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Augustus, Who Wouldn't Have Any Soup
4 x 4 inches

Not any soup for me, I say: / O take the nasty soup away; / I won’t have any soup to-day.

This is the unfortunate story of Augustus (or Kaspar, in the original German) who decides one day that he will not eat his soup. Unfortunate, because the stocky lad (“And everybody saw with joy / The plump and hearty healthy boy”) then sticks to his resolution for a week’s time with, for the Slovenly Peter stories, predictable results. Knowing the author’s expertise in nineteenth century psycho pathology, one might be tempted to speculate that Dr. Hoffmann is here describing an actual eating disorder. Without diagnostic knowledge of any background which would have produced such a break in poor Augustus’ behavior, however, I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume it’s just a cautionary tale meant to get kids to eat their soup. Remember, after all, we’re talking about Lustige Geschichten und drollige Bilder (Cheerful Stories and Funny Pictures) here.

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