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the faint sharp scratch of a dry leaf
being drawn along the floor in the
folds of a lady's dress. He does not,
however, sacrifice the narrative to the
descriptive element, for these stories
are both profound character portray-
als and sound -psychological studies.
In "Mogens" the author has his
character say:
"I can take joy in every leaf, every
twig, every beam of light# every sha-
dow. There isn't a hill so barren, nor
a turf-pit so square, nor a road so
monotonous, that I cannot for a mo-
ment fall in love with it."
And again:
"--there is something in the color,
in the mhovements, and in the shapes,
and then in the life which lives in
them; in the sap which rises in trees
and flowers, in the sun and rain that
make them grow, in the sand which
blows together in hills, and in the
showers of rain that furrow and fis-
sure the hill-sides".
Here Jacobsen expresses what are
evidently his own sensitive reactions
in the presence of natural phenomena.
Much of the author's own personality
is revealed in his novel, "Niels Lyhne",
which is largely autobiographiclal in
its recording of the author's spiritual
conflicts and experiences; although
the actual experiences are purely im-
aginary. In it the boy of thirteen is
first awakened to love by the beauty
of his young aunt; and her death
brings the first seeds of doubt to his
mind. This pale beauty of his first
love may have been responsible for
Jacobsen's idea of women. Through-
out all his work he idealizes them,
making them frail and superhumanly
lovely. He finds something almost
tragic in their ephemeral loveliness;
and several of these cameo-like
beauties die, in the pages of his books,
for no apparent reason, unless it is
that they are too exquisite to live.
- As to the doubt which began to
manifest itself in the mind of the
boy, this develops into a sincere,
but far from contentious, atheism. He
considered the belief in a God an im-
mense comfort, "humanity's last
great illusion", and, as such, he
thought it a fine thing. But he himself
was unable to share it. In the novel,
Niels, after several unsuccessful court-
ships, marries and converts his wife
to atheism; but she, on her death bed,
reverts to Christianity. Niels remains

firm and ultimately dies "the difficult navian literature, made as easy as possible for them, and
death". In closing, it should be mentioned are given every opportunity to show
Jacobsen's inexhaustible patience is that Hanna Astrup Larsen, in trans- of what they are made. The efficient
demonstrated in his method of work. lating Jacobsen's two novels, has done work which is being done by the Em-
He carefully went over hundreds of a wonderful piece of work. It is dif- ployment bureau is for them alone,
old documents to gather material for ficult to imagine the author's prose and no outsiders can possibly slip in
his first novel, "Marie Grubbe, A Lady being more beautiful in his native under false pretenses. This is guar-
of the Seventeenth Century", and he language than it is in its translated anteed by the rigid system of record-
took nearly four years to write the form. The translator has completely ing a student's year, department, and
book. "Niels Lyhne" was also four overcome the awkwardness which is class schedule.
years in the writing, so often evident in changing the idiom
In "Marie Grubbe" he changed his of-one language to that of another. AMERICAN UNIVERSITY UNIONS
ordinary style to some extent by the From their beauty and naturalness ABROAD--IN PARIS, IN LONDON
introduction of archaic words and a one might easily believe these books A cordial invitation to students and
general adaptation to the time of which originally written in English. graduates of Michigan, visiting Eu-
he wrote. He does not, however, lose rope, to make use of the offices of the
his extraordiary ability to appeal to INTERESES CREADOS" American University Union, with
the senses as is shown by the follow- (Continued from Page 5) which the University of Michigan is
ong of the y essesctive play as "Ghosts" given by hamfats connected as a subscribing member,
one of the many beautiful descriptive ta osesmtigo hre is extended by the American Univer-
passages in which lhe"revels .in the than to see something of CharlesisetndbyheA rcaUnv-
bastg of deictrelytterned colr Rann Kennedy given by first-rate sity Union in Europe. The offices are
beauty of delicately patterned color actors. More than that, you will be located at 50 Russell Square, London,
combinations:t W. C., and 1 rue de Fleurus, Paris.
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and steel, glides in shimmering stripes -woareistwpttandbvarouscsocialtopportuni
down silks and sweeping satins. Softept and various social opportuni-
ly as a reddish dew it is breathed In conclusion, I warn my enemies, ties are offered. Access may be ob-
over dusky velvet, and flashing white whether they intend to assail me "cul- tamed to universities and other insti-
it falls like stars among rubies and' :turally" (possibly with such silly state- tutions of learning, and candidates for
diamonds. Reds make a brave show ments as that Wilde and Elbert Hub- degrees will find their way made eas-
with the yellows; clear sky-blue closes bard are in the same class) or with ier by consulting, at Paris, Professor
over brown; streaks of lustrous sea- brass knuckles, that I am taking daily Paul Van Dyke, Director of the Con-
green cut their way through white doses of Nuxated Iron, a correspond- tinental Division, and at London, Dr.
and violet-blue; coral sinks between ence course from Swoboda, and gen- George E. MacLean, Director of the
black and lavender; golden brown and eral strength from the hymn books. British Division.
rose, steel-gray and purple are whirled Caveant! The annual bulletin of the Union
about, light and dark, tint upon tint, has been issued and may be obtained
in 3eddying ponis of color". 'EPLOYMENT BUREAU HELPS on application to the secretary, Prof.
"Mogens and Other Stories" con- NEW STUDENTS OBTAIN WORK J. W.. Cunliffe, Journalism Building,
tains four short stories. "Mogens", (Continued from Page 4) . Columbia University, New York City.
which is more properly a short novel, Thus it is that those who come to The reports show 1153 registrations at
is a rather beautiful little tale of a school with the necessity of paying for the London office, and more than 500
dreamer. "The Plague at Bergamo" their education themselves find things at the Paris headquarters.
is a gruesome bit of a realism. "There
Should Have Been Roses" is a ro-
mantic trifle. The best thing in the
book is the last story, "Mrs. Fonss",
a pathetic account of a woman who
seeks in middle age the happiness that
she had missed when she was young. Cor. Main and Washington
Ibsen and Georg Brandes early
realized the magnitude of Jacobsen's
genius. In fact, the great dramatist
is reported to have read "Niels Lyhne"
aloud to his evening circle and to
have declared it the best book of its
kind in modern literature. Unfortu-a
nately Jacobsen died when he was
thirty eight. But despite the fact that
he wrote only four books, he had a Resources $4,000000
tremendous influence on both the dic-
tion and the form of later Scandi-

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