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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The Sandman by ETA Hoffmann – review

About the title story only Only the poetical mind is sensitive to its like in others. Overcome by the wildest terror, I shrieked out and fell from my hiding place upon the floor. Let me tell you that I yesterday asked our neighbor, the apothecary, whether such a sudden and fatal explosion was possible in these chemical experiments?

There was a burning fermentation within you; your blood seethed like a molten glow through your veins, sending a higher color to your cheeks.

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

As soon as the spectacles were removed Nathaniel felt quite easy and, thr of Clara, perceived that the hideous phantom was but the creature of his own mind, that this Coppola was an honest optician and could not possibly be the accursed double of Coppelius. Note that the fight between Spallanzani and one or both of them for the “wooden doll” where we hear Coppelius’s voice but see Coppola.

But he soon collected all his strength. I am ths German native and used to the style this book was written. In another letter to Lothario, this time addressed correctly, Nathaniel appears calmer.

His name is the same as that of the famous natural philosopher Spalanzani, and he thr of Italian origin. He was forced to confess that he had never seen a szndman lovely hofdmann but, with Clara in his heart, the stiff Olympia was perfectly indifferent to him.


Clara’s letters and Lothaire’s came to his hands during the search; but he flung them aside indifferently, found the ring, pocketed it and hastened over to Olympia. Don’t you think that even cheerful -unaffected- carefree nature like mine could harbour an inkling of a dark force that insidiously strives to corrupt the sanctum of our inner self?

Silently and gloomily they slunk about. Indeed, it is quite incredible that the mind which so often peers out of those bright, smiling, childish eyes with all the charm of a dream, could make such intelligent professorial definitions. Nathanael appears to recover from his madness and is reunited with Clara and Lothar. And hogfmann course, the whole steampunk genre loves to explore the idea of clockwork automata.

For assuredly you were thinking of me most intently when, designing to send your last letter to my brother Lothaire, you directed hoffjann to me instead of to him.

I intend to do the same with every story in the book but it is a time-consuming process which involves scanning pictures from an old book whilst trying not to damage it, cleaning the scans, re-reading the story and then posting a review or summary of the story.

Olympia appeared dressed sanvman great richness and taste. Nathaniel closed the book at once and hurried indignantly to his chamber.

Ich bin froh, dass ich das Buch ohne Leistungsdruck lesen durfte. View all 4 comments.

He ran to Nathaniel and reproached him for his senseless conduce towards his beloved sister in hard words, to which the infuriated Nathaniel retorted in the same style. If our minds, strengthened by a cheerful life, are resolute enough to recognize alien and malevolent influences for what they are and to proceed tranquilly along the path to which our inclinations and our vocation have directed us, the uncanny power must surely perish in a vain struggle to assume the form which is our own reflection.


From the very bottom of his desk he drew out all that he had ever written. Nathaniel went raging about the gallery, leaping high in the air and crying, ‘Circle of fire’spin round!

Der Sandmann

The Sandman really is one odd and off sally; or really two sallies, since the second half seems to have only a hoftmann acquaintance with the first. Der Sandmann by E. For it was well known that she could not think of him without terror since she, as well as Nathaniel, held him guilty of causing her husband’s death.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Most other people consider her dull and stupid, although pretty, and with strangely mechanical actions. Your father, no doubt, occasioned his own death, by some act of carelessness of which Coppelius was w guiltless.

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But as the dark cloud rose ever blacker and blacker, she let the stocking fall and looked him full in the face. Many years afterward, the narrator concludes, it is said that Clara was seen with a kind-looking hofmann sitting before a country house with two lovely boys, and thus found the domestic happiness that Nathanael could never have provided. He did not perceive me, and I swiftly darted into the room and behind the curtain which hoffmmann an open cupboard close to the door, in which my father’s clothes were hanging.

Certainly I always heard him coming up the stairs.