Across the room, a dark figure stares out the tall
windows veiled with decaying lace. He turns and his
smile lights up the room.
He wears a long black coat and his eyes are invisible
behind circular mirrored glasses.
He strides to Neo and they shake hands.
Welcome, Neo. As you no doubt
have guessed, I am Morpheus.
It's an honor.
Please. Come. Sit. He nods to Trinity.
Thank you, Trinity.
She bows her head sharply and exits through a door to an
They sit across from one another in cracked, burgundy-leather chairs.
I imagine, right now, you must be
feeling a bit like Alice, tumbling
down the rabbit hole?
You could say that.
I can see it in your eyes. You
have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he is
expecting to wake up.
A smile, razor-thin, curls the corner of his lips.
Ironically, this is not far from
the truth. But I'm getting ahead
of myself. Can you tell me, Neo,
why are you here?
You're Morpheus, you're a legend.
Most hackers would die to meet
Yes. Thank you. But I think we
both know there's more to it than
that. Do you believe in fate, Neo?
Because I don't like the idea that
I'm not in control of my life.
I know exactly what you mean.
Again, that smile that could cut glass.
Let me tell you why you are here.
You are here because you have the
I've watched you, Neo. You do not
use a computer like a tool. You
use it like it was part of
yourself. What you can do inside
a computer is not normal. I know.
I've seen it. What you do is
It's not magic.
But it is, Neo. It is. How else
would you describe what has been
happening to you?
He leans forward.
We are trained in this world to
accept only what is rational and
logical. Have you ever wondered
Neo shakes his head.
As children, we do not separate
the possible from the impossible
which is why the younger a mind is
the easier it is to free while a
mind like yours can be very
Free from what?
From the Matrix.
Neo locks at his eyes but only sees a reflection of
Do you want to know what it is,
Neo swallows and nods his head.
It's that feeling you have had all
your life. That feeling that
something was wrong with the
world. You don't know what it is
but it's there, like a splinter in
your mind, driving you mad,
driving you to me. But what is
The LEATHER CREAKS as he leans back.
The Matrix is everywhere, it's all
around us, here even in this room.
You can see it out your window, or
on your television. You feel it
when you go to work, or go to
church or pay your taxes. It is
the world that has been pulled
over your eyes to blind you from
That you are a slave, Neo. That
you, like everyone else, was born
... kept inside a prison that you
cannot smell, taste, or touch. A
prison for your mind.
Outside, the WIND BATTERS a loose PANE of glass.
Unfortunately, no one can be told
what the Matrix is. You have to
see it for yourself.
Hold out your hands.
In Neo's right hand, Morpheus drops a red pill.
This is your last chance. After
this, there is no going back.In his left, a blue pill.
You take the blue pill and the
story ends. You wake in your bed
and you believe whatever you want
The pills in his open hands are reflected in the glasses.
You take the red pill and you stay
in Wonderland and I show you how
deep the rabbit-hole goes.
Neo feels the smooth skin of the capsules, with the
moisture growing in his palms.
Remember that all I am offering is
the truth. Nothing more.
Neo opens his mouth and swallows the red pill. The
Cheshire smile returns.