The Don’s garden. The Don, older looking now, sits with Michael -day
So — Barzini will move against you first. He’ll set up a meeting with someone that you absolutely trust — guaranteeing your safety. And at that meeting, you’ll be assassinated.
(then, as the Don drinks from a glass of wine as Michael watches him)
I like to drink wine more than I used to — anyway, I’m drinking more…
It’s good for you, Pop.
VITO CORLEONE (after a long pause)
I don’t know — your wife and children — are you happy with them?
I hope you don’t mind the way I — I keep going over this Barzini business…
No, not at all…
It’s an old habit. I spent my life trying not to be careless — women and children can be careless, but not men.
How’s your boy?
He’s good —
You know he looks more like you every day.
He’s smarter than I am. Three years old, he can read the funny papers
VITO CORLEONE (laughs)
Read the funny papers —
Oh — well — eh, I want you to arrange to have a telephone man check all the calls that go in and out of here — because…
I did it already, Pop.
— ya’know, cuz it could be anyone…
Pop, I took care of that.
Oh, that’s right — I forgot.
MICHAEL (reaching over, touching his father)
What’s the matter? What’s bothering you?
(then, after the Don doesn’t answer)
I’ll handle it. I told you I can handle it, I’ll handle it.
VITO CORLEONE (as he stands)
I knew that Santino was going to have to go through all this. And Fredo — well —
(then, after he sits besides Michael)
— Fredo was — well — But I never — I never wanted this for you. I work my whole life, I don’t apologize, to take care of my family. And I refused — to be a fool — dancing on the string, held by all those — bigshots. I don’t apologize — that’s my life — but I thought that — that when it was your time — that — that you would be the one to hold the strings. Senator – Corleone. Governor – Corleone, or something…
Well — there wasn’t enough time, Michael. Wasn’t enough time…
We’ll get there, Pop — we’ll get there…
(then, after kissing Michael on the cheek)
Now listen — whoever comes to you with this Barzini meeting — he’s the traitor. Don’t forget that.