Sir Charles Macefield: Well, I'll finish my drink. I have a cowardly aversion to meeting reptiles socially 'til I've had at least one sherry and bitters.
Lady Octavia Warrenton: Colonel Campbell has just been begging me to find him a wife. Now what particular quality do you most admire in a woman?
Col. Campbell: The quality of silence!
Lady Octavia Warrenton: Now, Colonel, you're flattering me just as dear Lord Melbourne did once when we sat next to each other at an intolerable meal call banquet. "Lady Warrenton," he said, "you have the power to drive men mad."
Col. Campbell: [Laconically] I can believe that!
Sir Charles Macefield: [throws letter into the fire] For conspicuous gallantry.
Surat Khan: Oh, so it was Captain Randall who so imprudently attempted to penetrate the line? Poor fellow! He paid the penalty for his foolishness!
Maj. Geoffrey Vickers: [Taken aback] He's... he's dead?
Surat Khan: Oh, my friend, life is sweet and dear when one cannot have it! That's why I sent for you.
Maj. Geoffrey Vickers: [Addressing the Light Brigade prior to the attack] Surat Khan is on the field with the opposing Russian forces. The same Surat Khan who massacred the women and children of Chukoti. Our chance has come! Show no mercy! Let no power on Earth stop you! Prove to the world that no man could kill women and children and live to boast of it! Men of the Twenty-seventh. our objective is Surat Khan! Forward!
Col. Campbell: [to Geoffrey] When you've been soldiering as long as I have, you'll find it's best to follow orders regardless.
Surat Khan: I sometimes think, Sir Charles, that a great government resembles a beautiful woman, who, intoxicated with her own beauty, is apt to withdraw from a sincere suitor the favors she's always granted. And when she finds her suitor console himself with another beauty... regrets her coldness.
Sir Charles Macefield: Interesting. And what does she do then?
Surat Khan: She claims the privilege of any beautiful woman and changes her mind... before she's lost her suitor forever. Do you not agree?
Sir Charles Macefield: The only great government I'm acquainted with is singularly masculine. It makes up its mind. And once having reached a decision, adheres to it.
Surat Khan: I'm afraid we're losing ourselves in a flight of fantasy.
Sir Charles Macefield: Yes, perhaps, yes.