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O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 46 O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 46

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 46
CHAPTER XLVI"Thou art master in thy world.Hast thou thyself, then thou hast all!"--WAHLMANN.In the summer of 1834 the friends had been absent for two years. In the last year, violet-colored gillyflowers had adorned a grave in the little country church-yard. "A heart which overflowed with love,Was gone from earth to love and God,"were the words which might be read upon the grave-stone.A withered bouquet of stocks had been found by Louise, with the certificate of Eva's birth and her hymn-book. These were the flowers which Wilhelm had given her that evening at Roeskelde. Among the dry leaves there lay... Long Stories - Post by : twoelfling - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hans Christian Andersen - Read : 3370

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 45 O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 45

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 45
CHAPTER XLV "Knowest thou the mountain and its cloudy paths? where the mule is seeking its misty way."--GOETHE. The letter was from Wilhelm; every line breathed life's joy and gladness. "MIA CARA SORELLA! "Does it not sound beautifully? It is Italian! Now then, I am in that so-often-sung-of Paradise, but of the so much-talked-about blue air, I have as yet seen nothing of consequence. Here it is gray, gray as in Denmark. To be sure Otto says that it is beautiful, that we have the heaven of home above us, but I am not so poetical. The eating is good,... Long Stories - Post by : twoelfling - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hans Christian Andersen - Read : 812

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 44 O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 44

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 44
CHAPTER XLIV "Ah! wonderfully beautiful is God's earth, and worthy it is to live contented."--HOLTY. We now return to the hall in Funen, to the family which we left there; but autumn and winter are gone whilst we have been lingering on the past. Otto and Wilhelm have been two months away. It is the autumn of 1832. The marriage of the Kammerjunker and Sophie was deferred, according to her wish, until the second of April, because this day is immortal in the annals of Denmark. In the house there now were only the mother, Louise, and Eva, all... Long Stories - Post by : twoelfling - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hans Christian Andersen - Read : 3338

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 43 O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 43

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 43
CHAPTER XLIII"In one short speaking silence all conveys--And looks a sigh, and weeps without a tear." MRS. BROWNING."Forgive us our debts as we The debts of others forgive;And lead us not in tempting ways; Apart from evil let us live." A. VON CHAMISSO.We will not accompany the friends, but will remain behind in Funen we will make... Long Stories - Post by : twoelfling - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hans Christian Andersen - Read : 3523

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 42 O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 42

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 42
CHAPTER XLII"A maiden stood musing, gentle and mild. I grasped the hand of the friendly child, but the lovely fawn shyly disappeared. ... From the Rhine to the Danish Belt, beautiful and lovely maidens are found in palaces and tents; yet nobody pleases me."--SCHMIDT VON LUBECK. The last day at home was Sophie's birthday. In the afternoon the whole family was invited to the Kammerjunker's Jakoba and the Mamsell were to be quite brilliant in their cookery. A table filled with presents, all from the Kammerjunker, awaited Miss Sophie; it was the first time that he had ever presented to... Long Stories - Post by : twoelfling - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hans Christian Andersen - Read : 738

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 41 O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 41

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 41
CHAPTER XLI"Destiny often pulls off leaves, as we treat the vine, that its fruits may be earlier brought to maturity."--JEAN PAUL. It was not until toward morning that Otto fell into sleep. Wilhelm and he were allowed to take their own time in rising, and thus it was late in the day before these two gentlemen made their appearance at the breakfast-table; the Kammerjunker was already come over to the hall, and now was more adorned than common. "Mr. Thostrup shall be one of the initiated!" said the mother. "It will be time enough this evening for strangers to know of... Long Stories - Post by : twoelfling - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hans Christian Andersen - Read : 775

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 40 O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 40

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 40
CHAPTER XL"In vain his beet endeavors were;Dull was the evening, and duller grew."--LUDOLF SCHLEF."Seest thou how its little life The bird hides in the wood?Wilt thou be my little wife-- Then do it soon. Good!--A bridegroom am I."--Arion. Close beside St. Knud's Church once the convent stood, is now the dwelling of a private man. (Author's Note: See Oehlenschlager's Jorney to Funen.) The excellent hostess here, who once charmed the public on the Danish stage as Ida Munster, awaited the family to dinner. After dinner they wandered up and down the garden, which extended to the Odense River.... Long Stories - Post by : twoelfling - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hans Christian Andersen - Read : 2535

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 36 O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 36

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 36
CHAPTER XXXVI."Bring' hausliche HulfeIncubus! incubus.Tritt herhor und mache den Schluss." GOETHE's Faust."Es giebt so bange Zeiten,Es giebt so truben Muth!"--NOVALIS.The next morning Wilhelm related his evening adventure at the breakfast-table; the sisters laughed at it. The mother, on the contrary, was silent, left the room, and after some time returned. "There have been thieves here!" said she, "and one might almost imagine that they were persons in the household itself. They have been at the press where the table-linen... Long Stories - Post by : twoelfling - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hans Christian Andersen - Read : 598

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 35 O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 35

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 35
CHAPTER XXXV"Tell meWhat would my heart? My heart's with thee,With thee would have a part." GOETHE'S West-ostlicher Divan."There stands the man again--The man with gloomy mien." Memories of Travel, by B. C. INGEMANN.Several days passed; the fine crimson again returned to Eva's cheeks. The first occasion of her going out with the others was to see the rape-stalks burned. These were piled together in two immense stacks. In the morning, at the appointed hour, which had been announced through the neighborhood that no one might mistake it for a conflagration, the stalks were set fire to. This took place... Long Stories - Post by : twoelfling - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hans Christian Andersen - Read : 1818

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 34 O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 34

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 34
CHAPTER XXXIV"Alas, I am no sturdy oak!Alas, I'm but the flower That wakes the kiss of May!And when has fled its little hour, Will voice of Death obey."--RUCKERT.The following afternoon came visitors--two young ladies from Nyborg, friends of Sophie and Louise. Before dinner they would take a walk through the wood to an inclosure where the flax was in bloom. Otto was to accompany them. "I am also of the party!" said the Kammerjunker, who just galloped into the court-yard as the ladies, with Otto, were about setting out on their excursion. Thus the whole company consisted of five... Long Stories - Post by : twoelfling - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hans Christian Andersen - Read : 1547

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 33 O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 33

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 33
CHAPTER XXXIII"He draws nearer and nearer to her.'O, give my hope an answer by this pink-flower.'She sighs: 'O, I will--no--I will not.'"The Dancer, by PALUDAN-MULLER"I shall get to know!" thought Otto. "This violent love cannot be evaporated." He paid attention to every little occurrence. Eva was the same quiet, modest creature as formerly--a house-fairy who exercised a friendly influence over all. Wilhelm spoke with her, but not with passion, neither with affected indifference. However, we cannot entirely rely upon Otto's power of observation: his glance was directed too often toward a dearer object--his attention was really directed to Sophie. They walked... Long Stories - Post by : twoelfling - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hans Christian Andersen - Read : 537

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 32 O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 32

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 32
CHAPTER XXXII "It is so sweet when friendly hands bid you a hearty welcome, so dear to behold well-known features ver you turn your eyes. Everything seems so home-like and quiet about you and in your own breast." HENRIETTE HAUCK. Otto immediately hired a carriage, and reached the hall just about dinner-time. In the interior court-yard stood two calashes and an Holstein carriage; two strange coachmen, with lace round their hats, stood in animated discourse when Otto drove in through the gate. The postilion blew his horn. "Be quiet there!" cried Otto. "There are strangers at the hall!"... Long Stories - Post by : twoelfling - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hans Christian Andersen - Read : 1212

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 31 O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 31

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 31
CHAPTER XXXI"The monastery is still called 'Andersskov' (the wood of Anders) in memory of its being the habitation of the pious Anders. "The hill on which he awoke, comforted by sleep, is still called 'Hvile hoi' (the hill of rest). A cross having a Latin inscription, half-effaced, marks the spot."--J. L. HEIBERG. It was spring, fresh, life-bearing spring! Only one day and one night, and the birds of passage were back again; the woods made themselves once more young with green, odorous leaves; the Sound had its swimming Venice of richly laden vessels; only one day and one night, and Sophie... Long Stories - Post by : twoelfling - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hans Christian Andersen - Read : 2778

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 30 O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 30

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 30
CHAPTER XXX... "We live through others,We think we are others; we seemOthers to be ... And so think others of us."SCHEFER. When the buds burst forth we will burst forth also! had Otto and Wilhelm often said. Their plan was, in the spring to travel immediately to Paris, but on their way to visit the Rhine, and to sail from Cologne to Strasburg. "Yes, one must see the Rhine first!" said Cousin Joachim; "when one has seen Switzerland and Italy, it does not strike one nearly as much. That must be your first sight; but you should not see it in... Long Stories - Post by : twoelfling - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hans Christian Andersen - Read : 2083

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 26 O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 26

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 26
CHAPTER XXVI "I wish I was air, that I could beat my wings, could chase the clouds, and try to fly over the mountain summits: that would be life."--F. RUCKERT. The first evening after Otto's return to Copenhagen he spent with Sophie, and the conversation turned upon his little journey. "The pretty Eva has vanished!" said he. "You had rejoiced in the prospect of this meeting, had you not?" asked Sophie. "No, not in the least!" answered Otto. "And you wish to make me believe that? She is really pretty, and has something so unspeakably refined, that a young gentleman might... Long Stories - Post by : twoelfling - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hans Christian Andersen - Read : 2263

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 25 O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 25

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 25
CHAPTER XXV "These poetical letters are so similar to those of Baggesen, that we could be almost tempted to consider the news of his death as false, although so well affirmed that we must acknowledge it." --Monthly Journal of Literature. "She is as slender as the poplar-willow, as fleet as the hastening waters. A Mayflower odorous and sweet."--H. P. HOLST. "Ah is the rose?"--Lulu, by GUNTELBURG. The evening before Otto was to travel with the merchant's family to Roeskelde he called upon the family where Miss Sophie was staying. Her dear mamma had left three days before. Wilhelm had... Long Stories - Post by : twoelfling - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hans Christian Andersen - Read : 1053

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 24 O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 24

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 24
CHAPTER XXIV"L'amour est pour les coeurs,Ce que l'aurore est pour les fleurs,Et le printemps pour la nature."--VIGUE. "Love is a childish disease and like the small-pox. Some die, some become deformed, others are more or less scarred, while upon others the disease does not leave any visible trace."--The Alchemist, by C. HAUCH. "Be candid, Otto!" said Wilhelm, as he one day visited his friend. "You cannot make up your mind to say thou to me; therefore let it be. We are, after all, good friends. It is only a form; although you must grant that in this respect you are really... Long Stories - Post by : twoelfling - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hans Christian Andersen - Read : 2715

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 23 O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 23

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 23
CHAPTER XXIII Men are not always what they seem.--LESSING. Our tale is no creation of fancy; it is the reality in which we live; bone of our bone, and flesh of our flesh. Our own time and the men of our own age we shall see. But not alone will we occupy ourselves with every-day life, with the moss on the surface; the whole tree, from the roots to the fragrant leaves, will we observe. The heavy earth shall press the roots, the moss and bark of every-day life adhere to the stern, the strong boughs with flowers and leaves... Long Stories - Post by : twoelfling - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hans Christian Andersen - Read : 1203

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 22 O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 22

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 22
CHAPTER XXII"A man only gains importance by a poet's fancy, when his genius vividly represents to our imagination a clearer, but not an ennobled image of men and objects which have an existence; then alone he understands how to idealize."--H. HERTZ. We pass on several weeks. It was toward the end of September, the examen philosophicum was near. Preparations for this had been Otto's excuse for not yet having visited the family circle of his guardian, the merchant Berger. This was, however, brought about by Otto's finding one day, when he went to speak with his guardian, the mistress of the... Long Stories - Post by : twoelfling - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hans Christian Andersen - Read : 3086

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 21 O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 21

O. T., A Danish Romance - Chapter 21
CHAPTER XXI "Poetry does not always express sorrow; the rainbow can also arch across a cloudless blue firmament."--JEAN PAUL. We again find ourselves in Copenhagen we meet with Otto, and may every day expect Wilhelm, Miss Sophie, and the excellent mamma; they would only stay a few weeks. To learn tidings of their arrival, Otto determined to pay a visit where they were expected; we know the house, we were present at the Christmas festival: it was here that Otto received his noble pedigree. We will now become somewhat better acquainted with the family. The husband had a good head,... Long Stories - Post by : twoelfling - Date : May 2012 - Author : Hans Christian Andersen - Read : 539