Life of Friedrich Schiller

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CHAPTER VII.

WHATEVER judgment we may pass on the blind pursuit of a thin and languid form of culture in Weimar society, it is certain that to Schiller himself the change was very welcome after Jena, where he had complained that the atmosphere of learning and metaphysics stifled his creative power. And the result justified his expectation of increased mental vigour, for, in spite of aggravated ill-health which at times reduced him to impotent misery for weeks together, the five and a-half years of life that were left him, after the removal to Weimar, were marked by the production of four great dramas and the beginning of a fifth, not to speak of numerous adaptations of French and other plays for the German stage. The time was indeed almost entirely divided between the labour of composition and the relaxation of illness, so that there remains but little biographical incident to record.

On the broad and thickly-wooded hill of the Ettersberg, that rises some two or three miles north-west of Weimar, like a solitary wave from the open plain with its long strips of cultivated land, there stood one of the grandducal lodges or country-seats--palaces by courtesy--such

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  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Chapter I 11
  • Chapter II 24
  • Chapter III 47
  • Chapter IV 74
  • Chapter V 98
  • Chapter VI 129
  • Chapter VII 156
  • Chapter VIII 179
  • Index. 199
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