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With time, as I looked at it, the desire awakened in me to own it. To be sure, I felt that it was a strange desire, since I had no use for this piece of furniture, and it would be a prodigality for me to purchase it. But desire, as is known, is very sophistical. [I VII] I found a pretext for going into the secondhand shop, inquired about other things, and as I was about to leave I casually made a very low offer for the writing desk. I thought the dealer would possibly accept it. In that case, it would be a coincidence that played into my hands.

I could just as well have assigned it place number three, but, as I said before, I have preferred to let chance prevail, and everything remains in the order in which I found it. As far as B’s papers are concerned, they order themselves easily and naturally. But I did make one change in them: I have permitted myself to give them titles, because the letter form made it difficult for the author to give a title to these inquiries. Should the reader, therefore, after familiarizing himself with the contents, find that the titles were not felicitously chosen, I shall always be willing to put up with the pain inherent in having done something wrong when one wanted to do something well.

A, author of Part I, except for the portion by (3) Johannes, author of “The Seducer’s Diary,” although the editor thinks that Mr. A may have been the author; (4) Judge William, author of most of Part II; and (5) William’s friend in Jylland, author of “Ultimatum (A Last Word)” at the end of Part II. 46 Fear and Trembling, p. 11, KW VI (SV III 64). 47 JP VI 6843 (Pap. X5 A 146). See also Either/Or, II, pp. 443-44, KW IV (Pap. X5A 153). 48 JP VI 6853 (Pap. X5 A 146). See also Postscript, KW XII (SV VII 244).

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