Cécile (1887)

Cécile (1887) is not widely considered a Fontane masterpiece. With its themes of adultery, 19th-century Prussian honor, and untimely death, it is in many ways a precursor to his later Effi Briest (1895). For the purposes of MLR, however, Cécile is a critically important work. The railway and its repetition are central to understanding the novel as a whole, as well as its transport space.

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