Chuckie: Are we gonna have a
problem? I don't understand --
Clark: No, no...there's no
problem here. I was just hoping you might give me some insight into the
evolution of the market economy in the Southern colonies. My contention is
that prior to the Revolutionary War, the economic modalities, especially in the southern colonies, could most aptly be characterized
as agrarian, pre-capitalist --
Chuckie: Let me tell you something,
Will: Of course that's your
contention. You're a first year grad student. You just got finished
readin' some Marxian historian -- Pete Garrison probably. You're gonna be
convinced of that 'til next month when you get to James Lemon, and then
you're gonna be talkin' about how the economies of Virginia and
Pennsylvania were entrepreneurial and capitalist way back in 1740. That's
gonna last until next year -- you're gonna be in here regurgitating Gordon
Wood, talkin' about, you know, the Pre-revolutionary utopia and the
capital-forming effects of military mobilization.
Clark: Well, as a matter of
fact, I won't, because Wood drastically underestimates the impact of
Will: Wood drastically
-- Wood 'drastically underestimates the impact of social distinctions predicated
upon wealth, especially inherited wealth.' You got that from Vickers,
'Work in Essex County,' page 98, right? Yeah, I read that too. Were you
gonna plagiarize the whole thing for us? Do you have any thoughts of your
own on this matter? Or do you...is that your thing? You come into a bar. You read
some obscure passage and then pretend...you pawn it off as your own idea
just to impress some girls and embarrass my friend? See the sad thing
about a guy like you is in 50 years you're gonna start doin' some thinkin'
on your own and you're gonna come up with the fact that there are two
certainties in life. One: don't do that. And two: You dropped a hundred
and fifty grand on a f----n'
education you coulda' got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public
Clark: Yeah, but I will have a
degree. And you'll be serving my kids fries at a drive-through on our way
to a skiing trip.
Will: Yeah, maybe. Yeah, but at
least I won't be unoriginal. By the way if you have a problem with that, I
mean, we could just step outside and we could figure it out.