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  • Arthur Abbott: Iris, in the movies we have leading ladies and we have the best friend. You, I can tell, are a leading lady, but for some reason, you're behaving like the best friend.
    Iris: You're so right. You're supposed to be the leading lady of your own life for God's sake!


  • Iris: I understand feeling as small and as insignificant as humanly possible. And how it can actually ache in places you didn't know you had inside you. And it doesn't matter how many new haircuts you get, or gyms you join, or how many glasses of chardonnay you drink with your girlfriends... you still go to bed every night going over every detail and wonder what you did wrong or how you could have misunderstood. And how in the hell for that brief moment you could think that you were that happy.


  • Iris: I suppose I think about love more than anyone really should. I am constantly amazed by its sheer power to alter and define our lives


  • Iris: Jasper--- Oh, wait, I need the lights on. [turns on a lamp] Jasper, you have never treated me right, ever!
    Jasper: Oh, bab---
    Iris: Shush! You broke my heart and you acted like it was somehow my fault, my misunderstanding, and I was too in love with you to ever be mad at you, so I just punished myself! For years! But you waltzing in here on my lovely Christmas holiday and telling me that you don't want to lose me whilst you're about to get MARRIED! Somehow newly entitles me to say, "It's over!" This-this-this twisted toxic thing between us! It's finally finished! I'm miraculously done being in love with you! Ha! I've got a life to start living, and you're not going to be in it!
    Jasper: Darling---
    Iris: Now I've got somewhere really important to be and you have got to get the hell out! [opens door] Now!
    Jasper: What exactly has gotten in to you?
    Iris: I don't know [pushes jasper out the door] but I think what I've got is something resembling, Gumption! [slams door shut]


  • Iris: And I have willingly in loved that man, for over three miserable years. The absolute worst years of my life! The worst Christmases the worst birthdays! New Year's Eve brought in by tears and Valium. These years that I've been in love have been the darkest days of my life! All because I've been cursed by being in love with a man who does not, and will not, love me back. Oh God, Just the sight of him; heart pounding, throat thickening, absolutely can't swallow. All the usual symptoms.


  • Iris: I have found almost everything ever written about love to be true. Shakespeare said, "Journey's end in lover's meeting." Oh, what an extraordinary through. Personally I have not experience anything remotely close that, but I'm more then willing to believe Shakespeare had. I suppose i think about love more than anyone ever should. I'm constantly amazed by it's sheer power to alter and define out lives. It was also Shakespeare who said, "Love is blind." Now that is something I know to be true. For some, quite inexplicably, love fades. For others, love is simply lost. But then of course, love can also be found, even if just for the night. And then there is another kind of love, the cruelest kind. The one that almost kills its victims. It's called 'Unrequited Love'. Of that, I am an expert. Most love stories about people who fall in love with each other. But what about the rest of us? What about our stories? Those of us who fall in love alone. We are the victims of the one-sided affairs. We are the cursed of the loved ones; we are 'un-loved' ones. The walking wounded. The handicap without the advancement of a great parking spot. Yes, you are looking at one such individual.
    Iris: I have found almost everything ever written about love to be true. Shakespeare said, 'Journey's end in lover's meeting.' Oh, what an extraordinary through. Personally I have not experience anything remotely close that, but I'm more then willing to believe Shakespeare had. I suppose i think about love more than anyone ever should. I'm constantly amazed by it's sheer power to alter and define out lives. It was also Shakespeare who said, "Love is blind." Now that is something I know to be true. For some, quite inexplicably, love fades. For others, love is simply lost. But then of course, love can also be found, even if just for the night. And then there is another kind of love, the cruelest kind. The one that almost kills its victims. It's called 'Unrequited Love'. Of that, I am an expert. Most love stories about people who fall in love with each other. But what about the rest of us? What about our stories? Those of us who fall in love alone. We are the victims of the one-sided affairs. We are the cursed of the loved ones; we are 'un-loved' ones. The walking wounded. The handicap without the advancement of a great parking spot. Yes, you are looking at one such individual.


  • Amanda: I'm Amanda. Loner, loser and complicated wreck!


  • Miles: Iris, if you were a melody... I used only the good notes.


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