The Seducer's Diary

"In the giant literature of affection, The Seducer's Diary is an complicated curiosity--a feverishly highbrow try and reconstruct an erotic failure as a pedagogic good fortune, a wound masked as a boast," observes John Updike in his foreword to Søren Kierkegaard's narrative. This paintings, a bankruptcy from Kierkegaard's first significant quantity, Either/Or, springs from his dating along with his fiancée, Regine Olsen. Kierkegaard fell in love with the younger girl, ten years his junior, proposed to her, yet then broke off their engagement a 12 months later. This occasion affected Kierkegaard profoundly. Olsen grew to become a muse for him, and a flood of volumes resulted. His try and set correct, in writing, what he feels used to be a mistake in his courting with Olsen taught him the key of "indirect communication." The Seducer's Diary, then, turns into Kierkegaard's try and painting himself as a scoundrel and therefore make their holiday more uncomplicated for her.

Matters of marriage, the moral as opposed to the cultured, dread, and, more and more, the severities of Christianity are contemplated by means of Kierkegaard during this severe work.

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In his brain Regine was once the inspiration and obiect of a lot of his construction, and it stunned him while, years after their holiday, she accredited an past suitor, Johan Frederik Schlegel, they usually grew to become betrothed, marrying rn LU7. To the top of his existence Kierkegaard wrote of Regine in his joumals; 4 weeks ahead of his demise in early November 1855 he positioned it succinctly: "I had my thom within the flesh, and as a result didn't mart1r. " was once this "thom within the flesh" the non secular melancholia he had inherited from his father, or used to be it someway actual?

She has mind's eye, spirit, passion-in brief, all the necessities, yet no longer subjectively mirrored. An incident this day confident me of this. I knew from the ]ansen residence that she doesn't play an instrument-it is going opposed to her aunt's ideas. i've got continuously regretted this, for tune is often an excellent technique of communique with a tender lady if one, please be aware, is cautious to not seem to be a gourmet. this day I went over to Mrs. fansen's. I had partly opened the door with out knocking, a rudeness that regularly works to my virtue and i treatment, whilst useful through the foolishness of knocking at the open door.

My courting to her is sort of a dance that's alleged to be danced via humans yet is danced through just one. that's, i'm the opposite dancer, yet invisible. She strikes as in a dream, and but she is dancing with one other, and i'm that different one that, insofar as I arn visibly current, is invisible, and iruofar as i'm invisible, is noticeable. The pursuits require one other. 111 She bows to him; she stretchesout her hand to him' She recedes;she approachesagain. I take her hand; I whole her notion, which however is done inside itself.

Th"y pass there just once ayear, and hence they expectio have up to attainable from it. in order that they needs to put on a hat and scarf and disfigure themselves in each approach. The merriment is wild, graceless, lascivious. No, then servant ladies loses extra via it than they lose. the good host of servant women is admittedly the main attractive mi_ litia we have now in Denmark. If I have been ki^g, i do know what i'd do-I wouldn't evaluate the usual troops. If 155 I have been one of many city's thirty-two men,ts-I may rapidly petition for the establishmentof a committee of public protection that will test through each capacity -by perception, suggestions, admonitioru acceptable rewards-to encourageservant ladies to decorate with care and style.

It used to be she. My eyes had no longer deceived me, even supposing the fairway cloak had performed so. even if I had 43 been ready for this for a very long time, it used to be inpossible for me to manage a undeniable restlessness, a emerging and falling like that of the lark because it rises and falls in its track over the within reach fields. She was once by myself. once more i've got forgotten what she used to be donning, and but I do have a picture of her now. She was once by myself, preoccupied, evidently no longer wittr herself yet together with her personal techniques. She used to be now not considering, however the quiet revolving of her ideas wove .

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