The Serapion Brethren (Volume 1) E.T.A. Hoffmann

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The Serapion Brethren (Volume 1)  by  E.T.A. Hoffmann

The Serapion Brethren (Volume 1) by E.T.A. Hoffmann
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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1908. Excerpt: ... ns at one stroke, by reading you--as a finale to our presentMoreBook may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1908. Excerpt: ... ns at one stroke, by reading you--as a finale to our present sitting--a childrens story which I wrote a short time ago, as I believe, under the direct inspiration of the tricksy spirit Puck, himself.

A childrens story by you, Lothair they all cried. Even so, said Lothair. It may seem to you a piece of insanity that I should write a childrens story- but let me read it to you, and then give your verdicts. Lothair took a carefully written MS. from his pocket, and read: -- NUTCRACKER AND THE KING OF MICE. i Christmas Eve. On the 24th of December Dr. Stahlbaums children were not allowed, on any pretext whatever, at any time of all that day, to go into the small drawing-room, much less into the best drawing-room into which it opened.

Fritz and Marie were sitting cowered together in a corner - of the back parlour when the evening twilight fell, and they began to feel terribly eery. Seeing that no candles were brought, as was generally the case on Christmas Eve, Fritz, whispering in a mysterious fashion, confided to his young sister (who was just seven) that he had heard rattlings and rustlings going on all day, since early morning, inside the forbidden rooms, as well as distant hammerings.

Further, that a short time ago a little darklooking man had gone slipping and creeping across the floor with a big box under his arm, though he was well aware that this little man was no other than Godpapa Drosselmeier. At this news Marie clapped her little hands for gladness, and cried: Oh I do wonder what pretty things Godfiapa Drosselmeier has been making for us this time Godpapa Drosselmeier was anything but a nice-looking man. He was little and lean, with a great many wrinkles i on his face, a big patch of black plaister where his right eye ought to have been, and not a hair...



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