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The Thorn Birds movie 17 | You are everything the Church admires in her high officials

Quotes from film part 17

They've been out together again. I don't see the harm. He never lets it get in the way of work. But I'm beginning to see why he likes it so much here. I'm just as glad. He's the only man Meggie's ever shown the least bit of interest in. And somebody's got to keep the Cleary line going. I hope that Meggie is all he wants. I saw Angus MacQueen in Gilly the other day. A fortune hunter, Luke? Of course, Meggie does have the money Father Ralph sets by for her but it's not what I'd call a fortune. Some might, though. But I think he's just what he appears to be. A hardworking bloke with plenty of ambition. I suppose you're right. Anyway, Meggie's a grown woman. How she chooses to spend her life or her money is her own affair, isn't it? You know I was just thinking of that old woman in the market. She reminded me of how very certain I once was that I had found your Achilles' heel. Those looks of yours. They had to have made you the target, or perhaps even the victim of so many desires. But, I have tested you had you watched thrown you together with beautiful women, and with men. No result. Not a flicker. No. Whatever you burn for, Ralph is not for the flesh. I am surprised, Your Grace. Shocked, you mean, by my methods. But you shouldn't be. They are simply tactics of which you must be aware if your weakness lies where I think it does: In ambition. If that is a flaw, I shall try to mend it Archbishop. I might find that rather tedious as it is a weakness which I share. And like all self-perpetuating institutions the Church has always a place for ambitious men. In fact you are everything the Church admires in her high officials. You are conservative, quick, subtle. You know enough never to give away what is going on behind those eyes. And you have the most exquisite gift of knowing how to please. Even when it comes to pleasing those you loathe. You make me out to be a Machiavelli, except that he was an Italian. My dear Ralph, you are a delight. I can scarcely wait to see your effect on our short, fat prelates in Rome. Rome? In time, my ambitious friend. In time. These conferences will soon be over and then we shall see what fate has in store at the Vatican for both of us. This is great. We do have better in Queensland, of course. You can't imagine how absurd you were that night, claiming I might drown. You could've pretended you were drowning. And make myself as ridiculous as you? Then I could've swooped you up. Put me down and do what I've been wanting to ever since that moment. No. That's enough. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to offend you. You didn't offend me. Really. I suppose I'm just not very used to it, that's all. That's all right. So I thought he must've. But I guess it wasn't like that. No, it wasn't. He wasn't. We'd best go in. Marry me, Meghann. Up so late, Mom? I wanted to get this summary report in order for Father Ralph. We've really come back very strongly since the fire. Maybe even stronger than ever. I think Ralph will be quite surprised. Is he back from Greece? No. In fact, I had a letter just today. Quite an announcement. He's off to the Vatican with that. The one with the name a yard long. Ralph's to be made a bishop. So who knows if he'll ever be back to Australia. The Vatican. That's nice. Nice? I thought you'd be pleased for him. Of course, I'm pleased. It's what he always wanted, isn't it? It's just that I've got my own announcement to make.
   
He seemed to think that Luke might be something of a fortune hunter
He seemed to think that Luke might be something of a fortune hunter
 
Thorn Birds 17 You are everything the Church admires
Thorn Birds 17 You are everything the Church admires
 
You said you'd been in love once
You said you'd been in love once
 
I'm going to marry Luke O'Neill
I'm going to marry Luke O'Neill