Putting into words what was condemned to the world of emotions. He begins the epistolary exchange with extreme courtesy, as one can notice in the next fragment after meeting Milena in Meran, where their infatuation started:.
Letters to Milena
He then slowly starts to be more and more confident when it comes to sharing thoughts and emotions to her:. The first reproaches of jealousy let us remember Milena was married seem to appear, and he dismisses them marvellously:. Either the world is so tiny or we are so enormous, in any case we fill it completely.
Of whom should I be jealous? As his dependency towards Milena starts to deepen, his letters turn even more brilliantly written:. In a few occasions, less in the beginning rather than in the end of the relationship, he shows signs of the desperation that the distance causes to him, as seen in the next paragraph:.
Why am I not, for instance, the fortunate wardrobe in your room which looks straight at you as you sit in the armchair or at your desk or when you lie down or go to sleep, why am I not it? But the sum seemed to me enormous, a sum which probably never before and been given to a beggar, so I was ashamed in front of the beggar woman to do something so unheard-of, but give it to her I felt I must.
I therefore changed the Sechserl into ten Kreuzers, gave one to the beggar woman, ran round the whole block of the Town Hall and the arcade near the Kleine Ring, arrived from the left as a completely new benefactor, gave the beggar woman another Kreuzer, started to run again and actually made this round ten times or maybe not quite so many, for I believe the beggar woman lost her patience later and disappeared.
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In any case, toward the end I was so exhausted, morally as well, that I ran straight home and cried until my mother replaced the Sechserl. This is one of the reasons I say he achieves to describe the indescribable:. You of all people have received this telegram! We shall report this up there at once!
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No, they are not irritated, they remain as they were. Are milk and butter and salad no good and do I need the nourishment of your presence? Franz Kafka Letters to Milena quotes quote lit.
August I long for you; I who usually longs without longing, as though I am unconscious and absorbed in neutrality and apathy, really, utterly long for every bit of you. Franz Kafka Letter to Milena love lines longing correspondence. Franz Kafka, Lettere a Milena.
Per qualche motivo che ignoro, mi piaci moltissimo. Kafka, Lettere a Milena. Sometimes I imagine the map of the world spread out and you stretched diagonally across it. And I feel as if I could consider living in only those regions that either are not covered by you or are not within your reach.
Letters to Milena
And in keeping with the conception I have of your magnitude, these are not many and not very comforting regions—and marriage is not among them. BV Unable to display preview.
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