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(without typos) from the publisher. 1911. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... chapter xiv the peasant and his home A norwegian bonde is not a
persona grata with the bymand. The Herr Grosserer will tell you
that he is simply impossible. If you ask him why, he will further
tell you, with a gesture of intolerance, that he is devoured by the
chronic maladies of envy, hatred, and all uncharitableness, and
that he will never permit anyone of his own class to attain to a
higher social level without immediately pulling him down to his
original bearings. His own young men, terribly in earnest, have to
a great extent confirmed this description of him in their rather
gloomy rhapsodies on the bonde home life as they have lived it.
Herr Carl Nserup sums up the relative position of bymand and bonde
as it appears in the leit motif of the novels of Arne
Garborg--himself sprung from the soil, or rather the sand, for he
is from Jaderen--as follows: "There are two peoples here in this
country. The one, consisting of a fourth part, who dwell in the
towns--officials, grosserere, etc.--an exotic race, with
high-sounding names of Low German origin, and an elegant, if
overbearing, demeanour. This is the dominant caste, which is in
possession of " culture " and the powers economic. The other
consists of bonderne, the primal inhabitants and allodial
proprietors of the land, who speak their own old idiom of pride.
And these latter are the cowed--the caste of the slave We see how"
(in Garborg's Bondestudentar--peasant students) "this foreign
culture thrusts itself into a Vestland bonde home, and spreads and
grows until all is devoured: farm, land, the future, and all life's
possibilities. And when the work of dissolution and destruction is
consummated the country has gained a premature, clumsy creature "
(the peasant student), "who can only muse as to how he may s...
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