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The Secret Life of Bees (2008) Poster

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Zach Taylor: Miss August told me about you being here helping out. She didn't mention anything about you being white.

Lily Owens: Maybe she didn't notice.

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Lily Owens: If your favorite color is blue, why did you paint the house pink?

August Boatwright: [chuckles] That was May's doing. When we went to the paint shop, she latched on to a color called, "Caribbean Pink." She said it made her feel like dancing a Spanish Flamenco. I personally thought it was the tackiest color I had ever seen, but I figured if it could lift May's heart, it was good enough to live in.

Lily Owens: That was awfully nice of you.

August Boatwright: Well, I don't know. Some things in life, like the color of a house, don't really matter. But lifting someone's heart? Now, that matters.

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Rosaleen Daise: I feel like I've been beaten with a stick.

Lily Owens: You have been beaten, remember?

Rosaleen Daise: But not with a stick...

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Rosaleen Daise: How come you all got names from a calendar?

May Boatwright: Our mama loved spring and summer. We had an April too, but she... she died when she was little.

[runs out of the room, sobbing and humming]

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Lily Owens: You think something being an impossibility makes you think about it even more?

May Boatwright: Like what?

Lily Owens: I don't know. Like... kissin'.

May Boatwright: That ain't impossible. When I was 15, I made a 7UP cake for this boy. After that, he kissed me all the time.

Lily Owens: What'd it feel like?

May Boatwright: Like I was gonna burst.

Lily Owens: Miss May, I know you get real sad sometimes. My daddy never feels. He never felt anything. I had rather be like you.

May Boatwright: A worker bee weigh less than a flower petal, but she can fly with a load heavier than her. But she only lives for or five weeks. Sometimes not feeling is the only way you can survive.

May Boatwright: [noticing Zach smiling over a Lily] You want me to help you make a 7UP cake?

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Lily Owens: [to T. Ray] My whole life has been nothing but a hole, where my mother should have been. It always left me aching, but I never thought about what it did to you.

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Rosaleen Daise: I know you can't understand. Apologizing to those men would have just been a different way of dying. Except I had to live with it

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Lily Owens: [First lines] I killed my mother when I was four years old. She was all I ever wanted and I took her away.

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Neil: *Walks up to June who slowly rises from her chair* Hi.

June Boatwright: Hi.

Neil: *pause* Did you call me here to talk? I am a little busy...

June Boatwright: You ain't the only one who's busy, Neil.

Neil: *voice rises in irritation* So I'm just supposed to stand here and watch how busy you are...

June Boatwright: No! *Both turn away with a sigh*

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June Boatwright: Aw damn it to hell!

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