Do not look forward to my planning to pursue you or to arm myself with a dagger in order to provoke your ridicule! Flee where you will, I am still yours; go to the ends of the earth, I am still yours. Love a hundred others, I am still yours-indeed, in the hour of death, I am yours. The very language I use against you must demonstrate to you that I am yours. You have had the audacity to deceive a person in such away that you have become everything to me, so that I would rejoice solely in being your slave.
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His essays and miscellaneous writings controversially praise the value of living in a purely aesthetic sphere of existence. Yet even he finds the impassioned deviousness of the seducer, Johannes , to be too much. This may be particularly true because A mentions that he believes he once knew this Cordelia—though he is not particularly certain of this fact, as the Diary is shadowy in true details.
The first letter is accusatory, bitterly acknowledging that she never possesed Johannes the way he possessed her. The second letter is similar in intent, though it is more obscure in that she draws mainly from an anecdote about a rich man who took from a poor maiden her single lamb. The third letter is despairing, yet it reveals that she still has hope that Johannes may someday love her truly.
A includes the letters to give us an idea of how Johannes has manipulated Cordelia so far as to leave her emotions muddled and her convictions uncertain. The rest of the work is the diary itself; in the first entries, very little actually occurs.
The journal begins in the spring, with his description of his first glimpse of Cordelia, stepping out of a carriage, and his thoughts on how beautifully exploitable and to his advantage the world is, simply by nature.
The majority of the following entries are similar. As Johannes stalks her, he jots down disturbing analyses of every move Cordelia makes, detailing his rationale for not advancing too quickly: so that he may savor the ideal of the pursuit of her.
Soon enough, he discovers her name, that she lives near the ramparts, and that she has no family other than two sisters and an aunt. Johannes decides that the way into the household will be to win the favor of the aunt, and he does so facilely with his charm. However, to get closer still to Cordelia, he befriends a young man named Edward who is enamored of Cordelia, but uncertain about how to go about courting her.
Johannes wins his trust and becomes his confidant, encouraging him to try to woo Cordelia only to eventually have him fall and lose her interest. He circulates a rumor that he is in love with a young girl, which subtly makes its way to Cordelia through Edward, making him an unwitting conspirator.
As he struggles to decide when to terminate their relationship, Johannes meanwhile also attempts to find the most aesthetically pleasing and practicable way to surprise Cordelia. He to propose to her one day while Edward is away and only she and her aunt are at home. Without being overly effusive, rather talking like a book—"for a book has the remarkable quality that you may interpret it as you wish"—he gives his petition. Cordelia says neither yes nor no, but refers him to her aunt, who gives Johannes her consent.
As soon as they are engaged, Johannes schemes to have her question their engagement. In becoming distant and allowing Cordelia to "triumph in pursuing" him, Johannes tries to increase the passion and consternation Cordelia is beginning to feel. The notes are brief—not letters, for "the more the erotic is to come out, the shorter they should be"—and try to "develop her mentally, if not erotically.
In the letters, he begins to notice that she calls him "mine," but she lacks the courage to say so in real life. With his subterfuge, Johannes gradually manages to get Cordelia to spurn the idea of marriage. Meanwhile, Johannes reflects extensively about warmth and virginity, doubting that Cordelia would still be interesting to him if they were to be wedded. The only pact to which Johannes adheres to is his "pact with the aesthetic. Thereafter, he preocuppies himself with ensuring that Cordelia has no opportunity to reflect on what has happened, so that she remains uncertain.
Not yet aesthetically pleased with the ultimate irony of his actions, he concludes the journal musing about how "poeticizing himself out of a girl" would perhaps make an interesting epliogue to the Diary. Update this section!
Diary of a seducer – Soren Kierkegaard
The plot is simple, and the book is very short, but all the same I became easily involved with the characters. He likes women only until they have given him everything: it is then that he leaves them, and searches for a new love. In an autobiographical confession, Johannes writes, I am an aesthete, an eroticist, who has grasped the nature and the point of love, who believes in love and knows it from the ground up, and I reserve for myself only the private opinion that no love affair should last more that a half a year at most and that any relationship is over as soon as one has enjoyed the ultimate. The story is told by Johannes, a man ten years Cordelias senior, who spins a web, to bring this young girl of seventeen, into womanhood through an erotic seduction of the mind. Johannes, a brilliant intellectual, uses the ripple effect of thought to determine the out come of each move that he plots. For instance, when you drop a stone into water, it sends out a ripple of rings, each one, a different path to take, each with its own set of consequences.
DIARY OF A SEDUCER KIERKEGAARD PDF
His essays and miscellaneous writings controversially praise the value of living in a purely aesthetic sphere of existence. Yet even he finds the impassioned deviousness of the seducer, Johannes , to be too much. This may be particularly true because A mentions that he believes he once knew this Cordelia—though he is not particularly certain of this fact, as the Diary is shadowy in true details. The first letter is accusatory, bitterly acknowledging that she never possesed Johannes the way he possessed her. The second letter is similar in intent, though it is more obscure in that she draws mainly from an anecdote about a rich man who took from a poor maiden her single lamb. The third letter is despairing, yet it reveals that she still has hope that Johannes may someday love her truly.