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As happened finally in all the enlightenment of modern times with the French Revolution (that terrible farce, quite superfluous when judged close at hand, into which, however, the noble and visionary spectators of all Europe have interpreted from a distance their own indignation and enthusiasm so long and passionately, UNTIL THE TEXT HAS DISAPPEARED UNDER THE INTERPRETATION, so a noble posterity might once more misunderstand the whole of the past, and perhaps only thereby make ITS aspect endurable.–Or rather, has not this already happened? Have not we ourselves been–that “noble posterity”? And, in so far as we now comprehend this, is it not–thereby already past?

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