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161 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 1909
"You cannot have loved me so much either; no sooner did you hear evil spoken of me than you believed it and spread it abroad."So then, because he loves Vigdis as much as Luke loved Laura, he rapes her. After he's done, he assumes Vigdis will want to run off with him and become some Scandinavian Ljot and Laura. Vigdis throws a rock in his face. Finally, a proper reaction.
It was dark when they reached the place. They found Gunnar in his hall, sitting in the high-seat. Gunnar was a big, handsome man with long grey hair and a beard which covered his whole chest. By the hearth sat two women; one of them was spinning by the light of the fire; she was not very young and was darkly clad, but bright and fair of face. The other was but a young maid, who sat with her hands in her lap doing nothing.
Veterlide went forward and greeted the master of the house, and before he had told the half of his business Gunnar rose to his feet and abde him welcome, together with his folk, ordering the women to bring food and drink.
They rose at his word, and the elder busied herself; she called to the serving-women and bustled hither and thither; but the younger stood by the fire loooking at the strangers. And by its light they now saw that she was very fair, tall and shapely, narrow in the waist, with a high and well-formed bosom; she had large grey eyes, and her hair reached beyond her knees; it was yellow, thick and smooth, but not ery bright, and her hands were large, but white and beringed. She wore a garment of rust-red wool, richly embroidered and bedight; her hair was bound with a fillet of gold and she had many rings and jewels, more than women are wont to wear in daily life.
The other woman now came in with a great horn of mead, which she placed in the hands of the younger, saying:
“It is your part, Vigdis, to bid welcome to the house.”
She who was called Vigdis then took the horn and passed along the benches, offering it first to Veterlide and after him to all the men. And the last she saw was Ljot.
For at first Ljot had seated himself at the end of the bench nearest the door, but then he had gone forward to the fire, being wet. And he held his cloak about him with one hand; but his black hair came down over his brow, so Vigdis saw little of his face but the eyes, which were dark-blue and deep-set.
When the maiden handed him the horn he dropped his cloak, and as he drank he looked at her over the brim of the vessel; it seemed that she liked not his staring, for she said not a word, but took the horn which he gave her, turned away and went to the raised bench, where she sat down.
Ljot seated himself so taht he could see Vigdis. After a while she galnced that way and met his eye; then she looked aside and turned red. But the next moment she looked at him again, and now she returned his stare until he took his eyes off her. (From Ch. 2)