"Friedrich, why didn't you..."
"Ah, heaven, she gifs me the name that no one speaks since Minna died!" cried the Professor, pausing in a puddle to regard her with grateful delight.
"I always call you so to myself--I forgot, but I won't unless you like it."
"Like it? It is more sweet to me than I can tell. Say `thou', also, and I shall say your language is almost as beautiful as mine."
"Isn't `thou' a little sentimental?" asked Jo, privately thinking it a lovely monosyllable.
"Sentimental? Yes. Thank Gott, we Germans believe in sentiment, and keep ourselves young mit it. Your English `you' is so cold, say `thou', heart's dearest, it means so much to me," pleaded Mr. Bhaer, more like a romantic student than a grave professor.
One of the inspirations for Friedrich´s character in Little Women was the German poet Goethe. When Goethes poems are translated into English the German word “du” becomes “thou” as in old English. Louisa adored Goethe and German romanticism, philosophy and writing in general. This is why Friedrich prefers to use the word “thou” over “you”… and of course Jo loves the fact that he is from Germany.
#Endless Friedrich Bhaer appreciation #Louisa Knew What She Was Doing # I am not making this up
#Read any LMA Biography
#Fritz is such a romantic #Jo freaking loves it
Pronounced as Nee-na.
Artist, illustrator, writer, watercolorist and a folklorist. Gryffinclaw. Comes from Finland. Likes cats, tea and period dramas.
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