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Somebody in this camp ain't what he appears to be. Right now that may be one or two of us. By spring, it could be all of us.

Also... When this Thing turns... it turns slowly at first. I think we can handle it in that state. But if it ever got to full power... from what I saw of that Norwegian camp... well, I just don't know... It would probably take it an hour or more to get like that. So no matter what anybody's doing, we all return to this room every twenty minutes. Anybody gone longer than that... anybody trying to leave... we kill 'em.

Okay, Sanchez, you come with us. Norris... you stay here... (refers to tied-up men) Any of them move - you fry 'em. And if you hear anything, anything at all you let loose the siren. We all meet back here in twenty minutes regardless. (pause) And everybody watch whoever you're with. Real close.

[talking into tape recorder] Nobody... nobody trusts anybody now, and we're all very tired... there's nothing more I can do, just wait... R. J. MacReady, helicopter pilot, US outpost #31.

Watching Norris in there... gave me the idea that maybe every part of you bas**** is a whole. Every piece of you is self-sufficient, an animal unto itself. When a man bleeds it's just tissue. But blood from one of you Things won't obey. It's a newly formed individual with a built-in desire to protect its own life. When attacked, your blood will try and survive - and crawl away from a hot needle say.

[finding a partially-assembled spaceship beneath the tool shed] Blair's been busy out here all by himself.

[Just before throwing a bundle of dynamite at what may be the final incarnation of the Thing] Yeah, well **** you too!

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