Synopsis: Royal Navy captain Wentworth was haughtily turned down eight years ago as suitor of pompous baronet Sir Walter Elliot's daughter Anne, despite true love. Now he visits their former seaside country estate, rented by his brother-in-law, admiral Croft, so the financially stressed baronet can afford a fashionable, cheaper residence in trendy Bath. First the former lovers meet again on the estate, where they feel vibes again, but neither dares admit them until it seems too late. Yet the truth becomes clear, both have moved, but meet again in Bath.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Adrian Shergold
Production: Warner Home Video
  3 wins & 5 nominations.
93 min

a most unsuitable match.

He would never have countenanced

an alliance he deemed so degrading.

He was not alone, as I recall.

My dear...

To become engaged at 1 9,

in the middle of a war, to a young naval officer

who had no fortune and no expectations,

you would, indeed, have been

throwing yourself away.

And I should have been failing in my duty

as your godmother if I did not counsel against it.

You were young,

and it was entirely prudent to break off

the understanding.

Prudent it may have been and yet,

Captain Wentworth has

made his fortune in the war

and is now extremely wealthy.

Has he written to you?

No, never a word.

I've only the newspapers for my authority.

Then...if his intentions towards you

had been truly sincere,

would he not have contacted you

when his circumstances changed?

I do not blame you,

nor myself for having been led by you.

But nevertheless,

I think very differently now from

what I was persuaded to think eight years ago.

Oh, my dear Anne.

You are a good and beautiful young woman.

I promise you this,

one day you will find someone

to love you as you deserve.

I'm 2 7.

Before I forget, Shepherd,

if you have no objection, I have a mind

to engage your charming daughter

as a companion to Elizabeth.

Oh, Sir Walter.

Well, I'm sure, sir, Penelope will be

greatly honoured by such a distinction.

Then it is settled.

She shall come with us to Bath tomorrow.

Is not Anne companion enough for Elizabeth?

Oh, but Anne is going to Uppercross.

I received a letter only this morning

from sister Mary.

She is indisposed, again,

and requires Anne to come and look after her.

And since nobody would want Anne in Bath,

I wrote back straightaway to say she should come

as soon as she'd finished everything here.


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Simon Burke

Simon Gareth Burke (born 8 October 1961) is an Australian actor, active in films, television and theatre. more…

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