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The Village
M. Night Shyamalan





LUCIUS: My mother is unaware of the reason for my visit today. She did not give her consent, or consult me in any form. The passing of little Daniel Nicholson, from illness, and other events, have weighed on my thoughts. I ask permission to cross into the forbidden woods and travel to the nearest town. I will gather medicines, and I will return. With regards to Those We Don't Speak Of, I am certain they will let me pass. Creatures can sense emotion and fear. They will see I am pure of intention, and not afraid. The end.





ALICE: What we SEEM to have amongst us, is a predator of some type, most likely a coyote, or a wolf. Its manner of... of killing and removing the fur, but leaving the flesh torn, may be a sign that this animal suffers from madness. And for the next fortnight we should be vigilant for sightings of this coyote. Keep careful watch over our little ones, as they play on the hills. As for the other notion... We do not believe our boundary has been breached. Those We Don't Speak Of are much... LARGER creatures than coyotes. And we would know, if they had been here.





KITTY: I'm in love! I want your permission to marry, Papa!

EDWARD: There's a proper manner in which these things are supposed to happen, such as the boy would normally be standing next to you, in a moment such as this! Where is the BOY in all this, Kitty?!

KITTY: I haven't spoken to him as of yet.

EDWARD: The young man is unaware of your intentions?!





KITTY: Good afternoon, Lucius. I wanted to, to... to tell you something. I love you, Lucius. I love you like the day is long! I love you more than the sun and the moon together! And if you feel the same way, then we should not hide it any longer. It's a gift, love is. We should be thankful! We should bellow it out with all the breath in our lungs! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!





IVY: Sometimes we don't do things we want to do, so that others won't know we want to do them.





LUCIUS: Sometimes, we don't do things, yet others know we want to do things, so we don't do them.





ALICE: What makes you think he has feelings for me?

LUCIUS: He never touches you.





LUCIUS: Are you not angry you have no sight?

IVY: I see the world, Lucius Hunt. Just not as you see it.





Lucius. It is cold outside. You ought to go in.

IVY: Why are you on this porch?

LUCIUS: It is not safe.

IVY: There are other porches. Do you find me too much of a tomboy? I do long to do boy things. Like that game the boys play at the stump. They put their backs to the woods, and see how long they can wait before getting scared. That's so exciting. I understand you hold the record. It will never be broken, they say.

LUCIUS: It's just children's games.

IVY: How is it you are brave when all the rest of us shake in our boots?

LUCIUS: I do not worry about what will happen, only what needs to be done.





IVY: When we are married, will you dance with me? I find dancing very agreeable. Why can you not say what is in your head?

LUCIUS: Why can you not stop saying what is in yours? Why must you lead, when I want to lead? If I want to dance, I will ask you to dance. If I want to speak, I will open my mouth and speak. Everyone is forever plaguing me to speak further. Why? What... good is it to tell you you are in my every thought from the time I wake? What good can come from my saying I-- I sometimes cannot think clearly, or- or do my work properly? What gain can rise from my telling you... the only time I feel fear as others do, is when I think of you in harm? That is why I am on this porch, Ivy Walker. I fear for your safety above all others. And yes... I will dance with you on our wedding night.





IVY: I am in love.

EDWARD: I know.

IVY: He is in love with me.

EDWARD: I know.

IVY: If he dies... all that is life to me will die with him. I ask permission... to travel through Covington Woods... and go to the towns... to retrieve medicines... that may save... Lucius Hunt. You are my father. I will listen to you in all things. I will trust your decision.





EDWARD: What do you know about your grandfather?

IVY: He was the wealthiest man in the towns?

EDWARD: That he was, he had a gift for that. If he was given one dollar, in less than a fortnight, he would have turned it into five. You do not know of money. It is not part of our life here. Money can be a wicked thing. It can turn men's hearts black. Good men's hearts. My father could not see this, for all his gifts. He was a poor judge of a man's character. Your grandfather WAS a good man, Ivy. He had a laugh that could be heard three houses away. He used to hold my hand as I hold yours. He taught me strength, and showed me love, and told me to lead when others would only follow. Your grandfather, James Walker, died in his sleep. A man put a gun to his head and shot him while he dreamed. I tell you this so you will understand some of the reasons for my actions, and the actions of others. You are a strong one, Ivy. You lead when others would only follow. You see light, when there is only darkness. I trust you. I trust you among all others.





EDWARD: Ivy, do you know where you are?

IVY: At the old shed that is not to be used.

EDWARD: Yeah. Ivy.

IVY: Yes, Father?

EDWARD: Do your very best not to scream.





EDWARD: Do your very best not to scream.

IVY: There is an odd smell.

EDWARD: It is ahead of you.

IVY: What is it?

EDWARD: I cannot explain in words. It is just a few steps.

IVY: Those We Don't Speak Of!

EDWARD: Do not be frightened. It is only... farce. Do not be frightened.





EDWARD: There did exist rumors of creatures in these woods. It is one of the history books I used to teach in the towns.

IVY: The screams? From the woods?

EDWARD: We created those sounds.

IVY: The Ceremony of Meat?

EDWARD: We remove it ourselves. An elder is always assigned.

IVY: The drills... they are farce, too?

EDWARD: We did not want anyone to go to the towns, Ivy.

IVY: What about the animals.... the skinned ones? Are the elders responsible for that, too?

EDWARD: I BELIEVE ONE of the elders is responsible. It will not happen again. There is no one in this village who has not lost someone irreplaceable, who has nt felt loss so deeply that they questioned the very merit of living at all. It is a darkness I wished... you would never know. Forgive us our silly lies, Ivy. They were not meant to harm.

IVY: I am... sad for you, Papa. For all the elders.

EDWARD: On this paper has been written a tool of medicine. It is common in the towns. You will go... with two escorts. Follow the sounds of a stream. A half-day's journey will bring you to a hidden road. At this hidden road, the two escorts will wait as you continue. You alone will follow the road... and leave Covington Woods. You are to tell no one in the towns where we are... and return with haste. I cannot come with you. You gave your heart to this boy. He is in need. Are you ready to take this burden, which by right, is yours and yours alone?





MRS. CLACK: What have you done?

EDWARD: He is the victim of a crime.

MRS. CLACK: We have agreed NEVER to go back, NEVER.

EDWARD: What was the purpose of our leaving? Let us not forget it was out of hope of something good and right.

ROBERT PERCY: You should not have made this decision without us. You have gone too far.

EDWARD: I'm guilty, Robert! I made a decion of the heart! I cannot look into another's eyes and see the same look I see in August's without justification! It is too painful, I cannot bear it!

MRS. CLACK: You have jeopardized everything we've made.

EDWARD: Who do you think will continue this place, this life? Do you plan to live forever? It is in them that our future lies! It is in Ivy and Lucius that this... this way of life will continue. Yes, I have risked. I hope I am always able to risk everything for the just and right cause! If we did not make this decision, we could never again call ourselves innocent. And that, in the end, is what we have protected here! Innocence! That, I'm not ready to give up.

AUGUST: Let her go. If it ends, it ends. We can move towards hope, it's what's beautiful about this place. We must not run from heartache. You know, my brother was slain in the towns. The rest of my family died here. Heartache is a part of life. We know that now. Ivy's running toward hope, let her run. If this place is worthy, she'll be successful in her quest.

MRS. CLACK: How could you have sent HER? She's blind.

EDWARD: She's more capable than most in this village... and she is led by love. The world moves for love. It kneels before it in awe.





MAN: What's with the girl? I tried calling you back on the walkie, you didn't answer.

KEVIN: OH, it was just some teenagers. They were lost.

MAN: Can I give you some advice? Don't get into conversations. You start talkin', you start gettin' into how some estate is payin' all of us, and no one's allowed to go in there and disturb the animal sanctuary. People's interest gets piqued. It's a really easy gig, Kevin. Maintain and protect the border. A few years ago, it got out in the papers that some government guys had been paid off to keep plane routes from flying over this place. That was a very stressful time for me. Don't cause me any troubles. Do not get into conversations.



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