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ALEX DELARGE
Let's get things nice and sparkling clear. This sarcasm, if I may call it such, does not become you, O my little brothers. As I am your droog and leader, I am entitled to know what goes on, eh? Now then, Dim, what does that great big horsy gape of a grin portend?
GEORGIE
All right, no more picking on Dim, brother. That's part of the new way.
ALEX DELARGE
New way? What's this about a new way? There's been some very large talk behind my sleeping back, and no error.
GEORGIE
Well, if you must have it, have it then. We go around, shop crasting and the like, coming out with a pitiful rookerful of money each.
DIM
Pitiful rookerful.
GEORGIE
And there's Will the English, in the Muscleman coffee mesto, saying he can fence anything that any malchick tries to crast. The shiny stuff, the ice, the big, big, big money is available, is what Will the English says.
DIM
Big, big money.
ALEX DELARGE
And what will you do with the big, big, big money? Have you not everything you need? If you need a motor car, you pluck it from the trees. If you need pretty polly, you take it.
GEORGIE
Brother, you think and talk sometimes like a little child.
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ALEX DELARGE
I won't say a single solitary slovo unless I have my lawyer here. I know the law, you bastards.
INSPECTOR
We'll have to show our little friend Alex here that we know the law too, but that knowing the law isn't everything.
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MINISTER
Cram criminals together and what do you get - concentrated criminality, crime in the midst of punishment.
GOVERNOR
I agree, sir, what we need are larger prisons - more money.
MINISTER
Not a chance, my dear fellow. The Government can't be concerned any longer with outmoded penological theories. Soon we may be needing all our prison space for political offenders. Common criminals like these are best dealt with on a purely curative basis. Kill the criminal reflex, that's all. Full implementation in a year's time. Punishment means nothing to them, you can see that. They enjoy their so-called punishment.
ALEX DELARGE
You're absolutely right, sir.
CHIEF GUARD
Shut your bleedin' hole!
MINISTER
Who said that?
ALEX DELARGE
I did, sir.
MINISTER
What is your crime?
ALEX DELARGE
The accidental killing of a person, sir.
CHIEF GUARD
He brutally murdered a woman, in furtherance of theft! Fourteen years, sir!
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ALEX DELARGE
It's a sin! Using Ludwig van like that. He did no harm to anyone. Beethoven just wrote music.
DR. BRODSKY
It can't be helped. Here's the punishment element perhaps. The Governor ought to be pleased...I'm sorry, Alex, this is for your own good. You'll have to bear with us for a while. You must take your chance, boy. The choice has been all yours.
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CHAPLAIN
Choice! The boy has no real choice, has he? Self-interest, the fear of physical pain drove him to that grotesque act of self-abasement. Its insincerity was clearly to be seen. He ceases to be a wrong-doer. He ceases also to be a creature capable of moral choice.
MINISTER
Padre, these are subtleties! We are not concerned with motives, with the higher ethics. We are concerned only with cutting down crime. And with relieving the ghastly congestion in our prisons. He will be your true Christian, ready to turn the other cheek, ready to be crucified rather than crucify. Sick to the very heart at the thought even of killing a fly. Reclamation, joy before the angels of God. The point is that it works!
ALEX DELARGE
[voice-over] And the very next day, your Friend and Humble Narrator was a free man.
DAD
Are you all right, lad?
MUM
Dad...it's the treatment.
JOE
Well, it's disgusting. I mean, it's enough to put you off your food.
MUM
Oh leave him be, Joe, it's the treatment.
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ALEX DELARGE
[voiceover] And, O my brothers, would you believe your faithful friend and long suffering narrator pushed out his red yahzik a mile-and-a-half to lick the grahzny, vonny boots...The horrible killing sickness had whooshed up, and turned the like joy of battle into a feeling I was going to snuff it.
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ALEX DELARGE
It's impossible! I can't believe it!
GEORGIE
Evidence of the ol' glazzies! Nothing up our sleeves, no magic little Alex! A job for two who are now of job age! The police!
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ALEX DELARGE
I've suffered the tortures of the damned, sir [with innocent reinforcement] - tortures of the damned.
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ALEX DELARGE
I was cured, all right!
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ALEX DELARGE
It's funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen.