Farewell Letter lyrics
(Suddenly he remembers Clara's letter;
he opens it and begins to read)
I am writing to you, my angel,
Though not long since you've been gone
With a most unhappy heart.
Because, in truth, as time goes on,
I think of nothing else but you -
Oh, my love, my sweet, you've changed,
I've watched you change,
You're not the man I thought I knew.
At times, these past few days together,
I would wonder whether you were here
Really here with me.
I thought, was I naive to believe
We'd continue year by year?
Is it over forever?
It seems to me the answer rests with you.
Yes, I have obligations at home, Giorgio,
but my heart is yours. When my son is older,
when he goes off to school, there is the
chance for us to be together. I will make
the sacrifice you ask of me then. Please
understand why I can't now. Will you wait
for me, Giorgio? I have to know. We both
have to know.
Just another love story.
No one is to blame.
A temporary love story.
But it needn't end the same.
I thought that we had more.
We had more -
We had something more -
- than any other love story.
All that happiness -
You think that this is love?
- we had then -
This logical and sensible
Practical arrangement -
We can have that happiness -
- this foregone conclusion -
- once again!
- You think that this is love?
Love isn't so convenient.
Love isn't something scheduled in advance,
Not something guaranteed you need
For fear it may pass you by.
You have to take a chance,
You can't just try it out.
What's love unless it's unconditional?
Love doesn't give a damn about tomorrow
And neither do I!
All that happiness -
It was fine.
- in the past -
I was yours, you were mine.
That was not just happiness,
Love was in that happiness
That's why it will last.
Love is more, I want more.
I thought I knew what love was -
I didn't know that
Love was a complication.
I do know that it's
not a negotiation.
We'll take it in our stride.
What we had -
- wasn't bad.
We could have everything.
I want you more than anything.
How sad -
To wait is nothing.
We're young and time is nothing.
- that what we have is nothing...
(She disappears as the Colonel enters,
brandishing a piece of paper)
Bachetti, I found this letter at my cousin's bedside.
This is your signature, isn't it?
You have taken advantage of my cousin's affections.
That was not my intention, sir. Perhaps you should
discuss this matter with Signora Fosca.
My Cousin is asleep. And in any event, I wouldn't
subject her to such a question. No one can make me
believe that a man such as yourself would desire a
woman like Signora Fosca. Would ever write
her a letter like this.
Why is that?
The reason seems obvious.
Not to me. Forgive me, but you should not read that
letter, nor should you take it from her room.
My cousin is at the end of her life! She does not
deserve to be led on in such a manner!
You don't know your cousin. She is not a child!
She is not just a sick person. Signora Fosca is as
responsible for her actions as I am for mine.
You have abused my good faith, come into my house
to dishonor it. Your attitude towards me is nothing
short of contemptuous. I must demand a reparation
from you - and mere words will not suffice.
What? A fight? A duel?
I confided you. You know that my cousin has been
taken advantage of before.
(The Doctor enters and stands off to the side)
We will meet tomorrow mornint at eight,
behind the castle steps.
(trying to make light of the situation)
Gentlemen, please. Colonel, there is an explanation.
Captain Bachetti, speak up. Say how she forced you -
Not at all. Nothing was forced on me.
Oh please, let's come to our senses here.
One thing more. My cousin knows nothing of this discovery.
She must know nothing of what is going to happen.
I need your word on that.
She will not hear of this matter from me.
Very well. Tomorrow.
It's deplorable that that woman should have brought you to
this. Let's not panic. The Colonel will calm down. There's
still time to explain -
You will arrange for me to see Fosca.
Are you totally mad?
Whatever the outcome of this duel, I will never see her again.
You will arrange for me to see her as you did before.
Last Update: June, 29th 2013