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O. T. a Danish Romance

H. C. Andersen

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. . .ferent garland;—it is such a pretty decoration! If she is not here we get none; that would have been the case to-day, but when I learned that Wilhelm was coming, and that we," she added, with a friendly glance, "should have two other guests, I in great haste, made an attempt, and"—

"And wished to show how nicely it could be made without robbing your flowers!" interrupted Sophie, laughing. "In reality, I am very cruel! I cut all the heads of her favorites off. To-morrow, as a parody upon her garland of to-day, will I make one of green cabbage and pea-shells!"

"Madeira or port wine?" asked the Kammerjunker, and led the conversation from flowers to articles of food and drink.

"One feels one's self comfortable here at the hall! Miss Louise cares for the body, and Miss Sophie for the soul!"

"And mamma bestows a good cup of coffee," said the mother; "you must also praise me a little!"

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Community Reviews

Having enjoyed Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales and having learned of his unrequited love for some of his male friends I decided to read one of his few novels with the hope that he would have explored these feelings more fully in them. However, and unsurprisingly given that the book was written

I didn’t manage to feel sympathy for the main character, Otto, nor for his best friend Wilhelm. Otto is gloomy and melancholic, too much affected by his past to even try to enjoy his life. The main character in The Improvisatore: A Novel of Italy, on the other hand, had a luminous, pure and childlik

Andersen paints a picture of the morals of Danes during the romantic period, when we follow Otto Thostrup who shares initials with his birth place Odense Tugthus (Odense prison). The morals are so old fashioned that they are almost incomprehensible today, but as a social study, the book is very inte