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The Serapion Brethren - Volume 1

E. T. A. Hoffmann

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. . .und out that she was imperious, quarrelsome, miserly--in short, a disagreeable person to have much to do with.'

"'Perhaps,' said Severin, laying his pipe on the table, and looking reflectively before him with his arms crossed; 'but could those silent, affecting funereal observances--those resigned regrets, heard only in her own heart, for the unfaithful scoundrel--have existed in any but a deep and tender nature, which must have been a stranger to the worldly infirmities which you accuse your aunt of? No doubt the bitter feeling--(how seldom can we altogether master it, hard beset as we are in this life of ours?)--may sometimes have manifested itself in her in various forms, not always very easily recognizable, and having a more or less unpleasant effect upon the old lady's surroundings; still, that yearly day of pious sorrow would have atoned, in my eyes, at all events, for any amount of shortcomings during the rest of the time.'

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Weird and wonderful short story anthology.

What may be more desirable to young literary talents and connoisseurs of music and art than a creative union so they can gather to read their tales to each other and discus arts? There is such creative alliance and it is called The Serapion Brethren
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I highly recommend the Ewing translation as the only place in English you will see the original Hoffmann tales in the context of the essential frame story. All other English translations remove the frame story and present the tales out of their original context and order which can dramatically chang