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By Søren Kierkegaard

ISBN-10: 1400847346

ISBN-13: 9781400847341

"In the mammoth literature of affection, The Seducer's Diary is an complex curiosity--a feverishly highbrow try to reconstruct an erotic failure as a pedagogic luck, a wound masked as a boast," observes John Updike in his foreword to Søren Kierkegaard''s narrative. This paintings, a bankruptcy from Kierkegaard''s first significant quantity, Either/Or, springs from his courting along with his fiancée, Regine Olsen. Kierkegaard fell in love with the younger lady, ten years his junior, proposed to her, yet then broke off their engagement a yr later. This occasion affected Kierkegaard profoundly. Olsen grew to become a muse for him, and a flood of volumes resulted. His try and set correct, in writing, what he feels used to be a mistake in his dating with Olsen taught him the key of "indirect communication." The Seducer''s Diary, then, turns into Kierkegaard''s try and painting himself as a scoundrel and hence make their holiday more straightforward for her. concerns of marriage, the moral as opposed to the classy, dread, and, more and more, the severities of Christianity are meditated through Kierkegaard during this severe paintings.

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There is a plea, a tear in your eye; both are equally beautiful. I accept them both with equal right, for I can just as well be the one as the other. 20 But I am being mean. What is the number of the house? What do I see? A public display of fancy articles. My beautiful stranger, it may be shocking on my part, but I am following the bright path.... She has forgotten what happened-ah, yes, when one is seventeen years old, when one goes shopping in this happy age, when every single large or little object picked up gives unspeakable delight, then one readily forgets.

It delights you and makes you safe; you could almost be tempted to make sport of me a little. I wager that right now you would have the courage to take my arm if it occurred to you .... 50 you live on 5tormgade. You curtsey to me coldly and casually. Do I 26 deserve this, I who helped you out of all that unpleasantness? You have a change of mind, you tum back, thank me for my kindness, offer me your hand-why are you turning pale? Is not my voice the same as before, my attitude the same, my eyes just as calm and quiet?

It must be she. Why such premature vehemence? It is not one o'clock yet. Do remember that you are supposed to meet your beloved. Does it make any difference how one looks on such an occasion, or is this an occasion when one must put one's best foot forward, as they say? When such an innocent young thing is keeping an appointment, she goes at it in a frenzy. She is as nervous as can be. I, however, sit here most comfortably in my chair and contemplate a lovely 28 rural landscape .... She is a very daughter of the devil; she storms through all the rooms.

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