。， We were the second couple in the third country dance. As we weregoing down (and Heaven knows with what ecstasy I gazed at her armsand eyes, beaming with the sweetest feeling of pure and genuineenjoyment), we passed a lady whom I had noticed for her charmingexpression of countenance; although she was no longer young. Shelooked at Charlotte with a smile, then, holding up her finger ina threatening attitude, repeated twice in a very significant toneof voice the name of "Albert."
Say what you will of fortitude, but show me the man who can patientlyendure the laughter of fools, when they have obtained an advantageover him. 'Tis only when their nonsense is without foundationthat one can suffer it without complaint.。，
。， Could you but see me, my dear Charlotte, in the whirl ofdissipation, -- how my senses are dried up, but my heart is at notime full. I enjoy no single moment of happiness: all is vain --nothing touches me. I stand, as it were, before the raree-show:I see the little puppets move, and I ask whether it is not anoptical illusion. I am amused with these puppets, or, rather, Iam myself one of them: but, when I sometimes grasp my neighbour'shand, I feel that it is not natural; and I withdraw mine with ashudder. In the evening I say I will enjoy the next morning'ssunrise, and yet I remain in bed: in the day I promise to rambleby moonlight; and I, nevertheless, remain at home. I know not whyI rise, nor why I go to sleep.
I returned home to supper in the evening. But few persons wereassembled in the room. They had turned up a corner of the table-cloth,and were playing at dice. The good-natured A-- came in. He laiddown his hat when he saw me, approached me, and said in a low tone,"You have met with a disagreeable adventure." "I!" I exclaimed."The count obliged you to withdraw from the assembly!" "Deucetake the assembly!" said I. "I was very glad to be gone." "I amdelighted," he added, "that you take it so lightly. I am onlysorry that it is already so much spoken of." The circumstancethen began to pain me. I fancied that every one who sat down, andeven looked at me, was thinking of this incident; and my heartbecame embittered.。，
。， "Who is Albert," said I to Charlotte, "if it is not impertinentto ask?" She was about to answer, when we were obliged to separate,in order to execute a figure in the dance; and, as we crossed overagain in front of each other, I perceived she looked somewhatpensive. "Why need I conceal it from you?" she said, as she gaveme her hand for the promenade. "Albert is a worthy man, to whomI am engaged." Now, there was nothing new to me in this (for thegirls had told me of it on the way); but it was so far new thatI had not thought of it in connection with her whom, in so shorta time, I had learned to prize so highly. Enough, I became confused,got out in the figure, and occasioned general confusion; so thatit required all Charlotte's presence of mind to set me right bypulling and pushing me into my proper place.
The house, the neighbourhood, and the whole town were immediatelyin commotion. Albert arrived. They had laid Werther on the bed:his head was bound up, and the paleness of death was upon his face.His limbs were motionless; but he still breathed, at one timestrongly, then weaker -- his death was momently expected.。，
。， "Why do I not write to you?" You lay claim to learning, and asksuch a question. You should have guessed that I am well -- thatis to say -- in a word, I have made an acquaintance who has wonmy heart: I have -- I know not.
， He returned home about five o'clock, ordered his servant to keepup his fire, desired him to pack his books and linen at the bottomof the trunk, and to place his coats at the top. He then appearsto have made the following addition to the letter addressed toCharlotte:。， The old steward hastened to the house immediately upon hearing thenews: he embraced his dying friend amid a flood of tears. Hiseldest boys soon followed him on foot. In speechless sorrow theythrew themselves on their knees by the bedside, and kissed hishands and face. The eldest, who was his favourite, hung over himtill he expired; and even then he was removed by force. At twelveo'clock Werther breathed his last. The presence of the steward,and the precautions he had adopted, prevented a disturbance; andthat night, at the hour of eleven, he caused the body to be interredin the place which Werther had selected for himself.