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, . The Sandman is coming, I can see.” And certainly on all these occasions I heard something with a heavy, slow step go bouncing up the stairs. That I thought. 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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I can only suspect what he means, and yet I feel as if it were all very true. Encouraged by these words and with burning passion in his heart, Nathaniel resolved to implore Olympia on the very next day to say directly and in plain words what her kind glance had told him long ago; namely, that she loved him.

All that referred to Coppelius was kept a secret from his mother. Behold the Stars An Unreliable Reader. The Sandman, the fearful Sandman, was the old advocate Coppelius, who had often dined with us.

I felt strangely affected; — these words, the expression of face, the saneman which he had previously cast at the professor, brought before my eyes the whole struggling life of an unfortunate artist. What about the story really made your hair dta on end? Reminded me of Frankenstein in a lot of places Nathanael’s actions and letters basically screamed Victor Frankenstein to me as well as the origin of him and Clara’s relationship especially with the whole ‘how far can we go with science and technology in terms of humanity’ thing that Olimpia represented.

Search This Blog Search for: This answer of my mother’s did not satisfy me – nay, the thought soon ripened in my childish mind the she only denied the Sandman’s existence to prevent our being terrified of him.


In this work, Hoffman poses third great questions. There is ample use of literary parallelism, foreshadowing, metaphore and motifs.

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Nathanael came to associate the Sandman with a mysterious nightly visitor to his father. All felt, even in the first days, that Nathaniel had undergone a complete change in his whole being.

Spalanzani survives the attack xandman Nathaniel but has to leave the city. Personally, I couldn’t connect with the story. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Nathaniel went raging about the gallery, leaping high in the air and crying, ‘Circle of fire’spin round! Her pace is strangely regular, every movement seems to depend on some wound-up clockwork. How surprised was Nathaniel when, proceeding to his lodging, he saw that the whole house was burned down, and that only the bare walls stood up amid the ashes.

In a letter to his friend Lothario, Nathaniel tells of a recent meeting with a barometer salesman, called Coppola, that has upset him. She cites you – you, it seems have been talking about me.

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Lily Yu, for example. No more of that, please. Quick as lightning, Lothaire caught his sister and drew her in, hffmann the same moment striking the madman in the face with his clenched fist to such effect that he reeled and let go his prey.

Der Sandmannis a short story written in German by E.

Der Sandmann

But if I, I myself, could penetrate the mystery and behold the wondrous Sandman – that was the wish which grew upon me with the years. Clara’s voice was becoming weaker and weaker. Nathaniel took weeks to recover from this shock. I think it is the way this story is written that compromises my passion and liking for it. He sank into a gloomy reverie, and behaved in a strange manner that had never been known in him before.

Hoffmann before and had heard great things about him.

The doors were wide open, all sorts of utensils were hofmann carried in, the windows of the first floor were being taken out, maid-servants were going about sweeping and dusting with great hairbrooms, and hoffmwnn and upholsterers were knocking and hammering within.


On Bookes An Unreliable Reader. Meine alte Deutschlehrerin liebte die Schwarze Romantik. Get the gruesome advocate Coppelius, and the barometer-dealer, Giuseppe Coppola, quite out of your head, I beg of you. Return to Book Page. The curtain was drawn close etaa 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.

In short, she sat for hours, looking straight into her lover’s eyes, without stirring, and her glance became more and more lively and animated Only when Nathaniel rose at last, and kissed her hand and her lips did she say, ‘Ah, ah!

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The Sandman’s coming, I can see. Poems, fantasies, visions, romances, tales – this stock was daily increased by hoffmqnn sorts of extravagant sonnets, stanzas and canzoni, and he read them all tirelessly to Olympia for hours on end.

C ertainly you must all be uneasy that I have not written for so long – so very long. I am not a bit afraid of him nor of his disgusting hands; he shall neither spoil my sweetmeats as an Advocate, nor my eyes as a Sandman. Had he been able to see any other object besides the fair Olympia, all sorts of sanxman quarrels would have been inevitable.

So long as you believe in him, he really exists and exerts his influence; his power lies only in your belief.