Old Paul: I ever tell you that I was a prison guard During the depression? Ellie: Uh, you've mentioned it. Paul: Did I mention that I was in charge of death row, That I supervised all the executions? Usually, death row is called "the last mile." We called ours "the green mile." The floor was the color of faded limes.

The elderly Paul Edgecombe tells his friend, Ellie about being a guard during the depression.