Faust

Faust

by

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The Spirit to whom Faust prays while reading from Nostradamus’ book of magical symbols, the Earth Spirit oversees the constant change of the physical world, working at the loom of time to fashion the living garment of God. As a representative figure of nature, it operates more as a symbol than as a character, but the Spirit does briefly appear at Faust's summons. Faust says that he feels close to the industrious Earth Spirit, but the Spirit disowns him.
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