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The Girl From the Marsh Croft

Selma Lagerlöf

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Rich and beautiful as she was, she might have married a gentleman at any time, but she always declared that she did not wish to be a fine lady and sit with folded hands. She wanted to marry a farmer and look after her own house, like a real farmer's wife.

Helga thought Hildur a perfect wonder. Never had she seen any one who made such a superb appearance. Nor had she ever dreamed that a person could be so nearly perfect in every particular. To her it seemed a great joy that in the near future she was to serve such a mistress.

Everything had gone off well during the Juryman's visit. But whenever Helga looked back upon that day, she experienced a certain unrest. It seems that when the visitors had arrived, she had gone around and served coffee. When she came in with the tray, the Juryman's wife leaned forward and asked her mistress if she was not the girl from the marsh croft. She did not lower her voice much, and Helga had distinctly heard the question.Read More

Community Reviews

Short story, good structure, strong start, but weak and sugar sweet end. About a fallen girl; naturalistic flavour.

Wow, wenn das keine Geschichte ist!!! Da plätschert sie die Hälfte lang unspektakulär, aber ausgesprochen unterhaltsam daher und lässt bald eine überraschendere Wende nach der anderen folgen. Noch etwas unsortiert, doch sehr glücklich lässt sie mich zurück.

Obwohl man Helga nicht wirklich mit Mathilde Möhring vergleichen kann, so musste ich doch an sie denken.
Das Mädchen vom Moorhof ist eine überraschend fröhliche Geschichte. Die Figuren sind durchweg auf ihre Art und Weise liebenswert. Vor allem der Umgang untereinander und wie die Familie von Gudm...more

Сама «Морбакка» оставила меня, скорее, равнодушной (кроме нескольких рассказов), а вот «Девочку из Морбакки» я полюбила от всей души. Здесь меньше преданий о старине, записанных со слов бабок и нянек, а больше повседневного быта, увиденного глазами ребенка, а я такое люблю. И дневник 14-летней Се...more

Mi encuentro con Selma Lagerlof fue maravilloso. Me enamoró su bella prosa y mi corazón fue robado por esta pequeña historia. Seguiré leyéndola a lo largo de este mes porque me apetece descubrirla un poco más a través de sus palabras. 

Puede ser leída en inglés sin ningún problema.

Back in January I came across the Swedish movie Tösen från Stormyrtorpet (1917; vt Girl from Stormy Croft; vt The Lass from Stormy Croft) on the excellent website Movies from the Silent Era and, although I've yet to get round to watching the movie, I was interested enough by what I read about it...more

Diese kurze Novelle hat mich von der ersten Seite an berührt. Selten habe ich auf so wenigen Seiten so viel gespürt und dass, obwohl der Schreibstil sehr unaufgeregt ist.

I have a copy of my grandfather's reading list. He read this book in 1911 just a month or so before my father was born and noted that he liked these stories. They were really interesting, dated, but gave me a real feel for life in rural Sweden at that time. Strangely, I also felt that they gave m...more

Neo-romantik yazar Selma Lagerlöf’ten, İsveç’in puslu dağlarında geçen, müthiş bir aşk, feragat, suç ve vicdan öyküsü. Kendine özgü duyarlılığıyla, her bir kahramanının tutkularını ve iç çatışmalarını, 84 sayfaya oya gibi işlemiş…

It's curious how Gudmund seems to be uncomfortable around the determined and self-assured Hildur, but he's smitten with Helga, who even retracts his accusation towards his old boss (who impregnated her) because she's afraid of his soul (he's about to lie in court). Noble maybe, but also slightly...more

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