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Effi Briest

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Author: Theodor Fontane
Published: 1895
Language: English
Wordcount: 82,242 / 227 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.9
LoC Category: PT
Downloads: 3,708
Added to site: 2010.01.19 26382

Translated and abridged by William A. Cooper, A.M.

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and that large white turned down collar--oh, yes, I have it now; you look like a cabin boy."

"Midshipman, if you please. I must derive some advantage from my nobility. But midshipman or cabin boy, only recently papa again promised me a mast, here close by the swing, with yards and a rope ladder. Most assuredly I should like one and I should not allow anybody to interfere with my fastening the pennant at the top. And you, Hulda, would climb up then on the other side and high in the air we would shout: 'Hurrah!' and give each other a kiss. By Jingo, that would be a sweet one."

"'By Jingo.' Now just listen to that. You really talk like a midshipman. However, I shall take care not to climb up after you, I am not such a dare-devil. Jahnke is quite right when he says, as he always does, that you have too much Billing in you, from your mother. I am only a preacher's daughter."

"Ah, go along. Still waters run deep--But come, let us swing, two on a side; I don't believe it will break. Or if you d



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