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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KarinaE over at Booktube read it and ever since I wanted to read it too, so I was really excited when I found out it was going to be published in this edition.

The two lovers stood arm-in-arm on the highest gallery of the tower, and looked down upon the misty forests, behind which the blue mountains rose like a gigantic city.

I had never read anything by E. Professor Spalanzani appeared highly delighted at the intimacy between his daughter and Nathaniel. If you love short stories that deliver chills almost immediately, read it. Questo racconto lo fa sadman Nathaniel a Lotario, ma sbaglia ad indirizzare la lettera ed arriva a Clara. I want you to think about the following things: He was dressed differently, but the figure and features of Coppelius are too deeply imprinted in my mind for an error sandmam this respect to be possible.

He had, however, vanished from the spot, without leaving a trace.

His whole figure was hideous and repulsive, but most hhoffmann to us children were his coarse brown hairy fists.

So below is a plot summary of The Sandman and not a review. I must honestly confess that, in my opinion, all the terrible things of which you speak occurred merely in your own mind, and had little to do with the actual external world.

Unfortunately, his beloved is not as she seems. At last, when he had concluded, he groaned in a state of utter exhaustion and, catching Clara’s hand, sighed forth, as if melted into the most inconsolable grief: However, I did read it in English and have to say this was an excellent translation. From the very bottom of his desk he drew out all that he had ever written. Can a child of heaven adapt herself to the narrow confines drawn by a miserable mundane necessity?

A letter from Nathanael to Lothar, in which Nathanael declares that Coppola is not, after all, Coppelius: Once he had a remarkable forte for graceful, lively tales, which he wrote down, and to which Clara listened with the greatest delight; now his creations were gloomy, incomprehensible and formless, so that although, out of compassion, Clara did not say so, he plainly felt how little she was interested.


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NO, by rights I should have read no farther, but should have handed over the letter to my brother. All ghe a sudden it struck Nathaniel that the cold, prosaic Sigismund meant very well towards him; he therefore shook his proffered hand very heartily. Book reviews, reading projects and general reflections: Sand,an as death, he stared at Clara, soon streams of fire flashed and glared from his rolling eyes, he roared frightfully, like a hunted beast. All gloomy forebodings had gone. Il vecchio Coppelius era sicuramente un individuo sinistro, ma era appunto il fatto che vi odiasse, a suscitare in voi bambini quella estrema ripugnanza.

A sharp step close, very close, to the door – the quick snap of the latch, and the door opened with a rattling noise. I loved the dark and psychological images it drew. It made me feel quite uncanny, and I crept softly away… Nathaniel discovers that Spalanzani keeps Olympia locked away from others. He is about to throw fire embers into Nathanael’s eyes when his father pleads he be permitted to keep his eyes. I felt strangely affected; — these words, the expression of face, sandmman glance hkffmann he had previously cast at the professor, brought before my eyes the whole struggling life of an unfortunate artist.

Still, as before, we were obliged to make a speedy departure on the stroke of nine, as tthe as the unknown step sounded on the stair. And what is his association with Professor Spalanzani? His wry mouth was often twisted into a hoffmxnn laugh, when a couple of dark red spots appeared upon his cheeks, and a strange hissing sound was heard through his gritted teeth.

No more of that, please. Coppelius is an evil, hostile principle; he can produce terrible effects, like a diabolical power that has come visibly into life; but only if you will not banish him from your mind and thoughts.

If the ugly Coppelius takes it into his head to annoy you in your dreams, I’ll scare him away with loud peals of laughter.

Nathanael struggles his whole life against posttraumatic stress which comes from a traumatic episode with the sandman in his childhood experience. Nathanael appears to recover from his madness and is reunited with Clara and Lothar. Now, I know you will be angry with your Clara; you will say that her cold nature is impervious to any ray of the mysterious, which often embraces man with invisible arms; that she only sees the variegated surface of the world, and is as delighted as a silly child at some glittering golden fruit, which contains within it a deadly poison.


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.

The Sandman (short story)

Thw that referred to Coppelius was kept a secret from his mother. The glance of her heavenly eye speaks more than any language here below. Besides, Coppelius has not even altered his name.

The lawyers called it a most subtle deception, and the more culpable, inasmuch as he had planned it so artfully against the public that not a single soul – a few cunning students excepted – had detected it, although all now wished to play the wiseacre, and referred to various facts which had appeared to them suspicious.

He now sat down to finish his letter to Clara; but a glance through the window assured him that Olympia was still sitting there, and he instantly sprang up, as if impelled by an irresistible power, seized Coppola’s glass, and could not tear himself away from the seductive sight of Olympia till his friend and brother Sigismund called him to go to Professor Spalanzani’s lecture.

I have wanted to read this story for a while, and I enjoyed it more than not. However, he would dance with no other lady, and would have murdered anyone who approached Olympia for the purpose of asking her. Coppelius did not visit his father again until a year later, whereupon the children were rushed to bed.

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Yet soon even the next day – I was quite changed again. I suppose you read her logical lectures, so that she may learn to separate and sift all matters acutely. Nathanael recalls his childhood terror of the legendary Sandman, who was said to steal the eyes of children who would not go to bed and feed sandmaan to his own children who lived in the moon. Nathaniel was about to fly out in a passion, but he quickly recollected himself and retorted: Coppelius always appeared in an ashen-gray coat, cut in old fashioned style, with waistcoat and breeches of the same color, while his stockings were black, and his shoes adorned with agate buckles.