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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729–1781).  Minna von Barnhelm.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Act V
 
Scene VII
 
 
MAJOR VON TELLHEIM,  MINNA,  FRANZISKA


  Maj. T.  Ah! Minna, what is this? What does this contain?
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  Min.  I am not entitled to extend my curiosity so far.  2
  Maj. T.  What! You would still separate my fate from yours?—But why do I hesitate to open it? It cannot make me more unhappy than I am: no, dearest Minna, it cannot make us more unhappy—but perhaps more happy! Permit me.  (While he opens and reads the letter, the LANDLORD comes stealthily on the stage.)  3
 

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