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but self " - also education No , in your self mental . -knowledge Improvement growth , I will not call onl not a perscfa y be consists stunted cultivated in the : yon knowled wh will en ge contin he w profi e acqu ue t your s ire b ,
. . , y his hears knowled feels ge and to talks understand while all the that senses surrounds of the educated him . A are common so refine man d sees that , his si , ht , into painting ; his hearing into musichis feeling into form ,
and his g language grows into a beautiful , organ by which he manifests , his love . " , He then requested Bettina to collect her th . ough . ts , and try to
write a book . Now matter cannot work of itself , but requires the forming hand of an artist ; and Bettina could not compose , because
she herself was the substance to be worked upon . Willing to satisfy her brother , she climbs the highest poplar in the garden
and begins to muse . Suddenly an idea strikes her fancy , and down she glides to commit to paper : —
" Man , as a whole , must represent complete harmony . " She stands and reflects—no other thought ; therefore again up
, the poplar : Half way up , a new idea flashes through her mind ; down again to write : —
" To provide for the mind is religion . ' Another stop .
outward " Every form word and of a to beautiful receive poem within is us like the a kiss irit . of Kisses the form represent we touch the . that is to kiss , sp ,
. word nourishment " All ' kiss forms , ' of and are love letters throug to the . h Learn mind this the to conne meaning ct certain i thoug forms ht ; and ' the you necessary have the
. " Bettina did not get any farther , and to some judicious remarks of
her friend Karoline , in which the latter expressed her conviction that she would never be more than the child , Bettina replied as
follows : — Indeed I should not like to be untrueto myselfI have no desire to
" . become to and a clever to leap woman and . nothing It would else be I against feel _^ quite my nature leased , that which bids last me
run , . pyour letter descend expresses thento the be same as stup opinion id as about myself me ; , prefer i . e . tha me t I am to insi clever gnificant people . , and Con I -
they am satisfied will , soon . , Pray believe tell every itThe body reason that I am le quite a attention common to being me , and is
. peoppay , , because and to Clemens declare ' brotherl spontaneous y love leads sentences him to beautiful rejoice in . all I antici my proceedings pate great ,
p described leasure from to your my before next visit and none . Come but our soon demon ; we will shall liv keep e in us the company old castle . We I you
will share the same room , and awake each other in the night when a partipeaceful cular thoug couch ht strikes , and then our , dream fancy ,, on or again when . " the ** silver * stars * twinkle on our
It . would lead us too far to touch at large upon the romantic scenes and circumstances which Bettina spent her days .
One little adventure , however among , is again so characteristic of her Roche
and elfish Bettina spirit , went that to it may Schlangenbad well find . a p She lace enjoyed here . Frau herself de as la usual
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