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1869. Excerpt: ... WHAT IS HAPPINESS? i. Edmund--so after his
Christian name, we call a tall over-grown young advocate, who had
just returned from the university--Edmund had finished reading the
little book, by Clemens Brentano, which can never be sufficiently
praised, of "The history of the beauteous Annerl and the valiant
Casperl;" a solemn silence reigned amongst the assembled ladies,
the deep breathing of each bosom was heard; nay, each believed she
heard the other's heart's throbbings; thus had the simple lot of a
maid-servant and a soldier strongly affected all. There sat the
wife of the Aulic Counsellor Romann, openly wiping away her tears;
near her, her two daughters Meta and Antonia Antonia held her arms
pressed across her bosom as it were still for a defence against the
violent palpitation of her heart, a tear hung upon her eyelashes,
she looked down into her lap; Meta, with her left hand likewise,
dried her eyes whilst with her right hand she played with the
sashtassel of her frock. Beside her sat Major Schmidthelden's wife,
playing at Dutch-draughts, and either from sympathy or displeasure,
was biting her underlip; her daughter, Rosetta, who sat somewhat
farther back, was occupied arranging her mother's collar, which had
become displaced. The gentlemen stood or sat here and there. Edmund
saw with tranquil pleasure this silent emotion in the minds of all;
he felt how nobody dared invoke attention to, or by a word, by a
syllable, divert this agitation and surging in the heart of the
other. This silent calm had scarcely lasted some seconds, when
Edmund thought he likewise already observed how this overstrained
excitation of feeling began to become displeasing; for there are
but few who, by their enthusiastic utterance or silent calmness,
are capable of manifesting ...
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