Delphine Lettau, Charles Franks, and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team. IMMENSEE BY THEODOR W. STORM TRANSLATED BY C. W. BELL M. A. Immensee By Theodor Storm. ‘Immensee’ is around forty pages long. So, it is closer to a long short story or a short novella. The story starts with. Theodor Storm (), one of the leading literary Realists of the nineteenth century, achieved world-wide popularity with the novella Immensee in

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The heavy mass of leafage that covered the opposite windows filled this room at either end with a green twilight, while between the windows two lofty wide-open folding-doors let in the full glow of spring sunshine, and afforded a view into a garden, laid out with circular flower-beds and steep hedgerows and divided by a straight, broad path, along which the eye roamed out on to the lake and away over the woods growing on the opposite shore.

Reinhard entrusts his personal diary to Elisabeth, who is unsettled by the many poems he dedicated to her. However, they seem to have grown apart. I hope you get to re-read it sometime.

She laid her hand immnesee his arm, her lips moved, but not a word did he hear. When lonely upperclassmen start pining for pressed flowers, I’m happy to absorb the general fragrance of the effort without delving too stormm into the significance of the matter. The Best Books of Too good to put into words.

When he got back home it was dark. He has been so long away abroad, we will try to make him feel at home again. She sits among the wild thyme, She sits in the fragrant sttorm The blue flies hum around her, Bright wings flash everywhere.

Do you believe it, Elisabeth? At length he had come so near the flower that he was able clearly to distinguish the silvery leaves in the moonlight; but at the same time he felt himself entangled in a net formed by the smooth stems of the water plants which swayed up from the bottom and wound themselves round his naked limbs. It went like this: Sform is like drinking a cup of fresh tea which is sweet and bitter.


Retrieved from ” https: It is striking twelve o’clock. It is 37 degrees F here and my head is wet from swimming. So they all sat down to the table, Elisabeth beside Reinhard.

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By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Your fondness of the story ignited a spark that makes me want to read it too. I wish Storm’s females were more real and less flawless. And who, pray, made all these pretty songs?. The quintessential German romantic novella of unfulfilled love where the main character is unable to reconcile romantic idealized love with earthy practical life.

On the morning after his arrival he went to see Elisabeth.

You are commenting using your WordPress. It is autobiographical to some degree with echoes of Storm’s own life.

Immensee by Theodor Storm

And as they wandered side by side, his eyes ever and again were bent toward her; for she walked gracefully and her step was light. So the day passed. I just finished reading the story. Sabina rated it really liked it Aug 23, He uttered a name, but she heard him not; with drooping head, with arms folded over her breast, she walked down across the farmyard: One stomr of that dialogue is totally true. There followed a long series of tales, rich in fancy and in humour, although their inspiration is generally derived from the humble town and country life which formed his immediate environment; but he wrote nothing that excels, in depth and tenderness of feeling, the charming story of Immensee ; and taking his work all in all, Storm still ranks to-day as a master of immdnsee short story in German literature, rich though it is in this form of prose-fiction.


Elisabeth was at all times gentle and kind. The story was worth reading for this beautiful evocation of nature alone. The ladies sat over their work, and while Reinhard enjoyed the refreshment that had been prepared for him, Eric had lighted his huge meerschaum pipe and sat smoking and conversing by his side. They walked dumbly by each other’s side down to the lake. I have often complained to your mother about it, but she always says you now have more to do than to attend to such childish things.

Published by Boyens first published I read somewhere recently that sentiment is no longer stom in fiction. He withdraws himself from her sight stepping outside and taking off. I loved this story. His mind goes back to his younger days. We old folks have done enough roaming about in our time, and therefore we will stay at home now, here, I mean, under these wide-spreading trees, and we’ll peel the potatoes and make a fire and lay the table, and by twelve o’clock the eggs shall be boiled.

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She took a brown spray out of the tin case. I think the poems and the songs must be more beautiful in the original German.

She is delighted about this idea for she cannot imagine a life without Reinhard. She laughingly gave him a immendee with the toe of her shoe and said: It must be getting cold there. At last Elisabeth got tired and sat down in the shade of some overhanging branches.

On the threshold stood a girl dressed in rags, with features of faded beauty, and with outstretched hand she asked alms of Elisabeth.

It was beautiful in a different way though.