Bjørnstjerne Martinus Bjørnson: Paul Lange og Tora Parsberg [Paul Lange and Tora Parsberg] (1418 words)

Kathryn Jane Rees (University of Cambridge)
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Theodore Jorgenson comments that “the play deals with the problem of a refined sensitive personality placed in a responsible public office but too tender-skinned to endure the crude attacks incident to political life” (287).

Act 1 set in an elegantly furnished drawing-room in a first-class hotel. With purposeful haste, Paul Lange, Minister of State, is writing cards which are attached to bouquets, one of blue flowers, one yellow and one white (the colours of the Swedish flag). His valet Östlie assures that they will be duly delivered. In scene 2, the Chamberlain arrives from the king and they discuss Lange’s recent decision to resign from political life (for the third time): he has been driven to it, he …

Rees, Kathryn Jane. "Paul Lange og Tora Parsberg". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 July 2017
[, accessed 21 November 2018.]

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