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SHELBY
I am going to be very, very careful, nobody is going to be hurt or disappointed or even inconvenienced.
M'LYNN
Least of all Jackson, I'm sure.
SHELBY
You're jealous, because you no longer have a say so in what I do and that drives you up the wall. You're ready to spit nails because you can't call the shots.
M'LYNN
I did not raise my daughter to talk to me like this.
SHELBY
Yes, you did.
M'LYNN
Oh no, I didn't.
SHELBY
Whenever any of us asked you what you wanted for us when we grew up what did you say?
M'LYNN
Shelby, I'm not in the mood to play games.
SHELBY
Just tell me what you said, Mama, what did you say?
M'LYNN
The only thing I have ever said to you, ever, is that I want you to be happy.
SHELBY
Okay, the one thing that would make me happy is to have a baby. If I could adopt one I would, but I can't. I'm going to have a baby, and I wish you'd be happy too.
M'LYNN
I'll tell you what I wish. Well, I don't know what I wish.
SHELBY
Mama, I don't know why you have to make everything so difficult. I look at having a baby as the opportunity of a lifetime. Sure there may be risk involved, but that's true for anybody. But you get through it and life goes on. And when it's all said and done there will be a little piece of immortality with Jackson's good looks and my sense of style, I hope. Please, please I need your support. I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.
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SHELBY
Pink is my signature color.
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M'LYNN
We have this new psychiatrist that comes in two days a week and of course I pick her name out of the grab bag, I have to pick something up for her tomorrow. Would you put that on the list, I have no idea what to get your father. What's Jackson giving you, do you know?
SHELBY
Furniture.
M'LYNN
Furniture, well, my. Must be nice to be married to a rich lawyer. What's it for, the living room?
SHELBY
No, for the nursery. [seeing M'Lynn's stricken look] We wanted to tell you when you and daddy were together, but you're never together so it's every man for himself. I'm pregnant.
M'LYNN
I realize that.
SHELBY
Well is that it? Is that all you're gonna say?
M'LYNN
What do you want me to say?
SHELBY
Well, something along the lines of congratulations.
M'LYNN
Congratulations.
SHELBY
Would it be too much to ask for a little excitement, not too much I wouldn't want you to break a sweat or anything. It's in July. Oh Mama, you have to help me plan. We're gonna get a new house. Jackson and I are going house hunting next week. Jackson loves to hunt for anything.
M'LYNN
What does Jackson say about all of this?
SHELBY
He's so excited. He says he doesn't care whether it's a boy or a girl, but I know he really wants a son so bad he can taste it. He's really cute about the whole thing. It's all he can talk about: Jackson Latree, Jr.
M'LYNN
Does he ever? Listen, I mean when doctors and specialists give you advice. Does he listen? I know you never do, does he? Huh? What? Well, I guess since he doesn't have to carry the baby it really isn't any of his concern.
SHELBY
Mama, I want a child.
M'LYNN
What about adoption? You've filled out all the applications.
SHELBY
Mama, no judge is gonna give a baby to someone with my medical records. Jackson even put out feelers about buying one.
M'LYNN
People do it all the time.
SHELBY
Listen to me. I want a child of my own. I think it would help things a lot.
M'LYNN
I see.
SHELBY
Mama, you worry too much. In fact I never worry 'cause I always know you're worried enough for the both of us. Jackson and I have given this a lot of thought.
M'LYNN
Has he really? Well, there's a first time for everything.
SHELBY
Don't start on Jackson.
M'LYNN
Your poor body has been through so much. Why would you deliberately do this to yourself?
SHELBY
Diabetics have healthy babies all the time.
M'LYNN
You are special Shelby. There are limits to what you can do.
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SHELBY
Well, we went skinny dipping and we did things that frightened the fish.
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SHELBY
Truvy, you know what you need in here? You need a radio, takes the pressure off of everyone feeling they have to talk so much.
TRUVY
I had one once, but I threw it up against the wall when I couldn't figure out where the batteries went. I know now I was suffering from pre-menstrual syndrome.
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SHELBY
[to Annelle] Relax! You can't screw up her hair. Just tease it and make it look like a brown football helmet.
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SHELBY
Remember what Daddy always says - an ounce of pretension is worth a pound of manure!
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TRUVY
What are your colors, Shelby?
SHELBY
My colors are "blush" and "bashful."
M'LYNN
Her colors are "pink" and pink."
SHELBY
My colors are "blush" and "bashful" Mama!
M'LYNN
How precious is this weddin' gonna get, I ask you?
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SHELBY
Was she prayin?
TRUVY
Yes.
SHELBY
Why.
TRUVY
Got me, maybe she was praying for Marshall and Drew and Bell. My she was praying for us cause we was gossipin. Maybe she was praying because the elastic is shot in her pantyhose. Who knows she prays at the drop of a hat these days.
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M'LYNN
Shelby, the boys bought the car around.
SHELBY
What did they do to it?
M'LYNN
Well, let me put it this way... If you and Jackson want to practice safe sex, you're all set!