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Undine

Undine by Friedrich de La Motte-Fouqué
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Undine is a novel by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué concerning Undine, a water spirit who marries a Knight named Huldebrand in order to gain a soul. It is an early German romance, which has been translated into English and other languages. The novel served as inspiration for two operas in the romantic style by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann and Albert Lortzing, respectively, and two ballets: the nineteenth century Ondine and the twentieth century Undine. An edition of the book was illustrated by Arthur Rackham. In The Fantastic Imagination, George MacDonald writes, “Were I asked, what is a fairytale? I should reply, Read Undine: that is a fairytale … of all fairytales I know, I think Undine the most beautiful.”

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UNDINE

BY

DE LA MOTTE FOUQUE

TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN

BY F. E. BUNNETT

CONTENTS.

DEDICATION

CHAPTER

I. HOW THE KNIGHT CAME TO THE FISHERMAN II. IN WHAT WAY UNDINE HAD COME TO THE FISHERMAN III. HOW THEY FOUND UNDINE AGAIN IV. OF THAT WHICH THE KNIGHT ENCOUNTERED IN THE WOOD V. HOW THE KNIGHT LIVED ON THE LITTLE PROMONTORY VI. OF A NUPTIAL CEREMONY VII. WHAT FURTHER HAPPENED ON THE EVENING OF THE WEDDING VIII. THE DAY AFTER THE WEDDING IX. HOW THE KNIGHT TOOK HIS YOUNG WIFE WITH HIM X. HOW THEY LIVED IN THE CITY XI. THE ANNIVERSARY OF BERTALDA'S NAME DAY XII. HOW THEY DEPARTED FROM THE IMPERIAL CITY XIII. HOW THEY LIVED AT CASTLE RINGSTETTEN XIV. HOW BERTALDA RETURNED HOME WITH THE KNIGHT XV. THE JOURNEY TO VIENNA XVI. HOW IT FARED FURTHER WITH HULDBRAND XVII. THE KNIGHT'S DREAM XVIII. HOW THE KNIGHT HULDBRAND IS MARRIED XIX. HOW THE KNIGHT HULDBRAND WAS BURIED

DEDICATION.

Undine, thou image fair and blest, Since first thy strange mysterious glance, Shone on me from some old romance, How hast thou sung my heart to rest!

How hast thou clung to me and smiled, And wouldest, whispering in my ear, Give vent to all thy miseries drear, A little half spoiled timorous child!

Yet hath my zither caught the sound, And breathed from out its gates of gold, Each gentle word thy lips have told, Until their fame is spread around... Continue reading book >>


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