Elective Affinities | IAD: List of characters

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“Scarcely any literature is likely to offer a narrative of the length of Elective Affinities in which there are so few names.”
Walter Benjamin (1921), German literary critic

The the above quote, Benjamin attempts to explain this sparsity of characters by attributing it to "Goethe's penchant for typical characters". [1] This, however, seems quote off. Correctly, it would seem that the sparsity of characters has to do with the fact Goethe envisioned each character as a reactant whose total set of possible reactions had to fit on one affinity table; subsequently, as the number of characters increased, so to would the size of the affinity table, and hence the number of potential reactions, beyond which, at a certain point, fitting them all into the format of one novella, would become untenable.

Characters | Reactants
The following is a list of the characters [reactants] to Goethe's Elective Affinities, listed in order of appearance:

Original

CharactersDescription
Chapters









Goethe (1808) 175

B
Edward thinking 175Eduard (s)Edward (Helmut Griem)

(add)1:1, 1:2
Goethe
(1809)

Edward
(by Philipp Johann?, 1885)
Eduard
(by Friedrich Pecht and Arthur von Ramberg, 1863)
Edward
(Helmut Griem, 1982)




Gardener
Gardener




He informs Edward, while at work in the garden, that Charlotte wishes to see him.1:1
Charlotte von Stein (color) 175


A
Charlotte 175Charlotte 175 2Charlotte (Stephane Audran)

(add)1.1, 1:2
Charlotte von Stein
(1793)

Charlotte
(by Philipp Johann?, 1885)
Charlotte
(by Friedrich Pecht and Arthur von Ramberg, 1863)
Charlotte
(Stephane Audran, 1982)





Luciana 175



Charlotte's daughter, who is away at boarding school; her name begins to be mentioned in 1:2, 1:4, and 1:13.


Luciana
(by Philipp Johann?, 1885)







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Servant




He runs out to tell Edward and Charlotte, who are walking around the cemetery, that Mittler has arrived to visit.1:2


Mittler 175



(add)1:2


Mittler
(by Philipp Johann?, 1885)





Schiller (Captain) 175


C
Captain 175Captain (Michael Degen)


He arrives in chapter three by invitation of Edward to begin work on surveying projects on the grounds of the Estate.1:3
Friedrich Schiller
(1805)

Captain
(by Philipp Johann?, 1885)
Captain
(Michael Degen, 1982)




Minna Herzlieb 175


D
Ottilie 2 175Ottilie (on the Lake) 175Ottilie (on her favorite path) 175Ottilie (Pascale Reynaud)
(add)1.6?
Minna Herzlieb
(1803)

Ottilie
(by Friedrich Pecht and Arthur von Ramberg, 1863)
Ottilie
(by Wilhelm von Kaulach, c.1864)
Ottilie
(by Wilhelm von Kaulach, c.1864; check?)
Ottilie
(Pascale Reynaud, 1982
)

References
1. Benjamin, Walter. (1921). “Goethe’s Elective Affinities” (scribd), first published by Hugo von Hofmannsthal in the Neue Deutsche Beitrage (1924/25); in: Selected Writings, Volume 1: 1913-1926 (Elective Affinities, pgs. 297-360). Harvard University Press, 1996.


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