Originally Posted by mwesson
Classic. A capon... who comes up with this stuff? Brilliant!
Hearst: Your proposal is thoughtful, but I'm afraid I lack the qualities that minority participations require.
Alma: As I said, these are the most preliminary thoughts.
Hearst: A vulgar man would ask before preceding any further if you would require him to produce his jackknife and make himself a capon before you.
Alma: (pausing) What in my ideas do you find emasculating?
Hearst: I can offer no inside explanations, Mrs. Ellsworth, as I am not a capon, which details offend me and why your proposal offends completely. It mistakes my nature absolutely.
Yes, the writing on Deadwood is in a class by itself. We are unlikely to see its equal. I have found myself saving snippets of dialog from Deadwood from its beginning. For example, in one of the later episodes from Season 2, there is in exchange in which Star asks Trixie why she went back to Al's place after having secured her release from his service as a whore:
Sol: Why did you go to him?
Trixie: (She pauses, takes his hand and sets it on the counter, holding it.
) Now, hold to this counter as I reveal this, Mr. Star.
I've lived most of my life a whore, and as much as he's her misery,
the pimp's a whore's familiar, so the sudden strange or violent draws her to him.
Not that I wouldn't learn another way.
I thought that was smart, funny, and sad, all at the same time. "Not that I wouldn't learn another way." Jesus!