Ainsi Parlait Zarathoustra

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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encore une fois en levant
sa canne sur le tendre mendiant: mais celui-ci se sauva en toute hâte.





L'OMBRE


Mais à peine le mendiant volontaire s'était-il sauvé, que Zarathoustra,
étant de nouveau seul avec lui-même, entendit derrière lui une voix
nouvelle qui criait: "Arrête-toi, Zarathoustra! Attends-moi donc!
C'est moi, ô Zarathoustra, moi ton ombre!" Mais Zarathoustra
n'attendit pas, car un soudain dépit s'empara de lui, à cause de la
grande foule qui se pressait dans ses montagnes. "Où s'en est allée ma
solitude? dit-il.

C'en est vraiment de trop; ces montagnes fourmillent de gens, mon
royaume n'est plus de ce monde, j'ai besoin de montagnes nouvelles.

Mon ombre m'appelle! Qu'importe mon ombre! Qu'elle me coure après!
Moi - je me sauve d'elle."

Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra à son coeur en se sauvant. Mais celui qui
était derrière lui le suivait: en sorte qu'ils étaient trois à courir
l'un derrière l'autre, d'abord le mendiant volontaire, puis
Zarathoustra et en troisième et dernier lieu son ombre. Mais ils ne
couraient pas encore longtemps de la sorte que déjà Zarathoustra
prenait conscience de sa folie, et d'un seul coup secouait loin de lui
tout son dépit et tous son dégoût.

"Eh quoi! s'écria-t-il, les choses les plus étranges n'arrivèrent-elles
pas de tout temps chez nous autres vieux saints et solitaires?

En vérité, ma folie a grandi dans les montagnes! Voici que j'entends
sonner, les unes derrière les autres, six vieilles jambes de fous!

Mais Zarathoustra a-t-il le droit d'avoir peur d'une ombre? Aussi
bien, je finis par croire qu'elle a de plus longues jambes que moi."

Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra , riant des yeux et des entrailles. Il
s'arrêta et se retourna brusquement - et voici, il faillit ainsi jeter
à terre son ombre qui le poursuivait: tant elle le serrait de près et
tant elle était faible. Car lorsqu'il l'examina des yeux, il s'effraya
comme devant l'apparition soudaine d'un fantôme: tant celle qui était à
ses trousses était maigre, noirâtre et usée, tant elle avait l'air
d'avoir fait son temps.

"Qui es-tu? Demanda impétueusement Zarathoustra. Que fais-tu ici? Et
pourquoi t'appelles-tu mon ombre? Tu ne me plais pas."

"Pardonne-moi, répondit l'ombre, que ce soit moi; et si je ne te plais
pas, eh bien, ô Zarathoustra! je t'en félicite et je loue ton bon goût.

Je suis un voyageur, depuis longtemps déjà attaché à tes talons:
toujours en route, mais sans but, et aussi sans demeure: en sorte qu'il
ne me manque que peu de chose pour être l'éternel juif errant, si ce
n'est que je ne suis ni

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