You're looking, sir, at a very dull survivor of a very gaudy life. Crippled, paralyzed in both legs. Very little I can eat, and my sleep is so near waking that it's hardly worth the name. I seem to exist largely on heat, like a newborn spider.
William Faulkner (1897–1962), U.S. novelist, Leigh Brackett (1915–1978), U.S. screenwriter, Jules (Julius Grinnell) Furthmann (1888–1960), U.S. screenwriter, and Howard Hawks. General Sternwood (Charles Waldron), The Big Sleep (1946).
Wheelchair-bound General Sternwood interviewing private detective Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) for a job.