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Clive Durham (Character)
from Maurice (1987)

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Maurice (1987)
Clive Durham: Maurice, I hope nothing is wrong?
Maurice Hall: Pretty well everything. You would think so.
Clive Durham: Very well, I'm at your service. My advice there is to sleep here tonight and ask Anne. Where a woman is in question, it's always better to ask another woman.
Maurice Hall: I'm not here to see Anne.
[pauses]
Maurice Hall: I'm in love with Alec Scudder.
Clive Durham: What a grotesque announcement.
Maurice Hall: [ironically] Most grotesque. But I felt I should tell you.
Clive Durham: Maurice, Maurice, we did everything we could when you and I clashed out the subject.
Maurice Hall: When you brought yourself to kiss my hand.
Clive Durham: Don't allude to that! Come in here.
[lowers his voice]
Clive Durham: I am more sorry for you than I can possibly say and I do, do beg you to resist to return on this obsession.
Maurice Hall: I don't need advice. I'm flesh and blood Clive, if you'll condescend to such low things. I've shared with Alec.
Clive Durham: Shared what?
Maurice Hall: Everything. Alec slept with me in the Russet Room when you and Anne were away.
Clive Durham: [turns away from him] Oh God.
Maurice Hall: Also in town.
Clive Durham: The sole excuse for a relationship between two men is that it remains purely platonic. Surely you agree to that.
Maurice Hall: I don't know. I've come to tell you what I did.
Clive Durham: Well, Alec Scudder is in point of fact no longer in my service. In fact, he is no longer in England. He sailed for Buenos Aires this very day.
Maurice Hall: He didn't. He sacrificed his career for my sake. Without a guarantee. I don't know if that's platonic or not but it's what he did.
Clive Durham: missed his boat? Maurice, you're going mad! May I ask if you intend...
Maurice Hall: [interrupts him] No, you may not ask. I told you everything up to this minute, not a word beyond.

Simcox: A terrible affair about Viscount Risley, Sir. And him a Parliamentary Private Secretary, too. I did read he was at Cambridge.
[Significant pause]
Simcox: Like yourself, Sir.
Clive Durham: You will never mention that subject again, Simcox, while you remain in employment here.