Old Paul Edgecomb Quotes in The Green Mile (1999)
Old Paul Edgecomb Quotes:
Old Paul Edgecomb: We each owe a death - there are no exceptions - but, oh God, sometimes the Green Mile seems so long.
Old Paul Edgecomb: I think Mr. Jingles happened by accident. I think when we electrocuted Del, and it all went so badly... well, John can feel that you know... and I think a part of... whatever magic was inside of him just lept through my tiny friend here. As for me, John had to give me a part of himself; a gift the way he saw it, so that I could see for myself what Wild Billy had done. When John did that; when he took my hand, a part of the power that worked through him spilled into me.
Elaine Connelly: He... what? He infected you with life?
Old Paul Edgecomb: That's as good a word as any. He infected us both, didn't he, Mr. Jingles? With life. I'm a hundred and eight years old, Elaine. I was forty-four the year that John Coffey walked the Green Mile. You mustn't blame John. He couldn't help what happened to him... he was just a force of nature. Oh I've lived to see some amazing things Elly. Another century come to past, but I've... I've had to see my friends and loved ones die off through the years... Hal and Melinda... Brutus Howell... my wife... my boy. And you Elaine... you'll die too, and my curse is knowing that I'll be there to see it. It's my attonement you see; it's my punishment, for letting John Coffey ride the lightning; for killing a miracle of God. You'll be gone like all the others. I'll have to stay. Oh, I'll die eventually, that I'm sure. I have no illusions of immortality, but I will wished for death... long before death finds me. In truth, I wish for it already.
Old Paul Edgecomb: I guess sometimes the past just catches up with you, whether you want it to or not.
Old Paul Edgecomb: [Sitting on a table drinking coffee with Elaine after she takes him aside from the TV room] I guess sometimes the past... just catches up with you whether you want it to or not. It's silly...
Elaine Connelly: Was it the film?
Elaine Connelly: It was, wasn't it?
Old Paul Edgecomb: I haven't spoken of these things in a long time, Ellie. Over sixty years.
Elaine Connelly: [Ellie takes Paul's hand and comforts him] Paul... I'm your friend.
Old Paul Edgecomb: Yes. Yes, you are.
Old Paul Edgecomb: I ever tell you I was a prison guard during the Depression?
Elaine Connelly: You've mentioned it.
Old Paul Edgecomb: Did I mention I was in charge of Death Row? That I supervised all the executions?
[Ellie shakes her head]
Old Paul Edgecomb: They usually call Death Row the Last Mile, but we called ours the Green Mile because the floor was the color of faded limes. We had the electric chair then; Old Sparky, we called it.
Old Paul Edgecomb: I've lived a lot of years, Ellie... but 1935 takes the prize. That was the year I had the worst urinary infection of my life. That was also the year of John Coffey and the two dead girls...
Old Paul Edgecomb: They usually call death row the Last Mile, but we called ours the Green Mile, because the floor was the color of faded limes. We had the electric chair then. Old Sparky, we called it. I've lived a lot of years, Ellie, but 1935 takes the prize. That was the year I had the worst urinary infection of my life. That was also the year of John Coffey and the two dead girls.
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Characters on The Green Mile (1999)
- Paul Edgecomb
- John Coffey
- Melinda Moores
- Arlen Bitterbuck
- Elaine Connelly
- Brutus "Brutal" Howell
- Percy Wetmore
- Burt Hammersmith
- Dean Stanton
- Bill Dodge
- Eduard Delacroix
- Lady in nursing home
- Man in nursing home
- Harry Terwilliger
- Jan Edgecomb
- Wild Bill Wharton
- Klaus Detterick
- Earl the Plumber