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Friend (Character)
from Zardoz (1974)

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Zardoz (1974)
The Tabernacle: You are asked to vote at the termination of the trial of George Saden. Final statement from the accused begins.
George Saden: I confess to the charges, but plead mitigation. These thoughts are constructive criticisms. Pyramidical. I try to suppress these thoughts, but they leak out in Second Level through the head-wound of my third death. I was imperfectly repaired. No. That is not true. I think what I think!
Friend: [murmuring] That's more like it! I'm with you, George.
George Saden: I hate you all. I hate you all. I hate you all. Especially me.
[the Tabernacle chimes]
The Tabernacle: Vote, please. Vote, please.
Friend: [to Zed] I'm voting for him, Monster. It won't do any good. Nothing ever does.
[Friend speaks into his ring]
Friend: Absolute acquittal!

Arthur Frayn: You see, our death-wish was devious, and deep. As Zardoz, Zed, I was able to choose your forefathers! It was careful genetic breeding that produced this mutant - this slave who could free his masters! And Friend was my accomplice! Don't you remember the man in the library, Zed?
[a chime is heard]
Arthur Frayn: It was I who led you to the 'Wizard of Oz' book! Ha-hah, it was I who gave you access to the Stone! It was I!
[a chime is heard]
Arthur Frayn: I bred you! I led you!
Zed: And I have looked into the face of the force that put the idea in your mind. You are bred, and led, yourself.
[He strides away, and Friend advances to join Arthur]
Friend: Arthur! We've all been used!
Arthur Frayn: And re-used.
Friend: And abused!
Arthur Frayn: And amused!

Zed: What is it you want?
Friend: Sweet death. Oblivion.
Zed: For yourself, or for the whole Vortex?
Friend: For Everybody. An end to the human race. It has plagued this pretty planet for far too long.
Zed: You stink of despair. Fight back! Fight for death, if that's what you want.
Friend: I thought at first you were the one to help. But it's hopeless. All my powers have gone.
Zed: Where is it? The Tabernacle?
Friend: The Tabernacle... is... I can't remember!
Zed: Who made it? Someone must know how to break it.
Friend: Yes, but you can meet him for yourself! One of our founders, one of the geniuses who discovered immortality.
[Friend goes to the bed of the Old Scientist and, rousing him noisily, shouts]
Friend: We want to die! Hm? What - what's the trick?
Old Scientist: [feebly] Death... death... Talk to May! May!

May: Friend, I cannot sanction this violence and destruction.
Friend: It's too late, May. There's no going back.
May: Don't destroy the Vortex! Let us renew it. A better breed could prosper here. Given time...
Friend: Time? Wasn't eternity enough?
Zed: [enters suddenly; May wheels to face him] This place is against life. It must die.
[Zed gently grasps May's pistol hand and raises it so that the weapon points right between his eyes]
May: I have my followers. Inseminate us all, and we'll teach you all we know, give you all we have. Perhaps you can break the Tabernacle. Or be broken.
[Friend advances to place his hand on the others', in a triple pact]
Friend: An end to eternity.
May: A higher form.
Zed: Revenge.

Friend: I will not go to second level with you!