Red emerges into fading daylight. Andy’s waiting for him.
RED: Same old, same old. Thirty years. Jesus. When you say it like that…
ANDY: You wonder where it went. I wonder where ten years went.
Red nods, solemn. They settle in on the bleachers. Andy pulls a small box from his sweater, hands it to Red.
ANDY: Anniversary gift. Open it.
Red does. Inside the box, on a thin layer of cotton, is a shiny new harmonica, bright aluminum and circus-red.
ANDY: Had to go through one of your competitors. Hope you don’t mind. Wanted it to be a surprise.
RED: It’s very pretty, Andy. Thank you.
ANDY: You gonna play something?
Red considers it, shakes his head. Softly:
RED: Not today.
— The Shawshank Redemption (1994), screenplay by Frank Darabont, short story by Stephen King
The Daily Dialogue theme for the week is gift-giving, suggested by plinytheelder. Today’s suggestion by David Proenza.
Trivia: Stephen King sold the rights to the movie very cheaply out of his friendship with Frank Darabont. They had originally become friends when Darabont adapted a short story of King’s called “The Woman in the Room” (King has a policy stating that any aspiring filmmaker can adapt his short stories for a buck) and King was thoroughly impressed. They maintained a pen pal relationship and didn’t actually meet until Darabont optioned Shawshank.
Dialogue On Dialogue: The harmonica plays a subtle, but important role in Shawshank. I went into length about it in a GITS post here.