Isle of the Dead

Well, heaven knows I'm only the sort
of beagle that the Boston Star sends out...

to track down a bit of news
here and there.

I don't think I'd be very comfortable
being a watchdog.

Do you think I wanted to send
Col. Tolditis to his death?

He and I were friends.
I think I understand patriotism
as well as the next man, General.

I'm not sure I understand your brand.
I think you'd kill your wife or child for
your country's sake, if you had a wife.

I had a wife.
I'm sorry. It was only a figure of speech.
- It's all right. She is long dead.
- I'm extremely sorry, sir.

You think I am a cold man.
Cold and brutal.

If you had asked her,
she would never have said so.

She's buried near here.
You saw that island off the shore?
It's a cemetery, her burial place.

I'd like to see the place.
I'll go there tomorrow.

I'd like to put some flowers
on your wife's grave.

I will give you that chance.
I had planned to go there tonight.
I will take you with me.

Across the battlefield? Out there?
You mean, it's dangerous for an old man?
You forget, I am also an old soldier.
You take the lantern.

The soldiers are exhausted.
Why don't you use horses?

Horses cannot understand...
why they have to work beyond endurance
for their country.

But the men understand.
But these men have been fighting
all day, sir.

The dead have to be buried immediately.
Do you want to know why?
He will tell you why.

Dr. Drossos, our American friend,
would like to know...