The Sorrows of Young Werther


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Farmer Lad Character Analysis

The Farmer Lad is the Widow’s servant, and he falls desperately in love with her. When she releases him from her employ, he murders his replacement to prevent any rivals from winning her heart. When the Farmer Lad is arrested, Werther defends him bitterly, arguing that his act was one of passion. This defense leads to a break in the friendship between Albert and Werther.

Farmer Lad Quotes in The Sorrows of Young Werther

The The Sorrows of Young Werther quotes below are all either spoken by Farmer Lad or refer to Farmer Lad. 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:
The Heart vs. The Mind Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of The Sorrows of Young Werther published in 1989.
Book 1: May 26-30, 1771 Quotes

I shall now try to see her too as soon as possible, or rather, on second thoughts, I shall avoid doing so. It is better for me to see her with the eyes of her lover; perhaps she would not appear to my own eyes as she does now, and why should I ruin the beautiful image I have?

Related Characters: Werther (speaker), Wilhelm, Farmer Lad, Widow
Page Number: 36
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Farmer Lad Character Timeline in The Sorrows of Young Werther

The timeline below shows where the character Farmer Lad appears in The Sorrows of Young Werther. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book One: May 26-30, 1771
Women Theme Icon
In his next letter, Werther introduces the Farmer Lad , a young servant who has fallen helplessly in love with his employer, the Widow.... (full context)
Book Two: June 11-November 3, 1772
The Heart vs. The Mind Theme Icon
Self-Absorption of Youth Theme Icon
...happening in himself, as well. He asks Wilhelm if he remembers the story of the farmer lad . While Werther was away working for the ambassador, the lad’s obsession with the widow... (full context)
Book Two: Editorial Interlude
The Heart vs. The Mind Theme Icon
Self-Absorption of Youth Theme Icon
The editor goes on to recount the final ending of the Farmer Lad ’s story. Driven to madness by the thought that his replacement would marry the widow,... (full context)