Jamestown (2016) s02e08 Episode Script

Season 2, Episode 8

1 The Sharrows have taken every last negro from Massinger's farm.
They claim them as their right in payment for Massinger's theft of their tobacco.
I want Master Massinger's land and you will be my secret partner in the enterprise.
The previous governor, sold the land to Master Massinger without the permission of the company.
Yeardley knows that.
I will not be owned, possessed, confined or determined by wedlock.
The more they seek to shame me the more I refuse to be tamed.
(SHRIEKS) I hope you will be kind to us, Lady Yeardley.
What are you doing, Jocelyn? I am imagining, that is all.
It was most gracious of you, sir, to compensate the Sharrows for their loss.
And has it made you reflect upon your own hardship, Jocelyn? I came all the way here to marry a man of position, a man of promise.
I've been robbed of my hopes because my husband was killed by the giant louse who stole this land from the company.
Stole? You seem quite certain of that accusation, Widow Castell? Well, Argyle sold this ground to Massinger without the company's permission.
That makes it illegal.
Should the company be alerted to this, they will reclaim every acre and none of it will come to you.
Be careful, Jocelyn.
Your politicking has, so far, amused me, aided me.
Do not make yourself giddy with opportunity.
I have written to my sister.
A letter she will hold in safekeeping.
Should anything happen to me, she will pass it to the company.
I ask you, sir, so that I do not have to ask them, do you suppose it is all that I deserve, the widow to be granted a parcel of land in consideration for my sore loss? What kind of parcel of land? This kind.
I was told by the Chickahominy Silas Sharrow gives information to the Pamunkey, secret information, - in return for their favours.
- Why would you say this to me? Because I suspect that you alone will know if it is true.
I dearly wish it not to be.
You have your hawk's eye fastened on the Sharrows.
You are no defender of them.
You will tell me how it is.
It's gossip, sir.
The Chickahominy know that the Sharrows trade well with Opechancanough so they wish to cause conflict.
Perhaps you misunderstood what was said to you, sir.
It's a dangerous occupation to dabble in politics when mistakes might be made.
It is a dangerous occupation to dabble in all manner of things in Jamestown.
(BELL CHIMES) (BELL CHIMES) It is the judgment and the pleasure of our governor to compensate the to compensate the Widow Castell in recognition of her bereavement by the granting of all lands that belonged to Master Massinger.
- What? - (CROWD MURMUR) - (SCOFFS) - (LAUGHS) A woman give land and the birth of it coming from the mouth - of the marshal hisself! - (LAUGHTER) You enjoy playing to the pack, Rutter.
You shall play the violin.
The neck violin.
- No, Marshall, no not the shrew's fiddle.
- Assembly's concluded.
Go back to work.
How does the widow know about Argyle? Who could tell her? Who is it knows but we three? I might suspect you two, did you not cherish your loathing of the widow as a miser adores a pearl.
She has me trapped in this matter.
If I challenge her openly, then the Virginia Company will be alerted to our land dealings.
It burns my blood that every day, every week she grows in strength and position.
Then we must cut her down.
You cut her down with the skimmington, sir but she struck back.
Ow! You have made an enemy of the Governor.
And he's made a foe of me.
I know it was he who arranged the people in the street to taunt and shame me.
Please tread most carefully.
I see how what has been done to you by men makes this freedom a kind of wonder to you.
So I will celebrate Widow Castell's glittering self rule and I'll pursue you no longer, dear Jocelyn.
Oh.
Alice, is Silas still giving favours to the Pamunkey? No, that's ended.
Why do you ask? As long as it's done with, that's all that matters.
I had such plans for Massinger's land.
It's time we took more territory from the naturals.
You only have to wave your arm, sir, and I'll put together an attack force.
Are you certain that the widow's gains give sufficient cause for us to rile Opechancanough? Aggression will just bring condemnation from the company.
They insist on peace.
You would prefer the Pamunkey to be seen as the ones to violate the agreement, Governor? - So, we provoke 'em.
- Not quite.
- What we mean to do is to - Falsify some assault upon us.
But the result will be the same, sir.
War.
Caution does not become you, Farlow.
Bring me a device that lays all the blame on the Pamunkey.
If I look this way and then I look that way and then I look another way - that is all your land? - It is.
And them men? Tenured labourers, tied here to me until their time is served.
They ain't so very pleased to see us, is they, ma'am? I will employ an overseer to serve as master to them.
I know just the man for it.
Master Read? I would have you make me two swords.
- I have some here.
- I want rapiers.
What cause have you for two weapons such as that Doctor? There is time enough for explanations.
Tell me what the cost will be.
I'll make the rapiers, sir.
(GIGGLING) Another jug of wine here! You've a fine thirst on you tonight, Marshal.
Since you women arrived, I have plentiful cause to drink.
Uh? (GROANS) Ain't this the same man who took a whip to James Read's back? Ain't this the same dog nailed your ear to a post? This the same dung beetle locked me in the stocks and poured pig shite over my head? - Now we have him.
- There's an old mariner's trick.
Point my percy at him.
When he wakes, he'll believe his own bladder's shamed him.
I don't suppose I will ever have such an opportunity again.
(CACKLES) Do you need some aid, Marshal? Shall I fetch the Governor? Whenever my husband is leaky, sir, I tell him he's not only disgraced his breeches, he has disgraced his name.
If you ever whisper one word of this, the pair of you will hate every miserable breath you take.
The pissed breech walk in't so very noble.
(SHE SNIGGERS) I know such things.
(SNIGGERS) (CACKLES) A fire.
The whole of the widow's harvest will be lost in flames.
But would that not be a waste of profit? Her profit.
No, Virginia's profit.
- And can it be done? - The business will be conducted at night so all that will be witnessed is dark figures carrying torches as the Pamunkey do.
Sir, the widow's new gains will be ruined and you'll have good cause to strike at the naturals and take land from them, two enemies, one blow.
A blaze.
What a splendid spectacle to welcome the widow into the world of being a landlord.
You have negroes on your farm now? Yes, yes we do.
Will they have a brand on them? They will serve their term as tenured men do then they will be free men.
Is that a promise or an English promise? I don't blame you for doubting us, Maria.
Us settlers ain't always done God's work.
The Governor marked me.
Now every day that I am here, I will try to mark him.
I heard the Governor speaking.
He wants some trouble.
- To blame the naturals for it.
- Who was he talking to? Did he say what kind of trouble? Did he mention when it would be? Night.
He wants night.
Maria, are we ready to go now? No, ma'am.
We are not ready to go now.
Maria has suffered enough, Alice.
I do not wish her to be hurt any more.
Our governor wants to seize more ground from the naturals.
What will we do? Do you think I can go back to Chacrow with this news? Alice, in't that brought enough worry to us with that spying business? The very piece of earth you live on was once Pamunkey.
What will you do? Give it back to them? In't it time you bent your righteousness to the world we live in now? You have your own land.
I don't want you on our farm.
Do you hear me? Will you work as my overseer, Master Read? The Governor said that you must marry but here you are unwed with your own farm.
You've proven yourself a gentlewoman can master any man.
Is that your answer? A bolder man would not be intimidated by the prospect of working for a woman.
Now I've offended your delicate mettle.
I wonder if you might weep.
I cannot bear it when a man sobs and whimpers.
I promise you, you will never see me weep again.
If that's what your cold heart prefers I would prefer that you take up the position so that you might prove me wrong.
Suppose I've no need to prove you wrong? Suppose I already know that you're wrong.
Sometimes I will say anything to get what I want.
I need you.
No, you don't.
You don't need anyone.
Perhaps that's your curse.
It is what I was told.
They want to make it seem like Pamunkey have made an attack.
Why is Silas not here? You were kind to me, Chacrow.
To hear of such a wrong I wanted to tell you.
Does Silas know of Yeardley's plans? He does not want to help us.
Silas is a true friend.
But he would be killed if the Governor thought he was talking to you.
Will you not be killed as a traitor? No-one will ever know.
Winganuske knows.
Her first loyalty is to her husband.
Your first loyalty is also to your husband.
(SPEAKS ALGONQUIAN DIALECT) (SPEAKS ALGONQUIAN) You're a Sharrow now.
That's all that matters.
(DISTANT BARKING) The other one is yours.
I'm a proven swordsman, Dr Priestly, you're not.
Ridgewater at dusk.
You're a kind apothecary who has helped me many a time.
I issue this challenge between we two because you have made a mockery of me.
If you do not accept it, then I must repeat it before the whole assembly.
Then you'll be marked out as a coward for the rest of your life and the reason for my bid against you will be whispered on every lip in Jamestown.
- Sir, let me tell you - No, let me tell you.
You are a blacksmith.
You have stubbed your filthy fingers onto my good name.
Why? Because you saw fit not to give a blink to my heart my reputation, my true and honourable intention.
I will wait for you at Ridgewater.
No more words will pass between us till then.
I spoke with the Chickahominy up river and they refused to do the burning for us but I traded muskets for arrows, bows and torches, enough for the blame to land on the Pamunkey.
We move by dark and we get the deed done.
It seems a great pity to waste good crops.
Is there no other way for us to make trouble with the Pamunkey? No, no, it must be the widow.
I wanna be there to see that witch's face when her land burns.
That picture will be moulded into my memory.
It helps to not gloat, sir, you'll be heard.
What is the matter with Rutter? I should have put his head on a spike years ago.
Gentle sirs, my wife tells me that when I am asleep with the drink, I play a tune the night long with my second mouth.
- Cracked cheeks, words of wind.
- Away with you, you drayman stool.
Marshal Redwick, we have a question for you.
Now, we Rutters are forbid from trading with the mariners Might you consider, Marshal, out of the kindness of your kind heart Did you not hear me? Get away.
Ooh, forgive me hopping thither and thither, sirs.
There are times when my bladder in't my friend.
Did ever any man have such a pissed breeches, leaking tail as my lover - You can trade, Rutter.
You can trade.
- Thomas, what is the matter? Just do not look at me more.
Do you hear me, Rutter? Don't look at me! (BOTH CACKLE) Here why didn't you ask him to take off the shrew's fiddle? Aw, I forgot! Alice? I spoke with Henry.
It was wrong of me to ask you to live so close by my brother.
He raped you.
Now, he might say that he had claim on you as his wife but he now knows that he must work his own farm.
He's to leave us be.
Thank you.
It's as you said I do not trust our governor.
But James Read warned me that the doctor has heard rumours that I've been in confederation with the Pamunkey.
So we must tread carefully.
Silas I went to speak with Chacrow to warn him.
Why would you do such a thing? I I felt so ashamed that we were to do nothing.
I felt as though I was to blame for Maria's branding.
I had to act or my soul would burst.
That is something to love, I suppose.
To have a woman fierce with honour.
What will come of it? Well, we shall see.
(LAUGHTER) Stop that.
All swine satches on herring shotten.
I don't understand a word he said.
Ma'am, he said he had minded to do the bidding of a woman.
- How do you know what he spoke? - I can't say how I know.
I just hear the jumble and then it unjumbles in my head like pastry.
A near leggest headstring of a sheep's leather.
You will work, do you hear me? You will labour for me as hard as you did for foul Massinger.
Spepper spabens benorm with a bots.
Massinger half cheeked.
Ma'am, he said he respects Master Massinger's whip more than he do a skirt captain.
Why does he speak that way? Some say it's so many beatings that done it.
Some say it's because he eats river plants and some say he was born with the wrong words.
- Fight with me.
- (LAUGHTER) Coward.
Again.
Again! Again! (EXCLAIMS) Again.
Again, damn you! On my hand sig.
Set to a leg! Set to a leg! I am no farmer, but this will be the best plantation in all of Virginia.
Any man who doubts that does not know me well enough yet.
You will labour not because you are whipped.
You will labour because you will be rewarded.
(MURMURING) What man wants one year taken from the time of his tenure here? (EXCITED MURMURS) - Then work like it's a joy.
- Aye, miss.
We have a harvest must be brought in.
I will never be set free will I, Lady Yeardley? When the Governor bought me, he did not intend to let me go to be a man with my own land, like the English did he, Lady Yeardley? Every time I spoke to him about my hopes, he did not give me the answer because he wanted Pedro to be a believing fool.
My husband wished to show you all of his kindness so that you might be glad to remain here.
I have seen all of the Governor's kindnesses now.
I have seen all of England's kindnesses.
I have seen your kindnesses.
I plead with you, Pedro, do not attempt to defy my husband.
He will tear your heart out with his teeth.
(GRUNTS) I have a toothache.
Let me take a look.
Oh, yes.
I see.
Most worrisome.
- Christopher, you do tease me so.
- You think I tease? Stop it.
I was fooling.
I only wanted to feel your fingers upon me, just for a little while.
In England, blacksmiths were employed to extract teeth.
They have the body strength that is needed to pull them out.
I would not let the blacksmith lay his hands upon me.
Do you mean that he might not lay his hands upon you any more? Good.
That is good.
Christopher, what are you implying? It puzzled me why the Governor was so insistent that I should marry you but I chose to hide my eyes behind my fingers because I wanted to see only the opportunity to take you to my bed.
To wake beside you, to spend every day - in your glistening orbit - Stop it.
Speak no more.
Oh, but I will.
Yeardley made sure the blacksmith heard when he pressed me to marry you.
- And it made me see what I already - Speak no more, I say.
It is a falsehood.
A cruel calumny.
In your own thinking, Jocelyn, it might be whatever you choose it to be.
But here now between you and I, you will hear me say how it is.
I would marry you still.
Let that be your memory of how I love you.
What are you going to do? Damn you.
We will fight.
Pick up the weapon.
Fight.
I will have my honour.
(GROANS) You have your honour.
You are the only man in Jamestown who does.
(COMMOTION) That is Master Massinger's farm.
No, it's my farm.
We must fetch water from the river.
We have to stop it from spreading.
Come on.
Come on.
(SHOUTING) Mistress Castell, it seems the fire was started deliberately.
I found these amongst the trees.
There's the tale of it.
Pamunkey.
Governor, I would speak with you.
Silas Sharrow has been plotting with the Pamunkey.
What are they saying? And what's going on? Something's wrong.
Silas Sharrow.
They'll blame you for this.
They know you aided the naturals.
Go.
Go.
- Go.
- After them! - Come on! Hurry up! - After them! Sharrow, give yourself up! We know you aided our enemy.
They attacked us because you warned them we would take land.
It's me that they want.
You give yourself up and I'll shoot you in the back myself.
We're all in one spot, if they move around, they'll have us penned in.
- We'll go into the field, then.
- Pepper! Henry, they know me as a traitor.
Suppose we kill them all today, what life do we have left? We fight 'em until there's no fighting left.
They have us surrounded.
Retreat! Henry, I will tell them that you are no part in this.
What is the point in you losing all that you've worked for because of my crime? You're my brother.
Silas, I have the horses back here.
Go on, brother, ride to the Pamunkey.
Ask Opechancanough to give you shelter.
Silas, please.
(GUNSHOT) I can't keep 'em away much longer.
If I go, I can't come back.
They'll be here soon.
You must go.
I'm sorry it's come to this, Alice.
(GROANS) Don't go lifting up your hopes yet, Alice.
I still ain't ready to die.
(SPEAKS ALGONQUIAN DIALECT) (ALL RESPOND IN ALGONQUIAN) Any man here dare say that I aided the Pamunkey is a fool and a liar.
Who will stand before me and claim it? The charge is against your brother, Sharrow.
Well, Silas isn't here to answer these accusations.
There lies the proof of his guilt.
Will you denounce your brother before us all as a turncoat, Judas, snake? Why should I debate it when that is what he is? And will you, yourself return him to Jamestown to face judgment? Will you go to the Pamunkey and tell Opechancanough that he must give up the deserter in order to show your loyalty to the Crown? - I will.
- Why would he ever return? The Sharrow name, it don't amount to much but it will if I can make it a name that can never be spit upon.
Return your brother.
(GRUNTS) Henry? Why would you do this to your brother? I will take you to Silas, then you can decide whose life it is you wanna live.
There with him or here.
Pedro, here I find you.
Labouring before your wound has even healed.
How else can I show my respect and devotion to my master? (HORSE NEIGHS) I will serve you, sir, until I lose all my teeth.
I have great plans for you, Pedro.
Virginia's purpose we repair Each man shall have his rightful share BOTH: A house and garden plot receive We pray the blessed so achieve (POUNDING ON WOOD) Silas.
I've come here to be with you.
I will live here.
You cannot.
It will be no kind of life for a woman like you.
Winganuske has made a home with us settlers.
I can do the same.
Silas? I will not let you bring my son up in this world.
That is not why I came to Virginia.
Now, you must forget about me, Alice.
Everything is broken.
No.
How did good deeds bring us to this? Henry, will you lead her away now, please? (GASPS) Our lives are written in the stars.
Then I will defy the stars.
(POUNDING ON WOOD) The widow's farm was attacked, burned by the Pamunkey, that they might fright us.
The naturals now have a traitor living amongst them.
To show them that Englishmen will not be intimidated, we will occupy more land in the King's name.
A deed such as this will shine in English memory and history for 100 years and more! This is the proudest day of my life.
Every man must be noble to himself.
Look at him.
There's a man who knows he's no more than a pissed breeches babe.
That's why men need their wars.
No fool will rob me of my pride For God is marching by side Hear the heavens sweetly call My sword will see those heathens fall Glory! For Christ and Saint George! It is a sign, ma'am, that them flames can't take all of life.