Daphne Basset (to Anthony): I have been here. And I have seen you at all stages. I witnessed you change the day he died. Do you know you did not even weep once? And you stopped laughing, altogether, in fact. It was as though you had become an entirely different person, consumed by the expectations of others.
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.
(Daphne catches Anthony and Kate almost kissing, they have a conversation about it...)
Daphne Basset: There is obviously something between you. And I know that this is not as you would wish it, but you must be honest with yourself. Because, one way or another, these kind of feelings always have a way of coming to the surface.
Anthony Bridgerton: And what kind of feelings are those?
Daphne Basset: Well, love.
Daphne Basset: I've always imagined Anthony to be with someone more like him.
Violet Bridgerton: Sharp, quick, a little too exacting?
Daphne Basset: You know, every time I think my marriage has become simple, Simon and I find some new stone to turn over, a new foible that one of us needs the other to tease out and inspect. It is decidedly irritating. (Violet laughs) Yet incredibly gratifying at the same time. Miss Edwina is nearly perfect, but Anthony is a Bridgerton. Is there not something in all of us that requires a challenge?
Violet Bridgerton: Indeed, there is.
Daphne Basset: If you say Miss Edwina is the one for you. If you say she is the one in whose presence you cannot properly think, or even... or even breathe. If you say you feel that feeling.
Anthony Bridgerton: Feeling? What... Uh...
Daphne Basset: The one that makes it impossible for you to look away from them at any given moment. When your body and soul feel as if they could burst into flames whenever the two of you are near. When all you are able to do in their presence is to fight the urge to lean forward and... and touch their lips with yours. If that is the feeling you have when you are with Miss Edwina, I am quite happy for you indeed.
Daphne Bridgerton: I know why you made that vow to your father. I found the letters you wrote to him as a child, and I read them.
Simon Basset: Daphne...
Daphne Bridgerton: Just because something is not perfect... does not make it any less worthy of love. Your father made you believe otherwise. He made you believe that you needed to be without fault in order to be loved, but he was wrong. Should you need any proof of the matter, then... Then look just here. I am tired of pretending. And I cannot continue acting as if I... As if I do not love you. Because I do. I love all of you. Even the parts that you believe are too dark and too shameful. Every scar. Every flaw. Every imperfection. I love you. You may think you are too damaged and too broken to ever allow yourself to be happy, but you can choose differently, Simon. You can choose to love me as much as I love you. That should not be up to anyone else. That cannot be up to anyone else. It can only be up to you.
Daphne Bridgerton: You look angry and bothered. Look at you, you are downright flushed.
Simon Basset: Yes, that is what happens.
Daphne Bridgerton: When one is angry.
Simon Basset: When one burns for someone who does not feel the same!
Daphne Bridgerton: You... burn for me?
Simon Basset: Why do you think I followed you into that garden?
Daphne Bridgerton: Why do you think I went into that garden? If you would have only looked at me this week for longer than two seconds, you would have seen. It is you I cannot sacrifice. I burn... for you.
Daphne Bridgerton: Your Majesty, I assure you nothing untoward has occurred. It is only that we love each other so very much. While I was deeply flattered by the attention of your nephew, the prince, I... I simply could not ignore my long-standing affection for the duke. You see, Your Majesty, it was love at first sight.
Simon Basset: It was not, Your Majesty. The young lady flatters me, but it was not love at first sight for either of us. There was attraction, certainly, at least on my part. But Miss Bridgerton thought me presumptuous, arrogant, insincere. All fair, really. And I thought her a prim young lady barely out of leading strings. Not to mention the sister of my best friend, and so romance was entirely out of the question for both of us. But in so removing it, we found something far greater. We found friendship. You see, Miss Bridgerton and I have been fooling all of Mayfair for some time. We have fooled them into thinking we are courting... when really, all along, we simply enjoyed each other's company so much we could not stay away from one another. I have never been a man that much enjoyed flirting, or chatting, or, indeed, talking at all. But with Daphne... Miss Bridgerton... conversation has always been easy. Her laughter brings me joy. To meet a beautiful woman is one thing, but to meet your best friend in the most beautiful of women is something entirely apart. And it is with my sincerest apologies, I must say it took the prince coming along for me to realize I did not want Miss Bridgerton to only be my friend. I wanted her to be my wife. I want her to be my wife. And so I plead with you... not to make us wait.
(Daphne stops a duel between Anthony and Simon...)
Daphne Bridgerton: It is not merely your own life that hangs in the balance now. If you do not marry me, I shall be ruined.
Simon Basset: Daphne, I cannot.
Daphne Bridgerton: Did you not hear me? Someone knows what we have done, someone who will surely talk. What possible reason could you have to condemn me to shame and reproach? Do you truly... Do you truly hold me in such low regard?
Simon Basset: It is because I regard you so highly that I cannot marry you. I know you do not love me, but I never thought you could despise me so. Daphne... You must know, if we were to wed... I can never give you children. It is your dream to be a mother, is it not? To have a household full of love and laughter, like the one you have known all your life? You deserve nothing less. You deserve everything your heart desires. But I cannot provide it for you. Nor could I ever ask such a sacrifice. Please, Daphne, for your own sake... you must stand aside... and let your brother finish this.
Anthony Bridgerton: We must resume before someone should find us.
Daphne Bridgerton: There will be no need to resume. The duke and I are to be married.
Anthony Bridgerton: I want you to know I am not angry with you. I do not blame you for what transpired.
Daphne Bridgerton: Do not treat me like a child. I did this.
Anthony Bridgerton: He took advantage of you.
Daphne Bridgerton: No less than I took liberties with him.
Anthony Bridgerton: You do not understand. I should have protected you better. I knew his true nature from the start.
Daphne Bridgerton: You think that just because I am a woman, I am incapable of making my own choices?
Daphne Bridgerton (about a painting): It reminds me of waking up in the country. First thing in the morning, when I am all alone, and I have not yet spoken to a soul... I look outside the window, and it is... serene. As if I could be the only person left in the world, and yet... somehow I am not lonely. I am comforted, at peace. The others are certainly very grand and impressive, but this one... This one is intimate.
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