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