Young Rilke and his time by George C Schoolfield

By George C Schoolfield

Vally, Hidigeigei, and others -- Larenopfer: a observation -- 3 diaries, 1898-1900 -- Lou Andreas-Salmoné's Russian diary, 1900 -- Rilke's diary from Westerwede and Paris, 1902 -- Rilke as reviewer of German-language literature -- Rilke as reviewer of Scandinavian literature -- Poems

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Wohin führt mich die zürnende Rede” (VDR, 262; Oh, forgive . . where does my raging speech lead me). Indeed, the lability of his moods helped Lou Andreas-Salomé decide to cut ties with him after their second Russian journey.

The mob had no doubt set out southward from its gathering place on the Wenzelsplatz (Václavské námĕstí), and it took the shortest way to the still bigger square. Vally could imagine how the aunt behaved: “‘Gott, daß sie nur kein Fenster einschlagen 3 fl 80 kostet ja eine Scheibe . ’ Der Schrecken und die Erregung zwangen sie bald ihre Liegestatt aufzusuchen wo sie süß träumen konnte von zerschlagenen Fensterscheiben und — leeren Portemon[n]aies” (VDR, 59; “God, I hope they don’t break a window a single pane costs, of course, 3 florins 80 .

Dále! ” (enter, enter, enter). ), but he still could not: “Ich erschrak so unwillkürlich den Zorn eines Mitglieds des von mir so hoch geschätzten Volkes zu erregen, in so unschuldiger Weise” (VDR, 104; I was terrified at involuntarily arousing the anger of a member of a people I so highly esteem, in such an innocent fashion). A little old man, looking like General Tilly,24 appeared and with great friendliness, since he saw the “impotence” of the young man, promised to finish his errand for him.

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