hopes, loves, hates all large,
because nobody brings anything
small into a bar
Watched the last half hour of Harvey last night.
The line “Their hopes and their regrets, their loves and their hates. All very large, because nobody ever brings anything small into a bar. And then – I introduce them to Harvey. And he’s bigger and grander than anything they offer me. And – and when they leave, they leave impressed. The same people seldom come back, but – that’s – that’s envy, my dear. There’s a little bit of envy in the best of us. That’s too bad. Isn’t it” has a bit of mournful grandeur does it not?
I was reminded of a time when I happened to watch Lost Horizons and Harvey back to back.
The stories of two men, Elwood P. Dowd and Robert Conway, who were looking for something more out of this life.
Two men who found a world of happiness.
Two men who found happiness in maybe make believe other worlds.
One man found such a place inside himself.
Inside his own mind.
He has this line; “Years ago, my mother used to say to me —
she’d say, ‘In this world, Elwood, you
must be –‘ She always called me Elwood.
‘In this world, Elwood, you must be oh,
so smart or oh, so pleasant.’ Well, for
years I was smart. I recommend pleasant.
And you may quote me.”
As an aside, the word ‘pleasant’ is used 11 times in the movie.
How often does it turn up in my conversation?
The other man found another world.
Consider this exchange between Robert Conway’s brother George and Chang.
We better make arrangements to get some porters immediately. Some means to get us back to civilization.
Are you so certain you are away from it?
As far away as I ever want to be.
George wants to leave and does leave and brings Conway with him thought Conway says, “But I believe in this, and I’m not going to lose it.”
Two men who did find their place in the world but found a whole new world to make a place.
Who wouldn’t want that?
There is another common denominator between George Conway and Elwood P. Dowd.
Both men were considered to be crazy.