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Norman Thayer Jr.: Go ahead, permissiveness runs rampant here on Golden Pond.
Ethel: After lunch, after we've gobbled up all those silly strawberries, we'll take ourselves to the old town road. We've been there a thousand times, darling. A thousand. And you'll remember it all. Listen to me, mister. You're my knight in shining armour. Don't you forget it. You're gonna get back on that horse and I'm gonna be right behind you, holding on tight. And away we're gonna go, go, go.
Norman Thayer Jr.: I don't like horses. You are a pretty old dame, aren't you? What are you doing with a dotty old son of a bitch like me?
Ethel: Well, I haven't the vaguest idea.
Ethel: Fishing. You remember fishing, Norman. You're gonna show Billy what life is all about on Golden Pond.
Norman Thayer Jr.: I thought you'd be nude.
Ethel: No. Sorry. I didn't want to overwhelm our guest on his first night. He's nice, isn't he?
Norman Thayer Jr.: Hm. $40 a filling.
Norman Thayer Jr.: That's enough to keep you off sweets.
Ethel: He'd be a good catch, wouldn't he?
Norman Thayer Jr.: He said they wanted to sleep together.
Ethel: Well, why not? They're big people.
Norman Thayer Jr.: Yeah.
Ethel: You and I did, didn't we?
Norman Thayer Jr.: Did we?
Ethel: Oh, Norman! Have you been picking on him?
Norman Thayer Jr.: Yeah. He finds me fascinating.
Ethel: Well, why not? Norman. Chelsea wants us to do something for her. She wants to leave Billy here with us for a month.
Norman Thayer Jr.: Which Billy?
Ethel: Oh, Billy, Norman! The little one. Bill is supposed to have him for the summer. The kid would be miserable in Europe. Bill seems very nice and Chels needs someone nice. Couldn't we do that for her?
Norman Thayer Jr.: What would we do with the boy? What would I say to him?
Ethel: Oh, you'd think of something. Let's do it! Let's say we'll do it and give Chelsea some happiness. Yes?
Norman Thayer Jr.: All right.
Ethel: You know, Norman, you really are the sweetest man in the world. But I'm the only one who knows it.
Ethel (singing): From the tent on the bank of the lake called Golden Pond. We are the girls from Camp Koochakiyi. You can tell who we are by the gleam in our eyes. Oh, our minds are clear and our hearts are strong. We are dancing here but we won't be long. There will soon be deer where there now are fawns. But we'll remember our years on Golden Pond.
Henry Fonda as Norman Thayer Jr.
Picture from On Golden Pond (1981)
Katharine Hepburn as Ethel Thayer