This chapter begins with a discussion of Kant, who led an almost abstract life of a confirmed bachelor. Heine links Kant's bachelorhood with his remote quarters, depicted as leading what we might call a “peaceful” (friedlich) life apart from the world, that is, one set within a “border fence”—an Umfriedigung or Einfriedigung, which are precisely the terms that the Grimms' Dictionary list as synonyms of Hag. The remainder of the chapter deals with Heinrich von Kleist's story “The Earthquake in Chile” (1807) and Johann Gottlieb Fichte, the erstwhile supporter of republican ideals and reputed Jacobin who felt compelled to instigate the latent power of the Prussian monarch.
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