“Don’t you wish to know what the device means? Look, a serpent biting its own tail.”
“Aha!” replied the Junker, “the symbol of self-torment.”
“Good, good! But it has another meaning, which you would do well to notice, Sir Knight. Do you know the signification of eternity and eternal faith?”
“No, Fraulein, I wasn’t taught to think so deeply at Jena.”
“Of course. Your teachers were men. Men and faith, eternal faith!”
“Was Delilah, who betrayed Samson to the Philistines, a man or a woman?” asked Van Hout.
“She was a woman. The exception, that proves the rule. Isn’t that so, Maria?”
The burgomaster’s wife made no reply except a silent nod; then indignantly pushed back her chair, and the meal was over.
ETEXT EDITOR’S BOOKMARKS:
Drinking is also an art, and the Germans are masters
Here the new custom of tobacco-smoking was practised
Standing still is retrograding
To whom fortune gives once, it gives by bushels
Youth calls ‘much,’ what seems to older people ‘little’
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