Topic: War—the importance of former wars, the most “important” wars—past wars, present wars, the “meaning” of war in the past and the present.
Setting: A 120 year old restored house in a small village on the coast near Normandy. Night. Very close to them, outside, is the Normandy coast; on the days they visit it they congregate near giant metal objects and monuments of war and cliffs and huge stones and the wind nearly knocks them down.There is a wind and rain storm outside, beating the windows and ceiling. Sometimes the lights flicker, however, there is an enormous stone fireplace giving of heat and light, as well as candles. The meal has been made by all of them—it is baked rabbit with tomatoes, potatoes and capers. They bought the rabbit from a butcher who killed it that day. There is a crate of wine, a basket of bread, cheese and fruit–all purchased locally in the village. It is nearly Christmas. Only one of them speaks anywhere near decent French.
Someone has just said: “World War II. Of course. No contest.”
To which someone else has responded: “I don’t know if the wars of the past … ‘count’ for anything anymore. Do they still, you know, outline art? Or are they just raw material for movies now?”
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