[speech by Ellis]
Bell didnt answer.
I always thought when I got older that God would sort of come into my life in some way. He didnt. I dont blame him. If I was him I’d have the same opinion about me that he does.
You dont know what he thinks.
Yes I do.
He looked at Bell. I can remember one time...
The question: who says 'I always thought when I got older...'?
I alays assumed it was Bell. Most people do. It's Bell in the film. But I don't know, now.
Firstly, it says above, 'Bell didnt answer', so why does he then immediately answer? I could understand 'Bell paused' or 'Bell waited', but not 'didn't answer'.
Secondly, "Yes I do" actually sounds more like the kind of certainty you get from Uncle Ellis than the vacillation we have come to expect from Bell. He seldom admits to knowing anything much.
Thirdly, on p. 283 we get this, from one of Bell's monologues:
One other thing he said. You'd think a man that had waited eighty some odd years on God to come ino his life, well, you'd think he'd come.
That sounds to me like he is directly putting those words into Ellis's mouth, not his own.