The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 06 eBook

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Explain that to yourself, but don’t take too much punch to help you.  How lucky you are, to be able to go so soon to the country!  I cannot enjoy that happiness until the 8th.  I am happy as a child at the thought of wandering among clusters of bushes, in the woods, among trees, herbs, rocks.  No man loves the country more than I; for do not forests, trees, rocks reecho that for which mankind longs?  Soon you will receive other compositions of mine, in which you will not have to complain much about difficulties.  Have you read Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister, the Schlegel translation of Shakespeare?  One has much leisure in the country, and it will perhaps be agreeable to you if I send you these works.  I happen to have an acquaintance in your neighborhood, so perhaps I shall come early some morning and spend half an hour at your house, and be off again; notice that I shall inflict on you the shortest ennui.

Commend me to the good wishes of your father, your mother, although I can claim no right for so doing—­and the same, likewise, to cousin MM.  Farewell, honored T. I wish you all that is good and beautiful in life.  Keep me, and willingly, in remembrance—­forget my wild behavior.  Be convinced that no one more than myself can desire to know that your life is joyous, prosperous, even though you take no interest in

Your most devoted servant and friend,

BEETHOVEN.

N.B.—­It would really be very nice on your part to send me a few lines to say in what way I can be of service here.

NO. 151

TO THE BIGOTS

(Probably Summer, 1808)

Dear Marie, Dear Bigot: 

Only with the deepest regret am I forced to perceive that the purest, most innocent, feelings can often be misconstrued.  As you have received me so kindly, it never occurred to me to explain it otherwise than that you bestow on me your friendship.  You must think me very vain or small-minded, if you suppose that the civility itself of such excellent persons as you are could lead me to believe that—­I had at once won your affection.  Besides, it is one of my first principles never to stand in other than friendly relationship with the wife of another man.  Never by such a relationship (as you suggest) would I fill my breast with distrust against her who may one day share my fate with me—­and so taint for myself the most beautiful, the purest life.

It is perhaps possible that sometimes I have not joked with Bigot in a sufficiently refined way; I have indeed told both of you that occasionally I am very free in speech.  I am perfectly natural with all my friends, and hate all restraint.  I now also count Bigot among them, and if anything I do displeases him, friendship demands from him and you to tell me so—­and I will certainly take care not to offend him again; but how can good Marie put such bad meaning on my actions!

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