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

By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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I had another one made exactly like its predecessor in collar and sleeve, and also the same yellow vest and trousers. But somehow it doesn't have quite the same effect. I don't know—I think I will get attached to it with time. She was away for a few days to fetch Albert. Today I entered her room, she came toward me, and I kissed her hand with a thousand joys. — A new friend, she said, and coaxed it onto her hand. He is intended for my little ones. He is so dear! Look at him! When I give him bread he flutters his wings and pecks so charmingly.

Her illness did not last long; she was quiet, uncomplaining, in pain only for her children, especially the littlest. —You promise much, my daughter, she said, the heart of a mother and a mother's eye. I have often seen by your grateful tears that you feel what that is. May you have for your brothers and sisters and for your father the faith and obedience of a wife. —She asked for him, he had gone out to hide from us the unbearable sorrow he felt; the man was torn apart. Albert, you were in the room.

And because I am so preoccupied with myself and this heart is so tempestuous— Oh, I gladly let the others go their way, if only they would let me go mine. The disastrous middle-class relationships are what irritate me most. Of course I know as well as anyone how necessary the distinction among classes is, how many advantages I myself derive from it: but it shouldn't stand in my way just where I could enjoy a little pleasure, a shimmer of happiness on this earth. On a walk lately I met a Fräulein B—, a charming creature who has managed to keep a great deal of spontaneity in her formal aristocratic life.

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