The Sorrows of Young Werther

Lotte (Charlotte S.) Character Analysis

Lotte is Werther’s love interest, though she is engaged (and later married) to Albert. Lotte comes across as nearly flawless and angelic. After her own mother dies, she gladly accepts the burdens of mothering her siblings. She also visits Mrs. M. on her deathbed, maintains a full relationship with Albert, and still finds time to spend time with Werther. Given Werther’s narration of the events, one might wonder if Lotte isn’t toying with his affections somewhat. The Editor, however, with his unique point-of-view, shows that Lotte is just as confused and heartbroken by the situation as Werther, though she handles it more maturely than he does. Goethe based the character of Lotte on Charlotte Bluff, his friend in real life with whom he was deeply infatuated. Like Bluff, Lotte ultimately informs Werther that he must not hope for her love and their friendship dissolves.

Lotte (Charlotte S.) Quotes in The Sorrows of Young Werther

The The Sorrows of Young Werther quotes below are all either spoken by Lotte (Charlotte S.) or refer to Lotte (Charlotte S.). 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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Book One: June 16, 1771 Quotes

When I was younger there was nothing I loved better than novels. God knows how good it felt to be able to sit in some corner on a Sunday and share with my whole heart in Miss Jenny's happiness and sorrows. Nor do I deny that that kind of writing still has its charms for me. But since I so rarely come by a book, it has to be one that is quite to my taste. And I like that author best who shows me my own world, conditions such as I live in myself and a story that can engage my interest and heart as much as my own domestic life does.

Related Characters: Lotte (Charlotte S.) (speaker), Werther
Related Symbols: Books
Page Number: 39
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I was one of the most afraid myself, and in pretending to be brave, to stiffen the others' courage, I found my own courage

Related Characters: Lotte (Charlotte S.) (speaker), Werther
Related Symbols: Storms
Page Number: 43
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Book One: June 19-July 6, 1771 Quotes

We don't know who planted that one. Some say it was one vicar and some say another. But the younger one over there is as old as my wife, fifty years old come October. Her father planted it in the morning and that same evening she was born.

Related Characters: Vicar of S. (speaker), Werther, Lotte (Charlotte S.)
Related Symbols: Trees
Page Number: 47
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Book One: July 8-19, 1771 Quotes

My dear fellow, that is the uncertainty I am left in; and my consolation is that perhaps she did turn to look at me! Perhaps!

Related Characters: Werther (speaker), Lotte (Charlotte S.)
Page Number: 51
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No, I am not deceiving myself! …Yes, I can feel—and I know I may trust my own heart in this—Oh, dare I utter the words, those words that contain all heaven for me?—I can feel that she loves me!

Related Characters: Werther (speaker), Lotte (Charlotte S.), Wilhelm
Page Number: 52
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Book One: July 19-August 12, 1771 Quotes

I have started on a portrait of Lotte three times, and three times I have failed disgracefully; which depresses me all the more since I could take a very good likeness not so long ago. So then I cut a silhouette profile of her, and that will have to do.

Related Characters: Werther (speaker), Lotte (Charlotte S.)
Page Number: 55
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I grind my teeth and mock my own misery…I go rambling in the woods, and if my walk takes me to Lotte's and I find Albert sitting in the summerhouse with her in the greenery, and I cannot bear it any more.

Related Characters: Werther (speaker), Lotte (Charlotte S.), Albert
Page Number: 57
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Book One: October 20, 1771-February 20, 1772 Quotes

But I was meaning to tell you of Miss von B. She has a great soul, which gazes straight at one from her blue eyes. Her rank is a burden and satisfies none of the wishes of her heart. She is longing to put all this brouhaha behind her, and we spend many an hour imagining country scenes of unadulterated bliss…

Related Characters: Werther (speaker), Lotte (Charlotte S.), Miss von B.
Page Number: 78
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Oh, it would drive me insane if she could forget—Albert, the very thought is hell.

Related Characters: Werther (speaker), Lotte (Charlotte S.), Albert
Page Number: 80
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Book Two: June 11-November 3, 1772 Quotes

It cost me a wrench but in the end I decided not to wear the simple blue frock-coat I had on when I first danced with Lotte any more; it had become quite unpresentable. Still, I have had a new one made, exactly like the other, down to the collar and lapels, and the very same buff waistcoat and breeches as well.

Related Characters: Werther (speaker), Lotte (Charlotte S.)
Page Number: 92
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I have so much, and my feelings for her absorb it all; I have so much, and without her it is all nothing.

Related Characters: Werther (speaker), Lotte (Charlotte S.)
Page Number: 97
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Book Two: December 20-21, 1772 Quotes

All of these reflections prompted a profound realization, albeit one which she was not consciously aware of, that her secret heart's desire was to keep him for herself, yet at the same time she reminded herself that she could not and might not keep him; her pure and beautiful nature, which at other times was so lighthearted and readily found a way out of predicaments, sensed the oppressive power of melancholy, banishing the prospect of happiness. Her heart was heavy, and her vision was clouded by sadness.

Related Characters: Editor (speaker), Werther, Lotte (Charlotte S.)
Page Number: 119
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Lotte (Charlotte S.) Character Timeline in The Sorrows of Young Werther

The timeline below shows where the character Lotte (Charlotte S.) appears in The Sorrows of Young Werther. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book One: June 16, 1771
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...already know why it’s been so long since Werther wrote; Werther has met a woman, Lotte. Werther hesitates to call her an angel, as that’s what all men call their beloveds,... (full context)
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Having calmed somewhat, Werther proceeds to tell Wilhelm of his meeting with Lotte. Some of his newfound friends had held a ball in the country, and Lotte’s house... (full context)
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Werther does, however, recall the books that Lotte mentions reading to her aunt. Like Werther, Lotte is an avid reader. The pair soon... (full context)
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Once at the dance, Werther struggles to keep his eyes off Lotte. Soon, Lotte and Werther arrange to dance the allemande together, a waltz traditionally danced by... (full context)
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At this point a storm, which had threatened in the distance since Lotte and Werther first met, finally breaks, forcing the countryside ball to move indoors. Dancing is... (full context)
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Soon after, the party breaks up and Werther finds himself alone with Lotte. She confesses that she instigated the game because she was afraid of the storm and... (full context)
Book One: June 19-July 6, 1771
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In his next letter to Wilhelm, Werther discusses Lotte’s habit of visiting the sick and dying. Recently she and Werther have been to see... (full context)
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During this visit, Lotte and Werther also meet Friederike, the Vicar’s daughter, and her beau Mr. Schmidt. The two... (full context)
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...Werther returns immediately to the subject of children. He remembers a time when one of Lotte’s siblings fetched a glass of water for the group of them, but insisted that Lotte,... (full context)
Book One: July 8-19, 1771
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...next of Werther’s letters, but Werther is mocking himself with these words (rather than discussing Lotte’s siblings). He and Lotte have yet again shared a carriage, but she doesn’t so much... (full context)
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Lotte, meanwhile, has been to the home of Mrs. M., who is dying and has requested... (full context)
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Werther is not, however, deceiving himself about Lotte, he assures Wilhelm over the course of the coming days’ letters. Lotte loves him; he... (full context)
Book One: July 19-August 12, 1771
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...has pestered him about). He admits that he cannot draw even a basic likeness of Lotte, though he’s often tried. Speaking of Lotte, Werther tells Wilhelm that he has tried to... (full context)
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...He likes Albert well enough, and Albert seems to like him (which Werther feels is Lotte’s doing. He remarks that women often keep their admirers on friendly terms with one another,... (full context)
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Wilhelm reminds Werther that this fate was inevitable—after all, he knew that Lotte was engaged before he fell in love with her. Werther agrees, but still hopes to... (full context)
Book One: August 15-September 10, 1771
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In his next letter to Wilhelm, Werther remarks that Lotte’s siblings, who once preferred Lotte’s method of slicing bread, have come to enjoy the way... (full context)
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August 28 is Werther’s birthday, and Lotte and Albert give him a pocket-edition of Homer that he can easily take with him... (full context)
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...his sudden stiffening of resolve is the result of a conversation that occurred between himself, Lotte, and Albert, on the subject of life after death. The topic impacted Werther deeply, and... (full context)
Book One: October 20, 1771-February 20, 1772
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...finds himself in a small country inn, weathering a storm. He decides to write to Lotte to tell her about his new life as an employee of the ambassador. He likens... (full context)
Book Two: March 15-May 25, 1772
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...other guests. Werther leaves without having to be asked, instead choosing to read the book Lotte gave him while watching the sunset. Later, he learns from Adelin, a coworker, that the... (full context)
Book Two: June 11-November 3, 1772
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...of nearby mines. However, he ultimately confesses that he intends to return to Wahlheim and Lotte. (full context)
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Once back at Wahlheim, Werther imagines what things would be like if Lotte were his wife. She would be happier, he is sure: Albert lacks Werther’s emotional sensitivity,... (full context)
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...of the lad’s love for the widow. He compares it to his own love for Lotte. (full context)
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...Wilhelm of his increasing melancholy. He recognizes the way that he has attached himself to Lotte is no different than the way a child might reach out for a treat, but... (full context)
Book Two: November 8-December 6, 1772
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Lotte chides Werther for drinking too much, and Wilhelm suggests that his friend should seek comfort... (full context)
Book Two: Editorial Interlude
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...additional sources as required. He reports that in the following days, those close to Albert, Lotte, and Werther found Albert and Lotte largely unchanged. Instead, Werther himself began to act with... (full context)
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Walking home from the scene, Albert advises Lotte that she needs to see less of Werther and that Werther’s too-friendly behavior towards her... (full context)
Book Two: December 20-21, 1772
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During this time, the editor suggests, Lotte walks a fine line between pushing Werther away and trying not to hurt him. She... (full context)
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The following day, Werther writes his suicide note. He addresses it to Lotte. One of the three must go, he says, so it ought to be him. In... (full context)
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Meanwhile, the editor says, Lotte has realized how painful separating from Werther will be. She tries to imagine him with... (full context)
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Flustered, Lotte suggests that Werther pass the time by reading aloud from his own translations of Ossian.... (full context)
Book Two: December 21-22
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...writes to Albert, requesting to borrow Albert’s pistols for a journey he’s planning to undertake. Lotte, who is there when Albert receives the note, grows pale when she hears Werther’s request,... (full context)