The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe PDF


By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

ISBN-10: 1776582616

ISBN-13: 9781776582617

One of many world's first best-sellers, this tragic masterpiece attained an immediate and lasting good fortune upon its 1774 booklet. A delicate exploration of the brain of a tender artist, the story addresses age-old questions--the which means of affection, of loss of life, and the opportunity of redemption--in the shape of Werther's alternately pleased and despairing letters approximately his unrequited love. Goethe's portrayal of a personality who struggles to reconcile his creative sensibilities with the calls for of the target global proved enormously influential to next writers and maintains to talk to trendy readers.

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Whaling gear sat lined up along the railings. Our chief officer loaded the blunderbusses, which can shoot harpoons as far as a mile, and long duck guns with exploding bullets that can mortally wound even the strongest animals. Ned Land was content to sharpen his harpoon, a dreadful weapon in his hands. At six o’clock dawn began to break, and with the first rays of sunrise, the narwhal’s electric glow vanished. By seven o’clock it was light enough, but a very heavy morning fog restricted the horizon, and our finest spyglasses couldn’t see through it.

And it may have been a ringing in my ears from their filling with congested blood, but it seemed to me that Conseil’s shout had gotten an answer back. ” I mumbled. ” And Conseil sent another desperate plea into space. This time there couldn’t be any mistake! A human voice had answered us! Was it the voice of some poor devil left behind in midocean, another victim of the collision suffered by our ship? Or was it one of the frigate’s longboats, hailing us out of the gloom? Conseil made one crowning effort; bracing his hands on my shoulders while I offered resistance with my last ounce of strength, he raised himself half out of the water, then fell back exhausted.

And even at our maximum speed, it took the liberty of thumbing its nose at the frigate by running a full circle around us. A howl of fury burst from every chest! By noon we weren’t any farther along than at eight o’clock in the morning. Commander Farragut decided to take a more direct approach. “So,” he said, “that animal’s faster than the Abraham Lincoln. All right, let’s see if it can outrun our conical shells. ” They immediately loaded and leveled our forecastle cannon. The cannoneer fired a shot, but his shell passed a few feet above the cetacean, which lay half a mile off.

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