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A Canterbury Tale

A Canterbury Tale(1944)

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  • Passer-by  

    It is an awful mess, I don't blame you for not knowing where you are. But you get a very good view of the Cathedral now.

  • Thomas Colpeper, JP  

    There is more that one way of getting close to your ancestors. Follow the Old Road and as you do, think of them; they climbed Chillingbourne Hill just as you did. They sweated and paused for breath just as you did today. And when you see the bluebells in the spring and the wild thyme, and the broom and the heather, you're seeing what their eyes saw. You ford the same rivers, the same birds singing. And when you lie flat on your back and rest, and watch the clouds sailing as I often do, you're so close to those other people, that you can hear the thrumming of the hoofs of their horses, and the sound of the wheels on the road, and their laughter, and talk, and the music of the instruments they carried. And they turned the bend in the road, where they too saw the towers of Canterbury. I feel I have only to turn my head to see them on the road behind me.

  • Thomas Colpeper, JP  

    Pity.

  • Bob Johnson  

    Pity?

  • Thomas Colpeper, JP  

    Pity when you get home and people ask what you've seen in England and you say "Well I saw a movie in Salisbury. And I made a pilgrimage to Canterbury and I saw another one."

  • Bob Johnson  

    You've got me all wrong. I know that in Canterbury I have to look out for a cathedral.

  • Thomas Colpeper, JP  

    Yes do look out for it. It's just behind the movie theatre. You can't miss it.

  • Alison Smith  

    Did you hear the news about last night Mr. Horton?

  • Jim Horton  

    There wasn't nothing on the wireless.

  • Alison Smith  

    No I didn't mean that sort of news. I meant what happened here last night.

  • Ned Horton  

    We get all our local news at 6 o'clock, Miss.

  • Bob Johnson  

    You got a local newspaper?

  • Ned Horton  

    No. That's when the pub opens.

  • Prudence Honeywood  

    That's your room. You won't get much of a view I'm afraid.

  • Alison Smith  

    You should have seen the view from my room in London.

  • Prudence Honeywood  

    Was it a long street with every house a different sort of sadness in it?

  • Alison Smith  

    It was a long row of back gardens, and the tall, sad houses were all the same.

  • Prudence Honeywood  

    Ghastly in winter.