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Effi Briest Summary
Theodor Fontane

Everything you need to understand or teach Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane.

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Effi Briest Summary

Plot Summary

Effi Briest tells the story of a young Prussian girl in the 1880s, who marries a rising politician incapable of love, loses everything in the aftermath of a brief affair, and makes peace with leaving too brief a life early.

Seventeen-year-old, free-spirited Effi Briest lives happily in the quiet Prussian town of Hohen-Cremmen. She agrees to marry her mother's 38-year-old ex-suitor, a rising politician in Eastern Pomerania. Hectic preparations include shopping in Berlin for a trousseau. Honeymoon letters home show enthusiasm but little joy. Effi's delight at her new "oriental" surroundings in Kessin is brief. Innstetten and maid Johanna are uncomfortable talking about the upstairs "gallery," where Effi hears noises. When work takes the groom away, fear of a ghost debilitates Effi. Nevertheless, she adapts but is truly comfortable only with Gieshübler and his protégée, the singer Marietta. Effi knows that she is too young...

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