It was movie night last night, another chance to watch Lark Rise to Candleford, and a brief bit of dialog in this episode hit me hard. It was a conversation between two people who live in different social spheres, and rather than making them strangers, it frees them to speak boldly to one another in a way those closer cannot.
Ruby Pratt (to Walter Arliss, recently returned home from many months at sea): Why must you always run away?
Walter: It ain't running away. It's the call of the ocean.
Ruby: Well, perhaps that's what you believe. But I know, you see. I am the child of a father who took to the road. I don't think anybody runs away TO. I believe we run away FROM. That's what I see in your face now...
Walter: I don't know how to be with them. I ain't got the legs for it. The soul for it. I fail them every time. I go because I see they're better off without me.
Ruby: Go home. Go and be with your family. Don't tell them about your tales of the sea. Ask about them. Their day. Their lives. Meet them. Try to see them.
I know I'm intruding, but I could not live with myself if I did not tell you what I know to be true. What goes on in a child's heart when her father runs.
Please. Try. For one day. Surely we can do for one day that which seems impossible for a lifetime.