Geoffrey Ingram Quotes in A Taste of Honey
JO: Look, I’ve got a nice comfortable couch, I’ve even got some sheets. You can stay here if you’ll tell me what you do. Go on, I’ve always wanted to know about people like you.
GEOF: Go to hell.
JO: I won’t snigger, honest I won’t. Tell me some of it, go on. I bet you never told a woman before.
GEOF: I don’t go in for sensational confessions.
JO: I want to know what you do. I want to know why you do it. Tell me or get out.
GEOF: Right! [He goes to the door.]
JO: Geof, don’t go. Don’t go, Geof! I’m sorry. Please stay.
GEOF: Has anybody ever tried?
GEOF: Taking you in hand.
GEOF: What happened to him?
JO: He came in with Christmas and went out with the New Year.
GEOF: Did you like him?
JO: He was all right . . .
GEOF: Did you love him?
JO: I don’t know much about love. I’ve never been too familiar with it. I suppose I must have loved him. They say love creates. And I’m certainly creating at the moment. I’m going to have a baby.
JO: This place stinks. [Goes over to the door. Children are heard singing in the street.] That river, it’s the colour of lead. Look at that washing, it’s dirty, and look at those filthy children.
GEOF: It’s not their fault.
JO: It’s their parents’ fault. There’s a little boy over there and his hair, honestly, it’s walking away. And his ears. Oh! He’s a real mess! He never goes to school. He just sits on that front doorstep all day. I think he’s a bit deficient.
[The children’s voices die away. A tugboat hoots.]
His mother ought not to be allowed.
JO: His mother. Think of all the harm she does having children.
HELEN: Well, come on, let’s have a look at you. [JO turns away.] What’s up? We’re all made the same, aren’t we?
JO: Yes we are.
HELEN: Well then. Can you cut the bread on it yet? [JO turns.] Yes, you’re carrying it a bit high, aren’t you? Are you going to the clinic regularly? Is she working?
JO: It’s taken you a long time to come round to this, hasn’t it?
JO: The famous mother-love act.
HELEN: I haven’t been able to sleep for thinking about you since he came round to our house.
JO: And your sleep mustn’t be disturbed at any cost.
JO: You’ve got nice hands, hard. You know I used to try and hold my mother’s hands, but she always used to pull them away from me. So silly really. She had so much love for everyone else, but none for me.
GEOF: If you don’t watch it, you’ll turn out exactly like her.
JO: I’m not like her at all.
GEOF: In some ways you are already, you know.
GEOF: That doesn’t mean to say it’s the truth. Do people ever tell the truth about themselves?
JO: Why should she want to spin me a yarn like that?
GEOF: She likes to make an effect.
JO: Like me?
GEOF: You said it. You only have to let your hair grow for a week for Helen to think you’re a cretin.
HELEN: What an arty little freak! I wasn’t rude to him. I never said a word. I never opened my mouth.
JO: Look, he’s the only friend I’ve got, as a matter of fact.
HELEN: Jo! I thought you could find yourself something more like a man.
JO: Why were you so nasty to him?
HELEN: I wasn’t nasty to him. Besides, I couldn’t talk to you in front of him, could I? Hey, wait till you see these things for the baby.
JO: You hurt people’s feelings and you don’t even notice.
JO: So we’re back where we started. And all those months you stayed away from me because of him! Just like when I was small.
HELEN: I never thought about you! It’s a funny thing, I never have done when I’ve been happy. But these last few weeks I’ve known I should be with you.
JO: So you stayed away.
HELEN: Yes. I can’t stand trouble.
JO: Oh, there’s no trouble. I’ve been performing a perfectly normal, healthy function. We’re wonderful! Do you know, for the first time in my life I feel really important. I feel as though I could take care of the whole world. I even feel as though I could take care of you, too!