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Adelbert von Chamisso

Of what use were wings to a man fast bound in chains of iron?

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Because it appears to me a hazardous thing to exchange my soul for my shadow.

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I ordered gold in the meantime to be showered down without ceasing among the happy multitude.

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A person without a shadow should keep out of the sun, that is the only safe and rational plan.

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My first care the following morning was, to devise some means of discovering the man in the grey cloak.

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All possible means were used by the infatuated parents to conclude the bargain; and deception put an end to these usual artifices.

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In this watering-place I acted an heroic character, badly studied; and being a novice on such a stage, I forgot my part before a pair of lovely blue eyes.

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When I spoke, I was listened to; and I was at a loss to know how I had so easily acquired the art of commanding attention, and giving the tone to the conversation.

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The word majesty was now dropped; but, with the deepest respect and humility, I was addressed as the count. What could I do? I accepted the title, and from that moment I was known as Count Peter.

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My vanity was flattered by having been mistaken for our revered sovereign. I ordered a banquet to be got ready for the following evening, under the trees before my house, and invited the whole town.

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