Amok and Other Stories by Stefan Zweig

By Stefan Zweig

A physician within the Dutch East Indies torn among his clinical responsibility to aid and his personal combined feelings; a middle-aged maidservant whose devotion to her grasp leads her to devote a poor act; a lodge waiter whose love for an unapproachable aristocratic good looks culminates in a virtually lyrical demise and a prisoner-of-war longing to be domestic back in Russia. In those 4 tales, Stefan Zweig exhibits his reward for the intense research of emotional dilemmas. His 4 tragic and relocating cameos of the human are performed out opposed to cosmopolitan and colonial backgrounds within the first half the 20th century.

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He sniffe d a good deal and tried to wipe his nose on Edwin's bedclothes. When the visitors had left, R. Dickie said: 'He's a good little lad, enny? Gives no trouble to nobody. Any time,' he said generously, 'you've got nobody comin' to see you, you can always have one of mine. ' He s aw visitors and grapes as of the same order. Th� new patient had a nightmare. 'Aaaaah,' he called over the dark. The sneering neighbour of Edwin obliged with fresh football results. The Punch-like young man coughed.

I bullied him into giving it to me. ' 'And why,' asked the bearded Nigel, 'were you able to bully him? ' Edwin grinned t o himself a t this sly glint of jeal­ ousy. Nigel was a young man untidily trying to make himself look not older but ageless-the ageless maned bearded painter. 'My beauty,' said Sheila, with Cockney vowels, 'my infinite attractiveness. ' The painter nodded seriously. 'This afternoon,' said Sheila, 'Nigel proposes to draw me. Not paint, draw. I'm so glad, darling, that everything's fixed up at last.

Dickie had so many visitors : his bed looked like the bed of the dying Socrates. 'Carmen doesn't mind standing,' said Les. 'That's not her real name, Carmen, but I first met her when I was doing the opera, and it seemed to fit, somehow. A sod that is for changes-tobacco factories, bullrings, brigands' caves. But not as bad as A ida. You have to practically set up the whole of Egypt for that, pyramids, Suez Canal and all. This gentleman,' said Les carefully to Carmen, 'is ill. ' Carmen bowed. 'She doesn't speak much English,' said Les.

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