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The Sorrows of Werter

By Johann Wolfgang Goethe



July 20.

I Cannot yet approve the scheme you have of sending me to the ambassador of ---- at ----. I don't love subordination, and we all know too that he is a hard disagreeable man to have any connection with. You say my mother wishes to have me employed. I could not help laughing at that. -- Am I not employed enough? and if it is in shelling pease and beans, it is in fact the same, in this world, all is misery; and those who, in compliance with others, are endeavouring to acquire riches or honours, are, in my opinion, madmen.