NOTES

Abbreviations used in these notes, such as Replies, or [1945 (c)], refer to the lists on pp. 281-298.

1
The allusion is to Kierkegaard's conversation with Christian VIII in which the King asked him for his views on how a King should conduct himself. Kierkegaard said such things as: “First, it would be a good thing for the King to be ugly.” (Christian VIII was very good-looking.) “Then he should be deaf and blind, or at least behave as if he were, for this solves many difficulties.... And then, he must not say much, but must have a little standard speech that can be used on all occasions, a speech therefore without content.” (Francis Joseph used to say: “It was very nice, and it pleased me very much.”-“Es war sehr schön, es hat mich sehr gefreut.”)
2
The case arose from my work with children. One of the boys for whom I was responsible had fallen from a climbing frame and had suffered a fractured skull. I was acquitted because I could prove that I had demanded for months that the authorities should remove the climbing frame, which I regarded as dangerous. (The authorities had tried to put the blame on me; a procedure about which the judge had some strong words to say.)

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