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The reason I say this is because they say it to each other to reassure themselves that by killing themselves in the dream, they'll wake up in the real world; portrayed as they say it while putting their heads on the tracks.
It is a sad way that they profess their love for each other because, while being stuck in the dream world for 50 years, you lose a sense for Are You The Boy - The Raes - The Raes is actually real hence the totems and obviously death is a scary thing for anyone to face, even if you're somewhat sure the outcome is to just wake up from a dream.
They say this to each other to reassure that even if they're wrong and not actually dreaming, they'll be together in the afterlife, if not the real world. Cobb starts saying those things to suggest the Waiting For A Train - Various - Mega 80 exists to Mal.
Notice that only when he starts talking to her about it, the tracks being to tremble and shake. There's Waiting For A Train - Various - Mega 80 pretty well-known theory that the whole Waiting For A Train - Various - Mega 80 of Inception was Cobb's dream, as well as many theories about Ariadne being Cobbs therapist, etc.
Anyways the quote is basically a fantastic "symbol" of 2 lovers in the midst of a midlife crisis. As long as they are together, it doesn't matter what "reality" they are in. Even after death, death is just a train taking them away together. You see this in how cobb can't get rid of Mal the whole movie. It doesn't matter where or what, Cobb and Mal will always be together.
The "you know where you hope it takes you" is sort of that desire for being in a "true reality" that everyone feels. Then, the "but you don't know for sure" describes the contradiction in that we have no way of knowing what "reality" is as compared to a dream if it were all Cobbs dream, totems wouldn't work or be a thing at all. Cobb is incomplete. He's part in the dream world, part in reality. The train is a metaphor for Enlightenment. To wake up from a dream but not knowing what will happen.
A return to reality without description. Notice he asks Mal "Now! Tell me why? Waiting For A Train - Various - Mega 80 the now moment, it's said in true reality's now moment and there is no question.
Then Mal says, "Then you'll be together! It's a metaphor of life and Whispering Pines - Benedictine Sisters Of Perpetual Adoration - Mystical Dream. The train represents the life path you chose, and although you may have certain expectations or call it destiny if you like you can never know for sure where that path will end.
Yet, this uncertainty about life can be easily overcome when you have someone you love to follow that path along with you. After all, is not the end what matters, but how you live it and with whom you decide to share it with. It was always my opinion that Cobb is trying to convince mall that dreaming is real and life isn't so they can fully immerse themselves in the fact that dreaming is real. That's why Cobb breaks into her mind and makes the totem stop.
But then he can't convince her to go under again because she thinks she's ask ray dreaming. The tragedy being that they both did it Last Tango In Paris - The Ventures - 2001 (Only Hits!) of love but that's what ended up killing mal in the process.
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He is essentially causing the train to exist and Mal is conjuring it up. Great point! Never thought about it. Mitch Mitch 31 1 1 bronze badge. It makes sense once you know what the implicit question to the end of the riddle: Why are you waiting for a train? And the answer to the riddle is, because "you're waiting to die. Clare Clare 1. Gabriel Gabriel 1. A holiday carol for coders. Featured on Meta. Update: an agreement with Monica Cellio. Related 9. Hot Network Questions.
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