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"We who are about to die—"
No, too direct. Too grim. How about ….
"We who are about to march to war—"
No, no. Too melodramatic. I need an opening for my memoir that's catchy, memorable, and will make people want to turn the pages. Let me see ….
Now that's an opening! It even rhymes! I wonder how much of this I can write before it's our turn to enter the Arena? Ah, what's the hurry? I can always finish it after we win.
- The name of this note is a reference to the line used by gladiators in ancient Roman times.