Nachtstuecke

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Author: E.T.A. Hoffmann
Published: 1872
Language: German
Wordcount: 115,490 / 375 pg
LoC Category: PT
Downloads: 2,793
mnybks.net#: 3561
Origin: gutenberg.org
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nds an dem runden Tische saßen. Der Vater war sehr heiter und erzählte viel Ergötzliches von den Reisen, die er in seiner Jugend gemacht. Da hörten wir, als es neune schlug, plötzlich die Haustür in den Angeln knarren und langsame eisenschwere Schritte dröhnten durch den Hausflur die Treppe herauf. »Das ist Coppelius«, sagte meine Mutter erblassend. »Ja! - es ist Coppelius«, wiederholte der Vater mit matter gebrochener Stimme. Die Tränen stürzten der Mutter aus den Augen. »Aber Vater, Vater!« rief sie, »muß es denn so sein?« - »Zum letzten Male!« erwiderte dieser, »zum letzten Male kommt er zu mir, ich verspreche es dir. Geh nur, geh mit den Kindern! - Geht - geht zu Bette! Gute Nacht!«

Mir war es, als sei ich in schweren kalten Stein eingepreßt - mein Atem stockte! - Die Mutter ergriff mich beim Arm als ich unbeweglich stehen blieb: »Komm Nathanael, komme nur!« Ich ließ mich fortführen, ich trat in meine Kammer. »Sei ruhig, sei ruhig, lege dich ins Bette! - schlafe - schlafe«, rief mir die Mutter nach; ab

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