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The Romance of the Canoness

by Paul Heyse

The Canoness is a privileged lady, as worldly as she is religious; she loses her title when she becomes Frau Spielberg, the actor's wife. Johannes Theodo Weissbrod is educated as a clergyman and goes to her uncle as a tutor. In all German stories, naturally enough, it is the French woman who is the Jezebel. There has been an "affair" between the uncle and Mlle. Suzon Duchanel, and the uncle tries to foist her upon the theological student, offering him a situation as clergyman if he will marry her. Weissbrod declines and leaves. In the meantime Louise, the canoness, has eloped with an actor. Of course the actor neglects his wife and she becomes impoverished. She returns to a place near her uncle's castle, enters an almshouse, and devotes herself to its inmates and dies after confessing her love for Weissbrod.

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