Legends of the Fall (1994)
Julia Ormond: Susannah Fincannon
Susannah : Tristan, I have nowhere to send this letter and no reason to believe you wish to receive it. I write it only for myself. And so I will hide it away along with all the things left unsaid and undone between us.
Alfred : I don't know what to say. Tristan's always been wild. You love him for that.
Susannah : Do I? Yeah, I suppose I do.
Alfred : Susannah, he does love you.
[holds her as she cries]
Colonel Ludlow : Alfred! She's to be your brother's wife.
Alfred : Yes, though you might better remind him of that.
Colonel Ludlow : He's not here to defend himself.
Alfred : No, he's not but I see you are here to defend him and what is his. Even though he's abandoned her and you. And I won't even speak of who else he abandoned.
Colonel Ludlow : Damn you, boy. Don't you blame my son for Samuel's death! Samuel chose to be a soldier and soldiers die. Sent to be slaughtered by the men in the government. Parasites like you! Damn and blast you!
[turns to Susannah]
Colonel Ludlow : Damn you too!
Alfred : Shut your mouth! You leave her out of this!
Colonel Ludlow : You get out of my house and off my land.
Alfred : Why? Because I want to serve my country like you did? Or because, like you, I love a woman who doesn't love me? He used her and he deserted her. Your darling Tristan.
Susannah : Alfred, don't, please.
Alfred : I loved her! I love her still. And he stole her from me. If you want to know the truth of it he stole her from Samuel before the war.
Colonel Ludlow : God help me, I'll kill you.
Susannah : Were you going to say goodbye? Tristan? How long will you be gone?
Tristan : Not long. A few months.
Susannah : I can make it better for you.
Tristan : No.
Susannah : If we'd had a child or if I were pregnant, would you still be going?
Tristan : Yes.
Susannah : Just give me a chance.
Tristan : Don't do that.
Susannah : Look at me. Please, look at me. I'll wait for you. However long it takes. I'll wait for you forever.
Susannah : Forever turned out to be too long.
Alfred : Susannah, you know how much I loved Samuel. And I think you know. Out of respect for him I wanted to say it in this place. I think you know that I'm in love with you. From the first moment I saw you. Like in a novel. That's my mother's romantic imagination coming out in me, I suppose. You're not making this very easy for me, Susannah.
Susannah : Sorry.
Alfred : Is there any hope that you could learn to love me? Not the way you loved Samuel, of course, but enough to. Susannah, we could make a life together. A happy life.
Susannah : I don't think so, Alfred.
Alfred : It seems like you're not sure though. Maybe there's a chance. What?
Susannah : I think I can only cause you pain, Alfred.
Susannah : I still sometimes dream that I'm the mother of your children. I wanted her to die.