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(Tina nods) I did. We were in Massachusetts previously
(Bette) Were you lecturing there too?
Tina nods and has a sip of wine.
(Tina) I was, yes. I was at Harvard
Bette looks at her.
(Bette) Impressive. That’s quite a lot to walk away from
(Tina sighs) It was. But I’m happy where I am now
(Bette) It’s a great school, but it’s no Harvard
Tina examines her for a moment.
(Tina) You have an Ivy League vibe about you
(Bette) I went to Yale
(Tina) Also impressive
They smile at each other.
(Tina) I’m happy enough at UCLA, and I still have a relationship with other universities and can continue my work with them
(Bette) What type of law do you specialise in?
Tina pauses for a sip of her wine.
(Tina) I’ve worked across different institutions in the UK and Europe, and have been brought in several times as an expert advisor to the European Commission. That can all continue from here
Bette examines her for a moment.
(Bette) So, you’re brilliant then?
Tina laughs and Bette smiles watching her.
(Bette) And I guess that explains your knowledge of the political history of the EU
(Bette) I hope you don’t mind me saying so but you don’t seem like the kind of person who should be playing second fiddle to someone else’s career
Tina looks at her.
(Tina) I’ve always known what I was in for. You don’t get involved with that family, and particularly not with Andrew, without knowing you’ll always be in a support role
(Bette) And you’re ok with that?
Tina looks at her for another moment.
(Tina) Yes, I am
Bette studies her as Tina has a sip of her wine.
(Bette) And if it were up to you? Where would you be? Back at Harvard?
(Tina) You know I don’t know, I don’t think I’ve ever really considered the question. We were only ever there because he was completing his study, and left as soon as he finished. I was probably ready to leave, but I wouldn’t have chosen here
Tina thinks for a moment.
(Tina) Somewhere in Europe, I guess. Belgium, or Germany