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The Adventure of the German Student (Short Story)

  • Type: Short Story
  • Length: 7 pages

The Adventure of the German Student is a 1824 short story by notable author Washington Irving. - AsNotedIn

On a stormy night, in the tempestuous times of the French Revolution, a young German was returning to his lodgings, at a late hour, across the old part of Paris. The lightning gleamed, and the loud claps of thunder rattled through the lofty narrow streets -- but I should first tell you something about this young German.

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  • Emanuel Swedenborg, He had been indulging in fanciful speculations on spiritual essences, until, like Swedenborg, he had an ideal world of his own around him.

  • 4th Rt, Hotel-de-Ville, He was returning home late on stormy night, through some of the old and gloomy streets of the Marais, the ancient part of Paris.
  • 5th Lt, Pantheon, He shut himself up in a solitary apartment in the Pays Latin, the quarter of students.
  • Hotel de Ville de Paris, Paris He came to the Place de Greve, the square, where public executions are performed.
  • Pont Neuf, Paris He supported her faltering steps across the Pont Neuf, and by the place where the statue of Henry the Fourth had been overthrown by the populace.


Y/M/D Association Description Place Locale Food Event
1824/00/00 Washington Irving Author "The Adventure of the German Student" by Washington Irving is collected in 'Tales of a Traveller'.

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Particulars for The Adventure of the German Student (Short Story):
Human Action Accost approach and address (someone) boldly or aggressively
Human Disposition Disconsolate without consolation or comfort unhappy
Human Attribute Dream a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person's mind during sleep
Narrative Arts Fiction prose literature, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people
Event French Revolution
Device Guillotine a machine with a heavy blade sliding vertically in grooves, used for beheading people.
Disposition hackney ordinary or predictable
Meteorology Lightning the occurrence of a natural electrical discharge of very short duration and high voltage between a cloud and the ground or within a cloud, accompanied by a bright flash and typically also thunder.
Narrative Arts Narrative an account of connected events
Faith Perdition (in Christian theology) a state of eternal punishment and damnation into which a sinful and unpenitent person passes after death.
Narrative Arts Prose ordinary written language
Art Type Short Story short form narrative fiction
Meteorology Stormy Weather
Education Student a person who is studying at a school or college
Disposition Vicissitude a change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant.

Original Language: English

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