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Miss Kelly, might I talk to you later?

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Not if what you're going to say

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will cause trouble for me in some way or another.

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BELL TOLLS

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Nine o'clock mass is over, girls.

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-Now.

-Thank you.

-One moment, please.

-Excuse me.

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And some rashers and some cheese.

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Mrs Brady, what would you like this morning?

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-Half a dozen rashers, please.

-Of course.

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Eilis will get that for you now.

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-I was next.

-And you still are.

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-Yes?

-I need some shoe polish.

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Shoe polish? That's not really a Sunday item, now, is it?

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These people need things for their dinner or their tea.

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Why couldn't you have remembered yesterday?

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Because it looks like you needed it yesterday.

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I'm sorry.

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Miss Kelly...

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I hadn't forgotten. Spit it out, whatever it is.

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I'm away to America.

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Whose idea was that?

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Father Flood in New York arranged it.

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Rose used to play golf with him.

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He sponsored me.

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And he found me a job and got me a visa.

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Well, we won't be needing you back here.

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-I could work every Sunday till I go.

-No, thank you.

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-Your poor sister.

-My sister?

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Well, mothers are always being left behind in this country.

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But Rose,

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that's the end for her now, isn't it?

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She'll be looking after your mother for the rest of her life.

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I wish I'd written to Father Flood about you, Rose.

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Me? I have a job.

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You had a couple of hours on a Sunday working for Nettles Kelly.

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You shouldn't call her that.

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I think it's quite a kind name.

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Considering she's actually a terrible old witch.

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Well, I don't want to talk about her any more.

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Good.

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They say it's hotter there in the summer and colder in the winter.

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What in heaven's name will she do about clothes?

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She'll buy them, Mother.

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She doesn't want to be wasting her money on clothes.

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She won't have much choice. She'll be there for...

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-You look beautiful, Nancy.

-Thank you.

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You look so beautiful. It makes me despair of this place.

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-Why?

-Well, you're the prettiest girl in County Wexford.

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You should be able to choose any man you want

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and we're hoping that George Sheridan from the rugby club

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-looks your way.

-Do you think he might?

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Of course he will.

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I know you like him, Nancy, but he's not Gary Cooper, is he?

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And those boys with their hair oil and their blazers.

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-He has beautiful eyes.

-Mmm...

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And he's going to come into a beautiful shop in the market square.

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Why didn't you wear your blue dress?

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Are you asking why I didn't make more of an effort?

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I suppose cos I'm going away.

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Mind, now.

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Come on.

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He's looked over here twice already.

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He hasn't!

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He's walking over here now.

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He's not!

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Why would I keep lying to you about what George Sheridan's doing?

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Would you like to dance?

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Is that really everything you own?

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Oh, Eilis.

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I should have looked after you better.

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You've bought most of the clothes in this case.

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That's one of the reasons I'm going, cos I can't buy my own.

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If it was just that, I'd spend every penny I had on you.

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Gladly.

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But I can't buy you a future.

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I can't buy you the kind of life you need.

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I know.

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But you'll come see me there one day?

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Yes.

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-And you'll look after yourself?

-You don't have to worry about me.

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And I'll come home to visit, won't I?

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Cos I couldn't bear it if...

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You haven't packed your shoes yet.

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They'll take up a bit of room.

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There.

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Oh! I'm sorry.

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Off.

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Number one, bottom bunk, that's mine.

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You're on the top.

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This is hell. Never again.

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Never again to America?

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The mistake was coming home from America in the first place.

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I'd do anything to get out of this horrible cabin.

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Let's go for a smoke.

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I don't.

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Suit yourself. I'll see you later.

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Unless I find a nice man in first to smoke with.

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It's good to see that not everybody's

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put off their dinner by the weather forecast.

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It's supposed to be a rough one tonight,

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so none of the other passengers are eating.

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A few spoonfuls of soup maybe, but not the mutton stew.

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Please unlock it.

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-Go away!

-RETCHING

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I'm sorry about the smell.

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And the bucket.

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Don't worry. The whole boat stinks.

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Even first class.

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I've just been thrown out of there, by the way.

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The bathroom door was locked all night.

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Oh, those bastards.

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There. Won't be very comfortable, but at least it's ours.

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KNOCKING

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Open the door. Open the door right now.

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If you'd been nice last night, we would have played fair.

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-Now you've got no toilet.

-Get out of the bathroom.

-You bastards.

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Go on, you can use it.

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I'm going to get us some water.

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That's all you're allowed.

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Are you going to live in America?

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Yes.

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You have papers and everything?

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Yes.

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And a job.

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How'd you manage to arrange all that?

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I didn't. Someone did it for me.

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A priest my sister knows.

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And how do you feel about it?

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How long do letters from Ireland take to arrive?

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My sister Rose said she'd write straightaway.

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They take a long time at first.

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And then no time at all.

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You have family in America? Friends?

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No.

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You'll meet people easily enough.

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Where are you going to live?

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Brooklyn?

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How'd you know that?

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Lucky guess.

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Try to remember that sometimes it's nice to talk to people

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who don't know your auntie.

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That's what it's like?

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That's what it's like.

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I haven't been sick for hours.

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Nice, isn't it?

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I'm very hungry.

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That's why you haven't been sick for hours.

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We'll eat tomorrow.

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Or the day after.

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Oh, dear. We're going to have to do something with you.

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They'll put you in quarantine or something

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if you try and enter the country looking like that.

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Nothing fancy.

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You mustn't look like a tart.

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Oh, well, looking like a tart isn't going to be a problem.

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This doesn't look too bad.

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My sister gave me that.

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Wear it with...

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..this and...

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..this.

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Have your bags ready for inspection.

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Don't look too innocent, though.

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I'll put some rouge and mascara on you.

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Perhaps a little eyeliner.

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Step out of the line, please. Thank you. Next, please. Thank you.

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Step over this way, please. Get out of the line.

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Next. Passport, please.

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Stand up straight. Polish your shoes.

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And don't cough, whatever you do.

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Over this way.

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Don't be rude or pushy, but don't look too nervous.

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Step this way.

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Think like an American.

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You have to know where you're going.

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Welcome to the United States, ma'am.

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Through the blue door, please.

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Next, please.

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Bless us, oh Lord,

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and these thy gifts which we are about to receive from thy bounty

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through Christ our Lord, amen.

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Amen.

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I saw you had a letter today, Diana.

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-Any news?

-Mr de Valera's had another operation on his eyes, she says.

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He's been in Holland.

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I don't want news I can read in a newspaper.

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Anyway, we would describe Mr de Valera as politics,

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would we not, Mrs Kehoe?

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-And we do not like politics at the dinner table.

-We don't.

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It's not politics to talk about eye operations.

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It is if the eyes belong to a politician.

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And I don't like to talk about hospitals very much either.

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Patty, did you have any luck with that cold cream?

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No, Mrs Kehoe. I asked Miss Tyler in Cosmetics.

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-And I showed her the advertisement.

-I don't want to have to travel

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all the way into Manhattan just for a jar of cold cream.

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Maybe you could have a look in Bartocci's for me, Eilis?

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-Yes, Mrs Kehoe.

-Oh, Bartocci's is bound to have it.

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She doesn't know that for sure, Mrs Kehoe.

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She's only saying that Bartocci's is a better store

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-than Webster's to get at Patty.

-They're both very good

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and you girls are very lucky to be working there.

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Eilis, from the look of you, you have greasy skin.

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Is that right? What do you do about that?

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Just...

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Well, I wash it, Mrs Kehoe, with soap.

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There's nothing wrong with soap.

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Soap was good enough for Our Lord, I expect.

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Oh, and which brand did he use, Miss McAdam?

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Does the Bible tell you that?

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Our Lord was a man, anyway.

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He didn't care about greasy skin.

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Ladies, no more talk about

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Our Lord's complexion at dinner, please.

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The girls will help you find something suitable, Eilis.

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-Won't you, girls?

-ALL: Mmm-hmm.

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Hi.

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-Good morning.

-Did you go out last night?

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Out, the opposite of in.

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No.

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Well, I saw a movie with my boyfriend.

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"What did you see, Dorothy?"

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"I saw The Quiet Man, Eilis. They filmed it in Ireland."

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"Oh, I'm from Ireland."

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"I know you are. That's why I thought you might be interested."

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Thank you.

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Shouldn't be a moment.

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Is it still hot out there?

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I haven't been outside since this morning.

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But I can tell that it might be very.

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It just looks it.

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It's warm, yes.

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Thanks very much.

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Remember, if people like it here, they'll come back,

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so you treat every customer as if she's a new friend.

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-I'll try.

-It's not a matter of trying.

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It's what you have to do.

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Do you try to wear panties every day?

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No.

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I mean, I don't... I don't try. I just put them on.

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You see what I'm saying?

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-Yes.

-Good.

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Can we get another side of toast, please?

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Slice up some hot dogs.

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They want 'em sliced down the middle.

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Sorry. Could I have the bill, please?

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I hope that when I go through the Pearly Gates,

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the first sound I hear is you asking me for the cheque

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in that lovely Irish brogue.

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-Diana?

-INDISTINCT

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Have they told you a date for the nylon sale yet, Eilis?

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Never had a Bartocci's girl living here.

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Might get some inside information.

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I haven't been told anything.

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-I bet you wouldn't let on if you had.

-She's that sort.

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More loyal to her bosses than to her friends.

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-Like a Red spy.

-Oh, dear God.

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I'll thank you to keep His name out of a conversation about nylons.

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He might be everywhere,

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-but he's certainly not in Bartocci's on sale day.

-Sorry, Mrs Kehoe.

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I was glad to see you finally got some letters from home today, Eilis.

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Did I? I forgot to check.

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They'll still be there after dinner.

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Oh, sorry.

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"Dear Eilis.

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"It's hard for me to believe that you're reading this in America,

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"thousands of miles across the sea.

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"The big news here is that since you left,

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"Mammy has stopped shopping at Nettles Kelly's.

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"As you know, her bread wasn't always fresh

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"and she overcharged for everything.

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"And she's awful."

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"I haven't told her to her face.

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"There's no need.

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"She knows that she overcharges and her bread's not fresh."

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"We talk about you every evening, of course.

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"We want to know everything.

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"I'm sure you're busy...

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"..but even if your letters were 200 pages,

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"they wouldn't be long enough for your mother.

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"Take care of yourself.

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"Love."

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Is it your time of the month?

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So, what is it?

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Take some time off now.

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Go and sit in the staff room.

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I'm so sorry, Eilis. This is all my fault.

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I was led to believe that you didn't need looking after.

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Franco Bartocci says you're doing great here.

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Ma Kehoe says you're the nicest lodger she's ever had.

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-What?

-"Ma Kehoe"?

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Don't ever call her that to her face.

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I'd forgotten just how bad it feels to be away from home.

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I've enrolled you in a night class, for book-keeping. Brooklyn College.

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It'll be three nights a week

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and I've paid your tuition for the first semester.

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-Why?

-Why? Not "thank you"?

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Sorry. Thank you. But why?

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Well, I was amazed that someone as clever as you

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couldn't find proper work at home.

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I've been here too long.

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I forget what it's like in Ireland.

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So when your sister wrote to me about you,

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I said the Church would try to help.

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Anyway, we need Irish girls in Brooklyn.

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I wish that I could stop feeling

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that I want to be an Irish girl in Ireland.

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All I can say is that it will pass.

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Homesickness is like most sicknesses.

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It'll make you feel wretched

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and then it'll move on to somebody else.

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Now, Taylor vs Standard Gas Company

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is one of the most important corporate cases

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decided in the Supreme Court in the last 20 years.

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This was the case responsible for the Deep Rock Doctrine,

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so it's maybe the biggest milestone

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in parent-subsidiary law.

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In public utility integration proceedings alone,

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literally thousands of investors

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may be affected by its application.

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BELL RINGS

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Did you understand any of that?

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I mean, a single word?

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He's not even reading from a book.

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He just knows all this.

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Well, let's hope the next hour's easier, huh?

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One of the things that ruins Christmas in America is the turkey.

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It all tastes of sawdust.

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So that's one cheese sandwich for Miss McAdam

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and extra turkey for everyone else.

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-THEY LAUGH

-Ladies, please.

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Eilis, Father Flood told me about your Christmas plans.

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Oh, you're not serving lunch to the old fellas

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who've nowhere to go, are you?

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He asks us every year. We always say no.

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Eilis, you're a saint. They smell awful.

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Sheila knows how they smell

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because that's where she goes husband hunting.

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It's a marvellous thing you're doing, Eilis. A Christian thing.

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I wish there were more like you.

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In you come.

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How many are we expecting?

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We had 100 last year. There may be more this.

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-Are they all Irish?

-All Irish.

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Why don't they go home?

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If there's nothing there for clever young girls such as yourself,

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there's going to be even less for men like these.

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Some of them have been here 50 years.

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They've lost touch with everyone.

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-Lovely.

-Thank you.

-Merry Christmas.

-Thank you.

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These are the men who built the tunnels,

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the bridges, the highways.

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God alone knows what they live on now.

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FOLK MUSIC PLAYS

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Anyway...

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HE WHISTLES

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I don't want to interrupt proceedings,

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but I'm sure you'd all like to show your appreciation

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to all the ladies here for their hard day's work.

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And by way of a thank you,

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we have a great singer in the room with us today.

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Frankie.

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HE SINGS "CASADH AN TSUGAIN"

0:27:010:27:07

Would you like to come into the front room for a glass of something?

0:28:510:28:54

You've earned it.

0:28:560:28:58

You survived.

0:28:590:29:00

Ah, it wasn't so bad.

0:29:020:29:03

-Happy Christmas.

-Cheers.

0:29:060:29:09

Now, Miss McAdam is leaving us.

0:29:130:29:15

She's going to live with her sister in Manhattan.

0:29:150:29:18

She has the best room in the house,

0:29:180:29:20

the basement,

0:29:200:29:22

and it has its own entrance.

0:29:220:29:24

Now, I can only let a certain kind of girl stay there.

0:29:240:29:29

Oh, and I'm not talking about looks here.

0:29:290:29:32

Although I will admit, God did give Miss McAdam an advantage

0:29:320:29:34

when I had to think about who I could trust to live down there.

0:29:340:29:37

No, no, you're a pretty girl, Eilis,

0:29:370:29:39

but you're sensible.

0:29:390:29:41

So, you're having the room and that's that.

0:29:410:29:43

Will the other girls not mind?

0:29:430:29:45

Oh, I expect so.

0:29:450:29:47

What don't they mind?

0:29:470:29:48

Girls, you'll take Dolores to the dance

0:29:530:29:56

-with you on Saturday night, won't you?

-There's a dance?

0:29:560:29:58

At the parish hall.

0:29:580:30:00

There'll be no alcohol, but you can have fun without it.

0:30:000:30:02

Um...

0:30:020:30:04

..Patty and I aren't going this week.

0:30:040:30:06

We're going to see a movie instead.

0:30:060:30:08

Well, I'm sure Dolores would enjoy a movie just as well.

0:30:080:30:11

I would, very much.

0:30:110:30:12

There are so many more movies here in New York than in Cavan.

0:30:120:30:15

Yes, surprising, isn't it?

0:30:150:30:17

You'd think it'd be the other way round.

0:30:170:30:19

THEY LAUGH

0:30:190:30:21

Of course, you would be welcome to join us, Dolores.

0:30:210:30:24

So long as you don't mind being a gooseberry.

0:30:240:30:27

So you both miraculously found boyfriends

0:30:270:30:29

over the last couple of days, did you?

0:30:290:30:31

Well, I hope you have more luck with these

0:30:310:30:33

than you did with the last few.

0:30:330:30:35

-Will you be going, Eilis?

-Yes, Mrs Kehoe.

0:30:350:30:37

Well, you can take Dolores, then.

0:30:370:30:39

Of course.

0:30:390:30:41

God. There's nobody here.

0:31:020:31:05

How are we supposed to get a fella if there's nobody here?

0:31:050:31:08

I expect most people will come after nine.

0:31:080:31:10

People or fellas?

0:31:100:31:13

Some of the people will be fellas.

0:31:130:31:16

I'd love to meet a fella.

0:31:170:31:19

They came. The liars.

0:31:210:31:23

What a pair of bitches.

0:31:230:31:27

That's what the old woman called them.

0:31:270:31:29

She said they were all bitches.

0:31:290:31:31

Apart from you.

0:31:320:31:34

Well, hello.

0:31:440:31:46

Hello. It's good to see you.

0:31:460:31:48

I can see why.

0:31:480:31:51

Come with us.

0:31:510:31:53

There. That's better.

0:32:050:32:08

Now you don't look like you came in from milking the cows.

0:32:080:32:11

-Is that what I looked like?

-Just a bit.

0:32:110:32:14

Nice, clean cows.

0:32:140:32:16

Not bad.

0:32:230:32:25

Maybe we can have a dance later.

0:32:340:32:36

I'm sorry?

0:32:360:32:37

-A dance, later.

-Oh. Sure.

0:32:370:32:40

Would you like to dance?

0:32:400:32:42

Are you here with that guy,

0:32:540:32:55

the one who was teaching you to dance?

0:32:550:32:57

-No.

-So would you dance with me?

0:32:570:33:01

I'm not sure he taught me anything.

0:33:010:33:02

Doesn't matter.

0:33:020:33:04

Secret is to look as though you know what you're doing.

0:33:040:33:06

I wish someone had told me that years ago.

0:33:060:33:11

Come on.

0:33:110:33:12

Where do you live?

0:33:430:33:44

-Clinton Street.

-Yeah?

0:33:460:33:48

That's on my way home.

0:33:490:33:51

Can I walk you?

0:33:520:33:54

I'm going to say yes and then I'm going to tell you why.

0:33:550:33:58

So I don't get the wrong idea?

0:33:580:34:00

I suppose so.

0:34:000:34:01

Is there a girl in a white shirt sitting on her own over there?

0:34:010:34:06

-You don't know her?

-I do.

0:34:100:34:12

She lives in my boarding house and she's awful.

0:34:130:34:16

If I leave with you, I'm sure she'd understand.

0:34:160:34:19

-You'd be rescuing me.

-I get it.

0:34:190:34:21

I'm not Irish.

0:34:420:34:44

You don't sound Irish.

0:34:440:34:47

I need to make this clear.

0:34:470:34:49

No part of me is Irish.

0:34:490:34:51

I don't have Irish parents or grandparents, or anything.

0:34:510:34:55

I'm Italian. Well, my parents are, anyway.

0:34:550:34:58

So what were you doing at an Irish dance?

0:34:580:35:00

Don't the Italians have dances?

0:35:000:35:02

Yeah, and I wouldn't want to take you to one.

0:35:020:35:05

They behave like Italians all night.

0:35:050:35:07

-What does that mean?

-Oh, you know.

0:35:070:35:09

No.

0:35:090:35:11

Hands.

0:35:110:35:13

Too many of them?

0:35:130:35:15

I guess it could seem that way if you was a girl. Listen...

0:35:150:35:18

I want everything out in the open.

0:35:210:35:23

I came to the Irish dance...

0:35:230:35:26

..because I really like Irish girls.

0:35:270:35:29

And I was the only one who would dance with you?

0:35:300:35:33

Oh, no, it wasn't...

0:35:330:35:34

Oh, so you danced with loads of others?

0:35:340:35:36

This is me.

0:35:450:35:46

Can I take you next week,

0:35:490:35:51

maybe get something to eat first?

0:35:510:35:53

That'd be nice.

0:35:550:35:57

Goodnight.

0:35:580:36:00

So...

0:36:180:36:19

..what do you do when you're not working?

0:36:210:36:23

Well, there's school.

0:36:250:36:27

Just, you know, Brooklyn College.

0:36:270:36:30

I'm studying book-keeping.

0:36:300:36:32

You want to be a book-keeper?

0:36:320:36:34

Well, I want to be an accountant one day but, yes, book-keeping first.

0:36:340:36:38

-Wow.

-Mmm.

0:36:380:36:40

Is that difficult?

0:36:400:36:42

I'm talking too much. Tell me about plumbing.

0:36:420:36:45

You know enough about plumbing already.

0:36:450:36:47

I don't know anything.

0:36:470:36:49

You know that taps drip

0:36:490:36:51

and that toilets get blocked,

0:36:510:36:53

and that's all you need to know.

0:36:530:36:55

I mean, I don't know anything about book-keeping.

0:36:550:36:57

Well, there's a lot to it.

0:37:010:37:03

There's all the maths, of course, but that's not so complicated.

0:37:030:37:06

The double-entry system, that takes a while to get used to.

0:37:060:37:09

And we study company law, too, and that terrifies me.

0:37:090:37:11

So we had to read about an insurance company

0:37:110:37:14

that went bankrupt in the 1930s

0:37:140:37:16

and all the legal issues that went along with that.

0:37:160:37:18

She plays golf and she's really good at it,

0:37:180:37:21

and if she'd been at the dance last Saturday,

0:37:210:37:22

then I don't think you'd have looked at me twice

0:37:220:37:24

because Rose is beautiful.

0:37:240:37:27

I'm worried. You haven't eaten anything.

0:37:280:37:31

Oh.

0:37:310:37:32

Too busy talking.

0:37:320:37:34

What is the matter with you girls now?

0:37:420:37:44

Nothing is the matter with us, Mrs Kehoe.

0:37:440:37:46

Is this all because Eilis has found herself a young man?

0:37:460:37:49

Eilis has a young man?

0:37:490:37:50

We didn't know.

0:37:500:37:52

She won't say anything about it.

0:37:520:37:53

And why should she to you awful gossipmongers?

0:37:530:37:57

Anyway, I met him on Saturday night when he called for Eilis,

0:37:570:38:00

and he's a gentleman.

0:38:000:38:02

Will you tell us what you know about him, Mrs Kehoe?

0:38:020:38:04

We know he's quite nice-looking.

0:38:040:38:06

Didn't like his shoes much.

0:38:060:38:08

What on Earth is wrong with his shoes?

0:38:080:38:10

They were a funny colour.

0:38:100:38:12

I'll tell you this much.

0:38:120:38:14

I'm going to ask Father Flood

0:38:140:38:15

to preach a sermon on the dangers of giddiness.

0:38:150:38:17

I see now that giddiness is the eighth deadly sin.

0:38:170:38:20

A giddy girl is every bit as evil as a slothful man,

0:38:200:38:26

and the noise she makes is a lot worse.

0:38:260:38:28

Enough.

0:38:280:38:30

BELL RINGS

0:38:350:38:38

All I want to do is travel home with you.

0:38:520:38:54

No food, no drink, no nothing.

0:38:540:38:56

I know you've got to study and get some sleep.

0:38:560:38:59

I'll take you to your house and say goodnight.

0:38:590:39:02

Otherwise, it's too long to wait.

0:39:020:39:06

I want to ask you something and you're going to say,

0:39:120:39:15

"Oh, it's too soon. I don't really know him well enough.

0:39:150:39:18

"We only been out a couple of times."

0:39:180:39:20

Oh, it's nothing so bad.

0:39:200:39:22

It's just something that most guys, they...

0:39:220:39:24

-Please just ask. You're beginning to terrify me.

-Oh...

0:39:240:39:27

Sure. Will you come for dinner and meet my family sometime?

0:39:270:39:31

That's it?

0:39:330:39:35

I'd love to.

0:39:350:39:37

You like Italian food?

0:39:390:39:40

Don't know. I've never eaten it.

0:39:400:39:42

It's the best food in the world.

0:39:420:39:44

Well, why would I not like it?

0:39:440:39:45

You're in a good mood, huh?

0:39:470:39:49

Yes. Why?

0:39:490:39:51

It's just...

0:39:510:39:53

I like how you're being.

0:39:530:39:56

I don't know the word, when you go along with everything.

0:39:560:40:00

-Amenable.

-Yeah? Amenable?

0:40:000:40:02

OK, so while you're being amenable,

0:40:040:40:07

can we go see a movie this week when you're not in night class?

0:40:070:40:10

I'll sign up for two movies.

0:40:130:40:14

-Really?

-Yes.

0:40:140:40:17

Even if the first date is a disaster,

0:40:170:40:19

I'll give it another chance.

0:40:190:40:21

Parkway's next stop.

0:40:280:40:30

Parkway's next.

0:40:300:40:33

It certainly feels like it,

0:40:330:40:34

but this is my first year, so I don't know how to judge.

0:40:340:40:37

Well, congratulations.

0:40:370:40:38

-You've survived your first New York winter.

-Ah. Wasn't so bad.

0:40:380:40:41

Really? It's colder in Ireland?

0:40:410:40:43

Oh, no, it's colder here.

0:40:430:40:44

Over here, that's how we judge the winter, on how cold it is.

0:40:440:40:48

But you have heating, heating everywhere.

0:40:480:40:50

You're only cold outside.

0:40:500:40:52

I guess that's true.

0:40:520:40:54

-Thank you for your help.

-Have a good day.

0:40:540:40:56

Eilis.

0:40:590:41:01

You're like a different person.

0:41:010:41:03

How did you do it?

0:41:030:41:04

Maybe I can pass some advice on to the next poor girl

0:41:040:41:07

-who feels that way.

-I met somebody. An Italian fella.

0:41:070:41:10

Oh, no. I'm not passing that on.

0:41:100:41:12

I'd rather have them homesick than heartbroken.

0:41:120:41:15

Does he talk about baseball all the time?

0:41:150:41:17

-Or his mother?

-No.

0:41:170:41:18

Then keep him.

0:41:180:41:20

There isn't another Italian man like him in New York.

0:41:200:41:22

Hold it.

0:41:250:41:28

Now, remember you're getting off easy because we haven't got sauce.

0:41:280:41:31

Yeah, you have to remember that the sauce flies everywhere,

0:41:310:41:33

so take it slowly.

0:41:330:41:35

I'm going to say "splash" any time I see problems.

0:41:350:41:38

-Good idea.

-Can I start now?

0:41:380:41:41

-Yeah.

-Go.

0:41:410:41:44

Splash!

0:41:560:41:57

You just splashed his mother, his father, and the walls.

0:41:580:42:02

Let's go again.

0:42:020:42:03

"Dear Rose.

0:42:050:42:07

"I suppose the most important news is that I have a boyfriend.

0:42:070:42:11

"He isn't as important as Bartocci's and my night classes, I know that,

0:42:110:42:14

"but I want to tell you everything that's going on.

0:42:140:42:17

"Please don't mention it to Mammy, though. You know what she's like.

0:42:170:42:21

"He's decent and kind,

0:42:210:42:23

"and he has a job and he works hard.

0:42:230:42:25

"We go to the cinema on Wednesdays

0:42:250:42:27

"and he takes me to Father Flood's dance on Saturdays.

0:42:270:42:31

"I think of you and Mother every single day,

0:42:310:42:35

"but Tony has helped me to feel that I have a life here

0:42:350:42:38

"I didn't have before I met him.

0:42:380:42:41

"My body was here,

0:42:410:42:42

"but my life was back in Ireland with you.

0:42:420:42:45

"Now it's halfway across the sea.

0:42:450:42:48

"So that's something, isn't it?"

0:42:480:42:50

Oh, and I'd better warn you about Frankie.

0:43:030:43:05

-He's the little one?

-Yeah, he's eight going on 18.

0:43:050:43:08

I mean, he's nice and he's smart, but he's been talking

0:43:080:43:10

and he's talking about all the things he's going to say to you.

0:43:100:43:13

-What sort of things?

-We don't know. It could be anything.

0:43:130:43:16

I mean, I tried to pay him money to go out

0:43:160:43:18

and play ball with his friends and my dad, he threatened him,

0:43:180:43:21

but I think he's looking forward to causing trouble,

0:43:210:43:24

so much so he'll happily take a beating.

0:43:240:43:26

This is us here.

0:43:260:43:28

You ready?

0:43:280:43:30

Hey, how did you learn to eat spaghetti like that?

0:43:450:43:47

I've been taking lessons.

0:43:490:43:51

Lessons? Like in a class?

0:43:510:43:53

You can do that? Maybe I could teach it.

0:43:530:43:55

No, no, Diana, who lives in the boarding house with me,

0:43:550:43:58

cooked me some spaghetti

0:43:580:44:00

and made me try and eat it without making a mess.

0:44:000:44:02

So what do you eat in Ireland? Just Irish stew?

0:44:020:44:06

Not just. We eat...

0:44:060:44:07

So, first of all, I should say that we don't like Irish people.

0:44:070:44:10

-Hey, watch it.

-Frankie.

0:44:100:44:11

What? We don't. That is a well-known fact.

0:44:110:44:14

Why, Frankie?

0:44:140:44:16

Cos a big gang of Irish beat Maurizio up

0:44:160:44:18

and he had to get stitches,

0:44:180:44:20

and because all the cops around here are Irish

0:44:200:44:22

-nobody did anything about it.

-There's probably two sides to it.

0:44:220:44:25

I might have said something I shouldn't.

0:44:250:44:27

You know, I can't remember now.

0:44:270:44:29

No, because they beat you up.

0:44:290:44:30

Anyway, they probably weren't all Irish.

0:44:300:44:33

No, they just had red hair and big legs.

0:44:330:44:35

All right, up.

0:44:350:44:37

-Ow!

-Excuse us.

0:44:370:44:39

All I can say, in his defence, is he's the only one of us

0:44:390:44:42

who'll get a college education.

0:44:420:44:44

If he can keep his mouth shut.

0:44:440:44:46

So, Tony tells me you go to college.

0:44:470:44:49

Oh, just night classes. I want to be a book-keeper.

0:44:490:44:52

I like working in the shop well enough,

0:44:520:44:54

but I don't want to be there forever.

0:44:540:44:57

I'm sorry, Eilis. I'm an idiot.

0:44:570:45:00

I'm a rude idiot.

0:45:010:45:02

THEY LAUGH

0:45:020:45:05

So has Tony offered to take you to Ebbets Field

0:45:080:45:11

when the season starts?

0:45:110:45:13

You like baseball?

0:45:130:45:16

He never mentioned the Dodgers?

0:45:160:45:18

-Not even once?

-Tony, what's the matter with you?

0:45:180:45:20

You want to know why? Too much of this.

0:45:200:45:23

Anyway, you'll have to go to Ebbets Field

0:45:230:45:26

if you want to see him in the summer.

0:45:260:45:27

They're that important to you?

0:45:270:45:29

Put it this way, if our kids end up

0:45:290:45:31

supporting the Yankees or the Giants,

0:45:310:45:33

-it'd break my heart.

-Mine too.

0:45:330:45:35

She's not laughing, Tony. Think it's too late.

0:45:390:45:41

She's a Yanks fan.

0:45:410:45:44

What are you talking about? What's wrong with you?

0:45:440:45:46

"She's a Yanks fan."

0:45:460:45:49

I love you.

0:46:090:46:11

I...

0:46:140:46:15

Thank you for the evening.

0:46:170:46:20

It was lovely.

0:46:200:46:22

Oh! Sorry.

0:46:420:46:44

I'd finished.

0:46:460:46:48

Sheila, can I ask you something?

0:46:550:46:57

Why aren't you married?

0:46:590:47:01

Because my husband met somebody else and left me.

0:47:040:47:07

Oh.

0:47:070:47:09

I'm sorry.

0:47:090:47:12

And, well, would you get married again?

0:47:120:47:14

-Has somebody asked you?

-No.

0:47:140:47:16

Not really.

0:47:180:47:19

-I won't ask what that means.

-KNOCKING

0:47:190:47:22

Would I get married again?

0:47:220:47:24

No, I want to be waiting outside the bathroom

0:47:240:47:26

of my boarding house forever.

0:47:260:47:28

Of course I do.

0:47:280:47:30

That's why I go to that wretched dance every week.

0:47:300:47:33

I want to be waiting outside my own bathroom

0:47:330:47:36

while some bad-tempered fella

0:47:360:47:38

with hair growing out of his ears

0:47:380:47:40

reads the newspaper on the toilet.

0:47:400:47:43

Then I'll wish I was back here talking to you.

0:47:430:47:46

Eilis!

0:48:260:48:28

I'm sorry.

0:48:280:48:30

I didn't think you were coming.

0:48:300:48:31

Yeah, I know. I thought you were going to think that.

0:48:310:48:33

That's why I wanted to be here no matter what.

0:48:330:48:36

-I need to say something to you.

-Can you...?

0:48:360:48:38

Can we just talk about something else until we get to Mrs Kehoe's?

0:48:380:48:41

-It's not...

-Please.

0:48:410:48:43

So...

0:48:450:48:47

Ten minutes before I'm supposed to meet you and I'm standing ankle-deep

0:48:470:48:50

in sewage that's pouring through this old lady's ceiling.

0:48:500:48:53

Yeah. Even if you're thinking of inviting me in for a coffee,

0:48:530:48:57

-I'd have to say no for your sake.

-So how did you fix it in 10 minutes?

0:48:570:49:01

I didn't. I spent the whole ten minutes explaining to the lady

0:49:010:49:04

I had to be somewhere and I'd be back,

0:49:040:49:06

and she don't want to let me go.

0:49:060:49:08

So the sewage is still pouring through the ceiling?

0:49:080:49:10

Oh...

0:49:100:49:11

Well, what's the difference between six inches of sewage and a foot?

0:49:110:49:16

Will you let me say what I want to say?

0:49:160:49:19

I don't think you'll mind.

0:49:190:49:21

OK.

0:49:210:49:23

You remember that, after I had dinner at your house,

0:49:250:49:29

you told me you loved me?

0:49:290:49:31

Well, I didn't really know what to say.

0:49:330:49:37

But I know what to say now.

0:49:370:49:39

I have thought about you...

0:49:400:49:42

..and I like you.

0:49:440:49:45

And I like being with you.

0:49:460:49:48

And...

0:49:490:49:51

..maybe I feel the same way.

0:49:520:49:55

So, the next time you tell me you love me,

0:49:570:50:00

if there is a next time...

0:50:000:50:02

..I'll say, "I love you, too."

0:50:040:50:05

Are you serious?

0:50:090:50:11

Yes.

0:50:110:50:13

Holy shit.

0:50:140:50:16

Excuse my language,

0:50:160:50:19

but I thought we were having a different kind of talk.

0:50:190:50:22

Can I go home now?

0:50:220:50:24

-You love me?

-Yes, but don't ask me anything else,

0:50:240:50:28

and don't talk about our kids being Dodgers fans.

0:50:280:50:30

What, you want kids who like the Yankees?

0:50:300:50:33

-Tony, please, don't push me.

-All right. I'm sorry.

0:50:330:50:36

"Dear Eilis. Thank you so much for the nylons.

0:50:380:50:42

"The Bartocci wrapping paper makes them look so glamorous.

0:50:420:50:46

"It seems everything is so exciting and new compared to here.

0:50:460:50:51

"I can't wait for you to show it all to me one day.

0:50:510:50:53

"Oh, Eilis,

0:50:580:51:00

"you know I'm by your side,

0:51:000:51:02

"even when I'm not."

0:51:020:51:04

Well...

0:51:240:51:25

You're marvellous, that's all I have to say.

0:51:280:51:32

It looks to me as if you didn't just pass those exams.

0:51:320:51:35

No. You flew through them.

0:51:350:51:37

I can't remember the last time anyone came in here with good news.

0:51:370:51:40

I've saved some money.

0:51:400:51:42

I'll be able to pay for next year's tuition

0:51:420:51:44

AND pay you back for last year.

0:51:440:51:45

One of my parishioners paid.

0:51:450:51:47

He needed to do something for mankind and I won't tell you why.

0:51:470:51:50

He's not out of the woods yet either,

0:51:500:51:52

so he can cough up for next year, too.

0:51:520:51:53

I'd love to know what sort of woods he's in.

0:51:530:51:56

Yes, I'm sure you would, but you won't hear it from me.

0:51:560:51:59

Qualifications and a boyfriend, Eilis.

0:51:590:52:02

You're not the miserable young girl who wanted to go home last winter.

0:52:020:52:05

It seems like years ago.

0:52:050:52:07

Now, I think this is the first time

0:52:070:52:11

any girl of mine

0:52:110:52:14

has ever passed an exam while living here.

0:52:140:52:16

-Have you told Tony yet, Eilis?

-Of course.

0:52:190:52:21

And is he taking you out to celebrate?

0:52:210:52:23

We're going to Coney Island at the weekend.

0:52:230:52:25

-Oh, boy.

-What does that mean?

0:52:250:52:28

Do you have a bathing costume?

0:52:280:52:29

-No, I was going to...

-Do you have sunglasses?

0:52:290:52:31

-No.

-You need sunglasses.

0:52:310:52:33

I read that if you don't have them on the beach this year,

0:52:330:52:35

people'll talk about you.

0:52:350:52:37

And what exactly will they say, Sheila?

0:52:370:52:39

That's the thing, Mrs Kehoe.

0:52:390:52:41

You'd never know cos they'd never say it to your face.

0:52:410:52:45

Oh, dear God. Diana's right, though, Eilis.

0:52:450:52:48

You need to think carefully about your costume.

0:52:480:52:51

It's the most Tony will ever have seen of you

0:52:510:52:53

and you don't want to put him off.

0:52:530:52:55

You'll have to shave down there.

0:52:580:53:00

I'll give you a razor that'll do the trick.

0:53:000:53:03

You're all right there for the moment.

0:53:060:53:08

And most Italian men appreciate a fuller figure.

0:53:080:53:11

But watch yourself over the summer.

0:53:110:53:13

Black's too dark for your pale skin. Let's see you in the green.

0:53:150:53:18

Why didn't you tell me to put my costume on underneath my clothes?

0:53:560:53:59

I thought you'd know.

0:53:590:54:01

Right, I'm ready.

0:54:030:54:05

HE WHISTLES

0:54:110:54:13

-Tony.

-What?

0:54:130:54:16

Come on.

0:54:160:54:18

"Dear Rose. Thank you for your letter.

0:54:180:54:21

"I was happy to hear about your golf tournament.

0:54:210:54:23

"You must have been really pleased.

0:54:230:54:26

I still miss you and Mother, and think about you every day,

0:54:260:54:30

but I think I can say that,

0:54:300:54:31

"for the first time since I've been in America, I'm really happy.

0:54:310:54:34

"This has a lot to do with Tony.

0:54:360:54:38

"At the weekend, he took me to see the Brooklyn Dodgers,

0:54:380:54:41

"the baseball team he loves.

0:54:410:54:43

"They lost, so he was annoyed.

0:54:430:54:45

"But I've also started to look for office work too.

0:54:450:54:48

"I had an interview this week at a textile firm here in Brooklyn."

0:54:480:54:52

Rose.

0:54:520:54:54

"Who'd have thought there would be two book-keepers in the family?"

0:54:540:54:57

Rose.

0:54:570:54:59

"I'll soon be able to afford to come home and see you and Mammy."

0:55:010:55:05

Rose?

0:55:080:55:09

Rose.

0:55:130:55:16

Rose! Oh, Rose!

0:55:170:55:19

SHE SOBS

0:55:220:55:25

One moment.

0:55:370:55:39

It was sudden.

0:55:580:56:00

I think perhaps she was ill,

0:56:020:56:04

and she knew she was ill,

0:56:040:56:05

and she didn't tell anybody.

0:56:050:56:07

What'll happen?

0:56:120:56:13

What can happen?

0:56:130:56:15

-When will they bury her?

-Tomorrow.

0:56:160:56:19

-Without me?

-Without you.

0:56:210:56:23

You're too far away, Eilis.

0:56:250:56:26

Why did I ever come here?

0:56:310:56:34

Rose wanted a better life for you.

0:56:340:56:36

She loved how well you were doing.

0:56:360:56:38

But I'll never see her again.

0:56:380:56:40

That's right, isn't it, Father?

0:56:430:56:45

I'll never see her again.

0:56:450:56:48

You know that I think you will.

0:56:480:56:51

And that she'll be watching over you every day for the rest of your life.

0:56:510:56:54

PHONE RINGS

0:57:030:57:11

Hello? Mammy?

0:57:200:57:23

I can't really hear you.

0:57:270:57:29

Well, the rain held off anyway.

0:57:310:57:33

And the whole of her golf club came,

0:57:350:57:37

every single one of them.

0:57:370:57:39

We had a real houseful afterwards.

0:57:390:57:41

Are you still there?

0:57:440:57:46

Yes.

0:57:460:57:48

People really loved her, Eilis.

0:57:510:57:54

Her friends from work, the neighbours, everybody.

0:57:540:57:56

Nobody knew what to say to me.

0:57:590:58:00

When your daddy died, I said to myself

0:58:050:58:07

that I shouldn't grieve too much because I had the two of you.

0:58:070:58:11

And then when you went to America,

0:58:110:58:13

I told myself the same thing because she was here with me.

0:58:130:58:15

But everyone's gone, Eilis.

0:58:150:58:17

I have nobody.

0:58:170:58:19

I can't bear it, Tony.

0:58:390:58:41

You...

0:58:450:58:46

..want to go home, I guess.

0:58:480:58:52

How would it be for you if I did go home?

0:58:530:58:57

I'd be afraid every single day.

0:58:570:58:59

Afraid that I wouldn't come back?

0:59:000:59:03

Yeah.

0:59:030:59:05

But home is home.

0:59:050:59:07

I'm not sure I have a home any more.

0:59:120:59:14

You're not going to work tomorrow, are you?

0:59:200:59:24

After the Mass. Can I take you somewhere?

0:59:240:59:26

This is it.

0:59:390:59:40

We're going to build five houses here if we can

0:59:410:59:45

and Mum and Dad, they're going to have one

0:59:450:59:47

cos Ma always wanted a house with a back yard.

0:59:470:59:50

We'll sell three.

0:59:500:59:52

And the other one, my brothers, they asked me if I wanted it

0:59:520:59:57

and I said that I did.

0:59:570:59:59

So I guess what I'm saying is,

0:59:591:00:02

you want to live out here on Long Island?

1:00:021:00:04

I mean, I know it doesn't look like much right now,

1:00:041:00:06

but all the land around here has been sold,

1:00:061:00:10

so we wouldn't be on our own,

1:00:101:00:12

and there'd be telephone cables and electricity, everything.

1:00:121:00:14

We're going to set up a company.

1:00:221:00:23

A building company, the three of us.

1:00:241:00:28

And I'm going to do the plumbing

1:00:281:00:29

and Laurence'll do the carpentry and...

1:00:291:00:31

Don't go all quiet on me.

1:00:381:00:41

At least tell me you'll think about it.

1:00:411:00:43

I don't need to think about it.

1:00:471:00:49

It's just for a month or so.

1:01:381:01:40

I know it'd make her feel a little better.

1:01:421:01:44

Will you marry me before you leave?

1:01:531:01:55

You don't trust me to come back?

1:01:591:02:01

Marry me.

1:02:031:02:05

Marry me.

1:02:071:02:09

We don't have to tell anybody.

1:02:091:02:11

We just do it quickly,

1:02:111:02:12

just keep it between us.

1:02:121:02:14

Why do you want to do it?

1:02:171:02:20

Because if we don't, I'm going to go crazy.

1:02:201:02:23

Would a promise not be the same?

1:02:281:02:30

If you can promise, you can easily do this.

1:02:341:02:36

So this is it. This is where you live.

1:03:191:03:22

Yes, and if you make one tiny noise, she'll evict me.

1:03:231:03:26

There's no point in worrying now.

1:04:151:04:17

Stay with me.

1:04:191:04:21

You want to play?

1:04:511:04:52

-Yeah, sure.

-All right, here we go.

1:04:521:04:54

One bat coming up, huh?

1:04:541:04:56

I'll take that. All right, you ready? Hands up.

1:04:561:04:59

-Yeah.

-All right.

1:04:591:05:00

Boom. Oh! Right down the third base line.

1:05:001:05:03

Is he annoying you?

1:05:031:05:04

-Cos he was annoying me.

-No, no, no, no.

1:05:041:05:06

I got a brother the exact same age.

1:05:061:05:08

-Hey, are you Irish?

-Is it so obvious?

1:05:081:05:11

I'm just about to marry an Irish girl, so I guess I notice it more.

1:05:111:05:14

There are a lot of you in Brooklyn.

1:05:141:05:15

Sometimes it seems as though there can't be anybody left at home.

1:05:151:05:18

Where's your girl from?

1:05:181:05:19

Enniscorthy in County Wexford.

1:05:191:05:21

My wife has family there.

1:05:211:05:22

Hey, Eilis. Come here a sec.

1:05:221:05:25

Anthony Fiorello and Eilis Lacey.

1:05:251:05:27

-Good luck.

-Thank you.

1:05:291:05:30

Come on, come over here. Come on.

1:05:301:05:34

Will we ever tell our children we did this?

1:05:401:05:43

Maybe we'll save it for some anniversary.

1:05:441:05:47

I wonder what they'll think of it.

1:05:481:05:50

-Nancy.

-You look so glamorous.

1:06:151:06:18

I told you so.

1:06:181:06:20

I'm so sorry about Rose.

1:06:201:06:22

Thank you.

1:06:221:06:24

How are you?

1:06:241:06:26

No. I knew, but I wanted to let Nancy tell you herself.

1:06:261:06:29

I'm so glad you can come to the wedding.

1:06:291:06:32

-Can I?

-Your mother accepted the invitation on your behalf.

1:06:321:06:36

-When is it?

-The 27th of August.

1:06:361:06:39

Will you come out with George and me tomorrow night?

1:06:391:06:41

Annette wants to see you, too.

1:06:411:06:43

Oh, I don't mind. I'll have to find you a key.

1:06:431:06:45

I don't want you getting me out of bed.

1:06:451:06:47

We all want to hear what life in New York is like.

1:06:471:06:49

I'll try and think of something to say.

1:06:491:06:52

I'm booked to go back to New York on the 21st.

1:06:591:07:02

Well, you can wait an extra week to see your best friend married.

1:07:021:07:05

I can't believe I'm married to someone you'll never know.

1:07:401:07:43

But you'd like him.

1:07:491:07:51

I know you would.

1:07:521:07:54

He's sweet.

1:07:561:07:58

And he's funny.

1:07:591:08:01

And he's got these wonderful eyes that...

1:08:011:08:04

SHE SOBS: I wish everything were different.

1:08:151:08:18

So, now, Mrs O'Toole from Cush.

1:08:361:08:39

Do we really have to do this?

1:08:391:08:41

Getting a letter of condolence

1:08:411:08:43

isn't like getting a birthday present, is it?

1:08:431:08:45

What if Mrs O'Toole from Cush writes back

1:08:451:08:46

-to thank you for your thank you?

-Then I'll thank her.

1:08:461:08:49

And you'd be happy to spend the rest of your life like that?

1:08:491:08:52

It's not as if I've anything else to do or anybody else to talk to.

1:08:521:08:55

It might as well be Mrs O'Toole from Cush.

1:08:551:08:57

What do you want me to say?

1:08:581:09:00

HORN BLARES

1:09:001:09:02

That'll be Nancy and Annette.

1:09:021:09:05

Off you go.

1:09:051:09:06

Enjoy yourself.

1:09:091:09:11

Eilis, this is Jim Farrell.

1:09:261:09:28

It's a great pleasure to meet you.

1:09:301:09:32

We could try the Connaught Hotel bar.

1:09:351:09:37

-There may be a few of the fellas from the rugby club there.

-OK.

1:09:371:09:41

Do you have to be with other fellas from the rugby club all the time?

1:09:411:09:45

No.

1:09:451:09:47

But Nancy told us we wouldn't be allowed to talk to you

1:09:471:09:51

cos you have too much to say to each other,

1:09:511:09:53

so we're just looking for company.

1:09:531:09:54

-Oh, well.

-Do you not like the fellas from the rugby club, Eilis?

1:09:541:09:58

I don't particularly, George.

1:09:581:10:00

When I first went to America,

1:10:001:10:02

I missed every single thing about Enniscorthy except one.

1:10:021:10:05

We're not all the same.

1:10:051:10:06

You all look the same.

1:10:061:10:08

It's the blazer and the hair oil.

1:10:081:10:10

NANCY LAUGHS

1:10:121:10:14

Nancy.

1:10:191:10:21

Where's Annette? And why has he come?

1:10:231:10:25

He's very nice, so don't be too hard on him.

1:10:251:10:28

Is this the same Jim Farrell that was engaged to Cathleen Cassidy?

1:10:281:10:31

-What happened to her?

-He broke it off.

1:10:311:10:33

He didn't think she was serious about him.

1:10:331:10:35

He was very upset for a while, but he's over her now.

1:10:351:10:38

Nancy, I'm... I'm going back.

1:10:381:10:41

But you can have a bit of fun while you're here, can't you?

1:10:411:10:45

Come on, George.

1:10:451:10:47

How's your mother?

1:10:491:10:52

She's...

1:10:521:10:54

Well, she's sad.

1:10:541:10:56

She's got much older very quickly.

1:10:561:10:59

It was a terrible thing.

1:10:591:11:00

We all went to the funeral Mass,

1:11:001:11:02

Mother and Father and myself.

1:11:021:11:04

I didn't know that.

1:11:041:11:06

My mother played golf with her, you know.

1:11:061:11:08

She was very fond of her.

1:11:081:11:10

It was...

1:11:101:11:12

It was the saddest thing to happen in the town that I can remember.

1:11:121:11:17

Thank you.

1:11:171:11:18

Come on, you two.

1:11:191:11:21

And what about the skyscrapers?

1:11:251:11:27

Ah, but that's Manhattan.

1:11:271:11:28

I live in Brooklyn and I work in Brooklyn

1:11:281:11:31

and, if I go out, I go out in Brooklyn.

1:11:311:11:33

All the skyscrapers are across the river.

1:11:331:11:35

You don't make it sound very glamorous.

1:11:351:11:37

It's not, really.

1:11:371:11:38

Not even, what do you call it, the department store where you work?

1:11:381:11:41

Oh, Bartocci's? Well, it sells lovely things.

1:11:411:11:44

But I can't afford many of them and I don't like the work, so...

1:11:441:11:47

What would you like to do?

1:11:471:11:50

I want to do what Rose did.

1:11:501:11:51

I want to work in an office and deal with numbers.

1:11:511:11:54

Well, you should call in at Davis's.

1:11:541:11:55

They haven't managed to replace Rose, you know.

1:11:551:11:58

I'll be going back to New York straight after the wedding.

1:11:581:12:00

But you might want to earn a little money in the meantime.

1:12:001:12:03

I'm sure they'd be glad to have you.

1:12:031:12:05

You just want her to stay.

1:12:051:12:07

I'm only thinking of Eilis.

1:12:091:12:11

Do you hear that, Eilis? He's only thinking of you.

1:12:111:12:13

That's it, that's it. Remember, Mrs Grogan didn't notice a thing.

1:12:211:12:24

-Goodnight.

-Goodnight.

-See you.

1:12:301:12:31

How was your evening?

1:12:501:12:52

It was very nice, thank you.

1:12:521:12:54

Was that Jim Farrell I saw in the car with them?

1:12:541:12:57

It was.

1:12:571:12:59

His parents are moving, you know. They're retiring to the country.

1:12:591:13:01

He'll be in that big house on his own.

1:13:011:13:03

-Is that right?

-Hmm.

1:13:031:13:06

He's a catch for someone.

1:13:061:13:08

Goodnight, Mammy.

1:13:101:13:11

-Hello, Eilis.

-Hello, Mrs Brennan.

1:13:231:13:25

Quite the star.

1:13:251:13:27

-Thank goodness you're back.

-What's the matter?

1:13:341:13:36

A lad from Davis's came round.

1:13:361:13:37

They have a problem in their accounts department.

1:13:371:13:39

They need you up there straightaway.

1:13:391:13:41

-Is that all? I'll just put the shopping away.

-No, no, leave it.

1:13:411:13:43

Straight away, the young fella said.

1:13:431:13:45

It doesn't matter what he said, Mother.

1:13:451:13:47

I'm not an employee. I'd be doing them a favour.

1:13:471:13:49

Please, let me do the shopping.

1:13:491:13:50

The problem is that it's our busy season,

1:13:591:14:01

so all the mill workers and drivers did overtime last week.

1:14:011:14:04

Well, they filled out the overtime slips,

1:14:041:14:07

but there's been nobody here to work it all out

1:14:071:14:09

and to add to the wage slips,

1:14:091:14:11

and some of the men have started to complain, and I can't blame them.

1:14:111:14:14

As you can see, it's all a terrible mess.

1:14:141:14:16

Well, if you leave me for a couple of hours,

1:14:191:14:22

I can work out a system so that whoever comes in after me

1:14:221:14:24

won't have any trouble.

1:14:241:14:26

Hello, Eilis.

1:14:351:14:36

Maria has been telling me you've done the most marvellous job here.

1:14:361:14:39

-Thank you.

-We should have known you would, of course.

1:14:391:14:42

You're Rose's sister, after all.

1:14:421:14:43

I'm told you have a certificate in book-keeping.

1:14:431:14:46

Is it American book-keeping?

1:14:461:14:47

I got the certificate in America,

1:14:471:14:48

but the two systems are very similar.

1:14:481:14:51

Well, we'll certainly need someone to deal with wages and so on

1:14:511:14:53

during the busy season.

1:14:531:14:55

So I'd like you to continue on a part-time basis.

1:14:551:14:58

Let's see how that goes and then we'll speak again.

1:14:581:15:00

I'll be going back to the United States soon.

1:15:001:15:03

As I say, let's you and I speak again

1:15:031:15:04

before we make any firm decisions one way or the other.

1:15:041:15:07

Yes, Mr Brown. Of course. Thank you.

1:15:091:15:12

Now, if you go and see Maria, she'll have your money for today.

1:15:121:15:15

I'd forgotten.

1:16:151:16:17

What?

1:16:171:16:19

This.

1:16:191:16:21

You have beaches in Brooklyn.

1:16:231:16:25

Yes, but they're just very crowded.

1:16:251:16:28

There'll probably be quite a few walkers along here later.

1:16:281:16:32

Yes.

1:16:321:16:34

It's still not the same.

1:16:341:16:36

I'm sure it's not.

1:16:371:16:39

We don't really know anything of the rest of the world.

1:16:401:16:44

We must seem very backward to you now.

1:16:441:16:47

Of course not.

1:16:471:16:48

You seem calm and civilised, and charming.

1:16:481:16:51

Come on!

1:16:581:17:00

My mother wanted you to know

1:17:071:17:08

that the golf club is inaugurating a prize in Rose's name.

1:17:081:17:11

A special trophy for the best score

1:17:141:17:15

by a lady newcomer at the club.

1:17:151:17:18

She was always very nice to the newcomers, my mother says.

1:17:191:17:21

I hope you're pleased.

1:17:251:17:26

Yes.

1:17:291:17:30

Of course.

1:17:311:17:33

So, every year, someone will win the Rose Lacey Trophy?

1:17:351:17:40

Yeah, every year,

1:17:411:17:43

as long as there's a golf club.

1:17:431:17:45

And I think she'd like you to come along

1:17:491:17:53

and present it to the first winner.

1:17:531:17:55

Yeah, and my mother would like to meet you too, by the way.

1:17:581:18:01

I'm supposed to arrange a time when you can come around for tea.

1:18:031:18:06

Thank you. I'd like that.

1:18:071:18:09

I wish it had been like this before I went.

1:18:141:18:18

Before Rose died.

1:18:181:18:19

Like what?

1:18:201:18:22

There was nothing here for me before

1:18:231:18:25

and now I have a job and...

1:18:251:18:27

Here?

1:18:281:18:30

Is that an American trick?

1:18:441:18:45

Yes. It's a good one, isn't it?

1:18:451:18:47

It's depressing, though,

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that we don't think of things like that, isn't it?

1:18:501:18:52

I mean, how long have they known about it?

1:18:521:18:55

100 years, probably.

1:18:551:18:57

I don't think they had bathing suits like that 100 years ago.

1:18:571:19:01

We still don't have them now.

1:19:011:19:03

Well, come on.

1:19:061:19:08

You want to go see the Dodgers on Saturday?

1:19:151:19:17

-Sure.

-OK.

1:19:171:19:19

-Will you do something for me?

-What?

1:19:191:19:22

If you laugh or you say anything about this to anybody in the family,

1:19:221:19:25

you don't get to go see the Dodgers on Saturday

1:19:251:19:27

or any other day of the season.

1:19:271:19:29

Also you get a beating.

1:19:291:19:31

Maybe it's just better if I don't get involved.

1:19:311:19:33

I really need your help, Frankie.

1:19:331:19:35

You know you're the best writer and reader in the family?

1:19:351:19:38

-Yeah.

-I'm trying to write to Eilis.

1:19:381:19:40

And I want it to be... I don't know.

1:19:401:19:42

You've wrote before already, about five times.

1:19:421:19:45

Yeah, but they're no good, Frankie, and...

1:19:451:19:48

She's only written back once.

1:19:501:19:53

She's never read my writing before.

1:19:531:19:54

I'm worried I'm putting her off me.

1:19:541:19:57

Listen, I'm eight years old.

1:19:571:19:59

I don't know anything about kissing.

1:19:591:20:01

You don't need to know anything about kissing.

1:20:011:20:03

You need to know about spelling and... And...

1:20:031:20:06

-Grammar.

-Yeah. Will you look?

1:20:061:20:09

"Dear Eilis.

1:20:181:20:19

"I hope that you are doing well in Ireland.

1:20:191:20:22

"I hope that your mother's feeling less sad.

1:20:221:20:26

It will not be long before your friend gets married

1:20:261:20:30

"and you can come home.

1:20:301:20:31

"This week, it's like the whole world's basements are flooding.

1:20:341:20:37

"I've fixed three.

1:20:371:20:39

"I've been working hard. I've been saving money.

1:20:401:20:44

"Everybody asks me about you all the time."

1:20:441:20:47

You missed out an "E," I think.

1:20:471:20:49

It's "everybody."

1:20:491:20:51

"Anyway, I think that is all my news.

1:20:531:20:55

"Mum and Dad and all my brothers, they all say hello.

1:20:551:20:59

"I think about you most minutes of most days.

1:20:591:21:03

"Even when I go see the Dodgers,

1:21:041:21:07

"I do not concentrate on the games.

1:21:071:21:09

"With love, your Tony."

1:21:101:21:13

No hair oil.

1:22:091:22:11

And that's not a blazer. It's a sports jacket.

1:22:111:22:13

Have you come out in disguise, Jim Farrell?

1:22:131:22:15

Are you trying to trick me?

1:22:151:22:17

No. I knew what you meant when you said we were all the same.

1:22:181:22:22

It made me think that my life must seem very easy to you.

1:22:231:22:26

I run my father's bar.

1:22:261:22:27

I'm going to live in my parents' house.

1:22:271:22:30

I know what that must look like from the outside, but...

1:22:301:22:33

..it doesn't feel like that.

1:22:341:22:36

What does it feel like?

1:22:371:22:39

And I've never been anywhere.

1:22:431:22:44

I've never even been to England

1:22:441:22:46

but I'd like to see London and Paris, and Rome.

1:22:461:22:50

New York.

1:22:501:22:51

It frightens me, the idea of dying without ever leaving Ireland.

1:22:511:22:55

And there are other things, too.

1:22:551:22:57

I'm so sorry, I wanted to ask you a thousand things

1:22:581:23:01

and all I've done is talked.

1:23:011:23:03

I'm glad.

1:23:031:23:05

-Really?

-Yes.

1:23:051:23:07

Will you finish that wretched pipe and sit with us?

1:23:091:23:11

I can hear perfectly well from where I am.

1:23:111:23:13

We're not here to provide you with entertainment.

1:23:131:23:16

Oh, don't you worry. I found that out many years ago.

1:23:161:23:18

Just ignore him, Eilis.

1:23:181:23:20

It's as well Jim takes after me, not him.

1:23:201:23:22

Speak up.

1:23:221:23:23

Are you looking forward to your move?

1:23:231:23:25

Aye. We'll miss Enniscorthy, but it's lovely and quiet in Glenbrien.

1:23:251:23:28

Mother's worried about leaving me here on me own.

1:23:281:23:31

She thinks I'll destroy the place.

1:23:311:23:32

Well, I'm hoping you won't be on your own forever.

1:23:321:23:34

I'm sure he won't.

1:23:341:23:36

I mean...

1:23:361:23:38

God, aren't we blessed with this weather?

1:23:411:23:43

It's lovely.

1:23:431:23:44

The summers in New York are hot, eh?

1:23:441:23:47

They can be, yes.

1:23:481:23:50

It can get quite humid sometimes.

1:23:501:23:52

"Dear Tony.

1:23:581:24:01

"Thank you for your letters.

1:24:011:24:04

"I want you to know that..."

1:24:041:24:06

I don't know what I want you to know.

1:24:081:24:11

I don't want to be sitting right at the back.

1:24:241:24:26

We'll make sure you get the best seats in the house.

1:24:261:24:28

But it wouldn't feel right sitting up there with Nancy and George.

1:24:281:24:32

We'll find the second best seats in the house, then.

1:24:321:24:35

Would you like me to run ahead

1:24:371:24:38

and save you a couple of places, Mrs Lacey?

1:24:381:24:40

Would you mind, Jim? That'd be grand.

1:24:401:24:42

-Such a gentleman, isn't he?

-He is.

1:24:461:24:48

Came along at just the right time for us.

1:24:491:24:52

I invite you now, Nancy,

1:24:541:24:56

to declare before God and his Church

1:24:561:24:59

your consent to become George's wife.

1:24:591:25:02

I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad,

1:25:041:25:09

in sickness and in health.

1:25:091:25:11

I will love you and honour you all the days of my life.

1:25:111:25:16

The rings.

1:25:181:25:20

Lord, bless these rings.

1:25:241:25:27

Grant that those who wear them

1:25:271:25:29

may always be faithful to each other.

1:25:291:25:33

May they do your will

1:25:331:25:34

and live in peace with you in mutual love.

1:25:341:25:38

We ask this through Christ, our Lord, amen.

1:25:381:25:42

ALL: Amen.

1:25:421:25:45

Your mother tells me things are working out very well

1:25:521:25:54

for you in Enniscorthy, Eilis.

1:25:541:25:56

It was a lovely service.

1:25:571:25:59

And Mr and Mrs Farrell are moving out to Glenbrien,

1:25:591:26:03

-so Jim'll...

-Yes, I know.

1:26:031:26:06

Jim and I promised my mother we'd take her back to the car.

1:26:061:26:10

Mmm! Do you hear that? "Jim and I. Jim and I."

1:26:101:26:13

It won't be long now by the sound of it

1:26:131:26:15

and your mother will have a wonderful day out.

1:26:151:26:19

Will you excuse me?

1:26:191:26:20

There they are.

1:26:201:26:22

-Hello, Mrs Byrne. How are you?

-Jack.

1:26:221:26:24

Can we talk?

1:26:301:26:32

What about?

1:26:331:26:35

The future.

1:26:371:26:39

I can't let you just go back to America without saying anything.

1:26:391:26:44

I'd regret it for the rest of my life.

1:26:441:26:47

So...

1:26:481:26:51

I don't want you to go.

1:26:511:26:53

I want you to stay here with me.

1:26:531:26:57

And I know that means asking you another question...

1:26:591:27:01

..but I don't want to bombard you.

1:27:021:27:05

So, I'll save that one for later.

1:27:071:27:09

Thank you.

1:27:151:27:17

I'm grateful.

1:27:201:27:22

And I'm flattered.

1:27:221:27:23

-That's all?

-No.

1:27:261:27:28

No, of course not.

1:27:291:27:31

I just...

1:27:361:27:38

I'd imagined a different life for myself.

1:27:401:27:44

I understand.

1:27:441:27:47

But your life here could be just as good.

1:27:471:27:50

Better even, maybe.

1:27:501:27:53

Mary.

1:28:321:28:34

-I was just coming to fetch you.

-To fetch me?

1:28:341:28:36

I haven't worked for Miss Kelly for a long time, Mary.

1:28:361:28:39

Please come, Eilis.

1:28:391:28:41

She told me not to come back without you.

1:28:411:28:43

You know what she's like.

1:28:431:28:45

You look after things for five minutes

1:28:541:28:55

while I'm upstairs with Eilis, please, Mary.

1:28:551:28:58

There are no customers in there at the moment,

1:28:581:29:00

so I don't think you can make too much of a mess of things.

1:29:001:29:03

So, how have you been getting on?

1:29:221:29:25

Very well, thanks, Miss Kelly.

1:29:261:29:28

I heard that you're working over in Davis's,

1:29:281:29:31

in the accounts department.

1:29:311:29:33

That's right.

1:29:331:29:34

And there's lots of talk about you and young Jim Farrell.

1:29:341:29:37

Oh, well, you know what people are like. They love to talk.

1:29:371:29:41

Yes.

1:29:411:29:42

Do you remember Mrs Brady?

1:29:431:29:45

She usually comes into the shop on Sunday morning for her rashers.

1:29:481:29:51

No?

1:29:531:29:55

Well, you have a very busy life now,

1:29:551:29:58

what with one thing and another.

1:29:581:30:01

Anyway, Mrs Brady has a niece living in Brooklyn.

1:30:011:30:05

The world is a small place, isn't it?

1:30:091:30:12

She had a letter from her a couple of weeks back.

1:30:131:30:15

And what did it say?

1:30:181:30:20

Oh, only that she'd been to a wedding

1:30:201:30:23

at the city hall

1:30:231:30:25

and her husband bumped into a girl from Enniscorthy

1:30:251:30:29

who was getting married there.

1:30:291:30:31

I'm not sure what you're telling me, Miss Kelly.

1:30:341:30:36

He didn't bump into me.

1:30:361:30:38

Oh, you can't fool me, Miss Lacey.

1:30:381:30:40

Although I'm not sure that that's your name any longer, is it?

1:30:421:30:47

He couldn't remember.

1:30:471:30:49

Something Italian, he thought.

1:30:491:30:51

I'd forgotten.

1:30:591:31:00

You'd forgotten? What a thing...

1:31:001:31:03

I'd forgotten what this town is like.

1:31:031:31:05

What were you planning to do, Miss Kelly?

1:31:101:31:13

Keep me away from Jim?

1:31:131:31:15

Stop me from going back to America?

1:31:171:31:19

Perhaps you didn't even know.

1:31:211:31:23

My name is Eilis Fiorello.

1:31:301:31:34

PHONE RINGS

1:32:041:32:06

-Putting you through now.

-Thank you.

1:32:061:32:08

-How can I help?

-Hello. I'd like to make a reservation

1:32:081:32:12

for the next available sailing from Cobh to New York.

1:32:121:32:15

I think people spend even more money after a wedding.

1:32:151:32:17

Nancy's mother must have been in every shop in the town.

1:32:171:32:20

She was buying firelighters in Broom's.

1:32:201:32:22

Firelighters in August.

1:32:221:32:23

But she'd seen Mrs Stapleton in there and she hadn't had a chance

1:32:231:32:26

to go through the whole day in detail with her...

1:32:261:32:29

Eilis, what's the matter?

1:32:301:32:32

Has something happened with Jim?

1:32:321:32:35

SOBBING: Mammy, I'm sorry.

1:32:351:32:36

I'm so sorry.

1:32:381:32:39

I'm married.

1:32:411:32:43

I got married in Brooklyn before I came home.

1:32:431:32:46

And I should have told you.

1:32:461:32:48

I should have told you as soon as I got back.

1:32:481:32:50

I want to be with him.

1:32:551:32:57

I want to be with my husband.

1:32:591:33:01

Of course.

1:33:041:33:05

Is he nice?

1:33:081:33:09

Yes.

1:33:111:33:12

He'd have to be nice if you married him.

1:33:121:33:14

So you're going back?

1:33:171:33:19

Yes.

1:33:201:33:22

Tomorrow.

1:33:221:33:24

Are you on the early train?

1:33:271:33:28

I'm going to bed.

1:33:341:33:36

Mammy, it's not even eight o'clock. You don't have to.

1:33:361:33:39

I'm very tired.

1:33:391:33:42

And I'd like to say goodbye now.

1:33:421:33:44

And only once.

1:33:471:33:48

Perhaps you'll write and tell me about him.

1:34:211:34:23

I will.

1:34:231:34:26

Goodnight, Eilis.

1:34:261:34:27

So, are you away to live in America?

1:36:381:36:40

No.

1:36:411:36:43

Just visiting?

1:36:431:36:45

No, I live there already.

1:36:451:36:47

Really?

1:36:471:36:49

What's it like?

1:36:491:36:52

It's a big place.

1:36:521:36:53

I'm going to live in Brooklyn, New York.

1:36:551:36:58

Do you know it?

1:36:581:36:59

Yes.

1:37:011:37:02

People say that there are so many Irish people there,

1:37:041:37:07

it's like home.

1:37:071:37:08

Is that right?

1:37:121:37:14

Yes.

1:37:181:37:20

It's just like home.

1:37:201:37:21

You're not to eat.

1:37:341:37:35

But I might be there years.

1:37:361:37:39

No, you can eat when you get there.

1:37:391:37:40

Don't eat on the boat.

1:37:401:37:41

It'll stop you getting so sick.

1:37:411:37:43

-Do you promise me?

-I promise.

1:37:431:37:45

And, in a moment, I want you to go straight down to your cabin

1:37:451:37:48

and lock the bathroom door on your side.

1:37:481:37:50

When next door starts hammering, you can negotiate.

1:37:501:37:53

When you get to immigration, keep your eyes wide open.

1:37:541:37:58

Look as if you know where you're going.

1:37:581:38:00

You have to think like an American.

1:38:001:38:01

You'll feel so homesick that you'll want to die

1:38:041:38:08

and there's nothing you can do about it apart from endure it.

1:38:081:38:12

But you will, and it won't kill you.

1:38:121:38:15

And one day, the sun will come out.

1:38:291:38:32

You might not even notice straightaway,

1:38:321:38:35

it'll be that faint.

1:38:351:38:36

And then you'll catch yourself thinking about something or someone

1:38:361:38:40

who has no connection with the past...

1:38:401:38:42

..someone who's only yours...

1:38:441:38:46

..and you'll realise...

1:38:481:38:49

..that this is where your life is.

1:38:521:38:54

When Eilis is given a chance to emigrate to New York, she jumps at the chance for a better life, even if it means leaving her family and home. Desperately homesick at first, Eilis soon finds romance in Brooklyn, but when a family emergency forces her back to Ireland, she finds herself torn between her personal freedom and her family responsibilities.


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