Excerpt: ...stood in an open space; but the confirmation children immediately went into the church in order to be arranged in their places before service began. Then it was that the school-master, in a blue broadcloth suit, frock coat, and knee-breeches, high shoes, stiff cravat, and a pipe protruding from his back coat pocket, came down towards ...Read MoreExcerpt: ...stood in an open space; but the confirmation children immediately went into the church in order to be arranged in their places before service began. Then it was that the school-master, in a blue broadcloth suit, frock coat, and knee-breeches, high shoes, stiff cravat, and a pipe protruding from his back coat pocket, came down towards them, nodded and smiled, tapped one on the shoulder, spoke a few words to another about answering loudly and distinctly, and meanwhile worked his way along to the poor-box, where Oyvind stood answering all the questions of his friend Hans in reference to his journey. "Good-day, Oyvind. How fine you look to-day!" He took him by the jacket collar as if he wished to speak to him. "Listen. I believe everything good of you. I have been talking with the priest; you will be allowed to keep your place; go up to number one and answer distinctly!" Oyvind looked up at him amazed; the school-master nodded; the boy took a few steps, stopped, a few steps more, stopped again: "Yes, it surely is so; he has spoken to the priest for me,"-and the boy walked swiftly up to his place. "You are to be number one, after all," some one whispered to him. "Yes," answered Oyvind, in a low voice, but did not feel quite sure yet whether he dared think so. The assignment of places was over, the priest had come, the bells were ringing, and the people pouring into church. Then Oyvind saw Marit Heidegards just in front of him; she saw him too; but they were both so awed by the sacredness of the place that they dared not greet each other. He only noticed that she was dazzlingly beautiful and that her hair was uncovered; more he did not see. Oyvind, who for more than half a year had been building such great plans about standing opposite her, forgot, now that it had come to the point, both the place and her, and that he had in any way thought of them. After all was ended the relatives and acquaintances came up to offer their congratulations; next came...Read Less
Very Good in None jacket. Hardcover. 211 pages, one of a six volume set of the author's collected works. Translated from Norse by Rasmus Anderson. Decorated green cloth, Patriot's Edition. Clean, tight copy.
Good. Antique ex-library. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. First American Edition, stated, translated from the Norwegian. Green silk decorative stamped in russet and gilt in blind. Antique ex-library from one of the USA's oldest institutions, hand-numbered and hand-dated bookplate. 165 pp. Bjornson received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1903. "A Happy Boy", (En glad gut, 1860) is a country tale meant to show a kinship between the contemporary peasant and the saga heroes of old in their taciturnity and love of adventure. Chipping at spine, edgewear, boards skewed, light foxing. Hinges sound, minimal library marking. Good.
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