Can you tell me the way to Hope Street?
They tell me the road to hope is long, and fraught with peril, sir.
(Stunned silence. A moment of recognition. Wry smile.)
Yes, but at least it’s paved now.
The cobbles are made from the hearts of policemen, sir. They are only mortared loosely with good intentions.
You have the gun, so I defer to your judgement. The way?
Go back up the hill and turn right, if you want to find Hope. Abandon hope, all ye who stand here in the middle of the street with a policeman in the sleet.
Would you like a cup of coffee, officer?
I’d like a gold-plated Republican job and a roast turkey with a side order of another roast turkey, and a whiskey and an upholstered woman with a fireplace and access to more whiskey, thank you. But I’ll settle for a cup of coffee, if that’s what you meant.
I’ll need to cross the street to get it. Will you stop the traffic?
Sir, I’ll hold them here until the ammo runs out, then go hand to hand with the stragglers, if you’ll bring a sinker with the joe.
Done, and done.
Dunne and Dunne? Are those your lawyers, sir?
Spring is coming, officer, if we keep this up.
Go. I’ll cover you.