Tuesday, September 29, 2009

#870. “You look like a rube” monologue from Silence of the Lambs

Rubes and Other Tragedies

I recorded this monologue. I almost did it with video, but then I realized how creepy I looked on video. Here it is for your listening pleasure.

You know what you look like to me, with your good bag and your cheap shoes? You look like a rube. A well-scrubbed, hustling rube with a little taste. Good nutrition has given you some length of bone, but you're not more than one generation from poor white trash, are you, Agent Starling? And that accent you've tried so desperately to shed? Pure West Virginia. What's your father, dear? Is he a coal miner? Does he stink of the lamp? You know how quickly the boys found you … all those tedious sticky fumblings in the back seats of cars … while you could only dream of getting out … getting anywhere … getting all the way to the FBI.

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