Writings, 1943

[The mist]

Novella in which, in Bergman’s words, “…a psychotic mother murders her son’s fiancée in a secluded luxury apartment on Östermalm, filled with plush furniture and draperies.”

From the text

I think it’s time for a bit of coffee, says the mother.

- I’ve already prepared the everything.

- Have you? How sweet of you. Come, let me give you a kiss.

- You’ve put on lipstick.

- You don’t like it when I do that.

- You know that I don’t.

- You think I’m too old for it.

- I think you’re prettier without it.

- Oh, don’t be so quarrelsome… A hug then, at the very least? Dearest.

- No. Leave me be.