- 1+ 15- 1
The Rat as Currencyv
Eric: "There's a poem I read in which the rat became a unit of currency."
Michael: "Yes, that would be interesting."
Eric: "Yeah, that would impact the world economy.
Michael: "The name along would be better than the dong or the kwacha."
Eric: "The name says everything."
Michael: "Yes, the rat..."
Eric: "Yes, the rat closed lower today against the Euro."
Michael: "Yes, there was growing concern that the Russian rat would be devalued."
Eric: "White rats! Think about that!"
Michael: "Yes, pregnant rats"
Eric: "Major sell-off of pregnant Russian rats."
Michael: "Britain converts the rat."
Eric: "Joins trans-universal currency"
Michael: "Yes, US establishes rat standard"
Eric: "Is every US dollar redeemable for rat?"
Michael: "Damn rats"
Eric: "Yes, stockpiling of dead rats cause global health menace"
As they sit in the luxurious limo, Michael and Eric ramble on about about a hypothetical world where rats, those nasty things seen running around in the sewers, become the most used form of currency. That's a lovely thought, isn't it?
- 2+ 10- 2
Makes Me Feel Freev
Eric: "My personal fortune is in ruins and there's been a credible threat on my life. It makes me feel free in a way I've never known."
Elise: Free to do what?"
When Eric realizes that his life as he knew it is now completely changed, he has an enlightening feeling of freedom. Wife Elise asks what he plans to do with this freedom but neither know then exactly how far Eric would spiral out of control.
- 3+ 11- 3
Torval: "A report from the complex: It's a credible threat, not to be dismissed, which means that right across town is..."
Eric: "We've had numerous threats, all credible. I'm still standing here."
Torval: "Not a threat to your safety, to his"
Eric: "Who the f*** is his?"
Torval: "The president's, which means that right across town does not happen unless we make a day of it with cookies and milk."
Eric: "Do people still shoot at presidents? I thought there were more stimulating targets."
En route to get Eric to his barber for a hair cut, he and his bodyguard Torval are faced with a big speed bump, traffic. The combination of the president being in town and a funeral means getting across town before the end of the day is nearly impossible. That is unless they grab cookies and milk to "make a day of it."
- 4+ 8- 1
Stupendous and Awfulv
Elise: "Where is your office? What do you do exactly? You know things. I think this is what you do. I think you acquire information and turn it into something stupendous and awful."
For two people who just got married, Eric and Elise sure don't know much about each other. She ponders just one aspect of his life that she doesn't know, his profession, but judging by her statement, she actually knows more than she thinks.
- 5+ 8- 4
A Hair Cutv
Shiner: "Any special reason we're in the car instead of the office?"
Eric: "What makes you think we're in the car instead of the office?"
Shiner: "If I answer that question..."
Eric: "Based on what premise?"
Shiner: "I know I'll say something that's halfway clever but mostly shallow and probably inaccurate on some level and then you will pity me for having been born."
Eric: "We're in the car because I need a haircut."
Shiner: "So have the barber go to the office. Get your hair cut there. Or have the barber come to your car. Just get your hair cut and go to the office."
Eric: "A haircut has what? Associations, calendar on the wall, mirrors everywhere. There's no barber chair here. Nothing swivels but the chair you're in, Shiner."
Meet Eric Packer. He's in an expensive and well-equipped limousine to drive across town to get a hair cut but for him a hair cut isn't simply about changing his hair style, it's about enjoying the associations with the event. See Eric is filthy rich, and when you reach that level of wealth, you do things just the way you want, even if it doesn't appear to be the easiest way.
- 6+ 8- 4
Jane: "All these limos, my god, you can't tell one from another. We could be kids on prom night or some dumb wedding wherever. What's the charm of identical?"
Eric: "That I'm a powerful person who chooses not to demarcate his territory with singular driblets of piss is what? Something I need to apologize for?"
Jane: "I want to go home and tongue kiss my Maxima."
In a separation of the classes, Eric presents himself as the ultimate man of wealth and power, something he shows by spending nearly all of his life inside his precious limo. For Jane, that front is seen as something common or indifferent, a far cry from special.
- 7+ 7- 3
Dying on the Weekendsv
Jane: "So you do what, same routine every day?"
Eric: "It varies, depending."
Jane: "So he comes to your house? Nice... on weekends."
Eric: "We die, Jane, on weekends. People, it happens."
Jane: "You're right. I didn't think of that."
Eric: "We die because it's the weekend."
Eric and Jane, his chief of finance, discuss Eric's choice to be examined by a doctor on a daily basis. To Jane, having a doctor come do an exam daily, especially in Eric's limo and on weekends, seems a bit outrageous but Eric assures her that people do in fact die on the weekends too.
- 8+ 7- 4
Elise: "You need to be inflamed, don't you? This is your element."
Eric: "Where were you going after the book store? Because there's a hotel."
Elise: "I was going to the book store, period. I was in the book store. I was happy there. Where were you going?"
Eric: "To get a haircut"
Elise: "Do you need a haircut?"
Eric: "I need anything you can give me."
Elise: "Be nice."
Eric: "I need all the meanings of the inflamed. There's a hotel just across the avenue. We can start over or finish with intense feeling. That's one of the meanings. To arouse a passionate feeling. We can finish what we barely started. To hotels, in fact. We have a choice."
Elise: "I don't think I want to pursue this."
Eric: "No you don't. You wouldn't."
Elise: "Be nice to me."
For newlyweds, this interaction between Eric and Elise may seem a bit withdrawn or distant but only after just weeks of being married, that's where they find themselves. Eric has everything he wants except for the passionate encounters of his wife, who would rather spend her time and energy working.
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