Chekhov’s Last Words


An interesting snippet from a BBC email newsletter -

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It was a tradition in German medicine that, should a doctor be dying, beyond all hope of recovery, it was the duty of their attending medical colleagues to offer them a glass of champagne. The Russian playwright and author, Anton Chekhov, was a qualified doctor. Dying of tuberculosis in Germany in 1904, this explains Chekhov’s last words: “I haven’t had champagne for a long time.”

Anyone know of other dying words with wine references?

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