Excerpt from God and Woman (Dyrendal)
Martha stood under the plank bridge leading to the second story of the barn and watched her two. Brothers driving a loaded wagon destined for the village. She was a striking figure, with her aquiline nose, ﬂowing white sleeves, dark bodice, and red petticoat. She placed her hands upon her hips and drew up her mouth on one side into a sneer. Nearly everyone was going to the fair. Large Lofoten boat full of young people would soon be out on the fjord, and to-morrow morning they would be in the village. But she - she wa not good enough. She would have to stay at home on the farm all her life and slave for her brothers.
The two middle-aged bachelors, who walked on either side of the wagon, wore black, broad brimmed hats. Their homespun coats had been thrown on the top of the load, and their blue shirt sleeves were of a material that Martha had woven. It was cheaper to have a sister than a servant. One 'of them, Ola, stopped and called.
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