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well contented; and he led me back to- bridges that man can imagine ; for wards the wall, into a small neat room, now the most varied garden-parterre having on the walls many kinds of lay before my sight. It was laid out garments, which all approached the in curved beds, which, looked at to. Oriental costume. I was soon changed. gether, formed a labyrinth of ornaHe crushed my powdered hair under ments; all with green borders of a a many-coloured net, after having, to low plant of woolly growth, which I my horror, violently cleared it of the had never seen before ; all with powder. Now, standing before a great flowers, each division of different col. mirror, I thought myself quite hand- ours, which, being likewise low and some in my disguise, and pleased my. on the ground, made it easy to follow self better than in my stiff Sunday the lines of the design. This deliclothes. I made some postures and cious view, which I enjoyed under the leaps, such as I had seen among the full sunshine, altogether enchained dancers at the Fair theatre. At the my eyes. But I hardly knew where same time I looked in the glass, and I was to set my foot; for the serpensaw, by chance, the image of a niche tine paths were most accurately laid behind me. On its white ground hung with blue sand, which seemed to form three green cords, each of them twist. upon the earth a darker sky, or a sky ed up in a way, which, from the dis. seen in the water. Thus I walked tance, I could not clearly distinguish. for a while beside my conductor with I therefore turned round rather hastily, my eyes fixed upon the ground, until and asked the old man about the niche at last I was aware that, in the middle as well as the cords. He very cour.. of this round of beds and flowers, teously took one down, and showed it there was a great circle of cypresses to me. It was a band of green silk, of or popiar-like trees, through which moderate thickness; and the endsjoined one could not see, because the lowest by a green leather, with two holes in branches seemed to spring out of the it, gave it the appearance of an instru- ground. My conductor, without takment for no very pleasant purpose. ing me exactly the shortest way, yet

The thing struck me as suspicious, led me immediately towards that and I asked the old man the meaning. centre; and how was I astonished He answered me very quietly and when, on entering the grove of high kindly— This is for those who abuse trees, I saw before me the peristyle the confidence which is here shown of a costly garden-house, which seemthem. He hung the cord again in its ed to have similar prospects and en. place, and immediately desired me to trances on the other sides! Still more follow him ; for this time he did not than this model of architecture did hold me, and so I walked freely beside the heavenly music delight me, which him.

streamed from the building. I thought My chief curiosity now

was to

that there was now a lute, now a know the place of the gate and of the harp, now a guitar, and then anon bridge, for passing through the rail- something jingling which suited none ing and over the canal; for as yet of these instruments. The door which I had not been able to find out any we approached opened soon after a thing of the kind. I therefore watch- light touch of the old man. But how ed the golden circuit very accurately was I amazed when the doorkeeper, as we hastened towards it.

But in a who came out, was seen to resemble moment my eyes seemed to fail me; perfectly the delicate maiden who had for suddenly lances, spears, halberts, danced upon my fingers in my dream! and partisans began to shake and She greeted me, moreover, as if we quake, and this strange movement were already acquainted, and invited ended by all the points sinking to

me in.

The old man remained bewards each other, just as if two an- hind, and I went with her through an cient hosts, armed with pikes, were arched and finely decorated short paslowering their weapons for a charge. sage to the middle hall, of which the The confusion for the eyes, the clatter splendid domed ceiling drew my gaze for the ears, were hardly bearable ; on my first entrance, and threw me but endlessly surprising was the sight, into admiration. Yet my eye could when, having fallen quite level, they not long linger, on this, for it was covered the circle of the canal, and allured away by a more attractive formed the most beautiful of all spectacle. On a carpet, directly un.

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der the middle of the cupola, sat three lively dancing-tunes, when she sprang women, forming a triangle, clad in on high; I did the same. She played three different colours; the one red, and danced; I was hurried away to the other yellow, the third green. accompany her steps, and we executed The seats were gilt, and the carpet a a kind of little ballet, with which the perfect flower-bed. In their arms lay ladies seemed pleased ; for as soon as the three instruments which I had we had done, they commanded the been able to distinguish from the out- little one to refresh me with something side ; for, being disturbed by my arri. good in the interval till supper should val, they had stopped in their playing. come in. In truth, I had forgotten 66 Welcome to us!” said the middle that there was any thing else in the one, she who sat with her face to the world beyond this paradise. Alert door, in a red dress, and with the led me back immediately into the harp. “ Sit down by Alert, and listen, passage by which I had come in. if you are a lover of music.”

On one side of it she had two well. Now first I remarked that below, arranged chambers. In the one in obliquely before them, was a rather which she lived she set before me long bench, on which lay a mando- oranges, figs, peaches, and grapes ; line. The pretty maiden took it up, and I enjoyed, with much appetite, sat down, and drew me to her side. both the fruits of foreign lands and Now I also looked at the second lady those proper to months not yet come. on my right.

She had the yellow Of sugared things there was a superdress, and the guitar in her hand; and abundance. She filled, too, a goblet if that harp-player was dignified in of polished crystal with foaming wine; form, grand in features, and majestic but I had no need to drink, for I had in demeanour, one might observe in restored myself enough with the the guitarist a lightly pleasant and fruits. “ Now we will play," said she, cheerful character. She was slender, and led me into the other chamber. and with fair hair ; while that of the Here all looked like a Christmas-fair. other was dark brown. The variety But things so precious and exquisite and concord of their music could not were never seen in a booth at a festi. prevent me from now also remarking val. There were all kinds of dolls, The third beauty, in the green dress, dolls' clothes, and doll furniture ; kitwhose lute-playing had something chens, parlours, and shops, and single which at once affected and impressed toys innumerable. She led me round

She was the one who seemed to to all the glass-cases, for in such were notice me the most, and to direct her these ingenious works preserved. But music to me; only I could not make she soon shut up again the first cases, up my mind about her ; for she ap- and said, " That is not for


I peared to me now tender, now whim. know it well. But here, she said, we sical, now candid, now capricious, could find building materials ; walls according as she changed her gestures and towers, houses, palaces, churches, and playing Now she seemed to to put together a great city. That, wish to touch, now to teaze me; but however, does not amuse me. We will do what she would, she made little try at something else, which will be progress with me ; for my little equally pleasant to you and me." neighbour, by whom I sat elbow to Then she brought out some boxes, in elbow, had won me entirely for her which I saw a little army piled upon self. And while I clearly recognised each other, but of which I must needs in those three ladies, the Sylphids of confess that I had never seen any my dream, and the colours of the thing so beautiful. She did not leave apples, I knew well that I had no me time to examine more in detail, motive to detain them. I would but took the one box under her arm, rather have made prize of the pretty and I seized the other._" We will little one, if only I had not too feel- go," she said, “upon the golden bridge. ingly remembered the blow which she There one plays best with soldiers. had given me in my dream. Hitherto The lances give at once the direction she had remained quite quiet with her in which one must oppose the armies mandoline ; but when her mistresses to each other.”—Now we had reached had ceased, they commanded her to the golden trembling floor. Below me perform some pleasant little piece. I heard the water gurgle, and the Scarcely had she jingled off some fishes leap, while I knelt down to


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range my lines. All, as I now saw, force a couple of agate balls that I were cavalry. She boasted that she had left into the midst of her army. had the Queen of the Amazons for Unhappily I hit the queen, who, in leader of her female host. I, on the our temperate sport, had hitherto been contrary, found Achilles and a stately excepted. She flew in pieces, and her Grecian cavalry. The armies stood nearest officers were also shivered. facing each other, and one could see But they swiftly set themselves up nothing more beautiful. They were again, and started off like the others, not at all flat leaden horsemen like galloped very merrily about under ours, but man and horse round and the lime-trees, and disappeared against solid, and most finely wrought. Nei. the wall. ther could one well conceive how they My opponent scolded and abused kept themselves balanced; for they me. But I now, once at work, stooped stood up independently, without a base to pick up some agate-balls which under their feet.

rolled about upon the golden lances. Now when each of us had surveyed It was my ferocious wish to destroy our hosts with much self-satisfaction, her whole host. She, on the other she announced to me the moment of hand, not idle, sprang at me, and gave onset. We had also found missiles in me a box on the ear, which made my our chests ; they were little boxes full head dizzy. I, who had always heard, of well-polished agate balls. With that a downright kiss suits a girl's box these we were to fight against each of the ear, took her by the ears and other from a certain distance, while, kissed her over and over, But she however, it was an express condition gave such a piercing cry as frightenthat we were not to throw more vio ed even me. I let her go, and it was lently than was necessary to upset the my good-luck that I did so; for, in a figures, for none of them were to be moment, 1 knew not where I was, the injured. Now the mutual cannonade ground beneath me began to quake began, and at first it succeeded to the and rattle. I soon remarked that the satisfaction of both. But when my railings began to move again ; but I opponent observed that I aimed better had no time to consider, nor could I than she, and at last should win the find footing to escape. I feared at victory, which depended on the majo- every instant to be pierced, for the rity of those remaining upright, she partisans and lances, which lifted came nearer, and her girlish throwing themselves up, were already cutting had then the desired result. She laid my clothes. In fine, I know not how low a multitude of my best troops, and it was, my hearing and sight failed, the more I protested the more eagerly and I recovered from my stupefacdid she shoot. This at last vexed me, tion and from my terror at the foot and I explained that I would do the of a lime-tree, against which the pikes same. In fact, I not only came nearer, in springing up had thrown me. With but in anger threw much more vio my awakening my anger awakened lently, so that it was not long before also, which violently increased when a pair of her little centauresses flew in I caught from the other side the gibes pieces. In her eagerness she did not and laughter of my opponent, who had at once notice it; but I stood petrified there reached the earth somewhat when the broken figures joined toge- more nimbly than I. Upon this I ther again of themselves, Amazon and sprung up, as I saw the little host, with horse again one whole, and at the its leader Achilles, scattered round same time became quite alive, gal- me, having been driven over with me loped from the golden bridge under by the rising of the rails. I seized the the lime-trees, and, careering swiftly hero first and threw him against a hither and thither, disappeared at last tree. His restoration and his flight against the wall, I know not how. now pleased me doubly, as the maliMy fair opponent had hardly per- cious pleasure was united with the enceived this, when she broke out into joyment of the prettiest sight in the loud weeping and lamentation, and world; and I was on the point of sendexclaimed that I had caused her an ing all the other Greeks after him, when irreparable loss, which was far greater suddenly whizzing waters spurted at than could be uttered. But I, who me on all sides, from stones and walls, was by this time provoked, was glad from ground and branches; and wherto annoy her, and blindly flung with ever I turned, discharged at me with


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cross-streams. My light garment was the door. I understood him well; soon wet through ; it was already for he wished to impress the objects rent, and I did not delay to tear it en- on me, that I might the more certaintirely off my body. I cast away my ly find the door again, which unexslippers, and so one covering after an- pectedly closed behind me. other. Nay, at last I found it very took good notice of what was opposite agreeable in the warm daylight to let Above a high wall rose up the such a flood of rays pass freely over branches of extremely old nut-trees,

And now, being quite naked, I and partly covered the cornice at the walked quietly along between these top. The boughs hung down to a pleasant waters, and fancied that I stone tablet, of which I could pershould be able long to enjoy them. fectly recognise the ornamented borMy anger cooled itself, and I wished der, but could not read the inscripfor nothing so much as a reconcilia- tion. It rested on the corbel of a tion with my opponent. But, in an in- niche, in which a finely wrought founstant, the water stopped, and so I stood tain poured from cup to cup into a drenched upon the soaked ground. great basin of water, which formed, The presence of the old man, who un- as it were, a little pond, and lost itself expectedly appeared before me, was in the earth. Fountain, inscription, by no means welcome. I could have nut-trees, all stood perpendicularly wished, if not to hide, yet to clothe one above another. I could paint it myself. The shame, the shivering, as I then saw it. the effort in some degree to cover Now, it may well be conceived how myself, made me cut a most piteous I passed this evening and many folfigure. The old man employed the lowing days, and how often I repeated moment to vent on me the greatest re- to myself this story, which even I proaches. “What prevents me," he could hardly believe. As soon as it exclaimed, “from taking one of the was at all possible, I went again to green cords, and fitting it, if not to the Bad Wall, in order at least to your neck, yet to your back ?"- This refresh my remembrance of these threat I received very ill. “ Refrain,” signs, and to look at the precious I cried, “ from such words, even from door. But, to my great amazement, such thoughts, for otherwise you and I found it all changed. Nut-trees, your mistresses will be lost.”.

- Who indeed, overtopped the wall, but they then are you,” he asked defyingly, did not stand close together. A “ who dare to speak thus ?"_* A fa. tablet also was built in, but far to the vourite of the gods," I said ; " one on right of the trees, without ornament, whom it depends whether those women and with a legible inscription. A shall find worthy mates, or be left to niche with a fountain is seen far to pine and wither in their magic cell.” the left, but with no resemblance to The old man stepped some paces back, that which I had seen. Thus I could

_" Who has revealed that to you ?” hardly believe but that the second he enquired, with wonder and concern. adventure was, like the first, a dream; “ Three apples," I said—“three jew- for of the door itself there is not the els.” “ And what reward do you ask?” slightest trace. The only thing which he exclaimed.—“Before all things, the consoles me is the remark, that those little creature," I replied, “ who has three objects seem always to change brought me into this miserable state.” their places. For, in repeated visits The old man cast himself down before to the place, I think I have noticed me, without shrinking from the wet that the nut-trees have drawn a little and miry soil. Then he stood up, nearer, and that the tablet and the unstained by it, took me kindly by fountain seem likewise to approach the hand, led me into that room, clad each other. Probably, when all is me again quickly, and I had soon my again combined, the door, too, will Sunday finery on, with my hair dress- once more be visible; and I shall do ed as before. The gate-keeper did my best to renew the old adventure. not speak a word more; but before he Whether I shall be able to tell you let me pass the entrance, he stopped what further happens, or whether it me, and showed me some objects on will be expressly forbidden me, I canthe wall over the way, while, at the not say, same time, he pointed backwards to



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This tale, which my companions might either bear the inevitable evils vehemently strove to persuade them- or work against them. selves was true, received great appro- Among the exercises of stoicism, bation. Each alone, without impart- which I therefore practised in myself ing it to me or to the others, visited as seriously as was possible for a boy, the described place, and found the was also the bearing of bodily pains. nut-trees, the tablet, and the foun. Our teachers treated us often very tain, but always far from each other. severely and unskilfully with blows All this they at last acknowledged, and cuffs, against which we hardened because at those years it is not easy

ourselves the more, because refracto conceal a secret. But now first toriness or resistance was made exbegan the dispute. The one main- tremely penal. Very many sports of

. tained that the objects did not stir youth depend upon rivalry in such from the place, and continued always endurances. For example, when, at the same distance. The second with two fingers, or the whole hand, asserted that they moved, but away they alternately strike each other even from each other. With him the third to the numbing of the limbs; or when agreed as to the first point of the they bear, with more or less compomotions ; but nut-trees, tablet, and sure, the blows which, in certain fountain, in his opinion, rather drew games, have been incurred as a penaltogether. The fourth announced ty; when, in wrestling and struggling, something still wonderful ; one does not let one's-self be distracted namely, that tie nut-trees were in the by the pinches of the half-subdued middle, but the tablet and fountain on opponent ; when one suppresses the opposite sides to those which I had pain inflicted as a means of teasing stated. They differed also as to the us, and even treats, as something intraces of the door. And thus they different, the nips and ticklings with gave me an early instance, how people which young people are so busy can have and maintain the most con- against each other. Thus one gains tradictory views as to a thing that is for one's-self a great advantage, which quite simple and easy of decision. others cannot soon deprive us of. As I obstinately refused the continua- But as I made, as it were, profession tion of my tale, this first part was of thus defying pain, the attacks of the often asked for again. I took care

others increased ; and as a coarse barnot to change much in the circum- barity knows no bounds, they were stances ; and by the uniformity of my able at last to drive me beyond the narrative, I changed, in the minds of bounds which I had set myself. I will my hearers, the fable into truth. relate one case instead of many. In

Nevertheless, I was averse to lies one lesson-hour the master had not and dissimulation; and, on the whole,

As long as we children were by no means frivolous. Rather, in all together, we amused ourselves very deed, the inward earnestness with nicely: But as my well-wishers, after which I considered myself and the they had waited long enough, went world, showed itself even in my ex- away, and I was left alone with three terior; and I was often kindly, often ill-wishers of mine, these devised to too, mockingly, charged with the as- torment me, to shame me, and to drive sumption of a certain dignity. For, me away. They had left me a mo. although I had certainly no want of ment in the room, and came back with good and chosen friends, yet were we rods, which they had made quickly by always the minority against those who cutting up a broom. I perceived their found pleasure in attacking us with design, and because I thought the end rough petulance; and indeed often of the hour near, I determined, on the awoke us very ungently from those moment, not to defend myself till the legendary self-complacent dreams, clock struck. They began, therefore, in which–I with my invention, and pitilessly to scourge my legs and calves my companions with their sympathy- in the cruelest way. I did not move, we lost ourselves but too willingly. but soon felt that I had made a bad Thus did we learn once more, that, calculation, and that such pain greatly instead of yielding to softness and lengthened the minutes. With the enfantastic delights, we had occasion durance my rage increased, and at the enough to harden ourselves, that we first stroke of the hour I seized one


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