…the Sixties trip viewed through the prism of three period classics: The Naked Ape (1967); Planet of the Apes (1968); and Naked Came the Stranger (1969). That two of the texts have a Taylor only adds to the minor challenge of quote attribution.
“You don’t seem too cut up about it…
It’s too late for a wake. She’s been dead nearly a year.”
“Ah, yes – the young ape with a shovel.”
“When a wife smashes a vase on the floor it is, of course, really her husband’s head that lies there, broken into small pieces.”
“Dammit, Taylor, if you break my chair,” he roared. But they didn’t hear him. For a moment Taylor lay there. “In a wheelchair,” his boss said softly. “That’s something, Taylor.”
“Taylor, don’t treat him that way!
The way you humiliated me? All of you? You led me around on a leash!
That was different. We thought you were inferior.
Now you know better.”
“I’d forgotten there was more to life than mowing a lawn.”
“Well, Taylor, we’re all fugitives now.
Do you have any weapons, any guns?
The best, but we won’t need them.
I’m glad to hear it. I want one anyway.”
“A belief in the validity of the acquisition of knowledge and a scientific understanding of the world we live in, the creation and appreciation of aesthetic phenomena in all their many forms, and the broadening and deepening of our range of experiences in day-to-day living, is rapidly becoming the ‘religion’ of our time.”
“It lacks the element of challenge, luck and risk so essential to the hunting male.”
“There’s got to be an answer.
Don’t look for it, Taylor. You may not like what you find.”
“Doctor, I’d like to kiss you goodbye.
All right, but you’re so damned ugly.”
“…faster, quicker, faster, needful… lost in immense, billowy softness and riotous colours and roaring winds; he was the sand, the sea and the star-pierced sky.”
“What will he find out there, Doctor?
“It was easy enough to decipher loins, hores, bores, penny kings, panders, tapers and leapolds, but almost impossible to be certain of the species referred to as bettle twigs, the skipping worm, the otamus or the Coca Cola beast.”
“She was driving, floating actually, toward her new house, floating past the freshly butchered lawns dotted with the twisted golden butts that were the year’s first fallen leaves, past the homes built low and the swimming pools and the kempt hedges and all the trappings that went into the unincorporated village of King’s Neck.”
“The threat-faces of cars have become progressively improved and refined, imparting to their drivers a more and more aggressive image.”
“Ernie found what Cervantes and Milton had only sought. He thought the fillings in his teeth would melt.”
“Her skin, the colour of India tea at summer’s end, flowed nicely over a slender frame.”
“Imagine me needing someone. Back on Earth I never did. Oh, there were women. Lots of women. Lots of lovemaking but no love. You see, that was the kind of world we’d made. So I left, because there was no one to hold me there.”
“She knew she had aroused the creature in the torn, paint-spattered T-shirt.”
“In my world, when I left it, only kids your age wore beards.”
“He simply couldn’t. (He could.)”
“It is the white colour we have to watch for here: this spells activity.”
“I’m pretty handy with this.
Of that I’m sure. All my life I’ve awaited your coming and dreaded it.”
“Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!”
“With that he thrust Gillian back onto the bed and made a flying leap with the clear intent of pinning her down to stay. But she swerved to one side and the holy man, stiff with lust, came down standard-first on the bedpost. For a full two minutes he did not rise; he lay there, crumpled up, hissing incoherently.”
“Anti-contact behaviour enables us to keep our number of acquaintances down to the correct level for our species.”
“She stretched the tiny member to its full length, and it seemed to shrink even more in embarrassment.”
“You are right, I have always known about man. From the evidence, I believe his wisdom must walk hand and hand with his idiocy. His emotions must rule his brain. He must be a warlike creature who gives battle to everything around him, even himself.”
“Our fundamental biological tendency, inherited directly from our monkey and ape ancestors, is to submit ourselves to an all-powerful, dominant member of the group”
“The pre-copulatory patterns are brief and usually consist of no more than a few facial expressions and simple vocalizations.”
“… faster and faster they communicated. Fingers on skin, teeth on skin, then great shudders of total communication, and explosions of understanding.”
“The screams were not meant for him, they were meant for the other girls in the audience.”
“If these non-stop grooming sessions are to be successful, a sufficiently large number of guests must be invited in order to prevent new contacts from running out before the party is over. This explains the mysterious minimum size that is always automatically recognized as essential for gatherings of this kind.”
“Then methodically she drained him a second time, emptied him, calmed him and gentled him.”
“On this planet, it’s easy.”
“And that completes my final report until we reach touchdown. We’re now on full automatic, in the hands of the computers. I have tucked my crew in for the long sleep and I’ll be joining them soon. In less than an hour, we’ll finish our sixth month out of Cape Kennedy. Six months in deep space – by our time, that is… the Earth has aged nearly seven hundred years since we left it, while we’ve aged hardly at all. Maybe so. This much is probably true – the men who sent us on this journey are long since dead and gone. You who are reading me now are a different breed – I hope a better one. I leave the twentieth century with no regrets.”
“She was at that moment gently massaging him at his point of greatest altitude with a bottle of pink Johnson & Johnson baby lotion.”