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Whispers of Power #2



House of Cards, Season 1, episode 1, 9:33

Title: Washington

Description: The moment it all begins. Here, Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) understands that his bid for Secretary of State, a crucial step on his path to an eventual Presidency, has failed. He is trapped in the corner of the room, which you can see behind his back. At the left, two lamps cast a warm light on a portrait of George Washington, whose footsteps he’ll now be unable to follow. It’s a surprisingly delicate portrayal of a violent breaking point.

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  1. Dear readers I am looking forward to get new comments and quotes. Last week it was great, so we are very curious to see what’s coming up

  2. “The city of Washington was built on a stagnant swamp some 200 years ago, and very little has changed. It stank then, and it stinks now. ”
    – Lisa Simpson

  3. “I’ll accept the results of the election if…”

    • Hey Noah, that another good one. You can’t believe how much we laughing and being afraid at the same time. A real new interpretation of the democratic theater.

  4. Or perhaps another from Trevor Goodchild: “Learn from your mistakes, so that one day you can repeat them precisely.”

    • Also very good – finally a bold statement against the “fail often to succeed sooner. Goodchild seems to have a lot of potential

  5. I long to fly
    but wings won’t grow till you can carry your own weight

  6. Hey Anouk, what a beautiful quote. Who is that – really fascinating.

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