The things fictional characters shout upon orgasm

 

From After Hours (1985):

MARCY
On our wedding night -- I was a
virgin -- well...when we made
love...you've seen the film, 
haven't you?

PAUL
"The Wizard of Oz"?

MARCY
Yes.

PAUL
Yes, I've seen it.

MARCY
Well...when we made love...
whenever he...you know...when
he came...right at the moment
of...orgasm...he would just
scream out: "Surrender Dorothy!"
That's all, just "Surrender
Dorothy!" I mean, you know,
instead of moaning or saying
"Oh, God" or something normal
like that...

PAUL
Wow...

MARCY
I mean, you know...it was pretty
creepy, and I told him I thought
so but he couldn't stop. I mean,
he said he didn't even realize
it, can you imagine?? So I just
broke the whole thing off.

From David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews With Hideous Men (p. 17):

It's cost me every sexual relationship I ever had. 
I don't know why I do it. I'm not a political person, 
I don't consider myself. I'm not one of those America
First, read the newspaper, will Buchanan get the nod 
people. I'll be doing it with some girl, it doesn't 
matter who. It's when I start to come. That it happens...

..."Victory for the Forces of Democratic Freedom!" Only way
louder. As in really shouting it. Uncontrollably. I'm not 
even thinking it until it comes out and I hear it.

There is a bright and tiny joy from finding connections between works you love, whether or not they’re intentional.1 I wonder if Wallace ever saw After Hours.


  1. I hereby commission a German to coin a word for that feeling. 

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