Alma “Matchmaker” Garret (Deadwood 1x07)
The best thing about Deadwood is its keen understanding of relationships between two people and the rewards each can derive. Not romantic pairings, or even outright friendships much of the time, but two people who understand something about one another at a profound level and whose natures…
“I guess it’d be unmanly to fear I may faint.”
BRB, REWATCHING THIS SCENE A MILLION TIMES. AND CRYING.
(I watched the first episode of John From Cincinnati in an effort to put off the end of Deadwood and IMMEDIATELY started caring more when Jim Beaver appeared. I am possibly a bit in love with Ellsworth.)
Seth: If you’d…if you would be more comfortable behind the screen…
Alma: Wouldn’t that defeat our purpose?
Deadwood- Sold Under Sin (Season 1, Episode 12)
“I am afraid. I am so afraid that my life is living me and that it will soon be over and that not a moment of it will be my own”.
Alma: My father was the best company, from the time I was ever so little. Problems or, difficulties or even sadness, no such thing. Not permitted. The evening I was presented to society I—I found out later, he’d been able to attend only by physically fleeing some dismal legal difficulty. In that sense, my marriage to Mr. Garret was a tremendous solution. Tremendous. At the ceremony I remember father whispered to me, “Darling, I can never repay you for what you are about to do, but…I can repay every on else.” And he said, “To think of you with him, in that God forsaken place! It’s almost unbearable.”
Jane: Meaning, your husband.Alma: And I said, “Maybe he’ll die.”
Deadwood- Here Was a Man (Season 1, Episode 4)
Molly Parker as Alma Garret in Deadwood.