Steelers Fan and 7 & & IS
You both come up with the best film dialogs.
I have a DVD-R of The Bad Seed. I was laughing at Monica's high hat speech to Leroy at the beginning. The irony of her diagnosing him with what Rhoda is. And as Rhoda heads off to her school picnic to beat her classmate Claude to death with her iron soled shoes so she can posses what she feels is justly hers...the gold penmanship medal Miss Fern gave out. Leroy was the first one to see Rhoda for what she was. The irony of Leroy's dialog after everyone is gone. "She's almost as smart as I am." Leroy toys with her over the death of Claude to the point she murders him and makes it look like it was his fault.
Monica: You sound like Fred Astaire tap tapping across the room. What have you got on your shoes?
Rhoda: I run over my heels...and Mother had these iron pieces put on them so they last longer.
Christine: I'm afraid I can't take any credit. It was Rhoda's idea entirely.
Rhoda: I think they are very nice. They save money.
Monica: You penurious little sweetheart. You think of everything, take everything so much to heart. That's one reason why I thought you should have some presents today. You wanted to win that penmanship medal very much, didn't you?
Rhoda: It's the only gold medal Miss Fern gives, and it was really mine! Everybody knew I wrote the best hand, and I should have it. I just don't see how Claude Daigle got the medal!
Christine: Rhoda. These things happen to us all the time...and when they do, we simply accept them. Now, I've told you, darling, try to forget it. (Tries to hug Rhoda) I'm sorry. I know you don't like people pawing over you.
Rhoda: It was mine! The medal was mine! It was mine! (Runs down the front steps. Leroy sprays her shoes with garden hose)
Monica: Have you completely lost your senses? Look at Rhoda's shoes!
Leroy: I'm sorry, Mrs. Breedlove...but she had to come running out here...(sprays Rhoda's shoes again, Rhoda jumps and screams)...just as I was...
Leroy: Sorry, ma'am.
Monica: Leroy, I own this apartment house. I employ you...I've given you the benefit of every doubt because you have a family. I've thought of you as emotionally immature, torn by irrational rages, a bit on the psychopathic side. But after this demonstration, I think my diagnosis was entirely too mild. You're definitely a schizophrenic with paranoid overtones. I've had quite enough of your discourtesy and surliness, and so have the tenants in my building. My brother has wanted to discharge you. I've taken your side despite misgivings...
Monica:...I shall protect you no longer...
Christine: Monica. He didn't mean it. It was an accident. Sure it was.
Rhoda: He meant to do it. I know Leroy.
Monica: It was no accident, Christine. It was deliberate, the spiteful act of a neurotic child.
Rhoda: He meant to do it. You watched out of the corner of your eyes.
Christine: Rhoda, I want you-
Rhoda: (yelling) You made up your mind in one second!
Leroy: I never. I'm just clumsy! (takes a swipe at Rhoda's shoes with a dirty rag)
Monica: My patience is at an end, and you might as well know it. Get about your work!
Leroy: (trimming a shrub while talking to himself) That know--it--all Monica Breedlove. Don't think nobody knows anything but her. Well, she ain't got long to go anyway. Old heifer's about ready for the canners. But that young, trough-fed Mrs. Penmark...she might get kind of lonesome with that soldier boy of hers gone. Yes, sir, she might. Yeah, that Rhoda's a real smart one. That's a smart little gal. She's almost as smart as I am. She sees through me, and I see through her. Swallow me a frog, but she's smart.
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