|Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (17291781). Minna von Barnhelm.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
MINNA, and afterwards FRANZISKA
Min. I have found him again!Am I alone?I will not be alone to no purpose.(Clasping her hands.) Yet I am not alone! (Looking upwards.) One single grateful thought towards heaven, is the most perfect prayer! I have found him! I have found him! (With outstretched arms.) I am joyful and happy! What can please the Creator more than a joyful creature! (FRANZISKA returns.) Have you returned, Franziska? You pity him! I do not pity him. Misfortune too is useful. Perhaps heaven deprived him of everythingto give him all again, through me!
| Fran. He may be here at any moment.You are still in your morning dress, my lady. Ought you not to dress yourself quickly?|| 2|
| Min. Not at all. He will now see me more frequently so, than dressed out.|| 3|
| Fran. Oh! you know, my lady, how you look best.|| 4|
| Min. (after a pause). Truly, girl, you have hit it again.|| 5|
| Fran. I think women who are beautiful, are most so when unadorned.|| 6|
| Min. Must we then be beautiful? Perhaps it was necessary that we should think ourselves so. Enough for me, if only I am beautiful in his eyes. Franziska, if all women feel as I now feel, we arestrange things. Tender-hearted, yet proud; virtuous, yet vain; passionate, yet innocent. I dare say you do not understand me. I do not rightly understand myself. Joy turns my head.|| 7|
| Fran. Compose yourself, my lady, I hear footsteps.|| 8|
| Min. Compose myself! What! receive him composedly?|| 9|