excerpt from the movie Carol (released November 20, 2015) written by Phylis Nagy. Based on the 1952 romance novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith (republished as Carol in 1990)
Early this morning
Is she coming back?
This’ all my fault.
It’s nonsense, we should get going
Eat something, suit yourself
Why do you hate me, I haven’t done anything to you…
You really think I’ve flown half-way across the country to drive you back East because I hate you and want to see you suffer?
It’s for Carol, not me
With you and Carol, what happened
It’s completely different. I’ve known Carol since I was 10 years old. It was 5 or so years ago. Summer. Late one night, my Ford… broke down near my mother’s house. We tried to stay up…but curled up together in my old twin bed. And that was it. For a while. And then it changed. It changes. Nobody’s fault.
Dearest, (Carol’s voice over)
There are no accidents, and he would’ve found us one way or another. Everything comes full circle. Be grateful it was sooner rather than later. You’ll think it harsh of me to say so, but no explanation I offer will satisfy you. Please don’t be angry when I tell you that you seek resolutions and explanations because you’re young. But you will understand this one day. And when it happens, I want you to imagine me there to greet you our lives stretched out ahead of us, a perpetual sunrise. But until then, there must be no contact between us. I have much to do, and you, my darling, even more. Please believe that I would do anything to see you happy. And so, I do the only thing I can.
I release you.