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Greifenstein

F. Marion Crawford

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. . .Prussians had declared his intention of fighting a pitched battle—sabres and no bandages—with the fencing-master of the Rhiners. It was to be hoped that neither would be badly hurt, as they were both good teachers and worth their salaries. There was a new waiting-girl at the Stamm-Kneipe where they dined, and of course all the foxes would fall in love. They, the fellows, would of course not think of such a thing. It would be quite beneath their dignity. As for the professors, all those who were not favourites grew older and older and duller and duller. One of the oldest and dullest had been married in the summer to a girl of eighteen, a crying shame which ought to be visited by some demonstration. Why should a professor marry? Was not Heine right, and were not some kinds of professors cumberers of the earth, as Achilles called himself when Patroclus had been killed? Horrible creatures all those whom the Swabians disliked! The professor of Roman law looked more like a disapp. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I read a LOT of Victorian literature…. And this is ridiculous even for that. There is virtually no plot, just a set of circumstances some characters and some scenery. Set in Germany, Greif von Greifenstein (I mean come on….forshadow much?) is the most upright German son of the upright German baro...more