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Wotan: (…) I know that you’re hiding Bruennhilde from me. (#47 frag or #82 vari?:) From her, the eternal outcast, turn aside (:#47 frag or #82 vari?), as she herself has cast aside her worth! (#81)

 

Rossweise: (#21 bass?:) To us the fugitive fled.

 

Eight Valkyries: She entreated our protection. With fear and trembling your anger fills her. For our faint-hearted sister we beg in turn that you curb your initial anger (:#21 bass?).

 

[Wotan chastises them as weak.]

 

Wotan: did I bring you up boldly to fare to the fight? Did I render your hearts both hard and keen that you hoydens now wail and whine when my wrath chastises a traitor? (#81A) Know then, you whimperers, what she did wrong, for whom you fainthearts shed a hot tear. (#81A free vari or #81B?:) No one, as she did, knew my innermost thinking (:#81 free vari or #81B?); (#81A free vari or #81B?:) no one, as she did, watched at the well-spring of my will (:#81A free vari or #81B?); (#81A free vari or #81B?:) she herself was my wish’s life-giving womb (:#81A free translation or #81B?): (#81A) – and now she has broken the holy bond by faithlessly flouting my will and openly spurning my sovereign command, turning against me the very weapon my will [“Wunsch,” i.e. wish] alone had created for her! (#82 vari) Do you hear me, Bruennhilde? You on whom brinie, helmet and weapon, bliss and favour, name and life I bestowed? Do you hear me make complaint [[ #81B: ]] and hide in fear from the plaintiff (:#81B) in the faint-hearted hope of avoiding chastisement?

 

In Wotan’s description of the crime Bruennhilde has committed against him he leaves no doubt that our original assumption that Bruennhilde is his unconscious mind is correct. He says, for instance, that no one as she did knew his innermost thinking, no one else watched at the well-spring of his will: she was his wishes’ life-giving womb. Since Wotan himself is collective, historical man, she is nothing more nor less than mankind’s creative unconscious, i.e., the collective unconscious.

We hear what sound like possible references to #47 and/or #82 in association with Wotan’s complaint that Bruennhilde, in effect, flouted Wotan’s will by “openly” breaking faith with his intent, i.e., by consciously, actively doing so. #82 is of course the motif that in V.2.2 heralded Wotan’s repression of his unbearable knowledge into his unconscious mind Bruennhilde, through his confession to her. Bruennhilde can only help Wotan, apparently, by agreeing to serve solely as his unconscious, fulfilling his intent that she keep his unspoken secret, that in her it remain a

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