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Unformatted text preview: accompanied by Spalanzani at the harp. Oblivious to the periodic running down of the doll's mechanism, Hoffmann is enchanted. When everyone goes to dinner, leaving the two alone, Hoffmann pours out his heart to Olympia. Believing she loves him as well, he kisses her; she whirls into motion and out of the room. Nicklausse suggests that Olympia might not be alive, but the poet refuses to listen. Copplius returns in a fury, having discovered that Spalanzani's bank draft is worthless, and hides as the guests return from dinner for a waltz. They are joined by Hoffmann and Olympia, who whirl faster and faster, until Hoffmann falls and breaks his magic glasses. Seizing his chance for revenge, Copplius grabs Olympia and tears her apart. From: Jacques Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann-http://www.artsworld.com/music-dance/works/j-l/the-tales-of-hoffmann-jacques-offenbach.html...
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2010 for the course IHUM 57 taught by Professor Lowood,h;bukatman,s during the Fall '08 term at Stanford.
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