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: Didn't fancy my sandwiches? Alice
: Don't eat fish. Dan
: Why not? Alice
: Fish piss in the sea. Dan
: So do children. Alice
: Don't eat children either.
: It's not safe out there. Alice
: Oh, and it's safe in here?
: I love you, and I need a piss.
: I fell in love with her, Alice. Alice
: Oh, as if you had no choice? There's a moment, there's always a moment, "I can do this, I can give into this, or I can resist it", and I don't know when your moment was, but I bet you there was one.
: You love her like a dog loves its owner. Larry
: And the owner loves the dog for so doing. Dan
: You'll hurt her. You'll never forgive her. Larry
: Of course I'll forgive her. I *have* forgiven her. Without forgiveness we're savages. You're drowning.
: [in the emergency room
] Are we in for a long wait? Dan
: [indicating an old woman
] She was 21 when she came in.
: How can one man be so endlessly disappointing? Dan
: That's my charm.
: Dan... Dan
: Yes? Larry
: I lied to you, I did fuck Alice.
: What's your work? Dan
: I'm sort of... journalist. Alice
: What sort? Dan
: I write obituaries.
: I don't kiss strange men. Dan
: Neither do I.
: I want Anna back. Larry
: She's made her choice. Dan
: I owe you an apology. I fell in love with her. My intention was not to make you suffer. Larry
: So where's the apology? Ya cunt. Dan
: I apologize. If you love her you'll let her go so she can be happy. Larry
: She doesn't want to be happy. Dan
: Everybody wants to be happy. Larry
: Depressives don't. They want to be unhappy to confirm they're depressed. If they were happy they couldn't be depressed anymore. They'd have to go out into the world and live. Which can be depressing.
: And you left him, just like that? Alice
: It's the only way to leave. "I don't love you anymore. Goodbye." Dan
: Supposing you do still love them? Alice
: You don't leave. Dan
: You've never left someone you still love? Alice
: This will hurt.
: What were you doing in New York? Alice
: You know... Dan
: Well no, I don't. What, were you studying? Alice
: Stripping. Alice
: [Dan looks shocked
] Look at your little eyes... Dan
: I can't see my little eyes
: When I get back, please tell me the truth. Alice
: Why? Dan
: Because I'm addicted to it. Because without it, we're animals. Trust me.
: At six, we stand round the computer and look at the next day's page, make final changes, add a few euphemisms for our own amusement. Alice
: Such as? Dan
: "He was a convivial fellow" - meaning he was an alcoholic. "He valued his privacy" - gay. "He enjoyed his privacy" - raging queen. Alice
: What would my euphemism be? Dan
: She was... disarming. Alice
: That's not a euphemism. Dan
: Yes, it is.
: So, he's a dermatologist. Can you get more boring than that? Anna
: Obituarist? Dan
: Failed novelist, please.
: You think love is simple. You think the heart is like a diagram. Larry
: Have you ever seen a human heart? It looks like a fist, wrapped in blood! Go fuck yourself! You writer! You liar!
: Deception is brutal, I'm not pretending otherwise. Alice
: How? How does it work? How do you do this to someone?
[Dan is silent
: Not good enough!
: You still pissing about on the Net? Dan
: Not recently. Larry
: I wanted to kill you. Dan
: I thought you wanted to fuck me. Larry
: Don't get lippy. I liked your book, by the way. Dan
: You stand alone.
: You've ruined my life. Anna
: You'll get over it.
: Do you have any children? Anna
: No. Dan
: Would you like some? Anna
: Yes, but not today.
: Is it because she's successful? Dan
: No. It's because... she doesn't need me.
: You came to, you focused on me, you said, Hello, stranger. Alice
: What a FLOOZY!
: I don't want trouble. Dan
: I'm not trouble. Anna
: You're taken. Dan
: I've got to see you. Anna
: Tough. Dan
: You... KISSED me! Anna
: What are you - TWELVE?
: What's so great about the truth? Try lying for a change, it's the currency of the world.
: I'll always love you. I hate hurting you. Alice
: Then why are you?
: You still fancy me? Dan
: ...Of course. Alice
: You're lying. I've been you.
: Why did you fuck him? Alice
: I wanted to. Dan
: Why? Alice
: I desired him. Dan
: Why? Alice
: You weren't there! Dan
: Why him? Alice
: He asked me nicely. Dan
: You're a liar. Alice
: So? Dan
: Who are you? Alice
: I'm no one!
[Alice spits in Dan's face. Dan raises his hand to slap her
: Go on, hit me. It's what you want. come on, hit me, fucker!
[Dan slaps Alice
: I'm your stranger. Jump!
: Love bores you. Dan
: No, it disappoints me.
: Can I still see you?
[Dan stands silent
: Dan can I still see you? Answer me. Dan
: I can't see you. If I see you I'll never leave you. Alice
: What will you do if I find someone else? Dan
: Be jealous.
: Look me in the eyes. Tell me you're not in love with me. Anna
: I'm not in love with you. Dan
: You just lied.
: You all done? Dan
: Mmm. Alice
: How's the photographer? Dan
: Good. Professional. Rigorous. Thievy. One of your lot. Alice
: What, female? Dan
[They start up the stairs
: Come on.
[They walk into a room
: Anna, Alice. Anna
: Hi. Alice
: Sorry to interrupt. Anna
: No, we've just finished. Would you like some tea? Alice
: No, thanks. I've been serving it all day. Can I use your loo? Anna
: Sure. Just through there.
[Alice walks off
: She is beautiful. Dan
: I've got to see you. Anna
: No. Dan
: What is this, patriotism?
: So this man comes into the café today, and he says, "Hey waitress, what are you waiting for?" Dan
: Funny guy. Alice
: So I go, "I'm waiting for a man to come in here and fuck me sideways with a beautiful line like that." Dan
: So what did he ask for? Alice
: He asked for a cup of tea with two sugars.
: I saw this face, this vision; the moment you stepped into the road. It was the moment of my life. Alice
: This is the moment of your life. Dan
: You were perfect. Alice
: I still am.