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Brideshead Revisited (2008) Poster

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Sebastian Flyte: [sitting under an oak with Charles Ryder] Just the place to bury a crock of gold. I should like to bury something precious, in every place I've been happy. And then when I was old, and ugly and miserable, I could come back, and dig it up, and remember.

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Charles Ryder: [Internal monologue while walking out of Brideshead Castle] If you asked me now who I am, the only answer I could give with any certainty would be my name: Charles Ryder. For the rest: my loves, my hates, down even to my deepest desires, I can no longer say whether these emotions are my own, or stolen from those I once so desperately wished to be. On second thought, one emotion remains my own. Alone among the borrowed and the second-hand, as pure as that faith from which I am still in flight: Guilt.

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Sebastian Flyte: I asked too much of you. I knew it all along, really. Only God can give you that sort of love.

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Lady Marchmain: I act only as God directs.

Charles Ryder: Rubbish. God's your best invention. Whatever you want, he does.

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Lady Marchmain: Drinking is not a hobby, Sebastian.

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Charles Ryder: [suggestively] I can't sleep...

Julia Flyte: Try pyjamas!

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Boy Markaster: What do you want to be an artist for? I mean, what's the point of it? Why don't you just buy a bloody camera and take a bloody photograph and stop giving yourself airs? That's what I want to know.

Charles Ryder: I don't give myself airs.

Boy Markaster: Uh, yes, you do. And anyway you haven't answered my question. Come on! Answer! Answer! Answer!

Charles Ryder: Because, a camera is a mechanical device which records a moment in time, but not what that moment means or the emotions that it evokes. Whereas, a painting, however imperfect it may be, is an expression of... feeling. An expression of love. Not just a copy of something.

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Sebastian Flyte: It's rather a pleasant change... when all your life you've had people looking after you, to have someone to look after, yourself.

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Sebastian Flyte: Charles is reading history, but he wants to be an artist.

Anthony Blanche: No!

Sebastian Flyte: Why ever not?

Anthony Blanche: Either you are an artist, or you are not.

Boy Markaster: Hear, hear.

Charles Ryder: Then I am.

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Sebastian Flyte: Charles! You're to come away at once. I've got a basket of strawberries and a bottle of Chateau Peyraguey, which isn't a wine you've ever tasted so don't pretend.

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Charles Ryder: I'm sorry.

Sebastian Flyte: Whatever for?

Charles Ryder: Everything.

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Sebastian Flyte: It was my fault for bringing you to Brideshead. Run away. Run far away and don't ever look back.

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Cara: That woman nearly suffocated him... Well, just look at her children. Even when they were tiny, in the nursery, they must do what she wants them to do, be what she wants them to be. Only then would she love them. It's not Lady Marchmain's fault. Her God has done that to her.

Charles Ryder: But surely you're Catholic too.

Cara: Oh, yes, but a different sort. Well, it's different in Italy. Not so much guilt. We do what the heart tell us, and then we go to confession.

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Lady Marchmain: Happiness in this life is irrelevant. All that matters, the only thing of consequence, is the life hereafter.

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Lady Marchmain: All I ever wanted was to see them safe. And all they do is hate me.

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