Faust

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Characters whom Goethe derived from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Baucis and her husband Philemon own an estate that includes a cottage, a grove of linden trees, and a chapel, where the couple happily lives in peace. After building his seaside kingdom, however, Faust becomes obsessed by the fact that he himself does not control their estate—it is the last piece of land in Faust’s kingdom that eludes his grasp. Unjustly, Faust orders Mephistopheles and the Three Mighty Men to seize the property, although with due compensation and without violence. Instead the devil and his thugs murder Baucis and Philemon, along with a traveler staying with them, an act that outrages Faust and leads him, at last, to renounce the use of magic.

Baucis and Philemon Quotes in Faust

The Faust quotes below are all either spoken by Baucis and Philemon or refer to Baucis and Philemon . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Princeton University Press edition of Faust published in 2014.
Part 2: Act 5: Faust’s Palace (Before the Palace) Quotes

The worst of torments we can suffer
is to feel want when we are rich.
The tinkling bell, the lindens’ scent,
make me feel buried in a crypt.

Related Characters: Heinrich Faust (speaker), Baucis and Philemon
Page Number: 11,251-11,254
Explanation and Analysis:

In this passage, Faust's domination of the kingdom is almost total. He's won control of the land, using Mephistopheles' help. And yet he remains unhappy. He's won the kingdom for himself, and yet he can't quite savor his victory: he doesn't feel that he truly "owns" or otherwise possesses his own property (which he wants in order to pursue his goal of "pushing back the waters"). Faust imagines that he'd be truly happy if only Philemon and Baucis were evicted from their property.

Faust isn't exactly a tyrant, but he seeks total domination of the material world, so he can't stand that Philemon and Baucis stand in his way. He is ever ambitious and restless, as usual, and so always desires more, even when what he desires belongs to someone else.

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Baucis and Philemon Character Timeline in Faust

The timeline below shows where the character Baucis and Philemon appears in Faust. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2: Act 5: A Broad Landscape
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...in a nearby cottage. He gives a shout and a little, very old woman called Baucis enters, along with her husband Philemon. Philemon tells the traveler that the godless Faust has... (full context)
Part 2: Act 5: Faust’s Palace (Before the Palace)
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...outside of his palace. He is obsessed by the fact that he has not acquired Baucis and Philemon’s cottage, or the nearby linden grove and chapel. He cannot bear the thought... (full context)
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...that, tired of being just, he orders Mephistopheles and the Three Mighty Men to evict Baucis and Philemon from their cottage. The devil says that Faust’s will shall be done—they’ll just... (full context)
Part 2: Act 5: Faust’s Palace (Faust on the Balcony)
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...a grove of lindens, sparks explode and a fire swirl in rage. He worries that Baucis and Philemon will be victims of the smoke. The fire destroys the grove and the... (full context)
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...Mighty Men enter. The devil excuses the bit of trouble they’ve all caused, but says Baucis and Philemon were unresponsive to requests and threats. They didn’t suffer much, he says: they... (full context)