The Emperor Of Portugallia

Author: Selma Lagerlöf
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465607501
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The Emperor Of Portugallia from the Author: Selma Lagerlöf. Jan of Ruffluck Croft never tired of telling about the day when his little girl came into the world. In the early morning he had been to fetch the midwife, and other helpers; all the forenoon and a good part of the afternoon he had sat on the chopping-block, in the woodshed, with nothing to do but to wait. Outside it rained in torrents and he came in for his share of the downpour, although he was said to be under cover. The rain reached him in the guise of dampness through cracks in the walls and as drops from a leaky roof, then all at once, through the doorless opening of the shed, the wind swept a regular deluge in upon him. "I just wonder if anybody thinks I'm glad to have that young one coming?" he muttered, impatiently kicking at a small stick of wood and sending it flying across the yard. "This is about the worst luck that could come to me! When we got married, Katrina and I, it was because we were tired of drudging as hired girl and farmhand for Eric of Falla, and wanted to plant our feet under our own table; but certainly not to raise children!" He buried his face in his hands and sighed heavily. It was plain that the chilly dampness and the long dreary wait had somewhat to do with putting him in a bad humour, but they were by no means the only cause. The real reason for his lament was something far more serious. "I've got to work every day," he reminded himself, "work from early morning till late in the evening; but so far I've at least had some peace nights. Now I suppose that young one will be squalling the whole night long, and I'll get no rest then, either." Whereupon an even worse fear seized him. Taking his hands from before his face he wrung them so hard that the knuckles fairly cracked. "Up to this we've managed to scratch along pretty well, because Katrina, has been free to go out and work, the same as myself, but now she'll have to sit at home and take care of that young one." He sat staring in front of him as hopelessly as if he had beheld Famine itself stalking across the yard and making straight for his hut. "Well!" said he, bringing his two fists down on the chopping-block by way of emphasis. "I just want to say that if I'd only known at the time when Eric of Falla came to me and offered to let me build on his ground, and gave me some old timber for a little shack, if I had only known then that this would happen, I'd have said no to the whole business, and gone on living in the stable-loft at Falla for the rest of my days."

The Emperor Of Portugallia

Author: Selma Lagerlof
Publisher: The Floating Press
ISBN: 1776580257
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The Emperor Of Portugallia from the Author: Selma Lagerlof. Many critics and fans have drawn parallels between The Emperor of Portugallia and Shakespeare's masterpiece of father-daughter dysfunction, King Lear. In the novel, the teenage daughter of a small-town Swedish farmer strikes out on her own and heads for the big city. Increasingly distraught by her absence and lack of communication, her father begins to weave a fantastical tale explaining her whereabouts. As he slips further into despair, the line between fantasy and reality blurs.

The Emperor Of Portugallia

Author: Selma Lagerlf
Publisher: BiblioBazaar, LLC
ISBN: 9781113702296
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The Emperor Of Portugallia from the Author: Selma Lagerlf. Translated from the Swedish by Velma Swanston Howard.

The Selma Lagerlof Megapack

Author: Selma Lagerlof
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
ISBN: 1434443442
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The Selma Lagerlof Megapack from the Author: Selma Lagerlof. Selma Lagerlof, author of the classic "The Wonderful Adventures of Nils" among many other works, was one of the great Swedish writers of all time. This volume assembled 31 of Lagerlof's classic novels and short stories. Included are: THE EMPEROR OF PORTUGALLIA THE FLIGHT THE GIRL FROM THE MARSH CROFT THE SILVER MINE (version 1) THE AIRSHIP THE WEDDING MARCH THE MUSICIAN THE LEGEND OF THE CHRISTMAS ROSE A STORY FROM JERUSALEM WHY THE POPE LIVED TO BE SO OLD THE STORY OF A STORY THE SILVER MINE (Version 2) INVISIBLE LINKS THE SPIRIT OF FASTING AND PETTER NORD THE LEGEND OF THE BIRD’S NEST THE KING'S GRAVE THE OUTLAWS THE LEGEND OF REOR VALDEMAR ATTERDAG MAMSELL FREDRIKA THE ROMANCE OF A FISHERMAN'S WIFE HIS MOTHER’S PORTRAIT A FALLEN KING A CHRISTMAS GUEST UNCLE REUBEN DOWNIE AMONG THE CLIMBING ROSES JERUSALEM THE TREASURE THE WONDERFUL ADVENTURES OF NILS CHRIST LEGENDS THE MIRACLES OF ANTICHRIST And don't forget to search this ebook store for "Wildside Megapack" to see more entries in this series, covering classic authors and subjects like mysteries, science fiction, westerns, ghost stories -- and much, much more!

The Emperor Of Portugallia Scholar S Choice Edition

Author: Selma Lagerlof
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ISBN: 9781296170271
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The Emperor Of Portugallia Scholar S Choice Edition from the Author: Selma Lagerlof. This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

The Emperor Of Any Place

Author: Tim Wynne-Jones
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 0763674109
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The Emperor Of Any Place from the Author: Tim Wynne-Jones. When Evan’s father dies suddenly, Evan finds a hand-bound yellow book on his desk—a book his dad had been reading when he passed away. The book is the diary of a Japanese soldier stranded on a small Pacific island in WWII. Why was his father reading it? What is in this account that Evan’s grandfather, whom Evan has never met before, fears so much that he will do anything to prevent its being seen? And what could this possibly mean for Evan? In a pulse-quickening mystery evoking the elusiveness of truth and the endurance of wars passed from father to son, this engrossing novel is a suspenseful, at times terrifying read from award-winning author Tim Wynne-Jones.

The Emperor Of Portugalia

Author: Selma Lagerlof
Publisher: BiblioBazaar, LLC
ISBN: 9780554249421
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The Emperor Of Portugalia from the Author: Selma Lagerlof. Translated from the Swedish by Velma Swanston Howard.

The Wonderful Adventures Of Nils

Author: Selma Lagerlöf
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465607579
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The Wonderful Adventures Of Nils from the Author: Selma Lagerlöf. Once there was a boy. He was—let us say—something like fourteen years old; long and loose-jointed and towheaded. He wasn't good for much, that boy. His chief delight was to eat and sleep; and after that—he liked best to make mischief. It was a Sunday morning and the boy's parents were getting ready to go to church. The boy sat on the edge of the table, in his shirt sleeves, and thought how lucky it was that both father and mother were going away, and the coast would be clear for a couple of hours. "Good! Now I can take down pop's gun and fire off a shot, without anybody's meddling interference," he said to himself. But it was almost as if father should have guessed the boy's thoughts, for just as he was on the threshold—ready to start—he stopped short, and turned toward the boy. "Since you won't come to church with mother and me," he said, "the least you can do, is to read the service at home. Will you promise to do so?" "Yes," said the boy, "that I can do easy enough." And he thought, of course, that he wouldn't read any more than he felt like reading. The boy thought that never had he seen his mother so persistent. In a second she was over by the shelf near the fireplace, and took down Luther's Commentary and laid it on the table, in front of the window—opened at the service for the day. She also opened the New Testament, and placed it beside the Commentary. Finally, she drew up the big arm-chair, which was bought at the parish auction the year before, and which, as a rule, no one but father was permitted to occupy. The boy sat thinking that his mother was giving herself altogether too much trouble with this spread; for he had no intention of reading more than a page or so. But now, for the second time, it was almost as if his father were able to see right through him. He walked up to the boy, and said in a severe tone: "Now, remember, that you are to read carefully! For when we come back, I shall question you thoroughly; and if you have skipped a single page, it will not go well with you." "The service is fourteen and a half pages long," said his mother, just as if she wanted to heap up the measure of his misfortune. "You'll have to sit down and begin the reading at once, if you expect to get through with it." With that they departed. And as the boy stood in the doorway watching them, he thought that he had been caught in a trap. "There they go congratulating themselves, I suppose, in the belief that they've hit upon something so good that I'll be forced to sit and hang over the sermon the whole time that they are away," thought he. But his father and mother were certainly not congratulating themselves upon anything of the sort; but, on the contrary, they were very much distressed. They were poor farmers, and their place was not much bigger than a garden-plot. When they first moved there, the place couldn't feed more than one pig and a pair of chickens; but they were uncommonly industrious and capable folk—and now they had both cows and geese. Things had turned out very well for them; and they would have gone to church that beautiful morning—satisfied and happy—if they hadn't had their son to think of. Father complained that he was dull and lazy; he had not cared to learn anything at school, and he was such an all-round good-for-nothing, that he could barely be made to tend geese. Mother did not deny that this was true; but she was most distressed because he was wild and bad; cruel to animals, and ill-willed toward human beings. "May God soften his hard heart, and give him a better disposition!" said the mother, "or else he will be a misfortune, both to himself and to us."