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John Davinier: Permit me to ask, why do you not dine with your family ever?
Dido Elizabeth Belle: That is not correct.
John Davinier: Forgive me, but twice now I have seen you separated from the gathering. I am confounded.
Dido Elizabeth Belle: And well you might be when the son of clergy is permitted to the table before a lady of the house.
John Davinier: Is that a reminder of my place?
Dido Elizabeth Belle: No. It's a statement of mine.
John: Laws that allow us to diminish the humanity of anybody are not laws. They are frameworks for crime.
Belle: Elizabeth said something when we arrived in London. "We women are but the property of gentlemen." But it came into my head that I have been blessed with freedom
twice over. As a negro and as a woman.
John: I suppose you have.
Belle: Or have I? Must not a lady marry even if she is financially secure? For who is she without a husband of consequence? It seems silly -
like a free negro who begs for a master.
Belle: You view my circumstances as unfortunate...though I cannot claim even a portion of the misfortune to those whom I most closely resemble ...My greatest misfortune would be to marry into a family who would carry me as their shame. ...as I have been required to carry my own mother. Her apparent crime to be born negro...and mine to be the evidence.
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