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8 Works of Berthold Auerbach

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Three o’clock had just struck from the tower of St. Nicholas, Leipzig, on the afternoon of December 22d, 1768, when a man, wrapped in a loose overcoat, came out of the door of the University. His countenance was exceedingly gentle, and on his features cheerfulness still lingered, for he had been gazing upon a hundred […]

Florian And Crescence

Story type: Literature

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Translator: Charles Goepp 1. THE GIRLS AT THE WELL. On Saturday afternoon the house of the Red Tailor was alive with singing. Doors were opened and closed with a bang, windows thrown up, chairs and tables moved here and there, and the broom rattled among the lifeless bones; but over all was heard a rich, […]

The Hostile Brothers

Story type: Literature

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Translator: Charles Goepp In the little cold alley called the “Knee-Cap” is a little house, with a stable, a shed, and three windows glazed with paper. At the dormer-window a shutter dangles by one hinge, threatening every moment to fall. The patch of garden, small as it is, has a division-line of leafless thorns to […]

Good Government

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Translator: Charles Goepp 1. On May morning a magnificent tree was found before the house of Michael the wagoner. It was a tall fir; the branches had been cut off, and only the crown was left. It towered far over all the houses, and, if the church were not on a hill, it would have […]

Nip-Cheeked Toney

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Translator: Charles Goepp On the ridge where the road forks, and leads to Muehringen on one side and to Ahldorf on the other, in what is called the “Cherry-copse,” three lasses were sitting one Sunday afternoon under a blossoming cherry-tree. All around was quiet: not a plough creaked nor a wagon rattled. As far as […]

Translator: Charles Goepp 1. Not many will divine the orthography of this name in the Almanac; yet it is by no means uncommon, and the fate of the poor child who bore it reminds one strongly of the German story of her afflicted patroness, the holy St. Genevieve. The grandest house in all the village, […]

The Pipe Of War

Story type: Literature

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Translator: Charles Goepp It is a singular story, and yet intimately connected with the great events of modern history, or, what is almost the same thing, with the history of Napoleon. Those were memorable times. Every farmer could see the whole array of history man[oe]uvre and pass in review beneath his dormer-window: kings and emperors […]

The Gawk

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Translator: Charles Goepp I see you now, my fine fellow, as large as life, with your yellow hair cropped very short, except in the neck, where a long tail remains as if you had cut yourself after the pattern of a plough-horse. You are staring straight at me with your broad visage, your great blue […]