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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729–1781).  Minna von Barnhelm.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Act II
 
Scene VII
 
 
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 everything—to give him all again, through me!
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  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 are—strange 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
 

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