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COLONEL VON WALDHEIM
Labiche! Here's your prize, Labiche. Some of the greatest paintings in the world. Does it please you, Labiche? Give you a sense of excitement in just being near them? A painting means as much to you as a string of pearls to an ape. You won by sheer luck: you stopped me without knowing what you were doing, or why. You are nothing, Labiche -- a lump of flesh. The paintings are mine; they always will be; beauty belongs to the man who can appreciate it! They will always belong to me or to a man like me. Now, this minute, you couldn't tell me why you did what you did.
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MISS VILLARD
I knew of books being burned, other things... I was terrified that these would be lost.
COLONEL VON WALDHEIM
A book is worth a few francs; we Germans can afford to destroy those. We all may not appreciate artistic merit, but cash value is another matter.
MISS VILLARD
You won't convince me that you're cynical. I know what these paintings mean to you.
COLONEL VON WALDHEIM
You are a perceptive woman. [Schmidt enters, with several other soldiers.] We're removing the paintings. Pack them carefully.
MISS VILLARD
Where are you taking them?!
COLONEL VON WALDHEIM
To a safe place.
MISS VILLARD
But no place is as safe as Paris!
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COLONEL VON WALDHEIM
Beauty belongs to the man who can appreciate it.
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COLONEL VON WALDHEIM
I asked for two cranes.
MAJOR HERREN
It took an order from staff headquarters to get this one. With von Runstedt falling back, the army has other uses for railway equipment.
COLONEL VON WALDHEIM
All von Runstedt can lose is men. This train is more valuable.