Minna Von Barnhelm

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Author: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Scene I. Minna’s Room. Minna (Dressed Handsomely and Richly, but in Good Taste), Franziska

(They have just risen from a table, which a servant is clearing.)

FRAN. You cannot possibly have eaten enough, my lady.

MIN. Don’t you think so, Franziska? Perhaps I had no appetite when I sat down.

FRAN. We had agreed not to mention him during dinner. We should have resolved likewise, not to think of him.

MIN. Indeed, I have thought of nothing but him.

FRAN. So I perceived. I began to speak of a hundred different things, and you made wrong answers to each. (Another servant brings coffee.) Here comes a beverage more suited to fancies—sweet, melancholy coffee.

MIN. Fancies! I have none. I am only thinking of the lesson I will give him. Did you understand my plan, Franziska?

FRAN. Oh! yes; but it would be better if he spared us the putting it in execution.

MIN. You will see that I know him thoroughly. He who refuses me now with all my wealth, will contend for me against the whole world, as soon as he hears that I am unfortunate and friendless.

FRAN. (seriously). That must tickle the most refined self-love.

MIN. You moralist! First you convict me of vanity—now of self-love. Let me do as I please, Franziska. You, too, shall do as you please with your Sergeant.

FRAN. With my Sergeant?

MIN. Yes. If you deny it altogether, then it is true. I have not seen him yet; but from all you have said respecting him, I foretell your husband for you.

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Chicago: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, "Scene I. Minna’s Room. Minna (Dressed Handsomely and Richly, but in Good Taste), Franziska," Minna Von Barnhelm, ed. CM01B10.Txt - 149 Kb, CM01B10.Zip - 56 Kb and trans. Wisdom, J. H., Murray, Marr in Minna Von Barnhelm (New York: The Modern Library Publishers, 1918), Original Sources, accessed September 22, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CNVE16Q495APAGA.

MLA: Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim. "Scene I. Minna’s Room. Minna (Dressed Handsomely and Richly, but in Good Taste), Franziska." Minna Von Barnhelm, edited by CM01B10.Txt - 149 Kb, CM01B10.Zip - 56 Kb, and translated by Wisdom, J. H., Murray, Marr, in Minna Von Barnhelm, New York, The Modern Library Publishers, 1918, Original Sources. 22 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CNVE16Q495APAGA.

Harvard: Lessing, GE, 'Scene I. Minna’s Room. Minna (Dressed Handsomely and Richly, but in Good Taste), Franziska' in Minna Von Barnhelm, ed. and trans. . cited in 1918, Minna Von Barnhelm, The Modern Library Publishers, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 22 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CNVE16Q495APAGA.