Beware of Pity (novel)
|Original title||Ungeduld des Herzens|
Trevor Eaton Blewitt
|Publisher||S. Fischer Verlag|
Published in English
Beware of Pity (German: Ungeduld des Herzens) is a 1939 novel by the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig. It was Zweig's longest fiction book. It was adapted into a 1946 film with the same title, directed by Maurice Elvey.
The young lieutenant Anton Hofmiller is invited to the castle of the Hungarian magnates of Lajos Kekesfalva. He meets his paralyzed daughter Edith and develops subtle affection and deep compassion for her. Edith falls in love with him. When she develops hopes for speedy recovery he eventually promises to marry her when she is recovered, with the hope that this would convince her to take the treatment. However, for fear of ridicule and contempt, he denies the engagement in public. When Edith learns of this, she takes her own life. Overwhelmed by guilt, he enlists in the First World War.
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