Scampi: Good to see you.
Peter: I realise you like to keep a diary.
Scampi: I don’t.
Peter: Well, whatever you like to call it.
Peter: I did not realise this was such a sensitive subject for you.
Scampi: I have no idea what you’re on about. But, what do you think?
Peter: Of inaccurate records?
Scampi: No: Eugene?
Scampi: Do you think Onegin really meant to kill Lensky?
Peter: I do not follow that sort of thing.
Scampi: That’s ridiculous.
Scampi: He can’t really have wanted to. But then why did he do it?
Peter: I do not know.
Peter: Well, it’s nice to see you, too.
Scampi: We see each other all the time. So what?
Peter: I feel that this is not the case, in fact.
Scampi: Stop bickering.
Scampi: Some people [astronomers] felt that it was divine, being able to foretell the motions of the planets. The heavens.
Peter: Divine? You mean in the Middle Ages?
Scampi: L’Âge des ténèbres!
Scampi: Maybe I’m talking about the Reformation.
Peter: Perhaps you are.
Scampi: After the days of darkness. The days of light!
Peter: The Enlightenment?
Scampi: I’m not saying we have to dwell on history or anything. Around here.
Peter: What are you saying?
Scampi: I said it already. I distinctly mentioned astronomy.
Peter: I didn’t hear you.
Scampi: Humph. Do you know what a contrarian is?
Peter: I do.
Scampi: No you don’t.
Scampi: A contrarian is someone who buys stocks.
Peter: I believe the term for that individual would be “stockbroker”.
Scampi: Hilarious. Someone who buys stocks when others are selling and sells when others are buying.
Peter: Where did you find this information?
Scampi: Why? Are you jealous?
Scampi: Well, there you have it.
Peter: That is not an answer.
Scampi: Not for King Herod, anyway.
Peter: Are you suggesting that I am a fop?
Scampi: No. Impossible.
Peter: I see.
Scampi: I just think it’s fun when we learn new words.
Peter: Education is important.
Scampi: And no one knows this better than you! Har har.
Scampi: I can’t go on.
Peter: What was that?
Scampi: I said,
Peter: You look tired.
Scampi: One brick on top of the other. This is how you build a house.
Peter: I thought we discussed the finer points of architecture previous to this juncture.
Scampi: I thought there was no architecture previous to this juncture.
Peter: How so?
Scampi: What a delightful fresco!
Scampi: I’m being a lady in Italy. Looking at the buildings.
Scampi: That’s right. We could go to Italy.
Peter: It is certainly within the realm of possibility.
Scampi: What did you say? I know what you said.
Peter: I see.
Scampi: Well, let’s go!
Peter: Ah, there are a few complications, of course.
Scampi: We can work as deckhands, on a steamer. We can work in a café, on the Arno.
Peter: The plausibility.
Peter: It seems a stretch.
Peter: I’m sorry. I don’t mean to upset you.
Scampi: Does it matter if you mean to?
Peter: It does, I believe.
Scampi: And then Tatyana was married. She rebuffed his advances.
Peter: Is this another Russian literature reference?
Scampi: Time is moving, Peter.
Peter: In what sense?
Scampi: It’s like a river. Even if we just sit there, it moves us along.
Peter: I suppose this depends on the river in question.
Scampi: It’s a deep one.
Scampi: That, too.