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December 27, 2009

Knight tales of romance end in victory or tragedy for the couple—and sometimes both at the same time. The movie Casablanca is a classic case. At the end of Casablanca, Rick—the bitter cynic who fights only for himself—rises to the occasion and chooses to aid the Resistance. In the same moment, he decides to sacrifice his relationship with Ilsa for a noble reason, choosing principle above all. In doing so, Rick sacrifices the great love affair of his life, but regains his hope, courage and idealism—he gets his soul back.

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