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The Sorrows of Werter

By Johann Wolfgang Goethe


10th November.

I Begin to think my situation more tolerable; I am much occupied; and the number of actors, and the different parts they play, make a very amusing variety in the scene. I have made an acquaintance with the Count of C----, and I esteem him more and more every day. He is a man of strong understanding, and great discernment: but though he sees farther than other people, he is not therefore cold in his temper and manner; his sensibility surpasses all his other qualities. One morning that I went to speak to him upon business, he expressed a friendship for me; by the first word he perceived {112} that we understood each other, and that he might talk to me in a style different from that he made use of with most of the others.

I cannot express the satisfaction I receive from the openness of his conduct with regard to me. It is the greatest of pleasures when a delicate mind thus lays itself open to one.