Famous Last Words (from Mental Floss)

1864: Union general John Sedgwick steps over the battle parapets during a lull in fighting. When another officer says it might not be safe, Sedgwick confidently retorts, “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist-”

1886: With her trademark elegance and ambiguity, Emily Dickinson says, “I must go in, the fog is rising.”

1900: The great playwright Oscar Wilde (full name: Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde) is dying in a garishly decorated hotel room. With his last measure of strength, he turns to a companion and says, “Either this wallpaper goes-or I do.”

1906: After his nurse notes that he seems to be feeling much better, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen replies, “On the contrary,” and dies.

1923: Pancho Villa is assassinated in Parral, Mexico. “Don’t let it end like this,” he says in parting. “Tell them I said something.”

1955: The poet Paul Claudel dies just after uttering the memorable question, “Doctor, do you think it could have been the sausage?”

~ by thoughtcrime2 on December 20, 2010.

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