On Golden Pond
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Ethel: "Chelsea, you have a great, big, chip on your shoulder, which is very unattractive. It is. It is. You stay away for years at a time; you never come home unless I beg you to, and when you do - all you can do is be disagreeable about the past - what's the point? Don't you think that everyone looks back on their childhood with a certain amount of bitterness and regret about something? It doesn't have to ruin your life, darling. You're a big girl, now. Aren't you tired of it all? Bore, bore, bore. Life marches by, Chels. I suggest you get on with it."
Ethel: "You know, Norman, you really are the sweetest man in the world, but I'm the only one who knows it."
Ethel: "You mustn't let Norman upset you, Billy. He wasn't yelling at you, you know." Billy Ray: "Sounds like he is yelling at me." Ethel: "No... he was yelling at life." Billy Ray: "What the heck does that mean?" Ethel: "Oh... well, it means he's like an old lion, he has to remind himself that he can still roar... Billy... sometimes... you have to look hard, at a person, and remember, that he's doing the best he can... He's just trying to find his way, that's all. Just like you."
Bill Ray (Senior): "Oh, um... are there any bears around here?" Norman: "Oh, sure. Black bears and, grizzlies. One came along here last month and ate an old lesbian."
Ethel: "Hey, I met the nicest couple!" Norman: "Huh? Where?" Ethel: "In the woods!" Norman: "A couple of people?" Ethel: "No, a couple of antelope. Of course, a couple of people. Their name is Migliori, I believe." Norman: "Migliori? What sorta name is that?" Ethel: "I don't know, darling. Italian, I suppose. They're up from Boston." Norman: "They speak English?" Ethel: "Of course they speak English. They're a nice middle-aged couple, just like us." Norman: "If they're just like us, they're not middle-aged." Ethel: "Of course they are!" Norman: "Middle-aged means the 'middle', Ethel. Middle of life. People don't live to be a hundred and fifty!" Ethel: "Well... we're at the far edge of middle age, that's all." Norman: "We're not, you know. We're not middle-aged. You're old, and I'm ancient!" Ethel: "Oh, poop!"
Billy Ray: A canoe! Just like the Indians used.
Norman: Actually, the Indians used a different grade of aluminum.
Chelsea Thayer Wayne: It just seems like we've been mad at each other for so long...
Norman: I didn't think we were mad; I just thought we didn't like each other.
Norman: "Ethel Thayer." It sounds like I'm lisping, doesn't it?
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The loons are back again on Golden Pond and so are Norman Thayer, a retired professor, and Ethel who have had a summer cottage there since early in their marriage. This summer their daughter Chelsea -- whom they haven't seen for years -- feels she must be there for Norman's birthday. She and her fiance are on their way to Europe the next day but will be back in a couple of weeks to pick up the fiance's son. When she returns Chelsea is married and her stepson has the relationship with her father that she always wanted. Will father and daughter be able to communicate at last?
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