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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

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

A short tale about love and morals in a rural community in 19th cenutry Sweden. It centers around Helga, a young woman who became an outsider because her employer got her pregnant. She still drops charges against him in court to prevent him from swearing a wrong oath which impresses Gudmund, a young

Selma Lagerlof was the first woman to be awarded a Nobel for literature but, in my opinion, she was much better than anyone chosen up to that point. That included such notables as Bjornstjerne Bjornson, Rudyard Kipling and Henryk Sienkiewicz. This is a brilliant collection of short stories written i

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 Сельм

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 the

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