Columbia University Germanic Studies Volume 26

Columbia University Germanic Studies Volume 26

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...Liverei will ich euch kleiden!"1 1 Die Braut von Messina. 2 Maria Stuart. Thought soliloquies, especially of the reflective variety, greatly' outnumber the expositional type, and every play furnishes one or more examples. In "Die Rauber" Franz is especially obliging in the matter of taking the audience into his confidence and unfolding his crassly materialistic point of view, his heartless villainy, his cringing cowardice. In his first longwinded soliloquy he reveals his attitude toward life, practically a negation of all ties which hold society together. One by one he takes up and coolly disposes of reputation, conscience, etc.: "Gewissen--0 ja freilich! ein tuchtiger Lumpenmann, Sperlinge von Kirschbaumen wegzuschrecken!... In der That sehr lobenswurdige Anstalten die Narren im Respekt und den Pobel unter dem Pantoffel zu halten, damit die Gescheiten es desto bequemer haben." In spite of its great length the soliloquy is not without dramatic life. Apostrophes are frequent, questions follow each other in breathless haste, sometimes five or six before an answer is vouchsafed: "Warum hat er mich gemacht? doch wohl nicht gar aus Liebe zu mir, der erst ein Ich werden sollte? Hat er mich gekannt ehe er mich machte? Oder hat er mich gedacht wie er mich machte? Oder hat er mich gewunscht, da er mich machte? Wusste er was ich werden wurde? Das wollte ich ihm nicht raten." 2 Occa 1 Die Rauber, II, 2 end. 2 I, 1. sional interruptions in the flow of thought also show a desire to secure verisimilitude. In the same act Karl reflects upon the degeneracy of the times in a speech that is permeated with 'disgust and indignation and characterized by more

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