I have watched this movie a number of times, but one thing that I’ve never understood that I hope fellow dopers can enlighten me about.
Why did the warden get so pissed at the word “obtuse”? I can understand his concern about not having Andy leaving because of the money schemes, but obtuse? That’s not a word that sets my teeth on edge. If he called him a “f*ckin’ asshole”, I could see the indignation, but obtuse?
The two dictionary.com definitions most appropriate are:
Lacking quickness of perception or intellect.
Characterized by a lack of intelligence or sensitivity: an obtuse remark.
Are there any definitions I’m missing? Granted, the warden might not have liked being called dim, but that’s not really how Andy used it. It was more the lack of sensitivity that I thought he meant.