Y JULY 31, 1927
THE SUMMER MICHIGAN DAILY
PAG E T
THE MINISTER'S DAUGHTER
(By Hildur Dixelius ,translated by
Anna C. Settergren; 277 pages; two
dollars and fifty cents; E. P. Dut-'
ton and company,.New York.)
Burdened with the weight of cen-
turies-old logic and prejudice as it is,
The Minister's Daughter is slow read-
ing. But it departs from this tradi-
tional European form in the manner
of its passage, which is jerky. The
story itself is almost too ancient to
mention, but the theme has been
dressed in different garb, resulting in1
a picture of eightenth century Lap-?
land that is interesting enough, if one3
goes in for pictures. The translation1
has been well done-almost too well
in spots, it seems, for the nicety of
the presentation of the hymns and
Perhaps this opening paragraph is
unfair, but it must be taken into con-S
sideration that this is one of the hot-
test stretches of a warm summer.
Reconsidering, there are many mas-
terly passages, passages which are
marked by tense, truthful vividness,
especially in the delineation of char-I
acter. The heroine-Sara Alelia-is 1
the most disappointing to a modern
mind, for her every action is ordaineds
by the ages of hard religious observ-I
ance behind her. One cannot help
but wonder how a character so iron
bound by gospel jurisdiction as was,
the Swedish girl could so easily be-
come a victim to the oldest hoax in
the world-seduction. And then one
is provoked with her afterward for
not taking her fate in a human man-
ner, rather than playing the reclaimed
sinner and scourging herself with de- f
The Minister's Daughter stands not
on its plot, which is simple, but on
its queer sketches and incidents, com-
ordinary. The nobility, the luxuries gious superfluity, religious every- printed hymns. There is a foreword
that existed, the life in the capital thing-even starvation. On the hu- by Edward Garnett. It should have
TH E DAY and the university towns, the devel- man side there is crudeness of emo- been placed last.
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varying between the derisive and the
grand, whose mind feasts on theI~
glories of the future while his family .....MMM-
shivers, and whose greatest delightMWI
lies in twitting the noses of whatever NOW
nobility he may meet. The reader Now
stands for his abuse, pities his condi- WV
tion, and wonders at his sanity all in
one scene. He carries the brunt of
the interest and livens up the proyer-
ful sessions of Sara Alelia with oc- That D ied N
casional gin sprees and browls.
After Norenius there is Lydia, the Then LivC
paga nserving girl. Why is it that we
like the sinners in our literature Again!
rather than the deacons and elders?
But to return. Lydia ,with no sense
of the holy and unholy bears her
children and strangles them, and a te mo.t, 'n-
few hours later is as cozy as a kitten - aln hem scy
without a care in the world. Even- thiraiimg romances eve. \
tually she goes to the block for her written and --
crimes, and the execution that takes , ,
place is one of the most vivid scenes When you see it you
of the novel. will say-"One 'K
Probably the outstanding feature of
the work is its distinct setting. The greatest pictures I have
Sweden of 1798 and thereabouts is ever seen!
little known as a stage, and the
Swedes and Laplanders less known
as actors. The short, satisfying de-
scriptions of the author cling to the /
mind long afterwards, much as do
actual scenes that are a bit out of the
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