Here is our list of best quotes from Netflix’s titillating and sumptuous period romantic drama inspired by Julia Quinn’s novels, created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shonda Rhimes. The story is set during the Regency era in England and centers on the close-knit siblings of the powerful Bridgerton family as they attempt to find love.'I cannot stop thinking of you. From the mornings you ease, to the evenings you quiet, to the dreams you inhabit. My thoughts of you never end. I am yours. I have always been yours.' - Simon Basset (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet
1. Diamond of the First Water
'As we know, the brighter a lady shines, the faster she may burn.' - Lady Whistledown (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet 'You have no idea what it is to be a woman, what it might feel like to have one's entire life reduced to a single moment.' - Daphne Bridgerton (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet
Lady Whistledown: Grosvenor Square, 1813. Dearest reader, the time has come to place our bets for the upcoming social season. Consider the household of the Baron Featherington. Three misses foisted upon the marriage market like sorrowful sows by their tasteless, tactless mama.
Lady Whistledown: Far better odds might exist in the household of the widowed Viscountess Bridgerton. A shockingly prolific family, noted for its bounty of perfectly handsome sons and perfectly beautiful daughters.
Eloise Bridgerton: I am already roasting.
Francesca Bridgerton: Are you to complain the entire day, Eloise?
Eloise Bridgerton: Surely I cannot be expected to bear these fashions the entire day.
Hyacinth Bridgerton: I feel like a princess. Do I look like one?
Eloise Bridgerton: Do you truly wish to know what I think you look like?
Benedict Bridgerton: [referring to Daphne] Is our dear sister still not ready?
Francesca Bridgerton: Oh, she’s only been readying herself the entire night.
Eloise Bridgerton: You mean her entire life.
Daphne Bridgerton: Anthony! You are here.
Anthony Bridgerton: Of course I am here, Sister. I’d never miss such an important day for you and our family.
Lady Violet Bridgerton: No, you would just be late for it.
Lady Whistledown: Today is a most important day, and for some a terrifying one, for today is the day London’s marriage-minded misses are presented to Her Majesty the Queen. May God have mercy on their souls.
Lady Whistledown: It is only the Queen’s eye that matters today. A glimmer of displeasure, and a young lady’s value plummets to unthinkable depths.
Daphne Bridgerton: [referring to the Queen being pleased with her] Did that truly just happen?
Lady Violet Bridgerton: Keep smiling, dearest. They are watching you, now more than ever.
Lady Whistledown: But as we know, the brighter a lady shines, the faster she may burn.
Lady Whistledown: It has been said that, “Of all b**ches dead or alive, a scribbling woman is the most canine.” If that should be true, then this author would like to show you her teeth. My name is Lady Whistledown. You do not know me, and rest assured, you never shall. But be forewarned, dear reader, I certainly know you.
Eloise Bridgerton: What was it the Queen called you again?
Daphne Bridgerton: Flawless. Or some such thing. Trust I was astonished Her Majesty offered me, out of two hundred young ladies present, a most gracious remark.
Eloise Bridgerton: Yes, it was quite a distinction. And now two hundred young ladies have a common adversary. I wish you luck, Sister.
Portia Featherington: Ladies, hurry with your miniatures before our guest arrives. And, Penelope, put down that book at once. You shall confuse your thoughts.
Portia Featherington: Well, how much competition can this cousin provoke? She came of age on a farm, she has a mere four-figure dowry, and as for her appearance. Well, let us hope Miss Thompson is more presentable than the legions of unkempt animals she has spent her entire life tending to back home.
Featherington Footman: Lord Featherington’s cousin has arrived, madam.
Portia Featherington: Now, remember to be kind, ladies, and charitable. The poor are our burden.
Penelope Featherington: [as Marina walks into the room] Oh, she’s beautiful.
Lady Danbury: My condolences, Your Grace, for your father.
Simon Basset: Very kind of you.
Lady Danbury: Kind of me? You hated the man.
Lady Whistledown: The season’s opening ball at Danbury House is a most highly sought after invitation, indeed, for every darling debutante from Park Lane to Regent Street will be on display. Titled, chaste, and innocent, this is what they have been raised and trained for since birth. Tonight, we shall discover which young ladies might succeed at securing a match, thereby avoiding the dreadful, dismal condition known as “the spinster”.
Simon Basset: [after Daphne accidentally runs into him] If you desired an introduction, madam, I do believe accosting me to be the least civilized of ways.
Daphne Bridgerton: Accosting you?
Simon Basset: Truly, they will try anything.
Lady Whistledown: Dearest reader, this author finds herself compelled to share the most curious of news. It seems our diamond requires a closer inspection. As such, an even rarer jewel of only the most remarkable brilliance, fire, and luster has been unearthed. Her name, unknown to most, yet soon known to all, is Miss Marina Thompson.
Lady Whistledown: This author is left to wonder whether Her Majesty might reconsider the high praise she once afforded Miss Bridgerton, for we all must know what the queen despises more than anything. Being wrong. And the drawing room at Bridgerton House currently appears to be emptier than the muddled head of her dearest King George.
Daphne Bridgerton: Lady Whistledown has all but declared me ineligible, worthy of the affection of a detestable simpleton and no one else. Tell me, what others should ever want such damaged goods now?
Anthony Bridgerton: You speak as if Lady Whistledown were to be held in higher regard than Her Majesty the Queen herself. You give far too much credit to some anonymous scribbler. These musings, they’re not true.
Daphne Bridgerton: Only they are true, Brother. And they are true because of you. You have managed to scare every worthy suitor away. Whistledown has merely reported it.
Daphne Bridgerton: [to Anthony] You have no idea what it is to be a woman, what it might feel like to have one’s entire life reduced to a single moment. This is all I have been raised for. This is all I am. I have no other value. If I am unable to find a husband, I shall be worthless.
Lady Whistledown: Ambitious mamas rejoice, for the new Duke of Hastings continues to grace our fair city with his presence. And, oh, what an impressive presence it is!
Lady Whistledown: It should be noted that the duke has been overheard announcing to mamas everywhere that he has no plans of ever marrying. This author wonders which brazen matchmaker shall rise to such a challenge, for this competition is well underway.
Simon Basset: You know, I do suppose if it were not for an overzealous mother at every corner, this time of year in the city would not be so very dreadful.
Anthony Bridgerton: Those mothers simply want the same as you, I rather think.
Simon Basset: For every last one of them to choke on their daughters hair ribbons?
Anthony Bridgerton: For you to claim a wife, Hastings.
Lady Violet Bridgerton: Your Majesty, good evening. You must remember my daughter, Daphne.
Queen Charlotte: Yes. She made quite an impression, however fleeting it may have been.
Lady Danbury: [referring to Simon] He is not what Whistledown writes.
Lady Violet Bridgerton: Nor is Daphne.
Lady Danbury: It would seem the two of them have that much in common then. Matches have certainly been made with far less.
Lady Violet Bridgerton: What are you suggesting?
Lady Danbury: Lady Whistledown merely writes what she sees. Perhaps we need to help her to see things a bit more clearly.
Francesca Bridgerton: [referring to Simon] He does have a presence about him.
Eloise Bridgerton: If rakish dukes were one’s thing.
Simon Basset: We find ourselves seated beside each other, Miss Bridgerton. I’d like to think you’re happy about that.
Daphne Bridgerton: Perhaps, Your Grace, it would be better if you refrained from thinking about me at all.
Simon Basset: You are aware of my reputation.
Daphne Bridgerton: I am aware of your friendship with my eldest brother. If that were not enough, I am also aware of the things a certain writer has recently written of you. Presumptuous? Clearly. Arrogant? Most definitely. You are a rake, through and through. Tell me I’m wrong.
Simon Basset: Who is to refrain from thinking about whom again?
Daphne Bridgerton: I assure you. I am anything but interested in you.
Simon Basset: Good.
Daphne Bridgerton: Quite.
Simon Basset: And I anything but interested in you, the eldest sister of my oldest friend, yet another recent subject of a certain writer. Chaste, neat, desperate.
Daphne Bridgerton: I shall have you know…
Simon Basset: To marry, that is. Tell me I am wrong.
2. Shock and Delight
'Having a nice face and pleasant hair is not an accomplishment.' - Eloise Bridgerton (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet
Lady Whistledown: There will forever be just two words that come to this author’s mind the morning after any good party, “shock” and “delight”. Well, dear reader, the scandalous counts from last night’s soiree at Vauxhall are quite shocking, and delightful indeed.
Lady Whistledown: Emerging, phoenix-like from the ashes of irrelevance, is one Miss Daphne Bridgerton. The illustrious debutante was seen dancing not once, but twice with the season’s most eligible and most uncatchable rake, the Duke of Hastings.
Daphne Bridgerton: Eight balls.
Simon Basset: No.
Daphne Bridgerton: Eight balls. You do want our plan to succeed, do you not?
Simon Basset: The purpose of this arrangement is to keep the marriage-minded mothers of the ton at bay, not hurl myself directly into the lion’s den.
Daphne Bridgerton: And you must send flowers. Today. Expensive ones. If you were truly courting me, you’d buy out every florist in town.
Simon Basset: If I were truly courting you, I would not need flowers, only five minutes alone with you in a drawing room.
Simon Basset: I have no interest in causing a scandal, Miss Bridgerton.
Daphne Bridgerton: I should imagine with you it comes naturally.
Penelope Featherington: Why is Miss Thompson to be kept away?
Portia Featherington: Because her condition is catching.
Eloise Bridgerton: So Daphne may be in love. Does she think it an accomplishment? What exactly has she accomplished then? She certainly did not build that man, or bake him. He simply showed up. Now he straggles about.
Eloise Bridgerton: Having a nice face and pleasant hair is not an accomplishment. Do you know what is an accomplishment? Attending university! If I were a man, I could do that, you know. Instead, I shall have to stand by and watch dear Mama appear proud, because some man should like to admire my sister’s face, and hair, and fill her up with babies!
Penelope Featherington: [referring to one of their maids being pregnant] She is not married.
Eloise Bridgerton: How did she become with child if she is not married?
Penelope Featherington: I do not know, but I will find out.
Eloise Bridgerton: You must. Otherwise, how can we make sure it never happens to us? We have accomplishments to acquire.
Eloise Bridgerton: How does a lady come to be with child?
Lady Violet Bridgerton: Eloise, what a question!
Eloise Bridgerton: I thought one needed to be married.
Daphne Bridgerton: What are you talking about?
Lady Violet Bridgerton: Apparently, it’s not even a requirement.
Eloise Bridgerton: [referring to how women become pregant] I take it the two of you know?
Benedict Bridgerton: Do not look at me.
Colin Bridgerton: Have you ever visited a farm, El?
3. Art of the Swoon
'You must simply marry the man who feels like your dearest friend.' - Lady Violet Bridgerton (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet 'Many men make declarations of love when they want to make love. But rare is the man whose love remains true when the consequences of lovemaking are brought to his attention.' - Portia Featherington (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet
Lady Whistledown: Dearest gentle reader, it is often said that those who marry in haste must repent at leisure. A sentiment that is clearly shared by Miss Daphne Bridgerton, who has apparently rejected not one, not two, but three proposals already this week. Some believe she is showing admirable forethought in her deliberations, but I would venture a different conjecture, that she, like this author, is still waiting on the only suitor of note.
Prudence Featherington: Some prince is coming to London.
Philipa Featherington: Then I shall wear my most brilliant dress of all.
Prudence Featherington: Something must hold his interest, as it will certainly not be your conversation.
Lady Violet Bridgerton: My dear, why ever do you complicate matters so? You must simply marry the man who feels like your dearest friend.
Daphne Bridgerton: Oh. Oh, is that it, Mama? Well, how very simple indeed.
Lady Violet Bridgerton: Yes, quite.
Daphne Bridgerton: Is my general ready for battle?
Simon Basset: I was born ready.
Daphne Bridgerton: Were that true, I suspect you would need less protection from our beloved packs of ambitious mamas.
Simon Basset: You call me the general, yet you are the first to draw blood.
Daphne Bridgerton: [referring to the ladies surrounding Prince Friedrich] They do not even know him.
Simon Basset: They do not need to know him.
Daphne Bridgerton: Besides the fact he is a prince.
Simon Basset: Well, surely you cannot be surprised. You know how this works, Daphne. Was it not you who wrote the book on the very subject?
Daphne Bridgerton: Should I ever need assistance drafting an addendum to my book, I shall know who to ask.
Simon Basset: [referring to the Prince] I do believe he just told Miss Cowper that her gown is exquisite.
Daphne Bridgerton: Do you think so?
Simon Basset: He is here to tell every lady the very same thing.
Prince Friederich: So lovely to meet you, Miss Bridgerton. Your gown, it is exquisite.
Daphne Bridgerton: [snort laughs] My apologies.
Prince Friederich: No apology necessary.
Queen Charlotte: Perhaps a small one.
Daphne Bridgerton: [referring to snort laughing in front of the Prince] That was entirely your fault.
Simon Basset: How does one manage to make such an unbecoming sound while laughing?
[Daphne snort laughs]
Simon Basset: Well, now you are just making it look easy.
Daphne Bridgerton: [referring to the stove] We should light it.
Anthony Bridgerton: Excellent idea.
Daphne Bridgerton: Well, go on.
Anthony Bridgerton: Me?
Daphne Bridgerton: Well, I should not know how to do it.
Anthony Bridgerton: And you believe I should?
Daphne Bridgerton: Cold milk then.
Anthony Bridgerton: Most refreshing, given the heat.
Lady Whistledown: I have always thought that an appreciation of the arts is what lifts us beyond mere animals. It stirs the passions, and moves the spirit, and, this author hopes, inspires more newsworthy pursuits.
4. An Affair of Honor
'I have never understood the fashion for feathers in the hair. Why would a woman want to draw more notice to the fact that she is like a bird squawking for a man's attention in some bizarre ritual?' - Eloise Bridgerton (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet
Lady Whistledown: In a town filled with ambitious mamas, and fortune hunting gentlemen, marrying above one’s station is an art form indeed. But Miss Daphne Bridgerton’s advance from future duchess to possible princess is an achievement that even this jaded author must applaud.
Lady Whistledown: Though this author cannot dismiss the Duke of Hastings quite so soon. He may have let the diamond slip through his fingers for now, but I shall wager he is not a man
to ever hide from a fight.
Will Mondrich: [to Simon, who is angrily punching the punching bag] Does that sack of grain have a German accent, or is it my imagination?
Eloise Bridgerton: I have never understood the fashion for feathers in the hair. Why would a woman want to draw more notice to the fact that she is like a bird squawking for a man’s attention in some bizarre ritual?
Eloise Bridgerton: Why must our only options be to squawk and settle, or to never leave the nest? What if I want to fly? You know who is flying? Lady Whistledown. She is up in the sky. A brilliant woman of business who fools the entire ton, whilst pocketing their money. Imagine the life she must lead. Independence. You could be assured she is not stuck simpering on the edge of a ballroom every night, praying a man might take a fancy and leg-shackle her into marriage.
Penelope Featherington: That is quite the life you have imagined for her, El.
Prince Friederich: [referring to the boxing match] Miss Bridgerton, I am delighted to see you here today, though surprised. Though I asked your brother to bring you so we could spend some time together, I admit I did not hold much hope. Most ladies I have met cannot seem to reconcile their delicate sensibilities with the brutality of such fights.
Daphne Bridgerton: Well, you must have no sisters, Your Highness, if you think most women delicate and mild. A trip to the modiste during a silk shortage would disabuse you of such notions for good.
Lady Violet Bridgerton: What I wanted, dearest, was for you to have the best, not in terms of rank, but love. And what I have seen between you and the duke…
Daphne Bridgerton: It was not real, Mama! Everything you saw, none of it was real. Well, it is over now. I do not have to pretend any longer.
Lady Danbury: [referring to Simon leaving London] I am sure you will abscond to some remote corner of the world and continue to do what you have always done.
Simon Basset: And what would that be?
Lady Danbury: Take everything you have for granted. The young man I have always taken pride in raising, well, I would have expected more. More discernment, more understanding, more appreciation.
Lady Danbury: [to Simon] You allowed that young lady to slip through your fingers as if it were nothing. I understand that you believe such subjects as love and devotion, affection and attachment, you find it all trite and frivolous. But have you any idea those very things are precisely what have allowed a new day to begin to dawn in this society? Look at our queen. Look at our king. Look at their marriage. Look at everything it is doing for us, allowing us to become. We were two separate societies, divided by color, until a king fell in love with one of us.
Lady Danbury: Love, Your Grace, conquers all.
Simon Basset: I believe that remains to be seen. The king may have chosen his queen. He may have elevated us from novelties in their eyes to now dukes and royalty, and at that same whim, he may just as easily change his mind. A mind, as we all know, that is hanging on by one very loose and tenuous thread. So, no, I am sorry, Lady Danbury, we are in disagreement here. Love changes nothing.
5. The Duke and I
'Romance was entirely out of the question for both of us. But in so removing it, we found something far greater. We found friendship.' - Simon Basset (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet 'You are wise, or perhaps unusually lucky to understand friendship to be the best possible foundation a marriage can have. Even if that foundation should crumble as quickly as it was built.' - Queen Charlotte (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet
Daphne Bridgerton: I’m unsure how I can be expected to wait an entire month to marry. Could we not obtain a special license to marry this week? I do not wish to lie to you. But the duke and I…
Lady Violet Bridgerton: You do not need to tell me anything. Whatever happened between the two of you, it is alright. I know good society makes quite a fuss about such things. But when it comes to love, such things happen much more frequently than one might expect. Even your father and I, we had trouble controlling our passions as well.
Lady Violet Bridgerton: My darling girl, you are getting what you always wanted. You are marrying for love.
Lady Whistledown: One may say modesty is a virtue, yet this author is hardly a virtuous woman. It is therefore my great pleasure to announce the news others questioned, but I never doubted. The diamond of the season has made her match, officially betrothed to the Duke of Hastings.
Lady Whistledown: Of course, there are only two reasons to procure a special license and race to the altar. True love, or concealing a scandal.
Hyacinth Bridgerton: [to Daphne] How does it feel, Sister, to be in love?
Eloise Bridgerton: Imagine leaping off a cliff and shattering on the ground. A fair analogy?
Daphne Bridgerton: Though, Eloise, I do believe you will know what love feels like soon enough next season.
Eloise Bridgerton: You think I am to follow in your footsteps, Sister? Can there be a more dreadful fate?
Daphne Bridgerton: You do know that I am setting the standard for your future matches, yes? You should be grateful.
Eloise Bridgerton: The only thing I am grateful for is that I am not you, nor will I ever be.
Cressida: You dallied with the prince purely to rouse the duke’s jealousy, and then you lured him into those gardens to trap him into marriage. I never would have imagined that a Bridgerton would ever come to know such shame.
Daphne Bridgerton: You should consider your words more carefully, Cressida. In a matter of days, I am to be a duchess, and you shall be just as you are now. Unmarried and untitled. So you can either be a duchess’s friend or her enemy. It is entirely up to you.
Cressida: First, let us see if you actually manage to drag him down that aisle at all. I’d imagine a man like the duke does not take kindly to being forced into anything.
Queen Charlotte: What do you want?
Royal Footman: It is the king, Your Majesty.
Queen Charlotte: Dead?
Royal Footman: Lucid.
Anthony Bridgerton: We should discuss the matter of Daphne’s dowry.
Simon Basset: There is nothing to discuss. I will not accept one.
Anthony Bridgerton: I beg your pardon?
Simon Basset: I need not be paid to marry Daphne. It is frankly an insulting custom in my judgment. You may place the money in trust for her if you like, but you need not harbor any doubts of my intention to support your sister. Her well-being is my responsibility now. And I take that duty with the utmost seriousness.
Anthony Bridgerton: I must apologize for, well…
Simon Basset: Shooting at me?
Anthony Bridgerton: Indeed.
Simon Basset: I would have thought you dishonorable had you not. Besides, you have always been a terrible shot. You’d have stood a greater chance of wounding me if you had simply fired straight up in the air.
'All is fair in love and war. But some battles leave no victor, only a trail of broken hearts that makes us wonder if the price we pay is ever worth the fight.' - Lady Whistledown (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet The ones we love have the power to inflict the greatest scars. For what thing is more fragile than the human heart?' - Lady Whistledown (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet
Lady Whistledown: Dearest gentle reader, I must send felicitations to the new Duke and Duchess of Hastings. Congratulation,s and stamina, as they embark on the most exhilarating time in a young couple’s life. I am, of course, talking of the honeymoon. Is there a more romantic notion? To retreat from society together, finally leaving watchful eyes behind.
Simon Basset: [as they enter Clyvedon House] I want to show you the bedroom.
Daphne Bridgerton: Yours or mine?
Simon Basset: You truly believe we are to have separate rooms? I should think not.
Daphne Bridgerton: [Simon picks her up in his arms] Stop! They shall see! Whatever will they think?
Simon Basset: Does it matter?
Lady Whistledown: While this author, along with the rest of the ton, will certainly miss its most remarked upon couple back in London, perhaps we might find solace in the promise of the duke and duchess returning to us bearing a surprise.
Colin Bridgerton: [after Colin’s announced his engagement to Marina] The truth is, I do not require your permission to marry Miss Thompson, but I would very much prefer to have your blessing.
Anthony Bridgerton: Then I am afraid I must disappoint you.
Colin Bridgerton: You have. In more ways than one.
Daphne Bridgerton: I believe I now know the reason why every mama of the ton keeps her daughter in total darkness about certain diversions.
Simon Basset: Do you?
Daphne Bridgerton: [Simon kisses her] Should they have told us what it was truly like, however would we get anything else done at all?
Daphne Bridgerton: If I am to be duchess of all of this, I must start learning the lie of the land.
Simon Basset: [referring to himself] You are already duchess of all this.
Daphne Bridgerton: And I look forward to exploring that particular land further. Later.
Simon Basset: Tell me what you want.
Daphne Bridgerton: I want you.
Daphne Bridgerton: [referring to Simon climaxing after pulling out of her] Does that hurt? When you…
Simon Basset: No. I feel as you feel. Absolutely wonderful.
Daphne Bridgerton: Well, our activities are quite spirited. I admit, I did not even know it was possible. I believed his physical inability to have children would preclude him from…
Maid Rose: Causing such difficult entanglements?
Daphne Bridgerton: Yes. I am quite glad to say I was wrong.
Philipa Featherington: [referring to Colin and Marina] Between the two of them, they will make the most beautiful baby.
Prudence Featherington: He is not the father, you dunderhead!
Philipa Featherington: [laughs] Oh, my goodness! I clean forgot.
Penelope Featherington: Do not laugh at him! She makes a fool of him already.
Prudence Featherington: You are no fun anymore.
Penelope Featherington: Was I ever?
7. Oceans Apart
'Is anything more exhilarating than taking a gamble? For it is often the highest risk that carries the greatest reward. Yet, wager wrongly, and you might find yourself left with nothing but regret.' - Lady Whistledown (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet 'It takes courage to live outside the traditional expectations of society.' - Henry Granville (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet
Daphne Bridgerton: [to the servant] Would you please ask Miss Nolan if my personal effects have yet been removed from the duke’s bedchamber and placed in the duchess’s rooms?
Simon Basset: Would you please inform Her Grace that I will allow no such thing?
Clyveden Footman: Should I really deliver the message, Your Grace?
Daphne Bridgerton: You cannot believe I shall welcome you back into my bed after your lies and deception?
Simon Basset: Rest assured, marital relations are the least of my concern after your recent efforts.
Daphne Bridgerton: Then for what other purpose could you possibly wish to detain me?
Simon Basset: Because you are my wife.
Daphne Bridgerton: It is customary for a wife to reside in her own bedchamber once the honeymoon is over. A time that has well and truly passed, would you not agree?
Simon Basset: I will be kept informed as to the success of your conjugal endeavors.
Daphne Bridgerton: I would never dream of concealing the truth of such important matters.
Daphne Bridgerton: My brother seems to have been embroiled in scandal. I must return to see my family immediately. They will need me.
Simon Basset: I will accompany you.
Daphne Bridgerton: This is a family matter.
Simon Basset: Separate bedrooms may be tolerated. Separate households will not be suffered. I shall not let you out of my sight until we know whether you are with child.
Lady Whistledown: Miss Marina Thompson’s recent fall from grace continues to echo
through every drawing room in town, days after it was revealed her engagement to Colin Bridgerton was nothing more than a sham. Of course, a lady’s disgrace does not merely tarnish her own name. Like the tars of the Thames, it also leaves a horrid smear on anyone nearby.
Daphne Bridgerton: [to Simon] There is no need to act the jailer. I shall not discover I am with child within the next hour, shall I?
Colin Bridgerton: I know you must think me a fool, but my heart pays no heed to mere logic. When I think of her, I only want to be near her, to be with her, despite all reason otherwise.
Daphne Bridgerton: I know that madness well. But you cannot visit her.
Colin Bridgerton: Leander swam Abydos to Sestos every single night in complete darkness just to see his love.
Daphne Bridgerton: Leander also lost his way and drowned. So the story goes.
Will Mondrich: [as they are sparring] I presume you won’t speak of what happened on your honeymoon, either.
Simon Basset: Nothing happened on my honeymoon.
Will Mondrich: I cannot imagine your wife feeling particularly excited about that.
Simon Basset: I suggest you do not try to imagine anything to do with my wife’s feelings. Or actions, for that matter!
Will Mondrich: It follows no reason or sense, does it?
Simon Basset: What?
Will Mondrich: Marriage. And there is not a bloody thing you can do about it.
Simon Basset: I took a vow.
Will Mondrich: Ah. See what I mean? Fast learner, indeed.
Daphne Bridgerton: Is this truly what our marriage will be for the future? You out all night, doing God knows what with God knows whom?
Simon Basset: “With whom?” You wound me. Not three weeks since we were wed, yet already you imagine me disloyal.
Daphne Bridgerton: Is it such a wild imagining? We both know your reputation, Your Grace. It is clear that you find there is nothing left in our marriage.
Simon Basset: Nothing left?
Daphne Bridgerton: It is what I said.
Simon Basset: Is it what you believe?
[they start kissing]
8. After the Rain
'However difficult forgiving someone may be, it is necessary to move forward.' - Lady Violet Bridgerton (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet 'Pride, it will cost you everything and leave you with nothing.' - Lady Danbury (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet 'Just because something is not perfect, does not make it any less worthy of love.' - Daphne Bridgerton (Bridgerton) Click To Tweet
Lady Whistledown: Of all that I have imparted to you, dear reader, there is but one bit of wisdom you must heed most. One can never know the truth of a marriage hiding behind closed doors. Beware indeed, blushing newlyweds. You know not the future that awaits. Will there be hardship, or indignity? Or will one’s future see the rarest accomplishment of all, a true love match? As for which of these fates await the eager matches of the season of 1813, only two things will tell. Time, and, as always, this author.
Henry Granville: [as he’s trying to paint their portrait] Apologies, but this is not working. Perhaps His Grace might place his hand on the duchess’s shoulder, so that you both can look as happy as you surely must be.
[Simon places his hand on Daphne’s shoulder and they look at each other longingly]
Henry Granville: My word. The very picture of devotion.
Penelope Featherington: [referring to Marina attempts to abort her pregnancy] You caused quite a flutter.
Marina Thompson: That was not my intention. But I am sorry for everything I have done and said. You were right about Colin. He is a good man with a good heart. You were very good to him. I am certain one day he will see it.
Daphne Bridgerton: The duke and I are going our separate ways. It is for the best, truly.
Lady Violet Bridgerton: I know I do not always say the right things. And then the things I do say, well, they are not always what you wish to hear. I am only able to offer you what I know. However difficult forgiving someone may be, it is necessary to move forward.
Daphne Bridgerton: That is not up to me, Mama. The duke is choosing to nurture some grudge against his father instead of allowing himself any kind of happiness. However am I supposed to forgive that? However are we supposed to move forward from there?
Marina Thompson: [after finding out that George died in battle] He loved me. All this time, he loved me. I thought him a villain, but he was not. He had a perfectly reasonable explanation for not writing back to me. And I was wrong.
Daphne Bridgerton: What did your father do, to make you take that vow in the first place?
Simon Basset: We do not need to have this conversation.
Daphne Bridgerton: Do I not deserve an explanation, as your wife?
Simon Basset: You deserve more than that indeed. You may not understand this now, but Daphne, you must know I am doing this for your own good.
Daphne Bridgerton: I can decide for myself what is…
Simon Basset: You will be better off without me.
Mrs. Varley: Our credit at the modiste, it is still rather precarious. As in, it is nonexistent.
Portia Featherington: Well, the young ladies will just have to wear something they’ve worn before.
Prudence Featherington: Before? Mama, I would rather not attend.
Philipa Featherington: Can one even wear a dress worn before?
Daphne Bridgerton: [after she’s found and read Simon’s letters to his father] I had no idea that Simon had trouble speaking as a child.
Lady Danbury: How could you have done? He worked so very hard to eliminate the difficulty. He was, well, he was so very proud. It is why he wrote those letters in the first place.
Daphne Bridgerton: To keep his father informed of his progress.
Daphne Bridgerton: [referring to Simon’s letters] The late duke never even deigned to read them. How could… What kind of father…
Lady Danbury: One that not only expected, but demanded perfection in his son. And when that was not achieved, well, I shall leave it to you to imagine.
Daphne Bridgerton: Simon could not be any more different from a man such as that.
Lady Danbury: Of course. We know that to be true, Your Grace.
Daphne Bridgerton: You helped him overcome his impediment.
Lady Danbury: I merely showed him what he was capable of all along. And if he needed some encouragement, a push from time to time, that was something I was happy to provide. But at the end of the day, the duke’s triumph was his and his alone. It had to be.
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