One of the reasons that I'm enamoured with OiS is the initial interactions between Early and Simon. Nearly everything that Simon says, Early either disagrees with, or finds some way to contradict. In trying to put an intellectual at a disadvantage, this is a brilliant manuver.
A few of my favorite examples:
EARLY: Doctor Tam, why don't you sit yourself down?
SIMON: Rather die standing.
EARLY: The intention is not for you to die...
EARLY: This is her room.
EARLY: It's empty.
SIMON: I know.
EARLY: So is it still her room when it's empty? Does the room, the thing have purpose? Or are we... what's the word...
SIMON: So you're a bounty hunter.
EARLY: That ain't it at all.
SIMON: Then what are you?
EARLY: I'm a bounty hunter.
SIMON: That's what I said.
EARLY: Yeah, but you didn't say it well....
SIMON: And which part of your plan dictated the necessity of beating up a Shepherd?
EARLY: That ain't a Shepherd.
I know that the last example is something that most of us already believe anyway, but it just matches the rest of the pattern so well.
Edited by merrymisfit, Mar 15, 2006 @ 10:25 PM.