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After I gave you that lamp, we ate at that terrible Chinese. It’s an angle-poise because you press your face too close to the page when you read and there’s never enough light. You won’t wear glasses because you say your nose is too small and with glasses you’d look like a mole which you don’t… wouldn’t. They’d suit you. You’d look just as fairly beautiful as you are. It’s yellow because you said no one wants a yellow lamp. So I thought if I got it for you in yellow then no one would steal it from your desk. I do give these things quite a lot of consideration, you see. The devil is in the detail.

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TV MEME: [5/5] Male characters - Freddie Lyon

It makes it more real, seeing the boom! The mechanics of how we bear witness, because that’s what we do, what one tries to do. Reveal fleeting moments of history, not with apology, not as it is now! Endless static newsreel, a man who never leaves his desk, delivering the story as if it’s the dry, five-minute warm-up act to Hancock’s Half Hour!

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That one was taken just outside of Madrid. They were one of the last to surrender in ‘39. She was running away from her house, leaving everything. A row of men were being executed just behind that door. Amongst them her husband. She… she didn’t look back.

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- Why did she come to me? Why did Ruth come to me?
- Because you’re tenacious. Because you care more about the truth than you do about your own safety. Because if I was scared for my life, I would run to you… and trust that you would know the answer. Because there’s no one else like you, Freddie.

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Sometimes it lasts in love but 99.999% of the time it hurts instead: Bel/Freddie

“So I got your letter. San Francisco - amazing. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to write back. There are life’s natural heroes and then there’s you. Your words. You always believed somewhere deep in you that there is a coward. I wish I’d told you that that’s not true, because you leapt while I stayed, feet first into the unknown. Why should I have expected anything less than fearlessness from you? But I am not as brave as you. I want to write and say I’ll be there, I’ll get on a plane, I’ll come right now, I really do. But I can’t. Not because I don’t love you. I love you, Freddie Lyon. But because you won’t even get this letter, because I won’t ever send it. I’m the coward, Freddie. Not you. So instead I’m sending this prayer out there just hoping somehow that you will know to come home. Just please come home, now. Soon. And maybe your courage will make me brave, too. Just come home, and I will leap, too.”

After I gave you that lamp, we ate at that terrible Chinese. It’s an angle-poise because you press your face too close to the page when you read and there’s never enough light. You won’t wear glasses because you say your nose is too small and with glasses you’d look like a mole which you don’t… wouldn’t. They’d suit you. You’d look just as fairly beautiful as you are. It’s yellow because you said no one wants a yellow lamp. So I thought if I got it for you in yellow then no one would steal it from your desk. I do give these things quite a lot of consideration, you see. The devil is in the detail.