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(1913) [MARC] Author: August Strindberg Translator: Claud Field
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THE ETERNAL HAS SPOKEN



Winter, with its grey-yellow skies is here; no
ray of sunlight has lit up the sky for weeks. The
muddy roads hinder us from taking walks; the
leaves fall from the trees and rot; all nature is
dissolving in decay.

The usual autumn butchery of dumb animals
has begun. All day long the cries of the victims
rise against the dark vault of heaven; one
steps in blood and among corpses. It is terribly
depressing, and I feel sad for the two, good,
kind-hearted sisters who tend me like a sick
child. Besides this, my poverty, which I must
conceal from them, depresses me, together with
the futility of my attempts to avert approaching
beggary. For my own good they wish for my
departure, since such a lonely life is not good
for a man; moreover, they believe that I need
a doctor. In vain I wait for the necessary money
to be sent from Sweden, and prepare to depart,

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