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Summary of the Book 'A Gauntlet':
Bjrnstjerne Martinius Bjrnson (8 December 1832 ? 26 April 1910) was a Norwegian writer and the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate. Bjrnson is considered as one of The Four Greats (De Fire Store) Norwegian writers the others being Henrik Ibsen Jonas Lie and Alexander Kielland. Bjrnson is celebrated for his lyrics to the Norwegian National Anthem Ja vi elsker dette landet.
Excerpts from the Book 'A Gauntlet':
... Can you see that now? You were opposed to my doing it. Mrs. Riis. I was opposed to your perpetually plaguing the child, and also to the endless ... ... But all the harder to put into practice! And thus is a great virtue in all rules of life.-I congratulate you on your new morning frock. Under the ... ... this time I have seen so many of my girl friends giving themselves trustfully to their fairy prince, as they think, and waking in the arms ... ... as we are developing on different lines. Alfred. Have we been doing that? And nevertheless we- Svava. Nevertheless we love one another. ... ... Svava. Is it some one you want me to help? Hoff. No, poor soul, she doesn't need help any more. She is dead. Svava. Dead? Was ... ... to go with us. I am certain your father is in earnest about that. Svava. Oh! Oh! Mrs. Riis. I almost wish I could tell you why I am so certain ... ... I am convinced that Alfred is as honourable- Svava. But when, the other day, mother began to turn round-well, I could not have been more ... ... take it in that way, too? Nordan. In that way? Is there any other way for a sensible man to take it? A fine young fellow honesty, adores you ... ... has been writing to you! Nordan. And if she has? Your mother knows what depends upon it. Svava. What depends upon it? Why do you speak so ... ... that, I know. Nordan. What an obstinate girl you are!-Can you not do it then, let me say, for your mother's sake? Your mother is a good woman. ... ... comes forward. RIIS places chairs for her and his wife.) Mrs. Christensen. I was telling Mrs. Riis about the Miss Tang affair. She really seems ... ... I thank you heartily, Mrs. Christensen! Nordan. And I too! Mrs. Riis. But if it is too late after the betrothal-. (Checks herself.) ... ... Are you absolutely mad? Christensen (half rising). Excuse me, ladies and gentlemen the two young people must settle the affair now! (Sits down ... ... liveliness of his young days, coupled with the tendencies he has inherited, do you think he really had any right to be surprised if people doubted him?-if ... ... they do, the dear creatures! And Mrs. Riis is no exception to the rule. You must admit, my dear madam, that you did all you could to hold on to ... ... it out of me. Nordan. And has she had the letter? Mrs. Riis. When she had had her breakfast this morning and gone out, I sent it after ... ... one else knew-or what they may get to know at any moment. Mrs. Riis. I have never looked at it in that light. Svava. Never looked at it in ... ... He introduced me to people, chatted with me-paid me the most marked attention! Mrs. Riis. You don't mean it? Riis. Consequently nothing ... ... Alfred (after a moment). Perhaps I had better go away again? Riis (to ALFRED). Go away again?-Go away again, did you say?- No, not ... ... Award for English Fiction. The title of the main story is the English translation provided for the ballet in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice when it... ...