"Do we think of the country when we give life to our children? Our sons are born because...well, because they must be born and when they come to life they take our own life with them. This is the truth. We belong to them but they never belong to us. And when they reach twenty
"Why then, should we consider the feelings of our children when they are twenty? Isn't it natural that at their age they should consider the love for theirCountry even greater than the love for us? Isn't itnatural that it should be so, as after all they must look upon us as upon old boys who cannotmove any more and must sit at home? If Country is a natural necessity like bread..."
"Quite so...quite so..."
"Then...is your son really dead?"
"You are right. Our children do not belong to us, they belong to the country..."