Frederick Engels' Confession

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Works of Frederick Engels 1868

Frederick Engels’ “Confession”

Written: in London, early April 1868;
Source: MECW Volume 43, p. 541;
Transcribed: by Andy Blunden.
First published: in Marx and Engels, Works, Second Russian Edition, Vol. 32, Moscow, 1964

Your favourite virtue
    in man qualityjollity
    in manto mind his own business
    in womannot to mislay things
Chief characteristicknowing everything by halves
Idea of happinessChâteau Margaux 1848
Idea of miseryto go to a dentist
The vice you excuseexcess of any sort
The vice you detestCant
Your aversionaffected stuck up woman
The characters you most dislikeSpurgeon
Favourite occupationchaffing and being chaffed
— Heronone
— Heroinetoo many to name one
— PoetReineke de Vos, Shakespeare, Ariosto, etc.
— Prose writerGoethe, Lessing, Dr Samelson
— FlowerBlue Bell
— Colourany one not Aniline
— DishCold: Salad, hot: Irish Stew
— Maximnot to have any
— Mottotake it aisy

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