Stranger than Fiction
Brain cells create ideas. Stress kills brain cells. Stress is not a good idea.Richard Saunders
- This may seem like gibberish to you, but I think I'm in a tragedy.
- Like anything worth writing, it came inexplicably and without method.
Professor Jules Hilbert
- Dramatic irony: it'll fuck you every time
- Dr. Jules Hilbert: I've devised a test. How exciting is that? Composed of 23 questions which I think might help uncover more truths about this narrator. Now Howard... Harold, these may seem silly but your candor is paramount.
- Harold Crick: Harold. Ok.
- Dr. Jules Hilbert: So. We know it's a woman's voice. The story involves your death. It's modern. It's in English and I'm assuming the author has a cursory knowledge of the city.
- Harold Crick: Sure.
- Dr. Jules Hilbert: Okay, good. Question one. Has anyone recently left any gifts outside your home? Anything. Gum, money, a large wooden horse.
- Harold Crick: I'm sorry?
- Dr. Jules Hilbert: Just answer the question.
- Harold Crick: No.
- Dr. Jules Hilbert: Do you find yourself inclined to solve murder mysteries in large luxurious homes to which you, let me finish, to which you may or may not have been invited?
- Harold Crick: No. No, no, no.
- Dr. Jules Hilbert: Alright. On a scale of one to ten, what would you consider the likelihood you might be assassinated?
- Harold Crick: Assassinated?
- Dr. Jules Hilbert: One being very unlikely ten being expecting it around every corner.
- Harold Crick: I have no idea.
- Dr. Jules Hilbert: O.K. let me rephrase. Are you the king of anything?
- Harold Crick: Like what?
- Dr. Jules Hilbert: Anything. King of the lanes at the local bowling alley.
- Harold Crick: King of the lanes?
- Dr. Jules Hilbert: King of the lanes, king of the trolls,
- Harold Crick: King of the Trolls?
- Dr. Jules Hilbert: Yes, uh uh uh a clandestine land found underneath your floor boards.
- Harold Crick: No.
- Dr. Jules Hilbert: Huh?
- Harold Crick: No. That's ridiculous.
- Dr. Jules Hilbert: Agreed. Let's start with ridiculous and move backwards. Now, was any part of you at one time part of something else?
- Harold Crick: Like do I have someone else's arms?
- Dr. Jules Hilbert: Well is it possible at one time that you were made of stone, wood, lye, varied corpse parts? Or, earth made holy by rabbinical elders?
- Harold Crick: No. Look, look. I'm sorry, but what do these questions have to do with anything?
- Dr. Jules Hilbert: Nothing. The only way to find out what story you're in is to determine what stories you're not in. Odd as it may seem, I've just ruled out half of Greek literature, seven fairy tales, ten Chinese fables, and determined conclusively that you are not King Hamlet, Scout Finch, Miss Marple, Frankenstein's Monster, or a golem. Hmm? Aren't you relieved to know you're not a golem?
- Harold Crick: Yes. I am relieved to know that I am not a golem.
- Dr. Jules Hilbert: Good. Do you have magical powers?
- Dr. Jules Hilbert: Hell Harold, you could just eat nothing but pancakes if you wanted.
- Harold Crick: What is wrong with you? Hey, I don't want to eat nothing but pancakes, I want to live! I mean, who in their right mind in a choice between pancakes and living chooses pancakes?
- Dr. Jules Hilbert: Harold, if you pause to think, you'd realize that that answer is inextricably contingent upon the type of life being led... and, of course, the quality of the pancakes.
- He's not crazy. He's just written that way.
- Truth is stranger than fiction.
- Harold Crick isn't ready to go. Period.
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