Goethe's Faust

Goethe's Faust

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ... was cast out of heaven on account of his arrogance and insolence. So it is, 'Pride goeth before a fall.'" The similarity which exists between our magus and the Titans cannot be more forcibly felt than is expressed in the passage just quoted. And that his arrogance takes the form of a craving for knowledge is testified to by the compact, which in the oldest chapbook runs thus: "I have proposed to myself the task of speculating on the elements, and since I, according to the gifts which have been bestowed upon me from above, do not find the skill for this in my own head, and do not wish to learn such things from men, I have surrendered myself to this spirit of hell, and selected him to inform me of and teach me these things." The signature is as follows: "Johann Faustus, one experienced in the elements, and a Doctor of Divinity." During the first eight years, Faust remains in Wittenberg in the house left him by his relative. He has for company his famulus, Wagner, and Mephistopheles, who always appears in the dress of a Franciscan monk, and wearing a bell, by which he announces his arrival. Conversations and questions upon various subjects, and also illusions which the devil calls up in his presence, fill up the time. Now and then, sublime music thrills him, which means the devil takes to banish every thought of a repentant nature that might possibly steal into Faust's mind, or that had already effected a lodgment there. Such a concert is described to us by the old chap-book with a deep psychological insight into the disposition of Faust's mind which makes him forget his fits of repentance: "He had not a thought but that he was in heaven, whereas he was still with the devil. This mental state continued fully an hour, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236508696
  • 9781236508690