A Winter Jaunt to Norway

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Bliss, Sands, and Foster, 1894 - Norway - 316 pages
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Page 253 - I never write a single line of any of my dramas unless that tray and its occupants are before me on the table. I could not write without them. It may seem strange — perhaps it is — but I can not write without them," he repeated. "Why I use them is my own secret.
Page 42 - ... it, and never sawn at all, the toes are fastened by a leather strap. Another strap goes round the heel in a sort of loop fashion, securing the foot, but at the same time giving the heel full play. A special ski boot is worn over enormously thick horsehair stockings. This boot has no hard sole at all, and, instead of being sewn at the sides, the large piece of thick leather which goes under the foot is brought well over the top and secured to what might ordinarily be called a leather tongue. At...
Page 191 - ... speaking about a visit we contemplated up Nora Fjeld on ski, a mountain about five thousand feet above the sea, and lying between Christiania and Bergen, he said, " My wife knows Nora Fjeld well, because there it was that I saw her dead-beat for the first and only time. Nothing tires her as a rule ; so when I want to make her very angry I tell this story. " It was New Year's day, a couple of years ago, that we decided to cross Nora Fjeld from Hallingdal, and enjoy a little holiday on ski. At...
Page 251 - Because I do not speak the language, and I should never get at the heart of the people, and that is what I want. Yet I should like very much to go to England, because English people and English books interest me strangely; more especially I would like to see your old men. In all other countries the best work is done by men between forty and fifty years of age; in England, the best work is done by much older men, and a man of sixty or seventy is often still in his prime. I would like to see such men...
Page 281 - ... always walks about. Up and down, backwards and forwards he trudges, muttering to himself ; but when he has once decided on chapter and verse, he sits down and dashes it off with great rapidity, resulting in some very untidy and illegible MS., about which some very curious stories are told. But for his wife, the printer would probably never decipher what he writes ; but Fru Bjornson copies nearly everything for her husband, then he corrects and alters it, and she copies it all over again before...
Page 277 - Several of his poems have been set to music by his friend and compatriot, Grieg, and Bjornson has even written oratorio to Grieg's music, with success. Although Bjornson has traveled much, he has only once been in England, and that was only for a week many years ago. " ' Perhaps I may go again some day, for I am an apostle of Herbert Spencer's and a great reader of your literature, although I speak the language very badly. I am over sixty, and I am too old to make new friends, more especially when...
Page 253 - By the side of the inkpot on the table on which so many remarkable books have been written, there stood a little tray, and on the tray one of those small carved wooden bears so common in Switzerland. Beside it was a little black devil for holding a match, and two or three little cats and rabbits in copper, one of the former of which was playing a violin. "'What are these funny little things?
Page 191 - At three o'clock in the afternoon the sun set, and we were not even on the top. However, my wife would not turn back ; so on we went. It became very dark and very steep, and at last the snow was frozen so hard the ski would not bite at all. Then I had to take mine off and cut steps in the snow up the mountainside with the end of the ski. For nearly two hours I did this before we reached the top. It became absolutely dark, and a bitter wind blew, and it was ten o'clock before we reached the first...

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