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Eli Lapp (Character)
from Witness (1985)

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Witness (1985)
[Waking up John Book]
Eli Lapp: 4:30. Time for milking.

[Book is having trouble milking a cow]
Eli Lapp: You never had your hands on a teat before.
John Book: Not one this big.
[Long pause; then Eli Lapp roars with laughter]

Eli Lapp: [John is out of bed and in the barn trying to re-start his car] Book... that you, Book?
John Book: [comes out of car] Yeah.
Eli Lapp: What you doing there?
John Book: Trying to get the car started.
Eli Lapp: You are well enough to do that, you can do work for me.
John Book: Sure... what can I do?
Eli Lapp: Milking, maybe... you know, cows.
John Book: Yeah, I've seen pictures.
Eli Lapp: Good. We start tomorrow.

Eli Lapp: What you take into your hand, you take into your heart.

Eli Lapp: This gun of the hand is for the taking of human life. We believe it is wrong to take a life. That is only for God. Many times wars have come and people have said to us: you must fight, you must kill, it is the only way to preserve the good. But Samuel, there's never only one way. Remember that. Would you kill another man?
Samuel Lapp: I would only kill the bad man.
Eli Lapp: Only the bad man. I see. And you know these bad men by sight? You are able to look into their hearts and see this badness?
Samuel Lapp: I can see what they do. I have seen it.
Eli Lapp: And having seen you become one of them? Don't you understand? What you take into your hands, you take into your heart. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing. Go and finish your chores now.
Samuel Lapp: Yes Grossvater.

[last lines]
Eli Lapp: [to John Book] You be careful out among them, English.

Rachel Lapp: He's leaving, isn't he?
Eli Lapp: Tomorrow morning. He'll need his city clothes.
Rachel Lapp: But why? What does he have to go back to?
Eli Lapp: He's going back to his world, where he belongs. He knows it, and you know it, too.

[Book moves to intervene against some locals harassing the Amish]
Eli Lapp: It's not our way.
John Book: It's my way.