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: I'm not permitted a single moment without mourning. I'm living with this, Tristan, as you said we must. Tristan
: I live in torture thinking of these moments. With every look he gives you, I get sicker and sicker. There's a burning in me I feel on fire, and there's guilt and I can't comidify. Does it make you happy to know that? Isolde
: The Roman Bridge, I can get to it without being seen, and I'd go there any time to be with you.
: [on dreaming of things
] ... a child. Tristan
: Will it be mine or his? Isolde
: I'd have no way of knowing, would I?
: You risked your life to give me to another man. Tristan
: You said your name was Bragnae. Why did you do that? Isolde
: Oh, what have I done? Stop this, please, Tristan, say something. Tristan
: I can't. I won you in my King's name. Isolde
: But I'm your's. You touched me and I you. Tristan
: It doesn't matter. Isolde
: It's the only thing that matters, Tristan. Leave with me, I'll go anywhere!
] My face in thine eyes, thine in mine appears, And true plain hearts do in the faces rest; Where can we find two better hemispheres Without sharp north, without declining west? Whatever dies, was not mixed equally; If our two loves be one, or thou and I love so alike - that none can slacken, none can die.
: Know that I love you Tristan. Wherever you go, whatever you see. I will always be with you.
[his last lines
: You were right. I don't know if life is greater than death. But love was more than either.
: What do you think became of them? Tristan
: They were lives... just lived.
: [fleeing Ireland
] Come with me. Isolde
: I can't. Tristan
: Why not? Isolde
: We both know this cannot be, Tristan. We knew it from the start. That doesn't mean it wasn't true, it is.
: And what of your parents? Tristan
: They also died when I was a child. Isolde
: From what? Tristan
: A different type of Irish kindness.
: [on the affair
] How long? Isolde
: Since you thought he was dead. I found him wounded on a beach in Ireland. And I told him my name was Bragnae. So when he came to the tournament at Dunluce to win Doncadh's daughter he didnt realize it was me. All this time, my heart has been his. And I'm sorry. He tried, harder than you can possible imagine because he loves you.
: What's your name? Isolde
: Oh, I think it's better if we don't bother with names. Tristan
: How can I thank you if I don't have your name? Isolde
: You just did. If you insist, my name is Bragnae. I'm a lady in waiting at the court. My parents are dead. My mother is the source of the kindness you find so puzzling. My father would've left you where you fell. Tristan
: Tristan of Aragon. Isolde
: Well Tristan of Aragon, I'd guess about you too, but I think I've already seen everything.
: Yesterday at the market, I saw a couple holding hands... and I realized we'll never do that. Never anything like it. No picnics or unguarded smiles. No rings. Just... stolen moments that leave too quickly.
: Isolde, I was trying to explain to Tristan the importance of love. Seems he might live without it. Isolde
: Why? Tristan
: There are other things to live for: duty, honor. Isolde
: But they are not life Tristan. They are the shells of life, and empty ones if in the end all they hold are days and days without love. Love is made by God. Ignore it and you suffer as you cannot imagine. Tristan
: Then I will no longer live without it.
: Tristan, if we do this... Tristan
: For all time they will say it was our love, brought down a kingdom. Remember us.
[pushes the boat away
: Come with me. Come with me! Isolde
: I can't! Tristan
: Why not? Please! Isolde
: Tristan, we both know this can't be, we've known it from the start. That doesn't mean it isn't true, it is, it just cannot be. I want to know that you're alive somewhere thinking of me from time to time. I want to know that there's more to this life and I can't know that if they kill you. Please! Go.
: If things were different, if we lived in a place without duty, would you be with me? Tristan
: That place does not exist. Isolde
] I'll pretend it's you.
: I want to know that there's more to this life, and I can't know that if they kill you.
[she Kisses Tristan
: Your marriage will end a hundred years of bloodshed. Isolde
] My marriage to another man!
: Why does loving you feel so wrong?
: His heart falters.
[Disrobes and cradles a naked, unconscious Tristan
: What are you doing? Isolde
: He needs heat, now! Get your clothes off, quickly! Hurry! Quickly! Smell that? Smell the poison? When he warms, we need thistle and bark. Bragnae
: I've not been naked with a man for 15 years.
: You're promised? Isolde
: Yes. Tristan
: What's he like? Isolde
: Dark. Tall. Nearly twice your size. An absolute gentleman.
: Impressive victory. Of course, the man who defeats Morholt might be expected to triumph here. Tristan
: On behalf of Cornwall, I offer your daughter a place on our throne. As royal of England. United behind one leader. King Donnchadh
: Isolde. Perhaps it is just that he who took a husband, provides one. Isolde
: I'm yours! King Donnchadh
: No, Tristan of Aragon has won you on behalf of Lorde Marke of Cornwall.
: How many have you loved before me? Tristan
: None. Isolde
: And after me? Tristan
: I miss Ireland. Tristan
: Isolde, this must end. Isolde
: It's like asking me to stop breathing.
: Am I just a chattel to be traded as your pleasure? Do I have no say in my own life? King Donnchadh
: You have a duty to your King. Isolde
: You are my father. King Donnchadh
: Then obey me, daughter.
: This is a dangerous game you're playing. He's English, Isolde. Isolde
: And we've got him prisoner.
: [Reading from a bible
] There she who bore you, brought you forth. Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm. For love is as strong as death. Tristan
: Ridiculous. Isolde
: I happen to believe what this says. Don't you think there's more to life? Tristan
: Than what? Isolde
: Something more than duty and death.
: Why be capable of feelings if we're not to have them? Why long for things if they are not meant to be ours?
: Please don't leave me. Please.
: I see how it is in Cornwall. My money is good enough. My alliance is good enough! But my daughter, you pass among your Lieutenants like a whore! Isolde
: It's not like... King Donnchadh
: I see no relation to me here. And there's no peace with this King!
: Through life, past death, and into the hands of God.