In the end, the German student loses his sanity and is committed to a mental institution.
The story is about a young German student by the name of Gottfried Wolfgang. Gottfried is said to be of a melancholy disposition and prone to wild fancies about the supernatural world. Because of his unhealthy predilections, Gottfried's family sends him to Paris to finish his studies.
In Paris, the unfortunate Gottfried is dismayed to find the country engulfed in the bloody Reign of Terror. So, he keeps to his apartment and spends many hours in the great libraries of Paris. During this time, he begins to indulge in romantic fantasies about a very...
(The entire section contains 333 words.)