Summary “Adolf Benjamin Henri”

Summary “Adolf Benjamin Henri”

ADOLF Roman ADOLF. The story of A. told by Constant is not too rich in events. A. Son of the Minister of a German Elector, after graduating from the University of Goettingen, he comes to a small German town. He is lonely, used to hide his true thoughts behind jokes and slander, he lives without a purpose and is used to thinking that there is no goal that is worthy even of the slightest effort. He hears from other young people the talk about love and connections with women, but he himself has not yet experienced this feeling; his friends’ stories arouse curiosity and vague yearning in him, he seeks whom to fall in love with, and by chance casts his eye on Ellenor, the polka, who has lived for many years in the house of Count P., gave him two sons, but was not married to him. A. begins

to molest Ellenor’s love more from boredom and out of vanity than under the influence of a strong feeling. At first he meets resistance, and this only inflames his passion. He seeks from Ellenor first permission to see her in the presence of other friends at home, then alone; he tells her about his love, receives a reciprocal recognition from her, and finally E. is given to him. For several months, lovers enjoy their happiness in secret, then Count P. begins to suspect Ellenor of treason, and Father A. orders him to return to his hometown.

A. achieves a father’s postponement, and Ellenor breaks with Count P. to dedicate A. all his life. At the appointed time, A. nevertheless returns to his father, Ellenor follows him; father A. dissatisfied with the fact that his son openly has a mistress, is going to send Ellenor out of the city; to save her from this shame, A. leaves with her, and lovers settle in a small Bohemian town, and then move to Poland, where Ellenora received an inheritance.

A. for a long time does not like Ellenor so passionately as once; He is moved not so much by love as by pity; burdened by dependence on Ellenor, who, feeling his cooling, showered him with reproaches, A. however, did not dare to break with her, although she agreed with the advice of the father and his friend, the French envoy

to Poland, Baron T., and understands that life with Ellenoroy condemns him to inactivity and obscurity, deprives him of the opportunity to prove himself in any field whatsoever. A. gives Baron T. a promise to part with Ellenor, but postpones his execution for an indefinite period. The end of this insoluble situation puts the deadly disease of Ellenora, who, learning about the promise of A. to break with her, begins to wither and die. A. finds the long-awaited freedom, but can not rejoice at it, for loneliness is even more terrible.


Summary “Adolf Benjamin Henri”