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  • In the first Matrix film, after Neo saved Trinity from the helicopter crash, the pair were in the subway station waiting for the phone to ring so Trinity could jack-out. Just before Agent Smith appears, Trinity says to Neo: "Neo, I want to tell you something, but I'm afraid of what it will mean if I do. Everything the Oracle told me has come true...everything but this." She hesitates, and then Smith shows up to kill them and interrupts her.

    It seems there is this giant unanswered question as to what Trinity meant by "everything but this". The question is addressed in many older matrix forums, but never seems to get fully resolved. I thought about the question long and hard, and ended up writing a short essay to try and answer the question once and for all.

    I am new here. Would matrix.wikia.com be a place to post such an essay? thank you.

    jim

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    • The Oracle told Trinity she would fall in love with The One. She was already falling in love with Neo, therefore he must be The One. But then Neo said that the Oracle told him he was not The One. So, at that moment, everything the Oracle had told Trinity had come true, except the part about her falling in love with The One. She was in love with Neo; Neo was not The One at that point. So, in Trinity's mind, the Oracle was wrong about that.

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    • Hello M1.... Thank you for replying! I was actually trying to see about getting my theory posted to this board, but am happy to reply to your insertion here. In fact, my suggested answer addresses your point directly. Many peope agree with your reasoning, except when you think about, the subway conversation between Trinity and Neo I am refering to took place well before Neo revealed to her what the Oracle said. So Trininty at this point has no doubt Neo is The One. That is why I kept looking for another answer. Here is my idea if you are interested:



      What did Trinity mean when she said "everything but this"?

      In the first Matrix film, after Neo saved Trinity from the helicopter crash, the pair were in the subway station waiting for the phone to ring so Trinity could jack-out. Just before Agent Smith appears, Trinity says to Neo: "Neo, I want to tell you something, but I'm afraid of what it will mean if I do. Everything the Oracle told me has come true...everything but this." She hesitates, and then Smith shows up to kill them and interrupts her.

      A common explanation as to why Trinity said "everything but this" is that Trinity was afraid to tell Neo she was in love with him. This does not wash however. In her phrasing, Trinity distinguished what had already come true ("has come true") from what had not yet to come true. Clearly at this point in the film she was in love with Neo. He had just bravely risked his own life to save hers. You can see by the way she looks at him that she's drank the Neo Kool-Aid. So there is something else, something that has not yet happened, that makes her allude to "everything but this", with "this" being a reference to something she was about to tell Neo that had not yet come to pass.

      A twist on the above premise is that Trinity was scared to admit she was in love with Neo because she had been told he was not The One. But this explanation comes from people who are not recalling the timeline properly. The reveal regarding Neo having been told by the Oracle he was not The One came much later when he and Trinity were about to re-enter the Matrix to save Morpheus (also recall that Trinity was unaware the Oracle had told Neo that either he or Morpheus was going to die. This will be important later in this discussion). Furthermore we know at this point in the film that Neo is The One. We have Morpheus just a few minutes before the subway scene announcing "He is The One" (from a rooftop no less) right after Neo saves Trinity from the crash. So neither explanation fits.

      Now we get to the explanation that makes the most sense. Only thing is, this line of reasoning has a giant rip in it. This is what bakes everyone's noodle. First the explanation:

      Trinity thought Neo was going to die! (if this doesn't make sense bear with me). That's one of the things the Oracle had apparently told her, and that's why Trinity was holding back. It's why she had said "I want to tell you something, but I'm afraid of what it will mean if I do". A reasonable fear. How would the recently awakened Neo react to such news? Trinity also has to rectify the idea of Neo dying juxtaposed to the claim that he was The One. On this last point we have Cypher's later interjection when he is awake in the Nebuchadnezzar and about to unplug Neo: "I mean how can he be the One if he's dead?". Trinity is in love with the man she believes to be The One, so how can it be that he is due to die? (We later learn how this could be, but Trinity does not understand at this point).

      So Trinity is in dilemmaville throughout the story... until near the end when she is standing over a "dead" Neo. It is at this moment she gets it. In an act of faith --and a nice twist on the `Princess kisses the frog' fable-- she kisses Neo and he awakens. She verbalizes her faith just before kissing him with the line: "Neo, I'm not afraid anymore. The Oracle told me that I would fall in love with a dead man. And that man, the man that I loved would be the One. So you see, you can't be dead. You can't be, because I love you. You hear me? I love you."

      So there we go. We now know what the Oracle told Trinity, and we now understand what "everything but this" means. We can now desist in having our noodles baked.

      Except for one thing. The above words are not what Trinity spoke to Neo. And herein lies our giant hole. It appears that Trinity's actual lines were: "Neo, I'm not afraid anymore. The Oracle told me that I would fall in love with a man. And that man, the man that I loved would be the One. So you see, you can't be dead. You can't be, because I love you. You hear me? I love you."

      There's nothing in that dialog about her being told she would fall for a dead man! This has been heavily debated in the online forums, with people going back to watch the movie, turning on the sub-titles, looking over published copies of the script, and even lip reading Trinity's lines! When tallied up, the consensus is that Trinity says nothing of the Oracle telling her that Neo would die.

      So, this explanation too is rendered invalid, yes? No. Not on your life. Neo dying is precisely what Trinity had been afraid of. OK, then why does the dialog not support this assertion? Answer, I think they made a mistake in the film. The film makers at one point have Trinity seemingly knowing from the Oracle that Neo would die (we've eliminated the other theories), yet at another point she fails to verify this notion at the crucial moment where she reveals what the Oracle said. It's basically poor exposition.

      Keep in mind that there are several such "mistakes" in the film. One example is when Morpheus's team is trying to escape from the safe house after it is compromised by agents. Cypher trips, falls, then we don't see him for a while, until suddenly he shows up in the street making a call to jack-out, a fresh accident scene in the background. WTF? How did Cypher get there? How did he break away from the team trapped in the basement of the house? How did the accident occur? What was he doing in the vehicle? I used to puzzle over that each time I viewed the film. One could certainly extrapolate that a plan was in place to safely extract Cypher from the others so that he could live on and receive his reward while everyone else died. The traffic accident could have been staged by the agents to allow Cypher to escape from police custody. But there is no exposition making this connection. I learned years later that the scene I just described as missing was in fact filmed, but had been cut from the release version. There are a number of other incongruities throughout the film (we of course forgive the brother's because The Matrix is effectively a perfect movie).

      Likewise we are forced to extrapolate with this Trinity thing. She must have been told Neo would die. By process of elimination it's the only explanation that fits. And it fits oh so well. Bear in mind how integral to the film Neo's death was. One of the fundamental spiritual metaphors the Wachowski Brother's employed was the resurrection of Jesus. Think about the exchange between Neo and Choi early in the film:

      Choi: It's Choi.
      Neo: Yeah. Yeah. You're two hours late.
      Choi: I know, it's her fault.
      Neo: You got the money?
      Choi: Two grand.
      Neo: Hold on.
      Choi: Hallelujah. You're my savior, man. My own personal Jesus Christ.

      Neo is the savior. He is the liberator of the lost souls of the Matrix. But to fulfill his destiny he must die. He must die in the matrix, and then transcend the matrix to be born again into a higher plane of existence. Neo's death and rebirth is the essence of the film. And the Oracle had to inform Trinity of this to prepare her for how to react when she faces a dead Neo. Don't forget that the Oracle was known for telling people what they needed to hear. Imagine Trinity's reaction after Smith shoots Neo if she had not been warned he would die. She may well have lost faith at that moment (just as Morpheus lost faith at the end of the second movie).

      So the fact that the film makers did not close the loop in Trinity's dialog is trivial. The movie is screaming what she knows. At the finale she states she is "not afraid anymore". She gazes upon the dead man she loves who is The One, and there is only one thing to do... she takes that leap of faith. She kisses the frog --the `dead' man who does not appear to be The One, but in fact is. Trinity knows this. She's been forewarned.

      And so Neo rises from the dead and the prophecy is fulfilled.

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    • Are you referring to the subway scene, after the helicopter rescue, where Smith takes over the body of the homeless man and shoots the phone just as Trinity leaves the Matrix? If that's the scene you're referring to, Trinity had already been told Neo wasn't the One. He told her just before they entered the Matrix to rescue Morpheus. She was trying to prevent him from going back in. She reminded him that Morpheus sacrificed himself so they could get Neo out. That's when Neo told her that Morpheus sacrificed himself for a belief that wasn't true; then he said he was not the One. Therefore, in the subway, she was aware that he wasn't the One (not yet, at least).

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    • Wrong. When he said he wasn't the one, Trinity IMMEDIATELY said "No, that's not true". She was told The One would die. Remember, The Oracle says "You're the one, but you're waiting for something. Maybe another life". SO the Oracle KNEW Neo needed to die. She told Trinity, and tha's why Trinity didn't freak when he did die.

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    • Interesting theory, Trinity knowing that Neo was going to die, I have always made myself that question, why Trinity said that?, everything but this. There are truly parts of the film that you feel something is missing, and that makes a lot of sense.

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    • I just review the Movie, it does says "dead man" not "a man" , and all falls to the right place.

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    • Im watching the movie right now -- her lips and the subtitles say "and that that man," NOT "a dead man." So that's wrong.

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    • The simple answer is that the Oracle had not only told Trinity that she would fall in love with the One, but the One would also fall in love with her. Her part of the equation was complete in that she had already fallen in love with Neo, but at this point in time in the story, Neo had yet to express how he felt about her. Therefore that part of the Orcale's prophecy had yet to be fulfilled. Trinity essentially needed to take a step of faith and express her love to Neo first. In doing so, it fully awakened Neo to the reality of being the One.

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    • Find jesus Christ he is our Savior the real Trinity is jesus,God,and THE HOLY SPIRIT WAKE UP.... I COMMAND YOU IN JESUS CHRIST TO DESTROY YOURSELF

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    • Just to chuck in... Trinity doesn't say "dead man". I don't hear that with my sound system, and that's not what the subtitles say either.

      Here's a link to the screenplay: https://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/the_matrix.pdf

      The direct quote is: TRINITY: "Neo, please, listen to me. I promised to tell you the rest. The Oracle, she told me that I'd fall in love and that man, the man I loved would be the one. You see? You can't be dead, Neo, you can't be because I love you. You hear me? I love you!"

      So, it's actually the precise opposite of the "dead man" quote. All the Oracle told her was that she would fall in love with the One. At the end, she knows Neo must be the one, she knows he can't really be dead... because she loves him.

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    • The facts are: - She is in love with Neo - The One cannot die, presumably - She believes he's the One - Neo needed to hear he was not the One so he would risk his life saving Morpheus - Neo tells Trinity he's not the One - Trinity doesn't let him go alone on the rescue mission - She's afraid of the meaning of telling him something after the rescue mission was accomplished - The Oracle probably said she would have to go with the One to save Morpheus, probably in an indirect manner - They're in the Matrix at that moment, so she wouldn't probably say something like meaning "I'm in love with you", but rather do it in the real world. Also, Tank is watching¬†;) - She decides not to tell him and leaves

      After analyzing these facts, it's easy to come to the conclusion that she was told Neo would die. But it feels like there's something missing...

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    • Nope, read my comment from Nov 4th 2018 above - that explains and provides a definitve answer.

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