The Gilded Age Season 2 Quotes
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1. You Don’t Even Like Opera'Nothing stays the same forever.' - Bertha Russell (The Gilded Age) Click To Tweet
Agnes Van Rhijn: All my life, I’ve walked to church on Easter morning. Why should I stop now?
Ada Brook: Because we’re getting older.
Agnes Van Rhijn: You may be getting older. I am not.
Bertha Russell: [to George] Nothing will take my mind off that “other business”, as you call it. As long as we have no box at the Academy, we are not in the front rank of society, whatever we may pretend.
'I'd like to go where I'm valued, where people are friendly.' - Bertha Russell (The Gilded Age) Click To Tweet
Watson: Après vous, monsieur. Or should I say, “You first, mister”?
Baudin: It does not offend me that I am a source of humor to you all. I confess, I would like to know how long it must go on.
Church: Until it stops making us smile.
Mrs. Bruce: Mr. Gordon pretended to be French to get a job. Is that a crime?
Church: Not a crime, but quite a good joke.
Mrs. Bruce: If the mistress can accept that her chef is from Kansas, surely we can.
Church: If she admits it at all, I bet it’s through gritted teeth.
Watson: Or should we say, “par les dents serrées”?
'Every now and then, I wonder if it isn't good to shout a little and let off steam.' - Ada Brook (The Gilded Age) Click To Tweet
Agnes Van Rhijn: [to Ada] Were you on first name terms? We weren’t, and I was his wife.
Marian Brook: That was a lovely sermon.
Reverend Matthew Forte: I hope so. Half the battle is not to put the congregation to sleep.
2. Some Sort of Trick'You mustn't be afraid to fail, or you'll never succeed.' - Marian Brook (The Gilded Age) Click To Tweet
Gladys Russell: There’s something I need to have settled before I can leave New York. Of course, that sounds overdramatic, but it won’t wait until the end of the summer. This will affect the rest of my life.
George Russell: How grave you make it sound.
Gladys Russell: Naturally you want to make a joke of it, but I can’t.
Gladys Russell: I must be allowed the freedom to make my own decisions.
George Russell: Marriage is not the place to look for freedom.
'It is sometimes possible to forgive. But one cannot forget.' - Bannister (The Gilded Age) Click To Tweet
George Russell: [to Gladys] Of one thing I am sure. You can do better than Mr. Oscar Van Rhijn.
Agnes Van Rhijn: Is everyone part of this conspiracy?
Marian Brook: I’m doing a perfectly decent job. You won’t need to be ashamed of me.
Agnes Van Rhijn: I’m ashamed of you now.
'Marriage is not the place to look for freedom.' - George Russell (The Gilded Age) Click To Tweet
Marian Brook: Aunt Agnes is rather cross with me, but not with you.
Dashiell Montgomery: Even so, you’re the only person in New York who stands up to her. She must find it a novel sensation.
George Russell: [to Oscar] I understand these marriages of convenience take place in every fashionable church in this city, but I want more than that for my child.
3. Head to Head
George Russell: McAllister is playing a complicated game. I’d like to be there when Mrs. Astor finds out.
Bertha Russell: It’s about to get more complicated than he knows.
George Russell: [referring to Turner] And you don’t object to courting your former servant?
Bertha Russell: I can’t afford to object, even if it sticks in my craw.
George Russell: But can she be trusted?
Bertha Russell: She won’t want anyone to know she was once a lady’s maid. I have the upper hand where that’s concerned.
'Interesting is a weasel word, and generally used to avoid giving a real opinion.' - Oscar Wilde (The Gilded Age) Click To Tweet
Ada Brook: There is quite a bustle of arrivals.
Agnes Van Rhijn: You mean of people?
Ada Brook: Yes, people.
Agnes Van Rhijn: Well, with the Russells, one cannot be certain. I wouldn’t be surprised if they hired Barnum & Bailey’s Circus to perform in the hall.
Ada Brook: It looks like it’s mostly women, so probably not the circus.
Agnes Van Rhijn: I’d like to see the guest list before I reach any conclusions.
Ada Brook: I’d like to invite the new rector for luncheon.
Agnes Van Rhijn: We have to listen to him drone on all Sunday morning. Can the Lord really want more from us than that?
Baudin: Wake up. This is America. You can be anything you want. I should know.
4. His Grace the Duke
Jack Treacher: [referring to Ada] I think she likes the rector.
Mrs. Bauer: Oh, she likes him very much. And she’s earned a bit of happiness.
Oscar Van Rhijn: I gladly support good causes from the comfort of Fifth Avenue.
Marian Brook: It’s nice to see all the girls and their families.
Frances Montgomery: And now, here we are, the three of us. Because we make a rather neat little family too now, don’t we?
Dashiell Montgomery: You mustn’t frighten Miss Brook.
Frances Montgomery: You’re not frightened, are you?
Marian Brook: Of course not.
'If the only gain in our fight for independence was to dispense with British titles, then it was surely worth it.' - George Russell (The Gilded Age) Click To Tweet
Susan Blane: You are a bachelor sowing your wild oats. You have nothing to lose.
Larry Russell: You worry too much. No one cares.
Susan Blane: People care.
Larry Russell: And for what it’s worth, I’m not sowing any wild oats. Because I love you.
Susan Blane: And I’m very much afraid that I love you, Mr. Russell. Which was not part of the original plan.
5. Close Enough to Touch
'Marriage is something one should never settle for or talk oneself into.' - Ada Brook (The Gilded Age) Click To Tweet
Ada Brook: [to Marian and Oscar] As my niece and nephew, you’re the closest I’ll ever come to having children.
Agnes Van Rhijn: This is very melodramatic. Are we to witness your will? I’m surprised what you’re going to leave will warrant three signatures.
Ada Brook: You all know the Reverend Mr. Forte.
Agnes Van Rhijn: We certainly do. What about him?
Ada Brook: Well, the thing is…
Agnes Van Rhijn: This is like extracting teeth.
Ada Brook: He has asked me to marry him. And I have said yes.
'If you want revolution, you must take up your weapons and use them.' - Richard Clay (The Gilded Age) Click To Tweet
Agnes Van Rhijn: When is the wedding to take place?
Ada Brook: Next week.
Agnes Van Rhijn: Next week? God in heaven. Why the rush?
Ada Brook: I’ve been waiting my entire life for this. I don’t need a long engagement.
Ada Brook: [after Agnes refuses to come to the wedding] But I had hoped that Oscar would take me down the aisle.
Oscar Van Rhijn: I’d be honored.
Agnes Van Rhijn: My son will not participate in your tomfoolery.
Oscar Van Rhijn: Mama, this is harsh, even for you.
'Weakness is the harbinger of chaos.' - Richard Clay (The Gilded Age) Click To Tweet
Ada Brook: We hoped you’d be happy for me.
Agnes Van Rhijn: Why, when you’re making a terrible mistake? What do you know about marriage, or the duties of a wife? You’re a spinster. And you’ve always been a spinster.
Marian Brook: Why must you be so unkind?
Ada Brook: You’re right. I have a great deal to learn, which I’m looking forward to. Please don’t spoil it for me.