Reverend Fortescue Quotes in The Missionary (1982)


Reverend Fortescue Quotes:

  • Reverend Fortescue: Deborah, do you know what is meant by "fallen women"?

    Deborah Fitzbanks: Women who have hurt their knees.

  • Reverend Fortescue: Isabel?

    Lady Isabel Ames: Charles! What are you doing here?

    Reverend Fortescue: I've come to stop you.

    Lady Isabel Ames: How dare you? How dare you interfere with my plans?

    Reverend Fortescue: You mustn't kill him.

    Lady Isabel Ames: Why not? What business is it of yours, interfering priest?

    Reverend Fortescue: You could hang for it.

    Lady Isabel Ames: No one's going to hang. It's a simple shooting accident.

    Reverend Fortescue: Isabel, this is England in 1906. People don't go around killing each other just because they don't get on!

    Lady Isabel Ames: No, they just endure don't they? Stiff upper lip, that's the British way. I'm sure it wasn't like that in Africa.

    Reverend Fortescue: Africa's primitive!

    Lady Isabel Ames: Oh, yes. God save us from being primitive.

    Reverend Fortescue: There's not so much wrong with the British way, for your class especially.

    Lady Isabel Ames: My class? This is not my class, Charles.

    Reverend Fortescue: You know what I mean.

    Lady Isabel Ames: You don't know what *I* mean.

    [Adopts a changed accent and demeanor]

    Lady Isabel Ames: You alone, sir? Want some company? Clean and cheap?

    [She returns to normal, Fortescue is speechless]

    Lady Isabel Ames: Yes. I've disguised it well, haven't I? I had to. The honest tart never gets anywhere. No, they're not my bloody class, thank God!

  • [Isabel has been injured]

    Reverend Fortescue: I'm sorry. Dear, God, I'm so sorry.

    Lady Isabel Ames: You were only trying to do the decent thing.

    [Fortescue begins to drape his coat around her]

    Lady Isabel Ames: No, don't Charles.

    [He continues anyway]

    Lady Isabel Ames: That's the trouble with you. You're far too decent.

  • Deborah Fitzbanks: Everyone was asking after you. They're all terribly excited about the wedding.

    Reverend Fortescue: Wedding?

    Deborah Fitzbanks: OUR wedding!

    Reverend Fortescue: Oh, yes... Yes.

  • Reverend Fortescue: I shall be looking after women... Women who are in... moral trouble.

    Deborah Fitzbanks: Liars?

  • Reverend Fortescue: I'm going to remain a missionary.

    Deborah Fitzbanks: But I thought...

    Reverend Fortescue: A missionary IN ENGLAND!

    Deborah Fitzbanks: But everyone's ENGLISH in England.

  • Reverend Fortescue: The locals had never seen a bicycle before. They used to call me "The Man on the Starving Horse."

  • Reverend Fortescue: Vicki...

    Violet: Violet.

    Reverend Fortescue: Er, Violet. Would you and Ruby...

    Rosie: Rosie.

    Reverend Fortescue: Rosie. Go and clean upstairs, and get some help from the three girls in my bed.

  • [Attempting to talk her out of a dangerous plan]

    Reverend Fortescue: Isabel, I...

    Lady Isabel Ames: Please, don't. I don't want to be understood.


    Lady Isabel Ames: Not now.

    Reverend Fortescue: What are you going to do? What are you going to gain from this?

    [Isabel begins to say something, tearfully sighs, and walks out the door]

  • Lady Isabel Ames: I got it all wrong, didn't I?

    Reverend Fortescue: What do you mean?

    Lady Isabel Ames: I tried to convert the missionary.

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