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Captain Brown (Character)
from "Cranford" (1972)

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"Cranford: August 1842 (#1.2)" (2007)
[Mrs. Forester's cow has fallen into a lime pit and is struggling in vain to get itself out]
Mary Smith: I think the odour is the burning of the poor thing's hair - the lime has singed it off.
Mrs. Forester: [shrieks] What care I if she's bald?
Miss Deborah Jenkyns: She will not be bald if she cannot be recovered - she will be naked!
Captain Brown: It pains me to say it, Mrs. Forester, but the poor bad beast will have to be destroyed - unless you're prepared to dress it in pyjamas!

[Captain Brown has just announced that he will be Head of Works for the new railway line that is to be built to Cranford]
Miss Deborah Jenkyns: You are the architect of our community's destruction. You've betrayed your daughter, your neighbours and your town. And you've wilfully kept your machinations secret.
Captain Brown: I did not mean to deceive you. I am sorry if I have offended you.
Miss Deborah Jenkyns: Oh, do not think that you owe us an apology. Apologies are required only when friends cause vexation to friends. Our acquaintance is clearly at an end.

[Bessie, Mrs. Forrester's cow, has fallen into a lime pit]
Mary Smith: I think the odor is the burning of the poor thing's hair. The lime has singed it off.
Mrs. Forrester: What care I if she lives on bald?
Miss Deborah Jenkyns: She will not be bald if she cannot recover - she will be naked!
Captain Brown: It pains me to say so, Mrs. Forrester, but the poor bare beast will have to be destroyed.
Mrs. Forrester: [Wails]
Captain Brown: [Shrugging] ... Unless you are prepared to dress it in pajamas.

[Miss Deborah has just found out that Captain Brown works for the railway]
Miss Deborah Jenkyns: You are the architect of our community's destruction! You have betrayed your daughter, your neighbors, and your town, and you've willfully kept your machinations secret!
Captain Brown: I did not mean to deceive you. I am sorry if I have offended you.
Miss Deborah Jenkyns: Oh, do not think that you owe us an apology. Apologies are required only when friends cause vexation to friends. Our acquaintance is clearly at an end.


"Cranford: June 1842 (#1.1)" (2007)
Miss Deborah Jenkyns: [Opening a gift from Captain Brown] Oh, Captain Brown. This is highly individual.
Captain Brown: It's a coal shovel. Manufactured from oak, by myself.
Miss Matty Jenkyns: Oh, sister. A thing we have wished for for an age.
Captain Brown: Miss Deborah, I hope you will accept it. A token of my gratitude.
Miss Deborah Jenkyns: I assure you, sir. No such token is required. We are no longer merely neighbors. We are friends.