Friday, June 01, 2007

...And how are you, Mr. Wilson?

Elwood P. Dowd: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, "In this world, Elwood, you must be" - she always called me Elwood - "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me. "

One of my favorite movies (and the classic Pulitzer Prize winning play) "Harvey" is a lovely study in foolishness. Elwood P. Dowd's best friend is a six foot tall rabbit named Harvey (a Pooka) whom only Elwood can see. From the perspective of his family, Elwood is a fool--a crazy, sweet, lovable fool. But who is the real fool? Is it Elwood, because he talks to an entity no one can see? Because he chooses it is best to live simply for simple pleasures rather than muck it up in reality? Or is it his loved ones, who refuse to believe in a mythical giant white rabbit?

Wilson: [reading from an encyclopedia] "P O O K A - Pooka - from old Celtic mythology - a fairy spirit in animal form - always very large. The pooka appears here and there - now and then - to this one and that one - a benign but mischievous creature - very fond of rumpots, crackpots, and how are you, Mr. Wilson?" "How are you, Mr. Wilson?" Who in the encyclopedia wants to know? "
Find out more about the Pooka here.


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