"Young Medardus" is Schnitzler's most ambitious attempt at historical playwriting.
These are the main outlines of Schnitzler's work as a dramatist.
What Schnitzler shows is that egoism grows more repulsive as increasing age makes it less warranted.
Has Schnitzler succeeded in making a play of heterogeneous material?
But even with Schnitzler's help it was impossible to raise Herr Nasse out of the chasm.
I remember passing down it with Schnitzler the previous January, and finding much care needed to cross a big chasm.
Suddenly Schnitzler, who must have stepped on a snow-bridge, and Herr Nasse dropped without a sound into the chasm.
Schnitzler was leading, then came the two travellers, finally the Tyrolese, who came down last man.
The ironical outlook so dear to Schnitzler—or rather, so inseparable from his temperament—has betrayed him.
But while this terrible scene was passing, Schnitzler had performed an act of the highest bravery.