Characters in this scene:
Ada ... the main character, a woman hardened by the reality of frontier life during civil war
Inman ... wounded civil war veteran who has walked for months to get back to Ada
Ruby ... Ada's best friend and hired hand; gutsy, practical, and full of wit
Stobrod ... Ruby's father, who was mortally wounded, and is now asleep in a hut
EXT. ADA AND RUBY HUT, CHEROKEE VILLAGE. NIGHT
Inman is outside his cabin. Only the light escaping from the
cabin, fire lights them, almost silhouettes.
I'm sorry. I was trying to be quiet.
I couldn't sleep.
-- I got no appetite left to be in a
room with wounded men.
I can't see your face.
It's not a face you recognised.
Did you get my letters?
I got three letters. Carried them in
that book you gave me. The Bertram.
I must have sent 100. Did you write
Whenever I could. If you never got
them I can summarize.
No, it's --
I pray you're well. I pray I'm in
your thoughts. You are all that keeps
me from sliding into some dark place.
But how did I keep you? We barely
knew each other. A few moments.
A thousand moments. They're like a
bag of tiny diamonds glittering in a
black heart. Don't matter if they're
real or things I made up. The shape
of your neck. The way you felt under
my hands when I pulled you to me.
Your boots, one polished, one not
You're playing a piano and I'm
I'm playing a piano and you're
That kiss -- which I've kissed again
every day of my walking.
Every day of my waiting.
Maybe you can't see my face, but if
you could see my inside, my whatever
you want to name it, my spirit, that's
the fear I have deeper than any gash
on my neck. I think I'm ruined. They
kept trying to put me in the ground,
but I wasn't ready, no ma'am, no
more ready than that scoundrel in
there's not ready to die on us. But
if I had goodness, I lost it. If I
had anything tender in me I shot it
Ruby stomps out of the hut.
Number one -- shut this door, it's
(goes over to Stobrod's hut)
Number two -- shut that door, it's
(turns to them)
I'm laying on my back, with my fingers
poked in my ears trying to shut out
who's got a bag of diamonds and who's
got boots needs polishing, If you
want to get three feet up a bull's
ass listen to what sweethearts whisper
to each other.
She's at the door to Stobrod's hut. She contemplates them.
In fact, if you're going to wimble
all night I'm going to sleep in with
And with that she enters Stobrod's hut, slamming the door.