Quotation by Peter Ruric

Come Vitus, are we men, or are we children? Of what use are all these melodramatic gestures? You say your soul was killed, and that you have been dead all these years. And what of me? Did we not both die here in Marmaros fifteen years ago? Are we any the less victims of the war than those whose bodies were torn asunder? Are we not both the living dead?
Peter Ruric, and Edgar G. Ulmer. Hjalmar Poelzig (Boris Karloff), The Black Cat, talking to Dr. Werdegast in the cellar of his house (1934).

Werdegast is a former prisoner of war, Poelzig the commander who betrayed him and his whole command; suggested by the Edgar Allan Poe story.
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