Posted by TGAT on August 09, 2000 at 21:19:36:
In Reply to: Re: Duncan's sacrifice -It was Love, In Deed - to TGAT posted by Vita on August 09, 2000 at 20:30:33:
: : : So the real question here, is: would you, King Richfed, or any other man on this board, agree to be burned alive so that your beloved can go live with the OTHER fellow?
: : : Hmmm......
: : The answer is no. I tried that already & he just wouldn't do it, I tell ya! He wouldn't do it!
: Dear Queen,
: Then we'll say, Off With His Head!
: Ah, but then the Queen we'll make off with our heads, right?
: Yup, the Queen bows to no other might, but to her King!
: Long shall she live...
Vita, you are THE great romantic & this is why you so rightly concern yourself with questions of honor. A good quality you have ...
So, of Duncan, Sidney Carton (as mentioned below by Gayle), & loss of honor & sacrifice; So few possess it to any noticeable degree today - how sad, how mediocre, how boring.
Interesting to note one of the greatest lines in English literature was written for a character that had, in the 11th hour, risen to the challenge of great virtues; courage, honesty, honor, love, faith, & self-sacrifice. "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done ..." In fact, Dickens wrote yet another of the great lines for the beginning of this tale; "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."
Of course, Duncan got to utter an astounding thought, too ... complimenting his aching corns & all. Ah, the good old days.
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