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The Old General: [Speaking to the old Ayah, who dates back to when the palace, now intended for nuns, was used to house Toda Rai's father's concubines] Now listen, Ayah. I have invited some ladies to

Now listen, Ayah. I have invited some ladies to stay here,...

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The Old General:
[Speaking to the old Ayah, who dates back to when the palace, now intended for nuns, was used to house Toda Rai's father's concubines]
Now listen, Ayah. I have invited some ladies to stay here, at the "house of women."
Angu Ayah:
[Ecstatic, not realizing that the "ladies" Toda Rai is referring to are nuns]
Ladies! Oh, that will be like old times!
The Old General:
It will not be in the least like old times. They are not that kind of "lady" at all!
Angu Ayah:
Then they won't be any fun.
The Old General:
They are not coming for fun. These are nuns. Do you know what a nun is?
Angu Ayah:
[Disdainfully]
They kneel and pray all day like the monks you invited last year.
The Old General:
I'm going to give them this house to make a school and a hospital for the people.
Angu Ayah:
[Agitated, her voice rising]
You know nobody here wants a school, and I'm sure they don't want a hospital!
The Old General:
How do they know what they want until they try?
[Mr. Dean enters the room]

The Old General:
The people have all kinds of diseases. They have ringworms.
Mr. Dean:
They don't mind having ringworm.
The Old General:
Then they ought to mind. And it will all be free!
Angu Ayah:
It was free last time, and nobody came!
The Old General:
They will this time.

Transcript:
Do you know what the people call this place?
The House of Women.
The General's father
used to keep his ladies here.
From now on,
it will be known as the House of St Faith.
Sister, will you have that picture taken down?
I give you till the rains break.
Oh, dear. Oh, dear.
Who is it?
Sister Briony.
I can't sleep.
Anything wrong, Sister?
It's Sister Ruth. I've just seen her.
- How is she?
- She's sick.
She has violent pains in her joints,
a boil on her finger and headaches.
It's this wind.
And we all seem so tired.
It's the altitude.
My dispensary is more crowded than ever.
This big house to look after.
All the unpacking still to be done.
And the plumbing has broken down again.
What do you think, Sister? Perhaps Mr Dean...
Certainly not. We can manage without Mr Dean.
Yes, of course.
- Are you all right, Sister?
- Of course I'm all right.
- Show me your arm.
- I'm perfectly all right.
So, you've got them, too.
- What have I got?
- Spots.
I've got them. Every one of us has got them.

Clip duration: 155 seconds
Views: 33
Timestamp in movie: 00:21:18
Uploaded: 07 October, 2021
Genres: drama
Summary: A group of nuns struggle to establish a convent in the Himalayas, while isolation, extreme weather, altitude, and culture clashes all conspire to drive the well-intentioned missionaries mad.


Actors

The Old General - Esmond Knight
Angu Ayah - May Hallatt
Mr. Dean - David Farrar