In this short story, Bjørnson plays on the tensions between the different positions in the bonde hierarchy: the ‘gardsman’ has greater status in terms of property and social class, than the ‘houseman’.
Thore Naesset, a houseman’s son, is in love with Aslaug Huseby, daughter of Old Knud, a gardsman. Aslaug was popular and when in the Spring she went up to the saeter (mountain pasture), “the young men raced up, but old Huseby whipped them” (129). Thore, however, does not give up, and returns “stealing on his tiptoes” (130) only to be set upon by Knud and his two sons. Knud challenged Thore: “If you can manage to get by the Huseby wolf and his cubs next Saturday …
Rees, Kathryn Jane. "Ei Faarleg Friing". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 April 2017
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