Life of Goethe Volume 1

Life of Goethe Volume 1

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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. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...her made a dire alternative. On the other hand, from the bond of marriage, as we know, he shrank with every instinct of his nature. Only a few weeks before, doubtless with his own possible fate in front of him, he had put these words into the mouth of one of his characters: "I would be a fool to allow 1 Certain pranks played by Goethe during his stay in Offenbach show that he was not wholly given up to "lover's melancholy." On a moonlight nigh fc, robed in a white sheet, and mounted on stilts (a form of exercise to whioh he was addioted), he went through the town and created a panic among the inhabitants by looking into their windows. On another occasion, at a baptism, he secretly deposited the baby in a dish, and covering it with a towel placed the dish on a table where the company were assembled. It was only after some time that the contents of the dish were revealed. a March 21,1775. THE BETROTHAL 197 myself to be shackled. That state marriage smothers all my powers; that state robs me of all my spirits, cramps my whole being. I must forth into the free world." Goethe did eventually take the decision that he deprecated, but not just yet. On March 25 he wrote to Herder: "It seems as if the twisted threads on which my fate hangs, and which I have so long shaken to and fro in oscillating rotation, would at last unite."1 On the 29th, Klopstock, who had come on a few days' visit to Frankfort, found him in "strange agitation."2 As so often happened in Goethe's life, it was an accident that determined his wavering purpose. In the beginning of April there came to Frankfort a Mademoiselle Delf, an old friend of the Schonemann family, whom Goethe made acquainted with his father and mother. A person of strenuous...show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236608666
  • 9781236608666