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(without typos) from the publisher. 1884. Excerpt: ... We must
understand each other better, before we proceed further. Assume,
then, that I am dissatisfied with you. And now I will begin, and go
on from beginning to end, in order, like a chronicler, and the
letter will grow to be as long as the dissertation of a cathedral
canon on a short simple text. You know, then, of old--at least it
is not my fault if you do not know it--you know that I look upon
you as a very good girl who, if you were so disposed, could easily
have it in your power to reconcile an honourable man with the
female sex, even though he were as prejudiced as Wieland. If I am
wrong, that again is not my fault. For nearly two years I have
frequented your house, and have seen you almost as seldom as a
nightly-searching Magus hears a mandrake whistle. To speak then of
what I have seen--the Church does not judge of that which is not
revealed, said Paris--I do assure you that I have been thereby
enchanted; but indeed philosophers of my stamp generally carry with
them Ulysses' bundle of herbs, along with other trinkets, in a
sachet, so that the most powerful witchcraft does them no more harm
than a drinking bout, --a headache next morning; but the eyes again
are clear. Let this be well understood, in order that there may be
no misconception. You are fortunate, very fortunate; if my heart
werenot just now dead to all sensation, I would tell you how;
indeed I would sing it to you. The most possible of all Gessner's
worlds; at least so I imagine. And your mind has formed itself with
very much good fortune; you are tender, sensitive, a connoisseur of
charmingness; this is good for you and for your companions, but it
is not good for me; and you must be good for me, if you would be a
thoroughly good girl. I was once ill, and again became well, well
enough to reflect with comfort upo...
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