Suffering is Hip presents another Classics Digest.
Masticated and digested here is the Alexandre Dumas (fils) classic "La
Dame Aux Camélias"
Armand, you have come back to me! (coughs bloodily)
(Approaching Marguerite, he tries to embrace her, but she draws
away) Yes, my frail camellia, I have realized the folly of my ways.
Forgive me, Marguerite. Come with me to our little cottage in the countryside
and we shall live in happiness together.
Marguerite: (Coughs bloodily again,
some of the blood staining Armand's lapel) Alas, my love, alas. It is
too late! I fear I will not last the night. Got any Robitussin?
Don't speak like that, my Marguerite! You were strong enough to
give up our love for my sake; you are strong enough to beat your consumption!
Marguerite: Would that it were
so. Dearest Armand, my lungs may give out, but my heart will live forever.
It will beat for you, my love, long after I have left this wretched
Armand: You cannot leave me,
Marguerite, you must not. (He takes her in his arms)
Marguerite: Careful, dear, I'm
hemorrhaging. Place one more sweet kiss on my lips and I can die content.
Armand: (He kisses her) Mon
dieu! Has Olympe been feeding you garlic?
Marguerite: Alack, alas and
woe is me... I feel my heartbeat slow and my spirit starting to slip
Armand: How would you know that,
Marguerite? You were a courtesan, not a doctor.
Marguerite: Yes, I know, and
I made good money too. But I gave it all up to love you, Armand, and
now that I am about to depart, I have no regrets. In addition to consumption,
I would have gladly
suffered typhoid fever, the plague and yeast infection for just one
Armand: Oh, my Lady of the Camellias!
Marguerite: Armandy-poo! (Coughing
up blood one last time, Marguerite sinks down into her bed, dead)
Maya Cantu, currently living in a Virginia
suburb with her family, is an 18-year old actress/writer who will soon
relocate to Manhattan and after attending the American Academy
of Dramatic Arts, proceed to conquer Broadway as a hybrid of
Sarah Bernhardt and Ethel Merman. Like many a volatile artistic type,
she enjoys myriad aesthetic and literary pursuits and these are a few
of her favorite things: Pre-Raphaelite art, foreign films, Symbolist
and Decadent literature, the occult, witty people, mythology and feminism.
As well as sketches and plays, she writes lots of bitter poetry and
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