Anna: I wish you’d just come out with it. 

Bates: With what? 

Anna: Whatever it is you’re keeping secret. 

Bates: I can’t. 

Anna: You don’t deny it then? 

Bates: No I don’t deny it … and I don’t deny you the right to ask, but I can’t. I’m not a free man. 

Anna: Are you trying to tell me that you’re married? 

Bates: I have been married, yes, but that’s not all of it. 

Anna: Because … because I love you, Mr. Bates. I know it’s not ladylike to say it, but I’m not a lady and I don’t pretend to be. 

Bates: You are a lady to me and I never knew a finer one.