But God interrupted him. With a piercing look of his bright eyes, he said: “Enough of that, Knulp. You hurt Lisabeth very much, we can’t change that, but you know perfectly well that the kindness and tenderness you gave her outweighed the harm, and that she was never angry with you for one moment. You childish fellow! Can’t you see what it all means? Can’t you see that you had to be a gadabout and a vagabond to bring people a bit of child’s folly and child’s laughter wherever you went? To make all sorts of people love you a little and tease you a little and be a little grateful to you?”
– “The End,” Knulp, Hermann Hesse
Nope, not buying it.
[Image: statue of Knulp by Friedhelm Zilly in Calw; source: www.zillyskulpturen.de]