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Excerpt: ... feed the horse at Braun's at the entrance where one gets merely water or---- Major . Of course you are right about that. Frau von Drosse (stroking his hands). See what brown hands the boy has got. I wonder how they can be burned through the gloves . Just look, Richard, he has the white mark on his forehead, there where it is shaded. The last time, it was not there. My boy, my boy! (Bends down her head and kisses him on the forehead.) ( Fritz closes his eyes and utters a low whimpering exclamation of pain.) Frau von Drosse . What was it? Did I hurt you, my boy? Fritz (with embarrassed laughter). Oh, no--no! Major . Control yourself, Fritz! Fritz . Yes, father! Frau von Drosse . Let him alone, Richard! Remember he has to leave directly. Fritz (staring straight before him). Yes, I must go directly. Major (shaking his head, examines him). Remarkable! Agnes (who returns with a bottle and glasses). There is the wine, dear Fritz. Fritz . Ah, if only the wine is there! (Hurries to the table and pours the wine.) Does no one touch glasses with me? Major . Just wait, I will touch glasses with you. Fritz . Then long life to us, friends! May we live happily. Long may we live. (Musing.) May we live as long as possible! Major . But you are not drinking. Fritz . Yes, yes. (Tosses down a glass.) Major . Well, I should like to take this occasion to ask you just why you don't write to us any more. Frau von Drosse . Please, Richard, please say nothing to him--he telegraphed. Fritz (starting anxiously). Telegraphed? What did I telegraph? ( Major makes signals to him behind his mother's back.) Fritz . Yes, of course. You see, father, I telegraphed. And then, not long ago, I fell from the trapeze and sprained my arm a bit. Frau von Drosse . You see, Richard, that is what hurt him just now; and yet you scolded him. Fritz . Mamma, father is right. A soldier is not allowed to show signs of pain--he has no pain. That is something which doesn't happen, it is something more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236700376
  • 9781236700377