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The Serapion Brethren. Vol. II   By: (1776-1822)

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Diacritical marks: 1.found in the word D[=a] l[ve]s [=a] = a macron; [=A] = A macron. [ve] = e caron; [vE] = E caron.

2. [oe] = diphthong oe.

THE SERAPION BRETHREN.

VOLUME II.

THE SERAPION BRETHREN.

BY ERNST THEODOR WILHELM HOFFMANN

Translated from the German BY LIEUT. COLONEL ALEX. EWING, A.P.D., TRANSLATOR OF J. P. RICHTER'S "FLOWER, FRUIT, AND THORN PIECES," ETC.

VOLUME II.

LONDON: GEORGE BELL & SONS, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN, AND NEW YORK. 1892.

LONDON: PRINTED BY WILLIAM CLOWES AND SONS, LIMITED, STAMFORD STREET AND CHARING CROSS.

CONTENTS.

SECTION V. PAGE THE LIFE OF A WELL KNOWN CHARACTER ALBERTINE'S WOOERS THE UNCANNY GUEST

SECTION VI. MADEMOISELLE SCUDERI GAMBLERS' FORTUNE

SECTION VII. SIGNOR FORMICA PHENOMENA

SECTION VIII.

THE MUTUAL INTERDEPENDENCE OF THINGS THE KING'S BETHROTHED

THE SERAPION BRETHREN.

SECTION V.

The ever fluctuating vicissitudes of human life had once more scattered our little group of friends asunder. Sylvester had gone back to his country home; Ottmar had travelled away on business, and so had Cyprian; Vincent was still in the town, but (after his accustomed fashion) he had disappeared in the turmoil, and was nowhere to be seen; Lothair was nursing Theodore, who had been laid on a bed of sickness by a malady long struggled against, which was destined to keep him there for a considerable time.

Indeed, several months had gone by, when Ottmar (whose sudden and unlooked for departure had been the chief cause of the breaking up of the "Club") came back, to find, in place of the full fledged "Serapion Brotherhood," one friend, barely convalescent, and bearing the traces of a severe illness in his pale face, abandoned by the Brethren, with the exception of one, who was tasking him severely by constant outbreaks of a grim and capricious "humour."

For Lothair was once more finding himself in one of those strange and peculiar moods of mind in which all life seemed to him to have become weary, stale, flat and unprofitable, by reason of the everlasting mockery ("chaff" might be the modern expression of this idea) of the inimical daemonic power which, like a pedantic tutor, ignores and contemns the nature of men; giving man (as a tutor of the sort would do) bitter drugs and nauseous medicines, instead of sweet and delicious macaroons, to the end that his said pupil, man, may take a distaste at his own nature, enjoy it no more, and thus keep his digestion in good order.

"What an unfortunate idea it was," Lothair cried out, in the gloomiest ill humour, when Ottmar came in and found him sitting with Theodore "what an unfortunate idea it was of ours to insist on binding ourselves together again so closely, jumping over all the clefts which time had split between us! It is Cyprian whom we have to thank for laying the foundation stone of Saint Serapion, on which we built an edifice which seemed destined to last a lifetime, and tumbled down into ruin in a few moons... Continue reading book >>




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