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hour of anxious expectation on my injunction of her father. Both parties part, Albertine came.
became warm-reproachful expres“ The calm dignity, the composure sions were uttered by Hermann. There with which this extraordinary woman was a pause the day had become hot. proceeded on her trying mission Hermann directed the guide to unpack while I, a man, felt my heart beat the refreshments. We men applied with an indefinable feeling of terror ourselves to them vigorously. Alberoverpowered me with surprise, and at tine, at my request, ate a few morsels last with shame. Time was valuable; to repair her strength. Hermann, in without delay we hurried through the spite of my remonstrances, indulged garden, and in the direction of the in long draughts of strong and fiery woods, within whose deep shadows we
his entreaties, addressed to his were soon involved. From thence wife, became more urgent, and at last the path ascends, first gradually, then assumed the tone of threats, directed more steeply towards the ruin. Al. both against her and her child. Albertine was in her assembly dress ; bertine rose-she saw it was time to she slid frequently with her thin depart— I watched her every
look. smooth shoes; it was only by exerting 5 Hermann perceived it, and, with all my strength that I was able to a demoniac look and wildly rolling support and assist her in her ascent. eye, exclaimed, Ay, you are in Her heroic perseverance, however, league-I see through you.' overcame every difficulty.
" Albertine cast on him a look of “ At the distance of a few steps from pity and contempt. • Herr von Northe ruin we were met by Hermann. dech,' she said, I go.' Albertine's heart beat audibly. There “ • So, you go!' cried Hermann in he stood before her-the broken-down, a fearful tone. He held a large twodegraded man, before the woman edged knife in his hand. “You go!- ka blooming in the lustre of almost go then--forsake me-cast me back maiden beauty. What a meeting! into a life which to me is hell. Life! What feelings must have been awak. -no; it is death itself. Go_but first ened in the pure and noble heart of see me die!' And he made a motion Albertine! Willingly could I con with the knife as if to stab himself. ceal the degrading fact—but it must “ What happened afterwards ? I try be spoken. Hermann appeared in a in vain to realize to myself the order state of unnatural excitation ; he had of events in the next moment. I know brought wine with him to the ruin- only that the words thoughtlessly esfor what purpose I know not-and it caped me. soon became plain to me that he had Gv • Hermann, are you not ashamed indulged in it to excess.
to play off this mummery before your “ Even Albertine, who had not at noble wife?' first observed it, could not long be “ This reproach seemed to have ininsensible to Hermann's condition. flamed him to madness. His whole behaviour had in it some oro Wretch !' he exclaimed, do I thing wild, savage, and revolting. I not know how to die !' saw by her looks that she repented “ Scarcely had he uttered these the step which she had taken; but the words when he lay at my feet in his deed was done. I exerted myself aca blood, the bandle of the knife convul. cordingly to bring the conversation to sively clasped in his hand, the blade the point, in the hope that the painful plunged into his heart. Albertine lay interview might the sooner terminate. beside him, herself bleeding and inDirecting the old man, who had been sensible. Hermann's guide, to accompany us, “ Scarcely knowing what I did, I we entered the ruin : he could not raised her. Her right hand bled. In understand our conversation, which the moment of the death-blow she had was carried on in French.
seized hold of the knife to stay bis “ What shall I say of this conver hand--but in vain. sation ? Its constant, ever-repeated “ The guide drew the knife from theme was, on the one hand, Her Hermann's breast-it was too late. mann's entreaties for a reconciliation A single slight movement of the head, and a re-union, on which he felt that a faint rattling in the throat, and Her. his whole chance of amendment depended ; on the other, Albertine’s in. “ Albertine, the weak and tender flexible resolution not to violate the
woman, was the first wlio evinced
mann was no more.
promptitude and coolness in these try. I will be silent; silent to the scaffolding circumstances. The deceased was to the grave!' the object of her solicitude. The body, “I exerted all my eloquence to dissishe said, could not be allowed to re pate this unhappy idea by which Almain there. Her husband, the father bertine was haunted, but without sucof her children, must not be left ex çeşs. In a tone which cut me to the posed and unburied-at all hazards, heart, she repeated, that her last she was resolved that his remains should prayer to me was that, as long as her find a grave in Christian earth. father lived, I would reveal to no one
“ The guide suggested the scheme that she had seen Hermann. I proof carrying the body down from the mised solemnly what she required. ruin and placing it in the neighbour. The guide, touched by her grief, pro. hood of the chapel beneath, where it mised, with tears in his eyes, to do the was certain in a short time to be dis
covered, and would be taken for the “ Already we were beginning to · body of some one who had been rob- emerge from the wood. My clothes,
bed and murdered on the mountain; I knew, were spotted with blood; but in which case it would obtain inter on Albertine's dress there was only a ment in consecrated ground, which few specks, which might easily be acwould be denied to it if known to be counted for by the wound in her hand. the remains of a suicide. We thought At this moment she discovered that the plan feasible. With the assistance she had dropped her glove. We saw of the guide I stripped the body of its how important it was to recover it ; I upper garments, purse, watch, and offered to re-ascend for that purpose, portfolio. The clothes we concealed thinking. I should have no difficulty in in a pit behind the ruin, covering overtaking her. My search was long them carefully with stones. The watch, and vain : the glove was not to be the purse, the marriage-ring, and the found. When I again reached the portfolio, Albertine, at my request, took road, Albertine was gone. She had into her possession. The seal-ring we proceeded on her way, accompanied were obliged to leave on the right hand; by her guide. I reached my quarters it could not be drawn off without mu
about dusk; and I saw her no more tilation. We tore to pieces the silk till I met her here. Thank God! my cravat which Hermann wore, and coming was not too late!” bound it tightly round the body to
'66 Thanks to God, indeed !” said stanch the torrent of blood which still the worthy president. " I believe flowed from the wound, and by which your story : it bears on its face the my clothes were already sullied-then stamp of truth. But the forms of law raising the body in our arms, we must be complied with. The evidence carried it from the ruin and depo- of the woodman will be necessary to sited it on the greensward before the confirm your statement. Where is he?" chapel.
“ I have kept my eye upon him," « It was now full time to make the said Nordech.“ « His name is Florian best of our way to Hilgenberg. The Krauss ; and he inhabits a small cotguide undertook to conduct Albertine tage in the village of Zellenbach." to some surgeon who would dress her - He shall be summoned. One wound. I supported her in her de. other circumstance I should wish exscent. Bitterly did she now express plained. The purse of the deceased her
regret that she had violated her was dropped into the poor's.chest of promise to her father, under the the chapel, with this scrap of writing terror of being separated from her How does that cohere with your plan child ; perhaps though she did not of representing the deceased as having .confess it-under the influence of old been robbed ? " attachment to her husband. • But Nordech looked at the paper with never, never!' she exclaimed, shall surprise. “ I cannot explain it," he he bave the misery of knowing that I replied ; “ except that Albertine, have violated his injunétions; the idea solely occupied with her own scheme of such disobedience on the part of a of procuring Christian burial for her beloved daughter would be his death. husband, may have forgotten our arCome what will-nay, though I should rangement, and dropped the purse be myself suspected of being a mur into the box while she remained in deress—though the arm of the law the chapel, during the time we reshould be extended to persecute me moved the body."
The old man made his appearance, to her, fearing that the shock might and his testimony completely corro be too much for her, when coupled borated the story of Nordech.
with her own misfortunes. One doubt may still remain to be “ In the name of Heaven !” excleared up. How came it that Nor. claimed Nordech, “ Albertine has not dech had been so long separated from yet heard of her father's death! She the chief actor in this extraordinary must hear of it, and that instantly." event ?--how came it that the news of The ground seemed to burn beneath her danger only reached him in the his feet: he was deaf to every quesmost critical moment ?
tion which was asked. 66 To Hain. Thus it was:–His regiment, within burg!" he exclaimed _"to Hainburg! a few weeks after the eventful 24th Every instant is precious." of August, was ordered into another In a moment his horse was ready, quarter, and afterwards reduced. and in full gallop for Hainburg. He Nordech resumed his original profes. was told the court was still sitting, sion, that of a mining engineer, and He made his way through the thronged distinguished himself so much, that he passages with difficulty; he saw the was selected to accompany a mining jury retiring; his eyes lighted upon expedition which the Government sent the prisoner. The rest the reader out to Brazil. Pleased with the pro- already knows. spects which the New World afforded, he determined to settle there entirely. Happening to be in Marseilles in Before doing so, however, he resolved 1820, I met, in the saloon of the inn, to visit his native country once more, the young nurse of a pretty little girl finally to arrange his affairs before of seven years old, to whom the attendleaving it for ever.
dant gave the name of Constance. His business concluded, he resolved Seeing she was a German, I entered to pay a parting visit to the scenes into conversation with her, and learned where he had fought in defence of his that the sweet was waiting for her country. His way led him through parents, who were just expected-and that district where he had been the that the family were about to sail involuntary witness of such eventful from thence for the Brazils.
I asked their names, and was told The newspapers of the department Nordech. “Now that the lady's announced the opening of the assizes mother is dead," continued the nurse, in Hainburg ; one case was mentioned " they have nothing to bind them any as likely to attract peculiar attention: longer to this country.” the initials only of the parties were Nordech! The name sounded to given, but to him they were enough. me as familiar. I enquired further. There was no doubt : the accused was I learned that Constance was the Albertine! Thus fearfully had her stepdaughter of Nordech-that her dark presentiment been fulfilled. name was Fraulein von Preussach.
He hurried to Blumenrode: there I saw it all. The lovely child was he would hear all; he learned all that Albertine's daughter-the daughter of the family had to tell : it was enough the unfortunate Hermann von Preusto convince him of the pressing nature sach- the dead man of St Anne's of the danger. Albertine's sentence Chapel. was expected to be pronounced that A servant entered to announce that day, and the worst fears were enter the family were come, and were waittained as to the result.
ing in the carriage. The nurse “And her parents,” he enquired, dressed the child, and hurried down “Do they know of this ? Are they with her. I advanced to the window. here?”
A lady and gentleman sat in the car• The colonel is dead," was the riage. The lady looked up; it gave reply, “he never learned the danger me an opportunity of perusing again in which Albertine stood.
those well known and still beautiful fortunate mother, with admirable pru- features which could never be forgot dence, contrived to make him believe ten.
It was Albertine. to the last that Albertine was merely The carriage drove onwards to the involved in a troublesome process with pier; and the ocean soon lay between Ferdinand von Preussach as to her her and that land where she had ensettlements. Her mother has not yet countered so many sorrows. dared, however, to break the tidings
GOETHE'S LIFE AND WORKS.
FROM MY LIFE : POETRY AND TRUTH.
Much inconvenience as the intru these had no place in his present mode asion of the French had caused us, yet of life, he procured himself a pleasure
we had grown so accustomed to it by helping me on in this study. Thus El that we could not but miss it, nor we I was enabled to draw my architectuis children fail to feel as if the nurse ral designs more accurately than be. le were dead. Moreover, it was not ap fore, and to profit more by the in
pointed that we should return to en struction of a drawing-master who tire domestic unity. New lodgers also gave us daily an hour's lesson. were already agreed on; and after This good old man was certainly some sweeping and scouring, planing but half an artist. We had to make and waxing, painting and white strokes and put them together, from
washing, the house was completely which eyes and noses, lips and ears, = arranged again. The Chancery di and finally, entire faces and heads, rector Moriz, with his family, very
were to arise. But in this process worthy friends of my parents, came there was no thought of the forms in into occupation. He was not a native nature or in art. We were long torof Frankfort, but an able lawyer and mented with this quid pro quo of the man of business, and conducted the human structure; and it was believed legal affairs of many smaller princes,
at last that we had made great proe counts, and noblemen. I had never gress, when the so-called Passions of
seen him otherwise than cheerful, Le Brun were given us to copy. But
obliging, and diligent at his law-pa neither did these caricatures improve La pers. His wife and children, gentle, Then we wavered away into
quiet, and kind, certainly did not in- landscapes, foliage, and every thing crease the society in our house, for they that is practised, without consistency stayed by themselves; but a stillness, or method, in common teaching. At
a peace had returned, which for a long last we got into accurate imitation of time we had not enjoyed. I now oc and neatness of strokes, and troubled
cupied once more my garret-room, in ourselves no further about the merit which the ghosts of the many pictures or the taste of the original. sometimes hovered before me, which In this attempt my father led the I tried to frighten away by work and way, that he might show it to us. He study.
had never drawn; but now, as his chil. The counsellor of legation Mo dren pursued this art, he would not riz, a brother of the Chancery direc lag behind, but even in his old age štor, came frequently from henceforth would give them an example how they
to our house. He was even more a ought to proceed. He copied, there
man of the world, of striking appear fore, some heads of Piazzetta, after #ance, and with suitably pleasing man. his well-known plates in small octavo,
ners. He, too, managed the affairs and executed them with English of different persons of rank; and on
black-lead on the finest Dutch paper, occasions of meetings of creditors and In these he not only preserved the imperial commissioners, came often greatest neatness of outline, but even into contact with my father. Both imitated most accurately the hatching hung much together, took common of the copperplate, with a light hand, ly the part of the creditors ; but only too slightly, as, from wishing to found, to their vexation, that the avoid hardness, he gave no gradation greater number of the agents in such to his drawing. Yet they were all of matters are usually gained over to the them soft and accurate. debtors. The Counsellor of Legation vering unwearied labour proceeded so willingly imparted his acquirements, far, that he drew the whole of that was fond of mathematics; and because large collection, number by number;
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while we children jumped from one at once regularly to work; for I was head to another, and selected only always expecting that the former jokes those which pleased us. .
would be repeated, and consoled my About this time, also, the project sister with hopes from day to day
. which had been long under consider But still the jokes came not, and I ation for teaching us music, was exe. should never have been able to solve cuted ; and assuredly the last decisive this riddle, if another accident had not impulsetoit deserves some notice. That explained it to me. we were to learn the harpsichord was One of my companions came in, determined; but there had always been and all the pipes of the comic jet-d'eau a dispute as to the choice of a mas. opened at once. Then, like the queer. ter. At last I went once by accident est little men, re-appeared at once the into the room of one of my compan- thumbkins and pointlings, the crawions who was taking a harpsichord lers and hawlers, as he used to call lesson, and I found the teacher a most the fingers; the fa-lets and ga-lets, delightful man. For every finger of his names for the notes f and 9,
and the right and left hand he had a nick- fee-lets and gee.lets, for fis and gis. name, by which he pointed it out most My young friend could not cease amusingly when it was to be used. laughing, and rejoiced that so much The black and white keys were also could be learned so pleasantly. He figuratively named, and even the tones vowed that he would leave his
parents appeared under metaphorical titles. no rest till they had given him so adSuch a various company worked most mirable a man for master. merrily together. Fingering and time Thus the way to two arts was early appeared to be quite easy and obvious; enough opened to me, according to the and, while the scholar was animated principles of a modern theory of eduinto the pleasantest temper, every cation, by mere hap-hazard, without thing else succeeded admirably. any belief that natural talent could help
Scarcely had I reached home before me any further forward. My father I entreated my parents to be in earnest maintained that every one must learn at last, to give us this incomparable to draw; and therefore held in particular man for master on the harpsichord. honour the Emperor Maximilian, who They still delayed a little, and made had made this an express command. some enquiries, and heard nothing bad He also held me more steadily to it of the master, but also nothing parti. than to music, which, on the contrary, cularly good. Meanwhile, I had re he recommended specially to my sister, peated to my sister all the funny and even out of her lesson-hours kept names : we could hardly wait for the her a good part of the day fixed to the lesson, and succeeded in securing that harpsichord. the man should be employed.
But the more I was in this
way The reading the notes began first; cited to press on, the more I wished and as no jokes were introduced in to press myself, and employed even this, we comforted ourselves with the my play-hours in all manner of the hope that when we should reach the strangest occupations. From my earinstrument, and have to deal with the liest days I had felt a love of enquiry fingers, the hidden merriment would into natural things. It is often thought come to light. But neither the keys to show a tendency to cruelty, if nor the fingering seemed to give occa children, after playing long with obsion for any comparisons. The black jects, and handling them this way and and white keys remained as dry as the that, at last break, tear, and devour notes themselves, with their strokes them. But this may also be a mani. upon and between the five lines, and festation of curiosity—of the desire to there was not a syllable said either of find out how such things hang to thumbkin, or pointling, or gold-finger.gether, and what is their internal The man's face changed as little in aspect. I remember that, when I was his dry teaching as it had before a child, I pulled flowers to pieces, to changed in his dry jesting. My sister see how the pistils were fixed into the reproached me most bitterly for having calix. I even stripped birds, to obdeceived her, and believed that it had serve the insertion of the feathers into really been a mere invention of mine. the wings. And, in fact, children But I was myself confounded and ought not to be ill thought of for this
, learned little, although the man went as even naturalists believe they guain