Excerpt from The Blind Girl of Wittenberg: From the German of Wildenhahn
The young man cast another look of admiration upon her, and shaking his head as expressive of doubt and anxiety, he turned towards the work-shop. When he entered, he found the old master sitting at a table covered With hammers, chisels, and knives. His grey head was supported on his hand, and he was so deeply absorbed in thought, that he did not observe the entrance of the stran ger. The greatest disorder reigned in the place. In one corner lay rough pieces of wood piled on one another in wild confusion; in another were seen, partly unfinished, partly broken statues of saints and other figures. On another table were lying mutilated papers, and fragments of designs and sketches, covered with dust and chips of wood. Add to these the forbidding aspect of the master, and one may well suppose it required some courage in a stranger to enter such a place.
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