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Day 4

Part I, Chapters 7-9

February 21, 2022 by Dorthe Nors

A paradisal description of summer life with Ester Nagel up against the pain of dealing with the consequences of “life with a man”: the unwanted pregnancy. Again, notice how brutally honest she is, and full of rhythm and blues.

Here’s a photo of Tove and Ester from the summer without men. (Photo credit: Gyldendal’s Archives.)

The woman in the doctor’s waiting room, pacing the floor, is like an omen, or a prefiguration, of the dependency that will emerge. First in pain, seconds later changed: “Her eyes are beaming.”

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