Correspondence with Goethe's Mother

Correspondence with Goethe's Mother

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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. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ... for thee; and there I know neither beginning nor end. Of this day I would impart nothing to thee: how shall I tear myself from desire, meditation and fancy? how shallI express to thee my true heart which turns from all other things to thee alone? I must be lsilent as then, when I stood before thee, to look upon thee: Ah what could I have said--I had nothing more to ask'). Yesterday many wits met together in the ') See Appendix. Brentano house, Among other gymnastic mental exercises, enigmas were'proposed; there were several clever hits and when the turn came to me, I knew nothing. And as I looked round me in this perplexity, and there was not a single countenance which to me had a friendly, intelligent expression, made the following: "why do men see no spirits?" ' No one could guess it; I; said: "because they fear phantoms." "Who? men?" "N0, spirits." Yes so horrible did these faces seem to me, so strange, so unintelligent, which spoke nothing to me, as thy beloved features do, which the spirits certainly fear not; no! it is thy beauty which induces the spirits to play in thy features, and this is the irresistible charm for the one who loves, that the spirit for ever streams around thee. on Sunday, quite alone in the great lonely house: all are rode and wallccdfand gone out and your mother is at the garden outside the Boekenheinner-gate, because today the pears are to be shaken from the tree, which was planted at thy. birth. TO BETTINE. Thou art a sweet-minded child, I read thy dear letters with inward pleasure, and shall surely always read them again with the same enjoyment. Thy pictures of what has happened to thee, with all inward feelings of tenderness, and what thy...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236894561
  • 9781236894564