do you love me?

a wonderful scene from Fiddler on the Roof between Tevye and Golde his wife:

“Do you love me?”

“Do I what?”

“Do you love me?”

“You’re a fool.”

“I know. But do you love me?”

“Do I love you? For twenty-five years I’ve washed your clothes, cooked your meals, cleaned your house given you children, milked the cow after twenty-five years, why talk about love right now?”

“Golde, the first time I met you was on our wedding day. I was scared”

“I was shy.”

“I was nervous.”

“So was I.”

“But my father and my mother said we’d learn to love each other and now I’m asking, Golde:
Do you love me?”

“I’m your wife.”

“I know.
But do you love me?”

“Do I love him?
For twenty-five years I’ve lived with him fought him, starved with him twenty-five years my bed is his if that’s not love, what is?”

“Then you love me?”

“I suppose I do.”

“And I suppose I love you too.”

“It doesn’t change a thing, but even so, after twenty-five years it’s nice to know.”

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