I believe this was the tagline on a movie poster from the halcyon days of Hollywood. It was felt remarkable since the famed actress was notoriously laconic, so her going one better than merely talking on screen was deemed near miraculous.
We've had a similar moment here in Ambridge this week. Greg, rather than Greta is our silent starlet. Silent, and reclusive. Greg, in all honesty, like Greta before him, "Just want(s) to be left alone!"
Yes folks Greta maintained that these were her words, rather than the terser, much mimmicked "I vant to be alone!"
Greg's problem is his desire to be left alone in a rotting mausoleum of a bungalow that remains a shrine to his dear departed mother. If it had been a Hollywood mansion or a New York pied a terre, no-one would have been at all bothered. But it's an Ambridge bungalow where the roof has leaked and the ceilings have fallen in, and his family are becoming concerned.So concerned they keep ringing us up (from a separation of some sixty miles) to insist that "something" be done.
By "something" they mean "lock him up in the asylum until he sees the error of his ways". Greg himself feels they are interfering in his chosen lifestyle to an unwarranted degree. But the debris of fallen plaster that lies strewn throughout his chosen abode rather gives the lie to this. The family are quite right. Something has got to be done. But Greg remains compos mentis enough to say IWTBLA*. So there we have it. The classic Mexican (or perhaps Swedish in this case) stand off.
In fairness the psych's wont take our referral because he is not suffering from one of the classic madnesses. The Social Workers won't either because he's neither under age nor over age, and therefore, without one of the classic madnesses, he can't possibly be vulnerable can he. And so, in the end we have been left with no option but to refer him to a, to me, entirely new service, the "Floating Support Worker".
Now I suspect it's just me, but I can't help getting a mental image of a fairy god-mother at this point. Then again maybe that's exactly what Greg needs, cos like the man says in the song,
You can't always get what you want....
*"I want to be left alone!", but you knew that didn't you.