In the film "Citizen Kane", the entire plot revolves around a journalist attempting to find out the meaning of a billionaire's last words... "Rose Bud". However, at the beginning of the film - the event that sets the plot in motion - Kane collapses, drops the snow-globe he's holding, utters "Rose Bud" with his last breath, and then the nurse walks in to find him dead.

Considering that Kane was alone when the words were uttered, how does anyone know that he said them?

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    But he wasn't alone, the butler was in the room (we just don't see him). He explicitly says he was there and heard him say it. [BTW, I don't think you need to mark that as a spoiler, it happens in the beginning of the movie.]
    – Walt
    Commented Jan 29, 2017 at 1:44
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    @Walt Seems like an answer to me.
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Jan 29, 2017 at 8:50
  • Well, I don't know if it's enough; maybe the OP is already aware of this and disagrees.
    – Walt
    Commented Jan 29, 2017 at 11:29
  • @Omegacron Sorry, it slipped my mind.
    – Walt
    Commented Feb 2, 2017 at 18:16

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He wasn't alone.

The butler Raymond was there and heard him...but he wasn't shown on screen.


"That "Rosebud" - that don't mean anything. I heard him say it. He just said "Rosebud" and then he dropped that glass ball and it broke on the floor.

"He didn't say anything about that, so I knew he was dead - He said all kind of things I couldn't make out. But I knew how to take care of him."

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