You’ve got to listen to this: Albert Steffen, in 1961 — to Steiner’s 100th birthday –, remembers Rudolf Steiner in a recording. Even if you don’t know a word German, listen! — only a minute or two, but don’t miss it. The voice. He sounds like a ghost. But strangely, because I don’t think I consciously thought they sounded like ghosts, he reminds me a lot of my waldorf teachers telling the children fairytales. I mean, I never thought about how much they sounded like the voices of dead spirits hovering somewhere over ground. But when I heard Steffen, I thought, ‘well, what a ghost-like voice, what a spooky articulation’, and then it occurred to me: it is so familiar. Not that I haven’t heard (e g, on youtube) this peculiar auditory phenomenon since my childhood, but not in this pronounced way; it hasn’t stood out as much. Maybe it’s because the recording is old, and Steffen was an old man; he spoke like an old man from an other era, and now (augmented by that intonation — or lack thereof — that anthroposophical intonation) it sounds so ancient to us. Yet, at the same time, not ancient at all — they spoke like that, and it wasn’t many years ago. The old Steiner women (and men); especially the older ones, and there were many of them. That’s how they sounded. I hear them talk about elves and gnomes and tell fairytales and all kinds of stories (and occasionally imparting some piece of dubious knowledge or wisdom, no doubt) in that kind of voice.