Madeleine Elster
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Quotes for
Madeleine Elster (Character)
from Vertigo (1958)

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Vertigo (1958)
Madeleine: Here I was born, and there I died. It was only a moment for you; you took no notice.

Madeleine: Only one is a wanderer; two together are always going somewhere.

Madeleine: Oh Scottie. I'm not mad. I'm not mad. I don't want to die. There's someone within me and she says I must die. Oh Scottie, don't let me go.
Scottie: I'm here. I've got you.
Madeleine: I'm so afraid.
[Scottie and Madeleine kiss]
Madeleine: Don't leave me. Stay with me.
Scottie: All the time.

Madeleine: There is something I must do, there is something I must do.
Scottie: There is nothing you must do. There is nothing you must do.

Scottie: I love you, Madeleine.
Madeleine: I love you, too. It's too late.
Scottie: No, no, we're together.
Madeleine: It's too late. There's something I must do...
Scottie: [kisses her passionately] No, there is nothing you must do. There is nothing you must do. No one possesses you. You're safe with me.
Madeleine: [frantically] No, it's too late
[Madeleine breaks free and runs across the courtyard. Scottie trails behind her, eventually catching up to her. He holds her tightly]
Madeleine: Look, it's not fair. It's too late. It wasn't supposed to happen this way. It *shouldn't* have happened...
Scottie: But it had to happen. We're in love. That's all that counts!
Madeleine: [struggling] Look. Let me go! Please let me go!
Scottie: Listen to me. Listen to me.
Madeleine: [calmly] You believe I love you?
Scottie: Yes.
Madeleine: And if you lose me, then you'll know I, I loved you. And I wanted to go on loving you.
Scottie: I won't lose you.
Madeleine: Let me go into the church - alone.
Scottie: Why?
[they kiss for the last time. Scottie releases his grip and Madeleine walks away towards the bell tower]

Scottie: I hope we will, too.
Madeleine: What?
Scottie: Meet again sometime.
Madeleine: We have.