Emily Tetherow: You don’t know much about women, do you Stephen Meek?
Stephen Meek: Well, I, I know somethin’ or other.
Emily Tetherow: If you say so.
Stephen Meek: Well, I know women are different from men. I know that much. Well, I’ll tell you the difference if you care to hear.
Emily Tetherow: I don’t doubt you will.
Stephen Meek: Women, women are created on the principle of chaos. The chaos of creation, disorder, bringing new things into the world. Men are created on the principle of destruction. It’s like cleansing, ordering, destruction. You think I’m wrong, you can tell me. Chaos and destruction. Those two genders are always at it.
Oakley: I just think men and women are always bound to be unfaithful. I really think that.
Anna: You’re probably right. That doesn’t mean to say–
Oakley: So why get married?
Anna: It’s more, it’s about more than mere sexual fidelity. It’s about making a bond with somebody and. . .Your mum and dad, maybe they’re not getting on that well now, but perhaps in 20 years’ time, if they’re still together, then they might, there’s still something going between them, they still have friendship. It might suddenly come good.
Oakley: And that’s what you’re working on with your husband, is it? 20 years’ time, dressing gown and slippers. Anna and Alex.
Anna: I find it difficult. I can’t see that far ahead.
Oakley: Charlie and Verena seem happy, though, I think.
Anna: They’ve only been together six years, haven’t they?
Oakley: Six years is a fucking long time.
Anna: Anyway, it’s not about who’s sleeping together. It’s about living together.
Oakley: That has to be part of it. When you meet someone, that’s the first thing you think. If the sex isn’t there, you’re dead in the water.
Oakley: Doesn’t matter if you like them, if you…if they make you feel good or you like their personality or if they make you laugh. If the sex isn’t good, it’s, it’s for shit. What are you in it for? It dies. Surely.
Anna: Yeah, no, I agree with you. I agree with you.
Pamela Drury: What happened? Well?
Pamela Dickson: I guess I had to find out.
Pamela Drury: Find out what?
Pamela Dickson: What would have happened if I had said no to Robert. Do you think I never wondered? What if I hadn’t had children? What it would feel like to have my own time, my own money, my own bed. What it would be like to sit down and read a whole book or a whole chapter or even a whole page without being interrupted. To remember who I am, not “Darling” or “Mummy” or “Dummy” or “Mum.” Just me. Pamela.