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The Thorn Birds movie 27 | Then you must let me help you

Quotes from film part 27

I was ready to administer last rites. There was Dane, evidently past all hope and you were very convincing, my dear. Our Jussie considers herself quite the actress. Thanks, Mom. Actually, I'm rather good. As you might discover if you'd ever come to a performance. Jussie's wonderful. She's the best one in the theater group. If you ask me, I think it's a lot of nonsense, Jussie. You've just turned 20. Best be thinking of marriage instead of parading on some stage in Sydney. Marriage, Uncle Bob? And spoil the family tradition? I hardly think I'm gonna waste my talent wiping snotty noses and salaaming to some joker just because he's my husband. Charmingly phrased, Jussie, as always. It looks as though it'll be up to Dane to keep the Cleary clan from dying out. Mom, have a heart. You'll need a house full of sons to take over Drogheda the way we've been growing. Yes, you've been doing splendidly since the war. I'd say so. Our yield this year could have bought and sold Mary Carson several times over. I think 1955 could be even better. So I don't think we've given the Church much to complain of. Now, Mom. If not for the Church the government would have broken us up. MacQueen's place is down to half its size. Think of that, Ralph. One day Dane will be the head of the last great station in New South Wales. Hear, hear. I can't imagine a better future for you, Dane. Hear, hear. So, Judy, still here on Drogheda? I was meaning to go, of course. Was it 30 years? More than 30. That long. Why, I remember so well when you were Queen of the Gilly fair. I was, wasn't I? Nana Fee, look at that hat. Jussie, that was considered quite smart in my day. Mom, you amaze me. I had no idea you'd kept these photographs all these years. I've only looked at them once since the fire, myself. I thought it was time the children saw them. This is your grandfather, Paddy Little Hal and Stuie. Dear Stuie. He's the one I remind you of, Mom? Yes, he is, in so many ways. Who's this hero in the gloves? Never a Cleary, surely. Jus. That's all right. This is my Frank. It was in his things the prison sent back to me when he died. Mom, is this you? You were beautiful. Were? The cruelty of youth. What a lovely dress. Blue, wasn't it? No, Mom. Yours was blue. Meggie's dress was rose. "Ashes of Roses," it was called. In it, she was the most beautiful thing any of us had ever seen. It never really changes, does it? Not even after all these years of silence between us. Only that you're lovelier than ever. Much lovelier than that girl in her Ashes of Roses gown. It's because I'm so happy. When you left me on Matlock Island, I thought it was forever. And here you are again, so soon. Why now when you have everything you said you wanted? Everything except what I had with you on Matlock Island. In all the years since then I've fought against my need for you. But I couldn't bear to leave this life without being with you again. You're not ill? No. Just getting old. Feeling my mortality, like any man. And God help me, after all these years it still hurts that after Matlock Island you could go back to Luke give him a son. You must never think of Dane as Luke's son. Or as anyone's but mine. You love Dane very much, don't you? Almost too much, I sometimes think as I've always loved you too much. Father, it's gonna be a scorcher of a day. Perhaps we'd best take the jeep instead. It might be wiser, Ralph. It must be years since you've ridden. And we're none of us any younger, are we? I'll just try to struggle along if you're sure she's nice and gentle. Shall we? Come on! Be careful! Dane's very taken with him, Meggie. He's never known a father. Let him enjoy Ralph while he can. I thought you might tell Ralph, after all. Who would it serve? Who does it serve not to? I honestly think you're disappointed I haven't been struck by some retributive bolt of lightning. I'm happy for once in my life. Can't you let me enjoy it? Where's Dane? Damn! I wanted to tell him. Jussie, what on earth are you doing? I'm off to tread the boards, Mom. They just phoned me from the theater. Seems our Mrs. Cratchit's got the pip. God bless us every one. You're going back to Sydney? Uncle Jack's flying me down. Jussie, it's Christmas! Yes, Mother. That's often when one stages Dickens' Christmas Carol. You know how much this Christmas means to me, with Ralph here. I am understudy. I really shouldn't have come home as it was. That's just wonderful, isn't it? Yes, I think it is. Really, Mom, you might be happy for me. I may get to do as many as a dozen performances. God, you are exactly like My father? So you've said. I should look him up one day. We'd have lots to talk about. Ta, Nana Fee. It means a great deal to me to have you here. I realize you know very little about me but I've wanted for so long to know you to talk with you. Father did you ever have any regrets about entering the priesthood? Yes. Inevitably, I suppose. I've missed things. A woman to share my life. Perhaps even a son, like you. I would've liked that, Dane, very much. What caused you to make your decision to become a priest? Curiously it wasn't really like a conscious decision. More like something you've always known from the first. My fate, you might say. It's the only way I know to show God how much I love him. Do you know what this will mean to your mother? It's why I've tried for so long to put it out of my mind. I know how important it is to her to have me stay on here in Drogheda. And I love her so much. But I must do this. Then you must let me help you, son. I'll tell her, because I love her, too. Don't touch me!
   
Best be thinking of marriage
Best be thinking of marriage
 
The head of the last great station in New South Wales
The head of the last great station in New South Wales
 
Meggie's dress was rose, Ashes of Roses
Meggie's dress was rose, Ashes of Roses
 
Thorn Birds 27 Then you must let me help you
Thorn Birds 27 Then you must let me help you