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Soames Forsyte (Character)
from "The Forsyte Saga" (1967)

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That Forsyte Woman (1949)
Soames Forsyte: [In a disparaging way as Young Jolyon is leaving] I understand you're teaching now at some sort of second-rate art school... or something.
Young Jolyon Forsyte: [Replying as he is leaving] The art school is first rate. I'm second rate.

Soames Forsyte: I wish you'd allow me to choose your friends.
Irene Forsyte: As you choose my dresses?
Soames Forsyte: I think you'd admit that I've made you one of the best-dressed women in London. Surely you have no complaints on that score.

Irene Forsyte: For once I wasn't thinking about the Forsythes.
Soames Forsyte: Then it's about time you did, my dear. When you marry a Forsythe, you become a Forsythe.

Irene Forsyte: [Seeing Soames for the first time in years in a Parisian gallery] Five years! It's quite a long time! How is London?
Soames Forsyte: [Sadly] Just as gray as ever. Perhaps a little grayer... now.


"The Forsyte Saga: Episode #2.1" (2003)
Soames Forsyte: so... if you couldn't commit the matter to paper...
Jolyon: keep your daughter away from my son! You probably know, they are together, as we speak.
Soames Forsyte: [takes off his glasses] I had no idea.
Jolyon: They met at June's gallery. My son is staying with Val and Holly. Your daughter invited herself down, finagle her way in!
Soames Forsyte: Val Darty and his wife extended Fleur an invitation...
Jolyon: She forced their hand! She must be like you, she sees something and decides to get it.
Soames Forsyte: [puts down his glasses] so what do you want me to do?
Jolyon: make sure, that this doesn't happen again.
Soames Forsyte: Stop it, you mean?
Jolyon: Absolutely.
Soames Forsyte: You come here, behind your son's back, and tell me to break this up.
[gets up from his desk, walks towards Jolyon]
Soames Forsyte: You! Of all people, the man who once lectured me on the importance of happiness in marriage; the man who spurned his own family to follow his heart; who stole another man's wife in the name of love...
Jolyon: Jon and your daughter aren't in love...
Soames Forsyte: [raising his voice] Have you asked them?
Jolyon: ...
Soames Forsyte: This liaison is repugnant to me too - your son with my daughter. I will do my best to stop it and I presume you will too. But at least I don't have to play the hypocrite. Good evening to you sir.

Soames Forsyte: I can't abide foreigners.
Annette Forsyte née Lamotte: Then why did you marry one?


"The Forsyte Saga: Episode #1.2" (2002)
Irene Forsyte: If I were to marry you, Mr. Forsyte, would you promise me one thing?
Irene Forsyte: [he seems flustered by he question] If our marriage is not a success, then I shall be free as if I had never married you.
Soames Forsyte: If we were to marry, then it would be a success.


"The Forsyte Saga: Episode #1.1" (2002)
Soames Forsyte: What can I do for you, Miss Heron?
Irene Forsyte: If I were to marry you, Mr. Forsyte, would you promise me one thing?
Soames Forsyte: [speechless]
Irene Forsyte: If our marriage is not a success, then I shall be as free as if I had never married...
Soames Forsyte: If we were to marry, then it *would* be a success.


"The Forsyte Saga: Episode #1.3" (2002)
Soames Forsyte: [referring to Bosinney] I will not see this man make a fool of me.
Irene Forsyte: No, you are quite capable of doing that yourself.