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line the harmony resolves deceptively to a D minor vi, not the expected tonic chord on the
downbeat, setting the pattern of Faust's deception throughout the entire scene.
Feelings of hesitancy and nervousness are portrayed in Gretchen's vocal part as her line
is written in duple against the underlying triple meter of the orchestra on beats 3 and 4.
Schumann intentionally sets Gretchen's first word "Saht" (you saw) on a much weaker beat than
that of Faust. Her line is interrupted with an eighth note rest occurring on beat 1 before her next
entrance on the weak part of beat 2 (see Figure 6).
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Figure 6: "Scene im Garten," mm 8-11.
Gretchen's line is "Saht Ihr es nicht? Ich schug die Augen nieder" (Saw you it not? I lowered
my eyes? "Ihr" is capitalized in Goethe's text but not in the musical score.) "Saht Ihr" is the
formal usage of the pronoun "Ihr" and is significant because in her mind her social station is
beneath that of Faust. Conversely, Faust addresses her with the informal "du" which is used for
close acquaintances and loved ones.
Another example of Schumann's brilliant text setting juxtaposed with the rhythm of the
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