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Niels Lyhne by Jens Peter Jacobsen
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Apr 13, 08

Read in April, 2008

"Bigum knew full well what an unfavorable impression he presented and how completely hopeless his love was, but he knew it the way you do when, with all the power of your soul, you hope that your knowledge is false. There was still a chance for a miracle, and miracles don't happen, but they might. Who knows? Perhaps you make a mistake, perhaps your reason, your instincts, your senses with all their daylight clarity still lead you astray, perhaps the thing to do is to possess the reckless courage to follow the will-o'-the-wisp of hope that burns above the lust-laden ferment of your passion. It is not until you hear the door of decision slam that the iron-cold claws of wisdom dig into your breast, slowly, slowly closing around the nerve-fine thread of hope in your heart from which your world of happiness hangs; then the thread is cut, and what it was holding falls, then it is crushed, then comes the sharp scream of despair through the emptiness.
In a state of doubt, no one despairs."
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