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LINUS
On Halloween night, the Great Pumpkin rises from his pumpkin patch and flies through the air with his bag of toys to all the children.
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LINUS
He'll come here because I have the most sincere pumpkin patch and he respects sincerity.
SALLY BROWN
Do you really think he will come?
LINUS
Tonight the Great Pumpkin will rise out of the pumpkin patch. He flies through the air and brings toys to all the children of the world.
SALLY BROWN
That's a good story.
LINUS
You don't believe the story of the Great Pumpkin? I thought little girls always believed everything that was told to them. I thought little girls were innocent and trusting.
SALLY BROWN
Welcome to the 20th century!
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LINUS
Never jump into a pile of leaves with a wet sucker.
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CHARLIE BROWN
Well, another Halloween has come and gone.
LINUS
Yes, Charlie Brown.
CHARLIE BROWN
I don’t understand it. I went trick-or-treating and all I got was a bag full of rocks! I suppose you spent all night in the Pumpkin Patch. And the Great Pumpkin never showed up?
LINUS
Nope.
CHARLIE BROWN
Well, don’t take it too hard, Linus. I’ve done a lot of stupid things in my life too.
LINUS
STUPID? WHAT DO YOU MEAN STUPID? Just wait 'til next year, Charlie Brown. You'll see! Next year at this same time, I'll find a pumpkin patch that is real sincere! And I'll sit in that pumpkin patch until the Great Pumpkin appears. He'll rise out of that pumpkin patch and he'll fly through the air with his bag of toys. The Great Pumpkin will appear! And I'll be waiting for him! I'll be there! I'll be sitting there in that pumpkin patch..and I'll see the Great Pumpkin. Just wait and see, Charlie Brown. I'll see that Great Pumpkin. I'll SEE the Great Pumpkin! Just you wait, Charlie Brown. The Great Pumpkin will appear and I'll be waiting for him!"
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CHARLIE BROWN
Who are you writing to, Linus?
LINUS
This is the time of year to write to the Great Pumpkin. On Halloween night, the Great Pumpkin rises out of his pumpkin patch and flies through the air with his bag of toys for all the children!
CHARLIE BROWN
You must be crazy. When are you going to stop believing in something that isn't true?
LINUS
When *you* stop believing in that fellow with a red suit and the white beard who goes, "Ho, ho, ho!"
CHARLIE BROWN
We're obviously separated by denominational differences.
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LINUS (WRITING)
Dear Great Pumpkin. I'm looking forward to your arrival on Halloween night. I hope you will bring me lots of presents.
CHARLIE BROWN
Who are you writing to, Linus?
LINUS
This is the time of the year to write to the Great Pumpkin. On Halloween night, the Great Pumpkin rises out of his pumpkin patch and flies through the air with his bag of toys for all the children.
CHARLIE BROWN
You must be crazy. When are you going to stop believing in something that isn't true?
LINUS
When you stop believing in that fellow with the red suit and white beard who goes "HO! HO! HO!".
CHARLIE BROWN
We are obviously separated by denominational differences.
LINUS (WRITING)
You must get discouraged because more people believe in Santa Claus than in you. Well, let's face it, Santa Claus has had more publicity; but being number two, perhaps you try harder.
LUCY
Not again! Writing a letter to a stupid pumpkin?! You make me the laughingstock of the neighborhood! All they talk about is my little brother, who always writes to the Great Pumpkin. (grabs him by his shirt) You better cut it out right now or I'll pound you!
LINUS
There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.
PATTY
You're wasting your time! The Great Pumpkin is a fake!
LINUS
Everyone tells me you're a fake, but I believe in you. (decides what to write next) P.S. If you really are a fake, don't tell me. I don't want to know.
SALLY BROWN
What are you doing, Linus?
LINUS
I'd rather not say. You might laugh.
SALLY BROWN
Oh, I'd never laugh at you, Linus. You're so intelligent.
LINUS
I'm writing to the Great Pumpkin.
SALLY BROWN
You always say the cutest things.
LINUS
On Halloween night, the 'Great Pumpkin' rises out of the pumpkin patch, then flies through the air to bring toys to all the good little children everywhere. Wouldn't you like to sit with me in the pumpkin patch on Halloween night and wait for the Great Pumpkin?
SALLY BROWN
Oh, I'd love to, Linus.
CHARLIE BROWN
What's going on here? What are you trying to do to my little sister? (takes her away)
LUCY
And how do you think you're gonna mail that letter? You can't possibly reach the mailbox and I'm not gonna help you.
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LINUS
[writing] You must get discouraged because more people believe in Santa Claus than in you. Well, let's face it; Santa Claus has had more publicity, but being #2, perhaps you try harder.
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LINUS
There he is! There he is! It's the Great Pumpkin! He's rising out of the pumpkin patch!
LINUS
What happened? Did I faint? What did he leave us? Did he leave us any toys?
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LINUS
[groans] You didn't tell me you were gonna kill it! [bawls]