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Goethe: Faust

  IV.17 Wald und Höhle (Forest and cavern)

This scene describes the relationship of Faust to Margaret. When Mephistopheles is making of Faust's feeling, Faust provokes him. The response is prompt and Mephistopheles tells him everything, what he doesn't want to hear. The conflict between Faust and Mephistopheles is still more accentuated in the scene before, but also here it can be seen.

  Pfui über dich!
  Shame on you!
Das will Euch nicht behagen; Ihr habt das Recht, gesittet pfui zu sagen.
Man darf das nicht vor keuschen Ohren nennen,
Was keusche Herzen nicht entbehren können.
Und kurz und gut, ich gönn Ihm das Vergnügen,
Gelegentlich sich etwas vorzulügen;
Doch lange hält Er das nicht aus.
Du bist schon wieder abgetrieben
Und, währt es länger, aufgerieben
In Tollheit oder Angst und Graus.
Genug damit!
That's not to your liking, eh?
You have the moral right to cry out "Shame!
Before chaste ears one must not name
What chaste hearts can't dispense with, just the same!
In short, I grudge you not the pleasure of evasion,
Of lying to yourself upon occasion;
But you will not stick long to that, it's clear.
Again you are already spent,
And if this goes on longer, you'll be rent
To shreds by madness or by agony and fear.
Enough of this!