Tuesday 24 January 2017

This Woman's Life: Silence can be awkward - but the quality of it will speak volumes

Rita Ann Higgins

Published 23/10/2016 | 02:30

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"It was a teenage wedding and the old folks wished them well..."

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That's the opening line to the Chuck Berry song that John Travolta and Uma Thurman get up and dance to in Pulp Fiction. "Don't you hate comfortable silences?," she says.

Personally I don't mind silences, although Tarantino was trying to subvert the line by making Uma Thurman say comfortable silences rather than what might tumble off the tongue naturally, which would be uncomfortable silences.

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