By E. T. A. Hoffman. NATHANAEL TO LOTHAIR. I know you are all very uneasy because I have not written for such a long, long time. Mother, to be sure, is angry, . Der Sandmann has ratings and reviews. Semjon said: Eine Erzählung, bei der man das Gefühl hatte, ein moderner Gymnasiallehrer wäre Jahre. E.T.A. Hoffmann has to be one of my favourite authors and The Sandman is one of my favourite of Hoffmann’s stories, it is also the most famous.

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The horrific events of his past have destroyed him in the most fundamental of ways.

Every trace of Nathaniel’s madness had vanished, and he soon gained strength under the care of his mother, his beloved and his friends. I also imagine that it was scary to think about artificial humans back when the book was first published in the early 19th century. However, when he arrives the house is in an uproar, Spalanzani and Coppola are arguing.

We find your Olympia quite uncanny, and prefer to have nothing to do with her. Nathaniel, however, is besotted and cannot turn his eyes away.

Unfortunately, his beloved is not as she seems. I am glad that Coppola has left the town, as Spalanzani says. Nothing very clever was revealed in hoffmnan way. The curtain was drawn close before the fatal room, and he could see Olympia no longer, nor could he upon the next day or the next, although he scarcely ever left his window and constantly looked through Coppola’s glass.

The shape of the ugly Coppelius, as Nathaniel himself was forced to confess, was horfmann dimmer in his fancy, and it often cost him some pains to draw him with sufficient color in his stories, where he figured as the dread bogy of ill omen. Most curious to know more of this Sandman and his particular connection with children, I at last asked the old woman who looked after my youngest sister what sort of man he was.

Many years afterwards it is said that Clara was seen in a remote spot, sitting hand in hand with a kind-looking man before the door of a country house, while two lively boys played before her. Questa lettera, che era indirizzata a Lotario, alla fine viene destinata a Clara.


Coppelius was a German, but I think no honest one. At last it struck him, that Olympia often remained for hours in this attitude, in which he had once seen her through the glass-door, sitting at a little table without any occupation, and that she plainly enough looked over at him with an unvarying glance.

Coppola, who is now revealed as Coppelius in truth, wins the struggle, and makes off with the lifeless and eyeless body, while the injured Spallanzani urges Nathanael to chase after him and recover the automaton to which he has devoted so many years of his life.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. View all 3 comments. Nathaniel felt as though a heavy and oppressive burden had been rolled away, as though by resisting the dark power that held him fast he had saved his whole being, which had been threatened with annihilation.

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Three happy days he passed with his dear friends, and then went to G——, where he intended to stay a year, and then to return to his native town for ever. Olympia’s hand was as cold as ice; he felt a horrible deathly chill thrilling through him. Years later, the memory of that diabolical man taints everything, even his relationship with Clara, his beloved.

It may not suit you that she does not indulge in idle chit-chat like other shallow minds. In this work, Hoffman poses third great questions.

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Often he told us wonderful stories, and grew so warm over them that his pipe continually went out. About midnight there was a frightful noise, like the firing of a gun.

Something horrible has crossed my path of life. If the great excitement of your mind did not speak from every line of your letter, if your situation sanndman not give me the deepest pain, Sandkan could joke about the Sandman-Advocate, and the barometer-seller, Coppelius. Find more of my books on Instagram Then your friends asked you: This professor is a strange fellow—a little round man, with high cheek bones, sharp nose, pouting lips, and little piercing eyes.


Only the poetical mind is sensitive to its like in others.

If we don’t sing well etaa, there is not much in us, as we shall learn from the delicate smile which plays on Clara’s lips, when we presume to pipe up before her with something intended to pass for a song, although it is only a confused jumble of notes. Quite in despair, and impelled by a burning wish, he ran out of the town-gate.

Coppelius entered, and a blue flame began to crackle up on the hearth. He tries to write about his feelings in a letter but his fears get easily dismissed by friends and family. He puts their eyes in a bag and carries them to the crescent moon to feed his own children, who sit in the nest up there. The ill-humour will then be dispersed, which, I must confess, has endeavoured to get the mastery over me, since that fatal, sensible letter.

Der Sandmann by E.T.A. Hoffmann

Coppelius went to it, and a blue flame began to crackle up on the hearth. Remarkably modern-feeling in theme, probably because lately we’ve had quite a few writers sqndman back to this kind of story. But every word, every thing that takes the form of speech, appeared to you colorless, cold and dead. At last, when he had concluded, he groaned in a state of utter ssndman and, catching Clara’s hand, sighed forth, as if melted into the most inconsolable grief: Nevertheless, as he looked more sharply hocfmann the glass, it seemed to him as if moist morn-beams were rising in the eyes of Olympia.

Annabookbel Noli domo egredi, nisi librum habes — Never leave home without a book. Excepting at dinner time I and my brothers and sisters saw my father very little during the day.

He was, perhaps, busily engaged at his ordinary profession.