Theodor Ickler

Wir Deutschen – ihr Engländer

Erinnerung an das Duzen

“Say ‘thou’, also, and I shall say your language is almost as beautiful as mine.” –
“Isn’t ‘thou’ a little sentimental?” asked Jo, privately thinking it a lovely monosyllable. –
“Sentimental? Yes. Thank God, we Germans believe in sentiment, and keep ourselves young mit (!) it. Your English ‘you’ is so cold, say ‘thou’, heart’s dearest, it means so much to me,” pleaded Mr Bhaer, more like a romantic student than a grave professor.

(Louisa May Alcott: Little Women, 1868, Kap. 46)

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