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“Come here, come here, men. Make me a door right here!" He specified the exact dimensions to the inch, and his orders were carried out. Then he walked into the house and smiled with pleasure as the builder remarked that the walls were precisely the height of a well-constructed two-story house. Krespel walked thoughtfully back and forth inside. The builders, hammers and picks in hand, followed behind him; and whenever he cried "Put a window here, six by four; and a little window here, three by two!" space was immediately knocked out.” – from ETA Hoffman’s ‘Councillor Krespel’4
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4 E.T.A. Hoffmann, ‘Councillor Krespel’, in Tales of E.T.A. Hoffmann. Edited and Translated by Leonard J. Kent and Elizabeth C. Knight (Chicago: University of Chicago, 1972), 127-128.