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SLIM CHARLES
Don't matter who did what to who at this point. Fact is, we went to war, and now there ain't no going back. I mean, shit, it's what war is, you know? Once you in it, you in it. If it's a lie, then we fight on that lie. But we gotta fight.
10
SLIM CHARLES
Yeah, now, well, the thing about the old days: they the old days.
8
SLIM CHARLES
Don't matter who did what to who at this point. Fact is, we went to war and there ain't no turnin' back. I mean, shit, it's what war is, you know? Once you in it, you in it. If it's a lie, then we fight on that lie. But we gotta fight.
WITNESS
I saw only the one of them. He was black, big I thought. With a large weapon.
BUNK MORELAND
BNBG.
VERNON
[laughing] Big Negro, Big Gun.
4
SLIM CHARLES
But what if they don't cop our re-up, though?
STRINGER BELL
Well, I'ma worry about that when it happen. Until then, Mr. Charles, we're going to handle this shit like businessmen, sell the shit, make the profit and later for that gangsta bullshit. [Poot raises his hand.] Yeah.
POOT
Do the chair know we gonna look like some punk-ass bitches out there?
STRINGER BELL
Motherfucker, I will punk your ass for sayin such shit!
SHAMROCK
Yo, String, Poot did have the floor, man.
STRINGER BELL
Shut the fuck up, this nigga too ignorant to have the fuckin' floor!
3
DENNIS 'CUTTY' WISE
The game done changed...
SLIM CHARLES
Game's the same, just got more fierce.
3
SLIM CHARLES
Ain't enough y'all done violated the Sunday morning truce. No, I'm standing here holding a torn-up church crown of a bona fide colored lady. Do you know what a colored lady is? Not your moms, for sure. 'Cause if they was that, y'all would've known better than that bullshit. Y'all trifling with Avon Barksdale reputation, you know that?
2
SLIM CHARLES
[Proposition Joe has just bought flowers for Butchie's funeral] You ain't thinkin' no kindly note gonna slow Omar comin' at us
JOSEPH 'PROPOSITION JOE' STEWART
It's how I feel. He was a good man
SLIM CHARLES
and Marlo?
JOSEPH 'PROPOSITION JOE' STEWART
Marlo is Marlo man. He weren't the one that put me in this trick bag; the motherfucker who snuggled up an' whispered in Marlo's ear did that. [Slim gives Prop Joe a look, & Joe senses it without looking at Slim] See I know what you thinkin', an' I ain't makin' a move against no kin', not 'til I got more to go on than words. And knowing my sister's son the way I do, if the boy got 50 grand in his pocket, it ain't gonna be long before it jump out and find itself in some salesman hand. And that kink of goody we know. In the meantime, if Omar coming for any of us, he coming for me, and out of respect for that man's skill set, I'm gonna take myself outa the lineup after the meet tomorrow.
0
SLIM CHARLES
[when Stringer asks him to kill Clay Davis] Shit, murder ain't no thing, but this here is some assassination shit!
0
FAT FACE RICK
Shit, nigga, we was good when your uncle had it. He had to go and put up with Marlo...
CHEESE
See that? See now, that's just the wrong way to look at it. 'Cause Joe had his time and Omar put an end to that. Then Marlo had his time, short as it was, and the police put an end to that. And now, motherfucker, it's our time. Mines and yours. But instead of just shutting up and kicking in, you gon' stand there, crying that back in the day shit.
FAT FACE RICK
Cheese...
CHEESE
There ain't no back in the day, nigga! Ain't no nostalgia to this shit here. There's just the street, the game, and what happen here today.
FAT FACE RICK
You right.
CHEESE
When it was my uncle, I was with my uncle. When it was Marlo, I was with him. But now, nigga--
VINSON
What the fuck you do that for?! Now we short the nine!
SLIM CHARLES
That was for Joe.
VINSON
This sentimental motherfucker just cost us money.
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LEVY
[to Stringer] A guy says if you pay him, he can make it rain. You pay him. If and when it rains, he takes the credit. If and when it doesn't, he comes up with reasons for you to pay more. Clay Davis rainmade you ...... It's an old game in this town, and Clay Davis? That goniff was born with his hand in someone's pocket.
SLIM CHARLES
[when Stringer asks him to kill Clay Davis] Shit, murder ain't no thing, but this here is some assassination shit!