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Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband.
Laura Jesson: This can't last. This misery can't last. I must remember that and try to control myself. Nothing lasts really. Neither happiness nor despair. Not even life lasts very long. There'll come a time in the future when I shan't mind about this anymore, when I can look back and say quite peacefully and cheerfully how silly I was. No, no, I don't want that time to come ever. I want to remember every minute, always, always to the end of my days.
Laura Jesson: I had no thoughts at all, only an overwhelming desire not to feel anything ever again.
Laura Jesson: It's awfully easy to lie when you know that you're trusted implicitly. So very easy, and so very degrading.
Fred Jesson: You've been a long way away. Laura Jesson: Yes. Fred Jesson: Thank you for coming back to me.
Laura Jesson: [speaking about Dolly to herself] I wish you'd stop talking. I wish you'd stop prying and trying to find things out. I wish you were dead - no I don't mean that. That was silly and unkind. But I wish you'd stop talking.
Dr. Alec Harvey: I love you. I love your wide eyes, the way you smile, your shyness, and the way you laugh at my jokes. Laura Jesson: [whimpers] Please don't. Dr. Alec Harvey: I love you. I love you. You love me too. It's no use pretending it hasn't happened cause it has. Laura Jesson: Yes it has. I don't want to pretend anything either to you or to anyone else. But from now on, I shall have to. That's what's wrong. Don't you see? That's what spoils everything. That's why we must stop, here and now, talking like this. We're neither of us free to love each other. There's too much in the way. There's still time, if we control ourselves and behave like sensible human beings. There's still time. [She is overcome with tears]
Dr. Alec Harvey: [hearing a trio playing in the restaurant] There should be a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Musical Instruments.
Laura Jesson: [thinking to herself while looking at her husband, Fred] Fred, dear Fred. There's so much that I want to say to you. You're the only one in the world with enough wisdom and gentleness to understand. If only it was somebody else's story and not mine. As it is, you're the only one in the world that I can never tell. Never never. Because even if I waited until we were old, old people and told you then, you'd be bound to look back over the years and be hurt. And my dear, I don't want you to be hurt. You see, we're a happily married couple and let's never forget that. This is my home. You're my husband. And my children are upstairs in bed. I'm a happily married woman - or I was, rather, until a few weeks ago. This is my whole world, and it's enough, or rather, it was until a few weeks ago. But, oh, Fred, I've been so foolish. I've fallen in love. I'm an ordinary woman. I didn't think such violent things could happen to ordinary people.
Laura Jesson: Do you know, I believe we should all behave quite differently if we lived in a warm, sunny climate all the time. We shouldn't be so withdrawn and shy and difficult.
Dr. Alec Harvey: Could you really say goodbye? Never see me again? Laura Jesson: Yes, if you'd help me. Dr. Alec Harvey: I love you, Laura. I shall love you always until the end of my life. I can't look at you now cause I know something. I know that this is the beginning of the end. Not the end of my loving you but the end of our being together. But not quite yet, darling. Please. Not quite yet. Laura Jesson: Very well. Not quite yet.
Fred Jesson: [Last word] [to Laura] Fred Jesson: Thank you for coming back to me. [Laura weeps in Fred's arms]
Dr. Alec Harvey: I do love you, so very much. I love you with all my heart and soul. Laura Jesson: I want to die. If only I could die... Dr. Alec Harvey: If you'd die, you'd forget me. I want to be remembered.
Myrtle Bagot: [smacks her on the backside] Albert Godby, how dare you! Albert Godby: I couldn't resist it! Myrtle Bagot: Oh, well, trouble you for keeping your hands to yourself! Albert Godby: Oh, you blushing - oh, you look wonderful when you're angry... just like an avenging angel. Myrtle Bagot: I'll give you avenging angel!... Coming in here taking liberties! Albert Godby: I thought last Monday, you said you wouldn't object to a friendly little slap. Myrtle Bagot: Never mind about last Monday... I'm on duty now. And I should think to what would happen if Mr. Saunders should be looking through the window. Albert Godby: Well, if Mr. Saunders happens to be looking through the window its about time he saw something worth looking at. Myrtle Bagot: You ought to be ashamed of yourself! Albert Godby: Oh, it's high spirit... don't be mad at me. Myrtle Bagot: "High spirit" - indeed. Take your tea and be quiet. Albert Godby: It's all your fault really. Myrtle Bagot: I don't know to what your referring! Albert Godby: ...I was thinking about tonight? Myrtle Bagot: If you don't learn to behave yourself - there won't be a tonight. Or any other night either. Albert Godby: Give us a kiss. Myrtle Bagot: I'll do no such thing, the lady might see us! Albert Godby: Come on a quick one across the counter! Myrtle Bagot: Albert, stop it! Albert Godby: [takes hold of her arms] Come on! Myrtle Bagot: Let go of me, this minute Albert! [he knocks over a plate of something] Myrtle Bagot: ...now look at me bamberys all over the floor! Bill, First Soldier: [Bill walks in] Just in time - or born in the vestry. Myrtle Bagot: You shut your mouth - and help Mr. Godby pick up 'em cakes! Come along now! What are you standing there gaping at?
Dr. Alec Harvey: You know what's happened, don't you?... I've fallen in love with you.
Laura Jesson: I wish you were dead! No I don't, that's silly.
Laura Jesson: We had such fun I felt gay and happy and sort of released.
Laura Jesson: We were very gay during lunch and talks about quite ordinary things.
Laura Jesson: I felt suddenly quite wildly happy.
Margaret Jesson: But my birthday's in June, and there aren't any pantomimes in June
Laura Jesson: Having committed the crime I suddenly felt reckless and gay.
Fred Jesson: [playing the crossword puzzle] You're a poetry addict. See if you can help me over this. It's Keats. 'When I behold, upon the night's starr'd face / Huge cloudy symbols of a high _______.' Something that's seven letters. Laura Jesson: Romance, I think. I'm almost sure it is. 'Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance.' It will be in the Oxford Book of English Verse. Fred Jesson: No, it's right I'm sure. It fits in with 'delirium' and 'Baluchistan.
Laura Jesson: Isn't it awful about people meaning to be kind?
Stephen Lynn, Alec's 'Friend': I am the most broadminded of men.
Fred Jesson: Whatever your dream was, it wasn't a very happy one, was it?