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Moses Pray (Character)
from Paper Moon (1973)

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Paper Moon (1973)
Addie Loggins: I want my two hundred dollars.
Moses Pray: I don't have your two hundred dollars no more and you know it.
Addie Loggins: If you don't give me my two hundred dollars I'm gonna tell a policeman how you got it and he'll make you give it to me because it's mine.
Moses Pray: But I don't have it!
Addie Loggins: Then get it!
Cafe Waitress: [walks over after Moses slams his fist on the table] How we doin', Angel Pie? We gonna have a little dessert when we finish up our hot dog?
Addie Loggins: I don't know.
Cafe Waitress: What do you say, Daddy? Why don't we give Precious a little dessert if she eats her dog?
Moses Pray: Her name ain't Precious.

Moses Pray: [calling up to Addie on the hill] Let's go!
Trixie Delight: Hurry up, Doctor. This baby gots to go winky tinky!
Moses Pray: [patting Trixie's shoulder] Don't worry.
[calling up to Addie again]
Moses Pray: Hey!
[Moses starts walking up the hill]
Moses Pray: Come on, we're ready! Come on, now!
Addie Loggins: I ain't comin'!
Moses Pray: You listen here, child...
Addie Loggins: No, I won't listen here.
Moses Pray: What the heck's up with you then?
Addie Loggins: I wanna sit in front! And how come we ain't workin' no more?
Moses Pray: 'Cause we're on vacation, that's why, and Miss Delight and me are sittin' in front because we are two grown-ups and that's where grown-ups do the sittin'! And little children do not tell grown-ups what to do with their lives, you understand that?
Addie Loggins: Well, she ain't my grown-up and I ain't plannin' no more to sit in the back. Not for no cow!
Moses Pray: Will you keep your voice down? And Miss Delight ain't no cow. She's a proper woman. She has a high school diploma. And right now she's got to go to the bathroom, so you get on down to the car!
Addie Loggins: She always has to go to the bathroom! She must have a bladder the size of a peanut! Well, I ain't gettin' back in that car... not until she gets out of it!
[disgusted, Moses goes back to the car and talks to Trixie]
Trixie Delight: [making her way up the hill] Hey, what's up, kiddo? Daddy says you're wearin' a sad face. Ain't good to have a sad face. Hey! Hey! How'd you like a coloring book? Would you like that? You like Mickey the Mouse?
[Trixie trips and falls]
Trixie Delight: Oh, son of a bitch!

Addie Loggins: [about the Harem Slave show at carnival] How many times you gonna see it?
Moses Pray: As many times as I like, that's how many times!
Addie Loggins: You've seen it half a dozen already.
Moses Pray: And I might see it half a dozen more! Now why don't you go play bingo or somethin'?
Addie Loggins: I don't wanna play bingo!
Moses Pray: Then why don't you go write another love note to Saint Roosevelt?
Addie Loggins: Maybe I will!
Moses Pray: And stop standing around here checking on me! You don't have to worry. I ain't about to leave some poor little child stranded in the middle of nowhere. I've got scruples too, ya know. You know what that is... scruples?
Addie Loggins: No, I don't know what it is but if you've got 'em, it's a sure bet they belong to somebody else!
[Addie stalks off]
Moses Pray: [calling after Addie about President Roosevelt] And his name ain't Frank, it's Franklin!

Trixie Delight: I just don't understand it, Daddy, but this little baby has got to go winky tinky all the time.
Moses Pray: Well, don't you worry none. We'll just plan on stoppin' here for dinner.
Addie Loggins: [furious] But we just stopped for her to winky tink at lunch!
Moses Pray: That's right and now we're stoppin' for dinner. Come on!
Addie Loggins: I ain't hungry!

Moses Pray: I got scruples too, you know. You know what that is? Scruples?
Addie Loggins: No, I don't know what it is, but if you got 'em, it's a sure bet they belong to somebody else!

Moses Pray: I want one child's price ticket.
Station Master: That will be 11.45.
Moses Pray: I want you to send this here telegram to Miss Billie Roy Griggs of Cosmo Road, St. Joseph: "Train arriving 9:52 AM and bringing love, affection, and 20 dollars cash." Oh, make that "25 dollars cash", and sign it just "Addie Loggins".
Station Master: 10 words, that will be eighty-five cents more, that will be 12 and 30.
Moses Pray: 12 and 30, huh? You better say in that message there "Love, affection, and 20 dollars cash."

Moses Pray: I know a woman who looks like a bullfrog but that don't mean she's the damn thing's mother.

Moses Pray: I told you, I don't want you ridin' with me no more.
Addie Loggins: You still owe me two hundred dollars.

[repeated line]
Moses Pray: Eat your Coney Island!

[last lines]
Moses Pray: I told you, I don't want you ridin' with me no more.
Addie Loggins: You still owe me two hundred dollars.
Addie Loggins: Moze, look!

Moses Pray: Amen, Essie Mae, I just know your ass is still warm.
[Drops flowers into her grave]

Moses Pray: I sell the good book, ma'am. Just movin' through the country with the lord's good news.

The Minister: If you're driving your chariot to Missouri, sir, you could deliver this child to her kinfolk.
Moses Pray: Well, I wouldn't exactly call it a chariot, Reverend.

Moses Pray: Now, don't think that poor child ain't entitled, 'cause she is. Now, I was thinkin' a couple a thousand dollars will be acceptable.
Mr. Robertson: A couple of thou'? I'll give you two hundred.
Moses Pray: Two hundred dollars?
Mr. Robertson: Two hundred dollars.
Moses Pray: It's a deal.

Addie Loggins: You meet my Mama in a barroom?
Moses Pray: Where would you get a question like that?
Addie Loggins: I hear Miss Polly talkin' neighborly and she says one of you is my Pa.
Moses Pray: Well, don't the world have a wild imagination.

Moses Pray: I now owe you one hundred and three dollars and seventy-two cents.
Addie Loggins: Seventy-four.

Moses Pray: Let's see, now, we can veer down to Lucas and we'll veer over to Wilson, veer off to Lorraine and Bushton.
Addie Loggins: We can veer off to Hosington.
Moses Pray: We just have to keep on veering, that's all.

Moses Pray: You hungry? You want a Nehi and a coney island?

Addie Loggins: Frank D. Roosevelt said we're all feelin' a lot better.
Moses Pray: He did, did he?
Addie Loggins: It made me feel good when he said that. Better than I felt in a long time.
Moses Pray: Bet ole Frank sure does wish you was twenty-one.
Addie Loggins: You don't like me, do ya?
Moses Pray: No, I don't like ya!

Moses Pray: Okay, I want you to remember one thing. I decide on the price. Maybe you don't know French but there's something in this world called finance. Twelve dollars. I never sold no bible for twelve dollars. That man was a law officer. He could have had me put in jail.
Addie Loggins: We got it, didn't we!
Moses Pray: I don't care if we got it. Don't you go makin' the decisions. I make the decisions! All you got to do is look like a pretty little girl. You ain't got somethin' like a ribbon in that cigar box, do ya?
Addie Loggins: I got my Mom's kimono in my suitcase. Chinamen with umbrellas.
Moses Pray: That ain't quite what I had in mind.

Imogene: Mr. Mose, Miss Trixie don't feel so good. She says she gonna stay in bed today. She says she'll see you around supper time.
Moses Pray: She's sick? Sick in bed? I-I better get up there.
Imogene: Oh, she ain't real sick. Ain't nothin' to worry about. She's just havin' lady's time.