Speaker: Ladies and gentlemen, we are about to begin our descent into
Los Angeles. The sound you just heard is the landing gear locking into
place. Los Angeles weather is clear, temperature is 72’F. We expect to
make our four hour and eighteen minute flight on schedule. We’ve enjoyed
having you on board and look forward to seeing you again in the near
Sound of Silence
Vocals: Simon & Garfunkel
Hello darkness, my old friend.
I’ve come to talk with you again.
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
【js金沙官网登入】2019报考大学生复试通关，十八个难题模板顺遂应对<。And the vision that was planted in my brain
Within the sound of silence.
In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone,
’neath the hallo of a street lamp,
I turned my collar to the cold and damp,
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light,
That split the night,
And touched the sound of silence.
And in the naked night I saw, ten thousand people maybe more.
People talkin’ without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share.
No one dare
【js金沙官网登入】2019报考大学生复试通关，十八个难题模板顺遂应对<。Disturb the sound of silence.
“Fools,” said I, “you do not know,
silence like a cancer grows.
Hear my words that I might teach you,
Take my arms that I might reach you.”
But my words like silent raindrops fell,
And echoed in the well of silence.
And the people bow and prayed
To the neon God they made.
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming.
And the signs said “The words of the prophets are written on the subway
walls and the tenement halls”.
And whispered in the sound of silence.
(The Bradders. Upstairs in Benjamin’s bedroom.)
Benjamin’s Father (F for short): Hey, what’s the matter? The guests are
all downstairs, Ben, waiting to see you.
Benjamin (B for short):Dad, could you explain it to them that I have to
be alone for a while?
F: These are all our good friends, Ben. Most of them have known you
since, well practically, since you were born. What is it, Ben?
B: I’m just…
F: About what?
【js金沙官网登入】2019报考大学生复试通关，十八个难题模板顺遂应对<。B: I guess about my future.
F: What about it?
B: I don’t know. I want it to be…
F: To be what?
(Benjamin reluctantly follows his father downstairs.)
Ben’s mother: Listen, everybody! I want you all to be quiet. I’ve got
Ben’s college yearbook here and I just want to read you some of the
wonderful things about Ben. Be quiet, please! Captain of the
cross-country team. Head of the debating club. Associate editor of the
college newspaper in his junior year. Managing editor in his senior.
(Later, Ben gets back in his room, lying in the darkness. All of a
sudden, Mrs. Robinson comes in.)
Mrs. Robinson (R for short): Oh Benjamin, I wanna ask you something.
R: Could you take me home?
R: My husband took the car. Will you drive me home?
B: Here…uh, you take it. (Ben throws the car key to Mrs. Robinson.) Do
you know how to work a foreign shift? You don’t?
B: Let’s go.
(Ben drives Mrs. Robinson home. Mrs. Robinson insists on asking Ben to
go in for a drink.)
R: What do you drink, Bourbon?
B: Look Mrs. Robinson. I drove you home. I was glad to do it, but I have
some things on my mind. Can you understand that?
B: All right.
R: What do you drink? Benjamin, I’m sorry to be this way, but I don’t
want to be left alone in this house.
B: Why not?
R: Please wait ‘till my husband gets home.
B: When is he coming back?
R: I don’t know. Drink?
B: No. Are you always this much afraid of being alone?
B: Well, why can’t you just lock the doors and go to bed?
R: I’m very neurotic.
(Mrs. Robinson turns on the radio.)
R: May I ask you a question? What do you think of me?
B: What do you mean?
R: You’ve known me nearly all your life. You must have formed some
opinion of me.
B: Well I always thought that you were a very nice person.
R: Did you know I was an alcoholic?
R: Did you know that?
B: Look, I think I should be going.
R: Sit down, Benjamin.
B: Mrs. Robinson, if you don’t mind my saying so, this conversation is
getting a little strange. Now, I’m sure that Mr. Robinson will be here
any minute now.
R: My husband will be back quite late. He should be gone for several
B: Oh, my God!
B: Oh, no, Mrs. Robinson, oh, no.
R: What’s wrong?
B: Mrs. Robinson, you didn’t …I mean you didn’t expect……
js金沙官网登入，B: I mean you didn’t really think I’d do something like that?
R: Like what?
B: What do you think?
R: Well, I don’t know.
B: For God’s sake. Mrs. Robinson. Here we are. You got me into your
house, you give me a drink, you put on music, now you start opening up
your personal life to me and tell me your husband won’t be home for
B: Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me.
(Mrs. Robinson asks Ben upstairs to have a look of Elaine, her
daughter’s picture. And here, to Ben’s astonishment, she tells Ben that
he may call her wherever he finds it convenient. At this critical
moment, Mr. Robinson drives back. Ben hurries downstairs.)
Mr. Robinson: Is that Ben’s car in front?
B: Yes, sir! I drove…er…I drove Mrs. Robinson home. She wanted me to
drive her home so I drove her home.
Mr. Robinson: Swell! I appreciate it.
B: She’s upstairs. She wanted me to wait down here ‘till you got home.
Mr. Robinson: Standing guard over the old castle, are you?
B: Yes, sir.
Mr. Robinson: Congratulations.
【js金沙官网登入】2019报考大学生复试通关，十八个难题模板顺遂应对<。B: Thank you.
Mr. Robinson: Looks like you need a refill.
B: Oh no, I’ve got to go.
Mr. Robinson: Anything wrong? You look a little shaken up.
B: Oh no no, I’m just, I’m just a little worried about my future. I’m a
little upset about my future.
Mr. Robinson: Ah, come on. Let’s have a nightcap together. Scotch?
Mr. Robinson: Ben, how old are you now?
B: Twenty. I’ll be twenty one next week.
Mr. Robinson: That’s a hell of a good age to be.
B: Thank you. Thank you very much, sir.
Mr. Robinson: I…er…I wish I was that age again. Because Ben…
Mr. Robinson: You’ll never be young again.
B: I know.
Mr. Robinson: Ben, can I say something to you?
Mr. Robinson: How long have we known each other now? How long have you
and I known each other? How long have your dad and I been partners?
B: Quite a while.
Mr. Robinson: I watched you grow up, Ben.
B: Yes, sir.
Mr. Robinson: In many ways I feel as though you were my own son.
B: Thank you.
Mr. Robinson: So I hope you won’t mind my giving you a friendly piece of
B: I’d like to hear it.
Mr. Robinson: Ben, I think you ought to be taking it a little easier
right now than you seem to be. Sow a few wild oats, take things as they
come. Have a good time with girls and so forth.
(Mrs. Robinson comes downstairs.)
R: Don’t get up.
Mr. Robinson: I…er…I was just telling …er…
Mr. Robinson: Ben.
B: Ben here that he ought to sow a few wild oats. Have a good time while
he can. You think that’s sound advice?
R: Yes, I do.
B: I got to go.
Mr. Robinson: You have yourself a few flames this summer. I bet you are
quite a ladies man, huh?
B: Oh no!
Mr. Robinson: What? You look to me like the kind of guy who has to fight
them off. Doesn’t he look to you like the kind of guy who has to fight
R: Yes, he does.
Mr. Robinson: Elaine gets down from Berkeley on Saturday.
B: Oh, yes?
Mr. Robinson: You want to give her a call?
B: I will.
R: Thank you for taking me home. I’ll see you soon I hope.
(Several days later, Benjamin gives Mrs. Robinson a call from a
B: I don’t quite know how to put this.
B: Look. I was thinking about that time after the party.
R: Where are you?
B: And I was wonderful if I could buy you a drink or something.
R: Where are you?
B: The Taft Hotel.
R: Did you get a room?
B: No. No, I know it’s pretty late and if you’d rather…
R: Give me an hour.
R: I’ll be there in an hour.
(An hour later, Mrs. Robinson arrives at the hotel.)
R: Hello, Benjamin.
B: Oh, hello.
R: May I sit down?
B: Of course.
R: Thank you. How are you?
B: Very well thank you.
R: May I have a drink?
B: A drink? Of course. You didn’t see me.
R: Waiter, I will have a martini.
Waiter: Yes, ma’am.
R: You don’t have to be so nervous, you know.
B: Nervous? Well, I am a little nervous. I mean…it’s pretty hard to be
swallowing for me.
R: Did you get us a room?
R: Have you gotten us a room yet?
B: I haven’t, no.
R: Do you want to?
B: Well, I don’t…I mean I could. Or we could just talk.
R: You want me to get it?
B: You? Oh no, I’ll get it.
B: Excuse me.
Receptionist: Yes, sir?
B: A room. I’d like a room please.
Receptionist: Single room or a double room?
B: A single just for myself please.
Receptionist: Sign the register please. (Ben hesitates for a moment and
signs a fake name.) Anything wrong sir?
B: What? No, nothing.
Receptionist: Do you have any luggage, Mr. Gladstone?
B: Luggage? Yes. Yes, I do.
Receptionist: Where is it?
Receptionist: Where is your luggage?
B: Oh, it’s in the car. It’s out there in the car.
Receptionist: Very good, sir. I’ll have a porter bring it in.
B: Oh, no. I mean i…I’d rather not go through all of the trouble of
bringing it all in. I just have a toothbrush I can get it myself. That’s
Receptionist: Of course. I’ll have a porter show you the room.
B: Oh, well…actually I just as soon find it myself. Just have the
toothbrush to carry up and I can handle it myself.
Receptionist: Whatever you say, sir.
B: Thank you.
(Mrs. Robinson, still waiting in the café, and is told she is wanted in
Receptionist: Mrs. Robinson?
Receptionist: For you.
R: Thank you. Hello.
B: Mrs. Robinson.
B: It’s Benjamin.
B: Benjamin Bradder.
R: Benjamin, where are you?
B: Can you look through the glass? Can you see me now?
R: Yes, I can.
B: I got a single room.
R: That’s fine.
B: But there’s one thing. The desk clerk seemed to be a little bet
suspicious. Now, I don’t know what the policy is…
R: Well, do you want to go up first?
B: Yes, I think that would be good.
R: I’ll be up in five minutes.
B: Good-bye, then.
R: Isn’t there something you want to tell me?
B: Tell you?
B: Well, I want you to know how much I appreciate this. Really.
R: The number.
R: The room number, Benjamin. I think you want to tell me that.
B: You’re absolutely right. It’s 568.
R: Thank you.
B: You’re welcome. Well, I’ll see you later, Mrs. Robinson.
R: Check, please.
(Later they meet in the room.)
R: Hello, Benjamin.
B: Hello, Mrs. Robinson.
R: I’ll get undressed now. Is that all right?
B: Sure. Shall I…I mean shall I just stand here? I mean I don’t know
what you want me to do.
R: Why don’ t you watch.
B: Oh, sure. Thank you.
R: Will you bring me a hanger?
R: A hanger.
B: Oh, yes. Wood?
B: Wood or wire, they have both.
R: Either one would be fine.
(Benjamin gets a hanger from the closet.)
R: Thank you. Would you help me with this please?
R: Thank you.
B: You’re welcome.
(Ben stands by. Mrs. Robinson turns off the light after getting
R: Benjamin, would this be easier for you in the dark?
B: Mrs. Robinson, I can’t do this.
R: You what?
B: This is all terribly wrong.
R: Do you find me undesirable?
B: Oh no, Mrs. Robinson. I think you’re the most attractive of all my
parents’ friends. I mean that. I find you desirable but I…for God’s
sake, can you imagine my parents? Can you imagine what they would say if
they just saw us here in this room right now?
R: What would they say?
B: I have no idea, Mrs. Robinson. But for God’s sake! They brought me
up. They made a good life for me and I think they deserve better than
this. I think they deserve a little better than jumping in the bed with
the partner’s wife.
R: Are you afraid of me?
B: Oh, no, you’re missing the point. Look, maybe we could do something
else together. Mrs. Robinson, would you like to go to a movie?
R: Can I ask you a personal question?
B: Ask me anything you want.
R: Is this your first time?
B: Is this what?
R: It is, isn’t it? It’s your first time.
B: That’s a laugh, Mrs. Robinson. That’s really a laugh.
R: Well, you can admit that, can’t you?
B: Are you kidding?
R: It’s nothing to be ashamed of.
B: Wait a minute.
R: I’m your first time…
B: Who said it’s my first time? Wait a minute.
R: I mean just because you happen to be inadequate in one way…
R: I guess I’d better go…
B: Don’t move!
(Ben closes the door with a bang.)
April, come she will
When streams are ripe and swelled with rain.
May, she will stay.
Resting in my arms again.
June, she’ll change her tune.
In restless walk she’ll prowl the night.
July, she will fly.
And give no warning to her flight.
August, die she must.
The autumn winds blow chilly and cold.
September, I’ll remember.
A loved one’s snoot has now grown old.
(Again in a hotel room.)
B: Look. For months all we’ve done is come up here and leap into bed
R: Are you tired of it?
B: I’m not, no. But you think we could live it up with a little
conversation for a change?
R: What do you want to talk about?
B: Anything. Anything at all.
R: Do you want to tell me about some of your college experiences?
B: Oh, my God. Think about another topic.
R: How about art?
B: Art? That’s a good subject. You start it off.
R: You start it off. I don’t know anything about it.
B: Well, what do you want to know about it? Are you interested more in
modern art or in classical art?
B: You’re not interested in art?
B: Then why do you want to talk about it?
R: I don’t.
B: Well, look. We’re going to do this thing. We’re going to have a
conversation. Tell me what you did today.
R: I got up. I fixed breakfast for my husband.
B: There. There’s something we could have a conversation about. Your
R: Oh, him.
B: I mean everything. I don’t know anything about how you work this.
What do you say to him when you leave the house at night?
R: Nothing. He’s asleep.
B: Always? Doesn’t he wake up when you come home?
R: We have separate bedrooms.
B: Oh, I see. So you know, I don’t like to seem like I’m prying but I
guess you don’t sleep together or anything.
R: No, we don’t.
B: How long has this been going on?
R: For God’s sake, let’s drop this.
B: Wait minute. Why did you marry him?
R: See if you can guess.
B: Well, I can’t.
【js金沙官网登入】2019报考大学生复试通关，十八个难题模板顺遂应对<。R: Think real hard, Benjamin.
B: I can’t see why you did all, Alice. You didn’t have to marry him or
anything, did you?
R: Don’t tell Elaine.
B: Oh no, you had to marry him because you got pregnant.
R: Are you shocked?
B: Well, I never thought of you and Mr. Robinson as the kind of people
R: All right now, let’s get to bed.
B: wait a minute, wait a minute. So how did it happen?
B: You and Mr. Robinson. I mean, do you feel like telling me what were
R: Not particularly.
B: Was he a law student at the time?
B: And you were a student also?
B: At college?
B: What was your major?
R: Benjamin, why are you asking me all these questions?
B: Because I’m interested, Mrs. Robinson. What was your major subject at
B: Art? But I thought you… I guess you kind of lost interest in it over
the years then.
R: Kind of…
B: Well, how did it happen?
B: You and Mr. Robinson.
R: How do you think?
B: I mean, did he take you up to his room or something? Did you go to a
R: Oh Benjamin, what does it possibly matter?
B: I’m curious.
R: We’d go to his car.
B: Oh no. In the car you did it?
R: Well, I don’t think we were the first.
B: What kind of car was it?
B: You remember the make of the car?
R: Oh my Gosh!
B: Really, I want to know.
R: It was a Ford, Benjamin.
B: A Ford? A Ford, Goddamn it, that’s great! A Ford!
R: That’s enough.
F: Elaine’s back from school. I think it might be a nice gesture if you
asked her out. (Ben keeps in silence, to his father’s annoyance.)
Suppose she’s not good enough for you, is that it?
B: Look, Elaine Robinson and I do not get along.
F: How do you know? You haven’t seen her since high school. Or are your
evenings, whatever you do with them, just too valuable?
B: That has nothing to do with it.
F: I guess I’ll just have to tell Mr. Robinson that you’re too busy
every evening doing God knows what!
Ben’s mother: Now, don’t go on like this. If Benjamin absolutely refuses
to take her out…
B: I do.
Ben’s mother: …then I’ll simply have to invite all the Robinsons over on
(The Robinsons come to Ben’s home. There Elaine meets Ben.)
Elaine (E for short): Hello.
F: But I want you to keep your wits about you tonight. You never know
what tricks Ben picked up back there in the East.
(Ben drives Elaine out to a nightclub.)
E: You’re living at home now, is that right?
E: Do you know what you are going to do?
E: Are you going to graduate school?
E: Do you always drive like this?
B: Yes. Elaine, I like you. I like you so much. Do you believe that? Do
B: You’re the first thing for so long that I like. The first person that
I could stand to be with. My whole life is such a waste. There’s just
noting. I’m sorry. I’ll take you home now.
E: Benjamin, are you having an affair with someone? I’m sorry. I’m
sorry, that’s not my business.
B: It just happened. It’s just a thing that happened along with
everything else. Can you understand that?
E: Was she married or something?
E: With a family.
B: Yes, she had a husband and a son.
E: Did they ever find out?
E: And it’s all over now?
E: I’m glad.
(Ben spends a sweet time with Elaine. One rainy day, Ben is waiting for
Elaine outside her house. Elaine is still upstairs. Mrs. Robinson gets
into the car.)
R: Drive down the block.
B: Mrs. Robinson. Elaine and I have a date. We’re going for a drive.
R: You’ll do exactly as I say.
B: It seems to me…
R: Listen to me very carefully, Benjamin. You are not to see Elaine
again ever. Those are my orders, is that clear?
B: Mrs. Robinson, do you think we can…
R: I can make things quite unpleasant.
R: In order to keep Elaine away from you, I am prepared to tell her
B: I don’t believe you.
R: Then you’d better start believing me.
B: I just don’t believing you would do that.
R: Try me.
(Ben hastens into Elaine’s room, trying to tell the truth.)
B: Elaine! Elaine!
B: Hurry up!
E: I’m not dressed yet. Benjamin, I said I wasn’t dressed!
B: You’ve got to go over the back fence and I’ll meet you at the
E: What’s the matter?
B: Hurry. Put your shoes on.
E: Benjamin? Benjamin!?
E: What are you doing?
B: Elaine, I have to tell you something.
E: What is it?
B: That woman.
B: The woman, that older woman that I told you about.
E: You mean that one.
B: Yes, the married woman; that wasn’t just some woman.
E: What are you telling me? Benjamin, will you just tell me what this is
(Mrs. Robinson appears at the door. Ben looks at her, pale-faced. And
Elaine understands all.)
E: Oh, no.
E: Oh, my God!
E: Get out of here.
B: Don’t cry.
E: Get out! Get out! Out! Get out!
(Elaine bangs the door tightly. Outside, Mrs. Robinson stares at
Benjamin in a gloom.)
R: Good-bye, Benjamin.
(Several days later, Elaine moves back to school without saying a word
to Ben. Ben misses her and everything about her.)
Are you going to Scarborough Fair
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine
Tell her to make me a cambric shirt
(Oh the side of a hill in the deep forest green)
Parsley, sage rosemary and thyme
(Tracing of sparrow on the snow crested brown)
Without no seams nor needless work
(Blankets and bed clothes the child of the mountain)
Then she’ll be a true love of mine
(Sleeps unaware of the clarion call)
Tell her to find me an acre of land
(On the side of a hill a sprinkling of leaves)
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
(Washes the grave with silvery tears)
Between the salt water and the sea strand
(A soldier cleans and publishes a gun)
Then she’ll be a true love of mine
F: Say that again?
B: I’m going to marry Elaine Robinson.
F: Well, well, well.
Ben’s mother: What’s happening?
F: Ben says that he and Elaine are getting married.
Ben’s mother: Ahh…I don’t believe it!
F: That’s what he says, right?
B: I’m going up to Berkeley today.
Ben’s mother: Oh, Ben.
F: Come on! We gotta call the Robinsons. We’ve got something to
B: No, I think you wanna wait on that.
Ben’s mother: Ah, they don’t know.
B: No, they don’t.
Ben’s mother: Well, when did you decide all this?
B: About an hour ago.
F: Wait a minute; you talked to Elaine this morning?
B: No, she doesn’t know about it.
F: You mean, she doesn’t know you’re coming up to Berkeley.
B: No, actually she doesn’t know about us getting married yet.
Ben’s mother: When did you two talked this over?
B: We haven’t.
Ben’s mother: You haven’t.
F: Ben, this whole idea sounds pretty half-baked.
B: No, it’s not. It’s completely baked. It’s a decision I’ve made.
Ben’s mother: What makes you think she wants to marry you?
B: She doesn’t. To be perfectly honest, she doesn’t like me.
(Ben is now in Berkeley. But Elaine still doesn’t want to see him. Ben
follows her everywhere. Then one day he gets a chance. After seeing
Elaine steps in a bus, he pushes on and gets a seat beside her.)
B: Excuse me. Pardon me. Well, how about this for a coincidence? I was
wondering where you were headed.
E: I’m meeting someone.
B: Ah. Where? Where are you meeting this person?
E: At the zoo.
B: The zoo. They have a pretty good one here, do they?
E: I don’t know, I’ve never seen it.
B: Oh. Well, I haven’t either. I might just ride out there with you.
(At the zoo.)
B: Is that him over there?
B: Where did he say he was going to meet you?
E: I thought he said by the monkey house.
E: Benjamin, I would like to know what you’re doing here.
B: Here in Berkeley?
B: Well, I have this very pleasant room on Carter Street and I’ve been
getting to some classes.
E: But you’re not enrolled.
B: No, I just sit in. They don’t seem to mind. They’ve been very
congenial about it.
E: Benjamin, you’re…I don’t know what to say.
B: Maybe we can get together some time and talk about it.
E: Really incredible.
B: Here he comes.
B: I’ve got a real feeling that this is the fella.
B: He certainly is a good walker.
Boy: Elaine, I’m sorry.
B: We thought you said by the monkey house.
E: This is Benjamin Bradder, Carl Smith. Benjamin rode here with me on
Boy: Glad to meet you, Ben.
B: Great meeting you, Carl. Swell seeing you.
(The next day, Elaine rushes to Ben’s dorm.)
B: Who is it?
E: I wanna ask you a question and then I’m going.
B: Come in.
E: No, I wanna know why you’re here in Berkeley.
B: Because…I am.
E: Is it because I’m here?
B: What do you think?
E: I think it is. I said I think it is!
B: All right then, yes.
E: Well, I want you to leave.
B: Well look, I love you.
E: How could you do that Benjamin? Do you just hate everything? How
could you possibly rape my mother?
E: I don’t understand…
B: Did you say, “rape her?”
E: …anyone could do…
B: What did she say? You gotta tell me what she said.
B: Because it isn’t true. Tell me.
E: She said that she was having a drink at the hotel with a friend and
that you waited for her in the parking lot and told her that she was too
drunk to drive home and that you would get her a room for the night.
B: Then what?
E: Then you took her upstairs and you raped her.
B: Oh no no, that’s not what happened. What happened was that there was
this party at my parents’. I drove your mother home.
E: I don’t wanna hear this!
B: And we went upstairs to see your portrait…
E: No I don’t!
B: …and when we got in the room she started taking her clothes off.
E: This is my mother, Benjamin!
B: And suddenly there she was without any clothes on. I mean really
E: I’m sorry I screamed. Benjamin, when you came up here, what did you
think was going to happen between us?
B: Elaine, right now I don’t feel like talking much. I’m sorry about
everything. But I think I’ll just do this now.
(Ben begins to pack his luggage for leaving.)
E: Can I just sit here while you’re packing?
E: What are you going to do now?
B: I don’t know.
E: Are you going home?
E: Well, where are you going?
B: Elaine, you’re going to have to stop asking me that.
E: I don’t want you to leave tomorrow.
B: I don’t understand.
E: I don’t want you to go anywhere. Until you have a definite plan.
(Elaine leaves. The next day, Elaine comes again.)
B: What’s happening?
E: Will you kiss me?
B: Will you marry me? You will?
E: I don’t know.
B: But you might?
E: I might.
B: Is that so? You might marry me?
E: I don’t know.
B: How about tomorrow? I don’t mean to be pushy but…
E: I don’t know. I don’t know what’s happening.
B: You mean you’re confused? Well, look, don’t be confused. We’re
E: I don’t see how we can.
B: We just can.
E: I have to go now.
B: Elaine, are you serious about this?
E: I’ll think about it.
B: You really will?
(The next day, Ben has an unexpected visitor, Mr. Robinson.)
Mr. Robinson: Do you want to…er…do you want to try and tell me why you
B: Mr. Robinson…
Mr. Robinson: Do you have a special grudge against me? Do you feel a
particularly strong resentment?
Mr. Robinson: Is there something I said that’s caused this contempt or
is it just things I stand for that you despise?
B: It has nothing to do with you, sir.
Mr. Robinson: Well Ben, it was quite a bit to do with me.
B: Now look, please.
Mr. Robinson: Ben, I think we’re two civilized human beings. Do you
think it is necessary to threaten each other?
B: I am not threatening you!
Mr. Robinson: Do you want to unclench your fist please? Thank you. I can
see in the dark you know. I’ve been here quite a while.
B: I am trying to tell you I have no personal feelings about you, Mr.
Robinson. I am trying to tell you I do not resent you.
Mr. Robinson: You don’t respect me terribly much either, do you?
B: No, sir.
Mr. Robinson: What?
B: No, sir.
Mr. Robinson: Don’t shout at me, Ben. I may not be as young as you but I
still have pretty good hearing.
B: Mr. Robinson.
Mr. Robison: Have the decency to wait until I finish. I do think you
should know the consequences of what you’ve done. I do think that you
should know that my wife and I are getting divorced soon.
B: But why?
Mr. Robinson: Why?
B: Listen to me. What happened between Mrs. Robinson and me was nothing.
It didn’t mean anything. We might just as well have been shaking
Mr. Robinson: Shaking hands? Well, that’s not saying much for my wife,
B: You missed the point.
Mr. Robinson: I guess I do.
B: The point is that I don’t love your wife. I love your daughter,
Mr. Robinson: All right, now listen to this. I don’t know whether I can
prosecute, but I think I can. I think I can get you behind bars if you
ever look at my daughter again. I’ve made damn sure that you can’t get
to her. Stay away from me, Ben. I won’t mince words with you. As far as
Elaine is concerned you’re to get her out of your dopey mind right now.
Is that perfectly clear to you? Then that’s all Ben. Then you’ll pardon
me if I don’t shake hands with you. I think you are filth. I think you
(Mr. Robinson leaves in fury. Ben goes to Elaine, but she has left
Girl: Elaine Robinson has left school. Her roommate is coming down with
a note for you.
E: Dear Benjamin, please forgive me. Because I know what I’m doing is
the best thing for you. My father is so upset, you’ve got to understand.
I love you, but it would never work out.
(Leaving Berkeley, Ben starts home. He visits the Robinsons’ in search
of Elaine, but is immediately stopped by Mrs. Robinson.)
R: Hello Benjamin.
B: Where’s she?
R: (Picking up the phone) Hello, get me the police please.
B: Where’s is Elaine?
R: I’ll be with you in a moment Benjamin. Do you have a patrol car in
the vicinity of 1200Glenview Road? Good, we have a burglar here. Just a
second, I’ll ask him. Are you armed? No, don’t believe he is. Thank
B: What have done to her?
R: I think we have everything quite under control now, Benjamin. Would
you like a quick drink before you go?
B: You can’t stop me from seeing her, Mrs. Robinson. I’ll find her.
R: Sorry we won’t be able to invite you to the wedding Benjamin, but the
arrangements have been so rushed.
B: What the hell have you done to her?
R: I don’t think you’ll have time for that drink after all.
B: I’ll find her.
R: I don’t think so.
(Ben drives franticly around in an attempt to find Elaine.)
B: Say fellas! Do any of you fellas know where Carl Smith is?
Boy A: Took off in the middle of the night to get married.
Boy B: Yeah, probably one step ahead of a shotgun!
B: Would you happen to know where he’s be getting married? I’m supposed
to be there.
Boy A: Why don’t you ask Carter?
B: Would you happen to know where I might find him?
Boy A: Hey, Carter! Where is the May God King is getting married?
Carter: Santa Barbara!
B: You wouldn’t happen to know exactly where the old May God King is
getting married, do you? I’m supposed to be there.
Boy A: Where in Santa Barbara?
Carter: I don’t know, maybe in his old man’s house. Or in the maternity
Boy C: Hey, are you going to the wedding?
Boy C: Hey, tell him to save a piece for me. Of the wedding cake!
(Ben stops at a gas station, and tries to make a call to Carl’s
B: Hello, who is this?
Woman: This is Dr. Smith’s answering service.
B: Is the doctor anywhere?
Woman: Well, I’m afraid the doctor can’t be reached right now. Would you
like to leave…
B: I have to know where he is!
Woman: Well, you see, the doctor is at his son’s wedding but I’m sure
that it’s over by now. He should be checking in any moment.
B: Listen to me, I’m doctor Smith’s brother, Reverend Smith, and I’m
supposed to perform the ceremony. I just got in from Portland and I’ve
forgotten what church, you see?
Woman: Oh well, I’m not sure, but you might try the First Presbyterian,
that’s on Allan Street.
B: Thank you. Allan Street, where is it?
Man: Allan. It’s …er…it’s…er…it’s six blocks up and three over. You need
any gas, Father?
(At the church, the ceremony is just beginning. Ben arrives, and climbs
upstairs, shouting Elaine’s name.)
Mr. Robinson: Oh Jesus God, no!
B: Elaine! Elaine! Elaine! Elaine!
Mr. Robinson: Who is that guy? What is he doing?
B: Elaine! Elaine! Elaine!
Mr. Robinson: Get him. You gotta stop him.
B: Elaine! Elaine! Elaine!
(Ben pushes and shouts his way through the crowd. Elaine is deeply
touched and rushes into Ben’s arms. They both run out of the church.
After his long struggle, Benjamin finally gets what he has cherished
most all along.)
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Ben:It’s takes approximately 500 pounds to crush a human skull.But the
human emotion is a much more delicate thing.
Ben:Take Suzy,my first real girlfriend,my first real breakup, happening
right in front of me.I never thought it was going to be similar to car
crash.I’v slammed the brakes,and I’m skidding towards an emotional
impact.So is this all my fault?Me,Ben Willis.It’s funny what goes
through your mind at a time like this,The two-and-a-half years we spent
together, the promises we made,the holidays we took with her parents,the
lamp we bought at IKEA together.
I wonder if you could help me
Ben:It was my final year at art college.And in the weeks that followed
the breakup,I tried to figure out what went wrong..Why did we break
up?It’s funny ,but when I think back now the reason seems so small.One
day she’s with me,and she’s saying ‘I love you’.And the next week she’s
with someone else,probably saying the same thing.So did she really love
me?What is love anyway?And is it really that fleeting?
Look, I’m sorry to bother you, but
dear new tenant,
welcome to your new home, as the previous tenant, let me say I hope
you’ll like living here as much as I did. I filed the change of address
with the post office but you know what a crapshoot that can be. So if
anything slips through, would you do me a favor and forward my mail? I’d
appreciate it. My new address is below. Thanks in advance. P.S: sorry
about the paw prints by the front door. They were there when I moved in.
Same with the box in the attic.
Sean:Forget about her.You don’t wanna waste your time.Thinking about a
girl that dumped you for a loser like Steve Jenkins.
There’s something you could help me with
Dear Ms. Forster，
I got your note and I’m afraid there must be some kind of
misunderstanding. As far as I know, the lake house has been empty for
several years. Maybe your note was intended for the Sandburg house down
the shore since no one has lived in this house for years. But I’m
curious about the paw prints.
Ben:She didn’t dump me.
I hate to have to say this, but
Dear Mr. Wyler,
I’m very familiar with the Sandburg cottage and I can guarantee I never
lived there. I’m old-fashioned, but I don’t think a cottage should be
over 6000 square feet. So let me try again. I used to live at the lake
house, then I moved. Now I live at 1620 North Racine in Chicago. I’d
appreciate it if you would forward my mail if you get any. Oh, by the
way, it’s 2006. Has been all year, ask anyone.
Sean:Why did she chuck you anyway?
Dear Ms. Forster,
I went to 1620 North Racine, and it’s not there. It’s just a
construction site. From the pictures it looks nice, but not for another
18 months. What am I missing here? Maybe you got the address wrong,
because you got the date wrong too.
Ok, my mystery correspondent, I get it. Just in case you really are
where and when you think you are, you’ll need this. There was a freak
late snow that spring and everyone got sick. So plenty of rest, lost of
fluids. Doctor’s orders.
Ben:It ended.Because Suzy thinks the grasses always greener on the other
side.She’s always worrying about there being a better party to go to or
better boyfriend to be had.I just felt I could never make her happy.And
then Steve Jenkins started texting her.
Can this be happening?
Impossible, I know. Not possible but it’s happening.
Where am I?
The lake house.
I’m a doctor, dedicated to curing the sick. At least, trying to.
Sean :How did Steve Jenkins get her number?
I’m an architect. I like to build. And while I wouldn’t say my current
project is ideal it allows me to be here, in this place, and that’s
enough for now. But tell me something. If you’re working in a hospital
in Chicago now where were you before, in my time?
Ben:It was a good point.I only imagined the worst.Idon’t want to think
Take it easy!
Two years ago, in your time I was working in internal medicine in
Sean :You need to go out with a beautiful girl,a model or something.
Don’t you think you’re overacting a bit?
Tell me about the future. What’s it like in the year 2006?
There is no reason to get upset.
I’m afraid the world’s pretty much the same. Of course, we all dress in
shiny metal jump suits and drive flying cars and on one talks anymore
because we can read each other’s minds. But the truth is, man from the
past not much has really changed in 2006. Speaking of the past, though,
I’ve been thinking about the paw prints. How is that possible?
Sean:Well,because if you’ve got a beautiful girl on your arm,then you
must be worth having.Women are in competition with each other,you
see.Suzy sees you with a sexy baby,she’ll think to herself’if I can get
Ben back from that beautiful girl,then I must be more beautiful than
Ben:Sean’s success with woman was pretty impressive.
I am sorry to hear that.
Well, I think we have the same dog.
Sean:It’s true .Ask your mom.
Oh, yeah? What’s yours like? According to the vet, mine is eight years
old in my time, six in yours. She’s skinny, has sad eyes, snores, and
sleeps like a person. I don’t know why, but I call her Jack.
Sorry I haven’t made it to the mailbox lately. It’s been a long week.
All night shifts.
Ben:The age-old question,what is love?
I was wondering if you’d ever thought of
Good to hear from you. I thought you left me. You should know that
you’re my only connection to the future.
How come we never talk about the things we like?
The teacher:Ben,Mr. Adams here has given his time up for you,don’t you
think we should show him a little bit of respect?
I think it might be a good idea.
Well, let’s see. Reading the classics to Jack.
Have you ever thought of
Who’s his favorite？
Ben:I live in student accommodation not far from the college.It’s
basically a four-story concrete block housing some 120 hormone-crazed
students. This is the haunting period,the time when the demons of regret
come for you…She stood right there,when I said those words: ‘I’m sory,I
don’think I can make you happy.Maybe we should break up.’And that’s when
she got angry.
Don’t you think it might be a good idea to
You could always……
For me, this city, on a day when the light is so clear that I can touch
every detail, every brick and window in the building I love. Come on,
take a walk with me this Saturday. Let me show you.
Ben:Suzy it’s me,Ben.
If I were you I’d……
You’re crazy. Why are you going through all this trouble for me? No
trouble. Summer’s here.
Okay, your turn. Favorite things.
Suzy:Ben I was asleep,what is’t?
Why don’t you……
Where to start? Okay. When I smell the flowers before I see them. When
it starts to rain just as the picnic is ending. And I love the smell of
You didn’t forget to mention your husband, did you?
Suzy:I’m sorry too.
Didn’t you once……
Well, of course I love my husband, who is also a doctor. Plastic surgeon
for small farm animals.
Ben:Do you think there’s any chance we’ll get back together?
Did you ever……
Good I’ve got eight children, and none of the them look like me. I’m
worried, Kate. I would be too. I’m single.
Suzy:I don’t think so,Ben.i think it ran its course.Besides,I’m with
Tell me about the time you……
Ben:Have you slept with him?
I hear you once……
Number 27. She’s a beauty. My father used to tell me she was the grandma
for all the houses in the city. He used to take me on walks like I’m
taking you now.
I wish we could have done this walk together.
You’ve…, haven’t you?
Long days, these days. I just worked 30 hours straight. Every time I
stop to take a breath I realize how isolated I’ve let myself become.
Believe me, you can get a bit desperate. It’s not that I’m complaining,
I love my work. And our tour through Chicago opened my eyes to its
beauty. But my heart still misses the lake house and its trees. I miss
those trees so much.
Ben:Was it good?I mean,is it better than…
What happened next?
Don’t worry, Kate. We’ll be together in time. Even if we’re far apart,
I’ll find a way to be close to you and take care of you.
Suzy:I don’t’t wanna talk about it with you,Ben.I’ve gotta
Why didn’t you…?
My dearest Mr. Wyler,
Are you willing to play a game with me? Two years ago today, I was
taking the 145 train to Madison from the Riverside station and I forgot
something there. It was a gift from my father. If you find it, can you
please put it in the mailbox? It would mean a lot.
Did you… before that?
Kate, I found it. I have it with me. One day I’ll get it to you. Trust
me. I know how important it is to you. You might not remember, but we
saw each other. At least, I saw you. You never told me how beautiful you
How do you feel when…?
Well, maybe you saw somebody else. That was a bad hair year for me.
Ben:To think about her now with someone else,it felt like all the oxygen
had been sucked from the room.
Where were you doing while……?
Long brown hair. Gentle, unguarded eyes.
Ben:After my breakup with Suzy,I just couldn’t fall asleep anymore.The
more I tried to sleep,the less tired I feel.I was wide awake.I tried
everything.I’d just become immune to sleep.I suddenly found I had eight
extre hours.My life had been extended by a third.I wanted time to pass
quickly,but instead I was forced to witness the passing of every second
of every hour.I wanted the hurt i felt to go away,bue in some cruel
trick of events,i now had even more time on my hands,more time to think
Then what did you do?
Okay, okay, okay.
Ben:I took the bus with no real place to go.I watched the landscape
slowly change as it clung to the last hours of sunlight,before leaving
me to get another sleepless night.I started to read all the books I
wished I’d time to read.With extra hours,I even had time to reread my
favorite ones.But she was never far from my mind. Sharon:Two pounds 75,
Did you think of…?
You saw me.
Ben:Ah,how much is it without these two?
But I still don’t know what you look like.
Sharon:One pound 70.
Well, why don’t we just get together in the future and you can let me
know what you think.
Ben:It was getting obvious that I needed to trade some of my time.
It’s a date. Okay, why don’t you call me July 10th, 2006 at 9:05 p.m.
Jenkins:Yeah…Mmm…It all looks fantastic, man.I think you’ll fit in very
well here.It’s a great feeling inside Ben.It’s marvelous.We hope you’ve
enjoyed reading about what it’s like to be part of Sainsbury’s and
listening,I know,I’ve been through this with you.There’s so many
opportunities,Ben.It’s a life thing.…
What would you have done if
It was you. Why didn’t you say anything?
Ben:I could feel a faint shift in a faraway place.A current of unknown
consequences was on its way.Moving towards me like an unstoppable wave
What would have happened if
You would’ve thought I was crazy or drunk. Or both.
How would you felt if
Yeah, but I liked you. You should have said something.
Oh, I don’t know, I guess I would have……
How? You were with your boyfriend.
Ben:And so I started working the night shift at Sainsbury’s.During the
hours most normal people ar sleeping,I’m busy thading my time.I give
them my extra eight hours,and they give me money.Cash back.
Hard to say, but I think I would have……
You know what? Excuses, excuses. You are a coward.
Well, of course, I could have……
I’m not a coward.
Oh, really? Well, what about your girlfriend.
Sharon: I’m late again.Jenkins is gonna kill me.See you later.
Oh, I’m awfully sorry……
What? I told you already she’s not my girlfriend.
Ben:Yeah see you.
I can’t tell you how sorry I am……
He’s not my boyfriend either.
I just don’t know what to say……
Oh, really? Well, what is he, then? Your brother?
I’m extremely sorry。
We have a comedian. What’d you have, a clown for breakfast this
Jenkins:Late again, Sharon.
Wonderful, our first fight, you could write a song about it and go sing
it in San Francisco.
Sharon:I’m sorry, Mr.Jenkins.
I’ve got to apologize for
There’s something I never told you, Kate. You see, it was my father who
built the lake house. I mean, with his own hands. And it was a long time
ago, before he was famous. when he still had a family and worshipped my
mother. Her name was Mary, and the house was a gift for her. She was
smart and funny. She could have done anything, but chose to take care of
my brother and I and help him build his career. You see, the more
successful he became, the more impossible he was to live with. Finally,
she just couldn’t take living with him anymore. She left him. Within a
year, she got sick. Unfortunately, she never learned how to stop loving
him. He wasn’t at the funeral. When I asked him why. He said, “She was
dead to me the moment she stepped out of the house.” And then he gave me
one of his architect-of-the-year grins.
Jenkins:Second time this week.
I’m afraid I have something to say
I’m so sorry, Alex. I wish somehow I could be there with you that we
could sit together and look out over the water and the light in this
house your father built. I could be a shoulder for you like you’ve been
for me. And tell you that everything is gonna be okay. If I could do one
thing for you today, from here, one small, simple thing from the future.
I hope this is it. It won’t be published for a couple of years but I
don’t think you should have to wait that long. I hope it helps you know
how much you were loved.
Sharon:I know. Mr.Jenkins.I’m sorry.It won’t happen again.
I’m not exactly sure how to put this, but
I want to meet you, for real this time.
pick a place. I’ll be there, I promise. Tomorrow, what do you say?
Um, this isn’t easy to explain
But, Alex, it won’t be tomorrow for you. You’re gonna have to wait two
I know, I don’t care. I’ll wait.
Ben:My first year at art college was boring to say the least.But it
helped me to appreciate the fundamentals of still life.
Are you sure?Ｉdon’t know.
P.A.system:I’d like to remind the custome that there’s a special two for
the price of one offer on aisle ten.Fresh bread and cakes,that’s aisle
ten for a special two for the price of one offer.
Oh, that’s right; don’t worry about it
I do. I’ve never been so sure of anything in my life.
Jenkins:Well,don’t just stare at it,Ben!Clean it up.
It’ not your fault
Ok. I’ll see you in two years, then.
Ben:You see, I’ve always wanted to be a painter.And like many artists
before me,the female form has always been a great source of
inspiration.I’ve always been in awe of the power they unknowingly
Oh, never mind never mind. It really doesn’t matter.
See you tomorrow, then.
Jenkins:Now, are you going to clean them up or not?
Please don’t blame yourself。
Kate, where would you like to go?
Ben:There is an art to dealing with the boredom of an eight-hour
shift,an art to putting your mind somewhere else while the seconds
slowly tick away.I found that all the people working here had perfected
their own individual art.Take Sharon Pinter,Sharon knows rule number
one:the clock is the enemy.The basic rule is this:The more you look at
the clock the slower the time goes.It will uncover the hiding place of
your mind and torture it with every second.This is the basic art in
dealing with the trade of your time.
Sharon:Any cash back?
Did I ever tell you about the time I
You weren’t there, you didn’t come.
Ben:This is Barry Brickman.You see Barry thinks of himself as a bit of
daredevil stuntman.For a start,Barry is quite well-known.When one of
Barry’s bike tricks went wrong,the cameraman put it on the
internet.Barry has stuck to his scooter ever since.Matt Stephens is also
a king scooterer.
That reminds of the time I
I don’t understand. Something must have happened. I’m sorry. I’ve got
two years, Kate. We can try again.
Matt Stephens :Any what was the other thing?
Funny you should mention that, because something similar happened to me
No, Alex, it’s too late. It already happened. It didn’t work.
Don’t give up on me, Kate. What about persuasion? You told me. They
wait. They meet again, they have another chance.
To get back to the story
Life is not a book, Alex. And it can be over in a second. I was having
lunch with my mother at Daley plaza and a man was killed right in front
of me. He died in my arms and I thought: It can’t be end just like that
on Valentine’s Day. I thought about all the people who love him. Waiting
at home who will never see him again. And then I thought: What if there
is no one? What if you live your whole life and on one is waiting? So I
drove to the lake house looking for any kind of answer. And I found you.
And I get myself get lost. Lost in this beautiful fantasy where time
stood still. But it’s not real, Alex. I have to learn to live the life
that I have got. Please don’t write anymore. Don’t try to find me. Let
me let you go.
Ben:Now Barry and Matt are good friends.
As I was saying
Alex, I know why you didn’t show up that night. It was you at Daley
Plaza that day. It was you. Please, don’t go. Just wait. Please. Don’t
look for me. Don’t try to find me. I love you. And it’s taken me all
this time to say it, but I love you. And if you still care for me, wait
for me, wait with me. Just wait, wait. Wait two years, Alex. Come to the
lake house. I’m here.
Matt Stephens:There you go.Take care.
To make a long story short
Ben:Between them,they have come up with a very different way of dealing
with the trade of their time. Theirs an art to finding anything to go
that isn’t work.Afew days later,Barry and Matt were reported for what
they called ‘helping the ladies’.
Anyway, what happened in the end was this:
Ben:It was these shampoo bottles that sent them on their quest.Barry and
Matt knew what they looked like,and they knew that the women in the
supermarket knew what they looked like.Their theory was that even though
it was a sex toy masquerading as a bottle of shampoo.Women would like to
try it as a sex toy.But were embarrassed to buy it because they knew
what it looked like.The decision to buy it would be an easier one if
they were already at the checkout.If they didn’t object,then Barry and
Matt knew they’d helped a bottle find a happy home.
Ben:Barry had challenged Matt to a scooter race in which they would
sprint down one aisle and up the next.They would do all 14 aisles,and
then back to the starting line.They had been waiting for the day the
manager called in sink.The art of doing something else other than the
work you are supposed to do,is addictive.The excitement of doing
something that you shouldn’t be doing,along with the consequences if
you’re caught doing it,are so strong that it ofter pulls others away
from their own art. Sharon:On your markes.Get set.Go!
Barry:We got winded!
Ben:I hadn’t slept in two weeks.My breakup with Suzy had left me with a
sense that time had become unhinged.I drifted between imagination and
reality,between past and present with increasing ease.
What happened to him was he fell into the river
Jenkins:I feel like a real man.you like men.You like real man,don’t
you?When I’m out the rein the kit on the pitch with the boys,I look like
a God.I’m an adonis.I keep myself in good shape.I see the looks.I ignore
What he die was open the letter
Ben:I can feel the bolts of time slowly coming away from the
breakup.Time manipulation is not a precise science.Like any art,it’s
personal to the individual.So what is the art in making my shift go to
You can guess what he felt like
Ben:I imagine the opposite.That time is frozen.I imagine the remote
control for life has been paused.
What do you think he did
Ben: Within this frozen world,I’m able to walk freely and
unnoticed.Nobody would even know that time had stopped.And when it
started back up again,the invisible join would be seamless except for a
slight shudder.Not unlike the feeling of somebody walking over your
And then do you know what he did
Ben:That moment when you see someone walking down the street who is so
beautiful you just can’t help but stare.Well,imagine as I do,that with
the world on pause it becomes very easy to understand the concept of
beauty.To have it frozen in front of you,captured,unaware.
You’ll never guess what happened next
Imagine my surprise when he
Ben:For me,this fascination with beauty started at a very young age.I
was six or seven,and my mom and dad had taken on a foreign student.She
was in her late teens and was studying english at a nearby school.Being
swedish,the walk from the shower to her room didn’t need to be a modest
one.It was at that moment that something very profound happended to me.I
was exposed to the female form in a way I had never experienced.I felt
fascination and wonder at the beauty of her nakedness.And I wanted to
freeze the world so that I could live in that moment for a week.I have
never had a feeling of such completeness.To this day I still think it
was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen。
Little Ben:You dropped these.
Ben:And would it be wrong?Would they hate me for seeing them?I
mean,really seeing them?
If you ask me,
Ben:I read once about a wowan whose secret fantasy was to have an affair
with an artist.She thought that he would really see her.He would see
every curve,every line,every indentation and love them because they were
part of the beauty that made her unique.
You know what I think? I think that
Ben:And when I’m ready,all I have to do to start time again is crack my
The point is
Wouldn’t you say that
Sean:You look like shit.
Don’t you agree that
As I see it
Sean:Still not sleeping?
I’d just like to say that I think that
I’d like to point out that
Sean:Feeling any better about Suzy?
I couldn’t agree more
Sean:Wanna talk about it?
That’s just was I was thinking
You know, that’s what I think
That’s a good point
Ben:Because every morning you come by,and every morning I talk about the
same thing.,and I’m bored of saying the same thing,and I’m bored of
feeling shit about it.And most of all I’m bored of being awake 24 hours
Great minds think alike
Sean:EEW!Look who didn’t get out of bed on the wrong side this
Sean:But seriously,you’re gonna feel like shit.It’s gonna take time.For
instance,how long ago did you think about her before we started having
Ben:About ten minutes before you knocked on the door.
Sean:Oh,yeah.And what was the thought?
yes, that’s true, but
Ben:I though about the dust.
I’m not sure if I agree
Sean:The dust?God,you’re weird!Anyway,whatever.My point is,every day you
think about her and the things that you associate with her less and
less.Before long,you’ll go a whole day without thinking about her.You
know what might help speed up the process?
Well. You have s point there, but
Maybe, but don’t you think that
Are you kidding?
Ben:Me and Sean had been friends since we were five.We lived across the
street from on another,and grew up together.For his 12th birthday,Sean’s
mom and dad had bought him a state-of the-art computer.
Don’t make laugh!
Come off it!
Sean’mom:Come on,boys, it’s a nice day ,why don’t you play in the
Sean:No.We’re okey playing this.
Sean’mom:Okay,I’m off shopping.You be all right by yourselves?
I sometimes think that
Well, I’ve heard that
Wouldn’t you say that
Sean’mom:I won’t be long.
Do you think it’s right to say that
Sean:Wanna see something?
It’s my feeling that
Ben:What are they?
Sean:Girls with no clothes on.
Ben:Sean had found the magazines under his mom and dad’s bed.The Swedish
student was one thing,but this was something completely different.The
smiles on the girls’ faces and the total lack of shyness about what they
were showing the camera was so confusing for me.I had never seen the
female part up close and in so much detail.I guess i imagined something
neater,like a smooth hole drilled into a piece of wood.The sort of hole
where you might place a wooden peg.But the reality was much more
sexually aggressive.It was hard to imagine that my teacher,Mrs.Booth,had
one under her skirt that looked just like it.
I didn’t follow what you said about
Sorry，I don’t see what you mean
Sean’mom:Forgot my purse.Hey,what have you two been up to?
I don’t see what you’re getting at
Ben:After that,Sean’s mom always thought we were gay.
What exactly are you trying to tell me
Ben:What will help speed up the process?
That’s mot exactly what I mean
Sean:You need to distract yourself with a couple of Natalies.
Let me put it another way
Ben:A Natalie was a term that Sean had coined for any sexual encounter
that happened with a girl you weren’t in a relationship with.The term
had come from a girl called Natalie who lived across the street from
Sorry, let me explain
Sean:Hello.Is Natalie in?
Woman:Yeah.Natalie!Natalie!It’s ror you!
I was wondering if you could help me. I’d like to know
Ben:You see,Sean had worked out the connection between the smiling faces
of the girls in the magazines and the fact that they were naked.
I wonder if you could tell me
Natalie:Fifty P.……That’s it.
Ben:Natalie became one of the most popular girls on the street.
P.A.systeme:Croissants on special offer.
This sounds like a dumb a question but I’d like to know
Matt:She had massive tits.
Excuse me, do you know
I hope you don’t mind my asking, but I’d like to know
Matt: We were only having a laugh.
Would mind telling me…
Ben:That’s a new kid.Apparently he’s a martial arts expert.
Excuse me, but could I ask you a quick question?
Matt:Hey,mate!Come here.What’s your name?
Do you happen to know
Matt:Ben says you know Kung Fu.
Well，let me see
Oh let me think for a minute
Matt:So you reckon you can have me?
I’ m not sure; I’ll have to check
That’s a very interesting question
Barry: Show us your moves then.
I’m not really sure
Brian:Grab my arm.
I cannot answer that one
Matt:That’s not funny.
I’m sorry, I really don’t know
I’ve got no idea
I’d like to help you, but.
Ben:You’re not working tonight?
That’s something I’d rather not talk about just now
Sharon:No,I swapped two hours this week.Is that a pickle sandwich?
Sharon:Could I have a bite?I’m starving.Mmm,thanks.
Sharon:You got some there.
Could you tell me some more about
Ben:I wanted to freeze time.I wanted to savor that moment.To live in
that moment for a week.But I couldn’t stop it,only slow it.And before I
knew it,she was gone..After the door closed, I felt like the last person
Could you mind telling me more about
Ben:What are you doing?
I’d like to know more about
Matt:Jenkins wanted us to go and fill the shelves.
Something else I was wondering about was
Barry:So here we are.
Something else I’ d like to know is
Barry:Take no notice of him.He’s love struck.He asked Sharon out
Sorry to keep after you, but could you tell me
Ben:You did?What did she say?
Sorry, I don’t quite understand
Barry:She said ‘yes’.He’s taking her to the pictures tomorrow night.
Matt:Then it’s back to mine.I’ll need about half an hour to talk away me
face.And then,she’s gonna get some of this.
Ben:Crush.It’s funny how the same word for the feeling of attraction can
be used for the feeling of disappointment.The Oxford english dictionary
states one of the meanings for the word crushed as ‘a strong and
unreasoning but transitory attachment’.
Ben:I had three crushes when I was young.The first was an athlete called
Zola Budd.She was 18,and looked like a tomboy with a small,slender
frame.But it was the fact that Zola Budd defiantly ran barefoot.That
made her so completely attractive for me.It was the Los-angeles Olympics
that would go down in history.In the 3000 meter race,Zola Budd clashed
with the American,Mary Decker.Budd’s heart for the race was left where
Decker fell.Zola finished seventh.
Ben’s mom:Ben,It’s time for bed now.You’ve got school tomorrow.
Mrs.Booth:You very well done!Types of cells.
Ben:The second crush was for my biology teacher,Mrs.Booth..
Mrs.Booth:Okay,class,who can tell me some thing about cells?
Ben:She was a confident woman whose figure-hugging outfits hinted at the
sexiness that lay hidden beneath.I imagined Mrs.Booth asking me to stay
behind after school and showing me the same thing under her skirt as the
girls I’d seen in the magazines with Sean.But the main crush I had was
with a girl called Tanya Green.When I looked at Tanya,I didn’t just see
her,I felt her.
Mrs.Booth:The white blood cells and red blood cells work together
Ben:The next day,Tanya caused a lot of excitement in the class.Tanya had
broken her arm falling from a swing,and her cast had caused much
excitement amongest the other kids at the school.
Teacher:Settle down now,please,class.
Ben:But I saw it differently.It was the way Tanya dealt with it,the way
she scratched an itch,the way it restricted her movements.The increasing
amount of graffiti that appeared on it during its six-week life span.
Tanya:Would you like to sign it?Just here.Thanks.
Tanya:Go away!Stop it!
Ben:On the day the cast finally came off,Tanya’s arm was covered in
Boy:Go on back to the jungle.
Ben:The six weeks without light had caused the hair to grow thick and
black.But while the other kids joked and called her ‘monkey’,it only
heightened my fascination for her.
Ben:Don’t cry.You don’t have to worry about them.I think you’re
beautiful the way you are.Will you be my girlfriend?
Ben:There was a place that I often went to by myself.It was just behind
the school.It was close enough to still hear the screams and shouts of
the kids playing their games,but at the same time,it felt hidden away
from them.I had arranged to meet Tanya there.
Tanya: Whatcha.You wanna kiss me?
Ben:So this was to be my first kiss.
Tanya:Hey!Where you going?
Ben:I gotta go.I’ll kiss you tomorrow.
Tanya:But tommorrow’s Saturday.
Ben:Meet me here at 11:00.
Ben:I often came to play around the school grounds on a Saturday.The
familiar building,so unfamiliar in its quietness,peaceful,as if time had
Ben:Tanya’s parents had taken her on a surprise holiday to America.They
set up home there,and never returned.It was the first time my heart felt
the other meaning of ‘crush’.
Sean:Checkmate!What’s wrong with you?You normally kick my arse at
chess.Have you met someone?Well,come on.Give me the juice.
Ben:No,it’s nothing really.Just a girl at work I think is nice.
Sean:Nice?Nice what?Nice rack?
Ben:No.Well,yean,but nothing like that.
Sean:What?Girlfriend material?She got small hands?
Ben:What’s that got to go with anything?
Sean:Makes your willy look big.
Ben:You’re such a loser.
Sean:So have you asked her out?
Ben:No.Someone already beat me to it.
Sean:Ahh,she got a boyfriend.
Ben:No,but one of the guys at work asked her out.She said ‘yes’.They’re
going to the pictures tonight.
Sean:That doesn’t mean she fancies him.She might just like him,and want
someone to go to pictures with.
Ben:How many girls have you taken to the pictures and then snogged?
Sean:Quite a few.
Ben:There you go.
Sean:Can I have that?
Jenkins:Yeah,yeah,that’s right,Rory. …Well,of cause I played
professionally,before the injury. …Any day,Rory.You name the date,me and
my boys’ll be there. …All right.Sunday.Just don’t go crying to your
mama. …Ciao. …Tosser. …Game on.
Barry:2,000 feet jump.Can’t beat it.3000,kill ya.…There he is.So how’d
it go with Sharon?
Matt:Of couse I did .She loved it.Couldn’t get enough of it.She wet
like the toilet door on a Bombay shrimp trawler.
Matt:Well,put it this way.At least you know your kids will never go
Matt:Like an artist’s pocket.
Jenkins:Okay,cham ps.Rory Brown,manager of Sainsbury’s,Islington,has
challenged us to a football match on Sunday night.…Finished?Good.The
reputation of this supermarket is at stake.Your reputations,as
empioyees,are at stake.This is not just a game of football,this is what
it means to be a modern-day gladiator!Now,I want you to think of me as
Russell Crowe.And you,you’re all the other slaves.And as slaves,you will
play to the death!For what happens on Sunday night,will echo through
eternity.Sunday.8:00 p.m.Sunny sports center.
Matt:You have got to be joking,right?
Barry:We’re gonna get murdered.
Matt:Playing on this right wing.Like a train,I am.
round.Okay,chaps,this is it!That is Islington Sainsbury’s over there.All
I can see are a lot of pretty uniforms.Take a good look at one
Jenkins:Natural-born killers!Every one of you!So let’s get stuck in
there and settle this!Huh?…
Matt:Hey,Barry,I’ve got this really great game.
Jenkins:All right Rory.
Jenkins:There’s some pretty uniforms you boys got.
Rory:See you’ve brought your top team this time.
Jenkins:Looks can be deceiving.
Referee:Tails it is.
Rory:We’ve got one goal.
Jenkins:All right.Get in your spaces.
Sharon:Come on,take it,come on!
Player:Come on,after it.
Jenkins:I’m playing!I’m playing!The safe keys are hanging off,on the top
Sharon:Get it!Get it!
Referee:No foul!Play on!
Jenkins:Play on,my ass!I’m all right!
Referee:What are you doing?
Jenkins:Grow up.Forget about the money.
Referee:What money?What are you doing?
Jenkins:What am I doing?I’m talking to an empty phone is what I ‘m
doing.Cause there’s a dead man on the other end of this fucking line!
Barry:I love that film!
Jenkins:Pachino,didn’t you hear though?You oughta see the bank job
shootout scene on me plasma screen!
Jenkins:Come on,whitechapel,we can still win this.Come on,lads!
Jenkins:For the love of god!Yeah!Finally!
Player:Oh,my lord!Get a life,dipstick!
Jenkins:Time out,ref.Time out.
Jenkins:Well,chaps,could be worse.
Ben:How could it be worse?It’s 26-nil.
Jenkins:It doesn’t matter.What matters is,there’s less than a minute to
play.And we are not leaving this pitch until we score a goal!Matt,get
the ball to Ben.Ben,this is your moment.I need you.Get your little
legs,run up that right flank like the devil were after you.I’ll be in
the center waiting for your cross.Use Barry if you need to.Matt,stay on
my left flank.I need that cross.I need that ball,here.I’ll take the
shot.And we will share the glory.Got it?
Jenkins:Now let’s score a goal!Come on!Come on!
Sharon:Come on,boys,come on!
Ben:I often wonder what it would be like to spend the rest of my life
with the world on pause.To live out the rest of my life between two
fractions of a second.To die of old age,and then have time continue.The
young me gone,and a dead old man in my place.Was I spending too much
time in this frozen world?It felt safe,untouchable.But how safe is
Ben:It’s funny,but the last thing I imagined was that maybe I wasn’t the
only one who could stop time.
Matt:You all right?
Jenkins:Don’t just stand there!Drive me to the hospital!
Matt:Can you make sure Sharon gets home all right?
Barry:Right,I’ll see you both tomorrow.
Ben:Thank you.I felt that game was never going to end.
Sharon:Matt’s face when the ball hit Jenkins.
Sharon:Do you think he’ll be okay?
Ben:It was ego more than anything,I’d say.
Ben:It’s probably none of my business,but,are you and matt seeing each
Sharon:No.We went to the cinema the other night,but just as friends.
Sharon:Why?What has Matt said?
Ben:He said he slept with you.So you didn’t?
Sharon:No,of course not!What do you take me for?
Sharon:Did he say if I was any good?
Ben:I think it was the best sex he’s never had.So you don’t have a
Sharon:No.We split about six months ago.He went off to university in the
states and it because impossible to see each other.And you?Do you have a
Ben:We broke up a few weeks ago.
Sharon:I’m sorry.How are you doing?
Ben:Better.So how long have you been at the supermarket?
Sharon:About two years.
Ben:Did you get college?
Sharon:I was doing P.T.therapy,but I dropped out.
Sharon:It wasn’t me.And besides,I needed to start earning money.
Ben:What are you saving for?
Sharon:Putting myself through evening classes.
Sharon:Yeah.What’s wrong with that?
Ben:Nothing.I just wasn’t expecting it.So what can you say?
Sharon:It means your football team is shit.
Ben:26-nil.So why spanish?
Sharon:I’ve lived here all my life.i’ve worked at the supermarket for
two years and even though it’s happening slow,I just feel that my life’s
ticking away a second at atime.I thought that spanish would be one way
that I’d be able to fide a job that would involve travel.Like being an
air hostess or teaching english at spanish-speaking schools.I’ve always
dreamt of travel into far-off places…like South America.To places where
the sun kisses every morning.But more than that,I wanna be able to talk
to people about their lives and about their dreams.Silly.Really.
Ben:No,it’s not.That’s your dream.Knowing what you want is half the
battle.Most people go through their whole lives not knowing what they
want.It’s easy to find if you know what you’re looking for.
Sharon:So what is it that you’re looking for?
Ben:I’ve always wanted to be a painter.Maybe have my work hung in a
gallery one day.
Sharon:I’ve always wanted to meet a painter.
Sharon:Don’t know.I think it might be something to go with their ability
to see beauty in everything.To then capture it,and hang it on a wall for
all to see.I find it romantic.
Sharon:Well,this is me.Number 34.
Sharon:It’s on the top floor.
Sharon:Hasta luego.Night Ben.
Ben:That first kiss I’ve always made such a mess of it.
Sharon:Hiya.I just wanted to know whether you were all right.
Sharon:Cause it looked really painful last night.
Jenkins:Oh,no.I’ve worse than this.
Sharon:And the hospital said you’d be okay?
Jenkins:Ah,you know.They said I’d live.
Sharon:Are you sure you’re all right?
Jenkins:Oh,yeah,yeah,yeah.Do you know?I’ve almost forgot it happened.I
really can’t feel a thing.I’m thinking of having a party on Saturday.You
know,cheer everybody up.Sure you’ll all be there.Won’t you,Sharon?
Sharon:Thanks for walking me home last night.
Ben:That’s all right.Thanks for sharing your dream with me.
Sharon:So have you heard the party rumor?
Sharon:Jenkins’birthday on Saturday.He’s throwing a party.We’ve all got
to be there apparently.
Sharon:Will you be my date?
Matt: Sharon?It’s my lunch break.Can you relieve me?
Sharon: …(spanish)So,will you be my date?
P.A.system:Shelt stacker to aisle ten,please.Can we have a shelf stacker
to aisle ten?Steven,if you’re in the shop,can you report to aisle ten?
Barry:It’s your lunch break.
Barry:It is.It’s your lunch break.
Matt:I don’t want one.Hama-vama!
Barry:You want to see us?
Jenkins:Take a chair.
Jenkins:Not there!Here!Now,we were a bit unlucky last night,chaps.But to
lighten the mood and to celebrate my birthday,I’m throwing a party at my
house on Saturday night,and you’re all invited!Good!Now,no birthday
party would be complete without a surprise stripper.And I want one of
you to organize it.Ben.
Jenkins:Yes.Here’s 200 quit.That should be plenty for some top-shelf
entertainment.I’ll put the details on the staff board this
afternoon.Well,get going then.
Barry:So,where are you gonna find a stripper?
Ben:I don’t know.But I know a man who will.
Sean:So,your boss has given you 200 quid to get a surprise stripper for
his own birthday.I like him,I’ll help on one condition.
Sean:I can come to the party.
Ben:Shouldn’t be a problem.
Sean:Cool.Right,let’s find you a stripper,eh?
Music:You know it,you love it,you want it,you got it?…
Barman:What was the other one?
Sean:I just found the world’s stupidest barman.
Ben:Sean,I’m not sure about this.
Sharon:No,It’s gonna be fine.
Barman:That’s three quid,mate.
Sharon:I was,uh,wondering if you could help us.Um.it’s his boss’s
birthday on Saturday,and we were looking for someone who could come and
do a surprise,uh,strip.
Woman:I’m busy on Saturday.
Sean:Oh,um,well,do you know anyone else who might be available?
Woman:I know one,But she’s very expensive.
Sean:That’s cool.Is she here?
Woman:No.She only does private venues.She’s gorgeous.Top of the line,you
Sharon’s dreamy voice:Hiya,Ben.Will you be my date?
Sean:200 for the stripper.
Woman:Don’t worry,love,she’s class.
Sean:Great.Two tickets to Pittsburgh!
Ben:It was now my fourth straight week without sleep.I had slowly
stopped thinking about Suzy and had dragged myself into the present.The
extra eight hours of my life had done nothing to slow the effect of
time.The minutes flew into hours,the hours into days.And the days joined
the fast rushing river of time.The bad news is that time flies.The good
news is that you’re the pilot.Most of my shifts were now spent thinking
about Sharon.I drew her endlessly.Over and over.Her pale,milky skin.Her
delicate frame.In her eyes,I could see the world.I thought about Sharon
escaping the life-sapping neons of the supermarket…Travling to South
America,persuing her dreams.I think about her asking me to go with
her.Both sharing in our dreams.Her love of people,and my love of
Ben:You off home?
Sharon:Yeah.You still wanna be my date for the party tomorrow night
Sharon:Will you come by and pick me up?
Sharon:Okay.See you tomorrow.
Ben:Sharon had broken the spell.For the first time in weeks,I slept.I
slept right through to the following afternoon.
Man:There’s a call for you,Ben.
Man:Hello,is this Ben Willis?
Man:My name is Alex Prout,from the Prout Gallery.I saw some examples of
your work at the university yesterday.
Man:Yes.And I’d be very interested in putting on a show of your latest
Ben:Um.ah,yeah,yeah.I would love to.
Man:Great.Why don’t you bring sommore examples of your work down to my
gallery next Monday?Say 10:00?
Matt:No.Thank you,Ben!(Bugger off)You’re the talent.
Barry:Better get ready for the party.
Sharon:Hi,Ben,I’ll be right down.
Ben:You look lovely.
Sharon:Thanks.You too.Are you okay?
Ben:I had some great news today.
Ben:There’s a gallery interested in showing my work.
Sharon:Ben,that’s fantastic!Look at you.You’re beaming inside
out.Wow.You’re on your way.Well,come on.Let’s go and celebrate.
Sean:Hello mate.Ben,This is ,ah…
Ben:This is Sharon. Sean.
Sean:I’ve heard a lot about you.
Sharon:Nice to meet you.
Suzy:How are you?
Ben:Suzy,This is Sharon.
Suzy:Nice to meet you.
Ben:What are you doing here?
Suzy:It’s Steve’s brother’s birthday.
Suzy:Yeah.He’s Steve’s older brother.Do you know him?
Ben:Yeah.He’s our boss.
Suzy:You are working at Sainsbury’.
Ben:Yeah,I work the night shift.
Suzy:That’s great.Well,I’d better get back.It was good to see you.
Suzy:Nice to meet you.
Sharon:You all right?
Suzy:Isn’t it great,your brother’s face.
Man:Come on,Jenkins,you rotten git!
Sharon:Who is Natalie?
Ben:It’s a long story.
Sean:Well,your act’s grown leaps and bounds since the garage.
Natalie:God,how long age was that?
Sean:Will you,ah,will you stay for a drink?
Natalie:Yeahmi’d love to.
Ben:Is this the queue for the loo?
Jenkins:Thanks.So,you wanna come up to my bedroom?Eat some
Jenkins:Why?What’s the matter?Don’t you like popcorn?
Matt:Barry’s gonna do a stunt! Barry’s gonna do a stunt! Barry’s gonna
do a stunt!Everyone!
Jenkins:No,but seriously though,Sharon.I always thought that one day you
and me might…
Sharon:Are you wearing eyeliner?
Suzy:We really made a mess of things,didn’t we?
Ben:Wasn’t that bad.
Suzy:I just wanted to say that I’m sorry about everything.I know I never
really gave you a chance to make me happy.You can’t raly on other people
to make you happy,Suzy.
Sharon:Is that you?
Jenkins:Yeah.Jungle survival course,Mexico.But enough about
me.You.You.You look gorgeous tonight,Sharon.
Suzy:I still think about you all the time,Ben.
Ben:Why are you telling me this?
Sharon:Have you seen Ben?
Ben:You can speed it up,you can slow it down.You can even freeze a
moment.But you can’t be rewind time.You can’t undo what is done.I
thought about what she’d seen.I thought about what she hadn’t seen.I
thought about how I could explain.But the more I thought about it,the
more I knew nothing I could say would make her anger go away.How long
could I just wait there delaying the inevitable?I had sat there with the
world on pause for two days and still no solution had come.I thought
about the night at the sports center when I’d seen a person move when
time was frozen.If other people could move within the frozen world,Then
maybe it was something I could bring Sharon in on.It was the best I
could come up with.
Barry:I’m definitely winded.
Ben:I had forgotten how fast everything was moving.
Ben: Sharon,It’s me.Hello?
Ben:This felt familiar.I tried to explain that Suzy was an ex.And she
had attacked me when my guard was down.Sharon had seen the wrong second
of a two-second story.But she wasn’t listening.
P.A.system:Member of cleaning staff to aisle three,please.Cleaning
staff to aisle three quickly.
Man:What language is that?
Man:Do you speak russian?
Man:Can I get it back on to english?
Man:Yep?Can I help you?
Ben:I’ve got an appointment with Alex Prout.
Ben:Hi.Ben Willis.You called me about my work.
Man:There must be some mistake.I’ve never heard of you.
Ben:You didn’t call me?Bastards.Ah,sorry.Someone’s played a joke on
Man:Well,since you’re here,let me take a look.These are yours?
Man:You got any more?
Ben:Yeah,I’ve got hundreds.
Man:Can you bring them by?
Man:Why don’t you make an appointment with Lucy?Proper one this time.And
we’ll take it from there.
Woman:Well done.Wonderful show.
Woman:I’m Anna.Anna Shapiro.
Ben:Ben Willis.Nice to meet you.
Woman:I’ve got a gallery in NewYork.I’d be interested to talk to you
about your next show.
Ben:My next show?
Woman:Yea.Any ideas of what you might like to do?
Ben:Um…I’d like to go and paint in South America.
Woman:Well,that sounds wonderfully romantic.Here.Take my card.Call
Sharon:CongratulationsThis is…so great.
Ben:Thanks. How have been?
Ben:I haven’t seen you at work.
Sharon:No,I’ve got a job at a travel agent’s.
Ben:So you’re one step closer to your dream.Listen,I’m sorry about what
happened at the party.Whether you saw the second after or not,it doesn’t
matter.I’ve learned it’s what you do with every single second that
Sharon:Shh,It’s okay.This tells me so much more than you could ever
say.It’s snowing outside.
Ben:Do you trust me?
Ben:I need to know.
Ben:I need to show you something.
Ben:Once upon a time,I wanted to know what love was.Love is there if you
want it to be.You just have to see that it’s wrapped in beauty and
hidden away between the seconds of your life.If you don’t stop for a
minute,you might miss it.