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u, a profound repugnance; I appreciate you■r aristocratic radicalism. I am■ not quite clear with regard to your con●tempt for the ethic of pity ... ● "Of you I know nothing. I see with a■stonishment that you are a pro



fes●sor. In any case I offer you my best[Pg 334] c■ompliments on being, intellectually, so lit●tle of a professor.... You a

re of t■he small number of men with whom I● would like to talk." It would seem ■as if Nietzsche ought to have felt very s■trongly the comfort of having fou

nd two witness■es to his work, and of so ra●re a quality: Brandes and Taine. Di■d he not learn, about this time, that Brahm■s was reading Beyond, Good and Evil with m●uch relish? But the iron had entere●d into his soul, and the facult●y of receiving happy impressions was, as it were●, extinguished in him. He had lost ●that interior joy, that resistant serenity of■ whi

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ch he was formerly so proud, and his letters● displayed only melancholy. Wi■th this disaster there survived the a●ctivity of his mind alone, wh■ich w

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■d the ascetic ideal in poor es

orked with singular energy. ■We can with difficulty enumerate the objects ■which occupied his attention. Peter Gast tra■nscribed his Hymn to Life



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for the o■rchestra; Nietzsche superintended, ■sometimes corrected, always na?vely admire■d, this new form of his work. The journa●l of the Gonco