By Stefan Zweig

"A excellent translation of a near-perfect novella of bourgeois adultery and guilt."—Jonathan Bate, Times Literary Supplement, booklet of the yr 2010

Finding her cozy bourgeois lifestyles as spouse and mom predictable after 8 years of marriage, Irene Wagner brings a bit pleasure into it via beginning an affair with a emerging younger pianist. Her lover's former mistress starts blackmailing her, threatening to provide her mystery away to her husband. Irene is quickly within the grip of agonizing fear.Written within the spring of 1913, and primary released in 1920, this novella is one in all Stefan Zweig's strongest experiences of a woman's brain and feelings. l. a. Paura (1954) the Roberto Rossellini movie in accordance with the Stefan Zweig novel worry was once the final of the extreme positive aspects within which Rossellini directed Ingrid Bergman, his spouse.

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Fortunately lunch was once quickly over, and the youngsters jumped up and bumped into the following room, chattering of their transparent, joyful voices, whereas the governess attempted in useless to reasonable their excessive spirits. Her husband additionally bought to his toes, went out of the eating room, treading seriously, and didn't glance again. once she was once on my own she took out the fateful letter back. She learn the strains once again: ‘Kindly supply the bearer of this letter 100 crowns right away. ’ Then she tore it into small items in her rage, and was once crumpling them up right into a ball to throw them within the waste-paper basket while she proposal best of it, stopped, leant over the range at the fireplace and threw the paper into the hissing hearth.

However the sobbing wouldn't cease. A healthy of weeping shook her limbs like electrical shocks, waves of shivering and chilly appeared to run via her tortured physique. Her nerves, which have been watching for the worst for weeks now, have been torn aside, and the torment raged via her numbed physique unchecked. significantly dismayed, he held her shuddering shape, clasped her chilly palms, kissed her costume and the again of her neck first soothingly, then wildly, in worry and fervour, however the tremors nonetheless saved passing via her hunched determine as though anything have been tearing her aside.

And whilst he observed her impatient gesture, he additional meekly, “What damage have I performed you? ” She stared at him with slightly repressed anger. “What damage have you ever performed me? ” she acknowledged, with fun of derision. “Oh, none! None in any respect! You’ve performed simply reliable! purely what’s correct and correct. ” His expression was once baffled, and his mouth dropped half-open, expanding the ridiculously simple-minded influence of his visual appeal. “But Irene … Irene! ” “Please don’t allure cognizance the following! ” she snapped at him brusquely. “And don’t hassle to place on an act for me!

I can’t. ” the lady seemed her up and down as though assessing her worth. “Well, let’s see … f ’rinstance, that ring there. think you was once to pawn that, it’d fetch a tidy sum. no longer that i do know that a lot approximately joolery, by no means had none meself … yet I reckon you’d get 400 crowns for it. ” “My ring! ” cried Irene. It used to be her engagement ring, the one one who she by no means took off, a atmosphere of a pretty invaluable stone that made it very worthy. “Go on, why no longer? I’ll ship you the pawnshop price tag, you will get it again any time you love.

However the reliable determine of the lady stood four-square within the doorway, and she or he went on abusing Irene in penetrating tones. “Not me, no, I ain’t incorrect, i do know your type! You been with my beau, my Eduard! stuck you finally, didn’t I? Now i do know why he’s obtained so little time for me in recent years … all as a result of you, you nasty, horrid …” “For God’s sake! ” Irene interrupted her in a fading voice. “Don’t shout so loud! ” and she or he instinctively retreated into front corridor of the construction. the girl checked out her with derision.

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