Known as Reuter's greatest work, this pictures the lives and events surrounding ordinary people living in Mecklenburg. Fritz Reuter based the people in the book on men and women that he knew. The story sets out to portray how the revolutionary movement of 1848 impacted the life of people in Mecklenburg.
e is most suited to lovers, while the calm moonlight is best for friendship.
While they were sitting together the door opened, and a slender figure came softly into the room and remained standing in the full light of the moon. The girl's arms were crossed upon her breast, and her pale face looked like that of a white marble statue against the dark wall: What can have happened to thee, thou poor child?
Braesig went out of the room silently, and Hawermann covered his eyes with his hand as if they pained him, pained him to the heart. The girl threw herself down by his side, clasped him in her arms, and laid her pale face against his. Not a word was said by either of them for a long, long time, but at last the old man heard a low whisper at his ear: "I know what you think it right to do; I am your child--am I not?--your dear child?" Hawermann put his arm round his dear child and drew her closer to him. "Father, father!" she cried, "we can never part! My foster-father, who is now with God, told me ho
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