Alexander Kielland may not be well-known in the English-speaking world but he is described as one of the four ‘greats’ of Norwegian literature. In this unhappy story, he tells the tale of two childhood friends – one charming and attractive and the other hard-working and loyal – who become business partners when they grow up. Sadly, jealousy gets in their way (4,025 words).
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