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Once before, in Giessen, he had been ill for seemingly psychosomatic reasons and surely shock was a factor in his low resistance to the fever he was soon to catch. Buchner seems to have caught typhus, a disease even then rarely fatal to the fit and young. On 20 January 1837 he wrote brightly to Minna: I have caught cold and am lying in bed. But I am feeling better now. [. ] Tomorrow I shall be back at myoid trot, you won't believe how regular and orderly. I tick almost as reliably as a Black Forest clock.

It may be that whole peoples are bound up with them: but our sympathies require a single object and a state is far too abstract a concept for our perception. 4 38 A tradition of dissent Long before Hegel, and long before Metternich's 'System' Lessing was developing a language of opposition for the German intellectual. Goethe recognised the nature and extent of the achievement: The first themes that were truly drawn from life and yet of really more lasting importance entered German poetry through the reign of Frederick the Great and the Seven Years' War.

23 The importance of this work for its time cannot be overstated and for Biichner it laid out the boundaries of two central areas of concern: the role of theatre in the education of the general public and the function of writing for the stage in his own inner development. and performing for this company. The key figure in his education becomes Hamlet, the most richly metaphoric of all Shakespeare's characters and one whom Wilhelm is asked to play. ) At first Wilhelm is concerned with Hamlet's appearance, whether or not he should be, as a Dane, blond and blue-eyed.

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