• 257b. Caroline Tischbein to Auguste Böhmer in Jena: Dessau, 2 December 1799 [*]
But just look at the grumbler! Makes herself rare. Acts cold toward Schelling — who is so kind as to wish you might view him as a friend. But you have already come to regret it? and are now behaving more nicely toward him?  —
Ah, so, the poor little goose blushes when someone asks her something, and knows not even why herself!
[*] Erich Schmidt, (1913), 1:756. — Auguste had spent much of the autumn in Dessau with the Tischbein family, from mid-September to 26 November 1800 (Dessau in an engraving by Matthäus Merian; map: Rudolf Koch and Fritz Kredel, Deutschland und angrenzende Gebiete [Leipzig 1937]):
 Dorothea Veit had arrived with her six-year-old son, Philipp Veit, on 6 October 1800, i.e., while Auguste was still in Dessau. Hence in early December, when Caroline Tischbein is writing this letter, Auguste had hardly known Dorothea and Philipp a week (Göttinger Taschen Calendar Für das Iahr 1795 and 1785; Inhaltsverzeichnis deutscher Almanache, Theodor Springmann Stiftung):
 Because Friedrich Schlegel had arrived in Jena from Berlin during the first week of September 1799, Auguste had a chance to visit and become reacquainted; she had known him earlier, including in Lucka in 1793–94 and in Jena in 1796–97, and had, of course, already corresponded with him. Back.
 Auguste seems to have had some slight falling out with Schelling prior to leaving for Dessau; see Caroline’s letter to her on 30 September 1799 (letter 245), where she suggests that Auguste had behaved like a “stubborn little half-mamsell” (or “aloof mamsell” [14 October, letter 248]) toward him. Caroline also refers to this behavior as “Lucianity.” Back.
Translation © 2014 Doug Stott