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Hubert Schölnast has explained why the weird phrase "verantwortetes Hohnlachen" should be regarded as an idiosyncrasy of the author. Anyway, the verb veranworten also has another connotation than "responsible for". This may be outdated nowadays, but perhaps it was not when the author wrote his text (or the author had a fondness for old-...


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Peter Altenberg speaks in this text from an event in the year 1918 in past tense: Im Jahre 1918 glitt ich von der schlecht von Seife abgeschwabten Steinstiege vor meiner Hoteltüre mit meinen glatten Holzsandalen, nachts 1/2 12 Uhr, nach rückwärts aus, brach die beiden Handwurzel-Knochen. But Altenberg died of pneumonia on 9th of January 1919. This means, ...


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