Summary and Analysis Part 1: Maragareta's Room


Alone in her room, Gretchen sadly thinks that Faust has abandoned her. She sits at her spinning wheel and sings:

My peace is gone,
My heart is sore,
I shall find it never
And never more . . .


The "Spinning Wheel Song" is one of Goethe's best-known lyrics. It expresses Gretchen's overwhelming love for Faust. Her words indicate that her coming "seduction" will not be an unwilling one.

Pop Quiz!

At the beginning of Part Two, what solution does Mephistopheles, dressed as a jester, give for the kingdom's financial problems?


In The Awakening, there's a term prunella gaiter." I'm guessing that gaiters are a type of covering for your legs, like the gaiters I use on my ski boots to keep snow out. But what the heck is prunella? Is it a purplish color like prunes?"

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