Island in the Sun

Oh, I have.
He used to work in the kitchens...

at the St. James Hotel
when we used to live there.

And I was very,
very young.

- He's gone far since then.
- Too far.

- Why don't you take up Boyeur's challenge?
- What do you mean?

With this new constitution,
Boyeur's going to try and capture...

the legislature
at the next general election.

Seems to me some of you planters
should go in for politics, and rather quickly.

Fight him at the polls.
Stand for election.

- Me?
- Yes. Why not you?

The Fleury name means
a great deal on the island.

Everyone respects your father,
even the West-

You'd stand an excellent chance of winning.
Do you often smoke these?
Only on special occasions.
They're Egyptian, aren't they?
Yes, I had them made for me in Cairo.
They're very difficult to get here.

My childhood wasn't
very much different...

from any of the other children
who I grew up with.

It was always the same story.
Rum and ginger, please.
No opportunity for anything.
No one to tell, pay any attention.

That's when I began organizing.
One of the most important fights
is against tradition.

This island's shackled with traditions.
- Would you agree with that, Mr. Fleury?
- What?

Mr. Boyeur here says he thinks
the island is bound with tradition.

What would Mr. Boyeur
have us do? Forget them?

Mr. Fleury speaks as if traditions
belong only to him. We have ours too.

I'd be the last to deny him his traditions.
Which ones, Mr. Fleury?
The ones we got
on the slave ships?

Or in the cane fields
working like beasts?

Or the ones we have now-
the ones we are making every day...

despite the slave ships
and the cane fields.

No, Mr. Bradshaw, we don't intend
to live the way our fathers did.

Your father,
if I remember correctly...

worked on my father's plantation.
- Till the day he died.
- He was well taken care of-

whether he was sick or not,
whether he worked or not.

That was charity, Mr. Fleury.
What we want is equality.
What I want is a drink.
How about you, Maxwell?

No, I won't have one.
Uh, this- this headache.