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Agamemnon to Budd

Help, help!  I am wounded, murdered, here in the inner room! 
Help, help again!  Murder--a second, mortal blow!

Play: Agamemnon by Aeschylus,

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Ahab, Captain
"Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee. Sink all coffins and all hearses to one common pool! and since neither can be mine, let me then tow to pieces, while still chasing thee, though tied to thee, thou damned whale! Thus, I give up the spear!"

Novel:  Moby Dick: Or, The Whale, Herman Mehlville, 1851

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This is it.  The time has come. 
For doing what was right, 
I'm dragged away to death. 
And Thebes, city where I was born, 
And you my friends, the rich people of Thebes, 
Will you judge between us? 
you might at least look and remember.

Play:  Antigone, Sophocles, 441 B.C.

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Antony (Marcus Antonius)
I am dying, Egypt, dying: 
Give me some wine, and let me speak a little.

One word, sweet queen: 

Of Caesar seek your honour, with your safety. O!

Gentle, hear me: 
None about Caesar trust but Proculeius

The miserable change now at my end 
Lament nor sorrow at, but please your thoughts 
In feeding them with those my former fortunes 
Wherein I lived, the greatest prince o' the world, 
The noblest, and do now basely die, 
Not cowardly put off my helmet to 
My countryman, a Roman by a Roman 
Valiantly vanquish'd.  Now my spirit is going; 
I can no more.

Play:  Antony and Cleopatra, William Shakespeare, 1606

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Arthur, King
"Take thou Excalibur, my good sword, and go with it to yonder water side, and when thou comest there I charge thee throw my sword in that water. . . .  Alas, help me hence, for I dread me I have tarried over long. . . .  Comfort thyself and do as well as thou mayst, for in me is no trust for to trust in; for I will into the vale of Avilion to heal me of my grievous wound: and if thou hear never more of me, pray for my soul."

Chronicle:  Le Morte D'Arthur, Sir Thomas Mallory, c.1469

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Asmundson, Atli
"These broad lances--they are coming into fashion." (upon being stabbed)

Saga: Grettir's Saga

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Bandello, Cesare Enrico "Rico" (actor - Edward G. Robinson)
"Mother of Mercy!  Is this the end of Rico?"

Movie:  Little Caesar, 1931 
Book: Little Caesar by Francis Edwards

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Barkley, Catherine "Cat"
"Don't worry, darling.  I'm not a bit afraid.  It's just a dirty trick."

Novel:  A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway, 1929

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Batty, Roy (actor - Rutger Hauer)

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.  Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.  I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near Tanhauser Gate.  All of those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain.  Time to die."

Movie:  Blade Runner, 1982

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Blue, Little Boy
"Now don't you go till I come," he said, 
"And don't you make any noise!"

Poem:  Little Boy Blue by Eugene Field

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Bois-Guilbert, Sir Brian de
"Dog of a Saxon! Take thy lance, and prepare for the death thou hast drawn upon thee!"

Novel: Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, 1819

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Bolkowsky, Prince Andrei
"Yes, that was death.  I died--and I awoke.  Yes, death is an awakening."

Novel:  War and Peace by Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy

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"Forward comrades! . . .  Forward in the name of the Rebellion.  Long live Animal Farm!  Long live comrade Napoleon.  Napoleon is always right." As related by Squealer

Novel: Animal Farm: A Fairy Story by George Orwell

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Budd, Billy
"God bless Captain Vere!"

Novel:  Billy Budd, Foretopman, Herman Mehlville, published posthumously in 1924

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