"In the immense literature of affection, The Seducer's Diary is an complex curiosity--a feverishly highbrow try and reconstruct an erotic failure as a pedagogic good fortune, a wound masked as a boast," observes John Updike in his foreword to Søren Kierkegaard's narrative. This paintings, a bankruptcy from Kierkegaard's first significant quantity, Either/Or, springs from his courting along with his fiancée, Regine Olsen. Kierkegaard fell in love with the younger girl, ten years his junior, proposed to her, yet then broke off their engagement a 12 months later. This occasion affected Kierkegaard profoundly. Olsen grew to become a muse for him, and a flood of volumes resulted. His try to set correct, in writing, what he feels was once a mistake in his dating with Olsen taught him the key of "indirect communication." The Seducer's Diary, then, turns into Kierkegaard's try and painting himself as a scoundrel and therefore make their holiday more straightforward for her.
Matters of marriage, the moral as opposed to the classy, dread, and, more and more, the severities of Christianity are meditated by way of Kierkegaard during this severe work.
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I face-to-face with am wasting my stability again-not 84 her while she is current, but if i'm on my own together with her within the strictest experience. i'll yeam for her, now not with the intention to communicate along with her yet basically to have her photograph flow previous me; whilst i do know she has long past out, i could stealthily stick with her, to not be noticeable yet to work out. the opposite night, we left the Baxter condominium jointly; Edward escorted her. I parted from them within the maximum haste, moved quickly over to a different highway the place my servant was once watching for me. very quickly in any respect, I had replaced my outfits and met her back with no her suspecting it. Edward was once simply as mute as ever. I definitely am in love, yet now not within the traditional experience, and one has to be super careftrl approximately thaf it usually has risky effects, and, in spite of everything, one is that method just once. however the god of affection is blind, and if one is shrewdpermanent, he can definitely be fooled. The artwork is to be as receptive as attainable to impressions, to grasp what impact one is making and what impact one has of every woman. In that manner, you can be in love with many women on the similar fime, simply because one is in love another way with every one. to like one woman is simply too little; to like all is superficiality; to understand oneself and to like as many as attainable, to permit one's soul hide all of the powers of affection inside of itself in order that each one gets its particular nourishment whereas the attention however embraces the whole-that is enjoyrnent, that's residing. luly three Edward fairly can't bitch approximately me. on the contrary, i need Cordelia to fall in love with him 85 in order that via him she is going to collect a distaste for undeniable and easy love and thereby transcend her personal limits, yet that calls for specifically that Edward now not be a cartoon, for that's of no support. Now; Edward isn't just a very good fit within the bourgeois feel, which doesn't suggest something to her-a woman of seventeen doesn't care approximately such things-but he has a number of beautiful own features that i attempt to aid him exhibit within the most efficient gentle Like a lady's maid or a decorator, I deck him out in addition to the assets of the home allow-in truth, I occasionally hold a bit borrowed finery on him. once we pass jointly over there, it kind of feels very unusual to me to stroll alongside at his aspect. To me it truly is as though he have been my brother, my son, and but he's my good friend, my modern, my rival. He can by no means develop into harmful to me. therefore, the better i will be able to increase him, considering he's guaranteed to fall, the higher it truly is, the extra it awakens in Cordelia a realization of what she disdains, the extra excessive the presenfiment of what she wants. I lend him a assisting hand, i like to recommend him-in brief, I do every thing a chum can do for a pal. with a purpose to set my very own coldness in aid, I nearly rant opposed to Edward. I signify him as a dreamer. on account that Edward doesn't know the way to assist himseU in any respect, i must push him ahead. Cordelia hates and fears me. What does a tender lady worry? mind lAandl. Why? simply because mind constitutes the negation of her complete womanly life.