The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 10 eBook

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my angel.  It is possible that a letter from you is here.  The delivery is always rather irregular:  sometimes the letter-carrier brings them, sometimes they are delivered at the Chamber postal station.  I will go immediately and inquire if anything is there; then I will take a bath, and return at least ten calls that have been paid me.  It is a misery that now the people always receive one—­one loses a terrible amount of time at it....  Hans is still inclined to treat me tyrannically, but I resist, and have been so far successful that I sleep as long as I please, whereat the coffee grows cold, however, as he is obstinately bent on not breakfasting alone.  So, too, he will not go to bed if I do not go at the same time, but sleeps, just like my little Nanne, on the sofa....  Now, good-by my much-beloved heart.  I am very anxious on your account, and often am quite tearful about it.  Best regards to the parents.

Your most faithful v.B.

Berlin, Monday. (Postmark, August 28, ’49.)

My Darling,—­I sit here in my corner room, two flights up, and survey the sky, full of nothing but little sunset-tinted lambs, as it appears, along the Taubenstrasse and over the tree-tops of Prinz Carl’s garden, while along Friedrichstrasse it is all golden and cloudless; the air damp and mild, too.  I thought of you and of Venice, and this only I wanted to write to you.  News has come today that Venice has surrendered at discretion; so we can go there again, and again see the tall white grenadiers. * * * I dined with Manteuffel today, yesterday with Prince Albert, of course, day before yesterday with Arnim, and then I took a ride with him of fourteen miles at a gallop—­which suited me well, save for some muscular pains.  In the Chamber we keep on doing nothing whatever; in the Upper House the German question, happily, has been brought forward again in very good speeches by Gerlach, Bethmann, and Stahl, and yet today the Camphausen proposition was adopted with all the votes against nineteen.  With us, too, it is beginning to excite men’s tempers.  The proposition is bad in its tendency, but its result insignificant even if it goes through with us, as is to be expected. Tant de bruit pour une omelette.  The real decision will not be reached in our Chambers, but in diplomacy and on the battlefield, and all that we prate and resolve about it has no more value than the moonshine observations of a sentimental youth who builds air-castles and thinks that some unexpected event will make him a great man. Je m’en moque!—­and the farce often bores me nearly to death, because I see no sensible object in this straw-threshing.  Mother’s little letter gave me great pleasure, because, in the first place, I see that you are well, and then because she has her old joke with me, which is much pleasanter at a distance, as it does not lead to strife; and yet how I should like to quarrel with mammy once more!  I am genuinely homesick to be quietly with you all in Schoenhausen.  Have you received the ribbon for Aennchen?

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