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Thomas Berger

Geburtstag: 2. Februar 1952


Thomas Berger ist ein deutscher Autor und Theologe.

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„Now lying in his swoon of death King Arthur was visited by the ghost of Sir Gawaine his late nephew.
And seeing him as a shade King Arthur said, "My dear Gawaine, I am unhappy to see thee thus! I had hoped that thou, left behind, might assume the throne when I died, and preserve it against the great felon Mordred."
"Nay," said Sir Gawaine's ghost, "I can do nothing palpably, Uncle, for my body lies rotting and provideth dinner for the worms. I have come to give you spiritual succor."
"Alas," said King Arthur, "we shall all join thee soon in Purgatory, Gawaine, for methinks we have today gone the noble Pyrrhus one better! For he survived his terrible victory, whereas I am dying. But Mordred liveth!"
"Then you must not die yet, Uncle," said the ghost of Sir Gawaine. "You have one duty left."
"Yea," said King Arthur, "to kill mine own son. Well, I think I can not, Gawaine. Perhaps there was some justice in the triumph of perfect evil over imperfect virtue, which is to say, of tragedy over comedy. For have I not been a buffoon?"
"Uncle," said the shade of Sir Gawaine, "there is no man who hath not believed the same of himself in very bad times, and beneath our armor we wear human skin, which is to say, motley. But the difference between a great man and a mere entertainer is that the former doth seek to please no audience but God, and thus he goeth against the mean instincts of humanity: the prevarications of vanity, the sentimentalizing of envy, the cowardice of greed, the slothful molesting of the weak, for all these are to celebrate nothing and to despise everything. And though man be eternally contemptible, he should not be contemptuous of that which he can achieve."
"Methinks I have achieved nothing, Gawaine!" King Arthur cried. "For amongst our company we had every human failing, and have we been better, except in rhetoric, than these barbarians, in killing whom we die ourselves?"
"Yea!" said the ghost of Sir Gawaine. "For can we not say, without the excessive pride which is sinful, that we lived with a certain gallantry?"
Now despite the grim conditions of this interview King Arthur could not but be some amused by the obsession of Sir Gawaine even as a ghost.
"Dost mean we none of us mishandled ladies?" smiling said he to the shade of his brave nephew.
"What I mean rather," said Sir Gawaine's solemn spirit, "is that we sought no easy victories, nor won any. And perhaps for that we will be remembered."
And then his ghost did vanish, and King Arthur... awoke, and from his breast he pulled Excalibur, as he had in the beginning pulled the first sword from the stone, and wondrously he bled no more.
And then he went to look for Mordred.“

— Thomas Berger, Arthur Rex

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