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: Actually, depravity can be terribly boring if you don't smoke or drink.
: You're not middle aged, Mr. Benson. In fact I think you're remarkably well preserved. Richard
: As chilling a compliment as I've ever received, Miss Simpson.
: [knock on door
] Yes? Gabrielle
: Mr. Benson? Richard
: You are, I assume, the young lady from the typing bureau? Gabrielle
: I am. Richard
: In that case, if we are to have a happy and harmonious relationship, I beg of you, never answer a question with a question. Is that clear? Gabrielle
: Did I? Richard
: There you go again, answering a question with a question. My original yes when you opened the door was a question, question mark implied of course. You do know the difference between implied and inferred? Gabrielle
: Isn't that a question? Richard
] Yes. Gabrielle
: Well, you just answered my question with a question. To imply is to indicate without saying openly or directly, to infer is to conclude from something known or assumed.
: It's quite all right, really. I once worked for an American novelist who could only write in the bathtub. I'm used to anything. Richard
: You can unpack -
: in the bathtub? Gabrielle
: Yes. On the second day, I gave him a packet of bubble bath and from then on we got along swimmingly. Richard
: I see.
[pointing to the name on the birdcage
: Uh, does that imply that the bird's name is Richelieu? Gabrielle
: Oh, it's inferred, I believe, rather than implied. Richard
] "Swimmingly." Interesting figure of speech.
: You call the canary Richelieu because you always wanted a cardinal. Gabrielle
] That's very funny! Richard
: No, it isn't. Just one of the hazards of being an international wit, which I am. You have to keep trying all the time.
: What's the story about? Richard
: It's an action/suspense, uh, romantic melodrama with lots of comedy, of course. And, uh, deep down underneath, a substrata of social comment.
: And this guy you've got a date with on Bastille Day, is he part of the growth process? Gabrielle
: Oh no, he's just a friend, a struggling young actor. Richard
] An actor!
: Eww. A tragic relation to begin with. I only hope he's not one of those method actors that who scratches and mumbles and pauses a lot, thereby destroying the impeccable rhythm of the author's prose.
: [about the screenplay's main character
] Now, I suppose we'll have to describe him. Gabrielle
: Yes, I suppose so. Richard
: He's American, of course. I can write him better that way. Now let's see, what else.
[looking in the mirror
: I see him as rather tall, rather suntanned, rather handsome athletic-looking with a rugged, but... curiously sensitive face.
: You really like it, don't you. Gabrielle
: What? Richard
: Life. Gabrielle
: Oh! Every morning when I wake up and I see there's a whole new other day, I just go absolutely ape!