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Stephanie: I tell you what. The next doctor's visit that we come back from where they have not suggested that I will be dead by the end of the year, that will be your cue for... for seduction.
Eric: Seduction? Why should I have to seduce my wife, or my partner in life, or whatever it is that you and I are these days? What's the message here, that it's somehow inappropriate to treat you like a woman because you're sick, or--or correction-- were sick?
Stephanie: It was just one appointment, one test result.
Eric: No, the message said that the tests detected no further malignancies in--in your brain or your--your chest or anywhere else, and yet, you are using your cancer still as some kind of invisible shield.
Stephanie: No, I'm not.
Eric: Yeah, you are. You're using it to keep us in separate beds. You have the energy and the compassion to feed the homeless, but you leave me here starving for affection and love. I think this whole business with Dayzee's is just some excuse.
Stephanie: Well, sometimes it is, because I can't figure out any other way to stop you.
Eric: To stop what?
Stephanie: Stop you from wanting to touch me, wanting me to touch you.
Eric: The thought of touching me is repellant to you?
Stephanie: No, no, it's not. It's just that you always want more. It's kind of like living with the bill collector.
Eric: No, no, no, it's--it's about-- it's about human needs, about touch and affection and love. You know, there are all these studies about people who live with pets, that they live happier, longer lives, because animals are warm and they--and they-- their touch-- and they're alive, and they can touch you back.
Stephanie: Okay, I'll get you a puppy. Will that suffice?
Eric: Stop it. Stop it.
Stephanie: All right, then let's be honest. With you, it always gets down to sex.
Eric: Down to sex? What is this with you? That sex with you is down? It's dirty? It's--it's--
Stephanie: No, it's not. It's just that it's cost me so much. How many women have I lost you to because you wanted to be in bed with them more than you wanted to be with me?
Eric: No, not more, Stephanie. Not more. Never more. Look, I have an inborn need like anybody else for just normal human affection, and you find that repellant. Well, I'm not going to-- you can't shame me out of that. I look back, and it's clear to me that I-- that I created Forrester. I created my whole career based--based on desire. I was able to envision other women's bodies and actually touch them in my imagination without turning my back on my marriage or my family.
Stephanie: Except that you did.
Eric: When the need became too strong, and when I was too weak to resist. You knew all these things, I think.
Stephanie: Yes, I knew you. I knew you and loved you and accepted you for all of that. I don't know. I-I mean, I don't know if it has something to do with the abuse from my father from my childhood. At this point in the day, the reasons are hardly-- they hardly matter. ........It's lovely. It's beautiful. You're so gifted... still.
Eric: Won't you wear it?
Stephanie: Eric, I love you. And all the wild, mad, wonderful, joyful passion that we have shared in our married life is seared into my brain. It'll be there until my dying day. That chapter in our lives is over. It's finished.
Eric: Don't you think it's a little too early for you to accept that your life is over? I'm not ready to accept that.
Stephanie: Well, what about just aging gracefully? I mean, come on, Eric. There are things that you give up as the years go on. Isn't it kind of childish, you know, to have this death-like grip on that part of your life that you've outgrown?
Eric: Oh, I think I should be the judge of what I've outgrown or not. Desire hasn't left me. Wanting to hear the woman I love breathing next to me in the dark-- that hasn't left me. I'm not talking about some wall-to-wall fantasy here. I'm talking about a normal relationship.
Stephanie: Well, what's normal at our age? Do you think that I don't want intimacy? It's just a different kind. I need--I want understanding and companionship. If I... I need to know that if I am sick and--and--and--and old and afraid, that it's okay. You want someone-- you want a partner that accepts you. I want a partner that accepts me.
Eric: That sounds like fairness when you say that, but what it really means that you get what you want, and I don't. I go without. What if I'm not willing to go without?
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