Summary (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
It is obvious that Inger-Johanna is her father’s favorite. He is an army captain, in charge at Gilje. When a fellow officer, Captain Rönnow, stops at the house, Captain Jäger is delighted because the guest seems so charmed by Inger-Johanna. Mrs. Jäger is a sister of the governor, and Captain Rönnow tells the Jägers that he will petition the governor’s wife, with whom he is in favor, to take Inger-Johanna into their home for a year, so that she can learn the ways of society in the city. Gilje is a deserted mountain post and not at all suitable for a young lady of Inger-Johanna’s obvious charms.
Captain Jäger wants his beloved daughter to visit her aunt, but when he learns the cost of the new clothing required, he storms at his poor wife and cannot be quieted. Perhaps his blustering is caused by sorrow at losing his favorite daughter, although he is happy that she will have such a fine opportunity.
Before Inger-Johanna leaves, she meets a student named Arent Grip, the son of an old friend of her father. In spite of his radical ideas, the girl finds him interesting and is glad that he, too, will be in the city.
After the departure of his oldest daughter, the captain’s house is desolate, for Thinka, another daughter, goes to work for a judge in Ryfylke. Poor Jorgen, the only son, and a younger daughter are put through hours of lessons to ease their father’s loneliness.
Each letter from Inger-Johanna is read...
(The entire section is 1102 words.)
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