(Flashback to dying Duke of Hastings...)
Duke of Hastings: My... My son. You have returned to take your rightful place. My heart may be failing, but I assure you, it swells with pride, knowing the duke you have grown into and the great Hastings name shall continue.
Simon Basset: Listen to me very closely for I have only returned to do but one thing... to make you a vow... the only vow I will ever make in my life. I will never marry. I will never sire an heir. The Hastings line will die with me. Are my words clear enough for you, Father? Speak, you f**king monster. Speak!
Daphne Bridgerton: Yes, Eloise, there... are perhaps darker turns in these woods than we've been taught to expect. There is light to be found at their end. And I know... one day... we both will find it.
Eloise Bridgerton: It must be taxing.
Daphne Bridgerton: What?
Eloise Bridgerton: The game of pretend that you feel you must endlessly maintain.
Brimsley: Your Majesty, the royal physician has a report on the king.
Queen Charlotte: How is it possible there's not been a single compelling betrothal yet this season? Terribly unexciting!
Brimsley: I could tell you a delicious tidbit about our former scullery maid.
Queen Charlotte: I don't care about a dish wench. I wish to be entertained, enthralled. Should the royal physician seek to tell me my husband is dead, Brimsley?
Brimsley: I do not believe so, Your Majesty.
Queen Charlotte: Then tell him I am occupied, and bring me my stationery at once.
Simon Basset: You know, I do suppose if it were not for an overzealous mother at every corner, this time of year in the city would not be so very dreadful.
Anthony Bridgerton: Those mothers simply want the same as you, I rather think.
Simon Basset: For every last one of them to choke on their daughters' hair ribbons?
Anthony Bridgerton: For you to claim a wife, Hastings.
Daphne Bridgerton: You have no idea what it is to be a woman... what it might feel like to have one's entire life reduced to a single moment. This is all I have been raised for. This... is all I am. I have no other value. If I am unable to find a husband, I shall be worthless.
Anthony Bridgerton: Daphne, you're a Bridgerton.
Daphne Bridgerton: It would be easier if I were not.