One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Correction: Zweig Alludes to Lotte Altmann in "The World of Yesterday"

Very briefly, however: on page 433 of 436.

Zweig explains why, with approaching war and his being an "alien," he decides to stay on in England by quoting Shakespeare: Let us meet the time as it seeks us.

He then goes on to explain how he tried to "contract a second marriage" in Bath (Lotte isn't named), but because both he and his wife-to-be had alien status the clerk, uncertain of procedures, declared that he would have to apply to London for further instructions.

Zweig drops the story there and goes on to tell us that England had declared war on Germany. There is a brief flurry of sentiment before he concludes the book on a fairly positive note:

But, after all, shadows themselves are born of light. And only he who has experienced dawn and dusk, war and peace, ascent and decline, only he has truly lived.
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