Great Moments in Cinema, IV

KITCHEN

Loretta pours Sheriff Bell and then herself morning coffee.

BELL
Maybe I’ll go ridin.

LORETTA
Okay.

BELL
What do you think.

LORETTA
I can’t plan your day.

BELL
I mean, would you care to join me.

LORETTA
Lord no. I’m not retired.

(Sheriff Bell sips his coffee.)

BELL
Maybe I’ll help here then.

(Loretta takes a sip.)

LORETTA
Better not.

(They both sip.)

…How’d you sleep?

BELL
I don’t know. Had dreams.

LORETTA
Well you got time for ’em now. Anything interesting?

BELL
Well they always is to the party concerned.

LORETTA
Ed Tom, I’ll be polite.

BELL
Okay. Two of ’em. Both had my father. It’s peculiar. I’m older now’n he ever was by twenty years. So in a sense he’s the younger man. Anyway, first one I don’t remember so well but it was about money and I think I lost it. The second one, it was like we was both back in older times and I was on horseback goin through the mountains of a night. Goin’ through this pass in the mountains. It was cold and snowin, hard ridin’. Hard country. He rode past me and kept on goin. Never said nothin’ goin’ by. He just rode on past and he had his blanket wrapped around him and his head down and when he rode past I seen he was carryin’ fire in a horn the way people used to do and I could see the horn from the light inside of it. About the color of the moon. And in the dream I knew that he was goin’ on ahead and that he was fixin to make a fire somewhere out there in all that dark and all that cold, and I knew that whenever I got there he would be there. And then I woke up.

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