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Excerpt: ...once glowing with life, were weak and vigourless; the eyes, formerly so enthusiastic, languid; the whole being of the man scarcely three-and-thirty, had a touch of half-bitter, half-painful, deep, inward discontent. And this was betrayed in his tone, as, after the first indifferent questions and enquiries, he said-- "In spite of your laconic letters, I have heard enough of you from a distance. You have become a celebrity, and if report be true, will shortly take a high office in State affairs!" "Is that the report? Well, no one ever expected or took it for granted that I should become a celebrity!" Eugen understood the reproach. "But it was expected of me, you mean? Yes, I did promise you, in those days, to begin a greater work. I have made plans and sketches enough; but--our life is so disturbing, so full of changes--hitherto I have always wanted leisure and quiet to carry them out." "And the necessary desire to work." "Well, if you like, the desire too. The dreams of one's youth, with which one surrounds everything, come to an end at last. In reality, there is not much in art, or in happiness, or, indeed, in life altogether!" He leaned back in his chair with an expression of the greatest weariness. Hermann gave no answer; but Eugen felt what lay in the grave, searching glance with which he regarded him. "You think my observation strange?" "From your lips, yes. Any one, to whom life has brought nothing but disappointments, may speak so; you, who enjoy all its gifts, have no right to." "And when I find that these wonderful gifts, this dream of happiness, are all illusions, is not my disappointment as great?" Hermann got up and took a turn through the room-- "I hoped that, at least, your marriage with Antonie would be a happy one," said he, after a pause. Eugen was silent. "Then you are not happy?" Reinert made an impatient movement. "I do not...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236692446
  • 9781236692443