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Exercise: Goethe, Faust

  V. Some verses

1) ... sie sitzen schon mit hohen Augenbrauen ...

Sie sitzen schon mit hohen Augenbrauen
Gelassen da und möchten gern erstaunen.
They're sitting now with eyebrows raised,
Quite calmly there, would gladly be amazed.

It seems so little this verse, but thinking about it, it's quite amusing. People want to be astonished and they want to feel pain, joy, sadness, compassion, they want emotions. Therefore they go to the cinema, the theatre, the disco etc. They want emotions but without the consequences of the life behind them. Live wants to live, with all emotions and the theatre is a form of living without suffering the consequences. Maybe it can be even said that people experience more in the contemplative way than in the real life.