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: Margaret has always wanted to travel. Edward Ferrars
: I know. She's, eh, heading an expedition to China shortly. I am to go as her servant, but only on the understanding that I am to be very badly treated. Elinor Dashwood
: What will your duties be? Edward Ferrars
: Sword fighting, obviously, administering rum and swabbing. Elinor Dashwood
: Which of those duties will take precedence? Edward Ferrars
: Swabbing, I imagine.
: I-I've come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is, and always will be, yours.
[Edward and Elinor are baiting Margaret, who is playfully hiding
] Edward Ferrars
: I, eh, wish to check the position of the Nile. My sister tells me it is in South America. Elinor Dashwood
: Oh. No. No, um, she's quite wrong, um, for I believe it is in Belgium. Edward Ferrars
: Belgium. Surely not, I think you must be thinking of the Volga. Margaret
: [under the table
] The Volga? Elinor Dashwood
: Of course, the Volga, which, as you know, starts in... Edward Ferrars
: Vladivostock, and ends in... Elinor Dashwood
: Wimbledon. Edward Ferrars
: Precisely. Where the coffee beans come from. Margaret
: [coming out
] Ugh! The source of the Nile is in Abyssinia.
: You talk of feeling idle and useless. Imagine how that is compounded when one has no hope and no choice of any occupation whatsoever. Edward Ferrars
: Our circumstances are therefore precisely the same. Elinor Dashwood
: Except that you will inherit your fortune. We cannot even earn ours. Edward Ferrars
: Perhaps Margaret is right. Elinor Dashwood
: Right? Edward Ferrars
: Piracy is our only option.
: They're all exceedingly spoilt, I find. Miss Margaret spends all her time up trees and under furniture. I've barely had a civil word from Marianne. Edward Ferrars
: My dear Fanny, they've just lost their father. Their lives will never be the same again.
: Your friendship has been the most important of my life. Elinor Dashwood
: You will always have it.
: All I want - all I have ever wanted - is the quiet of a private life, but, eh, my mother is determined to see me distinguished.
: Miss Dashwood... Elinor, I must speak to you. There is something of great importance that I need to, eh... t-tell you... a-about my, eh, education. Elinor Dashwood
: Your education? Edward Ferrars
: Yes. It w-was conducted, eh, oddly enough, in Plymouth. Elinor Dashwood
: Indeed? Edward Ferrars
: Yes. Do you know it? Elinor Dashwood
: Plymouth? Edward Ferrars
: Yes. Elinor Dashwood
: No. Edward Ferrars
: Colonel Brandon must be a man of great worth and respectability. Elinor Dashwood
: Yes, he is the kindest and best of men.
: I trust I find you all well? Marianne
: Thank you, Edward, we are all very well. Margaret
: We've been enjoying very fine weather.
[Marianne nudges her
: Well, we have. Edward Ferrars
: Well, I-I'm glad to hear it. The roads were very... dry.
: My youngest is not to be found this morning. She's a little shy of strangers at present. Edward Ferrars
: N-n-naturally. I'm sh-shy of strangers myself and I have nothing like her excuse.