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The Jew’s Beech (Die Judenbuche) by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, |

As well as being an outstanding work of the poetic-realist tradition, with its closely observed country setting and with characters who are largely shaped by it, The Jew’s Beech may also be seen as a highly successful example of the German Novelle. But he never said anything about it and apparently did not like to think of it.

Mention of these matters, like a short poem on the theme of not being overly hasty in judgment when we all might fall, sets a moral perspective to the story. Then, 28 years after the event, a frail, elderly man arrives at Christmas. The court had to be satisfied with their negative evidence. There was a slight noise in the thicket not twenty paces dif him; it was the ranger sharpening his flint.

Die Judenbuche by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff

Your Excellency can imagine what I felt like. What things one believed when one had so little, and through unbelief was likely to lose that little! At last, when the rain ceased, we drove on, judenbucue ahead, unable to see a hand before our face. Brandes was very tired.

He heard her crying, and in between, “Ave Maria! The main character of the englisg, whose life we follow from beginning to end. That is a shame! At this moment a tumult arose at the other end of the floor, shrieks, scolding, laughter, all together. John related how they reached P. Shortly afterward, his half-rotten corpse is found hanging from the branches of the beech the Jews had bought.


The squire, putting two and two together, identifies the dead man as Friedrich and gives orders for the burial of his body not in consecrated ground but in the knacker’s midden.

The Jew’s Beech | work by Droste-Hülshoff |

So he began his training. He sold the watch on credit and had not received payment for some time. He crept past several houses, then he stopped in front of a door and knocked gently. The misfortune strikes all the harder because the boy had heard mysterious knockings outside the night before but was told to disregard them.

He had almost the look of a fiery man atoning for the theft of sacks; Frederick followed him, englissh and tall for his age, with fine, almost noble features, and long fair hair which was in better order than was to be expected from the rest of his appearance; otherwise ragged, sunburnt, and with a sort of raw melancholy in his looks.

With these words the master got up and left the room with Kapp in order to view the body. The landowners, who were responsible for the dispensing of justice, punished and rewarded according to their own ideas, which were in most cases honest: Quite contrary to the usual state of affairs, when judenbuhce was easy to point out the leaders of the business, it was not possible, in spite of the greatest vigilance, to discover one single individual.

The next day the village was full jhdenbuche the adventures of the long-missing man. With wry neck and crooked back, the whole figure broken egnlish wasted; long, snow-white hair hung round his face, which had the drawn expression of one who has suffered much and long. The absence of the lord of the manor had made it necessary that the magistrate’s clerk should begin proceedings himself. It seemed dle though he had wandered about all the time in Breder Wood.


The fact itself was unexpected, but the personality of the bride made it an even greater wonder.

She sat for a while, motionless with tightly pressed lips, as though completely absent in mind. September was drawing near. One cannot get through it,” said the Baron.

The Jew’s Beech

From Breder Wood a figure emerged and began to make its way slowly towards the village; the wayfarer seemed very weak or ill; he groaned heavily, and dragged himself with great trouble through the snow.

Frederick answered equally quietly: Only two of them had seen him, and both on the day on which he had left home.

Margaret had lived longer, but completely imbecile. So one was soon accustomed to seeing him first decked out and happy as the young elegant and leader of the village youth; then as a ragged cowherd, solitary and dreamy, slinking along behind the cows, or lying face downwards in a clearing in the woods, apparently quite aimlessly stripping the moss off the tree-trunks.

But when nothing was any use, and the judicial proceedings were declared closed, on the following morning there appeared at the castle a number of the most respected Jews to arrange a deal with the master.

She was white as chalk and her eyes engoish closed.