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Dialogue


I was in the women's locker room at my health club when I overheard this scrap of dialogue:

A: "Therapists, what they charge--"

B: "Horrible, that's why I quit."

A: "So terrible."

B: "So awful."

I love the shape of this, the way the women echo the sounds and rhythms of each other's words. Notice the rhyme of "horrible" and then "terrible"; the repetition of "So" ("So terrible; "So awful.") Another interesting aspect is B's interruption of A.

Here's the exercise: take this dialogue; add some names, descriptions, gestures, etc., and flesh out the scene. You might change "therapists" to "dentists" or, say, "contractors" or "piano teachers."


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