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  • Dr. John Markway: That proves it: one of you is a witch!

  • Eleanor Vance: Hill House has stood for ninety years and will probably stand for ninety more. And we who walk at Hill House, walk alone.

  • Dr. John Markway: You're liable to have that shut door ripped right off it's hinges
    Dr. John Markway: You're liable to have that shut door ripped right off it's hinges.

  • Eleanor Vance: And whatever walks there walks alone
    Eleanor Vance: And whatever walks there walks alone.

  • Eleanor Vance: Whose hand was I holding?

  • Dr. John Markway: That's very good, Eleanor. You catch on quickly.
    Theodora: (gets jealous and stands up) - I'm hungry. Let's go.

  • Luke Sanderson: I haven't seen a damn thing! I just don't like the way it looks.

  • Theodora: I don't think you killed your mother.

  • Dr. John Markway: Ghosts make the papers along with celebrities every day of the week.

  • Eleanor Vance: Can't you feel it? It's alive...watching.
    Eleanor Vance: Can't you feel it? It's alive, watching.

  • Luke Sanderson: (referring to Hill House) - It ought to be burned down...and the ground sowed with salt.
    Luke Sanderson: (referring to Hill House) - It ought to be burned down, and the ground sowed with salt.

  • Luke Sanderson: Doc, let's sell the house cheap!

  • Luke Sanderson: (when the group compares themselves to four statues) - Which one am I?
    Theodora: You're the dog.

  • Dr. John Markway: You wait here, Grace. I'll go in and get your things, and then call the police.
    Grace Markway: No, no, no! No one must go back into that house again. Whatever's there might--?
    Grace Markway: No, no, no! No one must go back into that house again. Whatever's there might?
    Dr. John Markway: I'll be all right. The house has what it wants...for a while.
    Dr. John Markway: I'll be all right. The house has what it wants, for a while.

  • Eleanor Vance: (panicking) - But where?
    Dr. John Markway: Home of course.
    Theodora: Back to your little apartment, where all your things are.

  • Eleanor Vance: Human nature could certainly stand some improvement.

  • Dr. John Markway: Now. Which door?
    Theodora: That one.
    Dr. John Markway: Wrong. I've studied the map, it's this one. - [goes to his right and walks straight into the broom cupboard]

  • Theodora: What would you call this place? Fun-o-rama?

  • Mrs. Dudley: I set dinner on the dining room sideboard at 6. I clear up in the morning. I have breakfast for you at 9. I don't wait on people. I don't stay after I set out the dinner, not after it begins to get dark. I leave before the dark.
    Eleanor Vance: Your husband?
    Mrs. Dudley: We live over in town, miles away.
    Eleanor Vance: Yes.
    Mrs. Dudley: So there won't be anyone around if you need help.
    Eleanor Vance: I understand.
    Mrs. Dudley: We couldn't hear you; in the night.
    Eleanor Vance: Do you have any idea when Dr. Markway...
    Mrs. Dudley: (cuts her off) - No one could. No one lives any nearer than town. No one will come any nearer than that.
    Eleanor Vance: I know.
    Mrs. Dudley: In the night; in the dark. - (she grins)

  • Dr. John Markway: When people believed the earth was flat, the idea of a round world scared them silly. Then they found out how the round world works. It's the same with the world of the supernatural. Until we know how it works, we'll continue to carry around this unnecessary burden of fear.

  • Eleanor Vance: What scares you, Theodora?
    Theodora: Knowing what I really want.

  • Theodora: Poor Nell. You look like Death.
    Theodora: Poor Nell. You look like death.

  • Dr. John Markway: It was an evil house from the beginning - a house that was born bad.
    Dr. John Markway: It was an evil house from the beginning. A house that was born bad.

  • Eleanor Vance: God! God! Whose hand was I holding?

  • Luke Sanderson: Only one way to argue with a woman Doc...Don't.
    Luke Sanderson: Only one way to argue with a woman Doc. Don't.

  • Theodora: Haven't you noticed how nothing in this house seems to move until you look away and then you just...catch something out of the corner of your eye?
    Theodora: Haven't you noticed how nothing in this house seems to move until you look away and then you just catch something out of the corner of your eye?

  • Dr. John Markway: It has taken 60 million years to develop the carnivorous biped you see before you, Luke Sanderson.
    Theodora: Let's see what kind of martinis it makes.
    Luke Sanderson: They should be pretty good. I majored in them at college.

  • Eleanor Vance: Oh! This house! You have to watch it every minute!

  • Mrs. Sanderson: The dead are not quiet in Hill House.

  • Theodora: Is this another one of your crazy ideas?
    Eleanor Vance: I'm not crazy!
    Theodora: Crazy as a loon! You really expect me to believe that you're sane and the rest of the world is mad?
    Eleanor Vance: Well why not? The world is full of inconsistencies. Full of unnatural beings, nature's mistakes they call you for instance!

  • Dr. John Markway: An evil old house, the kind some people call haunted, is like an undiscovered country waiting to be explored. Hill House had stood for 90 years and might stand for 90 more. Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there...walked alone.
    Dr. John Markway: An evil old house, the kind some people call haunted, is like an undiscovered country waiting to be explored. Hill House had stood for 90 years and might stand for 90 more. Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.

  • Eleanor Vance: I'm still so terrified from last night.
    Dr. John Markway: You shouldn't be. It's silly to be frightened...
    Eleanor Vance: Silly? You haven't been through it! This horrible unknown thing!
    Dr. John Markway: Unknown.' That's the key word. 'Unknown.' When we become involved in a supernatural event, we're scared out of our wits just because it's unknown. The night cry of a child; a face on the wall; knockings, banging's. What's there to be afraid of? You weren't threatened. It was harmless, like a joke that doesn't come out.
    Eleanor Vance: But the child...
    Dr. John Markway: There was no child, remember? Just a voice!
    Eleanor Vance: A voice.
    Dr. John Markway: Look, Eleanor, put it this way. When people believed the Earth was flat, the idea of a round world scared them silly. Then they found out how the round world works. It's the same with the world of the supernatural. Until we know how it works, we'll continue to carry around this unnecessary burden of fear.
    Eleanor Vance: Supposing it is in my imagination; the knocking, the voices. Everything...Every cursed bit of the haunting! Suppose the haunting is all in my mind.
    Dr. John Markway: Well, you can't say that, because there are three other people here. We all resist the idea that what ran through the garden that first night was a ghost. What banged on the door was a ghost. What held your hand was a ghost. But there is certainly something going on in Hill House. We're getting closer, very close to finding out what it is.

  • Eleanor Vance: Hill House has stood for 90 years and might stand for 90 more. Within, walls continue upright, bricks meet, floors are firm, and doors are sensibly shut. Silence lies steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House; and we who walk here...walk alone.
    Eleanor Vance: Hill House has stood for 90 years and might stand for 90 more. Within, walls continue upright, bricks meet, floors are firm, and doors are sensibly shut. Silence lies steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House; and we who walk here, walk alone.

  • Dr. John Markway: Look, I know the supernatural is something that isn't supposed to happen, but it does happen.

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