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Christine by Elizabeth Von Arnim

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Pre-WWI anti-German propaganda written in an epistolary form. "Letters of Christine, a young girl, who went to Germany to study the violin, to her mother. They tell the story of her art, the people she meets and of her love affair with a German officer, and give a vivid picture of German character and life in the days just before and after the outbreak of the war. Christine died in a German hospital when she was attempting to leave the country. Personal names have been altered in the narrative."

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ndition of the music fragment can be found at the end of this e-text.]

he solemnly shook hands with me and said--what do you think he said?--"My Fraulein, when you came in I thought, 'Behold yet one more well-washed, nice-looking, foolish, rich, nothing-at-all English Mees, who is going to waste my time and her money with lessons.' I now perceive that I have to do with an artist. My Fraulein ich gratuliere." And he made me the funniest little solemn bow. I thought I'd die of pride.

I don't know why he thought me rich, seeing how ancient all my clothes are, and especially my blue jersey, which is what I put on because I can play so comfortably in it; except that, as I've already noticed, people here seem persuaded that everybody English is rich,--anyhow that they have more money than is good for them. So I told him of our regrettable financial situation, and said if he didn't mind looking at my jersey it would convey to him without further words how very necessary it is that I should make s

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