In It’s A Wonderful Life, Clarence the angel shows George Bailey how badly the lives of his friends and family would have turned out if indeed he had never been born: Mr. Gower the phramacist is an alcoholic ex-con, Violet Bick is getting arrested in some kind of night club altercation, Mrs. Bailey has been forced to open a boarding house, Uncle Billy is in an asylum, his brother Harry drowned as a child.
But Clarence saves the worst for last.
“What happened to Mary?!” George asks.
“You’re not going to like it George, ” Clarence answers.
“Where is she!?” George cries, shaking Clarence by the lapels.
“She’s about to close up the library!”
At the annual Brattle screening, this never fails to send the bookish Cantabridgian audience into twitters. Oh, no, not the library!
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(I know, that was a big lead-up for just a link!)