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.
For Maerchen: a scene on skepticism and faith from "The Messenger"
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