The Sorrows of Young Werther (Modern Library Classics) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A tremendous paintings of German romanticism in a translation that's stated because the definitive English language model. The classic Classics variation additionally contains NOVELLA, Goethe's poetic imaginative and prescient of an idyllic pastoral society.

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And when I look around the room, and see around me Lotte's clothes and Albert's writings and this furniture with which I am so familiar, even this inkwell, and think: See what you are to this house! Everything! Your friends honor you! You often make their joy, and it seems to your heart that it could not exist without them; and yet—if you were now to leave, to part from this circle? Would they, how long would they feel the gap that losing you tore in their destiny? — Oh, man is so transient that even where he is really certain of his existence, even where he makes the one true impression of his presence, in the memory, in the soul of his dear ones, even there must he disappear, be extinguished, and that so soon!

This is what you get! And so you won't say again that my exaggerated ideas ruin everything, here, my dear sir, is a narration, plain and simple, as a chronicler would record it. Count von C ... loves me, honors me, that is well-known, I have written you that a hundred times. Yesterday I dined with him, it happened to be on the day the aristocratic society of ladies and gentlemen gathers at his house in the evening, which had never occurred to me, nor that we subordinates had no business there. Fine.

I feel it in Lotte, that she would lose me reluctantly, and the children have no other notion than that I will always come tomorrow. Today I went out to tune Lotte's clavier, but I couldn't get to it; the little ones were after me for a fairy tale, and Lotte herself said that I should do what they wanted. I sliced their evening bread for them, that they now take from me almost as gladly as from Lotte, and told them the story of the princess waited on by hands. I learn a lot this way, I can assure you, and am astonished at the impression it makes on them.

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