Seventeen-year-old Effi Briest is married to Baron von Innstetten, a man twenty years her senior. Effi is lonely in her new hometown, a small resort on the Baltic Sea coast. She is unhappy, even if she doesn′t want to admit it, because she doesn′t really feel loved by her stern and ambitious husband. Then she starts an affair with Major Crampas – one of her husband′s acquaintances – more so out of a longing for warmth than for passion. However, the affair comes to an end with the Innstettens move to Berlin. Six years later, the Baron discovers that his wife had an affair and challenges Crampas to a duel.
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