General Hummel: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Thomas Jefferson.
John Mason: “Patriotism is a virtue of the vicious,” according to Oscar Wilde.
真有趣，美国人 Hummel 引用的语句来自美国 Foundering Fathers 之一的 Thomas Jefferson, 而 Mason 则是引用本国怪才的妙论予以应对，除了国籍的对应之外，还有性格的对应，Oscar Wilde 那种桀骜不驯却又才华横溢的个性，与 Mason 也十分般配。编剧真的是用心良苦，而第一次观看影片的大众却容易在高潮迭起的情节中忽略了这片匠心。
What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is natural manure. Our Convention has been too much impressed by the insurrection of Massachusetts, and in the spur of the moment they are setting up a kite to keep the hen-yard in order. I hope in God this article will be rectified before the new constitution is accepted. — Thomas Jefferson