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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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