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Monday, May 09, 2005

Make an effort to answer.

DR. LECTER
First principles, Clarice. Simplicity. Read Marcus Aurelius. Of each particular thing, ask: What is it, in itself, what is its nature...? What does he do, this man you seek?

CLARICE
He kills w-

DR. LECTER
(sharply, as he stops)
No - ! That's incidental.

CLOSE ANGLE - TWO SHOT -
as he rises, pained by her ignorance, and crosses to the bars.

DR. LECTER (contd.)
What is the first and principal thing he does, what need does he serve by killing?

CLARICE
Anger, social resentment, sexual frus-

DR. LECTER
No, he covets. That's his nature. And how do we begin to covet, Clarice? Do we seek out things to covet? Make an effort to answer.

CLARICE
No. We just -

DR. LECTER
No. Precisely. We begin by coveting what we see every day. Don't you feel eyes moving over your body, Clarice? I hardly see how you couldn't. And don't your eyes move over the things you want?

CLARICE
All right, then tell me how -

DR. LECTER
No. It's your turn to tell me, Clarice. You don't have any more vacations to sell, on Anthrax Island. Why did you run away from that ranch?

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