Meet her where?
At the lbbetson villa, where else?
I'm extremely grateful to you for accepting the invitation, Mr. Oldman.
How did you know it was me?
Fred has a limp, you don't.
To be honest I didn't expect you'd want to speak to me.
I know you can't stand my excuses. If I were you, I wouldn't either.
In fact you're... how should I put it?
Speak frankly. Don't worry.
I won't deny that your whimsical little ways are getting a bit tiresome.
I hope not too tiresome but I wanted to say sorry
for... well, for my behaviour.
Typical of a silly, superficial woman as you put it.
Why do you systematically avoid meeting me?
Nothing personal, believe me.
Of course, I wouldn't assume you'd want to do business with a person
who arouses such deep-seated aversion in you that can't even look him in the face.
It's not easy to explain to you
because I know you won't believe my anyway.
If I didn't believe you
I wouldn't be here playing hide and seek.
I don't meet many people... It's been a long time now...
I see nothing serious in that.
Everyone has moments when they prefer solitude to the multitudes.
I haven't %lefi the house since I was fifteen.
I don't think I understand.
You understand perfectly..
This is my room.
If there's somebody wandering around the house
or in the villa I lock myself up in here.
I've always done that even when my parents were here.
I hardly ever saw them I don't see anybody.
Why do you go around with your hands covered by gloves?
It's a simple question of hygiene. I don't see the connection.
You're afraid of touching others.
It disgusts you to put your hand near their possessions.
I'm afraid of going to places where other people live.
These seem to me very similar personal choices.
You'd like me to believe that for twelve years
you haven't walked along a street?
I see you know my age.
Wanting to be a hermit and employing a caretaker in the house doesn't add up.
I walk about quite a bit
if that's what you want to know... inside the villa
when there's nobody here which is often now.
But I never go out. The very idea paralyses me.
I hope you understand me now
and I hope that within the limits of your profession you'll help me.
You have my word, Miss lbbetson.
As to any agreement between us I leave it to you to set your fee.
I trust you blindly.
Leave the contract on the table. You'll find it signed next time.
Now please, I'm very tired.
Apart from your fondness for my gloves
what made you decide to call me again?
I haven't been particularly kind to you...
I was taken by the way
you were looking at my house yesterday
from the bar opposite.
You found the missing pieces!
In the meantime, you'll have to make do with just this one.
How much would the automaton be worth
if we managed to put it together and make it work?
Think of a really, really high figure.
Do you have one in mind?
You've probably made the mistake of pitching it too low.
You know, you're very good
at talking without actually saying anything.
I'll take that as a compliment.
In any case, should things go the way I trust they will
you will be very handsomely rewarded.
Listen, I didn't mean to talk about money...
it's a real privilege for me.
Where did you unearth these rarities?
There are very precise rules in the world of antiques:
it's forbidden to reveal one's sources.
There're a few more gears but bigger, in that corner.
Gather them together.
I'll take care of the cataloguing myself.
17th century. A pair.
What have you decided about the furniture in this wing?
We're only at the stage of drawing up the inventory.
After that you can tell me what to leave out.
Listen, Miss lbbetson
I can't help thinking about your situation.
I'm sorry to have intruded on your thoughts.
That's not the point.
I've been wondering how you can live like this.
I'm quite organised and totally self-sufficient.
I don't need any help but I appreciate your concern.
See you soon then.
Have a good day!
I read it and it seems fine to me.
I initialled every page and signed the last.
That's how it's done isn't it?
Perfect. But I see your personal details are missing.
Take them from my passport.
But... it expired quite some time ago.
Personal details never expire.
That's true enough, I suppose...
I was just a girl then but it'll do for your purposes.
I wanted to mention that in certain critical cases
my advice is to proceed directly to restoration.
You know best.
It means the whole thing will take a little longer
but we can widen the scope of the valuation.
You dye your hair. I never noticed.
I'm disgusted by people
who don't trust the color of their own hair.
I trust even less people who have such a high opinion of themselves
that they won't even poke their nose outside the door.
Sir, there'll be no more caretaker service as from Monday.
I'll just coming to bring Miss lbbetson her shopping.
The matter is of little interest to me.
These are the keys to the house.
Why give them to me?
It's what Miss lbbetson wanted.