Actor Robert Cummings as Parris in “Kings Row”, Author Stetsonharry (PD)
“Parris: I don’t know if you can take it, Drake.
Drake: Give it to me.
Parris: Dr. Gordon cut off your legs. I don’t know if it was necessary. He was that kind of butcher, who thought he had a special ordination to punish ‘transgressors’… Heaven knows what else. The caverns of the human mind are full of strange shadows, but none of that matters. The point is he wanted to destroy you. Oh, not literally. He wanted to destroy the Drake McHugh you were. He wanted to see you turn into a life-long cripple, mentally as well as physically. That’s all there is, Drake…
Drake (after a long pause, chuckles): That’s a hot one, isn’t it? Where did Gordon think I lived, in my legs? Did he think those things were Drake McHugh?…”
– Kings Row (1942)
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