唐顿庄园第二季第八集_7

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2013-9-5 16:56

唐顿庄园第二季第八集_7

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唐顿庄园第二季第八集_7

[INT. SERVANTS' HALL - DAY]
[One of the serving bells rings. Bates turns to one of the extra servants.]

MR BATES
Take care of that, thank you.

[The servant leaves as Anna enters.]

MR BATES
How're you doing?

ANNA
I'm not sure. Her Ladyship's worse.

MR BATES
I'm sorry.

ANNA
Jane said you wanted to see me.

MR BATES
It's only to say that I've done it. I've booked the registrar. [Anna beams.]

ANNA
When for?

MR BATES
He's had a cancellation, so it's...it's Friday afternoon.

ANNA
This Friday?
[Ethel enters with Charlie.]

ANNA
Ethel? What are you doing here?
[Anna greats Charlie as Jane enters.]

JANE
Those Bryants have turned up agai--

ETHEL
That's what.

ANNA
I'll find Mrs Hughes and come back for you.
[Anna smiles at Bates on her way out.]

[INT. PARLOUR - DAY]

MRS HUGHES
I hope I haven't kept you waiting.

MRS BRYANT
No, no.

MRS HUGHES
I'm afraid we have illness in the house, so I hope you can excuse Lord and Lady Grantham.

MR BRYANT
It's not them we've come to see, is it? Is she here?

MRS HUGHES
She's just coming now.
[Anna opens the door for Ethel and Charlie.]

MRS BRYANT
May I meet him properly?

ETHEL
Come along, Charlie.
[She carries him to Mrs Bryant, both of them smiling.]

ETHEL
This nice lady is your grandmother.

MRS BRYANT
Perhaps you could call me Gran.

MRS HUGHES
He's a stout little chap, isn't he?

MRS BRYANT
And so like Charles. I thought it when we were last here. I know what was said at the time and Mr Bryant's sorry for it now, but I could see he was just like Charles.

MR BRYANT
Never mind all that. Let's get down to business.

ETHEL
Business?

MRS HUGHES MR BRYANT
That's what you want from us, isn't it? Find out what we mean to do for little Charlie in the future.

[INT. KITCHENS - DAY]

DAISY MASON
What do you mean, "she might die"?

O'BRIEN
What do you think happens with a fatal illness? The fairy's come?

MRS PATMORE
By heaven, if anything happens to her, it won't be your fault, Miss O'Brien. I've never seen such care.

O'BRIEN
I wish I could talk to her, that's all, but she doesn't know me.

MRS PATMORE
I'm sure she knows how hard you've worked for her.

O'BRIEN
It's not that. There's something I need...Never mind. Either I will or I won't.
[O'Brien takes the tray and exits.]

MRS PATMORE
You never know people, do you? You can work with them for twenty years and you don't know them at all.

[INT. PARLOUR - DAY]

ETHEL
What? You mean, give him up? Never see him again?

MR BRYANT
Those are my terms.

MRS HUGHES
But...would it hurt if Ethel were to care for him in your own house? She could be his nurse.

MRS BRYANT
That might be possible.

ETHEL
MRS HUGHES MR BRYANT
Of course she can't be his nurse. Just think for a minute. We mean to bring him up as a gentleman, send him to [Harrowsay?] and Oxford, and all the while his mother's down in the servants' hall? How does that work?

ETHEL
Well, I-- I could.

MR BRYANT
No, no, no. Don't you see? We want to raise him as our grandson, not as a housemaid's bastard.

MRS BRYANT
Well, he has to know the truth sometime.

MR BRYANT
Maybe. But not for a long time. Till then, his father had a wartime marriage until he died, and his mother succumbed to Spanish flu.

MRS BRYANT
A lot of people have.

MRS HUGHES
We've quite a few upstairs.

MR BRYANT
And that, for many years at least, is all that Charlie will be told.

ETHEL
So, I'm just to be written out? Painted over, buried?

MR BRYANT
What matters is what's good for Charlie.

ETHEL
No. What's good for Charlie, and what's good for you?

[Ethel stands up angry. She walks over to Mrs Bryant.]

ETHEL
You've got a heart, I know you have. You see what he's asking?
[Mr Bryant stands.]

MR BRYANT
Ethel, consider this: in the world as it is, compare the two futures. The first as my heir, educated, privileged, rich, able to do what he wants, to marry whom he likes. The second as the bastard son--

[Mrs Hughes stands up.]

MRS HUGHES
I think we've heard enough of that word for one day.

MR BRYANT
Very well. As the...nameless offshoot of drudge. You're his mother. Which would you choose for him?

ETHEL
Suppose I could be his nurse and never tell him who I am? Suppose I promised that?
[Mrs Bryant stands.]

MRS BRYANT
Surely--

MR BRYANT
Come on, we all know that's a promise you could never keep.
[Anna enters.]

ANNA
I'm sorry, Mrs Hughes. We must send for the doctor to come at once. Her Ladyship's much worse.

MRS BRYANT
I--I'm afraid--

MR BRYANT
Go where you're needed, we've has our say, and you know how to reach us when you've made your decision.
[Mrs Bryant and Ethel exchange a look.]

MR BRYANT
Come along Daphne.

[INT. LADY GRANTHAM'S BEDROOM - DAY]
[O'Brien continues to nurse Cora alone.]

CORA
O'Brien? Is that you, O'Brien?
[O'Brien smiles.]

O'BRIEN
Yes, milady. It's me, milady.

CORA
You're so good to me. You've always been so good to me.

O'BRIEN
Not always, milady.

CORA
So good.

O'BRIEN
No. And the fact is, I want to ask so much for your forgiveness, because I did something once which I bitterly regret. Bitterly. And if you could only know how much--

CORA
So very good.
[Cora is clearly still delirious. Robert enters.]

ROBERT
How is she?

O'BRIEN
She slept and she seemed better, then suddenly the fever came back.

ROBERT
O'Brien, thank you for the way you've looked after her. I mean it, I'm very grateful, whatever comes.