By Søren Kierkegaard
"In the giant literature of affection, The Seducer's Diary is an difficult curiosity--a feverishly highbrow try to reconstruct an erotic failure as a pedagogic luck, a wound masked as a boast," observes John Updike in his foreword to Søren Kierkegaard's narrative. This paintings, a bankruptcy from Kierkegaard's first significant quantity, Either/Or, springs from his courting together with his fiancée, Regine Olsen. Kierkegaard fell in love with the younger girl, ten years his junior, proposed to her, yet then broke off their engagement a yr later. This occasion affected Kierkegaard profoundly. Olsen turned a muse for him, and a flood of volumes resulted. His try and set correct, in writing, what he feels used to be a mistake in his courting with Olsen taught him the key of "indirect communication." The Seducer's Diary, then, turns into Kierkegaard's try to painting himself as a scoundrel and hence make their holiday more straightforward for her.
Matters of marriage, the moral as opposed to the cultured, dread, and, more and more, the severities of Christianity are reflected through Kierkegaard during this extreme paintings.
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I have sometimes thought of talking to him about it. But what would be the use-he would either disclaim everything and insist that the diary was a literary venture, or he would enjoin me to silence, something I cannot deny him in vierar of the way in which I came to know about it. There is nothing that involves so much seduction and so much malediction as a secret. From Cordelia I have received a collection of letters. Whether it is all of them, I do not know, aIthough it seemed to me that she once gave me to understand that she herself had confiscated some.
Or do you find me unworthy? Just as a temple dancer dances to the honor of the god [Gudutl, so I have consecrated myself to your service; light, thinly clad, limber, unarmed, I renounce everything. I own nothing; I desire to own nothing; I love nothing; I have nothing to lose-but have I not thereby become more worthy of you, you who long ago must have been tired of depriving people of what they love, tired of their craven sniveling and craven pleading. Surprise me-I am ready. No stakes-let us fight for honor.
Whatever it is, it hides the upper part of your face. Your chin is rather lovely, a bit too pointed. Your mouth is small, open-that is because you are walking too fast. Your teeth, white as snow So it should be. Teeth are extremely importanf they are a bodyguard concealed behind the seductive sofbress of the lips. Your cheeks are glowing with health. -If you tilt your head a little, it might be possible to penetrate up under this veil or this piece of lace. Be careful; such a glance from below is more dangerous than one thatis geradenus [direct]!
The Seducer's Diary by Søren Kierkegaard