Barbara Hunter joins Adam Chance in the office and tells him that she is going to Grange House tomorrow.
Doris Luke visits Mavis Hooper and asks her if she has a spare room in the lodging house, but Mavis says she hasn't got
any spare rooms at the moment. Mavis Hooper tells Doris Luke that she thinks Cecil Beecher Blunt is about to make
their arrangement more permanent. Later Cecil Beecher Blunt walks Doris Luke to the door and Doris tells him that Mavis
told her the news.
David Hunter arrives back at the motel following his trip to London. He joins Adam Chance in the office and asks
him where Barbara is. Adam asks him if he is alone because if Mrs Alexander is coming back then they will have to move
her to another chalet. David tells Adam that he is alone, that Sarah Alexander won't be coming back. David asks
where Barbara is and Adam tells him she is in the sitting room. Adam says Barbara is going to Wiltshire in the morning.
"No she isn't," says David, and walks out.
Cecil Beecher Blunt and Mavis Hooper have a cup of tea together and Mavis reminds him that this is
a leap year and women are entitled to propose to the men. "Marriage you mean?" asks Cecil. He says if only it
could be. "There may be someone who would raise some objections," says Cecil. "Who?" asks Mavis. "Mrs Beecher
Blunt," says Cecil. Mavis stares at him.
David Hunter goes into his and Barbara's private sitting room and finds Barbara relaxing in an armchair, music playing
softly. He sits down. "Barbara," he says softly, and Barbara opens her eyes. "How was London?" she
asks. "Hectic," replies David. "Did Sarah drive back with you?" asks Barbara. "I came back by train, alone,"
says David. "I cleared up a lot of things while I was away," says David.
Barbara walks to the bookcase and replaces a book. David tells Barbara that he has decided not to invest in Sarah's
business. "Is that the something you cleared up?" asks Barbara. "Yes," nods David. "To your satisfaction?"
asks Barbara. David looks down at the floor. "I'm sorry Barbara," he says. Barbara looks at him. "No
need," she says. David walks towards her. "It's over is it?" asks Barbara. "Yes," says David. "Who
gave who up?" she asks. David says he doesn't think that's important at this stage.
"What made you change your mind?" asks Barbara. "Guilt," answers David. "Guilt. That's not a good enough
reason," says Barbara. "Love. I want you, if you still want me," says David. "I was going to leave tomorrow
for the country. I'd lost my nerve. I was certain I'd done the wrong thing and not fought for you," says Barbara.
"Forgive me?" asks David. Barbara looks at him, and then hugs him.
Barbara tells David that she was going to go to Grange House, she had given up on them. "On me?" asks David
and Barbara says no. "Remember I'm studying marriages. It takes two people," says Barbara. Barbara
says Sarah obviously gave him something she didn't. David says he loved Sarah once and then let her go, but obviously
he didn't let go completely. "You've let her go now?" asks Barbara, and David says yes. Barbara walks away from
him. "What, for another twenty years," she says.
Barbara turns back to face David and apologises. David says she's angry, he doesn't blame her. "Why have
you let her go now?" asks Barbara. "Because I want you," answers David. "Do you, or was it your conscience?
I know about your conscience David. It's something I loved in you, but don't let your conscience get in the way," she
says. "I need your approval, your assurance, your love. I know I've had it all these years but I didn't know I
needed it," says David.
Barbara sits down on the settee next to David, and asks him what he needed from Sarah. David says it wasn't like
that. "Twenty years ago I should have gone off, left Rosemary and gone with Sarah. I'm not saying we'd still
be together now, we probably wouldn't. The only reason I stayed with Rosemary was because of my conscience. It
would have been better if I had gone," says David. "What did she give you?" asks Barbara. David says not as much
as he thought. "Are you trying to tell me you weren't lovers?" asks Barbara. "No. I'm trying to tell you
it wasn't an affair of the heart," says David.
Barbara tells David that somehow that doesn't help. "What is it that I lack for you?" asks Barbara. "Nothing,"
replies David. Barbara tells David that he is an attractive man, that he must have had lots of offers that he never
told her about. "I wanted you," says David. "You wanted her," says Barbara. "At least you know conscience
had nothing to do with it. I was being selfish. I'm being selfish now. I want you," says David, and takes
Joe MacDonald joins Mavis Hooper in the dining room of the lodging house. He asks if Captain Beecher Blunt is about,
and Mavis says he is in his room. Joe asks Mavis if she is alright. Mavis tells him that she and Cecil Beecher
Blunt had quite a chat. She asks Joe if he knew that Cecil was married, and Joe says he didn't. Mavis says she
didn't know either. She bursts out crying, and Joe consoles her.
David suggests to Barbara that they go away for a while, but Barbara tells him that thi sis their busiest time.
David says Jill and Adam can manage. "That doesn't sound like you," says Barbara. "What's more important,
this business or our marriage?" asks David. "If we have to take a second honeymoon to save our marriage then we're
in deeper trouble than we thought," says Barbara.
"Why didn't you stop me?" asks David. "Because I didn't want you if you wanted her. I'm not that kind of
woman. No. I let her lie to me. I smiled. I encouraged you both to go off to London on your business
trips, while we all knew," says Barbara. "So you can't forgive me," says David. "Did I say that. No. I
prayed that you'd come back and you did. It's just a question of trust. I took you for granted, I admit that
but then I like taking you for granted. Isn't that what marriage is all about, faith, trust," says Barbara. David
moves closer to her on the settee. "Can we try?" he asks. "Of course we can try. After all I still love
you," says Barbara. David moves to kiss Barbara but she turns away.