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RIVER TAM
Little soul, big world. Eat, sleep, and eat. Many souls.
MAL
Cattle on the ship three weeks, she don't go near 'em. Suddenly we're on Jianying, and she's got a driving need to commune with the beasts?
RIVER TAM
They weren't cows inside. They were waiting to be, but they forgot. Now they see sky, and they remember what they are.
MAL
Is it bad that what she said made perfect sense to me?
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RIVER TAM
[after Simon looks at her to see if they found out his birthday from her] "Day" is a vestigial mode of time measurement based on solar cycles. It's not applicable... I didn't get you anything.
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JUBAL EARLY
All right, that's all the hide-and-seek I got time for. I know you're on this ship, little girl, so here's how this goes. You show yourself, we finish this exchange, or your brother's brains will be flying every which-a-way. You understand, I'm sort of on the clock here. It's frustrating.
RIVER TAM
You're wrong, Early.
JUBAL EARLY
I'm not wrong, dumpling, I will shoot your brother dead if you don't...
RIVER TAM
Wrong about River. River's not on the ship. They didn't want her here, but she couldn't make herself to leave. So she melted. Melted away. They didn't know she could do that, but she did.
JUBAL EARLY
I'm not sure I take your meaning there.
RIVER TAM
I'm not on the ship. I'm in the ship. I am the ship.
SIMON
River...
RIVER TAM
River's gone.
JUBAL EARLY
Then who exactly are we talking to?
RIVER TAM
You're talking to "Serenity." And Early, "Serenity" is very unhappy.
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RIVER TAM
She understands. She doesn't comprehend.
1
DR. SIMON TAM
[When River enters the abandoned ship] River! What are you...?
RIVER TAM
I followed the voices.
1
RIVER TAM
[in a deleted scene, to Shepherd Book] We want you to marry us.
SIMON
What? We... no!
SIMON
What?
RIVER TAM
Two by two. Everyone has a match, a mate, a dopple. I love you.
SIMON
No, River... mei-mei... of course, I love you too, but we can't be married.
SIMON
She's really crazy!
SIMON
[River kicks Simon in the shin] Ow! Ah, no, I - I don't mean crazy... that's just - you know that's not something brothers and sisters do. I mean, on some planets, but only pretty bad ones.
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INARA SERRA
How many babies have you actually delivered?
SIMON
As the primary? This would be the first. You?
INARA SERRA
My first too.
RIVER TAM
Mine too.
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RIVER TAM
[to Simon] You are such a boob.
0
RIVER TAM
[as her brother tends to a woman in labor] Who do you think is in there?
0
RIVER TAM
I remember everything. I remember too much. And some of it's made up, and some of it can't be quantified, and there's secrets, and...
SIMON
Hey, i-it's okay.
RIVER TAM
But, I understand. You gave up everything you had to find me. You found me broken. It's hard for you. You gave up everything you had.
SIMON
Mei-mei, everything I have is right here.