Mom: Lon is on his way here. I'm afraid your father spilled the beans about Noah, and when Lon didn't hear from you again last night, he decided to come.
Allie: Well, that's great. That's just terrific. You, me, Noah and Lon, one big happy family. Tell me about the letters, Mother. Is it true?
Allie: You watched me cry myself to sleep for months and months and you never said anything. How could you do that?
Mom: I'm sorry.
Allie: You're sorry? You're sorry?
Mom: Yes, I am-- I am sorry.
Allie: Because of you, my entire life is ruined!
Mom: Okay, yes, I stole your letters. It was wrong, but stop being dramatic and at least take some of the responsibility. You came down here. You knew what you were doing. You knew this would happen.
Allie: Oh, so now I'm a tramp? You are unbelievable. Unbelievable.
Mom: Go on and get some clothes on. Let's take a drive.
Allie: Let's take a drive? Why would I want to go anywhere with you?
Mom: Because I might know you a little better than you think. And I don't want you waking up one morning thinking that if you'd known everything, you might have done something different.
Allie: What are we doing here, Mama?
Mom: Do you see that man, there? Don't look like it now, but 25 years ago--oh my goodness, he wasreally something. We were out of our minds in love, let me tell you.
Mom: Well, naturally, your grandfather was furious, so...we decided to run away. We didn't even make the next town before the police picked us up. But that was then. You know sometimes when I'm in the area, I just stop here and I watch him, trying to picture how different my life might have been. I want you to know that I love your father.
Allie: Mama, I'm--
Mom: No, goddamn it, this is important and you need to hear it. I do. He is a wonderful man. He is good to me and I don't deserve him. I love him, Allie, I do, I love him.
Allie: I know.
Mom: Oh, God. Oh, this is just very embarrassing. Oh, I'm a stupid woman. Look at me, the big old bawl-bag. It's crazy. I don't even know who that person is. Oh, boy. Okay. Allie! Here. I hope you make the right choice.