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Adelbert von Chamisso —
born on January 30, 1781,
died on August 21, 1838
Adelbert von Chamisso was a German poet and botanist. He wrote Peter Schlemihl, a famous story about a man who sold his shadow... (wikipedia)
In this watering-place I acted an heroic character, badly studied; and being a novice on such a stage, I forgot my part before a pair of lovely blue eyes.
On recovering my senses, I hastened to quit a place where I hoped there was nothing further to detain me. I first filled my pockets with gold, then fastened the strings of the purse round my neck, and concealed it in my bosom.
This man, although he appeared so humble and embarrassed in his air and manners, and passed so unheeded, had inspired me with such a feeling of horror by the unearthly paleness of his countenance, from which I could not avert my eyes, that I was unable longer to endure it.
All possible means were used by the infatuated parents to conclude the bargain; and deception put an end to these usual artifices.
I will give you three days to seek your shadow. Return to me in the course of that time with a well-fitted shadow, and you shall receive a hearty welcome; otherwise, on the fourth day - remember, on the fourth day - my daughter becomes the wife of another.