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Samuel Ballard Q.C.: Ah, judge. This is a great day for Equity Court. We're celebrating Mrs. Claude Erskine-Brown elevated to the bench...

Mr. Justice Graves: Yes...

Samuel Ballard Q.C.: ...and her husband in silk.

Mr. Justice Graves: [Taken by surprise] Claude Erskine-Brown?

[With total disdain]

Mr. Justice Graves: They must be giving away silk gowns with pounds of tea!

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Horace Rumpole: I give you a toast to Fred Timson and the criminals of England!

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[Rumpole has confessed to Hilda that Justice Oliphant has reported Rumpole to a disciplinary tribunal which will probably kick him out]

Hilda Rumpole: I shall stand by you, Rumpole, no matter what the cost. I shall stand by you through thick and thin.

Horace Rumpole: [to himself] Oh Hilda! I was afraid of that.

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[Ballard is defending Rumpole at the disciplinary tribunal]

Samuel Ballard Q.C.: You are known in some quarters as "The Quality of Mercy". Now if there were to be a most humble, contrite apology...

Mr. Justice Oliphant: Rumpole would rather be disbarred than apologise to me.

Samuel Ballard Q.C.: But if he would...

Mr. Justice Oliphant: [gleefully] If he would, it would give him more genuine grief and pain than anything else in the world. I'd enjoy seeing that, I really would.

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[last lines]

Mr. Justice Graves: [referring to Rumpole] Will he never learn?

Samuel Ballard Q.C.: [With grudging affection] I'm afraid, never!

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