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It's like the end of Speed-The-Plow... (6.23)

Chuck: Thought you might be in need of a hearty breakfast after your run. Even got that bread you like from She Wolf.

Wendy: This is all either too soon or too late.

Chuck: Or maybe it's just a moment of warmth, of connection. To show you I appreciate…

Wendy: It's like the end of Speed-The-Plow. Remember we used to see plays together? "Would you of gone to bed with me, I didn't do your book.” I can't separate the gesture from the situation.

She Wolf is an upscale, artisanal and stupendously expensive NY bakery.

Speed-the-Plow is a 1988 play by David Mamet that is a satirical dissection of the American movie business. As stated in The Producer's Perspective, "this is a theme Mamet would revisit in his later films Wag the Dog (1997) and State and Main (2000)". As quoted in The Producer's Perspective, Jack Kroll of Newsweek described Speed-the-Plow as "another tone poem by our nation's foremost master of the language of moral epilepsy." The play sets its context with an epigram (not to be recited in performance) by William Makepeace Thackeray, from his novel Pendennis, contained in a frontispiece: It starts: "Which is the most reasonable, and does his duty best: he who stands aloof from the struggle of life, calmly contemplating it, or he who descends to the ground, and takes his part in the contest?" The character of Bobby Gould finds himself on both sides of this dilemma, and at times in the play he "stands aloof", and at other times he "takes part" in life's contest, with its moral strictures.