|Justine:||Well, I’ve decided what I’m going to do.|
|Meggie:||I thought it was already decided. Arts at Sydney University, isn’t that right?|
|Justine:||Oh, that was just a red herring to lull you into a false sense of security while I made my plans. But now it’s all set, so I can tell you.|
|Meggie:||Go on, I’m all agog.|
|Justine:||I’m going to be an actress.|
|Meggie:||Good Lord! Look, Justine, I hate to be a spoilsport and truly I don’t mean to hurt your feelings, but do you think you’re—well, quite physically equipped to be an actress?|
|Justine:||Oh, Mum! Not a film star; an actress! I don’t want to wiggle my hips and stick out my breasts and pout my wet lips! I want to act.|
|Meggie:||Are you quite sure, Jussy?|
|Justine:||Quite sure. I’ve known for a long time.|
|Meggie:||I still don’t understand. An actress!|
|Justine:||Well, where else can I scream and yell and howl but on a stage? I’m not allowed to do any of those here, or at school, or anywhere! I like screaming and yelling and howling, dammit!|
|Meggie:||But you’re so good at art, Jussy! Why not be an artist?|
|Justine:||You’re so impractical, Mum, really. I thought it was supposed to be the children who didn’t stop to consider a career’s practical aspects. Let me tell you, I don’t want to starve to death in a garret and be famous after I’m dead. I want to enjoy a bit of fame while I’m still alive, and be very comfortable financially. So I’ll paint as a hobby and act for a living. How’s that?|
|Meggie:||You’ve got an income from Drogheda, Jussy. It would never come to starving in a garret. If you’d rather paint, it’s all right. You can.|
|Justine:||How much have I got, Mum?|
|Meggie:||Enough that if you preferred, you need never work at anything.|
|Justine:||What a bore! I’d end up talking on the telephone and playing bridge; at least that’s what the mothers of most of my school friends do. Because I’d be living in Sydney, not on Drogheda. I like Sydney much better than Drogheda. Do I have enough to pay to have my freckles removed with this new electrical treatment?|
|Meggie:||I should think so. But why?|
|Justine:||Because then someone might see my face, that’s why.|
|Meggie:||I thought looks didn’t matter to an actress?|
|Justine:||Enough’s enough, Mum. My freckles are a pain.|
|Meggie:||Are you sure you wouldn’t rather be an artist?|
|Justine:||Quite sure, thank you. I’m going to tread the boards, Mrs. Worthington!|
|Meggie:||How did you get yourself into the Culloden?|
|Meggie:||And they took you?|
|Justine:||Your faith in your daughter is touching, Mum. Of course they took me! I’m superb, you know. One day I shall be very famous.|
|Meggie:||Is it important to you, Justine? Fame?|
|Justine:||I should say so. I’m absolutely iron-bound determined to be famous.|
|Fee:||Have you been on about fame and glory, Justine?|
|Justine:||They enter the picture.|
|Fee:||Justine, why do you persist in putting things to your mother so badly? You know it isn’t a question of fame and fortune. It’s a question of self, isn’t it?|
Emotional scene between Fee and Father Ralph.3:33pm
The saga that spans half a century echoing through three generations.
A love unattainable forbidden forever.
Meggie: What is it?
Ralph: The plane bogged in the mud when we landed. I must have bruised my side.
Meggie: Let me see… you rode all the way from Gilly like this?
Ralph: I hardly noticed it. I was worried about the horse making it through all that mud. I borrowed him in Gilly… oh, God. Don’t. Meggie, don’t. No! Meggie, what have you done to me? What might you do to me if I let you?
Meggie: You’ve come back.
Ralph: Darling Meggie, don’t cry. The world hasn’t come to an end because of a fire… no matter how terrible it was. You’re safe. That’s all that matters. I was so worried. Harry Gough called me and I flew right out. Imagine…
Meggie: Then you don’t know. Father, Daddy, and Stuie… they’re dead!
Ralph: No. Meggie.
Meggie: Daddy died in the fire, and Stuie found him. And then, there was a wild boar… and it killed my Stuie.
Ralph: Oh, Meggie. Meggie.
Sydney Penny and Richard Chamberlain as Little Meggie and Ralph in The Thorn Birds.2:45am
The Thorn Birds Cast today. Honorable Mentions: Barbara Stanwyck and Jean Simmons; RIP.12:54am
Barbara Stanwyck and Richard Chamberlain as Mary and Ralph in The Thorn Birds.11:40pm
Rachel Ward as Meggie Cleary in The Thorn Birds.12:59pm
Richard Chamberlain as Ralph de Bricassart in The Thorn Birds.2:46pm
Barbara Stanwyck as Mary Carson in The Thorn Birds.12:07pm