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with Barbara Stanwyck as Mary Carson and Richard Chamberlain as Ralph de Bricassart Full quotes MARY CARSON: It's very kind of you to spend it with a lonely old woman. RALPH DE BRICASSART: I thought it was
my soul you were after. MARY CARSON: It is. Because at my age officially I'm supposed to be beyondat my age officially I'm supposed to be beyond the drives of my body. And one mustn't expect miracles even from you. RALPH DE BRICASSART: When you made the Clearys your heirs, you dashed all my hopes, as you intended. But it freed me too from all my old desiresBut it freed me too from all my old desires. MARY CARSON: But birthdays at our ages are rather a mixed blessing, aren't they? RALPH DE BRICASSART: It was a wonderful party, Mary. And I hope, a wonderful birthday for you. MARY CARSON: My last. I'm tired of living. I'm going to stop. RALPH DE BRICASSART: Fiddlesticks. You're planning something special for tomorrow. You told me so yourself. MARY CARSON: Yes, I remember. But I won't see you. Kiss me goodbye, Ralph. RALPH DE BRICASSART: Mary, good night, sleep well. MARY CARSON: No! On my mouth. Kiss me on my mouth as if we were lovers! RALPH DE BRICASSART: Mary, I am a priest. MARY CARSON: A priest! You're not a man nor a priest. You're some impotent, useless thing that doesn't know how to be either! RALPH DE BRICASSART: You're wrong, Mary. I know how to be a man. But to be a man on your terms is to be no priest. And I have chosen to be a priestI have chosen to be a priest. MARY CARSON: With the free will God has given us and with that same free will, I have chosen to destroy you, Priest. I'll go to hell for it, of course but it'll be nothing to the hell I'm planning for you. RALPH DE BRICASSART: It's yourself you'll destroy with this everlasting hatred of yours. MARY CARSON: When Satan tempted Christ with the whole world is it because he hated him or because he loved him? RALPH DE BRICASSART: You don't love me. MARY CARSON: I have always loved you! So much so, I would've killed you for not wanting me! But I found a better method. RALPH DE BRICASSART: No, not love. I'm the goad of your old ageI'm the goad of your old age, that's all. A reminder of what you can no longer be.
MARY CARSON: Let me tell you something, Cardinal de Bricassart about old age and about that God of yours. That vengeful God who ruins our bodies and leaves us with only enough wit for regret.
Inside this stupid body, I am still young! I still feel! I still want! I still dream!
And I still love you! Oh, God, how much!


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