Eleanor Young Quotes

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Rachel Chu: You don't know me.

Eleanor Young: I know you're not what Nick needs.

Rachel Chu: Well, he proposed to me yesterday. He said he'd walk away from his family and from you for good... Don't worry. I turned him down.

Eleanor Young: Only a fool folds a winning hand.

Rachel Chu: There's no winning. You made sure of that. Because if Nick chose me, he would lose his family. And if he chose his family, he might spend the rest of his life resenting you.

Eleanor Young: So you chose for him.

Rachel Chu: I'm not leaving 'cause I'm scared or because I think I'm not enough. Because maybe for the first time in my life, I know I am. I just love Nick so much. I don't want him to lose his mom again. So I just wanted you to know that one day, when he marries another lucky girl who is enough for you, and you're playing with your grandkids while the tan huas are blooming and the birds are chirping, that it was because of me. A poor, raised by a single mother, low class, immigrant nobody.

Eleanor Young: We cannot be linked to this sort of family.

Rachel Chu: I don't want any part of your family. (runs away)

Nick Young: Rachel. (tries to follow, but his grandmother stops him)

Shang Su Yi: Don't chase after her and degrade yourself. I forbid it. If you go with her, you can't come back!

(Nick runs after Rachel)

Eleanor Young: You asked about my ring. The truth is Nick's father had it made when he wanted to propose to me because Ah Ma wouldn't give him the family ring. I wasn't her first choice. Honestly, I wasn't her second. I didn't come from the right family, have the right connections. And Ah Ma thought I would not make an adequate wife to her son.

Rachel Chu: But she came around, obviously.

Eleanor Young: It took many years, and she had good reason to be concerned. Because I had no idea the work and the sacrifice it would take. There were many days when I wondered if I would ever measure up. But having been through it all, I know this much: You will never be enough.

Eleanor Young (to Rachel): I withdrew from university when we got married. I chose to help my husband run a business and to raise a family. For me, it was a privilege. But for you, you may think it's old-fashioned. It's nice you appreciate this house and us being here together wrapping dumplings. But all this doesn't just happen. It's because we know to put family first, instead of chasing one's passion.

Eleanor Young: Ah Ma says if we don't pass traditions down like this, they'll disappear.

Astrid Leong-Teo: God forbid, we lose the ancient Chinese tradition of guilting your children.

Eleanor Young: Self-made woman. She must be so proud of you.

Rachel Chu: Well, she knows that I'm passionate about what I do, and she's always wanted that for me.

Eleanor Young: Pursuing one's passion. How American. Well, your mother's very open-minded, not like here, where parents are obsessed with shaping the life of their children.

(On the phone...)

Eleanor Young: Are you bringing the girl you're seeing to Colin's wedding?

Nick Young: Mmm. We were literally just talking about that. How could you know?

Eleanor Young: Everybody knows.

Nick Young: Radio One Asia.

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