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In her first year, Welton MR. NOLAN DEAD POET'S SOCIETY Academy Mr. Anderson, you have some graduated five students. Last big shoes to by Tom Shulman year we fill, young man. Your brother graduated fifty-one and more was one of Dialogue Transcript than our finest. _________________________ seventy-five percent of those _________________________ went on to TODD __________________ the Ivy League. This, this kind Thank you. of MOTHER accomplishment is the result of MRS. PERRY Now remember, keep your fervent Lovely ceremony. shoulders back. dedication to the principles taught MR. NOLAN MAN 1 here. This is why you parents Thank you. I'm so glad you Okay. Put your arm around have been liked it. your brother. sending your sons. This is why we are MR. PERRY MAN 1 the best preparatory school in Gale. Okay, one more. the United States. MR. NOLAN HABER Tom. Now just to review, you'll MR. NOLAN follow along As you know, our beloved Mr. MR. PERRY with the procession until you Portius of Good to see you again. get to the the English Department retired headmaster. At that point, he last NEIL will term. You will have the Hello, Mr. Nolan. indicate to you to light the opportunity candles of later to meet his replacement MR. NOLAN the boys'. Mr. John Neil, we expect great things Keating, himself an honor's from you MAN 2 graduate of this year. All right, boys. Let's settle this school and who, for the down. past NEIL several years, has been Thank you, sir. MAN 3 teaching at the Banners up! highly regarded Chester MR. PERRY School in Well, he won't disappoint us. MR. NOLAN London. Right, Ladies and gentlemen, boys, Neil? the light of MR. NOLAN the knowledge. Glad you could come by. NEIL I'll do my best, sir. MR. NOLAN MR. ANDERSON One hundred years ago, in Thrilling ceremony as usual, FATHER 1 1859, forty- Dr. Nolan. Come on, son. one boys sat in this room and were asked MR. NOLAN MOTHER 1 the same question that now You've been away too long. Chin up. greets you at the start of each semester. MRS. ANDERSON BOY 1 Gentlemen, Hello, Dr. Nolan. Okay. what are the four pillars? MR. NOLAN MOTHER 1 BOYS Good to have you. Chin up. Tradition! Honor! Discipline! Excellence! MRS. ANDERSON FATHER 1 This is our youngest, Todd. No tears now. MR. NOLAN BOY 2 Oops. NEIL I don't want to go here. Oh, this is Todd Anderson. NEIL MOTHER 2 Listen. Don't mind Cameron. TODD Honey, I love you. He's, uh, Nice to meet you. born with his foot in his FATHER 1 mouth. Know MEEKS I'll walk you over. what I mean? Nice to meet you. MOTHER 2 CHARLIE CHARLIE Do your lessons. Rumor has it you did summer Charlie Dalton. school. NEIL KNOX Hey. I hear we're gonna be NEIL Knox Overstreet. roommates. Yep. Chemistry. My father I'm Neil Perry. thought I NEIL should get ahead. How was Todd's brother was Jeffrey TODD your summer, Anderson. I'm Todd Anderson. Slick? CHARLIE NEIL CHARLIE Oh, yeah, sure. Valedictorian, Why'd you leave Balincrest? Keen. Meeks, door, close. National Merit Scholar. TODD MEEKS My brother went here. Yes, sir. MEEKS Oh, well! Welcome to Hellton. NEIL CHARLIE Oh, so you're that Anderson! Gentlemen, what are the four CHARLIE pillars? It's every bit as tough as they FATHER say. This is for his sinuses. And, BOYS Unless you're a genius like oh, if he, Travesty! Horror! Decadence! Meeks. if he can't, uh, swallow, you Excrement! give him MEEKS one of these. And if he has CHARLIE He flatters me. That's why I'll trouble Okay, study group. Meeks help him breathing, you give him-- aced Latin. I with Latin. didn't quite flunk English. So if HABER you CHARLIE All right, fine. want, we got our study group. And English, and trig. FATHER NEIL NEIL And, oh, did you remember Sure. Cameron asked me too. It's open. your Anyone mind vaporizer? And the vapor-- including him? NEIL Father, I thought you'd gone. BOY CHARLIE Hey, how's it going, Neil? What's his specialty? CHARLIE Bootlicking? Mr. Perry, sir. CAMERON Neil? Study group tonight? NEIL MR. PERRY Uh, he's your roommate. Keep your seats, fellas. Keep NEIL your Yeah, sure. CHARLIE seats. Neil, I've just spoken to That's not my fault. Mr. CAMERON Nolan. I think that you're Business as usual, huh? Hey, I MEEKS taking too heard you Uh, I'm sorry. My name is many extracurricular activities got the new kid. Looks like a Stephen Meeks. this stiff. semester. And I've decided that KNOX you NEIL I guess so. should drop school annual. Yes, sir. MEEKS NEIL CHARLIE Todd, you're welcome to join But I'm the assistant editor this Why doesn't he let you do us. year. what you want? CHARLIE MR. PERRY KNOX Yeah, come along, pal. Well, I'm sorry, Neil. Yeah. Neil, tell him off. It couldn't TODD NEIL get any worse. Thanks. But, father, I can't. It wouldn't be NEIL McALLISTER fair. Oh, that's rich! Like you guys Slow down, boys! Slow down, tell your you horrible MR. PERRY parents off, Mr. Future Lawyer phalanx of pubescence! Fellas? Would you excuse us and Mr. for a Future Banker? SCIENCE TEACHER moment? Pick three laboratory KNOX experiments from MR. PERRY Okay, so I don't like it any the project list and report on Don't you ever dispute me in more than them public! Do you do. every five weeks. The first you understand? twenty NEIL questions at the end of Chapter NEIL Well, stop telling me how to One are Father, I wasn't disputing you- talk to my due tomorrow. father. You guys are the same MR. PERRY way. McALLISTER After you've finished medical Agricolam. school and KNOX you're on your own, then you All right, all right. Jesus. So BOYS can do as what are Agricolam. you damn well please. But you gonna do, then? until then, McALLISTER you do as I tell you. Is that NEIL Agricola. clear? What I have to do. Drop the annual. BOYS NEIL Agricola. Yes, sir. I'm sorry. CHARLIE Well, I wouldn't lose too much McALLISTER MR. PERRY sleep Agricolae. You know how much this over it. It's just a bunch of means to your jerks BOYS mother, don't you? trying to impress Nolan. Agricolae. NEIL NEIL McALLISTER Yes, sir. I don't care. I don't give a Agricolarum. damn about NEIL any of it. BOYS You know me. I'm always Agricolarum. taking on too MEEKS much. Well, uh, Latin, eight o'clock McALLISTER in my Agricolis. MR. PERRY room? Well, that's my boy. Now, BOYS listen. You NEIL Agricolis. need anything, you let us Yeah. know, huh? McALLISTER Agricolas. Now let me dispel a few rumors, so they KEATING BOYS don't fester into facts. Yes, I, Very good, Mr-- Agricolas. too, attended Hellton and have MEEKS McALLISTER survived. And Meeks. Agricolis. no, at that time, I was not the mental KEATING BOYS giant you see before you. I was Meeks. Another unusual name. Agricolis. the Seize the intellectual equivalent of a day. "Gather ye rosebuds while McALLISTER ninety- ye may." Again, please. Agricola. eight-pound weakling. I would Why does the writer use these go to the lines? BOYS beach, and people would kick Agricola. copies of CHARLIE Byron in my face. Because he's in a hurry. HABER Your study of trigonometry KEATING KEATING requires Now, Mr. Pitts. That's rather No! Ding! Thank you for absolute precision. Anyone unfortunate name. Mr. Pitts, playing anyway. failing to where are Because we are food for turn in any homework you? worms, lads. assignment will be Because, believe it or not, each penalized one point off their KEATING and final Mr. Pitts, will you open your every one of us in this room is, grade. Let me urge you now hymnal to one not to test page 542? Read the first stanza day, gonna stop breathing, turn me on this point. of the cold, poem you find there. and die. I would like you to BOY 1 step Hey, Spaz! Spaz! PITTS forward over here and peruse "To the Virgins, to Make some of the BOY 2 Much of Time"? faces from the past. You've Brian damaged. walked past KEATING them many times, but I don't KEATING Yes. That's the one. Somewhat think Well, come on! appropriate, isn't it? you've really looked at them. BOY PITTS KEATING Let's go. Let's go, guys. They're not that different from Gather ye rosebuds while ye you, are KEATING may, they? Same haircuts, full of "O Captain! My Captain!" Old time is still a-flying: hormones Who knows where And this same flowers that just like you. Invincible just that comes from? Anybody. smiles today, like you Tomorrow will be dying. feel. The world is their oyster. KEATING They Not a clue? It's from a poem KEATING believe they're destined for by Walt Thank you, Mr. Pitts. "Gather great Whitman about Mr. Abraham ye things, just like many of you. Lincoln. Now, rosebuds while ye may." The Their this class, you can either call Latin term eyes are full of hope, just like me Mr. for that sentiment is "Carpe you. Keating, or, if you're slightly diem". Now Did they wait until it was too more who knows what that means? late to daring, "O Captain! My make from their lives even one Captain." MEEKS iota of Carpe diem. That's "seize the what they were capable? KEATING day." Because, you see, gentlemen, those boys are CHARLIE Hi. K-Knox Overstreet. Uh, now Ooh, the Danburrys. Dr. Hager. fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen NEIL CHRIS real close, you can hear them Who are the Danburrys? Hi. whisper their legacy to you. Go on, CHARLIE KNOX lean in. Big alums! How'd you swing This is the Danburrys', right? Listen. Do you hear it? that? CHRIS KEATING KNOX Are, are you here to see Chet? Carpe. Hear it? Carpe. Carpe Friends of my dad's. They're diem. Seize probably in KNOX the day, boys. Make your lives their nineties or something. Mrs. Danburry? extraordinary. Sounds great, doesn't it? CHRIS PITTS No. That was weird. NEIL Anything's better than Hellton MRS. DANBURRY NEIL hash. I'm sorry. Thank you, Chris. But different. I'm Mrs. CHARLIE Danburry. You must be Knox. KNOX I'll second that. Spooky if you ask me. KNOX MEEKS Yes. CAMERON Yeah, well, we'll see. He'll test us on that stuff? MRS. DANBURRY NEIL Back by nine? Please, come on CHARLIE Hey! Want to come to the in. Oh, come on, Cameron. Don't study group you get tonight? CHET anything? Chris, come on. What are you TODD doing? CAMERON Uh, no. No. I've, I-I've got What? What? some CHRIS TEACHER: Let's go, boys. history I wanna do. Chet, I'm coming. Hustle up in here. That means you, Dalton. NEIL MR. DANBURRY Suit yourself. Knox! How are you? Joe MEEKS Danburry. All right, who's up for our HABER study group Ready, Overstreet? KNOX tonight, guys? Nice to meet you, sir. KNOX BOY 1 Ready to go, sir. MR. DANBURRY Sure. Well, he's the spitting image of MRS. DANBURRY his BOY 2 Chet, can you get that? father, isn't he? How is he? Me. Come on in. CHET BOY 3 I can't, Mom. KNOX Me, me, me. He's great. He just did a big CHRIS case for KNOX I'll get it. G.M. Well, I can't make it, guys. I have to CHRIS MR. DANBURRY have dinner at the Danburrys' Can I help you? Yeah, I know where you're house headed. Like tonight. KNOX father, like son, huh? BOY 1 NEIL Yes! PITTS "'Understanding Poetry,' by Too bad. Dr. J. Evans BOY 2 Pritchard, Ph.D. To fully Oh, sacrifice bishop to queen KNOX understand six. Too bad? It's worse than too poetry, we must first be fluent bad, Pitts. with its BOY 1 It's a tragedy. A girl this meter, rhyme and figures of Another game? beautiful in speech, then love with such a jerk? ask two questions: 1) How BOY 2 artfully has What do you mean? PITTS the objective of the poem been All the good ones go for jerks, rendered PITTS you know and 2) How important is that Boo! that. objective? Question 1 rates the poem's CAMERON CAMERON perfection; Replace, uh, these numbers Yeah, forget her. Open your question 2 rates its importance. here with X-- trig book And For X and Y. and try and figure out problem once these questions have been five. answered, NEIL determining the poem's Of course. KNOX greatness becomes I can't just forget her, a relatively simple matter." CAMERON Cameron. And I Of course. So what's the certainly can't think about trig! NEIL problem? "If the poem's score for PITTS perfection is CHARLIE We got it! plotted on the horizontal of a How was dinner? graph and HABER its importance is plotted on the KNOX All right, gentlemen, five vertical, then calculating the Huh? minutes. total Let's go. area of the poem yields the CHARLIE measure of How was dinner? CHARLIE its greatness." Did you see her naked? KNOX NEIL Terrible. Awful. KNOX "A sonnet by Byron might Very funny, Dalton. score high on CHARLIE the vertical but only average What? What happened? HABER on the That wouldn't be a, uh, radio in horizontal. A Shakespearean KNOX your sonnet, on Tonight I met the most lap, wouldn't it, Mr. Pitts? the other hand, would score beautiful girl I high both have ever seen in my entire PITTS horizontally and vertically, life. No, sir. A science experiment. yielding a Radar. massive total area, thereby NEIL revealing Are you crazy? What's wrong KEATING the poem to be truly great. As with that? Gentlemen, open your texts to you page 21 of proceed through the poetry in KNOX this introduction. Mr. Perry, this book, She's practically engaged. To will you practice this rating method. As Chet read the opening paragraph of your Danburry. the ability to evaluate poems in preface entitled this matter CHARLIE "Understanding Poetry"? grows, so will, so will your The guy could eat a football. enjoyment and understanding of poetry." McALLISTER quietly about the business of What the hell is going on here? achieving KEATING other ambitions." I've a little Excrement. That's what I think KEATING secret of Mr. J. I don't hear enough rips! for you. Huddle up. Huddle Evans Pritchard. We're not up! laying pipe. McALLISTER We're talking about poetry. Mr. Keating. KEATING How can you We don't read and write poetry describe poetry like American KEATING because Bandstand? Mr. McAllister. it's cute. We read and write "Oh, I like Byron. I give him a poetry 42, but McALLISTER because we are members of the I can't dance to it." Now, I I'm sorry. I, I didn't know you human want you to were race. And the human race is rip out that page. here. filled with passion. And medicine, law, KEATING KEATING business, Go on. Rip out the entire page. I am. Ah. engineering -- these are noble You pursuits heard me. Rip it out. Rip it McALLISTER and necessary to sustain life. out! Go on. So you are. Excuse me. But Rip it out! poetry, beauty, romance, love - KEATING - these KEATING Keep ripping, gentlemen! This are what we stay alive for. To Thank you, Mr. Dalton. is a quote Gentlemen, tell battle. A war. And the from Whitman you what. Don't just tear out casualties could O me! O life! of the question that page, be your hearts and souls. of these tear out the entire introduction. Thank you, recurring, I want Dalton. Armies of academics Of the endless trains of the it gone. History. Leave nothing going faithless, of it. forward, measuring poetry. of cities fill'd with the foolish... Rip it out! Rip! Be gone, J. No! We'll not What good amid these O me, Evans have that here. No more Mr. J. O life? Pritchard, Ph.D. Rip. Shred. Evans Answer Tear. Rip Pritchard. Now, my class, you That you are here--That life it out! I want to hear nothing will learn exists and but to think for yourselves again. identity, ripping of Mr. Pritchard. We'll You will That the powerful play goes perforate it, put it on a roll. It's learn to savor words and on, and you not language. No may contribute a verse. the Bible. You're not gonna go matter what anybody tells you, to hell words and KEATING for this. ideas can change the world. "That the powerful play goes Now I see on, and you KEATING that look in Mr. Pitts' eye, like may contribute a verse." What Go on. Make a clean tear. I 19th- will your want nothing century literature has nothing verse be? left of it. to do with going to business school BOYS CAMERON or medical For what we are about to We shouldn't be doing this. school. Right? Maybe. Mr. receive, may Hopkins, you the Lord make us truly KEATING may agree with him, thinking, grateful. Amen. Rip! Rip! Rip! Rip it out! Rip! "Yes, we should simply study our Mr. McALLISTER KEATING Pritchard Quite an interesting class you Rip it out! and learn our rhyme and meter gave and go today, Mr. Keating. Hey, I found his senior annual KEATING KEATING in the Oh, my God. No, that's not me. Sorry if I shocked you, Mr. library. Stanley McAllister. "The Tool" Wilson. NEIL McALLISTER Listen to this. "Captain of the KEATING Oh, there's no need to soccer God. apologize. It was team, Editor of the school very fascinated, misguided annual, NEIL though it Cambridge bound, Thigh man, What was the Dead Poets was. and Dead Society? Poets Society." KEATING KEATING You think so? CAMERON I doubt the present "Man most likely to do administration would McALLISTER anything." look too favorably upon that. You take a big risk by encouraging them CHARLIE NEIL to become artists, John. When Thigh man! Mr."K" was a hell- Why? What was it? they raiser. realize that they're not KEATING Rembrandts, PITTS Gentlemen, can you keep a Shakespeares or Mozarts, What's the Dead Poets secret? they'll hate Society? you for it. NEIL NEIL Sure, yeah. KEATING I don't know. We're not talking artist, KEATING George. We're MEEKS The Dead Poets was dedicated talking free thinkers. Is there a picture in the to "sucking annual? the marrow out of life." That's McALLISTER a phrase Free thinkers at seventeen? CAMERON from Thoreau we would No. invoke at the KEATING beginning of every meeting. Funny. I never pegged you as a NEIL You see, we cynic. Nothing. No other mention of would gather at the old Indian it. cave and McALLISTER take turns reading from Not a cynic. A realist. "Show MR. NOLAN Thoreau, me the That boy there, see me after Whitman, Shelly -- the biggies heart unfettered by foolish lunch. -- even dreams and some of our own verse. And, I'll show you a happy man." NEIL in the Mr. Keating! Mr. Keating! enchantment of the moment, KEATING Sir? we'd let "But only in their dreams can poetry work its magic. men be CHARLIE truly free. 'Twas always thus, Say something. KNOX and You mean, it was a bunch of always thus will be." NEIL guys sitting O Captain! My Captain! around reading poetry? McALLISTER Tennyson? KEATING KEATING Gentlemen. No, Mr. Overstreet, it wasn't KEATING just guys. No. Keating. NEIL We weren't a Greek We were just looking in your organization. We were NEIL old annual. Romantics. We didn't just read poetry, we let it drip from our tongues be careful. We can't get like caught. CHARLIE honey. Spirits soared, women What about you, Knox? swooned and CHARLIE gods were created, gentlemen. No shit, Sherlock. KNOX Not a bad I don't know, Charlie. way to spend an evening, eh? HABER Thank you, You boys there, hurry up! CHARLIE Mr. Perry, for this stroll down Come on, Knox. I'll help you Amnesia NEIL get Chris. Lane. Burn that, especially my All right. Who's in? picture. KNOX CAMERON Yeah? How? NEIL Oh, come on, Neil. Hager's Dead Poets Society. the- CHARLIE Women swoon! CHARLIE NEIL What? Forget Hager! No. Who's in? KNOX But why do they swoon? NEIL CHARLIE Charlie, tell me I say we go tonight. I'm in. why they swoon. Charlie! CHARLIE HABER NEIL Tonight? I'm warning you! Move! You're not listening. Any questions? CAMERON CAMERON Look, you follow the stream to Now, wait a minute. Me, too. the waterfall. It's right there. It's NEIL PITTS gotta Everybody in? I don't know, Neil. be like that. PITTS NEIL CAMERON Where's this cave he's talking What? I don't know. It's starting to about? sound CHARLIE dangerous. NEIL Pitts! Pittsie, come on! It's beyond the stream. I know CHARLIE where it MEEKS Oh. Why don't you just stay is. His grades are hurting, Charlie. home? PITTS NEIL CAMERON That's miles! You can help him, Meeks. Hey, you're crazy. CAMERON PITTS McALLISTER Sounds boring to me. What is this, a midnight study For God's sake, stop chattering group? and sit CHARLIE down! Don't come. NEIL Forget it, Pitts, you're coming. NEIL CAMERON Meeks, Todd, are you coming tonight? Do you know how many your grades hurting, too? demerits we're TODD talking, Dalton? MEEKS No. I'll try anything once. CHARLIE NEIL So don't come. Please. CHARLIE Why not? God, you were Except sex. there. You heard CAMERON Keating. Don't you want to do Look, all I'm saying is that we CAMERON something have to I'm in as long as we're careful. about-- BOY 2 TODD What's the matter? Don't you NEIL Y-Yes, but-- like All right, all right. Forget the snakes? fire. NEIL But, but what? NEIL CHARLIE You're in. Forget it, forget it. TODD Keating said that everybody BOY 1 NEIL took turns Get away from me, okay? Lets go, gentlemen. reading and I don't wanna do that. BOY 3 MEEKS Spaz, why don't you check Can't light a swamp. NEIL your pockets? Gosh. You really have a NEIL problem with BOY 4 I hereby reconvene the Dead that, don't you? Come, Spaz. I have to brush Poets my teeth. Society, Welton Chapter. The, TODD uh, N-No, I, I don't have a BOY 5 meetings will be conducted by problem. Neil, I Hurry up! Get off. myself and just-- I don't wanna do it, the other new initiates now okay? HABER present. Uh, Cut out that racket in there. Todd Anderson, because he NEIL prefers not to All right. What if you didn't NEIL read, will keep the minutes of have to Come on. Let's get out. Go! the read? What if you just came Go! meetings. and listened? CHARLIE NEIL I'm a dead poet! I'll now read the traditional TODD opening That's not how it works. MEEKS message by society member, Charlie. Henry David NEIL Thoreau. "I went to the woods Forget how it works! What if, CHARLIE because I what if Guys, over here! wanted to live deliberately. I they said it was okay? wanted to MEEKS live deep and suck out all the TODD You're funny. You're real marrow of What? What, are you gonna go funny. life." up and ask them if-- No, no. PITTS CHARLIE It's too wet. I'll second that. NEIL I'll be right back. CAMERON NEIL Charlie, you trying to smoke us "To put to rout all that was not TODD out of life, Neil? Neil? here? and not, when I had come to die, McALLISTER NEIL discover that I had not lived." Oh, shut up, will you? No, no, the smoke's going right up this NEIL BOY 1 opening. And, uh, Keating's marked a It's my stuff for my asthma, bunch of okay? Could PITTS other pages. you give that back, please? You okay? Could you CHARLIE give that back? MEEKS All right, intermission. Dig Oh, God. Clods. deep. Right here, right here, lay it down. she completed it was herself. continually got his goat. And And with one day at MEEKS trembling hands, she placed dawn with her night shift on, On the mud? We're gonna put the last he slit our food on four pieces and stared in her bloody throat." Oh, and it the mud? horror at the gets face of a demented madman at worse. CHARLIE the window. Meeks, put your coat down. The last thing that this old lady CHARLIE Picnic ever Do you wanna hear a real blanket. heard was the sound of poem? breaking glass. MEEKS MEEKS Yes, sir! Excuse me. KNOX Want this? No shit. PITTS CHARLIE Use Meeks' coat. NEIL All right? No, I don't need it. Yes. This is true. This is true. You take CHARLIE it. Don't keep anything back, CAMERON either. You I've got one that's even better MEEKS guys are always bumming my than What, did you bring one? smokes. that. I do. There's a young married NEIL MEEKS couple and they're driving You memorized a poem? Raisins? through the forest at night from a long trip. CHARLIE CHARLIE And I didn't memorize a poem. Yeah. Wait a minute. Who they run out of gas and there's Move up. gave us half a a madman roll? on the loose. MEEKS An original piece by Charlie CAMERON CHARLIE Dalton. I'm eating the other half. Oh, that thing with the hands? KNOX CHARLIE PITTS An original piece. Come on. This is the madman on the roof? PITTS CAMERON Take center stage. What? You want me to put it CAMERON back? I love that story. NEIL You know this is history. NEIL CHARLIE Right? This is It was a dark and rainy night. I told you that one. history. And this old lady, who had a passion for CAMERON MEEKS jigsaw You did not. I got that in, uh, Oh, wow. puzzles, sat by herself in her camp in house at sixth grade. CAMERON her table to complete the new Where did you get that? jigsaw CHARLIE puzzle. As she pieced the Yeah. Were you six last year? CHARLIE puzzle together, she realized to her PITTS Teach me to love? Go teach astonishment that the image "In a mean abode in the thyself more that was Shankill Road wit: formed was her very own lived a man named William I, chief professor, am of it. room, and the Bloat. Now he The god of love, if such a thing figure in the center of the had a wife, the plague of his there puzzle as life, who be, May learn to love from me. the black, something very interesting. cutting through the forest with Now, many of NEIL a golden you have seen Shakespeare Wow! Did you write that? track. done very much Then I saw the Congo creeping like this, "O Titus, bring your CHARLIE through friend Abraham Cowley. Okay, who's the black, hither." But if any of you have next? cutting through the forest with seen Mr. a golden Marlon Brando, you know, NEIL track. Shakespeare can Alfred Lord Tennyson. Then I saw the Congo creeping be different. "Friend, Romans, Come my friends, through countrymen, lend me your 'Tis not too late to seek a the black, ears." You can newer world cutting through the forest with also imagine, maybe, John for my purpose holds to sail a golden Wayne as beyond the track. Macbeth going, "Well, is this a sunset. dagger I And though we are not now BOYS see before me?" that strength which in old days Then I saw the Congo creeping KEATING Moved earth and heaven; that through "Dogs, sir? Oh, not just now. I which we the black, do enjoy are, we are;-- cutting through the forest wit... a good dog once in a while, sir. One equal temper of heroic You can hearts, KNOX have yourself a three-course Made weak by time and fate, Morose? meal from but strong one dog. Start with your canine in will. KEATING crudites, go to your Fido To strive, to seek, to find, and Exactly! Morose. Now, flambe for not to language was main course and for dessert, a yield. developed for one endeavor, Pekingese and that is? parfait. And you can pick your MEEKS Mr. Anderson? Come on! Are teeth you a man or with a little paw." Then I had religion, then I had an amoeba? a KEATING vision. KEATING Why do I stand up here? I could not turn from their Mr. Perry? Anybody? revel in derision. NEIL CHARLIE Then I saw the Congo creeping Uh, to communicate. To feel taller. through the black, KEATING KEATING cutting through the forest with No! To woo women. Today No! Thank you for playing, a golden we're going to Mr. Dalton. I track. be talking about William stand upon my desk to remind Then I saw the Congo creeping Shakespeare. yourself through that we must constantly look at the black- BOY things Oh, God! in a different way. CHARLIE Meeks, Meeks. KEATING KEATING I know. A lot of you looked You see, the world looks very MEEKS forward to different this about as much as you look from up here. You don't ...cutting through the forest forward believe me? Come with a to root canal work. We're see for yourself. Come on. golden track. gonna talk Come on! Then I saw the Congo creeping about Shakespeare as someone through who writes KEATING Just when you think you know MEEKS father wants me to or not! something, We got it, Pittsie. We got it! Carpe diem! you have to look at it in Radio another way. Free American! TODD Even though it may seem silly Neil, Neil, hold on a minute. or wrong, NEIL How are you must try! Now, when you I found it. you gonna be in a play if your read, don't father just consider what the author TODD won't let you? thinks. You found what? Consider what you think. NEIL NEIL First I gotta get the part, then I KEATING What I wanna do right now. can Boys, you must strive to find What's worry about that. your own really, really inside me. voice. Because the longer you TODD wait to TODD Yeah, but won't he kill you if begin, the less likely you are to "A Midsummer Night's he finds find Dream"? out you went to an audition it at all. Thoreau said, "Most and didn't men lead NEIL even tell him? lives of quiet desperation." This is it. Don't be NEIL resigned to that. Break out! TODD No, no, no, no. As far as I'm Don't just What is this? concerned, walk off the edge like he won't have to know about lemmings. Look NEIL any of this. around you. It's a play, dummy. TODD KEATING TODD Well, that's impossible. There! There you go, Mr. I know that. I-- Wh-Wh-What Priske. Thank does it have NEIL you! Yes! Dare to strike out to do with you? Bullshit! Nothing's impossible. and find new ground. Now, in addition NEIL TODD to your Right. They're putting it on at Well, why don't you just call essays, I would like you to Henley him and compose a Hall. Open tryouts. Open ask him? And m-maybe he'll poem of your own, an original tryouts! say yes. work. TODD NEIL KEATING Yes, so? That's a laugh! If I don't ask That's right! You have to him, at deliver it NEIL least I won't be disobeying aloud in front of the class on So, I'm gonna act. Yes, yes! him. Monday. I'm gonna Bonne chance, gentlemen. be an actor! Ever since I can TODD remember, Yeah, but if he said-- KEATING I've wanted to try this. I even Mr. Anderson? Don't think that tried to NEIL I don't go to summer stock auditions Jesus, Todd! Whose side are know that this assignment last year, you on? scares the but, of course, my father hell out of you, you mole. wouldn't let NEIL me. For the first time in my I mean, I haven't even gotten MR. NOLAN whole life the part Take a power train in two! I know what I wanna do, and yet. Can't I even enjoy the idea Three! Keep for the for a your eyes in the boat! first time I'm gonna do it little while? whether my NEIL No. Mr. Pitts, rise above your You're coming to the meeting name. I want this TODD you to hand these out to the afternoon? What do you mean, "no"? boys, one apiece. TODD NEIL I don't know. Maybe. No. KEATING You know what to do, Pitts. NEIL TODD Nothing Mr. Keating has to Give me-- Neil. Neil, give that PITTS say means back. "Oh to struggle against great shit to you, does it, Todd? odds. To NEIL meet enemies undaunted." TODD "We are dreaming of a--" W-What is that supposed to Poetry! I'm KEATING mean? being chased by Walt Sounds to me like you're Whitman! Okay, daunted. Say it NEIL okay. again like you're undaunted. You're in the club! Being in the club CAMERON PITTS means being stirred up by What are you guys doing? I'm "Oh to struggle against great things. You sure-- You odds. To look about as stirred up as a see this chemistry- Hey, give meet enemies undaunted." cesspool. me-- Neil, give me-- Don't be immature. KEATING TODD Come on. I Now go on. S-- You want me out? need my- KEATING NEIL CHARLIE Yes! Next. No! I want you in, but being in Give it to me! Give it to me! means BOY 1 you gotta do something. Not NEIL "To be a sailor of the world, just say Charlie, help me. bound for you're in. all ports." COACH TODD Okay, everybody on the bus. KEATING Well, listen, Neil. I-I Let's go, Next. Louder! appreciate this boys. Come on, let's go. On the concern, but I-I'm not like you. bus, BOY 2 All boys. Now! "Oh, I live to be the ruler of right? You, you, you say thing life, not and KEATING a slave." people listen. I'm, I'm not like Now, devotees may argue that that. one sport BOY 3 or game is inherently better "To mount the scaffolds. To NEIL than advance to Don't you think you could be? another. For me, sport is the muzzle of guns with actually a perfect TODD chance for us to have other nonchalance." No! I--I, I don't know, but human beings that's not push us to excel. I want you all KEATING the point. The, the, the point is to come Come on, Meeks! Listen to the that over here and take a slip of music. there's nothing you can do paper and about it, so line up single file. MEEKS you can just butt out. I can take "To dance, clap hands, exalt, care KEATING shout, of myself just fine. All right? Mr. Meeks, time to inherit the skip, roll on, float on." earth. NEIL KEATING Yes! things, like a cat, or a flower or NEIL rain. HOPKINS Okay. "I am writing to you on You see, poetry can come from "Oh, to have life henceforth behalf of anything the poem of my son Neil Perry." This is with the stuff of revelation in new joys." great. it. Just don't let your poems be KEATING KNOX ordinary. Now, Oh! Boo! Come on, Charlie, "To Chris." who's next? let it fill your soul! BOY 1 KEATING Who's Chris? Mr. Anderson, I see you sitting CHARLIE there in "To indeed be a god!" BOY 2 agony. Come on, Todd, step Mmm, Chris. up. Let's put NEIL you out of your misery. Charlie, I got the part! I'm KNOX gonna play TODD Puck! I'm gonna play Puck! I see a sweetness in her smile. I, I didn't do it. I didn't write a Blight light shines from her poem. MEEKS eyes. What did he say? But life is complete; KEATING contentment is Mr. Anderson thinks that PITTS mine, everything Puck? Just knowing that... just inside of him is worthless and knowing that embarrassing. Isn't that right, NEIL she's alive. Todd? That's the main part. Isn't that your worst fear? KNOX Well, I KNOX Sorry, Captain. It's stupid. think you're wrong. I think you Great, Neil. have KEATING something inside of you that is NEIL No, no. It's not stupid. It's a worth a Charlie, I got it! good great deal. effort. It touched on one of the CHARLIE major KEATING Congratulations. Good for you, themes, love. A major theme "I sound my barbaric yawp Neil. not only in over the Good for you. poetry, but life. Mr. Hopkins, rooftops of the world." W. W. you were Uncle Walt NEIL laughing. You're up. again. Now, for those of you Okay, okay, okay, okay. who don't HOPKINS know, a yawp is a loud cry or TODD "The cat sat on the mat." yell. Now, Neil, how are you gonna do Todd, I would like you to give this? KEATING us a Congratulations, Mr. Hopkins. demonstration of a barbaric NEIL Yours is "yawp." Come They need a letter of the first poem to ever have a on. You can't yawp sitting permission from my negative down. Let's father and Mr. Nolan. score on the Pritchard scale. go. Come on. Up. We're not TODD laughing at you, we're laughing KEATING You're not gonna write it. near You gotta get in "yawping" you. I don't mind that your stance. NEIL poem had a Oh yes, I am. simple theme. Sometimes the TODD most A yawp. TODD beautiful poetry can be about Oh, Neil. Neil, you're crazy. simple KEATING No, not just a yawp. A on. barbaric yawp. KEATING TODD Forget them, forget them. Stay TODD Uh, uh, a sweaty-toothed with the Yawp. madman. blanket. Tell me about that blanket. KEATING KEATING Come on, louder. Good God, boy, there's a poet TODD in you, Y-Y-Y-You push it, stretch it, TODD after all. There, close your it'll Yawp. eyes. Close never be enough. You kick at your eyes. Close 'em. Now, it, beat KEATING describe what it, it'll never cover any of us. No, that's a mouse. Come on. you see. From Louder. the moment we enter crying to TODD the moment TODD Uh, I-I close my eyes. we leave dying, it will just Yawp. cover your KEATING face as you wail and cry and KEATING Yes? scream. Oh, good God, boy. Yell like a man! TODD KEATING Uh, and this image floats Don't you forget this. TODD beside me. Yawp! CHARLIE KEATING Attaboy, Pittsie, inhale deeply. KEATING A sweaty-toothed madman? There it is. You see, you have MEEKS a TODD My dad collects a lot of pipes. barbarian in you, after all. A sweaty-toothed madman Now, you with a stare CHARLIE don't get away that easy. that pounds my brain. Really? Mine's got thirty. KEATING KEATING PITTS The picture of Uncle Walt up Oh, that's excellent. Now, give Your parents collect pipes? there. What him Oh, that's does he remind you of? Don't action. Make him do really interesting. think. something. Answer. Go on. CHARLIE TODD Come on, Knox. Join in. TODD H-His hands reach out and A m-m-madman. choke me. MEEKS Yeah, Knox, we're from the KEATING KEATING government. What kind of madman? Don't That's it. Wonderful. We're here to help, man. think about Wonderful. it. Just answer again. CHARLIE TODD What's wrong? TODD And, and all the time he's A c-crazy madman. mumbling. PITTS It's Chris. Here's a picture of KEATING KEATING Chris No, you can do better than What's he mumbling? for you. that. Free up your mind. Use your TODD MEEKS imagination. Say the M-Mumbling, "Truth. Truth is Smoke that. Put that in your first thing that pops into your like, like pipe and head, a blanket that always leaves smoke it. even if it's total gibberish. Go your feet on, go cold." KNOX That's not funny. All right, goddamn it. You're PITTS right. CHARLIE That was nice. That was great. "Carpe diem." Even if it kills Knock it off. Smoke your Where did me. pipes. you learn to play like that? CHRIS MEEKS CHARLIE Hello? Neil! My parents made me take the clarinet for KNOX NEIL years. Hello, Chris? Friend, scholar, Welton men. CAMERON CHRIS MEEKS I love the clarinet. Yes. What is that, Neil? CHARLIE KNOX PITTS I hated it. The saxophone. The Hi. This is Knox Overstreet. Duh. It's a lamp, Meeks. saxophone is more sonorous. CHRIS NEIL Oh, yes. Knox. Glad you No. This is the god of the cave. CAMERON called. Oh. MEEKS KNOX The god of the cave. MEEKS She's glad I called. Vocabulary. PITTS CHRIS Charlie, what are you doing? KNOX Listen, Chet's parents are I can't take it anymore. If I going out of CHARLIE don't have town this weekend, so he's What do you say we start this Chris, I'm gonna kill myself. having a meeting? party. Would you like to CHARLIE come? BOY 1 Knoxious, you've gotta calm Y-Yeah, just-- I need a light. I down. KNOX just Would I like to come to a gotta- KNOX party? No, Charlie. That's just my BOY 2 problem. CHARLIE Got my earplugs? I've been calm all my life. I'll Yes. Say, yes. do CHARLIE something about that. CHRIS Gentlemen, "Poetrusic" by Friday? Um- Charles NEIL Dalton. Where are you going? KNOX Well, sure. BOY 3 CHARLIE Oh, boy. He's gonna play. What are you gonna do? CHRIS BOY:Oh, no. About seven? KNOX CHARLIE I'm gonna call her. Yes! KNOX Laughing, crying, tumbling, Okay, great. I-I'll be there, mumbling. CHRIS Chris. Gotta do more. Gotta be more. Hello? CHRIS CHARLIE KNOX Okay. Chaos screaming, chaos She's gonna hate me. The dreaming. Gotta Danburrys will KNOX do more! Gotta be more! hate me. My parents will kill Friday night at the Danburrys'. me. O-Okay. MEEKS Thank you. Wow! KNOX CHRIS a stroll. But you must trust that your Okay. Bye. beliefs are KEATING unique, your own, even though KNOX There it is. others may Thank you. I'll see you. Bye. think them odd or unpopular, KEATING even though KNOX I don't know, but I've been the herd may go, "That's bad." Yawp! Can you believe it? She told-- Robert was gonna Frost said, "Two roads call me. She invited me to a BOYS diverged in a party with I don't know, but I've been wood and I, I took the one less her. told-- traveled by, and that has made all the CHARLIE KEATING difference." Now, I want you At Chet Danburrys' house. Doing poetry is old-- to find your own walk right now. KNOX BOYS Your own way of Yeah. Doing poetry is old-- striding, pacing. Any direction. Anything you want. Whether CHARLIE KEATING it's proud, Well? Left, left, left-right-left. Left, whether it's silly, anything. left, Gentlemen, KNOX left-right-left. Left, halt! the courtyard is yours. So? KEATING KEATING CHARLIE Thank you, gentlemen. If you You don't have to perform. So, you don't really think she noticed, Just make it means everyone started off with their for yourself. Mr. Dalton? You you're going with her? own be joining stride, their own pace. Mr. us? KNOX Pitts, Well, of course not, Charlie. taking his time. He knew he'll CHARLIE But that's get there Exercising the right not to not the point. That's not the one day. Mr. Cameron, you walk. point at could see him all. thinking, "Is this right? It KEATING might be Thank you, Mr. Dalton. You CHARLIE right. It might be right. I know just What is the point? that. illustrated the point. Swim Maybe not. I don't know." Mr. against the KNOX Overstreet, driven by deeper stream. The point, Charlie, is, uh-- force. Yes. We know that. NEIL CHARLIE All right. Now, I didn't bring Todd? Hey. Yeah? them up here to ridicule them. I brought TODD KNOX them up Hey. -- that she was thinking about here to illustrate the point of me. I've conformity: the difficulty in NEIL only met her once, and already maintaining your own beliefs What's going on? she's in the face thinking about me. Damn it. of others. Now, those of you -- TODD It's gonna I see Nothing. Today's my birthday. happen, guys. I feel it. She is the look in your eyes like, "I going to would've NEIL be mine. Carpe. Carpe! walked differently." Well, ask Is today your birthday? Happy yourselves why you were birthday. KEATING clapping. Now, No grades at stake, gentlemen. we all have a great need for TODD Just take acceptance. Thanks. feel it. This desk set wants to Hello. NEIL fly. What's you get? GLORIA NEIL Hi. Hi. TODD Todd? The world's first My parents gave me this. unmanned flying CHARLIE desk set. Guys, move. Move. Come on, NEIL folks. It's Isn't this the same desk set- TODD Friday night. Let's get on with Oh, my! the TODD meeting. Yeah, yeah. They gave me the NEIL BOY:Sorry. Excuse-Excuse same thing Well, I wouldn't worry. You'll me. as last year. get another one next year. CHARLIE NEIL Guys, I have an announcement Oh. BOYS to make. In "To live deep and suck out all keeping with the spirit of TODD the passionate Oh. marrow of life. To put to rout experimentation of the Dead all that Poets, I'm NEIL was not life" giving up the name Charlie Maybe they thought you Dalton. From needed another CAMERON now on, call me Nuwanda. one. Oh, my God! PITTS TODD GLORIA Nuwanda? Maybe they weren't thinking Is this it? about NEIL anything at all. Uh, the funny CHARLIE Nuwanda? thing is Yeah, this is it. Go ahead, go about this is I, I didn't even on in. CHARLIE like it It's my cave. Watch your step. Okay. the first time. TINA KNOX NEIL We're not gonna slip, are we? Hello? Hello, Chris? Todd, I think you're underestimating the GLORIA CHRIS value of this desk set. I mean, Uh-oh. Hi. Knox! who would want a football or a BOY KNOX baseball, or- Hello. Hi. - GLORIA CHRIS TODD Hello. You made it. Great! Bring Or a car. anybody? CHARLIE NEIL Hi, you guys. Meet, uh, Gloria KNOX Or a car if they could have a and-- No. desk set as wonderful as this one? I TINA CHRIS mean, if, if Tina. No. Ginny Danburry's here. I were ever going to buy a, a Wait. I have desk set CHARLIE to go find Chet. Why don't you twice, I would probably buy Tina. This is the pledge class go this one of the downstairs where everybody both times. In fact, its, its Dead Poets Society. is? shape is, BOY:Hello. How do you do? it's rather aerodynamic, isn't it? CHRIS I can NEIL Make yourself at home. KNOX There's plenty more where that KNOX To Mighty Mutt. came But I-- from. BUBBA GUY 1 Well, listen, I gotta go find KNOX Hey, you Mutt Sanders' Patsy. Say God help me. Carpe diem. brother? Bubba, hello to Mutt for me, okay? this guy look like Mutt Sanders BUBBA to you KNOX Chet! Chet! Look! or what? Will do. CHET BUBBA GUY 1 What? You're his brother? Yeah. Hell of a guy, your brother Mutt. BUBBA KNOX It's Mutt Sanders' brother. No relation. Never heard of CHARLIE him. Sorry, We gonna have a meeting or CHET guys. what? Huh? BUBBA GLORIA CHRIS Where's your manners? Mutt Yeah. If you guys don't have a Knox, what-- Sanders' meeting, brother, we don't even offer how do we know if we wanna BUBBA him a join? And he's feeling up your girl! drink. Here. Go have some whiskey, pal. NEIL CHRIS Join? What are you doing? GUY 1 Yeah. CHARLIE CHET "Shall I compare thee to a What the hell are you doing? KNOX summer's day? Whoa, I, uh, I don't really Thou art more lovely and more CHRIS drink-- temperate." Chet! Chet, don't. BUBBA TINA KNOX To Mutt. That's so sweet. Now, Chet, I know this looks bad, but GUY 1 CHARLIE you've gotta- To Mutt. I made that up just for you. CHRIS KNOX TINA Chet, no! You'll hurt him! No! To Mutt. You did? No! Stop it! Leave him alone! BUBBA CHARLIE Now, how the hell is old Mutt, I'll write one for you too, CHET anyway? Gloria. Goddamn! She walks in beauty like the GUY 1 night. CHRIS Yeah. What's ol' Mutter been She walks in beauty like the Chet, stop it! up to, huh? night. Of cloudless climes and starry CHET KNOX skies. Bastard! I don't really know Mutt. All that's best, dark and bright, Meet in her aspect and her CHRIS BUBBA eyes. Knox, are you all right? To Mighty Mutt. GLORIA CHET GUY 1 That's beautiful. Chris, get the hell away from To Mighty Mutt. him! CHARLIE CHRIS NEIL Sit. Chet, you hurt him! How did you do that? MR. NOLAN CHET CHARLIE In this week of Welton's Honor Good! I'm one of the proofers. I there slipped the appeared a profane and KNOX article in. unauthorized I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. article. Rather than spend my MEEKS valuable CHRIS Look, uh, it's, it's over now. time ferreting out the guilty It's okay. It-It's okay. persons -- CHARLIE and let me assure you I will CHET Why? Nobody knows who we find them - Next time I see you, you die. are. - I'm asking any and all students who TINA CAMERON knows anything about this Go ahead, pass it around. Well, don't you think they're article to gonna make themselves known here MEEKS figure out who wrote it? and now. Me and Pitts are working on a They're gonna Whoever the guilty persons hi-fi come to you and ask to know are, this is system. It shouldn't be that what the your only chance to avoid hard to, Dead Poets Society is. Charlie, expulsion from uh, to put together. you had this school. no right to do something like PITTS that. CHARLIE Yeah. Uh, I might be going to Welton Academy. Hello. Yes, Yale. Uh, CHARLIE he is. Just uh, but, I, I might not. It's Nuwanda, Cameron. a moment. Mr. Nolan, it's for you. It's GLORIA GLORIA God. He says we should have Don't you guys miss having That's right. It's Nuwanda. girls at girls around Welton. here? CHARLIE Are we just playing around out MR. NOLAN MEEKS here, or Wipe that smirk off your face. Yeah. do we mean what we say? For If you all we do is think, Mr. Dalton, that you're CHARLIE come together and reach a the first That's part of what this club is bunch of poems to try to get thrown out of this about. to each other. What the hell are school, In fact, I'd like to announce I we think again. Others have had published an article in the doing? similar school notions and have failed just as paper, in the name of the Dead NEIL surely Poets. All right, but you still shouldn't as you will fail. Assume the have position. CAMERON done it, Charlie. This could What? mean MR. NOLAN trouble. You don't speak for Count aloud, Mr. Dalton. CHARLIE the club. Demanding girls be admitted CHARLIE to Welton. CHARLIE One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Hey, would you not worry PITTS about your MR. NOLAN You didn't. precious little neck? If they What is this Dead Poets catch me, Society? I want CHARLIE I'll tell them I made it up. names. So we can all stop beating off. MR. NOLAN NEIL You kicked out? impression, I'm sure. you pulled today. CHARLIE MR. NOLAN CHARLIE No. What was going on in the You're siding with Mr. Nolan? courtyard the What about NEIL other day? Carpe diem and sucking all the So what happened? marrow KEATING out of life and all that? CHARLIE Courtyard? I'm to turn everybody in, KEATING apologize to MR. NOLAN Sucking the marrow out of life the school and all will be Yeah. Boys marching, doesn't forgiven. clapping in unison. mean choking on the bone. Sure there's a NEIL KEATING time for daring and there's a So, what are you gonna do? Oh, that. That was an exercise time for Charlie! to prove caution, and a wise man a point. Dangers of understands CHARLIE conformity. which is called for. Damn it, Neil. The name is Nuwanda. MR. NOLAN CHARLIE Well, John, the curriculum But I thought you'd like that. MR. NOLAN here is set. Excuse me. May we have a It's proven it works. If you KEATING word, Mr. question, No. You being expelled from Keating? what's to prevent them from school is doing the not daring to me. It's stupid, KEATING same? 'cause Certainly. you'll miss some golden KEATING opportunities. MR. NOLAN I always thought the idea of This was my first classroom, educating CHARLIE John. Did was to learn to think for Yeah. Like what? you know that? My first desk. yourself. KEATING KEATING MR. NOLAN Like, if nothing else, the Didn't know you taught, Mr. At these boys' ages? Not on opportunity Nolan. your life! to attend my classes. Got it, Tradition, John. Discipline. Ace? MR. NOLAN Prepare English. Oh, long before your them for college, and the rest CHARLIE time. It will take Aye, aye, Captain. was hard giving it up, I can tell care of itself. you. KEATING I'm hearing rumors, John, CHARLIE Keep your head about you. about some Creak. He started walking That goes for unorthodox teaching methods around towards the lot of you. in your my left. Creak. Creak. classroom. I'm not saying "Assume the BOYS they've position, Mr. Dalton." Yes, Captain. anything to do with the Dalton boy's KEATING KEATING outburst. But I don't think I It's all right, gentlemen. Phone call from God. If it had have to been warn you boys his age are very CHARLIE collect, it wouldn't been impressionable. Mr. Keating. daring. KEATING KEATING CHARLIE Well, your reprimand made Mr. Dalton. That was a pretty All right. Go on, play. quite an lame stunt DIRECTOR No. Nobody-- I thought I'd We're trying to rehearse, okay? surprise you. NEIL Start. I've gotten all A's in every I'm sorry. Here. class. LYSANDER KEATING A good persuasion, therefore MR. PERRY Excuse me. Get you some tea? hear me, Did you think I wasn't going to Hermia. find NEIL out? "Oh, my niece is in a play Tea. Sure. DIRECTOR with Wait, please. Excitement. I your son," says Mrs. Marks. KEATING don't hear "No, no, Like some milk or sugar in any excitement about this play. no," I say, "you must be that? And take mistaken. My her hand. Bring her down the son's not in a play." You made NEIL stage and me a liar No, thanks. stop. And "There, gentle of me, Neil! Now, tomorrow Hermia." Okay? you go to NEIL Try again. them and you tell them that Gosh, they don't give you you're much room BOY 1 quitting. around here. What's for dinner? NEIL KEATING BOY 2 No, I can't. I have the main No, it's part of the monastic Spaghetti and meatballs! part. The oath. They performance is tomorrow don't want worldly things NEIL night. distracting me Save some for me. "But, room, from my teaching. Fairy! MR. PERRY Here comes Oberon." I don't care if the world comes NEIL to an She's pretty. NEIL end tomorrow night. You are Father. through with KEATING that play. Is that clear? Is that She's also in London. Makes it MR. PERRY clear? a little Neil. difficult. NEIL NEIL Yes, sir. NEIL Wait a minute. Before you say How can you stand it? anything, MR. PERRY please let me ex- I made a great many sacrifices KEATING to get Stand what? MR. PERRY you here, Neil, and you will Don't you dare talk back to not let me NEIL me! It's bad down. You can go anywhere. You enough that you've wasted can do your time with NEIL anything. How can you stand this, this absurd acting No, sir. being here? business. But you deliberately deceived me! KEATING KEATING How, how, It's open. 'Cause I love teaching. I don't how did you expect to get wanna be away with KEATING anywhere else. this? Answer me. Who put you Neil, what's up? up to it? KEATING Was it this new man? This, uh, NEIL What's up? Mr. Can I speak to you a minute? Keating? NEIL KEATING I just talked to my father. He's NEIL Certainly. Sit down. making me quit the play at Henley him by your conviction and Knox, don't you know that, if Hall. your passion. Chet finds Acting's everything to me. I-- You show him that And if he you here he'll kill you? But he still doesn't know. He-- I can see doesn't believe you, well, by KNOX his point. then I can't care. I love you, Chris. We're not a rich family like you'll be out of school and you Charlie's, can do CHRIS and we-- But he's planning the anything you want. Knox, you're crazy. rest of my life for me, and I-- H-He's NEIL KNOX never No. What about the play? The Look, I acted like a jerk and I asked me what I want. show's know it. tomorrow night. Please, accept these. Please. KEATING Have you ever told your father KEATING CHRIS what you Well, you have to talk to him No. No-- I, I can't. Forget it. just told me? About your before passion for tomorrow night. CHRIS acting. You ever show him Knox, I don't believe this. that? NEIL Isn't there an easier way? KNOX NEIL All I'm asking you to do is I can't. KEATING listen. No. The heavens made a girl KEATING named Chris Why not? NEIL With hair and skin of gold. I'm trapped. To touch her would be NEIL paradise. I can't talk to him this way. KEATING No, you're not. CHARLIE KEATING Get out of here. Cameron, you Then you're acting for him, KNOX fool. Hey, too. You're Chris! how'd it go? Did you read it to playing the part of the dutiful her? son. I KNOX know this sounds impossible, Chris Noel. Do you know KNOX but you where she is? Yeah. have to talk to him. You have to show GIRL PITTS him who you are, what your Um, I think she's in room 111. What'd she say? heart is. KNOX KNOX NEIL Thanks. Nothing. I know what he'll say. He'll tell me KNOX CHARLIE that acting's a whim, and I Excuse me. Chris. Nothing. What do you mean, should nothing? forget it. That how they're CHRIS counting on Knox, what are you doing KNOX me. He'll just tell me to put it here? Nothing. But I did it. out of my mind, "for my own good." KNOX CHARLIE I came to apologize for the What did she say? I know she KEATING other night. had to say You are not an indentured I brought you these and a something. servant. If poem I wrote it's not a whim for you, you for you. PITTS prove it to Come here, Knox. CHRIS KNOX Seize the day! PITTS CHRIS I, uh-- Well, you know Well, you did. Chet found out. KEATING Charlie. And it Did you talk to your father? took everything I could do to TODD keep him NEIL So, Charlie, what's this from coming here and killing Uh, he didn't like it one bit, but "getting red" you. Knox, at bit? you have got to stop this stuff. least he's letting me stay in the play. TODD KNOX He won't be able to make, W-What is that? I can't, Chris. I love you. make it. He's in Chicago. But, uh, I think CHARLIE CHRIS he's gonna It's an Indian warrior symbol Knox, you say that over and let me stay with acting. for over. You virility. Makes me feel potent, don't, you don't even know me. KEATING like it Really? You told him what you can drive girls crazy. KEATING told me? Will you be joining us, Mr. TODD Overstreet? NEIL Oh, come on, Charlie. The Yeah. He wasn't happy. But girls are KNOX he'll be gone waiting. Go ahead, Captain. I'll walk. at least four days. I don't think he'll KNOX CHRIS make the show, but I think he'll Chris. Knox, Knox, it just so happens let me that I stay with it. "Keep up the KNOX could care less about you? school work." What are you doing here? Thanks. KNOX KEATING Then you wouldn't be here PITTS Gentlemen, let's go. warning me Beautiful baby. about Chet. KNOX MEEKS Go ahead, guys. I'll catch up. CHRIS Beautiful baby. Henley Hall, I have to go. I'm gonna be late here I CHARLIE for the come. Yeah, come on, guys. play. CAMERON KNOX KNOX Excuse me, just a moment. Chris, you can't be in here. I-If Are you going with him? Yes. You're so they cute. Come on, Todd. I'm catch you, we're both gonna be CHRIS trying to fix in big Chet? To a play? Are you this. trouble. kidding? TODD CHRIS KNOX Come on, Nuwanda. You're Oh, but it's fine-- Then come with me. gonna miss Neil's entrance. CHRIS CHRIS It's fine for you to come Knox, you are so infuriating. PITTS barging into He said something about my school and make a KNOX getting red complete fool out Come on, Chris. Just give me before we left. of me? one chance. If you don't like me after CAMERON KNOX tonight, I'll Getting red? What does that I don't mean to make a fool out stay away forever. mean? of you. CHRIS I am that merry wanderer of Uh-huh. the night. Lysander riddles very prettily: I jest to Oberon and make him Now much beshrew my KNOX smile manners and my I promise. Dead Poets Honor. When I a fat and bean-fed pride, You come horse beguile, If Hermia meant to say with me tonight. And then, if Neighing in likeness of a filly Lysander lied. you don't foal: But, gentle friend, for love and want to see me again, I swear And sometime lurk I in a courtesy I'll bow gossip's bowl, Lie further off; in human out. In very likeness of a roasted modesty, crab, Such separation as may well be CHRIS And when she drinks, against said You know what would happen her lips I Becomes a virtuous bachelor if Chet found bob and a maid, out? And on her wither'd dewlap and, good night, sweet friend: pour the ale. Thy love ne'er alter till thy KNOX The wisest aunt, telling the sweet life He won't know anything. We'll saddest end! sit in the tale, back and sneak away as soon LYSANDER as it's CHARLIE over. He's good. He's really good. Amen, amen, to that fair prayer, say I; CHRIS PUCK And I suppose you would DIRECTOR promise that Sometime for three-foot stool Neil. That's your cue, Neil. this would be the end of it. mistaketh Come on, me; Neil. Here's your crown. Let's KNOX Then slip I from her bum, go. Dead Poets Honor. down topples she, PUCK CHRIS And "tailor" cries, and falls What is that? into a If we shadows have offended, cough; Think but this, and all is KNOX And then the whole quire hold mended, My word. their hips That you have but slumber'd and laugh, here CHRIS And waxen in their mirth and While these visions did appear. You are so infuriating. neeze and And this weak and idle theme, swear No more yielding but a dream, CHARLIE A merrier hour was never Gentles, do not reprehend: Hey, there he is! Hey, hey. wasted there. If you pardon, we will mend: But, room, Fairy! here comes And, as I am an honest Puck, KEATING Oberon. If we have unearned luck Shh, boys. Now to 'scape the serpent's FAIRY tongue, FAIRY We will make amends ere And here my mistress. Would long; Either I mistake your shape that he were Else the Puck a liar call; and making gone! So, good night unto you all. quite, Give me your hands, if we be Or else you are that shrewd LYSANDER friends, and knavish And Robin shall restore sprite Then by your side no bed- amends. Call'd Robin Goodfellow: room me deny; For lying so, Hermia, I do not CHARLIE PUCK lie Yawp! Thou speak'st aright; HERMIA KNOX Yeah, Neil! it is that you insist on defying Go on, get some sleep. us. MR. PERRY Whatever the reason, we're not MR. PERRY Excuse me, I'm Neil's father. I gonna let It's all right. It's going to be all need to you ruin your life. Tomorrow right. see him. I'm withdrawing you from Welton MR. PERRY DIRECTOR and What was that? Your father. He's- enrolling you in Braden Military School. MRS. PERRY MAN You're going to Harvard and What? What did you think? you're gonna WO be a doctor. MR. PERRY MAN That sound. Really I thought you were all NEIL just But that's ten more years. MRS. PERRY wonderful! Father, What sound? Tom? that's a lifetime! MR. PERRY MRS. PERRY Excuse me. Excuse me. MR. PERRY What is it? What's wrong? Excuse me. Oh, stop it. Don't be so dramatic. You MR. PERRY CHARLIE make it sound like a prison Neil. Neil, Neil, you were great. term. You don't understand, Neil. You MRS. PERRY NEIL have Tom, what is it? What's I can't, guys. opportunities that I never even wrong? Neil? dreamt TODD of and I am not going to let MR. PERRY Neil! Neil! you waste Neil? them. KEATING MRS. PERRY Neil. Neil. You have the gift. NEIL I'll look outside. Neil? What a I've got to tell you what I feel. performance You left even me MR. PERRY speechless. MRS. PERRY No! You have to stay with- We've been so worried about-- MR. PERRY MR. PERRY MR. PERRY Oh, Neil! Oh, my God! Get in the car. Keating, you What? What? Tell me what stay away you feel. What MRS. PERRY from my son. is it? Oh! No! CHARLIE MR. PERRY MR. PERRY Neil! Neil! Mr. Perry, come Is it more of this, this acting Oh, my son! on. business? Because you can forget that. MRS. PERRY KEATING What? He's all right. Don't make it any worse than it is. NEIL MR. PERRY Nothing. My son! My poor son! CHARLIE Is it okay if we walk back? MR. PERRY MRS. PERRY Captain? Nothing. Well, then, let's go to He's all right! He's all right! Knox. bed. He's all right! He's all right! He's all MR. PERRY NEIL right! We're trying very hard to I was good. I was really good. He's all right! understand why MRS. PERRY MR. PERRY Stop it! Stop it! Stop it. You can't explain it, Todd. The club, Pissie. Think about it. The CHARLIE MEEKS board of directors, the trustees Todd? Todd. Todd! and Mr. Nolan. Do you think for one TODD CHARLIE moment Oh, Charlie. Leave him be. they're gonna let this thing just blow TODD BOYS over? Schools go down What is it? All my life because of things Thy light shall surely follow like this. They need a CHARLIE me scapegoat. Neil's dead. And in God's house forevermore CAMERON TODD My dwelling place shall be What's going on, guys? It's so beautiful. Amen CHARLIE CHARLIE MR. NOLAN You finked, didn't you, Todd. It's okay, Todd. The death of Neil Perry is a Cameron? tragedy. He PITTS was a fine student. One of CAMERON Calm down. Welton's Finked? I didn't know what the best. And he will be missed. hell CHARLIE We've you're talking about. It's all right, Todd. contacted each of your parents to CHARLIE PITTS explain the situation. You told Nolan everything Todd, it's okay. It's okay, Naturally, about the club Todd. they're all quite concerned. At is what I'm talking about. the CHARLIE request of Neil's family, I CAMERON It's all right. Now, listen. intend to Look, in case you hadn't heard, conduct a thorough inquiry Dalton, TODD into this there's something called an He wouldn't-- He wouldn't matter. Your complete honor code have done it. cooperation is at this school, all right? If a expected. teacher MEEKS asks you a question, you tell You can't explain it, Todd. CHARLIE the truth You told him about this or you're expelled. TODD meeting? It was his father! CHARLIE PITTS You little punk! CHARLIE Twice. No! MEEKS CHARLIE Charlie! TODD That's it, guys. We're all fried. He wouldn't have left us. If he CHARLIE knew-- PITTS He's a rat! He's in it up to his He wouldn't have. His dad How do you mean? eyes, was-- his, his so he rattled to save himself. father did it. CHARLIE Cameron's a fink. He's in KNOX CHARLIE Nolan's office Don't touch him, Charlie. You Todd. right now, finking. do and you're out. TODD PITTS His father killed him. About what? CHARLIE I'm out anyway! MEEKS CHARLIE KNOX KNOX do admit to being a part of this You don't know that, not yet. Charlie. Dead Poets Society? CAMERON CAMERON He's right there, Charlie. And You just signed your expulsion MR. ANDERSON if you papers, Answer him, Todd. guys are smart, you will do Nuwanda. exactly what TODD I did and cooperate. They're CAMERON Yes, sir. not after And if the rest of you are us. We're the victims. Us and smart, you'll MR. NOLAN Neil. do exactly what I did. They I have here a detailed know description of CHARLIE everything anyway. You can't what occurred at your What's that mean? Who are save meetings. It they after? Keating, but you can save describes how your teacher, yourselves. Mr. Keating, CAMERON encouraged you boys to Why, Mr. Keating, of course. HABER organize this The Knox Overstreet. club and to use it as a source "Captain" himself. I mean, you of guys TODD inspiration for reckless and didn't really think he could Meeks? self- avoid indulgent behavior. It responsibility, did you? MEEKS describes how Mr. Go away. I have to study. Keating, both in and out of the CHARLIE classroom, encouraged Neil Mr. Keating responsible for TODD Perry to Neil? Is What happened to Nuwanda? follow his obsession with that what they're saying? acting when he MEEKS knew all along it was against CAMERON Expelled. the Well, who else do you think, explicit order of Neil's parents. dumb ass? TODD It was The administration? Mr. What'd you tell 'em? Mr. Keating's blatant abuse of Perry? Mr. his Keating put us up to all this MEEKS position as teacher that led crap, Nothing they didn't already directly to didn't he? If he wasn't for Mr. know. Neil Perry's death. Keating, Neil would be cozied up in his HABER MR. NOLAN room Todd Anderson. Read that document carefully, right now, studying his Todd. Very chemistry and MR. ANDERSON carefully. dreaming of being called Hello, son. doctor. MR. NOLAN MRS. ANDERSON If you've nothing to add or TODD Hello, darling. amend, sign That is not true, Cameron. You it. know TODD that. He didn't put us to Mom. TODD anything. Neil What's gonna happen to Mr. loved acting. MR. NOLAN Keating? Have a seat, Mr. Anderson. CAMERON MR. ANDERSON Believe what you want, but I MR. NOLAN I've had enough. Sign the say let Mr. Anderson, I think we've paper, Todd. Keating fry. I mean, why ruin pretty well our lives? put together what's happened McALLISTER here. You Grass is gramen or herba. MR. NOLAN once these questions have been Lapis is Get them now, Mr. Keating. answered, stone. The entire building is determining the poem's aedificium. MR. NOLAN greatness becomes Gentlemen, turn to page 21 of a relatively simple matter. If MR. NOLAN the the Sit. I'll be teaching this class introduction. Mr. Cameron, poem's score for perfection is through read aloud plotted exams. We'll find a permanent the excellent essay by Dr. on the horizontal of a graph--" English Pritchard on teacher during the break. Who "Understanding Poetry." TODD will tell Mr. Keating! They made me where you are in the CAMERON everybody sign Pritchard That page has been ripped out, it. textbook? sir. MR. NOLAN MR. NOLAN MR. NOLAN Quiet, Mr. Anderson. Mr. Anderson. Well, borrow somebody else's book. TODD TODD You gotta believe me. It's true. Uh, in the, in the Pr- CAMERON They're all ripped out, sir. KEATING MR. NOLAN I do believe you, Todd. I can't hear you, Mr. Anderson. MR. NOLAN What do you mean, they're all MR. NOLAN TODD ripped Leave, Mr. Keating. In the, in the, in the Pritchard? out? TODD MR. NOLAN CAMERON But it wasn't his fault! Kindly inform me, Mr. Sir, we, uh- Cameron. MR. NOLAN MR. NOLAN Sit down, Mr. Anderson! One CAMERON Never mind. more We skipped around a lot, sir. outburst from you or anyone We covered MR. NOLAN else, and the Romantics and some of the Read! you're out of this school! chapters Leave, Mr. on Post Civil War literature. CAMERON Keating. I said leave, Mr. "Understanding Poetry by Dr. Keating. MR. NOLAN J Evans What about the Realists? Pritchard, Ph.D. To fully TODD understand O Captain! My Captain! CAMERON poetry, we must first be fluent I believe we skipped most of with its MR. NOLAN that, sir. meter, rhyme and figures of Sit down, Mr. Anderson! speech, then MR. NOLAN ask two questions: 1) How MR. NOLAN All right, then, we'll start over. artfully has Do you hear me? Sit down! Sit What the objective of the poem been down! This is poetry? rendered is your final warning, and 2)..." Anderson. How MR. NOLAN dare you? Do you hear me? Come. CAMERON "... How important is that KNOX KEATING objective? O Captain! My Captain! Excuse me. I came for my Question 1 rates the poem's personals. perfection; MR. NOLAN Should I come back after question 2 rates its importance. Mr. Overstreet, I warn you! Sit class? And down! MR. NOLAN Sit down! Sit down. All of you. I want you seated. Sit down. Leave, Mr. Keating. MR. NOLAN All of you, down. I want you seated. Do you hear me? MR. NOLAN Sit down! KEATING Thank you, boys. Thank you.
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