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Text for Page 085 [02-04-1850]

              Goethe himself said no one would like or understand
the Second part of Faust unless he had thought and suffered
much.   I won�t be bold enough to say I do the latter, �
but assuredly it has more fascination for me than the earlier part
of the story. It�s scope is so wide, has such grandeur of aim, and
presents such a throng of finely drawn pictures.  All Mankind are
on the stage. Times, chronology, creed, fable, the lie of paper-
promise-coin, all sported with.  And the Phardalian Walpurgis
night, what a picture. Mephisto, cold, impassionless, intensely devilish
devil confronting the mystic Sphynxes, � snarled at by the Gryphons,
his existence derided.   Homunculus, that glorious pedant-created
will o�the wisp, half Asmodeus in wit and shrewdness � Proteus. �
and the wondrous Helen, with the daring bridging of Time and Space
on the whole episode relating to her.  Lastly the most grand conclusion
of the wondrous drama � the triumph over the Sensual, and �justi
fication� of All.	 / 	That the First part of Faust is more gen-
erally liked and known, is owing to the story of Margaret, which appeals
to the sympathies.   Beranger rightly divided the audience of the world
into Women, who go for passion and sentiment, � thinkers who go for
chatacter and mind, and the Many � who demand Incident � All
are right in wishing to be amused; � It is because each finds the
several ingredients, in Shakspere, that the most common place dog
is entertained and interested in his plays.
  5. Tuesday.   Out once or twice in the morning. Then
Mose all day.   Evening writing.  As lonely as Crusoe               
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