|"If he lies everybody will
go on thinking he's a hero. If he tells the truth they'll know he's
just another doorknob trying to kill himself. Maybe Ariel's spirit
is challenging him to speak the truth.
. . .
He looks into her watery
eyes hoping to find something to hang onto, but there's nothing there.
She's already gone. . . . He sees bodies in the street all the time
and tries not to look at them, tries to believe that they have nothing
to do with him, that it's the world's fault. The world let the teenagers
cut out the blind man's tongue, let Connie become a drug addict, let Teresa's
father rape her. The world took away Milton's job and his wife.
He stares menacingly into the camera at the world, but all he sees is himself
huddled on his couch in his plaid shirt and dirty jeans.
4 (The last one is
not in the same shot sequence.)
| All of
them [Roz's ancestor] came steerage, of course. Whereas Mitch's
ancestors, although not created by God from the sacred mud of Toronto--they
had to have got here somehow--must have come cabin. Which means they
threw up into a china basin instead of onto other people's feet, on the
but Roz is intimidated anyway. She opens the mermaid-festooned menu,
and reads the items, and asks Mitch to advise her, . . . Roz,
she tells herself. You are a suck.
. . . .
8. (The first one is not
in the same shot sequence.)
|"Nicholas Temelcoff is famous
on the bridge, a daredevil. . . .Even in archive photographs
it is difficult to find him. Again and again you see vista before
you and the eye must search along the wall of sky to the speck of burned
paper across the valley that is him, an exclamation mark, somewhere in
the distance between bridge and river. He floats at the three hinges
of the crescent-shaped steel arches. These knit the bridge together.
The moment of cubism."