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nodding and blinking your eyes – when shall I finally see it no more? (impatiently) Whenever shall I be free of the fool (:#41 duple vari)?

 

Mime: (#41 duple vari:) I’ll leave you now (#11 [beautiful music foreshadowing the forest murmurs]) and settle down by the spring. You just stay here: when the sun’s at its highest (#48?) look out for the dragon, (#48/#11:) out of the cave it will crawl this way, then turn off here in order to drink at the well.

 

Siegfried: (laughing) Mime, if you wait by the spring, (more animatedly) I think I’ll let the beast go there and not thrust Nothung into his guts until he’s already (#41/#11:) gulped you down there! Listen, then, to my advice and don’t rest by the spring: take yourself hence, as far as you can, and don’t come back to me ever again!

 

Mime: (#122/#11:; #voc? [possibly related to the Woodbirdsongs #128 or #129?]) After the fearful struggle you surely won’t stop me from bringing refreshment (:#122/11#; :#voc? - #128 or #129?)? (#104?: Siegfried waves him away with some vehemence.) And call for me, too, (#128 segment?:) if you’re wanting advice (:#128 segment?) (#104 – he impetuously repeats the gesture) (#58b?:) or if you like the feeling of fear (:#58b?).

 

(He gets to his feet and drives Mime away with angry gestures. #104)

 

Mime: (to himself, as he goes: #41 duple vari:) Fafner and Siegfried – Siegfried and Fafner – if only each might kill the other (:#41 duple vari)!

 

(He disappears into the forest on the left.)

Mime’s (i.e., Wagner’s) point seems to be that if Fafner’s “inhuman” heart lies where every human’s and animal’s heart lies, then in a sense every human heart is egoistic like Fafner’s, including the expansive hearts of the Waelsung twins, Siegfried’s parents Siegmund and Sieglinde, whose heroic nature is invoked here by #71. It is precisely this possibility which is the ultimate source of religious man’s fear, because, if all human motives and longings, even man's longing for redemption, are at root egoistic, and therefore earth-and-body-bound, then there is no possibility of supernatural transcendence or redemption from egoism, because our very longing for redemption from egoism is egoistic, as Wagner himself – echoing Feuerbach - said.

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