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Better Answers to Hannibal Lecter’s Query “When Your Little Girl’s on the Slab Where Will It Tickle You?”

In “The Silence of the Lamb” there is a female senator whose daughter is kidnapped and she goes to a serial killer named Hannibal “Cannonball” Lector for advice, and he just messes with her.  The scene ends when he asks her if the girl was breastfed and then says “Hey, when your little girl’s on the slab, where will it tickle you?”  And the Senator doesn’t even answer and just says something like “Get this thing out of here!”.

Here are some better responses she could have made:

1)That’s rude.

2)I think you’re just asking that to get a rise out of me — it’s not going to work!

3)Don’t bullshit me, doc.

4)(SARCASTIC VOICE) Wow, I’m so upset.

5)I bet you’re asking that question to get your kicks and honestly I get that.  You’re mentally ill and you’re frustrated at being cooped up in a mental hospital.  Now can we please get down to business

6)Let’s cross that bridge when we come to it.

7)None of your b-i- business!

The key in all of these was not to let Dr. L know he got her goat.

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3 thoughts on “Better Answers to Hannibal Lecter’s Query “When Your Little Girl’s on the Slab Where Will It Tickle You?”

  1. Why? They’re painfully transparent anyway. #5 is the closest – he’s changing the subject, so the objective lost. May as well get that thing out of there.

  2. Mikey says:

    Maybe she knew that he’d get bored of a smartass, so she was letting him think he’d found a chink. So she could be sure he’d hand over a portion of his massive cognitive power in the future in exchange for a further probing of the chink.

    Unrelatedly, what’s the big deal with cannibalism? Why does everyone get so worked up about it?

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