Pure Cormac McCarthy including his eccentric punctuation, taken from "No Country for Old Men" as Sheriff Bell opens Chapter V with another of his slow ruminations:
We came here from Georgia. Our family did. Horse and wagon. I pretty much know that for a fact. I know they's a lot of things in a family history that just plain aint so. Any family. The stories get passed on and the truth gets passed over. As the sayin goes. Which I reckon some would take as meanin that the truth cant compete. But I don't believe that. I think that when lies are told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It don't move about from place to place and it don't change from time to time. You cant corrupt it because that is what it is. It's the thing you're talkin about. Ive heard it compared to the rock - maybe in the bible - and I wouldn't disagree with that. But it'll be here even when the rock is gone. I'm sure they's people who would disagree with that. Quite a few in fact. But I could find out what any of them did believe.
You always tried to be available for your social events and I would always go to things like cemetery cleanins of course. That was all right. The women would fix dinner on the ground and of course it was a way of campaignin but you were doin something for folks that couldn't do it for themselves. Well, you could be cynical about it I reckon and say that you just didn't want em comin around at night. But |I think it goes deeper than that. It is community and it is respect, of course, but the dead have more claims on you than what you might want to admit or even what you might know about and them claims can be very strong indeed. Very strong indeed. You just get the feelin they just don't want to turn loose. So any little helps, in that respect.
What I was sayin the other day about the papers. Here last week they found this couple out in California they would rent out rooms to old people and then kill em and bury em in the yard and cash in their social security checks. They'd torture em first, I don't know why. Maybe their television was broke. Now here's what the papers had to say about that. I quote from the papers.. Said: Neighbours were alerted when a man run from the premises wearin only a dogcollar. You cant make up such a thing as that. I dare you even to try.
But that's what it took, you'll notice. All that hollerin and digging in the yard didn't bring it.
That's all right. I laughed myself when I read it. There aint a whole lot else you can do.
Oh boy, lucky old Tommy Lee Jones, I would have given my right arm to play that role!