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Daily Dialogue — April 23, 2012

Pocahontas: Mother, where do you live? In the sky? The clouds? The sea? Show me your face. Give me a sign. We rise… we rise. Afraid of myself. A god, he seems to me. What else is life but being near you? Do they suspect? Oh, to be given to you. You to me. I will be faithful to you. True. Two no more. One. One. I am… I am.

Pochanontas: Mother, now I know where you live.

John Rolfe: [reading letter] “13th of April, 1616. Dear son, I write this so that someday in the future you might understand a circumstance which shall be but a far memory to you. Your dear mother, Rebecca, fell ill in our outward passage at Gravesend. She gently reminded me that all must die. ‘Tis enough, she said, that you our child, should live.’”

– Pocahontas (Q’orianka Kilcher), John Rolfe (Christian Bale), The New World (2005), written by Terrence Malick

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week is voice-over narration suggested by Lloyd Morgan. Today’s suggestion by Teddy Pasternak.

Trivia: Terrence Malick finished the script in the late 1970s, but it lay dormant until 2004.

Dialogue On Dialogue: A lovely lyrical use of V.O., the first a presage of the second, framing death as a reunion.