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Nineveh (485)

The Book of Nahum, chapter 3 (New International Version)

1Woe to the city of blood,
full of lies,
full of plunder,
never without victims!
2The crack of whips,
the clatter of wheels,
galloping horses
and jolting chariots!
3Charging cavalry,
flashing swords
and glittering spears!
Many casualties,
piles of dead,
bodies without number,
people stumbling over the corpses—
4all because of the wanton lust of a prostitute,
alluring, the mistress of sorceries,
who enslaved nations by her prostitution
and peoples by her witchcraft.

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I Don’t Monkey Around (303/415/485)


Before I can start on you,

you have to be shaved clean and close.
I perfected my own special technique
before I was kicked out
of the Medical Association.
My method is based
partly on calling a spade a spade.
I don't monkey around.
-Have you got the money?
-Yeah, you want it now?
Sam said you could afford $200.
Put it on the table there.
Ever see any botched plastic jobs?
If a man like me didn't like a fellow...
he could surely fix him up for life.
Make him look like a bulldog or a monkey.
I'll make you look older, but good.
-I'll make you look as if you've lived.
-I have, Doc.
I hope I'm not a coward when you start in.
We're all cowards.

Take your chance (303/485)

Uncle Charlie: You think you know something, don’t you? You think you’re the clever little girl who knows something. There’s so much you don’t know. So much. What do you know, really? You’re just an ordinary little girl living in an ordinary little town. You wake up every morning of your life and you know perfectly well that there’s nothing in the world to trouble you. You go through your ordinary little day and at night you sleep your untroubled, ordinary little sleep filled with peaceful, stupid dreams. And I brought you nightmares! Or did I, or was it a silly inexpert little lie. You live in a dream. You’re a sleepwalker, blind. How do you know what the world is like? Do you know the world is a foul sty? Do you know if you rip the fronts off houses you’d find swine? The world’s a hell. What does it matter what happens in it? Wake up, Charlie! Use your wits. Learn something.

[Charlie runs out, then is caught by her uncle near her house]

Uncle Charlie: The same blood flows through our veins, Charlie. A week ago, I was at the end of my rope. Oh, I’m so tired, Charlie. There’s an end to the running a man can do. You’ll never know what it’s like to be so tired. I was going to (he pauses) – Well, then I got the idea of coming out here. It’s my last chance, Charlie. Give it to me! Graham and the other fellow, they don’t know. There’s a man in the East. They suspect him too. And if they get him, I– Charlie, give me this last chance.

Charlie: Take your chance. Go.

Uncle Charlie: I’ll go, Charlie, I’ll go. Just give me a few days. Think of your mother. It’ll kill your mother.

Charlie: Yes, it would kill my mother. Oh, take your few days. See that you get away from here.

Uncle Charlie: Do you realize what it will mean if they get me? The electric chair. Charlie, you’ve got to help me. I count on you. You said yourself we’re no ordinary uncle and niece, no matter what I’ve done.

— Shadow of a Doubt (Hitchcock 1943) screenplay by Thornton Wilder.