Tag Archives: Undine

The End of Undine’s Tale

When the news of Huldbrand’s death breaks, Father Heilmann returns to the castle and comforts Bertalda.  However, it has almost no effect “upon her worldly thoughtless mind.”  She slanders and “[abuses] Undine as a murderess and sorceress.”  But the old fisherman “calmly said: ‘It could not be otherwise after all; I see nothing in it […]

Sorrowful Justice

I almost missed today’s “lesson.”  But Andrew pointed it out, and when he did, it was so poignant!  I just hope I can do it justice… The Warning Before his wedding to Bertalda, Hudlbrand has a lucid dream.  Swan-like creatures carry him to the Mediterranean, and he sees Undine under the waves.[1] He sees Kuhleborn […]

Undine’s Spirit Warfare

Undine, Huldbrand, and Bertalda embark down the Danube.  Immediately, Kuhleborn begins his “teasing tricks,” and Undine constantly has to “rebuke” the waves and winds “so that the pleasure of the little party was completely destroyed.”  Even their trusted servants begin to look at them “with suspicious glances.” Rather than grateful, Huldbrand is resentful, developing an […]

Undine’s Sorrows, God’s Sorrows

“Huldbrand’s heart began to turn from Undine to Bertalda” and “Bertalda more and more responded with ardent affection to the young knight….how Undine wept…”[1] This sums up the state of Undine’s marriage.  It’s all the more tragic because Undine is so innocent and pure.  She would never have expected the cruelty of her friend and […]

“Have you a Soul?”

“‘Have you a soul? Have you really a soul, Bertalda?’” ~ Undine to Bertalda[1] The three reach the imperial city, and all are overjoyed to see them.  All except Bertalda, who “could feel nothing but grief.”  She had truly loved Huldbrand.  What’s more, it was evident to everyone (except Undine) that she had loved him…and he’d […]

The Changes in Undine

“My father, who is a powerful water-prince in the Mediterranean Sea, desired that his only daughter should become possessed of a soul, even though she must then endure many of the sufferings of those thus endowed….I am now possessed of a soul, and my soul thanks you. ”[1] After Undine’s strange outburst, Father Heilmann, full […]

The Lovely (and Wild) Undine – Part 2

“She threw her arms round his neck, and drew him down beside her.”  Huldbrand let her, “embracing the beautiful girl and kissing her fervently.”[1] “I will celebrate before the Lord.  I will become even more undignified than this” ~ 2 Samuel 6:21b-22a Huldbrand rushes out to find Undine in the midst of the storm.  Undine […]