Garrow's Law

Season 2 Episode 2

Season Two, Episode Two

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 21, 2010 on BBC
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Season Two, Episode Two

Garrow defends a captain accused of sodomy, a capital offence in 18th century England.
Meanwhile, Sir Arthur Hill employs attorney John Farmer to prosecute Garrow, accusing him of adultery with his wife, Lady Sarah.

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    David Jasker

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    Liz White

    Liz White

    Isabella Jasker

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    Phebe Harris

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    • QUOTES (9)

      • William Garrow: My lord, it seems that a climate of such fear reigns that honest men become dishonest ones. That promises are broken. That a man will see a friend hanged. I have no witnesses, my lord.

      • William Garrow: We have some difficulty.
        John Southouse: In that we are in possession of some evidence about you that if you should choose to be truthful, means that we cannot defend you.
        William Garrow: And similarly if you do not choose to be truthful then we cannot trust you.

      • John Southouse: Oh, you will defend the cause of love, will you? It seems to me that Jasker was quick to disavow that sentiment for the sake of his own neck.
        William Garrow: I shall depend on the hope that he has not.
        John Southouse: My God, you will be a romantic at the Old Bailey. Heaven help us all!

      • William Garrow: Then, Captain Jones, I will be plain with you. In my life I am in some difficulty. Ruinous accusations have been made against me. Perhaps not as ruinous as the prospect of losing my life but it may not be worth living if it goes against me. The accusations are false. They are a lie. I am charged with committing adultery with another man's wife. I have not, but I have yearned to, do yearn to still.
        Captain Robert Jones: Your secret torments you.
        William Garrow: I would dearly love to own it and for the owning of it to be of no account.

      • William Garrow: Your wife will have her name prostituted in a public court. Then see it consigned to the shorthand writers of the public press and from thence into the throats and lungs of the hawkers. It shall be trumpeted to all until we are stunned.
        Sir Arthur Hill: That you are the treacherous seducer of another man's wife is a tune that must be played very loud.
        William Garrow: You are portrayed as a cuckold? You are content for that?
        Sir Arthur Hill: I have thought on it. And decided that my discomfort is worth your exposure.
        William Garrow: You are intent on avenging a fiction! This is a play you have written, a dumb show you have put on!
        Sir Arthur Hill: You have replaced me in my wife's affection. You have deprived me of her loyalty. Is this imaginary? I look and I cannot see her in my house. Is that perception false?
        William Garrow: You cast her out.
        Sir Arthur Hill: I have lost my wife! To you!

      • William Garrow: But now your husband's imagining will be presumed as fact.
        Lady Sarah Hill: And we shall be ruined for it. For a pleasure we have yet to take... an intimacy we still do not know.
        William Garrow: And think you therefore we should no longer be innocent of what they say we are guilty of?
        Lady Sarah Hill: It would be the most... exquisite defeat.

      • John Southouse: (to John Farmer) You have come to spy on Garrow, no doubt, your quarry. Perhaps you may even find it enlightening to see how a true man of the law performs his duty.

      • John Southouse: You will never find them together. I have warned them.
        John Farmer: You cannot repel desire, Mr Southouse.

      • John Farmer: (citing William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet) Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, too rude, too boisterous and it pricks like thorns.

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