On leaving one’s room.

UGH, yes! Let’s go. For I need to get out of this pestilential place!

On me being annoying.

[I am joking around with Allie, conducting conversations based entirely in movie quotes.]

Mu-uuuuuum! Can you stop it with the allusions?

On rhetoric.

Mum?

Yes.

Do you know what?

Yes.

No, you don’t actually. So as I was saying…

On the intricacies of regurgitation.

[I am feeling a little weird in the digestive system.] Hm. I nearly vomited just now.

Did you have bile?

Nope. Just some vomit right up in my throat.

I find that bile is often the precursor to vomit.

On poetical speech.

[We are discussing Black Widow's past as an enemy agent and her transition to being a member of the Avengers.]

Ah. So her past history is quite … stained.

On dark poetry.

[A poem, written in the dark after bedtime.]

O,
the irreversible sleep,
the irreversible sleep.
O, death!

On our daughter, Erik Selvig.

Hey mum! Look at this… [She shows me a long list of names.] It’s a list of all the people that are my BFF’s.

That’s cool, kiddo. 

I also have badges. As members of The List, they will be entitled to wear them when they come over.

[I look down, and am astonished to note that she is not wearing any pants.]

Dude! Where are your pants?

Oh, I took them off. I’m airing out the privates. [Beat]

And quite honestly, it helps me work better.

Erik Selvig, noted physicist and repudiator of pants

Erik Selvig, noted physicist and repudiator of pants

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