Tuesday, 12 January 2021

i’m sorry—did i break your concentration

The modified verse from Ezekiel 25:17 that Jules Winnfield recites—the one he’s been saying for years because he fancied it an especially cold-blooded thing to say to one’s victims before shooting them is a marked improvement on the original: And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall lay vengeance upon them.

In the fullness of the moment and perhaps to suggest that the creed is perhaps more mutable, modular, Samuel L. Jackson delivers in the longest iteration, a passable pastiche of Old Testament tropes: The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and goodwill shepherds the weak through the Valley of Darkness, for he is truly his Brother’s Keeper and the Finder of Lost Children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my Brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee. The fact that I didn’t know that this was not exactly canonical makes me feel like To overcome the spider’s curse, simply quote a Bible verse. Uh... Thou shalt not... uh... [Homer throws a rock at the spider's head] The scripted sentiment is nonetheless much better than its inspiration.