Island in the Sun

"A distinguished Wessex family
was delighted 35 years ago...

"when he proposed marriage
to their youngest daughter.

"Presumably, they did not know
that Julian Fleury's mother...

who died in childbirth,
was a Jamaican with colored ancestry."

Is it true?
It's true.
What were you lashing out at
when you tried to slap me?

Your own guilt?
Your betrayal of us?

- Betrayal? Your mother never knew.
- She knew.

- Didn't you, Mother?
- Yes, I knew.

But how?
An anonymous letter.
It came years ago.

- And you never mentioned it.
- I saw no reason to.

I wanted to keep things
as they were.

- Faithful wife, noble mother-
- Maxwell, stop it!

How do you
expect him to feel?

How do you think I feel?
To believe that you belong
to one kind of a world, and then, suddenly-

When I asked you if there was any reason
why I shouldn't marry Euan, you said no.

I said there was
no good reason.

How can you say that?
Euan's heir to a title.

Can you picture a black man
sitting in the House of Lords if we had a son?

There's no need to exaggerate.
My mother was three-quarters white.
I've only 1/16 of colored blood.
The chances are your children
will be completely white!

Bradshaw was right.
All this whispering, all this secrecy.

How shall I face it here?
Will you listen to me,
quietly, for a minute?

At the start of any misfortune, one always
feels that the end of the world has come.

Well, the end of mine has.