Thursday, October 18, 2007

Speechifying About: A Story of Two People

As I mentioned before, today I had to take a few hours to write important things, aka a long overdue letter to someone who I thought and maybe still think is the love of my life which got me thinking about actually having a love for life and a relationship that lasts and how that may play out. And so this monologue from Paris, Texas came to me. It tells the tale of a love I hope to never experience, though there is immense beauty in it as well. It is a story of a life together. and this is right near then end of the movie so SPOILER ALERT but this is one of those movies where you really can't spoil all the beauty just by knowing the end

I knew these people ...

(What people?)

These two people.

They were in love with each other.

The girl was ...
very young, about seventeen or eighteen, I guess.
And the guy was ...
quite a bit older.
He was kind of raggedy, wild.
She was very beautiful, you know.
And together they turned
everything into a kind of an adventure,
and she liked that.
Just an ordinary trip
down the grocery store was ...
full of adventure.
They were always laughing at stupid things.
He liked to make her laugh.
And ...
they didn't much care for anything else,
Because all they wanted to do was be with each other.
They were always together.
(Sounds like they were very happy.)
Yes, they were.
They were real happy.
And he, he loved her more than he ever felt possible. He couldn't stand being away from her, uh ...
during the day when he went to work.
So, he quit.
Just to be home with her. Then he got another job when the money ran out,
then he quit again.
But pretty soon, she started to worry.
(About what?)
Money, I guess.
Not having enough. Not knowing
when the next check was coming in.
I know that feeling.)
So he started to get kind of ...
torn inside.
(How do you mean?)
Well he knew he had to work to support her,
but he couldn't stand being away from her, either.
(I see.)
And the more he was away from her, the crazier he got.
Except now, he got really crazy.
He started imagining all kinds of things.
(Like what?)
He started thinking that she was seeing other men on the sly.
He'd come home from work and accuse her of
spending the day with somebody else.
He'd yell at her, break things in the trailer.
(The trailer?)
They lived in a trailer home.

(Excuse me, sir.
But were you in to visit me the other day?
I don't mean pry.)


(Oh. I thought I recognized
your voice for a minute.)

Wasn't me.

Please go on.)

Anyway, he started to drink real bad.
And he'd stay out late to test her.
(What do you mean "test her"?)
To see if she'd get jealous.


He wanted her to get jealous, but she didn't.
She just worried about him, but that got him even madder.
Because ...
he thought if she never got jealous of him, she didn't really care about him.
Jealousy was a sign of her love for him.
And then one night, one night, she told him she was pregnant.
She was about three or fourth month pregnant, and he didn't even know.

And then suddenly everything changed.

He stopped drinking, he got a steady job.
He was convinced that she loved him now, because she was carrying his child.
And he was going to dedicated himself to making a home for her.
But a funny thing started to happen.
He didn't even notice it at first.
She started to change.
On the day the baby was born, she began to get irritated with everything around her.
She got mad at everything.
Even the baby seemed to be an injustice to her.
He kept trying to make everything all right for her.
Buy her things.
Take her out to dinner once a week.
But nothing seemed to satisfy her.
For two years, he struggled to put them back together like they were when they first met.
Finally, he knew that it was never gonna work out.
So, he hit the bottle again.
But this time, it got mean.
This time when he came home late at night, she wasn't worried about him, or jealous, she was just enraged.
She accused him of holding her captive, by making her have a baby.
She told him that she dreamed about escaping.
That was all she dreamed about:
She saw herself at night, running naked down a highway.
Running across fields,
running down river beds,
always running.
And always, just as she was about to get away,
he'd be there.
He would stop her somehow.
He would just appear and stop her.
And when she told him these dreams,
he believed them.
He knew she had to be stopped,
or she'd leave him forever.
So he tied a cowbell to her ankle,
so he could hear it at night
if she tried to get out bed.
But she learned how to muffle
the bell by stucking a sock into it
and inched her away out bed and into the night.
He caught her one night,
when the sock fell out and he heard her trying to
run out to the highway.
He caught her, dragged her back to the trailer and tied her to the stove with his belt.
He just left her there, he went back to bed
and lay there and listening to her scream.
And he listened to his son scream.
He was surprised at himself because
he didn't feel anything anymore.
All he wanted to do was sleep.
And for the first time,
he wished he were far away.
Lost in a deep, vast country where nobody knew him.
Somewhere without language
or streets.
And he dreamed about this place
without knowing its name.
And when he woke up, he was on fire.
There were blue flames
burning the sheets of his bed.
He ran through the flames towards the only two people he loved.
But they were gone.
His arms were burning.
And he threw himself outside, and rolled on the wet ground.
Then he ran.
He never looked back at the fire.
He just ran.
He ran until the sun came up,
till he couldn't run any further.
And when the sun went down, he ran again.
For five days he ran like this until every sign of man had disappeared.


(from Script-O-Rama)

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