it is.

1:01:141:01:16

A lot of bloomin' nonsense.

1:01:181:01:20

WALTZ PLAYS

1:01:211:01:24

Hello. >

1:01:281:01:29

Look.

1:01:301:01:31

Osbert's army.

1:01:331:01:35

Yes!

1:01:351:01:37

Sweet!

1:01:431:01:44

You said, "As if."

1:01:521:01:54

-As if what?

-Today, at luncheon.

1:01:541:01:57

You didn't finish.

1:01:571:01:59

-I said we'd known each other before and you said, "It was as if..."

-As if you...were my long-lost brother.

1:01:591:02:08

That puts me in my place!

1:02:081:02:10

-I'm so sorry if...

-I love you.

1:02:101:02:13

I love you.

1:02:141:02:16

-I've been so stupid!

-Oh, no.

1:02:161:02:20

I thought...

1:02:211:02:23

..it was just that we...

1:02:261:02:28

..liked each other.

1:02:291:02:31

That we had things in common.

1:02:331:02:36

And...

1:02:371:02:38

KNOCK AT DOOR

1:02:451:02:48

Bitch!

1:03:091:03:10

-Gilbert.

-I'm sorry, my dear, I didn't mean to bother you.

1:03:211:03:24

Do you have any of those sachets - the ones the French doctor gave you?

1:03:241:03:28

My head is agony again.

1:03:281:03:30

Aren't they some terribly dangerous drug?

1:03:301:03:34

You ought to be careful, you know.

1:03:341:03:36

Who am I to know, anyway? I must have something.

1:03:361:03:41

You poor thing.

1:03:411:03:43

I...could stay a bit, if...you liked.

1:03:541:03:57

Oh, my dear, it's not one of our weeks.

1:03:571:04:01

Anyway, you need rest if you're going to do yourself justice tomorrow.

1:04:021:04:08

Well, you can't let people think

1:04:081:04:10

that Lionel Stephens is a better shot than you!

1:04:101:04:14

-You know how people love to talk.

-Is that what people are saying?

1:04:141:04:18

Well, I don't know what they're saying.

1:04:181:04:20

-Don't be shocked. You know you've been thinking about it.

-Nonsense!

1:04:221:04:27

What do they say?

1:04:281:04:30

Well, tell me what anyone has said.

1:04:301:04:32

I don't know! They're not saying anything! Don't yap at me, Gilbert!

1:04:321:04:35

I'm not yapping. Somebody must have said something,

1:04:351:04:38

-otherwise you wouldn't have thought it.

-Yes, I would!

1:04:381:04:42

Why not?

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-You never think about my shooting.

-Of course I do!

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At least I...

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I do if I see anyone trying to be as good as you.

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I may not be interested in all you do but I am loyal to you.

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You know that!

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I'll show them.

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I'll get a good night's rest and I'll show them. You'll see.

1:05:091:05:14

You do that.

1:05:141:05:16

You can beat Lionel Stephens any day, the conceited young fool!

1:05:161:05:19

No, I don't think he's that. I'll beat him, though.

1:05:191:05:23

He is conceited.

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And a prig!

1:05:261:05:27

You're only saying that because you're bored with Charles

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and would have liked to flirt with Lionel but he's pre-occupied.

1:05:311:05:35

That's the sort of bitter remark we agreed not to make.

1:05:381:05:41

It wasn't meant to be bitter. I don't feel bitter.

1:05:411:05:46

Oh, don't try to sound pathetic!

1:05:461:05:49

We made an agreement and I have stuck to it.

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You started it all with that disgusting old hag in Maida Vale.

1:05:531:05:58

It's quite usual for men to have distractions which don't affect their devotion to their wives.

1:05:581:06:03

My distractions don't affect my devotion to you.

1:06:031:06:06

I have never been disloyal to you.

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And I have never let you down in public.

1:06:081:06:11

Now, please go - I'm getting a headache.

1:06:111:06:14

It must be infectious.

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Yes, I'll go.

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Thank you for these.

1:06:231:06:25

Come on! Come on, boy!

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That's a good boy.

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Here!

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Heel!

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Here, boy.

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DOG BARKS

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-Will you really ask me to stay?

-I shall ask my mother to write to yours as soon as I get home.

1:07:031:07:10

-She can't speak Hungarian.

-Nobody does. We speak French.

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-Her French isn't good, either.

-It is. It's tres convenable, according to mademoiselle.

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Alors, vous vous comporterez tres bien.

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Nous ferons du cheval, de la chasse meme, si vous voulez.

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So we'll be going riding and hunting, will we? So there.

1:07:281:07:31

Not bad.

1:07:311:07:33

In the evening there'll be musicians and we can dance in the ballroom,

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all surrounded by Venetian looking glasses.

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-I think you would like to waltz there.

-I know I should.

1:07:441:07:47

-You won't forget, will you, when you get home?

-No.

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I won't forget.

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Elfreda Beetle!

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Elfreda!

1:08:021:08:04

Elfreda Beetle!

1:08:041:08:07

LILBURN: They've been there with us. I was so intrigued because he's gonna give up money

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and go into politics. Whether or not it's a good idea I'm not persuaded.

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Because you know the Barlows at Rothermere, they're such good sorts.

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Yes, we were there with the Charlesworths.

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Of course you and Libby had left.

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I thought she was looking quite dreadful the last time I saw her.

1:08:371:08:41

Talk at the club is that Raymond is drinking heavily again.

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-He's in the right place, isn't he?

-LAUGHTER

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Things to do -

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move off at about half past nine, say,

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and we could take the duck at the end of the morning

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if that would, er, amuse any of you.

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-Ah, Aline.

-Good morning.

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-Slept well, Gilbert?

-Very well.

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Morning, Gilbert!

1:09:071:09:09

..They are a strange bunch. They all look so dago.

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They look so Spanish. They say they're Cornish.

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-..I think it's a result of...

-Bob?

-..Armada survivors.

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And, erm...

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too many willing Cornish dames.

1:09:241:09:27

My dear...

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Oh, thank you.

1:09:291:09:32

Darling, suppose there are some other people somewhere,

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people we don't know.

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What sort of people?

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Oh...perfectly charming people, really delightful.

1:09:421:09:46

Intelligent, amusing, civilised...

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And...we don't know them.

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And nobody we know knows them,

1:09:511:09:53

and they don't know us or anybody who knows us...

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Well, let's hope it's impossible,

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but even if it were possible,

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I don't think I'd want to know such people

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because I don't think I'd find anything in common with them.

1:10:071:10:12

-Will you walk with me today?

-I'm sorry, Bob, but I...

1:10:151:10:19

promised to walk with Lionel.

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Fine. Never mind, we'll have plenty of other opportunities.

1:10:211:10:25

I wanted to remind you of how we ordinary mortals shoot.

1:10:251:10:28

It's a sport, Bob, not a duel we're engaged in.

1:10:281:10:32

That's a welcome assurance, Stephens.

1:10:351:10:38

-Tom?

-Huh?

1:10:471:10:49

Matches?

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Good day, Sir Randolph.

1:10:511:10:54

< Good day, Sir Randolph.

1:10:541:10:56

-Briggs.

-Good day, Sir Randolph.

-Sutcliffe.

-Sir Randolph.

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-Dodds.

-Sir Randolph.

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We'd best be on our way.

1:11:001:11:02

Here, my matches!

1:11:021:11:03

-How are you keeping, Harker?

-Can't complain, sir.

1:11:031:11:07

-His mercies are manifold.

-Yes, indeed they are.

1:11:071:11:10

That was a very good piece of work you did on that roof in Hamlingham.

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Why, thank you, sir.

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Rooks. My first job scaring them, age of eight.

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-Rook pie, you don't want too much of it.

-Sorry, Sir Randolph...

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I see you've got one of your favourite characters beating today.

1:11:271:11:32

-Against my better judgement, Sir Randolph.

-I like him.

1:11:321:11:36

Get over there. Wait for me.

1:11:361:11:39

Him and me are counting, all right.

1:11:401:11:43

We're gonna smash the other fellow today.

1:11:431:11:46

-You keep a lookout. If Sir Randolph catches you...

-Bugger that.

1:11:461:11:50

I suppose he is really one of the best-looking people one knows.

1:11:531:11:57

-Oh, who?

-Lionel Stephens.

1:11:571:12:00

He has such a sensitive face.

1:12:001:12:03

"Like Phoebus Apollo turned fasting friar."

1:12:031:12:07

What?

1:12:071:12:09

George Meredith.

1:12:091:12:11

In The Egoist, the hero - I can't remember his name -

1:12:111:12:15

-the er...the man she loves... Not The Egoist.

-Oh.

1:12:151:12:20

Can't think what you mean.

1:12:201:12:22

Oh, you do sound cross.

1:12:221:12:25

I am cross, your friend Lionel Stephens has been annoying.

1:12:251:12:28

For some unknown reason he's setting himself up in competition with me.

1:12:281:12:32

Well, you've got all the day to beat him in.

1:12:321:12:34

I can't shoot any more birds than I'm shooting already.

1:12:341:12:37

Well, you'll have to try a bit harder.

1:12:371:12:41

Poach a bit or something.

1:12:421:12:44

Why not? It's more fun.

1:12:441:12:46

I don't see why Lionel Stephens should get everything his own way.

1:12:461:12:50

Everyone else stand still when we stand still.

1:12:531:12:56

Then you move forward, taking your cue from Tom and Walter.

1:12:561:13:01

Now we do the same again three or four times till we get to the end.

1:13:011:13:05

Now you can be stop. BEATERS: Yeah!

1:13:051:13:08

And I don't care if it is favouritism.

1:13:081:13:10

He may not see shooting like we'll see today,

1:13:101:13:13

-not even if he lives to be 100. Eh?

-Yeah.

-Right.

1:13:131:13:17

Everyone clear? BEATERS: Yes.

1:13:171:13:20

Off we go, then.

1:13:201:13:22

What I said last night... I shouldn't have said it.

1:13:391:13:42

Don't let it mean that you change, that you avoid me.

1:13:421:13:46

It's wrong to avoid things, or not to recognise them.

1:13:461:13:50

-That was what it was all the time.

-All the time.

1:13:501:13:54

That was what it was.

1:13:551:13:58

That is what it IS.

1:13:591:14:01

I love you, too.

1:14:031:14:04

Mr Stephens, sir. Over on the left. Your bird, sir.

1:14:041:14:09

GUNSHOTS

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They're going to shoot her, Ellen. Going to shoot her.

1:14:421:14:46

We'll find her. Don't you worry.

1:14:461:14:48

They're 15 ahead now, m'lord.

1:15:121:15:14

Oh, beater, God.

1:16:021:16:04

All out, Sir Randolph.

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< Aaargh!

1:16:211:16:23

'Ere, what's going on over there, then?

1:16:241:16:27

He's been shot!

1:16:271:16:29

< He's been shot!

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Stay where you are.

1:16:321:16:35

Oh, dear, Gilbert has over-reached himself.

1:16:371:16:40

MAN GROANS

1:16:481:16:50

Keep back! Don't crowd!

1:16:501:16:52

Out!

1:16:521:16:54

I thought it was you.

1:16:541:16:56

You was stop, wasn't you?

1:16:561:16:59

Tom said one stop wasn't enough.

1:16:591:17:02

< My eyes. I don't want to lose my eyes!

1:17:021:17:04

Take your hands away so we can have a look at you.

1:17:041:17:07

There you are... Yes.

1:17:071:17:10

TOM PANTS

1:17:101:17:12

Hold this up to your face with your left hand.

1:17:121:17:16

Who's the fastest runner here?

1:17:181:17:20

-I am, sir.

-Ah, well run as fast as you can

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to Dr West and bring him here.

1:17:231:17:25

Go with him, Walter.

1:17:251:17:28

-Can one do anything?

-I don't think so, sir, I'm going for the doctor.

1:17:281:17:31

Oh, God.

1:17:311:17:34

Better tell the men to go home. All of them.

1:17:341:17:36

There's nothing they can do here.

1:17:361:17:38

Get some of them to make a litter, you know, to carry him on.

1:17:381:17:43

Right, you lot. Off you go!

1:17:431:17:46

And the rest of you, come with me.

1:17:461:17:48

And Lionel, tell them everything is under control here.

1:17:481:17:51

The best thing they can do is to go home.

1:17:511:17:55

Get a message to bring the car.

1:17:551:17:58

Right-oh.

1:17:581:17:59

When the time comes I'll go,

1:17:591:18:02

but I don't want to be a blind man.

1:18:021:18:04

Of course not.

1:18:041:18:05

Don't worry, Dr West will come here soon.

1:18:051:18:10

Awful thing to happen.

1:18:101:18:12

..Yes.

1:18:161:18:18

It was woodcock.

1:18:211:18:23

I'd no chance of getting it unless I swung fast.

1:18:231:18:26

Of course, I'd no idea that the man was so close.

1:18:261:18:30

-TOM GROANS

-Oh, Tom...

1:18:301:18:32

I'll make it all right for you.

1:18:321:18:34

Financially, I mean.

1:18:381:18:40

You weren't shooting like a gentleman, Gilbert.

1:18:401:18:45

TOM CRIES OUT

1:18:451:18:47

What are you doing sitting there? We'll need some sacking.

1:18:471:18:51

-Is the man badly hurt?

-Caught him in the face, sir.

1:18:511:18:55

-Dr West's been sent for.

-Blinded? Expensive.

1:18:551:18:59

I suppose we'd better be getting back to the house if there's nothing we can do here.

1:18:591:19:04

Oh, they're not going to shoot the duck?

1:19:041:19:07

My dear Aline, a man has been shot in the face.

1:19:151:19:18

It's not as if he's just been peppered, you know.

1:19:181:19:21

Oh...

1:19:241:19:26

The poor creature, they've shot it already.

1:19:261:19:30

You poor thing, we'll get you another one.

1:19:301:19:34

-It's alive.

-Course it's alive. It's tired, that's all.

1:19:351:19:40

Like you, my dear, I think she's a survivor.

1:19:401:19:43

-Who are the water sprites, pray?

-God knows.

1:19:461:19:51

I think my place is with our hostess.

1:19:541:19:58

And yours is with your husband.

1:19:581:20:01

You dear old-fashioned thing.

1:20:061:20:08

Is it getting dark?

1:20:101:20:12

Yes, it's beginning to get dark.

1:20:151:20:17

No window.

1:20:171:20:19

Another breath of wind.

1:20:191:20:22

A dark night, a dry wind, and you'll get rabbits.

1:20:221:20:26

-No wind, no rabbits, I always say.

-Come on, now, Tom, remember who you're talking to.

1:20:261:20:34

I remember, I remember.

1:20:341:20:35

Is it dark?

1:20:391:20:42

It's not very dark yet, Tom.

1:20:421:20:44

Looks dark to me.

1:20:441:20:47

It's getting dark to me.

1:20:471:20:50

My beliefs are that the bullet has penetrated the brain and I feel it so.

1:20:511:20:56

You shan't have long to wait, Tom.

1:20:561:20:59

The doctor must be here soon.

1:20:591:21:01

Osbert! Osbert!

1:21:031:21:06

Who's been hurt?

1:21:061:21:09

Tom Harker.

1:21:091:21:12

Who'll look after his dog if he is dead?

1:21:121:21:15

He is not dead.

1:21:151:21:19

Go home, I'll find someone and make sure they look after the dog.

1:21:191:21:23

-Promise?

-I promise. Go on. Run.

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HE GROANS

1:21:301:21:33

It can't be long, Tom, before the doctor comes.

1:21:341:21:38

Where's that flask again?

1:21:381:21:40

Here, Tom, sip.

1:21:431:21:45

HE COUGHS

1:21:451:21:48

Alcohol never interested me.

1:21:491:21:52

-I've seen what it can do to a man.

-This is medicinal, Tom.

1:21:521:21:56

A smoke, I'd like.

1:21:561:21:58

A smoke and a chat is a sociable thing.

1:21:581:22:01

I've seen too many men brought old by drink and gambling.

1:22:011:22:06

Stay quiet, I would, Tom.

1:22:061:22:09

Relax.

1:22:091:22:11

That's what you want to do.

1:22:111:22:13

Don't try to talk.

1:22:131:22:15

"Not talk", he says!

1:22:151:22:17

I've all eternity not to talk, haven't I?

1:22:171:22:22

That's tobacco, that is.

1:22:311:22:34

Turkish, I shouldn't wonder.

1:22:341:22:36

Yes, it's Turkish.

1:22:361:22:38

That's fine tobacco, that is.

1:22:381:22:42

If I'm to go, I might as well smoke.

1:22:441:22:48

It gives me some strength, to replace what I feel,

1:22:491:22:54

draining out of me.

1:22:541:22:56

Draining out of me!

1:22:561:22:59

Mr Glass?

1:22:591:23:03

I know it's not really important but I promised Osbert I'd ask to make sure someone looked after Tom's dog.

1:23:121:23:19

I'll see to it myself, miss.

1:23:191:23:22

Tell Master Osbert not to worry.

1:23:221:23:24

Give me your prayer, sir.

1:23:241:23:26

Don't deny me that,

1:23:261:23:29

it's your way to pray.

1:23:291:23:31

It's you that orders up the prayers in church.

1:23:311:23:34

The vicar only prays what prayers you tell him.

1:23:341:23:38

Even I know that that hardly crosses the doorstep of the church from year to year.

1:23:381:23:43

Say a prayer, sir.

1:23:451:23:46

I'll say amen.

1:23:461:23:49

I'll say a prayer, Tom, if that's what you want...

1:23:501:23:53

Oh...almighty and er...

1:23:561:23:59

most merciful God,

1:23:591:24:01

of Thy bountiful goodness, keep us we beseech Thee from all things that may hurt us,

1:24:011:24:07

that we being ready in body and soul may...

1:24:071:24:13

cheerfully accomplish those things that Thou would us have done.

1:24:131:24:16

So Jesus Christ, our Lord, amen.

1:24:211:24:24

Amen.

1:24:241:24:26

Amen, I say.

1:24:261:24:28

Amen, amen, amen.

1:24:281:24:31

I should have stopped you, such a scene is not suitable for a young girl.

1:24:311:24:36

As a matter of fact, there is nothing that is not suitable for a young girl,

1:24:361:24:40

-not even murder.

-Come, Cicely, this was an accident.

-Accidental murder, then.

1:24:401:24:45

He was only a peasant.

1:24:451:24:47

Thing is you see, that we all knew him.

1:24:471:24:51

When you come and visit me, in Hungary...

1:24:531:24:56

Oh, I think I shall never visit you in Hungary.

1:24:561:24:59

Don't stop, sir, I beg you.

1:25:101:25:13

More prayers, more.

1:25:131:25:14

More prayers.

1:25:141:25:17

We could...

1:25:171:25:19

We could say the Lord's Prayer, Tom.

1:25:201:25:23

Our Father which art in heaven...

1:25:251:25:28

-Our Father which art in heaven...

-Hallowed be thy name.

1:25:281:25:32

Hallowed be thy name.

1:25:321:25:34

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,

1:25:341:25:37

On Earth as it is in Heaven...

1:25:371:25:39

On Earth as it is in Heaven.

1:25:391:25:42

-Give us this day our daily bread...

-Give us this day our daily bread...

1:25:421:25:46

-And forgive us our trespasses...

-TOM MURMURS

1:25:461:25:48

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

1:25:481:25:52

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil,

1:25:541:25:58

for Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,

1:25:581:26:02

-forever and ever, amen.

-Amen.

1:26:021:26:06

Oh, Lord, into Thy hands, I commend my spirit.

1:26:091:26:13

My spirit...

1:26:131:26:15

God save the British Empire.

1:26:211:26:24

Tom, it's all right.

1:26:291:26:31

It's the doctor coming.

1:26:311:26:33

BIRDSONG

1:27:321:27:34

I could have prevented it.

1:27:361:27:38

No.

1:27:381:27:40

-If I'd refused to join in that absurd rivalry.

-He provoked you.

1:27:401:27:43

HE SIGHS

1:27:431:27:45

I wasn't as insane as he was,

1:27:451:27:48

but I was reckless, I was carried away.

1:27:481:27:52

Because of what we were talking about.

1:27:521:27:55

-Perhaps.

-Yes.

1:27:551:27:57

We were talking about something that was impossible as if it were possible.

1:27:591:28:05

-It was still true.

-Yes.

1:28:051:28:07

But we have to live in the real world,

1:28:081:28:11

a world with other people in it.

1:28:111:28:14

It is still true that we love each other.

1:28:171:28:20

Oh, yes.

1:28:201:28:21

It is true.

1:28:211:28:24

Looking across this wasteland, where no birds sing,

1:29:181:29:22

my mind keeps going back to that shooting party at Nettleby.

1:29:221:29:26

Perhaps it was a premonition.

1:29:261:29:29

I know only that it was then that for me, killing of any kind ceased to be a sport.

1:29:291:29:34

And in this past year I have done nothing but seek to kill my fellow man before he kills me.

1:29:341:29:41

And maybe that crackpot Cardew has the last laugh in the end.

1:29:411:29:45

By loving me, you made me out to be a better thing altogether than I am.

1:29:461:29:52

So much so, that then the strange thought crossed my mind that if you have illusions,

1:29:521:29:58

perhaps I have them too.

1:29:581:30:00

And perhaps you are less perfect than I think you.

1:30:001:30:03

And when I stopped scolding myself for the baseness of that idea,

1:30:031:30:08

I thought any way...

1:30:081:30:10

any way, my dearest and most adored Olivia,

1:30:101:30:14

while we can for as long as we can,

1:30:141:30:18

oh, let us believe.

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1913, shortly before the outbreak of the First World War. A group of aristocrats gathers at the estate of Sir Randolph Nettleby for a weekend shoot. As the terminal decrepitude of a dying class is reflected in the social interactions and hypocrisy of its members, only world-weary Sir Randolph seems to realise that the sun is setting.