By E. T. A. Hoffman. NATHANAEL TO LOTHAIR. I know you are all very uneasy because I have not written for such a long, long time. Mother, to be sure, is angry, . The Sandman is coming, I can see.” And certainly on all these occasions I heard something with a heavy, slow step go bouncing up the stairs. That I thought. E.T.A. Hoffmann has to be one of my favourite authors and The Sandman is one of my favourite of Hoffmann’s stories, it is also the most famous.

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I read this rather no very creepy tale years ago, and while I truly enjoyed and above all appreciated E. My father received Coppelius with solemnity. He is a wicked man, who comes to children when they won’t go to bed, and throws a handful of sand into their eyes, so that they start out bleeding from their heads. Hoffmann Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmannwas a German Romantic author of fantasy and horror, hofdmann jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist. Professor Spalanzani strode through the empty hall, his steps caused a hollow echo, and his figure, round which a flickering shadow played, had a fearful, spectral appearance.

Sandmab 23, Manybooks rated it really liked it Shelves: All that’s fun and games, but the titular Sandman has overall a rather brief appearance, and is more of a symbol than a character. My brother Lothaire, to whom Hoffmahn surrendered the letter, sought to calm me, but in vain.

‘The Sandman’ by E.T.A. Hoffmann | Intermittencies of the Mind

They have crooked beaks like owls so that they can pick up the eyes of naughty human children. After supper, which was served according to the old custom at seven o’clock, we all went with my mother into my father’s study, and seated ourselves at the round table, where he would smoke and drink his large glass of beer.

It was with mingled sorrow and delight that the bright tears fell from his eyes, as he answered with a deep sigh: I’ll burn your soul, rip out your spleen with a knife, I’m far too batshit to just get on with my life. Sandman ” ” Enter Sandman ” Coppelius and his father were involved in some alchemical experiments. Upon this, Coppola advanced a good way into the room, his wide mouth distorted into a hideous laugh, and his little eyes darting fire from beneath their long grey lashes: Most curious to know more of this Sandman and his particular connection with children, I at last asked the old woman who looked after my youngest sister what sort of man he was.


The antiquated language and over-wrought prose on offer sanman will likely turn off some readers. Notwithstanding that the professor had made every effort to appear splendid, the wags had all sorts of incongruities and oddities to talk about. A classic of its kind, The Sandman has inspired later authors including Poe and composers such as Delibes and Offenbach.

The Sandman by ETA Hoffmann – review

He was in bed in his own room, in his father s house, Clara was stooping over him, and Lothaire and his mother were standing near. Would it strike anyone as so very suspicious, for instance, that, according to the expression of an elegant tea-ite, Olympia had, contrary to all usage, sneezed oftener than she had yawned?

NO, by rights I should have read no farther, but should have handed over the letter to my brother. Some convulsive pain seemed to have distorted his mild features into a repulsive, diabolical countenance. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Nathaniel’s heart trembled within him, but remembering what Spalanzani had told him about his compatriot Coppola, and also the firm promise he had made to Clara with respect to the Sandman Coppelius, he felt ashamed of his childish fear and, collecting himself with all his might, said as softly and civilly as possible: Nathaniel and Clara both ascended the steps, the mother returned home with the servant, and Lothaire, who was not inclined to clamber up so many stairs, chose to remain below.

Hoffmannn was carried irresistibly along by his hofcmann, an internal fire deeply reddened his cheeks, tears flowed from his eyes.

The Sandman (short story)

Our class this semester started out with a bang — namely The Sandman by E. Poets and composers went still further. Nathanael dances with her repeatedly, awed by her perfect rhythm, and eventually tells her of his passion for her, to which Olimpia replies only “Ah, ah!

Nathaniel assured him that he could say nothing because he knew nothing about the professor, but on the contrary perceived with astonishment the mad proceedings in a house otherwise joffmann quiet and gloomy. But you have no sense for all this, and my words are wasted on you. A horrible thing has crossed my path. On the way to visit the place, they pass through the town and climb the high steeple to look out at the view.

Now, if we have a mind which is sufficiently firm, sufficiently strengthened by the joy of life, always to recognize this strange enemy as such, and calmly to follow the path of our own inclination and calling, then the dark power will fail in its attempt to gain a form that shall be a reflection of ourselves.


I could scarcely breathethe light danced before my eyes. The story is told by a narrator who claims to have known Ea. Nathaniel dances again and again with Olympia and between dances they sit together while Spalanzani looks on, smiling at the couple.

And then he seized me so roughly that my joints cracked, and screwed off my hands and feet, afterwards putting them back again, one after the other.

Now, I know you will be sajdman with your Clara; you will say that her cold nature is impervious to any ray of the mysterious, which often embraces man with invisible arms; that she only sees the variegated surface of the world, and is as delighted as a silly child at some glittering golden fruit, which contains within it a deadly poison.

Softly, very softly, I opened the door of my father’s room.

Der Sandmann by E.T.A. Hoffmann

If the collection that you read did not include the Sandman, then I urge you to download this yoffmann which is very strong on its own and will most certainly help you to better enjoy those tales that you have already read.

I can only suspect what he means, and yet I feel as if it were all very true. If the ugly Coppelius takes it into his head to annoy you in your dreams, I’ll scare him away with loud peals of laughter. The glance of her heavenly eye speaks more than any language here below. Coppelius disappears into the crowd.

Clara points out a bush that seems to be striding towards them. Nathaniel found a card of invitation, and with heart beating high went at the appointed hour to the professor’s, where the coaches were already arriving and the lights shining in the decorated rooms.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Then would he swiftly put his hand over it, or perhaps even raise the glass to his blue lips, laughing most devilishly, and we could only express our indignation by silent sobs.

Etaa, it turns out that Coppola has lenses and spectacles to sell, and also small telescopes, and Nathanael buys one of these from him to set matters right after his earlier outburst. Find more of my books on Instagram