268 MODERN GERMAN LITERATURE (i911) is a typical Ideendrama of HebbePs type. His most interesting drama, Godiva (1919), one of a series of works on this English theme,1 is distinguished by its skilful motivation of the ride: the conflict is that very modern one of the sensitive wife's resistance to the sexual aggressiveness of her husband and of his insistence on his legal rights: here the legend and the medieval atmosphere merely serve to give a discreet remoteness to the actuality of the problem (that of Soames and Irene in The Forsyte Saga). Franck's solution is in favour of the husband; which is good Nazi doctrine. The intention is to show that in the complicated dualism of male and female physical and spiritual forces repel and attract each other. Qpfernacht (1921) more or less shadows Hebbel's Gjges und sein Ring: an Indian virgin in her wedding night passes through experiences which waken her to woman. In the comedy Martha und Maria (1922) the theme is again the rights of the flesh. Franck's tellurian dramas are deepened by his experiences of the War, his attitude to which he had defined in Mem Kriegsbuch (1916). In Freie Knechte (1919) the third and last son is called up on a little farm in Mecklenburg. There is a dualism of a mother - represented by a striking drawing by Ernst Barlach - calling on mothers to cry with her: "Rather die than kill!' and the counter-cry of spirit which wills Fate a.nd is ready for sacrifice. In Klaus Michel (1925) we have, in the last act, the birth of 'the new man'. The hero - a famous doctor whose concern is bodies and who mocks at 'souls' - is another version of *der deutsche Michel', the eternal dreamer put- sued by reality; his divine nature is released by sacrifice for others in the War: he perishes, but his two sons find salvation on the land. Kan^kr und Konig (1926) is another Struensee play. Kleist (I933) Puts ^e Prussian poet on the stage as a political agitator against Napoleon; he is made a mouthpiece for the specifically Nazi idea that poetry and Fatherland must be one. After the First Great War Franck was a prolific writer of fiction, particularly of short stories. In the nine tales otRecbt ist Unrecht (1928) he once more uses love to bring home his doctrine of the union of oppo- sites: true love, since it is blood and spirit, is the bridge by which physical experience passes to the spiritual; love is the pentagram which is the symbol of mystery; embodied spirit and spiritualized body. Dogmatic as the thesis may seem it is illustrated by exempla 1 G. C Lichtenberg: Bin sltisamer Gebrauch syt Coventry in Warmckfbire ; Josef LauflPs novel Bjsgina Coeli (1894).