Sometimes I read or overhear a really vivid phrase or exchange and I've got to take it down for posterity, to use later or just for inspiration. The transcript of the conversation between the Italian Coast Guard captain and the captain of the Costa Concordia who abandoned the ship as it was sinking is such an exchange. Really extraordinary.
—De Falco: “You go aboard. It is an order. Don’t make any more excuses. You have declared ‘abandon ship.’ Now I am in charge. You go on board! Is that clear? Do you hear me? Go, and call me when you are aboard. My air rescue crew is there.”
—Schettino: “Where are your rescuers?”
—De Falco: “My air rescue is on the prow. Go. There are already bodies, Schettino.”
—Schettino: “How many bodies are there?”
—De Falco: “I don’t know. I have heard of one. You are the one who has to tell me how many there are. Christ.”
—Schettino: “But do you realize it is dark and here we can’t see anything...”
—De Falco: “And so what? You want to go home, Schettino? It is dark and you want to go home?