Violet Bridgerton: It is my husband's birthday today. Was. Would be. Would have been. Edmund's birthday would've been today. I'm so sorry.
Lady Danbury: Why are you sorry?
Violet Bridgerton: He liked his birthday. He liked to celebrate, and I would make him hats. Out of paper. The kind of hats that had been made for me when I was a child. My father made me these birthday hats, and no one had ever done that for him, so I did it. I gave him childish birthdays, and... they made him so happy. I constructed these... oh, elaborate, wonderful hats, and he would wear them the entire day. He looked ridiculous in them. And we would laugh... I do not like today. It reminds me that there are no hats to make.
Lady Danbury: You are most fortunate.
Violet Bridgerton: Fortunate?
Lady Danbury: Yes.
Violet Bridgerton: I fear I must have misheard you. I am... I am fortunate?
Lady Danbury: You may not like today. But trust me. You are most fortunate.
Violet Bridgerton: Marriage offers so much. Companionship. Tradition. Family. Warmth. And if they take the time to become close, well, a match does not have to start out as love. It can grow. Love can bloom from the thorniest of gardens, can it not?
Lady Danbury: Blooming love...
Queen Charlotte: Your flower metaphors make me nauseated with their sweetness, but I applaud your point.
Queen Charlotte: You have had two weddings in two years. How do you do it?
Violet Bridgerton: Uh, do... Do what?
Queen Charlotte: Get them to want to marry.
Violet Bridgerton: Well... It helps if they are in love.
Queen Charlotte: Love?
Violet Bridgerton: Yes. Love solves a plethora of issues.
Queen Charlotte: I'm going to speak plainly because we are all mature women here. My boys are in love. They are in love with commoners. They are in love with Catholics, and they are in love with actresses. And they are in love with women who are already married. Love is not the issue. Love has produced over 50 illegitimate babies for the Crown.
Violet Bridgerton (to Anthony): Losing Edmund was the most difficult time of my life. And the pain that I felt... beyond description. But there is one thing that has given me at least some modicum of solace. It's knowing that I would still choose the life I led with him, each and every time. And I would undoubtedly feel the same pain I felt all over again if I had to because real, true love is worth it. No matter what.
(Colin is hangover and grumpy...)
Violet Bridgerton (to Benedict): Whatever you have done to your brother, undo it.
Colin Bridgerton: I may never reach your capacity for drink, Brother.
Benedict Bridgerton: It's a simple remedy. If you continue to drink, there can be no after-effects.
Eloise Bridgerton: If only you would use your powers for good.
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.
(Flashback to the time after Edmund's death)
Violet Bridgerton (to Anthony): This is it. This is my best. I am doing my best. Every day, I get up, I get dressed, I feed myself, I try to breathe in and out. I force myself to stop by the nursery. And I think about how sorry I feel for little baby Hyacinth because she will never know Edmund's laugh. Or the way he smelled, or what it is to be hugged in his arms. I feel even sorrier for myself because, most of the time, all I am thinking is that this little baby did not do me the kindness of killing me so that I could be with my husband. Edmund was the air that I breathed. And now there is no air.
Kate Sharma: What is clear is we are woefully unprepared to navigate this lion's den. I am sure Edwina's absence will only make her that much more desirable.
Edwina Sharma: It truly was a magnificent soiree, Lady Danbury. We are most grateful.
(Kate and Edwina leave)
Violet Bridgerton: Well, it would seem both of us may have our hands full this year.
Lady Danbury: Not if I have something to say about it. And as you very well know, I always have something to say.