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Coach Popper: You gotta be men like the rest of us - ain't none of you pretty enough to be women...If you'all didn't jack off so damn much, maybe you could stay in shape.

Lois Farrow: [to Jacy] Just remember, beautiful, everything gets old if you do it often enough. So if you wanna find out about monotony real quick, marry Duane.

Andy Fanner: [to Sonny and Duane, about Sam] Keeled over on one of the snooker tables. Had a stroke. He left you the poolhall, Sonny. What do you think about that? He left Genevieve the cafe. That's the only thing he done that made any sense. Left the picture show to old Miss Mosey. Hell, she's too far gone to even run a popcorn machine. And the craziest thing of all. He left a thousand dollars to Joe Bob Blanton, the preacher's boy.

Gene Farrow: Think I worked like a dog all my life so my daughter could end up in a poolhall?

Sonny: Coulda been worse...
Sam: Yeah. You can say that about nearly everything, I guess.

Sam: Now you see - this is what I get for bettin' on my own hometown ball team - oughta have better sense.
Abilene: Wouldn't hurt to have a better home town.

Charlene: We've been goin' steady a year tonight.
Sonny: Yeah? Seems like a lot longer.
Charlene: You shoulda got me some anniversary present.
Sonny: You can have another stick of gum - that's all I got on me.

Genevieve: She (Charlene) doesn't have a good disposition - what are you blue about then?
Sonny: Ain't nobody to go with in this town. Jacy's the only pretty girl in school and Duane's got her.
Genevieve: I'd call that his tough luck...Jacy'll bring him more misery than she'll ever be worth.

Genevieve: I don't know. You and Duane - both in a boardinghouse - him with a mother, and you with a father. Don't seem right. And your dad's takin' too many pills, you know...But then I'm no one to talk. I never did get on with Mama - I still don't.
Sonny: Say, I hear Dan's goin' back to work soon. I guess you'll be quittin' before long.
Genevieve: Honey, we got four thousand dollars worth of doctor bills to pay. I will probably be makin' cheeseburgers for your grandkids.

Lois: I'd just hate to see you marry him, that's all. You wouldn't be rich anymore, and in about two months...
Jacy: I don't care about money...
Lois: ...he'd quit flattering you.
Jacy: Not at all.
Lois: Well, you're pretty stupid then.
Jacy: Well, you married Daddy when he was poor. And he got rich, didn't he?
Lois: I scared your Daddy into gettin' rich, beautiful.
Jacy: Well, if Daddy could do it, Duane could too.
Lois: Not married to you. You're not scary enough.
Jacy: Well, you're rich and you're miserable. I sure don't want to be like you.
Lois: Not much danger of that.

Jacy: Why can't I just stay here and go to college in Wichita Falls?
Lois: Because everything is flat and empty here, and nothin' to do.

Sonny: I guess you'll be glad when basketball season is over.
Ruth: Why?
Sonny: Well, Coach probably don't get to stay home much during football and basketball season.
Ruth: My God. You don't know a thing about it, do you?

Jackie Lee French: [to Lois, who has just kissed her date, Abilene] I oughta slap your face.
Lois: Well, why don't you just kiss my ass?

Sam: Now you boys can get on outta here. I don't wanna have no more to do with ya. Scarin' an unfortunate creature like Billy, just so's you could have a few laughs. I've been around that trashy behavior all my life. I'm gettin' tired of puttin' up with it. And you can stay outta this poolhall, outta my cafe and my picture show too. I don't want no more of your business.
Sonny: We didn't mean for anything bad to happen, Sam. We...
Sam: You didn't even have the decency to wash his face.

Ruth: [after sex] I'm sorry I cried. I was just so scared, I guess...I was scared I could never do this, I guess. I can't seem to do anything without crying about it - how could you like me?
Sonny: Oh, I like you.
Ruth: I'm glad. [He kisses her]

Sonny: How come you've stayed with the Coach - you don't like him much?
Ruth: I wasn't brought up to leave a husband. I guess that's why. Or maybe I was just scared to. I never noticed how ugly this room is. What's your favorite color?
Sonny: I don't know - blue.
Ruth: Maybe I'll re-paper it.
Sonny: Why'd you marry him?
Ruth: I don't know. My mother didn't like him. Maybe that was it. When I was 20 years old, I thought hairy-chested football coaches were about it. I'm gonna buy us a new quilt - a blue one.
Sonny: What do ya think he'd do if he found us?
Ruth: Shoot us, probably. He's always glad to have an excuse to use his deer rifle.

Sam: You wouldn't believe how this country's changed. First time I seen it, there wasn't a mesquite tree on it, or a prickly pear neither. I used to own this land, you know. First time I watered a horse at this tank was - more than forty years ago. I reckon the reason why I always drag you out here is probably I'm just as sentimental as the next fella when it comes to old times. Old times. I brought a young lady swimmin' out here once, more than 20 years ago. Was after my wife had lost her mind and my boys was dead. Me and this young lady was pretty wild, I guess. In pretty deep. We used to come out here on horseback and go swimmin' without no bathing suits. One day, she wanted to swim the horses across this tank. Kind of a crazy thing to do, but we done it anyway. She bet me a silver dollar she could beat me across. She did. This old horse I was ridin' didn't want to take the water. But she was always lookin' for somethin' to do like that. Somethin' wild. I'll bet she's still got that silver dollar.
Sonny: Whatever happened to her?
Sam: Oh, she growed up. She was just a girl then, really...
Sonny: Why didn't you ever marry her after your wife died?
Sam: She was already married. Her and her husband was young and miserable with one another like so many young married folks are. I thought they'd change with some age, but it didn't turn out that way.
Sonny: Bein' married always so miserable?
Sam: No, not really. About eighty percent of the time, I guess. We oughta go to a real fishin' tank next year. Aw, too late to think about things like that too much. If she was here, I'd probably be just as crazy now as I was then in about five minutes. Ain't that ridiculous? Naw, it ain't really. 'Cause bein' crazy 'bout a woman like her's always the right thing to do. Bein' a decrepit old bag of bones - that's what's ridiculous - gettin' old.

Bobby: You a virgin?
Jacy: I guess I am.
Bobby: Too bad.
Jacy: I don't wanna be, though.
Bobby: I don't blame ya. Come see me when you're not.

Jacy: Oh Duane, hurry. What's wrong, honey?
Duane: Uh, I don't know.
Jacy: That tickles. You know I can't stand to be tickled. Well, what's the matter? Aren't you gonna do it?
Duane: I don't know what's wrong.
Jacy: What do you mean? How could anything be wrong? Just go on and do it. Oh! What's the matter with you?
Duane: I don't know. I don't know. Somethin's happened.
Jacy: Well, get off a minute, for goodness sake. You might fall and mash me. It's 'cause you and Sonny went down to Mexico. No telling what you got down there. I just hate you. I don't know why I ever went with you. Put some clothes on! You think I wanna sit around here and look at you nekkid? I might never get to not be a virgin. I think you're the meanest boy I ever saw. My mother was dead right about you. You better not tell one soul - you just pretend it was wonderful.

Winnie: ...What was it like?
Jacy: I just can't describe it. I just can't describe it in words.

Abilene: [on the phone] Hello.
Lois: Abilene, you asleep?
Abilene: No.
Lois: You like company?
Abilene: Well, I thought I'd drive out, see how my well was coming.
Lois: Drill hard. You're better at oil wells anyway.

Duane: [on the phone] Hi Jacy, it's Duane.
Jacy: What's on your feeble mind Duane?
Duane: Just go with me once more.
Jacy: You find somebody else to pester. I've got a new boyfriend and I can't be talking to you...I guess I've just been wantin' to go with him all along and didn't realize it.

Jacy: Oh, he's just awful, Momma. Why do you fool with him? Daddy's a nicer man than him, isn't he?
Lois: He sure is, beautiful. Your Daddy's a very nice man. I oughta been givin' Abilene hell, instead of him.
Jacy: I don't know what I'm gonna do. Bobby was the last one - I'm just gonna be an old maid.
Lois: Oh no, honey, that's just the way it goes sometimes, you know. You win a few, you lose a few.
Jacy: What do you do? Nothin's ever the way it's supposed to be at all.
Lois: You're right, come on. I wanna tell you somethin'. What I've done has not worked out too well. I think maybe we better think of somethin' else for you.

Sonny: [about Jacy] Sure, I been goin' with her, why not?
Duane: I never said I blamed you for it. I don't blame you much. I just never thought you'd do me that way. I thought we was still best friends.
Sonny: We are. What's you so mad for? I never done nothin' to you.
Duane: I guess screwin' my girl ain't nothin' to you.
Sonny: I ain't screwin' her.
Duane: The hell you ain't.
Sonny: Well, I ain't. But she's not your girl anymore, anyway.
Duane: She is my girl. I don't care if we did break up.

Jacy: You just can't believe how famous we are. We're all anybody talks about in this town now...I want us to get married...Just as soon as you want to. Don't you want to?...I bet the whole town'll be knocked for a loop if we do. They'll never forget it.
Sonny: But ain't you goin' to college?
Jacy: Oh, I don't care about that. I love you, and that's more important. You were so dear to fight for me. My folks won't like it, but we can run off.
Sonny: They'll kill us.
Jacy: Oh, no they won't.
Sonny: Kill me, anyhow.
Jacy: They'll get over it. You're workin' for Daddy now anyway, and pretty soon they'll love you just as much as I do. Can we?
Sonny: Sure. I just hope I can see to drive.
Jacy: Don't you worry. I can drive.

Lois: You won't believe this, Sonny, but you're lucky we got you clear of her quick as we did. You'd have been a lot better off staying with Ruth Popper.
Sonny: Does everybody know about that?
Lois: 'Course. Sounds like a good deal to me, kiddo. You shouldn't let Jacy turn your head.
Sonny: Well, she's prettier. I guess I shouldn't have, though. I guess I treated her terrible.
Lois: Guess you did.

Sonny: Nothin's really been right since Sam the Lion died.
Lois: No, no it hasn't. Oh God, I get sad if I think of Sam for long. Did you know he had beautiful hands?
Sonny: I guess you liked him, didn't you? Aw, I guess everybody did.
Lois: Well, I tell you, it was different with me, Sonny. I loved him. He loved me, too.
Sonny: Are you - are you the one he used to take swimmin'? Out at the tank?
Lois: He told you about that, huh? Yeah, I was the one. I guess if it wasn't for Sam, I'd just about have missed it, whatever it is. I'd have been one of them Amity types that thinks that playin' bridge is about the best thing that life has to offer. Old Sam the Lion. Sam the Lion - you know, nobody knows where he got that name. I gave it to him. One night, well, it just came to me. He was so pleased. I was 22 years old then. Can you imagine? I'll tell you, Sonny, it's terrible to only meet one man in your whole life who knows what you're worth. Just terrible. I've looked, too. You wouldn't believe how I've looked.
Sonny: Well, now I know why Sam liked you.
Lois: Loved me.
Sonny: Loved ya, I mean.
Lois: Do you? Well, I can kinda see what he saw in you, too. Nope, I'll just go on home. Go on, get out.
Sonny: Think I can - think I can learn to drink?
Lois: You might. You'd better keep on practicing.

Chester: Boy, we finally got us a team. Didn't back in your day, did they, Sonny?
Sonny: No, we wasn't much good.
Chester: Well, you just never learned the fundamentals. You know, blockin' and tacklin'. Not like this team.

Miss Mosey: Nobody wants to come to shows no more. Kids got baseball in the summer, television all the time. If Sam had lived, I believe we could've kept it goin'. But I just didn't have the know-how.
Duane: Won't be much to do in town with the picture show closed.
Sonny: Yeah.

Duane: [about Jacy] I ain't over her yet, you know...it's the damndest thing...That's the only reason you and I got into it that time. Reckon she likes it down in Dallas?
Sonny: It's hard to say. Maybe she does. Reckon you and her woulda got it all straightened out if I hadn'ta butted in?
Duane: Aw, now. No. They'd've annulled me too, even if we had. You all, uh, never even got to the motel?
Sonny: No.

Trucker: [about Billy] What was he doin' out there anyway, carryin' that broom?
Sheriff: Aw, he weren't doin' nothin'. He was just an ol' simple-minded kid - never had any sense.
Cowboy: Sorta retarded, you know. It wasn't your fault...
Another man: He was just a dumb ol' kid, never was good for much.
Cowboy: Didn't even know enough to keep his ass out of the cold, morning like this...
Trucker: I'd still like to know what he was doin' luggin' that broom around this time of day.
Sonny: [crying] He was sweepin', ya sons of bitches. He was sweepin'.

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