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28 February 2005 @ 10:31 am
For Maerchen: a scene on skepticism and faith from "The Messenger"  
                        JEANNE
          My... visions...

                         MAN
          They're going to come and visit you
          in here?

                         JEANNE
          Yes... that's what I pray for...!

                         MAN
          I want to see that.  Do you mind if
          I stay... on the side?  I won't
          bother you.

                         JEANNE
          No, no -- you can't stay or they
          won't come!

                         MAN
          Why not?

                         JEANNE
          Because... I have to be alone!

He smiles regretfully.

                         MAN
          They won't come anyway.

                         JEANNE
          What do you mean, they won't come?

                         MAN
          Why would they?

                         JEANNE
          Because!  Because I've always been
          faithful to God, and I've followed
          everything he said... and I've done
          everything he asked me...

                         MAN
          God asked you to do something?

                         JEANNE
          Yes... lots of things!

                         MAN
          You mean God said, "I need you,
          Jeanne?"

                         JEANNE
          No, but... he sent me so many signs!

                         MAN
          What signs?

                         JEANNE
          Like... like the wind... and the
          clouds... and... the bells... and
          what about that sword lying in the
          field... that was a sign...!

                         MAN
          No.  That was a sword in a field.

                         JEANNE
          But... it didn't just get there by
          itself.

                         MAN
          True -- every event has an infinite
          number of causes -- but why pick one
          rather than another?  There are many
          ways a sword might find itself in a
          field...

FLASH:  A group of soldiers on horseback trot across the
field of Jeanne's childhood.  The last soldier's sword is
coming loose, and ends up falling into the long grass...

                         MAN
          Seems a perfectly valid
          explanation... but how about this
          one...

FLASH:  Two young children are hurrying with the sword
when an old man calls them from far away --

                         OLD MAN
          Hey, you little devils -- come back!

The two children drop the sword in the long grass (in the
same spot as before) and run off...

                         MAN
          But then again, there are other
          possibilities...

FLASH:  A man is being chased across the field by a couple
of English soldiers out looting.  His heavy sword is
slowing him down -- he flings it into the long grass...

                         MAN
          ... or even faster...

FLASH:  The same man running across the field is suddenly
hit by an arrow from nowhere.  He drops the sword in the
long grass, but manages to stagger off into the forest...

                         MAN
          ... and that's without counting the
          inexplicable...

FLASH:  A man crosses the field.  For no apparent reason
whatsoever, he drops the sword and keeps on walking...

                         MAN
          Yet from an infinite number of
          possibilities, you had to pick this
          one...

FLASH:  A peel of thunder -- clouds swirl -- a familiar
wind stirs the long grass -- a fabulous shaft of light
illuminates the patch -- the sword slowly descends from
the heavens and lands gently in the grass.  Mission
accomplished, the shaft of heavenly light disappears.

Jeanne is bewildered...

                         MAN
          You didn't see what was, Jeanne.
          You saw what you wanted to see.

... speechless.
 
 
 
Wendymaerchen on February 28th, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC)
Sounds about right. Maybe I'm the looniest of the loons...
Wendymaerchen on February 28th, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
Or are you suggesting I should go liberate France?
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on February 28th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
France - eh, not so much. Have you ever seen The Messenger? It's worth at least one viewing.
Wendymaerchen on March 1st, 2005 12:10 am (UTC)
Nope, never. I'll put it on the list.