The Invisible Woman


The Invisible Woman

British biographical drama, adapted from Claire Tomalin's book. At the peak of his career, Charles Dickens meets a young actress who soon becomes his muse and mistress.


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This film contains some scenes of a sexual nature.

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WAVES CRASHING

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SEAGULL CALLS

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BREATHING HEAVILY

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INSTRUMENTS TUNING

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CREAKING

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FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING

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TUNING

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SIGHING

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-GEORGE:

-Our boys' curriculum is very wide.

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They perform a short play at the end of every term.

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theatre's an abiding interest of my wife.

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-Ah, Mary, tea if you please.

-Yes, sir.

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Through the open door.

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Nelly, where were you?

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-Mr Benham has been here since three o'clock.

-I'm so sorry.

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Mr Lambourne has been organising the boys as best he can.

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I lost all sense of time.

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Careful with those corners, boys.

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-Yes, ma'am.

-Yes, ma'am.

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Thank you, Mary.

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Ah, Mrs Wharton Robinson. At last.

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I'm so sorry, Mr Benham.

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I just kept walking. Forgive me.

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Dear boys, let's go from the third act.

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Everyone get into positions.

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-ALL:

-Yes, ma'am.

-Thank you, Mr Lambourne.

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Mr Benham must not see all our tricks quite yet

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or there'll be nothing left to show him tomorrow.

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-It is cold outside?

-It is, but it clears the mind.

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It would be good to decide on the readings before the end of term.

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Of course. Perhaps later.

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-Laurenson and Tanner, are you ready? BOTH:

-Yes, ma'am.

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Geoffrey dear, don't forget, you come in on the final line.

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Sit there.

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Coates, Watson, take those.

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-Thank you, ma'am.

-Thank you, ma'am.

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I recall no lion in Mr Dickens

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and Mr Collins' play, Mrs Wharton Robinson.

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A little dramatic license.

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I'm confident that Mr Dickens would have let it pass.

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HE CHUCKLES

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Yates, if you could drop the backing.

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Yes, ma'am.

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Musicians.

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-Is everyone ready?

-I think so.

-ALL:

-Yes, ma'am.

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Boys, remember your positions.

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Let's begin.

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ORCHESTRA MUSIC PLAYING

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Well, my lads, the day is breaking at last.

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-"Has broken," Hadley. Mr Dickens was very particular.

-Yes, ma'am.

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Well, my lads, the day has broken at last.

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What do you say to the weather now?

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-BOY 1:

-I am ready to cross the Mountain with the gentleman,

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if the others will go with me.

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-BOY 2:

-I can see for myself there's a storm coming.

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I smell the snow. I feel the hurricane in the air.

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No money those gentlemen can offer

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will tempt me to cross the Mountain with them today.

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-BOY 3:

-Tanner, your cue.

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-BOY 4:

-Well, are you ready at last?

-BOY 5:

-My patience is at an end.

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I'm sick and weary of all this doubt and delay.

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-BOY 4:

-I'm your man. I will guide you to your journey's end.

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-Say when.

-Now.

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-Are you ready?

-I'm ready. Come along.

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Pull it taut.

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Upright like a brigadier.

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And thread it through.

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Thank you.

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Were you on the beach again today?

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Miss Brooke thought she saw you.

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Yes.

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PEOPLE LAUGHING

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-Look. See? It is signed.

-GOVERNOR:

-Really?

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Apparently, he modelled the character of Lucie Manette on Nelly.

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-Oh?

-The families were very close when Nelly was a child.

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I'm sure he drew inspiration from many people.

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My wife adores his novels.

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Of course, he's often very funny, but I find a little bleak.

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One wonders what demons raged in his mind.

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-Indeed.

-Thackeray, there's a writer.

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George, you cannot compare them.

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-MR BENHAM:

-Oh, I agree. I am for Mr Dickens.

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There are times that I have envied Mrs Wharton Robinson

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to have known him even as a child.

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A writer.

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Yes, at times bleak, but one who makes us laugh at our own absurdity.

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We see ourselves clearly in all our folly.

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ALL CHUCKLE

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He's been dead for some years, but, yes, he is still with us.

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Thank you, Mr Benham.

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Oh, it is a subject in which I sometimes run away with myself,

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as Mrs Wharton Robinson knows only too well.

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Run away. Run away.

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I, for one, am determined to revisit him immediately.

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Where would you suggest I begin?

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-MR LAMBOURNE: Martin Chuzzlewit.

-Any novel, but for brief pleasure,

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I would suggest browsing through a copy of.

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Dickens' weekly literary magazine.

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Oh?

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Household Words.

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A collection of many of his writings,

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and indeed, chapters of his novels.

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And I'm sure Mrs Wharton Robinson

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-would not mind if you cared to borrow?

-Of course.

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My wife has nearly every edition. We have run out of shelves.

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ALL LAUGHING

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MARY: Sir.

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Ah, good. Thank you, Mary.

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The Frozen Deep.

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-You have the text of Mr Collins' play?

-Yes. It is not a good play.

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But I shall find you one.

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-David Copperfield.

-David Copperfield?

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-For our readings.

-Oh, yes.

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Will you walk again tomorrow?

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Perhaps.

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May I join you?

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I walk at quite a pace.

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WAVES CRASHING

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BREATHING HEAVILY

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INDISTINCT CHATTER

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-Welcome. Welcome, Mrs Ternan.

-Thank you, Charley.

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Oh, dear.

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Um, yes, do be careful now.

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MARIA: Oh, my!

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-Oh, Miss Maria. Come inside.

-Thank you.

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-Come inside.

-Thank you. Ooh!

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-Miss Ellen, welcome.

-PANTING

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-Oh, your glove.

-Thank you.

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-I'm Charley Dickens. Welcome to Manchester.

-It's so wet.

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My father is waiting. The others are already here.

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-Nelly, look. See?

-There we are.

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Come on.

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PIANO PLAYING

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HAMMER BANGING

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THUDDING

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-INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS MARIA:

-Look, Nelly.

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-CHARLEY:

-Father?

-CHARLES:

-Ah!

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At last we have a full company.

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Mrs Ternan, welcome.

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What a beautiful theatre you've built.

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Thank you. I'm glad, we have tried.

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-Miss Maria, welcome.

-Thank you.

-You had a good journey, I hope.

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-Yes, thank you, Mr Dickens.

-Quite comfortable.

-Good. Good. Good.

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-And you must be Miss Ellen Ternan?

-I am.

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You've met my eldest son, Charley, of course?

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-He kindly rescued my glove, yes.

-Ah. The gallant chevalier.

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Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce Miss Ellen

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who is helping us in our hour of need.

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We wish your sister, Fanny, well.

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Is it the Haymarket or the Phoenix theatre we've lost her to?

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The Haymarket. She's so sad not to be here.

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-No, Nelly will give you a wonderful performance.

-I have no doubt.

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Now, Mrs Ternan, Maria, you've met everyone on our previous rehearsals.

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Miss Ellen, may I introduce our family of actors?

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-We have Mr Lemon.

-Delighted.

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-And Mr Egg.

-Welcome.

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-And our composer, Mr Berger.

-Hello.

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And Mr Pigott. Miss Sabine. Mr Charles.

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And I'd like to introduce our author, Mr Collins,

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but as ever, he is late. But here are some of my own family.

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My daughters, Mamey, Katey.

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My sister-in-law, Miss Georgina Hogarth.

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Assorted sons - Frank, Alfred, Sydney, Henry.

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And where is youngest boy?

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Don't hide there, Plorn. Come here.

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And that is it, I think.

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Uh, yes, of course, and my wife. And half an hour.

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Is that time enough, ladies, for you to settle your bonnets?

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I'd like to rehearse, but without our author,

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Mr Collins, who is at last here.

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Why am I always waiting, Wilkie? Why must you always be late?

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Because it irritates you, Charles.

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And it amuses me to see you in bad temper.

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Charles, I don't think we can afford to cut it.

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But it's too long. It'll bore if it's too long.

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It was too long in London, it'll be too long in Manchester.

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Though it pains, Wilkie. Cut, cut, cut.

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It is done. You can tell Mr Egg he's lost his last soliloquy.

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No, you must do it as author. I shall not deny you that.

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-HE LAUGHS:

-You are insufferable. And this?

-And here and here.

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-Now, everyone, please be careful.

-TO HIMSELF:

-(Butcher!)

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Our little theatre's not yet complete.

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Remember, we are rehearsing Miss Ellen in today,

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so let's be considerate. Now, I'm keen to review the last act,

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just the final entry of Wardour and Aldersly.

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So places, friends.

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-Now, Maria. Maria.

-Yes?

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We should have you just here, I think.

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Then Mrs Ternan and the girls. And Miss Ellen...

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Mr Dickens, may I suggest that the ladies are slightly further upstage?

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-Yes. Of course.

-Have your officers trimmed to your satisfaction?

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Yes, excellent, excellent. Very good.

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Um, do you think I ought to stand a little wider for the entrance?

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Yes, but not too much for it's your face and not mine

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that'll be holding the attention of our audience, I feel sure.

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Uh, Wilkie, are you ready?

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I need you standing at the back if I'm to carry you in.

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-Are you ready?

-No.

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-Yes, come on, come on.

-Yes, yes.

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Charley. Just relax the arms.

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Just a little less stiff.

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-Yeah?

-Hmm.

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(That's good, yes.)

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Should you not come? I cannot carry myself.

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Yes, yes, of course.

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Do I speak after the gun?

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After the gun and you move downstage to the middle.

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MARIA: Frank! Frank!

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Then my line, "Saved, saved for you."

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-Then you've put me down here?

-Yes, I have.

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And I am footsore and weary, Clara, but I have saved him.

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Yes. That's good. Then your line, Wilkie.

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Where is Wardour? Help him. Never mind me.

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-Mark, that's when you come down.

-Wardour. Dear Wardour.

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Old friend whom I have wronged, remember and forgive me.

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-Very good, you're forgiven.

-ALL LAUGHING

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Don't be afraid to project. We have nearly a thousand seats.

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Catherine, do say if you cannot hear us.

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-What?

-We can hear you very well, Charles.

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Very good. Everyone, speak up.

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Then, Maria, that's when you come over here

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and take me gently in your arms.

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-Here.

-Sorry.

-Richard. Richard, look upon your old playmate.

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-And then music...

-PIANO PLAYING

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No, Berger... Berger, not yet. I'm just marking through the cues.

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It plays until the curtain has fallen

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by which time we kiss, then gun.

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Bang. Then I'm dead.

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And then epilogue.

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This is a tale of woe. This is a tale of sorrow.

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A love denied. A love restored to live beyond tomorrow.

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Lest we think silence is the place to hide a heavy heart,

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remember, to love and be loved is life itself,

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without which we are nought.

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And then the curtain closes. Loud applause.

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Yet audible the crying of 2,000!

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Thank you. Bravo. Bravo.

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Ladies, gentlemen. Thank you, Maria.

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Charles, your last speech I think could benefit from cutting.

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-You do?

-I do.

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-Shall we discuss it?

-Uh, yes, yeah. Later.

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She has something.

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Come nearer.

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Clara.

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Kiss me.

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Sister, kiss me...

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-..before I die.

-SOBBING: No.

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SOBBING

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PIANO PLAYING

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APPLAUSE

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CHEERING

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PIANO PLAYING EERIE MUSIC

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# Queen Victoria

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# Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gothenburg... #

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ALL LAUGHING

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# Leopold the First of Belgium... #

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William Thackeray!

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POUNDING PIANO KEYS

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No, no, no. It is not enough that we play before these mere mortals.

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Friends, it is Manchester who has given us the highest accolade.

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It is Manchester whose approval I have looked for,

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and it is Manchester who has bestowed tonight's success.

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Friends, we are victorious!

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ALL CHEERING

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Sir Roger de Coverley, Mr Berger, please.

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LIVELY DANCE MUSIC PLAYING

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PEOPLE LAUGHING

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And again!

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Strip the willow!

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MUSIC CONTINUES

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Back-to-back!

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Gentlemen, change for the British Grenadiers.

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ALL LAUGHING

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# Three corpse lay out on the shining sand

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# In the morning gleam as the tide went down

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# And the women are weeping and wringing their hands

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# For those who will never come back to the town

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ALL: # For men must work and women must weep

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# The sooner it's over, the sooner to sleep

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# And goodbye to the bar and it's moaning... #

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-SOFTLY:

-Raise your arms higher like a bird.

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And then, when you are ready, give me your hands.

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(It's remarkable.)

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-CHARLES:

-Give me your hands.

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There. Now you are safe with me.

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One of his magic tricks.

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SHE CHUCKLES

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-Where are you?

-ALL CHUCKLING

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SHUSHING

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I'm on my own.

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You are an admirer of my husband's work, Miss Ellen?

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Of course.

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At the moment, I'm lost in Little Dorrit.

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Until now, I thought Bleak House

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would be the novel that would stay with me the most.

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It has this alarming spirit of unease.

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Lady Dedlock haunted by her past.

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I keep coming back to those pages again and again.

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SOFTLY: Yet there's so much that makes me smile.

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'Tis a fiction designed to entertain.

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Surely it's more than that. It changes us.

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Now you are, you are back with us.

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ALL LAUGHING

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He will be up all night.

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And cross all day.

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SHE CHUCKLES

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Katey. Mamey.

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Now, someone else. Who is next?

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Hmm?

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-Who is next?

-Good night.

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-MRS TERNAN:

-Hold the baby. Hold the baby. She's gone.

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Where is she? Where is she? Is she safe? Please tell me she's safe.

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And now you are back with us, Mrs Ternan.

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-Back where?

-MARIA:

-Mother.

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Mother, I think you were remembering Fanny on the boat.

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Oh. What did I say?

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-You were trying to save her, Mother.

-Oh.

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I'm sorry, Mr Dickens.

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I think I may have strayed into some family history.

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Oh?

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My eldest daughter, Fanny, was, um, thrown from her cot.

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My husband and I were travelling around America some years ago,

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and, um, our paddle steamer was rammed by another boat,

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and Fanny was thrown up into the air

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and saved, miraculously, by a mattress.

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The angels were watching.

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-Yes.

-They were.

-Yes.

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Extraordinary story.

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I am done, Mr Dickens.

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As am I. I must go.

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Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow.

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-Good night, Wilkie.

-Good night.

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Five o'clock.

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-Bed.

-Or breakfast?

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MAN: Good night.

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-Thank you, gentlemen.

-WOMAN: Good night.

-Good night.

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Maria, you broke all our hearts tonight.

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CHUCKLING Everyone was weeping.

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I couldn't hold back the tears. You were so good.

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I did try to console her in a hushed aside,

0:19:290:19:31

but all she could say was, "Oh, so sad, so sad."

0:19:310:19:34

Such a good, dear, pale little face.

0:19:340:19:37

-You won't find a better Clara.

-Thank you, Mother.

0:19:370:19:39

I must get my angels to bed.

0:19:390:19:41

I'm too awake to sleep.

0:19:410:19:44

-It's daylight.

-Nelly.

0:19:440:19:46

Everyone needs sleep, Nelly dear.

0:19:460:19:49

This is my favourite time.

0:19:570:19:59

When the day is creeping up on us

0:19:590:20:01

and we must put in order the chaos of the night.

0:20:010:20:04

Stand guard once more, ready for life.

0:20:040:20:07

A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature

0:20:090:20:13

is a profound secret and mystery to every other.

0:20:130:20:16

Until that secret is given to another to look after.

0:20:170:20:21

And then perhaps two human creatures may know each other.

0:20:220:20:25

Do you not think?

0:20:300:20:32

Yeah.

0:20:350:20:36

Has Mrs Dickens gone to bed?

0:20:400:20:43

Some time ago.

0:20:430:20:44

Mmm, yeah, well...

0:20:440:20:46

She has terrible headaches.

0:20:470:20:49

Sleep. Sleep.

0:20:510:20:54

FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING

0:21:000:21:03

DOOR OPENS

0:21:040:21:05

Why must you do that?

0:21:110:21:14

-GEORGE:

-Do what, Nelly?

0:21:140:21:16

Flaunt my connection?

0:21:160:21:18

-It is dull.

-Dull?

0:21:180:21:21

To have known Dickens?

0:21:210:21:23

I was a child.

0:21:230:21:24

Yet to refer to him as bleak.

0:21:260:21:28

It is a misconception.

0:21:300:21:31

What?

0:21:310:21:32

I do not understand what you are talking of, Nelly.

0:21:320:21:35

This constant agitation.

0:21:350:21:37

MOANING

0:21:410:21:42

BREATHING HEAVILY

0:22:060:22:08

-CHARLES:

-"As we struggled on, nearer and nearer to the sea

0:22:120:22:16

"from which this mighty wind was blowing dead on shore,

0:22:160:22:19

"it's force became more and more terrific.

0:22:190:22:23

"When we came within sight of the sea,

0:22:240:22:27

"the waves on the horizon, caught at intervals above the rolling abyss,

0:22:270:22:31

"were like glimpses of another shore with towers and buildings.

0:22:310:22:36

"As the high watery walls came rolling in,

0:22:360:22:39

"and at their highest tumbled into surf,

0:22:390:22:41

"they looked as if the least would engulf the town.

0:22:410:22:46

"As the receding wave swept back with a hoarse roar,

0:22:460:22:52

"it seemed to scoop out deep caves in the beach,

0:22:520:22:55

"as if its purpose were to undermine the earth.

0:22:550:23:00

"Ham watched the sea, standing alone,

0:23:010:23:05

"until there was a great retiring wave.

0:23:050:23:08

"When, with a backward glance at those who held the rope

0:23:080:23:11

"which was made fast around his body, he dashed in after it.

0:23:110:23:16

"And, in a moment, was buffeting with the water,

0:23:160:23:20

"rising with the hills, falling with the valleys, lost beneath the foam,

0:23:200:23:25

"borne in towards the shore, borne on towards the ship.

0:23:250:23:30

"At last, Ham neared the wreck.

0:23:300:23:32

"He was so near that, with one more of his vigorous strokes,

0:23:320:23:35

"he would be clinging to it

0:23:350:23:37

"when a high, green, vast hillside of water

0:23:370:23:43

"moving on shoreward from beyond the ship,

0:23:430:23:45

"he seemed to leap up into it with a mighty bound.

0:23:450:23:51

"And...the ship...was gone."

0:23:520:23:59

Truly, Mr Dickens, it is never so alive

0:23:590:24:02

as when it is spoken by its author.

0:24:020:24:04

Thank you. Thank you. Will you excuse me?

0:24:040:24:06

-HE CHUCKLES

-Ah, Mrs Ternan.

-Mr Dickens.

0:24:060:24:08

It was remarkable.

0:24:080:24:10

Such control, such mastery in your performance.

0:24:100:24:13

Thank you. I am told these readings double sales.

0:24:130:24:16

It was quite brilliant, Mr Dickens.

0:24:160:24:18

-It was?

-Yes. Yes.

0:24:180:24:19

-Absolutely.

-Miss Fanny!

0:24:190:24:21

-CHUCKLES:

-We've missed you.

-Well, not enough, it would seem.

0:24:210:24:25

-Mrs Dickens isn't here?

-Uh, no, not today.

0:24:250:24:28

-Oh, what a pity to have missed it.

-Mm-hm.

0:24:280:24:31

Oh, such a storm. We were quite blown off course.

0:24:310:24:35

-So, it did not disappoint?

-MARIA:

-No.

0:24:350:24:37

-Well...

-Well?

0:24:370:24:40

Nelly has read every chapter twice.

0:24:400:24:43

I may have read every chapter twice,

0:24:430:24:45

but I didn't really hear it until now.

0:24:450:24:49

Hearing it spoken, I felt I was in the storm.

0:24:490:24:54

I was there with Copperfield seeing his friend drowned.

0:24:540:24:59

It was unbearable.

0:24:590:25:01

Yes, I...

0:25:010:25:03

-I am glad.

-ALL CHUCKLE

0:25:030:25:05

Charles, do please come and talk to these gentlemen.

0:25:050:25:07

I've been entertaining them for several minutes now,

0:25:070:25:10

-but ultimately, I feel I am a poor substitute.

-Wilkie, I am coming.

0:25:100:25:13

ALL LAUGHING

0:25:130:25:14

Where are you playing next?

0:25:140:25:15

They're engaged to play Doncaster for three weeks.

0:25:150:25:17

-And what are you playing?

-Uh, two tragedies and a farce.

0:25:170:25:20

-Ah, a farce. What farce?

-The Pet of the Petticoats.

0:25:200:25:23

-LAUGHING

-The Pet of the Petticoats?

-Yes.

0:25:230:25:25

What a terrible title!

0:25:250:25:26

Yes.

0:25:260:25:27

ALL CHUCKLING

0:25:270:25:29

Well, um...

0:25:290:25:30

But very good races, Doncaster. Excuse me. Don't go away.

0:25:300:25:34

DOOR CLOSES

0:25:470:25:49

Catherine?

0:25:490:25:51

Yes?

0:25:510:25:52

Shall we sit together?

0:25:540:25:56

If you wish.

0:25:570:25:59

Well, no, if you'd prefer not, I, um...

0:25:590:26:01

I did not sleep well last night. Perhaps I will go to bed now.

0:26:010:26:04

Yes, of course, yes.

0:26:040:26:07

Wilkie has an idea for Household Words.

0:26:070:26:09

A trip to the North.

0:26:090:26:11

He's calling it A Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices.

0:26:110:26:13

HE CHUCKLES

0:26:130:26:15

It might be a couple of pages in it.

0:26:150:26:17

-Where will you start?

-Um...

0:26:170:26:19

-Doncaster, I think.

-Hmm. Turn up the lamp.

0:26:190:26:22

You cannot write in this light.

0:26:220:26:24

DISTANT SHOUTING

0:26:440:26:46

ALL CHEERING

0:27:100:27:12

HORSES APPROACHING

0:27:120:27:14

She won! She won!

0:27:200:27:23

Nelly, victory.

0:27:230:27:25

CHUCKLING

0:27:250:27:27

Nelly, you've won!

0:27:270:27:29

-How much?

-5 shillings.

0:27:290:27:31

5 shillings?

0:27:310:27:32

It was fixed. It was fixed.

0:27:320:27:34

I hope you're not a bad sport, Mr Collins.

0:27:340:27:36

-I am a very bad sport.

-Then you must win.

0:27:360:27:38

So, what will you do with your winnings, Nelly?

0:27:380:27:41

I shall spend it all at once.

0:27:410:27:43

No, I may spend a half a shilling on a copy of Household Words

0:27:430:27:46

just to be sure the two apprentices

0:27:460:27:48

returned safely from their lazy tour.

0:27:480:27:50

They did, though they did not want to go home.

0:27:500:27:52

But what of their families?

0:27:520:27:53

Well, they missed them of course, but they did so enjoy being away.

0:27:530:27:57

-MAN 1:

-Charles Dickens.

0:27:570:27:59

Charles, you've been rumbled.

0:27:590:28:01

-MAN 2:

-Mr Dickens!

0:28:010:28:02

Hello. Good day. Yes. Thank you.

0:28:020:28:04

How very unexpected.

0:28:040:28:06

-Thank you. Thank you.

-MEN CLAMOURING

0:28:060:28:08

Welcome to Yorkshire. Will you write a book about us?

0:28:080:28:11

Mr Dickens, great talking to you.

0:28:120:28:15

Miss Ellen.

0:28:150:28:16

-WOMAN:

-Mr Dickens.

-Thank you.

0:28:160:28:18

-MAN:

-I've read all your stories.

-Thank you.

0:28:180:28:21

CLAMOURING CONTINUES

0:28:210:28:23

SHE SIGHS

0:28:280:28:31

Through there, please. Thank you.

0:28:310:28:33

-Watch it!

-Yes, ma'am.

0:28:330:28:36

-Give me that, Maria dear.

-Thank you, Mother.

0:28:360:28:38

-Nearly there.

-SIGHING

0:28:380:28:41

-MARIA:

-Oh, home!

0:28:420:28:43

-Home!

-CHUCKLES

0:28:430:28:45

That's yours.

0:28:450:28:46

-MARIA:

-Does that need washing, do you think?

-I'll put it in.

0:28:480:28:50

HUMMING

0:28:500:28:52

-FANNY:

-This will not stretch to another season.

0:28:560:28:57

I cannot mend another sleeve again.

0:28:570:29:00

-MARIA:

-The cuffs are still good.

0:29:000:29:02

And there's lace on the collar I can save. Yes, I'll unpick it.

0:29:020:29:04

Maria, also this hem.

0:29:040:29:07

Thank you. Look.

0:29:070:29:09

ALL: # To pine on the stem

0:29:090:29:13

# Since the lovely are sleeping

0:29:130:29:17

# Go sleep thou with them

0:29:170:29:22

# Thus kindly I scatter

0:29:220:29:25

# Thy leaves o'er the bed... #

0:29:250:29:31

-ALL LAUGHING MRS TERNAN:

-I'm collecting washing.

0:29:310:29:35

Here.

0:29:350:29:36

# And from love's shining circle

0:29:360:29:40

# The gems drop away... #

0:29:400:29:42

This signed?

0:29:420:29:43

-A souvenir. MARIA:

-Where are my scissors?

0:29:440:29:47

FANNY: They're in the drawer.

0:29:470:29:49

It's to be treasured.

0:29:490:29:51

FANNY: # When true hearts are withered

0:29:510:29:56

# And fond ones are flown... #

0:29:560:30:00

Oh, Catherine.

0:30:140:30:16

Um, excuse me.

0:30:160:30:18

HE SNIFFLES

0:31:030:31:04

Why are you up so early?

0:31:150:31:17

-I must go to London.

-Now?

0:31:180:31:21

-There will be no train.

-Well, then I shall walk.

0:31:210:31:24

-It will take you all day.

-Then it will take me all day.

0:31:240:31:28

DOOR CLOSES

0:31:310:31:33

-SIR PETER:

-So, here's perverseness.

0:31:520:31:55

ALL LAUGHING

0:31:550:31:56

No, no, 'tis Charles only whom you would prefer.

0:31:560:32:00

'Tis evident his vices and follies have won your heart.

0:32:000:32:03

I have obeyed you, both in neither seeing nor corresponding with him.

0:32:030:32:07

Yet I cannot think it culpable if,

0:32:070:32:09

though my understanding severely condemns his vices,

0:32:090:32:13

my heart professes some...

0:32:130:32:16

STAMMERS: ..suggests some pity for his distresses.

0:32:170:32:21

ALL LAUGHING

0:32:210:32:24

-BUCKSTONE:

-Egad, we'll have the wedding tomorrow morning.

0:32:240:32:26

-ARNOTT:

-Thank you, dear Uncle.

0:32:260:32:28

What, you rogue, don't you ask the girl's consent first?

0:32:280:32:31

-ARNOTT:

-I have done that a long time...

0:32:310:32:33

-A minute ago and she looked...

-(Be hard to believe she was so bad.)

0:32:330:32:36

-Yes.

-For shame, Charles.

0:32:360:32:38

I protest, Sir Peter. There has not been a word.

0:32:380:32:40

Because we can't hear a word!

0:32:400:32:42

ALL LAUGHING

0:32:420:32:43

-BUCKSTONE:

-Well, then the fewer the better.

0:32:430:32:45

May your love for each other never know abatement.

0:32:450:32:48

And may you live as happily together

0:32:480:32:50

as Lady Teazle and I intend to do.

0:32:500:32:54

-That was very good, Nelly!

-Really, Mother?

0:32:540:32:58

There is such clarity in your performance, Nelly.

0:32:580:33:00

Oh, thank you, Fanny.

0:33:000:33:02

-You looked so beautiful.

-Thank you, Maria.

0:33:020:33:04

Mr Dickens, why didn't you tell us you were coming?

0:33:040:33:06

A last minute impulse.

0:33:060:33:07

-Mr Dickens!

-My dear Buckstone.

0:33:070:33:09

Always a pleasure to have you grace our theatre.

0:33:090:33:11

Thank you. A memorable night.

0:33:110:33:12

Miss Ellen, you were simply splendid.

0:33:120:33:15

Oh, thank you, Mr Arnott. As were you.

0:33:150:33:18

And how is the writing, Mr Dickens?

0:33:180:33:20

My writing is ferocious.

0:33:200:33:21

I'm up at seven, cold bath before breakfast,

0:33:210:33:24

then I blaze away until three o'clock.

0:33:240:33:26

I fight not to be distracted.

0:33:260:33:28

Won't you sit?

0:33:280:33:30

No, I don't think.

0:33:300:33:32

It's very late. You must be tired, Mr Dickens.

0:33:320:33:35

There's so much to do, I don't know whether my head is on or off.

0:33:350:33:38

Nelly, you must come and meet my very good friends.

0:33:380:33:40

Thank you. Yes, Mr Arnott, I'd be delighted to.

0:33:400:33:43

-This is Ambrose.

-Hello.

0:33:450:33:47

-She is much in demand.

-Mmm, indeed.

0:33:470:33:49

DOOR CLOSES

0:33:490:33:51

-Come through. Come through.

-Thank you, Mrs Ternan.

0:33:510:33:54

MATCH LIGHTING

0:33:540:33:56

-Fanny, Maria, we need to feed our guest.

-Yes, Mother.

0:33:560:33:58

Please do not trouble yourself, Mrs Ternan.

0:33:580:34:00

There is some meat in the larder. And some fruit. And bread.

0:34:000:34:03

Nelly, would you bring a drink for Mr Dickens?

0:34:030:34:05

HE CHUCKLES

0:34:070:34:08

This is enchanting.

0:34:080:34:10

Ah, I see you have Mr Keene as the Moor.

0:34:120:34:16

I played his Desdemona.

0:34:160:34:18

-May I take your coat, Mr Dickens?

-I know. Thank you, Mrs Ternan.

0:34:180:34:20

And my husband was Iago.

0:34:200:34:23

Indeed. "Farewell the tranquil mind."

0:34:230:34:26

-Thank you.

-Uh, would you sit?

0:34:280:34:30

It is the only chair in the house that doesn't sag

0:34:300:34:32

should you shift in search of comfort.

0:34:320:34:33

Well, I am warned. Thank you.

0:34:330:34:35

-We have ham and plums.

-And some bread and some cheese.

0:34:420:34:46

This is charming.

0:34:460:34:48

And wine.

0:34:480:34:50

Then I shall never leave.

0:34:500:34:51

-Oh, watch the...

-Sorry.

0:34:510:34:53

And I didn't know how I could get rid of him.

0:34:530:34:55

-And then what did you say?

-Well, what I should have said was,

0:34:550:34:58

"Mr Andersen, though your Ugly Duckling has delighted,"

0:34:580:35:01

"you've slept in this room for five weeks now and you must go home."

0:35:010:35:05

-But you did not.

-I did not.

0:35:050:35:07

-Why didn't you?

-He doesn't understand English.

0:35:070:35:10

He only speaks Danish, and I'm not sure he understands Danish.

0:35:100:35:13

I was tempted to learn his language, so I could say to him,

0:35:130:35:15

"May you never outstay your welcome so long again."

0:35:150:35:18

ALL LAUGHING

0:35:180:35:20

And now it seems that I have done the same.

0:35:220:35:25

-FANNY:

-No, never.

0:35:250:35:26

I will thank you, ladies, for a pleasurable night.

0:35:260:35:29

Life is nothing without good company.

0:35:290:35:32

Congratulations, Nelly, on your performance.

0:35:320:35:34

Thank you.

0:35:340:35:36

Good night, ladies. Ladies, good night.

0:35:360:35:40

-Good night.

-Good night.

0:35:400:35:41

This is a very pretty cottage.

0:35:430:35:45

Thank you. If a little small.

0:35:450:35:47

SHE CHUCKLES

0:35:470:35:49

The rewards of our profession are rarely monetary.

0:35:490:35:51

But I would have it no other way.

0:35:510:35:53

No-one is entirely useless in this world

0:35:530:35:55

if they may lighten the burden.

0:35:550:35:58

(I didn't know he was going to be there.)

0:35:580:36:01

My daughters are fine young women.

0:36:010:36:03

Sometimes, I... I'm anxious for their future.

0:36:050:36:08

I understand.

0:36:090:36:11

If I may be of assistance in any way?

0:36:110:36:14

I cannot risk Nelly's reputation.

0:36:160:36:19

I hope that nothing I could offer would compromise her.

0:36:210:36:25

Good night, Mrs Ternan.

0:36:280:36:30

Good night, Mr Dickens.

0:36:300:36:32

-Good night, ladies.

-ALL: Good night.

0:36:320:36:36

DOOR OPENS

0:36:360:36:37

DOOR CLOSES

0:36:390:36:40

INDISTINCT CHATTER

0:36:440:36:46

-MAN:

-# Oh, my name is Sam Hall

0:36:490:36:51

# And I've robbed both rich and poor

0:36:510:36:53

# And my neck shall pay for all

0:36:530:36:56

# When I die, when I die... #

0:36:560:36:59

CARRIAGE APPROACHING

0:36:590:37:01

WHINNYING

0:37:030:37:05

-MAN:

-Come on out.

0:37:090:37:10

Shilling a blow, sir? Shilling a blow?

0:37:120:37:15

I shall give you 5 if you go home safely tonight.

0:37:190:37:24

I can play house, sir. Want me as your wife, sir?

0:37:240:37:28

Where is your mother?

0:37:290:37:31

CHUCKLING

0:37:310:37:33

BABY CRYING

0:37:480:37:50

'Last night, I sat next to a gentleman at dinner,

0:38:040:38:08

'and he asked me in some fury why it was that our city

0:38:080:38:12

'should help those who do not help themselves.

0:38:120:38:17

'By "those" he meant the many fallen women

0:38:170:38:20

'that we see around us every day,

0:38:200:38:23

'and their offspring, many who rely on this hospital today.

0:38:230:38:28

'I replied,

0:38:280:38:30

' "The two grim nurses - poverty and sickness -

0:38:300:38:34

' "bring these children before you and preside over their births,

0:38:340:38:38

' "rock their wretched cradles, nail down their little coffins,

0:38:380:38:43

' "pile up the earth above their graves.'

0:38:430:38:45

"Their unnatural deaths form one third

0:38:450:38:50

"of the annual deaths in this great town."

0:38:500:38:54

"But what of God?" he piously replied.

0:38:540:38:58

"What Of him?" I said.

0:38:580:39:01

"I feel sure God looks leniently on all vice

0:39:010:39:05

"that proceeds from human tenderness and natural passion."

0:39:050:39:10

I hope we will, too, and give generously tonight.

0:39:100:39:14

Thank you.

0:39:140:39:15

MUSIC PLAYING

0:39:210:39:23

INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS

0:39:270:39:29

-MARIA:

-Thank you, ma'am.

-Good night, sir.

0:39:300:39:33

Thank you, ma'am.

0:39:330:39:35

-Good night.

-Thank you, My Lord.

0:39:360:39:38

-Thank you.

-Thank you very much.

0:39:400:39:42

-Good night.

-Thank you.

0:39:430:39:45

Oh, I'm sure you can do better than that, sir.

0:39:450:39:48

CHUCKLING

0:39:480:39:50

Maria. Fanny. Nelly. Have we fleeced them?

0:39:500:39:53

-MARIA:

-With every ounce of our souls, Mr Dickens.

0:39:530:39:57

Thank you. Thank you.

0:39:570:39:58

I did not believe we would raise so much money. Where does one begin?

0:39:580:40:00

They'll take some counting.

0:40:000:40:02

Yes. Yes.

0:40:020:40:03

-Such an achievement.

-We must celebrate.

0:40:030:40:05

Yes! We must!

0:40:050:40:07

We shall!

0:40:070:40:08

Here we are. Please, Mrs Ternan, come through.

0:40:080:40:12

Are you moving in or out, Mr Dickens?

0:40:120:40:14

I'm thinking of letting it.

0:40:140:40:16

My wife prefers to live outside of the public glare. London tires her

0:40:160:40:19

and Gad's Hill is where she likes to retreat with the children.

0:40:190:40:21

-Gad's Hill near Rochester?

-Indeed, very close. Walking distance.

0:40:210:40:25

-Nelly was born in Rochester.

-Ah, I was schooled in Chatham.

0:40:250:40:28

But my earliest memories are of Newcastle.

0:40:280:40:30

Newcastle I do not know so well.

0:40:300:40:33

Please, sit down. Make yourselves at home.

0:40:330:40:35

-We have champagne.

-CHUCKLES

0:40:350:40:37

Thank you, John. Please, on the piano.

0:40:370:40:40

Now did you ever see Mr Keene's Corsican Brothers?

0:40:460:40:50

Interesting. I saw that melodrama many, many years ago...

0:40:500:40:54

CONVERSATION CONTINUES DISTANTLY

0:40:590:41:02

Nelly?

0:41:400:41:42

Thank you for your hospitality, Mr Dickens. We must leave you.

0:41:420:41:44

Fanny has an audition in the morning and must rest her voice.

0:41:440:41:47

But, of course, of course.

0:41:470:41:48

-MARIA:

-We have a wager, Mr Dickens, on how much we collected tonight.

0:41:480:41:51

I think 400 pounds, but Fanny thinks more.

0:41:510:41:53

Then I shall count it right away. It must be banked tomorrow.

0:41:530:41:56

-You'll be up all night.

-Well, I don't sleep well anyway.

0:41:560:41:59

Why don't we help you? Together it will take us no time.

0:41:590:42:01

-We have a rehearsal in the morning.

-No.

0:42:010:42:03

I could stay and help, Mr Dickens, with Nelly.

0:42:030:42:05

-If you have no objection.

-No, I...

0:42:050:42:08

STAMMERING

0:42:090:42:10

-Well, yes, thank you. Thank you.

-ALL LAUGHING

0:42:100:42:13

Well, then, I shall walk home with Fanny.

0:42:130:42:15

-Very well.

-Thank you, Mr Dickens.

-Good night.

-Thank you.

0:42:150:42:17

-Good night, Maria. Good night, Fanny.

-We shan't be long.

0:42:170:42:20

£507...

0:42:330:42:36

six shillings and thruppence.

0:42:360:42:41

-We are rich.

-Yes!

0:42:410:42:43

And they will be delighted...

0:42:430:42:46

until the next time.

0:42:460:42:48

Do you like this life?

0:42:540:42:57

Constantly on show.

0:42:580:43:00

Constantly watched.

0:43:020:43:04

Well, it is not always of my own making, but...

0:43:040:43:07

I do not think I would. SHE CHUCKLES

0:43:100:43:12

Well, I have my work.

0:43:140:43:17

It is a great foil.

0:43:170:43:19

They try, but they cannot always find you there.

0:43:190:43:24

"They"?

0:43:240:43:26

Mmm, the hawkers,

0:43:260:43:28

the men who need to make money who look to trip you up.

0:43:280:43:31

And then there are the admirers.

0:43:310:43:34

Those who wish you to be more than you can possibly be.

0:43:340:43:40

And what is that?

0:43:400:43:42

Good, I suppose.

0:43:420:43:45

SHE CHUCKLES

0:43:450:43:47

My father was sent to a debtor's prison when I was 12.

0:44:000:44:06

I worked in a blacking factory thereafter,

0:44:060:44:09

sealing bottles and sticking labels.

0:44:090:44:12

It was hateful.

0:44:140:44:17

-Were you fond of your father?

-Well...

0:44:170:44:21

He was my first audience.

0:44:210:44:23

I honed my comic lines on him.

0:44:230:44:25

-Mmm...

-HE CHUCKLES

0:44:280:44:30

I've told you too much.

0:44:300:44:33

You're too good at this. You, now, you.

0:44:330:44:36

My father was an actor.

0:44:380:44:41

The son of a Dublin grocer. Also in debt. Also dead.

0:44:410:44:45

When I was seven.

0:44:450:44:46

In an asylum.

0:44:470:44:49

I had a brother.

0:44:510:44:53

He died at ten months.

0:44:550:44:57

Though how a boy would have fit with three girls.

0:44:570:45:01

She is devoted to us.

0:45:090:45:11

Our life is unpredictable.

0:45:140:45:16

You are...

0:45:240:45:26

What?

0:45:260:45:28

You are so free.

0:45:290:45:31

She will sleep all night if we leave her.

0:45:390:45:42

I will ask John to bring the carriage around.

0:45:420:45:44

Nelly?

0:45:440:45:46

Nelly?

0:45:460:45:48

Tell me a secret.

0:45:530:45:55

What kind of secret?

0:45:570:46:00

Anything.

0:46:000:46:01

Something that you've never told anyone

0:46:010:46:03

or perhaps never even thought of telling.

0:46:030:46:05

My middle name is Lawless.

0:46:080:46:10

Now your turn.

0:46:140:46:16

Hmm.

0:46:160:46:17

Ellen Lawless Ternan.

0:46:220:46:25

That is my secret.

0:46:280:46:30

SHE EXHALES

0:46:390:46:40

SCRAPING

0:46:450:46:47

She's barely 18.

0:46:490:46:51

I've never had to concern myself about you and Maria.

0:46:550:46:59

There's always a tour for you and your younger sister.

0:47:000:47:04

Mr Buckstone's already enquired if Maria is free for pantomime.

0:47:040:47:08

But Nelly...

0:47:100:47:12

Nelly is different.

0:47:140:47:16

Her talent lies elsewhere.

0:47:170:47:19

I love her.

0:47:210:47:23

I love her dearly.

0:47:240:47:26

Charles Dickens is not merely some opportunist, some adventurer.

0:47:270:47:34

I am thinking about what this life can offer her.

0:47:340:47:39

I'm thinking about her future.

0:47:390:47:41

What future would that be, Mother?

0:47:410:47:43

Our profession is hard enough, even if you have talent.

0:47:470:47:49

FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING

0:47:490:47:51

SOBBING

0:47:570:48:00

SNIFFLES

0:48:110:48:12

Go away, Fanny.

0:48:120:48:13

I will stay out here all day if I have to.

0:48:130:48:16

Nelly?

0:48:160:48:18

-Did no-one think of telling me?

-Nelly.

0:48:200:48:22

You are the truest person I know in life,

0:48:220:48:25

but you are not an actress.

0:48:250:48:27

And what other arrangements have been made which I do not know about?

0:48:270:48:30

It's only because we care so.

0:48:300:48:32

Do you love him?

0:48:350:48:36

SHE SIGHS

0:48:360:48:37

He is married.

0:48:410:48:44

That has not stopped him falling in love with you.

0:48:440:48:47

WAVES CRASHING

0:48:520:48:54

We discussed Hard Times,

0:48:560:48:58

but it just doesn't feel quite right.

0:48:580:49:02

I don't know. They're quite lost.

0:49:020:49:05

So I thought Great Expectations might be a choice for our readings.

0:49:050:49:08

David Copperfield is, of course, a contender,

0:49:080:49:10

but for me, Great Expectations wins out in the end.

0:49:100:49:15

Do you agree?

0:49:170:49:19

'Tis a fine novel.

0:49:200:49:22

Mrs Wharton Robinson,

0:49:280:49:30

I see you are soulful, distracted.

0:49:300:49:36

There is some...

0:49:370:49:39

As if...

0:49:390:49:41

..a part of you is absent. I do not wish to intrude.

0:49:430:49:48

You talk, I am sure, to your husband.

0:49:480:49:50

No.

0:49:520:49:53

Not all wives do.

0:49:530:49:56

To confide in the person you love the most,

0:49:560:50:00

-well, sometimes that is hard.

-George is a good man.

0:50:000:50:03

-A very good man.

-Of course.

0:50:040:50:06

But you are troubled.

0:50:060:50:08

Comes and then it goes.

0:50:090:50:12

But it returns.

0:50:130:50:14

I wish to help you.

0:50:180:50:19

I hope I can be someone you can trust.

0:50:210:50:22

-Really, I'm quite well.

-You are not.

0:50:220:50:25

Please, Mr Benham.

0:50:270:50:29

I will listen without judgment.

0:50:320:50:33

I am always here.

0:50:380:50:40

-Come on, boys!

-SHOUTING INDISTINCTLY

0:50:550:50:57

Come on, Plorn.

0:50:570:50:58

The whole point of the third leg is to give you more speed.

0:50:580:51:00

HE CHUCKLES

0:51:000:51:02

Oh! Useless boy.

0:51:020:51:04

-WOMAN:

-It's time to get you undone.

0:51:050:51:08

What's happened here?

0:51:080:51:09

-Do you have enough to eat?

-Thank you, Mr Dickens.

-Good.

0:51:090:51:12

HE SNIFFLES

0:51:180:51:19

More gossip in The London Diary?

0:51:200:51:23

You could not keep it quiet forever, Charles.

0:51:280:51:32

No matter. You must deny it.

0:51:320:51:35

Rumours can always be denied.

0:51:350:51:38

Do not worry, it will pass.

0:51:380:51:41

And then you must stop this.

0:51:410:51:43

What if I do not want to?

0:51:450:51:47

Don't be foolish.

0:51:470:51:49

You cannot keep her a secret.

0:51:490:51:51

Yes, I can.

0:51:520:51:54

Plorn! We'll do a hopping race.

0:51:570:51:59

Mamey. Katey. Come on. Come on.

0:51:590:52:01

One leg. Come on, are you ready?

0:52:010:52:03

Come here, come here, come here.

0:52:030:52:05

Come on. Quickly, come on, Plorn. You're so slow.

0:52:050:52:08

And ready, steady, go!

0:52:080:52:11

Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!

0:52:110:52:15

-MAN:

-Ladies, can I interest you in some of this?

0:52:150:52:18

-Close your eyes.

-Don't turn around, Nelly. Don't turn around.

0:52:200:52:24

Close your eyes.

0:52:240:52:26

Keep them closed until I say...

0:52:260:52:30

Open your eyes! Happy Birthday.

0:52:300:52:33

-FANNY:

-Happy Birthday.

0:52:360:52:38

That's lovely. Oh, look.

0:52:380:52:41

INDISTINCT CHATTER

0:52:410:52:43

Ma'am, there's a Mrs Dickens to see Miss Ellen.

0:52:430:52:46

Mother?

0:52:500:52:52

-MARIA:

-I shall cut the cake.

0:52:550:52:57

-MAN:

-He never went home again. That was the first and last time.

0:52:570:53:00

Mr Ambrose? Have you ever took to the stage?

0:53:000:53:02

Mrs Dickens.

0:53:110:53:12

I thought this was the right house.

0:53:130:53:16

Won't you sit?

0:53:190:53:20

Such attention to detail.

0:53:220:53:24

NELLY CHUCKLES It's all just paste and glass.

0:53:240:53:27

You find us in disarray.

0:53:270:53:29

I'd heard that he'd found you somewhere close on the square.

0:53:300:53:34

My mother and sister are to go to Italy.

0:53:340:53:37

Fanny is to be a governess to the Trollope family.

0:53:370:53:41

Really?

0:53:410:53:42

Mr Dickens, um, kindly made the introduction.

0:53:420:53:46

-My husband's always been very generous.

-Mmm.

0:53:510:53:54

Happy Birthday, Miss Ternan.

0:54:080:54:10

Won't you open it?

0:54:170:54:18

It is a gift from Charles.

0:54:210:54:24

It was mistakenly delivered to me. The jewelers naturally believing.

0:54:240:54:29

Charles insisted that I delivered it to its rightful recipient.

0:54:370:54:40

He is fond of you.

0:54:490:54:51

And you of him?

0:54:540:54:55

Silly question.

0:54:570:54:59

He is Mr Charles Dickens.

0:55:000:55:02

In those early years together,

0:55:070:55:09

I could not fail to be impressed.

0:55:090:55:11

But you will find that you must share him with his public.

0:55:130:55:17

They will be the constant.

0:55:180:55:20

And, in truth, you will never absolutely know

0:55:220:55:25

which one he loves the most.

0:55:250:55:27

You.

0:55:300:55:32

Or them.

0:55:320:55:34

I do not believe he knows himself.

0:55:360:55:38

CLICKS TONGUE

0:55:460:55:48

-I'm interrupting your party.

-I'm far too old for parties.

0:55:480:55:52

There's not a soul under 20 in attendance.

0:55:520:55:56

Well, Charles will be here soon.

0:55:560:55:59

And he's nothing if not youthful.

0:56:000:56:02

Keep these for later.

0:56:160:56:18

MEN IMITATING FANFARE

0:56:180:56:20

Ah.

0:56:200:56:21

LAUGHING

0:56:240:56:25

-Good evening.

-Happy Birthday.

0:56:250:56:27

-Are we too late? We're too late.

-You've missed Maria's cake.

0:56:270:56:30

Oh, no! Say it's not so. We haven't missed all the fun, have we?

0:56:300:56:33

We thought you might provide the fun.

0:56:330:56:35

Well, then there's only one thing for it.

0:56:350:56:36

We must whisk the birthday girl away.

0:56:360:56:38

Yes.

0:56:380:56:40

Nelly.

0:56:400:56:41

Say you'll come.

0:56:430:56:44

Where are we going?

0:56:500:56:52

DOOR CLOSES

0:57:020:57:04

Come through. Come in, come in.

0:57:050:57:08

Caroline?

0:57:080:57:10

Nelly, follow me.

0:57:120:57:15

Caroline?

0:57:150:57:17

We have visitors.

0:57:170:57:19

Wilkie, why did you not say?

0:57:200:57:23

We are celebrating a very special birthday.

0:57:240:57:27

Caroline, may I present Miss Ellen Ternan?

0:57:270:57:30

It's her birthday today.

0:57:300:57:32

Happy Birthday. I've heard only good things.

0:57:320:57:34

Caroline!

0:57:360:57:37

-A new painting.

-HE CHUCKLES

0:57:370:57:40

It's unusual. It's quite slap-up.

0:57:400:57:42

Is The Butler about?

0:57:420:57:43

Yes, yes, she's about. Ah, here she is.

0:57:430:57:46

LAUGHTER

0:57:460:57:48

Wine - I shall find wine.

0:57:480:57:50

-Squeals! There she is.

-LAUGHING

0:57:500:57:52

Squeals. And she squeals.

0:57:520:57:54

May I take your wrap and gloves?

0:57:540:57:56

Thank you. I prefer to keep them on.

0:57:580:58:01

Please.

0:58:010:58:03

-What a lovely home.

-Yes. Yes. Wilkie found it.

0:58:080:58:13

HARRIET GIGGLING

0:58:140:58:15

CAROLINE CHUCKLING

0:58:150:58:17

Charles christened her "The Butler" on their first meeting.

0:58:170:58:20

It is all a game with him.

0:58:200:58:22

She's very dear.

0:58:240:58:25

Does this offend you, Miss Ternan?

0:58:280:58:31

Wilkie despises marriage and, as a widow, this suits me well.

0:58:380:58:43

We live very happily.

0:58:440:58:47

But you do disapprove, I see.

0:58:500:58:52

We have fallen in love with men of standing, Miss Ternan.

0:58:590:59:03

I am not in love.

0:59:030:59:04

-CHARLES ROARS

-The giant's coming.

0:59:040:59:08

It is late. Really.

0:59:080:59:10

It is too, too late. I must leave. Please excuse me, Miss Graves.

0:59:110:59:15

Charles, will you stay for dinner?

0:59:150:59:17

Nelly?

0:59:180:59:20

Mmm.

0:59:230:59:24

And still she is silent.

0:59:300:59:34

Mr Buckstone has offered me The World and The Stage.

0:59:340:59:37

It has a ridiculous plot.

0:59:400:59:43

A titled lady saved from debt by her sister, an actress.

0:59:430:59:46

Yes, but a very amusing final scene.

0:59:460:59:48

And it was you that secured me the role.

0:59:480:59:50

Did you mean to deliberately humiliate me tonight?

0:59:530:59:55

You did not like Miss Graves?

0:59:550:59:57

You cannot expect me to associate with a woman

0:59:570:59:59

living so openly with a man outside of marriage.

0:59:591:00:02

-Oh, Nelly... Nelly... Nelly!

-Entertaining guests as if she...

1:00:021:00:04

HE LAUGHS I do not wish to appear ungrateful.

1:00:041:00:07

You have been generous.

1:00:091:00:11

Some might say too generous to my family.

1:00:121:00:16

But I did not realise that I was to be your whore.

1:00:191:00:22

Nelly.

1:00:251:00:27

Nelly!

1:00:271:00:29

Nelly, it was a mistake.

1:00:291:00:32

-Did you send Catherine to me?

-Yes.

1:00:321:00:35

She is the mother of your children.

1:00:351:00:36

How could you be so cruel to her?

1:00:361:00:38

And, for that, I shall always be grateful,

1:00:381:00:40

but I do not love her.

1:00:401:00:42

She comprehends nothing.

1:00:421:00:45

She sees nothing.

1:00:451:00:47

I thought, if she saw you, then she would understand

1:00:471:00:49

that I have nothing with her.

1:00:491:00:51

-I wanted her to see it.

-"It"?

1:00:511:00:54

What is "it," Charles?

1:00:541:00:57

What is it that we are?

1:00:591:01:01

SOBBING

1:01:011:01:03

When your wife asked me if I was fond of you...

1:01:031:01:07

..I could not honestly reply.

1:01:091:01:12

I wanted to say no!

1:01:171:01:19

FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING

1:01:191:01:21

Can I be of assistance, sir?

1:01:211:01:23

Is this young lady troubling you, sir?

1:01:231:01:24

Uh, thank you. She is not troubling me at all. All is well.

1:01:241:01:28

Very good. Good night, sir.

1:01:281:01:30

Nelly?

1:01:311:01:33

Nelly.

1:01:331:01:34

May I come in?

1:01:381:01:40

Nelly.

1:02:091:02:10

BREATH TREMBLING

1:02:581:03:00

DOOR OPENS

1:04:181:04:19

DOOR CLOSES

1:04:211:04:23

HAMMER BANGING

1:04:231:04:26

I used to walk from the Aldwych to Highgate,

1:04:591:05:02

then back to Westminster, then on to Millbank.

1:05:021:05:05

You've London in your blood.

1:05:051:05:06

I do. I walk at quite a pace.

1:05:061:05:09

-Good day.

-Good day.

1:05:111:05:13

And I'd walk to Putney and...

1:05:161:05:19

LAUGHING

1:05:191:05:21

-I've done that walk.

-Yes.

1:05:221:05:25

You don't believe me?

1:05:251:05:26

Father?

1:05:261:05:28

Charley?

1:05:281:05:29

What are you doing here?

1:05:311:05:34

I walk this way if I've taken an earlier train.

1:05:341:05:36

You remember Miss Ellen?

1:05:361:05:38

-Of course.

-Charley, you look well.

1:05:381:05:41

I am quite well. Thank you, Miss Ternan.

1:05:411:05:43

Charley is working in the city.

1:05:431:05:45

-How clever.

-Not really.

1:05:451:05:47

It's a friend of Father's.

1:05:471:05:49

I still have the glove which you rescued for me.

1:05:491:05:52

I would have been most unhappy to have lost it.

1:05:521:05:55

They're my favourite pair.

1:05:551:05:56

I am sure you would have found another.

1:05:561:05:58

-Well, I am already late...

-Yes, yes.

1:06:001:06:03

Father...

1:06:031:06:05

Will we see you at home?

1:06:051:06:07

Yes.

1:06:071:06:09

Good day, Charley.

1:06:111:06:12

FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING

1:06:251:06:27

Charley.

1:06:301:06:32

What is it?

1:06:361:06:38

It's a letter in The Times.

1:06:381:06:40

It's from Father.

1:06:411:06:43

I can't read it.

1:06:511:06:53

Would you read it?

1:06:551:06:57

Read it to me.

1:06:581:07:00

"There is some domestic trouble of mine,

1:07:061:07:09

"longstanding,

1:07:091:07:11

"on which I will make no further remark,

1:07:111:07:13

"it being of a sacredly private nature.

1:07:131:07:16

"However,

1:07:171:07:19

"it has lately been brought to an arrangement

1:07:191:07:21

"which involves no anger or ill will of any kind.

1:07:211:07:24

"My wife, Catherine, and I have decided to separate.

1:07:241:07:29

"The whole origin,

1:07:291:07:31

"progress and surrounding circumstances

1:07:311:07:33

"have been throughout within the knowledge of my children.

1:07:331:07:37

"It is amicably composed,

1:07:371:07:39

"and its details have now but to be forgotten by those concerned in it.

1:07:391:07:43

"I most solemnly declare that all the lately whispered rumors

1:07:441:07:48

"touching upon my association

1:07:481:07:50

"with a certain young lady are abominably false.

1:07:501:07:54

"Upon my soul and honour,

1:07:541:07:56

"there is no-one on earth more virtuous

1:07:561:07:58

"and spotless than this young creature.

1:07:581:08:00

"And whoever says otherwise, after this denial,

1:08:021:08:06

"will lie as willfully and as foully as it is possible

1:08:061:08:09

"for any false witness to lie before heaven and earth."

1:08:091:08:14

-SOFTLY:

-Thank you.

1:08:221:08:24

SOBBING

1:08:351:08:37

He's an honourable man.

1:09:271:09:29

And you, Nelly, are a beautiful...

1:09:331:09:36

-Mother.

-..clever, wonderful young woman.

1:09:361:09:39

-But he cannot marry me.

-No.

1:09:401:09:43

He cannot.

1:09:441:09:45

But I have been married...

1:09:511:09:53

..and it is at times the loneliest place.

1:09:551:09:58

What do I do?

1:10:021:10:04

Um...

1:10:071:10:09

Fanny and I leave for Italy at the end of the month.

1:10:131:10:16

You could come with us.

1:10:161:10:19

Um...

1:10:191:10:20

I can arrange a passage. It's easily done.

1:10:201:10:23

He's burnt a lifetime's correspondence, Nelly.

1:10:251:10:27

Nelly, listen. He's even asked me to burn all our correspondence.

1:10:271:10:31

There is an insanity to his behaviour.

1:10:311:10:33

No, he's not insane. He's distraught.

1:10:331:10:36

And I am not?

1:10:361:10:37

You have a choice. You can distance yourself from him.

1:10:371:10:41

You could find a new life, a different life.

1:10:411:10:44

A different life? What different life?

1:10:441:10:47

What life is there for me?

1:10:471:10:49

He is a good man...

1:10:511:10:53

trying to be a good man.

1:10:531:10:56

But he is a great man.

1:10:571:10:59

You see him, Nelly.

1:11:011:11:03

I watch you together. You see him, he sees you.

1:11:031:11:08

What more does one want in life?

1:11:081:11:10

-CAROLINE:

-Wilkie?

-I'm coming.

1:11:111:11:14

We have to break these conventions.

1:11:141:11:17

Smash them up.

1:11:171:11:20

-We're the pioneers.

-Pioneers?

1:11:201:11:24

You men, you live your lives while it is we who have to wait.

1:11:241:11:29

You see a freedom which I do not see.

1:11:301:11:32

Wilkie?

1:11:321:11:34

The Butler will not sleep if I don't read to her.

1:11:361:11:39

My name is whispered with yours.

1:12:091:12:12

Yet I have nothing.

1:12:131:12:15

Nelly.

1:12:151:12:17

-I have no regrets.

-Charles...

1:12:191:12:21

I have broken something which needed breaking.

1:12:211:12:24

I have finished it.

1:12:251:12:26

Yes, it is finished.

1:12:261:12:28

No, no, no. The book.

1:12:281:12:31

I have finished the book. Here.

1:12:321:12:34

You do not like it?

1:13:041:13:06

No.

1:13:071:13:08

I like it.

1:13:111:13:13

I like it very much.

1:13:141:13:15

-Wilkie thinks I should change the ending.

-No, you must not.

1:13:171:13:21

To bring Estella and Pip together at the end, but not to unite them.

1:13:211:13:24

-She is changed. That is enough?

-Yes.

1:13:241:13:26

It is a sad ending, but Estella finds her heart.

1:13:261:13:29

-She finds an understanding at last.

-Exactly.

1:13:291:13:31

And at times...

1:13:311:13:34

-Pip is not heroic.

-He is filled with the vanities,

1:13:341:13:36

-the ambitions, the flaws in all of us.

-Yes.

1:13:361:13:40

I know what I have done,

1:13:401:13:43

but to stay as it was, I cannot when my heart...

1:13:431:13:48

Nelly.

1:13:581:14:00

In an earlier chapter, Pip said,

1:14:011:14:04

"You are part of my existence, part of myself."

1:14:041:14:08

I remember.

1:14:101:14:11

"You have been in every line I have ever read.

1:14:111:14:15

"You have been in every prospect I have ever seen,

1:14:151:14:18

"on the river, on the sails of the ships,

1:14:181:14:22

"on the marshes, in the clouds, in the light,

1:14:221:14:26

"in the darkness, in the wind, in the woods,

1:14:261:14:29

"in the sea, in the streets.

1:14:291:14:32

"You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy

1:14:321:14:37

"that my mind has ever become acquainted with.

1:14:371:14:40

"Estella.

1:14:421:14:44

"To the last hour of my life...

1:14:451:14:47

"..you cannot choose but remain part of my character.

1:14:491:14:53

"Part of the little good in me.

1:14:541:14:57

"Part of the evil."

1:14:581:14:59

Let us go away.

1:15:061:15:08

PLAYING PIANO SCALE

1:15:321:15:34

DISTANT MURMURING

1:15:361:15:39

HE GRUNTS

1:16:211:16:23

BREATHING HEAVILY

1:16:231:16:25

" 'Now, touch my face with yours

1:17:361:17:39

" 'in case I should not hold out till you come back.

1:17:391:17:41

" 'I love you, Mortimer'...

1:17:411:17:44

"..the discovery was hers. 'Observe, my dear Eugene,

1:17:441:17:47

" 'while I am away, you will know that I have discharged my trust'...

1:17:471:17:50

" '..so much, John dear, and since you do,

1:17:501:17:53

" 'I am sorry that these shoes are a full size too large.

1:17:531:17:55

" 'But I don't want a carriage, believe me.' "

1:17:551:17:58

ENQUIRING IN FRENCH

1:18:311:18:33

CHARLES REPLYING

1:18:371:18:39

'I have agreed to 50 more readings.'

1:18:411:18:43

In Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin.

1:18:431:18:46

And I've been asked to give a reading in Paris.

1:18:461:18:50

-Shall I come with you?

-Well...

1:18:501:18:53

There are whisperings, Nelly.

1:18:541:18:57

-Where?

-In Paris.

1:18:591:19:00

And if they're in Paris, then they will soon be in London.

1:19:001:19:04

I've been out of circulation.

1:19:041:19:06

Then you must go.

1:19:091:19:11

Yes. It is what I am.

1:19:111:19:13

No, I shall not go.

1:19:201:19:21

-No, you shall.

-No, no, no.

1:19:211:19:23

-My mind is made up. I shall not go.

-No, you will.

1:19:231:19:25

SHE CHUCKLES

1:19:251:19:27

-Sorry, ma'am. I didn't see you there.

-It is quite all right, Mary.

1:19:511:19:54

-I will do it.

-Is there anything else, ma'am?

1:19:541:19:58

-The guests will be arriving shortly.

-That is everything. Thank you, Mary.

1:19:581:20:02

DOCTOR SPEAKING FRENCH

1:21:061:21:08

FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING

1:22:271:22:29

Nelly, have you left the keys on the table?

1:22:311:22:34

I believe an English family wish to take the house for the winter.

1:22:361:22:40

Nelly?

1:22:421:22:44

Say something.

1:22:511:22:53

Say something!

1:22:581:22:59

We shall miss our train.

1:23:021:23:03

SOBBING

1:23:141:23:15

All passengers arrived from France. This train for London.

1:23:511:23:55

I think we're in the last compartment here, Nelly.

1:23:551:23:59

-Ah!

-MAN:

-It's Mr Dickens.

1:23:591:24:01

-Thank you. We're in here, I think.

-Mr Dickens, sir.

1:24:011:24:03

My wife says she should marry Rokesmith and be done.

1:24:031:24:06

-Perhaps the next chapter.

-I'll tell her.

1:24:061:24:07

That's for you. Thank you very much.

1:24:071:24:09

WHISTLE BLOWS

1:24:091:24:10

Thank you.

1:24:101:24:12

HE CHUCKLES

1:24:541:24:55

Sleep, Nelly, and when you wake, we shall be home.

1:25:001:25:04

HE SIGHS

1:25:141:25:15

CRASHING

1:25:161:25:18

DISTANT SCREAMING

1:25:481:25:49

WOMAN SOBBING

1:25:561:25:57

-PORTER:

-Gentlemen, please. Someone open these carriages here.

1:26:011:26:05

And your wife? Is anyone else in this carriage?

1:26:051:26:08

Excuse me.

1:26:081:26:10

-MAN 1:

-Help!

-MAN 2:

-Over here!

1:26:101:26:13

-MAN 3:

-Please, they are hurt.

-BOY:

-Help!

1:26:131:26:15

-MAN 3:

-Take the weight on your other leg. That's it.

-PORTER:

-Sir?

1:26:151:26:18

Sir? We're asking everyone able-bodied

1:26:181:26:21

if they could help with the most injured.

1:26:211:26:23

We need all the hands we can get.

1:26:231:26:25

Nelly.

1:26:271:26:29

Nelly.

1:26:301:26:31

Sir?

1:26:331:26:35

Excuse me, sir. Could you come and assist me?

1:26:351:26:38

-Is it Mr Dickens, sir?

-Yes.

-Were you travelling alone, sir?

1:26:381:26:42

SOFTLY: Go.

1:26:421:26:43

Mr Dickens.

1:26:471:26:49

-Were you travelling alone?

-Go.

1:26:491:26:51

Go. Go.

1:26:511:26:53

Sir?

1:26:531:26:54

Yes, quite alone. This young woman is in need of assistance.

1:26:541:26:57

-We are dealing with the most injured first.

-Yes, I'll do what I can,

1:26:571:26:59

but you must attend to this young woman.

1:26:591:27:00

Madam, I will get one of these ladies to attend to you.

1:27:001:27:03

-Ladies, please. This way, sir.

-Yes, we're with her.

1:27:031:27:05

-Please, will you attend to her?

-We're with her.

-I have Brandy here.

1:27:051:27:08

-Uh...

-Sir?

-WOMAN:

-Don't worry. Stay here.

1:27:081:27:11

-Check who's inside.

-Ah.

1:27:111:27:13

Sir, press down as hard as you can to stop the blood flow.

1:27:151:27:18

Sir, this is Brandy.

1:27:191:27:21

We will find assistance for you as soon as possible.

1:27:211:27:23

WOMAN SCREAMS

1:27:231:27:25

Porter, we need to release all passengers

1:27:271:27:29

from the train above, so they may help with the injured.

1:27:291:27:32

All able-bodied gentlemen, bring their hats to this tree.

1:27:321:27:36

BREATHING HEAVILY

1:27:431:27:45

-BENHAM:

-Ellen Ternan?

1:28:211:28:22

Yes.

1:28:251:28:26

That was my name.

1:28:321:28:34

You have always known this?

1:28:431:28:45

Suspected.

1:28:461:28:48

Things you said.

1:28:481:28:50

Comments.

1:28:501:28:52

Memories of Mr Dickens that were not a child's memories.

1:28:521:28:56

I saw him read once.

1:29:001:29:02

It was magical.

1:29:031:29:05

One forgets that he was more than writer, more than actor.

1:29:081:29:11

I have lived my life in the pages of those novels.

1:29:141:29:18

I should not have expected their author

1:29:201:29:21

to have lived so quiet a life.

1:29:211:29:23

-CHARLES:

-The house is to your liking?

1:30:001:30:02

Yes.

1:30:021:30:03

I'm happy to see the castle from the window.

1:30:041:30:08

There's a fire in every room. And I've taken the liberty

1:30:081:30:10

of employing a nurse who will attend to you.

1:30:101:30:12

She's a local woman, but of good kind.

1:30:121:30:14

It's a sleepy market town with a very fine butchers.

1:30:171:30:20

And the church is newly restored, which you must visit.

1:30:201:30:24

The fast train from Paddington takes 18 minutes.

1:30:271:30:29

Or alternatively, there's a train to Windsor from Victoria or Waterloo,

1:30:291:30:33

which also serves well.

1:30:331:30:35

Nelly?

1:30:491:30:50

It's as if it's floating.

1:30:511:30:53

You will come to see me?

1:30:581:31:01

Yes. Of course.

1:31:011:31:03

Weekly?

1:31:031:31:04

Mmm, twice weekly. More.

1:31:041:31:06

-And if I should need anything?

-You need only ask.

1:31:061:31:10

And should I expect you at weekends and holidays?

1:31:101:31:14

-Yes, but my family...

-Of course.

1:31:141:31:18

When you can.

1:31:211:31:23

Yes.

1:31:241:31:25

And shall we keep Tringham?

1:31:281:31:30

Yes.

1:31:311:31:33

Then this is how it is to be now.

1:31:341:31:37

Whatever I have tried to do in life,

1:31:421:31:44

I have tried with all my heart to do it well.

1:31:441:31:47

-Whatever I've devoted myself to, I...

-Don't, Charles.

1:31:481:31:51

Don't explain.

1:31:531:31:55

There's nothing to say.

1:32:001:32:02

Everyone has their secret.

1:32:051:32:07

And this is ours.

1:32:091:32:11

Yes.

1:32:131:32:14

'I was not a child when I met Mr Dickens.'

1:32:411:32:44

I was 18.

1:32:451:32:47

It wasn't easy, our friendship.

1:32:481:32:52

Yet there were days of such joy, such celebration.

1:32:521:32:57

And we'd talk and laugh together.

1:32:591:33:02

He knew he'd leave me first.

1:33:071:33:09

That he would die first.

1:33:121:33:15

Charles understood that, however painful it is...

1:33:191:33:23

..we're alone.

1:33:261:33:27

Whoever we're with,

1:33:301:33:33

we're alone.

1:33:331:33:35

He was right.

1:33:381:33:40

Great Expectations.

1:33:431:33:45

He wrote an ending. It was his first instinctive ending.

1:33:471:33:52

A good ending.

1:33:521:33:53

Pip and Estella do not come together.

1:33:551:33:58

Pip sees that she will never be his.

1:34:021:34:05

Later they wanted him to change it.

1:34:071:34:09

Some people thought it too brutal.

1:34:091:34:12

So instead...

1:34:121:34:13

..Pip's final words are...

1:34:171:34:20

"I saw the shadow of no parting from her."

1:34:241:34:28

He ends the book in shadows.

1:34:341:34:36

In uncertainty.

1:34:411:34:43

In haunting.

1:34:471:34:49

And that is where I have been living.

1:34:541:34:57

Do you see?

1:34:591:35:00

Yes.

1:35:021:35:03

I will not live there any more.

1:35:071:35:09

Nelly.

1:35:161:35:18

You're late. It's nearly dark.

1:35:181:35:20

-Where have you been?

-George.

1:35:201:35:23

I am here.

1:35:241:35:26

I am here.

1:35:311:35:33

-Are you quite well?

-Yes, George.

1:35:341:35:37

Are you sure?

1:35:371:35:39

I walked with Mr Benham today.

1:35:451:35:48

We talked about Mr Dickens.

1:35:491:35:51

Yes.

1:35:511:35:53

George...

1:35:541:35:56

The memories of a child, Nelly.

1:36:001:36:03

ROARS

1:36:061:36:08

Geoffrey!

1:36:081:36:10

Oh, Geoffrey.

1:36:101:36:12

You will frighten our guests.

1:36:131:36:15

-I think he was trying to frighten his mother.

-Geoffrey.

1:36:151:36:18

-Go on, take your place.

-Yes, Mama.

1:36:201:36:23

MUSIC PLAYING

1:36:251:36:27

Nelly?

1:36:311:36:32

INDISTINCT CHATTER

1:36:491:36:51

INAUDIBLE

1:36:591:37:00

-HADLEY:

-Well, my lads, the day has broken at last.

1:37:031:37:06

What do you say to the weather now?

1:37:061:37:08

I say the weather will do.

1:37:081:37:10

I say doubtful.

1:37:101:37:11

ALL CHUCKLE

1:37:111:37:13

I can see for myself there's a storm coming.

1:37:131:37:15

I smell the snow. I can feel the hurricane in the air.

1:37:151:37:19

No money those gentlemen can offer

1:37:191:37:21

will tempt me to cross the Mountain with them today.

1:37:211:37:23

-BOY 1:

-Well, are you ready at last

1:37:251:37:28

to cross the Mountain with us or not?

1:37:281:37:31

-BOY 2:

-I say yes, if the others will say yes, too.

1:37:311:37:33

I say no!

1:37:331:37:35

I am Mountain boy. I know the pass up there as I know my ABC.

1:37:351:37:39

You know the Mountain. If you risk it, I will.

1:37:391:37:41

I'm your man. I will guide you to your journey's end.

1:37:411:37:44

-Say when.

-Now!

1:37:441:37:46

-Are you ready?

-I am ready. Come along.

1:37:461:37:50

WAVES CRASHING

1:37:501:37:52

WAVES LAPPING

1:37:581:38:00

SEAGULLS SQUAWKING

1:38:031:38:05

APPLAUSE

1:38:171:38:18

INAUDIBLE

1:38:441:38:46

This is a tale of woe.

1:38:501:38:52

This is a tale of sorrow.

1:38:521:38:55

A love denied, a love restored,

1:38:551:38:57

to live beyond tomorrow.

1:38:571:38:59

Lest we think silence is the place to hide a heavy heart,

1:38:591:39:03

remember, to love and be loved is life itself

1:39:031:39:07

without which we are nought.

1:39:071:39:10

-WOMAN:

-# 'Tis the last rose of summer

1:39:171:39:22

# Left blooming alone

1:39:221:39:27

# No flower of her kindred

1:39:271:39:31

# No rosebud is nigh

1:39:311:39:40

# To reflect back her blushes

1:39:401:39:46

# And give sigh for sigh

1:39:461:39:51

# I'll not leave thee, thou lone one

1:39:531:39:58

# To pine on the stem

1:39:581:40:03

# Since the lovely are sleeping

1:40:031:40:08

# Go sleep thou with them

1:40:081:40:14

# Thus kindly I scatter

1:40:141:40:19

# Thy leaves o'er the bed

1:40:191:40:28

# Where thy mates of the garden

1:40:281:40:33

# Lie scentless and dead

1:40:331:40:39

# So soon may I follow

1:40:411:40:46

# When friendships decay

1:40:461:40:52

# When true hearts lie withered

1:40:521:40:57

# And fond ones are flown

1:40:571:41:08

# Oh, who would inhabit

1:41:081:41:14

# This bleak world alone? #

1:41:141:41:20

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