The Library Scene (With Honors)
Simon educates Monty on women. Now that's something you don't see everyday... not!
Tags: Joe Pesci Brendan Fraser
Added: 5 years ago
[Monty and his homeless friend Simon approach the entrance of Widener Library]
SIMON: Here we are, back where you found me!
MONTY: Don't remind me ...
[Simon opens the door for Monty (who is using crutches) and enters the library]
SIMON: I wonder what it's like to read upstairs. Bet the light's better ...
[cut to inside the library, as Monty takes a seat at one of the tables, while Simon looks around in awe (bumping into a chair and disturbing the nearby patrons)]
[cut to a closeup of Monty as he slides a copy of "Germinal" by Emile Zola across the desk]
MONTY: "Germinal," right?
[Simon ignores him, and continues to look around the room]
SIMON: This library's like a church, isn't it? And when you're in church, do you ever look up sometimes and wonder what other people are praying for? Did someone die? Was someone just born? Library's like that for me ...
[an older female librarian (short blonde hair, glasses, beige suit jacket) is walking by, when (after taking one look at the disheveled Simon) she stops in front of their table]
LIBRARIAN: Sir. Sir, you can't stay here ...
MONTY: Oh, it's okay, he's with me. He's uh, part of my research project.
LIBRARIAN: Oh, I beg your pardon ...
[she walks away, as Simon watches her leave]
SIMON: Women, ain't they perfect?
MONTY: Not always ...
SIMON: Yes they are, they're perfect. Don't matter if they're skinny, fat, blonde, or blue. If a woman is willing to give you her love, Harvard, it's the greatest gift in the world. Makes you taller, makes you smarter, makes your teeth shine! Boy oh boy, women are perfect!
MONTY: Keep your voice low, alright?
SIMON: Perfect joy and perfect ache. Joy when you first see 'em and you get to know 'em, ache when you leave 'em! Joy, ache. Joy, ache.
[he starts bobbing his head from side to side and raises his voice]
SIMON: Joy, ache! Joy, ache! Joy, ache! Joy, ache! Joy, ache! Joy, ache! Joy, ache! Joy, ache!
[the nearby patrons shush him]
MONTY: If you keep your voice low, then you wouldn't attract attention.
[Simon puts his head down, but only for a moment]
SIMON: [whispering] Psst! I'll give you two pages for a bath ...
MONTY: Okay, lemmee get some work done ...
Patricia B. Butcher portrays an academic librarian in the 1994 comedy drama "With Honors." Harvard student Monty Kessler (Brendan Fraser) loses his honors thesis which is found by a bum, Simon Wilder (Joe Pesci), who lives in the basement of Widener Library. There are several library scenes in the film, and on one occasion, Simon accompanies Monty into the library where they sit across from one another at a table. A librarian (Butcher), in a decidedly disapproving manner with respect to Simon's presence in the library, approaches Simon, "Sir, sir, you can't stay here."
Monty speaks up immediately, "It's okay, he's with me. He's, uh, part of my research project." The librarian responds, "Oh, I beg your pardon." She retreats, leaving the two at the table. This scene with the librarian in about 20 seconds in length, and Butcher adequately projects the stereotypical image.
An "only 38" blonde (short Hamill cut), Butcher wears reading glasses and dresses conservatively - gray suit, white blouse, ruffled collar and cuffs. In addition, she holds a book in her left hand during her conversation with Simon and Monty.