Roy strict joe i shouldnt be bothering you with this

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ROY: Strict. JOE: I shouldn't be bothering you with this. ROY: No, please. Heart to heart. Want another. . . . What is that, seltzer? JOE: The failure to measure up hits people very hard. From such a strong desire to be good they feel very far from goodness when they fail. What scares me is that maybe what I really love in her is the part of her that's farthest from the light, from God's love; maybe I was drawn to that in the first place. And I'm keeping it alive because I need it. ROY: Why would you need it? JOE: There are things. . . . I don't know how well we know ourselves. I mean, what if? I know I married her because she . . . because I loved it that she was always wrong, always doing something wrong, like one step out of step. In Salt Lake City that stands out. I never stood out, on the outside, but inside, it was hard for me. To pass. ROY: Pass? JOE: Yeah. ROY: Pass as what? 53
ANGELS IN AMERICA JOE: Oh. Well. . . . As someone cheerful and strong. Those who love God with an open heart unclouded by secrets and struggles are cheerful; God's easy simple love for them shows in how strong and happy they are. The saints. ROY: But you had secrets? Secret struggles . . . JOE: I wanted to be one of the elect, one of the Blessed. You feel you ought to be, that the blemishes are yours by choice, which of course they aren't. Harper's sorrow, that really deep sorrow, she didn't choose that. But it's there. ROY: You didn't put it there. JOE: No. ROY: You sound like you think you did. JOE: I am responsible for her. ROY: Because she's your wife. JOE: That. And I do love her. ROY: Whatever. She's your wife. And so there are obligations. To her. But also to yourself. JOE: She'd fall apart in Washington. ROY: Then let her stay here. JOE: She'll fall apart if I leave her. ROY: Then bring her to Washington. JOE: I just can't, Roy. She needs me. ROY: Listen, Joe. I'm the best divorce lawyer in the business. (Little pause.) JOE: Can't Washington wait? ROY: You do what you need to do, Joe. Whatjyow need. You. Let her life go where it wants to go. You'll both be better for that. Somebody should get what they want. MAN: What do you want? LOUIS: I want you to fuck me, hurt me, make me bleed. 54 MILLENNIUM APPROACHES MAN: I want to. LOUIS: Yeah? MAN: I want to hurt you. LOUIS: Fuck me. MAN: Yeah? LOUIS: Hard. MAN: Yeah? You been a bad boy? (Pause. Louis laughs, softly.) LOUIS: Very bad. Very bad. MAN: You need to be punished, boy? LOUIS: Yes. I do. MAN: Yes what? (Little pause.) LOUIS: Um, I ... MAN: Yes what, boy? LOUIS: Oh. Yes sir. MAN: I want you to take me to your place, boy. LOUIS: No, I can't do that. MAN: No what? LOUIS: No sir, I can't, I ... I don't live alone, sir. MAN: Your lover know you're out with a man tonight, boy? LOUIS: No sir, he ... My lover doesn't know. MAN: Your lover know you . . . LOUIS: Let's change the subject, OK? Can we go to your place? MAN: I live with my parents. LOUIS: Oh. 55
ANGELS IN AMERICA ROY: Everyone who makes it in this world makes it because somebody older and more powerful takes an interest. The most precious asset in life, I think, is the ability to be a good son. You have that, Joe. Somebody who can be a good son to a father who pushes them farther than they would other- wise go.

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