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54 DRAMATIC AND LYRIC INTERPRETATION
dressed for the execution, he walks out of the prison, approaches the scaffold.
Between his leaving the prison door and his execution seconds only pass, but it is long enough for him to conceive the full vision of his death, of his head cut off rolling into the basket; he has even the vision — perhaps this consoles him — of a respectful crowd saluting bare­headed the man whom Death exonerates.
Et puis voila . . . j'suis condamne, Parcequ'il est prouv6 qu'j'assassine . . . Et faut qu'j'attende pale, vanne" L'moment supreme de la guillotine. . . . Et puis un beau jour on m'dira C'est pour ce matin ! Faites votr'toilette ! J'sortirai ... la foule saluera Ma tete!
Now we have in each song the same poignant, tragic episode, the drama of the guillotine. But in the case of La Pierreuse the drama is seen, in the case of L'Apache it is lived.
La Pierreuse is communicating to us her emotion, but it is the emotion of death she sees, it is not the emotion of VApache who will experience death.
La Pierreuse will look in deadly fear at her lover marching toward death, but VApache








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