Vane & Eleanor : Final scene in the cell (3x09).
“- “I, Charles Vane, do hereby plead guilty to the charges of treason and high seas piracy. I understand that the sentence for my crimes is to be hanged by the neck until dead. It is my hope that in exchange for this plea I might be spared the humiliation of a public trial, and that my execution be carried out… privately and mercifully." At noon tomorrow, you’ll be transported under guard to the bay, where you’ll be boarded onto the Shark and sent to London to face a Court of the Admiralty. Agree to this plea, and the governor will endorse it. We’ll see to it that it is heard favorably and your experience in London will be short and dignified. Refuse to sign it, and your experience will be anything but.
- You came all the way down here to ask me to beg for mercy ? What a fantasy this must have been for you. Well, even if I did sign that, we both know how empty the victory would be, seeing as you don’t give a sh1t about my piracy or my treason. The only crime of mine that angers you is the one that no one else cared enough about to even call a crime. Am I wrong? Is the murder of Richard Guthrie mentioned anywhere on that page?
You fucking coward… When Charles Vane takes something from a man, he looks him in the eye and gives him a chance to deny him. It’s all bullshit. It was always bullshit. You stole my father from me in the dead of night like a rank f*cking cutpurse, and you did it because you weren’t man enough to face me, to show yourself. So you found the lowest, cruelest, weakest deed imaginable and acted it out upon an innocent man with whom you had no quarrel… knowing that I had finally begun to build something with him, that I was finally able to see the good in him.
- He was a shit.
What did you just say?
- He was a cowardly, selfish, treacherous sh1t who cared only for himself and for you not at all. You know this. All your life you knew this. Then suddenly he walks back through your door, tells you he can give you all of the things you want, tells you I’m your enemy, and, just like that, his love is sacred and mine is a inconvenient obstacle to your ambitions. The life cycle of your affections… A man you love who speaks the truth shunted aside in favor of the next who will tell you whatever you want to hear.
- Goodbye, Charles.
- He betrayed you, Eleanor. When my men brought him to me first, he begged for mercy. Then he promised to make me rich. But when he realized neither had any effect, he promised to deliver you to me. Promised to exchange your life for his. That is who your father was, Eleanor. And you know it’s true.
- You’re not a man. You’re deformed. Unformed. Flesh, bone, and bile, and missing all that which takes shape through a mother’s love. You cannot comprehend what you took from me or why it was good, because there is no goodness in you. There is no humanity in you, no capacity for compromise, nor instinct toward repair, nor progress. Nor forgiveness. You are an animal. Nassau is moving on from you, and so am I.”