Bjørnstjerne Martinus Bjørnson: En Dag [One Day] (957 words)

Kathryn Jane Rees (University of Cambridge)
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This short story explores the tension between dream and reality, set against a background of music. The story is punctuated by romantic songs, which inspire and touch the heroine, Ella. She is courted by two men: Aarø, known for his musical talent, and Hjalmar, celebrated for his courage. However, these qualities are debased by dependency on alcohol, which results in behaviour that transforms Ella’s dreams into disappointment.

Aged 15, the lively and attractive Ella is overcome by hearing Aksel Aarø sing “Sleep in Peace” by the German composer, Ferdinand Møhring. By Aarø’s voice, Ella experienced “an emotion in its depths, an affecting confidence, which went to her heart; …

Rees, Kathryn Jane. "En Dag". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 April 2017
[, accessed 23 March 2018.]

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