AFTER all these attempts and trials of his talent it was in writing "The Robbers" that Schiller first entered into his own kingdom. He had found his vocation. The work also decided his personal fortune, as because of it he left his native place and renounced the career which was there assured to him. To be true to his newly found self became the law of his life. As we look back we can see what many of his contemporaries felt or surmised, that with this work the first dramatist of Germany had announced his entrance into the field of literature.
To be sure, we notice at once, in this first work of his youth, how much the attitude of his countrymen toward Schiller has changed since his day. At its appearance the work struck like lightning. There was indeed no lack of expressions both of moral disapproval and of æsthetic indignation. But at all events the young author took his place as a personality over whom people were sure to contend passionately. But the glaring colors, the exaggera-