Bjørnstjerne Martinus Bjørnson: Mindre Fortellinger: En Livsgåte [Small Stories: A Problem of Life] (353 words)

  • Kathryn Jane Rees (University of Cambridge)
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This short story opens in a mountain setting, where a tense scene unfolds between two lovers, Botolf and Aasta. The couple met during an ocean voyage: Aasta’s ship ran against that of Botolf, and she fell in love with him when he took command of the crisis. Botolf has become suspicious because Aasta will not divulge her past, but he knows that during her recent journey from America, she had been very fearful of a certain foreign skipper. Her refusal to explain the reason for this makes Botolf mistrustful: “I am too proud to be the keeper of something I do not know – and which may perhaps belong to another!” (187). The tension between them mounts until, without warning, Aasta runs past him, and hurls herself over a…

Rees, Kathryn Jane. "Mindre Fortellinger: En Livsgåte". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 April 2017
[, accessed 19 February 2018.]

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