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The Love of Ulrich Nebendahl

Jerome K. Jerome

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .rd with his dreamy eyes at the wreath of smoke ascending from his long-stemmed pipe. "The little ones, always my heart goes out to them."

"Take to yourself a wife," urged the Herr Pfarrer. "It is your duty. The good God has given to you ample means. It is not right that you should lead this lonely life. Bachelors make old maids; things of no use."

"That is so," Ulrich agreed. "I have often said the same unto myself. It would be pleasant to feel one was not working merely for oneself."

"Elsa, now," went on the Herr Pfarrer, "she is a good child, pious and economical. The price of such is above rubies."

Ulrich's face lightened with a pleasant smile. "Aye, Elsa is a good girl," he answered. "Her little hands—have you ever noticed them, Herr Pastor—so soft and dimpled."

The Pfarrer pushed aside his empty pot and leaned his elbows on the table.

"I think—I do not think—she would say no. H. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Another classic short story by Jerome K. Jerome, The Love of Ulrich Nebendahl is a mirthful then sobering story during the Franco-Prussian War of a nontraditional embodiment of "love." Poetic in both scope and style.

Thank you for the rec, Sohel. Best love story ever :D

Another short story from Jerome K. Jerome, which are often parsed and distributed piecemeal on the out-of-copyright text distribution sites. It's short and sweet - a romantic story with a martial twist, and a sad ending, the lot of which could and should be read aloud for a quick read before bed....more