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|Character||Paul Brutal Dean John Coffey|
|Props||Cell and a long hallway painted green.|
|Description||The guards come to John Coffey's cell to escort him down The Green Mile to his execution.|
|Details||End of the Film|
|Paul appears at the bars with Brutal, Harry, and Dean.|
Nothing is said. Coffey knows why they're here. He rises as
Brutal unlocks the cell, slides the door open. Coffey steps
out, looks around at their dazed and sad faces.
I be all right, fellas. This
here's the hard part. I be all
right in a little while.
Paul indicates St. Christopher medal around John's neck:
John, I should have that just for
now. I'll give it back after.
John lets him take the necklace. Paul pockets it. They start
to walk the Mile as:
You know, I fell asleep this
afternoon and had me a dream. I
dreamed about Del's mouse.
Did you, John?
I dreamed he got down to that
place Boss Howell talked about,
that Mouseville place. I dreamed
there was kids, and how they
laughed at his tricks! My!
He laughs at the memory of it, then grows more serious:
I dreamed those two little blonde-
headed girls were there. They 'us
laughing, too. I put my arms
around 'em and sat 'em on my
knees, and there 'us no blood
comin' outta their hair and they
'us fine. We all watch Mr. Jingles
roll that spool, and how we did
laugh. Fit to bus', we was.
Behind them, Dean stifles a sob.
PAUL'S INNER OFFICE
Coffey kneels. Paul joins him, self-conscious and uncertain.
What should we pray for, John?
Paul nods--strength it is. Dean surprises Brutal and Harry by
also kneeling. Brutal and Harry hesitate...then join them.
God, please help us finish what
we've started, and please welcome
this man, John Coffey--like the
drink, but not spelled the same--
into heaven and give him peace.
Please help us to see him off the
best we can and let nothing go
Paul starts to rise, but Coffey takes his hand.
I know a prayer I once heard. Can
I say it?
You go right ahead, John. Take all
the time you need.
Coffey closes his eyes, frowning in deep concentration.
Baby Jesus, meek and mild, pray
And Paul sees:
Kathe and Cora Detterick kneeling together in the enclosed
porch that night, just before their bedtime:
KATHE AND CORA
...and every child. Be my
strength, be my friend...
And then the vision is gone as:
...be with me until the end. Amen.
Coffey rises, offers Paul his hand, helps him up.