“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.”
“You are a lady to me. And I never knew a finer one.”
Anna & Mr. Bates | Season 2
The only ruin that I recognize is to be without you.
BATES: It’s sad to think about.
ANNA: It’s always sad when you love someone who doesn’t love you back. No matter who you are.
BATES: Perhaps Mr. Patrick did love her back, he just couldn’t say. (…) Sometimes, we’re not at liberty to speak. Sometimes, it wouldn’t be right.
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.
ANNA: You can’t take it lying down. Because you’re not guilty of any wrong. And before it’s over, I’m gonna tell the world.
BATES: Will you?
Because fictional romance can be more rewarding than some real-life relationships.