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Black Narcissus Quotes

Black Narcissus is a TV show that debuted in 1970 . Black Narcissus ended its run in 1970.

It features Michael Powell as producer, Brian Easdale in charge of musical score, and Jack Cardiff as head of cinematography.

Black Narcissus is recorded in English and originally aired in United Kingdom. Each episode of Black Narcissus is 100 minutes long. Black Narcissus is distributed by General Film Distributors (UK), Universal-International (USA).

The cast includes: Deborah Kerr as Sister Clodagh, Esmond Knight as The Old General, Nancy Roberts as Mother Dorothea, David Farrar as Mr. Dean, May Hallatt as Angu Ayah, Flora Robson as Sister Philippa, Kathleen Byron as Sister Ruth, and Judith Furse as Sister Briony.

Black Narcissus Quotes

May Hallatt as Angu Ayah

  • (May Hallatt) "A convent in this house. What do you think of that?"
  • (David Farrar) "The brothers only stayed five months. Perhaps the sisters won't stay long, either."
  • (May Hallatt) "Please come and help the fat lady who has questions."
  • (Flora Robson) "Sister Briony? Ayah, you MUST learn our proper names. Anyway, there aren't any patients yet."
  • (May Hallatt) "Oh, aren't there? There are dozens waiting. And more coming every minute."

Kathleen Byron as Sister Ruth

  • (Kathleen Byron) "What can you do with them? They look very stupid to me. Remember, they can't speak a word of Hindustani, or English."
  • (Kathleen Byron) "Sister, the schoolroom is overflowing with children. We've nothing unpacked yet. No one understands the language. There are too many of them anyway, and they all smell."

Nancy Roberts as Mother Dorothea

  • (Nancy Roberts) "Remember, the superior of all is the servant of all."
  • (Nancy Roberts) "The agent at Mopu is an Englishman. He seems a difficult man. You won't get much help from him."
  • (Nancy Roberts) "Give her responsibility, Sister. She badly wants importance."
  • (Deborah Kerr) "Do you think it's a good thing to let her feel important?"
  • (Nancy Roberts) "Spare her some of your own importance -- if you can."
  • (Nancy Roberts) "Remember, a community is not a class of girls. The sisters won't be easy to manage or to impress. Now, let me see. I'll give you Sister Briony. You'll need her strength."
  • (Deborah Kerr) "Thank you, Reverend Mother."
  • (Nancy Roberts) "Sister Philippa for the garden -- Sister Blanche."
  • (Deborah Kerr) "Sister Blanche?"
  • (Nancy Roberts) "You know what the other girls call her?"
  • (Deborah Kerr) "Sister Honey."
  • (Nancy Roberts) "Yes, Honey. I think you'll need Sister Honey. She's popular. And you'll need to be popular -- And Sister Ruth."
  • (Deborah Kerr) "But Sister Ruth is ill."
  • (Nancy Roberts) "That is why I want her to go."
  • (Deborah Kerr) "Forgive me for saying so, Reverend Mother, but do you think our vocation is her vocation?"
  • (Nancy Roberts) "Yes, she's a problem. I'm afraid she'll be a problem for you, too. With a smaller community, she may be better. Give her responsibility, Sister. She badly wants importance."
  • (Deborah Kerr) "Do you think it's a good thing to let her feel important?"
  • (Nancy Roberts) "Spare her some of your own importance -- if you can."
  • (Deborah Kerr) "Mother, are you sorry that I have been appointed to take charge of St. Faith?"
  • (Nancy Roberts) "Yes. I don't think you're ready for it, and I think you'll be lonely. Never forget: we're an order of workers. Work them hard. And remember -- the superior of all is the servant of all."
  • (Deborah Kerr) "I understand."

Esmond Knight as The Old General

  • (Esmond Knight) "Do you see that crate? Sausages. They will eat sausages. Europeans eat sausages wherever they go."
  • (Esmond Knight) "Now listen, Ayah. I have invited some ladies to stay here, at the "house of women.""
  • (May Hallatt) "Ladies. Oh, that will be like old times."
  • (Esmond Knight) "It will not be in the least like old times. They are not that kind of "lady" at all."
  • (May Hallatt) "Then they won't be any fun."
  • (Esmond Knight) "They are not coming for fun. These are nuns. Do you know what a nun is?"
  • (May Hallatt) "They kneel and pray all day like the monks you invited last year."
  • (Esmond Knight) "I'm going to give them this house to make a school and a hospital for the people."
  • (May Hallatt) "You know nobody here wants a school, and I'm sure they don't want a hospital."
  • (Esmond Knight) "How do they know what they want until they try?"
  • (Esmond Knight) "The people have all kinds of diseases. They have ringworms."
  • (David Farrar) "They don't mind having ringworm."
  • (Esmond Knight) "Then they ought to mind. And it will all be free."
  • (May Hallatt) "It was free last time, and nobody came."
  • (Esmond Knight) "They will this time."

Deborah Kerr as Sister Clodagh

  • (Deborah Kerr) "We all need discipline. You said yourself they're like children. Without discipline we should all behave like children."
  • (David Farrar) "Oh. Don't you like children, Sister?"
  • (Deborah Kerr) "Well I really don't know what to do."
  • (David Farrar) "What would Christ have done?"
  • (Deborah Kerr) "You are objectionable when sober, and abominable when drunk."

David Farrar as Mr. Dean

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