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Strauch, Dora; Brockmann, Walter / Satan came to Eden

Chapter I: The end of one life,   pp. 1-17

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                   The End of One Life                     17 
new friend to meet my people and had taken him home with me. 
But Frederick thought a great deal of my father. 
  As for the rest of the world, we rejoiced at leaving it behind. 
Civilization had no illusions for us. We had no interest in it, and 
the last thing we ever thought of was that it would ever take an 
interest in us. All that we both wanted was to be alone and to 
break free of the bonds of conventional life. We wanted to try and 
live a new way with neither models nor preconceived ideas to 
help-or rather hinder us. We wanted no advice and took none. 
Our work of discovery, whether it would turn out to be great or 
small, was to be all our own. It was my conviction that Dr. Ritter's 
experiment as a way of life would lack validity without a woman. 
But would I, as a woman, be able to rise to these occasions which 
I knew would come and be an acid test by which even two people 
who felt that they belonged irrevocably together, must prove the 
value of their relationship? For all the joy that filled me, I also 
felt a touch of fear. But I resolved that, come what might, I should 
be strong. 
  And so the die was cast and we prepared to go forth to our 
experiment of more than Puritan self-denial, of repudiation of the 
flesh in a search for higher spiritual values. We had chosen a place 
where no one was, for we had learned that it is the contact with 
unlike natures that destroys the inner harmony of lives. We were 
to try and found an Eden not of ignorance but of knowledge. We 
did not know then that the world which we were leaving would 
pursue us there, to ruin what we made. 

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