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By Selma Lagerlöf

100 years in the past, Selma Lagerlöf grew to become the 1st girl to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. She guaranteed her position in Swedish letters with this sweeping historic epic, her first and best-loved novel, and the root for the 1924 silent movie of an analogous identify that introduced Greta Garbo to stardom. Set in 1820s Sweden, it tells the tale of a defrocked minister named Gösta Berling. After his urge for food for alcohol and former indiscretions finish his occupation, Berling unearths a house at Ekeby, an ironworks property owned through Margareta Celsing, the "Majoress," that still homes and collection of eccentric veterans of the Napoleanic Wars. Berling's defiant and poetic spirit proves magnetic to a string of girls, who fall below his spell opposed to the backdrop of political intrigue at Margareta's property and the tremendous wintry fantastic thing about rural Sweden.

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They have been to date long gone that they weren't able to whatever with out Gösta. If he had now not desired to go together with the deal, then it may now not were made. And but it used to be an exceptional factor for destitute cavaliers to get seven ironworks to rule over. “Now make observe of this,” says Gösta, “that we're taking the seven ironworks to save lots of our souls, yet to not develop into the type of mill proprietor who counts cash and weighs iron. we can't develop into dried-up parchments nor tied-up cash pouches, yet relatively we are going to be and stay cavaliers. ” “Wisdom’s personal words,” mumbles the black gentleman. “Therefore, on the way to supply us the seven ironworks for 12 months, then we'll settle for them, yet observe that if in the course of that point we do whatever that isn't like a cavalier, you then could take all twelve folks while the 12 months is out, and provides the ironworks to whomever you would like. ” The evil one rubbed his arms including pride. “But if we consistently behave like precise cavaliers,” persisted Gösta, “then you could by no means back make a freelance on Ekeby, and you may obtain no money for this yr both from us or the majoress. ” “That is hard,” says the evil one. “Oh, pricey Gösta, i actually should get one soul, one unmarried negative little soul. Couldn’t i am getting the majoress then; why are you saving the majoress? ” “I don't alternate in such wares,” roars Gösta, “but in an effort to have an individual, then you definately can take previous Sintram at Fors, he’s prepared, i will be able to solution for that. ” “There, there, there, that sounds all right,” says the black gentleman with out blinking. “The cavaliers or Sintram, they could stability one another out. it will likely be an exceptional 12 months. ” after which the agreement was once written with blood from Gösta Berling’s little finger at the evil one’s black paper and together with his quill pen. but if it truly is performed, the cavaliers have fun. Now the entire world’s glory shall belong to them for twelve months, after which there's consistently a way out. They stream the chairs apart, shape a circle round the kettle of brulot status in the course of the sooty flooring, and swing round in a wild dance. on the heart of the circle the evil one dances with excessive leaps, and eventually he falls down flat subsequent to the kettle, information it over, and beverages. Then Beerencreutz throws himself down beside him and also Gösta Berling, and after all of them the others lie in a circle round the kettle, that's rolled from mouth to mouth. ultimately a shove suggestions it over, and the new, sticky liquid washes over the prostrate males. whilst the confederates wake up, the evil one is long past, yet his golden delivers hover like glistening crowns over the heads of the cavaliers. bankruptcy three CHRISTMAS DINNER On Christmas Day Majoress Samzelius offers a superb dinner at Ekeby. She presides as hostess at a desk set for 50 site visitors. She sits there in brilliance and beauty; the fast sheepskin, striped woolen stockings, and chalk pipe are nowhere to be noticeable. She rustles in silk, gold weighs down her naked fingers, pearls cool her white neck. the place then are the cavaliers, the place are they who drank a toast to the recent masters of Ekeby at the sooty ground of the smithy from a scoured copper kettle?

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