The Four Feathers

The Four Feathers is a 1902 adventure novel by British writer A. E. W. Mason that has inspired many films of the same title. In December 1901, Cornhill Magazine announced the title as one of two new serial stories to be published in the forthcoming year. Against the background of the Mahdist War, young Feversham disgraces himself by quitting the army, which others perceive as cowardice, symbolized by the four white feathers they give him. He redeems himself with acts of great courage and wins back the heart of the woman he loves.

Production: Paramount Pictures
 
IMDB:
6.5
Metacritic:
49
Rotten Tomatoes:
41%
PG-13
Year:
2002
132
$18,236,897
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Harry Faversham:
I've left the army. [Ethne laughs in disbelief] No, Ethne, I have left the army.

Ethne:
Why?

Harry Faversham:
There was talk they might send us abroad. For a year or two. I didn't want to wait that long to get married.

Ethne:
I would have waited. Or come with you. My mother did the same for my father.

Harry Faversham:
Yes, I know, but it tisn't what I wnated for us. You're all that matters to me now.

Ethne:
Where were they going to send you?

Harry Faversham:
They weren't sure. [the church door opens and a delivery boy from the army gives Harry a package that contains three white feathers]

Ethne:
[Picking up the feathers from the floor] Is this your friends' idea of a joke? What is it, Harry?

Harry Faversham:
Feathers of cowardice. Yesterday we were informed that our regement would be shipping out to Sudan. That we would be sent to war.

Ethne:
You don't know where they were sending you, you said it yourself. You did it for me. No one in their right mind could call you a coward. Especially not your friends. If there's been some kind of misunderstanding you have to clear it out. You have to go back to the regement and clear it out.

Harry Faversham:
No, I can't.

Ethne:
Then I will. I'll go see Trench, Willoughby and Castleton myself and tell them it's my fault you resigned. You did it for me.

Harry Faversham:
It has nothing to do with you, Ethne!

Ethne:
Then why?

Harry Faversham:
I never wanted to join the army! I did it for my father. I thought I'd serve my commission for a year or two and keep everyone happy and then I could...

Ethne:
Do what? Wait until we were married to tell me the truth?

Harry Faversham:
Ethne, I never meant to lie to you.

Ethne:
No, but you were quite happy to let me deceive myself. Do you think people will let us forget this?

Harry Faversham:
I don't care what people think, Ethne. All I care about is us.

Ethne:
It's not about us, Harry. It's just not about us. Jack would give his life for you.

Harry Faversham:
Don't you think I know that?

Ethne:
Then go back. It's not too late. Tell them you wouldn't have resigned if it weren't for me.

Ethne:
I would have resigned. And I wouldn't have gone to war for anything or anyone.

Ethne:
Then you are a coward.

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