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Margaret sat by the fire; she was spinning, and her thoughts were not pleasant. It seemed to him that everything moved in the separate moon-beams, and the trees swayed, first together and then apart.

Listen,” he went fnglish, “if I know more of the affair than this door-post, then may I be for ever accursed. Her brother stayed with her, and Frederick, obliged to stay in bed under threat of punishment, heard all night long the crackling of the kitchen fire and a noise as of things being pushed backwards and forwards and brushed.

The Jew’s Beech (Die Judenbuche) by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, |

The man on the hill-side had fallen on his knees and tried with trembling voice to join in; but nothing came but loud sobs, and heavy, hot tears fell in the snow. But she was silent and agreed to everything. As long as he was a child he was very unhappy if his dead father was spoken of unkindly, and that was a sorrow which the delicacy of the neighbors did not spare him. He was just about to take refuge behind the bass viol again; but first one supreme effort – he drew out his silver watch, in those days a rare and costly ornament.

The same night orders were sent to the watchmen to arrest Frederick. After that he always drove his mother’s cows alone to the further end of the valley, where he would lie in the same position in the grass for hours, plucking handfuls of thyme out of the ground.


Twice a strange man entered the bedchamber and appeared to be looking anxiously for something. Time passes, with nothing much happening except that the squire finds that there are reasons to conclude that Friedrich did not, in fact, commit the murder. His face was even paler than usual.

The mode of narration adds another dimension to The Jew’s Beech. Now you are old, and the child still small.

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Go,” he added, contemptuously, “I thought you were a man; but you are just an old woman, who thinks the house is on fire directly the stove smokes. Everybody had been busy since dawn; in front of every house clothes were hung out to air, and the village looked the whole day like a jumble sale.

The poor young thing cried bitterly, partly because it was the custom, partly from real depression. One morning a fortnight later young Brandes was returning through Breder Wood from that part of the forest under his charge.

It was, for the time of year, an exceptionally hot day; the air shimmered, no birds were singing, only the ravens croaked in a bored manner from the branches, and held their beaks open towards the wind. Brandes was very tired. Dir, Frederick, tell me, shall I fetch the doctor?

A ennglish historian, Horst-D. Whether it was remorse or shame by which Mergel was now overcome, it remains certain that from that time on he was looked upon as completely demoralized. Frederick threw him a haughty glance and picked up the bow in silent majesty. Ennglish Frederick had attributes which made this only too easy: When doing so for the Blue Smocks, a particularly well-organized gang of timber thieves, Friedrich is approached by the forester Brandis seeking information.


Views Read Edit View history. Once he heard his uncle say, “Margaret, don’t take that so much to heart; we will both have three juudenbuche said, and at Easter we will go on cie to the Virgin at Werl. And does not run about with the other boys?

The boy appeared to her to have fallen together, even his clothes were not the same, no, that was not her child! And engliah that child not been born Then were we all together forlorn Salvation is for all.

Go to sleep, don’t make me lose the miserable bit of rest I can get. Deciding that it was useless to wait there for their leader, they had hurried to the other side of the wood in the hope of catching some glimpse of the miscreants. He may be the father of Johannes. Nevertheless dawn was beginning to appear before the watchmen had managed, as noiselessly as possible, to surround poor Margaret’s house.

The Jew’s Beech

Suddenly we heard, nearly perpendicularly below us, the clock strike. His steps were made unsteady by the roots of trees and slippery places where the ground was damp; once or twice he nearly fell. He drank slowly and in short gulps.