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Source text in German

Am andern Tag war die Hochzeit. Während der Trauung hörte man die Braut weinen, es schien, als ahne sie ihr trauriges Schicksal voraus, während der Bräutigam, Herr Peter Salomon Curius, selbstbewußt und höhnisch lächelnd um sich blickte. Die Sache war die, daß es kein Geschöpf auf Gottes Erdboden gab, dem er sich nicht überlegen gefühlt hätte.

Als das Hochzeitsmahl zu Ende war, wurde Engelhart mit den andern Kindern ins Freie geschickt. Es war ein lieblicher Garten hinter dem Haus, voll Apfel- und Kirschenbäumen. In dem dumpfen Trieb aufzufallen, sonderte sich Engelhart von der Gesellschaft ab und schritt in einer den Erwachsenen abgelauschten Gangart in der Tiefe des Gartens hin und her. Was ihm unbewußt dabei vorgeschwebt hatte, geschah; die jüngste Cousine folgte ihm, stellte sich ihm gegenüber und blitzte ihn mit dunkeln Augen schweigend an. Nach einer Weile fragte Engelhart um ihren Namen, den er wohl schon einige Male gehört, aber nicht eigentlich begriffen hatte. Sie hieß Esmeralda, nach der Frau des Onkels Michael in Wien, und man rief sie Esmee. Dieser Umstand erweckte von neuem Engelharts prickelnde Eifersucht, und er fing an, prahlerische Reden zu führen. Der Lügengeist kam über ihn, zum Schluß stand er seinem wahnvollen Gerede machtlos gegenüber, und Esmee, die ihn verwundert angestarrt hatte, lief spöttisch lachend davon.

Um diese Zeit faßten seine Eltern den Beschluß, ihn, obwohl er zum pflichtmäßigen Schulbesuch noch ein Jahr Zeit hatte, in eine Vorbereitungsklasse zu schicken, die ein alter Lehrer namens Herschkamm leitete. Herr Ratgeber, der große Stücke auf Engelharts Begabung hielt und große Erwartungen von seiner Zukunft hegte, war ungeduldig, ihn in den Kreis des Lebens eintreten, von der Quelle des Wissens trinken zu sehen. Er dachte an seine eigne entbehrungs- und mühevolle Jugend. Noch in den ersten Jahren seiner Ehe liebte er gehaltvolle Gespräche und gute Bücher und bewahrte eine schwärmerische Achtung für alles, was ihm geistig versagt und durch äußerliche Umstände vorenthalten blieb.

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Entry #21134 — Variant: US
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one could hear
Flows well
snidely smiling
Flows well
Nice sibil​ance thoug​h odd sequ​ence.
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bottom
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registered
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prattle boastfully
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spirit of lying
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helpless in the face of his delusional rambling
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fit of laughter
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harbored an infatuated admiration
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Entry #16475 — Variant: Not specified
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The wedding took place the following day
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alled Esmee for short
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web of lies
Flows well
Entry #16159 — Variant: US
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hadn't actually taken in
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Entry #18455 — Variant: UK
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as if she could foresee her sad destiny
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vague urge to draw attention to himself
Flows well
pacing the depths of the garden in a manner borrowed from the adults.
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known as
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stood powerless in the face of his own crazed ramblings
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who set great store
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Entry #18838 — Variant: British
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There was truly no creature on God’s earth that he would not have felt superior to.
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arena of life
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better tha​n "circle"​, but capt​ures the m​eaning
Entry #21221 — Variant: British
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The bride wept audibly
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It was clear that there was nothing and no-one on God’s earth to whom he did not feel superior.
Flows well
and he began to boast.
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powerless to resist telling tall tales
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who thought very highly of Engelhart’s abilities and who nurtured great ambitions for his son’s future
Flows well
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he maintained a rapturous admiration for everything he was denied intellectually and of which, due to extraneous circumstances, he remained deprived.
Flows well
Entry #20810 — Variant: British
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by the end he stood hopelessly in the thrall of his manic speech
Flows well
Entry #20278 — Variant: British
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to whom
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Impelled by a nagging desire for attention
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nagging desire
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As he had subconsciously hoped,
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really taken in
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brag
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profound
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Entry #18037 — Variant: British
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in dark foreboding of
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stood before him
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nurtured
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Entry #20512 — Variant: UK
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During the ceremony
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doleful destiny
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Nice allit​eration!
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Feeling a vague urge to attract attention to himsel
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What he had unconsciously intended, actually happened;
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ran off laughing derisively.
Flows well
Entry #21286 — Variant: Not specified
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detached himself
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delusional babble
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Nice touch​ for "wahn​vollen Ger​ede"
Entry #21893 — Variant: Not specified
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looked around confidently and with a scornful smile.
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affecting an adult gait,
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What he had unconsciously envisioned came to pass;
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Entry #16486 — Variant: British
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without fully taking it in
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nursed
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austere and arduous youth
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Entry #21634 — Variant: British
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would
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vague urge to be noticed
Flows well
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emulating the way the adults walked.
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doubtless heard several times already
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eloquent i​nclusion o​f "doubtle​ss".
but never actually taken in
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and she went by the name Esmee
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rekindled
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spirit of deception
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better tha​n the othe​r attempts​ tho I wou​ld leave o​ut spirit
blathering
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laughed mockingly as she ran away
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compulsory schooling began
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harboured
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everything of an intellectual nature which he had been denied and which, because of external circumstances, remained out of his reach.
Flows well
Entry #20540 — Variant: British
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foresee her sad fate
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detached himself
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registered
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prickling jealousy
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preparatory class
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pithy
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Entry #17296 — Variant: British
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As well he might, for there was no creature on all of God’s earth he did not feel superior to.
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vague hankering for attention
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in a mannerism he had picked up from the adults.
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felt a hot jealousy rising within him
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and he began to hold forth grandly, overcome by a desire to tell untruths.
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wild stories he was spinning got the better of him
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austere and arduous youth
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nice!
regarded with a zealous awe
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Entry #20993 — Variant: US
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it seemed she had forebodings of her sad fate
Flows well
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From a vague desire to stand out, Engelhart left the others and walked into the garden, stepping to and fro in a way he had picked up from adults
Flows well
who thought highly of Engelhart’s talent and harbored great expectations for his future
Flows well
In the early years of his marriage
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Entry #21463 — Variant: British
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air of confidence
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His sense of superiority over every single soul on God’s Earth was clear.
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plodded about
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re-awakened Engelhart’s burgeoning jealousy
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Consumed by the uncontrollable urge to tell lies
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Good descr​iption of ​a concept ​that doesn​'t have a ​name in En​glish
laughing derisively
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Entry #19240 — Variant: British
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a foreboding of her sorry fate
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to and fro
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but not really caught it
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there was no creature on God's earth to which he did not feel superior.
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Good choic​e and tran​slation
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Driven by the primitive urge to garner attention
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The spirit of mendacity took possession of him
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which eluded him intellectually
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Entry #21700 — Variant: US
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aping a gait he had observed in the grown-ups
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in the end he was helpless against his flights of fancy
Flows well
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harbored
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Entry #20816 — Variant: UK
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with a scornful smile on his lips
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Driven by a vague desire
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he gait
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faced him and glared at him, dark-eyed and silent
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aroused Engelhart's burning jealousy anew, and he began to boast.
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desire to lie
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better tha​n spirits,​ might pre​fer "The d​esire to l​ie..."
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proverbial
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retained a fervent respect for everything that eluded him intellectually and of which he was deprived by external circumstances.
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Entry #15499 — Variant: Not specified
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strode to and fro
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Entry #16172 — Variant: Not specified
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During the ceremony the bride could be heard crying
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Good short​ sentence,​ but you c​ould have ​made the B​ride the s​ubject her​e.
nd her nickname was Esmee
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Nice choic​e.
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ran away laughing scornfully.
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although he had another year left before being obliged to attend school
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Entry #17459 — Variant: Canadian
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in anticipation perhaps of her woeful fate
Flows well
delightful garden
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Nice word ​choice
vexed
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believed he was destined for great things
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probably b​etter than​ the more ​literal "g​reat expec​tations"
Even into the first years of his marriage he held onto
Flows well
Entry #21479 — Variant: British
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as if she could see her sad fate laid out before her
Flows well
wore a look
Flows well
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the need to lie
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who believed Engelhart to be incredibly gifted and had great hopes for his future
Flows well
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Driven by an unconscious need to be noticed
Flows well
flows well
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delusional prattle,
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