In this gorgeous duet, Athanael vigorously tries to persuade Thais to leave her courtesan lifestyle. She appearently rejects him, but it is too late, his words have already penetrated in her heart and her mocking laugh which also ends in an impudent weeping just reveals she’s fed up with her empty life.

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In song, you have one of the most amazing diaries of any generation’s culture at a given time.

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