Quotes from
O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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Pete: Wait a minute. Who elected you leader of this outfit?

Ulysses: Well Pete, I figured it should be the one with the capacity for abstract thought. But if that ain't the consensus view, then hell, let's put it to a vote.

Pete: Suits me. I'm voting for yours truly.

Ulysses: Well I'm voting for yours truly too.

Delmar: Okay... I'm with you fellas.

Pete: Wait a minute. Who elected you leader of this group?

Ulysses: Well Pete, I thought it should be the one with the capacity for abstract thought. But if everyone doesn't agree, then hell (emphasis), let's vote on it.

Pete: That's fine with me. I'm voting for myself.

Ulysses: Well I'm voting for myself too.

Delmar: Okay... I agree with both of you.

Lund: Now, what can I do you for Mr. French?

French: How can I lay a hold of them Soggy Bottom Boys?

Lund: Soggy Bottom? I don't recitely recollect them.

French: They cut a record in here a few days ago, was an old-timey harmony thing with a guitar accom ... accomp ...

Lund: Oh myeah myeah myeah myeah I remember them. They was colored fellas I believe.

French: Uh huh.

Lund: Yessah, they're a fine bunch a boys. They sang in the yonder can and skeedadled.

French: Well that record is goin' through the goddamned roof. They playin' it as far away as Mobile.

Lund: Naw?

French: Whole damn state's goin' apey.

Lund: Well it was a powerful act.

French: Hot damn, we gotta find them boys and sign 'em to a big fat contract. Hells Bells, Mr. Lund, if we don't the goddamned competition will.

Lund: Ohhhh mercy yes we got to beat that competition.

Lund: Now, what can I do for you Mr. French?

French: How can I find those Soggy Bottom Boys?

Lund: Soggy Bottom? I don't really remember them.

French: They made a record in here a few days ago, it was an old-fashioned harmony song with a guitar accompaniment.

Lund: Oh yes, yes, yes, yes. I remember them. They were black men, I believe.

French: Yes.

Lund: Yes, sir, they're a fine group of boys. They sang into the microphone there and left.

French: Well that record is incredibly popular. They playing it as far away as Mobile, Alabama.

Lund: Really?

French: The whole damn (emphasis) state is going crazy for it.

Lund: Well it was a powerful act.

French: Hot damn (emphasis), we've got to find those boys and sign them to a big contract. Hells Bells (emphasis), Mr. Lund, if we don't the goddamned (emphasis) competition will.

Lund: Oh mercy (emphasis) yes we've got to beat that competition.

Pete: Well I'll be a sonofabitch. Delmar's been saved.

Delmar: Well that's it, boys. I've been redeemed. The preacher's done warshed away all my sins and transgressions. It's the straight and narrow from here on out, and heaven everlasting's my reward.

Ulysses: Delmar, what are you talking about? We've got bigger fish to fry.

Delmar: The preacher says all my sins is warshed away, including that Piggly Wiggly I knocked over in Yazoo.

Ulysses: I thought you said you was innocent of those charges?

Delmar: Well I was lyin'. And the preacher says that that sin's been warshed away too. Neither God nor man's got nothin' on me now. C'mon in boys, the water is fine.

Pete: Well I can't believe it. Delmar has accepted Jesus Christ as his savior.

Delmar: Well that's it, boys. I've been redeemed. The preacher has washed away all my sins and transgressions. I'll be honest and obey the law from now on, and heaven everlasting will be my reward.

Ulysses: Delmar, what are you talking about? We've got more important things to do.

Delmar: The preacher says all my sins are washed away, including that Piggly Wiggly grocery store I robbed in Yazoo.

Ulysses: I thought you said you were innocent of those charges?

Delmar: Well I was lying. And the preacher says that that sin has been washed away too. Neither God nor man has any bad information to use against me now. Come on in boys, the baptism water is fine.