"It was out of respect."

Aula Magna de roteiro: GoodFellas - Os Bons Companheiros, por Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorcese.

"There were guys, that's all they did all
day, was take care of Paulie's calls.

For a guy who moved all day long...

...Paulie didn't talk to people.
With union problems...

...or a beef in the numbers...

...only the top guys spoke
with Paulie about the problem.

Everything was one-on-one.
Paulie hated conferences.

He didn't want anyone
hearing what he said...

...or anyone listening to
what he was being told.

Hundreds of guys depended on him, and
he got a piece of everything they made.

It was a tribute, like in the old country,
except they were doing it in America.

All they got from Paulie was protection
from the guys trying to rip them off.

That's what it's all about. That's
what the FBI could never understand.

What Paulie and the organization does...

...is protect people who can't
go to the cops. That's it.

They're like the police
department for wiseguys.

People looked at me differently,
and they knew I was with somebody.

I didn't have to wait in line at the
bakery on Sunday morning for fresh bread.

The owner knew who I was with and no
matter how many people were waiting...

...I was taken care of first.

Our neighbors stopped parking in our
driveway, even though we had no car.

At ...

...I was making more money than most
of the grown-ups in the neighborhood.

I had it all.

One day...

One day, some neighborhood kids carried
my mother's groceries all the way home.

Know why?

It was out of respect."


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