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…and because the real world’s different from the world in stories […] I don’t think the real world is full of murders and abductions and ghosts with clanking chains and… and seductions and everything.

"Perhaps not quite so many murders and abductions."

(Source: fugivity)

Jonas Kaufmann in Cesky Krumlov / July 2014

lyric-mezzo-soprano:

WERTHER had a love for Charlotte
Such as words could never utter;
Would you know how first he met her?
She was cutting bread and butter.

Charlotte was a married lady,
And a moral man was Werther,
And for all the wealth of Indies
Would do nothing for to hurt her.

So he sigh’d and pin’d and ogled,
And his passion boil’d and bubbled,
Till he blew his silly brains out,
And no more was by it troubled.

Charlotte, having seen his body
Borne before her on a shutter,
Like a well-conducted person,
Went on cutting bread and butter.

William Makepeace Thackeray, on Charlotte from The Sorrows of Young Werther (via thebriarfieldchronicles)