Chapter V – Part 5

(On the road once more)

Harry: You realize of course that we can never be friends.

Sally: Why not?

Harry: What I’m saying is… and this is not a come-on in any way, shape or form, is that men and women can’t be friends because the sex part always gets in the way.

Sally: That’s not true, I have a number of men friends and there’s is no sex involved.

Harry: No you don’t.

Sally: Yes I do.

Harry: No you don’t.

Sally: Yes I do.

Harry: You only think you do.

Sally: You’re saying I’m having sex with these men without my knowledge?

Harry: No, what I’m saying is they all want to have sex with you.

Sally: They do not.

Harry: Do too.

Sally: They do not.

Harry: Do too.

Sally: How do you know?

Harry: Because no man can be friends with a woman he finds attractive, he always wants to have sex with her.

Sally: So you’re saying that a man can be friends with a woman he finds unattractive.

Harry: Nuh, you pretty much wanna nail’em too.

Sally: What if they don’t want to have sex with you?

Harry: Doesn’t matter, because the sex thing is already out there so the friendship is ultimately doomed and that is the end of the story.

Sally: Well I guess we’re not going to be friends then.

Harry: Guess not.

Sally: That’s too bad. You are the only person I knew

in New York.

(Louis Armstrong breaks into “You say neither, I say….”.

They’ve reached the Big Apple and are unloading Harry’s luggage)

Harry: Thanks for the ride.

Sally: Yeah, it was interesting.

Harry: It was nice knowing you.

Sally: Yeah.

(They shake hands)

Sally: Well have a nice life.

Harry: You too.

 

$ Do you think Ingrid Bergman doesn’t want to stay or does Humphrey Bogart want her to leave?

$ I don’t know. I haven’t concentrated. I have so much to catch up on that I was thinking what to do in the first place after class.

$ Would you like to find a painless way to do all your duties?

$ I know how to do that. The point is the work has really piled up.

$ Let’s get back to the film. Step 1: choose a film that you like, that has subtitles in your mother tongue and in the foreign language that you learn, i.e. English. Step 2: watch the film in your native version so that you are sure you know the outline of the plot. Step 3: when you decide you want to relax watching a movie and you have approximately 1 hour for that, take your DVD, the remote control, your English notebook and a pen. Start the film with English subtitles and scene by scene, sentence by sentence check whether you fully understand what the subtitle says. You can also print out the text of the whole film script from the Internet. Then, underline expressions that are not clear to you. Another thing. What I like doing is copying expressions I perfectly understand, even though, I wouldn’t be able to make them up myself. Or which appeal to my sense of humor. Let’s get started now.

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