Screwball poetics: The Awful Truth

LUCY: You're all confused, aren't you?

JERRY: Uh-huh. Aren't you?


JERRY: Well, you should be, because you're wrong about things being different because they're not the same. Things are different, except in a different way. You're still the same, only I've been a fool. Well, I'm not now. So, as long as I'm different, don't you think things could be the same again? Only a little different?

+ Irene Dunne and Cary Grant in The Awful Truth, screenplay by Vina Delmar (from Screwball: Hollywood's Madcap Romantic Comedies by Ed Sikov)