Instead, I told him about St. Francis and give him Mörike’s tales to read. I was struck by his admission that he could not have fully appreciated the story of the Schöne Lau if he had not so often been by the otters’ pool where he had been able to indulge in all kinds of remarkable water-phantasies.
–Peter Camenzind, Hermann Hesse
Woodcut by Heinz Kiwitz for Historie von der Schöne Lau by Eduard Mörike
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