Daily Dialogue — October 26, 2017

Susanna: I’m ambivalent. In fact that’s my new favorite word.
Dr. Wick: Do you know what that means, ambivalence?
Susanna: I don’t care.
Dr. Wick: If it’s your favorite word, I would’ve thought you would…
Susanna: It means I don’t care. That’s what it means.
Dr. Wick: On the contrary, Susanna. Ambivalence suggests strong feelings… in opposition. The prefix, as in “ambidextrous,” means “both.” The rest of it, in Latin, means “vigor.” The word suggests that you are torn… between two opposing courses of action.
Susanna: Will I stay or will I go?
Dr. Wick: Am I sane… or, am I crazy?
Susanna: Those aren’t courses of action.
Dr. Wick: They can be, dear — for some.
Susanna: Well, then — it’s the wrong word.
Dr. Wick: No. I think it’s perfect.

Girl, Interrupted (1999), screenplay by James Mangold and Lisa Loomer and Anna Hamilton Phelan, book by Susanna Kaysen

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Therapy, suggested by Gisela Wehrl.

Trivia: Winona Ryder acquired the rights to the novel herself and then spent 7 years trying to get the film made.

Dialogue On Dialogue: This is a terrific exchange as you can track the power play between the two characters, vigorous subtext.