Interview with the Vampire - First Bite

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Louis narrates: I was 24. Younger than you are now. But times were different then. I was a man at that age. The master of a large plantation just south of New Orleans...
"...I had lost my wife in childbirth. She and the infant had been buried less than half a year..."
"...I would have been happy to join them. I couldn't bear the pain of their loss. I longed to be released from it..."
"...I wanted to lose it all. My wealth. My estate. My sanity..."
Louis displays a hand of four aces. Gambler: 'How many aces are in a deck?'
Louis: 'You're calling me a cheat?' Gambler: 'No, I'm calling you a piece of stinking offal!'
Louis: 'You lack the courage of your convictions. Do it!' The gambler pulls out a pearl-handled pistol and points it at Louis.
Louis exposes his chest. The gambler's finger on the trigger.
The gambler's hand shakes. He finally lowers his gun, scowling. Louis's voice: "Most of all, I longed for death. I know that now... I invited it. A release from the pain of living..."
"...My invitation was open to anyone. To the whore at my side. To the pimp that followed... But it was a vampire that accepted."
Pimp: 'Give me your money, or you die!'
Lestat kills the whore and the pimp.
Lestat floats down on top of him and sinks his teeth in his neck.
Lestat starts drinking from Louis's blood.
Lestat lifts Louis in the air. They float higher and higher above the ground.
Lestat: 'Do you still want death? Or have you tasted it enough?' Louis: 'Enough...' Lestat smiles and lets him go.
Louis narrates: 'He left me there, on the banks of the Mississippi, somewhere between life and death.'

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