The Works of Frederich Schiller

The Works of Frederich Schiller

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Excerpt: ...from your memory-and the cuckoo, too, that you were so fond of listening to? Only think! the cuckoo is broken, broken all to shivers-old Susan smashed it in sweeping the room-yes, indeed, and there you sat in my lap, and cried, "Cockhorse!" and I ran off to fetch your wooden horse- mercy on me! what business had I, thoughtless old fool, to leave you alone-and how I felt as if I were in a boiling caldron when I heard you screaming in the passage; and, when I rushed in, there was your red blood gushing forth, and you lying on the ground. Oh, by the Blessed Virgin! did I not feel as if a bucket of icy cold water was emptied all over me?-but so it happens, unless one keeps all one's eyes upon children. Good Heaven! if it had gone into your eye! Unfortunately it happened to be the right hand. "As long as I live," said I, "never again shall any child in my charge get hold of a knife or scissors, or any other edge tool." 'Twas lucky for me that both my master and mistress were gone on a journey. "Yes, yes! this shall be a warning to me for the rest of my life," said I-Gemini, Gemini! I might have lost my place, I might-God forgive you, you naughty boy-but, thank Heaven! it healed fairly, all but that ugly scar. CHARLES. I do not comprehend one word of all that you are talking about. DANIEL. Eh? eh? that was the time! was it not? How many a ginger-cake, and biscuit, and macaroon, have I slipped into your bands-I was always so fond of you. And do you recollect what you said to me down in the stable, when I put you upon old master's hunter, and let you scamper round the great meadow? "Daniel!" said you, "only wait till I am grown a big man, and you shall be my steward, and ride in the coach with me." "Yes," said I, laughing, "if heaven grants me life and health, and you are not ashamed of the old man," I said, "I shall ask you to let me have the little house down in the village, that has stood empty so long; and then I will lay in a few...show more

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  • Paperback | 806 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 41mm | 1,411g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236698452
  • 9781236698452