„Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.“

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„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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