Hammer and Anvil

Paperback | October 17, 2012

byFriedrich Spielhagen

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Excerpt: ...and said nothing more about that business of the letter. So I did not come on this account, but merely to ask you how I stand with you." "What do you mean?" I asked, not without some confusion. "Let us have no quibbles about it, old fellow," said the ensign, tapping the sole of his left boot with the point of his sword, which lay across his right knee: "I have estimated you far too low. I see now that you are cock of the walk here, and I wish to be on good terms with you, not to quarrel. If uncle did not help me a little I should either have to starve or quit the service, and my colonel, moreover, would know why I can no longer visit here. You are a good fellow, and will not ruin me." "That I certainly will not," I said. "And I am not such a bad fellow, after all," the ensign went on. "I am a little wild, I know; but we are all so at our years, and so would you be if you had the chance, which you certainly have not in this cursed hole. But people can always get along with me, and they are all fond of me here: my uncle, my aunt, the boys, and----" Arthur took his left foot from his right knee, and said: "Look here, George; I would not tell you if I did not have the fullest confidence in your honor, notwithstanding--in short, I ask your word of honor that you will say nothing about it. I fancy that--but, as I said, you must keep it a secret--I fancy that I am not quite indifferent to my pretty cousin: she said as much to me yesterday, and even if she had not----" And the ensign twisted the blackish down on his lip, and looked around the room apparently for a looking-glass, but there was none there. His only substitute would have been the great inkstand, which at this moment I would most joyfully have dashed to ten thousand pieces against his pretty head. "Arthur!" cried Paula's voice in the garden; "Arthur!" The ensign gave me a look that seemed to say: Do...

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Excerpt: ...and said nothing more about that business of the letter. So I did not come on this account, but merely to ask you how I stand with you." "What do you mean?" I asked, not without some confusion. "Let us have no quibbles about it, old fellow," said the ensign, tapping the sole of his left boot with the point of his sword, whi...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.53 inPublished:October 17, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217216781

ISBN - 13:9780217216784

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