(Anthony and Kate are being all lovey-dovey and hugging, while the others are waiting for the game to start...)
Daphne Basset: I suppose that means they are cutting out.
Anthony Bridgerton: No! We're not cutting out!
Kate Bridgerton: No, not a chance!
Anthony Bridgerton (whispers to Kate): Unless we want to take this opportunity to return upstairs?
Kate Bridgerton: And admit defeat? Never.
Kate Sharma: It has been you. It has been you this entire time. Spinning my world off its axis, making me reconsider everything I have ever told myself. I came here resolved... to save my family. Everything I have ever done...
Anthony Bridgerton: ...has been for them.
Kate Sharma: Has been for them.
Anthony Bridgerton: Yeah.
Kate Sharma: You are the one who must stop. You are the one who must stop. Before...
Anthony Bridgerton: Before what? Before we both finally do something for ourselves?
Anthony Bridgerton (to Kate): Do you think that I want to be in this position? Contending with these thoughts of wanting to be nowhere except with you. Wanting to run away with you. Of acting on the most impure, forbidden desires, no matter... how much I must remind myself I am a gentleman, and you are a lady. Of that... of that scent. It has remained imprinted on my mind ever since the night of the conservatory ball on that terrace. Lilies.
Anthony Bridgerton: Can you ever just agree? You have been like this from the moment we first met in those woods. Obstinate, inflexible, unyielding to good, plain common sense.
Kate Sharma: Well, I can certainly understand why that would be so troubling for a man like you. A man used to always getting his way. A man used to giving orders...
Anthony Bridgerton: I do not give orders.
Kate Sharma: You give me orders and you expect me to listen. I do not listen...
Anthony Bridgerton: Perhaps you should.
Kate Sharma: I'll never listen to you! Or to anyone I wholeheartedly disagree with!
Benedict Bridgerton: Things may seem bleak now, Brother. But if I'm learning anything from my art studies, it's that it is almost always a matter of... perspective. I look at my art, and if I do not like what I see, I may always alter the color palette, but I certainly do not toss the entire design aside. Perhaps you, too, could do the same in your own life.
Anthony Bridgerton: Back to taking the tea, are we?
Anthony Bridgerton: Miss Edwina, I have never wavered in my intentions since the first moment of our meeting. It was clear to me then, as it is now, that what we share is greater than all else.
Edwina Sharma: And what is it that you believe we share?
Anthony Bridgerton: Our places. Our roles. They align. I, as the viscount. You, as the diamond. Neither by our own choice. We are yoked to each other in that respect. It is why I never gave up pursuing you, even when some thought me a fool to continue. It is why I was not swayed by the insults of the Sheffields or your lack of a dowry.
Edwina Sharma: Because... you love me?
Anthony Bridgerton: I understand you. I sympathize with you. In a certain light, I am you. We do not have the luxury of choice. We cannot escape our roles.
Daphne Basset: I was delayed by doubts about whether the festivities of this day might or might not take place.
Benedict Bridgerton: Does the duchess not care for your bride, Brother?
Daphne Basset: I find Miss Edwina to be quite lovely and deserving of the truth, which we must not deny her.
Benedict Bridgerton: I'm confused. Who is denying what to whom?
Anthony Bridgerton: Benedict, you must excuse us. It seems the duchess has opinions.
Anthony Bridgerton: That has always been the privilege of not being the firstborn. You both get to choose your passions and adventures, while I, on the other hand, must fulfill my...
Benedict Bridgerton: Tell me, dear brother, once you marry, will your duty finally be fulfilled so you can stop reminding everyone of it?
Anthony Bridgerton: I believe the reminders are also my duty, so no.
Colin Bridgerton: It is meant to be a sipping spirit.
Benedict Bridgerton: Have you not heard? The viscount believes in hurrying things along these days. First the wedding, now his drink. I hope, for Edwina's sake, the tendency stops before the honeymoon.
Anthony Bridgerton: Have you always been so vulgar, or has staring at naked models all day turned your brain to charcoal?
Kate Sharma: I am leaving for India.
Anthony Bridgerton: And it is not far enough! Do you think that there is a corner of this Earth that you could travel to far away enough to free me from this torment? I am a gentleman. My father raised me to act with honor, but that honor is hanging by a thread that grows more precarious with every moment I spend in your presence. You are the bane of my existence. And the object of all my desires. Night and day, I dream of you. And what I... Do you even know all the ways a lady can be seduced? The things I could teach you.
Kate Sharma: I did not ask for this. To be plagued by these feelings. Hiding from my sister. Being driven to distraction every time you enter the room.
Anthony Bridgerton: Then you agree. It is insupportable.
Kate Sharma: Impossible.
Anthony Bridgerton: If I wed your sister, it will bind me and you together for eternity, and I will spend every day of my marriage wanting you, dreaming of you, dreading the day when my last thread of honor finally snaps. Is that the future that you want for us? For your sister?
Kate Sharma: How did he die?
Anthony Bridgerton: He was stung by a bee.
(The realization hits Kate, as to why Anthony freaked out the other day when she was stung by a bee)
Kate Sharma: My lord, I... I am so sorry. I...
Anthony Bridgerton: To see a great man felled by such a small creature, it was, um... It was humbling, to say the least.
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