Truth and Poetry; From My Own Life; Or, the Autobiography of Goethe Volume 1

Truth and Poetry; From My Own Life; Or, the Autobiography of Goethe Volume 1

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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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...to each other; he was tall and wellbuilt, as she was, only still more slender; his face, small and compact, would have been positively handsome, had it not been sorely disfigured by the small-pox; his manner was calm, preoise, it might often have been called even dry and cold; but his heart was full of goodness and love, his soul full of generosity, and his attachments as lasting as they were decided and moderate. Now' this earnest pair, who had but lately first taken a fancy to each other, were distinguished 'among the rest, who, being_ already better acquainted, of frivolous characters, and careless as to the future, roved about with levity in these connexions, which commonly pass away as only a fruitless prelude of subsequent and more serious ties, and very seldom produce a lasting effect upon the life. The fine weather and the beautiful country in the neighbourhood did not remain unimproved by so cheerful a company; water excursions were frequently contrived, as being the most sociable of all pleasure-parties. Yet whether we were moving on water or on land, the power of individual attraction immediately showed itself; each couple locked arms, and a few men who were not engaged, of whom I was one, had either no conversation with the ladies at all, or only such as no one would have chosen for a da) of pleasure. A friend who found himself in this situation, and who was in want of a partner chiefly for this reason, that while he had the best humour in the world he lacked tenderness, and though gifted with much good sense, was wanting in that delicate attention without which alliances of this kind are not to be thought of;--he, after often lamenting his condition humorously and wittily, promised to make a proposal at our next...show more

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  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236846796
  • 9781236846792