Laurie: When I imagine myself in that life, I can think of only one thing that would make me happy.
Jo: No, Teddy. Teddy don’t. No, Teddy. We have to talk about this reasonably.
Laurie: I have loved you since the moment I clapped eyes on you. What could be more reasonable than to marry you?
Jo: We’d kill each other!
Jo: Neither of us can keep our temper–
Laurie: I can, unless provoked.
Jo: We’re both stupidly stubborn, especially you. We’d only quarrel!
Laurie: I wouldn’t!
Jo: You can’t even propose without quarreling.
Laurie: Dear Jo, I swear I’ll be a saint. I’ll let you win every argument. I’ll take care of you and your family. I’ll give you every luxury you’ve ever been denied. You won’t have to write unless you want to. Grandfather wants me to learn the business in England. Can’t you see us bashing around London?
Jo: London… Oh, Teddy, I’m not fashionable enough for London. You need someone who’s elegant and refined.
Laurie: I want you.
Jo: Teddy, please don’t ask me. Teddy, I’m desperately sorry. I do care for you with all of my heart. You’re my dearest friend. I just can’t go be a wife.
Laurie: You say you won’t, but… you will.
Jo: I won’t.
Laurie: One day you’ll meet some man. A good man. And you will love him tremendously. And you will live and die for him.
Jo: Teddy, please…
Laurie: You will. Jo, I know you. And I’ll be hanged if I stand by and watch.
— Little Women (1994), screenplay by Robin Swicord, novel by Louisa May Alcott
The Daily Dialogue theme this week is confessions of love suggested by Sabina Giado. Today’s suggestion by Teddy Pasternak.
Trivia: At the end of the credits, the film is dedicated to two persons, one of whom is Polly Klaas, the 12-year-old girl who was kidnapped from her Petaluma, California, home in 1993 and later found murdered. Winona Ryder, much of whose youth was spent in Petaluma, joined in the highly publicized search effort and made a number of emotional appeals for the child’s safe return.
Dialogue On Dialogue: A proclamation of love followed by a line of reasoning why the couple can’t end up together.