Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 3. I

III PENDENNIS OF BONIFACE “When, like a heavenly sign Compact of many golden stars, the princely child did shine.”— (Illiads, Book Six (Chapman’s Trs.).) I ARTHUR PENDENNIS is as real a person as Wilhelm Meister, and, as a companion study, is not without instruction for us. What an Admirable Crichton he is, to be sure! He carried himself down Main Street with a lordly grace, … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 3. I

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XI           As my point is to indicate how the education of the boy told in the life of the man, it is not necessary to follow further these most instructive records Aus Meinem Leben. Nowhere else, so far as I know, have we a minute, almost impersonal consideration of all the influences that went to the making of a man. That this was a … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 2. XI

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X.           There is an unfortunate tendency at the present time to depreciate knowledge, which is indeed the chief instrument of education. Bible knowledge especially is discountenanced for several reasons. The utilitarian asks, “What is the use of teaching a child the more or less fabulous ‘history’ of the earlier books and the insignificant later records of one of the least among the nations?” while … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 2. X

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IX           “The more I was allowed to work in this way the more I wanted to, and even my leisure hours were spent in all sorts of wonderful occupations. Already, since my earliest days, I had felt a strong impulse towards finding out about natural objects.           “I remember that as a child I often picked flowers to pieces to see how the petals … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 2. IX

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VIII           The children’s interest in the theatre continued; many half-historical, half-mythological pieces were played then, and it came into ‘the Boy’s’ head that he himself could write such a piece. He did so, made a clean copy, and laid it before his friend Derones, who read it with great attention, and, in answer to a modest question, conceived that it was not impossible that … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 2. VIII

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VII           The year 1759 was eventful for all the families in Frankfort, for then began the French occupation which lasted for a couple of years. Herr Goethe was especially afflicted. His new, or rather his restored, house was not yet completed, and, behold billeted upon him were Count Thorane, the King’s Lieutenant, with his staff. He could not reconcile himself to this invasion. The … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Chapter 2 Pt 4.VII

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VI           Thus, for the second time, circumstances compelled the young poet on the lines of his vocation. We hear, too, of his success as a story-teller, and the young of Frankfort wondered at his tale of The New Paris. At this time ‘the Boy’ appears to have had lessons with other youths; but things did not go well with him. p.325 The teacher was … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 2. VI

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V           His seventh year (1756) brought a new public interest to the boy, the opening of the war which, he tells us, had for the next seven years great influence on his life. Frederick the Second, king of Prussia, had with 60,000 men fallen upon Saxony; and, instead of leaving the war to account for itself, had issued a manifesto showing why he invaded … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 2. V

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IV           We find that public events, which must needs rouse reflection in all men, had their share in the education of ‘the Boy’: notable amongst these was the extraordinary calamity which, he tells us, deeply, for the first time, troubled his peace of mind. On 1st November 1755 occurred the earthquake of Lisbon, falling as a terrific shock upon a peaceful world. The earth … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 2. IV

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III           Another fragment of his early education Goethe describes in words that must be quoted in order to do justice to the strength of the impression made on the little boy’s mind—           “In the house, my gaze was chiefly attracted by a row of Roman views with which my father had decorated an ante-room. Here I daily saw the Piazza del Popolo, the … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 2. III