I love the 1958 movie Long, Hot Summer, starring the beautiful, blue-eyed Paul Newman (Ben Quick); a very young Joanne Woodward (Clara Varner); and a husky, swarthy, bearish Orson Welles (Will Varner).
This movie has a definite tone of the America South. And the dialogue is, well, good. Here is one of my favorite pieces expressed passionately by Miss Clara to Mr. Quick:
“Mr. Quick, I am a human being. Do you know what that means? It means I set a price on myself: a high, high price. You may be surprised to know it, but I’ve got quite a lot to give. I’ve got things I’ve been saving up my whole life. Things like love and understanding and — and jokes and good times and good cooking. I’m prepared to be the Queen of Sheba for some lucky man, or at the very least the best wife that any man could hope for. Now, that’s my human history and it’s not going to be bought and sold and it’s certainly not gonna be given away to any passin’ stranger.“
PSST! You decide.
You decide your worth.
Not he or she or “they,” but —
Whatever the price on your head, you decide.
So how much do you think you are worth?
Yes, you decide.
Call to action: What is your price and when did you decide your worth?
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