“In these days of difficulty, we Americans everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice…, the path of faith, the path of hope, and the path of love toward our fellow man.”Franklin D. Roosevelt
Half The Sky
“I am pleased to announce that, this afternoon, with generous donations from The Pennyworth Foundation and Wayne Enterprises, the Project ALICE initiative has the funding it needs to operate for the next three years. In that time, it is our great hope that we will either have proven our program’s worth sufficiently to Gotham that our esteemed councilmembers will consider subsidizing a portion of our operating costs, or more optimistically, that we will, by that time, have ended poverty in Gotham altogether.”
“We’re just going around all day like unconscious machines, and meanwhile there’s all this rage and worry and uneasiness just building up and building up inside us”Wally • My dinner with andre
My Dinner With Demigod
Dick Grayson winced as the alcohol touched the tattered flesh of his ribs, he held a cold compress against the burn on his chest.
“It was stupid,” Bruce chided. “We lost a suit, and very possibly a bike, and all for what?”
Dick didn’t respond.
“You knew it was a trap! We discussed how it was a trap! You risked so much!”
Bruce paced anxiously – he wasn’t anxious, but the way he stalked back and forth in the mine fomented anxiety in Dick.
“And that wasn’t a rhetorical question!”
“What wasn’t?” Dick asked, confused.
“What did you get from Fries?”
Dick glanced down and to the side.
“It is true, we shall be monsters, cut off from all the world; but on that account we shall be more attached to one another.“Mary Wollstonecraft shelley • Frankenstein; or, The modern prometheus
And Into The Storm
A hail of brick and mortar pieces hit Batman in the back as he fell.
The only things he could hear were the tinnitus-muted murmuring of the gunman, and the low-volume static of a police scanner that had definitely had a wire knocked loose.
He’d plotted for a run from the rooftop, but he was falling toward the third floor of the speakeasy.
“I intend to leave after my death a large fund for the promotion of the peace idea.
“But I am skeptical as to its results.“Alfred nobel
Out Of The Frying Pan
A simple note, written in haste:
Thursday, 10:00 at Welsh Cannery – Fries
Bruce had spent a day trying to work out what Dr. Fries, Gotham’s Coroner, could want to tell Batman. He pondered why it needed to be in person, and he considered whether it was a trap.
Thoroughly convinced that the note was an invitation to a trap, Bruce wanted to run it by his closest confidant, for a second opinion. However, with Alfred still being away with family, he would have to settle for Dick.
Labor Day (September 5), 1927
“Louisa, give me a name or I can’t help you!”
Occasionally, Mario Falcone heard his father and mother argue, but what made this scary, was how rare it was to hear his father – who people called “Little Caesar” – raise his voice.
“What would you have me do? Be excommunicated for murder?” Mario didn’t know what “excommunicated” meant, but his mother’s tone and his father’s shouting indicated that whatever it was was not good.
Stay out of the light,My chemical romance, “I never told you what I do for a Living”
Or the photograph that I gave you,
You can say a prayer if you need to,
Or just get in line and I’ll grieve you,
Can I meet you,
Another night and I’ll see you,
Another night and I’ll be you,
Some other way to continue,
To hide my face
Good Kid, Mad City
The Man of Steel floated above the yard, arms crossed in front of him. He looked down at Alfred like he’d looked down at Bill Bunson those many weeks ago – as if he were an annoyance, or a minor mischief to which he had to attend.
I’ve seen your face before, my friend, Phil collins, “In The Air tonight”
But I don’t know if you know who I am.
Well, I was there and I saw what you did,
I saw it with my own two eyes!
So you can wipe off that grin,
I know where you’ve been –
It’s all been a pack of lies!
In The Air Tonight
There had been a plan, but it’s critical to remember that planning isn’t a match for preparation.
On the Kent farm, days stretched into weeks, and weeks stretched into months. Alfred Pennyworth absolutely lost himself in his assumed identity. He was a masterful actor, never overselling or under performing the role of Elias Clayton, and the performance had earned him the trust of many of Smallville’s current and former residents, including Martha Kent and her son, Clark.
“When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept”
MArc Antony, “julius Caesar”
The Devil’s Greatest Trick
“Am I in trouble, Ms. Rose?” Jeremy asked. “Which is to say, have I…done something wrong?”
Jeremy pulled his hat down low on his head.
“Jeremy,” Ms. Rose was firm, assertive. She shook her head and smiled. Jeremy didn’t return the expression, just looked down instead. “No, you’re not in any trouble. Once every other week, the girls and I have something like a tea party. We choose a topic we’re enthusiastic about, specifically economics, or poetry, or literature, or current events, and every time we have our tea, two of us share those topics, like a discussion prompt.”
Whoever fraudulently alters, defaces, mutilates, impairs, diminishes, falsifies, scales, or lightens any of the coins coined at the mints of the United States, or any foreign coins which are by law made current or are in actual use or circulation as money within the United States; or
Whoever fraudulently possesses, passes, utters, publishes, or sells, or attempts to pass, utter, publish, or sell, or brings into the United States, any such coin, knowing the same to be altered, defaced, mutilated, impaired, diminished, falsified, scaled, or lightened—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.18 U.S. Code § 331 – Mutilation, diminution, and falsification of coins
Hobo Nickels & Heroin
The commissioner strode through the halls of Gotham Police Department like a Metropolis crime boss from a pulp magazine. No hair or man out of place, he was neatly flanked on all sides by a constituency of goons: thugs-for-hire at the dialing of an operator at what Gordon believed to be a shell corporation.
Lieutenant Jim Gordon walked behind the ocean of “trainees,” with his partner, Detective Selina Kyle walking in stride. Jim had misgivings about tonight, and the dubiousness of The Batman as a suspect was among the lowest among his concerns.
Dentist : Shall I use gas?
Patient: [nervously] Well, gas or electric light. I’d feel nervous to have you fool around me in the dark.The Dentist (1932 Film)
The Man Who Laughs
“You better be careful out here, it’s getting late, Dick,” the woman warned with a gentle smile.
“Mrs. Givens,” Dick returned the smile, “You’re the last young woman I have the pleasure to visit today, and, well, when I saw your name on my list, I didn’t want to miss a chance to say ‘hello.’” (Barbara tried not to visibly roll her eyes or audibly groan when he called the sexagenarian a “young woman.”) “Please give Henry my best, and tell him that me, Bruce, and Alfred all wish him a speedy recovery, and we’ll be by for a proper visit just as soon as Al returns from Atlanta.”