A Bill of Divorcement (1932) Movie Script

Do you think it is fair to
leave me alone for hours ?
Don't be absurd again.
It was only for 10 minutes.
Add, I must give little
attention to my guests.
- Not I a guest?
- Charming, Sr. Humphrey.
- You stay for supper, Won't you?
- You bet I will.
- You're mine for the rest of the night.
- Sounds most improper!
Please Sydney, Can't I have
a moment alone with you?
Lets get out when
nobody is watching.
Not now.
Aunt Hester has an eye on us.
Perhaps later.
Margaret, I think Sydney should
dance with some other young men,
Let Kit Humphrey
not monopolise.
Naturally, Hester.
They are in love.
Well , she's your
daughter, not mine.
- Mother, why aren't you with Gray now?
- No darling, we got to watch.
Come on join the merry here.
Isn't youth glorious, Gray?
I prefer a little maturity.
I feel young with you.
You, my dear
you're a child still.
Its wonderful to be free,
to have a burden lifted
from one's shoulder.
- You did that.
- With a little piece of paper.
I don't mean by helping
me to get my divorce,
by your strength and courage.
- Its a new life.
- For me too Margeret.
Life only starts
when love comes.
Why should it had
come to us so late?
- It isn't late.
- Oh, Gray!
We've time for everything, still?
Time for everything.
Carol singers, they've come!
You go at the side door.
I go the other way,
hit you at the pond.
And another thing, Kit,
I'm counting on youo
- to break up this party early.
- Me?
Sydney had no sense of time.
Miss. Fairfield, shall I give
the singers the supper now?
Not yet, Bassett.
I'll be back directly.
- Where were you?
- I got tired waiting in the cold, come.
- Come in.
- Sorry.
Aunt Hester way laid me.
- We really have to go back o the party.
- Darling we can't wish each
other Merry Christmas in public?
Oh! Merry Christmas forever!
- You're coming to Canad
with me, you know.
- When?
- Anyday you know.
- Not possibly before Mother
and Gray are married.
They are being married New
Years Day, aren't they?
Look, my mothers engagement ring.
- Kit.
- You'll the bride of 5th
generation to wear it.
- Darling.
- I have made that
your finger will let me.
Mrs. Fairfield, we like to sing
something special in honor
of you and Mr. Meredith.
Thanks! What would
you like to sing?
God bless the master of this house,
God bless the Mistress too.
Thats very sweet of you!
How can you let them sing that?
Hilary is the master of this
house and no one else!
- Your husband, Hilary.
- Hester, please.
- Do you know the next line?
- "And all the little children..."
"...around the table go."
How many go round the table?
Well, Canad is a wide open space
there's all the room for children.
Say, twenty.
All right, stop at about ten.
All right, all at one batch.
I hope not!
They say two of each
kind and a slight pause...
No,no pauses. Unless one hit on
someone known as as Prime Minister.
How soon can you
telegram Minister?
Almost instantaneous,
they say.
Dear fool!
She's late for that, Mrs. Gray.
I hadn't the haute to waken her.
Because at odd
hours talking to Kit.
- But just now was when he was home.
- He's leaving so soon for Canad.
I must say Margaret,
you are neglecting
your duty as a mother.
Merry Christmas! Everyone,
I'm not late am I?
Good morning, Aunty.
Thanks darling for
the scandalous dress
you put in my room.
I'll wear it at night
and dance with Kit.
See what father Christmas sent Sydney.
And then it's dried you
Sydney for the card case.
Its a cigarette case only, dear.
I thought you send me
another prayer book,
we might do a deal.
I thought so.
Thanks very much. Sweet of you.
Shall we?
- What?
- Swap?
- Sydney darling, thats rather rude.
- Why I have been hinted at.
Its against my principles
to kneel down and say
I'm miserable sinner.
I'm not miserable,
and I'm not a sinner!
Thats the way you let your
daughter speak to me?
- Sydney, dear.
- I'm not better even if
you admire that's the way
...she views us.
- Thats not true, darling.
hasn't she led your lives
since you divorced father?
Hasn't she prevented you
from marrying Gray for years?
As long as my poor
brother Henry is alive,
inspite of God Margaret
is still his wife.
You know, father is
same as dead to us.
I always think it that way.
- He was in asylum before I was born.
- I've never even seen him.
Shame to you!
He doesn't deserve even
if he was in right mind.
When I used to go and see him,
he didn't even know me.
I know fathers condition is sad,
but it can't be helped.
The war wasn't our fault can't
blame anyone for shellshock.
- Shellshock?
- Hester!
His away we have got.
Let us not go with a
handkerchief to our
eyes all the time.
We got to live.
- You're as hard as ingot.
- No. I hate hypocracy.
I'm at the wrong
side of the family.
I'm the one person
in this house who
remembers poor Hilary!
I shall ask you to excuse me.
You mustn't say such
things to your Aunt Hester.
You get so excited,
you remind me...
..your father was so excited.
- Why no really.
I needn't that though if I want to.
I just want to run my life.
Mother, I want to
tell you something.
Kit wants me to marry
him right away and
go to Canad with him.
Darling, you're so
young to think of
getting married!
- You were married at my age.
- I know.
I was too young.
I thought I was in love,
I know now it was just the war.
Whenever your generation
wants an excuse for anything,
they blame it on the war.
Could you get married
if you didn't want to.
There was a feeling in the air.
One did mad things.
Hilary was going out to
the trenches, to get hurt.
He was so fond of me
that frightened me.
I was so sorry that
I thought I cared.
I know now what I felt
for him wasn't really love.
- Can't you understand?
- No. Either you care or you don't.
- I love Kit!
- Do you darling?
Well if you're so sure of yourself
I shall have to let you go.
- I do so want you to be happy.
- I shall be!
- With Kit and millions of children.
- Precious!
I must hurry and dress,
Gray will be here soon.
Darling, wont you try
and find Aunt Hester
and make it up with her?
After all,
- Christmas union.
- I'm all right mother.
Aunty, I'm sorry I was hurrying.
Will you forgive me?
Its all right, there.
I couldn't help thinking of Hilary
this day of all days,
no one to greet him or
wish him Happy Christmas.
Before you were born,
he used to spend hours in
this room with his music.
He had great talent as a composer.
Might have made
something out of it,
if he hadn't gone that day.
I always loved that sonata of his.
Its too bad he
never finished it.
- Merry Christmas, Bassett.
- Merry Christmas to you Sir.
Merry Christmas, darling.
- Gray, what have you got there?
- No. Open this one first.
No, you do it. I'm too excited.
I'm sure its divine.
Silver fox fur!
Gray, you shouldn't have
been so extravagant.
Put them on.
I love being spoilt.
Hadn't had much of it,
had you Meg.
- Don't call me Meg.
- Why not?
I want you to call
me something no one
else has ever used.
Well you're getting one new
name pretty soon any how.
New year, new
name, new life.
- Don't you love it?
- Church bell?
Wedding bells.
Do you think
I'm sentimental.
You're pure 19th century.
- There goes the twentieth.
- I'll answer mother.
You rang me up?
Sorry he's in trouble.
Theres surely someone
trying to get us.
- Come along. Church bells have stopped.
- They stopped when the bell rang.
Why mother, whats the matter?
- Run darling, you're late.
- Come along my dear.
Its too good to be true.
- What Margaret?
- Everything.
What a fool I am!
- Goodbye, Darling.
- Goodnight, mother.
- Bye, Sydney.
- Goodbye.
- Sydney, the telephone.
- All right, aunty.
Someones being trying
to get us all morning.
Hello? Yes?
No, Mrs. Fairfield is out.
Would you leave a message?
This is Miss Fairfield speaking.
Its about pap.
Yes? What?
This morning?
No, we know nothing.
No, he's not here.
I see.
Ofcourse we'll let you know.
You let us know at once
Yes thanks.
Fathers gone away.
- Who spoke to you?
- The head of the asylum.
Fathers been very much better lately.
- In the last week he
showed marked improvement
I always had faith
he'll get well ?
- Quite possible.
- After all these years?
It took even longer
with your Aunt Grace.
What aunt Grace?
Why do you mention her?
I don't know.
I was thinking.
In connection with pap.
Was she ever in an asylum?
No. She was very
ill for a long time.
Aunty, you're not
telling me the truth.
Wasn't it only shell
shock with father?
He's well again.
They told you. He's well again.
Aunty, you're trying
to hide something.
What is shell shock?
It was foregone by shellshock.
in all family
there's insanity.
You shouldn't say that!
There are troubles in every family,
but one doesn't
talk about them.
Suppose father really is
well what will he do?
- Its a question of what
your mother will do.
- Pretty well concerns mother.
- Won't it?
- What are you driving at?
I can't discuss it with you.
- What are you looking for?
- Someone has moved them...
Meg! Meg, my darling!
I'm not Meg.
I beg your pardon.
I thought you were another girl.
I've been away
for a long time.
Where have you come from?
That place.
That place.
I took a car...
- Who are you?
- I think I'm your daughter.
Thats good!
My wife's not my wife,
- she is my daughter.
- You're forgetting its
been years and years.
Ofcourse. It is years.
Its a lifetime!
My daughters lifetime.
Whats your name, daughter?
- Sydney.
- Sydney.
Sydney, eh?
My mother was Sydney.
I like Sydney.
I suppose we are a bit of a
shock to each other, Sydney.
No, you're not a shock to me.
- But I'm afraid...
- Is my...?
Is your...? Where is Margaret?
- At church.
- She'll be back soon, eh?
- Yes. Thats why I'm afraid...
- I think
- I go and meet her.
- Oh I wouldn't.
Come and sit down.
Wait for her.
Very well.
- Sit down.
- Thanks.
Isn't this odd?
Makes me want to cry.
My dear child thats all over.
Laugh. Laugh.
Thats the thing to do.
What a lovely room this is!
I can't say I like these
funny things. Do you?
No, I like leathers
ones better too.
Those aren't the only changes.
Everything changes.
I bet your aunt Hester hasn't.
I bet you...
I say...
Is your mother such a darling still?
- Look here father, you know...
- Father.
We got to get things straight
before she comes back.
Yes be back soon, eh?
Why has Meg moved the clock?
Much better where
we had it before.
We will have that put back.
Its 1 o'clock, she's late.
I really think I'll go
and meet your mother.
- No. You're to stay here.
- Very well.
- I'll do as I like about that.
- I'll not let you right now!
- I'll frighten her?
- You will realise what a
shock would do to her.
I never knew anyone
will die of joy.
Father you don't understand.
- You and mother are...
- This is nothing to do with you.
- But you mustn't!
- I tell you I won't be hecked !
I can't stand it!
I've had enough of it!
- I had enough of it!
- Don't you talk to mother like that!
Meg understands!
So do I understand.
I believe you do.
You got wild.
All in a moment.
Thats my way too.
I means nothing
Meg can't see with
it means nothing.
But it makes a man
wild you know
to be browbeat when he is sane...
I am sane!
Thats all over, isn't it?
-I am sane, daughter.
- Father.
Don't let me get the
way I was just now.
Its bad.
Help me go slow
I am as well as you are,
you know...
but its new.
It happened today.
Like a curtain lifting.
- I was standing in the garden...
- I can't just see how you got away.
I was led like Peter
out of prison.
I went through the gates, open.
Their eyes were blinded.
It was sheer luck.
There were some visitors leaving,
and I left along with them,
Nobody ever spotted me,
heap service,
of them I mean I tried.
But you had no money!
I took the first taxi I saw
and promised him double.
He's at the lower gate
now waiting to be paid.
- Father!
- Your mother will see to it.
- Thats him.
I expect he got tired waiting.
- No. That will be mother.
- You stay here. You must let me...
- Daughter! Is that your mother?
Give me a minute.
Give me a minute!
Whose taxi?
- Hilary!
- Meg!
Eres Meg?
Is it Meg.
Meg I've come home
- Sydney!
- Its all right mother.
Meg, I'm well.
I'm well, Meg!
It came over me
like a lantern fly,
like a face turning to you.
I was in the garden, lost.
I'll never make
anyone understand.
I was never really like the rest of them.
I was always really sane.
But face was turned away.
- What face?
- The face of God.
- Sydney, is he...?
- Its all right mother.
He's come to himself.
- What am I to do?
- Whats that?
You don't say a word.
Aren't you glad to see me.
I'm glad...
Your poor Hilary!
If you only knew what it
was like to say to myself:
"I'm home!"
That place...
Forbid that was a bit comfort.
It was hell.
- Hell.
- They were good to you?
- Good enough.
- They didn't...
- ill treat you?
- Mother you know you
did the very best.
I fit had been heaven,
Wwhat difference does it make?
I was a dead man.
Do you know what the
dead do in heaven?
They sit on their golden
chairs sicken for home.
- Why did you never come?
- They wouldn't let me.
- It made you worse.
- Because I wanted you so much.
- You didn't know me.
- My voice didn't.
And my speech and
my action didn't.
But I knew you, Meg.
Behind the curtain,
and the dreams, and the noises
and the abandonment of God.
I wanted you.
I wanted...
We mustn't talk about these things.
It isn't safe. I tell you,
when I talk, I see a
black hand reaching
up through the floor.
You see? That wide
new crack in the floor?
They catch me by
the ankle and drag...
- Drag...
- Sydney!
Father, go slow.
Its all right mother.
We'll manage.
You tell your mother,
its all right.
You understand that?
Once it was a real hand.
Now I know its in my mind.
I tell you, Meg.
I'm well! But it isn't safe
to think about anything...
My dear! The Holly,
and the crackle of the fire
and home like a veil of peace on me
and you, my dear one,
- standing there so still.
- No, no, no!
Yes, yes, yes!
Luncheon is served, ma'am.
Set another place, Bassett.
This... My...
- This gentleman is staying to lunch.
- Yes, miss.
Staying to lunch?
Thats a good joke!
I say you miss I'm laughing!
Its blessed to laugh.
Staying to lunch?
Yes my girl.
Lunch and tea and supper
and breakfast. Thank heaven!
For many a long days!
Yes, Dr. Alliot,
they are still at lunch.
- How quick can you get here?
- I will come at once.
Is he excitable or fairly calm?
- I see.
- You are not partly silent?
Please hurry,
won't you.
Mothers such a
terrible nervous strain.
- Thank you, Dr. Alliot.
- Something wrong with your mother?
No, Gray.
Will you wait in the drawing room?
I'll send mother here to you.
Are you not extraordinary?
Its practically amazing!
She knew I was her father
the moment she saw me.
- There you are, Sydney.
- Yes, father.
You know?
I'm dying to see
the little music room.
Will you excuse me?
Hester, the pianos never
been at the right place.
- No, Hilary?
- Sure then, all the tones lost.
Well, whats the mystery?
Gray, he's come back!
- Who?
- Hilary.
- Hilary!
- He got away.
He came straight here.
Don't be frightened.
Is he dangerous?
No. Poor fellow!
- Darling, I take charges.
- No, Gray.
You don't understand.
He's well.
He knows me.
- I can't believe it!
- You think I want to believe it?
What a ghastly
thing to say?
Dr. Alliot is coming.
He's always been
able to manage him.
I and you away
quietly poor devil.
No, Gray.
He's well.
The old Hilary.
Voice and ways.
His hair is gray, but
he talks he did in 20s.
Its horrible.
And ofcourse,
he knows nothing.
- About what?
- The divorce.
You and me. He thinks
everything is as he left it.
- You've said nothing?
- Not yet.
He's like a lost
child come home.
- I couldn't.
- You come away with me at once!
I can't! Oh, Gray!
I'm wicked! I was
wishing he never got well.
In my heart, I'm
hating my husband!
You have no husband!
You're marrying me.
You're mine.
I know. I'm not afraid of you.
He's got to be told.
- Darling, let me tell him.
- No.
That would be cruel.
I must tell him myself.
It will hurt him less
coming from me.
Don't you know it does to me?
To live in the same house with him!
I can't stay here.
Don't let me stay here.
Come with me,
the car is outside
There he is.
Listen to me.
We're leaving for London tonight.
Going to be married at once.
There's no train till nine.
So I'll be back here at 20:30.
- You be ready?
- If I manage to...
Oh, Meg, Sydney
said you got...
Hello. Who is this?
Oh doctor, eh?
I've been expecting
him down only.
Its no good you know, Sr.
I'm as fit as you are.
- Any test you like.
- Mr. Meredith called
to see me, Hilary.
He's just going.
- Goodbye, hate leaving you.
- You must. Its better. Come back!
- Who's that man?
- His name is Gray Meredith.
Whats he doing here?
He's an old friend.
- I don't know him, do I?
- No.
Since you were ill in
the last 5 years.
He's in love with you.
You shouldn't let him, Meg.
You're such a child.
You don't know what you're
doing when you look and smile.
I do know.
I don't wonder at him,
or brood.
you've changed.
- Yes, Hilary.
- Tall, more beautiful.
Yet there's something I miss.
Yes, Hilary.
Something you used to have.
A kind way with you.
The childs got it, Sydney.
She's more you
than you are.
You've grown right out.
Away, beyond me.
Haven't you?
- Yes, Hilary.
- But I'm going to catch you up.
You help me catch up
with you, won't you Meg?
Just wait for me.
Hold out your hands to me.
I can't, Hilary.
My hands are full.
You mean Sydney?
She'll be off in no time.
She told me all about the boy.
Whats his name? Kit.
Its not Sydney.
What do you mean?
What're you trying to tell me?
Meg, whats changed you?
Why do you look
at me sideways?
Why do you flinch
when I talk loudly?
And when I kissed you...
Its that man.
- Margaret!
- I've done nothing wrong!
I've been trying to tell you.
Hilary, 15 years is along time.
Yes, I suppose
it is a long time.
For a woman to be faithful.
What do you expect me to do?
Forgive you!
Theres nothing to forgive!
Oh, Hilary, we've so much
to forgive each other!
But not that.
To divorce you then?
Because I'll not do that.
I devorced you.
I divorced you.
You couldn't do such a thing!
You have no cause!
I see what you're trying to do.
You're trying to confuse me!
Thats like driving me mad again!
Why you said!
Where's that girl?
Hester! Come here all of you!
What is it? What have you done?
Frightening mum!
No! Not on her side!
You're my little Sydney.
Kind. My Sydney.
What is that you said?
Go slowly.
Sydney, humour him.
What was I calling you for?
Ah, Yes!
A riddle, I got a riddle for you.
When's a wife not a wife?
- Do you want to know the answer!
When she is Miss.
- Clm, Hilary.
- What have you done to him, Margaret?
- I told him the truth.
If life holds you
what she said to me,
you think I was mad.
And thats what you
want you to think!
She wants to....
get rid of me.
I'm in the way?
She comes to me and said!
What do you think?
She's not my wife.
What do you think of that.
Its my fault.
I began at the wrong end.
Hilary, I'm not what you think.
- What is that man doing inmy house?
- I'm free.
- I got my divorce.
- If he comes here,
I'll kill him!
- Sydney!
- Its all right mother.
We'll manage somehow.
- Dr. Alliot in the home, ma'am.
- Ask him to come in here at once.
Yes, ma'am.
Hello, Margaret, my dear.
How lovely you're looking.
Miss. Fairfield, how do you do?
Hilary, my dear boy
welcome back!
- Its at Marriot, Is'nt it?
- Your memory's all right.
- I suppose I sent for you.
- No, rather unconventionally.
- I had been in touch with...
- That place?
Yes. You may have to go back.
- An official clearance.
- I don't mind.
I'm well. I'm well, Alliot.
I'm not afraid of what you say.
No, well that sounds hopeful.
But I can't go doctor.
- Only for a few hours.
Its my wife.
I lost my temper.
I do lose my temper.
It means nothing!
Go slow, eh?
She says she's not my wife.
I see.
Thats the trouble.
I married Meg.
I fell ill.
Now I'm well again.
I want my wife.
- Yes, yes.
- "Yes, yes."
It sounds familiar.
I suppose what you call
humouring a lunatic.
I hope to be convinced
that the troubles over,
but will you let me
put the case to you?
You can have 50 cases.
Makes no difference.
I've listened, father.
- You're not against me, Sydney?
- Nobody's against you.
- We only want you to listen.
- I've done nothing.
I'm not a drunkard.
I'm not a convict
I've done nothing.
I've been to the war,
the fight
for her. For all of you.
For my country.
What have I get from it?
Not honourable scars,
not medals and glory.
But years in hell.
Then when I get out again,
then the country I fought for,
the woman I fought for,
say to me:
"You've done without
us for so long,
you can do without
us all together".
Thats what it amounts to.
When I was helpless,
they took all I had from me.
Did I ever hurt you?
Didn't I love you?
Could I help being ill?
- What have I done?
- My poor father,
you died.
We cry after the dead,
I always wondered what
the welcome back will be.
- Well you know now.
- I don't say it is hard.
Thanks, thats sympathy indeed!
My wife is full of it, isn't she.
Poor dear! I was married to you once?
I've quite forgotten.
Face it man!
One of you must suffer.
Which is it to be? The whole or the main?
The healthy woman with
her life before her
or the man whose children are
never to have been born?
I say thats going to far.
In this matter Fairfeild,
I cannot go too far.
Come we have a
little chat together?
Just you and I alone.
Very well.
I'll listen to what
you have to say.
You'll be here, Margaret?
Yes, Hilary.
Its providence that
he's come back in time!
Hester, please.
I can't see that you
should go on with
your marriage with
your husband here.
- I have no husband.
- The divorce decree can be anulled.
Hester, Knowing his
history, knowing mine
it isn't possible that you
expect me to go back to him
- He has come back to you!
- You don't know what it means
to want so desperately to feel.
And to feel nothing,
to dread the person who loves you,
to shrink from the look in his eyes.
Do you want him on your
concience all your life?
My poor little Sydney!
I'm all right, mother.
Hilary is coming with me to the asylum
just for formal clearance.
He wants a word with you first.
- Can you manage it?
- Yes.
- Where's Meredith?
- He's coming to take me away.
Good. Sooner the better.
- You be gentle with Hilary.
- Ofcourse.
Yes I'm sure you can.
God be with you, Margaret.
Goodbye my child.
I'll send him in.
- Dr. Alliot!
- Yes my dear?
What you said to father,
you meant I should
never've been born?
I'm afraid I said too much.
Don't take it too seriously.
Then I'll ask you something.
He means everything to me.
Thats my whole life.
Dear, how serious we are!
Terribly serious.
There is insanity in our family,
in fathers family.
Isn't there?
- Well, I...
- Please uncle, I got to know!
- One or two members.
- Aunt Grace?
Grace Fairfield was for a time.
Its in our blood, isn't it?
With father,
it wasn't just shell shock.
It was latent insanity,
brought on by shellshock.
Even if I'm fit,
perfectly fit,
if I had children,
it might come out in him?
There will be a risk.
I see. Thanks.
I never met a finer, more splendid,
better balanced girl than you are.
- Thank you, Dr.
- You must forget all these things.
Just be happy.
Your fathrer's waiting for me.
She received.
You'll be gentle with her.
Thanks, doctor.
Its al right. I'm going.
I've got to, I see that.
He's made me see.
After he's made it all
right with that place,
I'm going to stay with
him till I can look around.
I'm glad you got a good friend.
Yes, he's a good chap.
He made me see.
He said it and I do see,
but its too late, ofcourse.
Isn't it?
Yes, its too late.
Yet, it wouldn't be
fair to ask you,
- would it?
- Oh, Hilary!
- Hilary.
- No woman can be expected.
You couldn't be expected too,
Could you?
Its what he says.
You made a new
life for yourself.
Haven't you?
There's no room in it for me.
Isn't it?
So its just a case of saying
I'm going because I quite see,
that there's no chance
Meg! Meg!
Isn;t there just a chance?
- Hilary, I can't stand this!
- Listen to me, Meg!
I've been alone, so long...
- Hilary!
- I won't trouble you.
I won't get in your way,
don't drive me out alone.
Like I came.
Give me something,
The rustle of your dress,
the cushion where you laid.
Your voice about the house.
You cannot deny
me such little things
things you give your servant.
I'll be your dog.
Like would I beat you,
You promise!
For better or for worse.
In sickness and health.
You can't go back on your promise.
- Isn't fair.
- Anythings fair.
Meg, you don't know
- What misery means!
- I'm learning.
You don't know, or you
couldn't leave me to it.
I've never known you
beat a creature in your life.
I've seen you step aside
for a little creeping green thing
on the path.
You never hurt anything.
How can you hurt me like this?
You can't have changed that much!
Its how you took me before.
Now you're doing again.
Have I? Oh, Meg!
Meg, you can't leave me.
You can't drive me out alone like this.
You can't. You can't!
I suppose I can.
Will you wait for me?
You be here when I get back?
I know you will. Oh, Meg!
God bless you, Meg!
God bless you, Meg!
You mean, God help me.
Well wait, doctor.
I'm coming.
God bless you, Meg.
Bassett, Mr. Humphrey
is at the lower gate.
Will you ask him to come
in the music room, please.
- Yes, Miss.
- Thank you.
- Anything wrong, dear?
- Yes, I've been palled.
What on earths the matter?
- Got dumps?
- Don't be silly.
I'm sorry,
I'm not a mind dear darling.
- If I were, I'll cheer you up.
- Have you said I'll be cheered!
I know you're playing a jike on me?
Come along now, smile!
Don't be such a fool!
What is it, Sydney?
Have I mistaken about this evening,
you expect me earlier?
Good heavens no!
Now that I have been so busy,
I haven't given you a thought.
Would you tell me
what all this is about?
- After all, we were last night here...
- Last night was what?
I've a vivid recollection,
we decided to get married
Oh, yes? Yes, I believe.
You conjured up pictures of
a rugged existence in Canad,
with a herd of scoring children.
Was it two boys, two
girls and a prime minister?
I simply don't know you.
Thats just the trouble.
Nunca me has conocido
y nunca me conocers.
You never have,
you never will!
I'm never going
to marry anyone!
haven't the joke
gone on far enough?
I'm bored, terribly bored.
Can't you understand that
Something very extraordinary
must have happened since last night?
That you talk like this!
Why don't you go!
How do you stop taking
me and leave me alone.
I'm going to stay here
you tell me the truth.
Can't you see, i'm trying
to let you down easily?
Can't you accept that and go?
But you're doing it in the
cruelest sort of way, Sydney.
I can stand it
whatever it may be.
Kit, I'm only trying to
save you unhappiness.
But there isn't a thing
I wouldn't face for
you and with you.
Very well.
Father came home this morning.
Your father?
- You mean he came from the...
- From the asylum, yes.
He wasn't suffering
just from shell-shock.
Its in his blood.
- Sydney!
- Yes, its in my blood too.
- But you're imagining it.
- I know it!
You mustn't believe that!
You see? You can't even stand
the first glimpse of the truth.
it would be dangerous
for me to marry.
- But I'm not afraid!
- You no more right than I.
Our children, it might
come out in them.
We needn't bear any children.
- We have each other, our love.
- We've someday to hate me
You love children.
I hate myself for cheating.
Besides, you will like
to be with you without
more children, all alone?
- Your children, Kit?
- Dear we would be together.
No, Kit!
And that isn't all.
I'm very like my father,
I might even become...
Is well that it inflict
there on you.
- But if I'm willing
- You shan't be.
I won't let you.
You must go away.
You can't do this to me!
For years I've loved
you with everything in it.
You're part of me
I can't give you up!
I can't!
It hurts now,
don't I know that.
In six months or a year,
the pain be all gone
and then you'll be grateful.
Yes, you will.
You said:
"Good old Sydney
she was wiser than I thought.
Bless her".
Yes, Kit.
You'll say: "Bless her".
- But you'll be left alone.
- Don't you worry about me.
You can't be sure of yourself yet!
Tomorrow you may think differently.
Not tomorrow, Kit.
Not a thousand tomorrows
Nor you nor I can do
anything to change it.
We should be thankful.
Thankful we found out in time
Go, Kit.
Dont lets talk to
each other anymore.
And we mustn't meet again
before you sail.
I'll take the train
to London tonight.
I'll drive by on
way to the station.
Perhaps you'll change your mind.
- Goodbye.
- No.
Just go.
As though you're only
going into the next room.
- Anybody to greet you around in front?
- No, thanks very much.
I'll just come across the garden.
- I can't wait to get to her.
- Hilary,
are you absolutely
certain about Margaret?
- Surer than I am at life!
- I am never sure of life.
And less your love.
God bless you. Good night.
Good night.
- Basset, where's the esquirebeau?
- Is in the room, Sir.
- Are our bags there?
- Yes Sir, I packed them hours ago.
- We reckon put in my car?
- Yes, Sir.
- Darling, why aren't you ready?
- Gray.
- I'm not going.
- What?
- I'm not going.
- My dear you're all upset.
No, its Hilary.
He won't let me go.
- We'll settle this. Where is he?
- He went with Dr. Alliot
to get the clearance.
He's coming back to me.
He convinced me, Gray.
He cried.
You must understand.
He's so unhappy!
I should have taken
you with me today.
I can't fight Hilary.
I see it.
Its my own fault.
I ought never to
have cared for you.
Gray, don't look
at me like that!
- Did your promise to me mean nothing.
- I got to put him first because he's weak.
You are strong.
Not strong enough for that.
I want my wife.
I waited along while for you
If Hilary is left alone,
he'll go mad again.
I'm losing all i love to you.
-There's no more to lose.
- All you love.
- You don't know th meaning of it.
- Don't say that!
I love you. Can't you see that?
Can't you feel it?
I starve, I'm going to
live without you loke
cut grass in the sun!
- I can't see such pain.
- You think I can't suffer?
But he's sort of defenceless!
I can't do it.
I'd rather die!
- Father!
- They are in there again,
your mother and that man.
- She told him she loves him.
- I heard!
- You mustn't! I'm done with her!
- Get them out at once.
Do not let her suffer!
At once or I'll kill her.
- Father please! No!
- I'll kill you!
You stay here! I'll do it!
I'll do it.
You promised to go calm.
- No, father. I will send Gray away.
- No, both of them! I can't bear seeing either!
- All right, father.
- I'm going.
I'll go.
You stay here.
I'll get rid of him.
I'll get rid of them somehow.
Remember you promised,
go slow.
- You're leaving every
chance of happiness.
- I can't help it. Pardon me.
Mother, you must go with Gray.
- You must go now before
father comes back.
- No, I wont leave him alone!
- Fathers my job, not yours.
- I wouldn't put the burden on you.
That wouldn't be a burden, Mother.
I understand you.
You're frightened of him,
I'm not.
Don't you see you'll
be no good to him.
I know how it feels.
I'm his own fleas and blood.
You're not.
I can manage him
and make him happy.
You can't!
But Kit, Sydney,
after your marriage?
Don't you worry
about Kit and me,
we'll work everything out together.
But I promised I'll be
here when Hilary came.
He had no right to ask it.
You had no right to promise it
- You both be utterly miserable.
- Can't you see how true that is?
He knows you love Gray.
You think you'll ever
make him forget that?
No, I suppose I can't.
By staying you'll
destroy the lives of all.
Please go before poor
father comes back.
You mean, I can go?
Yes, mother.
- Gray.
- You are afraid to trust yourself?
Always I've been afraid of Hilary.
Of everything, of life.
But now I'm not afraid.
Come on, my dear.
Goodbye, darling.
- Seems so strange!
- Goodbye, mother.
-Be happy.
- Goodbye, Sydney.
- Goodbye, Gray.
- Darling!
Goodbye, Meg.
- Father!
- Its for the best, isn't it?
You can say, like that
- when just now you...?
- She'll be happy, wont she?
You'll be good to her.
You did it.
You did that
so that I send them away.
You loved her.
She only pity'd me.
She loves him.
I heard her.
Poor Meg!
I've never really
known her at all
Everythings gone.
I'm not going.
Theres that boy, Kit?
Thats all done in.
You love him.
- You're crying.
- No.
Don't you love him?
I suppose so.
Then, why? why?
We're in the same boat, father.
You poor old thing!
How do you think
you'll keep me.
I need you.
Just as much as you need me.
You need me?
My little Sydney.
My darling.
I'll make it up to you.
We'll have a good
time together somehow.
Wont we?
We'll be happy together.
- You and I.
- Yes, father.
You and I.
Whats that?
- Whats that you're playing?
- Don't you recognise it?
Its my sonata, isn't it?
I've forgotten all about it.
I love to know.
You never finished it,
I tried to myself in
all sorts of ways.
- No, darling, your hands
wont go like that.
- Well is.
- Its the silly old thing!
- Whose the silly old thing?
The end of it should be further.
Should bear it up...
reaching a clmax.
Who is that lovely
father you think?
Why not? You're
not born that way?