Father: Is she awake?
Vincent: Yes. She's very frightened.
Father: How could you bring a stranger down here? To where we live! You ignored our most important rule.
Vincent: I know that. But there was no other way.
Father: Do you know what they'd do if they caught you up there? Or found you down here? They'd kill you. Or put you behind bars and make you wish you were dead. How could you?
Vincent: How could I have turned my back on her, and left her there?
Vincent: We're below the city, below the subways. There's a whole world of tunnels and chambers that most people don't even know exists. There are no maps to where we are. It's a forgotten place. But it's warm, and it's safe, and we have all the room we need. So we live here and we try to live as well as we can. And we try to take care of each other. It's our city down here.
Catherine Chandler: What are you doing down here? Why are you here?
Vincent: I was a baby... abandoned... left to die. Someone found me, brought me here to the man who became my father. He took me, he raised me, he taught me everything... and he named me Vincent. That's where I was found, near the hospital, St. Vincent's.
Catherine Chandler: I don't know what to believe.
Vincent: It's all true.
Catherine Chandler: Tell me it's a nightmare... that it didn't happen... it couldn't have...
Vincent: [pause, then] It's not a nightmare... it did happen... and you're alive.
[Catherine makes a scornful sound and turns away. Vincent kneels before her]
Vincent: Catherine... you survived. And what you endured will make you stronger... and better.
Catherine Chandler: I don't have your strength. I don't know if I can do it.
Vincent: You have the strength, Catherine. You do. I know you.
Issac Stubbs: You should always know what's coming up behind you. This time, it's good news. I'm Isaac. Isaac Stubbs.
Catherine Chandler: [shaking hands] Catherine Chandler.
Issac Stubbs: So, you want to learn to take care of yourself?
Catherine Chandler: That's right.
Issac Stubbs: Because something bad happened to you. And you don't want anything like that to ever happen again.
Catherine Chandler: Never.
Issac Stubbs: Okay. Now, I don't teach none of that Oriental stuff. No kung fu, no egg foo yung. This is New York City, so what I do teach is New York City street fighting, mean and dirty. Only philosophy that counts is doing whatever it takes to come out alive.
Father: [to Vincent] You know, you have the soul of a doctor. When I studied medicine, they wouldn't admit minorities. Wonder what they would have done with you? Let's not even think about it.
[gives Vincent a kiss on the cheek]
Charles Chandler: When you put your mind to it, you're a fine corporate lawyer.
Catherine Chandler: No, Dad. I'm the daughter of a fine corporate lawyer.
Catherine Chandler: I owe you everything. Everything.
Vincent: You owe me nothing. I'm part of you, Catherine, just as you're part of me. Wherever you go, wherever I am, I'm with you.
Catherine Chandler: It's been hard, Vincent.
Catherine Chandler: I'm learning to be strong.
Vincent: I know. Catherine... I feel the things you're feeling when you do.
Catherine Chandler: How do you mean?
Vincent: Just know that it's true. And that your pain is my pain; sometimes, almost as if we're one. I came here because I wanted to see that you were well. And because I wanted to see you... one last time.
Catherine Chandler: I'll never see you again?
Vincent: I've seen your world. There's no place for me in it. I know what I am. Your world is filled with frightened people. And I remind them of what they're most afraid of.
Catherine Chandler: Their own ignorance.
Vincent: Their aloneness.
Catherine Chandler: Yes.
Vincent: So, now I have to begin to forget.
Catherine Chandler: Forget me?
Vincent: No. I'll never forget you. But I must forget the dream of being part of you. Find someone, Catherine, to be part of. Be happy.
Charles Chandler: Hal Sherwood's coming up from Atlanta tonight. Will you have dinner with us?
Catherine Chandler: I can't. Tom's having a party for the architects of the new project. Another excuse to wine and dine the planning commission.
Charles Chandler: I used to be invited to all these functions. I should have thought twice before I handed you over to our best client.
Catherine Chandler: You make it sound like a horse trade.
Vincent: This is where you go out.
Catherine Chandler: Where are we?
Vincent: The basement of your apartment building.
Catherine Chandler: We are?