Sue: You’re right. Emily: Right about what? Sue: The only time I feel things is when I’m with you. Emily: She dealt her pretty words like Blades. How glittering they shone. Sue: I pushed you toward him because I wanted to escape what I was feeling, and I slept with him ‘cause I didn’t wanna feel it. There is so much that I don’t want to feel, Emily. And the biggest thing that I don’t want to feel… Emily: Is what? Hmm, is what? What is it, Sue? Just say it. Sue: Is that I’m in love with you. Emily: I don’t believe you. Sue: It’s true. Emily: It’s not true. Nothing you say to me is true. You’re not even Sue anymore. You’re a new person, a fake person. I don’t even recognize you, and everything you say to me is a lie. Sue: Emily, I love. Emily: Stop lying to me. Sue: I love you, and I felt you in the library because you’re always with me. I can’t escape from you because the only true thing I will ever feel is my love for you.
Sue: I don’t give a shit about that man. Emily: Then why did you sleep with him? And why, why did you keep telling me to give him my poems? Sue: Because I couldn’t handle the things your poems made me feel. Your poems are too powerful. They’re like snakes. They slither into me, and they coil around my heart, and they squeeze me until I can’t breathe. They are flittering and venomous, and they bite. I got scared, Emily. Of you, of the way that you grip me, of the way that you poison me. When I married Austin, and we became sisters, the only bond between us was your words. You started writing so much, and I was the only one who ever saw any of it. I got overwhelmed, so I thought if I pushed you a little… Emily: If you pushed me away, I’d become someone else’s problem? Well, guess what? I’m not your problem anymore, Sue. You can go back to your perfect parlor with your fancy dresses and be as exquisitely empty as you like, because I will never make you feel anything again. And without me… Sue: What? Emily: Without me, I don’t think you know how to have feelings.