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Recollections of My Childhood and Youth

By Brandes, George

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Title: Recollections of My Childhood and Youth  
Author: Brandes, George
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Excerpt: RECOLLECTIONS OF MY CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH DISCOVERING THE WORLD First Impressions?Going to Bed?My Name?Fresh Elements?School?The King?Town and Country?The King?s Gardens?The Friendly World?Inimical Forces?The World Widens?The Theatre?Progress?Warlike Instincts? School Adventures?Polite Accomplishments?My Relations. I. He was little and looked at the world from below. All that happened, went on over his head. Everyone looked down to him. But the big people possessed the enviable power of lifting him to their own height or above it. It might so happen that suddenly, without preamble, as he lay on the floor, rummaging and playing about and thinking of nothing at all, his father or a visitor would exclaim: ?Would you like to see the fowls of Kjoege?? And with the same he would feel two large hands placed over his ears and the arms belonging to them would shoot straight up into the air. That was delightful. Still, there was some disappointment mingled with it. ?Can you see Kjoege now?? was a question he could make nothing of. What could Kjoege be? But at the other question: ?Do you see the fowls?? he vainly tried to see something or other. By degrees he understood that it was only a phrase, and that there was nothing to look for. It was his first experience of empty phrases, and it made an impression. It was just as great fun, though, when the big people said to him: ?Would you like to be a fat lamb? Let us play at fat lamb.? He would be flung over the man?s shoulder, like a slaughtered lamb, and hang there, or jump up and ride with his legs round the man?s hips, then climb valiantly several steps higher, get his legs round his shoulders, and behold! be up on the giddy height! Then the man would take him round the waist, swing him over, and after a mighty somersault in the air, he would land unscathed on his feet upon the floor. It was a composite kind of treat, of three successive stages: first came the lofty and comfortable seat, then the more interesting moment, with a feeling, nevertheless, of being on the verge of a fall, and then finally the jump, during which everything was upside down to him. But, too, he could take up attitudes down on the floor that added to his importance, as it were, and obliged the grown?up people to look at him. When they said: ?Can you stand like the Emperor Napoleon?? he would draw himself up, bring one foot a little forward, and cross his arms like the little figure on the bureau.

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Table of Contents: Recollections Of My Childhood And Youth, 1 -- George Brandes, 1 -- RECOLLECTIONS OF MY CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH, 3 -- DISCOVERING THE WORLD, 3 -- I, 3 -- BOYHOOD'S YEARS, 17 -- TRANSITIONAL YEARS, 35 -- ADOLESCENCE, 58 -- FIRST LONG SOJOURN ABROAD, 84 -- EARLY MANHOOD, 91 -- SECOND LONGER STAY ABROAD, 122 -- FILOMENA, 175 -- SECOND LONGER STAY ABROAD, 188

 

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