He wouldn’t

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As I prepare to file for divorce tomorrow, it’s fair to say that there is a lot swirling in my head, gut and heart all at once. But what I keep coming back to the most is actually a scene from Hook. It’s somewhat interesting to me how deeply these artifacts of entertainment from our childhoods embed themselves into our experiences and bubble up at the most unexpected times and in the most unanticipated ways.

But the scene I keep coming back to is the one where Hook gives Jack a hammer to destroy the watch his father gave him.

Captain James Hook: For a father who’s never there, Jack? Jack, for a father who didn’t save you on the ship.
Jack: [starts to cry] Who wouldn’t save us…
Captain James Hook: Who *couldn’t* save you, Jack.
Jack: [tearfully] Well, he – he wouldn’t. And he didn’t even try. He was there and we were there and he wouldn’t try.

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