唐顿庄园第一季第一集_6

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2013-4-15 11:28

唐顿庄园第一季第一集_6

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唐顿庄园第一季第一集_6


[INT. DINING ROOM - EVENING]
CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
I'm afraid we're rather a female party tonight, Duke, but you know what it's like trying to balance numbers in the country. A single man outranks the Holy Grail.
DUKE OF CROWBOROUGH
No, I'm ter-- I'm terribly flattered to be dining en famille.
LADY EDITH
What were you and Mary doing in the attics this afternoon?
LADY SYBIL
I expect Mary was just showing the duke the house, weren't you?
VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Are you a student of architecture?
DUKE OF CROWBOROUGH
Mm, absolutely.
VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Then I do hope you'll come and inspect my little cottage. It was designed by Rein...
DUKE OF CROWBOROUGH
Ah.

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
...for the first earl's sister.
ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
The attics?
LADY EDITH
Yes. Mary took the duke up to the attics.
ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Whatever for?
CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Why was this, dear?
LADY MARY
We were just looking around.
LADY EDITH
Looking around? What is there to look at but servants' rooms? What was the real reason?
[Thomas is interested by the conversation.]
VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM (chuckles uncomfortably)
Don't be such a chatterbox, Edith.
CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
I think we'll go through.
LADY EDITH
I still don't understand--
LADY MARY
Will you hold your tongue?
[The men rise as the women exit in order of age.]

[INT. SERVANTS' HALL - EVENING]
THOMAS
How long do you think they'll be? I'm starving.
MR CARSON
Have you settled the ladies?
THOMAS
Yes, Mr Carson.
MR CARSON
Then it won't be long once they go through.
DAISY
Do you think he'll speak out? Do you think we'll have a duchess to wait on? Imagine that!
MRS PATMORE
You won't be waiting on her, whatever happens.
MR CARSON
There is no reason why the eldest daughter and heiress of the Earl of Grantham should not wear a duchess's coronet with honour.
MRS HUGHES
Heiress, Mr Carson? Has it been decided?
MR CARSON
It will be if there's any justice in the world.
MRS HUGHES
Well, we'll know soon enough.
[Anna puts a plate down on a tray.]
MRS PATMORE
What you doing, Anna?

ANNA
I thought I'd take something up to Mr Bates, him not being well enough to come down. You don't mind, do you Mrs Hughes?
MRS HUGHES
I don't mind, not this once.
MR CARSON
Take him whatever he might need.
[Anna leaves with the tray.]
MR CARSON
Mr Bates is leaving without a stain on his character. I hope you all observe that in the manner of your parting.
WILLIAM
Well, I don't see why he has to go. I don't mind doing a bit of extra work.
THOMAS
It's not up to you. I'll take care of His Lordship, shall I Mr Carson?
MR CARSON
Not while you're looking after the duke, you won't. I'll see to His Lordship myself.

[INT. SERVANTS' BEDROOM CORRIDOR - EVENING]
[Anna takes the tray to Mr Bates's room and sees him crying through the slightly open door. She takes a step back and pauses to consider.]
ANNA
Mr Bates? Are you there?
[Bates wipes his eyes with a cloth and comes to the door.]
ANNA
I brought something up in case you're hungry.
MR BATES
That's very kind.
[Bates puts his cane on his arm and takes the tray and puts it down on a table by the door.]
ANNA
I'm ever so sorry you're going.
MR BATES
I'll be all right.
ANNA
Of course you will. There's always a place for a man like you.
MR BATES
Oh, yes. Something'll turn up.
ANNA
Tell us when you're fixed. Just...drop us a line. Else I'll worry.
MR BATES
Well...we can't have that.
[They smile sadly at each other and Bates closes the door.]

[INT. DINING ROOM - EVENING]
ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
We must go and let the servants get in here.
DUKE OF CROWBOROUGH
I should be grateful if we could stay just a minute more. I have-- I have something to ask you.
[Robert sits back down.]
DUKE OF CROWBOROUGH
I was terribly sorry to hear about your cousins.
ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
You said. Did you know them?
DUKE OF CROWBOROUGH
Not well. I--I used to see Patrick Crawley at the odd thing. I imagine it will mean some adjustments for your...to lose two heirs in one night is terrible.
ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Indeed, it was terrible.
DUKE OF CROWBOROUGH
Awful. But then again, it's an ill wind. At least Lady Mary's prospects must have rather improved.
ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Have they?

DUKE OF CROWBOROUGH
Haven't they?
ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
I will not be coy and pretend I do not understand your meaning, though you seem very informed on this family's private affairs. But you ought, perhaps, to know that I do not intend to fight the entail. Not any part of it.
DUKE OF CROWBOROUGH
You can't be serious.
ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
It pains me to say it, but I am.
DUKE OF CROWBOROUGH
You will give up your entire estate - your wife's money into the bargain - to a perfect stranger? You won't even put up a fight?
ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
I hope he proves to be perfect, but I rather doubt it.
DUKE OF CROWBOROUGH
Ha. A very odd thing to joke about.
ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
No odder than this conversation. So, there you have it. But Mary will still have her settlement, which you won't find ungenerous.

[The duke coughs.]
DUKE OF CROWBOROUGH
I'm--I'm sorry?
ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
I only meant that her portion, when she marries will be more than respectable. You'll be pleased, I promise you.
DUKE OF CROWBOROUGH
Oh, heavens. I--I hope I haven't given the wrong impression.
ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
You know very well the impression--
DUKE OF CROWBOROUGH
My dear Lord Grantham--
ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Don't \"my dear Lord Grantham\" me! You knew what you were doing when you came here. You
encouraged Mary, all of us to thinking--
DUKE OF CROWBOROUGH
Forgive me, but I came to express my sympathies and my friendship, nothing more. L--Lady Mary's a charming person. Whoever marries her will be a lucky man. He will not, however, be me.
ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
I see. And what was it you asked me to stay behind to hear?
DUKE OF CROWBOROUGH
I forget.
[Robert glares at the duke.]

[INT. GREAT HALL - EVENING]
[The duke and Robert part ways. Mary waits for the duke as he lights a candle by the stairs.]
LADY MARY
Well, aren't you coming into the drawing room?
DUKE OF CROWBOROUGH
I'm--I'm tired. I--I think I'll just slip away. Please make my excuses.
LADY MARY
I'm afraid I've worn you out. Tomorrow we can just--
DUKE OF CROWBOROUGH
I'm leaving in the morning. Goodnight.
[Mary is disappointed. The duke turns around.]
DUKE OF CROWBOROUGH
Oh, you might tell that footman...
LADY MARY
Thomas.
DUKE OF CROWBOROUGH
Thomas. You might tell him I've gone up.

[The duke ascends the stairs and Mary processes her disappointment, trying not to cry. Edith
approaches from behind to gloat.]
LADY EDITH
So he slipped the hook.
LADY MARY
At least I'm not fishing with no bait.
[Mary exits, leaving Edith equally upset.]