Ten Duel Commandments
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Ten Duel Commandments

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[MEN] One, two, three, four [FULL COMPANY] Five, six, seven, eight, nine… [

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Alexander Hamilton
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John Laurens
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Charles Lee
] It’s the Ten Duel Commandments [FULL COMPANY] It’s the Ten Duel Commandments Number one! [
John Laurens
] The challenge: demand satisfaction If they apologize, no need for further action [COMPANY] Number two! [
John Laurens
] If they don’t, grab a friend, that’s your second [
Alexander Hamilton
] Your lieutenant when there’s reckoning to be reckoned [COMPANY] Number three! [
Charles Lee
] Have your seconds meet face to face [
Aaron Burr
] Negotiate a peace… [
Alexander Hamilton
] Or negotiate a time and place [
Aaron Burr
] This is commonplace, ‘specially ‘tween recruits [COMPANY] Most disputes die, and no one shoots Number four! [
John Laurens
] If they don’t reach a peace, that’s alright Time to get some pistols and a doctor on site [
Alexander Hamilton
] You pay him in advance, you treat him with civility [
Aaron Burr
] You have him turn around so he can have deniability [COMPANY] Five! [
Charles Lee
] Duel before the sun is in the sky [COMPANY] Pick a place to die where it’s high and dry Number six! [
Alexander Hamilton
] Leave a note for your next of kin Tell ‘em where you been. Pray that hell or heaven lets you in [COMPANY] Seven! [
Charles Lee
] Confess your sins. Ready for the moment Of adrenaline when you finally face your opponent [COMPANY] Number eight! [
John Laurens
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Charles Lee
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Alexander Hamilton
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Aaron Burr
] Your last chance to negotiate Send in your seconds, see if they can set the record straight… [
Aaron Burr
] Alexander [
Alexander Hamilton
] Aaron Burr, sir [
Aaron Burr
] Can we agree that duels are dumb and immature? [
Alexander Hamilton
] Sure But your man has to answer for his words, Burr [
Aaron Burr
] With his life? We both know that’s absurd, sir [
Alexander Hamilton
] Hang on, how many men died because Lee was inexperienced and ruinous? [
Aaron Burr
] Okay, so we’re doin’ this [COMPANY] Number nine! [
Alexander Hamilton
] Look ‘em in the eye, aim no higher Summon all the courage you require Then count [MEN] One two three four [FULL COMPANY] Five six seven eight nine [
Alexander Hamilton
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Aaron Burr
] Number [COMPANY] Ten paces! [
Alexander Hamilton
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Aaron Burr
] Fire!

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Ten common rules of dueling etiquette are discussed as Hamilton, Laurens, Burr and Lee recite the code duello in preparation for Laurens' and Lee's duel.

Cast

Leslie Odom Jr.
Lin-Manuel Miranda

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